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Bar Harbor Paradise! Panoramic Ocean Views. Gorgeous Shorefront. Dogs Welcomed!

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 5,400 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Unbelievable ocean views from six bedrooms, kitchen, living, family & sun rooms.

Walk with your dogs to the center of Bar Harbor, but enjoy perfect privacy, right on Frenchman's Bay, with magnificent views of the open ocean as well. Your views include Bald Porcupine, Ironbound, Egg Rock and the Thrumcap islands. You'll not find such ocean views and intimacy with the water anywhere else on Mount Dessert Island!

We're sure you'll feel Rising Sun is Heaven on Earth, once you've arrived!

However, between now and your fully booking your vacation with us, you'll probably have many questions above and beyond what you find here on the HomeAway/VRBO website. Though their normal on-line booking process requires you to commit within 24 hours to a rental, if you genuinely feel you'd like to stay at Rising Sun, we give you Seven Days to consult with others in your family or group before reaching a decision. Here's how:

First, you click "Book Now".

If, based on the information you've sent us, we think Rising Sun is a good match for you, and vice versa, we Accept your booking, and give you our No Risk Guarantee. You and I talk on the phone (914.662 0494) to make sure that Rising Sun is the perfect place for you and your family. If it isn't, then I'll arrange a cancellation of your booking without any cost to you! That's our No Risk Guarantee to you. (And no other Owner offers this!)

You'll be able to visit our own website for much more information about Rising Sun Cottage. And when we talk on the phone, I can tell you much more about our home and Bar Harbor, Acadia and Mount Dessert Island. If you'd like to bring more dogs (or children) than our standard policy allows, we may well be able to work that out. And so on. Or, you may simply decide that some other place better meets your needs. That's fine with us. We want this to be your best vacation EVER, whether it's at Rising Sun or not! If you have seven or less in your group, you might prefer to rent our other, adjacent home (Sound of the Sea --VRBO # 978688) which is smaller and less expensive.

Renting in July or August? It can be in the 90's for an entire week. That's why we have central air conditioning for you, along with a whole house air filtration system. Combine these with our 54 large windows, and the salt air you breathe and the comfort you experience will be completely worthy of your vacation!

Our new luxury home was completed in 2014. Three floors. Two master bedrooms with king beds; three with queen beds; one with three twin beds. Accommodates up to twelve.

Our oceanfront is quite as spectacular as any you'll see in Acadia. (Be sure to look at the videos as well as the still photos.) But it's totally private, just for you. Many of the "oceanfront" homes rented in Bar Harbor are on the Shore Path, along which the general public walks day and night. Quite a difference!

And most of the other "oceanfront" homes advertised are on quiet inlets like Somes Sound, or other locations on Frenchman's Bay. Low tide brings mud flats for many of them. View our photos to see the difference!

Central air conditioning is most welcome during the periods (no longer so infrequent!) when temperature reaches the high 80's or above. If this happens during YOUR vacation, you'll love the air conditioning in our home. You'll not find this important feature in any other large oceanfront home on Mount Desert Island!

At all other times, because we carefully designed the house (with 54 extra large windows and 8 French doors) to benefit from the prevailing winds off the water, you'll love the zephery breezes that make the inside air heavenly. The whole-house air filtration system keeps the air pristine, even if all the windows are closed.

And just in case Bar Harbor experiences one of its fairly frequent power outages during a storm, you'll really appreciate our whole-house backup generator!

Our hot tub is nestled in a rock outcropping surrounded by trees, but with a lovely view of Frenchman's Bay.

If you love to cook, you'll find our kitchen and pantry (and equipment and food) make this the most enjoyable place you've ever cooked. We provide a complete array of herbs, spices, sugars, salts, peppers, pasta, rice, flour, etc for your culinary use, as well as wine and liquor. For cooking, you'll love our selection of professional, SHARP knives, as well as the other broad selection of pots, pans and cooking and baking equipment. You'll enjoy the incredible amount of stainless steel prep space; two large sinks; powerful exhaust hood... and all the ocean views, while you cook.

If you're proficient in yoga, you may be eligible (at your own risk) to use our yoga wall (after signing a liability release agreement). And if you're a proficient (and safe) kayaker, we'll have a tandem kayak for the 2018 season, which you can launch from our cobblestone beach.

At night, under the star-filled heavens, an easy walk along our very private road is delightful. Trees line the road on both sides, except for an occasional driveway. It's just as beautiful as any carriage trail in Acadia, except it's just you out for an evening stroll. You're unlikely to encounter anybody else. The Acadian heavens are largely free of light pollution, so you'll find the stars truly amazing. And the peaceful solitude of our private road, equally so.

If you're an early riser, the morning dew, the cool air, and possibly the fox family will share your walk of a mile or so (round trip.). We often continue along the National Park Trail that leads to Compass Harbor, with its spectacular views of the Porcupine Islands. This walk, round trip from Rising Sun, takes about 50 minutes.

If you're here during blueberry season (late July-mid August), please enjoy picking the wild blueberries (many, many plants) from the patch on our trail just above our cobblestone beach. It's nicely shaded, and there's always a breeze off the water, so blueberry picking is comfortable as well as fun. We highly recommend drowning them in cream from the local dairy farm!

If you were to never leave our property, you could easily have your most relaxing, meditative, nature-appreciating vacation ever. And at the other extreme, if you were to explore Acadia National Park to the fullest every day, coming home in the evening to cocktails, dinner and the hot tub, you would have your most invigorating, exciting, nature-appreciating vacation ever...

Though our location is extremely private, we're only a 5-7 minute drive to the center of Bar Harbor, and a 8-10 minute walk to the nearest trail in Acadia National Park.

Call us now at 914.962.0494 to learn more about Rising Sun Cottage. Enjoy a week or two of Paradise. And if you have dogs, please do bring them... they'll love it too!

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Bar Harbor Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12 ...
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 40 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Lessee is responsible for ensuring that all guests observe the House Rules that are an integral part of our Lease.
  • We must be able to contact you by cell phone before and during your visit, so we can provide you the most awesome vacation your group has ever had!
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Second Floor Shared Bathrooom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ocean views from tub.
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub , bidet , Our separate shower room (2 showers) offers grand ocean view
    Patio Room Shower - shower , Not as nice as the shower in the shared bathroom, but...
    Rose Room Bathroom - toilet , shower , Beautiful view of Zen Garden and rock outcroppings.
    Ground Floor Bathroom - toilet , shower , Shared by Yoga and Patio Bedrooms.
    Powder Room - toilet , View of Zen Garden.
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Gorgeous views of Frenchman's Bay; just steps from hot tub.
  • All seven showers have instant hot water, with constant pressure no matter how many showers and tubs are being used; and all but two have gorgeous views. Master bathroom includes: shower room with 220 degree ocean view; two independently-controlled shower heads; two sinks; toilet and bidet; whirlpool tub with views of magnificent rock outcroppings. Guest bathroom includes tub and shower. Altogether, there are six showers (including out-door shower with ocean view). All bathrooms have an ample supply of luxurious towels.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Yoga Room - 1 queen , Private entrance from patio; Ocean views. Yoga wall.
    Rose Room - 1 king , Ocean views. Private bathroom. 50meg/sec port. Headset phone
    Second Floor Master Suite - 1 king , Ocean views;Skylight;TV;Office-50meg/sec port;Printer avail.
    Patio Room - 1 queen , Ocean views;Private entrance from patio;20-75 lb dumbell set
    Blue Room - 1 queen , Ocean views; Sunporch (shared); 50meg/sec port; wired phone.
    Lavender Room - 3 twin/ single , Windows on 3 sides--Glorious ocean & rock outcropping views.
  • Every bedroom offers a view of the sunrise from your pillow. The mattresses are the most comfortable (firm) you'll find anywhere. Each room has a wired cable internet port (50 meg/sec download). Windows are many, and extra-large. During heat waves (infrequent, but it's possible to have one during your own vacation!), you'll surely appreciate the central air conditioning.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • 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:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
See the sunrise from every bed... or draw the curtains and sleep later. See the stars from most beds. See the sun sparkling on the water. Hear the waves. Smell the sea. Watch for the eagles. Enjoy your dogs enjoying themselves as much as you do. Cuddle with them at night! And, if you're summer guests, you'll never forget your seven course complementary banquet!


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Bar Harbor Paradise! Panoramic Ocean Views. Gorgeous Shorefront. Dogs Welcomed!
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
Naples, FL

Making Memories at Rising Sun

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent a wonderful week with our family at Rising Sun Cottage. The home was beautifully appointed with a decor and color palette that was both artistic and soothing. The views were stunning from every vista point in the home and we loved watching the activity of the lobster boats, the incredible wildlife and how the lighting at different times of the day intensified and enhanced the beauty of the landscape. The grounds surrounding Rising Sun were quite private and we enjoyed the peaceful serenity and sounds of nature while sitting on the decks or outside patio and while walking the trail to the rocky and dramatic shoreline.

The living and dining areas were a perfect size to accommodate a large family celebration. The home offered ample room for all of us to gather together as a family while also providing the space for each of us to have our own individual areas of retreat. The sunroom upstairs greeted us daily with a gorgeous panorama while the media room on the bottom floor offered entertainment for the youngest family members. The kitchen had all the tools and equipment needed for us to cook and serve a very fresh and memorable lobster dinner. Rising Sun also provides a nice respite when the weather is hot as it is fully air conditioned with central air.

The owners of Rising Sun were a pleasure to rent from as they were so gracious and thoughtful.

They went above and beyond what is customary to make sure that we had a fantastic stay at their home. Not only were they available at all hours to answer questions, they individualized their home to meet the varied needs of four generations of our family and provided us with insight and tips with respect to dining and entertainment. Additionally, a birthday celebration was made even more special with their thoughtful surprise. Their kindness will always be appreciated and remembered.

We have great family memories of our stay at Rising Sun. It is truly a special place and a haven that offers tranquility and peace.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Take the dog on a great family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Spent the week at Rising Sun cottage and had a great time with family. House is beautiful and views are excellent. Lots to do in Bar Harbor and Acadia. Owners Ned and Emily sincerely want their guests to have a great experience and offer great suggestions for activities and restaurants. We hiked and biked Acadia, spent time in Bar Harbor, fished, whale watched, cooked lobsters, and more. It was great to be active in beautiful nature all day and then 'come home' and relax in luxury. And it was great to take our Husky, Juno, on vacation. Bar harbor seems to be THE vacation destination for dogs and dog lovers.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY

Best Place I Ever Stayed for My Writing Retreats!

  • 5 of 5

I’ve led my fiction writing retreats in 15 locations in America and Europe, including beautiful places in Tuscany, Venice, Glastonbury, London and throughout America – Charleston, SC.; Santa Fe, NM; Marblehead, MA; Abique, NM; Wolf Creek, MT; Glacier National Park, MT.; Taos, NM; Litchfield, CT; Pendle Hill, PA; and last, but not least, Bar Harbor, ME.

Rising Sun was far and away the location that my students and I loved the best. The ocean, the ocean views, the sounds of the ocean, the ocean’s salt breezes. The flower gardens. The hot tub. The wonderful, fresh air flowing through the windows (the other home in Bar Harbor I had rented prior to Rising Sun was nice, but it was definitely moldy.) The oh-so-comfortable beds. The air conditioning (it was hot outside for a few days while we were here, and the A/C was perfect!) Our chef loved the kitchen and pantry, which she said were more functional than any restaurant in which she had worked, and far and away better than the homes in which she catered dinners!

A high point was that all my students could shower at the same time in the morning and never run out of hot water! I had never experienced that in any of the other places I had rented.

But best of all, the privacy and the wonder of the shoreline on Frenchman’s Bay, looking out to the open ocean. One woman actually jumped in the water from the rocky ledges, and swam (for a few minutes). Brrrrr!!! Cold!!! But the water was deep, over her head, right off the rocks. Each to her own, Polar Bear!

The women sharing the master bedroom suite loved the skylight, with its panoramic view of the Maine starlit skyscape. And the whirlpool tub and the shower room with its magnificent view of the ocean and Frenchman’s Bay through its two windows.

So, in a nutshell, whenever I do a retreat in America, it’ll be at Rising Sun Cottage, on Mount Dessert Island! Nowhere else!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ned Tarasov
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2018

About Ned Tarasov

We've been vacationing on MDI since our children were two and four (1972). This is our dream spot, which we bought thirty years ago, and with the help of a good friend, we designed our home to be equal to the very special setting. I was the general contractor, and watched over every detail of construction, living in it with my beloved dogs even before the house was fully enclosed.

My wife selected and modified the magnificent colors on the walls (I personally enjoy the colors as much as the ocean views!); my own unique contributions are 'Notre Dame' (the Entrance Hall named after my favorite building in the world), 'Carnegie Hall' (the balcony designed for its accoustics for classical music), and the kitchen and pantry, which reflect my own design of space that makes the preparation of meals, from simple to complex, for groups small or large, a calm and fulfilling activity.

Our home is fully dog-friendly, including a dog room in which to leave them safely at home by themselves. We provide dog beds, water bowls filled with fresh water for your arrival, etc. A high quality vet service is available 10 minutes away; and in case of a life-threatening, difficult emergency, one of the country's best 24 hour, tertiary care hospitals is in Scarborough, three hours away. (We mention it because Maine Veterinary Medical Center saved our beloved Amber's life, and if you have a serious emergency for which a 3 hour trip is possible, don't mess around... go there!)

We put on dog covers on furniture for dogs who are accustomed to sleeping with their humans!

Most importantly, we do not allow any guests to bring onto the property cleaning supplies, vaping (e-cigarette) equipment or similar items that pose life-threatening risks to dogs (or human children)!

Why Ned Tarasov chose Bar Harbor

We bought this land because, the first time we visited at Thanksgiving of 1982, it spoke to our souls. For all the years when our careers didn't allow us to spend more than a few weeks on Mount Desert, we felt blessed just to be able to sit on our rocky ledges and love Frenchman's Bay and the Gulf of Maine.

The photo gallery on our website hints at the natural beauty that'll surround you at Rising Sun.

What makes this estate unique

There is no other land like this, and we've put our creativity and love into making a home for ourselves and our dogs and our guests that befits land that our family views as sacred...

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoy our stay here. The views were great, the walk to the beach was short, and overall the experience was amazing. The bedrooms fit our family perfectly and the kitchen was fun. We had a blast! Thank you so much!
Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Bangor is 40 miles; Bar Harbor Airport is 15 miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
McKays Pub and Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
To Cranberry and Swan's Islands;Winter Harbor.
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Many restaurants in Bar Harbor (walk, bike, drive)
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Sand Beach; Lake Wood;Seal Harbor Beach.
Car: recommended

We've been vacationing here since 1972; we're available before and during your rental to give you advice based on your specific interests. We expect you'll have your best vacation ever at Rising Sun Cottage and in Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park!!!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates shown here are discounted for small groups (up to 7 people). July and August undiscounted rates for groups of 8-12 people are $13000. Go to for off-season rates for 8-12 people. Promotional pricing (especially for non-peak rentals) may be available depending on dates and rentals already booked. Call me to discuss at 914 962 0494.

Small weddings (dinner and all services must be arranged through us) are available during off-season months -- please call us to discuss.

Dog Fee: $200 (for one or more dogs, not each.)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund