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Beautiful Private Cottage & Grounds W/ Water & Mountain Views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

During the months of Sept. and Oct. there is a minimum of 4 nights rental. Blue Hill Vista is located in the Bar Harbor village of Town Hill (Indian Point Area) just a 15 minute drive (6 miles) to the main entrance of Acadia National Park in Hulls Cove. Downtown Bar Harbor is just another 5 minutes drive from the Park entrance. A short walk from the property, operating seasonally, is The Island Explorer bus stop which allows car free access to the entire Mount Desert Island, including the National Park. We are centrally located close to all island points of interest and easily accessible to off island points and shopping. You will be in very private, relaxing setting but in minutes you could be in the hubbub of Downtown Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor or Ellsworth.

The cottage is located on seven acres overlooking pastures, orchards, woods and water. From the deck and west facing rooms you will view breath taking sunsets over Western Bay and Blue Hill. The rental cottage has the best view on the property. Our home is next to the cottage connected to the cottage by a large deck. We live here year round. Have your cameras ready! The cottage has two bedrooms, 2 baths, one with a shower in the master bedroom and the second bathroom has a tub/shower combination. The master bed room with the queen size bed has satellite/Directv television, DVD player and views the gazebo and the woods. The second bedroom has a full size bed with a sliding glass door which opens on to the deck and has views of Western Bay and Blue Hill. For your dining and entertaining all dishes, flatware, glasses, bowls, platters, pots and pans, cooking utensils, lobster pot, crock pot, linens, towels are provided for your convenience. The cottage has everything you will need to cook up a great meal. Appliances include an Jenn-Air electric stove, a dishwasher, microwave, toaster, ice maker and a washer and dryer. The dining area has a table with six chairs as well as two high counter chairs. Beach towels and beach chairs are also available for your trips to Sand Beach, Echo Lake or Seal Harbor beaches. The full sofa bed in the living room is perfect for the children in your family. The living room door leads to a deck with a table and chairs with an umbrella for comfortable dining. The front of the cottage has a farmer’s porch furnished with rocking chairs so that you can enjoy the cool breeze coming through the trees.

On the second floor, along with an outstanding view of Western Bay and Blue Hill, you will find a full-size Brunswick billiards table in beautiful wood-paneled cathedral-ceiling family room accented with a standing antique barber pole to give it an old-time flavor. The room comes equipped with a satellite/Directv television, DVD player, a game/card table,full size futon/couch and a twin bed. In case you brought your computer, high speed wireless internet service is available for all your mobile devices throughout the house .

The outside grounds are beautifully landscaped and there is a bocce court and playground with swings, slide and small climb-up covered club house for family fun.

We supply all linens, firewood, paper and soap products, books, puzzles and games. You simply bring your own food, clothes, bikes and kayaks. Sunsets included, no extra charge! The cottage is comfortable, homey and contains everything necessary to make your stay a very pleasant one. If you’re here when the weather is cool the living area has a wood burning stove. (The first floor also has in-floor radiant heat and the second floor has baseboard hot water heat for winter guests and there is an automatic generator in case of power failure.)

Judy and I have owned this property for over 35 years and retired here in 1998 and we would not live anywhere else. The rental cottage has the best view on the property. Our home is adjacent to the cottage and connected to the cottage by a large deck. We live here year round. The rental cottage is a complete identity unto itself and you will have complete privacy but if you want help or recommendations about anything in the surrounding area or have any problems with the cottage we are readily available. Otherwise, if we’re home, we will be nearly invisible. Enjoy your stay in our homestead.

Additional pictures are available upon request.

Travel to Bar Harbor by air has a number of options. The closest airport is the Hancock County Airport (Bar Harbor) is in Trenton, Maine a 10 minute drive to our property. Other airports include Bangor (1 hours drive), Portland, ME (3 hour drive) and, Boston (5-6 hour drive). Upon signing of a lease, driving directions will be provided. We offer a full refund if notified 6 weeks prior to occupancy of a need to cancel.

Keywords: Vacation house, water view, Mountain view, private, playground, Winter Season rental available

More Details

Judy and Ralph Calderone
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About Judy and Ralph Calderone

We are retired educators from New Jersey and we would not consider living anywhere else. We are at our happiest when our 3 grown children, their spouses and our 12 grandchildren visit. Ralph and Judy are active tennis players and are members of the Ellsworth Tennis Center. Ralph has also built a stained glass studio where he creates his art work mostly incorporated into our home and as gifts to our children. Both of us do volunteer work and have served on a local board of directors for developmentally handicapped adults and children.

Why Judy and Ralph Calderone chose Town Hill

We were first attracted to Mount Desert Island in 1972 when we visted the island with 3 young children. We loved having Acadia National Park so accessible for all our outdoor activities and entertainment. We especially liked hiking and biking the carriage trails, climbing the many mountain trails, swimming in both Echo Lake and Sand Beach and picking wild blueberries!

What makes this cottage unique

Restaurants are located all over the island. Whether you like casual, rustic, or fine dining , with our advice and direction, I'm sure you'll find many to suit your likes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for the beautiful house & being such good neighbors. You have a great view and we loved watching the Olympics with a view. Thanks again.

Burlington, VT

Toronto, ON
Aug 2008
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Town Hill Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • The owners may enter into the cottage within reasonable hours to make repairs or alterations as necessary with prior notification.
  • The owners may enter the cottage at anytime in case of an emergency. The tenant shall notify the owners immediately for any emergency repairs.
  • The tenant will keep the cottage in good repair & cleanliness.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Located in the master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located near the 2nd bedroom off the kitchen
  • Bath room in the master bedroom has a shower. Second bathroom has a tub/shower combination.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 double , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Portacrib and toddler bed available upon request
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , A full size futon is located in the 2nd floor billard room
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Portacrib and toddler bed are available upon request, a full size futon bed and a twin bed are located in the billard room,
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Bocce Court and equipment, playground, gardens, croquet, picnic table, beach toys, snowshoes, deck table with umbrella


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(34 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 38 reviews

Lovely cottage, beautiful views. Perfect vacation getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Judy and Ralph were wonderful hosts. Friendly and knowledgeable, with suggestions when we needed them and plenty of space and privacy when we didn't. The cottage is a short (15-30) min drive to all the activities we wanted to do - and we went all over MDI! The cottage was fully stocked and comfortable. Our kids loved having run of the second floor, which was the perfect space for them. Adults gathered on the back deck, with its spectacular harbor views. We would absolutely return!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Valerie, Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure meeting you and your family. We enjoyed having you as our guests in our cottage. Please come back, there is so much more to see and do here in Bar Harbor and in Acadia National Park. You climbed Acadia Mountain this year maybe The Beehive next year! Judy & Ralph
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Great home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

Cottage was very cozy and clean. Lots of space for the four of us and the cottage had many amenities including a pool table in the loft which we all enjoyed playing. Even got to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Judy and Ralph were very gracious. They greeted us when we arrived and showed us around the cottage. They also gave us many suggestions on things to do and where to eat of which we did many of them.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We enjoyed meeting you and your family and hope that your future travel plans include another stay in our cottage.
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Convenient, comfortable and private with a lovely view and wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

I have to imagine it is hard to find a more comfortable and convenient option for a family visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The hosts were outstanding and extremely helpful with guides and suggestions for all this wonderful island has to offer. We stayed here with two young children and couldn’t have been happier. The kids loved the playground next to the cottage, the deck for breakfast every day, and the upstairs living room to just stretch out with their toys or puzzles. The cottage is close enough to all the island has to offer yet is on the ‘Quiet Side’ of the island which truly feels like a private escape at the end of a long, adventure-filled day on the island. The cottage feels like your own private home and the hosts are helpful yet not overly conspicuous. This was truly a special place to return to each evening after dinner in Bar Harbor. We hope to return again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Matthew, Thank you for your kind words and comments about our cottage. We enjoyed meeting you and your family and hope to see you here on MDI again! There is still so many more experiences awaiting you! Judy & Ralph
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our stay at the cottage

  • 5 of 5

we both enjoyed our time at the blue hill vista.The cottage had plenty of room and the views were spectacular. A lot of bang for my buck. The property looks like an arboretum.There are plenty of activities to do there without having to leave.Mr and Mrs Calderone greeted us professionally,and had provided us a wealth of information to do and see on Mount Desert Island. We highly recommended this vacation rental

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Matthew for your kind words. We enjoyed meeting you both and look forward to seeing you again .
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Rosemount, mn

Great location, very nice property!

  • 5 of 5

The property is as advertised. A great location with a beautiful view of the Cove, with Sunset views! The Cottage is well stocked with all the things you need to make your stay enjoyable. A modern kitchen, a great loft to spend time whether relaxing or playing pool. Whether you are sitting on the deck taking in the view, or just enjoying the peace and quiet this is a very nice place. A gas grill that is in great shape and works well is supplied. The lack of ambient light gives a great view of the nighttime sky and all the Stars! We highly recommend staying at this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words about our cottage. Please come back in the near future and enjoy our island and park again!
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Raleigh, NC

Well-equipped cottage, convenient location, beautiful sunsets

  • 5 of 5

We stayed one week in this lovely cottage, enjoying the convenience of being just 20 minutes or so from Bar Harbor and most points on the island. The peaceful and private setting with fantastic views over the Western Bay were a nice complement to the numerous activities available in and around Acadia National Park and the busy atmosphere of Bar Harbor.

The cottage is equipped with comfortable beds, relaxing spaces and a wide range of amenities. The views of the sunset over the bay from the porch and the upstairs game room are worth an early return to the cottage from a day out on the island. The gardens on the property are lovely.

Ralph and Judy are engaging, funny, helpful and informative hosts without being at all intrusive. The cottage feels very private.

We found ourselves in easy range of hiking, kayaking, cycling and exploring Bar Harbor. Boat trips were easily accessible from Bar Harbor or Northwest Harbor, and a wide range of restaurants were also easily reached. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this property.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jan, Thank you so much for your kind words! Please come back and visit us again. As you said, a week is not enough time to experience Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Judy & Ralph
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport, Hancock County, Trenton, ME
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mainely Meats and Atlantic Brewery
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Kebo Golf Course
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Scenic Railroad, Ellsworth, ME
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mainely Meats
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Echo Lake, Acadia National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Town Hill Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Indian Point Conservancy
Nearest Point of Interest
Atlantic Brewery
Nearest Point of Interest
Town Hill Bistro
Nearest Point of Interest
Blue Horizon Conservancy
Nearest Point of Interest
Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound
Nearest Point of Interest
Downeast Lobster Pound
Nearest Point of Interest
Acadia National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Crooked Road
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
One Stop & Gas Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Echo Lake Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Pretty Marsh Picnic area
Car: recommended

Abby Museums, Acadia National Park, Gilley Museum, Lobster Oceanarium


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $250

The $75.00 cleaning fee is for 3 hours of cleaning. Additional hours, if needed will be deducted from the security deposit. This is a Saturday to Saturday rental.

If a lessee notifies the owners of a need to cancel up to 30 days before occupancy, a full refund will be made.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.