We are repeat renters of this lovely home, with its elevated view over Long Pond and the signature Acadian rounded "bubble" mountains. The lake's edge and a spacious dock/float are just steps away down the hillside, while the house is atop the ridge, providing a mesmerizing view of the lake, hills, sky and clouds and the ever-changing light. The neighboring houses are not visible, and the lake is very quiet when we are there in the fall, so we feel like we have this peaceful haven to ourselves. There are many nice restaurants just a short drive away, but the well-equipped kitchen makes it tempting to stay "home" and savor the superb view while whipping up dinner and sitting down to enjoy it. The house is light and airy and snug, and comfortably furnished, with interesting books, games, videos and a large-screen TV. The natural beauty of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park is all around you, and we are still discovering new areas to explore. In the fall, the changing colors of the leaves are breathtaking, and often reflected in the many lakes on the island. There are dozens of hiking trails (leisurely to more strenuous), waterfalls, verdant mountain forests, seacoasts, meadows, canoeing/kayaking ---it's hard to choose where to spend the day--and we often take a picnic lunch. But no matter where we go, it is always delightful to return to the comfort of the cottage and just relax. And the outside deck is a superb place to position a telescope to see the moon and planets at night.
The house is very well equipped--the only thing we bring in is food and beverages. The appliances are up-to-date--I like the washer/dryer better than my own at home. The beds are comfortable and everything is always very clean. The property manager is attentive and responsive if you need him, but otherwise leaves you to enjoy your stay. The owner is a delightful and gracious gentleman, very prompt and efficient with the reservations, helpful with information about the island and the house, has a wonderful sense of humor, and, even though I've never met him, I think of him as my host and friend. I would wholeheartedly recommend this property....but only to people that I know would tend it lovingly!!