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The Settlers House is the oldest remaining home on Schoodic Point. The home has a warmth & serenity that is difficult to put into words. Except for all the modern conveniences it feels like my Great-Grandmothers house once felt. Even though we love staying here ourselves it's easier to let our guests comments speak for it.
The cape cod portion of the home is the oldest section. This style with its sturdy post and beam construction was very popular with the early settlers. During a more recent renovation just two decades ago in which I added the dormer windows I found that the roof is actually put together with wooden pegs instead of nails. I also found fragments of newspapers used for insulation prior to the civil war. One piece had an ad for rewards for escaped runaway slaves. A date on another of the fragments was Thursday, March 21, 1839. The year 1765 is carved into one of the timbers under the living room walls. In all the Settlers House has been added too a few times but its simple beauty, charm and colonial aura remains and are inescapable.
Not only is Settlers House a great vacation home for couples and families. But with the king and queen bedrooms and bathrooms being at opposite ends of the home and with all of the bedrooms being apart from each other it is also the perfect getaway for two couples. And when you are ready to enjoy some beautiful scenery or exercise just get on your bike or walk the park loop in front of the house.
Fully furnished, Plus:
Meet the owners
ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, Ion,
Justise, Decades, MPBN, World,
Create, PBS Kids
, DVD, VCR player, collection of recent and older movies, tide clock, linens/towels, refrigerator, range, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, dishes, silverware, pots, pans, etc., charcoal barbecue, 8 foot picnic table.
And just about everything else you should need to get started or forgot, right down to the soap, tissues, toilet paper, hair dryer, tea bags, coffee, etc., etc., etc..
Telephone: Bring your own Cell Phone.
Ground level: Kitchen, living room, fireplace room, 3 bedrooms, dining room, two baths, deck off the rear door.
Second floor: Small bedroom (suitable for a child of up to 10) and den/reading room
Basement: Partial with washer & dryer
Beds: One king, one queen, one double, one single.
(Porta crib and highchair available on request)
Situated: In the center of Birch Harbor and about 2 mile to the center of Winter Harbor between the exit and entrance roads to the park, a few hundred yards to the water in both directions, a little over a mile to the park. (a quarter mile if you fly:-)
Welcome to Settlers House.
Where life already is "the way it should be".
Here you can have remote, secluded, quiet or crowds anytime you want, it's just simply your call.
Schoodic Peninsula is less commercialized than the other tourist spots but there's still a lot to do especially those guests who desire a more relaxed, less crowded atmosphere. There are shops, restaurants, kayak/bike rentals and other businesses to explore including one of the oldest golf courses in the country. You can purchase lobster fresh off the boat that like everything else here won't break your bank. Two weeks during the summer there is an arts festival nestled around a one day lobster festival and year round just about weekly there is a program, theater, concert, dance or some other event.
Acadia National Park is the most visited park in the country and the majority of that onslaught is to Mount Desert Island. Winter Harbor is a smaller seaside community across the bay from Bar Harbor with the only section of ANP on the mainland. Fortunately we don't experience the sheer volume of people and traffic that MDI sees.  The entrance road to the Schoodic District is a few hundred yards down Main Street where you'll find miles and miles of hiking and biking trails. At Frazers Point there is a large picnic area with picnic tables, many with fire rings that is open to the public 24/7. Frazers also has a long pier and float that jets out into the harbor for fishing. The views from the seaside loop around the park are georgeous as you pass the Mark Island Lighthouse at the entrance to the harbor. Schoodic Head the highest point on the peninsula offers panoramic views east, west, north and south. At the southern most tip of the park is Schoodic Point itself with ample parking. The expansive ledges that reach down into the sea with the waves breaking against them are an impressive sight.
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And finally there is the Bar Harbor-Winter Harbor Ferry making daylight runs every hour back and forth during the tourist season. Combined both legs of the trip are a 14 mile leisurely 1 hour trip. (more)
$ / Week
Four night minimum
$ / Week
July & August - weeks start on Saturday
Six night minimum until two weeks prior
$ / Week
Four night minimum
$ / Week
3rd wk Nov on - One week minimum
- During summer dates - weeks start Saturday
- Maine lodging tax
- Refundable security deposit $ for a 1 week stay
- Maximum (no exceptions) number of people = Six
- Check in after 4:30pm. - Check out by 11am
- Spring & fall daily rates are on the credit card page
- NO SMOKING in the house
- Pets allowed: Limited to 2 dogs
- Security deposit with pets increased
$ for 1 /
$ for 2
Senior and service discounts
- No it doesn't hurt to ask but the calendar is up to date 99% of the time.
- Limit of 6 persons & 2 pets: Absolutely no exceptions.
- Is it on the water or is there a view: No to both. The harbors are a few hundred yards down the road in both directions.
- How close is the park: About a quarter of a mile as the crow flies but the entrance is about a mile down the road.
- Is the road in front of the house very busy or loud: The posted speed limit is 25 miles/hour. Anything over a car every few minutes seems busy to me. So for the tourist season to me yes, but probably nothing like what you are used to and the house does sit back from the road.
- What other fees are there: We do not charge the standard 8-15% additional booking fee that you are accustomed to paying elsewhere. The rates are outlined in full on the reservation and payment page.
- When will I get my security deposit back: Assuming everything is in order after you leave, most people get their security deposit back within the first 3 days but I am human so if you haven't recieved it in a week email me.
- Will we meet you: I mow the lawn, take the trash, water the flowers, live 2 miles away and usually drive by the house at least once a day. I do try to say hi, introduce myself and answer any questions if I see people and sense that would be welcomed. So maybe.
- Do you rent Settlers House during the winter: No
- When will you put the new calendar up: Usually November or December but we are always taking reservations so just ask and you may get in before a price increase.
Wes & Carney Williams