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Harbor View Cottage on Swans Island

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cabin w/3 BR, 1 Bath, sleeps up to 8

Wonderful summer home overlooking Burnt Coat harbor on Swans Island. Perched on a granite ledge, nestled in the pines, this cozy family cottage is a great getaway. Sit on the deck and enjoy the sunrise or the moonrise and let the peacefulness and tranquility that is Swans Island wash over you.

Walk out to the lighthouse or along the back shore while you relax and take in the beauty of this incredible place. Head over to Minturn and go for a swim in the quarry pond. Have a swim and picnic at Fine Sand beach. Explore the rocky back shore west of the lighthouse. Want fresh, as in straight from the ocean bottom fresh lobster, you can do that!

You have to take a ferry to get here, but it is well worth the effort!

For some historical perspective, Swan's Island was first charted in 1606 by Samuel de Champlain's expedition, and at the time was used by local Indians as a seasonal hunting ground. Colonel James Swan of Fife, Scotland purchased the island in 1786, but in 1791, David Smith, an American Revolutionary War veteran, became the first settler of European extraction on the island. The population grew slowly to more than 1,000 by 1900. Fish processing was the dominant industry into the 1930s but, with the advent of refrigeration, fresh fish replaced the dried and canned products produced in the area making the area's existing processing businesses unprofitable.

The island's ferry service, which ceased operations at the beginning of the second world war, was reinstated when the state ferry began service in 1960, helping to make Swan's Island a popular summer tourism destination. The ferry also is used to carry the mail to the island.

More Details

Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 7, 2018

About Rick

We are third generation summer visitors. Our family has been going to Swans Island since the 1920's when the original cabin was built by our grandfather. The property, which now consists of the original cabin, Cragtop, and the newer Cragtop Two built by our father nearly 50 years ago, is entrusted to we three brothers. And we are making it available to you so that you and your family may experience Swans Island. We hope you find it as special as we have.


Swans Island Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bring your own towels
  • Provide your own towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Skylight room with double bed. BYO linen.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , The Master Bedroom. Bring your own linens
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 bunk bed , The upstairs Loft Area - bunk beds are cots. BYO linens
  • Provide your own linens. Master Bedroom - Queen size Skylight Bedroom - Standard double bed Loft - 1 King, 2 Single Cots
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
Plan your meals ahead of time and do your grocery shopping before heading to the island. TIMS is a great little store and they carry quite a lot - great for eggs, butter, snacks, bread and other convenience things. They also have meats and some frozen food - great ice cream as well. It is an island and it take a ferry ride to get there. Speaking of which - if you head "off island" during your stay, don't use the return portion of your ferry ticket. Buy a new round trip on the island - huge savings and hold your mainland purchased return trip for your departure.


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Harbor View Cottage on Swans Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Great Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has all the amenities of home. We enjoyed a relaxing week! Kayak put-ins are a few minutes drive away, lighthouse is an easy 10 minute walk down the road. Tim's Island market is a pleasant 25 minute walk. Friendly folks on Swans, we do hope to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
58 Miles
Airline - Bangor, Private - Bar Harbor
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Cabin to Island Ferry terminal
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Cabin is located on an island requiring a ferry ride from/to Bass Harbor, ME. While the island has a great little store called Tims (The Island Market and Supply), there are no full grocery or general stores on the island. So, plan on shopping for your stay in Ellsworth, Southwest Harbor or Bar Harbor before taking the Ferry to Swans Island. Ferry reservations (max of 4 available per ferry so call ahead and see if you can get a reservation). Otherwise, get in line as soon as possible. For Ferry Information, go to You will find phone numbers, schedules, etc on the sight.
It is a great place for walking, kayaking, biking, swimming (assuming you enjoy downeast ocean water temps) and just plain relaxing. Buy lobsters straight from the fisherman or at the wharf (be happy to give you a contact name).
Lots of information available in the cabin and would be happy to answer any questions before you head there.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.