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The Old School House / Up Harbor Marina Is A 1932 Vintage Restored School House

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

Three Bedroom, Two Bath Newly Renovated With Marina Access

The Old School House is a large historic building in the quaint village of Bernard. We have renovated the upstairs into a 3 bedroom , 2 bath rental with a large living room, peeks at the bay and great views of the western mountain range. A very quiet location with several restaurants, galleries and local shops within a 5 minute ride. There are two restaurants within 5 minutes walking/biking distance. We own a private marina on the harbor, a 5 minute walk away, where you will have access to our kayaks, a row boat and the marina facilities like our grills and picnic tables on the exspansive dock. It's an easy paddle from our marina up into Bass Harbor Marsh, which is teaming with birds, beavers and other aquatic life. For the more experienced paddlers, traveling out of the harbor, one can see the Bass Harbor Lighthouse, visit on shore restaurants, and outer islands.

Carlton Johnson
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 27, 2017

About Carlton Johnson

I was born and raised in town. We own the local boat yard and marina and bought this incredible property this spring.

Carlton Johnson purchased this house in 2013

Why Carlton Johnson chose Bass Harbor

This historic property was the local school that my mother attended. It is a well known landmark and when it came on the market we were ready to turn it into a fantastic living space.

What makes this house unique

The School House is a beloved historic structure that has retained the charm of an antique home with dramatic angles, knotty pine walls and floors, yet embellished with modern furnishings and appliances designed for comfort and relaxation. The property lends itself well to families or groups of couples, as there is plenty of space to either congregate or settle in with a good book. The school house is a very unique space, with great views and flooded with sunlight. The master suite is large and private with it's own deck and private bath. Access to the only private marina on the quiet side of the island is a big bonus . A short stroll brings you to our private marina, an excellent location for mackeral fishing off the dock, kayaking, picnicking on our expansive deck with pristine views of our harbor. We have 4 kayaks and a row boat for exploring the harbor and the inner islands and the creek/marh at the head of the harbor that goes for miles into the heart of Acadia National Park. A great place to relax on the deck and docks and watch the second largest lobster fleet in Maine come and go . The inner island 500 feet from the dock is home to Thelma and Ernest our resident bald eagles. Their nest is in plain view of the deck and their fishing activities are mesmerising.


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
bangor international
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Miles
Thurstons a 5 minute walk
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Swans Island
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Causeway Club Southwest Harbor
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
thurstons a 5 minute walk
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
back beach a 3 minute walk
Car: recommended

This house is on the quiet side of Mount Dessert Island in the heart of Acadia National Park. A short 15 miniute ride to the town of Bar Harbor and dozens of restaurants, whale watching, shops. We are 5 minutes to the closest park entrance. We also own a private 40 slip marina on Bass Harbor a 5 minute walk through the village of Bernard where you will enjoy access to the kayaks, docks and barbaque grills etc on the docks.Thurston lobster pier is 5 minutes on foot, 2 minutes by bike or car from the house.


Bass Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • bath rooms are new renovations
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • The master bed room suite is very large with a private deck and walk in closet
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • 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
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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The Old School House / Up Harbor Marina Is A 1932 Vintage Restored School House
average rating of 3.75 based on 4 reviews

House needs cleaning

  • 2 of 5

The property is well-priced, so never mind the leaking shower and broken dishwasher, the hair-dryer and coat-hangers etc that we had to ask for) Jim (the new owner) was charming and helpful. But the house was dirty. Old bin full of plastic bottles left behind from the people before us, dead flies in the mosquito screens -- I'll spare you the details of the toilets. I really do think we could have expected a higher standard of cleanliness.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Michigan, USA

School House July 2017

  • 3 of 5

Our group consisted of 5 adults, and we stayed at the School House for one week July- August 2017.


Quiet side of island - no hoards of people here

Walking distance to Thurston's Lobster Pound

Responsive caretaker, quick solution to problems at the rental once we were there and had cell#

Quirky, interesting architecture


Poor communication regarding check-in and location

Non-functioning clothes dryer (fixed promptly when notified)

Bicycles and kayaks not easily usable as advertised

Very basic kitchen utsensils (note: no condiments as advertised), difficult layout for cooking meals

Our stay was OK. The School house was not one of ourfavorite VRBO rentals, but it was adequate for needs.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Hampshire

Much nicer than we'd hoped for! Unique and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at the Schoolhouse hoping for something different this time, as we visited Bass Harbor (Bernard), and the School House (upstairs) fit the bill. Plenty of space! and very comfortable. I love how the October early morning sun just pours into all the windows on the south side. We also like the bathtub in the master bath. Such a classic tub! And all the other appliances are New! The kids had fun with the puzzles and the bocci game outside,, and we hiked a few of the coastal trails nearby.

The docks and the lobster place/restaurant are a short walk down the street, and a rocky beach is a short walk to the other side of Bernard point.

We'd stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stafford, VA, USA

Roomy house in a quiet location

  • 5 of 5

Newly renovated with plenty of room for the 7 adults in our party. Everything was very clean, the kitchen was well stocked with everything needed to cook and there is even an unadvertised loft area that can be used for sleeping. Thurston's Lobster Pound is minutes away and we used the kayaks several times to explore the harbor. The owners of the Sail Shack on the first floor and the next door gift shop, including the local neighbors, are also very friendly. This house is located in a very quiet part of the island but still a short drive to Bar Harbor and all the park activities. We highly recommend Southwest Cycles in Southwest Harbor for bike rentals as you pass right by it on your way to the nearby Carriage Roads.

We highly recommend The Schoolhouse and would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

a 50% deposit reserves your reservation and the balance is due 21 days prior to arrivial.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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