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Serene Home Tucked In The Woods Next To Acadia National Park

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Home That Comfortably Sleeps 10

Welcome to our lovely house in Otter Creek. This is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bedroom home that can sleep up to 10 people comfortably. Upstairs the master bedroom has a King-sized bed with a double futon for extra sleeping options. A beautiful large window looks out to the trees, making it appear that you are in a tree house. The master bathroom includes a large Whirlpool tub, two sinks, and single glassed-in shower. The Master bedroom, huge walk-in closet, and spacious Master Bath are all whimsically painted with cheerful colors. The guest bedroom is furnished with a Queen foam mattress bed and a single futon for extra bedding options. The kid's bunkroom contains a full-over-full bunk bed and a twin over twin trundle bunk bed, allowing sleeping spaces for 6 total. The guest bathroom has two pedestal sinks and a shower/tub combination. Washer/dryer facilities are located in the upstairs hallway. Downstairs, the oversized kitchen has professional 6 burner gas cooktop and double gas ovens. Large amounts of countertop and storage make the kitchen a joy to work in. The kitchen overlooks a sitting area with wood burning fireplace for an intimate feel. A retro 50's eating booth and bar stools round out the kitchen eating area. A half bath sits off the kitchen. Between the kitchen and dining room is a butler's pantry with a bar sink and wine refrigerator. The dining room contains a large dining table with chairs for 8. It adjoins the living room with spacious L-shaped sofa, large screen TV and DVD player. The large basement has a pool table, foosball table, air hockey table, and dart board for your entertainment. Outside there is a large crushed rock patio area with picnic area, gas grill, and fire pit lined with granite rocks from the property. The driveway goes up to the house and circles a tiered area with flower gardens, winding walkway, and another crushed rock patio area with a sitting area. The whole property borders Acadia National Park, has no immediate neighbors, and provides a peaceful, private experience that you will want to come back to year after year. Towels, toilet paper, and all kitchen cookware/dishes are provided for you convenience. Tenants will need to provide their own toiletries and food. A military discount is available during the non-summer months upon inquiry. Thank you for your service!

Penelope Heiges
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

About Penelope Heiges

I grew up in Otter Creek and have many wonderful memories here. I knew that this would be a wonderful place to raise our kids. I built this house from the ground up in 1997 and raised my two girls there until they were school age. I have since joined the military and am moving around the country but continue to cherish the memories that we had in this house. We hope that you make as many wonderful memories during your vacation and enjoy it's peaceful setting as much as we did.

Penelope Heiges purchased this house in 1997

Why Penelope Heiges chose Mount Desert Island

This property has been in my family's possession for several decades and was given to me to build my family home on. We cherish the privacy and tranquility that we experienced here each and every day. We have made many family hikes on local mountains using our home as a starting point and taking the free Park bus home. The village of Otter Creek is a great spot in the middle of all the amenities that Acadia National Park has to offer with a small playground down the street, a seasonal market, and phenomenal restaurant.

What makes this house unique

The kitchen and outside spaces make this house. The kitchen is spacious, with lots of counter space and hand-made cabinets to create your culinary specialties. The outside areas contain multiple granite rock-walled gardens with rock taken from the property left from the last glacier. The tiered gardens in the center of the driveway contain lots of beautiful perennial gardens and a winding pathway. We are working to restore the perennial gardens and outside of the house after years of being away but they will be stunning once done.


Otter Creek House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Double cabinet sinks with vanity area
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , single cabinet sink off the kitchen
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Double pedestal sinks
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Main Guest Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Single person futon
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double futon
    Kids' bunkroom - 2 bunk bed , full over full and twin over twin (trundle) bunk beds
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Serene Home Tucked In The Woods Next To Acadia National Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews

Gorgeous, quiet, retreat far enough away for tranquility, but only a short drive into Bar Harbor.

  • 5 of 5

The pictures do no justice. We put 7 of our family in this house, and there was plenty of space for everyone. There was no cell phone service (which I personally loved), but there is strong wifi and a LAN line if you need to make a call. I slept in the second room with the queen bed with my husband and the bed was so comfortable. Plenty of towels, blankets, and pillows for everyone to be clean and comfy. Everywhere you turn there is something to occupy time on a rainy day or low key afternoon (air hockey, pool, darts, foosball, books galore, more board games and puzzles than you could imagine, karaoke machine). The patio area by the grill and nearby fire pit was the perfect place to relax during and after dinner. The house is only a short drive to the most popular attractions on the island, as well as to the beach. We stopped at Walmart in Ellsworth to stock up on groceries and toiletries on our way in from the airport (which saved us so much money). We did find a few spices hanging around that had been left by prior renters, but I would recommend grabbing your own to be safe. We had a delicious lobster bake with 5 enormous lobsters purchased from Biels in Southeast Harbor. (Note: the shell crackers are kept in the dining room on the hutch with all of lobster related kitchenware. We found them after the fact which made cracking those 4-5lb, exceptionally hard shelled lobsters so difficult we had to go primitive and use a rock and the ground- hilarious story for our trip, and still delicious!) The family excitedly attempted the whale watching boat, but beware- if you don't have your sea legs you will get sick on this. We drove up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain for sunrise, and very much enjoyed the nature tour boat ride out of Bass Harbor (the education on the lobster industry in Maine is fascinating!)

My family was so sad to leave the house, and everyone has requested we stay here again. I highly recommend this rental!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fun Galore

  • 5 of 5

My kids loved all the games, movies, and books in the house as well as the outdoor mini-trail and fire pit. You could have a relaxing vacation just at the fully-equipped cottage. I loved the location on the island with short 10 - 15 minute drives to Bar Harbor, eastern attractions, and Jordan Pond area and 20-40 minute drives to the secluded western harbors. The drives were scenic and easy in May. We enjoyed hiking in Acadia during the day and returning to a comfortable home in the evening. An adventurous group could follow a trail from the cottage to Cadillac Mountain. The master bed was exceptionally comfortable at day's end. Many thanks to the fantastic owner who answers emails promptly, makes paperwork effortless, and makes all feel welcome.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose, CA

Exceptional. A+++++

  • 5 of 5

Wow is the word as soon as we stepped inside the door. The house is well kept, spacious, modernized, beyond our expectation. Location is perfect, just short drive to Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park. Penelope was very attentive, responded to email within 24 hours (sometimes just minutes :)). Kitchen is spotless, well equipped with everything you needed. Wish we could stay longer to enjoy the serenity of Maine. Thank you for sharing your house with us.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A truly amazing place to stay- the perfect place!

  • 5 of 5

Such a beautiful place to stay! In an amazing place like Acadia, to be able to say that one of the best parts was the place you stayed in is impressive! We had 8 girl scouts and 2 leaders. And there was room left over! So very clean -it was immaculate! The owner has thought of every possible way to make it a super fun, comfortable place to stay. There are games downstairs for the kids, too, with air hockey and darts and a pool table and a foosball table. There was a beautiful spot outside with a fire pit. The home is situated right up against the Acadia National Park. The house is set just far back enough to offer much privacy, and so open you could enjoy sitting outside with a cup of coffee on one of the comfy porch swings. It was near enough to everything Bar Harbor has to offer so using it as a home base was perfect. I already want to go back again. The owner was so excellent with her communication as well. I just can't say enough about this place. Kitchen is large and well stocked with appliances, and with eating area and fireplace and chairs. In the living room was a huge tv and even karaoke! The dining room was enough large enough to seat all 8 girls easily every morning for breakfast. The washer and dryer are full size to take care of everything we'd need. Plenty of pillows, linens, everything upstairs in the bedrooms! The whole trip was amazing!! Thank you so much, Penelope! An awesome stay!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prospect CT

An incredibly comfortable, equipped and beautiful home. Not your typical rental!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent 4 nights over Presidents Day weekend here. This house does not feel like a house you are renting but a home you happen to be staying at. The rooms are big and so comfortable. House was impeccably clean upon arrival. Master bedroom is huge with a king, futon, huge walk-in closet and large bath with jetted tub. Two other bedrooms are large and spacious. I have never rented a house so well equipped. Kitchen is amazing with everything you could ever need. That was a godsend considering just about every restaurant in town is closed in Feb. The game room was great and a lot of fun. The rental process was flawless with great communication from the owner. Will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winter break December 2016

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this wonderful spacious cottage located in a beautiful, quaint part of the island (Otter Creek). The cottage was fully stocked with all necessary amenities including fire wood for the fireplace. This was our annual year end vacation to visit family who live in Bar Harbor and provided a wonderful venue for all of our family to gather for dinner while in town. We hope to return again soon and this cottage will be out first choice location to stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bangor International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Thirsty Whale
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Kebo Valley Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Burning Tree Restaurant
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Seal Harbor Sand Beach
Car: necessary

This house is located in the village of Otter Creek. Access to a free bus system for Acadia National Park is a short walk down the street which will take you to all corners of the island. You can walk from the house 15 minutes through the woods to Otter Creek Cove and connect to multiple hiking trails nearby. We used to hike all day and then take the bus home from Bar Harbor, after ice cream, of course. No cars needed once you get to the house. An absolutely outstanding restaurant, The Burning Tree, is located right down the street as well as a small summer market. The Southridge Trail of Cadillac Mountain is located a short walk up the street. This is a moderate slope, 3 mile hike with gorgeous views to the top of Cadillac Mountain, known to be the first spot in the United States that the sun touches every morning. You can also drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain via the Park Loop Road where you can watch the sun set over phenomenal views. The shopping in Bar Harbor is great with multiple unique shops and restaurants. The hiking, carriage trails, whale watching, and boat tours are the real draw. The island is perfect for outdoor activities and enjoying nature. Our house will help you get in a zen mood with its peaceful, private setting. Wi-Fi is available in the house. Enjoy it as much as we have!


Rates & Availability

Otter Creek House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 14 2017
5 night minimum stay
Oct 15 2017 - May 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
May 20 2018 - Jun 23 2018
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 24 2018 - Sep 8 2018
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2018 - Oct 13 2018
5 night minimum stay
Oct 14 2018 - May 25 2019
3 night minimum stay
May 26 2019 - Jun 22 2019
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2019
Jun 23 2019 - Sep 7 2019
7 night minimum stay
Sep 8 2019 - Oct 19 2019
5 night minimum stay
Oct 20 2019 - May 23 2020
3 night minimum stay
May 24 2020 - Jun 20 2020
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2020
Jun 21 2020 - Sep 5 2020
7 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2020 - Oct 17 2020
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Security Deposit $1,500
Pet Fee $100
Cleaning fee $160
Tax Rate 9.0%

The $1500 due at lease signing is the refundable security deposit. All other payments, including non-refundable pet fee of $100 per pet, cleaning fee of $140, and sales tax, are due 14 days prior to the start of the lease date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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