|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
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A gem for the couple that appreciates tranquility. Looking through the trees to the pristine pond that's home to loons and other wildlife you are surrounded by the natural world.
Though only a mile from town and a 40 minutes from Mt. Desert Island and Acadia Park, the setting is far from neighbors and has with walks along the shore or on the gravel roads in the neighborhood. Consider this a perfect place for a second (or first) honeymoon.
A spiral stair leads up to a cozy bedroom under the eaves. Lie in bed and watch the clouds or eagles through the skylights. Listen to the mysterious, haunting sounds of the loons who swim around the lake all summer.
Granite counter tops grace the kitchen and radiant heat keeps the hardwood floors warm on a chilly morning. Across a little bridge there is a 12' x 12' screened gazebo with three Adirondack chairs and a view of the pond -- a nice spot to sit and watch the sun set.
From the dock you can slip your canoe or kayak into the water or take a swim. Woods Pond is quiet with few outboard motors and no jet skis.
Utilities are in a separate building so only the refrigerator makes any noise to disturb your silence or creative play.
There's wi-fi access for those who wish to stay in touch. Cell phones get good reception here. A washer/dryer make vacation life simple!
Once featured in the New York Times travel section, this place is for those who want something special.
Please book Saturday to Saturday.
Keywords: House, retreat, quiet
I'd like very much to introduce you to our Woods Pond Retreat. It's a place that I absolutely love and treasure the days spent here, often alone, just bathing in the silence or in the cool waters of the pond. Sharing the retreat with others has proved to be a rewarding adventure, trusting people I don't know in advance with something deeply precious to me.
Vicki Pollard purchased this house in 2002
We built this house close to where we live because we wanted to be able to retreat regularly -- slip away from the pressure of our busy, committed lives. Being near the pond, the presence of loons and other wildlife, and the simple quiet that sometimes descends made this location just perfect. It's easy to slip a canoe or kayak into the water, and there aren't any jet skis or big power boats.
Now I choose to share this idylic spot with others, realizing that this sort of place doesn't exist very often in our cynical, difficult world. I hope you will join others who have found this beautiful place a place for new intimacies -- with yourself, with your partner, with the natural world. Welcome.
Personally, I spend a lot of time either reading or just looking out the windows, letting my being settle into the moment. Quiet inside, quiet outside. It takes a little time, a day or so to let that happen, and it's so delicious.
I take walks, go for a paddle, talk with my dog and sometimes take the peace with me on a trip to Bar Harbor or to visit a friend, returning in time to slip into bed and listen to the loons talking to each other.
The week we spent in 2007 at the retreat was absolutely everything we wanted -
- quiet, even serene. We walked a lot near Acadia and then came 'home' for
candlelit meals and often sipped a glass in the gazebo watching the sunset.
Climbs up Blue Hill and dinner out once in town were local faves. Thanks, Vicki!
Remarkably beautiful in every detail, with thoughtful and sensitive owners, this place is my ideal cabin in the woods. Quiet, peaceful, spacious and well lit. It's wonderful to be right on the lake for a tranquil afternoon swim if you're not keen on the boisterous scene at the local beaches. The setting is gorgeous and it's surprisingly close to town for shopping & meals. I even appreciated the *lack* of such modern "conveniences" as a microwave, TV, AC and dishwasher. One thing: it's really better for singles or a couple, as the second bedroom is really small. A great place for a romantic getaway, absolutely.
My wife and I could not have picked a better place for our vacation in Blue Hill. Vicki and Howard made us feel most welcome on our arrival. Their cottage is nestled among the trees, but offers an open design with great natural light and a tranquil view of the pond. We enjoyed many hours at the cottage and on the pond -- a porch for reading and daydreaming, abundant bird life (including loons), comfortable swimming, pleasant paddling.
The cottage is just minutes from the markets, restaurants and shops of Blue Hill as well as the fabulous chamber music performances at Kneisel Hall. Short drives took us to other beautiful ocean side towns, farmers' markets and the nearby parks including Holbrook Sanctuary.
This is truly a “tranquil retreat” in a beautiful setting. The house is comfortable and thoughtfully constructed. The high ceilings and the curved bank of windows facing the pond allows for a beautiful view and a feeling of being a part of the quite pine forest. The carved spiral staircase to the second floor is gorgeous and the attention to detail in the house is in sharp contrast to what is seen in most rental properties. I’m sure this is because the owner’s built the house without ever intending to rent it. I hope they continue to do so as we loved our stay and hope to return next year. We would recommend it without hesitation.
My husband and I were looking for a quiet, rejuvenating vacation in a beautiful setting where we could relax, read, explore outdoors, and eat good seafood! We found a little piece of heaven here. We couldn’t recommend this place more highly. The Woods Pond retreat is gorgeously situated on its own, down a dirt drive, nestled in the quiet woods. The owners (who met us on our arrival and were available should we have needed anything during our stay) have built a beautiful and comfortable house with such care and attention to detail. An unexpected treat were the skylights above the bed – nothing like waking up in the morning surrounded by the view of blue and sunny skies. The screened gazebo a few yards from the house became one of my favorite places at any time of day to read, write or just contemplate the sun streaking through the trees and the shimmering water of the pond. The nearby Activity Shop made renting a canoe a breeze, and we enjoyed many sunset excursions on the pond, watching the ospreys and the loons. It was so tranquil, the house felt very removed and yet was conveniently located – less than five minutes to the supermarket, and a few minutes more into the lovely town of Blue Hill. Acadia was not far away, but we found so many hikes and things to explore all around the Blue Hill peninsula, we ditched plans to join the fray there and took advantage of the peacefulness and stunning beauty around us. I wish I could bottle the unbelievable fragrance of warm pine and salt water. This area is a mecca of organic farming, small batch breweries and coffee roasteries, lobsters, blueberry fields, coastal inlets, and the absolutely friendliest people we’ve met anywhere (and we live in the notoriously friendly mid-west). A highlight of our trip was the lovely concerts we attended at the Kniesel Hall Chamber Music Festival. We are now members of the Blue Hill Heritage Trust and have our own library cards, so we certainly hope to return to this incredibly special place.
We have been making regular trips to Down East Maine for many years and a few years ago happened upon the beautiful and very tranquil retreat at Woods Pond in Blue Hill. Vicki has built a wonderful little house that combines the best of both worlds: tucked away in the woods on the lake yet readily accessible to all that Down East has to offer; all the important modern amenities while offering an escape from the usual hustle and bustle. While we look forward to hiking, biking, paddling, and enjoying the outdoors when in Maine, one can really do as much or as little as one wants from this perfect home base. Although the weather this past year was the best overall that we have experienced, we find when we are at Woods Pond that it does not make much difference in the end - if it rains, we just stay in and relax, read, cook, listen to music and the rain on the roof, even stroll around a bit or just sit on the porch. It is the perfect place to get away from it all and listen to the quiet. You will be welcomed warmly upon your arrival and given a quick introduction to the retreat. Vicki clearly loves this retreat and we are thrilled every year we go back that she has chosen to share the experience with us. Thank you, Vicki!
First of all, thank you to Vicki and Howard for sharing this peaceful retreat with us and our dog Gabbie. To say this was peaceful is selling this home and environment short. I thought this would be out of the way when I researched the house, but it turned out to be secluded and very accessible to town, as well as, day tripping around the blue hill peninsula. We went to Acadia two of the days and were happy to return to the peace of the retreat. We heard loons on the pond. We were lucky enough to hear the local owl, too! The pond kayaking was lovely. We also traveled to kayak elsewhere on the peninsula. Blue Hill is a gorgeous little Maine town with great food along with local hiking. The house itself was spotless with all the basics we needed to be comfortable. The bed was wonderfully comfortable. The pond and dock made for some great quiet time with the bullfrog that lives there. We are so grateful to have found this house filled with the serenity of Vicki and Howard. Thank you so much for making our vacation so special.
Visiting Acadia National Park is simple and you return to Woods Pond, avoiding the mobs in Bar Harbor. But don’t underestimate Blue Hill itself with its Kneisel Hall Summer Music Festival and Down to Earth Pottery. Barncastle and Arborvine provide great cuisine and for breakfast or lunch, stop by the Mill Stream Café or the Blue Hill Co-op. In our opinion, the very best lobster roll can be procured right here at the Fish Net.
The arts flourish here and there are galleries aplenty within easy reach. Don’t miss Randy Eckerd’s paintings on Pleasant Street. On Deer Isle, in addition to many galleries, you’ll also find the renowned Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Nearby villages include Brooklin, Stonington, Deer Isle, Sedgwick and Brooksville.
Last we mention Blue Hill itself, a great climb on a clear day with fantastic views. One trail up and the other down and the car’s not too far away…. Don’t miss getting up the mountain.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 18 2016 - Sep 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|Cleaning Fee||$100 + Tax|
No cats please. Dogs should be in crates when guests are not in the house.