Located on Clark Point Road, with views of the harbor, The Napier
Cottage is one of the oldest homes in Southwest Harbor. The
original part of the house was built in 1826 by Captain Clark for
his daughter, and features the charm of high ceilings, hardwood
floors, and sun-drenched rooms. It has been lovingly maintained,
restored and enhanced over the years. The Cottage is situated on
nearly an acre of land with water views of the harbor, with lovely
gardens and landscaping, and even an area of lawn perfect for
croquet. Part of the lawn is fenced in and is an ideal and safe
play area for small children.
Entering the main level of the house through the stained glass
Kitchen door, you will find a living room with a wood stove on a
tiled hearth for those rainy days, and a huge selection of videos
and DVDs, including many appropriate for children. Books of many
flavors can be found throughout the house.
The Cottage has a bay-windowed dining room seating 8-10, with French
doors opening to a wrap-around deck, patio and a screened, lighted
gazebo. A den/TV room with a TV, a stereo system and VHS/DVD
player provides a gathering place for entertainment.
Also on the main level is a half bath, a washer and dryer, and a
kitchen with many pine cupboards. In the kitchen you will find a
refrigerator/freezer with in-door water/icemaker, a glass top stove
and oven, a dishwasher, disposal, a generous selection of cookware,
and many gourmet-type appliances, i.e. Kitchen Aid mixer, bread
maker, toaster, juicer, blender, food processor, popcorn
popper, waffle maker, and of course, a lobster pot and tools. There
are 12 place settings of everyday china and glassware, and there are
2 sets of 12 place settings each of nice china as well.
There is silver ware enough for 16 people, and a dozen wine glasses
in several sizes.
A grandfather clock in the hall will chime the enchanted hours of
your Maine vacation. And for those who would find it helpful, there
is a stair lift to the second floor.
Upstairs in the Napier Cottage are 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. The
house can comfortably sleep 6 adults, 2 children and 1 infant, or 8
adults if 2 will use the bunk beds. A crib, high chair and
playpen are available in the house. There is a MBR with a Q bed and
private bath with a walk-in shower. The "Sage Room" bedroom has
twin beds and a bay window, the Poppy Room bedroom has a double bed
and a built-in window seat, and the Sunshine Room bedroom has 2 bunk
beds and space for a crib. There is also a second full bath with a
The Cottage is furnished with antiques, comfortable and welcoming
couches and chairs, and oriental rugs, and has lots of books,puzzles
and games for all ages. There are several sets of linens and
towels for each bedroom, color-coded for each room, and down
comforters for those chilly nights.
Computers are made welcome with a DSL connection, and a Satellite
dish provides TV and music reception. There is a 5-disc CD player,a
tape player, and complete stereo system in the LR and another stereo
system in the den.
Wandering outside you will find a brick patio, with gas grill and 6-
person table with chairs and umbrella. There is an area of the lawn
suitable for croquet--a croquet set is provided. And the gazebo is
a wonderful place for early morning coffee while watching the sun
rising over the harbor, or for a glass of wine in the evening as the
sunset highlights the boats, and the moon reflects in the water.
The Napier Cottage has a circular drive with plenty of parking, and
it is an easy walk to the Upper and Lower town docks, 2 lobster
pounds, and the market, restaurants and stores in downtown SW
Harbor. It is also within 1/2 block of two stops of the Island
Explorer, the free bus which will take you anywhere around the
island. The Explorer will drop you off throughout the park and
island for your first exploration and pick you up to take you to
your next adventure. Some of the buses also have bike racks.
We had a wonderful stay in your home. It was a great location and loved the neighborhood setting. There was plenty of room for 6 adults and 2 toddlers. We enjoyed the yard and flowers for running and playing, dining and scenery. It was pleasant to walk to town, to the ferry, the bus, the lobster pound (and run to Long Pond!) Thanks for all the information on hand.
You made us feel at home with fresh flowers and bread, wine, cheese, and stocked kitchen. Thank you so much for your welcome and even more with your kindness after our mishap. Even though we spent much time at MDI Hospital, we came back here to a comfortable house and you were so helpful at every turn of events. Thank you for your kindness.
Hiking, biking, swimming in either the ocean or freshwater lakes,
fly-fishing, bird watching, sailing, museums, galleries, concerts,
live theater, movies, canoeing, kayaking, festivals and races
of all kinds are avialable in Southwest Harbor, other towns on Mount
Desert Island, and in Acadia National Park.