June 4-11, 2022 Sol's Cliff House, Bar Harbor, Maine
Sol’s Cliff House is an extraordinary property on Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor, Maine, overlooking Frenchman Bay and adjacent to Acadia National Park. Nestled into twelve private acres of pine and fir, yet walkable to downtown Bar Harbor, this Mount Desert Island estate delivers what we think is the most magnificent view on an island of incredible views.
The current owner's step-grandfather, New York lawyer-turned-novelist Arthur Train, commissioned the house to be built by Boston architect George Shepard in 1914, making it one of the last surviving “summer cottages” of Bar Harbor’s gilded-era golden age. It barely survived the great fire of 1947.
Large ground-floor rooms connect by double doors and a great front hall. The entire east side overlooking the bay is lined with double French doors opening onto a brick terrace, affording wonderful views east across Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands to the mainland and south to Egg Rock light house and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.
Second- and third-floor bedrooms include ocean-facing or garden-facing rooms with king, queen, double or twin beds. All have windows that open. You'll share a bathroom with one other retreat-goer. The old house does not have an elevator, so unfortunately the house is not fully accessible to those who can't walk the stairs.
To stay at Sol’s Cliff House is to step back in time to an era of long family summers, house parties, vigorous exercise, domestic culture, and a note of extravagance. Enjoy this special place where Acadia meets Frenchman Bay, and rejuvenate where the mountain and sea air mingle. There are palpable creative vibes in this place, leftover from novelist Arthur Train, whose novels line the shelves in Train's library.
Give yourself the gift of time to finish your novel.