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Charming Ocean Front Cottage w/ views of Western Way / Acadia / Mt Desert Island

Southwest Harbor, ME, USA
  • Cottage1600 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

4 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 7

Manset Rock - Family Friendly Retreat. This 3.5-acre property is located on the Quietside of Mount Desert Island (MDI), home to Acadia National Park (ANP).

Manset Rock Cottage: Original to the property, The Cottage was transformed into a charming guest house in the 1960's. It is a 1600 sq ft one-story wood-shingled ranch style home with private sleeping loft. It includes an 700 sq ft extra-large back deck nestled amidst woodland and ocean views. There is also a seasonal wildflower garden. You can access the private pebble beach via a short walk along the private nature path. The home provides ample space for gathering - or seeking solitude - with large bedrooms, central great room with fireplace and game table, cable TV and Wi-Fi. There are books, games and puzzles galore.

The Cottage has 4 bedrooms that sleep 7, a large great room combines living/dining rooms, and a full kitchen with breakfast nook. It comes complete with an outdoor gas grill and outdoor furniture. Appliances include a washer, dryer, dishwasher, electric range, refrigerator, microwave and hair drier. Great for a small group of friends or family, or the Cottage can be rented along with the Manset Rock main house to accommodate larger parties.

No reason to even leave the property, with so much to do right here! Enjoy spectacular views from nearly every room, or explore the ever-changing tidal pools or beach comb along the large cobblestone beach. There is even a private nature trail that winds throughout the property. Nature comes to you in this wonderful spot, with sightings of deer, fox and raccoon, as well as otter, seal, dolphin, osprey and even an occasional bald eagle.

You are minutes away from even more fantastic outdoor actives with Acadia surrounding the property. The Quietside of MDI is home to Acadia's Seawall Entrance (with ranger talks), Ship Harbor Nature Trail, Bass Harbor Light, Echo Lake Beach, and some of the most scenic hikes in the park, including summit trails up Acadia, St Sauveur, Mansell, Beach Cliff, Flying Mountain and more. Cranberry Cove Ferry and Island Explorer – Acadia’s free shuttle – stop just a few doors down from the property.

If you are game to venture further afield, we recommend you take in a sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain, learn about the park at the Acadia Visitor Center and Nature Center at Sieur de Monts Spring, follow the Park Loop Road and stop by observation spots at Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff. For the more adventurous, try biking the Eagle Lake carriage path, hiking the Precipice Trail on Champlain Mountain, cooling off at the ledges at Echo Lake, exploring Long Pond by canoe or Somes Sound by kayak, try out the links at the Causeway Club or Kebo Valley, and then there is always time for shopping and dining in any of the Island towns, including nearby Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Bar Harbor. We just want you to enjoy this beautiful part of the Maine coast as much as we do, and encourage you to explore the island!

Manset Rock: The property includes two homes (The Main House and The Cottage), a boat house, private dock and woodland trail. It overlooks beautiful Southwest Harbor, the entrance to Somes Sound, inner and outer harbor islands, as well as the western and eastern mountains of Acadia National Park. Perfectly located for sunrise or sunset views, or for simply relaxing and watching the elegant Hinckley Yachts, sailboat races or local fishing fleet come and go. A few steps out the door and you can catch the Cranberry Cove Ferry to the outer islands or the Island Explorer - Acadia's free shuttle that offers Mount Desert Island visitors and residents free transportation to hiking trails, carriage roads, island beaches, and in-town shops and restaurants.

Manset Rock Main House - #256323: The main house built in 1903 is a classic oceanfront wood shingled 'cottage,' with ocean views from nearly every window, complete with a full covered wrap around porch, located on the water overlooking a secluded pebble beach. The 3-story home has 6 bedrooms that sleep up to 11, a large living room with panoramic ocean view, a formal dining room with seating up to 14, and a full kitchen and walk-in pantry. The house features fine crafted woodwork throughout, comfy window seats, breakfast nook, butler's pantry, wood burning fireplace, high-speed wireless internet, gas grill, cable TV, DVD, deck, private dock, hammock and outdoor furniture. Appliances include a computer, printer, answering machine, fax machine, hair drier, dishwasher, electric range, freezer, microwave, two refrigerators, washer and dryer.

The home provides ample space for gathering - or seeking solitude, with a large living room, with fireplace, window seats, game table, piano, TV and Wi-Fi. There are books, games and puzzles galore. The kitchen, dining room and pantry are spacious and accommodating for groups of any size.

Property Manager

Keith Dean

Member Since 2009
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Mar 11, 2018


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 4
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3 (includes laundry)
        1 twin/ single


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower

          Location Type

            • Beach View
            • Beachfront
            • Mountain View
            • Near The Ocean
            • Ocean View
            • Oceanfront
            • Town
            • Water View
            • Waterfront


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Living Area
                        • Activities Guide
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Fireplace
                        • Firewood
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Alarm Clock
                        • Living Room
                        • Local Maps
                        • Local Restaurant Guide
                        • Mosquito Magnet
                        • Paper Towels
                        • Parking
                        • Telephone
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Wireless Internet


                            • Lobster Pot
                            • Blender
                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Freezer
                            • Grill
                            • Coffee Grinder
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 8 people


                                    • Books
                                    • CD Player
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Television
                                    • Toys
                                    • VCR
                                    • Video Library


                                        • Beach Towels
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          700 sq ft - over looking beach
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                        • Walkway to Water
                                        • Wood Deck


                                            • library
                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • coin laundry
                                            • festivals
                                            • forests
                                            • bay/sound
                                            • live theater
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • pond
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • golf privileges optional
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • mountaineering
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • Caretaker available.

                                                              1 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Incredible getaway - beautiful ocean view/deck

                                                              Jenna D.

                                                              I only have good things to say about this property. BEAUTIFUL location and quaint, cozy interior. Comfy beds and incredible, large deck to eat and relax on. Can see the ocean from the deck. Spent lots of time on the beach looking for sea glass and went hiking in Acadia (less than 15 min to many trails including Acadia Mountain <moderate to strenuous at times> which I recommend - phenomenal view). The cottage is around the corner from downtown Southwest Harbor which is fun for an afternoon of coffee and shopping. 20 min from Bar Harbor. Perfect getaway - I can't wait to go back next summer with friends!


                                                              Southwest Harbor, ME, USA

                                                              Golf: There are two golf courses on Mt. Desert Island. The first is the Causeway Club, a semi-private (open to public as well as members) 9 hole course (that plays 18) in Southwest Harbor, approximately 10 minutes from Manset Rock. The second is Kebo Valley, a very challenging 18 hole course in Bar Harbor, approximately 35 minutes from Manset Rock.


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

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                                                              No smoking. Pets approved on a case by case basis. Request washing machine be started with towels prior to departure. Remove sheets and leave in pile on bed. Pls empty fridge and take out trash prior to departure.

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                                                              For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

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