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Prud'Homme Cottage: Bright, Cozy Architectural Cottage on Mitchell Cove

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View from the back (away from road, towards Cove): deck, lawn (and campers!).


Last updated: 05/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 5; modern, bright, airy; short walk to private beach.

This architect-designed, cozy cottage on Mount Desert's quiet side has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 5 comfortably, with full kitchen and washer/dryer. Located on Mitchell Cove in Bernard, 10 minutes south of Southwest Harbor—you get the best of both worlds: the quiet and privacy to enjoy your family's time together, and immediate convenience to all the attractions of the island. Grocery, library, restaurants, water sports (canoeing, sailing, motor-boating, kayaking), swimming, and miles and miles of well-maintained hiking trails up some of the country's most beautiful and accessible mountains are within a 15-20 minute drive. And just a minute's walk down the property to Mitchell Cove brings you to half a mile of secluded and undeveloped private shingle beach. A home-base for your expeditions across the island; and a light-filled, snug residence for your family's together-time during your stay.

The master bedroom is on the ground floor; two bedrooms are upstairs, one with two twin beds, the other a single. A futon in the living room can accommodate a sixth person. Maximum number of adults is 4-5. There is a $50/night charge for each person over five. A bath with shower is on each floor.

The cottage has all modern appliances; has its own well-water and lots of hot water. Wi-Fi internet service is provided. A wide deck off the front balances the indoor and outdoor spaces and is great for sitting in the sun; a secondary deck off the kitchen has a gas-powered grill that's ready for use. In the main floor's living room, a cathedral ceiling shows off the grain of the golden pine boards. A new wood-burning stove keeps the whole house warm on cooler evenings (many summers you won't need it much), and provides a natural center to game-playing, reading, or watching TV. There's ample dry firewood in the woodshed. The cellar has an Old Town canoe and paddles, which you're welcome to take down to the Cove.

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If you're considering coming in May or early June, or later in September or October, please see note below about the wood stove. It makes a big difference!
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The house is very much more than the sum of its parts. It's situated on the site of the old farmhouse that farmed the Mitchell Cove area in the 19th century, when the land was all open meadows. You'll notice that it's the 'right' spot for a house—up on a little rise, with a full cellar dug into the side of the hill, and a big green lawn spreading down toward the Cove. Past the lawn, and the old apple tree, there is still open meadow to the front of the house; but now pine trees hedge off the few neighboring houses, which are distant and completely hidden from view. To the south and west is Lopaus Point and thick pine forest. The house is nestled into the corner between the old meadows and the newer forest—you're very much in your own world without being in any way constricted.

Open air, wide space, freedom to move—and the elegant concentrated space of the house—that's the feel of being here.

You'll also notice lots of little architectural details that make spending time in and around the house a real pleasure. The house was designed specifically to capture and display the best virtues of Maine's coastal summer climate. It encourages you to experience the best of what it's like to be here. During the long summer days, it's light-filled and airy. You'll want to throw open the doors and let the cooling ocean breezes waft through. Take your work out on the deck; watch the kids play soccer on the grass. Or wander down to the Cove. At nights, it's a supportive, cozy enclosure that brings everyone together around the wood stove. Cook up a seafood feast. Gather round a board-game. Curl up and watch a movie on the TV.

The house works so well in part because the floorplan is both open and separated. Communal activities will center on the first floor, where the kitchen and living room flow into one another and keep everyone connected. But if you want to get some work done, or the kids need to start a summer-reading project, or someone just wants to be on their own, you can head upstairs, close the door, and concentrate.

The place is full of memories of people doing exactly this for fifty years. I'm sure you'll quickly find your own way of being right at home.

**update for 2016 forward**

We've installed a new wood-stove this year. It's a Blaze King model (you can find the features online): very efficient, low-emissions, and easy to operate. It also has a fantastic burn-time--up to 20+ hours on a single load of wood. It makes heating the cottage during cooler spring and fall days and nights very easy and reliable. Load it up before you turn in for bed; when you wake, it's still full of coals and putting out good heat.

If you're considering renting during those earlier or later periods (May, September, October), the new stove will make a big difference in your comfort.

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Primary renter must be at least 25 years old. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets considered, but must be declared--please talk to us about your wishes. Security deposit covers any pet-related damages. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single


  • Futon in living room can accommodate one more person. But 4-5 adults is a reasonable maximum; and there is a $50/night charge for each person in the party above 5. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Pond
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean:

    Two-minute walk to private, undeveloped expanse of the cove....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, pillows, pillow cases....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Sofa/futon, chair, rocking chair; desk and chair; lamps. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Park in driveway....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Use your calling card for long distance....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Kitchen towels; bath towels. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    First floor....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Blaze King wood-burning stove. Very warm and efficient! Wood provided (in woodshed)....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Bonavita electric drip; grinder. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Enough for 6...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Paper towel, toilet paper....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Deck / Patio:

    One off kitchen; main deck off living room....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Old Town canoe in cellar; paddles; life preservers in house. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Spacious lawn for playing...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill on deck off kitchen. Utensils. ...moreless



from 14 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 27 - Jun 9, 2017
7 night min stay

early Summer
Jun 10 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Jul 1 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

early Fall
Sep 2 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Sep 30 - Nov 4, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $200 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning $150 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9%


Rentals are normally from Saturday (4 PM check-in) to Saturday (10 AM check-out).

Please note that maximum occupancy is 6--no more than 4 adults. Strictly enforced.

1/2 total payment due with signed Rental Agreement to reserve booking.

1/2 total payment due 6 weeks (42 days) prior to Check-in date.

Cancellations: 90 or more days prior to check-in, refundable up to 90%. Between 90 and 42 days prior, 50% (90% if we can re-book the dates). Within 42 days, up to 90% if we're able to re-book your dates.

7-night minimum stay.

Extended stays (2+ weeks) in May may qualify for weekly discount rate.

Please let us know what you have in mind.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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17 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bar Harbor Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Cranberry Cove Ferry
5.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Causeway Club
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 102 runs north-south down the island.
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Thurston's for lobster.
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Mitchell Cove

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1970

About the owner: My architect father designed the house as a summer home for my grandparents in 1970. We've been going there and loving it ever since. If you know Acadia at all, you know it's a very special place. And for us, this house embodies the same spirit: it's simple and rugged and historical (built on the foundation of the original farmhouse). And the more you get to know it, the more you appreciate the nuances of its unadorned beauty. I grew up coming here for the summers with my grandparents. We fished and canoed and hiked and gathered mussels and ate lobsters and read books and did puzzles by the wood-stove on rainy days. My parents taught me to love the outdoors on these mountains. And now I'm introducing my own kids to this family-infused spot. I hope someday they'll do the same with their children. I'm a northeasterner through and through. I grew up in Connecticut, went to boarding school in Boston, and college and grad school at Yale. Now I live and work in New York City. I spend my idle moments contriving ways to get back up to Maine.

Why the Owner Chose Bernard, Tremont, ME, USA:
It's hard for me to summarize how much Mount Desert, and this house on it, mean to me. The place is a center of my sense of myself and my family. I grew up in learning to know this place; coming back here is communicating with the traditions, memories, and histories that have generated the habits and outlooks by which I know who I am. It really is the case that the *place* binds and holds the spirit together. More practically, I can't think of any other place where it's possible to do so much that's so rewarding so easily. Mount Desert is just *made* for vacationing--for serial enjoying and adventuring in reasonable, daily, family-sized chunks. Everything you'd ever want to do is within twenty or thirty minutes of your home-base; and it's all completely authentic and accessible. We've spent weeks hiking day after day, non-stop, hopping all over the island, never exhausted, always eager for the next pondside vista or rocky scramble or heart-wrenching, ocean-yearning view from the top. Other years we went slower, and spent lots of time tossing stones at the cove, and reading books by the fire, or doing puzzles at the card-table. It's hard to say what's more wonderful: breaking through the treeline atop Sargent Mountain, or wrapping yourself in the fog on the tide-stripped rocks of Mitchell Cove, or reading by the fire with the rain dripping down the pine boughs. The best visits are when you do all three! As a parent of two children, quite young when they first visited, I really appreciated how the activities could be scaled to the age, energy, and interests of the group. It was fantastic at first to have Wonderland available, to make a simple out and back over flat land with an eight and a five-year-old. Or, when they were feeling whiny, to take the Jordan Pond loop trail, with popovers waiting at the end. Now it's fantastic to string mountains together and come home at sunset.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
I've said it all elsewhere on this site--but I think Mount Desert is just a very special place. I feel deeply rooted in the soil and rocks here. But it's not only because of my family's history. It's what the 19th century “rusticators” and Romantics and trail-builders felt too when they first came here. It's what inspired people like George Dorr to create Acadia Park as an act of spiritual preservation. There's something about the island and its way of being encountered that encourages this kind of bonding. I think the very best thing you can do if you choose to visit is to open yourself up to that whole-hearted connection. And in my opinion, the best way to do that is to find the island on your own terms. That means, preferably, not being swept up into the elements that are part of the tourist pattern. Why be a tourist when you can be at home right from the start? That, for me anyway, is just what you're trying to avoid when you come here. Avail yourself of all the beauties, but do so in your own time, space, and frame of mind. This little house is an ideal anchor-spot for making that possible.

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Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

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  • View from the back (away from road, towards Cove): deck, lawn (and campers!).

    View from the back (away from road, towards Cove): deck, lawn (and campers!).

  • View from the kitchen entrance: kitchen deck and second-storey windows.

    View from the kitchen entrance: kitchen deck and second-storey windows.

  • Living room: looking back toward the stairs to second floor.

    Living room: looking back toward the stairs to second floor.

  • New wood stove for 2016. Long burns, lots of heat.

    New wood stove for 2016. Long burns, lots of heat.

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Upstairs bedroom #2

    Upstairs bedroom #2

  • To the cove!

    To the cove!

  • Cove at low tide.

    Cove at low tide.

  • Extreme low tide at cove.

    Extreme low tide at cove.

  • Painting of the cove by a long-time guest.

    Painting of the cove by a long-time guest.

  • The whole expanse.

    The whole expanse.

  • What awaits you atop Sargent Mt.

    What awaits you atop Sargent Mt.

  • Main deck on the lawn.

    Main deck on the lawn.

  • Living room: stove and dining table.

    Living room: stove and dining table.

  • Kitchen, living room, light!

    Kitchen, living room, light!

  • Open kitchen

    Open kitchen

  • Upstairs bedroom #1

    Upstairs bedroom #1

  • Lawn off the main deck.

    Lawn off the main deck.

  • Cove at high tide.

    Cove at high tide.

  • Looking back into cove from the canoe.

    Looking back into cove from the canoe.

  • The cove's shingle floor.

    The cove's shingle floor.

  • Famous sunsets.

    Famous sunsets.

  • Wonderland is 10 min. down the road.

    Wonderland is 10 min. down the road.

  • Echo Lake: 15 minutes away.

    Echo Lake: 15 minutes away.

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