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Charming Artists Cottage, a Close Walk to Our Village and Marina.

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Last updated: 03/29/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

A Cottage Perfect for 1 or 2 people.1 King size bedroom, 1 full bath w/shower,

Welcome to the Artist's Cottage in Southwest Harbor! Our cottage is the choice of visitors who are looking for the true Maine experience! We are a WEEKLY rental, Saturday to Saturday. We do not accept bookings in high season for less than a week.
Nearly surrounded by Acadia National Park, with its gorgeous scenery, and exploration ops,. We are excited to present our charming and comfortable Artists Cottage,. The space is perfect for one or two people. Unfortunately we canNOT accept children. We are located 1/2 mi. from downtown, also less than 20 minutes from Cadillac Mountain. in Acadia National Park,. You will find colorful, scenic hiking during our sparkling Autumn days. *(Be sure to ask about our multiple week discount. Last minute 3-4 day reservations are accepted if there is still a vacancy within thirty (30) days of your preferred travel dates.)
You can walk to our Great Harbor Marina, seaside eateries, sailing, biking. Ideal for artists attending Acacia Workshop Center. Catch the Island Explorer bus, free to all parts of the island. We feature a king size bed and 2nd floor peeks at the Harbor and out islands. The first floor, shower/bath, studio kitchen, cable TV, and comfy seating after a day in Acadia N.P. Works of local artists decorate the walls. WiFi and good cell phone service. You'll be treated to scones for your first breakfast. Fall in love again - the ambiance - quintessential Maine seaside life, feel the harbors magic and see mountain views from this quiet hillside location. Away from the crowds, lovely foliage, cool nights. Changeover day is SATURDAY.

Regarding Pets and Smoking: After much consideration, we have decided not to allow pets in our property. Most pets are well behaved, we know, and certainly, many people love to travel with their pets. However, in our experience both personally, and in business, the incidence of allergic reaction to dander is prevalent. So in consideration for those with allergies we have established a permanent policy of NO Pets Allowed. Please understand our position, and know we do personally love pets.

Our property is NO SMOKING, INSIDE OR OUT.

Rules of the house:: Our property is NON SMOKING: INSIDE OR OUT.
Good quality linens and towels are provided.

Upon departure, we ask you to please leave all used linens in a bag by the door for the housekeeper and make sure the cottage is left in the same condition in which you found it. Deposit will be returned as soon as we are advised by the housekeepers that the cottage is in good order.

If something is inadvertently broken, please advise us right away.

We make a Total Refund of security deposit if there is no damage found, or extra cleaning required. Cleaning charge of $75 is included in your original reservation.

Occupancy:: The property is best suited for two adults.

No one under the age of 21 is allowed to rent without a parent on premises. Although we want everyone to enjoy themselves, this is a small neighborhood where everyone sleeps with the windows open, so partying and/or playing of loud music or TV after a reasonable hour is not appreciated. Our neighbors are kind and friendly people whose quiet enjoyment of their property we respect.

We hope you have a great vacation with us, and will return to enjoy this wonderful island with us again!l


Member since: 2005

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/29/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 600 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 2
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Strict rule disallowing smoking,inside or outside. ...moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Stairs and limited space allow comfortably for only two adults. Liability issues prevent acceptance of children other than babes in arms. We have a crib....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    In consideration of guests with allergies. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom: 1 king


  • 1 large room with open beam cieling, a luxurious king size bed, dressing table, closet and wardrobe.People tell us it's the most comfortable bed they've ever slept in! Maine nights are cool, so we have comforter, floor as well as overhead fans for warm nights. There's an electric, 'wood ' stove for chilly and/or damp weather. We have for you a collection of great vacation reading, and there's a sweet antique breakfast table for sharing your morning coffee and scones! ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom: toilet, shower

    This full bathroom has shower, sink and toilet, first floor....moreless

  • Bathroom is on first floor with walk-in shower, sink with mirrored medicine cabinet, ground fault outlet and WC. Heaps of fluffy towels. We have a hair dryer. (Note:there's an antique potty in the bedroom!) ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The cottage is most suitable for one to two adults, the perfect romantic getaway, yet near the hustle and bustle of village life. All at a daily price for less than most local hotels and motels. There is a space for grilling with chairs for relaxing and for watching the stars. The site is on a hillside near the harbor in the village of Southwest Harbor, ME. Private parking for one vehicle. No trailers or motor homes please, as there is not enough room for parking such a vehicle! See notes on golf course in SWHBR, perfect for an afternoon's round. *Note for Artists: We are minutes from the Acadia Workshop Center, located in Bernard, Me where weekly plain air artist groups gather for instruction from nationally known Art Instructors. Olli's Trolley: we recommend the service while you visiting the island. ...moreless


  • Books:

    Our library in house is legendary!...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Games:

    Puzzles, board games, playing cards....moreless

  • Radio


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean:

    Our property is across the street from the Great Harbor at Southwest. Views vary because of trees and structures, but sounds of birds and boats abound! 5 minute walk from the marina. ...moreless

  • Village:

    The Artists Cottage is 5 minutes from downtown by foot. Along the way are wonderful views of the Great Harbor, as well as several eateries. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    Peeks at the out islands are visible from the bedroom window, over the trees. We are across the road from the head of the harbor . Walk to the rocky beach, or the SWHBR Marina just a block away!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Grill cooking is popular. We have a recipe for grilled lobster with madiera. Our brand new outdoor grill was installed 2014!...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Ask about facilities at Harbor House ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Propane stove in living room, electric radiator for bedroom. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    We have time Warner Wi Fi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Good quality towels and bed linens are provided. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Love seat, wing chair, one casual side chair, dining table with seating for two....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Parking door side, secure and available. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Yes, right in front of the entrance to our cottage! We are on a hillside, parking is precise, leaving room for one other car. No trailers, please!...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Cellphone signal is good island wide....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet:

    Tome Warner Cable...moreless


  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Yep, and there's a coffee grinder. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    There is a good cooks selection of utensils for preparation of light meals. We have no oven, but there is a toaster oven for TV dinners, toast, etc....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Setting for four, adequate utensils for both stovetop and microwave meal prep....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Cooktop, microwave, coffeemaker, sink, refrigerator located in greatroom downstairs, convenient to dining table and living room. Portable ice maker, and a NEW PROPANE GRILL JUST OUTSIDE THE DOOR!...moreless

  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:

    Microwave cooking is popular and we have a good collection of suitable utensils....moreless

  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items:

    Condiments provided, as well as small plastic refrigerator zip locks. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Under counter...moreless

  • Stove:

    Counter top, two burner, electric....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Binoculars
  • Golf:

    Nine Hole golf course on Rt. 102 just inside town limits. ...moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden:

    You are welcome to sit in our yard, read, sun, look at our fabulous night skies!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    New This year! propane grill available for guests just outside the door. ...moreless

  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis:

    Available by reservation at the Claremont Hotel, or at Harbor House Community Center....moreless



Write a review 4.7
from 14 traveler reviews
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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $75
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Propane heat (if used) $50
  • Tax Rate 9%


*Be aware of our multiple consecutive week discount!. Two or more weeks will be discounted 10%, based on availability. *Early inquiry is recommended.

Payment at time of reservation will be made by personal or corporate check., or credit card through HomeAway reservation service.

Weekly rates are subject to 8% Maine Lodging tax.

Guests may use personal or corporate check.

We will invoice by email at the time of reservation for the appropriate amount, rent, tax and security deposit.

We will confirm the reservations upon receipt of deposit and the check clears.

Payments made outside of the US

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 03/29/2017
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13 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bar Harbor Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Dry Dock, Sips,
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Bass Harbor, SW Harbor, to Swan, Frenchboro isl.
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Causeway GC, 9 holes
10 Miles
Nearest Train
Ellsworth, Scenic Train
Southwest Harbor, ME, USA
Nearest Motorway
State Rt.102
0.05 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
DryDock Cafe
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Echo Lake

Car: Necessary

Weeks run SATURDAY to SATURDAY. Spring & Fall, lower rates prevail. Southwest Harbor is a friendly village on the Quiet side of Mt. Dessert Island, with a

history of boat building, fishing, maritime activity:

quintessential Maine charm. A town full of shops from antiques to fine wines, artists studios where the

essence of creativity resides, eateries, casual,

alfresco to formal -all of this just a short walk from your residence here at the Head of the Harbor.

Literally surrounded by Acadia National Park you are

close to hikes, shore and woodlands, on the crest between our glorious sunrises and colorful sunsets. From the bedroom of our cottage one can get a peek of the Cranberries Isles, Western Way, the sparkling watercraft which run these waters every day. Awake to the sounds of seagulls and bustling lobster boats beginning another grand day in our part of the world. Just a short drive from Swan's Island ferry & water taxi's to the Cranberries & Sutton IS. Island Explorer bus to all parts of the island and ANP.

Other Activities: Acadia National Park, Hiking, kayaking, photography, painting, shopping, dining

Golf: At the northern entrance to Southwest Harbor, just off Rt. 102 is the CauseWay Golf Club. A summertime center of recreational activities including golf, tennis and swimming. A great family gathering place where one can wile away a fine summer day on the links or courts. Tennis courts are available also at the Claremont Hotel located on Clark Point Road. Just call for rates & times.

Tennis is also available at the Harbor House and the Claremont Hotel. Reservations may be made , and some free drop-in sets are available at Harbor House. All facilities are in Southwest Harbor.

*Artists take note: we are minutes from Acadia Workshop Center, in Bernard, Me where weekly sessions are given in painting in all mediums by nationally known art instructors.

We offer special dispensation to artists registered at AWC. (reduced security deposit ). We are located on the Explorer line, so transportation to ACW is easy from our cottage.

Ski: We are recommended by:

The Acadia Workshop Center, Bernard, ME, for students attending weekly artist workshops.

*Artists take note: we are minutes from Acadia Workshop Center, in Bernard, Me where weekly sessions are given in painting in all mediums by nationally known art instructors.

*We offer special dispensation to artists registered at AWC. We are located on the Explorer line, so transportation to ACW is easy from our cottage.

Our guests will receive a packet of discount coupons for area restaurants and 10% off Oli's Trolley tickets.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: As former B 'n B owners, lovers of Travel and history. Bill, who was formerly a guide in Acadia National Park, passed away in 2013, found this place fascinating and beautiful, a paradise! Barbara is an accomplished metalsmith, sharing her work by appointment. We always loved to travel, read, garden and share our knowledge of this magical place. You will enjoy Barbara's special scones for your first mornings breakfast!

Why the Owner Chose Southwest Harbor, ME, USA:
The ARTIST's Cottage, a WEEKLY rental, is located on the 'quiet side' of our island, yet near many of ANP's most popular beaches and trails. We love the ambiance of near seaside living with lobster pounds close by, as well as the charming village life, craft and artists' venues, Sights and sounds of the sea give us great pleasure in living here.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Use the free island bus (during the season), Convenient and private, our cozy cottage is within walking distance of the water, Great Harbor Marina and beach overlook. So easy and convenient to walk to town for dinner, then stroll back to your cottage, with views of our magnificent harbor! Boats and sea sounds abound, and it's a joy being close to nearby ferry terminals to the outer islands.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/29/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Welcome to the Artist's Cottage!

    Welcome to the Artist's Cottage!

  • Welcome to the Artists Cottage!

    Welcome to the Artists Cottage!

  • Living Room view from Stairs

    Living Room view from Stairs

  • Dining table convenience

    Dining table convenience

  • Comfy seating in the Living Room

    Comfy seating in the Living Room

  • "UP" to spacious and comfy sleeping quarters

    "UP" to spacious and comfy sleeping quarters

  • Luxurious King size bedroom w/ comforts for Maine nights.

    Luxurious King size bedroom w/ comforts for Maine nights.

  • Entering Duck Brook Carriage Road

    Entering Duck Brook Carriage Road

  • Ferries waiting portside

    Ferries waiting portside

  • Acadia's Fabulous Fall Color

    Acadia's Fabulous Fall Color

  • Eagles are numerous if you are looking in the right places!

    Eagles are numerous if you are looking in the right places!

  • Southwest Harbor Celebrates America!

    Southwest Harbor Celebrates America!

  • Kitchen area/Great room with TV & comfy seating.

    Kitchen area/Great room with TV & comfy seating.

  • Your doorway to excitement on our island!

    Your doorway to excitement on our island!

  • Fully stocked studio Kitchen w/microwave & stovetop

    Fully stocked studio Kitchen w/microwave & stovetop

  • Shower/bath fully stocked w/heaps of towels!

    Shower/bath fully stocked w/heaps of towels!

  • dreamy open ceiling in sleeping room

    dreamy open ceiling in sleeping room

  • Well appointed bedroom w/peeks of the outer islands.

    Well appointed bedroom w/peeks of the outer islands.

  • Causeway Putting Green Overlooks Norwood Cove

    Causeway Putting Green Overlooks Norwood Cove

  • Approaching Southwest Harbor from the Western Way

    Approaching Southwest Harbor from the Western Way

  • Beautiful Autumn in Acadia N.P.

    Beautiful Autumn in Acadia N.P.

  • Ocean view from Park Loop Road

    Ocean view from Park Loop Road

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