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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- 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
- 2000 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 6
- Children Welcome
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- 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
- Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Monument View:
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
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
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
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Pier Fishing
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:
- Iron & Board
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
- Deck / Patio:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Housekeeper Included
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|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 20 - Jun 23, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 24 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
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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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.
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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The cottage from the street.
View from front porch
Kitchen -- can see into living room beyond
Top most balcony -- Nice place to sit and enjoy the view
view from lighthouse
Quarry -- yes, the water is warm enough to swim in.
ferry from mainland arriving to the island
A working harbor -- the ubiquitous lobster boats
The other side of the cottage.
Moonrise over the harbor from the upstairs balcony
Lighthouse -- the lighthouse is still working, the house is a museum.
Up the street -- lobsterman's shack
Carrying place beach
We have better views of Mt Desert than you get in Acadia!
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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