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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.
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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.
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 national 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 daily magnitude of people, traffic or cruise ships that MDI sees. Here you will be able to quickly park in town and you won't have to wait in long lines at the ice cream stand down the street. In fact the only place you may find a line as long as six or seven people is at the grocery store occasionally.
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 run Saturday-Saturday
Six-Seven night stays
$ / Week
Five night minimum
$ / Week
3rd wk Nov on - Two week minimum
- Maximum number of people = 4
- No children under the age of 12 y/o (includes infants)
- Two adults must accompany children
- Refundable security deposit $ for a 1 week stay
- 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
- Why is your final price so low: Here you won't pay the standard 9-15% additional booking fee that you're used to paying elsewhere.
- What other fees are there: Only a refundable security deposit(s) that you get back after you leave providing everything is in order.
- When will I get my security deposit back: Usually within the first 3 days.
- Is the calendar correct: 99% of the time.
- Is it air-conditioned: No, I don't know of anyone that has it here. But there are fans if needed.
- 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 and the house does sit back from the road. It's not loud but what do you consider busy?
- 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 like to say hi, introduce myself, meet people and answer any questions . So I hope so.
- 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.
Wes & Carney Williams