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Waters Edge Cottage, In the woods, spacious, quiet cove, private

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Large A-Frame. 2+ bedrooms,2 baths, Sleeps 4+ (TV room has a full hide-a-bed)

Fernald Cove Cottage is nestled in the woods at Water's edge on Fernald cove; 11 Connor Pt. Lane, Southwest Harbor, ME. A great getaway location, yet less than a mile from Town, shopping, restaurants, museums, and within walking distance of the Causway Club Golf/Tennis (open to the public), A short (~5 min) walk to Acadia National Park mountain hiking trails, Short drives to Bar Harbor, Whale watching, Fishing, Acadia Natl Park carriage roads,etc.

Waters Edge Cottage is a large 2+ bedroom A-frame, 20 ft from Fernald Cove. It has a large living room overlooking the Cove, a bedroom with 2 twin beds on the first floor, a family/video room with a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, bath & shower, washer/dryer/microwave. Up a spiral staircase to an enormous master bedroom overlooking the cove, with queen bed, large bathroom & shower, desk & WIFI, and a rear deck to watch amazing sunsets. Rentals are seasonal, June thru September, weekly minimum, Saturday 3PM to Saturday 10AM.

About Fernald Cove Cottage: Our cottage was once part of a large estate on Fernald Cove, which empties into Somes Sound. Your nearest neighbors are the Hays, who have a converted stable that is now a magnificent home. Our cottage sits at the waters edge to Fernald cove in 3 acres of woods. As the Cove is tidal, it empties at low tide. Kayaks and canoes are welcome, just watch out for low tide. It's a muddy walk back! Our cottage was once just two nice rooms with their own roofs, connected by a kitchen and bath. When we purchased it, we decided to enlarge it for our family of four, and the best way to conserve what we had was to convert it to the A-frame design you now see. We simply joined the two roof lines East and West by following the existing roof lines, and enclosed the area in between with a living room, plus an enormous master bedroom and bath up a spiral staircase to the newly created second floor. The end facing the cove has large glass windows, and the opposite end has a deck and rear stairs.

More History: The timbers and floors in the expansion came from a distillery in Cincinnati, which was being taken down, and the lumber sold for just pennies / foot. The beams are 2 1/2 inches thick X 8, 10 or 12 inches wide, ~20 ft long, of southern yellow pine, an extremely hard and well seasoned wood. Some of the vertical supports are massive, and the floors and ceiling are 2 X 6 inch tongue and groove, ~ 20 ft long, as can seen as you go up the spiral stairway. We purchased the wood in Cincinnati, hauled it to our home there and spent weeks pulling out nails, until we had ~40,000 pounds of lumber which we hauled up to the cottage on a truck.

We spent two years/summers building the addition, after having the foundation 'improved' (Had it redone again in 2012.) from original post supports. We used adjacent trees and block-and- tackle to hoist the beams in place; father & son (16). The support beams are bolted triples, and only intersect the original structure in two places, the closets

And More: The metal supports were custom made by a blacksmith in Cincinnati, where we spend our winters. As father & son assembled the support structure, roof shingles purchased in Oregon as pre-assembled shingled panels, 2 ft X 8 ft, and let us put up the roof covering in a much shorter time. These were pre-coated with sealant by mother and daughter (12) by putting them through a trough, enabling a thorough coating of sealer and recovery of excess for the next panel. True family effort! The final shingling and vertical shingles were done by Norman Harkins Builders, to whom we owe a great deal of thanks, as we did not have time to finish before 'summer vacation' ended, returning to Cincinnati and work and school.

Now we have a nice living room facing the cove, two bedrooms downstairs, (One we have converted to a TV room, DVD room really, as no real TV reception in the woods!) The second floor has a very large bdrm and bath/shower. Furnishings mostly from home. Hope you enjoy your stay!

More Details

Tom Rolfes
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2018

About Tom Rolfes

We are a family of 4 (Now our daughter is married and we have a granddaughter!). We worked together to convert the simple floor plan into the 'A'-frame as discussed below. Once we finished that effort, we decided it was time to get a boat, and we found a great racing sloop (a Ranger 37), which I later exchanged for a J-boat in ~2000. We also race a classic Luders L-16 in the area. We race from June thru October in the local sailing clubs: The Southwest Harbor Fleet, and the Northeast Harbor Fleet.

At the upper end of Somes Sound, we found an old building and a barn and garage that was being offered for sale, with a remarkable view down the Sound to Southwest Harbor. We purchased that in ~1999, and let the Town of Northeast Harbor use the buildings for Fire practice, They cleaned it up after, and we built a bit larger home there, which is where we will likely be while you use the cottage.

Tom Rolfes purchased this cottage in 1988

Why Tom Rolfes chose Southwest Harbor

Our family had traveled during summer vacations either in camping/UV mode throughout the US, or internationally because of my work. After visiting Maine camping several times, and a few trips out West, and overseas, we asked the youngsters where they liked best, and the both said 'Maine!'. So we decided to get a place on MDI. We love Connor Point and our cove.

What makes this cottage unique

We decided we needed a quiet place on the shore, and we found 11 Connor Point as that spot, in the woods, on the shore and simple.

Being the overflow cottage for the larger estate, it needed complete revamping of internals, and a lot more room. So, we converted it to the 'A'-frame style as shown. We see lots of birds, Osprey, Eagle, Falcon,Heron, Woodpeckers, and the occasional Fox, and often Deer.


Southwest Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dialup Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • First floor bath has toilet, basin, and shower. Second floor bath is large with large shower, toilet and basin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Very Large Bedrm
    Studio - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Video Rm
  • 1st Floor has one bedroom with two twin beds. The Family/video room has a TV for VCR,DVD, CD player, and has a double hide-a-bed. Second floor has an enormous master bedroom with Queen sized bed and bath with large shower.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Waters Edge Cottage, In the woods, spacious, quiet cove, private
average rating of 4.0 based on 3 reviews

Great Family Cottage

  • 4 of 5

We rented this cottage last minute for a family vacation in Maine. My Wife, and 3 boys (20, 18 and 15) had a fantastic time. The views are great and we loved the location which was close to Hiking, Biking, SW Harbor, Golfing and the IGA for getting Food. Location allows you to head east or West on MDI very easily. I would highly recommend this place if you like older cabins in the woods!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are glad you had a good time! I think we may have found a T-shirt that was left Blue. Should we send it to you? Tom Rolfes
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St. Louis

Quiet and peaceful

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I had a great vacation on MDI, while researching this trip, we decided to stay on the quiet side of the island and settle on this quiet, rustic cottage. To start at the beginning, I would say that the listing and photos were very accurate. The hosts were very quick to respond to us and accommodating with a couple of requests we had. This cottage was private, but not completely secluded (we could see a couple of other houses and activity, as a city girl, this was just what I wanted). The house was nice, the view was pretty, but I feel that the best feature about this house was the location. Again, just secluded enough, but the real win was that it was located immediately north of Southwest Harbor. This meant that we did not need to drive through SW Harbor every time we wanted to head out to explore. This definitely allowed us to spend less time in the car and more time exploring. We also had a lot of restaurant options nearby (within 2-3 miles) and the grocery store was very close. It's a good choice for 2 people.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great secluded location directly on waterfront

  • 4 of 5

Great place to be for outdoor adventures, hiking, canoeing, swimming. Despite the peak summer season this place is very quiet. Located on a peninsula directly at the ocean at a small inlet in the middle of a pine forest (with deer and squirrels). The House was nice and clean and had all amenities that are required. Very convenient are the nearby opportunities to dine/shop in South West Harbor.

Great place for a summer family vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Bangor Intl Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Southwest Harbor
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Swan's Island
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Causeway Club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Route 102
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Top of the Hill
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Sand Beach
Car: recommended

This is the perfect location for your family vacation, getaway or sports excursion. Located on Mount Desert Island, come and explore an area known for its pristine beauty and local flavor. From hiking in Acadia National Park, eating lobster in one of our award winning restaurants, sailing our spectacular coastal waters, or shopping at our local galleries and shops, there is something for everyone in Southwest Harbor.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

$500 Security Deposit. 1 wk bookings for July/Aug can be made after May 1.
For the period: June 10 to June 24 2017, the weekly rate is $2200, a two week stay would be $4000.
As mentioned above, we encourage a 2-week minimum stay. A one week period may be a possibility to fill in available spacing.
For the period June 24 to July 29, 2017, the weekly rental is $2300, a two week stay would be $4300 July 29 to August 26, $2500/wk, $4500/2 wks., $8400/4 wks. Aug 26 - Sept 23 $2200/wk, $4000/2wks, $8000/4 wks. Sept 23 - Oct 14 $2000/wk

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.