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Prud'homme Cottage: bright, cozy architectural cottage on Mitchell Cove

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


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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About Richard

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.

Richard purchased this house in 1970

Why Richard chose Bass Harbor

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Bass Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Prud'homme Cottage: bright, cozy architectural cottage on Mitchell Cove
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews

Great location

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our time at the house. The location is great....walking distance of village of Bernard, lovely views nearby of cove and harbor. We also loved the quiet...great for listening to birds and other outdoor sounds. The cabin is a good size with very pleasant light from two story windows in the living room. Could use some upgrades of furniture, rugs, decking...

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

What makes Prud'homme Cottage so special is the land. It is just a short walk through the woods to a large private ocean cove that is shared by perhaps 4 - 5 homes. We have a 14 year old arthritic lab who can barely walk more than a very short distance without help. And each morning, he'd be waiting at the door to go out. We'd open the door and he'd bolt to the cove so he could stand in the ocean and feel the waves against his feet. It did our hearts good seeing him so happy, and almost trotting without help to make it to the ocean.

In previous years, we'd have to load our dogs into our car and drive around the island, trying to find a safe place we could let them off leash and let them swim. We'd usually go to Little Long Pond but there's never any parking there, so to find Prud'homme Cottage made us very happy. Less stress, and because the ocean is in the backyard, the dogs could go into the water as often as they wanted. Plus no park rangers insisting the dogs go back on leash.

Apart from the land, the location is excellent. Thurston's is just down the road, but the house is off a side road so you don't get the traffic and crowds. It's right near the library which seems to be the happening place in Bass Harbor, and Gott's is nearby for the best late night home made cakes slices.

Our only real concern was the mattresses. They couldn't have been more than a few inches thick. They reminded me of the mattresses I slept on in camp when I was ten. Definitely rock hard and thin and uncomfortable. Frankly, it was hard to get a good night's rest. We'd strongly encourage the owner to upgrade them. Otherwise, we'd recommend you bring a mattress topper/cushion with you.

Nevertheless, it's the most beautiful piece of land we've stayed on in Bar Harbor, and SW Harbor is so much more relaxing than staying on the other side of Mt Desert. We'd definitely stay again! Point of fact, the next door property with a similar cabin just went on the market for $4.5 million, so clearly people appreciate and value the location!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice words! I love the image of the old dog staggering down to the cove to be renewed in the brisk Maine waters. I remember our aged Border Collie doing exactly that many years ago. And I thought I should add: all new premium mattresses for 2018!
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Cozy Cottage Sets the Stage for Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time in Bernard staying at Prud'Homme cottage. Its location was just as advertised and our family (7 yo & 9 yo) enjoyed exploring. The cove was a quick walk away and offered a private shell collecting and quiet rock skipping. The cottage was light and inviting and had everything we could have ever needed. When not on the trails or in the lake we played board games, watched a little television and even had a blueberry pie eating contest. We managed to do about 25 miles of hiking - and LOVED the hikes on the quiet side, Beech Mountain, Acadia Mountain and Flying Mountain just to name a few. They were a welcome relief from the Jordan Pond super highway! Echo Lake is just 10 minutes away - it was a great way to cool off on the hotter days. Lastly, Southwest Harbor was a lovely spot to frequent - Little Notch bakery and the wine & cheese shop were our favorites. We also followed some the advice provided in our welcome packet and picked up A Walk in the Park trail guide, as well as booked a nature cruise on a lobster boat in Bass Harbor. These two suggestions proved helpful and fun! We loved our time at Prud'Homme and may very well return!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great family cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and two boys ( 16 and 11) had a great time staying at this cottage the last week of May 2017. The weather was very good during our stay with lows in the 40s and highs in the mid 60s with sun. Our boys had a good time helping to operate the wood burning stove that we ran the whole time during our stay. The stove kept the cottage warm. We made sure to fill the stove completely full of woood before we went to bed and turned it down to med-low and we had plenty of fire left in the morning. There is a woodshed full of split firewood that comes with the unit.

We did plenty of hiking and appreciated borrowing the canoe and clam digging tools that came with the cottage and using them in Mitchell Cove. The kitchen was also well stocked with dishes, pots, etc.

The cottage caretaker stopped in to check on us and was very personable and helpful with island.

We did have one rainy afternoon and took in a movie and dinner at Reel Cinema in Bar Harbor. It was very cool experience!

A great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great, quiet place to get away...

  • 5 of 5

If you like to get away from all the business of life, this is a great place to book...yet it is close enough to Acadia and Bar Harbor that you don't feel like you are stranded with nowhere to go. We were able to rest, hike in Acadia, and spend an evening in Bar Harbor.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely and comfortable vacation cottage with many amenities .

  • 5 of 5

Located in a wonderful part of Maine, this cottage is a delightful vacation home. The house is light-filled and comfortable. We lacked nothing! We stayed in October and the wood-burning stove kept us warm throughout our three weeks.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sawyer's Market
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Guest Art Gallery
Artwork by guests of the cottage
Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Cranberry Cove Ferry
Nearest Golf
5.5 Miles
Causeway Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 102 runs north-south down the island.
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Thurston's for lobster.
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Mitchell Cove
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $200
Damage Deposit $500

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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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