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Welcome to Seal Cove Cottage


Property Details

Updated: Oct 22, 2016
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

  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

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

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Speaks: english

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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5 Reviews

based on 5 traveler reviews


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: Sep 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: Aug 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: Jun 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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So charming, so so relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

My immediate family (including a 2.5 year old) and our respective mother-in-laws all stayed under one roof in absolute comfort and without family incident. I credit the view and the dining porch. We had such a beautiful two weeks, adventuring in the main part of Acadia park but also discovering new things to do on the quiet side of the island. We loved Southwest Harbor and took our kid to the extremely kid friendly Echo Lake beach multiple times. The house itself was a cooks dream, I've never had such gorgeous pots and pans in a rental house before. The details and decoration of the house are at once sophisticated and quirky. The owner was available to answer any errant question and the house was obviously very well maintained by a caretaker who we never once had to call. Such an amazing two weeks!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sara - Thank you for taking the time to review our cottage. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay on MDI and at our Seal Cove Cottage. Should your vacation plans ever include another stay on MDI please consider staying with us again. You cared for our home as if it were you own. Ginger & John
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A perfect place to stay on MDI

  • 5 of 5

Our time at Seal Cove Cottage was all that we hoped it would be. Full of charm and with ample space, this vacation home was equipped with everything you could ever need. The location on the cove was private and very beautiful, and the owners could not have been more cooperative, helpful and friendly. A wonderful corner of Mount Dessert Island.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Golf : Causeway Club in Southwest Harbor at 6 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Southwest Harbor at 6 Miles Car: necessary

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.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 4 2017 - Jul 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Season
Jul 2 2017 - Sep 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 8.0%

Nightly Rate: $286 - $286

Weekly Rate: $2000 - $2000

Monthly Rate: $0 - $0

Fully booked for June and August 2013. The cottage is rented on a weekly basis. We are accepting reservations for July 2013. $2000 per week plus 8% Maine state lodging tax.

Half with signed lease, second half due one month before occupancy.

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From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • house


  • Family


  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront


  • 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


  • 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. We do not provide sheets and towels but they are available for a modest laundering charge.


  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • 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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