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Briar Lodge - elegance on the Bay in Bar Harbor

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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms , Sleeps 5
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Maine
3 BR 2 BA with beautiful grounds, in the village and waterfront on the Bay, walk to shops & restaurants

It is rare when a shorefront property in-town Bar Harbor becomes available for weekly seasonal rentals. The Briars Lodge is located on the south entrance of the famous Shore Path walk along Frenchman Bay, overlooking Bald Porcupine island and the breakwater (also visible is Egg Rock Lighthouse and Schoodic Peninsula). An amazing history, the original property was built by J. Montgomery Sears of Boston in 1881. John D. Rockefeller Jr. rented the cottage for the summers of 1908 and 1909. The Rockefeller's third child Nelson was born on the property in 1908. In 1910, The Briars was purchased by Evelyn Walsh McLean and her husband Edward (Ned), who's family owned the Washington Post. Evelyn's father made his fortune in the...
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About the Manager, Acadia Cottage Rentals Inc
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 55 %
Response Time: Within a day
Calendar Updated: Today
Listed since : Apr 2013
Overall rating: 4.7 / 5.0
Based on 174 reviews and 86 properties
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San Francisco, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2017 for a stay in June 2017

We stayed here for a week and loved it! Wanted a quiet and private setting with a gorgeous view, in a home that was clean and had modern conveniences (wifi, washer/dryer) while still preserving that essence of rustic charm. The cottage is an historic building with a large private lawn, patio, porch and gardens. It is a serene place that has a well-equipped kitchen and lots of interior light. The location is an easy walk into the village center (via the Shore Path or sidewalks), so you don't have to hassle with finding a parking space in town on a busy summer day. It's also just off of Highway 3, so easy access to the main roads that take you to Acadia National Park or just sightseeing the harbor towns and mountain views that abound here. A few of our favorite places were for food (Thurston's Lobster Pound in Bernard, Burning Tree in Otter Creek) and recreation (canoe rental on Long Pond, swimming at Echo Lake, bike riding from Seawall to Bass Harbor Lighthouse). The cottage has many...

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Thanks so much for visiting Briars Lodge and for the nice report--we're delighted that you enjoyed your stay in this gem of a cottage and the many wonders of the island. Hope you can return again soon.


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John P
Villanova, Pennsylvania, United States
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Briar Lodge is unbelievable treat. The home is perfect for our family of 5. Everything you need. The view and grounds are the true star on this property. The Historic home is very very enjoyable. Being in a home that has such amazing views and still in town to Bar Harbor is not readily available. The property and the privacy you get, living on this historic cottage location can not be enjoyed everyday. You HAVE to stay here! It will hold memories forever.

  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Cooker
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Full Baths (2)
  • Grill
  • Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Microwave
  • Parking
  • Refrigerator
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Waterfront
  • Water Views
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    2 Full baths
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Rates are calculated based on the latest information provided. Please contact the manager/owner to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.

Dates Min stay Per night Per week
Default 7 nights --
R 62 588
US$4 900
2 Jun 2018 -
15 Jun 2018
June 9-16
7 nights --
R 44 706
US$3 500
16 Jun 2018 -
22 Jun 2018
June 16-23
7 nights --
R 47 260
US$3 700
23 Jun 2018 -
29 Jun 2018
June 23-30
7 nights --
R 51 092
US$4 000
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Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to South African Rand and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
  • Damage Deposit: R 6 387 / stay - Deposit
Additional Rate and Availability Information
ME Lodging Tax 9%, Refundable Security Deposit %SecDeposit%. Payments accepted by Check, Money Order, Bank Transfer ($10 fee), or Credit Card (2% US, 4% non-US processing fee on total payment amount, via Vacation RentPayment).
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