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Waters Edge Cottage, In the Woods, Spacious, Quiet Cove, Private

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4.2 / 5Very Good
6 reviews


  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Acadia National Park
    3 min walk
  • Airport
    Bar Harbor, ME (BHB-Hancock County - Bar Harbor)
    22 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Acadia National Park
    22 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Northeast Harbor Golf Club
    24 min drive

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    About this area

    Southwest Harbor

    Located in Southwest Harbor, this cottage is in a rural location and on the waterfront. Wendell Gilley Museum and Maine Granite Industry Museum are cultural highlights, and some of the area's attractions include Bar Harbor Whale Watching and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Our guests love the property's quiet location.

    What's nearby

    • Popular Location
      Acadia National Park - 3 min walk
    • Popular Location
      Maine Granite Industry Museum - 9 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Acadia National Park - 22 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Northeast Harbor Golf Club - 24 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Carriage Roads - 30 min drive

    Getting around

    • Augusta, ME (AUG-Augusta State) - 135 min drive

    About this property

    Waters Edge Cottage, In the Woods, Spacious, Quiet Cove, Private

    Waterfront cottage with kitchen and balcony
    Fernald Cove Cottage is nestled in the woods at Water's edge on Fernald cove; 11 Connor Pt. Lane, Southwest Harbor, ME. A great getaway location, yet less than a mile from Town, shopping, restaurants, museums, and within walking distance of the Causway Club Golf/Tennis (open to the public), A short (~5 min) walk to Acadia National Park mountain hiking trails, Short drives to Bar Harbor, Whale watching, Fishing, Acadia Natl Park carriage roads,etc. Waters Edge Cottage is a large 2+ bedroom A-frame, 20 ft from Fernald Cove. It has a large living room overlooking the Cove, a bedroom with 2 twin beds on the first floor, a family/video room with a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, bath & shower, washer/dryer/microwave. Up a spiral staircase to an enormous master bedroom overlooking the cove, with queen bed, large bathroom & shower, desk & WIFI, and a rear deck to watch amazing sunsets. Rentals are seasonal, June thru September, weekly minimum, Saturday 3PM to Saturday 10AM. About Fernald Cove Cottage: Our cottage was once part of a large estate on Fernald Cove, which empties into Somes Sound. Your nearest neighbors are the Hays, who have a converted stable that is now a magnificent home. Our cottage sits at the waters edge to Fernald cove in 3 acres of woods. As the Cove is tidal, it empties at low tide. Kayaks and canoes are welcome, just watch out for low tide. It's a muddy walk back! Our cottage was once just two nice rooms with their own roofs, connected by a kitchen and bath. When we purchased it, we decided to enlarge it for our family of four, and the best way to conserve what we had was to convert it to the A-frame design you now see. We simply joined the two roof lines East and West by following the existing roof lines, and enclosed the area in between with a living room, plus an enormous master bedroom and bath up a spiral staircase to the newly created second floor. The end facing the cove has large glass windows, and the opposite end has a deck and rear stairs. More History: The timbers and floors in the expansion came from a distillery in Cincinnati, which was being taken down, and the lumber sold for just pennies / foot. The beams are 2 1/2 inches thick X 8, 10 or 12 inches wide, ~20 ft long, of southern yellow pine, an extremely hard and well seasoned wood. Some of the vertical supports are massive, and the floors and ceiling are 2 X 6 inch tongue and groove, ~ 20 ft long, as can seen as you go up the spiral stairway. We purchased the wood in Cincinnati, hauled it to our home there and spent weeks pulling out nails, until we had ~40,000 pounds of lumber which we hauled up to the cottage on a truck. We spent two years/summers building the addition, after having the foundation 'improved' (Had it redone again in 2012.) from original post supports. We used adjacent trees and block-and- tackle to hoist the beams in place; father & son (16). The support beams are bolted triples, and only intersect the original structure in two places, the closets And More: The metal supports were custom made by a blacksmith in Cincinnati, where we spend our winters. As father & son assembled the support structure, roof shingles purchased in Oregon as pre-assembled shingled panels, 2 ft X 8 ft, and let us put up the roof covering in a much shorter time. These were pre-coated with sealant by mother and daughter (12) by putting them through a trough, enabling a thorough coating of sealer and recovery of excess for the next panel. True family effort! The final shingling and vertical shingles were done by Norman Harkins Builders, to whom we owe a great deal of thanks, as we did not have time to finish before 'summer vacation' ended, returning to Cincinnati and work and school. Now we have a nice living room facing the cove, two bedrooms downstairs, (One we have converted to a TV room, DVD room really, as no real TV reception in the woods!) The second floor has a very large bdrm and bath/shower. Furnishings mostly from home. Hope you enjoy your stay!
    Guest accommodations at this cottage offer washers/dryers and DVD players. Rooms open to balconies. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas.
    Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards.
    Recreational amenities at the cottage include an outdoor tennis court.
    The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

    Entire place

    You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

    Property manager

    Tom Rolfes

    Speaks English



    Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM

    Special check-in instructions

    Guests will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions.


    Check-out before 10:00 AM

    Children and extra beds

    • Children are welcome.


    • Pets not allowed

    Property payment types


    Important information

    You need to know

    Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
    Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
    Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
      Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

    We should mention

    A car is recommended for transportation to and from this property.

    Property amenities


    • WiFi available

    Parking and transportation

    • Onsite parking


    • Refrigerator
    • Stovetop
    • Microwave
    • Oven
    • Coffee/tea maker
    • Cookware/dishes/utensils
    • Toaster


    • 2 bedrooms
    • Bed sheets provided
    • Sofa bed


    • 2 bathrooms
    • Bathtub or shower
    • Towels provided

    Living spaces

    • Dining room


    • DVD player
    • Games
    • Books

    Outdoor areas

    • Balcony


    • Washing machine and dryer

    Work spaces

    • Desk


    • No pets allowed


    • Smoke-free property

    Services and conveniences

    • Iron/ironing board
    • Phone

    Location highlights

    • Near the ocean
    • On the waterfront
    • In the mountains
    • In a rural location

    Things to do

    • Outdoor tennis court
    • Ecotours, sailing, and whale watching nearby


    • Sleeps 6
    • Unit size: 2000 sq ft (186 sq m)

    Nearby things to do


    Recreational amenities at the cottage include an outdoor tennis court. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.
    • Ecotours nearby
    • Hiking/biking trails nearby
    • Sailing nearby

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    4/5 Good

      Perfect location. Quiet and peaceful. House is exactly as described.

      We had a wonderful week staying in Southwest Harbor. The house is perfectly situated to enjoy Bar Harbor, Acadia, Southwest Harbor and return home to serenity. The house is unique, rustic and comfortable. We biked, hiked, sailed, kayaked, swam and had a campfire in the cove on our last night. Tom, the owner, is attentive and responsive. With almost perfect weather, it was a fabulous vacation.

      4/5 Good

        Rustic cottage in quiet location perfect for a family vacation

        This comfortable cottage sits directly on Somes Sound with large windows overlooking the water. The location is quiet and peaceful, yet minutes from a grocery store, shops, restaurants and a swimming lake. The owner is helpful and responsive.

        5/5 Excellent

          Great place!

          We had a wonderful stay! Spacious home with beatiful views and a convenient location with easy access to all of the island. The home itself is very unique and also secluded. It was just perfect for a peaceful and relaxing getaway. The owners were very friendly and attentive. - Julie F

          4/5 Good

            Great Family Cottage

            We rented this cottage last minute for a family vacation in Maine. My Wife, and 3 boys (20, 18 and 15) had a fantastic time. The views are great and we loved the location which was close to Hiking, Biking, SW Harbor, Golfing and the IGA for getting Food. Location allows you to head east or West on MDI very easily. I would highly recommend this place if you like older cabins in the woods!

            4/5 Good

              Quiet and peaceful

              My husband and I had a great vacation on MDI, while researching this trip, we decided to stay on the quiet side of the island and settle on this quiet, rustic cottage. To start at the beginning, I would say that the listing and photos were very accurate. The hosts were very quick to respond to us and accommodating with a couple of requests we had. This cottage was private, but not completely secluded (we could see a couple of other houses and activity, as a city girl, this was just what I wanted). The house was nice, the view was pretty, but I feel that the best feature about this house was the location. Again, just secluded enough, but the real win was that it was located immediately north of Southwest Harbor. This meant that we did not need to drive through SW Harbor every time we wanted to head out to explore. This definitely allowed us to spend less time in the car and more time exploring. We also had a lot of restaurant options nearby (within 2-3 miles) and the grocery store was very close. It's a good choice for 2 people.

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