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Distinctive in Town Home With Peaks of the Harbor

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 180 nights


About the property

1894 Remodeled 4 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, sleeps 9

Welcome to Central House on Mount Desert Island, Maine. We are centrally located in Southwest Harbor on the Clark Point road in a 1894 house completely remodeled and updated. Five minutes away is Acadia National Park and only 15 miles across MDI from Bar Harbor, Me. Three bedrooms have queen beds, one is furnished with twin beds, all have ceiling fans and built in desks. A private tiled bathroom with large custom showers (with 3 shower heads) are part of each bedroom, and one also has a whirlpool tub. Wireless internet, cable TV, a short walk to town with excellent restaurants, unique shops, and the free Island Explorer to all island destinations.

John and Barbara
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2018


Southwest Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , large walk in fully tiled shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , walk in fully tiled shower with 3 shower heads
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , fully tiled shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , ceramic tile shower with 3 shower heads
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • East Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    West Bedroom - 1 queen
    South Bedroom - 1 queen
    3rd Floor Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Day bed/ full kitchen/bathroom/3 people additional
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Gas fireplaces in 3 of the bedrooms, TV/DVD in second floor bedrooms, Luxury bathrooms and towels. Extra large curved wall showers with 3 shower heads, Whirlpool tub in one bathroom, Cable TV, DVD's and Wireless Internet. Built in desk in each bedroom, Covered front porch with wicker furniture, Back porch for outdoor dining. Balconies off second and third floors. Large gas grill. Two modern fully equipped kitchens. Washer and dryer in basement. Beautiful perennial garden in bloom all season.


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Distinctive in Town Home With Peaks of the Harbor
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews


  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovettsvillle, VA

Fantastic house in prime location

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our stay at Central House, and our party of eight had an amazing time! The house is set up perfectly for a larger group, with plenty of space to either be together or retire to private quarters. The three teens especially loved having the top/3rd floor to themselves ... a little apartment all their own. The house was equipped with everything we needed for a comfortable stay, but we admittedly didn't do a lot of cooking. We used the location as a springboard to explore Acadia and were not home much during the day (but enjoyed being back at the house in the evenings to watch the Olympics together). After visiting Bar Harbor, we were very glad to have chosen the "quiet side" to stay in! You can't beat the location. A few of our favorite "close by" things were being able to walk to Beal's for lobster (a 15 minute walk), Little Notch Bakery in town (for delicious pizza) and a 2 minute walk for popovers at Common Good (by donation, to fund their soup kitchen efforts). We loved the hike on Acadia Mountain and then swimming across the road at the Echo Lake Ledges (less than a 10 minute drive). Most mornings started with coffee on the front porch. We hope to be so fortunate to travel back to Acadia in the future, and we'd stay at Central House again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Oh, my goodness! Central house met all the needs of our four-generation family group. From 1-74 years of age, everyone was happy. The house is well-equipped and well located in town. Barbara and her husband are very friendly, welcoming, and clearly understand the needs families will have. She even provided a high chair for our grandson.

A heart-felt "thank you" goes out to this couple!

This is a great place to call home when away from home!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northeastern US

Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We have been to MDI many times and love SW Harbor, but this was our first stay at Central House. What a treat! The house was plenty big for us and our 4 kids, and could have easily accommodated more people. There was ample parking in the back for both of our vehicles. The kitchen was very well-stocked with every kind of cookware we could have wanted, as well as spices, flour, tea, microwave popcorn, soup, and more. The kitchen sink and dishwashers are ultra-modern/professional grade. We greatly appreciated the washer and dryers in the basement, as well as the fact that there was laundry detergent and fabric softener. Everyone loved the showers.. each of which had 3 shower heads.. very luxurious. The upstairs apartment was incredible. While we did not make full use of that space (did not use the kitchen, for example), it would have worked perfectly if we had brought another family on vacation with us. The router for the wireless internet was located on the third floor, which made the connection great if you were on the 3rd or 2nd floor.. not always so great on the first. This might be remedied by moving the router to the 2nd floor? We also enjoyed sitting out on the porch. The location is great if you like to be in town.. we were able to let the kids walk down to the playground unattended, walk to our favorite restaurants, walk the dog to the emergency vet, get to the downtown shops within minutes, etc. We also enjoyed walking to the homemade jam/bread stand.. the kids ate about 2 loaves of homemade bread per day! If you are looking for a super-quiet, remote rental, this may not be the house for you.. while the traffic (car and foot) was moderate, it was fairly consistent. Overall a very pleasant stay, and we would recommend Central House without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved our stay here!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Central House. We had 4 kids and 4 adults and everyone was very comfortable. The teenagers stayed in the apartment on the top floor so they had their own space, the grandparents stayed on the first floor and everyone had their own bathroom. The house was well-furnished. The bathrooms were quite deluxe and the beds were comfortable. We especially loved the front porch for reading and relaxing. We were less than a block from the charming town center of Southwest Harbor and we enjoyed patronizing the restaurants, shops and market there. We were a very short walk to the Island shuttle bus as well. We highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chilliwack, BC

The Ideal Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We cannot say enough about Central House! The house itself was beautiful. All of the bedrooms were very spacious and they each had a fantastic en suite. From the lovely hardwood floors to the fabulous homey kitchen to the windows that opened to let in the fresh air - this house was perfect. The location of Central House was ideal. We could walk to the town and there were a number of excellent restaurants for dinner. The house was only 20 minutes from the National Park and Bar Harbor, but Southwest Harbor was very peaceful. We were able to meet Barbara at Central House, which was an added bonus. She showed us around the house and gave us helpful information about the area. We loved the house and the area! We would definitely stay at Central House again.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2010
  • Stayed: September 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
48 Miles
Bangor International
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Cranberry Island
Nearest Train
179 Miles
Portland me
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
I - 395
Car: recommended

Southwest Harbor is located in the middle of Acadia National Park on the southwest corner of Mount Desert Island


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

$1,200- $2,500/Week
Maine State lodging tax applies 8%
Security deposit: $500.
When reservations are made a 1/2 deposit is required. The final 1/2 due 30 days before arrival date.
Cancellation allowed prior to 90 days of arrival.
There is also a one bedroom cottage on the property (see #165969) that can be rented separately, if available,
if more space is needed for the perfect family retreat.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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