About the property
- House2000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)
Our Vacation Home is Nestled between the Mountains and the Sea in the Heart of Acadia National Park.
Experience grand views of Cadillac, Door, Champlain and Gorham Mountains from your 'base camp'.
Our home was built in Spring 2011 and designed to accommodate family vacations. An open floor plan allows for comfort and ease of conversation between kitchen, dining and living areas. Pleasant mountain views are visible through the large windows in the dining and living areas. We added plenty of bedrooms to provide privacy from the rest of the house.
Beds are furnished with high quality LL Bean linens to ensure the most comfortable nights rest. Professional photographs of local scenes adorn the walls. Two full bathrooms have LL Bean towels and shower curtains. The deck is made of Western Red cedar and looks out to the mountains and fields. Deer are seen here frequently. Our home reflects simple Maine Home Design which will add to your total Maine Experience.
Walk to Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail 5 minutes from house. Reach The park Loop Road and Otter Cliffs/Sand Beach/Gorham Mt and Otter Cove from a local trail or through the Blackwoods road. A great value for those wanting efficient Acadia accessability.
We are on the Island Explorer bus line-simply walk down the short driveway to the Otter Creek Market to utilize the Free service- comes hourly. The Market is a convenient store for any necessities- a larger grocery store is located in Bar Harbor 5 miles away. Enjoy the town playground which is also across from the Otter Creek Market. Nearby trails will take you to Otter Cove with more fantastic views of the mountains and of the sea. The South Ridge Cadillac Mountain Trail is also walking disatance from the house. Relax at Seal Harbor Beach which is only 3 miles away. Sand Beach, Carriage Roads, Jordan Pond and multiple hiking trails and the park loop road are also relatively close to our property. We have a great central location to allow you to embrace all the wonders of this beautiful area.
Keywords: mountain, views, budget, family, quiet, romantic, open, spacious, adventure
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Sue Cullen
Sue is a Registered Nurse specializing in Labor and Delivery and is also a Lactation Consultant. She has lived in Bar Harbor for 15 years. Sue is passionate about nature and outdoor sports and can often be found running, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, swimming, boating or frolicking with her children in Acadia. Kevin is owner of a Local Plumbing and Heating business. He was born and raised in Bar Harbor and is the sixth generation of his family to live here. He is a true Mainer. Kevin has a wealth of local knowledge and is a good source for current events.
Sue Cullen purchased this House in 2011
Why Sue Cullen chose Mount Desert
I believe Acadia National Park is a unique Vacation destination, and possibly the most beautiful place in the world! Our home is centrally located to provide you with the best and most efficient access to most areas on the island while enjoying beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. *NEW MATTRESSES/BOXSPRINGS ADDED FOR 2015 SEASON*
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Perfect location for hikers
If you want a place where you can get directly into the mountains, this is it! From this house we hiked up the South Ridge of Cadillac Mountain, to the North Ridge - all the way on trails into Bar Harbor. We also did a nice hike that started at Sand Beach, up the Bee hive, over Gorham Mountain, to the Otter Cliffs and through a surprise shortcut path right back to our house. You can't beat this location. Not only can you get out quickly for short or long hikes, you can also hop on or off the Island Explorer Bus that stops right outside the house.
The house itself was great, too. We stayed with my parents, adult brother and our young son. Everyone had their own spacious bedroom (the photos don't quite convey how large the rooms are). The kitchen was well stocked (though the pots could use some updating and deep cleaning) and the appliances all were in good working condition. The house had lots of travel guides, maps and tourist information - so we didn't need to look anything up. The living room couches were a bit tired and saggy, but there were other adequate seating options, too. The beds were comfy and we even got a change of sheets (which was nice because we needed the flannel early in the week and the cotton sheets when it got a little warmer).
I don't view this to be negative, but some may - there was no cell phone reception. However, they have a phone there for local calls and emergencies. Honestly, I loved not being able to stay connected while I was on vacation, so it didn't bother me. The internet wi-fi was fast and reliable, so if you must...you can.
It was great to have a rental with nice towels, linens, toilet paper and basic soap supplies too. I thought the towel allotment was more than adequate, especially with the washer and dryer available.
Thanks - if we're going to Acadia next year, we'll definitely book again!
New home with excellent mountain views
We stayed here for a week in September . First, the pros of this property. The location is very convenient to the park entrance and many of the trails we wanted to hike. It is also an easy drive into Bar Harbor. It is in a nice quiet area that was easy to find. The mountain views from the deck are fabulous, and we enjoyed several dinners out there on the picnic table. There is a nice yard. The Otter Creek Market is literally steps away, and there is a very good selection of food and supplies here at reasonable prices. This is also where the Island Explorer bus stops with pretty frequent stops here. The kitchen is well supplied. The bedrooms are spacious.
Now, the cons. The house and kitchen appliances are new, but the furniture and bedding are not. The beds weren't real comfortable. The TV in the living room is about a 17" screen, and is hard to even see from the couch. The DVD player wasn't hooked up, so my husband figured out how to hook it up so we could watch a movie. There was no remote, so we had to get up every time we wanted to pause it or back it up. The TV in the upstairs bedroom was even smaller. Make sure you take extra towels and washcloths, because you only get 1 per person. Even with a washer/dryer, that wasn't enough for me for a week's stay. There was no instructions about what we were supposed to do when we arrived, and there was no house number on the property, so we weren't sure if we were even at the right place. We had to call the owner, got no answer, so we went to the nearby market, and he told us that was the rental. Security deposit was returned about 35 days after check out after an e-mail prompt from me. The last thing, which is probably trivial-there was an envelope on the kitchen counter from the maid asking for a tip. I though this was tacky. I would have left more had I not been prompted to do so.
Overall though, spacious, and would easily accomodate a large family group. Very convenient location. Photos accurately depict the home.
I am glad you enjoyed the stay at our property. This was our first year with the process so it is certainly a learning experience.
To be clear- all of the linen-towels and bedding- are indeed new-purchased in 2011 at LL Bean.
The televisions are also new and the smaller one that is upstairs is a nineteen inch. We chose to not have huge flat screen tvs in our home because that is not part of our decor plan. The TV downstairs is a 28 inch. This is a reasonable sized television. We plan to include televisions with cable TV in all bedrooms for 2012. Some of the furniture is brand new, some is not-but all of the furniture is in very good condition.
We send an email prior to arrival on directions to the house, how to reach us, and where to find the keys on arrival. I am sorry if there was any confusion. We plan to mark the property more clearly with a sign that was constructed last summer.
We are sorry that you did not return our phone call when we called you back after you arrived to the property. We called both your cell and the house telephone as soon as we received the message. We also later went to the house and found no one there. We are clear and sincere when we state that we live just up the street and are happy to answer any questions or address any needs you may have. This would include assisting with any electronics issues or providing extra towels. We have parties up to 14 and our housekeeping staff provides one set of towels per person. We are happy to deliver more and I address this in our welcome greeting/conversation. We also have a notebook binder on the counter with all house information including how to contact us for any questions or concerns.
I appreciate the feedback and we will strive to improve for the second year. I did question the appropriateness of the envelope but figured I would allow it due to our housekeeper doing such great work and not really knowing the proper way to handle her leaving it on the counter. I do agree it appears a bit tacky and I certainly do not want that impression at the house. We will also purchase a new dvd player due to the missing remote. I send the security deposit back after reviewing the telephone and cable bills to ensure there are no extra charges. I will look to see if there is another system to review these areas to make the deposit return more timely. Thank you for bringing these issues to our attention.