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Barbara Lawrence

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english, french

Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park

29 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Located on the 'quiet side' of Mount Desert Island, this cottage offers proximity to all the other attractions of the island and Acadia National Park. The cottage shares 7.4 acres and 800 plus or minus feet of shore front on Hodgdon Pond with a second cottage. 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 particularly good from the rocks on the opposite shore, and from a swim float in the lake. Cottage has its own 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.

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.'

Keywords: Lake Front Cottage

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Barbara Lawrence (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

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 most recent 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.'

Barbara Lawrence purchased this house in 1982

Why Barbara Lawrence chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Rob and I first found out about HPF through friends who invited us to stay one night while we were camping at Seawall Campground, which is part of Acadia National Park. It was a rainy day and when we had the comfort of a roof and warm shower, our camping days were dwindling. The following year the same friends found they couldn't take the cabin. We asked if we could take their place and we haven't missed a year. Our children weren't born yet, but a year or two later (Matt now 22) was born and we'd put him in a backpack carrier and hike throughout the park. Four years later Kelsey was born (now 18) and she took her first canoe ride at 4 months. Matt became an expert frog catcher at the little pond and played on the jungle gym provided. As the years quickly passed, the kids became expert swimmers and would swim to the middle of the pond top the floating dock. Having kayaks provided hours of entertainments as they took nets to catch turtles, frogs, etc. and bring them back fro Rob to photograph and eventually create numerous paintings from these excursions. We have our favorite haunts throughout Mt. Desert and have enjoyed many a lobster on the island, some of which we cooked in the cabin or enjoyed at Thurston's. To be honest we have lost track of how many years we have been at Hodgdon Pond Farm, but all we know is that we have created a lifetime of memories.
Jun 2010
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based on 29 traveler reviews

Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park
average rating of 4.965517 based on 31 reviews
Pittsburgh, PA

Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a wonderful week of beauty and quiet! had a great time in the pond canoeing and kayaking, The girls loved the paddle board! The waterfall across the pond was awesome! We also enjoyed exploring Acadia National Park every day. The cottage was perfect and fit our needs! Thank you.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage by the water

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage on the water. Had a wonderful time with my family. We enjoyed canoeing and kayaking on the pond, loved the nearby hiking and restaurants. Just fabulous! We hope to return.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! It always makes us really happy to hear that families have enjoyed staying at Hodgdon Pond Farm. We hope you come back soon!
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Wonderful week at Hodgdon Pond Farm

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing week! Your beautiful cottage was perfect for our family of 5, and I think we used everything here! Canoe, kayaks, and paddle board were a huge hit - we were out on the pond several times every day - the hammock was delightful, we grilled out and ate on the picnic table, we tried our hardest to catch frogs in the little ponds, we played on the playground and we climbed trees and wandered down to the cemetery to remember those who came before and talk about what life was like long ago. Oh - and the games and books! Those were such a great addition. (Loved the "Growing up in Maine" stories - highly recommended). MDI is gorgeous, the pond is almost ridiculously perfect - it was just a fantastic vacation. Barbara - thank you for sharing your beautiful space!

From Grace (age 11): We saw: an eagle, an otter, many frogs, 3 snakes, 4 turtles in the big pond, and 1 in the small ponds, red, blue, yellow and white dragonflies, tadpoles, a dam but no beaver, osprey and the porcupine. We also saw a porpoise and seal in the ocean.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It makes me very happy to learn that you enjoyed so many things about Acadia and Hodgdon Pond. Congratulations to a very observant young naturalist for sighting so many birds and animals. I'm glad there are no poisonous snakes in Maine, and envious that you saw a porcupine. I haven't seen one for a few years, but once enjoyed watching a baby porcupine and its mother waddling down the driveway. Please come back soon!
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West Hartford, Connecticut

Hodgdon Pond Farm in Seal Cove, Maine.

  • 5 of 5

It was a week in paradise. The weather was beautiful, the privacy undisturbed. The calm waters of the pond were so inviting that I swam a couple of times a day. Beautiful scenery, a lot of places to visit on the Mount Desert Island, the land of Acadia national park. Nice local gift galleries and shops. The cottage itself is cozy and comfortable, has everything you need for your getaway in terms of the household items. We loved the wood stove and the grill outside on the patio. I especially loved the hammock for reading my novel, so perfectly positioned to catch the afternoon sun.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review. The hammock is one of my favorite spots too and I hope you will come back soon to enjoy it again.
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South Carolina

Fun for Extended Family

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family spent a week at HPF in mid-June. The cottage was comfortably outfitted both inside and outside - from kitchen utensils to life jackets and fishing poles, and within easy driving distance to island "hot spots". We had a big span of ages to please - from 1-year old to 70. Each person found things to love: swimming at Sand Beach, walking Ship Harbor Trail, feasting on lobster and mussels at Thurston's Lobster Pond and popovers at Jordan's. Would we do it again? Absolutely!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Retirees from Vermont

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderfully private place! We stayed at cottage Two which had everything imaginable to make our

stay comfortable and relaxing. After a day in Bar Harbor, it was so nice to come back to the "quiet side" of

the island. The Park Loop with its many beautiful vistas and Jordan Pond House (be sure to order their famous popovers) along the Loop made for a very pleasant day. We enjoyed driving out to Bass Harbor and

Southwest Harbor where there are beautiful views and a couple of short, easy hikes along the water.

When we first decided to visit Acadia, we were sure that we wanted to be in town (where the action was)

but after we chose and saw Hodgdon Pond Farm we quickly realized that was the place for us! Thank you,

Barbara for sharing your wonderful cottage with us. We highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this wonderful review! I'm going to share it with our housekeeper and caretaker because they work hard too to make the cottage ready for you. It makes us all happy that you felt comfortable and had everything you needed for a great vacation. Of course, Acadia National Park and Mother Nature do most of the work, but we're glad you appreciated our efforts as well!
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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.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2016 - Jul 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 16 2016
5 night minimum stay
Late fall
Sep 17 2016 - Oct 29 2016
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 9.0%

Contrary to the VRBO policy expressed above, I break the rent into three payments. My refund policy also differs from that expressed by VRBO. The rent covers 6 people and charge $200.00 for an additional occupant with a maximum of 7. The rent also covers 3 hours of cleaning, but renters may pay $100.00 fee for additional cleaning, though we require that you wash and dry one load of towels, empty the refrigerator, return any items to their original locations, and respect the property during your stay. Please contact me for more information. Thanks.

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Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • First floor bath has shower, washer and dryer. 2nd floor bath has full tub and shower.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Dock, Canoe, 2 Kayaks. Rowboat at Cottage 1.

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