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Oceanfront Cottage On Frenchman's Bay.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,884 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Are you seeking a grand, oceanfront cottage near Acadia National Park nestled in the forest? Each morning, be one of the first in the nation to watch the beautiful sunrise over idyllic Frenchman’s Bay. Walk out from the house and head out to the water by way of the new stairway, down to the gravel beach to swim or launch your sea kayak or canoe. You can fish in the ocean without a license from the dock or try your hand at trapping lobster.



This oceanfront cottage rents April through October with weekly rental from June 15th through September 30th and short-term stays (minimum of two nights/three days) outside of those dates making it ideal for a long weekend getaway! The cottage is less than ten minutes by car from Bar Harbor airport and one hour from Bangor, Maine.


The cottage is two miles from the Hull’s Cove Visitor Center, which is the north entrance to Acadia National Park, where you can spend your day hiking or go kayaking on the pristine waters surrounding Mount Desert Island. Drive there, bike there or take the bus with your bike, which can be loaded. Ranger programs, hiking on graded paths up the mountain or biking or walking on the carriage trails (no cars) are fun things to do. You can swim in a lake with a lifeguard or dare the 'Ledges' and enter Echo Lake by the cliff.

You can get a license and fish on Hamilton Pond which is within walking distance. If you are familiar with kayaks, paddle across the way to the MDI Biolab and float through the stone arch at high tide, or paddle further around the point and picnic in the 'Ovens' which are shallow waterside caves w/ pebble beach.

If not everyone has a car, it is an easy twenty minute walk (3/4 mile) to the free ‘Island Explorer’ shuttle, which stops at the Bar Harbor Camp Ground during peak season (consult their website for schedule). The shuttle goes into town and covers most of the island taking you on a scenic ride of the island’s beaches, coves, and more.

Down the road is Pirate's Cove mini-golf as well as Mainley Meats (Bar-B-Que), Bay Gulls bagels and deserts and ice-cream and the Bar Harbor Lobster Pound (set the table, order your lobsters, go pick them up and enjoy on the deck).

The cottage is a ten minute drive from the town of Bar Harbor where you can head for restaurants and shopping. Restaurants for every taste abound from the Chart House, a sea-side fish house, to Havana's, a Latin restaurant with a wine list of note, to Epi's a downtown cafeteria, to Nostranos, a private Italian restaurant. During July and August music abounds with the Bar Harbor Music Festival (with live opera) and the Northeast Harbor Chamber series. Repertory theater is good and the local cinemas are where the locals go. Nearby is also Kebo Valley Golf Club, a historic golf course in Bar Harbor.

Additionally, about 30 minutes away in Ellsworth is a seasonal locomotive, which takes visitors on a scenic ride.


The home has 1,884 finished sq. ft. and has capacity to sleep up to 8 people with ADDITIONAL rental of the guest cottage with kitchenette, which is an additional 450 sq. ft. There are 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in the main house. One bedroom has a queen size bed (Sleeps 2) and the other bedroom includes a queen size bed (Sleeps 2) and a double bed (Sleeps 1). There is also a sleeper sofa in the living area (Sleeps 1-2). The guest cottage is the size of a small studio and has a queen size bed (Sleeps 2) with full bathroom and a kitchenette. In the guest cottage, there is also a sleeper futon (Sleeps 1-2). Should any additional separate sleeping arrangements be needed, an inflatable mattress is available upon request. **Additional fees for parties over 10**There are two separate bathrooms that can be accessed from the common areas, each with a tub and shower and one bathroom with a washer/dryer.


Enter through into a tiled Kitchen with island seating for two. The adjacent Dining Area offers seating for six, as well as an intimate seating area in front of a gas fireplace for a relaxing glass of wine after a long day of exploration. Next find a second dining area with a glass table suitable for four people, perfect for morning muffins and a hot cup of coffee. This opens to two comfortable living rooms, one with TV and sleeper sofa, the second, less formal with open views to the ocean and a casual feel.


INTERNET: The home has high speed internet and the login information is located on the fridge.

TELEVISION/CABLE: The home has an older television with a cable subscription through Time Warner as well as a DVD player for you to watch any movies you may bring or rent.

OUTDOOR SEATING/COOKING: There is a propane gas grill outside along with patio table and chairs. There is an outdoor fire pit that can be used in accordance with local laws and fire restrictions and must be cleaned up if used.

LINENS/BEDDING/LAUNDRY: Linens and bedding are provided. The home has a laundry room in bathroom with washer, dryer, and detergent. Guests are expected to start any sheets and linens in washer before departure due to short turnover between rentals.

KITCHEN APPLIANCES/FURNISHINGS: The kitchen has dishware, wine glasses, drinking glasses, silverware, cooking utensils, mixing bowl, lobster pot, sauce pans, cooking pots, toaster oven, and a drip coffee pot. It has a microwave and refrigerator and DOES NOT have a dishwasher, guest are expected to thoroughly clean any dishes, pots, pans, etc. used before departure.

PETS: Pets are allowed on a by case basis. There is a non-negotiable and non-refundable pet fee of $100. Pets are not allowed on furniture. If pet hair is found on furniture, additional cleaning charges will be applied at lessor’s discretion.

SMOKING: Smoking in house is strictly prohibited and will result in a complete forfeiture of security deposit.

SECURITY DEPOSIT: There is a fully refundable security deposit of $500.

STATE OF MAINE LODGING TAX: The State of Maine has a 9.0% lodging tax that is charges on all vacation rentals, which is not included in the rental rates quoted above.

CLEANING FEE: Two hours of cleaning is included, which is typically adequate. Failure to leave house in clean condition can result in cleaning charges against your security deposit. Guests departing the house are expect to wash linens/laundry, wash all dishes, and leave no pet hair, mud, grass or other outside debris in the house.

DISCLOSURE: The home now has A/C and a dehumidifing system but not all windows have screens. There can be smells of the ocean as a result of open air ventilation/cooling similar to other older oceanfront rentals.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About Nicole

Assistant property manager for rental property in Bar Harbor Maine.

Nicole purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Nicole chose Bar Harbor

This home was purchased by a part time resident and developer in Maine for its million dollar oceanfront location in 2007. The home was renovated and was going to be resold before the market downturn in 2008. It is now a great rental and has been renting out to lucky travelers for the last four years.


Nearest Airport
7.4 Miles
Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Bar Habor Ferry
Nearest Golf
5.3 Miles
Kebo Valley Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.8 Miles
State Highway 3/Bar Harbor Rd
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Sand Beach
Car: necessary

Are you seeking a grand, oceanfront cottage immediately north of Acadia National Park nestled in the forest? This property shares a deep water pier, beautiful fine gravel beach excellent for swimming and boating, and is just minutes from the town of Bar Harbor located on Frenchman's Bay. Head west of the property to visit the scenic areas of Salsbury and Emery Cove. In a boat, you can sail or motor to docks in Bar Harbor or drive less than 10 minutes into town. Kebo Valley Golf Club is a historic course in Bar Harbor.

The Hulls Cove entrance to Acadia National Park is a few miles away. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park, which has the tallest mountain on the US Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.

In Ellsworth a seasonal locomotive takes visitors on a scenic ride.


Bar Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1884 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Cottage Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Living Room
    Guest Cottage - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Includes full bath & kitchenette - Additional fees apply
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


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average rating of 4.0 based on 10 reviews

Great location, clean and spacious

  • 4 of 5

Wonderfully quiet yet a short drive to Acadia (without having to go through Bar Harbor). The rocky beach came and went with the tide, but when it was open it was a nice secluded slice of ocean to play on. Inside was clean and airy, quiet at night. With the windows open at night, never needed air-con. It's a big space, probably more than we needed for one couple and a toddler, but definitely worth it for the locale.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really beautiful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great there and clean when we arrived. Bar harbor is close and an easy drive to plenty of fun places

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Macungie, Pennsylvania


  • 5 of 5

I really loved the location. The house and guest cottage was perfect for what I wanted. The house and guest cottage was clean, everything was thought of to make it easy for us. There were 8 of us there. Most days we were able to see seals and also harbor porpoises. Of course that is weather permitting and tide timing. We all had a great time! Thanks, Dave

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and your group enjoyed your stay! Thanks for the great review!
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manchester nh

Great place to stay, big house

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. House was big on the inside. Heat worked great. The view was beautiful. We were watching the tide rising on the private beach. The only thing That could make our stay better is a hottub outside or a pool table on the inside.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our stay on Frenchman's Bay in Maine.

  • 4 of 5

The house was very clean quite roomy and had a great view.I would say all was as advertised.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great on the outside, adequate on the inside

  • 4 of 5

My family just spent 3 nights in this cottage. Overall, we were very happy with the accommodations. The outside of the property is phenomenal as you have a clear view of Frenchman's Bay and private access to the rocky shoreline. The kids enjoyed going down to the shore and skipping rocks, searching for little creatures, etc. We saw dolphins while we were eating breakfast. As a bonus, we could view the sunset from the property (which I wasn't expecting).

The interior of the home was serviceable given the price comparison to other cottages in the area. I was surprised at the size of the interior as it felt much bigger than the picture would lead you to believe. The interior could be cleaner and could be fixed up but I didn't go to Bar Harbor to sit inside all day so I didn't mind. I found it to be a great value.

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because the listing said 3BR and quoted me a price. When I went to book, I found out the third bedroom is in the guest house which was an additional fee to book. I found this to be misleading.

Overall, we had a great time in Bar Harbor. This cottage is 7-8 minutes from one of the entrances to Acadia so it worked out really well for us. It was also a short drive (maybe 5-10 minutes) from downtown Bar Harbor. Mount Desert Island is a lot bigger than I realized so being close to everything was a bonus.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate our customers' opinions and comments, and take them seriously. We will try to clear up any confusion in wording on the website so as to not mislead any guests. We try to make our property as comfortable and enjoyable as we can, and will continue to strive to do so in the future! Thanks again!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Add'l guest over 10 max. $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

**NOT BOOKING FOR 2018**Rentals from May 29 - Oct 8 are weekly rentals from Sunday to Sunday ONLY. *Higher rates apply for approved 2 night rentals during season*. Payment by credit card will result in 2.5% withheld from security deposit, international credit cards are 4.0%. If you pay by echeck, there is no additional charge. Ask about optional non-refundable fee of $99 in lieu of $500 refundable security deposit.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Should the Lessee be unable to occupy the premises for any reason except the fault of the Lessor, and the Lessor is unable to rent the premises for the same period of time covered by this lease to another Lessee, the Lessor will keep all monies and commissions theretofore received as liquidated damages, and the Lessee will be liable for the remainder of the rent due. If the Lessor is able to rent the premises for the period of time covered by this lease to another Lessee, monies received from the second rental will be paid first to Lessor to fulfill the balance of the original lease. The remainder, if any, will be paid to the Lessee as partial or full reimbursement, less commission.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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