We come to Mount Desert Island every few years and have stayed in many houses and this one is by far the best one. It is beautifully decorated (if a tad crowded with furnishings) and very functional. everything you need is at your fingertips. The beds are comfortable (although the twin beds have every soft mattresses - my kids loved them). The upstairs is a bit tight as it is the oldest part of the house, but wonderfully separated from the addition. The addition (sitting rooms/tv/queen bed) is divine and we spent much time there. The kitchen is perfect and served our needs well. Seems brand new. The outdoor spaces are lovely. The Kingsleigh Inn so proximal was not a problem for us at all, as it is in the front of the house and most windows open to the back of the house which overlooks are large meadow. Comfortable chairs and a picnic table are provided to enjoy the lovely outdoor spaces. All this and you are still walking distance to Southwest Harbor and Beal's lobster pound (our favorite. I highly recommend this house and look forward to staying there again soon!
Spent the last week of August here.
It's an interesting home. As you can see in the pic it's made up of 3 parts, the bedrooms and living room which flow in to what appears to be a newer section with the kitchen and then a newer section that is a day room coupled with the laundry and downstairs bath.
It's located within an easy walk to downtown Southwest Harbor.
However, it sits immediately behind the Kingsleigh Inn. And by immediately I mean just steps behind. It's close enough that I was awakened several mornings by either their guests out and about or their heating system kicking in. The exterior view photo above is the back of the house, taken at an angle away from the Inn.
The kitchen has a gorgeous picture window looking out to the adjacent pasture. However, it doesn't open. In order to get any airflow to the kitchen (remember, no A/C to cool it) you open two windows on the front of the house (facing the Kingsleigh) which is also where the trash is kept. By the end of the week, that wasn't a good combination.
As for the mentioned water views, that is possible during the winter, but during the summer the view is blocked by trees and the neighbor's house/garage.
I also, personally, found the furniture to be uncomfortable. Maybe that's just me.
But after a day of out-and-about or hiking it was tough to find a comfortable way to kick back and relax.
Quality of property: A
Quality of amenities: A+
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