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Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Northeast Harbor Classic 1890's Cottage Style, Village and Park-Close

Characteristic of the summer cottage style, this Savage-designed comfortable cottage is a short walk to the village, the fleet and the harbor. The large, covered porch and spacious lawn provide plenty of room for entertaining or relaxing. With its tasteful and traditional furnishings, this home creates a setting that is both formal and inviting. The cottage has been rented in the summer and fall seasons continuously since 1925, a tribute to it's classic appeal.

FIRST FLOOR: Living Room with fireplace. Dining Room with fireplace and table that seats six to eight comfortably. Remodeled Kitchen. Pantry. Powder Room. Bathroom with shower. TV/Computer Room & Study with cable and WIFI internet.

SECOND FLOOR: Master Bedroom with queen bed. Remodeled bedroom with double bed. Bedroom with twin beds. Remodeled bedroom with single bed. Bath with tub and shower. Separate wing with Bedroom with double bed. Bedroom with twin beds. Bath with tub and shower.

THIRD FLOOR: Bedroom with three single beds. Bath with tub and shower.

PORCH/DECK: Covered Porch on East and West side. Open porch on South side.

APPLIANCES: Standard kitchen appliances including dishwasher. Washer/Dryer. Office has hookup for fax machine. Cable TV/VCR, and cable internet, with WIFI. Gas grill.

More Details

Don Graves
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2018

About Don Graves

I am a 5th generation Northeast Harbor native, now residing half time in Northeast Harbor and half time in southern California. My wife was born in New York and schooled in Maine and Massachusetts. She is a retired elementary school teacher and avid tennis player.

My great grandfather built the gate-houses for John Rockefeller, Jr., in what is now Acadia National Park. My grandfather was a Senator in the state, and a member of the House of Representatives in Augusta, Maine.

My father, who grew up on the island and whose picture is on a bookcase in the living room, joined the Army Air Force, flew B-17s, and was killed in WW-II in 1944. You will see his name on the plaque in the town green by the marina.

My mother remarried, and I grew up in New Hampshire and metropolitan New York, spending vacations in Maine. In 1965, as I was entering my senior year at Dartmouth College, I purchased the home from my Grandmother to enable her to continue to live there.

Over the last 45 years, the seasons of our life have revolved around time in Northeast Harbor. Our children spent summers there and, when we lost our 18 year old daughter in her freshman year at UCLA, it was to our cottage life in Northeast Harbor that we returned to recover and be made whole again. Hence, we changed the name of our cottage from Bragdon Cottage to the Healing Porch.

Today, our grandchildren are coming to know Northeast Harbor as we have.

Don Graves purchased this cottage in 1965

Why Don Graves chose Northeast Harbor

Mt. Desert Island is, like the isle of Iona, off Scotland, a 'thin space', that being a place where the connection between the temporal and the eternal is very close, very accessible. Anyone who visits the island intuitively understands this phenomenon, and it may account for the many, many generations of families who visit only to return again and again.

The Healing Porch is not unique in Northeast Harbor, but it is special in evoking the reaction from many tenants that 'this is what a summer home should be like'.

The original name of the cottage, Bragdon Cottage, describes it's origins. It was built in 1899 for Sarah Bragdon from Philadelphia. Miss Bragdon subsequently sold it in the 20's and it was purchased by my grandfather in the 1930's. My father and his spent their teen years in Bragdon Cottage.

Designed in the grand Philadelphia style, the cottage once featured amenities such as service quarters and bells in bedrooms to call for breakfast. It is evocative of grand times past, but contains the modern conveniences we all have come to expect in today's lifestyles.

What makes this cottage unique

We have memories of earliest days here at Healing Porch, of my wife sitting and nursing our children on the window seat between the 1st and 2nd floors...of our daughter doing the same.

The many special spots from the quiet retreat on the 3rd floor, where we go when company gets too much, to the 'Maids Quarters' off the landing between the 2nd and 3rd floor that affords a special privacy for the many house guests who will visit you while you are here, Healing Porch is filled with pleasant surprises.

Kids will love the retreat to the study with the cable TV, DVR and VCR and two sofas - a place where they can find privacy while parents enjoy a fire in the living room fireplace..


Northeast Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 2nd Floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Spacious claw-foot tub with shower
    3rd Floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Spacious claw-foot tub with shower
    Maid's Quarters Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Spacious claw-foot tub with shower.
    Study Bathroom - toilet , shower , Contemporary 48' shower
    Pantry Bathroom - toilet , Sink and toilet in bathroom between Kitchen and Dining Room
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , two closets and fireplace
    Blue Bedroom (Tempe's Room) - 1 double , Two closets and fireplace. Located on S of 2nd floor
    Single Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , One closet, located on NW of 2nd floor
    Yellow Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Single Closet, located on NE corner 2nd floor
    Maid's Quarters (Double Bed) - 1 double , Located on W of Maid's Quarters
    Maid's Quarters (Twin Beds) - 2 twin/ single , Located with E and W windows on N Side of Maid's Qtrs.
    Margot's Retreat (3rd Floor) - 3 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Wonderful vacation with family at the Healing Porch

  • 5 of 5

Staying at this house in Northeast harbor turned out to be a tremendous part of our vacation to Bar Harbor. We did spend time enjoying the fast paced life of Bar Harbor and the awesome scenery of Acadia, but the Healing Porch was a wonderful place to hang out and re-group. This quiet, clean and comfortable house provided everything we needed for a relaxing family time. Those of us that are early risers enjoyed the mornings sitting on the porch with coffee and conversation. Dinners with everyone at the same table were priceless. The owner was very accommodating and very available. I feel like, at times, we bothered him a little too much for advice about the area, but Don handled every inquiry with a smile and solid information. If I can convince the group (13) to go again next year this is our choice place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Warm and Cozy Stay

  • 5 of 5

We visited The Healing Porch during what had to be the warmest day of the summer; even Don commented on the unusually high temperatures. We knew that the house wasn't air conditioned and were a little concerned, but were pleasantly surprised when the bedrooms cooled off at night and a gentle sea breeze came through, making them comfortable for sleeping. Upon arrival, we were greeted by both Graves; Don gave us a tour, explained everything - along with a fascinating history lesson of the house and the area. Everything was provided - soap, linens, trash bags, and an assortment of "extras" such as spices in the kitchen - making settling in very easy. The house was clean and well maintained, especially for a house of that age. The house is large and easily accommodated our group of 11. The only area that seemed at all small, was the kitchen, but we were able to have a small group working on meals at the same time. We used the house as a staging place and visited many of the sites around the area, spending a significant amount of time in the Acadia National Park. The two times when we needed something "fixed," it was done immediately. We would definitely stay there again, the next time we visit Northeast Harbor and we will recommend it to others. It was a great place to stay and the Graves made it delightful.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guests were wonderful to meet! Familiar with classic homes, they loved the ambiance and quiet close to the Fleet and the Village. Happily, we have had two other fabulous parties of 11-12 people since, and they both left our precious home in "like new" condition. We are blessed to live on our special island and blessed to have families who appreciate is as we do.
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Our Stay at The Healing Porch

  • 5 of 5

Great place for a family reunion which is what we did. Beautiful location, near the center of NE Harbor, nice, comfortable beds and nicely appointed in Victorian style.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Munich, Germany

Ah, summer!

  • 5 of 5

It is my pleasure to review The Healing Porch summer "cottage" in Northeast Harbor, Maine, as I have been a guest here for more than 30 years. My parents fell in love with it and we have been coming back ever since. The owners have upgraded many rooms over the years, such as the former back parlor, which is now an awesome space to hang out in and watch movies. And they have always given us great advice on places to swim, hike and eat. I love being able to walk to town for groceries or down to the Cove for an ocean breeze. Everything about the place is charming. Even on rainy days, my biggest dilemma is deciding which cozy corner to read in! Whether you're in need of a house for a big family reunion or a romantic get-away for two, The Healing Porch is ideal and will make you feel right at home. Just don't book for Septembers, that's when we want to be here! Enjoy your stay, Heidi B.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport (Trenton, Maine)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Colonel's
Nearest Ferry
0.2 Miles
Isleford Ferry to Cranberry Islands
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Northeast Harbor Golf Club
Nearest Train
152 Miles
Portland, Maine AMTRAK
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Maine Route 198
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Tan Turtle at Kimball Terrace Inn
Nearest Ski
95 Miles
Sugarloaf Mountain
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Sand Beach, Acadia National Park
Car: recommended

From your spacious south-facing porch, enjoy the beauty of the community, or walk up to Main Street for coffee and a newspaper at McGrath's, a great wine selection at the Pine Tree Market or some of the finest clothing and gift shopping in the Northeast at The Kimball Shoppe. See the many galleries and other shops in town, including Shaw's Jewelry, The Holmes Store, FT Brown Hardware and Local Color.

The Healing Porch is located a short walk from the Asticou Inn - one of America's classic Grand Resort hotels with view of the harbor, connected to the Asticou Azalea Gardens and nearby the famed Thuya Gardens.

Take a free seasonal bus (6/23 - 10/15) into Acadia National Park, stopping to remove your bicycle and ride the 56 miles of carriage trails or hike the many national park hiking trails.

Visit the stone gatehouses at Brown Mountain or Jordan Pond in the park and stop at the Jordan Pond House for the tradition of tea and popovers.

Bus or drive around Somes Sound, the only natural fijord on the east coast of the United States. Visit Echo Lake, where you can swim at the beach or jump off the rocks reached from the Acadia Mountain parking lot.

Explore the Cranberry Islands by ferry from the Northeast Harbor marina, take a house-tour up by boat up Somes Sound, or charter a boat yourself from the Henry Hinckley Yachtworks in Southwest Harbor.

As you walk throughout Northeast Harbor, be sure to stop in the beautiful library and visit the tranquil beauty of St. Mary's by The Sea (Episcopal), with services at 8:30AM and 10:00AM in the summer.

Recommended for dining are the following locations:

Our favorites: Burning Tree in Otter Creek

Watermark in Northeast Harbor

XYZ in Southwest Harbor (fine Mexican cuisine)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99

Tenant is responsible for electricity IN EXCESS of $200/month, pro rata.
Tenant is responsible for heating oil consumed IN EXCESS of 1/4 tank per month/pro rata.
Accounting will be provided within 15 days of end of lease period.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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