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"Moss Mountain Cottage" Clean, Private, Central Mount Desert Island

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms on five quiet, wooded acres

Moss Mountain Cottage is a clean, bright, spacious 3-bedroom/two bath cape-style home nestled on 5 private wooded acres in the village of Town Hill. Less than a mile away is the Town Hill Market, noted for its delicious homemade sandwiches and snacks, and where you can access the free Island Explorer shuttle. In addition to offering a great location, Moss Mountain Cottage offers a heated and partially air-conditioned home, with a bright, spacious and open living, kitchen and dining area, a fully equipped kitchen with all new appliances, a laundry room, a first floor bedroom with ¾ bath (shower), two large bedrooms upstairs that share a full bath with tub/shower combination. High speed wireless internet, TV and Blueray DVD player (no cable - local channels, Netflix and DVD library), games and books are all part of the package. Outside you will find a large yard where children can play, a large deck with a gas grill and outside seating, as well as ample parking.

Jean Sylvia
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Jean Sylvia

I built this house in 1988 as a single mother raising my lovely daughter who now lives in California (much too far away)! Now married, I live in downtown Bar Harbor with my husband, across the street from my three lively and lovely granddaughters. As young girls, my daughter and her cousin spent countless hours combing the backwoods of our property and collecting moss. Their grand plan was to make wreaths to sell to the tourists - leading to their fame and fortune! The small hill where they found the best moss, they named 'Moss Mountain.' Although they never sold a wreath (I'm not even sure they completed one), they spent hours in our backyard playing, laughing and planning their futures, as little girls love to do. I'll always treasure those days and those girls, and it is this fond memory that gave rise to the name 'Moss Mountain Cottage.'

Jean Sylvia purchased this house in 1988

Why Jean Sylvia chose Town Hill

Mount Desert Island has been my home since I graduated from college (I won't tell you how long ago that was) and I love it here. During the summer I hike and bike the trails of Acadia, comb the beaches to collect sea glass and sea-tumbled rocks, and take in all the island has to offer in unique shops and gourmet restaurants. During our cold and snowy winters, I take early morning walks or snowshoe on the breathtakingly beautiful (and quiet) carriage roads, spend time with my family and friends, and read some great books I've been meaning to get to all summer. When I travel away for any length of time and start yearning to see the mountains of Acadia and smell the sea air as I cross the Trenton bridge onto MDI - that's when I really know how much I appreciate and love my island home.

What makes this house unique

I love the quiet and the privacy of the homes around Indian Point. Sitting on the back deck and listening to the evening chatter of frogs in the bog, the morning birds that wake you instead of an alarm clock, eying the deer as they shyly peak out from the woods, and taking in the beauty of a full moon when it rises above the giant cedars - will all contribute to your restful vacation on MDI.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved our stay at Moss Mountain Cottage. Our family of six enjoyed the private atmosphere the property provided. It was close enough to the towns (including Bar Harbor) and yet still far enough away to not feel like you were in the middle of things. Exactly what we were hoping for.

The house itself was comfortable and well stocked with linens and other items needed for a great short term stay.

We could also not ask for a more attentive and caring host than Jean. One could tell that she truly cared about our happiness and even provided some goodies to welcome us upon our arrival.

If we ever do go back to Mt Desert Island, we will definitely consider staying here again! Thanks, Jean!!"

5 Stars of course
Jun 2018
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Town Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
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
  • No street shoes inside the house
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Towels, soap, shampoo, body wash and hair dryer provided in both bathrooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • The two upstairs bedrooms share a full bathroom with combination tub/shower. The downstairs bedroom has a double bed with a 3/4 bathroom (toilet, sink and shower) on the same floor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Other items available: Food processor, blender, mixer, lobster pot, hair dryers, laundry detergent and dishwasher liquid are all provided. Feel free to contact us with specific items you are looking for.


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"Moss Mountain Cottage" Clean, Private, Central Mount Desert Island
average rating of 4.904762 based on 43 reviews

Lovely cottage and great location

  • 5 of 5

Jean and Bill provided one of the nicest, neatest, and best supplied cottages that I have rented through VRBO/Home Away. The cottage is very tastefully decorated, but still comfortable and homey. There are plenty of supplies that are so helpful to guests staying for a few days or more. Clear explanations are left for guests to locate items, or how to operate devices. All the detail certainly helped to make our stay very pleasant and enjoyable. The area of the cottage is quiet, which is a plus, though everything, Bar Harbor and Acadia are very close by. I would definitely return to Moss Cottage again.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review Paula. We do try to make things easy and convenient and as a result have attracted some amazing guests, just like you. We can't thank you enough for the extra care you took in keeping things clean, being respectful of our cottage and also for being great communicators. We love sharing our cottage and would be so happy to host you again in the future - you were terrific!
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All the comforts of home but even more organized!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Jean’s home with our two young boys. It was so comfortable being there, lacking nothing. The boys enjoyed the DVD collection early in the mornings, since they aren’t allowed much tv at home. There was something for everyone. My favorite part was the local organic blueberries which Jean so graciously acquired for us, in addition to the welcome basket filled with homemade jam and veggies from the garden. The binder is one of the best I’ve seen. There were clear directions for everything, and where to find things. The carpeted stairs were perfect for our kids - note there is no baby gate at the top, so carpet was important to us, just in case. All the appliances worked well. The place we stayed next in another town was ok but really made us long for all the comforts that Jean provided, including towels and linens!! Our only point of caution to future guests - the beds are very soft, which are cozy for kids but can be an issue for a bad back.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We truly enjoyed hosting Julie and her family at the cottage. She privately sent me a suggestion of putting a safety lock on the cellar door, which is a great idea and which we will do soon to prevent children from tumbling down the cellar stairs. As for the beds, as I told Julie, we've been told by others that the beds are very comfortable - in fact one guest ordered the same king bed we have while they were still at the cottage since they said it was the best night's sleep they'd ever had. I think it as all a matter of preference. One bed, which Julie and her family did not use is very firm and another will be replaced with a new mattress next summer - so we might try to find something on the firm side again so that our guests have plenty of options. Julie and family were terrific guests - clean and very good communicators. We would happily rent to them again in the future.
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Perfect getaway for Acadia National Park Exploration with 3 small kids!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful in this peaceful cottage as our home base! It was quiet, clean, well stocked. We were so surprised to receive a kind welcoming gift including delicious homemade jam! What a perfect touch. We have 3 kids six years and under and this was a great place to rest while not out swimming, beach combing or hiring. The kids watched some classic Disney movies and played some new games like Go Fish that were in the home for us use. They also got their first taste of Saltwater taffy and loved it! The rooms were cool with the air conditioners, the beds comfortable, the towels soft - I could go on here about all the details that made this like a home away from home! Thank you so much for your hospitality. We loved exploring the nature of this beautiful part of Maine!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Brigitte for all your kind words. We strive to make the cottage a comfortable place for our guests - so that they feel right at home. The extra touches are nothing elaborate, but simply to let you and others know that we appreciate your staying with us. You were wonderful guests who left the place as clean as you found it and we appreciate that more than you can imagine. You and your family are welcome back to Moss Mountain Cottage anytime.
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Charming, beautifully cared for home in the woods! Lovely!

  • 5 of 5

The house was meticulously cared for and in pristine condition! The owner, Jean made special arrangements to add 2 window unit air conditioners to accommodate a health issue! Everything we asked for and more, was taken care of and she was readily available once we were staying in the house. It was a wonderful place to stay and she could not have been better to deal with from start to finish!! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amy - it was our pleasure to host you and your family for your visit to Mound Desert Island. Making sure we installed the air conditioners was not a problem for us - we had been thinking of doing that anyway as our summer nights can be pretty humid.. As for any other things we did to prepare for your visit - you were our guests - and we were happy to do whatever we could to ensure that your stay was as comfortable as it could be. You did your part by maintaining our cottage as we would. Your family is welcome back anytime.
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  • 5 of 5

Great location, comfortable, clean, well stocked, and the owner is super friendly and helpful.

I have stayed in many vacation rental properties and this one is in my top five.

Don't think about -- book this house!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We work hard to make sure our guests feel at home while vacationing at our cottage and it pleases us immensely when they appreciate what we've done. Thank you Angela for the review and for being a great guest. We would highly recommend you to any host as well.
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

I absolutely loved my stay at the Moss Mountain Cottage! The house was beautiful and very clean. We couldn’t believe how well stocked everything was. Beautiful location in good driving distance to Acadia and most hiking trails we wanted to see. Jean was very cooperative when it came down to specific needs to accommodate my group and I. She even recommended some places to visit during our stay! We thoroughly loved the house and our host. Looking to stay again in the future. Greatly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was an absolute pleasure to host Riley and her friends. They were a young group of six who not only respected our house rules, but went the extra mile cleaning and tidying up just before they left. They were also great communicators, both prior and during their stay. We would be more than happy to host Riley and her friends in the future.
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Hancock County - Bar Harbor airport
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Long Pond
Car: necessary

Moss Mountain Cottage, open year-round, is centrally located, no more than 15 minutes away from the entrance to Acadia National Park, the Ellsworth shopping centers, and all the picturesque towns and villages that make up Mount Desert Island. Our cottage is tucked away on five private wooded acres where you can relax after a long day of hiking, biking or cross-country skiing one of the many historic carriage roads or mountains of Acadia; after a more restful day taking in the breathtaking views atop Cadillac Mountain, cruising the waters of Frenchman Bay, or visiting the stunning Thuya, Azalea,, or Rockefeller Gardens. If you'd like to stay closer to home, only a mile from the cottage, you will find the Nature Conservancy’s Indian Point Blagden Preserve, where osprey nest and seals bask on the rocks at low tide. Great Long Pond - three miles from the cottage - is where each summer you can swim, canoe, kayak, launch your boat to water ski or fish, or to enjoy ice-skating in the winter. There is summer golfing or winter sledding at the historic Kebo golf course; Pirate’s Cove miniature golf and Wild Acadia Fun Park for the kids; Monday and Thursday evening band concerts on Bar Harbor's village green; and matinees or evening plays at the Acadia Repertory theater. In each of the island's picturesque villages you will find quaint shops where local artisans showcase their work, and any number of restaurants and bars that feature lobster and other locally harvested seafood dishes, paired with award-winning and locally-brewed beer or wine.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning fee $75 + Tax

Check in is 3pm and check-out 10am.

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.