FIREFLY COTTAGE - LAKEFRONT COTTAGE IN HOPE - MAINE'S BEST KEPT SECRET

Kathryn Swift

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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FIREFLY COTTAGE - LAKEFRONT COTTAGE IN HOPE - MAINE'S BEST KEPT SECRET

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Charming 2BR 1BA Lakefront Cottage, Sleeps 4

Firefly Cottage is truly the place for a relaxing and fun vacation. Situated on the shores of 266 acre Hobb's Pond, this crystal clear lake offers enjoyable swimming, boating and great fishing. Our charming cottage sits 100 feet from the water in a quiet, private setting under beautiful trees. It is only a ten minute drive to Camden Harbor with it's many fine shops, restaurants and galleries.

The cottage is decorated with braided rugs and comfortable furnishings. Two bedrooms upstairs with pine floors, one with a queen bed. Two twins in the other. It will comfortably sleep four. Full bath with tub and shower. The living room is furnished with soft, comfortable furniture for relaxing. Our lake side deck is a great place to unwind.

Hobb's Pond is a spring fed lake offering great swimming. Fish and wildlife abound in and around the lake. Loons, turtles, ducks, frogs, chipmunks and geese are daily sightings. If you are lucky, you may see a bald eagle, osprey or hear the call of an owl.

Unplug, unwind and enjoy family and friends. Views from the shore are beautiful. Sunrises are gorgeous. Great deck next to the lake offers comfy seating. Stairs into the lake for easy access. Great place to watch the kids and wildlife. Drink your morning coffee by a still lake while you listen to the loons.

Summer brings a dizzying choice of things to do. Climb a mountain, visit a lighthouse, sail on a schooner, go antiquing, shop at a craft fair, visit Hope Elephants or simply nap in our hammock while you listen to the loons. Acadia National Park is a delightful day trip. Several museums are also located in our area. You will be delighted with the antics of the chipmunks and hummingbirds.

FIREFLY COTTAGE IS A SMOKE FREE HOME. NO PETS, PLEASE. MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY IS 4 GUESTS.

Amenities: Gorgeous views across the lake of mountains and sunrises, New Flat Screen TV with DVD player and movies, telephone, 125 feet of private lake frontage, dock to moor your boat, swim float, two kayaks with adult life jackets, lake side fire pit, two decks with gas grill, picnic table and comfy seating, hammock, games, books, full kitchen with microwave oven, coffee maker, electric stove/oven, toaster, blender, sheets and blankets provided - we ask that you bring your own towels.

Activities: Swimming, kayaking, fishing, hiking, antiquing, museums, Acadia National Park, lighthouses, lobsters, art galleries, gourmet and family friendly restaurants, craft fairs, festivals, theater, shopping or just plain relaxing.

North Atlantic Blues Festival, Lobster Festival, Celtic Festival, Schooner Days, Mountain Biking Festival, 4th of July Events.

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Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Kathryn Swift (Owner)
Advertiser since 2006
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About Kathryn Swift

My husband and I run two local businesses. Firefly Restoration Co restores antique fire trucks. Misty Mountain Seed Co. offers seed gifts at gift shops throughout New England. We have raised two sons in Hope and believe in giving back to our community, previously running the Hope 4 Jazz Festival and helping to raise funds to preserve Hatchet Mountain.

Kathryn Swift purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Kathryn Swift chose Hope

Hobbs Pond is one of the most pristine and quietest lakes in the area with awesome swimming, boating and fishing. Camden is just a 10 minute drive away with many activities, restaurants, shops, galleries and then you can return to peaceful Firefly Cottage. Acadia National Park is a wonderful day trip.

What makes this cottage unique

The lakeside deck is a wonderful place to sit by the lake, watch the kids swim, have a drink and offers gorgeous views of the Camden Hills. Loons abound in the lake and you will enjoy their calls. Our hammock is the perfect place to take a nap. The cottage is close enough to our home (2 miles) that we can be of assistance to our guests if needed, while still offering you privacy.

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Reviews

4.8
based on 14 traveler reviews

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Firefly Cottage - Lakefront Cottage in Hope - Maine's Best Kept Secret
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews
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Firefly Cottage - Lakefront Cottage in Hope - Maine's Best Kept Secret
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Hope MidCoast and Penobscot Bay
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5

We'll Be Back

We'll Be Back
  • 5 of 5
We stayed at Firefly Cottage for a week and loved it. Hobb's Pond is a peaceful lake that is very clean. The loons were wonderful to listen to and we even saw a bald eagle. Camden is a delightful town to be a tourist in and there are many activities to do within just a few miles.
The cottage is very comfortable for a family of 4 and is very clean and decorated in a very pleasing way. The new deck next to the lake was a great place to drink our morning coffee and greet the day. The owners are also very friendly and eager to make sure your vacation is enjoyable. They left fresh flowers in the cottage for us and packets of Maine wildflowers. The swimming and fishing were great fun for our kids and the kayaks allowed us to really explore the lake. We found a great sand beach across the lake from the cottage.
We enjoyed our stay at Firefly immensely and plan to return someday. We felt it was a great value for such a nice little home and would recommend it to anyone wanting a relaxing vacation.
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2006
  • Stayed: Jul 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hope MidCoast and Penobscot Bay
5

Far exceeded our expectations!

  • 5 of 5
Our family loved this cottage! Our goal on this vacation was to take day trips to many of the harbor towns nearby...only it was very hard to get our kids to leave the cottage because they were having so much fun. It was so relaxing, clean and quiet. I enjoyed my mornings by having my coffee sitting down on the deck and my evening strolls in the kayak. We even had a little fire in the fire pit one night and had smores. This was one of our most enjoyable family vacations. Kathy (the owner) was so helpful to answer all my questions before booking and also gave me suggestions about restaurants and area attractions. I would definitely book this cottage in the future and have already recommended it to family & friends.
  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Debbie. I'm so glad your family had a wonderful vacation at Firefly Cottage. Hope to see you again someday.
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Firefly Cottage - Lakefront Cottage in Hope - Maine's Best Kept Secret
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Hope MidCoast and Penobscot Bay
5

Firefly Cottage

  • 5 of 5
Property was just as described in an excellent setting and equipped.Great week was had by the family and we were entertained daily with the Chipmunks and Red Squirrels as well as the Loons.
Fishing on the lake was good with a couple of nice sized bass caught.Added bonus was watching a Bobcat coming up from the Lake past the house.
Would definately recommend this property.
  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Firefly Cottage - Lakefront Cottage in Hope - Maine's Best Kept Secret
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+1 2077633355
Hope MidCoast and Penobscot Bay
5

Quaint Getaway

  • 5 of 5
This was a cute cottage on a peaceful pond (which was more like a lake to us). The cottage had a beautiful view with a great dock for sitting. We enjoyed using the kayaks and fishing poles. There were lots of things to do in the area, but the cottage was in a quiet location which was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hope MidCoast and Penobscot Bay
5

Another Pleasant Stay

  • 5 of 5
What a week it was at Firefly Cottage!

The weather was perfect, the fishing was OUTSTANDING, and the chipmunks were quite 'talkative'. (Lots of chatter between them up in the trees...makes for a fun 5 o'clock Happy Hour on the waterfront deck! ) :-D

Noticed more loons this year, which is always a good sign! On Wednesday afternoon, 'Momma Loon' left 'Baby Loon' about 10 feet down the shoreline off the dock to go rustle up some grub. When she returned 'Baby Loon' flapped its wings in excitement and swam out quickly to 'Momma'. Very precious moment that can only be witnessed on the quiet tranquil lakes and ponds of Mid Coast Maine!

Once again, a big THANK YOU to the Swift family for making us feel right at home. The 'welcome basket' is a special touch.

We'll be in touch soon to inquire about Summer 2013!


Jim
  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jim. So glad you and your family had a great stay!
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http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p321232
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Hope MidCoast and Penobscot Bay
4

Peaceful Getaway

  • 4 of 5
The setting is very beautiful and serene. The owner left flowers and a welcome gift which was very thoughtful and invited us to the clean, nicely furnished cottage. The loons were also an extra special treat to the surroundings. We watched the tape on loons and really understood the wonderful creation and their song, especially in the evening we waited to hear as we fell asleep.
The only thing that was disappointing was that a boat was listed in the amentities and that was not there. There were 3 kayaks. Also, it is listed that there is TV and a VCR. There is no reception for any television shows at all and you can only play VCR tapes on the TV that are provided by the owner. Mostly childrens tapes. I believe television should not be listed as one of the amenities, since there is no reception. Maybe they could provide a DVD player for those rainy nights. Atleast you could rent a movie from the grocery store if you desire. The amenities should be updated and be specific concerning the television and the boat. Also. WiFi is not listed, but most people rely on this, in some instances, even on vacation.
The owner was very nice and inviting and it was decorated as a home away from home.
  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Hatchet Mountain Pub
Car: necessary
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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Hope Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall 2014
Aug 31 2014 - Oct 19 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
$140
From
$140
Fri,Sat,Sun
$900
 
 
Summer 2015
Jun 13 2015 - Aug 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
$900
 
 
Fall 2015
Aug 30 2015 - Oct 18 2015
2 night minimum stay
$150
$900
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes From $900/Week $1700/Two Weeks
JUNE THROUGH AUGUST. - $900/week $1700 for 2 weeks + 8% lodging tax.
SEPT AND OCT - $140/night with a minimum two night stay. $900/week
WE BEGIN TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR 2015 ON JAN 1ST. TERMS - 50% DEPOSIT by CREDIT CARD and SIGNED RENTAL AGREEMENT to secure reservation. $100 sec deposit and balance due 60 days prior to arrival. Weekly rental period runs from 4 PM Sat. to 10 AM on the following Sat.
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Amenities

Amenities

Hope Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Heating
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Free Local Calls
  • Local Maps
  • Iron & Board
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bottled Water
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Telephone
  • Paper Towels
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Linens Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items
  • Grill
  • Coffee Maker
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Pine floors, quality bedding, comfortable beds
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Video Library
  • Toys
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
Outside:
  • Porch Furniture
  • Walkway to Water
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • coin laundry
  • winery tours
  • botanical garden
  • waterfalls
  • churches
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • golf
  • cycling
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