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

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:14
  • Bedrooms:7
  • Bathrooms:6.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

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!”


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 4400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 14
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pre-approved pets only. $75 per pet....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    We have two bedrooms that have wheelchair access, which also accesses the total main floor plus decks....moreless

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Master bedroom, 2nd floor...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Shared bath with room 4, (lighthouse room)....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    2nd floor, views of harbor, islands....moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 twin/ single

    Lighthouse room, 2nd floor, private half bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen

    First floor, handicapped access ....moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 1 king

    Handicapped access, first floor...moreless

  • Bedroom 7: 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Lower house apt, sleeper sofa in living room, double bedroom...moreless

  • Two of the bedrooms have their own studio, sitting room. All of the bedrooms have their own private bathroom....moreless

Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom


  • Books:

    Many books from local authors....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    2 DVD players available...moreless

  • Games:

    Many board games and cards are available for the days you choose to relax indoors....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Time Warner family Package...moreless

  • Stereo:

    In dining room, iPhone ready ...moreless

  • Television:

    New HD televisions throughout the house....moreless

  • Toys:

    Many toys including a stuffed ride-on dragon throughout the house....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Many DVDs available, both newer and classics. ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

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

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    The Village of Southwest Harbor...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Views of several mountains in Acadia National Park including Cadillac , Pemetic, and Flying Mountains ...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Views of the Cranberry Islands, Greenings Island, Sutton Island, Baker Island, Ilsford including two working lighthouses...moreless

  • Rural:

    Island Watch is located on a private wooded property away from busy roads ...moreless

  • Village:

    Overlooking Southwest Harbor and the US Coast Guard base there...moreless

  • Water View:

    The Harbor of SW. plus several offshore Islands and Somes Sound...moreless

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


  • Dining:

    We offer 2 dining areas plus the option of multiple deck/balcony areas. The main dining area has a large table seating for 12. Just off this room is a sun room with seating for 8 more people. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Rooms are either cooled by ample air flow or air conditioning...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    The common/dining area has a large wood burning field stone fire place. The suite on the lower floor has it's own wood burning fire place....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating is available throughout the house...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi-Fi, plus cable TV in several rooms....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Expansive living room with a field stone fireplace and spectacular views....moreless

  • Parking:

    Adequate parking for over 12 vehicles...moreless

  • Telephone:

    The phone number at Island Watch is 207-244-7229...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Washer and dryer on lower level....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee maker in each kitchen....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    2 kitchens fully equipped ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Each kitchen has it's own dishwasher....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    We have 2 complete kitchens ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Has microwave...moreless

  • Oven:

    Jenn Aire stove in the main kitchen and a smooth top stove in the lower kitchen....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    We have a good selection of spices in the main kitchen....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full sized refrigerator in each kitchen....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Toaster oven in each kitchen....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Island Watch has multiple balconies/decks....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    We have a few mountain bikes available for you use....moreless

  • Boat:

    Whale watching, site seeing, plus windjammer cruises....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Multiple decks/balconies, some more private and some accessible to the entire party provide a variety of vistas....moreless

  • Golf:

    3 golfs courses not far away....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    An outdoor grill and lobster cooker is on site. ...moreless

  • Tennis


from 8 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Season
May 13 - Jun 16, 2017
7 night min stay

Summer season
Jun 17 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay

Late season
Sep 3 - May 12, 2018
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $75
  • Tax Rate 9%


We accept personal checks and cash payments

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bar Harbor, located in Trenton, Me
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Sips, the Dry Dock
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Clark Point Rd, upper and lower town docks
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Causeway Club
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
102 Route
0.05 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Sips,Dry Dock, Red Sky Second Wind fiddlers Green
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
Cross country, Acadia National Park
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1964

About the owner: 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".

Why the Owner Chose Southwest Harbor, ME, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

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  • Sunrise from the Island Watch

    Sunrise from the Island Watch

  • Entry deck

    Entry deck

  • The Hinkley's Boat Yard, and Manset

    The Hinkley's Boat Yard, and Manset

  • Main kitchen over-looking dining area

    Main kitchen over-looking dining area

  • Bedroom 5 is one of our rooms with a ground level entrance.

    Bedroom 5 is one of our rooms with a ground level entrance.

  • Lighthouse bedroom

    Lighthouse bedroom

  • Main entrance.

    Main entrance.

  • Sun room dining area.

    Sun room dining area.

  • Living room and fireplace on main floor

    Living room and fireplace on main floor

  • Master suite bathroom

    Master suite bathroom

  • Our entry drive

    Our entry drive

  • View of Southwest Harbor and the Cranberry Isles from main deck

    View of Southwest Harbor and the Cranberry Isles from main deck

  • Sunset from one of our decks

    Sunset from one of our decks

  • Bathroom #5

    Bathroom #5

  • Main kitchen

    Main kitchen

  • Wild flowers along driveway

    Wild flowers along driveway

  • Room 2

    Room 2

  • North bedroom showing some of the harbor view.

    North bedroom showing some of the harbor view.

  • Lower level kitchen.

    Lower level kitchen.

  • Dining and sun rooms

    Dining and sun rooms

  • Upper hallway

    Upper hallway

VRBO #562837

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Thursday, May 25, 2017

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