This is our second year in a row to rent the Ranch house at Bay Meadow. We have been coming to Bar Harbor for several years staying at another set of cottages on Route 3. I got tired of lugging my portable microwave every year plus the a/c didn't work so well so we decided to upgrade. We like to make our own meals on vacation but the cottages we stayed in had kitchenettes that didn't work so well especially without microwaves, decent pots and pans, and kitchen knives.
We stumbled across Bay Meadow in Salsbury Cove, just a few miles from the park entrance. We had a look in the Ranch house and promptly booked it for the following year. ($170 night) Compared to the cottage we stayed in it was a huge upgrade in terms of space, location and amenities. It was the home of the owner who rents it during prime vacation season. Also, the view of the cove across the street is what sold us. It doesn't appear to be swim friendly but I see folks launching kayaks or just sitting on the bench enjoying the view. ( I found out that Maine ocean water is around 59 degrees so swimming would be tough anyway)
The ranch house is quite comfortable with full eat-in kitchen, microwave, breakfast bar with overhead light which is great for doing puzzles, a living room with large tv, and two bedrooms. It has a corner computer desk perfect for my watercolors supplies. It also has - get this - a full size washer and dryer with detergent supplied and last year we brought home CLEAN clothes instead of lots of dirty ones.
This year the owner's added a gas fireplace which takes the chill off on cold rainy days. The bathroom is spacious although the toilet tends to be a bit noisy on refilling. The shower has good water pressure making showering excellent. The furniture is comfortable with a new futon, a sofa and two recliners. We moved the recliners close to the bay window so we had better light to read in the morning.
There are two bedrooms. One with a queen bed and the other has twin beds. The queen bed is firmer than I am used to at home but it is comfortable. I sleep in the queen bedroom and my husband sleeps in the other bedroom- twin bed (he snores). He says the twin bed is comfortable. The queen bedroom has a TV and both bedrooms have good size closets and dressers.
The new owner Annette is a peach. She is pleasant to chat with and she has lots of info on Bar Harbor activities. Also she is very responsive to our needs. Earlier this week the microwave stopped working and she promptly replaced it.
There isn't maid service and we brought our dirty towels to the office to exchange them for clean. This is no big deal to us. The towels are thin but are clean and adequately do their job. There is a dumpster to bring our trash which is right next to the house so no big deal.
All in all we are very pleased with the Ranch Unit at Bay Meadow - we booked it next year for two weeks. One week in Acadia National Park isn't enough.
- Also Known As:
- Bay Meadow Cottages Bar Harbor, Maine
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bay Meadow Cottages offer classic Maine cottages on Mount Desert Island. Our bright white cottages are gathered on a grassy meadow looking out at the tranquil bay in Salsbury Cove, part of Bar Harbor's popular Frenchman's Bay. Our 14 classic housekeeping cottages are tidy and comfortable with kitchenettes and private baths, ideal for a couple of nights or an entire week in the Bar Harbor region. Our setting is quiet, with private shore access for our guests. Chairs, picnic tables and fire pits grace our lawns, and provide a pleasant setting to enjoy your morning coffee or roast some marshmallows and reflect on your day's adventures. Families enjoy our cottages, especially the 2 bedroom cottages that offer more space for everyone and beautiful views of the cove. Couples enjoy our one room cottages with a private bath, cable TV, kitchenette, mini-fridge, coffee maker, microwave and electric cook top. A BBQ area with gas grills is available if you would like to cookout. We provide free Wi-Fi on the property so you can stay in touch while you enjoy your getaway to Bar Harbor.Our cottages are an easy 5 minutes to Acadia National Park gates and just 10 minutes from Bar Harbor's downtown restaurants, shops, and tours. Guests are welcome to bring their own kayak or canoe to launch right from our shore access. Don't forget bikes to tour the 45-miles of carriage roads of Acadia National Park and surrounding area. Remember the binoculars for spotting bald eagles, seals and wildlife while you are out exploring. Bay Meadow Cottages is convenient to all of Mount Desert Island's attractions, just a few miles after you cross the Trenton Bridge on quiet Old Bar Harbor Road, just beyond the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. We are technically in Bar Harbor and more specifically in the small village of Salsbury Cove, a hamlet of Bar Harbor.Our Innkeeper and a friendly staff are on premise to welcome you, and offer information on things to see and do on Mount Desert Island. ... more less