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Bass Harbor - Quiet Side - Mount Desert Island

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Maine House - 5 Bd, 5.5 Bath; Lobster Cottage - 2 Bd, 1.5 Bath

This vacation property has a 'Maine House' and 'Lobster Cottage'. The property is 3.5 acres located on the shores at the top of Bass Harbor.

Maine House is approximately 2,900 sq feet and sleeps 12 people. Lobster Cottage is a separate cabin on the same 3.5 acre property as Maine House. Lobster Cottage sleeps 5-7 people.

WEEKLY RATE OF $2,400 IS FOR MAINE HOUSE ONLY. Maine House, together with Lobster Cottage, is $3,400/wk.

Bass Harbor is on the Quiet Side of Mount Desert Island. While you have access within 10 minutes to restaurants, shops, attractions and Acadia National Park, you will not be in the middle of tourists in Bar Harbor or the Park Loop Road. Of course, you'll still want to check out what the whole island has to offer, and everything is within 25/30 mins of our place.

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Natascha Feenstra
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you, again, for the use of your vacation house! The -- Family reunion brought family from Michigan & from California, as well as those here in Maine. The house, the weather, the trails, the water, the food and all of the fun we had provided those perfect summer memories.
Jul 2016
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Bass Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5.5 Baths in Maine House (outlined above); additionally there are 1.5 Baths in Lobster Cottage (one full with a toilet and tub/shower combo; one half with a toilet)
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , plus a twin trundle bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 bunk bed , bunks: twin on top & full on bottom; plus a twin trundle bed
  • 5 Bedrooms in Maine House (outlined above); additionally there are 2 Bedrooms in Lobster Cottage (one bedroom has a queen; one bedroom has bunks - twin on top and full on bottom; livingroom has fold out sofa that can sleep two)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
There is no telephone (land line), cable, satellite or internet at Summah Rye. Cell phones generally work best when making calls on the porch, but we get some reception inside the house. The library in Southwest Harbor (ten minutes away) has internet and wifi. More information can be found out about our property and the area on our website: Please email if you have any questions.


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Bass Harbor - Quiet Side - Mount Desert Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Great Family Spot

  • 5 of 5

This is a comfortable place to stay with a large family. Our kids ages 2 - 9 had a great time playing in the yard. The house has many board games for a rainy day. The house is in a great location with a pretty morning view.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that your group of 11 enjoyed your stay and was comfortable in the Maine House! We look forward to having your family back again in the future.
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Wauwatosa WI (near Milwaukee)

An amazing week at an amazing property, Maine House at Summah Rye

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 9 had an incredible week July 9-16, 2017 at the Maine House at Summah Rye at Bass Harbor and the quiet side of Mount Desert Island. This was the second of what we hope to be many biennial gatherings for our family, which included my wife and me, 5 adult children/son-in-law/boyfriend and granddaughters ages 3 and 1.

The property was spacious and provided seclusion, quite and solitude, just what we were looking for. We were greeted most mornings by does and fawns and enjoyed the views of the water and tides. The supply of kayaks, paddles and life vests provided gentle rides along the harbor. The little girls burned energy running throughout the yard and playing the wonderfully provided supply of games.

As for Maine House itself: wow, there are not enough superlatives to describe this roomy, comfortable, spacious home. It really did feel like home! Some of our favorite memories were simply being spread across the living and dining rooms, reading, painting, watching the little girls play, working on jigsaw puzzles and creating delicious meals. We could not believe how well stocked the house was, particularly the kitchen; we had everything you would need! Lots of info on area attractions. Great fireplace and supply of wood. We tried out the grill with lobster. The rooms provided nice privacy when we needed it, beds were comfy (we slept like logs!), bathrooms and showers worked great, lots of nice towels, washer and dryer were very handy.

The property is so close to all you would ever need: Gotts and the IGA were close by and were favorite stops for groceries and essentials. We felt like locals at Southwest Harbor and Somesville and got to enjoy the repertory theater (The Velveteen Rabbit), Strawberry Festival and Flamingo Festival and the parade! We visited the organic farm, pie stands, Echo Lake, Thurstons & Beals for lobster, an Island cruise and climbed Beech & Acadia Mountains, all only 5-10 minutes away.

When we needed very active venues, is was only 20 minutes or so to Bar Harbor, bikes and the carriage roads, Cadillac Mountain (a strenuous hike up and later in the week a beautiful sunrise), Jordan Pond and beautiful scenery.

This was my wife and my second trip to the quiet side and there is no question we will be back! We give Maine House and Summah Rye our highest recommendation; it is an exceptional property and would be perfect for family gatherings and reunions.

The Roznowski's and Haydens of Wauwatosa, WI

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How fantastic Jeff! We are so pleased that your family enjoyed our property and the island for all that they have to offer. We look forward to having you back again soon!
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Quintessential Maine on the Quietside

  • 5 of 5

The Maine House drew in our family beautifully, and we enjoyed it every day. This extraordinary home is well located on Bass Harbor and was nicely suited for our family of 6 adults and 2 small children. The owners seeemed to have anticipated our every need, too.

Bass Harbor is on the quiet side of Mt. Desert Island, close to hiking and a lighthouse, but half an hour from the crowds in Bar Harbor. Copses of trees surround the property on two sides, so the house feels private even though civilization is just down the road. The large lawn leads down to the water. The kayaks were ready to go. Each evening we were treated to an exquisite sunset over the water; the sky varied from rose pink, to violet, and finally to a star studded indigo.

Our grown daughters and sons-in-law stayed upstairs with the little ones in the three upstairs bedrooms with three baths. My spouse and I chose a downstairs room that also had a bathroom plus a powder room across the hall. The furnishings were just right: well appointed and comfortable.

These owners must be intuitive to guests' needs. Want to boil lobsters? We found a huge lobster pot in the pantry. How about playing a board game with a four year old? A huge selection awaits. Need a flower for the dining table? We picked a pink peony by the porch.

I highly recommend the Maine House. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to hear you had such a wonderful experience on the property and the Quietside! Nothing thrills us more than to hear you found everything you needed in the house to meet your family's needs. We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and think of Summah Rye for a future family vacation. Cheers!
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The best place to stay in Acadia NP!

  • 5 of 5

We were so extremely lucky to find this place. Wonderfully equipped, tastefully decorated, perfect location on the water, on the quiet side of Acadia which is a huge plus! And near the most beautiful walks and hikes! The owners were amazing, gave us all tips needed to make our get away unforgettable. Don t miss this and if you happen to be there like us around mid october, the fall foliage is simply the most beautiful we have ever seen! Thanks for all.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love Mount Desert Island in the fall as well! So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and our property. We look forward to having your family again in the future.
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Excellent Property for Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Maine House and the Lobster Cottage for a family vacation in the summer of 2016. 15 people in total, ages 8 to 69, stayed for a week. The houses were absolutely stunning! Clean, beautifully decorated, with a wonderful breeze and comfortable temperatures all the time. The Maine House was big enough for everyone to have his/her own space, but also has beautiful gathering spaces (such as the dining room table) for everyone to come together for meals or to work on a puzzle. There are so many amenities, such as: the stunning kitchen, jetted tub (the kids loved that), a washer/dryer, and a margarita maker (one of my personal favorites!). The Lobster Cottage is very quaint and homey, with plenty of space for the five family members who stayed in that house. The property is within 30-45 minutes of all island activities, giving renters easy access to absolutely everything this island has to offer. My family walked from the property to the Bass Harbor Lighthouse, we hiked daily in the Acadia National Park, swam at Echo Lake, did the Island Cruise, visited the shops in Bar Harbor and my kids did the airplane tour of the island. Although there are a lot of activities on the island, we frequently chose just to stay at the property for part of the day. The kids had an ongoing Nerf-gun fight, they spent hours on the lawn playing soccer, we played countless games of hide and seek (adults included), we built a fire in the fire pit and made s'mores, gazed at the night sky, identified constellations and admired the beautiful stars.

The owner of the property is a delight to deal with. We had to contact her with a couple of questions. She responded quickly and gave us all the information we needed. Even our teenagers (we had three teenagers on this vacation, ages 17, 15, and 13) did not want this vacation to end. We loved our time at the Maine House and Lobster Cottage so much that we already requested a reservation in 2018- this time for two weeks!!!

I highly recommend renting this property to anyone wanting to vacation on Mount Desert Island. It is beyond perfect for people of all ages.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review! We are very glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay on our property. You certainly enjoyed some of the things we enjoy most about MDI and the property. We look forward to having you and your family back in 2018!
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  • 5 of 5

The Maine House was everything we hoped for and more for our 3 generation family vacation. There was plenty of room inside and out for 7 adults and 6 children. We especially appreciated how clean, comfortable, and child-friendly the house was. There were plenty of games, dvds, toys, balls and nerf guns (the favorite). The adults loved the view, fire pit, kayaking off the property, and the comfortable beds at the end of the day. The kitchen was very well equipped with everything we needed for feeding our crowd. The owners leave a wealth of information about the area so it was easy to plan out each day. They also made the rental process from booking to check-out very easy. The location on the quiet side of the island was out of crowds but near enough to the town of Southwest Harbor to make last minute grocery or take-out food runs. There was plenty of hiking nearby and Echo Lake was a hit with all. We had a fantastic week that created great memories. I'd love to do it all over again!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the thought review! We've strived to make the property as comfortable as possible for families with members of all ages, and are glad that we met your family's needs and wants. The Quiet Side truly is a wonderful place to visit in the summer as well as the spring and fall. We look forward to having your family back in the future.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Hancock County - Bar Harbor Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Bass Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

The full Payment Policy and Cancellation Policy will be provided in the Rental Agreement that our renters are expected to sign and return within two weeks of making your reservation. More information can be obtained on our website: Please email us with any questions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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