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Southwest Harbor Gateway to Acadia National Park: Tranquil & Spacious

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Three Bedroom plus private 1 bedroom apartment Sleeps 8-10 comfortably.

A newly remodeled multi-level family retreat with all the comforts of home located on the outskirts of downtown Southwest Harbor (less than 1 mile) with close proximity to the Seawall entrance to Acadia National Park. The harbor is a block away at the end of the street, and the Town Dock is just around the corner. Spacious living room, deck and back yard with wooded and pasture views. The deck is fully equipped (new Weber gas grill, dining table and umbrella, Adirondack chairs), and the back yard has a custom stone fire pit and picnic table to host your family campfire circles, storytelling and feasts of s’mores.

Explore quiet side trails on foot and bike and visit Echo Lake and Long Pond on warm days to swim or kayak. Hop on a national park shuttle within walking distance of our home that will take you to other spots within Acadia National Park (Cadillac Mountain, the famous carriage roads, the Jordan Pond House and more), as well as Bar Harbor and across the island. A great range of eateries are nearby from family style to bistro, a few within walking distance of our home and others in quaint downtown Southwest Harbor.

Our home includes a master bedroom with custom bath; two second floor guest bedrooms with one queen, and two twins; and a second floor den with new queen futon that folds out easily. A first floor sitting room is just off the kitchen includes a brand new fold out queen sofa for extra guests, doubling as a comfortable guest room. Spacious fully equipped kitchen (and beautifully remodeled in spring 2015!) and a dining room table that can expand to seat 10 comfortably with counter space for 2-3 more. Large family and living room connected to dining area with flat screen TV and new leather couches make this comfy for a large group.

The main house has two full bathrooms upstairs all recently remodeled and a first floor bathroom with spacious walk in stone shower.

An additional highlight of our home is a separate one bedroom apartment accessible by an indoor breezeway that provides a private retreat from the main house. It includes one queen bed in the bedroom and a fold out couch that can sleep two in the living room, plus a dining nook, separate apartment-sized kitchen and bathroom with shower.

The house includes Wi-Fi and cable, laundry, a ping pong table and four bicycles for guest use as well as lobster pots and all the right tools to enjoy this Maine delicacy.

Responsive, friendly, superb local caretaker nearby!

More Details

Property Manager
Barbara Rice
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Barbara Rice

My husband and I met at the University of Maine having grown up on the east coast. Now in California where we have lived for 27 years we return to Maine and Acadia National Park frequently to hike, kayak, rekindle and build new friendships, and enjoy the special small town life.

Barbara Rice purchased this house in 2010

Why Barbara Rice chose Southwest Harbor

On the quiet side of Mount Desert Island you can escape from the hustle and bustle, while having the shore, harbor, downtown, trails, and lakes close at hand for your adventures all within a few miles of our home (Harbor and ferry to Cranberry Islands, restaurants , coastline and picnicking at Seawall, lobster pounds, Echo Lake and more).

What makes this house unique

Tranquil and spacious; newly remodeled and furnished!Spacious for a family get together or other large group! Large front and backyards with lawn, campfire circle and picnic table. Wooded pasture views from back deck! Responsive, friendly, superb local caretaker!


Southwest Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , tub , shower , Custom stone shower
    Guest second floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , Newly remodeled
    Guest first floor - toilet , shower , Large stone walk in shower; brand new
    Apartment - toilet , shower , Shower stall
  • Four full bathrooms with three in main house and one in separate apartment. Full bath on first floor with easy access from first floor sitting/guest room and kitchen/living area.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Adjoining master bath and walk in closet; A/C
    Guest - 1 queen , A/C
    Guest - 2 twin/ single , A/C
    Apartment - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon (queen) in living room.
    Sitting first floor main house - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Off kitchen w/ access to first floor walk in shower
    Den second floor maine house - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Closet and TV in room
  • Main house sleeps 6 comfortably with 3 bedrooms and 2 private sitting rooms/dens with futons for additional persons ideally youth. The apartment has one private bedroom with a queen bed and a full futon in living room, accommodating 2 plus guests. Three bedrooms in main house have A/C and the apartment bedroom has an A/C.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Large backyard with views of pasture and woodlands. One mile to downtown Southwest Harbor. Less than 1/4 mile to water views and 1/2 mile to town dock with ferry access to Cranberry Islands.


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average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Great property

  • 4 of 5

Dear Barb and Dave,

We all loved our stay at your home! It is a very comfortable and well decorated place. A well stocked kitchen and great stove made cooking that much easier.The area was perfect to stay in and the back deck and yard made the visit much more pleasurable.

Your caretaker is very kind and helpful. We had a bit of trouble with locking the back door and he came right over to show us what needed to be done.

Little Notch Bakery was our go to place in Souhwest Harbor. Great pizza and baked goods,

My sister and her husband took advantage of the free transportation that dropped them off right at the corner. Very conveniently located to Acadia Park and Bar Harbor.

I would definitely recommend this listing to others vacationing in Maine. My family was very pleased with my pick. My sister-in-law said the only thing missing is a hammock in the back yard. The only regret I have is that we didn't stay longer.

Thanks for the use of you wonderful home !!

Michele & Tim Williams - Niagara Falls,NY

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay, perfect for our family

  • 5 of 5

Location was perfect for our extended family. Twenty minutes to Bar Harbor, easy access to the Park and a quite private location in Southwest Harbor. Home was in perfect order and exceeded expectations.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our large family

  • 5 of 5

This home was ideally located, beautifully equipped, and wonderfully comfortable for our entire family. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely and we were so happy there that we have already decided to stay here again the next time we come to Maine. It truly did have something for everyone, from the outdoor fire pit, to the snuggly comfortable couches, to the well-stocked kitchen, to the easy and quick walk to the ocean. My whole family loved it.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The house is charming spacious and comfortable. Perfect for our group of 6 adults and 4 teens.

  • 5 of 5

We loved 6 Alder Lane and hope to return. We enjoyed the quiet side of ANP, alternating days between biking carriage roads, and hiking and boating (some in SW harbor some closet to Bar harbor). Having use of the bicycles was wonderfully convenient. We thoroughly enjoyed nightly campfires, starry skies, and charlottes lobster pound among many other delights in town and in the Park. Thank you for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay, great vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this house the last week of July and the first week of August, and we have only good things to report. The process from enquiring about the property until after our stay was smooth and easy.

Being a family of 6 (4 adults and 2 teenagers) the house provided more than enough room for us all. The property is beautiful, not to mention modern, spacious, comfortable and well maintained. The kitchen is equipped with every appliance and utensil you could ever need (including a weber grill on the deck) which makes cooking food bought at the Beech Hill farm and local shops a real delight. The fire pit was a hit and hosted this Swiss family’s first “s’mores” experience, and the bikes came in handy for excursions on the carriage roads and rides into town. We did a fair bit of hiking during our stay for which the property’s proximity to Acadia was a huge plus. Southwest Harbor is a quaint, quiet town with many a great lobster pounds and one blueberry pie vendor all close by. We had delicious lobster meals at Beals and Thurston's. On this side of the island you also have a few possibilities to swim in lakes (usually forbidden as lakes on MDI are mostly water reservoirs), welcome after a hike to one of the summits. We also played some entertaining games of croquet on the front lawn, not so much ping pong since we had two weeks of gorgeous weather. Sea kayaking in the evening was a hit with the sight of a royal eagle. Thank you Barbara for a lovely stay and a major contribution to our fantastic vacation on MDI!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just wonderful

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic house. There were nine of us, three generations under one roof, but not once did we feel crowded. Everything we could need was at hand. The house is beautifully decorated, comfortable, and spacious. The location is perfect for exploring the rest of the island, and during an extremely busy National Park centennial season, it was nice to be able to leave the crowds behind and come "home" to a peaceful retreat.Thank you Barbara for being a lovely host.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Located on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island, gateway to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Rental agreement required. Damage deposit of $500 to be paid at booking. Refundable within 30 days of check out. Check in at 4:00 pm. Check out at 10:00 a.m.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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