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Architect's Harborview Dream

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, views of harbor, short walk to lighthouse

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. I currently do not have many interior shots of the house on this website because of the quality requirements for uploading photos. I can send you the pictures of the interior if you would like to see some.

Camilla Lofving
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, danish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Camilla Lofving

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.

Camilla Lofving purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Camilla Lofving chose Swans Island

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Swans Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Do not use the grill on the porch -- you may use it on the concrete slab in front of the shed.
  • Do not let unsupervised children on to the balconies. There must be a responsible adult with them if they are going to spend time on one of them.
  • Absolutely no smoking in the house.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom is entered from hallway and shared by all bedrooms
    Bathroom downstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom can be accessed from hallway and bedroom
  • 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.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom/study downstairs - 1 twin/ single , The downstairs bedroom has direct access to bathroom.
    Small bedroom upstairs - 1 twin/ single , cozy small bedroom, views towards harbor and back porch
    Medium bedroom upstairs - 2 twin/ single , nice views of harbor
    Master bedroom upstairs - 1 queen , Windows and balcony with view of harbor
  • Master bedroom with queen size bed, closets, and balcony. Medium size bedroom with two twin beds and closets. Small bedroom with twin size bed, small desk and a set of drawers. 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!
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
House is cleaned once a week between rentals, this includes taking the garbage to the local dump so you don't need to worry about that. Lots of basic cooking things -- spices etc.


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Architect's Harborview Dream
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Beautiful house great view

  • 5 of 5

The perfect place to get away and relax. The house is clean and spacious, with great views. Owner is quick to respond to questions. Security deposit was refunded within days of departure. Would definitely return. There is no Wi-Fi at the house which was not a problem at all for me depending on who your cell phone provider is you may not have data. Was very nice to get away from it all for a few days.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Bar Harbor
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Bass Harbor
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Between island and Bass Harbor
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Bar Harbor
Nearest Train
140 Miles
Nearest Motorway
46 Miles
95 -- Bangor
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Sugar Loaf
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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