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Recent Southwest Harbor reviews

  • Beautiful surroundings and on the "quiet side"

    "This property was represented very well in the description. Vicki met us when we arrived because we got there in the dark, but then we didn't see her again, no need. The view from the bedroom loft was beautiful and the surroundings were lovely, very well appointed home. We rented bikes at the Southwest Harbor bike shop right around the corner and love Eben! Very helpful and we could take them with us where ever we wanted to try to ride. We went out from Bass Harbor on the Island Cruises and had a great, informative presentation from Eli (the owner) all about the history, nature and the lobster business - get there early! Would highly recommend! Don't miss - Cadillac Mountain, Acadia Mountain or any of the harbors!"
    Guest: Sandra F. Date of Stay: October 2016 Review Submitted: October 11, 2016
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  • Kayaked to lobster dinner

    "Family enjoyed the quiet cottage. One highlight was kayaking to Thurstons for a great lobster dinner. Roughly 30 minutes into Bar Harbor, which encouraged us to explore less traveled parts of Acadia. Owners very responsive."
    Guest: Malcolm w. Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: July 4, 2016
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  • Spacious, comfortable home for a family vacation

    "Island Watch is a spacious home that is both comfortable and casual -- excellent venue for our family of 8 adults and two small children. There is a great view from the large deck with perimeter benches and a table with 6 chairs. A pretty glassed-in porch connects the deck to the house. The large great room has a dining table and chairs for 10 at one end, seating with a beautiful, word-burning stone fireplace in the middle, and a bar and stools at other end. The lower level has a sitting room and full kitchen; bedroom; laundry and bath. There are 6 bedrooms and 5 baths on main and second floors. The kitchen very well stocked – dishes and tableware for at least 16. There is virtually every utensil and form of cookware including lobster cooker and large propane grill. There is also a large yard and lovely plantings/gardens. Island Watch is a 5-minute drive into center of SW Harbor; or walk down the back path -- though the walk is a bit strenuous with tricky footing in places along the way. It is an easy drive to everything on the island and then nice to be away from the crush of people when you are "at home." The owners were very accommodating throughout the entire process and during our stay and were immediately responsive to emails in advance of the trip. The home belonged to Margery's mother. They stopped by to check in and provide advice about the area all of which was very helpful. They responded quickly to questions and provided child equipment upon request. The property is pet friendly. We would definitely return. We had a 5-star vacation here, and we would have given Island Watch a 5-star review except for three things -- great room furniture is not especially comfortable (this was not an issue for us because the weather was nice so we spent a lot of time on the deck, but during a rainy week, this would have been disappointing), though there are dozens of kitchen utensils and pans, they are not very well organized so it took a bit of effort to appreciate what was there, the lower level is a bit damp (if we had used this space, it would have needed a dehumidifier), and finally, the house could have been cleaner upon arrival. Let me emphasize that none of this would stop us from returning or recommending the property. It was an excellent choice and we enjoyed it fully. We offer thanks to the Bucks for their hospitality."
    Guest: Christine H. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: July 10, 2016
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  • Wonderful home in Southwest Harbor, Acadia

    "We (2 couples) loved this spacious, comfortable home in Southwest Harbor and would stay there again in a heartbeat. Southwest Harbor is on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island and was the perfect base for our five day stay. The house is exactly as pictured, with everything you need, including some very thoughtful extras (loved the muffins! the wine! the Halloween candy! the fruit!) The kitchen is outfitted remarkably well for a rental, the beds are very comfortable, each of the three bedrooms has its own bath, and there is even Netflix available. The owners are on site but not intrusive in the least (in fact, we never even saw them in 5 days) and were very responsive and pleasant to deal with by email, phone, text. Their suggestions for places to eat and things to do are spot on. We have stayed in SWH before and can attest to the excellent food at The Rogue Cafe, Red Sky, and Thurston's. Really, a lovely place. Thanks, Sarah and Paul, for sharing your home."
    Guest: Kate B. Date of Stay: October 2016 Review Submitted: October 13, 2016
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