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Charming, Sunny, Family Friendly home in Downtown Bar Harbor

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

The Rusticator is a charming two story home from 1896 that has been renovated over the years. Named for the visitors to Bar Harbor in the late 1800s, artists and wealthy tourists alike, The Rusticator is a lovely cottage located in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor. The Rusticator is our family home and available for weekly rentals in the summer season when we leave to explore other parts of the world.

This quaint property, on a quieter side street, is in walking distance to the sand bar, town beach, grocery stores, restaurants, The Abbe Museum and village green. Nicely appointed with hardwood floors and natural sunlight, The Rusticator has a spacious backyard with a lawn, vegetable/flower garden and a great deck for outdoor grilling and dining.

There are four bedrooms upstairs: 1 king bedroom, 2 queen bedrooms and a bedroom with a full and twin bed. There is a well equipped open kitchen, dining room, mudroom and living room with a beautiful decorative fireplace on the first floor. There are 2 bathrooms (upstairs has a claw foot tub and stand up shower and downstairs with only a shower). Other amenities include a flat screen TV with DVD player, access to WIFI internet and Netflix, washer/dryer in basement, dishwasher, microwave, gas BBQ, off street parking for 2 cars and outdoor dining furniture. Feel free to pick the tomatoes and herbs for cooking!

Leave your car behind and walk to everything downtown, including whale watches & sea kayaking tours, shops and much more. Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park offer visitors a variety of activities, including hiking, biking, boating, lake swimming, carriage road walks, horse back riding, deep sea fishing! Visit the oceanarium, sail on the Margaret Todd, take a Jackson Lab visitors tour, enjoy tea and popovers at the Jordan Pond House, golf at a PGA top-rated course, play tennis. Kids activities include Sand Beach, miniature golf, the town green, Acadia Fun park and lots of ice cream shops!

More Details

Ursula Hanson and Jay Friedlander
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Ursula Hanson and Jay Friedlander

We are a family of three transplanted to Bar Harbor from Portland, ME in search of a simpler life style. My husband is a faculty member at the College of the Atlantic, our son attends the local elementary school and I am a therapist with a small private practice in town and work as a school counselor on the islands of Frenchboro and Great Cranberry in their one room school houses. We love traveling and though we miss a beautiful time of year on Mount Desert Island (MDI), we use the summers to explore other parts of the United States and world. We love the outdoors and spend time camping, hiking, canoeing, skiing and biking.

Ursula Hanson and Jay Friedlander purchased this house in 2012

Why Ursula Hanson and Jay Friedlander chose Bar Harbor

When we lived in Portland, ME we would come to MDI in the Fall for long weekends and hike in Acadia National Park. It was great getting away and playing in the park, sailing with friends and trying new places to eat. One visit I wondered out loud that it would be nice to live here...ten years later it happened!

What makes this house unique

Buying a home in downtown Bar Harbor was not easy! After looking at many, many properties, we selected The Rusticator for its convenience and walkability. We walk to most everything: our elementary school and playground, work, shopping, the green, restaurants, ice cream and yoga classes. The open concept kitchen filled with natural sunlight was perfect. The backyard with its spacious lawn, deck and gardens is unique in downtown Bar Harbor and has been great for outdoor grilling and essential for our son and his friends. The decorative fireplace and stairwell also caught my attention.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Ursula's house is in an ideal location to enjoy Bar Harbor and all that it has to offer. We stayed for two weeks last summer and had ample opportunity to enjoy the nearby shops and restaurants - everything you could need is walking distance, including the grocery store. The house itself was perfect for our needs with three small children. We enjoyed most of our meals outside on the deck and the children especially enjoyed the nice fenced yard. The kitchen is nicely updated and well equipped. Ursula was a wonderful host and even helped to coordinate the recovery and return of some forgotten bicycle helmets despite being out of town herself. If you stay at Ursula's home, be sure to take the walk down to Bar Island at low tide - also a wonderful place from which to view 4th of July fireworks away from the crowds. We had such a nice time, we will be returning again this summer.
Jul 2015
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Bar Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , claw foot tub and stand up shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Glacial Till Room - 1 queen , Bedside table, lamp, dresser, chair, fan and closet
    Deep Red Room - 1 king , Lamp, side chair, closet, fan and bookshelf
    Blue Room - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Closet, bed table, lamp and fan
    Light Blue Room - 1 queen , Bedside tables with lamps, dresser, chair, fan and closet
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Charming, Sunny, Family Friendly home in Downtown Bar Harbor
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Excellent location in nicely outfitted house but it is called Rusticator, not Hulls Cove

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Bar Harbor staying in Ursula's house for our family vacation. The house is very comfortable and child-friendly and our 4 and 2 year old grandchildren had fun playing with the toys that were thoughtfully provided. The house is full of a wide variety of books, so if you are a reader, you will find something of interest . There was also,a $10 gift certificate for us to use at Mount Desert Island ice cream! The house is within walking distance to anywhere one might want to go in Bar Harbor.

Although we did not meet Ursula, she was very quick to respond to my emails and provided information about the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for our 2 families. Lovely home, walked into Bar Harbor- so convenient

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house!

  • 5 of 5

The Rusticator is a perfect house for a family vacation in Acadia. It is a short walk to all of the shops and restaurants in Bar Harbor, and a short drive to Acadia. You can even walk from the front door of the house to the top of Cadillac Mountain (only 4 miles away) by hopping on the Great Meadow trail that is about 1/2 mile away. The house is clean and well maintained, and the kitchen is perfect for cooking large meals with room for everyone to help out.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect base for exploring Acadia and Mt. Desert Island

  • 5 of 5

Loved this house. I wanted a base for day trips into Acadia, combined with evening strolls around Bar Harbor. It's perfect for that. Conveniently near a grocery store, nice kitchen, loved the deck with grill: we grilled and ate on deck several times, with fresh fish from a local fish shop and greens and herbs from the garden. Walking distance from many nice restaurants for evenings when you don't want to cook (and it's a big plus not to have to hunt for parking in Bar Harbor in July at dinner time). The owners have put a lot of thought into making it wonderfully comfortable, down to small details like nice soap in bathrooms and Sunday NY Times. They leave a book with great suggestions of things to do, we tried some of them (like sand beach in Seal Harbor and Naturalist's Notebook bookstore in Northeast Harbor) and it got us out to places on the island we'd never been to before and that we thoroughly enjoyed. We tried Mt. Desert Ice Cream because they left us a $10 gift certificate and it was the best ice cream I've had in my whole life (try plum sorbet, lime/cucumber sorbet, Earl Grey ice cream). Four big comfortable bedrooms, everything could not have been nicer. I would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had such a wonderful week on MDI and that you enjoyed the house! The Naturalist Notebook is a favorite of ours - our son had two of his birthday parties there he loved it so much! I love the flavors you tried at MDI Ice Cream - sea salt caramel and boiled coffee are top choices for me. Come on back anytime!
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Just right in Bar Harbor

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week in July and found the house to be exactly what we needed to make our vacation great. I can't say enough good things about Ursula - she made us feel so welcome, was very forthcoming with all our questions, and really went above and beyond as a host. The house itself is comfortable, well appointed, well located (close to everything but not on Main St where it's too busy). I would definitely recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing our home and we are so happy it was such a good fit for your vacation with your family MDI! If you ever come back, we'd love to have you stay with us again!
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We loved the Rusticator

  • 5 of 5

The place was perfect for our two families. We had 4 kids (2-6 years old) and 4 adults. We were able to get in a little early and when we arrived the place was spotless and in great condition. Lots of toys and a perfect fenced in yard for the kids to play in. The house is located right down town and a couple minutes walk from all the good spots.

We look forward to staying there again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're thrilled you had such a wonderful week and that the house worked so well for your family and your friends. Our son loves the yard as well. If you plan another trip to Bar Harbor come back and stay at the house!
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Hancock County - Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Sand Beach
Car: recommended

We are located in downtown Bar Harbor in walking distance to the Sand Bar, natural food and grocery store, the village green, restaurants, Reel Pizza (movie theater), Abbe Museum and much more. Our home is on a quieter residential side street. As a family we enjoy walking into town for treats at MDI Ice Cream or Ben and Bills or getting a great cup of coffee at Choco Latte. We bike, walk or scooter to the town beach, Village Green and shore path as well!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 9.0%

Weekly Rental $2,500
Taxes: 9% $225.00
Damage: $400.00 (returned after inspection)
VRBO Charges a fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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