About the property
- House3600 sq. ft.
- Half Baths2
- Minimum Stay3 nights
6 bedrooms, 2 full/2 half bathrooms, sleeps 11
Manset Rock: The property includes two homes (The Main House and The Cottage), a boat house, private dock and woodland trail. It overlooks beautiful Southwest Harbor, the entrance to Somes Sound, inner and outer islands, as well as the western and eastern mountains of Acadia National Park. Perfectly located for sunrise or sunset views, or for simply relaxing and watching the elegant Hinckley Yachts, sailboat races or local fishing fleet come and go. A few steps out the door and you can catch the Cranberry Cove Ferry to the outer islands or the Island Explorer - Acadia's free shuttle that offers Mount Desert Island visitors and residents free transportation to hiking trails, carriage roads, island beaches, and in-town shops and restaurants.
The main house built in 1903 is a classic oceanfront wood shingled 'cottage,' with 3600 sq ft of living space, and ocean views from nearly every window. Enjoy the outdoors on the 1200 sq ft wrap around porch overlooking the secluded pebble beach. The 3-story home has 6 bedrooms that sleep up to 11, a large living room with panoramic ocean view, a formal dining room with seating up to 14, eat-in kitchen and walk-in pantry.
The home provides ample space for gathering - or seeking solitude - with fine crafted woodwork throughout, comfy window seats, wood burning fireplaces, piano, game table and books, games and puzzles galore. The kitchen, dining room and pantry are spacious and accommodating for groups of any size. Electronics include cable / high-speed wireless internet, HD TV, Roku, DVD player, computer, printer, answering machine, fax machine, hair driers, dishwasher, electric range, freezer, microwave, two refrigerators, washer and dryer. Outdoor amenities include a gas grill, private dock, hammock and outdoor furniture.
No reason to even leave the property, with so much to do right here! Enjoy spectacular views from the house or porch, explore the ever-changing tidal pools or beach comb along the large cobblestone beach. There is even a private nature trail, aka the Deer Path, that winds throughout the property. Nature comes to you in this wonderful spot, with sightings of deer, fox and raccoon, as well as otter, seal, dolphin, osprey and even an occasional bald eagle.
You are minutes away from even more fantastic outdoor actives with Acadia surrounding the property. The Quietside of MDI is home to Acadia's Seawall Entrance (with ranger talks), Ship Harbor Nature Trail, Bass Harbor Light, Echo Lake Beach, and some of the most scenic hikes in the park, including summit trails up Acadia, St Sauveur, Mansell, Beach Cliff, Flying Mountain and more. Cranberry Cove Ferry and Island Explorer – Acadia’s free shuttle – stop just a few doors down from the property.
If you are game to venture further afield, we recommend you take in a sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain, learn about the park at the Acadia Visitor Center and Nature Center at Sieur de Monts Spring, follow the Park Loop Road and stop by observation spots at Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff. For the more adventurous, try biking the Eagle Lake carriage path, hiking the Precipice Trail on Champlain Mountain, cooling off at the ledges at Echo Lake, exploring Long Pond by canoe or Somes Sound by kayak, try out the links at the Causeway Club or Kebo Valley, and then there is always time for shopping and dining in any of the Island towns, including nearby Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Bar Harbor. We just want you to enjoy this beautiful part of the Maine coast as much as we do, and encourage you to explore the island!
Need additional space? Consider booking the Manset Rock Cottage as well. Original to the property, The Cottage was transformed into a charming guest house in the 1960's. It is a one-story wood-shingled ranch style home with private sleeping loft. The home provides ample space for gathering - or seeking solitude - with large bedrooms, central great room with fireplace and game table, cable TV and Wi-Fi. There are books, games and puzzles galore. The Cottage includes an extra-large back deck with woodland and ocean views. There is also a seasonal wildflower garden, wild blueberry patch and you can access the private pebble beach via a short walk along the Deer path nature trail.
The Cottage has 4 bedrooms that sleep 7, a large great room combines living/dining rooms, and a full kitchen with breakfast nook. It comes complete with an outdoor gas grill and outdoor furniture. Appliances include a HDTV, wireless router, washer, dryer, dishwasher, electric range, refrigerator, microwave and hair drier. Great for a small group of friends or family, or the Cottage can be rented along with the Manset Rock main house to accommodate larger parties.
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- May 26, 2018
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Could not have been more perfect - exceeded all expectations
This house is everything you think it will be from the posting. It was huge, tons of space for everyone, BEAUTIFUL views. I've done quite a few Home Away stays, so there were two things that stood out for me at this house. 1. It was soooo well stocked with anything you could need. It was really nice to have everything you could want, which I think lends to me second point 2. It felt very comfortable, like the house was yours. It felt lived in & warm. I'm local to Maine & will absolutely be renting again & recommending this house to anyone who wants to stay on the island with a larger group. If I could give it 6 stars I would.
This was the perfect place for our extended family to be together. Our hosts could not have been more generous and accommodating. Away from the tourist crowds, oceanfront with a 270 degree wrap around porch - the perfect spot. Could not recommend highly enough.
Beautiful, seaside retreat with character
Our family chose coastal Maine to vacation this year, and we wanted a property where we could touch the water and experience the coast first hand. This home is loaded with comforts and character; each one of us slept soundly, no doubt as a result of all the hiking and seafood, with comfortable linens and showers to welcome us back. The scenery from inside the house is so pretty- and the view of the sound from the dock is even more stunning.
Ms. Dixon was the kind of guest you hope for. She was extremely easy to work with and very accommodating. She and her group were respectful of the property and assisted us with beginning the turnover. She would be very welcome to stay here again.
Beautiful home on the quiet side of the island
This home was the perfect spot for my family of 8. We were able to spread out and have space for ourselves as well as time with the group. Even though it is located on the quieter side of the island we had no problem making the drive over to Cadillac Mountain to see the sunrise or back to Bar Harbor to walk the trails. There's nothing better than breakfast or coffee on the porch in the morning. If it's too windy, you can sit inside in the window seat and still see the ocean and the boats coming and going. At night, we would sit down on the dock and watch the stars. It was a wonderful trip to a wonderful place. The house has such charm!
We had nine adults meet for a family vacation. The house is spacious, comfortable and charming. We could not have asked for a better location to spend a week together. So much to do or relax on the huge front porch. Plenty of room to enjoy lobster dinners together and close to so much action. Will be returning to this house!
Beautiful secluded waterfront home
My wife and I stayed here with 9 adults and our new baby, including my in-laws and my own parents. Needless to say, we needed space for everyone's peace and privacy. This home was perfect. The wrap-around porch was a great place to relax and watch the yachts and lobster boats head out of Southwest Harbor. The porch also gave us great views of the sunrise over Acadia's mountains (as do three of the six bedrooms). The large picture windows in the living room offered the same views and the window seats were great spots for reading or napping. Almost all of us gathered around the living room fire each night. The kitchen was amazingly well stocked and very clean. We cooked dinner at the house every night with everyone fitting comfortably around the large dining room table.
The house is about 2 miles from the town of Southwest Harbor. We really loved this town. It has a nice gourmet market, a wine & cheese shop, a few clothing boutiques, a very affordable nine hole golf course right on the water, and a fantastic library--although the house has a formidable library in its own right--so you might never feel compelled to venture to the town library.
The owner and the caretakers were very responsive and helpful. We would definitely stay at the house again.
Golf: There are two golf courses on Mt. Desert Island. The first is the Causeway Club, a semi-private (open to public as well as members) 9 hole course (that plays 18) in Southwest Harbor, approximately 10 minutes from Manset Rock. The second is Kebo Valley, a very challenging 18 hole course in Bar Harbor, approximately 35 minutes from Manset Rock.
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No smoking. Pets approved on a case by case basis. Request washing machine be started with towels prior to departure. Remove sheets and leave in pile on bed. Pls empty fridge and take out trash prior to departure.