Frequently Asked Questions about our Maine Cottage Rentals
Q: Can we bring a boat?
A: Yes! It is encouraged. We have plenty of dock space, moorings, and a boat ramp to launch your boat. We recommend not trailering anything more than 28′ long, however there are various boat rental companies in the area. The dock & mooring is complimentary. We will give you some local advice on where to see the best sights, and avoid obstructions / ledges!
Q: What are the most fun things to do at Chambers Oceanfront Cottages?
A: Fishing, kayaking, swimming, purchase fresh Maine lobsters from our dock, hike through the quarrys etc, swim in Echo Lake just across rte. 102 from us. Quite often you can spot Eagles, Osprey, Seagulls, Seals, Porpoise, and cormorants from your cottage.
Q: What are the most popular nearby activities?
A: Whale Watching, Lobster boat trips, kayak trips, water park in Trenton, shopping in Southwest & Bar Harbor, visit Ocean Drive (Sand Beach, Thunder Hole). Close to our property you will find Echo Lake with 4 great park maintained swimming areas: 1) Echo Lake Sand Beach, 2) The bluffs (for small cliff diving), 3) Ikes Point (boat landing & swimming), 4) Echo Vista. There is also Seawall in Southwest Harbor for a scenic drive over a causeway with Ocean & Islands on one side, and pond on the other. In this general direction you will find Wonderland, and Ship’s Harbor which are great easy hike’s along the woods and shore. Travel a little further and you will find Bass Harbor Head Light House!
Q: How close are the cottages to each other?
A: The cottages are spread out over 11 acres which all have their own unique view of Somes Sound. Standing on the porch of one cottage it is near impossible to see another cottage. The foliage provides such privacy that you feel you are secluded.
Q: Do you have internet?
A: Yes, we have complimentary wireless internet available at each cottage. Internet is also provided in our ‘Internet Access’ room near the water.
Q: Why Chambers Oceanfront Cottages?
A: At our cottages you will feel right at home. From the friendly service which has been provided for the past 30 years, the cleanliness, and the unforgettable view & ocean ambiance you will understand why Chambers Oceanfront Cottages stands out among vacation rentals. There are very few places in Maine which offer a nicely appointed cottage within feet from the waters edge, and a protected view across Somes Sound at Acadia National Park.
Q: Do you have TV, heating & air conditioning?
A: Yes to all three! We have just installed energy efficient Fujitsu heat pumps which provide air conditioning. In addition to your wood burning fire place, the cottages have electric heat, & heat from the quiet heat pumps. We also have 115 channels of satellite TV (Dish Net).
Q: Where can we keep our bikes & Kayaks?
A: Each cottage has ample private parking space to keep your outdoor belongings. We also have a large parking lot down by the water with a boat ramp where you are welcome to keep your kayaks. Our property is very private, and we have never had any issues with theft in over 30 years. This is one of the things we love about our area! There are also kayak rental businesses in our area which will deliver & pick-up kayaks for you.
Q: Where can we buy lobsters?
A: One unique benefit of Chambers Cottages is we have lobsters for sale at prices that can’t be beat. Don Chambers sells lobsters each night around 5pm at his dock. Please call ahead to reserve the freshest lobsters caught right in Somes Sound! 207-244-5279. Each cottage is equipped with a large lobster kettle which can cook up to 8 lobsters at a time. We recommend steaming lobsters with an inch of water in the kettle, bring to a boil, add lobsters, and cook for 15 minutes.
These are the most frequently asked questions about our Maine Cottage Rentals.
If you have any more Q&A’s you would like to see here, or would like some more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’d be more than happy to assist!
12:19 22 Jun 18
Wonderful location, water front with chairs on floating dock. Rock Point cottage. Comfortable cottage despite cold and rain. Great hospitality from Paul and Ashlee. We didn’t want to leave after our 2 week rental!read more
03:00 18 Jun 18
Highly recommend the Sounderosa property, great view on the bay from the deck, everything we need, including free firewood for our stay. Paul even had the fireplace ready to go, I just had to light it. Our name was on the door, and Paul called, and texted us when the property was ready, which was earlier than expected, we were still in Boston.read more
02:19 06 Jun 18
I recently spent a week at Rockpoint with my friends and we had a great time. The house was very clean and clearly well cared for. It was stocked with just about anything we needed (firewood, linens, paper towels, soap, etc.) All you need to bring are clothes and food.The location of the cottage couldn't have been better. Nothing on the island is more than a 15-20 minute drive (including Bar Harbor and Acadia), but you feel totally secluded and have amazing views of Somes Sound.I highly recommend Chambers Oceanfront Cottages. It was a great escape from reality and I hope to be back soon.read more
14:52 31 May 18
Incredible views, well maintained property, and nice people. Couldn't have asked for more.
14:55 16 Oct 17
We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place. We come year after year; Paul and Ashlee obviously love this place too. They take such good care of the cottages, which are well-equipped. All you need to bring is the food you’ll consume during your stay (along with spices, of course). All else is provided for a lovely and relaxing vacation.read more
19:32 15 Oct 17
This is the second year in a row we have stayed at the Chambers Oceanfront Cottages. It is a wonderful, peaceful place to stay and the cottages are well-equipped and extremely comfortable! The owner, Paul, is very accommodating and helpful, the view is beautiful, and the lobster is delicious! I wouldn't choose any other place!read more
21:01 08 Sep 17
What a fabulous place to spend a week! Quiet, beautiful water views, and a clean and well-equipped cottage. Very happy to discover this place on my first trip to Acadia.read more
20:44 30 Aug 17
I almost hesitate to reveal how wonderful these cottages are since they are heavily booked by those lucky enough to have stayed there. The Grindles are responsive and helpful. Topside was comfortable and well-equipped, and we wish we could have extended our week there to a month. Beautiful view from the wide deck across Somes Sound to the mountains fronting Cadillac, 5 minutes to Acadia Mountain trails, 10 minutes to SW Harbor, but quiet, private and peaceful woodsy setting. Can't wait to return next summer.read more
12:41 20 Aug 17
Just a perfect place to vacation. Close to all that Acadia has to offer but on the quiet side of the island. Views of somes sound spectacular from the cottage and the cottage was so well stocked with everything and anything you might need. Hosts were extremely responsive to any questions. And having access to 3 docks right on the sound made our stay extra specialread more
14:05 07 Aug 17
We had a wonderful time staying at Top Side July 2017. The cottage is very clean and comfortable. Paul & Ashlee are pleasant and professional. Our kids loved going on a boat ride with Paul who gives a fun and educational tour of Somes Sound. My favorite part of Top Side is the breathtaking view from the patio! You have a slightly elevated, unobstructed view of Somes Sound while the rest of the cottage is surrounded by trees. This gives you complete privacy away from the other cottages. The patio has very comfortable furniture to sit and enjoy your peaceful sanctuary.read more
12:06 31 Jul 17
We rented the Sea Breeze cottage and were very pleased with this. Every thing was clean, the location as excellent (Ok, in Acadia, nothing seems very far away). Cottage owners were wonderful and friendly and even went out of their way to get us fresh lobsters on Thursday. View from the dock was wonderful. I would highly recommend this and would stay there again in a minute.read more
01:56 28 Jun 17
Nice water view; very clean and well-maintained; spacious for a family of 4; all the amenities you need. Plus the bonus of being on MDI close to Acadia!read more
21:15 27 Jun 17
We just returned from an amazing week at Sounderosa Cottage. Paul and Ashlee are fantastic hosts. We have been staying at the Chambers Oceanfront Cottages for over 30 years and always appreciate how well equipped and clean they are, not to mention how well stocked they are with wood for the fireplace. Over the past few years, there have been several attractive updates to the cottage, including the new flooring in the living area. Most of all we always enjoy the gorgeous view and the peacefulness and privacy of the location. This year, Paul took us on a cruise of Somes Sound in his boat and filled us in on some of the history as well as answering all of the questions which our family posed. It was our first time to cruise the Sound and was a special treat - Paul even provided snacks and drinks. Our grandchildren challenged the adults to a rowboat race down at the dock and enjoyed hunting for mussels and shells. It is so convenient to be able to walk down the hill to the dock and purchase lobsters for dinner. We always enjoy our lobster dinners at the picnic table on the cottage deck. The list of things we love about the cottages goes on and on. We cannot imagine staying any other place on Mt. Desert.read more
13:44 15 Jun 17
We just returned from a week at the Sea Breeze cottage, and it was a wonderful experience. The cottage was clean, comfortable, well decorated, and had everything we needed right down to linens, towels and a well equipped kitchen (including all supplies needed to cook our own lobsters). Paul and Ashley were incredibly welcoming and attentive (don't miss the chance to by some lobsters right from Paul's dock) and bent over backwards to make sure that we had a great trip. We had some special requests to help us stay with a young toddler, and they went well above and beyond to accommodate. The views of the sound are breathtaking, and the location is convenient to Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor. Highly recommended and we will be back!read more
10:22 04 Jun 17
Amazing views from Topside Cottage! This is our first time in Maine. Pleasantly surprised by the rental. Cottage is spacious, clean, and well equipped. It has a home away from home feel. There are three docks on property to fish, swim, or launch from. Very quiet and serene. Nearby markets and lobster roll stands. Wildlife abounds.read more
15:01 06 Nov 16
What a wounderful cottage!! My wife and I spent our 25th wedding anniversary at Crow's Nest. The cottage was beautiful, well equipped and the views of Some's Sound and Sargent Mountain were exceptional. The hosts were gracious and easily accessable if needed. Fresh lobster off the boat was caught hours before and delicious! We are already planning our trip for next year and another delightful stay at Chamber's Oceanfront Cottages!read more
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My daughters and I are staying at Sounderosa Cottage, I highly recommend staying here. The location is beautiful, the deck overlooks Somes Sound. The owner Paul called, and texted us that the property was ready before 10:00 am, which was surprising, and great. The door was open, and our name was on the glass letting us know we were at the right place. There was everything we needed, including free firewood, and kindling for the week. Paul even had the fireplace set up to start a fire, all we had to do was light the newspaper - nice touch. Very quiet, peaceful property with a view. You can walk down to the water and sit on double chairs on the dock, out on the bay.read more
Kathleen A. Cappellirei Monaco
I would highly recommend staying at the Crows Nest Cottage on Somes Sound - it is keep super clean and fully stocked with everything you would need for a weeks stay. This includes sheets, towels, washer, dryer and a large pot for cooking your lobsters. On Monday - Wednesday & Friday as long as Paul (the owner of the cottage) has a good catch you can go down to the dock and purchase lobster right from him.The view of Somes Sound from the outside deck and livingroom is so peaceful - it's a great place to have your morning coffee. We even had a deer visit daily and one day she came with her baby.Paul and Ashlee live up the road and are close by "if" you should need anything. There is internet access too. Friewood is available for the cool nights if you want to light a fire.Bar Harbor is a short drive and there are a lot of cute shops and restuarants. For groceries I would recommend going into Bar Harbor and going to Hanaford's as it is cheaper than the IGA store that is in Mt. Desert. On the nights you can't get lobsters from Paul - Beal's has a large select of lobster, mussels and clams.Take a trip to Arcadia Park - if your not a hiker do the Park Loop - stop by Thunder Hole (best time to see this is 2 hours before high tide) but it is something to see at anytime. Then take the ride up Cadillac Mountain - park you car and walk around the top (there are walking paths) and take in the views.read more
The views, the ammenadies are very clean, and just great people. We spent a long weekend here and my wife and I absolutely will be coming back. You have your own privet "cottage" it really is a house, that overlooks the water and you get to see boats going by and can go down to the dock and fish. If the fish arnt biting Paul will sell you lobsters that he caught himself. That is an awesome meal. We also took a boat ride on the ocean and looked at light houses and big homes. It felt like I had a privet boat and caption on my vacation. I give this place 5 stars it is close to everything but it is like you have your own house on the island. Thank you Paul and Ashley for being so accommodating.read more
Excellent views of Somes Sound; very clean and well-maintained; serene and quite location off-the-beaten-path; convenient access to all MDI has to offer; we also shopped around quite a bit in the area, and these prices were very competitive for location/size/quality of cottage.read more
Beth Bevill Hebert
We had a wonderful week staying in Topside cottage. The cottage was clean and well stocked with anything we needed. The location was great...about 20 minutes from Bar Harbor. The view of the Sound from the deck is one of a kind! Enjoyed watching boats, osprey and the sunset from our back porch. Thank you Grindles for going out of your way to help with anything we needed! Next time we are going to make it down for a fresh lobster! You run a wonderful place and we will be back!read more
Diane Morrison Dunn
We have been coming here for over 10 years. You can't ask for anything else. A great house equipped with everything you need. Dishes, pots, dishwasher, washer and dryer, etc. Lobsters at the dock are excellent. Very nice and quiet. Paul and Ashlee are the nicest hosts and their son Camden is adorable. Love it here!read more
Liz Perros Micka
We take a family vacation to Mount Desert Island every year and rent a house. We have two small children so we're pretty picky about the kind of place where we stay. The Crowe's Nest was large, inviting, immaculate, and homey with one of the most beautiful ocean-front views we've seen. They have everything you need to feel comfortable-I even brought several items other properties were lacking on past trips and didn't need them here. We bought lobster down on the dock three times. It was so convenient and fun to just walk down the road to get our dinner! They were a great deal too. We also took a boat ride with Paul, who was more than accommodating and pointed out some of the little-known spots on the waterfront in Somes Sound. It was the perfect night for a cruise and a private ride was the perfect way to enjoy it. We highly recommend this property for a getaway to Acadia and the surrounding area. We'll be back!read more
We had a great week at Rock Point Cottage! Paul & Ashlee were wonderful hosts. The views of Somes Sound from the cottage were incredible. Short drive to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Also, they have fresh lobster for sale on the dock with the best price on the island! We will definitely be back!read more
Chambers Cottages is my favorite place in the whole world. Been staying there every year since the early 90's. I've stayed in several of the cottages but mainly Rockpoint. It's like a second home. From Don and Marilyn to Paul and Ashley ..... They are the best. I've enjoyed sharing this wonderful place with many family members and friends. Everyone leaves in love with this heavenly and magical place.read more