About the property
- House4400 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Perfect Site For A Family Reunion, Weddings or Gatherings
The views from Island Watch are spectacular. To the northeast is the fjord of Somes Sound, and further south is a more intimate view of Southwest Harbor and several of the offshore islands, all with Acadia National Park's mountains as a backdrop.
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. 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 the decks at Island Watch. 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 rentals, sailing, boating, an ice cream parlor, and exclusive shops. Some of our local establishments are Beal's Lobster pound, Rogue Cafe, Cristina's Antiques, The Liquor Locker, The Dry Dock, Sawyer's Market, Red Sky Restaurant, and the Wendell Gilley Museum.
You will enjoy spectacular ocean and mountain 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.
Southwest Harbor has an active marine industry base of boat builders, marinas, and lobster and sail boats.
Island Watch watches all of this from its peaceful perch above the harbor. It is the Real Maine...Simple! “The way Life Should Be!”
Susan and Andy
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- May 25, 2018
About Susan and Andy
We are a family of four lucky to be living and working on this beautiful island. Andy and I both grew up here on MDI (though he is a born and raised Mainer, and I am a Texan transplant). We have two daughters, ages 10 and 7, who have thankfully taken on our favorite pastimes with gusto: hiking, sailing, swimming, gardening and exploring Acadia's gems with our trusty hound are at the top of our lists.
Why Susan and Andy chose Southwest Harbor
Island Watch was built in the early 1960s by the daughter of a lighthouse keeper. The panoramic views and vistas were no doubt reminiscent of her years living on nearby outer islands, and they are most certainly what attracted us to it. To have such a beautiful gathering spot so close to town but remote enough to feel far away from it all is a unique opportunity that we feel so lucky to have. We look forward to sharing it with you!
What makes this House unique
Island Watch is pet friendly, spacious, quiet, has magnificent panoramic ocean, mountain, islands, and village views. Two fireplaces and two complete kitchens for stretching your group out! 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. All of the rooms have their own bathrooms. We have safe off the street parking for over a dozen cars.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Gorgeous setting, great stay
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.
Comfortable lovely house
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
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.
Wonderful, fantastic, accomodating, peaceful, private, relaxing, huge, cozy, spacious, perfect!!!
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.
Rustic and Comfortable
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!!
In love with Island Watch
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!
Excellent. Great sunrise views. Lots of room.
Great house. Great sunrises. Plenty of room for everyone. All amenities were provided. All you need to bring is your luggage.
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.