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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park

Barbara Lawrence

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english, french
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Barbara Lawrence

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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

Seal Cove House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Located on the 'quiet side' of Mount Desert Island, this cottage offers proximity to all the other attractions of the island and Acadia National Park. The cottage shares 7.4 acres and 800 plus or minus feet of shore front on Hodgdon Pond with a second cottage. The opposite shore of the lake is owned and protected by the National Park. Wildlife is abundant and guests frequently see osprey, Bald eagles, kingfisher and many other birds as well as deer, beaver, muskrat, and sometimes otter and moose.

The cottage has its own dock, canoe, two kayaks and a rowboat. Swimming is particularly good from the rocks on the opposite shore, and from a swim float in the lake. Cottage has its own grill, picnic table and outdoor furniture as well as a hammock overlooking the lake, Satellite TV and Internet

There are also two small ponds, a sitting area, swing set and sandbox on the property.

Wherever possible, we use 'Green' cleaning products, provide supplies made from recycled paper, low-watt bulbs, and implement other ways to reduce our impact on the environment. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has certified Hodgdon Pond Farm as an 'Environmental Leader.'

Keywords: Lake Front Cottage

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Barbara Lawrence (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2015

About Barbara Lawrence

I'm a summer kid who fell in love with Mount Desert Island and lived there year-round for 15 years. After many years and many travels, I still think of it as home. My most recent book, 'Islands of Time,' is set on Mount Desert Island. Linda Greenlaw, NYT best-selling author said, 'I really like it. It's a love-song to the people and landscape of Maine.'

Barbara Lawrence purchased this house in 1982

Why Barbara Lawrence chose Seal Cove

I was attracted to this property, formerly a hunting and fishing camp, because the ad boasted abundant wildlife. When I first saw Hodgdon Pond Farm, I realized proximity to Acadia National Park gave it enduring protection and privacy, and yet it was convenient to everything else on the island.

What makes this house unique

I love reading in the hammock beside the lake, and listening to the sounds of the birds and animals - the trill of tree frogs, keening of loons, and the querulous calls of osprey that always sound as if they are trying to get children off to school. Sometimes I hear a beaver slap the water with its tail, and sometimes ravens loudly scolding an eagle. The bullfrogs, Kingfisher, and warblers add to this ever changing, ever fascinating serenade. I also love sitting in one of the Adirondack chairs near the Little Ponds. The last time I was there I watched a mother duck and four very small duckings paddling to the bridge with the beaver dam. When they got very close a mink lunged out from under the bridge - but missed them all. Another time I was weeding the garden between the ponds when an otter stood up about ten feet from me, clutching a frog in its paws, which it then crunched as it rested in the culvert. These experiences carry me through a long winter!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Rob and I first found out about HPF through friends who invited us to stay one night while we were camping at Seawall Campground, which is part of Acadia National Park. It was a rainy day and when we had the comfort of a roof and warm shower, our camping days were dwindling. The following year the same friends found they couldn't take the cabin. We asked if we could take their place and we haven't missed a year. Our children weren't born yet, but a year or two later (Matt now 22) was born and we'd put him in a backpack carrier and hike throughout the park. Four years later Kelsey was born (now 18) and she took her first canoe ride at 4 months. Matt became an expert frog catcher at the little pond and played on the jungle gym provided. As the years quickly passed, the kids became expert swimmers and would swim to the middle of the pond top the floating dock. Having kayaks provided hours of entertainments as they took nets to catch turtles, frogs, etc. and bring them back fro Rob to photograph and eventually create numerous paintings from these excursions. We have our favorite haunts throughout Mt. Desert and have enjoyed many a lobster on the island, some of which we cooked in the cabin or enjoyed at Thurston's. To be honest we have lost track of how many years we have been at Hodgdon Pond Farm, but all we know is that we have created a lifetime of memories.
Jun 2010
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Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 21 traveler reviews

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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park
average rating of 4.952381 based on 23 reviews
5

Picturesque and Tranquil

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a lovely vacation on Hodgdon Pond in October and plan to go again this fall. Barbara was a delight to work with and we have adopted Hodgdon Pond as our second home. Quiet, secluded, beautiful, right on the water, and appointed with everything from good music selections to canoes and kayaks. The cottage is darling, light and cheerful, plenty of space, and very homey. We thoroughly enjoyed wine by the fire and cooking lobsters in the kitchen. Days were spend kayaking and canoeing and hiking Acadia, the perfect getaway.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

My kids are asking "When can we go back to Hodgdon Pond?"

  • 5 of 5

7-5-14 to 7-12-14

It is difficult to put into words how fabulous this trip to Maine has been. This island has so much to offer and we wanted to do it all. We loved the views of Hodgdon Pond and were were able to kayak, canoe, and swim on several occasions... All four of our children (ranging in age from 9 to 17) found plenty to do at and around the cottage. The younger ones especially enjoyed fishing at the smaller pond and some of our favorite moments were kayaking as a family at sunset. One morning, before the kids got up I enjoyed a run around the pond on the National Park access road. On another occasion, my husband took a bike ride around the same path (around 6 miles). While we loved the National Park, we realize that our experience would not have been as rich without our stay at Hodgdon Pond Farm. It made us feel like we had a portion of the park to ourselves. We will definitely recommend Hodgdon Pond Farm to family and friends and hope to return there again one day!

Eric, Mindy, and family, Maryland

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this wonderful review! It makes me very happy to know that you loved the feeling of coming home to the cottage, but never leaving the Park. That's what drew me to Hodgdon Pond years ago. I treasure that The Park owns and protects the opposite shore of Hodgdon Pond and so much land near us that provides safe haven for wildlife as well as those of us who visit. Please come back soon!
Lewisvile,IN
5

Our Maine Memories

  • 5 of 5

6-21- 6/28/2014

This was our first time to vacation in this magnificent state. There is so much to see and explore. We loved the cottage and how peaceful it was there. The canoes and kayaks were used a lot and my 2 year-old granddaughter loved to kakak with her mama. A bald eagle flew over us on the dock one morning. What a majestic sight that was. The kids loved all the toys and books you had there and all the baby stuff lightened our load from Indiana.

Tracy and Family, Indiana

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review! We're delighted you enjoyed the games, books, kayaks and canoe. I'm glad you saw one of the eagles that seems to live nearby and often commutes up the pond in the morning and back home again in the late afternoon. Thanks also for being wonderful renters. Please come back soon!
Wenham, MA
5

Perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in dire need of some R&R and that's what we found. The cottage is spacious, light and immaculate and the very secluded pond is lovely. We took the boat out from the dock and explored and sunned in the incredibly comfortable canoe. We read in the hammock and watched a bald eagle soar right over the other side of the pond! The kitchen was perfectly appointed with everything that I could need to make delicious dinners. The location was great as we were on the "quiet side" of the island, yet Bar Harbor was just a 20 minute drive. Will we be back? You betcha!

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for this great review! And yes, please come back soon. We're glad you found everything you needed in the kitchen, and enjoyed the new canoe. it is designed to be comfortable and safe, and I'm glad it was. Thanks also to the Bald Eagle for showing up as I had requested.
Scranton, PA
5

Great spot

  • 5 of 5

We loved this spot and staying on this side of the island! We saw a beaver and a heron in the small pond, and heard a loon at 8:00 am every day. We also enjoyed the kayaks and canoe, and the quiet and seclusion of Hodgdon Farm Pond.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I'm really pleased you saw the Great Blue heron that hangs out often around Cottage and the Little Pond. I think this year there was a pair of loons on Hodgdon Pond, and we often heard them as well when we were there. Best to you, Barbara
5

Fabulous water access, comfortable well maintained home

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Hodgdon Farm Pond with various family groupings annually for more than 10 years. In June, July, August, September, October, even November, we have had many wonderful vacations.

The house is beautifully maintained and equipped. From lounging in the hammock to kayaking around the pond to grilling, there is always something to do. And we don't give up the comforts of home--dishwasher, washer/dryer, enough private space for family members.

Barbara is a thoughtful and friendly landlady. The house is extremely well maintained. And the location is amazing. All the splendors of Acadia are easily available--PLUS our own pond for swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, birdwatching.

Every year the wildlife is different--deer peeking in the sliders in October, muskrat on evening patrol in September, loons in high sumer.

Our children grew up here. The loft is a wonderful spot for logos, art projects.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for, first for being wonderful people who appreciate Acadia national park, and Hodgdon Pond Farm, and second for this terrific review. I hope you come back for many more years!

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All the attractions of Mount Desert Island & Acadia National Park are available. Guests can kayak, fish, & swim on the property, & there is easy access to hiking trails & good roads for biking.

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Rates & Availability

From $1,225 Per week

Seal Cove House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring 2015
May 2 2015 - Jun 20 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,225
 
 
Early Summer
Jun 21 2015 - Jun 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,675
 
 
July, 2015
Jul 1 2015 - Jul 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
$2,225
 
 
August, 2014
Aug 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
$2,325
 
 
Early Fall
Sep 1 2015 - Sep 11 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,675
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes Contrary to the VRBO policy expressed above, I break the rent into three payments. My refund policy also differs from that expressed by VRBO. Please contact me for more information. Thanks.

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Amenities

Seal Cove House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • First floor bath has shower, washer and dryer. 2nd floor bath has full tub and shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • King size beds (1) In Master Bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (4) Two twins in each of the first floor bedrooms. Kit and linens to make set in front bedroom into a King bed., Baby Cribs (1) There is a 'Pack N Play in each cottage., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Double size futon bed in loft of Cottage 2. Twin mattress and springs in loft of Cottage 1.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Dock, Canoe, 2 Kayaks. Rowboat at Cottage 1.

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