My husband and I have stayed at Branch Lake Cottage each summer for 5 years now and are booked for 2015 as well. This is not a small cottage – it is a very nice 2-story w/basement home with large airy rooms that offer a fabulous view of the lake from the master bedroom, great room as well as the wraparound deck. The house is always clean and fresh when we arrive. The kitchen has modern appliances and is well equipped. It also offers a very nice grill and lobster pot for outdoor cooking. Best is the natural landscape and all the outdoor equipment: Kayak, canoe, paddleboat, swim platform and bikes. The lake is crystal clear and I hear very good for fishing. We don’t fish but locals can surely tell you the best spots. I love the night sky and can see millions of stars from the dock. Moonrise is spectacular from the lake. And… if you get a rainy day there’s a pool table, games, puzzles and books in the basement! The house is close to Ellsworth businesses that have everything you need or forgot to bring, and several very nice restaurants. Acadia National Park is about an hour’s drive depending on which portion is the target that day, and it's particularly good for hiking there. There are also two other preserves within 20 minutes of the house. The excellent hosts provide lots of info on things to do and a map book for planning your trip. We highly recommend Branch Lake Cottage.