This very special home has been a family gathering place for decades. With many recent improvements and remodel projects, it's ready for your extended family to vacation together under one roof and enjoy a spectacular location on the shore of Frenchman's Bay. About 7 miles north of the village of Bar Harbor and 5 from the Park Visitor Center in Hulls Cove, it's convenient to the attractions of Acadia National Park and Mt. Desert Island, while being extremely private. Park-like grounds feature a story-book stone overlook on the expanse of the Bay where you can welcome the summer sunrise over the water or watch the light on the distant hills color and fade in the evening twilight. The house has three levels: on the lower floor, there is a bright bedroom suite, with eastern views of the water (great for sunrises), a queen bedroom with beautiful stone fireplace, sitting room with daybed and patio/yard access, full kitchen and full tiled shower/tub bathroom. The main floor has a large living room with wonderful large granite fireplace, cathedral ceiling, built-in shelves with hundreds of books, and comfortable furnishings; attached is a "card room" with windows all around, great for family cards and games competitions; on the east is the sun porch, overlooking the ocean; a huge family kitchen, fully-equipped and featuring water views, cathedral ceiling and large island; four bedrooms of all sizes are on the main floor, including three with attached bathrooms (1 with claw-foot tub, 2 with showers); one is a large king suite with water views and custom built-in desk area and walk-in shower. Finally a new laundry pair is in it's own closet off the hallway. The main floor is wheelchair accessible from an entry off the parking area. Upstairs are 2 large bedrooms, wood-paneled and gabled ceilings, one with a double bed, the other with a single w/trundle; two window seats complete the upstairs. (No bathroom upstairs). You can bring as many as 12 family members and still have plenty of room.
Weekly Rental :7 night minimum, Saturday-Saturday bookings only please.
No smoking. No pets.
Additional amenities include: lcd in master br), iron/board, washer/dryer, wet bar w/ice maker, stone waterfront overlook with beach access, card room, oceanview decks and patio, 2 fireplaces (wood provided), satellite TV/dvr/DVD (projection TV in lr, games & books....Read more
Left on 03/31/2014 for a stay in July 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 31, 2014Stayed Jul 2013
I have been to Maine during the summer 3 times. Twice I have stayed at the Cow Palace. The people are good, the location amazing and the house and grounds very, very nice. The residence is large and well stocked with almost anything you might need during your visit.
My only problem is one which is common in Northern environments, that is there is no air conditioning. The first time we stayed at the Cow Palace, the weather was great and the heat was not a problem. This last visit however, the heat was abnormal and certain days were miserable within the house. It was almost impossible to take a nap during the day, and despite having the windows open, you sweated during the night, which made sleeping more difficult. My 70 year old mother in law was miserable almost the entire trip. As I said this is not a problem exclusive to the Cow Palace, most residences do not have air conditioning. My first vacationing visit to main was to the Portland area and there was an extraordinary heat wave. We stayed in a hotel, which had no air conditioning, and were miserable. This from someone who lives in central Florida and camps throughout the year.
As you can see I still give the Cow Palace 5 stars. If the fluctuating patterns of heat in the North can be an issue for you. I would look into a house with air-conditioning. Since I have been told that excessive heat is rarely a problem, it may be something you do not need to be concerned. I love the house, the family, the location and the amazing outdoor recreation and site seeing opportunities in the area. The only reason I give it a 4 for comfort is again the heat issue.
Left on 05/29/2013 for a stay in July 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 29, 2013Stayed Jul 2012
Great home - spread out and quite large - almost too large for the 6 of us! Access to the bay was amazing, easy 5-10 minutes into town and to acadia National park, quiet road; very private location. Pet friendly and cozy enough for movies on the couch for those dastardly rainy days.
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