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Frequently Asked Questions about our Maine Cottage Rentals

Mount Desert Islands Chambers Oceanfront Cottages

Mount Desert Islands Chambers Oceanfront Cottages

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!

Google Reviews

Alan Grazioso
Alan Grazioso
10:04 04 Sep 18
My family and I deeply enjoyed our August 2018 week at Chambers Oceanfront Cottages. We stayed in Sounderosa. The cottage was super clean, kitchen stocked with all needed items including a lobster steaming/boiling pot. This three bedroom, two bath place had ample room for the 4 of us. It’s decor and appliances are somewhat retro and vintage. Which has its charm. The views of Somes Sound, the birds, evening visits of resident local deer, the fireplace, all met or exceeded our expectations. And what a personable family who owns and manages. Paul even pre-stacked our fridge with 4 delicious pound and a half lobsters. Then we bought 12 more directly from his and his grandfathers catch right at the dock down the hill. We hired Paul to take us round trip to Little Cranberry island for dinner. Paul answer all questions and offers tips via text super quick. This family is generous and understands true old fashioned service! All around we had a dreamy week on Mount Desert Island and Acadia. Highly recommend!!!!!read more
Rachel Fedorov
Rachel Fedorov
14:06 02 Sep 18
A perfect location with stunning views and a peaceful atmosphere. The house was fully equipped with everything you could possibly need for your vacation. The hosts were easy and welcoming. We had an amazing time. Thank you!read more
Matthew Bell
Matthew Bell
08:36 24 Aug 18
Exceptionally friendly and welcoming owners who couldn't do enough to help (from offering to stock the fridge in anticipation of a late night arrival with a small child, to taking the time to talk to and show said small child how to catch lobsters).Beautiful and peaceful location.Perfectly appointed cottage with superb view and wonderful deck overlooking Somes Sound.Cannot recommend strongly enough.read more
Gary DeRevere
Gary DeRevere
11:36 04 Aug 18
Loved every minute of our stay at "Hillside". Hearing the loons calling, and watching boats, while enjoying coffee on the deck each morning. So cool to see deer( 2 adults and 3 fawns)almost every day right next to the cottage. And a wonderful feast of lobster purchased right on the dock for a fraction of the cost elsewhere. The property is super clean and well maintained. Truly a hidden gem on MDI. Will be back!!read more
julie mac
julie mac
14:20 03 Aug 18
Love,love, love this place. Clean, comfy and charming.
carol doherty
carol doherty
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
John Green
John Green
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
Matthew Sangen
Matthew Sangen
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
Parks Creech
Parks Creech
14:52 31 May 18
Incredible views, well maintained property, and nice people. Couldn't have asked for more.
Bonnie C.
Bonnie C.
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
Claudia Bevill
Claudia Bevill
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
Liz Averill
Liz Averill
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
Lucy Wilson
Lucy Wilson
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
Paul Simonsen
Paul Simonsen
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
Melissa Clemson
Melissa Clemson
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
Dale Richardson
Dale Richardson
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
Sara Brenner
Sara Brenner
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
Carolyn Wilson
Carolyn Wilson
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
David Mueller
David Mueller
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
Brenda Duplantis
Brenda Duplantis
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
A G
A G
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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