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Waterfront Cottage, Newly Renovated 100 Year Old Home

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Unsurpassed views of Southwest Harbor and the mountains of Acadia National Park.

This 100 year old cottage has been lovingly renovated by the family that owns it in order to retain the character and charm of the original summer home while adding all the modern conveniences, including heat, to make it extremely comfortable. The cottage sits on the shore of Southwest Harbor in Manset with approximately 1.5 acres of lawn, woods and stream and 150 feet of waterfront. The property juts out just enough to offer views of the water on three sides of the house - to the East, North and West. Enjoy the setting from the Adirondeck chairs on the lawn, from the rocking chairs on the wrap around porch or from the comfort of the screened porch.

Bring your boat and use our deep water mooring and outhaul. From Southwest Harbor, there are endless possibilities for exploration by boat.

The front door leads into an elegant foyer with William Morris style wallpaper. Turning to the right leads you to the stairs to the second floor and the more formal living room, we call the harbor room. The harbor room runs east west parallel to the harbor with seven windows looking out to the harbor and mountains beyond. It is decorated in a sophisticated, yet comfortable manner and features a wood burning fireplace, games, a library of many books and different reading nooks. There is a door outside leading to the wrap around porch.

From the front door, turning to the left leads you to the dining room and kitchen, both beautiful and classic. The dining table can seat 12 people. The kitchen is fully stocked with new appliances and everything you need in the kitchen. The island counter seats 4.

Beyond the kitchen, though triple doors, is the screened porch with a dining table for 8 and lovely comfortable seating area. Beyond the dining room, is the back door and back foyer, elegant downstairs bathroom, washer dryer, mudroom, dog door.

Between the kitchen and harbor room, and accessible from both sides, is the family room. The family room has a second wood burning fireplace, wallpaper with hunting dogs in green and a flat screened television, cable, apple tv, and blu-ray player.

Between the dining room and family room is the original pantry, now with bar sink and coffee maker and lots of charm.

The second floor consists of five bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Bedroom 1, with wallpaper with blue flowers, has a king sized bed and incredible views of the water and mountains. Bedroom 2, with pink floral wallpaper, has a classic three-quarter bed (48' wide) and a twin sized trundle. It also has incredible views of the water and mountains. Bedroom 3 has a bunk bed, toys, charm and water & mountain views. Bedroom 4, with yellow wallpaper with birds, has a queen sized bed and bit of water view. Bedroom 5, with red nautical wallpaper, has 2 twin beds, plus an additional twin trundle that pops up and can be put together with one of the twins to create a king sized bed. It too has a little view of the water and beyond.

This cottage is a terrific jumping off point for exploring Downeast Maine, but you could also be very happy never leaving the property.

More Details

Melissa Pearsall Hirsch
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

Why Melissa Pearsall Hirsch chose Southwest Harbor

One of the MOST beautiful places we have ever seen. We fell in love with it at once. And hope you will too.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Southwest Harbor in Hancock County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Fully renovated classic bathroom with claw foot tub! 2nd Fl.
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Brand new spacious bathroom with 2 sinks. 2nd fl.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Washing machine & dryer also. 1st fl.
  • All bathrooms newly renovated.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Windows overlooking harbor and views of the mountains.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Three-quarter bed & single trundle. Harbor & mountain view.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Bunk Bed , Sleeps 2. Views of harbor and mountains.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , View of harbor and woods.
    Bedroom 5 - 3 Single Bed , Two twins may be made up as a king. View of harbor & woods.
  • Each bedroom has its own closet. All bedrooms on the second floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming


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Waterfront Cottage, Newly Renovated 100 Year Old Home
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews

The best of Maine

  • 5 of 5

Set directly on the harbor, count on great sunrises and the morning sounds of lobster boats! You are immediately immersed into Maine. Great house with everything you could possibly need. Comfortable chairs on the porch overlooking the water, super kitchen, nice tv area, as well as cute bedrooms. You really could not ask for more!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in great location

  • 5 of 5

If you are seeking a beautiful home with an amazing view and location, then this home is hard to beat. The home provides a Maine “cottage” experience, but with all the modern conveniences. It has been lovingly restored to the highest caliber, yet retains all the character and charm of a 100+ year old Maine cottage. The waterfront location just outside the town of Southwest Harbor offers a convenient and tranquil base to explore Mount Desert Island.

Given the beauty of the home and its location, we spent a lot of our time in Southwest Harbor at the home relaxing on the wrap-around porch and watching the boats come in and out of the harbor.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great restored house right on the water

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for a week and really enjoyed this property. Wrap around porch provided terrific views of the harbor. Southwest Harbor is a great location - not overly developed and a nice blend of locals and tourists. The house is a restored historic home that was done right. Plenty big enough for two families. 3 full baths. Big kitchen. Nice 3-season room off of the kitchen. Nicely furnished. Beautiful wallpaper. Perfect place to relax after a long day of hiking.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Classic Maine Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to this part of Maine for years and this is the best house yet! The owners have renovated it to perfection. The kitchen is nice and large and because we are all "cooks" we really appreciated it. For the first several weeks we ate on the porch just off of the kitchen and then moved in, once the evenings became a little chilly. The living area is very inviting as well, with plenty of room for reading, playing games, and doing a puzzle. Upstairs there are 5 very nice and cozy bedrooms , 2 of which have direct views of the harbor. All are decorated in a very classic Maine manner with beautiful wall paper.

The owner was always available if I needed her as well as the caretaker.

Although we did not have young children on this vacation, it would be a fun house for kids as well!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great views on Southwest Harbor from the porch of a cosy family cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a great 2 weeks holiday in the house with every moment great views and smells on and from the harbor. The house it selfs feels like at home. It's cosy, quite and tasteful for a family. We hope to be back next year! We can recommend it to everyone who likes to be in what we call the flafour of a old nautical episode in time. Good grocery, wine and cheese in the village and kitchen to prepare what ever you want to.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quintessential Maine

  • 5 of 5

This is a remarkable property. The owners have taken great care to give the house modern updates while maintaining every ounce of charm. It is exactly what you would imagine a charming summer cottage in Maine could be; though with consistent hot water, new appliances and everything working! Its a truly beautiful home. My children were able to play in the tidepools every single day. The location is perfect for the the quietside of the island. We walked to restaurants, rented boats, and watched the stars. The kitchen was lovely for cooking. There are so many amazing details to this home. The house was set up in a very thoughtful way. There was a lot of attention paid to what you might need when you are out of town, it was very generously set up. I would return to this house annually!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13.77 Miles
Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (BHB)
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Southwest Harbor, Maine

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
July 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 28 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
August 2018
29 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2018
9 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2018
30 Sep 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £762.7
Pet Fee £76.27

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

AVOID CREDIT CARD FEES - If payment is made using a credit card, the fee imposed by the credit card company (currently 2.9%, but subject to change) will be deducted from your security deposit. We recommend that you pay using e-check so that you avoid the credit card fees.

Maine State Lodging Tax is 9%.

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