We rented Karen's Seaside Cottage for a week end of July into August 2017. Our stay was very pleasant. No issues at all, no complaints - it was just great! Part of the week we had family, our older kids - and the last half of the week we enjoyed with some friends. The washer and dryer in the cottage were perfect to wash sheets in between our visitors. We were able to bring 2 dogs, which was great. Karen is so helpful and sweet. The cottage really does have everything you could need in the kitchen. And many other helpful items: bath towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap, laundry soap, hand soap, plastic wrap, foil, spices. We packed our clothes and went food shopping once we arrived. Hannaford is not too far and we were able to easily travel to different trail heads in Acadia to hike each day. Cottage has a great location on a quiet street. The deck has a new grill and plenty of furniture/chairs. The deck has pretty tall flowers to enclose you in a peaceful retreat. The ocean is very close and you can walk down the cliffside to rocks along the shore. It is a nice place for a stroll. Downtown Bar Harbor is close too. Perfect location and a great place to stay while enjoying Acadia and Bar Harbor. I highly recommend Karen's cottage.
Let me just begin by saying the property was lovely....but it went immediately downhill from there. My family and I arrived late Saturday night, after having traveled 8 hours to get there. As soon as one family member began taking a hot shower, a horrible rotten egg smell came from the water in the shower. We soon discovered that all the water in the house was emitting this disgusting odor. The well from which the water in the house came from was contaminated with and iron bacteria, and was emitting hydrogen sulfite. The water could not be consumed, and when heated, emitted this strong, foul odor. The homeowner was well aware of this situation before our arrival, for she had placed a case of bottled water bottles in the fridge prior to our arrival. When confronted about the water situation, the homeowner refused to remedy the situation and refused to refund our money. We left on a Monday morning, for we feared this contaminated water would be dangerous to our health. Our vacation was ruined by this owners refusal to acknowledge this water problem, allowing us to come there, and then blatantly refusing to offer any refund.
Shame on you, Karen , for the way you treated us. I hope others will read this and never rent your property....you did not respond appropriately to the needs of your renters. I hope this was a lesson learned for you...and guess what...you are not God!
Just returned from renting this cottage. Location is wonderful. Just 10 minutes from Acadia National Park and downtown Bar Harbor. Cottage is fully equipment with necessities and niceties! Karen provides everything for the vacationer. This cottage is pet friendly and is extremely clean. The cottage is perfect for a romantic getaway or for the small family. The deck is surrounded by colorful plants which provides much privacy. Wonderful to have as you sit on the deck with your favorite beverage in the morning or evening while viewing the sunrise/ sunset. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone who wishes to visit Bar Harbor. You won't be disappointed. Thank you Karen for a lovely stay!
We have stayed in this cottage many times over the years and are always happy to return. Karen is the best, always having her guests best interests in mind. She goes above and beyond to make your stay special with every conceivable amenity available. The kitchen is well stocked, the bedrooms and living room are quite comfortable, the cottage is in a very peaceful setting with a gorgeous deck to relax on. It is located very close to all area attractions. It is always one of the best vacations ever!
Karen's cottage is exactly as advertised. We brought our two dogs and it was a great property for them as well as a wonderful neighborhood to walk them in. The cottage is well furnished and lacks for nothing. As other reviewers have mentioned she has provided just about anything you could think of needing. Truly the only thing I would add or bring if we return would be Ziploc bags. The living room is well furnished and all of the furniture is comfortable. The queen size bed is great for sleeping and there are plenty of linens as well. The cottage stayed cool and there were fans if needed. We didn't get to use the deck very much, but it is functional with plenty of seating.
The property is right down the road from Acadia and Bar Harbor. We went back and forth several times each day and it was very convenient from the cottage. We did not find the traffic overly challenging and were typically able to get parking in town. Acadia is breathtaking and Bar Harbor enchanting.
The water pump noise was unfamiliar and it startled us at first until we figured out what it was. The shower water pulses which took some getting used to. This was not a problem, just different. There is a large screen TV with Direct TV which was very nice and wi fi that worked great.
Karen is very helpful and obviously takes pride in her property. Her dog is adorable and our dogs were happy to have him visit. We didn't have any problems during our stay. There was a flood light out and she bought a new one that my husband put in for her. The yard was mowed and free from dog waste and she provides tools for cleaning up messes if needed.
We had hoped we could get down to the ocean near the property when the tide was out, but it was not very easy due to the rockiness of the shoreline. This was a little disappointing, but we just went down the road a short ways when the tide would go out and enjoyed it from there. Karen recommended the Chart Room to eat at and it was excellent. We would definitely go back. One thing to think about possibly adding that we would enjoy would be a fire pit
This is a great cottage rental and we would definitely stay here again if we return to the area, which we hope to do. Thank you Karen
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