About the property
- House1500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay6 - 7 nights
3+ Bedroom, 2 Full Bath; Sleeps Up To 8 Adults With Additional Room For Kids
The aim and mission of the Windaway Estate is to celebrate the natural, native landscape of Mount Desert Island, and provide a peaceful, beautiful, and FUN spot for family vacations, romantic getaways, and special retreats. The Windaway House, part of the Windaway estate, is a perfect choice for a large family or up to 4 couples who want an oceanfront vacation in Bar Harbor, but prefer to stay just far enough away from the craziness of town. Windaway is the perfect location from which to explore the many beautiful areas of Mount Desert Island. Located at the head of Mount Desert Island in the village of Town Hill (part of Bar Harbor), each town and village of the island is a short drive or ride on the free Island Explorer Shuttle bus (which can pick you up at the end of the driveway!) Acadia National Park takes up the greater portion of the middle of the island, so multiple access points are minutes away. Though the setting is very quiet and peaceful, you'll find all the ammenities you need within a convenient 5 mile radius.
Available by itself or in conjuction with Windaway Loft (vrbo #507900), Windaway House is a new rental offering on MDI, and is a 2 story, 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom house, with a large great room and beautiful deck. High Speed WiFi internet is included in the rental rate. All beds, bedding, linens and towels are new. One large bedroom has 2 queens, and the other 2 each have 1 king bed. Each floor has a full bath, and there is also a laundry room connected to the first floor bathroom. The large great room has brand new, super comfy seating for lounging or watching TV. There are two deluxe cots in the large closet of the great room, to make the great room an additional sleeping area for kids or more guests. Most appliances and furnishings are brand new, and tastefully coordinated. Kitchenware is high quality (knives are sharp!) and is BPA and Teflon free. Enjoy having morning coffee and breakfast with the sun, and incredible sunsets and star gazing in the evening.
Though there is SO MUCH TO DO on MDI, Windaway is a lovely place to spend a relaxing day. Take a stroll on the shore to look for seashells or sea glass. Even better, bring your kayak (or rent one from National Park Canoe and Kayak Rental- they will deliver and pick up on Saturdays!) and explore the peacefulness of Western Bay from just outside your door. Of particular interest is a small, working Oyster Farm just off the shore, which is owned and operated by the owner of Windaway. At night, take advantage of the ocean side fire pit area and absorb the Maine night sky complimented by the sounds of the ocean. We love and welcome pets but do charge a $75 fee for additional cleaning
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 23, 2018
About Chelcey Dunham
Pictured above with his goat friend Marceline at his farm down the road, is Farmer Matt Gerald -the owner of Windaway Estate. Matt lives onsite at Windaway, and is a fixture on the island. Sweet Pea Farm is his day job, and is a working farm, winery, and farm-to-table restaurant just a few miles away. Make it a point to meet him and visit Sweet Pea Farm for popovers, coffee roasted onsite, free wine tastings, brick oven pizzas and Mexican offerings featuring the vegetables grown on the farm.
Chelcey Dunham purchased this House in 1984
Why Chelcey Dunham chose Bar Harbor
After Matt attended College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, he decided that he had to remain on MDI. The island holds a very special energy that is both awe inspiring and nurturing. Desiring to be near her son, Matt's mom moved here too, and purchased the Windaway Estate. The property (and Matt!) retain her youthful, vibrant essence.
What makes this House unique
Matt's mom chose Windaway because she fell in love with the spot. Who could resist pristine views, gentle access to the ocean, and the surrounding wooded areas and fields? The buildings have a nostalgic charm and are unpretentious yet tasteful, well designed, and comforting. The experience of BEING on MDI and staying at Windaway is truly a gift to the soul.
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Very Clean, Comfortable, Spaciuos Cottage
As an owner of a house cleaning service in a a resort town, I am extremely particular about cleanliness. I have stayed in other places that have not been very clean so I had some reservations. I brought my cleaning supplies in case I needed to clean when we got there. I was pleasantly surprised at how clean the house was. Needless to say, my cleaning bucket just sat in the laundry room for the week. All the linens and towels were clean and of decent quality. I felt comfortable laying my head down every night. There were plenty of supplies on hand to get us started like trash bags, toilet paper, paper towels etc...The kitchen was well stocked with all of the necessities. The house was well decorated without being cluttered. We took the short walk to the water to watch the sunrise and set a few times. There is a nice view outback as well and you can see the water from the windows. We enjoyed being off the beaten path but also being close enough to visit Acadia and Bar Harbor regularly. It's about a 20 min drive or less. Matt, the owner is very friendly and close by in case of any issues. Thankfully, we had none. This house exceeded our expectations.
Peaceful retreat on Western Bay/Mt Desert Island
Four friends spent 3 great days at Windaway in mid-October. The house had all the amenities we needed including everything for a lobster dinner. The house is large enough we could spread out and the view from the windows out to the bay were sublime. All the bedrooms had enough space for our clothes and the bedding kept us warm during the cool nights. The kitchen/dining room had a pellet stove which was extremely easy to turn on to take the chill off the mornings. Farmer Matt was most accommodating and gave us good suggestions for places to eat in th area. Don’t just go to Bar Harbor and the main area of Acadia - check out other parts of the island and the park. We really enjoyed driving to the Schoodic Peninsula. Get a lobster and take it home to steam. Go to Sweet Peas and have some of Matt’s incredible oysters, too. Spend time in the early morning at the water watching the birds and water fowl. We plan to come back either together or with our families.
Great place, perfect for multi family vacation
I stayed with my family and my brother's family. It was a great place with a big family room and plenty of room for everyone. The house was stocked with everything that we needed. We absolutely loved the beach and bay access and exploring the tidal pools. We rented kayaks and enjoyed the easy access. I recommend for a great family and dog friendly vacation rental.
Great access to ocean, beach, Bar Harbor, and Acadia Nat'l Park !!!!!
Great home with everything you need!
Our time at Windaway was very enjoyable. The house was fully equipped with everything we needed. We even cooked Thanksgiving dinner there! Matt, the homeowner, was friendly and accommodating, even going out of his way to locate a turkey baster for us when it was the one thing the kitchen didn't already have. The home was more spacious than it appears in the photos, and our two families felt we could stretch out no problem. The home was impeccably clean with towels & linens that were of high quality. Beds were more comfortable than my own! The walk down to the water is a bonus, and the view from the house itself is quite nice, although there is not a sweeping water view from downstairs. In short, we thought this home exceeded expectations and we felt sure that Matt would have happily helped us out if there had been any issues, but there weren't. He was also kind & welcoming to our dog, who liked him in return. As mentioned in the listing, many popular Acadia trail heads are about a 20-25 minute drive away, so this house lets you access everything, but also get away from it all. Great spot!
My family had a wonderful vacation. The home was decorated perfectly to relax on Mount Desert Island and the view from the beach was gorgeous. We enjoyed many sunset campfires on the beach and our kids liked learning about oysters. Overall we had a great vacation - I would recommend staying here!
Windaway House, is located on the Windaway estate. Recent renovations have preserved the 1950s rustic charm of this house, and have added clean, modern comforts such as brand new beds, new flooring, appliances, furnishings, and decor. For larger family groups or retreats, the Windaway Loft can also be rented, which is a connected, brand new 2 bedroom apartment with a gorgeous balcony offering amazing views. Windaway Estate has direct/private access to a serene, rocky Maine beach on Western Bay. Located on a quiet road just a half mile from the bridge connecting the island to the mainland, Windaway offers a convenient gateway location from which to explore all of the beautiful towns and villages on MDI. Acadia National Park is spread all over the island -- the closest trail head is only a few miles away! While it is certainly best to bring a car to MDI, just down the road you can hop on the Island Explorer, which is free and takes you all around the Island and through Acadia National Park. The Island Explorer runs from early morning till late evening. It even has a bike rack! Windaway Estate, comprising the Windaway Summer House and the Windaway Loft is the perfect, gorgeous setting and location for your MDI vacation!
Additional information about rental rates
Our rentals are by the week only, and are strictly on a Saturday to Saturday basis. Check in is at 4pm, and Check out is at 10am.