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The Birches Bed & Breakfast & Cottages

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#5 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Mount Desert Island
Certificate of Excellence
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The Homer family proudly wants to invite interested visitors to stay at their family homestead, which consists of 6 acres of panoramic ocean frontage in beautiful Southwest Harbor, Maine. Enjoy large airy rooms, private baths, ocean views, gardens, and the croquet court. We have 6 acres of grounds, no traffic noise, and it is just 350 yards to the first tee at the golf course. Along with The Birches Bed and Breakfast is The Cottage at The Birches, located a few hundred feet away which is available for weekly rentals. Acadia National Park is beside us and it is a short walk to the start of the trails to Valley Cove and the mountains. We are open year-round, accepting reservations for a two night minimum. When you come to our beautiful bed and breakfast you will not want to leave after seeing what we have to offer. Located in Southwest Harbor, Maine we are right next to mountains, as well as on the waterfront. We have a private beach for our guests to enjoy on the waterfront and you can come by water or land to get to us. If you are coming from farther away and you have a boat, you can bring that along also as we have a dock available. At our bed and breakfast, some specialties of ours are accommodating family reunions and intimate weddings. We also want you to come to relax, enjoy, and unwind, no matter what the occasion is. You will not be disappointed with your choice, as we have a lovely property with extraordinary gardens that have been featured on garden tours.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Refrigerator in room
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Non-smoking rooms
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My husband and I recently returned from an incredible weekend exploring Acadia National Park, and the island. We decided to do this very spontaneously, and actually booked the b&b the night before. I called Susi the next morning to let her know we were driving in (from
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Property's Favorite Review
We recently stayed two nights at The Birches Bed and Breakfast and everything exceeded our expectations from the breakfasts, the location, to the beautiful grounds. Susi, our host, greeted us warmly and made us feel at home. Our son and his family stayed nearby and Susi made
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Had stay set up for week in Sept at cottage & put down a 40% deposit. Had agreement in the emails with Susi (owner) that if we had any issues & cancelled before Aug 9 that the 40% would be returned. The contract came to us which we returned but Susi didn't show the change of
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Response from TheBirchesBandB, Owner at The Birches Bed & Breakfast & Cottages
Responded Dec 18, 2018
I am sorry that you were not able to come to Acadia this year. It is always disappointing when plans change. A little information that might be useful, unlike hotel rooms, weekly rental properties have longer payment lead times due to a number of factors; property taxes, seasonal upgrades, and maintenance. Unlike a hotel room that is rented 150 nights in a season, a weekly rental only has a small number of dates. Normally, the initial deposit is due at the signing of a contract, the next payment is normally due 120 days out, and the final payment is due 45 days prior to arrival. This is especially true for larger properties such as ours. In this particular circumstance, I had already agreed to move the second payment from 120 days to 30 days. I did agree to return the initial deposit, however it was clear in the contract that was signed by not only one of your party, but two, that it would only be returned should the property be rented for a the same period. Sadly, the house was not rented and the deposit was forfeit. I hope this helps your party when you should like to rent a property in the future. Best regards, Susi Homer owner
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The room was great, large and nicely appointed with a view of the bay and private bathroom. Our hosts went to great lengths to ensure that we were well taken care of. The property sits on a hill with views of the bay, a patio area which was great for morning coffee and evening
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We found the Birches B&B to be very well run and clean. The owner, Susi, is most knowledgeable and helpful as is the staff. Breakfast was very good. Would recommend staying here...I know we will should we be up in the Bar Harbor area again.
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$184 - $337 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesMaineDownEast and Acadia MaineMount Desert IslandSouthwest Harbor
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