Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

Beautiful home on historic, tree-lined street; walk to town, harbor, docks

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms; Craftsman-style cottage; exposed wood beams, fireplace

Harbor Hill Cottage is a beautiful, year-round home in the still-active fishing village of Southwest Harbor, on the “quiet side” of MDI. Our house was built in the 1930s and has been lovingly maintained and restored. Its distinctive Craftsman-style architecture (elegant, sloping roof; cedar shingles; exposed wood beams; stone hearth) sets it apart from the houses surrounding it. Colorful gardens bloom around the house from late spring through early autumn. A deck, linking our kitchen and backyard, affords shifting views: In June, lupines grow thick and wild in the fields surrounding our property. In cooler months, glimpses of harbor appear beyond the slope of those fields. In the true dark of the MDI night sky, you might see the Milky Way – or a meteor shower – without ever leaving the Cottage.

Near neighbors on our lovely street include a church founded in 1792 and the oldest burial ground on MDI (open to the public and historically interesting). Walk a quarter mile from the house to downtown Southwest Harbor, where you’ll find excellent restaurants and cafés, both casual and formal; a food market selling fresh, local goods; a wine and cheese shop; galleries and gift shops featuring local artists and artisans; an excellent public library (which will loan to visitors); a full service bicycle shop; a hardware store; a pharmacy; and a post office. Pass through downtown and walk a little farther to find a pond that teems with frogs in summer, and with local skaters in winter (whole families around here know how to play ice hockey, and they’ll let you join, if you’re able). Set out on foot from the house in another direction to reach the scenic Causeway -- an old, stone footbridge from which you can watch dramatic shifts in tide, or see fog curl in from the sea; or in yet another direction, to watch fisherman and lobstermen haul their catches onto an active dock, and to eat at the adjacent lobster pound. Also within short walks from the house are a full-service gym, offering affordable one-day and weekly passes; a health care clinic; and the free Island Explorer Bus.

From our home, you can explore much of MDI without a car. Many bikers will find roads on this side of MDI too narrow and bumpy for comfort, but it’s possible to load bikes (your own, or bikes you’ve rented from the shop in town) onto the Island Explorer Bus. With or without a bike, you can use the Bus to reach many points of interest on MDI – in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park -- including: the renowned Acadia Carriage Trails (for walking, biking, or a ride in a horse-drawn carriage); various hiking trailheads; Jordan Pond House (known for its popovers and tea, with exquisite park views); Sand Beach (splendid views, icy ocean surf); Echo Lake (for a swim in a family-friendly setting, with changing rooms, toilets, lifeguards); the park’s Loop Road (exquisite views, right from the comfortably upholstered seat of the free bus!). That said, some places on MDI are more easily reached by car than by bus; MDI is thoroughly laced with hiking trails, and the bus doesn’t reach them all.

On the first floor of our house, you’ll find:

• LIVING ROOM with cathedral ceiling, exposed wood beams, a fully-functioning stone fireplace, and an assortment of books we’ve loved over the years (including plenty for children and adolescents, and several on Acadia and Southwest Harbor; if you like, you can read up on the local church and burial ground, and on families whose names you’ll still encounter, all over MDI . . .).

• SITTING ROOM, also with exposed wood beams and with a newly installed 43” cable TV and Xbox system (for gaming and movies).

• DINING ROOM that seats six.

• KITCHEN with all the appliances and supplies you’ll need to cook at home.

• MASTER BEDROOM with queen-size bed and ample closet

• BATHROOM with combined shower and tub

And, up a short flight of steps:

• BEDROOM with two twin beds and walk-in closet.

• BEDROOM with double bed and closet;

• BATHROOM with shower.

Up another, short flight of steps:

• ATTIC ROOM, which we have yet to put to any particular use, though its window affords the best view of the fields behind the house (and, in cooler months, the harbor). A venturesome child might take some books up here to read . . ..

Outside, through the kitchen door:

• DECK with brand-new grill and ample outdoor seating (table and chairs, benches).

Down a short flight of steps from the dining room:

• BASEMENT with washer, dryer, and clothesline.

We love this home and its setting, and we hope you will, too! Please contact us if you’d like to inquire about rental.

Keywords: Classic shingled home, gardens, large yard, historic neighborhood in old fishing village

More Details

Jennifer Stuart
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About Jennifer Stuart

We love our home in Southwest Harbor, and hope that others will be able to enjoy it when we're not there ourselves.

Jennifer Stuart purchased this house in 2015

Why Jennifer Stuart chose Southwest Harbor

Harbor Hill Cottage is central to our favorite walking destinations in Southwest Harbor. It's a wonderful place to spend time with kids of all ages, but a couple or a small group of adults could easily enjoy time here, as well.

What makes this house unique

This house is architecturally distinctive, with beautiful details both inside and out. The property is lovely, with lawns and gardens immediately surrounding the house and wild fields just beyond. The house is set on a shady, tree-lined street, with an historic church and burial ground nearby. It is within easy walking distance of all our favorite Southwest Harbor destinations.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Master bedroom on first floor, with queen-size bed and ample closet. Two bedrooms on second floor: one with two single beds and walk-in closet; one with a double bed and closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(23 traveller reviews)

86% Complete
8% Complete
4% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Beautiful home on historic, tree-lined street; walk to town, harbor, docks
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews
Houston, Texas

Great home base for exploring Mount Desert Island!

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough good things about this home and the owners. It made for a perfect family vacation for us. So many extras that the owners included that we've never had in a vacation rental before, like pump soap at every sink, plenty of toilet paper, dish soap, and everything we needed to cook meals (even storage containers - WOW!). We really appreciated the ability to easily recycle here too (normally we have to research recycling centers on our own and haul out our recycling on departure). The windows are fantastic — great views in every room and they easily open in just the right direction to instantly cool down the house in summer — perfect!

The home has so much charm and very spacious that our family of 4 didn't even use or need it, but it was great to have! LOVED the backyard filled with lupines in bloom. The whole town is quite charming and we enjoyed picking up some fresh jam from a stand around the corner and walking almost everywhere... definitely walk down to the Common Good for popovers in the mornings and for amazing pie at the Quietside Cafe.

Our favorites in Acadia National Park were Gorham Mountain, Jordan Pond Loop, taking the carriage road and the path along Eagle Lake, and the low tide walk over to Bar Island. We also loved having a late lunch our first day at the Seawall picnic area (just a short drive from the house) and enjoyed going down the rocks around the entire "beach" area — beautiful!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Angie! We loved having your family stay at our house, and hope you'll return. Come back any time!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great cottage for an Acadia experience

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this adorable cottage. We had four adults but we could have easily fit our kids as well. There was great living space for games and meals with ample and comfortable beds. We had one small issue and the owner and care taker were so responsive. They had it fixed before we even returned from our hike. And not only was it fixed, the caretaker left a huge vase of beautiful Dahlia's that made a wonderful centerpiece for the weekend.

Easy accessibility to all the hiking, Bar Harbor, and sailing. We can highly recommend biking the carriage trails and the Acadia Mt hike. For meals, we recommend Red Sky. Many restaurants were closed for the season but Red Sky is a short walk from the cottage and was excellent.

Will hopefully stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Perfect for our five day stay

  • 5 of 5

We were two sixty-year-old couples, from Boston and New Mexico, visiting Mount Desert Island (MDI) for the first time. We planned to be out exploring each day and sought a rental home to which we would be eager to return each night. We found it! Jenny's cottage is full of character...warm, comfortable, homey, and welcoming. She has thought of everything travelers like us would want in a home away from home, and she was very attentive. You can tell she takes pride in her cottage, and you feel cared for.

We started each day with leisurely strolls around the beautiful neighborhood and breakfast at the house. We found ourselves on the busy eastern side of the island at some point each day, but were happy to return to the peace of Southwest Harbor. Didn't do any significant cooking, but noticed the kitchen seemed well equipped for it. We sought fish for every meal, and the cottage is near two of the most highly regarded lobster pounds on MDI....Beal's, just a short walk, and Thurston's, in the neighboring town of Bernard. Both were wonderful!

Thank you Jenny for a wonderful experience. We look forward to returning to your beautiful home on our next trip to MDI.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Welcoming and comfortable!!

  • 5 of 5

Jenny (φl) were gracious hosts. Attentive in case we needed anything. The house is stocked with everything.....plenty to do, plenty to cook with, plenty to relax with.....

This was a last minute trip to bring family to Southwest Harbor to visit my daughter and son-in-law. A holiday weekend the first weekend in October, Thankfully, the Habor House was available. It was within walking distance to the city as well as my daughter's home. Perfect location for us. The view out the back of the house.....breath-taking!!! Especially with the color changes. :) Very relaxed and cozy home. Very welcoming hosts. My family loved the island and loved having a "home" to relax in. We will recommend to others, as long as it doesn't interfer with our next visit. ;)

Thank you again Jenny (φl)!!!

Until we chat chat again....

Christine (&Bob)

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Perfect home away from home to explore MDI.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Harbor Hill Cottage. It is charming and conveniently located on a quiet street. The rooms are clean, spacious and nicely appointed.

There are two separate gathering areas and a large dining area that seats six to eight comfortably. The master bedroom is very private with a separate bath and thermostat.

The owners were very responsive before and during our trip and provided much appreciated binders with helpful suggestions about the area.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0

Perfect place to relax!!

  • 5 of 5

Harbor Hill Cottage is the perfect place to relax with your family. It is within walking distance to everything in town and a short drive from anywhere else you would want to visit. The house was comfortable and relaxing and had everything you could possible need or want from beach towels and games to a coffee grinder!!! My family is definitely going to try to return for a future visit.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
51 Miles
Bangor International
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Sips Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Ferry for excursion to local Cranberry Island
Nearest Golf
1.4 Miles
Causeway Club
Nearest Train
280 Miles
Train to Boston; then, bus to Portland or Bangor
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Several, both casual and formal, in town
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Echo Lake Beach
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Ask Owner a Question

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £381.35

Rates drop by $150 per week for every consecutive week rented. E.g., rent for two consecutive weeks in July would be ($2,200 X 2) - $150 = $4,250.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

You might like these similar holiday rentals