Spruce Cottage - This summer cottage is located in Manset, near SW Harbor, the home of the famous Hinckley Boatyard and some of the most beautiful views of Somes Sound, the mountains, and the waters of Mount Desert Island. It is within easy walking distance of the boatyard, the town dock, boat rentals, two churches, excellent restaurants, the free island bus service and a nice 2-mile walking loop. The surrounding area of Mount Desert Island is rich with beauty and loaded with things to do. Hiking and biking on Acadia National Park trails, sailing, motor boating, beachcombing, swimming, rock climbing, golfing, whale watching, antique shopping, and eating delicious seafood are among the many activities within a very short drive.
Cozy summer cottage sleeps 4 with a full bath, kitchen, dining, living area.
Jennie or Andy Cline
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 21, 2019
About Jennie or Andy Cline
We have been summer residents of this area since the 1960's and 70's and recently retired here year round after 31 years of teaching in a private school in Massachusetts.
Jennie or Andy Cline purchased this Cottage in 1998
Why Jennie or Andy Cline chose Southwest Harbor
This cottage was originally built in the 1950's as an extension to the main house, which sits nearby, providing much needed extra bedrooms. In 1998 we renovated and added onto the cottage, turning a small bedroom into a laundry and pantry area and creating a hallway which leads to the generous family living space with kitchen/dining/living area. The house now has it's own private driveway and entrance off Shore Road.
What makes this Cottage unique
This cozy cottage is located on the quiet, but very scenic Shore Road. Walk out the driveway and turn left for a spectacular 2 mile walk 'around the block.' The walk will take you through 2 working boatyards, past the town dock and ferries to the outer islands, bus stops for the free seasonal island bus service, and two boat rental businesses, all while enjoying spectacular views of the Great Harbor of Mount Desert, Somes Sound, and the mountains of Acadia.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Great fall trip
very peaceful, like the ducks and deer. This area is even better in the fall with more color and less people. The cottage had everything we needed and then some.
Just like home
What a wonderful place. Very comfortable and just like being at home. Great location for hiking trails or going to Bar Harbor. Very quiet neighborhood.
We spent ten wonderful days on MDI and appreciated having a comfortable, quiet, spacious, and well equipped cottage to return to each evening. We have rented many condos, homes, and cottages over the years, and this is one of the nicest.
The cottage is on the "quiet side" of the island and it was nice being away from the congestion of Bar Harbor (there was at least one cruise ship at Bar Harbor every day--three on one day--adding to the congestion). This cottage is away from the noise, congestion, and crowds, but still within a 30 minute drive of anywhere on the island.
All amenities were more than well covered by Spruce Cottage: clean throughout, comfortable king bed, well equipped kitchen, washer & dryer, nice bathroom & towels, porch with table and chairs overlooking a pretty pond, Webber grill, private driveway, lovely landscaping. We loved that there were plenty of windows...and each had a forest, pond, or garden view. The cottage has a true 'cottage' feel because of the warm wood walls, ceilings and floors.
Even though the owner's home is close by, he gives you plenty of privacy and 'space', yet he is available for any questions or suggestions. Andy truly wants each guest to have a great experience. This cottage and other buildings are very special to him and you can sense his joy and pride in sharing it.
It's the location that really spoke to us!! With two dogs, we needed a place that we could walk them. Spruce Cottage is perfect for that! Numerous active, uncrowded, working docks are an easy quiet stroll away. In the other direction is a mile of rural forested road with very little traffic. It's just a 5-minute drive to Seawall picnic area...dogs allowed...and we spent time there every day just relaxing by the ocean watching boats.
Andy kindly provides notebooks and numerous maps and brochures about the area. The house is well stocked with numerous games and books.
The village of Southwest Harbor is everything that Bar Harbor USED to be 40 years ago. ie: SW Harbor is still charming and authentic, far less crowed, and still feels like a working harbor and a community. The shops are wonderful to browse thru, and the bakery is TOO good. Plenty of restaurants to choose from.
If you want to party hardy and be entertained by others and be 'in town' often, this is probably not your kind of place unless you plan to travel to Bar Harbor for that stuff, which is only a 25 min drive away. If you are looking for peace, kindness, relaxation, hiking, walking, beach-going, reading, lobster eating, down-time with your dogs...THIS is the place. It exceeded all expectations for us.
Quiet, Cozy Cottage
We loved staying in the cottage which is tucked away. It is in Manset and just a few minutes drive from southwest harbor. The house had a husband pond with ducks which are fun to watch. It was well stocked and had plenty of towels and sheets.The washer and dryer are a plus , especially after hiking or kayaking in Acadia. The bed was extremely comfortable. Even thought it is a cottage, it is very roomy.
Andy came by to introduce himself and if we needed anything. We look forward to visiting again!
Book this one, now!
My wife and I (and our greyhound) can't say enough great things about Andy and this property. Andy will bend over backwards to make sure you are comfortable and everything goes smoothly. Andy will also give you all the privacy you desire!
As far as the property goes, the pictures don't do this place justice. It's absolutely gorgeous. The cabin has all the bedding, cookware, board games, etc you would need. It's very spacious and well planned out. My wife and I did night photography in the backyard one night, such a perfect spot!
This location is a few minutes drive (or walk) from some great restaurants and views. Concerned about the distance from Bar Harbor? Don't be. The drive is beautiful and there is a lot more to explore on this island than just Bar Harbor.
When we come back to MDI, this is the only place we will stay!
THANK YOU ANDY!
Acadia is one of the most popular National Parks in the country. Many miles of hiking trails for all abilities. Carriage roads for hiking, biking, or horse drawn carriage rides. Abundant scenic views accessible by car or on foot. Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the Atlantic coast of the U.S. and the first place to see the sunrise each morning.
Nearby Spruce Cottage: Boat rentals, Ferry to outer islands, Free island shuttle bus stop. Restaurant within walking distance. Short drive for other top notch eating locations, hiking, swimming, sight-seeing, shopping, and more. You'll also find many personal recommendations to our favorite attractions, activities, and restaurants in the house notebook.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Discounts offered for multiple week stays. Book prior to Jan. 1 and receive prior year's rate. $300 refundable Security Deposit. 9% Maine lodging tax. Pets: There is a $25 charge for each dog plus a refundable pet deposit. Sorry, no cats. We rent weekly Saturday-to Saturday during July and August but will consider shorter stays (3-night minimum) during the spring and fall.