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Charming Cottage with Great Ocean Views in Quiet Wooded Setting near Acadia

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,250 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 loft with pullout, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 6

Cove Cottage is a charming beautifully furnished getaway on 2 wooded acres which are shared with Cove House (a 5 bedroom, 3 bath luxury home). Cove Cottage can be rented separately for parties of 6 or less or with Cove House for large parties up to 16 people. The Cottage is situated a short distance from the ocean with wonderful water views. It abutts a nature conservancy and eagles, fox, dear, giant heron and other wildlife are often sighted on the property and nearby protected marshland. Explore the beautiful undeveloped shore via a walking right of way to the ocean. The property is only a short distance from Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor and other island attractions. Each of the units has its own parking, entrance, landscaped yard and ocean views. The Cottage is approximately 70 feet from the house and occupies 2 floors above the garage.

Mary Ann Hale
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2018

About Mary Ann Hale

We designed an built the cottage in 2002. We are retired teachers who have been designing and building custom homes for 30 years.

Mary Ann Hale purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Mary Ann Hale chose Southwest Harbor

Serene and tranquil with beautiful ocean views. The property abuts the nature conservancy and 1/2 mile of unspoiled beach for you to explore. Take out the canoe and watch for seals, osprey, bald eagles, and dolphins along the gorgeous coast.

What makes this cottage unique

Utter peace and tranquility amidst the unspoiled beauty of the Maine coastline.

Rent this cottage along with Cove House (homeway, property number 143459) for a family reunion or getaway with friends --sleeps up to 16 people when combined with the house.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Truly a wonderful home away from home. We would come back. The grounds are beautiful as well as the views. And ohhhh so quiet. We truly understand why they call this the quiet side. We have stayed here on the island several times and wanted to share it with our kids and we would probably never stay anywhere but on the "Quiet Side" again.
Jul 2011
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Southwest Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • Master bath has jetted tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa
  • Master bedroom has it's own bath and is on upper floor, loft with pullout sofa is on upper floor, 2nd bedroom is on first floor. 2nd bathroom is on first floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
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
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Smoking allowed outside on the deck only. Stairs to second floor bedroom and loft are steeper than normal and anyone with difficulty climbing would have trouble with them. They are 10 1/2" apart. Access to first floor is normal. We supply some complementary starter items--salt and pepper, bowl of sugar, 1 bar of soap in each bathroom, 1 liner for each bin, 1 roll of paper towels, 1 roll of toilet paper in each bath, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent


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Charming Cottage with Great Ocean Views in Quiet Wooded Setting near Acadia
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Truly awesome - pictures do not do it justice!!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! I cannot say enough good things about this charming cottage, our stay, our wonderful hosts Richard and Mary Ann or MDI. From the moment we arrived, it was relaxing, comfortable, has great ocean views, and yet is very private. I had visited MDI once before for just over one day and couldn't wait to return. It did not disappoint and it was very hard to leave both the cottage and MDI after a week. I am so glad we chose to stay on the quiet side of the island as we visited Bar Harbor frequently but the drive is beautiful and it was nice to come back to our peaceful and quiet side of the island after being in the crowds. Nature is at it's finest on MDI and there is more to do than one can cram into a vacation. Mary Ann and Richard were staying in their larger house on the property and were attentive to our needs (which were minimal) while being very unobtrusive to our privacy. The gardens around the house are so lovely and well tended as is all the property without disturbing the natural beauty. The cottage could easily accommodate 6 people with the pull out sofa bed in the upstairs loft. It is also perfect for two couples with the upstairs and downstairs bedrooms with baths providing for lots of privacy. We enjoyed the deck and I spent some time working on one of my paintings while enjoying the fresh air, sunshine, and wonderful ocean and nature views. Fall may be my new favorite time to visit Maine and I would most assuredly love to return to this Charming Cottage. The owners also have two other houses on the property that can be rented and they graciously gave us tours of both while we were there in case we wish to return with a larger group. One has 5 bedrooms and the other is a one bedroom cottage that could sleep 4 with a pull out sofa in the main living area. I wholeheartedly recommend these properties if you are planning a stay on MDI. Thank you Mary Ann and Richard for providing a wonderful place to enjoy all that MDI has to offer, for being great hosts. It was just the relaxing vacation I needed.

Sharon Campbell

Homeaway Owner/255124

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay on MDI and look forward to seeing you again.
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Perfect in every way.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cottage with beautiful gardens, surrounding pines and view. Perfect condition inside with inviting, comfortable interior decor and furnishings. Well stocked kitchen. Bathrooms like new. Nice to have all screens and windows working well. Lots of light. Beds very comfortable with nice linens. Pull out on loft included nice plush pad and was very comfortable. I'm fussy about places being clean and this cottage met all of my expectations. Pictures on web are exactly as we found it. Even found a bouquet of fresh flowers inside upon our arrival. Loved the perennial gardens. Recommend getting there before dark to make it easier to find (was not on our GPS - you will need detailed directions with street names). Convenience stores within a few minutes. Short drive to Southwest Harbor and Seawall. Extremely quiet location. Very private but not too remote. Owners are terrific and available when needed. Stairs are very steep as mentioned on website. Anyone with bad knees may want to stay downstairs. Private beach not as scenic perhaps as others on the island. However, easy place to launch canoes and kayaks. We just walked down there one afternoon. Too many other beautiful places to visit on the island!! We did NOT want to leave - the cottage or the state of Maine! Thanks to the Hales for taking pride in their rental property. We loved every minute of our stay and can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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soquel ca

Beautiful little place.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here late August 2017. Family of 4: it is perfectly depicted in the pictures. It is the quiet side of Mt Desert which gives you access to Acadia, but you do have to drive. Lovely and peaceful, the gardens are spectacular. The kitchen was good. Southwest Harbor is close, and we went there for the bakery, and for the popovers at the volunteer kitchen. We did our grocery shopping on the way to the island, as there are no big grocery stores near by, but small markets for produce and all. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Cove Cottage was a delightful place to stay during our week of hiking, biking, kayaking and swimming in the area of Acadia National Park. The cottage was clean, very nicely appointed and generally quite comfortable for a family of 4 (or 2 couples). The cottage is surrounded by lovely gardens and located in a quiet setting next to a nature preserve. We enjoyed the views of the water from the deck and bedrooms, and loved walking the beach looking for beautiful shells and rocks. The owners live nearby and were very responsive to any of our questions or concerns. They pointed us toward a great breakfast place in Southwest Harbor. We would not hesitate recommending Cove Cottage.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montclair NJ

A lovely house by the sea

  • 5 of 5

We have rented a lot of vacation houses over the past 20 years, and this was one of the best. Great location, well equipped, and very clean. Mary Ann and Richard were helpful, and we really enjoyed our stay here.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Overall Positive

  • 4 of 5

Property well-kept and well-appointed. Quiet and bright in the house. Comfortable beds. Surprised that, when we asked where the garbage liners were kept, we were told that we get "only one complimentary garbage bag." Also only one roll of toilet paper per bathroom provided for the week and no soap provided for shower.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that you were surprised about the complementary items that we supply with the rental. They are listed on the property description under Amenities--Pantry Items. You have to click on Pantry Items in order for them to appear. In order to make it clearer for future guests, we have listed them again in Amenities under Notes so that they are immediately visible.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Southwest Harbor
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Swan's Island
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Causeway Club, Southwest Harbor
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
I 395
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
250 Metres
Abuts property
Car: necessary

The property is located on the 'Quiet side' of Mount Desert Island home of Acadia National Park. The unique scenic beauty of the island provides something for the whole family--mountains, lakes, ocean, and beautiful coastal villages. The choices are vast: hiking the miles of trails in the park, cycling on the 50+ miles of carriage roads in the park, whale watching, kayaking, mountaineering., shopping in Bar Harbor, cultural activities such as summer theater, musical festivals, craft and art shows, museums, golf, visiting the beautiful surrounding islands via local ferries, touring the architectural wonders of the old homes and estates or strolling through gorgeous gardens open to the public.

Other Activities: kayaking, whale watching, summer theater, library, craft shows, antique shows, farmers' markets




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rentals are by the week from Saturday to Saturday. The base rate is for 4 people. The cottage will accommodate up to 6 people. There is an additional fee of $20/night for each additional guest over 4. In the event of cancellation, the deposit is refunded minus expenses to re-rent if we are able to re-rent the property for the entire period.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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