Shoreview Vacation Property with Spectacular Panoramic Ocean View 4 BR, 2 Bath.
- english, french
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
One morning in Maine!
We had a great stay in Seal Cove. I grew up on Mount Desert Island so already love the area but this house was out of a Maine dream. Amazing views, outdoor shower, great kitchen!
Quaint, Quiet-side Rustic Getaway
We had an absolutely wonderful time in this rustic cabin with a million-dollar view. Refreshing ocean breezes blew through the house due to the numerous screen doors and windows. The well-equipped spacious kitchen allowed us to feed our group of 6 easily, with plenty of elbow room at the large table in the main living area. The layout of the house, though it appears smaller in the photos, is spacious and quite spread out, making it possible for everyone in our tween-and-teen crew to have time alone from each other when needed.
Our kids found a new love for playing Parcheesi and other games, chosen from the multitude of things that were there for us to use in the cottage. We all loved using the outside shower!
Our hostess was flexible, great with communication and incredibly prompt when we had questions or concerns. One small issue came up with the tub and was attended to that same morning, with no disruption to our family or our vacation enjoyment.
Acadia is one of my favorite places on Earth, and were blessed with a wonderful week of fair weather to hike, bike, swim and go shopping in Bar Harbor. This cottage is off the beaten path, so even during a week in peak season we were in a private, isolated paradise right on the water.
Lovely, beautiful place
The Seal Cove cottage was a delight. The view is so beautiful, even more so than the photographs reflect. We also found the cottage more spacious than expected. The owner was very responsive to questions that came up. Looking forward to returning and staying longer!
Cozy cottage with great views
We spent a very lovely, quiet two weeks at Seal Cove. The views are gorgeous with islands and a classic Maine coast line with lobster boats anchored in the cove. Just a quick walk down the road is a picnic area next to some tide pools where our children found crabs, hermit crabs, and baby shrimp. And, yes, we did see a few seals swimming across Seal Cove. The house itself is cozy and rustic, and has everything that counts. It is well stocked with kitchen tools, games, and puzzles. We never lacked for any supplies to keep life comfortable and homey. We especially enjoyed the many windows looking over the cove. I was a little concerned that the water heater might not be able to keep up with six of us after a hard day of hiking when we all needed showers, but there was always plenty, even with supper dish washing. Barbara provided very quick, thorough, and helpful communication during the whole process of booking and planning our vacation. In short, this cottage is a great home base for visiting all that MDI has to offer.
It was rustic, as stated, and really fit the feel of our Maine vacation
The shower in the main bathroom, although new, was not very functional. The claw foot tub was high and hard to climb into, considering there was nothing to hold onto and the uneven floors. It also seemed shakey on the small boards it was mounted on. We ended up using the outdoor shower, which was awesome. The living room could use more lighting over the dining room and the fridge didn't seem like it kept things cold enough. Other than that, we loved the place and would definitely return. Check in was a breeze and had plenty of room for six adults.
We appreciate the time taken to write this review, however, if you had communicated to us about these things, we would have made every effort to remediate.
Communication is so important!
We will certainly take care of the fridge, see about lighting (our family always has candle light at dinner and we enjoy looking out the picture windows at the sunsets) and we will address the issues with the new tub as well.
Again, we appreciate your taking the time to review us and encourage you to communicate more immediately in the future instead of waiting to put your complaints in a public review without giving us a chance to address your concerns.
Our stay was "so so"
We stayed at this Seal Cove rental in mid June, 2017. And, yes, the home is lovely and definitely full of Maine "charm"....the views are amazing, the kitchen has everything one could want for fun lobster meals, there is lots of room, the location is convenient to all of the great hiking trails in Acadia, and all in all, our stay was fine. However, while we were staying at this home, there were a few things which hindered my partner and my ability to have a peaceful vacation. First of all, we rented this place because it was advertised as being "private". Well, renters beware...there is a home right next door and during out stay, there was construction going on...this loud construction woke us up a few very early mornings and hindered our much needed vacation. We did approach the owner, and she was responsive. However, out of our 7 day stay, we were awoken or bothered by loud noise 3 days out of the 7. This added an annoyance and much aggravation. Hopefully, this will not be a problem for any other renters in the future. Luckily, the owner gave us a small discount for our stay. Also, the bathtub/shower in the main bathroom was not really usable, as it was not steady, and somewhat dangerous.
Our experience on the whole, left us with some what of a biter taste for this stay.
We have rented many places in the past, and unfortunately, this was not our favorite. With this location, and charm of the home, this should have been stellar....and it ended up just being "so, so".
In response to this review, we were and are profusely apologetic for the construction, which occurred the day after their arrival, 7:30am - 4:30-5pm and the next morning between 7:30am - 10am; one day plus a few hours in total.
We responded instantly, offering a choice of a partial refund or pro-rated stay. They took several days to respond to us about that.
We refunded them the day they departed, a full third the total rent, equivalent to about 2 1/2 days. They had demanded more than double that.
They had also asked for a discount upfront when they first called to rent our place, saying they were friends of friends of my sister's, but they were somewhat demanding and pushy right away, so I did not consider it.
We had been told that the cottage immediately next door would be vacant at least until July, if not the whole summer, and had no knowledge at all of work being done.
We worked with the caretakers immediately, after finding out about it, to make sure the workers were only there 10-10:30am- 5pm.
These tenants were complaining about construction at other cottages around the cove which we cannot control.
It was raining on the day there was construction noise, and while less than a "Typical Maine Day" can be disappointing, there are such wonderful things to do --The Seal Cove Auto Museum is up the road - amazing array of vintage cars; tide pools at Wide Water if it's light rain and you have a good rain coat!
There's a great movie theatre in Bar Harbor that serves food during the show, so many wonderful things to do and see.
As far as the bathtub, its brand new and had they told us, we would have addressed it. It has since been remedied.
We're new at this and it's a process. I get back to tenants right away and we have fantastic caretakers on hand. It's a beautiful spot that has been in the family since 1947 and for us it's paradise despite it's rustic nature.
This vacation rental is on Mt Desert Island which includes Acadia National Park, and the towns : Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Seal Harbor , Somesville and Southwest Harbor which is the closest.