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Keyhole Cabin by the Sea

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Full Bath, (Sleeps 5-6)

Our comfortable cottage is private, surrounded by woods with a view of the ocean and passing boats through an opening in the trees. Our beach is accessible via a long boardwalk leading from the side yard. Great beach walking and shelling and a place for picnics.

In addition to full kitchen with oven and microwave, there are three bedrooms sleeping 5 with a roll out bed for an additional person. There are two large bedrooms: one with a queen and the other with a twin and a double. The third bedroom has a single bed. All rooms have electric heat when needed. The cottage has complete housekeeping facilities and sheets and towels are provided. The cottage has wi-fi and internet capability.

We are within a few minutes drive of Southwest Harbor for dining and shopping. Acadia National Park is easily accessible all over the island and offers lots of opportunities for hiking, bicycling and kayaking. There are sailing opportunities in Southwest Harbor, and Northeast Harbor and boat trips to the islands.

You will never tire of exploring one of our country's most beautiful islands.

Keywords: Private cottage, ocean view, beach access, in woods with view of ocean, access to beach via boardwalk, easy access to Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, stores in Southwest Harbor, freshwater swimming

More Details

Catharine McKibbin
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Catharine McKibbin

This is our family summer cabin, that we built on family land. Our family has been summering in Maine since the 50's, and my sister Susan lives in SW Harbor with her family.

Catharine McKibbin purchased this cabin in 1985

What makes this cabin unique

Peace and Privacy

Guestbook comments from the owner

Perfect weather and a perfect spot to bond with our grandchildren. Loved the "homey" feeling. Wish it was ours.
Jun 2001
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Seawall Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full tub & shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The beach is accessible by a long boardwalk from the side yard of the cottage.


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(7 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

The Keyhole is great for a family vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at the Keyhole with 4 adults and 2 little boys, it was perfectly rustic Maine! The cabin was well stocked and the new grill was perfect. Our boys loved walking the boardwalk to the private beach and spent many many hours there. The beach was beautiful and quiet with great views and sounds of lobster boats. It was an excellent location to all the attractions of the island. We will definitely be retuning to the Keyhole!!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cleveland Ohio

A Great Hidden Cabin

  • 5 of 5

What a treat, so glad we found this cabin & went ahead & booked it. Nothing fancy just a Great secluded rustic cabin surrounded by woods & an easy walk down to the beach. The beach & tide pools were great, my children (& myself) had some much fun at mid & low tide looking for sea life. We even a lovely small beach fire one night & the stars were amazing.

The adults & children enjoyed this place alike.

Great location, minutes from lovely Southwest Harbor & Bass Harbor.

Easy drives to Acadia, be just about anywhere in 20-35 minutes.

Close to swimming in Echo Lake, wonderland trail is a nice easy hike just down the road.

Cabin can get pretty warm during the day , but we were always at the beach or elsewhere on the island during those hours.

The owners are responsive & easy to reach.

Well worth taking a look at this place.

We will stay here again the next time we return to MDI.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wilmington, MA, USA

Quiet and relaxing getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a beautiful time at Keyhole cottage in the summer of 2015. Although Southwest Harbor is a busy summer vacation destination, the cottage offers absolute privacy and serenity. Oh, we had a guest almost every morning - a playful deer watching us from a distance.

All amenities and vacation entertainments are well listed in the rental description, I am not going to repeat them. I'd like just to say the cottage offers everything you would miss leaving your home. Even WiFi was good and fast.

There is easy access to the beach (has tables and benches) and the spot offers beautiful views. The cottage is secluded and feels so private but at the same time it is in the center (or very close) to hiking trails, downtown South Harbor, Acadia park and Bar Harbor.

The owners are very polite and helpful! We found this treasure and loved it! And will be back in summer 2016.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, great location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had a wonderful stay at The Keyhole. We loved the privacy of the setting, the quick access to the beach and the close proximity of Southwest Harbor. The cabin was cozy and comfortable...a great getaway! We would definitely stay there again!!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great family friendly spot.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at the Keyhole. The cabin is small and rustic, but well appointed, and you couldn't ask for a better location! We had the feeling of being in a remote location, but were close enough to town to make it convenient. The views are spectacular, and the kids spent plenty of time combing the beach for treasures. The owners are friendly and accommodating. Thank you! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rachel for a lovely review. We are looking forward to having you stay at the Keyhole again this summer.
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Bucks Co, PA

Serenity surrounded by beauty

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at the Keyhole a few times over the years, and it always feels like coming home. I am a photographer, and couldn't stop taking pictures while on the island, it was beautiful everywhere we went. We enjoyed delicious lobsters, and quiet breakfasts on the deck. We never managed to hike all the trails we wanted to, and I will be happy to come back to do some more.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Bar Harbor Intl
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
High Speed Cat to Nova Scotia in Bar Harbor
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
End of boardwalk
Car: recommended

Southwest Harbor is about a 10 minute drive. There are restaurants, ice cream shops, grocery stores (2), post office, laundromat, bike & kayak rentals, banks, library, community center, Episcopal church, museums, shopping, and access to Southwest Harbor and the ferry to Islesford.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.0%

Stays of 2+ weeks will be discounted $50/week.

Owner'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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