LAKE FRONT COTTAGE FACING ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Barbara Lawrence

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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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LAKE FRONT COTTAGE FACING ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

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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:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
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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Barbara Lawrence

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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

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.

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!

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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4.9
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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews
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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p44879vb
(978) 468-2828 (Massachusetts, USA)
Seal Cove Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island
Newton MA
5

Highlight of our Summer

  • 5 of 5
Staying at Hodgdon Pond Farm was certainly a highlight of our summer this year. We loved the peace and quiet there. We swam in the pond almost everyday, enjoyed the hammock, ate breakfast outside in the comfy chairs watching the birds, and relaxed with movies and books at night. The cottage was well equipped and comfortable. We loved being on the quiet side of Mt. Desert Island but still having good access to all that the island and Acadia have to offer: fun hikes, great bike riding, gorgeous vistas, good restaurants, and wonderful kayaking adventures.
  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I'm delighted that you enjoyed the hammock and the peace and quiet of Hodgdon Pond. The noisiest inhabitant may be the Kingfisher that makes a loud rasping call as he flies from one perch to another around the lake.

Please come back soon!
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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p44879vb
(978) 468-2828 (Massachusetts, USA)
Seal Cove Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island
NJ
5

Hodgdon Pond Cottages 1 and 2

  • 5 of 5
We rented both cottage 1 and cottage 2 at Hodgdon Pond for a week in late July. We have nothing but wonderful things to say about our experience in these homes. Both cottages are very well cared for and exceptionally well stocked and comfortable beds. Not to mention the outdoor space is perfect for grilling while still being part of the action. Our group was 4 kids (ages 3-6) and 6 adults, and everyone loved the homes for a variety of reasons. The kayak and canoes were fantastic to use on the pond, which is so tranquil. The kids enjoyed swimming from the floating dock and catching frogs from the small ponds. The hammocks are perfect for quiet time. These cottages are in a beautiful, quiet setting but well located for markets and park access. This was our 5th trip to Mt Desert Island and while we enjoy the activity of Bar Harbor and the Sand Beach area we truly love the "quiet side". The quiet side of the island has many gems that are much less crowded. And Southwest Harbor has all the groceries and ice cream you could need. There are fantastic hikes, bikes and markets 15 min from these homes. And Echo Lake which is perfect swimming for kids. We cannot wait to go back.
  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Your review makes me very happy because you describe exactly the kind of vacation we hope everyone will enjoy at Hodgdon Pond Farm. Thank you for being wonderful guests and please come back soon.
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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p44879vb
(978) 468-2828 (Massachusetts, USA)
Seal Cove Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island
Arlington, MA
5

Beautiful, peaceful and young family-friendly

  • 5 of 5
We have spent a week each September for the past three years watching the leaves change and enjoying warm evening fires and cool morning hikes at this lovely, two-story cottage. The layout is perfect for our young family (two adults and a four-year-old child). The pond is perfect for little paddling excursions, and the proximity to amazing day hikes and shorter walks is perfect. Having a dishwasher, washer/dryer and enough room to make big floor puzzles on a rainy day is so terrific. We will return again and again.
  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We love having kids enjoy Hodgdon Pond Farm, and are delighted you will be back.
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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p44879vb
(978) 468-2828 (Massachusetts, USA)
Seal Cove Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island
Tulsa, OK
5

Peaceful & Beautiful

Peaceful & Beautiful
  • 5 of 5
HPF is a lovely spot in which to spend a vacation on Mt. Desert. A wonderfully quiet and private location, away from the at-times busy and touristy moments. HPF offers a wonderful space in which to spread out, enjoy the park, and enjoy your time away. It offers a superb deal when compared with hotel rooms in Bar Harbor, and offers more of a naturalist's retreat. The amenities and owner's care are top- notch and we have loved coming here for years. We love that we can cook family dinners and avoid having to eat every meal out. Proximity to so many amazing spots within the Park is also a great asset. Our children love the kayaks, canoes and swingset, and we love the quiet and space.
  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for submitting a wonderful review. I'm really glad you enjoyed yourselves at Hodgdon Pond Farm, and it makes me very happy to know you appreciate what we've done to make the cottage comfortable. Thanks too for pointing out that renting a three-bedroom two-bath cottage with a kitchen is less expensive than staying in a hotel. Please come back soon!
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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p44879vb
(978) 468-2828 (Massachusetts, USA)
Seal Cove Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island
Lynnfield, MA
5

A Special Place

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I, older and retired, spent a week at HPF with younger friends with a 10 year old daughter. It was mid-August and the weather pattern worked in our favor. Not to hot, never to cool, what one calls "perfect" vacation weather. What we particularly liked about HPF was the isolation that directly translated into quiet and peacefulness, resulting in multiple sightings of four legged mammals and birds, the highlight being the bald eagle slowly circling overhead one day just above the cottage. Having coffee in the morning as the sun broke over the hill across from the pond, seeing the pond stir as the morning breezes kicked in, well, it does not get any better. Enjoying the pond is another special treat. Going to the dock and enjoying the frogs, which our 10 year old did every morning and evening, using the canoe and kayaks, swimming off the raft in the cool not cold water, fishing, and it was all right there. What a treat. While the owner had informed us of the low water it did not impact us at all. The cottage is spacious, and with two bathrooms and a washer/dryer you can't beat the convenience. I guess the only problem we had is that a week is only 7 days. Such is life.
  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had such a good time and saw an eagle. I was equally pleased to learn from other renters who hired a birding guide that he thinks Hodgdon Pond is a terrific place to see birds and sometimes brings people to the Park side of the lake. Your comment about 4-legged mammals reminds me that a pair of beaver set up camp this fall at our Little Ponds, which makes it quite easy to see them and their work. What the beaver don't know is that we put a "beaver deceiver" in the larger of the two ponds a few years ago, and it seems to work well. Thanks for the nice comment and I hope you come back soon!
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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p44879vb
(978) 468-2828 (Massachusetts, USA)
Seal Cove Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island
New Hampshire
5

Favorite week of the year

  • 5 of 5
We have been coming to Mt Desert Island and specifically HPF for the past 11 years. We have stayed in each of the two cottages several times and each has its own unique charm. The wonderful views, the privacy, direct access to wonderful swimming and kayaking, and proximity to Acadia National Park, make HPF a wonderful choice for families with children or adults looking for a quiet time away. The cottages are very well equipped and we look forward every year to seeing what improvements the owner has made. She truly cares about her quest's enjoyment and each year she calls upon arrival to be sure all is well. A very nice touch. Highly recommended!
  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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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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Availability & Rates

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Seal Cove House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall 2014
Sep 6 2014 - Oct 31 2014
4 night minimum stay
$170
$1,175
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes Rates for September and October 2014 are $1175 a week and rise to a maximum of $2325 per week in August. Two-week rentals are discounted by $100.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

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:
  • Telephone ...
  • Internet ...
  • Heating ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishwasher
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
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:
  • Television ...
  • Games ...
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
  • DVD Player
  • CD Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • children welcome ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • snowmobiling
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • fishing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • wind-surfing
  • cycling
Notes:
Dock, Canoe, 2 Kayaks. Rowboat at Cottage 1.
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