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SeaCat's Rest Oceanside Suite

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Two bedrooms, one sleeping alcove, one full bath, sleeps 5

SeaCat's Rest is a modern, kid friendly 1000 sf suite with full cook's kitchen. It looks toward the Maine shore through thirty feet of windows, and comprises the private ocean facing ground level of a large two family home. Step outside and you will be 100 feet from the great North Atlantic with views toward Cadillac Mountain and Acadia National Park. Dig clams on the shore or kayak in the pristine waters between short trips to Bar Harbor or the Park's many attractions. Walk up to our local pond for a refreshing swim or check out Lamoine State Park one mile away. Settle in for the night with all the comforts of home with our full modern granite kitchen and entertainment center. There are two bedrooms, each with queen size beds, plus a new sleeping alcove with a full size bed.

We do not make use of the "instant book" feature, so you must send a booking request through this service and I will respond within a few hours.

September-The Other August!: Here on the Downeast coast of Maine, September is slow to yield to the cooling Canadian winds and we often have a full month of sun and warmth after most tourists have gone. This is the season of ripening apples, cranberries waiting to be gathered and the first hints of fall color. Prices are marked down--including ours, but few seasonal restaurants or shops are ready to close for the year.The Acadia Night Sky Festival is a celebration of the unique darkness of our night sky and runs in early September. Bucksport's Annual Medieval Tournament is scheduled for the second Saturday in September at Fort Knox. The quirky MDI Garlic Festival happens in mid September at the Smuggler's Den campground in Southwest Harbor. Though it's a bit of a drive, the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine is an organic mega-event at the end of September. My favorite fall event is Southwest Harbor's Oktoberfest where all of Maine's craft brewers offer their brews.

Our apartment is under our unit. We are an older couple with a few cats and we try to be as cat-like as they are when it comes to noise. We rarely intrude on "your" side (the ocean side) of the yard; only when Bruce needs to row out to his boat every 2 days to check his lobster traps. We typically communicate with our guests by text or email, so privacy is a big priority!

More Details

Bruce Gillett
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2017

About Bruce Gillett

The hosts, Bruce Gillett and Dr. Kathleen Rybarz came from Michigan in 1988 and raised our daughter here in Maine. We love the water, mountains and scenery and take an active interest in gardening, boating, mushrooming and foraging wild foods.

Bruce Gillett purchased this apartment in 1995

Why Bruce Gillett chose Acadia

We didn't buy this house, we built it! After decades in the building business we designed it just how we wanted it and we feel it is the perfect spot for sharing with small groups who appreciate the water views and access, cleanliness and attention to details.

What makes this apartment unique

Maine is the place where busy people come to rejuvenate. The quiet, the sea air and harmony with nature restore the spirit. Seacat's Rest was designed to enhance these effects; to present the Maine coast in all its glory and give comfort and ease in accommodations. Our goal is to make this the place where happy memories are made.


Lamoine Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Tiled floors and tub surround with elegant glass sink and premium fixtures. Towels provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Sleeping Alcove - 1 double
  • Both bedrooms are approximately 10'x12' and have a five foot closet and a window large enough for an emergency exit. The sleeping alcove is 8'x12' and is separated from living area by a curtain and has a full (double) bed and no closet. Linens provided.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Seacat's Rest is probably the cheapest waterfront place you will find in the area that's not a rustic, tiny, summer-only cottage. Please read the reviews and see what our guests have to say!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

SeaCat's Rest Oceanside Suite
average rating of 4.904762 based on 21 reviews

Wonderful, well -appointed property!

  • 5 of 5

This property over-delivered! It was a great place to recharge during a 9 day road trip through New England. The unit was clean, quiet, and well-supplied. We took day trips into Bar Harbor and Acadia Nat'l Park then came back each evening to relax and regroup. Bruce was quite accommodating and was available to answer questions, provide insights, and help us when we locked ourselves out! I would recommend this property to anyone looking for a place to relax and reflect!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Still purring after all these years.

  • 5 of 5

We've been coming to Maine to recharge our batteries for years and have stayed in lots of rentals, looking for the one to return to again and again. We found that place at Seacat's Rest and this was our third stay. We are never disappointed here. The place is perfect for our needs, has a great location and view, and Bruce is a world-class host, even gifting us with lobsters when he has them! Seacat's Rest has become our home away from home in Maine. We look forward to our next visit this year!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks F. and G., You are always welcome! We can't offer lobsters to many, and we don't want guests to expect them, but when the stars are aligned and the 5 traps are full, we are happy to share. Being a host in paradise is the best job I've ever had! Bruce
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Wonderful Accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful stay at Sea Cat's rest! Not only are the accommodations private, quiet and comfortable, but the view across the water to Mt. Desert Island is extraordinary. We enjoyed sitting on the bluff and watching the lobster boats and the changing tide.

Our hosts, Bruce and Kathy, were very helpful and offered many suggestions for activities in this beautiful area.

During our week's stay we enjoyed several excursions: a ferry ride to lovely Isle Au Haut, digging clams and mussels on the shore in front of Sea Cat's Rest (free food!), a wild mushroom hike suggested by Bruce, a trip to Campobello Island, (FDR's summer retreat), and cranberry picking on Mt. Desert Island. We also had plenty of time to relax in front of a warm fire in our cozy apartment. We certainly plan to be return guests, and would recommend Sea Cat's Rest to our friends without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Would stay again without hesitation

  • 5 of 5

This property is in a picturesque and quiet spot. You can see Mt. Desert Island across the bay (and the drive to the park is easy). We spotted a number of bald eagles as well, who fly very close! The inside was clean, roomy, and inviting, and we found everything we needed. Everything was functional. The hosts were friendly, accommodating, and available (though we didn't have any issues where we needed to find them)...and while the hosts do live on site, we felt like we had total privacy. They were very respectful of that. They provided a short but comprehensive manual for the property which answered any questions we could think of. Easy access to the water (rocky waterfront). Their friendly outdoor cats (who are not allowed inside) provided extra entertainment for our 9-year old. There's a fire pit right outside the door too, and we had local friends over for s'mores one night.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5 Star All the Way !!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful, clean, like new ground floor apartment with a gorgeous view. Our host was friendly and very helpful while my wife loved the kitchen and the cozy wood burning stove. We plan on returning for an extended trip next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An unforgettable stay.. very nice:)

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the stay and we can confidently say that you have taken every measure to keep the guests happy. Hats off to your thought process.

The house was very clean and all the required things were in place [with instructions to use]. Kids enjoyed reading the books and playing the games.

We look forward to visiting again, and would highly recommend 'Seacat Rest' to anyone planning a visit to Bar Harbor or Acadia, and is also in search of the true beauty and quietness of New England. The location, the cleanliness, and the gracious hosts makes this destination a 5 star rating for anyone lucky enough to book this rental.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Raj for your kind words. We enjoyed having you and are glad to host young families. Come back again! Bruce
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Bar Harbor (Trenton)
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Finn's Irish Pub
Nearest Ferry
28 Miles
to Cranberry Island
Nearest Golf
5.7 Miles
Bar Harbor Golf Course
Nearest Train
155 Miles
Portland, ME
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Rt 1/ RT 3
Nearest Restaurant
7.2 Miles
The Bangkok Restaurant
Nearest Ski
49 Miles
Hermon Mountain
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Lamoine Beach Town Park
Car: necessary

By making a half hour hop to Lamoine from Acadia National Park many advantages can be found. Prices are lower, beaches and trails are less crowded and you will not need to sacrifice any bit of the Downeast experience. You could even kayak one mile to the island or drive 8 miles and hop onto the free 'Island Explorer' bus to avoid crowded island driving altogether. Our breezy location just about guarantees pleasant and bug free picnics or clambakes. Our 1/4 mile gravel driveway removes us from summer traffic noises. Come and see what SeaCat's Rest has to offer!

Other Activities: kayaking, birding, clam digging, island exploring, cranberry picking


Rates & Availability

Lamoine Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2017
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

Please note: We will try to get 7 day minimum reservations for summer until Feb 1, 2017 at which time we will again accept shorter stays.
If the total stay (< 1 week) adds up to more than the weekly rate, the weekly rate applies. Charges for fractions of a second week are figured as fractions of the weekly rate. Example: a 10 day stay would be 10/7 times the weekly rate, not the weekly rate plus 3x the daily rate.

We ask for an immediate $100 deposit to hold your reservation and the remainder of the first half to be sent six weeks before arrival, with the second half due upon arrival. We accept checks, cash and now Paypal too. With Paypal, it's possible to pay electronically within the US without fees. Ask us for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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