McGiffert House and Cabin

Bartletts Landing Road
Pretty Marsh

Beds/Baths: 8 / 4
Party Size: 16
Setting: Shorefront
Pets: Considered
Price: $4600-$5800/wk

Historic homes, tranquil views!

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McGiffert House and Cabin


The secluded beauty of this treasured, four-generation family property on the shores of Pretty Marsh Harbor sets the stage for your Maine summer adventure. In 1930, Arthur "Cush" McGiffert and Elisabeth Eliot McGiffert purchased fourteen acres from a neighboring farmer, who lived in an old farm house at the head of the harbor. The farmer and carpenter, Allen Freeman, assisted the McGifferts in building "The Cabin", a one-room dwelling that has been expanded gradually to the fully equipped, four-bedroom camp it is today. Freeman also built "The House" with four bedrooms where the young couple spent long summers with their three children who still today continue to cherish and enjoy the property with their own children and grandchildren.

Set among mature pines and oaks with private connecting trails, modern day guests of the McGiffert family and this peaceful retreat are sure to enjoy having easy access to the water's edge, a lengthy stretch of shore frontage, and to the dock, float and boats available there. This charming, quintessential Maine property offers wonderful opportunities for boating, tidal swimming or watching seals, osprey and bald eagles. The charm and history of this lovely property will surely draw you in, but when you're ready to spread your wings, you'll surely want to turn your attention to the other areas of Mount Desert Island including Acadia National Park and the bustling coastal villages that surround it.

THE HOUSE: Centrally located, the spacious Living Room offers a nice place to gather with water views, access to the patio, a brick hearth and wood burning fireplace. The well-equipped Kitchen with plenty of serve ware opens to the Dining Area with table for 6 to 8, access to the patio and harbor views. On the first floor, a Bedroom with King bed and water views and a Bedroom with Single bed share a hallway Bathroom with combined tub and afterthought shower. Up the stairs to the second floor, you'll find a Bedroom with Queen bed, a large Bedroom with one Queen and one Single and a shared Bathroom with combined tub and shower. Accessible from the outside, a washer and dryer is located in the basement.

THE CABIN: The Living Room with wood burning fireplace and small piano enjoys easy access to the covered porch or to the Master Bedroom offering a private Bathroom with shower. The eat-in Kitchen offers a dining table for up to 8 and a door to a sunny deck. Past the kitchen you'll find a very comfortable Bedroom with Twins and water views, a smaller Bedroom with Twins, and also a Bedroom with Bunk Beds. Accessible via a ship's ladder, a lofted space with two single mattresses on the floor can accommodate overflow guests or those who don't mind a slumber party style sleeping space. A laundry closet with washer and dryer sits between the living room and master bedroom.

GRANDMA'S CABIN: This sweet one-room cabin offers a rustic sleeping space for an overflow guest with its full-size futon sofa bed or it can simply serve as a quiet daytime retreat with water views.

OUTDOOR SPACES: The House offers a patio and lawn with harbor views and trails that lead to either The Cabin or to the shore and dock. Those renting The Cabin will enjoy both a covered porch and a sunny deck space and its own trails to the shore or to Grandma's Cabin nearby.

Both homes are equipped with Hotspot wireless Internet through AT&T - a limited use plan for checking email from a laptop, but using it for data streaming or cell phone can lead to overage charges.

EXTRAS: Dock and float with a variety of boats for tenant's use generally includes two row boats, two kayaks, one canoe and one small sailboat for residents of both The House and The Cabin to share.

The Knowles Company One Summit Road, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662-0367 (207) 276-3322
Note: Knowles Company rental agents represent the owners of rental properties and have a fiduciary duty to them. While every effort is made to ensure that this list is accurate and up to date, property characteristics, prices, and availability are subject to change without notice.