Picturesque Family Cottage on Peaceful Bass Harbor, in the Village of Bernard(19 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
2 Bedroom/ 1 Bath ~ Private Cottage With Breathtaking Views
Rates and availability are listed for the upcoming season.
Come rest and relax on the 'quiet side' of Mt. Desert Island with breathtaking views of Bass Harbor's lobster boats, resident bald eagles, and picture perfect coastal Maine beaches.
The Crow's Nest is a private hilltop property located directly on Bass Harbor and is the perfect vacation destination on the idyllic coast of Mt Desert Island. From the cottage you can quickly and easily access the heart of Acadia National Park by car or “Island Explorer” shuttle service right from the neighborhood. Staying close to home in Bernard and Bass Harbor offers meandering walks in Balsam Fir scented forests, rocky shorelines, and peaceful hikes on lesser traveled park trails and beaches. If you’re feeling hungry you can wander across our the quiet street for a world famous lunch or dinner at Thurston's Lobster Pound. Thurston's is known for the freshest, same day catch lobster and is, by far, the best tasting Lobster on MDI. You can even pick out your own lobster! A short walk through the woods or along the rocky shore you will find beautiful Back Beach where you can swim, snorkel, or beach comb for sea glass. While away the days collecting sand dollars, shells, and starfish or just relax in the sun and enjoy the view.
Bring your boats or rent them locally as kayaking is a favorite activity in Bass Harbor. You can paddle among the working lobster boats to get a close up look at the day’s catch and the boat’s gear. At high tide you can Paddle 'up harbor' and ride the gentle rapid under a bridge into Bass Harbor Marsh. There you can encounter osprey, eagles, cormorants, ducks and other sea birds. You may be able to spot a kingfisher's nest in the bank further down the marsh or spot one perched on a tree limb high above the water or quickly diving into the water and catch his dinner! They are amazing birds to watch. Speaking of eagles and osprey, you will, without a doubt, see an eagle and/or an osprey every day you are here. They often land in the trees very close to Crow's Nest and will sit and preen. They are a most beautiful sight to see. Osprey were spotted in Bass Harbor in recent summers teaching their young how to catch prey. They will also hover above and dive for fish over the water by the marsh. As you watch the osprey fly away, take notice how they carry the fish they just caught. The head of the fish is almost always facing windward as it is tightly held in the osprey's talons.
Our family-owned cottage has 2 spacious bedrooms, a large living room with full wall windows overlooking the harbor, a cozy kitchen and dining room, and ample sleeping space for six. Curl up with a book in front of the gas stove or lounge on the wrap around porch to enjoy spectacular sunrises and sunsets over this picturesque harbor.
Front and back lawn areas are ideal for family fun and yard games, and you'll be within walking distance of the library. Visit nearby antique shops and beautiful Back Beach for a relaxing day in the sun. There is an historical society and museum across the harbor in the village of Bass Harbor. Sea life, ferry service to outlying islands & boat tours by water can be easily found leaving from Bass Harbor and Southwest Harbor.
You don't even need to leave Bernard to have a full day of fun and exploration! You can walk along the rocky beach, play Frisbee and other outdoor games on the lawn, or a game of fetch with the family dog. Plenty of room for everyone to wind down and relax.
High Speed Broadband Internet/WIFI access is available to you at the Crow's Nest as well as cable TV & a DVD player for a rainy day at home.
Several of our guests have returned to the Crow's Nest year after year, and we hope you will feel that way as well. This cottage has been in our family for over two decades and is a favorite spot for resting, relaxing and exploring, we look forward to sharing this magical destination with you.
Thank you for choosing the Crow's Nest for your family vacation!
Member since: 2013
- Max. occupancy 6
- Events Allowed
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- There is also a spare sofa in the LR that opens into a small bed.
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Located on the Western, 'Quiteside', of Mt. Desert Island our house offers the perfect peaceful get away while still being minutes from Acadia National Park and historic Bar Harbor. Catch the LL Bean Island Explorer, close by in the neighborhood, for a direct ride to and from the park, and to attractions throughout the island. The Island Explorer shuttle bus has bicycle racks for your convenience. Bring your bike to take advantage of the spectacular Carriage Trails throughout Acadia National Park. After a day full of adventures you can retire to the front deck or living room by the stove. Take out fresh lobsters caught that day, cook your own or eat at Thurston's Lobster Pound to enjoy another fantastic view of the harbor. You can also fish from the local piers for Mackerel & Sea Bass (in season) and see friendly Harbor Seals swim right up to the pier to say hello!...moreless
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Botanical Garden
- Coin Laundry
- Live Theater
- Water Parks
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
The dining area is tucked into a comfortable, sunny corner of the kitchen area allowing for a relaxed atmosphere to cook and eat as a family An oak desk for writing or a place for your laptop....moreless
- Dining Area
- Seating for 5 people
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
Large, comfortable space for watching the boats come and go through the harbor-facing windows, reading your book on the couch, or planning the day's hikes in Acadia. Sleeper sofa in living room....moreless
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Deck / Patio:
- Lawn / Garden:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
2017 Sweet Spring/Early Summer
May 27 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
2017 High Summer
Jul 1 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
2017 Early Fall
Sep 2 - Oct 6, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
2017 Full-on Fall
Oct 7 - Oct 27, 2017
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Pet Fee $50
- Tax Rate 9%
We will consider a pet on an individual basis & require photocopied proof for rabies/distemper immunizations & flea control & a $200 refundable security deposit.
Manager's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Acadia National Park offers casual strolls, scenic drives, and full day hiking. Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor outdoor outfitters rent bikes, kayaks, rock climbing equipment and more to make the most of this awesome natural playground. Go on a whale watching tour, visit the historic shopping districts, charter a sail boat, or simply relax on your private deck overlooking Bass Harbor. The Crow's Nest has something for everyone.
Year Purchased: 1986
About: Our Dad/Grandpa, Dick Van Houten, bought the house in 1986 & spent 6 months a year here until his death in 2001. He was an avid seaman, sailor & builder of the model boats. Our family spent many sweet summer days here at The Crow's Nest and is happy to share this special place with your family. Our family is spread from New Hampshire to Washington to Mississippi, but we still do our best to make the trek up to the rocky shores of Mt Desert Island as often as possible to climb those beautiful mountains in Acadia National Park and watch the lobster boats roll in and out of 'our' harbor. Susie and Skip, Dick's children, are both artists making fine art jewelry and sculpture work in their NH and MS homes. Grandchildren Kiera, Luke, Heidi, Isaac, Eva, and Hans are scattered about in Connecticut, Washington, Illinois, Maine and Mississippi making art, pruning trees, building homes, playing music, and growing good gardens of fresh food. We spent many happy summer weeks visiting our Meme and Papa, racing lobsters and each other around the docks, picking wild blueberries, and looking for lightening bugs at dusk on the deck. Kiera spent a summer living in this home after she graduated from college in 2000 while working for the trail crew in the National Park Service. Take a leisurely stroll around Jordan Pond while you're in the park and walk on the trail she helped build!
Why Bernard, Tremont, ME, USA:
As an avid seaman, our Dad/Papa couldn't have picked a more ideal location for his retirement. He relished the salty spray of the morning mist and the close proximity to a working harbor. Tucked away at the tip of the island on a dead end street, The Crow's Nest is the perfect escape from the chaos of life. Balsam fir trees line the paths through the woods and brightly colored sail boats slide past well weathered lobster boats. Our family always loved the park, the proximity to the vacation-style ice cream parlors of Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor, and the secluded privacy of our secret hideaway. We'd all descend on The Crow's Nest for overlapping trips sometimes pitching a tent or dragging a camper to accommodate our family of up to 13!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The very best part (in our humble opinion!) of this very sweet cottage is the wrap around deck. You can catch these perfect views from any of the large living room windows to see the Lobster Fishermen at work...but, very little in this world can beat a cool Maine morning with a salty mist over the harbor as you sip your coffee and breath in the fresh sea air.
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Crow's Nest side and back entrances & one side of new deck.
Large back/side yard from top of the drive at 6 Fanning. Same level parking too.
Close view of back of the Crow's Nest, late afternoon.
one view of the living room showing kitchen doorway.
Another view of living room & picture window to the right.
Left side view of LR with part of picture window showing.
View from opposite side of the living room. TV, DVD, WIFI and DVD's
kitchen, stove, counters, cabinets,sink and refrigerator & desk (right)
Front BR 2nd Floor, full and twin beds.
2nd floor front BR showing dormer windows, full bed, dresser and chair & closet
2nd floor back bedroom, queen bed. A closet on left not seen.
2nd floor back bedroom twin bed, chest and mirror.
View of Crow's Nest & front yard from Steamboat Wharf Rd.
Crow's Nest from about the middle of the back yard
Crow's Nest new Front Deck.
View from living room into kitchen, showing part of the counters
Picture window and front view of Bass Harbor from LR
Sitting area off living room
Dining room and desk, (left) off the kitchen
Bathroom from utility room, first floor
2nd floor front BR shows front window overlooking Bass Harbor
another view of front bedroom, showing closet, partly ajar.
Second floor back bedroom, twin bed, small chest, and dresser on right
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