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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 0 - 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
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

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 Otis

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 4.8297873 based on 48 reviews
Simi Valley

Charming! The cottage has the most beautiful view of the pond.

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at the cottage for a reunion and we all enjoyed our stay! The cottage is charming and cozy and has everything you need. The pond which could be a lake was just beautiful we enjoyed having the ducks come visit us twice a day for breakfast and dinner. We would definitely stay at the cottage again! Thank you so much for an amazing vacation/reunion On Beech hill pond.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exeter, NH

Sweet Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

We loved the fact that the home was well away from main road traffic. It was quiet and serene sitting outside at the fire pit at night. You could see the stars very well as there was not a lot of intrusive light. The house was wonderful and accommodated our dogs too with a fenced in back yard. The house was attractive and well appointed. We had many family members come to visit and stay over. It is so much better than staying at a hotel. We are ready to book for next year. Thanks to the Cowans for making a lovely home available.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Another great family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This review is long overdue as I am not the type of person to usually write one. I was lucky enough to discover this wonderful cottage and have been going with my family and kids here for the past three years while visiting family who lives in Maine. The cottage itself is beautiful, very well laid out, the first floor is open with a breathtaking view of the lake, the 5 bedrooms are more than adequate to sleep a number of people, and the small beach is perfect for kids looking to feed the ducks, go canoeing, etc. This cottage has truly become a home away from home for my children and I. It offers almost anything you would need so you do not have to pack much! The memories we have had here are truly cherished! I want to truly thank the Cowan family for their wonderful hospitality. This home is very well maintained and offers a picture perfect setting to escape the hustle of everyday life. I would highly recommend this home to anyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house in a beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting a house each summer for the last 5 years with our two kids, my sister and her four kids and our dogs and our parents. This house was one of the best we have rented! It was very comfortable and clean. All the bedrooms were upstairs which made it easier with small kids. The kitchen was a good size and the whole downstairs was open and large enough for us all to spread out. Plenty of seating inside and out. The washer and dryer was a great bonus and the window fans kept the rooms cool at night. Walk out right to the beach. It was not really sandy but it still worked great for little ones to swim and dig. Swimming was shallow which was great but there was also a swim platform for the bigger ones to swim to and jump off. The road was quiet and we took many runs and walks. Took a day trip to Acadia and also did some shopping in Ellsworth but spent most of our time enjoying the sun at the house and kayaking. Very fun times had by all!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Family Vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week on the lake. The house was perfect for 4 kids and 5 adults. The 2 comfortable living rooms were perfect for reading and playing games. We were all able to have dinner together around the dining room table. The kitchen had everything we needed and the ice machine was a nice touch. The lake is very clear/clean and the kids had a blast jumping off the raft. We took the kayaks and canoe to the "Junk of Pork" rock almost daily. We made some great memories and look forward to coming back next summer!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sandy Cove - Beech Hill Pond

  • 4 of 5

Another beautiful week in Maine. This house is perfect for our growing family. Right on the shores of beautiful, clear Beech Hill Pond. It's Just like the pictures. If I flip through the pictures, I feel like I'm there again. A wonderful family vacation spot.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 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




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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund