Solís Cliff

This magnificent and peaceful 12-bedroom summer home was built in 1914 for New York lawyer-novelist Arthur Train (his writing house, though closed, still stands slightly to the south of the main house) by architect George Shepard of Boston, and has remained in Train's family since then. Situated above the sea with over 12 acres of woodlands behind it, the house enjoys some of the most magnificent views on Mt. Desert Island, overlooking Frenchman's Bay and its spruce-studded islands and the Atlantic. On its inland side, the house affords views of some of the mountains of Acadia National Park for which Mt. Desert is so well known. The house is located about a mile from Bar Harbor, is accessed by a long private driveway, and offers three floors of comfort and privacy. With 12 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, the house sleeps up to 22 people if the infant room and two rollaway beds are used. It also includes a large dining room, a large living room, library, kitchen, butler's pantry and laundry room, six fireplaces (with the four on the ground floor available for use), a second floor porch overlooking the water, a long terrace along the water side of the house, two sheltered picnic areas in Italianate loggia and a large, detached game house.

As one of the last remaining "Summer Cottages" that were numerous in the Bar Harbor area before the great fire of 1947, the house still has many of its original details. Various renovations have endeavored to preserve the historical character while adding modern convenience.

The house is ideally situated for the many activities Mt. Desert is famous for: hiking, sailing, kayaking, biking, golf, tennis, swimming, shopping, and fine dining. Its serenity is conducive to reading, drawing and the like.

TOTAL CAPACITY: 22 (If king, queen and double beds have two people each and the 2 rollaway and infant rooms are used.)

FIRST FLOOR: Grand, brick-floored entry foyer with fireplace offers splendid views through glass-paneled doors to the brick terrace and Frenchman's Bay beyond. Spacious formal living room with fireplace and French doors (seven sets) leading to the terrace and outer grounds is wonderful for entertaining. Satellite television with DVD and VCR. Gracious dining room with fireplace and seating for up to 22, also with direct access via French doors to outside dining area and terrace with views of the bay, islands and Egg Rock Lighthouse. Warm and comfortable library with fireplace, several shelves of books and stereo. Butler's pantry, kitchen with seating for nine. Adjacent sitting and playroom for children with television and DVD and VCRLaundry room. Half bath and small fax room off foyer.

SECOND FLOOR: Master bedroom suite with king bed, fireplace, walk-in closet/changing room and private full bath with tub and shower. A porch with beautiful water views adjoins the master suite. Bedroom with queen bed, water views and shares full bath with double bedroom with water views. Bedroom with double bed, fireplace and water views shares full bath with claw-foot tub with bedroom with two twin beds, also with water views. Bedroom with queen bed and private full bath with tub and shower, also with doorway to help's wing hallway. Second master bedroom suite with king bed, water views, adjacent full bath with tub and shower and step-down to nursery with two cribs in separate room. Many of the rooms on this floor have doors leading to adjacent rooms, which may be kept open or closed, depending upon your needs. Four more bedrooms with single beds and shared bath and tub in former help's wing. Two roll away beds to be placed where desired.

PORCH/DECK: Large brick terrace with furnishings offers unparalleled views of water, outlying islands and mainland beyond. Upper porch off Master Bedroom suite (see above). Sheltered outdoor picnic table in Italianate loggia.

DETACHED GAME HOUSE: Out the back door, an excellent facility for full court badminton, wall tennis, basketball and general recreation, especially suitable for rainy days.

APPLIANCES: Standard kitchen appliances include stove and dishwasher, two refrigerators and microwave. Washer and Dryer. Stereo. Satellite TV/VCR/DVD. Fax and answering machines.

contact - 212.935.4136