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Tranquil Retreat on Woods Pond

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights


Blue Hill House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom + Futon bed, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 3)

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

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered

Vicki Pollard
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
October 5, 2016
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About Vicki Pollard

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

Why Vicki Pollard chose Downeast and Acadia

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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!
Jun 2008
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Tranquil Retreat on Woods Pond
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place for a quiet, out of the way stay.

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at this property. The owners were great and got back to me quickly when making the reservation. Howard met me upon my arrival and showed me around. I enjoy cooking and the kitchen was set up great. I live in Boston and very much enjoyed the peace and tranquility of Woods Pond. Next time I plan on renting a kayak and exploring. I will most definitely be coming back.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Woods Pond Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Woods Pond Retreat welcomes you with a deep, silent, loving embrace. This is a place of concentric circles of loving kindness. Woods and Pond embrace this dwelling whose curved walls, folded ceilings and 30 windows embrace you and the woods and the pond. Outside in. Inside out.

The stillness and quiet begin to work their magic on you the minute you get out of the car. Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, greets you on the front porch. Awanadjo, "Small Misty Mountain", Blue Hill, is the Guardian Spirit watching over this place.

The wind finds its many voices by gently and sometimes not so gently blowing through twisted and gnarled cedars, balsam firs, high bush blueberries, and low growing shrubs of all kinds.

Bullfrogs, loons, coyotes and crickets sing the nightway chant. There are dragonflies of all colors.

By the dock, pickerelweed and lilies bloom. This the best place for dragonfly viewing. Kayaks and canoes are the only water craft plying the pond.

The bedroom is shaped liked an origami crane. Sleeping in the warm bed, the heart of the crane, one is surrounded by the starry night shining in through all the windows above and around.

In the main room sitting at the round cherry wood table, looking out the third window from the west, there by the pond, stands a tree. I called it "tuning fork" tree. It is a cedar. Be prepared to be re-attuned.

The Pond and these Woods speak softly, slowly and clearly. Be prepared to weep.

Remember to ask about the secret of the Kitchen Kannon.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for so beautifully describing your experience at the retreat. You totally get the specialness of the place, and we are happy to share it with you. We look forward to your returning next year.
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Portland, Maine

Woods, Pond, Cottage and So Much More

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your glowing review. We were so happy to have you enjoy our special place in the same ways that we do.
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New York

Perfect Tranquil Retreat

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An Ideal Idyll

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow. Thanks so much. In a short two weeks you got a real, in-depth sense of this peninsula. We look forward to welcoming you again!
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Bar Harbor
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Isle au Haut
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Blue Hill Country Club
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Portland, ME
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Route 15
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Arborvine and Barncastle
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Hermon Mountain
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Curtis Cove, East Blue Hill
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Blue Hill House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 15 2016 - Apr 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 13 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

No cats please. Dogs should be in crates when guests are not in the house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Blue Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , Washer and dryer too.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Full-size foam mattress (1).
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Wi-Fi. Radiant in-floor heat, Loons calling, No Smoking on property

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