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Dan Staples

Member since: 2003
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Speaks: english

Luxury Lakefront Home - Near Acadia, Bar Harbor

63 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Penobscot House Rental Photos and Description

Luxury Year-Round Lakefront 4 BR Home Near Acadia, Bar Harbor & Blue Hill

Gorgeous lakefront home nestled on 2.2 very private acres. With over 250 feet of frontage on Toddy Pond, the house sits 75 feet from the water, atop a small rise, providing a lovely view of the lake through the trees. Toddy Pond is one of the most desirable lakes in downeast Maine. The charming oceanfront town of Blue Hill is only 15 minutes away, with Acadia and Bar Harbor about a 45 minute drive.

This year-round home is well appointed, with a gourmet kitchen, luxury master suite, and maple floors throughout. The living, dining, and kitchen areas share an open floor plan, anchored by a massive granite fireplace, providing a very spacious feel, even for larger groups. A spectacular arched window casts a sunny disposition in the living area throughout the day.

The following are actual recent guest comments:

'Your house is a first class act. We loved it.'

'…we couldn't have asked for a more perfectly appointed and relaxing home for our vacation.'

Great Lakefront Getaway!: Toddy Pond is the perfect lake for a Maine getaway. Ten miles long, but only a mile or so wide, it has three distinct sections, and many rock outcroppings, making it the choice for those looking for a quieter alternative to other area lakes. (It’s not conducive to large pleasure boats because of its topography.) The home is located on the western shore of the middle section. So if you are looking for a place of solitude to relax, swim, fish, and canoe, but with the convenience of nearby attractions, this is the place for you.

Very centrally located. In addition to the traditional Bar Harbor and Acadia area, Castine, Blue Hill, Deer Isle, and Stonington are all lovely trips a short distance from the home.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Dan Staples (Owner)
Member since: 2003
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Dan Staples

Dan and Dana fell in love with Maine on their very first visit, and lived in Cape Elizabeth Maine from 2009-2013. Although they live in Alabama now, they make the 25 hour drive to Toddy Pond every summer. It is worth it! They hope to spend the entire summer in Maine permanently in the not too distant future. :-)

Dan Staples purchased this house in 2002

Why Dan Staples chose MidCoast and Penobscot Bay

When we moved from Boston to the South in 2002, we had a dream about retiring to Maine some day. When we stumbled on this lakefront gem, we knew it was destiny. It's so quiet and peaceful, but lives like a "real house" not a lakefront cabin or something. We were smitten and the rest is history.

What makes this house unique

The way the house sits elevated above the water, with the huge deck looking out through the trees at the lake is just spectacular. You could just sit on the deck for hours. The fact that it's situated in a cove is just a bonus -- the cove is always calm and perfect for swimming. Finally, the living area is just spectacular -- a two story living room with a massive granite fireplace and huge wall of windows facing the lake makes every day a beautiful day.

Reviews

5
based on 63 traveler reviews

Luxury Lakefront Home - Near Acadia, Bar Harbor
average rating of 4.952381 based on 63 reviews
5

Love the loons!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house on a very quiet pond. The open concept makes it very comfortable, the granite fireplace is unique, the dining table seats 8 if you want to have a dinner party, and the kitchen provides everything you need to make it a success. The wrap around porch with its view of the water is a great place to relax and read a book. My favorite part, though, is the deck built into the boulders at the side of the pond. Wake up early, make yourself a cup of coffee, and catch the sunrise as you listen to the plaintive call of the loons and the splash of fish. Those are memories that will live long after we go home.

On top of all that, though, this location is perfect. Away from the bustle of Acadia, yet close enough for day trips. Close to Blue Hill with great restaurants (our favorite is Arborvine) and convenient grocery shopping (Tradewinds has everything you'll need). But be sure and take a drive down to Stonington and enjoy the back roads along the way. The Maine coast is incomparable.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review -- I think it perfectly captures what we love about the house. My son and I built the dock/deck just last year, and I agree it is a highlight. Of all the places in the world I go, that remains my happy place. I am so glad you discovered it!
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5

Absolutely wonderful vacation on Toddy Pond!

  • 5 of 5

We were married at Loon Cove in 2008 and returned this year over our anniversary week. Absolutely beautiful home - exactly as I remembered it! Highly recommend this vacation home. Perfect place to relax and unwind, yet close enough to many activities. We went whale watching, hiked in Acadia and also visited tide pools there, but otherwise were content to kayak, fish, and swim right off the dock at the house. Well equipped kitchen to eat in, yet also many options available if you want to eat out. Bedrooms were nicely appointed. Overall, met all of our needs. Thanks so much for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful house on a great lake close to Acadia!!

  • 5 of 5

The house perfectly fit our needs. The children in the group loved the provided games (especially the ping pong) and swimming in the lake. The adults liked being near Acadia and Bar Harbor. We also especially enjoyed the large kitchen/dining area. We have been going to Maine for 10+ years renting houses in many areas, but this was our favorite. The pictures of the property do not do it justice. If you go and stay here, you won't regret it!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing

  • 5 of 5

My family and sister's family stayed at this house for about a week -- it was great! On some days we would go down to the dock and fish in the morning or evening. The kids were entertained by the sunfish and there are some decent bass hiding in the structure around the dock. At night, you can hear the mysterious calls of the loons and see lights flashing from the lightning bugs. Since the house is surrounded by trees and close to the lake the temperature stayed nice and cool and made for great sleeping weather. The house is also close to Bar Harbor as well as Acadia National Park. In all, it was a great vacation. I would definitely like to stay here again if we ever visit Maine in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

EVERYTHING YOU COULD ASK FOR!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we pulled up in front of Loon Cove ...we knew it was going to be a great vacation home. Walking in the front door and standing in the foyer, being able to see through to the back of the house with the big windows...displaying the beauty of the property on the lake. Stepping into the living room and at once feeling very comfortable and at home. The beautiful fireplace to your right, the awesome kitchen and big dining area, all bathed in light from the windows. Upstairs master bedroom was large and bright with a sky light, master bath was very large and bright, with soaker tub and shower. If you have young ones they will love the murals in those bedrooms. The house was very clean, bed was comfortable and having the washer and dryer in the basement was great. ( loved the laundry chute)

This home in tucked in way off the main roads and was very peaceful and relaxing. Our weather was a bit gray and cool, but we used the fireplace to take the chill away. When the sun came out we sat on the dock and took in the peaceful tranquility.

This home is really centrally located, you have several nice towns all within a 45 minute ride. (Bucksport, Ellsworth, Blue Hill & Bar Harbor) We checked them all out as well as some others; Castine, Stonington & Deer Isle. Restaurants are plentiful, loved Marlintini's in Blue Hill, food was delicious and well priced.

Dan was a life safer, when we got lost coming in the first time, my cell phone rang, it was Dan asking if we had arrived ok...We were so grateful he called, he talked us through the directions and we arrived safe and sound. Dan also responded quickly to any questions we had prior to our arrival and he provides detailed information about the area and things to do. Ellen helped us with some WiFi information and told us to call her "anytime" if we needed anything, she was very warm and friendly.

This is a vacation home and experience we will always remember and cherish.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic House for Famililes

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 adults and 5 children) enjoyed a wonderful week of family vacation while staying here. We appreciated the space to spread out. The kitchen was beautiful! The owner has a very well stocked kitchen (even including a mixer and blender), plenty of games and movies, and lots of swimming items (such as floats and goggles).

The views from the property were beautiful (although mostly blocked by trees unless you take the very short walk (1-2 mins.) down to the dock). The house was filled with natural light. Although there is no central air conditioning, the window units kept the house at a comfortable temperature. (The temperatures only got into the low 80's while we were there). Although we were unable to see the stars due to clouds, we specifically picked this house because of the darker skies.

My only criticisms would be that the window air conditioning unit in the living room occasionally became very loud (it would quiet down after a while) and the couches were uncomfortable because they had lost all support.

We really appreciated that the house was not "perfect." By this I mean that it has a story to tell. People have loved this house and used it. I love that there are the occasional nicks and bumps that come with time. It allowed us to use the house without fear that one of our children would accidentally drop something on the pristine carpet or drop a toy on the perfect hardwood floors. We were able to relax and just be a family (and yes, we were still careful because we know it isn't our house). My children enjoyed riding bikes (provided in the basement), wading in the lake, foosball, ping-pong, and watching television. Our whole family enjoyed visiting Acadia National Park, shopping, and relaxing. I appreciated being able to keep up with the laundry and being able to keep our budget in check by eating many meals "at home". The house was very clean and I truly can't say enough good things about it.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Bangor
Car: necessary

Toddy Pond is the perfect lake for a Maine getaway. Ten miles long, but only a mile or so wide, it has three

distinct sections, and many rock outcroppings, making it the choice for those looking for a quieter alternative

to other area lakes. (It’s not conducive to large pleasure boats because of its topography.) The home is

located on the western shore of the middle section. So if you are looking

for a place of solitude to relax, swim, fish, and canoe, but with the convenience of nearby attractions, this is

the place for you. The charming oceanfront town of Blue Hill is only 15 minutes away, with Acadia and Bar

Harbor about a 45 minute drive.

Actual guest comments about the location and the house:

'This is an incredibly well equipped house and wonderfully situated. A great family vacation!'

'The location was gorgeous, the house was perfect, the abundance of dry firewood and generous house supplies was amazing.'

Other Activities: canoing and kayaking

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Rates & Availability

Penobscot House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall 2016
Aug 27 2016 - Oct 21 2016
3 night minimum stay
$300
From
$350
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,875
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
June 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$325
From
$375
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,100
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
$325
From
$375
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,100
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$300
From
$350
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 8.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Penobscot House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 king
    Wildflower Bedroom - 1 queen
    Jungle Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Lodge Bedroom - 1 queen
    Pullout Couch - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Pullout couch in Living Room. Best for extra kids!
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
Notes:
Unlimited long distance calling within the US. ATT 4G Internet Provided. Works great. 5 GB limit per week please.

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