Architect's Harborview Dream

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Last updated: 09/08/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Rentals are for one week at a time and run from Saturday afternoon to the following Saturday morning. This is a house designed by the architect husband of the owner. There are 3 bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs and a study and full bathroom on the first floor. There is an open plan kitchen/dining/living room. There is an office studio space in the roof-top look out tower. The house sleeps 6. There is a washer/dryer. The house is currently being used mostly as a rental so there is not much of the owner's clutter. The kitchen is well outfitted and there is a charcoal briquette grill that can be used on the back porch. There are outdoor chairs and tables. Linens and towels are provided. There is space for 2 cars to park right out in front. This is a non-smoking house.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom/study downstairs: 1 twin/ single

    The downstairs bedroom has direct access to bathroom....moreless

  • Small bedroom upstairs: 1 twin/ single

    cozy small bedroom, views towards harbor and back porch...moreless

  • Medium bedroom upstairs: 2 twin/ single

    nice views of harbor...moreless

  • Master bedroom upstairs: 1 queen

    Windows and balcony with view of harbor...moreless

  • Master bedroom with queen size bed, closets, and balcony. Medium size bedroom with two twin beds and closets. Small bedroom with twin size bed, no closets. Downstairs study with a twin size bed and access to the back porch. All the bedrooms have windows on two sides providing views of of the outdoors in multiple directions!...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom upstairs: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Bathroom is entered from hallway and shared by all bedrooms...moreless

  • Bathroom downstairs: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Bathroom can be accessed from hallway and bedroom...moreless

  • 2 full bathrooms, both large with tub/shower and window. Downstairs bathroom has two doors so it can be access from the hall and the bedroom/study. This provides privacy for anyone staying in the bedroom/study since they will not have to go out into the hall to get to the bathroom....moreless

Other Amenities

  • House is cleaned once a week between rentals.


  • Books:

    Feel free to read any that you find on the shelves. You can also get books at the library....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    Poor reception on island unless there is a satellite dish, so the old style TVs that are there are small and can not be used except to watch videos or DVDs (there are a lot of those at the library!)...moreless


  • Away From It All


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    View of open ocean, the Atlantic, at the nearby light house....moreless

  • Rural:

    This is an island, it is not attached to the mainland, there is no real town....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    View of harbor, lobster boats, sail boats, visiting schooners, other side of harbor, islands....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Large table in kitchen. Great view of the harbor. Porch has table and chairs and is easily accessed from the kitchen door....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating:

    Modern central heating...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The sofa can be turned into a bed if you have a surprise visitor....moreless

  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    In addition to an regular coffee maker there is also a French press and bean grinder. There is a large selection of teas in the house....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full set of dishes, etc. plenty of cooking and baking pots and pans....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Open plan kitchen with windows wrapped around the corner facing the harbor. Door that leads out to porch allows for easy access to outdoor dining. Large kitchen table that can sit 6....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    A variety of spices, baking supplies, dry goods. Renters are welcome to use anything....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    There is balcony off the second floor master bedroom. The third floor studio has a balcony with sweeping views of the harbor....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
low-season late summer
Sep 4 - Oct 29, 2016
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included


Damage deposit will be returned as quickly as possible after the house is inspected by the caretaker. She comes in to clean and inspect in between every rental so this process is normally rather quick.

Once the rental is agreed I will send the rental agreement to you and hold the reservation. You will sign it and return the rental agreement within 2 weeks with a check for the rental period and security deposit. If I have not received it within 2 weeks then I will considered the house still available and it will be offered to other possible renters.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 09/08/2016
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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bar Harbor
6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Bass Harbor
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Between island and Bass Harbor
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
Bar Harbor
140 Miles
Nearest Train
46 Miles
Nearest Motorway
95 -- Bangor
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Miles
Nearest Ski
Sugar Loaf
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Carrying Place Beach

Car: Recommended

This house is on an island 5 miles off shore in the Gulf of Maine. The island is just south of Mt Desert Island where Acadia National Part and Bar Harbor are located. The car ferry from Bass Harbor on the southern end of Mt Desert Island goes 6 times a day and takes approximately 45 minutes. There is a small grocery store but you should plan on bringing groceries onto the island. This is a dry island, you will need to bring any alcoholic beverages onto the island yourself. This is a good place to visit if you want a real getaway and few distractions. There is a lovely fine sand beach that requires a short walk to get to from a parking lot and a not quite as fine sandy beach that you an park next to. There is a lovely lighthouse a short walk away from the house with sweeping views of the ocean and other islands. There are a two very small museums that are related to the history of the island. The house is on a street that runs along the side of the harbor at a slightly higher elevation from the water. This means that there is a great view from the porch and the upstairs' balconies. The house is on the opposite side of the island from where the ferry arrives. There are people that manage to get around on bicycle but I would recommend that you come on to the island with a car since it would make sense for you to do your shopping on the mainland. You can of course bring bikes to use once on the island. There are lots of places to access the ocean from and it is very easy to find a way to get easily into the sea with your kayaks. There are some small stores with souvenirs and local artwork. There is a folk music festival in August, local theater, an Odd Fellows breakfast every Sunday morning, and regular church suppers and fairs.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: Now widowed, the owner of the house was first taken to the island to visit her grandparents in the 1930s. Later she and her husband bought a house on the island to enjoy with their 4 children, cat, and sailboat. The owner later retired to the island but after 8 years living full time on the island decided to move to the "big city" of Portland, Maine. Unfortunately the original house burnt down in 1998 but this gave the husband of the owner, an architect, the opportunity to design and build the current house to her specifications.

Why the Owner Chose Swans Island, ME, USA:
The owner's grandparents began coming to the island in the 1890s to get away from hot summers in Baltimore. When the owner decided to go looking for a summer house in Maine she decided to go back to the island where she had roots. The view was unbeatable and the location convenient to the harbor where her husband could moor his boat. The original house was winterized, as is the new house, allowing the owners to spend as much time on the island as they wanted. Of course, there is the charm and romance of living on a small island with scenery comparable to Acadia National Park but without the traffic and crowds.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
From this home's vantage point you can keep track of the activity in the harbor. During the summer season there are weekly visits from schooners, lobster-men coming and going, and visitors on yachts. The wide front porch provides shade and space to enjoy a meal, the rear porch provides a private place to enjoy the sunshine. It is a modern house with up to date heating, bathrooms, and kitchen. It was built to be used year round so it is snug in a storm.

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Speaks: english, danish



  • The cottage

    The cottage

  • smaller bedroom

    smaller bedroom

  • kitchen with dining table

    kitchen with dining table

  • table on front porch

    table on front porch

  • Front porch and front door

    Front porch and front door

  • view out the master bedroom windows.

    view out the master bedroom windows.

  • upstairs bedroom

    upstairs bedroom

  • view from lighthouse

    view from lighthouse

  • view from beach near light house

    view from beach near light house

  • path to fine sand beach

    path to fine sand beach

  • full moon rising over the harbor

    full moon rising over the harbor

  • ferry from mainland arriving to the island

    ferry from mainland arriving to the island

  • upstairs bathroom

    upstairs bathroom

  • looking into the kitchen from living room

    looking into the kitchen from living room

  • the 3rd floor lookout's balcony

    the 3rd floor lookout's balcony

  • bed in the downstairs study

    bed in the downstairs study

  • living room, someone could sleep in futon if need be

    living room, someone could sleep in futon if need be

  • Lighthouse near rental house

    Lighthouse near rental house

  • path to the beach near lighthouse

    path to the beach near lighthouse

  • beach near light house

    beach near light house

  • Fine sand beach, even on a cloudy day it is pretty nice!

    Fine sand beach, even on a cloudy day it is pretty nice!

  • view of Mt Desert from the ferry

    view of Mt Desert from the ferry

  • Iver's Studio -- a local shop

    Iver's Studio -- a local shop

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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Architect's Harborview Dream

Swans Island, ME, USA #694435

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