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A Charming, Comfortable and Beautifully Maintained House with Water View

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Main House 3BR/2Baths, sleeps 6/ Bunkhouse, sleeps 2/ Barn Sleeps 2

Modern, 3BR/2B house, immaculately clean, charming and comfortable (1100 SF, sleeps 6): the Barn (1200 SF, meal seating for 10, sleeps 2 on the sofa bed), and Bunk House, colorful and charming (100 SF, 2 twin beds, sleeps 2) and garage (3 bikes, tire pump, helmets and 20 pound lobster pot with propane burner, and garbage cans, gardening equipment and hose), on elevated 3 acres, rocky,wooded, blue berried property with wonderful views of Burnt Coat Harbor.

The Main House and the Barn are WiFi/'High Speed Internet and Satellite TV equipped. Fine old stereo speakers stream music from the internet and pick up AM and FM over the air broadcasts. A modern, high capacity Washer/Dryer is located in the well stocked pantry. All needed pillows, linens and towels are supplied. The refrigerator was new in 2013. The electric stove is modern and works well. There is thermostat controlled electric baseboard heating for chilly nights. There is a 'medium sized' microwave in the kitchen. Sorry, no electric dishwasher yet.

A short ferry ride to MDI and Acadia National Park. An easy walk (less than 1/2 mile) to Tim's Island Market and Supply (excellent meat, fish and lobster), ice creamery, fast food truck, Carrying Place sand beach, the Post Office and Town Hall. The 'Odd Fellows Hall', the town's meeting place for town breakfasts, Zumba classes, and plays, musicals and the Sweet Chariot Folk Festival, is next door. Longer walk or short drive to the island's Tea House Restaurant, library, fisherman's wharf/lobster co-op, and swimming quarry. Easy access to biking and hiking trails and nature reserve. Short drive to the ferry (about 5 minutes).

An inexpensive ferry ticket will take you from Swans Island to Bass Harbor in about 30 minutes. Bring your car if you want, but you can get around MDI without it. In Bass Harbor, steps from the ferry, you board the free LL Bean MDI bus, and tour Acadia National Park, visit and shop Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Somesville, Bar Harbor, or Jordan Pond; or walk Acadia's Carriage Roads or hike Acadia's trails; go to the top of Cadillac Mountain (from which you can see Swans Island); or swim and Picnic at Echo Lake. Plan your excursion carefully and the bus will get you back in time for the late afternoon ferry. The bus is free; you can bring our bikes if you are in good shape and can manage the hilly roads on MDI. We supply information about the bus, the ferry (schedules and routes) with our 'Welcome and Information' packet which we mail to you after you have completed your reservation.

Wonderful summer stock theater is available in Somesville. Classical music concerts take place in Northeast Harbor. There are wonderful museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants all over MDI and nearby towns in Hancock County. All within easy reach. We can advise about scheduling and logistics.

Charter a motor launch or sail boat. Go whale watching. Explore nearby uninhabited islands. Go clamming on deserted beaches. We hope to offer a sail boat and motor boat with the property rental, soon. In the meantime local lobstermen sometimes offer rides on their lobster boats with trips to nearby Stonington, and mail boat rides to Frenchboro, on which you might see some seals, some eagles, other sea birds and rarely a whale.

All the house water is from our well, tastes wonderful, is filtered and treated with UV light to kill any germs that might be in the well. State licensed lab tests done in June 2013 assured the potability of the well water, without filtration and UV treatment. Mattresses are modern, firm, and very comfortable.

More Details

Property Manager
William Edelheit
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About William Edelheit

We are a family of 4. We live in suburban New Jersey. I commute to work in New York City at a large Japanese bank where I am a Senior Vice President and Department Head. My husband is retired physician, having been in private practice for many years in Manhattan and on the teaching faculty of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. My son is living in Spuyten Duyvil, just graduated from college, is going to work for a midsize accounting firm in Manhattan. My 16 year old daughter, Amity, an 10th grader, loves the piano, the dance, her camera, her iPhone, her dog Juno and her numerous friends and buddies.

William Edelheit purchased this house in 2013

Why William Edelheit chose Swans Island

We have been coming to Maine for the past 25 years. We started in Monhegan and then rented for a week or two for many successive summers, first in Bar Harbor, then Southwest Harbor, then Bass Harbor. We always thought we would buy on MDI.

We love the Acadia, Echo Lake, Long Pond, the theatre in Somesville, the music in Northwast Harbor and the boating and galleries and restaurants. We have looked every year for a place to buy but never found the 'just right' one, until we came out to Swans Island at the end of January 2012. We were stunned and speechless and driven to tears by the beauty of one property that we saw after another: by the beauty of the island, by the happy faces, laughter and smiles of the people coming to Swans on the ferry; and the sadness of the faces of the people leaving. his had never happened to us before, even as we looked up and down the coast over many,many years. We were compelled to buy this house, (and want so much to share it when we can't be there), by the character of this house and this place and its people, and by its proximity to Acadia and all that we love on MDI.

What makes this house unique

Over the years Acadia and MDI has gotten busier, more crowded and more expensive, though no less beautiful and no less fun. We have migrated away from the business and bother and noise and crowds and commercialism as we moved over the years from Bar Harbor to SW Harbor to Bass Harbor. Moving to Swans was the last step in that migration. It is quiet and small and intimate and friendly and gorgeous and safe. And still we can easily go and do all the things we have done for so many years on MDI and in Acadia.


Swans Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , en suite in master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , and sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , has en suite bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , bath just past the door
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds. See photo.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , in the bunkhouse, steps away from the main house, unheated
    Bedroom 5 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , in the barn, unheated
  • Beds/Mattresses for 8 provided. One sleep sofa for 2 provided.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming


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A Charming, Comfortable and Beautifully Maintained House with Water View
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Peaceful, relaxing, rejuvenating

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here with the intension of a bit of adventure and getting away from it all, we got that and much more. Small details everywhere, like the most fine tuned crickets I've every heard just outside the bedroom window, soft breeze mornings, light cloud cover taking turns with sunshine and super fresh air all the time. It was great luck for us, the perfect season for berries, everywhere on the island they were handy to pick and eat a few on the miles of trails. A daily trip to Fine Sand beach and a new place somewhere else everyday for exercise and connection to nature. You get into the island rhythm so quickly and it's with you the whole time. We met up with an older gentleman who lived there for years one day. I just stopped to have him point us to where I might bump into a lobsterman for a bait fish to go fishing with, what day is it? he asked, Sunday I said, oh, maybe they wouldn't be there. I realized what a gift that is after a few days, we switched to island time, I had no idea what time it was on the clock, that is levels higher than what I came for, we all got into it, it's just a peaceful feeling I almost never have.

Watching my teenagers move into board games, puzzles, card game, painting and just being social more like when I was young was another gift, they did have wifi but put their phones down themselves like I did.

Anyone would enjoy staying here, this will take you to a different kind of relaxation:)

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay enormously! The island life is beautiful and relaxing and the house was very comfortable and clean, well stocked. We had a lot of fun with the barn/games, bicycles, and exploring the island by car. The local residents were very friendly and generous/helpful especially regarding navigating the ferry. We easily had access to ride across and sightsee in the park using the free LL Bean bus. The only draw back was having to be methodical in timing the day trips to Bar Harbor to get back in time for the last ferry but it is all worth it to experience life on Swans!! The location of the house is perfect to take advantage of the market and the dining hall on the island. Only a few minutes by car to the attractions such as lighthouse, beach, quarry, and library. We would love to return again!!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brian and all, Victoria and I are delighted that you had a wonderful time at "81" and on Swan's. Thank you very much for your review. We would be delighted to have you back. Please think of us for next summer. We will be improving the experience. Have a wonderful year. Best Regards, Bill and Victoria.
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More than what we could have wished for!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, spacious, lovely cabin interior with all the amenities you need for a quiet, remote getaway.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alyson, hi - Glad you had such a good time. The brief review was perfect. Thanks so much. We would be delighted to have as our guest at anytime in the future. Bill and Victoria
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New York, New York

Beautiful Property on A Beautiful Island in Maine

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect property for folks who want to get away from it all, relax, and enjoy Swan's Island. The house is lovely with a well-equipped kitchen and a great barn for hanging out, having meals, and watching TV. We were there during the Rio Olympics and so the big TV there was a real bonus. There's plenty to do on Swan's Island if you like things like a pancake breakfast at the Odd Fellows Hall, a ham and mac dinner at the Baptist church, lounging on Fine Sand Beach, swimming in the quarry, and just relaxing. Don't miss sunset at the light house!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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One of the best rentals on Swans Island if not the best

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have been going to Swans Island for the last 45 years. I have stayed in many properties around the island. We usually rented the same house every year because we knew it well and were comfortable. This year that rental was not available so we decided to rent this house and take a chance. It was beyond our best expectations. Absolutely wonderful house. The barn is better than you can imagine. I have a lot of family that own homes on the island and we entertained guests in the barn all week. It was so much fun. The main house is also very nice and well appointed. The master bath and bedroom are very spacious with a wonderful shower and large tub and plenty of room for two people to maneuver. The kitchen is just big enough for two or even 3 people to be in there working on dinner. The bunk bed room worked out just right for our son and there is another small guest room in the back. The location for us was perfect, you can walk to TIMS the small market and get lunch or groceries. Not a long walk to the Lobster Co Op either and a nice beautiful walk to the lighthouse. This has become our new home to rent on the island.

Bill and Victoria who own the property were very helpful in the rental process and if you are visiting the island for the first time they will carefully and thoughtfully walk you through all of the little things you need to know in order to safely arrive on the island. From helping with the ferry schedule to all of the options for food and fun when you arrive.

We will be back again soon!!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia, Pa USA

Wonderful Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4- my husband and and 2 teens( 15 & 17) had a wonderful time on Swan's island. The house was great- had all the amenities and creature comforts for a wonderful vacation. My husband and I love to cook and bake . After his morning swim and my morning walk/yoga we spent a lot of time in the kitchen making all kinds of food we don't normally have time to make at home. Swans island allowed us to slow down rest relax and enjoy lots of family time.

We took a beautiful walk to goose pond several times. The Quarry was also a neat place to hang out and swim.

Our children became expert table tennis players. They got so good that they played with their non-dominant hand and still kicked my butt! They stayed in the small cozy room next to the house. They loved the privacy! The barn was also a great family hangout. Bill was very helpful in giving me suggestions of what to do. We didn't leave the island as we have been to Mt Desert island a few times before. I would suggest going to a large grocery store to stock up before getting on the ferry. This was great as we didn't need much once we got there and it's more cost effective. The owners of the store on Swans were very nice and accommodating when we did need something. This is the ultimate vacation away from home if you need to chill out.

There are plenty of mosquitos so bring your bug spray if they like you!!!

Our friends who originally told us about Swan's island cooked us the best lobster I have ever had. Of course it was super fresh and delish from a local lobsterman.

Swans is supremely beautiful and pristine. You will not be disappointed staying at this beautiful home. Thanks Bill and Victoria!!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kat, - Thanks for the overall wonderful review and the heads up about your experience with mosquitoes. Victoria and I are very surprised to learn of your experience. In general in our 4 years of owning 81 and spending a total of 10 or 15 weeks there between late spring and early fall, we have not seen very many flies or mosquitoes or been bitten more than once or twice. In the reviews (available online) from all of our guests for our last three years, there is no other mention of mosquitoes. Perhaps some unusual weather event in terms of rain or higher than normal temperatures in the week before you came resulted in more mosquitoes then we or any of our guests have experienced till now. We will provide mosquito repellant spray for personal use and mospuito repellant candles to be used in the barn if it should be needed for all our future guests. Thanks again for your feedback. We appreciate it and we are delighted to learn that overall you had a wonderful time. Hope you can make it back in the future. Bill/Victoria
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Bar Harbor
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Bass Harbor/Southwest Harbor/Bar Harbor/Stonington
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Maine State Ferry from Bass Harbor to Swans Is.
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Causeway Golf Club, Southwest Harbor
Nearest Train
180 Miles
Brunswick/Freeport, Maine
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Swans Island Tea House
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Carrying Place Beach
Car: recommended

Boating (sailing, motor boating, lobster boat rides, whale watching boat rides), biking, hiking, kayaking on ponds or the ocean, bird watching, swimming, are the primary outdoor activities. People here read, write, paint and do other arts, and crafts, and hobbies, and relax. There is golf, tennis theater and music nearby on Mount Desert Island. Clamming, blueberry picking, lobster bakes and clambakes and pancakes and dances and shows and theatre and musicals at the Odd Fellow Hall, scheduled through July and August.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

Cancellations prior to 60 days before reservation date are refunded in full. Late cancellations made less then 60 days prior to expected arrival will be refunded, prorated for time and rent, if we can rent the property. If we are unable to rent out the late cancelled dates we will refund 50% of rents paid, retain 50% of rents paid, and apply it to any rental in the next season, at rates prevailing. If no reservation is made in the next season, we will retain that 50% as compensation for lost income and expenses incurred.
Pet fees are per week and cover special cleaning and sanitizing costs to reduce hair and dander, that allow us to rent to dog, cat and bird allergic persons. Pets would not be allowed in the main house, and would have to be kept on the porch or in the barn. Agreement to bringing a pet is on an individual basis and at the sole discretion of the owner.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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