Even after a week, I didn't want to leave! We loved the cottage, and Mount Desert Island in general. The cottage was decorated just as one would expect a quaint cottage to be. It is brand new, clean, and beautiful, inside and out. Anything a person could want was there-to books, games, DVDs, mosquito repelling candles, bandaids, lobster utensils, wine bottle toppers, coasters. I could go on and on-really-they had everything! The kitchen was beautiful and included a gas range, microhood, toaster oven, coffee maker, and electric kettle. The cabinets were stocked with high quality pots, pans, utensils, and glassware-even wine and shot glasses! They provided extra towels, sheets, and blankets. The bed was comfy too. While we were there, it got really hot. There were fans to help cool things down. There’s no cable, but there is a small TV/DVD combo and WIFI, so we took our laptop and watched a few TV shows on it. There’s also no cell phone reception, but there is a landline phone. (I loved being unavailable anyway!)
Not only was the inside incredible, but so was the outside. We enjoyed sitting out on the deck listening to the call of the loons. We also had dinners outside, taking advantage of the nice grill they provided. A two-minute walk got us to the kayak/canoe rental place and the swimming area. After a hot day of hikes or sightseeing, a refreshing swim in the cool pond was in order!
The real estate company who handles this rental was a dream to deal with. Everything was handled in a timely, professional manner. Paula also gave us helpful tips on activities to do. Having someone care about the quality of our vacation added to how truly happy we were with our trip.
The cottage was close to Southwest Harbor, and we had a few great meals at Sea Biscuits, Fiddler’s Green, and Red Sky. Hiking, kayaking, and swimming were fun. The Ship Harbor hiking trail was breathtaking, and the Beehive was tops. Once we got up and over the top, we took a much-deserved swim in The Bowl. Watching the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain was also something I will never forget.
I have taken many vacations, and this goes down as my favorite. I have not one negative thing to say about Mount Desert Island or the cottage. Pond Hill Cottage gets a 10 out of 10. Rent it. You won’t be disappointed!