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Comfortable Elegance with Great Harbor Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-6)

This comfortable two-bedroom apartment occupies the top two floors of the recently rebuilt, historic Gray Barn in Bass Harbor. In the entryway you will find a washer and dryer and space for all your vacation gear. Walk upstairs and you'll find an open floor plan: a well-appointed kitchen, a living room with open-beamed ceiling and gas fireplace, and a dining room with lovely harbor views. On this floor there is also one bedroom and a full bathroom. The third floor is a single large room with plenty of sleeping space and a sitting area offering magnificent sunset views.

The Gray Barn is suitable for 2-6 people. There is a queen-sized bed in the second floor bedroom. The third floor room offers flexible sleeping arrangements: There is a king sized bed which can be converted into two twins. This room also features a futon couch which can be converted into a full sized bed. The living room couch also converts to a queen.

There is a semi-private boat access 50 yards from the house so bring your own boats or use our kayaks to explore Bass Harbor or the beautiful and serene Bass Harbor Marsh.

The Gray Barn comes with all of the amenities you would want to feel at home. For your enjoyment and convenience, there are books, games and videos, outdoor seating with a grill, and wireless Internet access. If you'd like to leave your car behind for the day, the Island Explorer Shuttle stops right in front of the house.

We know that your vacation time is a precious resource. Our goal is to help you fully enjoy your experience on beautiful Mount Desert Island. Contact us to learn more about the apartment or the area. Your hosts: Julie and Jonathan.

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Welcome to the Gray Barn Guest Page. We are your hosts, Julie Meltzer and Jonathan Bender. Our goal is to help you make your vacation time as rewarding as possible. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Jan 2005
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Bass Harbor Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming


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Comfortable Elegance with Great Harbor Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
Austin, TX

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

The Gray Barn was a perfect place for us to stay - clean, nicely furnished, with a pleasant view and plenty of space for all 5 of us. It was a great home base allowing quick and easy access to all of Mount Desert Island's hiking, swimming, Lobster Pounds, quaint towns, boating trips, kayaking, etc. After enjoying nature all day it was a pleasure to return to the Gray Barn for evening games around the dining room table. Having on site owners knowledgeable of their area added to our fun, all the recommendations were accurate!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2007
  • Stayed: Aug 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bethesda, MD

Great space - friendly owner - beautiful nature

  • 5 of 5

The pictures didn't do justice to how nice the space was. We were 4 adults and 2 children comfortable accommodated.

The owner lives next door, very nice, and very helpful with any questions or issues.

Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park should need no introduction - it is a beautiful spot. The barn is next to the water, and taking the kayaks into the marsh or playing around in the tidal currents with the kids was great fun.

The barn is on the southwest side of the Island - a quieter part than the northeast Bar Harbor part, but you need a car anyway and nothing is really far away.

Highly recommended!!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pittsburgh, PA

Comfy get-away on the quiet side of the island

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 had a wonderful time while staying at the Gray Barn. Took about a half hour to get to many attractions on the Bar Harbor side of Acadia, but it was nice to come "home" to relax away from the crowds. And there's plenty to do in and near Bass Harbor, too--Acadia mountain, Echo Lake, Thurston's Lobster Pound, boat tours, ferry, quick access to a lobster pier to buy your own (cheap) lobster to cook. The Gray Barn is on a small, residential road, set back a bit from the main road, with a direct view of the harbor and short walk down to the water. It was very clean and well-kept, with all the amenities of home, including a nicely stocked pantry of basic cooking supplies and paper products. The sunroom/dining room was bright and breezy with view of the harbor. Beds were comfy, there was plenty of room on the living room and sunroom couches to stretch out, and having a washer and dryer on site was handy. The kayaks were a bonus--we enjoyed exploring the harbor or nearby marsh. And the raspberries growing on the property were a treat. The owner was really friendly and helpful in orienting us to the island when we arrived, and provided maps and brochures to use while we were there. He recommended a tasty, authentic Mexican restaurant (XYZ) in town and told us about a great swimming spot on Echo Lake ("the ledges") that our kids really enjoyed. If we make it back to Acadia Nat'l Park, we'd stay there again for sure. Would highly recommend the property.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Close to Nirvana

  • 5 of 5

It would be difficult to find a better spot for spending a vacation than the Quietside of Mt. Desert, and the Gray Barn experience is part of the fun. The accomodations are modern and in great shape, and the windows both have a great view over upper Bass Harbor and give great air circulation. Access to cellphone and internet coverage is a convenience. The kitchen is very functional, though you'll want to visit the lobster pounds and restaurants in the area. A perfect base for hiking in Acadia National Park. The week we were there was perfect for using the owner's kayaks in the upper harbor and the estuary beyond. We've stayed three different years and will be happy to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome week, really nice rental

  • 5 of 5

This rental is everything it says, and more. The house is comfortable, nicely furnished with a relaxed decor, VERY well equipped, and well situated away from the heaily trafficked areas of Acadia. The owner was incredibly helpful, and his advice helped us to make every day special. Maps, books, restaurant tips, and anything else you could need are there. We especially loved paddling around the harbor and up into the marsh....and Johnathan's advice on timing with the tides was infallable, as were his suggestions for where to hike (and even where berries can be found as you hike) :-). If you want to cook, there were condiments and spices beyond what we typically find in a rental, and a nice cultue for leaving the house well supplied for the next person. We would definitely stay there again, and highly recommend it. Thanks again to our hosts.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well Appointed, Very Comfortable, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

The Gray Barn provides everything from an ice cream scoop and spices to a gas grill and kayaks. We definitely did not want for any amenities. The third floor bed was extremely comfortable with its soft and supportive mattress and fine linens. After a good night's sleep, the Gray Barn is close to MDI destinations such as Long Pond, Acadia Mt, St Sauveur, Seawall, Echo Lake and Southwest Harbor. Finally, Jonathan Bender (owner) is a wonderful host. His recommendations for dining are especially noteworthy. Specifically, we loved XYZ Restaurant (SW Harbor - fine dining Mexican - do yourself a favor and go), Finelli's Pizza (Ellsworth) and the Maine Grind (Ellsworth - comfortable, rainy day coffee house).

Finally, we have been vacationing in Acadia since 2001. This, however, was our first year at the Gray Barn and it proved, again, that the Acadia/MDI area has an endless supply of "Great".

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

$100 off for each additional week booked. Please call or write if our rate schedule does not match your travel plans.

50% deposit to reserve; balance due 30 days prior to visit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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