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.
- House1700 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms on five quiet, wooded acres
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 16, 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 Bar Harbor
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.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Lovely cottage and great location
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
We had a great experience staying at Moss Mountain Cottage. Everything was very clean and organized and any questions that we had were outlined in a great binder that Jean provided along with brochures and ideas of things to do during our stay. House was super cozy and it made everything super convenient! Definitely felt like a home away from home!
Thanks for such a nice review. We do our best to make our guests feel at home while visiting MDI and to make sure they aren't searching for anything they need during their stay at the cottage. It was certainly our pleasure to host you and your family - you were terrific guests and would be welcome back to Moss Mountain Cottage anytime you visit MDI in the future. Happy Holidays!
Perfect location just off the beaten path but close enough to Bar Harbor for shopping or restaurants
Jean was so easy to work with and her personal touch to the cottage was such a warm and genuine plus. We loved the cottage, it had everything that we needed and the cleanliness was over the top. We all came down with the flu and took one full day to rest and it was so comfy that we felt at home. We explored the island for 4 full days and looked forward at the end of the day to return to moss mountain cottage. Thank you Jean!!
Thanks Shannon for this wonderful review and all the kind words you left in our guest book. I was so pleased to hear how well the cottage worked for you, especially while you were recuperating from the flu. You were perfect guests and went above and beyond in how well you left the cottage, making cleanup on our end go very smoothly. It would be our pleasure to host your family and friends on your next visit to MDI.
Perfect relaxing getaway
We had a great experience at Moss Mountain cottage. We came to MDI to run the MDI half marathon and explore Acadia.The cottage was the perfect place to relax and use as home base between adventures. Super quiet, clean, well stocked and inviting. We felt at home the minute we stepped in. We wouldn't change a thing.
Thanks Shannon for such a nice review. I was happy to have the opportunity to meet you and Mike just prior to your departure and to hear first-hand that the cottage worked out so well for you. We would be more than happy to host your next visit to MDI - you were wonderful guests.
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.
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Check in is 3pm and check-out 10am.