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

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Half Baths
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
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Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2017

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 Mount Desert Island

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.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Stunning Ocean & Mountain Vista With Handicap Access & We Are Pet Friendly
average rating of 4.571429 based on 7 reviews
Saratoga Springs, NY

Spacious, comfortable home for a family vacation

  • 4 of 5

Island Watch is a spacious home that is both comfortable and casual -- excellent venue for our family of 8 adults and two small children. There is a

great view from the large deck with perimeter benches and a table with 6 chairs. A pretty glassed-in porch connects the deck to the house. The large great room has a dining table and chairs for 10 at one end, seating with a beautiful, word-burning stone fireplace in the middle, and a bar and stools at other end.

The lower level has a sitting room and full kitchen; bedroom; laundry and bath. There are 6 bedrooms and 5 baths on main and second floors.

The kitchen very well stocked – dishes and tableware for at least 16. There is virtually every utensil and form of cookware including lobster cooker and large propane grill. There is also a large yard and lovely plantings/gardens. Island Watch is a 5-minute drive into center of SW Harbor; or walk down the back path -- though the walk is a bit strenuous with tricky footing in places along the way. It is an easy drive to everything on the island and then nice to be away from the crush of people when you are "at home."

The owners were very accommodating throughout the entire process and during our stay and were immediately responsive to emails in advance of the trip. The home belonged to Margery's mother. They stopped by to check in and provide advice about the area all of which was very helpful. They responded quickly to questions and provided child equipment upon request. The property is pet friendly.

We would definitely return. We had a 5-star vacation here, and we would have given Island Watch a 5-star review except for three things -- great room furniture is not especially comfortable (this was not an issue for us because the weather was nice so we spent a lot of time on the deck, but during a rainy week, this would have been disappointing), though there are dozens of kitchen utensils and pans, they are not very well organized so it took a bit of effort to appreciate what was there, the lower level is a bit damp (if we had used this space, it would have needed a dehumidifier), and finally, the house could have been cleaner upon arrival. Let me emphasize that none of this would stop us from returning or recommending the property. It was an excellent choice and we enjoyed it fully. We offer thanks to the Bucks for their hospitality.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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family of 9 had a great time

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely place! The view is truly remarkable looking over Southwest Harbor and the Cranberry Islands. We watched several firework shows from the balconies upon arrival. The bedrooms were very nice, the kitchen very able to manage many cooks, good dining area that handled our crowd. Had the grandkids been able to join us, safety with the open balconies would have been our only concern. Otherwise, excellent accommodations, with walk in access to two of the bedrooms. Kevin and Marge really looked after us with tourist tips and checked up on us to be sure we were safe and satisfied. And so much to do - for both the rugged moountain climbers and the less able bodied, swiming, gardens, Cadillac Mountain sunrise, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboards. Add fresh seafood, and what could be better? Really a fantastic location and great accomodations.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First family vacation

  • 4 of 5

The house was great for our family vacation. The views from the deck are spectacular and the house was well stocked. Margery and Kevin are great hosts, stopping by a couple of times to make sure everything was ok and take away the trash. We loved the location away from the more heavily congested areas but still close to everything Mt Desert has to offer.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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vacation for family with multiple ages

  • 5 of 5

This place suited our family extremely well since our activities were limited somewhat by having a 20 month toddler who needed to nap. The place was situated so that some could hike down the trail by the house to town or jog a fairly short way to Long Pond for a hike. Margery and Kevin were extremely welcoming and left the house well equipped for us and had fresh flowers in vases in several places to welcome us. They also helped us with recommendations for restaurants, hikes and canoe areas. The view from the deck of the house gave all of us great pleasure, and it was nice to have so many different sitting areas for the group.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bernard, ME USA

25th Wedding Anniversary Party

  • 5 of 5

Marge and Kevin,

Thanks for your time and attention to detail that helped make our 25th Wedding Anniversary Party such a great success. So many of our friends are professional chefs or accomplished cooks, it was only reasonable that we would have a pot-luck party. The size of the kitchen, and the pass-through counter between the kitchen and dining area gave everyone lots of room to work together and present their specialty dishes. About the dining area, how nice it was to have a clock perpetually at 5 o'clock, time to knock off work and share a cold one.

We all enjoyed the space inside, and the view of the night sky from the decks. Our out-of town guests that stayed over had nothing but high praise for the rooms and furnishings. I don't think that we'll make it to a 50th, but we likely will for a 30th, so, pencil us in, will you?

Much thanks for your help, and for The Island Watch.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Very clean, spacious, well equipped and conveniently located. Our family of 11 loved the house. The owner was very friendly and co-operative.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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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

Southwest Harbor House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Season
May 13 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer season
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late season
Sep 3 2017 - May 12 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Tax Rate 9.0%

We accept personal checks, credit cards, paypal

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.
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Southwest Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4400 sq. ft.
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
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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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