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Druid Hill Down East

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Druid Hill Down East is a 2-bedroom, 1,200-square-feet guest space/apartment accommodation that sits high on a shorefront hillside overlooking the Schoodic Peninsula’s West Bay. While only a short drive to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park – or, even better, a short ferry ride across Frenchman Bay – this secluded vacation retreat allows guests to avoid the heavy seasonal traffic and congestion of Mount Desert Island. Built in 2005 as the owners’ residence, this 1,200-square-foot pine-paneled getaway home has a master bedroom and adjoining bathroom, with another bedroom opening onto the dining room and living room areas. Beneath a vaulted ceiling is a fully equipped kitchen and a unique hand-hewn breakfast bar with a tree-top Palladian window wall that is 120 feet above the shoreline of the West Bay estuary, a favorite feeding ground for bald eagles, osprey, blue heron and harrier hawks, and the occasional seal. Oriented to the northeast, guests enjoy spectacular sunrises over an undeveloped expanse of federal wildlife preserve located across West Bay. In fact, this retreat is so secluded that the only home visible from Druid Hill Down East is located a mile across the water.

Both bedrooms have queen-sized beds and windows overlooking the property’s timber stand. In July and August guests comb the three acres of hillside along the shoreline, gathering wild blueberries and blackberries. Kayaks can be launched on site with the tide. This treetop retreat is heated with a conventional hot water system and also can be heated with a propane-fueled “wood stove” that provides both radiant heat and the ambiance of a wood fire, without the hassle and the mess of burning wood. The living room area is largely furnished in leather and is equipped with a Sony flat-screen television linked to a DirecTV satellite receiver and to a DVD/VHS player. The dining area is furnished with an antique oak table and chairs, with leaves available to accommodate larger gatherings. The kitchen is fully equipped with a new (2013) electric stovetop/oven, a microwave and a new (2017) full-size refrigerator/freezer. Both the bathroom and the kitchen are connected to a new (2016) hot water on demand system. The kitchen sink fronts a window that affords great sunset views. Password-free high speed internet access throughout, as well as toys, puzzles, games and books for kids of all ages.

Beautifully landscaped, this property also offers guests access to a fire pit with a 200-degree vista over the shoreline below. Also available is a BBQ grill and a picnic table. Outside lobster pot equipment provided on request.

There are so many places to go and things to do in Down East Maine that those who can stay only a week find themselves wishing for at least one more. The Schoodic Section of Acadia National Park is 10 minutes away, offering hiking, biking and quiet time as visitors watch often gigantic waves crash upon the rocky shoreline. Also nearby is the village of Corea, which is a working lobster harbor that time forgot. It’s also a destination for beach combers searching for shells and sea glass along sand beaches that are largely deserted. Further down the road is Winter Harbor, with its unique 5&10 general store, antique shops and art galleries, as well as a variety of culinary options ranging from made-on-site ice cream to caught-that-day lobster. Both Corea and Winter Harbor have active, wharf-side lobster co-ops, allowing visitors to buy the tasty crustaceans right off the boat at the lowest prices in New England.

Down East Maine is Mecca for both amateur and professional photographers and is also a favorite destination for seascape artists. Amateur astronomers love it, too, as the 70-mile stretch of coastline between Druid Hill Downeast and the Canadian border offers the last truly dark skies on the Eastern seaboard. On a clear and moonless night, Druid Hill Downeast guests say they can read a book under the glow of the Milky Way, or just watch for shooting stars or for the every-eight-second sweep of the beam from a distant coastal lighthouse. Birders find no shortage of wildlife preserves, both along the coastline and inland, most with established trail systems. Those eager to explore what’s further Down East head to the seaside Washington County communities of Lubec and Eastport, which are the eastern-most points in the United States. Lubec is the gateway to Campobello, an island that was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s summer retreat for many years. The Roosevelt compound has been fully restored and is adjacent to a free museum operated jointly by the U.S. and Canadian governments. As Campobello is in New Brunswick, Canada, visitors from other countries (including the U.S.) need passports. Downtown Eastport has been carefully restored to its Victorian-era splendor and offers a variety of shops and dining options, from Mexican to wharf-front seafood plucked from the Bay of Fundy the same day.

Bar Harbor --- 40 miles by car, 40 minutes by passenger ferry – is a gateway to exploring the lakes, mountains and carriage trails of Acadia National Park. Free public transportation throughout Mount Desert Island makes it possible to visit the nation’s second most popular national park (after Yellowstone) without having to drive. Bar Harbor is a shopper’s paradise and is top-heavy with gift shops, galleries and eateries that offer everything from lobster-flavored ice cream to crab-stuffed baked lobster and other indigenous seafood (mussels, crab, shrimp, salmon). The downtown area can be crowded, especially in summer and early fall, when Bar Harbor is a port of call for more than 100 cruise ships, including some with thousands of passengers and crew.

Down East Maine has seriously embraced the “localvore” approach to eating healthy food. Many communities are blessed with please-stop-by organic farms and with weekly farmers’ markets, where everything from hand-spun yarn to wood-fired pizza is available. Most markets feature fruit pies and other baked items, farm-fresh eggs and meats and an array of seasonal vegetables.

More Details

Tom Walsh
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 26, 2017


Gouldsboro Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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(8 traveler reviews)

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Druid Hill Down East
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Gorgeous view, well maintained, a home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time at Tom and Beth's. The couple is very welcoming and they will make you feel at home during your stay. We had fun out by the fire pit almost every night. It's a nice place to relax and look at the stars. We also had the amazing privilege of having fresh caught lobster for dinner and Tom even cooked it!

We had a great time walking the trails around the property, picking blackberries. And the property isn't far from Winter Harbor where we ate lunch twice at J.D Gerrish. Winter Harbor is also home to the less explored side of Acadia National Park. It was nice to be a tourist but be away from the tourists. Winter Harbor is also were to take the ferry to Bar Harbor which has tons of shops and restaurants. Overall we had a marvelous time and we can't wait for our next trip to Maine.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location, well appointed!

  • 5 of 5

Tom and Beth are wonderful hosts who live next door. The kitchen is well appointed with everything needed for making meals, beds are comfy and there is plenty of space to spread out. The location is very convenient to Winter Harbor and Acadia National Park. We really enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, TX

Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Druid Hill was a great place to stay while we visited Acadia National Park. The accommodations were excellent and the setting spectacular. It was the best night's sleep I have had away from home. The Walshs were very gracious hosts, who opened there property to visitors like us and truly made our visit, a home away from home. They were available for anything we needed, and provided excellent advice so that we felt like locals! I would definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everything was great. Tom and Beth are awesome people who were very helpful. I would recommend this place to friends and family!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superb Maine Experience

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely, lovely place to stay. With Tom and Beth as such generous, kind, and sensitive hosts, it's like staying at an idea bed & breakfast (though no breakfast, of course). They handed out not just great advice about all things "Down East" - including where to get the best lobsters, best lunches and dinners out, best beaches, and best hikes - but also shared local blueberries, some delicious home made wild rice, found us some superb crab, and set up for not just one but two steamed lobster dinners. We grilled out a third night, and had a fire overlooking the water on our last night. They were just superb hosts and even, I suspect, left us lots of time alone on the semi-shared outdoor space. They are also just kind and interesting people. We couldn't ask for better hosts.

The home, too, was superb. It's comfortable and spacious for the two of us. I suspect four would find it equally so. And everything you need for cooking and relaxing is there. Highly recommended!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Druid Hill does not disappoint!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week at Druid Hill. Tom and Beth could not have been more hospitable and friendly. We had never been to the MDI area and they offered many great suggestions on places to eat and things to do. The guesthouse is tastefully decorated and the wide wood plank floors and paneled walls are perfect and capture the feel and flavor of the area. Everything was well stocked and comfortable. The beds were very comfortable, something that is very important to us! Be prepared for the remote location. We found we did a lot of driving to get to many of the places we wanted to explore. But, being from the New York area, we are sImply used to having easy access to everything. In kind, internet was spotty in the area apartment and in the overall area as well. We really enjoyed the laid back nature of the place and kicking back by the fire and comforts of home after a long day of exploring. The place has a spectacular view and if you are early risers, the sunrise from the large windows overlooking the bay can't be beat.

We loved Maeve, Tom and Beth's dog. As dog lovers and owners we were very pleased to find the area so dog friendly. There were dogs allowed in many area restaurants, on the ferry and on the shuttle buses at Acadia. Plus, the scenery in the area is magnificant and breathtaking.

We didn't take advantage of the firepit, as we were too tired after long days of taking it all in, but did enjoy the gas fireplace on a couple of chilly evenings.

For a comfortable, quiet vacation with exceptional accomodations, Druid Hill is your place!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The problem of intermittent Internet access was resolved today (8/17/15). Turns out five years of tree growth was occluding the signal. Antenna moved, and the tech said the signal is now "10 times stronger." Sorry, Denise, for any inconvenience.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
The Pickled Wrinkle
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Winter Harbor
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Blink Bonnie
Nearest Train
200 Miles
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
Interstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
The Pickled Wrinkle
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Prospect Harbor
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $99

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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