3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6
Cummins or Diane Speakman
About Cummins or Diane Speakman
This property has been in our family since 1882. It was purchased by Anson I. Holmes from James A. Freeman. We still have the original deed.
Cummins or Diane Speakman purchased this House in 1882
Why Cummins or Diane Speakman chose Southwest Harbor
Julie Rice Speakman was the daughter of Anson Holmes and her son is the current owner Cummins (Jay) Speakman.
What makes this House unique
The house has a lot of charm and is furnished with New England antiques.
Small dogs, 25 lbs. max.
Please keep pets off the furniture and don't leave pet alone in the house unless it is in a crate.
Please put items and furniture back where they were found before checking out.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Quiet cottage in the center of SW Harbor
Booked this at the last minute due to a change of plans. Eventually were able to talk directly with owner, Jay, to work things out. Great location within steps of restaurants, shops & downtown. Also a short drive to hikes and parks. Would definitely stay here again.
Nice location and the inside has charming setting
This cottage is located in a nice small quaint downtown area where you can walk to pick up some groceries and cook in or go out for a satisfying meal. The cottage has a mix of an antique and modern feel with all the comforts of home including some thoughtful decor. You can easily take a short drive to reach the carriage road trail heads for biking/walking or the mountain trail heads for hiking. We did some biking while there and loved the carriage trail system. We'll have to come back for some hiking next time:) Bar Harbor is approximately a 25 minute drive. My husband, two teenage boys and I had a wonderful stay here! Thank you!
We are so happy you stayed at the Rice Cottage and had a good time here in Maine. You were great guests and we would love to have you back. Very much appreciated how tidy your family left the house! Thank you!
Perfect place for a visit to Mt. Desert Island.
The Rice Cottage is lovely and Southwest Harbor is the perfect location for a visit to Mount Desert Island. The house (actually two conjoined buildings) has been in the owners' family for over a century. Although the structures are old, they are immaculate, with beautiful antique furnishings and high quality linens. Also, the owners are actively improving the house - as our stay ended a truck arrived with a load of new tile for the upstairs bath. The house is tucked behind the Kingsleigh Inn and a little hard to find on GPS. The on-line photo of the cottage is the back entrance. It is also of a style typical to the island so you won't readily recognize it. However, the owners provide turn-by-turn directions and, if you follow them, you won't go wrong. Additionally, Southwest Harbor is a small, quiet village with good restaurants and a market and all the amenities you might need. It is not so busy or touristy as Bar Harbor, but only 20 to 25 minutes away and even closer than that to the national park. The Rice Cottage would be a 5 star in my book except there is really no water view to speak of and some of the adjacent homes between the house and the water do not add positively to the view. Nevertheless, we would certainly stay there again should we return to MDI.
Period charm and modern pleasure in a beautiful, central location.
Hydrangea's hide the cottage from the road and line the entrance way, providing a great privacy barrier. Once inside, we felt right at home. The interior is a wonderful mix of old and new, which has been beautifully arranged. Everything was extremely clean and fresh smelling, but not overpowering. I have allergies to perfumes & dyes, so I run from too much potpourri. There is a working fireplace, but it was too warm to use it during our visit. We could only imagine how nice it would be to return after a hike and have a fire in the fireplace and a refreshment in hand. The kitchen is well stocked with most everything needed to prepare a gourmet meal, and the Wolf stove was a treat to cook on. There is a beautiful back yard meadow view from the kitchen window, with a gas grill on the deck and picnic table for dining as well. We had a little laugh about some of the negative reviews and all agreed that we would love to return.
Thank you for such a nice review. We enjoy sharing our home with such appreciative guests and look forward to having you back!
Diane and Jay
A great place to stay when visiting Acadia
Great location in Southwest Harbor and a great place to stay when visiting Acadia. Even though it is steps from the center of town you don't even notice the neighboring buildings when you are in the house. The house was beautifully decorated with antiques in every room. This was a little daunting at first because of our two young boys but we just moved the most fragile items out of reach and settled in comfortably. The in-law suite was great because we were staying with extended family. It is the coziest room in the house and also had the TV. The kitchen was well stocked with cooking supplies. Chairs outback were great for star gazing and you can see a LOT of stars. The owners were really helpful and easy to work with.
We truly enjoyed every minute of our stay. The cottage is lovely...beautifully decorated with every possible amenity. It is situated close to town; walking distance to terrific market, great restaurants and shops. The owners were gracious and even called to make sure all was well.
Lucille and Dan Jones/Southold NY
The Rice Cottage is one block from downtown Southwest Harbor. You can walk to the grocery store, library, hardware store, gift and clothing stores, great restaurants or rent a bike across the street at Southwest Cycle. The Island Explorer bus can be caught one block from the house and will take you all over Mount Desert Island. Acadia National Park is just a few miles up the road. A ferry and the mail boat can be a fun trip to see near by islands like Suttons, Great Cranberry and Little Cranberry Island.
Antiquing is fun in Northeast Harbor, Ellsworth and Searsport. Don't miss the Chicken Barn and The Old Creamery in Ellsworth.