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Stunning Ocean & Mountain Vista With Handicap Access & We Are Pet Friendly

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 4,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Prefect Site For A Family Reunion, Weddings, Or Gatherings

Entering the winding, shaded driveway of Island Watch gives you quick hints of what lies ahead. As you approach the horizon expands. When you enter and walk to the common area, it can take your breath away. The view is nothing short of spectacular. Before you to the east is the fjord of Somes Sound and as your eyes progress, you see Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor, a more intimate view of Southwest Harbor, and several of the offshore islands. The mountains of Acadia provide a dramatic canvas for the sunsets. If you choose to rise early, the sunrises over Great Harbor will be an incredible start to your day. Evenings watching the lighthouse beacons, flashing red or green navigation bouys, or returning fishing vessels can be a peaceful diversion at the end of a busy day.

Island Watch sits on a ridge above the village of Southwest Harbor and has a vista that is as unique as any on the Maine coast, yet is removed from the busier, in-town atmosphere. We are a bit more secluded, but we do have our own private path that will take you into the center of Southwest Harbor. From there you can board the free Island Explorer bus, wander through an art gallery, have a gourmet dinner, or just have an ice cream at the local café. We are only minutes away from some of the least used and most scenic trails in Acadia National Park.

Formerly run as a Bed and Breakfast, Island Watch is now available to rent on a weekly basis. The seven bedrooms of the main house each have their own bathroom. The suite on the lower level has a complete kitchen and fireplace. Several of the rooms have their own private balconies. The main deck area provides a relaxing gathering area for your entire group, where you can kick back and watch the boating activities below. We also have a separate efficiency apartment rental unit, called Bird's Nest (651708), over the detached garage on the same property.

The views are spectacular from our several decks. Sit and relax in the quiet splendor of the Maine woods, while taking in the panoramic beauty of the islands, mountains, harbors and the village of Southwest Harbor!

You're within walking distance to the local restaurants, bike rental, sailing, boating, and exclusive shops or just an ice cream! Some of our local establishments are Beal's Lobster pound, Cristina's Antiques, The Liquor Locker, The Dry Dock, Sawyer's Market, The Second Wind, Red Sky Restaurant, Fiddler's Green Restaurant, and the Wendell Gilley Museum.

You will enjoy spectacular Ocean and Island views, beautiful sunrises, quiet times, and the many activities in nearby Acadia National Park. The Rockefeller family constructed beautiful carriage roads throughout the park in which you can enjoy on foot, in a horse-drawn carriage, or by bike.

Come and stay at one of the most beautiful places in the Maine. Experience a quiet family vacation or one with friends. Be active or just kick back and read a book or paint a picture — all while enjoying the fresh air and pristine views from our many decks.

We can easily accommodate multiple family's for a reunion, or weddings, or just getting away! It is a peaceful, spacious location with a killer view!

Island Watch has two kitchens, so you can do pizzas in one, and a gourmet dinner in the other.

Island Watch has an appeal to writers and artists. based on an island that they see from the front porch.

Southwest Harbor has an active marine industry base of boat builders, marinas, and lobster and sail boats.

Island Watch watches all of this from it’s peaceful perch. It is the Real Maine...Simple! “The way Life Should Be!”

More Details

Kevin and Margery Buck, P.O. Box 466, Bass Harbor, Maine 04653
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2018

About Kevin and Margery Buck, P.O. Box 466, Bass Harbor, Maine 04653

I was born on Mount Desert Island, this is my home. We love animals, we have 3 dogs and a parrot. We also enjoy boating, my Husband Kevin was a Boy Scout leader.. We have 4 children and 9 Grandchildren.

Island Watch has seen many family gatherings over the past 50 years. We have enjoyed holidays and weddings here in our spacious living room, warmed by the huge field stone fireplace. We have lately been hosting musical events at the house and the most common discription we have heard is "magical".

Kevin and Margery Buck, P.O. Box 466, Bass Harbor, Maine 04653 purchased this house in 1964

Why Kevin and Margery Buck, P.O. Box 466, Bass Harbor, Maine 04653 chose Southwest Harbor

Island Watch, was my mother's house. She was a daughter of a lighthouse keeper and lived on many of our outer Islands.

Mom built this house in the early 60s. After all of us kids moved away, she operated the house as a B&B for 25 years. Mom, Maxine Clark, was incredible cook and story teller; her guest became family to her, and they returned year after year.

We just received an email from one of Mom's guest, she wrote, 'what a spectacular beauty and atmosphere....a hidden gem. Guest at the Island Watch, feel it is their own place, an escape, private and magnificent.'

I couldn't say it any planer.

She loved her home with It's tranquil setting, that still afforded her the splendor of harbors and Islands.

We sadly lost Mom this past year, and she wanted us to continue with her beloved home.

So, what do you do with an 7 bedroom, and 7 bathroom house?

We are busy this winter doing well needed updates to the house, plus adding on more balconies, and giving all the rooms a face lift.

What makes this house unique

It is handicap accessible, pet friendly, spacious, quiet, magnificent panoramic ocean, mountain, islands, and village views. Island Watch boost two inviting fireplaces for those chilly Maine nights. Two complete kitchens for the folks that love cooking!

We also have Wi-Fi, plus a HD television in most rooms with a wide selection of channels to choose from.

On those rainy days, sit by the fire and enjoy reading, or playing one of our many board games.

You can walk to the village from our front door; it is an easy quarter of a mile hike through the woods to town to get an ice cream or browse through our many shops.

Many of our bedrooms have their own decks, and private sitting areas. All of the rooms have their own bathrooms.

We have safe off the street parking for over a dozen cars.


Southwest Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet
  • There is a private bath to 6 bedrooms, the 7th bedroom has a water closet with a toilet and sink.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom, 2nd floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Shared bath with room 4, (lighthouse room).
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2nd floor, views of harbor, islands.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Lighthouse room, 2nd floor, private half bath
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , First floor, handicapped access .
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Handicapped access, first floor
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Lower house apt, sleeper sofa in living room, double bedroom
  • Two of the bedrooms have their own studio, sitting room. All of the bedrooms have their own private bathroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.6153846 based on 13 reviews

Gorgeous setting, great stay

  • 4 of 5

We chose Island watch for five siblings and spouses because there are very few rentals with handicap access, and plenty of bathrooms. The pictures of the view cemented the choice. We loved it!

The kitchen is open the dining room and view. We cooked all but four of our meals for the week. And yes, we used the lobster cooker.

I want to address the handicap issue. We are all 60ish and two are handicapped, one with cancer and a recent hip replacement, on crutches, and the other wheelchair bound. The one on crutches was fine except for the shower, since his room had a handicap height toilet. He was glad for the heat in his room. Although the layout is a bit odd, (adjoining) there are two rooms opening to the driveway, and to the living area and then to the deck. However, there were challenges for the wheelchair. There are lips at the entry doors to the handicapped rooms and the drive slopes so the wheelchair needed close attention. Also, the bed was too high. That was solved easily by removing the bed frame. The toilet in that room was too low for handicapped and the shower was not accessible. A bench was provided, but there is no handheld shower head. The access to the deck is through the sunroom, with two doorways with lips. Another issue was there was not a spare set of sheets and the bedding had to be washed several times during the week.

I say all that to inform, not to be critical. Most people do not understand what special needs mean in all situations. There were challenges, but we managed. This was the only home we saw available with no steps to access the house. It's great, just realize it's not perfect.

On the upside, we all had a bathroom, and the spouse of the handicapped member used an upstairs bath which was lovely. In addition to the two rooms on the main floor, there are four bedrooms upstairs. Two are en suite, the third is a small room with a single bed and half bath. A fourth room has a bath across the hall. Downstairs in the basement is an apartment with laundry, bath, living, kitchenette and bedroom. This was perfect for our family member who was working during vacation. The large table and kitchen counter created an office. This space has windows all across open to the woods and wildlife. The larger TV there was nice for baseball playoffs.

This home is like going to grandma's. It is funky and homey and lovely. We are so glad we stayed.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable lovely house

  • 5 of 5

We can not think of any negatives regarding this wonderful house. It rests on a ridge above the town with beautiful views of homes and water. The house is spacious, well equipped, convenient. Our highest recommendation.

Mary Ann and Dwight Hotchkiss

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dwight and Mary Ann, what a pleasure to have you and the Grand children as our guest! You were all very obliging, cheerful, incredibly clean. We consider it our blessing that the fates that brought you to the Island Watch. Please come again.
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Wonderful, fantastic, accomodating, peaceful, private, relaxing, huge, cozy, spacious, perfect!!!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect vacation. If you love hiking, biking, ocean, national parks, seafood, Maine, relaxing, then this is the vacation house for you. 10 of us stayed here, 4 adults and 6 kids. Huge spacious deck overlooking southwest harbor, grill, happy hour, family game night, etc. The house has two kitchens, one on the first floor and one in the basement. Multiple sinks, refrigerators, and ovens...perfect for space with 10 people worth of food and drinks. Absolutely everything you can imagine from kitchen items, cooking items, bar items, games, and DVD's. Parking was easy and the two front bedrooms had access through the driveway, very convenient. We made trips to the carriage trails, Echo Lake, Acadia, Cadillac Mountain, Bar Harbor, restaurants, the seawall. Try Gott's pizza if you go!!! Miss it already, hope to go back soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic and Comfortable

  • 4 of 5

My extended family of 12 enjoyed our stay at Island Watch a couple of weeks ago. This was our first time in Maine and we loved the beauty of the land and the people!

Island Watch is a rustic home with plenty of room for a large group. The views from the balcony and some of the rooms is stunning and we enjoyed watching the sunrise (even if we didn't necessarily want to be up at 4:45am!!) We enjoyed both the front and back decks every day moving to either get in the sun or escape the sun!

The house is decorated in an eclectic, artsy style that had me looking from room to room and piece to piece! The dining room table fit all of us if we squeezed in and there is a table on the screened porch to spread out. The kitchen is small but has everything one needs to cook a meal - which we did most of the time. There is an overwhelming amount of kitchen pots and pans but not much space for food storage. There is also another kitchen downstairs but we never used that. If you want to steam lobsters, there is everything ready for you downstairs under the deck!

The bedrooms are nicely sized with some being bigger than others. My room had an AC unit which was necessary for several nights of our stay. Those who didn't have an AC unit weren't as comfortable as there are no fans in the rooms. If the breeze is coming from the right direction, you won't need AC. My shower was very small and we'd suggest some sort of shower caddie for the bathrooms. The bed/bedding was average in comfort but we slept well and after a few days adjusted to the early bright sky. One of the bedrooms downstairs is accessible only via another bedroom or thru the bathroom. This wasn't an issue for us as we put our adult son there but it's something I wanted to mention. Lastly, the green couch in the living area is so uncomfortable that one can't really sit on it. It's beautiful and looks nice where it is, but it isn't functional.

Never having been to this area before, we really didn't know how close or far things are. Bar Harbor is about 25 minutes away and Bass Harbor Lighthouse is maybe 10 minutes or so! Shop at Gott's first and then go to Sawyers. Stay away from the IGA in town as it's crazy expensive. Go to Dave's on Herrick Rd for fresh seafood. Best scallops ever! Go to Beals. Forget Charlotte's. Coda is delicious for dinner out. You must go to Common Good for popovers. You'll feel good about yourself so go & find out why!

I recommend Island Watch!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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In love with Island Watch

  • 5 of 5

Island Watch is the perfect setting for your Maine experience. As part of a group of 15 I had a few concerns about whether or not the house would be large enough for our group but they weren't necessary. Between the decks, the rooms and the basement we were all able to escape when needed even during our two rainy days.

Kevin and Marge were the perfect hosts from our first interaction. They were always quick to respond to messages and questions prior to arrival and they showed up to check in every few days, we were actually bummed that they couldn't hang out more because they had so much going on during our stay. The house is fully stocked, even on rainy days, and Toots had the bar stocked with everything you could possibly need to mix up drinks, just bring the ingredients.

The only thing I can think of that would have made our stay any smoother is an additional bathroom but that was simply because we had the house filled to capacity, 6 probably should have been sufficient! Everything was perfect and if you meet George ask Toots to make him a drink!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent. Great sunrise views. Lots of room.

  • 5 of 5

Great house. Great sunrises. Plenty of room for everyone. All amenities were provided. All you need to bring is your luggage.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Acadia National Park
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Echo Lake
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Bar Harbor, located in Trenton, Me
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Sips, the Dry Dock
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Clark Point Rd, upper and lower town docks
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Causeway Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
102 Route
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Sips,Dry Dock, Red Sky Second Wind fiddlers Green
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Cross country, Acadia National Park
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Echo Lake, Long Pond
Car: recommended

Acadia National Park is a short drive or bike ride away. Spend the day exploring Mt. desert Island by boat, or bike or pick up the free shuttle bus, The Island Explorer, takes all the worry about finding your way about Acadia, and the Schoodic Point, and brings you safely back.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Damage Insurance $99 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

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.