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Large charming Bar Harbor ocean view home.

Bedrooms 7
Space 2,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

7 bedrooms, 7 full bathrooms, sleeps 14

Located on Mt. Desert Island in the village of Hulls Cove, Twin Gables House is a perfect home base for multi-family or couple groups. Recently a bed and breakfast, guests can share comfortable common areas with family and friends while enjoying the privacy of a bedroom with its own bath.

One half mile away is beautiful Acadia National Park with opportunities for scenic drives, birdwatching, hiking, biking, rock climbing, etc. Three miles from home is downtown Bar Harbor with its myriad of shops and restaurants as well as whale watching and kayaking tours.

The house dates back to the 1880's. Renovated in the 1980's it retains classic charm with its original hardwood flooring and floor to ceiling windows in the living and dining rooms. A sprinkling of antiques and many original paintings, many by local Maine artists, adorn the premises.

After a busy day enjoying the many area attractions, the comfort of the Twin Gables house awaits you. Cool ocean breezes take the edge off even the hottest days of summer. Just to be sure, six of the seven bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning. A comfortable porch with grill and a large backyard lend themselves to cookouts. Free WiFi is available.

From the house, at low tide, it is possible to access an expanse of rocky beach which also leads to the popular Chart Room Restaurant - open for lunch and dinner. Just a little further lies the Hulls Cove General Store plus the local post office. It is possible to leave your vehicle behind in our ample parking lot and take the free shuttle bus into Bar Harbor and around Acadia National Park.

More Details

Mindy Hill
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Mindy Hill

I am a former Vermonter who moved to Mount Desert Island in1979 at the tender age of 22, shortly after graduationg from the University of Vermont. I fell in love with the ocean, the community of Bar Harbor and the park. I spent about 10 years as an overeducated waitress at a variety of area restaurants including the Chart Room which was coowned by my future husband. In 1989 I was able to hang up my waitress shoes and became the host of the Twin Gables Bed and Breakfast. I raised my two children while operating the b & b for 14 enjoyable years. But B & B's are notoriously time consuming so in 2007 we converted the house to a weekly rental and I have enjoyed more free time in the summer for park activities and the like. We summer in our cabin in the woods, about 3 miles from the rental house then move back in to the main house for the winter months.

Mindy Hill purchased this house in 1988

Why Mindy Hill chose Hulls Cove

My husband was working for the previous owner of this property when it was damaged in a house fire. The owner, after some consideration, decided to sell the house as is rather than taking on the renovations. Russ (my husband) always the entrepreneur, saw it as a perfect spot for a B&B and the renovations gave us the perfect opportunity to add the private baths that B&B travelers so appreciate.

What makes this house unique

Probably my two favorite parts of the house are the kitchen window that has views of the ocean (though not as good in the summer as they use to be due to foliage growth) and the back porch which is open air and a wonderfully pleasant place to hang out in the summer. I find the location very convenient.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We all just loved the great house -so warm and welcoming and well provisioned. Thank you so much for letting us share your home. Bed's so comfortable. We all feel like we could live here.
Sep 2009
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Hulls Cove House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Our bathrooms are nothing fancy but there are a lot of them. One of the nice things about them is the water pressure. The showers are fabulously powerful and we have two water heaters to keep the hot water flowing amply. Each of the upstairs bathrooms is contained within the bedroom it is connected to, providing plenty of privacy. They will be equipped with two sets of towels There are two washers and dryers available to freshen them up during the week. Laundry detergent is provided. Each bathroom will have a starter roll of toilet paper which you will probably need to supplement. I will not be supplying soap or shampoo. Cleanliness is of course a given.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
  • There are six bedrooms on the second floor. Bedrooms 1 and 2 have nice views of the cove. Bedrooms 3 and 4 have partial views of the cove. Bedrooms 5 and 6 face the backyard. They are the quietest of all the bedrooms and also the darkest in the early morning hours as they face the west. Rooms 1,2,3 and 4 have cable TVs. There are two rollaway cots available for use. Bedrooms 2, 4 and 5 can all accommodate one cot. There is also a seventh bedroom downstairs off of the kitchen. It has an attached bath with a large claw-foot tub. There is a door between it and the kitchen for privacy. There is also a portacrib and a high-chair on the premises for those traveling with young children. One set of linens per bed and two sets of towels per bathroom are provided.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The best view of the water downstairs is available from the kitchen. Morning coffee at the kitchen table or counter is quite lovely. Sometimes deer can be spotted in the field next door and we are often blessed with visits from hummingbirds and cardinals as well as many other bird variety. (It helps if you add birdseed to the feeder during your stay. The squirrels and chipmunks do a number on it.) On the back of the house is a very pleasant porch. While not blessed with an ocean view it is none the less a pleasant place to relax in the afternoon sunshine or on hot days , the coolness of the morning shade. The gas grill is on the porch as well as a dining table and some comfortable chairs. The bugs are minimal and usually do not bother you. There is ample parking with room for multiple cars.


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Large charming Bar Harbor ocean view home.
average rating of 4.888889 based on 19 reviews

Cozy, wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 14 grad students stay at this house for a retreat. It was great for a group of our size and we had plenty of spaces to sleep people.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

Despite the construction in front of this house, our family of 13 enjoyed our annual reunion at Twin Gables. Perfect for eating, sleeping, and playing out back. It is definitely as described in the listing. Mindy was helpful with a quick toilet repair. 2 washing machines! Great views including sunrise on the cove. Even the recommended Chart Room down the street was exceptional. A quick ride (or bike ride) to the park.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We had 5 families stay here for a family vacation. This house was perfect! Each bedroom having its own bathroom was critical! Everyone had privacy, but there was plenty of space to all hang out together. Close to Acadia and downtown Bar Harbor. The house was clean and well equipped with anything you could need. We will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Home, Great View, Great Vacation at Twin Gables!

  • 5 of 5

Our favorite vacation destination is Bar Harbor, Maine, without exception. This year we rented The Twin Gables House at Hull's Cove so that we could enjoy our 3 grown sons, daughter-in-laws and 8 grandchildren all under one roof. Twin Gables was a perfect fit. Room for everyone and everything for a memorable week near our favorite sights and scenery in Acadia and on Mt Desert Island. The back porch was our favorite place to eat and rest after a day in the park. The family is already talking about our return trip. Thanks for sharing your Twin Gables Home with our family.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Aurora, Colorado

25 years later, A return to Bar Harbor.

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 visited Bar Harbor & Arcadia 25 yrs ago. It was our daughters favorite vacation. Thanks to Twin Gables House,

our family of 15, ( 7 grand children) had plenty of room & bathrooms! We enjoyed cooking Lobster @ the house, ate clams & muscles, enjoyed the back porch, & the little kids loved the back yard. Proximity to the park & Bar Harbor was outstanding. We Loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
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Greer, SC USA

Beautiful house! Perfect for large groups!

  • 5 of 5

We had 3 families & this house was perfect for our group! Everyone had their own space & bathrooms! The water pressure in the showers was an unexpected surprise & it was amazing how quiet the house was with the amount of people staying there! The kitchen had everything we needed & it was so nice to have 2 refrigerators as well as 2 washers & dryers. It is located on a busy road, but the kids had more than enough room in the beautiful backyard to enjoy the outside. The owner, Mindy was so great to work with too! She always responded quickly & was a big help with any questions that we had during the week! I would highly recommend this beautiful house for anyone, but especially if you have a large crew like us!

Thanks Mindy!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Bangor{bar harbor also}
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Bar Harbor Golf Course
Nearest Train
120 Miles
Portland Maine
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
rt 3 and rt 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Chart Room Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.25 Metres
Hulls Cove
Car: recommended

The main attraction of Mt. Desert Island is its tremendous beauty. Acadia National Park has many small mountains that boast beautiful ocean views from the summits after relatively short hikes. The trail system in the park is extensive. Cadillac Mountain is accessible by car and often has stunning sunrises and sunsets. There is even a horse-drawn carriage trip up Parkman Mt. Swimming is available at Echo Lake and for the hardy at beautiful Sand Beach. The park loop road offers incredible scenery including Thunder Hole. Mountain biking is fantastic on the park carriage roads with rentals available in Bar Harbor. Consider visiting during the beautiful fall months to enjoy the lovely changing foliage..

Other Activities: ocean kayaking, shelling, birdwatching,etc

Golf: Kebo Valley Golf course in bar Harbor is very scenic and only about 3 miles away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Cleaning $200
Tax Rate 9.0%

Refundable damage/deposit of $300 payable at time of reservation. Half of the total rental rate is due 4 months prior to arrival date and the other half is due 15 days before arrival.
Cleaning fee is $200.

Flexible check-in and out dates available in the fall and early spring season with a 3 day minimum.
Rates based on a maximum of 14 people. Additional people considered for a $50 per week fee per person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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