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“Clean, Comfortable Cabins in the Best Location”
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Windward Cottages
Reviewed October 10, 2012

We've stayed in a lot of cabins over the years and this was probably the best. It was spotlessly clean and and had pretty much all the comforts of home. The cabin was stocked with the kinds of things I have in my own home - not your typical "rental" appliances and housewares. As for the location, I initially tried to get a cabin right outside of Bar Harbor but they were booked. When I saw those other cabins, I was SO glad we ended up at Windward. The beautiful location on Western Bay on the "quiet side" of the island was well worth the 10 minute drive over to the Acadia entrance and Bar Harbor. Ollie and Kelli are such wonderful people and the Windward Cottages are a Mount Desert Island gem.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank tgussie
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Windward Cottages are a delightful place to stay. Our cottage had a picture window overlooking a bay where seals swam every morning. Everything was provided, the appliances were new or like-new, nice flat screen TV and DVD player, with free videos and DVDs available at the office. It was quiet and beautiful. Very clean. We were 20 minutes from Bar Harbor and about 2 minutes from a place (Mother's) with the best gourmet sandwiches I've ever had. Conveneintly located. Ollie was very friendly and helpful, but not intrusive. I highly recommend the cottages and would stay there again in a minute.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Suzanne P
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

Actually we rented two cabins for a week. Was just perfect for us. Five mile drive to Bar Harbor. Not much further to Acadia. Chairs, canoes , kayaks provided. Very comfortable place to stay. There were six in our party.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank Richard C
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Reviewed September 25, 2010

We stayed for three nights in one of Ollie&Kellie's spotless cottages. We were just the two of us, so the 2 bedroom cottage was really big! The kitchen has all equipment and there even is a gas BBQ. Also, free wifi and lots of DVDs one can borrow. Every cottage has an onubstructed view of a lovely bay. The cottages are in a quiet part of Mt Desert Island and located very conveniently. It is only a short drive to the mainland or Bar Harbor for shopping and also you can reach either side of the island and the visitor's centre easily from here. Finally, free kayaks and canoes. Ollie and Kellie are very helpful and eager to fix anything else one would need, but we did not find anything missing..!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank ALGoedvolk
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Reviewed August 1, 2010

We just returned from spending a week at the Windward Cottages. We've been going to Bar Harbor for 10 years and this is the first time we traveled with our extended family. We rented 4 cabins and had plenty of room. What a wonderful time!! The cottages were conveniently located near the back entrance to Acadia National Park which made getting into and out of the park so much easier than staying in Bar Harbor or somewhere along Route 3 (which is difficult to turn onto with all the traffic). All the cabins were immaculate and had all the amenities for a group of this size. There was even wireless internet, which came in handy for my sister who was taking an online course. The kitchens were well-stocked with everything you need to cook for 15 people. Each cabin had its own gas grill. (Our only suggestion is that you turn the oven and stove down a little from your usual cooking as the ovens run hot). Since the cabins are right on the edge of the bay, the fresh air provided some very sound sleep during our stay. We even had an 18 month old with us who slept like he has never slept before!! There are kayaks and canoes that can be used (for free) and most of us took a paddle or two out onto the bay. We've traveled as a group before and this place received high ratings from everyone in our group. The photos on their website don't do this place justice. We went and checked out some of the other places we considered and were very pleased with our choice to stay here. One word of advice - the cell phone service is sketchy on Mount Desert Island - so don't depend on it.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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4  Thank Likes-to-Travel-52
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Reviewed July 20, 2009

On the "quiet side" of Mt. Desert Island, this place is great. When we arrived everything was spic and span. Each cabin has a perfect view of the bay and beautiful sunsets. Free access to sea kayaks and canoe and free wireless was a bonus too!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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4  Thank charbear
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Reviewed September 15, 2008

Visited Windward Cottages in the first week of September 2008 with my wife and 6 month old daughter.

what a lovely place with great hosts Ollie & Kellie. The cottages were fully equipped and had everything needed. The location is amazing with stunning views over the bay - beautiful sunsets in the evening.

The cottages are easy to find and are approx 15 mins drive from Bar Harbor centre - near enough but also far enough to benefit from the tranquility.

The owners provide kayaks and canoes for your use which is an added bonus.

Overall a fantastic stay - though watch out for mosquitos in the evening - they weren't too bad but pack some insect repellant.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with family
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3  Thank Globesy
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Address: 28 Western Bay Rd, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-7104
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
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Ranked #10 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Bar Harbor
Number of rooms: 6
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