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This comfortable home with beautiful views is relatively close to Bar Harbor and the rest of down east Maine. It's on Molasses Pond and has a 90' sand beach the water is clean spring fed and very gradual. Great artistic retreat or perfect for little guys. The home has a huge master bedroom with a bunk bed and a day bed upstairs in the front room. Fun and functional.
Best feature was swimming and free canoeing at the lake. Nice and quiet. All the beds are on the 2nd floor in one room so no problem for the 5 of us since we get along great. The boiler only holds enough hot water for 2 people every hour or so. Owner very friendly and responsive. Thanks for the stay!!
We just got back (a day early) from this artist's retreat vacation home. While it is true that it is secluded in terms of how far away amenities are, it is not quiet or peaceful. The water and swimming were terrific -- warm, clear, and close. The loons were great and the cottage was fine (the rugs downstairs do need changing, they have a lingering smell). What was not as advertised was the closeness of the camp next door (20 ft or so and left out of all the pictures of the camp) and the general noise level of the area. If you like parties that last into the wee hours of the night, fireworks, kids yelling, an active ATV trail nearby, and construction projects next door, this is the camp for you.
I had specifically asked before renting if it was secluded and quiet and was told that the camps on one side hadn't been used in years (true, there are actually two camps to the right that are deserted and this is what makes the beach so private and 90' long). The left side has a camp right next door, a dock 5 feet from this dock, and camps lined up as far as one can see down the shoreline. I understand that this is why they call it summer camp, but when you specifically ask for quiet and privacy, it is not ok to leave out some details of how populated it really is. We asked for and thought we were getting peace and quiet and some privacy, but this was not as advertised or as described by the owner when asked. Many families will love it, there is a lot going for it, but if you don't have kids and want a week of rest and relaxation, skip this one.
In addition, the camp right next door decided to do some construction work and scaffolding went up, boards were flying, saws were screaming, nail guns popping, not what I would describe as peaceful or serene. Granted, it was one day, but that one day was really loud and really inappropriate for a paying vacation renter to be hearing all day. We closed all the doors and windows until they left.
We decided to leave a day early even though we knew we would miss the water and swimming. We truly were looking for peace and quiet, and after almost a week of not really getting either, decided home was quiet and peaceful enough.
We just enjoyed a fabulous stay at this cottage on Molasses Pond. The lake was so peaceful, and the swimming was great. Our children ages 5, 8, and 13 loved swimming in the shallow warm waters. They also enjoyed fishing and kayaking in the kayaks provided. We saw several turtles, and the loons came for a visit every night. We loved having the camp sit so close to the beach, and we enjoyed the lawn area with shade for sitting. The old VCR tapes and collection of board games were a huge hit with the kids. The road to the camp turns from tar to gravel, but it is very well maintained. The accommodations were just what we were looking for- a camp experience but with so many cozy touches of home. The camp was very clean and seemed to have everything available. We already are talking about staying again next year! Thank you so much!!!!
My wife and I and our 2 teenagers (16 and 18) enjoyed a week in this cottage. It was clean (no spiders or stained carpets) and well equipped and while there is a mile of gravel road, there are no rock-outcroppings. If you are looking for a McMansion, look elsewhere. This is a compact cottage that would not be suitable for a family that needed privacy from each other.
We wind-surfed (bring your own), kayaked (provided) and swam in the warm, clear water of Molasses Pond. The loon calls enticed us out each night , probably inviting us to look at the spectacular night sky.
We gathered blueberries a few miles down the road and enjoyed the annual lobster festival in Winter Harbor. Acadia had to be visited but it was so packed with visitors it was sweet relief to get back to this rural retreat at the end of the day.
Don't come here to watch television or have long conversations on your cell phone. This is a place for swimming, kayaking, reading, writing, painting and simply slowing down.
We would recommend this to our friends (but not our enemies - we don't want them to have that much fun!).
My family and I were extremely disappointed with this cabin. The description was very misleading. The cabin was much smaller than indicated in the advertisement. Athough advertised as having a living room with pull-out couch, there was neither. One enters the cabin directly into a small kitchen containing a small table with four chairs. A sliding glass door overlooks a (very pretty) lake, but there is no family or living room, no den, or any other type of gathering area. There was a separate shed area near the cabin (with an old couch in it), but unless I truly disliked my children, I wouldn't think of sending them out there (I might never have seen them again!). The only bathroom shares space with the laundry facilities; in fact the bathroom sink serves also as the laundry sink. The bathroom/laundry room is accessed through swinging doors, so there is absolutely no privacy.
The house was not clean. It was dusty with stained carpeting upstairs, cobwebs and lots of little bugs and spiders for company. Neither the VCR nor the dishwasher worked.
I not only wouldn't recommend this place to a friend, but I wouldn't recommend it to an enemy, either.
You can't get a more 'on the water' than this getaway retreat; it's 10 steps from the back door. Molasses Pond is bigger than most lakes I've seen and its rolling waters lapping the shore each evening is the best medicine for any world weary, stressed out traveler. The water is, crystal clean, warm and shallow for a long distance out so its great for kids but adults may find it irksome. Between the loons, bull frogs and occasional coyote, night can be a symphony of nature.
The cottage is close to many Maine tourist locations including Acadia Nat'l Park, Bar Harbor & the ferry to Nova Scotia (don't forget your passport).
Everything is available as stated on the advertisement. We couldn't believe so much was made available. Sleeping accommodations for 2 are perfect; for more, you'll be sharing the main bedroom with the kids. Or they could use the Funky Bunky cabin which truthfully only a kid could love. There are a few drawbacks but they are more annoyances. The last mile or so is a gravel surfaced road with some not so nice high rock outcroppings; don't drive any low slung sports job over them. Local info was scant and took some digging to find good restaurants, food markets, etc. Cell phone service is erratic unless you move out to the main road. This is definitely NOT for people with disabilities.
This property boasts a 90 foot sand beach four feet from the the front door. This half acre property is on the quiet end of Molasses Pond close to the roaring brook and waterfalls.
Other Activities: Kayaking
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7 night minimum stay
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