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

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

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

More Details

Steve & Michelle Cowan
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

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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Otis Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • 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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Quaint Beech Hill Pond Cottage - Private Sandy Beach Near Acadia & Bar Harbor
average rating of 4.8292685 based on 42 reviews

Charming Cape Cod w/ Beautiful View

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed at Sandy Cove Cottage with two other families and thoroughly enjoyed our stay! In our party we had a total of 6 adults and 7 children (ages 5-13) and the house was big and comfortable enough to accommodate all of us. The house included a ton of amenities that made our stay fun and super convenient - from two kayaks and a canoe to rafts and float devices for all of us to enjoy! The surrounding neighbors were very nice and accommodating as well and allowed our children to use their swim slide and offered use of their kayaks. We accidentally left our fishing rods there so consider that a gift to the house and hopefully the next guest will enjoy using them. We made a few trips and traveled to Bar Harbor (took about 50 min each way), Arcadia (same time), Wild Park (40 min) and Hannanford Supermarket (30 min). While the travel time may seem like a long time, keep in mind that the distance is very short mileage wise and it's a single lane road that makes the commute seem longer than it is. All in all we would highly recommend this house for the location and amenities. The hosts were very accommodating and we greatly appreciate the hospitality.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Words simply cannot describe the wonderful memories our family enjoyed at Beech Hill Pond! Michelle thought of everything and more! It was the perfect destination for 4 generations of family to come together, unplug and relax. The cottage is beautifully appointed with more than enough room for a large family. The sandy beach area is just steps from the back door and was perfect for the littles in the family. I honestly can't say enough and we are hoping to return to this peaceful beautiful spot again and again!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Great house on an awesome pond!

  • 5 of 5

More of a lake (in my view) than a pond, we had a great time at Sandy Cove. The house was perfect for our extended family and the lake was amazingly clear and clean. Had so much fun swimming, kayaking and visiting Acadia!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Our whole family enjoyed this property. Spacious, clean, and a incredible view /location.

  • 5 of 5

The information provided from the owners is accurate. I did leave a note behind in reference to a few minor things that should be addressed.

Hiking, golfing, canoeing and kayaking ✔️

We enjoyed a nature cruise in Bar Harbor, and saw a production at the Bangor Opera House.

We accomplished a lot in a week that was forecasted to be rain everyday. Turned out to be a beautiful week, thank goodness:)

We made some wonderful memories, and hope to return and rent both cabins, since our family is growing:)

Best memory from this vacation...we're going to have a grandson in December 💙?

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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A Great Getaway

  • 4 of 5

The house was fantastic. Beautiful property right on the water that comes with some kayaks and a canoe to take out on the lake. The shed is also stocked with water sport gear to enjoy. Very clean inside and a nice open living room space with high ceilings make it feel comfortable and larger than it actually is. My only complaint is the drive into the property is about 4-5 miles on an all dirt/rocky road which is bumpy and gets annoying after a while if your traveling out a lot. Also make sure to stock up on what you need since the nearest market is about 20-30 minutes away. The people in the area very friendly and there are great sights in the surrounding area. I highly recommend making a trip down to Bar Harbor to enjoy the towns shops and wonderful restaurants as well as Acadia National Park. Absolutely beautiful hiking trails by the water and up the mountains, a must do!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Beautifully maintained cottage on a beautiful lake

  • 5 of 5

This is our third time staying at this property and we always look forward to coming back. Meticulously maintained, clean, well appointed and in a gorgeous location. Privacy, beautiful sunrises, great fishing and plentiful loon sightings make for a much needed week of recharging and relaxing. If I had my way we'd block a month here every summer.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Bangor International Airport
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Bar Harbor
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund