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Waterfront Cottage, Newly Renovated 100 Year Old Home

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Unsurpassed views of Southwest Harbor and the mountains of Acadia National Park.

This 100 year old cottage has been lovingly renovated by the family that owns it in order to retain the character and charm of the original summer home while adding all the modern conveniences, including heat, to make it extremely comfortable. The cottage sits on the shore of Southwest Harbor in Manset with approximately 1.5 acres of lawn, woods and stream and 150 feet of waterfront. The property juts out just enough to offer views of the water on three sides of the house - to the East, North and West. Enjoy the setting from the Adirondeck chairs on the lawn, from the rocking chairs on the wrap around porch or from the comfort of the screened porch.

Bring your boat and use our deep water mooring and outhaul. From Southwest Harbor, there are endless possibilities for exploration by boat.

The front door leads into an elegant foyer with William Morris style wallpaper. Turning to the right leads you to the stairs to the second floor and the more formal living room, we call the harbor room. The harbor room runs east west parallel to the harbor with seven windows looking out to the harbor and mountains beyond. It is decorated in a sophisticated, yet comfortable manner and features a wood burning fireplace, games, a library of many books and different reading nooks. There is a door outside leading to the wrap around porch.

From the front door, turning to the left leads you to the dining room and kitchen, both beautiful and classic. The dining table can seat 12 people. The kitchen is fully stocked with new appliances and everything you need in the kitchen. The island counter seats 4.

Beyond the kitchen, though triple doors, is the screened porch with a dining table for 8 and lovely comfortable seating area. Beyond the dining room, is the back door and back foyer, elegant downstairs bathroom, washer dryer, mudroom, dog door.

Between the kitchen and harbor room, and accessible from both sides, is the family room. The family room has a second wood burning fireplace, wallpaper with hunting dogs in green and a flat screened television, cable, apple tv, and blu-ray player.

Between the dining room and family room is the original pantry, now with bar sink and coffee maker and lots of charm.

The second floor consists of five bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Bedroom 1, with wallpaper with blue flowers, has a king sized bed and incredible views of the water and mountains. Bedroom 2, with pink floral wallpaper, has a classic three-quarter bed (48' wide) and a twin sized trundle. It also has incredible views of the water and mountains. Bedroom 3 has a bunk bed, toys, charm and water & mountain views. Bedroom 4, with yellow wallpaper with birds, has a queen sized bed and bit of water view. Bedroom 5, with red nautical wallpaper, has 2 twin beds, plus an additional twin trundle that pops up and can be put together with one of the twins to create a king sized bed. It too has a little view of the water and beyond.

This cottage is a terrific jumping off point for exploring Downeast Maine, but you could also be very happy never leaving the property.

More Details

Melissa Pearsall Hirsch
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 10, 2018

Why Melissa Pearsall Hirsch chose Southwest Harbor

One of the MOST beautiful places we have ever seen. We fell in love with it at once. And hope you will too.


Southwest Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Fully renovated classic bathroom with claw foot tub! 2nd Fl.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Brand new spacious bathroom with 2 sinks. 2nd fl.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Washing machine & dryer also. 1st fl.
  • All bathrooms newly renovated.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Windows overlooking harbor and views of the mountains.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Three-quarter bed & single trundle. Harbor & mountain view.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Sleeps 2. Views of harbor and mountains.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , View of harbor and woods.
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single , Two twins may be made up as a king. View of harbor & woods.
  • Each bedroom has its own closet. All bedrooms on the second floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Waterfront Cottage, Newly Renovated 100 Year Old Home
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews

Gorgeous home

  • 5 of 5

Our visit was outstanding and the owners super nice and easy to work with. The home is on the shore of South West Harbor very quiet, private and scenic. We easily sat in the Adirondack chairs around the fire pit watching the endless going’s-ons of Harbor life. Bat Harbor was about a 25 minute drive which we did a few times.

Home is immaculate and comfortable with exceptional amenities including the kitchen equipped with everything! We enjoyed our stay so much...sad to leave.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely time at our southwest harbor getaway. The house is amazing with a perfect setting, great views and close proximity to everything we wanted for our family vacation. Our host were very thoughtful to leave us fresh flowers and a comprehensive list from contact list to resturant recommendations.

Thank you!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our best experience in SWH so far! Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Melissa and Scott’s cottage! The house is absolutely wonderful — generous bedrooms individually decorated, wonderful indoor and outdoor seating areas, great kitchen and perfect amenities throughout. We can’t wait to be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a wonderful home to stay in for our first visit to Maine!

  • 5 of 5

Recently our family of 8, ages 21-58, stayed at Melissa’s Home in Southwest Harbor. From the moment we walked in, we knew this was a special place to stay! The home has EVERYTHING you will need. But more, it has a Maine character that enhanced our vacation experience.

Prior to arrival, Melissa communicated with me in a very timely and respectful way. She provided excellent recommendations for grocery shopping and restaurants. We filled our days with hiking and boat tours (very active family) but a day didn’t go by that someone in the group didn’t say “ looking forward to getting back to the house!” Pictures do not do this home justice! The wrap around porch with views of the harbor is a Home highlight. Mornings were spent on the porch with coffee and late evenings with drinks. The fire pit came in handy two nights as well and afforded us the most amazing views of star filled sky’s.

We rented kayaks and were able to set off right from our own shore. Some afternoons were spent looking for seaglass after high tide! The shore is all rocks, so little ones will need a hand. We brought extra folding camp chairs with us and that was very useful. The fire pit area has four chairs so without the extra chairs, would be difficult for all to enjoy the large yard. We so enjoyed our home away from Home and could go on and on.

We will definitely return to Maine and will return to Manset Gem!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"It's my dream house ..." Beautifully renovated, gorgeous views. Owners are delightful.

  • 5 of 5

Perfectly located. Spacious. Well-equipped and furnished. Friendly caretakers and groundskeeper. Delighted to raise and lower the flag every day.

Property is perfectly maintained.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best of Maine

  • 5 of 5

Set directly on the harbor, count on great sunrises and the morning sounds of lobster boats! You are immediately immersed into Maine. Great house with everything you could possibly need. Comfortable chairs on the porch overlooking the water, super kitchen, nice tv area, as well as cute bedrooms. You really could not ask for more!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13.77 Miles
Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (BHB)
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Pet Fee $100

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

AVOID CREDIT CARD FEES - If payment is made using a credit card, the fee imposed by the credit card company (currently 2.9%, but subject to change) will be deducted from your security deposit. We recommend that you pay using e-check so that you avoid the credit card fees.

Maine State Lodging Tax is 9%.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund