Sol’s Cliff House is an historic mansion just south of Bar Harbor, Maine, overlooking Frenchman Bay. Nestled into twelve private acres of pine and fir, this Mount Desert Island rental delivers what we think is the most magnificent view on an island of incredible views. Our step-grandfather, New York lawyer-novelist Arthur Train, commissioned the house to be built by Boston architect George Shepard in 1914, making it one of the last surviving “summer cottages” of Bar Harbor’s gilded-era golden age. It barely survived the great fire of 1947. Large ground-floor rooms connect by double doors and a great front hall. The entire east side overlooking the bay is lined with double French doors opening onto a brick terrace, affording wonderful views east across Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands to the mainland and south to Egg Rock light house and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. To stay at Sol’s Cliff House is to step back in time to an era of long family summers, house parties, vigorous exercise, domestic culture-and a note of extravagance. Enjoy this special place where Acadia meets Frenchman Bay, relax in the rhythm of lobstermen making their rounds (plus the occasional cruise ship passing in the distance), and rejuvenate where the mountain and sea air mingle. Visit our website at Sol's Cliff dot com for more information.
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- Min Stay7 nights
A private oasis withing walking distance of Acadia, beaches and town
- english, french, italian, Any Written Notes are fine
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 14, 2018
About Daniel Gerard
We have summered at Sols Cliff for generations. The current generation of owners are siblings spread out across the nation and we love to assemble at Sols Cliff. This is a perfect location for large family reunions as we can all be together yet we can also find space to be alone. This is a unique vacation house right in Acadia near the heart of Bar Harbor.
Daniel Gerard purchased this Estate in 1914
Why Daniel Gerard chose Bar Harbor
This property has been with our family since 1914. It is one of the very few old summer "Cottages" to have survived the devastating fire of 1947. In the early days of Mount Desert summer colonies, the best sites were chosen for the houses and this is one of them. Spectacular view over Frenchman's Bay. As one of the last remaining Summer Cottages that were numerous in the Bar Harbor area before the great fire of 1947, the house still has many of its original details. Various renovations have endeavored to preserve the historical character while adding modern convenience.
What makes this Estate unique
Capable of accommodating large gatherings: family reunions, weddings, corporate retreats etc. The game house solves all manner of rainy day trials for children. First floor: grand, brick-floored entry foyer with fireplace offers splendid views through glass-paneled doors to the brick terrace and frenchman's bay beyond. Spacious formal living room with fireplace and french doors (seven sets) leading to the terrace and outer grounds is wonderful for entertaining. Satellite television with dvd and vcr. Gracious dining room with fireplace and seating for up to 22, also with direct access via french doors to outside dining area and terrace with views of the bay, islands and egg rock lighthouse. Warm and comfortable library with fireplace, several shelves of books and stereo. Butler's pantry, kitchen with seating for nine. Adjacent sitting and playroom for children with television and dvd and vcrlaundry room. Half bath and small fax room off foyer. Second floor: master bedroom suite with king bed, fireplace, walk-in closet/changing room and private full bath with tub and shower. A porch with beautiful water views adjoins the master suite. Bedroom with queen bed, water views and shares full bath with double bedroom with water views. Bedroom with double bed, fireplace and water views shares full bath with claw-foot tub with bedroom with two twin beds, also with water views. Bedroom with queen bed and private full bath with tub and shower, also with doorway to help's wing hallway. Second master bedroom suite with king bed, water views, adjacent full bath with tub and shower and step-down to nursery with two cribs in separate room. Many of the rooms on this floor have doors leading to adjacent rooms, which may be kept open or closed, depending upon your needs. Four more bedrooms with single beds and shared bath and tub in former help's wing. Two roll away beds to be placed where desired.
Tennessee family and friends visit Bar Harbor
Seventeen family and friends (included 5 children/grandchildren ages 7 - 4) just completed our 1-week visit to Bar Harbor. Highly recommend this home for large family or friend gathering. Words are inadequate to describe the view from the terrace and ocean facing bedrooms. It is completely isolated and yet very convenient to the town of Bar Harbor (1-2 miles away). Home caretaker (Leo) was very prompt to respond to two minor maintenance issues. Could not have found a better home for our large family and friends' gathering.
Relaxing, gorgeous & FUN getaway!
I stayed here and had the most RELAXING vacation! Nothing beats walking through the first floor and passing by all the screen doors letting in fresh air, although sitting outside and reading a book or even working (some of us couldn't get away the entire week) with a breathtaking view in front of you was great too! We went on many wonderful hikes, went sea kayaking and even took a mail boat out to Little Cranberry Island for an unforgettable meal! This home is great because it has a huge kitchen and it's made to fit a big group be it friends or family. The fireplaces are a wonderful touch and all the antiques make it feel like you're in another time (which is really cool)! It's an unforgettable place, highly recommended!
Thank you for this wonderful review and we hope very much you come back soon!
Great house and a Great time!
We stayed at this house in September 2015. It was perfect! We were a group of about 12 and the house easily accommodated all of us (and would have fit quite a few more). The house is truly amazing-- apparently one of the last examples of the mansions from the halcyon days of Mount Desert Island. It definitely maintains its classic feel, but has been updated with modern amenities (like internet, which is a must for us and an issue on MDI at times, a grill, and a very well updated kitchen). The view off of the back porch is honestly one of the best I have ever seen, and while the house is well tucked away from others, it is a quick trip, either walking (20 minutes) or driving (3-4 minutes), into downtown Bar Harbor. Also very close to some of the better parts of Acadia, including the Dorr Mountain ladder trail and Mt. Champlain, and just a short walk through the woods to Compass Cover. We've been going to MDI for years and we all agreed this is the best rental we've gotten. Acadia is amazing, in terms of its natural beauty of course but also in terms of the history that made it the park it is today -- it's hard to articulate, but we all agreed that the house parallels those things well. We'd definitely return. Not sure why the house has no reviews right now--- it certainly did when we booked it, and that's part of the reason I "stopped" to make sure I left one. We'd definitely return!
Thank you for this great review! The reason we have so few reviews is that we let our VRBO subscription lapse and in rebuilding the website we lost approximately 10 years worth of wonderful reviews. Thank you so much for stopping in to write a review and we hope you come back very soon!
A True Getaway
This house is worth it for the view alone. I packed an ambitious amount of reading material with the goal of spending hours on hours reading on the terrace. That goal went unaccomplished as the view overwhelms you with majesty and you just cannot take your eyes off it--the Mt. Desert Narrows, the Porcupine Islands, the lobstermen collecting traps.
Inside, the house is spacious and full of historical surprises. A perfect spot for large groups not wanting to step on each other's toes. After long days of hiking, the library basically begs you to sit by the fire with a drink.
The easy access to Acadia is also an incredible asset. Within minutes we could find ourselves climbing up mountains to even more incredible vistas.
We opened the front door and our jaws dropped. The house itself is magnificent from floor to ceiling and the view off the cliff is breathtaking. While the historical detail fascinated me - even the doorknobs look original - it doesn't displace modern amenities. We cooked (and cleaned up) with ease. The location also can't be beat. The town is a walkable distance, the Schooner Head and Compass Harbor Trails are practically at the end of the driveway, and more challenging trails are minutes away by car. We want to come back next year.
We originally rented Sol's Cliff in August, 2011, to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents. This house is fantastic for large family get-togethers of the extended clan, i.e., grandparents, children and grandchildren. The original trip went so well we returned again in August, 2012 & August, 2014, this time with an extended group of friends and our children (ranging in age from toddlers to pre-teens). Lots of fun to be in the same house and let the kids rollick around. It is quiet and secluded with incredible views over the ocean but a quick drive or easy biking distance to town (for all but the smallest bicyclists). The house itself is an amazing example of architecture from a long-gone era when families would decamp to a place like Bar Harbor for the whole summer. Faded glory and rustic chic in the best way possible. The kitchen is large, comfortable and functional. Handy grill outside. Owner was easy to work with, flexible, and prompt in communications. Has been in same family for generations. We hope to go back again in the future.
Thank you so much for this lovely review. We have been renting Sols Cliff for something like a decade now but in rebuilding our VRBO website we lost all our wonderful reviews. An amazing loss considering the pride we take in providing the best accommodation we can, in keeping with the historical integrity of the house - and the importance of reviews for future guests. Your repeat visits are so very much appreciated by us. Thank you!
Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park says it all! Kebo Valley Golf Course is a public course in a spectacular setting in the shadow of Cadillac Mountain. 8th oldest golf course in the country. Rich in history.
Rates & Availability
$600 of the cleaning is included in the rent. Change over days are Saturday. Departure is 9AM and arrival is 4PM. Its a massive house and needs time for proper housekeeping. We require three equal payments prior to entering, the first with the returned lease.