"We had a wonderful stay in this home. It was well-cared for and the owner was great to work with. He was prompt to respond to questions and had helpful information for our stay. He is an honest and straight-up guy and clearly cares that your stay is good. The house is a two story duplex with three bedrooms. The beds were comfortable as was the living room furniture. The house was very comfortable to just hang out in. The only reason we deducted one star is because the kitchen is very small. That would not be a problem for those who don't intend to do a lot of cooking, but it made meal preparation and clean up more challenging since we did most of our meals at home for our family of four. They did have plenty of nice dishes and tableware as well as a lobster pot for those who would want to prepare their own. The small toaster oven even has a convection setting, although it is obviously too small for baking a chicken, making a pie, etc.
The owner has provided 5 bicycles for renters to use, and we had a great ride around the Acadia Park on the Schoodic Peninsula side. There was no way to adjust the heights of the seats for those bikes needing a wrench, and so it would be a nice addition to have one available. A couple of the bikes need a little work on the gear shift mechanisms, especially if one plans to take a really long ride. They worked well enough for our shorter tour, and we had a good time. They have a new fire pit in the back, and although we bought wood to use, never got to try it out. We left the wood for the next renters, but it does look like it would be a fun place to sit around and relax in the evening.
There is a small grocery store in Winter Harbor with decent fruits and vegetables, and they have a small but nice farmer's market on Tuesday mornings. The Hannaford grocery in Ellsworth has everything you can want. Winter Harbor is very small, quiet and cute. We ate a really nice lunch at the J. M. Gerrish restaurant. It took about an hour to get to Mt. Desert Island where we did a lot of hiking. We appreciated coming back to the peacefulness of Winter Harbor after the hustle in Bar Harbor and the Park.
We would definitely recommend this home and would be happy to stay there again. It is comfortable to live in and the owner is excellent."
Date of Stay: July 2016
Review Submitted: July 21, 2016