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Architect's Harborview Dream

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Last updated: 05/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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.


Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, danish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/22/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Adds a bit extra to the cleaning fees....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • 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, 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!...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, 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. ...moreless


  • Books:

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

  • Game Room:

    There is a lovely room in the cupola. There are some board games. Writers have spent time enjoying the view and working on novels. It also has a balcony and you can sit out there and enjoy the view....moreless


  • Away From It All


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    Small WW2 memorial...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    You can walk to the lighthouse to see the open ocean and view to some other islands. You can drive/bike all over the island to see views of the ocean or back towards Mt Desert. There are beaches!...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Views of the harbor and islands from the house. You can walk up to the lighthouse to see the open ocean (the Atlantic). There are many places around the island where you can get great ocean views...moreless

  • Rural:

    This is an island 5 miles south of Mt Desert Island (Acadia National Park). It is not attached to the mainland, there is a 45 minute ferry ride to get there and only one small grocery store....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Views of harbor, lobster boats, sail boats, visiting schooners, Minturn, and small islands.from the porch, the balconies, living room, bedrooms, and the studio in the cupola. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • 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. You can move the front porch tables to the back porch any time you want....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    The washer/dryer are those smaller sized stacked ones. You can only use one at a time. There is an old fashioned laundry line in the back yard....moreless

  • Heating:

    Modern central heating...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The sofa can be turned into a bed....moreless

  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Smaller size, ordinary launder detergent provided....moreless


  • 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:

    The usual kind, can fit bagels!...moreless


  • Balcony:

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

  • Bicycles:

    They're old and basic but my son and his wife get around on them. I can't vouch for their condition but they were working when we stashed them in the basement at the end of last summer. :)...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Covered porches with tables and benches on two sides of the building, sunny deck in the back of the building that provides some privacy and can't be seen from the road....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    We have a caretaker who keeps the lawn mowed. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Please use it in the back on the concrete slab in front of the shed....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off-season Spring
May 20 - Jun 23, 2017
3 night min stay
Summer season
Jun 24 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Off-season Fall
Sep 2 - Oct 7, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $50
  • Pet Fee $25
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/22/2017
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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.

Contact us

Speaks: english, danish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/22/2017

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  • The cottage from the street.

    The cottage from the street.

  • View from front porch

    View from front porch

  • Kitchen -- can see into living room beyond

    Kitchen -- can see into living room beyond

  • Top most balcony -- Nice place to sit and enjoy the view

    Top most balcony -- Nice place to sit and enjoy the view

  • view from lighthouse

    view from lighthouse

  • Quarry -- yes, the water is warm enough to swim in.

    Quarry -- yes, the water is warm enough to swim in.

  • ferry from mainland arriving to the island

    ferry from mainland arriving to the island

  • A working harbor -- the ubiquitous lobster boats

    A working harbor -- the ubiquitous lobster boats

  • The other side of the cottage.

    The other side of the cottage.

  • Moonrise over the harbor from the upstairs balcony

    Moonrise over the harbor from the upstairs balcony

  • Lighthouse -- the lighthouse is still working, the house is a museum.

    Lighthouse -- the lighthouse is still working, the house is a museum.

  • Up the street -- lobsterman's shack

    Up the street -- lobsterman's shack

  • Carrying place beach

    Carrying place beach

  • We have better views of Mt Desert than you get in Acadia!

    We have better views of Mt Desert than you get in Acadia!

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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