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4 BR Charming Modern Mansard in Southwest Harbor (Manset)

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths

This mansard home with a contemporary addition blends history with clean modern lines. It has been restored to its stately charm with original art, colorful rugs, 100 year-old wood floors, & modern fixtures and amenities -- caesar stone counter tops, top kitchen and laundry appliances, three flat screen tvs with cable and wi-fi, surround sound, and soaring ceilings throughout. The downstairs layout is open for entertaining and communal cooking, with a bright, glass addition overlooking the sprawling yard to the pond. Four full bathrooms, including one on the ground floor, offer a king, queen, and two doubles (crib available). Enjoy al fresco dining on the large bluestone patio just outside the kitchen.

Set on an idyllic one acre property with a secluded duck pond, the mansard enjoys partial views of the mouth of the harbor and includes a separate 10 X 12 writing studio with high-speed internet and views of a wildflower meadow and pond.

Additionally, a 'wreck house' with balls galore is on the property, shared with the neighboring property, and is available for recreational use during the daytime. An elliptical machine is also available, as well as a basketball hoop, boxing bags, swings, trampoline, etc. It is a delight on a stormy day! If you want exclusive use of the wreck house for sleeping purposes, it can booked ($1200/weekly) to accommodate four additional people (double, two singles) and is equipped with a full bathroom and kitchen. Wifi included (no tv in the wreck house).

More Details

Cate Baker
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Cate Baker

These are just four of the 13 cousins who vacation every year together in Maine!

Cate Baker purchased this estate in 2005

Why Cate Baker chose Southwest Harbor

When we were blissfully full of ourselves and thought no task too big, we set our minds to creating a home on MDI (following our magical summer wedding on the island). Our rationale was to be able to enjoy our family in the area and the beautiful retreat all year round with our growing families. Catherine spent much of her early life in Maine, and we wanted our children to enjoy the natural beauty and relaxed environment, a perfect respite from our city life. This home was our first big undertaking as a couple, and we labored over its restoration, which we realized was more massive each day following the purchase (for instance, once we realized it had not been insulated, we were back to ground zero). The huge bonus is that our three sons consider it utopia with four cousins next door and, if you have children, they will have immediate playmates on the property.

What makes this estate unique

We try to force ourselves out of our yard, where we have created endless activities, such as ball games, rope swings, tightrope walks, and sprinklers. As of 2014, we have added both a glass addition and another structure, a 1000 sq ft clubhouse (or 'wreck house' as we call it) with its own bathroom and kitchen, as well as a spacious sleeping loft, for kids. Our visitors remind us to take a book to the hammock or enjoy the mountain view from the adirondack chairs. But not surprisingly, the best view is from the mountaintops, so we try to hike almost every day.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Cate: we had very nice time in Maine and really enjoyed the beautiful house that you let us rent. Our walk to Southwest Harbor everyday morning was one of the most enjoyable activities.
May 2018
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Southwest Harbor Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Check out instructions: All dishes need to be washed, floor swept, garbage outside, food items brought by guests removed, lights off, doors closed.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King (1) Queen (1), Double Beds (2), pack and play crib (1). Eight guest total permitted.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
By a duck pond. Glimpses of ocean water from second floor.


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4 BR Charming Modern Mansard in Southwest Harbor (Manset)
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Portland, OR

Family Friendly and quiet near village and museum.

  • 5 of 5

The house was comfortable and nicely decorated. We liked the "Quiet Side." The kitchen was well equipped, and the Webber was nice. Janice VanDyke

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Five stars!

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend this house to anyone looking to spend time on MDI. The house is beautifully designed and furnished, well located and well maintained. The owners provided an extensive list of recommendations, which was very helpful to us a first-time visitors to the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful and comfortable house. Easy drive to

Acadia and Bar Harbor but loved staying on the quiet side of the island. Would definitely rent again.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. Art work in the home is stunning and home is very comfortable homebase for a family vacationing in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jess from Delaware

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful, nicely decorated, modern, clean home. I would stay there again

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99

Check-in after 4pm; Check-out by 10am.

Cancellation Policy: 100% non-refundable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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