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Steve & Michelle Cowan

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

Quaint Beech Hill Pond Cottage - Private Sandy Beach Near Acadia & Bar Harbor

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Waterfront Cottage - 5 Bedrooms - 2 full Bathrooms - Sleeps 10

Delightful Beech Hill Pond cottage, comfortably furnished and well appointed with all the conveniences you could need - huge wrap-around deck with plenty of Adirondack chairs for de-stressing, stone terrace with lake-side fire pit just off the 100 foot private sandy beach. Safe swimming for kids in the crystal clear spring fed water, dock and swim float, (2) kayaks and (1) canoe included. Free WIFI, all linens, towels and firewood included! Dogs OK with fee.

Bedrooms are charmingly decorated offering 4 twins, 1 queen, and 2 full size beds, linens for all. Fully equipped kitchen and large breakfast bar. Enjoy the stillness of morning mist rising from the lake, soft summer breezes and the calming songs of the resident loons. The fishing's fun, the swimming's refreshing and boating is just plain relaxing so bring your toys!

Only 30 miles to Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park.

Acadia National Park: In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson set aside 6000 acres (within what is now Acadia National Park) as Sieur de Monts National Monument. With the acquisition of more land and private support and funding, in 1919 President Wilson signed an act establishing Lafayette National Park. In 1929 the parks name was changed to Acadia.

Acadia National Park was established to protect the area's spectacular scenic values, Maine's rock bound coast, its coastal and its offshore islands as characterized by the geologic features, natural history and the native plant and animal life. Forty five miles of rustic carriage roads weave around the mountains and through the valleys of Acadia National Park, the gift of philanthropist John D Rockefeller, Jr., and family. Rockefeller, a skilled horseman, desired to travel on motor free byways via horse and carriage into the heart of Mount Desert Island. His efforts resulted in roads with sweeping vistas and close up views of the landscape.

Cadillac Mountain: At 1,530 feet, Cadillac Mountain is not only the tallest mountain in Acadia National Park, but also the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States. Rising high above the town of Bar Harbor, Cadillac Mountain offers magnificent views of the Porcupine Islands and Frenchman Bay. Explore the summit of this granite mountain along a .3-mile trail, which includes wayside exhibits about natural and human history. Portions of this trail are accessible to wheelchair users.

Golf Courses Nearby:

Lucerne Hills Golf Club East Holden ME 7.2 mi

White Birches Country Club Ellsworth ME 8.0 mi.

Felt Brook Golf Center Holden ME 11.4 mi.

Bar Harbor Golf Course Ellsworth ME 14.5 mi.

Bucksport Golf Club Bucksport ME 15.6 mi

Pine Hill Golf Club Brewer ME 16.3 mi.

Hampden Country Club Hampden ME 23.7 mi

Kebo Valley Club Bar Harbor ME 24.1 mi

Northeast Harbor Golf Club Northeast Harbor ME 28.4 mi

Causeway Club Southwest Harbor ME 28.7 mi

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Steve & Michelle Cowan (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

About Steve & Michelle Cowan

The Cowan family is originally from Maine, now living on the west coast.

Steve & Michelle Cowan purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Steve & Michelle Cowan chose Downeast and Acadia

We are originally from Maine and purchased the cottage in 2005 to ensure our children have the opportunity to experience summers in Maine the way we did as kids. Beech Hill Pond is a very special place as it is close to Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor, but provides a peaceful retreat after a day of hiking and sightseeing. The lake is great for kayaking and canoeing, or just watching the Loons.

What makes this cottage unique

We also own Loons Nest Cottage next-door, Homeaway #3684326, which can be rented together for larger families.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time at your cottage. Everything we needed for a nice vacation.

Some rain here and there but the children did arts and crafts, etc. The location was great; easy access to town and Bar Harbor. We loved the wildlife...ducks of all ages, families of loons, even saw eagles and some of us saw a moose and her calf. Thank you.
Jun 2013
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)
Quaint Beech Hill Pond Cottage - Private Sandy Beach Near Acadia & Bar Harbor
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 25 reviews

Very clean. Beautiful location right on the lake.

  • 5 of 5

Great property. Love the house and the big open family room that everyone could be together. I was worried about the little ones being up early and waking up the whole house but the house is well insulted that you could not hear them upstairs. Loved having the kayaks. The deck was great for our lobster feast. There we plenty of very nice towels. Everything was high quality LLBean furnishings.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Fantastic Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a peaceful vacation in a beautiful location & that is exactly what we got. The house was even bigger than we expected, the pictures do not do it justice. The lake was beautiful and relaxing, hardly any boat traffic. It was perfect for our kids, both age 12, they had a great time with the kayak's & jumping off the dock in to the lake. The location was close enough to Acadia for a daily drive over (the most amazing views we have ever seen) but still far enough from town that it allowed us the tranquil Maine vacation we were looking for. We are already planning our trip for next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Paradise on Beech Hill Pond

  • 5 of 5

Although getting there was a little confusing, once we arrived.......heaven! The cottage had everything you would need. Room for a large family, close proximity to Acadia, nature at your door step and good old peace and quiet.

Had a small bump in the road with hother water but the owners quickly helped resolve and didn't seem to spoil our good time.

I would suggest markers of some sort on the directions in. There are a lot of forks in the road and it took us a few tries.

Enjoy an early morning on the pond or a walk on a trail.......this is a place we will definitely return to.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Memorial Day Family Fun on beautiful Lake!

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated my husbands birthday here with our family. We all had a great time enjoying the wonderful setting and playing with all the kayaks and fishing gear. Our granddaughter even caught a trout. The owners were very helpful and attentive. The home is lovely with plenty of space for a large family. The house is clean and well maintained and offers anything you might need to enjoy a fun Maine vacation- Just add lobster! Thanks again to the Cowans!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Maine stay

  • 5 of 5

The way life should be! The two homes we rented from the Cowans were perfect. Our entire family traveled back for a memorial and had time to enjoy each other's company and reflect. We were joined by the loons, bald eagles and small mouth bass. The kids had an ideal playground from sun-up to sun-down. The homes are lovely, well provisioned and obviously well loved for. Thank you to the Cowans for providing such a joyful environment. We are all coming back for more memories!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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This cottage was awesome. Great location

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful cottage on a clean lake ! Great place to gather family together and re- connect.highly recommend this vacation home

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Bangor International Airport
Nearest Golf
7.2 Miles
Lucerne Hills Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Route 1A
Car: necessary

Beech Hill Pond is a beautiful, four and a half-mile long, spring-fed lake located in Downeast Maine near Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. It makes a relaxing vacation spot for anyone wanting to explore the Downeast Maine area, without the crowds of Acadia National Park.

The setting for Beech Hill Pond couldn’t be prettier – the crystal clear water is surrounded by peaceful mountains, with a nice, flat, sandy area at the water’s edge that is perfect for sunning or playing in the sand. Just a few of the activities available at Beech Hill Pond are swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, bicycling, wildlife viewing or just relaxing and enjoying the views.

For sightseers, a forty-five minute drive takes you to Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park, which is the oldest national park on the East Coast. Ellsworth is only a few minutes away and also has shopping and restaurants, including fresh clam chowder and lobsters right off the boat.

Other Activities: Hiking, boat rentals, canoeing, kayaking, 4 wheeling and hunting nearby


Rates & Availability

Otis Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Summer 2016
Aug 20 2016 - Aug 26 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2016
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 2 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 21 2016
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
May 19 2017 - Jun 23 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 20 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 9.0%

Cancellation Policy: Notice in writing must be given on or before January 7th of the year the rental is scheduled to receive back 50% of the rent + tax; the security deposit will be forfeited. Cancellations received after January 7th will result in the loss of security deposit and 50% of the rent + tax. Cancellations received with less than 120 days prior to occupancy forfeit all monies paid.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Otis Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • One bathroom on each level
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • Linens & towels included.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
100' private sandy beach, beach & water toys, dock, (1) canoe & (2) kayaks with paddles included, hammock and fire pit with firewood included. Onsite drilled well provides drinkable water. Guests must bring paper supplies.

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