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Firefly Cottage - Lakefront Cottage in Hope - Maine's Best Kept Secret

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Charming 2BR 1BA Lakefront Cottage, Sleeps 4


1. Our charming cottage sits 100 feet from the shore of Hobbs Pond in a quiet, private setting under beautiful trees. It sleeps four very comfortably in two bedrooms with pine floors, one with a queen bed and the other with two twin beds. Full bathroom with shower/tub. Well equipped kitchen. Attractively decorated with braided rugs and comfortable furnishings. WiFi, flat screen TV with DVD player, board games, DVDs, books, deck with gas grill and picnic table, kid friendly. Hammock to take a nap in. Quality bed linens are provided on the beds. The seaside town of Camden is just a 10 minute drive away. Rentals run Saturday to Saturday in July and August. Two night minimum stay in June, Sept and October. Firefly Cottage is the BEST value on Hobbs Pond and especially in the surrounding area.

2. A peaceful, pristine, spring fed lake is right at your door step! Offering great swimming and fishing plus two kayaks, a dock and a swim float. Our lake side deck is a great place to sit and enjoy the sound of the loons or the pretty views of our coastal mountains. A small firepit to roast marshmallows sits next to the deck. Steps lead down into the lake for easy access.

3. We may be a small town but our area is resplendent with cultural attractions. Museums, art galleries, music festivals, Lobster Festival, film festival, wineries, antique stores and shows/music/movies at the Camden Opera House and Strand Theater are just a fraction of the things to do here.

4. The Great Outdoors: This is where the mountains meet the sea and we have many hiking trails for all abilities that allow you to see it all. Follow the trails in Camden Hills State Park, Coastal Mountain Land Trust and Georges River Land Trust. You can also rent bikes to cruise our local back roads.

5. Our area is a Foodies Paradise. Camden, Rockport and Rockland are home to many fine, great restaurants of all kinds. Cooking classes are also offered locally. Hope has it's own pub (Hatchet Mountain Public House) where the locals unwind with a mug a beer. Many restaurants have outdoor seating in the summer, some with tables right on Camden Harbor.

6. Speaking of Camden Harbor, our harbor hosts a hub of activities including sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding and sightseeing. Take a two hour cruise on an historical schooner such as the Appledore or Olad. We delight in the vast array of tall masted ships that sail through our waters.

7. Lobster! Maine's iconic food can be enjoyed in so many ways. From lobster roll shacks to gourmet preparations, you'll find plenty of ways to scratch your lobster itch at our local restaurants. The Maine Lobster Festival is held in early August. Firefly Cottage is also equipped with a lobster pot so that you can cook your own.

8. Gateway to Downeast: We are centrally located on Maine's midcoast making us an ideal launching point for explorations to Acadia National Park, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, lighthouses, beaches, Fort Knox (bring your flashlights) and many other fun places to explore.

9. The People: Our area's rare beauty is paralleled by its sense of place. Perhaps it's due to our cold Maine winters when we all look after each other, but the people who call our area home are some of the most friendly, ruggedly refined folks you will ever meet. You will be welcomed with open arms.

10. Firefly Cottage is THE best value on Hobbs Pond and especially in our surrounding area. We want you to have an affordable vacation while still experiencing an attractive, comfortable and clean place to stay while you are visiting. The cottage is close enough to the owners' home (2 miles) that we can be of assistance to our guests if needed, while still offering you privacy. We truly live in an authentically quaint and charming community. We take pride in our community and it's surroundings and hope that is reflected in everything we do. Unplug, unwind and enjoy your family and friends in a place you will want to return to again and again.


More Details

Kathryn Swift
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Kathryn Swift

My husband and I run two local businesses. Firefly Restoration Co restores antique fire trucks. Misty Mountain Seed Co. offers seed gifts at gift shops throughout New England. We have raised two sons in Hope and believe in giving back to our community, previously running the Hope 4 Jazz Festival and helping to raise funds to preserve Hatchet Mountain.

Kathryn Swift purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Kathryn Swift chose Hope

Hobbs Pond is one of the most pristine and quietest lakes in the area with awesome swimming, boating, fishing, loons and other wildlife. You will experience privacy, peace and quiet when you want it, yet are still close to many things to do and see. Camden is just a 10 minute drive away with many activities, restaurants, shops and galleries. Acadia National Park is a wonderful day trip.

What makes this cottage unique

The lakeside deck is a wonderful place to sit by the lake, watch the kids swim, have a drink and offers gorgeous views of the Camden Hills. Loons abound in the lake and you will enjoy their calls. Our hammock is the perfect place to take a nap. The cottage is close enough to our home (2 miles) that we can be of assistance to our guests if needed, while still offering you privacy.


Hope Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Free Local Calls
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Pine floors, quality bedding, comfortable beds
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Firefly Cottage - Lakefront Cottage in Hope - Maine's Best Kept Secret
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 17 reviews

We'll Be Back

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Firefly Cottage for a week and loved it. Hobb's Pond is a peaceful lake that is very clean. The loons were wonderful to listen to and we even saw a bald eagle. Camden is a delightful town to be a tourist in and there are many activities to do within just a few miles.

The cottage is very comfortable for a family of 4 and is very clean and decorated in a very pleasing way. The new deck next to the lake was a great place to drink our morning coffee and greet the day. The owners are also very friendly and eager to make sure your vacation is enjoyable. They left fresh flowers in the cottage for us and packets of Maine wildflowers. The swimming and fishing were great fun for our kids and the kayaks allowed us to really explore the lake. We found a great sand beach across the lake from the cottage.

We enjoyed our stay at Firefly immensely and plan to return someday. We felt it was a great value for such a nice little home and would recommend it to anyone wanting a relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2006
  • Stayed: June 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing lake house!

  • 5 of 5

I had a great experience at Firefly cottage. The location is unbeatable with the lake right in the backyard. I would love to return next summer!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review! The lake is one of the quieter lakes in the area and also home to a lot of wildlife, including the loons. We enjoyed having you as our guest and look forward to your return.
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Perfect Maine Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay! The house is small, cozy, and comfortable for 4 people. It is very clean, well stocked and welcoming with sweet cabin-theme decorating. The wifi is great. Hobbs Pond has crystal clear water with a clean sandy bottom -- and loons! There is a steep but navigable path from the house deck to the pond deck. We loved the house deck which is nice and big with a huge picnic table for eating outside, and the pond deck is smaller but still a nice size. The pond deck has stairs from the deck to the pond making it easy to go swimming. We would used the kayaks but they were too heavy and difficult to get into the water. We loved the loons calling!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. Hobbs Pond is one of the cleanest lakes in our area and has great fishing and other wildlife on it. Our kayaks are made out of the same plastic as tupperware is. They are lighter than fiberglass kayaks and more rugged. If they fill with water, they can get very heavy. We are happy to help out with the kayaks and are just a phone call away. We hope you return again someday.
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Cozy, quiet, and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Firefly Cottage is in a lovely and super-quiet rural location in Hope, about ten minutes from Camden. It has a beautiful view and is incredibly quiet. The house is small but makes very good use of the space. It is quite comfortable for four people. There is a private dock, kayaks, etc. Internet is solid. My AT&T phone didn't work here; my Verizon phone did. The kitchen is rustic and small but has all of the essentials. The owner provides 2 gallons of bottled water for drinking/cooking. The living area and kitchen table seat 4. The beds are very comfortable. There is a small flat-screen tv with a built-in DVD player but the home has no television reception (fine by me as I don't watch tv). The baseboard heaters work very well and there was plenty of hot water. Because of the location of the house (rural, 1 mile in a 1-lane gravel road), I would recommend arriving during daylight; it would be hard to find this house in the dark. The owner provided great directions because GPS is often wrong; our GPS showed us as having arrived when we were still 1/4 mile away from the house. The staircase to the upper floor is super steep and open on one side until half-way up so it is not suitable for anyone with difficulty with stairs. The private dock is down a path and is a beautiful place to relax. We were there in time for the Hope Fall Festival, which was quite delightful. It is a romantic and sweet home. I wish we'd stayed longer than a weekend.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Far exceeded our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved this cottage! Our goal on this vacation was to take day trips to many of the harbor towns nearby...only it was very hard to get our kids to leave the cottage because they were having so much fun. It was so relaxing, clean and quiet. I enjoyed my mornings by having my coffee sitting down on the deck and my evening strolls in the kayak. We even had a little fire in the fire pit one night and had smores. This was one of our most enjoyable family vacations. Kathy (the owner) was so helpful to answer all my questions before booking and also gave me suggestions about restaurants and area attractions. I would definitely book this cottage in the future and have already recommended it to family & friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Debbie. I'm so glad your family had a wonderful vacation at Firefly Cottage. Hope to see you again someday.
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Firefly Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Property was just as described in an excellent setting and equipped.Great week was had by the family and we were entertained daily with the Chipmunks and Red Squirrels as well as the Loons.

Fishing on the lake was good with a couple of nice sized bass caught.Added bonus was watching a Bobcat coming up from the Lake past the house.

Would definately recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Hatchet Mountain Pub
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%

2016 Season
From $950/Week $1800/Two Weeks plus 8 % Maine state lodging tax
JUNE THROUGH AUGUST. - $950/week $1800 for 2 weeks + 8% lodging tax.
SEPT AND OCT - $150/night with a minimum two night stay. $950/week

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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