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Charming, Sunny Cottage on 5 acres, Quiet Side of Bar Harbor"""

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This storybook cottage is situated on five wooded acres on the ""quiet side" of Bar Harbor, just a short walk or bike ride to the gorgeous oceanfront Nature Conservancy Preserve and just shy of fifteen minutes to "downtown" and Acadia's main entrances. Gardens line the property, with birds and deer regularly passing through the yard. A screened room is great for relaxing, and there's a tree-house, fire pit, and hammock to add to the enjoyment. There are 5 bikes available to ride to the Nature Preserve and a canoe available to explore Western Bay or Long Pond. Entrances to Acadia's beautiful carriage trails are about 10 minutes away.

Claim to fame: Sweetfern Meadow was featured on HGTV's Island Life in 2015!

In 2016 a large, tiled walk-in shower in the upstairs bath was added, so that there is a shower on each floor. And, in early 2017, the REST of the upstairs bath was renovated and the downstairs bath and laundry area also underwent renovations! 2018 brings its own set of updates, this time to the kitchen. Like to cook? A modern home-chef stove awaits your specialties, and a breakfast bar makes hanging out in the kitchen ideal.

The house is fitted with everything you need to cook up a summer feast, grill with friends, and entertain the family. You'll find the cupboards stocked with many of the little things you might need (think spices, plastic wrap, etc...), making your vacation easy.

The three bedrooms are upstairs; the sitting room, office / library, kitchen, and laundry are on the first floor. There is a detached garage with space for you to park a vehicle.

Visiting Acadia and MDI is a fantastic experience and Sweetfern Meadow will make you feel right at home!

Note: In July and August reservations are Sat to Sat. Other times of the year there is a three night minimum.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

About Ellen

We currently live in central NH but plan to make Sweetfern our "forever" home in a few years, when life and jobs allow. In the meantime we are happy to share our home with you. We hope all our guests come to love Mount Desert Island as much as we do.

Ellen purchased this house in 2015

What makes this house unique

One of the things that we love about Sweetfern Meadow is that it is ideally located for exploring the WHOLE island - the eastern, harbor side, and the quieter, western side, with the town of Southwest Harbor and Acadia's mountains and carriage trails that are on that less busy side! Sweetfern's five acres also lend themselves to contentment. It's fun to come back after a day of activities and relax on the screened porch or in the hammock, have fun with the kids up in the tree-house, shoot some hoops, or enjoy the fire pit.


Bar Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 22
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • First floor bathroom - toilet , shower , First floor bathroom with shower stall
    Bathroom adjoining master bedroom - toilet , shower , Spacious bathroom, walk-in shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 4 bicycles
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Charming, Sunny Cottage on 5 acres, Quiet Side of Bar Harbor
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 36 reviews
East Amherst, NY USA

Wonderful cozy little place!

  • 5 of 5

My wife, her brother, and I spent three nights in Ellen and Curt's lovely cottage! It was very cozy, very clean, and very comfortable. We took advantage of the fact that there were bikes so we went out on a bike ride one day to explore the area.

The house is about 15 to 20 minutes away from Acadia National park and Bar Harbor so we explored both. We are all verhy impressed by the beauty and cleanliness of the area. We will definitely come back to this area in the future and hopefully back to this house again!


  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Can't go wrong!!! Lovely quiet side of island but easy access

  • 5 of 5

Well equipped. Close to Acadia. Also loved southwest harbor and stonington - so this is a great location. Loved the privacy. Lots of space for 4 of us.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house! Clean, updated, well equipped and comfortable for family & adults stay. Perfect locatio

  • 5 of 5

Easy accessibility to Acadia and downtown Bar Harbor. Bikes were very nice amenity. Didn't have time to strap the canoe on the car but another very nice amenity offered by the owners & would highly recommend this home. We'd be happy to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA, USA

Great base for exploring the island.

  • 5 of 5

This secluded house was the perfect "home base" for our family of six to explore the whole island. Every beach, trail head or town on the island is within a 15-25 minutes drive, so we made many half day excursions. We ate most of our meals in the house, which was stocked with everything we needed and more. It's quiet and comfortable and the owners have thought a lot about the needs of their guests. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vacation at Sweetfern is sweet!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous week at Sweetfern. The house is well situated on MDI. All areas (Bar Harbor, the park, Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor) are easily accessible, however it is out of the busy accepts of the island. The accommodations were fabulous. The beds are very comfortable, the linens and towels of a high quality and the kitchen is well stocked. The screen porch is a great location for a late lobster dinner. The owners were responsive to all our questions and had great suggestions for hikes, adventures, and dinner. We would highly recommend Sweetfern and hope to be back for further adventures.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just Like Your Own Home- Only Better-Located!

  • 5 of 5

We were so happy to have rented this home on Mount Desert Island in mid-August. It is fully-equipped- a great kitchen, washer and dryer, hammock, fire pit, basketball hoop. The screened porch was a terrific place for games and reading. Most importantly, Sweetfern Meadow is spotlessly clean. We appreciated that the house is removed from the bustle of Bar Harbor but very easily accessible to it via a short drive.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Acadia National Park
Nearest Airport
4.5 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Kebo Valley Golf Course
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Long Pond (for freshwater swimming / kayaking)
Nearest Point of Interest
Blagden Preserve
Nearest Point of Interest
Right of Way to Private Cove
Nearest Point of Interest
Somes Pond - Swimming / Canoing
Nearest Point of Interest
Long Pond - Swimming / Canoing
Nearest Point of Interest
Echo Lake Bluffs - Swimming
Nearest Point of Interest
Town Hill Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Maily Meats / Acadia Brewing Company
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Turnover (Cleaning) Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

The turnover (cleaning) fee is a not contingent upon length of stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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