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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park on the "Quiet Side" of Mt. Desert

Tremont, ME, USA
  • House1400 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay5 - 7 nights

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (May be rented with listing 924253)

Located in Seal Cove on the 'quiet side' of Mount Desert Island, this cottage at Hodgdon Pond Farm offers proximity to all the other attractions of the island and Acadia National Park. The 3 double bedroom/ 2 bath cottage with sleeping loft shares 7.4 acres and 800 plus or minus feet of shore front on Hodgdon Pond with Cottage 2, which is about 2/3rds of a football field away. (Please see 924253VB). The opposite shore of the lake is owned and protected by the National Park. Wildlife is abundant and guests frequently see osprey, Bald eagles, kingfisher and many other birds as well as deer, beaver, muskrat, and sometimes otter and moose.

The cottage has its own dock, canoe, two kayaks and a rowboat. Swimming is best from the rocks on the opposite shore, and from a swim float in the lake. There is a charcoal grill, picnic table and outdoor furniture as well as a hammock overlooking the lake, Satellite TV and Internet

There are also two small ponds, a sitting area, swing set and sandbox on the property that are shared with people in Cottage 2.

Wherever possible, we use 'Green' cleaning products, provide supplies made from recycled paper, low-watt bulbs, and implement other ways to reduce our impact on the environment. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has certified Hodgdon Pond Farm as an 'Environmental Leader.'

Though there are beds for 7 people, we limit occupancy to 6 people, but occasionally permit a 7th person for an additional charge of $200.

Keywords: Lake Front Cottage


Barbara Lawrence

Member Since 2004
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Response time:
within one hour
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 09, 2018
About Barbara Lawrence

I'm a summer kid who fell in love with Mount Desert Island and lived there year-round for 15 years. After many years and many travels, I still think of it as home. My first novel and sixth book, 'Islands of Time,' is set on Mount Desert Island. Linda Greenlaw, NYT best-selling author said, 'I really like it. It's a love-song to the people and landscape of Maine.' The sequel "The Other Island: Ben's Story" was published in 2017, and I'm proud that Greenlaw and other fine authors have liked it as well.

Barbara Lawrence purchased this House in 1982

Why Barbara Lawrence chose Tremont

I was attracted to this property, formerly a hunting and fishing camp, because the ad boasted abundant wildlife. When I first saw Hodgdon Pond Farm, I realized proximity to Acadia National Park gave it enduring protection and privacy, and yet it was convenient to everything else on the island.

What makes this House unique

I love reading in the hammock beside the lake, and listening to the sounds of the birds and animals - the trill of tree frogs, keening of loons, and the querulous calls of osprey that always sound as if they are trying to get children off to school. Sometimes I hear a beaver slap the water with its tail, and sometimes ravens loudly scolding an eagle. The bullfrogs, Kingfisher, and warblers add to this ever changing, ever fascinating serenade. I also love sitting in one of the Adirondack chairs near the Little Ponds. The last time I was there I watched a mother duck and four very small duckings paddling to the bridge with the beaver dam. When they got very close a mink lunged out from under the bridge - but missed them all. Another time I was weeding the garden between the ponds when an otter stood up about ten feet from me, clutching a frog in its paws, which it then crunched as it rested in the culvert. These experiences carry me through a long winter!


    • Internet
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
        • King size beds (1) In Master Bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (4) Two twins in each of the first floor bedrooms. Kit and linens to make set in front bedroom into a King bed., Baby Cribs (1) There is a 'Pack N Play in each cottage., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Double size futon bed in loft of Cottage 2. Twin mattress and springs in loft of Cottage 1.


        • 2 Bathrooms
          • First floor bath has shower, washer and dryer. 2nd floor bath has full tub and shower.

          Location Type

            • Lakefront
              The cottages are directly on the lake, which is about a mile long. The opposite shore is owned and protected by Acadia National Park. There is also a view of Western Mountain.
            • Mountain View
              You can see Western Mountain across the lake.
            • Near The Ocean
              The property is less than a mile from the Pretty Marsh Picnic Area, which is part of Acadia National Park. The Seal Cove Ramp and Bartlett's island parking area and dock are slightly further away.
            • Rural
              Seal Cove is in a more rural area of Mt. Desert Island on what is known as the "Quiet Side."


                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Living Room
                          Large living room with cathedral ceiling.
                        • Broadband Access
                        • Free Long Distance
                          Long-distance within the US is free. Billing rate for international calls is low, but payment for these calls is the responsibility of guests.
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          Electric baseboard heaters in most rooms.
                        • Internet
                          WiFI supplied by Hughesnet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                          Linens include: two changes of sheets and pillow cases, at least two blankets and a quilt for each bed and 12 full sets of towels.
                        • Clothes Dryer
                          Dryer is in the unit and not shared.
                        • Parking
                          There is ample parking.
                        • Parking Off Street
                          There is parking for two cars at each cottage and a shared parking spot for an additional car between the two cottages.
                        • Telephone
                          Landline phones in kitchen and Master Bedroom. Cellphone service is best through ATT.
                        • Towels Provided
                          Yes - bathroom towels and beach towels provided.
                        • Washing Machine
                          Washer is in the unit and not shared.
                        • Wireless Internet
                          Service is WiFi.
                        • Wood Stove
                          There is an Avalon woodstove that has fully heated the cottage in winter, as well as back-up electric heat in each room.


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Mr. Coffee and electric teapot.
                            • Cooking Utensils
                              We provide all equipment for cooking. List of contents available on request.
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Full set of dishes, glasses, and cutlery provided.
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Full kitchen, not shared.
                            • Microwave
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                              The 4-burner electric stove is only 24 inches wide, but has a full oven.
                            • Toaster
                              Regular toaster and small electric toaster/broiler


                                • Dining
                                  Dining table in living room
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Internet (wiFi) and Direct TV
                                    • Books
                                      Quite a few books for people of all ages.
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                      Quite a few games for people of all ages.
                                    • Music Library
                                      Bose Wave Music system in each cottage. CDs in a range of genres.
                                    • CD Player
                                    • Stereo
                                      Bose radio/stereo in iving room
                                    • Television
                                      1 Television
                                    • Toys
                                      Quite a few toys available.
                                    • Video Games
                                      Available through Direct TV
                                    • Video Library


                                        • Boat
                                          There is a rowboat available.
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Seating area with picnic table and 6 or more chairs.
                                        • Golf
                                          Several golf courses in the area.
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          We provide a single and a double kayak as well as a canoe and paddle board. At this cottage there is an additional canoe and a rowboat.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Hammock overlooking the lake
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Charcoal grill
                                        • Water Sports Gear
                                          Stand-up paddle board


                                            • wheelchair accessible
                                              Narrow access to downstairs bathroom - 24 inches.


                                                • live theater
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • cinemas
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • churches
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • whale watching
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • rafting
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • roller blading
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • snowmobiling
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • The cottage has its own dock, and there is a float in the lake for use by renters. Hodgdon Pond Farm is an "Environmental Leader" as certified by the Department of Environmental Protection of Maine. We provide "Green" products for cleaning and paper products such as recycled paper towels for renters when they first take occupancy, but ask that they provide their own products for the balance of their stay.

                                                                  40 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Peaceful, relaxing cottage for the perfect getaway

                                                                  Rebecca R.Cincinnati, Ohio

                                                                  If you're looking for a restful place away from the hustle and bustle, this cottage is perfect. Very clean, well equipped with everything you could need, and situated on a delightfully peaceful pond, yet only a 20 min drive to anywhere on the island. We were able to enjoy sights of the Milky Way on a clear night, an enormous buck relaxing in the field near the cottage, and the amazing warmth of the wood burning stove on the cold nights. Barbara called us to make sure everything was as anticipated, and even offered some advice for a rainy day. Our family really enjoyed this place for our much needed stress-relieving getaway from everyday life, and we look forward to returning in the (hopefully near) future.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you so much! It makes us very happy to hear that you had the relaxing and enjoyable vacation you needed, and we look forward to your return.

                                                                  On Golden (Hodgdon) Pond

                                                                  Pat O.Streetsboro, Ohio

                                                                  My husband and I stayed a week at HPF and could not have picked a better rental for our first visit to Maine and Mt. Desert Island. Cottage 1 is at the end of the lane--very quiet and private. The cottage is very well equipped with many of the little extras that make a stay comfortable. The master bedroom bed is very comfortable. With the window open at night we heard the loons early in the a.m.! We especially enjoyed the wood stove a few cool evenings. My husband liked fishing the pond from the canoe and I liked the hammock. Owner is prompt and easy to contact. This location is easy drive to Acadia and area sights. When not relaxing at the cottage we: ate at Thurstons and Bealls, had lunch and a walk at Jordon Pond House, went on a nature cruise out of Bass Harbor, took the carriage road bridge tour, hiked with picnic lunch the ocean path trail in Acadia. So our Golden Pond experience definitely lived up to our expectations.

                                                                  Extraordinary Place

                                                                  George L. Northport, NY

                                                                  We have vacationed on MDI about 15 times over the last 30+ years. Hodgdon Pond Farm - Cottage 1 is by far the finest lodging we've had on the Island. Gorgeous natural beauty and tranquility are there in magnificent quantity. The cottage is very attractive, well organized and comfortable. You'll be very glad you chose this place.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Dear George,

                                                                  Thank you so much first for staying with us, and second for writing this wonderful review. It makes us very happy that you and your wife enjoyed your stay and we hope you come back soon!


                                                                  A Lifetime of Memories

                                                                  Jean S.

                                                                  The morning sun shines gently on the pond as I wake from the comfort of a peaceful nights sleep. The children slumber while I brew coffee in the fully equipped kitchen. Looking out the kitchen window I watch a small chipmunk gather his own breakfast on the dirt road that leads to this quaint cottage. Carrying my Maine coffee cup I walk down to the pond and sit on the dock to greet the day. A bald eagle joins me on his graceful flight over the water as he searches for his own breakfast. The water is like glass and it mirrors the blue sky and a few white puffy clouds that glide out towards the salty ocean just beyond the trees. I drain the last of my New England coffee from my cup and walk back towards the cottage. I find my husband in the living room reading one of the local area books he found on the shelf. "Morning walk?" I ask. He agrees and we head out the door to the dirt road. We stop by the tiny pond behind the house and question what type of animals visit this fairy like location to get a drink. As we walk a little further down the lane we soon discover it was two large bucks grazing in the field of wildflowers. They are not frightened of us on our stroll and just eye us curiously as we continue on our way. We stop at the small family cemetery and read the incredibly old stones. "What history in this beautiful place" we say. We turn and walk back the 1/8 mile to the cottage listening to the sounds of nature all around us.

                                                                  The smell of sugar is in the air as we open the door and find the four teenagers we have brought with us diving into the donuts I had left on the counter. Plans for the day are discussed over the orange juice and chocolate covered treats. A drive into Bar Harbor is requested to walk on the 'land bridge' at low tide and the girls want to do a little souvenir shopping. The boys plan to skip rocks into the ocean to avoid the stores and my husband agrees to go with all of us as he wants to stop outside of town and grab some fresh lobsters for our dinner- of course our kitchen has a lobster pot! What great Maine cottage would not?

                                                                  Upon our return the teenagers head out onto the pond in kayaks and rowboats to swim off the anchored swim platform. My husband starts a fire in the BBQ to grill some steaks while I prepare to steam the lobster. (We learned this technique from the lobster woman we purchased them from). After dinner the boys head out for some evening fishing while the girls and I work on a puzzle in the cozy living room.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank for this truly lovely, thoughtful, and interesting review. I love following your path, and seeing some of the same creatures in my mind's eye. We are in the other cottage this week, so I'm going to take a cup of tea to the little ponds and hope to see the muskrats and otter that were there as couple of days ago .

                                                                  We really enjoyed having enjoy HPF and hope you come back soon.

                                                                  All the best with thanks!



                                                                  Lisa Y.

                                                                  Very private, relaxing, beautiful scenery. Nicely appointed, great "quiet side" location.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you so much! It was a pleasure having you stay with us.

                                                                  Amazing house on Mount Desert Island

                                                                  Anne G.

                                                                  This is a really special house! The house is well situated at the southern end of Hodgedon Pond, so both the house and dock feel very private. It's about 20 - 25 minutes to Bar Harbour, Northeast Harbour and even closer to Southwest Harbour, so the location is excellent. The house itself is clean and well laid out. There were several boats available for use, so we had a great time kayaking, canoeing and paddle-boarding on the pond. The pond is small enough that there aren't any motor boats, but large enough to explore and swim. We saw an otter, several beaver, a muskrat, a garter snake, and a number of birds and frogs. The "upper" pond is just a fabulous place to hang out and enjoy the scenery or watch for wildlife. We spent a lot of time in the comfortable chairs available there. I highly recommend this house if you're looking for a quiet, outdoorsy place from which to explore Mount Desert Island.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for this glorious review, which I will share with all the people who work hard to make our cottages "special!" It makes me very happy know that you and your family enjoyed your vacation so much.

                                                                  Best to you,



                                                                  Tremont, ME, USA

                                                                  All the attractions of Mount Desert Island & Acadia National Park are available. Guests can canoe, kayak, paddle board, fish, & swim on the property, & there is access to hiking trails & biking.


                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  The rent covers 6 people and we charge $200.00 for an additional occupant with a maximum of 7. There is a $100 cleaning fee and a cleaning policy that will accompany the lease. We don't usually take rentals of less than a full week because preparing the house is very expensive and time-consuming. Check-in time for Cottage 1 is 4:00 pm, and check-out time is 10:00 am. Thanks for your understanding.

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