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Architect's Harborview Dream

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 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.

Sara Lofving
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, danish
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Sara 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.

Sara Lofving purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Sara Lofving chose Acadia

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.



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

Swans Island Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off-season Spring
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer season
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Off-season Fall
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 7 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

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.

30% Deposit to hold dates, full payment 2 weeks before arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Swans Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, 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!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • 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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