Upstairs Level of Two Story Home, on the Water in Small Fishing Village

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Last updated: 09/23/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Little Island House is a two story home in Bass Harbor, on the water.

One enters the Upstairs level by the outside stairway to the deck and sliding glass door. Step into the living/dining area, with a floor-to-ceiling granite fireplace and cathedral ceiling with skylight.The kitchen (newly renovated in 2015) is well supplied with a great view of its own. A study area at the foot of the stairs to the bedroom extends your living space. The third-floor bedroom, also with skylight, has a queen-size bed.The bathroom/shower are around the corner from the kitchen. The deck extends around the side and front of the house. The apartment sleeps two.

The apartment has central heat for the off season, excellent ventilation in summer, and all the firewood one would like. Also included are cable TV, phone, wi-fi, all linens (bed, bath, and kitchen), and well-equipped kitchen. Immaculately clean, lovely decor. Outdoors: deck furniture and grill.. No smoking, no pets.

The price quoted at the calendar includes both Maine's 8% lodging tax and a refundable $50 cleaning deposit.
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Glad to be on 'the quiet side': Views are beautiful. Bass Harbor has been photographed for the cover of a National Geographic book about New England and has been the site of several movies. The lobster fishing boats are always interesting, and if you love wildlife, eagles soar over the harbor daily. We counted twelve herons in the low tide one September day and watched loons, ducks, terns, and gulls work the harbor.

Although we're only thirty minutes from Bar Harbor, we are essentially very different. Bass Harbor is a small fishing village and working harbor on the southern end of Mount Desert Island. We're called 'The quiet side of the Island.' There's plenty to do here: The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Wonderland and Ship Harbor (part of Acadia National Park) are only a mile or two away. At Little Island Marine, the small boatyard which shares the peninsula with the house, the Island Cruise makes nature trips and lunch cruises daily, and Richard Stanley Custom Boats always has interesting wooden boat projects going on. Restaurants are within easy walking

Top things to do in Bass Harbor

* Visit Acadia National Park
* Take an 'Island Cruise'
* Eat at long-time local restaurants
* Rent a boat for the day at Is.Cruises
* Buy lobster/crabmeat fresh

Top things to do on a budget

* Visit Acadia National Park
* Walk through our lovely village
* Enjoy watching eagles, etc.
* Cook out on the deck, at water's edge
* Watch Maine's 3rd largest lobster fleet at work

Top things to do with a family

* Explore the National Park
* Spend the day at the beach
* Have a cookout
* Enjoy 'Island Cruises', 2-hr. boat ride

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Property Type

  • House
  • 850 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Upstairs apt. has a queen size bed. It is located on the third floor. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Upstairs bathroom is around the corner from the kitchen, facing the garden side of the house. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The walkway from the parking area to the house is about 30 feet, and can be approached either over lawn or on the crushed granite walkway. ...moreless


  • Books
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Romantic


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    To the north are the three mountains the town is named for (Tremont). They lie,viewed above the spruce, beyond the head of the harbor....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    View of the fishing fleet, the village across the way, Bernard. House faces the sunset....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Surrounded by water on three sides...moreless

  • Village:

    The small village of Bass Hbr. has several restaurants, 2 in walking distance. Convenience store, Swans Is. Ferry, and Island Cruises, a very fine nature cruise to see the islands and wildlife....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Home to the 3rd largest lobster fleet in Maine. 5 marinas and ferry. Across the hbr. is Bernard, location of a Steven King movie. Lots of seabirds, eagles. Truly Maine, very picturesque, very Downeast...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Located in Bass Harbor at the tip of a peninsula, water's edge is 4 ft. away at high tide. Surrounded on 3 sides by water. Mountains to the north, islands to the south. Sunset, seabirds, lobster boats...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming


  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Study Room
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Hopefully everything you need....moreless

  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Newly renovated in 2015. Tile, hardwood, nice to work in....moreless

  • Lobster Pot


  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio:

    Deck runs across the front of the house, facing the harbor, and part way down the south side, with stairs....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck


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Aug 27 - Sep 30, 2016
7 night min stay

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7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

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  • Cleaning Fee, refundable $50
  • Tax Rate 8%


No smoking, no pets

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 09/23/2016
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Bass Harbor is near the southern tip of Mt. Desert Is., 1/2 mi. from the Bass Hbr. Head Lighthouse. It is a laid back little fishing village. We watched the filming of scenes from two Steven King movies from here at the house, so you can imagine it has the real flavor of 'Down East.' And it is largely unchanged over many years. Filming 'Cider House Rules' right across the harbor provided great entertainment from the deck.

There are two lobster pounds and a town dock in the harbor where the fishermen sell their catch. Bass Harbor is home to Maine's third largest fishing fleet, which means 'lobster fleet,' and their coming and going is a study in an old Maine tradition. The well-maintained fleet is not only the pride of the harbor, but also bread and butter to the fishing families, many of whom have fished for generations out of this harbor. Near the Little Island House is a wharf from which four generations of the same family have fished. The traps stacked on the wharves all around the harbor are part of the charm of this traditional village.

Just beyond the Swan's Island Ferry Terminal is Morris Yacht, with its salty old building on the waterfront and its flock of swans in the water: the elegant and very fancy big sailboats on their moorings.

In the heart of the harbor is Little Island House, which shares its small peninsula with a boatyard. Until 2011, the short road to the peninsula went underwater when we had very high tides. Those days are behind us, as Kim Strauss, owner of the boatyard, had a road and breakwater put in. A 350' boardwalk connects Little Island to the dock where Island Cruises, a very popular nature cruise (Yankee Magazine voted it The Best Nature Cruise in New England) departs twice daily, weather permitting. It meanders through the islands of Blue Hill Bay (part of which you see from your deck). The 11:00 Lunch Cruise, after an hour of its nature cruise through the islands, docks at the tiny village of Frenchboro on Outer Long Island where you have lunch on the water at the Dockside Deli. The eagles, seals, and seabirds along the way are endlessly fascinating. The afternoon 2 hr. Nature Cruise also shows you the islands and wildlife of the bay. On both cruises, Captain Eli hauls lobster traps and provides an informed, interesting talk.

Little Island Marine is also home to Richard Stanley Custom Boats, a wooden boat building and maintenance business carried on by Richard and Lorraine Stanley. Richard learned to build wooden boats by spending every minute he could in his father's boat shop from the time he could walk. To walk through their building and look at the perfectly maintained wooden boats that they care for is an education in yet another enduring Maine tradition. Beetle Cats, Friendship sloops, skiffs...if you like wooden boats, you'll find it a real pleasure to walk by and see what's going on.

The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is about a half mile away. It's on just about every calendar you buy that has anything to do with Maine. And no wonder. The granite cliffs, rising out of the white spray of the shore, with the well-maintained, sturdy red and white lighthouse get everybody's cameras clicking.

Continue a mile or so on the road after the lighthouse turnoff and you come to two of Acadia National Park's hiking trails. First is Ship Harbor, with its beautiful deep dark woods. It's about a 45 minute walk with roots and rocks, moss and shoreline. Wonderland is the next Park trail you come to. It's an easier walk, about 30 minutes, and relatively flat, winding through old craggy spruce on a narrow trail, then opening onto large, flat granite slabs. Both trails end up at the seashore, where you look out to Gotts Island, Black Island, Placentia, and Swans Island nearby, and farther out to the Great and Little Duck Islands. Sit on the granite boulders and take in the sun and salt air. Listen to the waves on the shore.

This is a beautiful part of Maine.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1985

About the owner: Born and raised in Texas, I met (and later married) Kim Strauss,my husband, in college at the University of Texas in El Paso in 1969. He could hardly wait to show me Gotts Island, Maine, where he'd spent every summer of his life. I fell in love with the island. We traveled some, but spent as much time as we could on the Island, where our first child, Lorraine, was born. Kentucky, where we had our son, Eli, was home for seven years, then in Texas, we had our son Bob. Shortly after that, we headed back to Maine and ended up buying a house in Bass Harbor. And here we've stayed, living in the Little Island House in the off-season and moving out to Gotts Island during Maine's beautiful good weather, May to October, when we rent the Little Island House.

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  • Little Island House

    Little Island House

  • Upstairs apt. living room, just inside sliding glass door, to left.Harbor beyond

    Upstairs apt. living room, just inside sliding glass door, to left.Harbor beyond

  • Upstairs fireplace

    Upstairs fireplace

  • Upstairs kitchen

    Upstairs kitchen

  • Upstairs bedroom with skylight

    Upstairs bedroom with skylight

  • Upstairs bedroom, queen size bed

    Upstairs bedroom, queen size bed

  • Upstairs bathroom

    Upstairs bathroom

  • Looking to the west, village of Bernard; Bass Harbor's mooring field

    Looking to the west, village of Bernard; Bass Harbor's mooring field

  • View to the north,  to the head of the harbor.

    View to the north, to the head of the harbor.

  • Entrance to upper deck by stairs

    Entrance to upper deck by stairs

  • Upstairs living room

    Upstairs living room

  • Upstairs dining room

    Upstairs dining room

  • Stairs to third floor Upstairs apt. bedroom.

    Stairs to third floor Upstairs apt. bedroom.

  • Upstairs bedroom with louvered windows open to cathedral ceiling and living room

    Upstairs bedroom with louvered windows open to cathedral ceiling and living room

  • Upstairs bedroom, with louvers closed

    Upstairs bedroom, with louvers closed

  • View of village of Bass Harbor, from Upstairs deck

    View of village of Bass Harbor, from Upstairs deck

  • Mountains at the head of the harbor (view to the north)

    Mountains at the head of the harbor (view to the north)

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