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Welcome to Seal Cove Cottage

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

This house with four bedrooms, and 2.5 Baths, sleeps six and rents by the week.

p strong Welcome to Seal Cove, Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park /strong br / This spacious turn of the century shingle-style cottage is set with a westerly view overlooking Blue Hill Bay just steps from the water at the head of the cove, with deeded access for kayaking and beachcombing along the inner reaches of Seal Cove. br / The private setting includes lawn and gardens with a backdrop of wood and meadows. Located on the br / westerly side of Mount Desert Island, the cottage is close to Acadia National Park. Closeby are some great trails including Acadia Mountain, Seawall, Western Mountain and access to Seal Cove Pond. From the Cottage it is only a few minutes to Southwest Harbor and twenty-five minutes to Bar Harbor. We know you will enjoy the quietude and privacy of the western side of the island. /p

Ginger Petraglia
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2018

About Ginger Petraglia

Our family is based in the Philadelphia area and my husband, John and I live in rural Massachusetts near the Connecticut/Rhode Island border

Ginger Petraglia purchased this house in 1982

Why Ginger Petraglia chose Seal Cove

Seal Cove Cottage is a family property purchased and owned by my husband's parents decades ago. Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park are indeed beautiful and continue to draw our family back for memorable summer vacations. Our cottage, located on the "quiet-side" of the island, offers comfortable accommodations and water access for kayaking and swimming, with hiking and biking trails nearby. The Seal Cove Town Dock is visible across the cove and Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor, Bernard and Pretty Marsh are close by. Northeast Harbor and Bar Harbor are just a short island drive away.

What makes this house unique

We love having our breakfast on the open "morning deck" and refreshing, end-of-the-day drinks on the screened front porch while we watch the sunset over Blue Hill Bay. The water view through the large westerly facing windows is a joy any time of day and in all seasons. In the summer we watch the lobster boats return to the dock with their day catch. Kayaking in the cove is great fun and often the "kids" will set up for a game of badminton on the front lawn or stay up late playing board games on the front porch. Our quiet location, down a dirt lane, off the town road is just the spot to rejuvenate your spirit.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have stayed at the Seal Cove Cottage many times and thoroughly enjoyed it. It has always been well maintained. The location is perfect with a view of the Cove and the advantage of being on the quiet side of the island. The cottage is very comfortable and with the usually cool nights, the wood stove makes the living room cozy. Each year that we have visited the Cottage, we are met with an improvement of some kind making it even more accommodating. We have flown around the island and photographed the Cottage from the air including a breathtaking view of the Cove. We look forward to our visit in August. It is the highlight of our year. It is easy to write about the Cottage when you enjoy it so much.
Aug 2013
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Seal Cove House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Half Bathroom -
  • All bathrooms are on the first floor. The master bedroom has a bathroom with vanity and toilet as well as s separate shower room.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • Two bedrooms are on the first floor and two bedrooms are on the second floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
The six-room plan includes four bedrooms and two and one half baths, which can comfortably accommodate six. There are two bedrooms on the first floor, one with a private bath and two more bedrooms on the second floor. The fully outfitted country kitchen, is generously supplied with dishes, silverware, cookware, etc. The spacious living/dining room features large picture windows with water views and a full view woodstove for warmth and atmosphere on cool Maine evenings. The easterly deck and westerly porch provide the perfect spots for enjoying the morning sunshine and afternoon breezes. From the front porch are extraordinary views of the cove and magnificent sunsets over Blue Hill Bay. For those who need to remain in contact with the outside world there is cable television and high speed internet access. This home is not available as a daily or weekend rental. Change out day is on Sunday. Average quality bed linens, bath & kitchen towels are included. Beach towels NOT provided.


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average rating of 4.875 based on 9 reviews

A Family Favorite, Year After Year!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd year coming to this house and we love it! The house is very comfortable and the views are spectacular. I love cooking in the kitchen, or grilling outside, and we always eat dinner on the screen porch as the sun sets. We keep discovering more things to do around the Island and in Acadia National Park. This year we kayaked in Seal Cove almost everyday, we went to Echo Lake beach (a classic), did the Ship Harbor hike, and walked the Wild Gardens of Acadia, we went to the Flamingo Parade in Southwest Harbor, as well as the Strawberry Festival in Somesville, . The list goes on, and always Ginger's house is the perfect place to come back to at the end of a long day, and sometimes the perfect place to stay inside for a rainy day!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying at Seal Cove Cottage again this year. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay on MDI! It truly is a remarkable place.
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Week in Acadia on the Quiet Side

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time that we have stayed at this cottage and would not stay anywhere else when we go to Bar Harbor. The cottage is rustic yet has all the amenities to make for a comfortable stay. The view from the living area/dining area is breath-taking and priceless. The owners now have Internet service as opposed the last time we stayed five years ago and that was a god send! And when it didn't work, we got a quick reply on how to fix it. The owners are pleasant and responsive to every need. We plan to return sometime in the future as there is always plenty to do in Acadia National Park.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Cabin

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I went, with our sons (18 and 20), for a week of hiking and exploring Acadia and Mount Desert Island. The cabin gave us more than enough space and was just the place to start and end our days. The views of the water were beautiful, especially during sunsets. The screened outside deck was our favorite place to hang out after a day of hiking. Ginger was so helpful and accommodating. We loved the location because it was on the quiet side of the island but close to some excellent lobster pounds!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, beautiful, and private

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing week in Seal Cove in this fully equipped cottage. From the screened in porch we were able to see bald eagles, osprey, herons, and gorgeous sunsets. We have two small kids and the cottage was perfect for them with the coast and tide pools to explore and the yard to play in. The house is spacious and has books and board games for rainy days. Will definitely be heading back! Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay!
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Great cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in the Seal Cove Cottage. The property is exactly how looks and is described. It was clean and comfy with a beautiful view. The kitchen is well equipped; the front porch is lovely and bug-free with a custom mosquito net. We loved eating dinner out there every night. And the star gazing was AMAZING!

Our family enjoyed exploring MDI and were so happy to come home to the cottage in the afternoons/evenings. Ginger was super responsive. She sent great recommendations for coffee, lobster, hikes, sites as well as stuff like getting groceries (before coming onto the island).

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Seal Cove Cottage and we're able to take in many of the very things that make MDI such a wonderful place. We hope you will be able to visit again!
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The house was wonderful, clean and everything you

  • 5 of 5

Best vacation ever. Ginger was the best. I would recommend this rental to anyone. The house was so well kept and so well equipped. The propertywas beautiful. Our kids loved it. Best location, close to everything.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure helping you arrange this vacation. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Seal Cove Cottage and your time on MDI! Thanks for caring for our summer home as if it were your own! Please come visit again.
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Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Causeway Club in Southwest Harbor
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Southwest Harbor
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Hike Flying Mountain.

* Visit Sand Beach.

* Buy Fresh Bread at Little Notch Bakery.

* Visit Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor.

* Drive the Park Loop.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Bar Harbor Band Concert on the Common.

* Picnic at Wonderland and Ship's Harbor.

* Visit Bass Harbor Light.

* Take the Island Explorer.

* Ride the Mail Boat out to the Cranberries.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Fourth of July Bar Harbor Parade.

* Fourth of July Firework in Bar Harbor.

* Cycle the Carriage Roads.

* Kayak from the Seal Cove Town Dock.

* Visit Thuyla Gardens in Northeast Harbor.

A short list of some things we enjoy:

If you are interested in walking an hiking try to pick up the book, "A Walk in the Park" is a wonderful tool. It was also available at Shermans Bookstore in Bar Harbor.

Most renters do their initial grocery shop at either Hannafords or Shaws in Ellsworth before coming on island. A grocery store close by on island is The Southwest Harbor Food Mart on Rt. 102 in Southwest Harbor. A great spot to buy lobster is at C. H. Rich Co in Bass Harbor.

Treat yourself to wonderful bread, pizza or scones at Little Notch Bakery in Southwest Harbor. Also in Southwest are several restaurants: Sips is not only a restaurant but also a wine bar. Red Sky is very upscale, Dry Dock and Eat a Pita are more moderate in price. The Burning Tree in Otter Cliffs is a wonderful vegetarian and fish restaurant but a bit pricey.

If you are in Bar Harbor it is fun to head down to Waterfront Park and take a walk along the Shore Path - often there are huge cruise ships in port. Mid week there are band concerts at the Town Common. We always try to take in a movie at Reel Pizza - place your order before taking your theater seat. Eppi's Pizza on Cottage Street is a great choice for a quick bite to eat when in town. Also fun to do is to take a sail on the Margaret Todd. She is docked by Waterfront Park: here is the link

Farmer's Markets are in Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor and organic produce is available daily at Beech Hill Farm

Hikes close to the cottage are Wonderland and Ships Harbor - both offering flat terrain with a great ocean view. The "biggest bang for your buck" is to hike Flying Mountain. It is in Southwest, off 102 just past the Causeway Club (golf course). Takes 10 - 15 minutes to hike up and the view from the top is beautiful. Also be sure to visit Bass Harbor Light.

A classic thing to do while in Acadia is to have tea and popovers (or a full meal) at Jordan Pond House, visit Sand Beach and Thunder Hole and take a drive on the Park Loop.

There is a kayak place in Southwest that offers tours as well as a rental place on Long Pond and I'm sure there are others as well. Bicycle rental is available in nearby Southwest Harbor at Southwest Cycle

Don't forget about the bus: Closest spot for you is the Tremont School or any of the spots on Route 7

Here is link to the park:

In addition to enjoying your breakfast on the "morning deck" and afternoon cocktails on the front porch be sure to spend some time outside at night. We usually bring out blankets and lay on the grass gazing at the night sky. The number of stars in the night sky are amazing (especially if the moon hasn't risen yet)! Often one can see satellites in orbit or shooting stars.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.