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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

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 3 double bedroom/ 2 bath cottage 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 new listing 924253). 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. The 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 that are hared 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.'

Keywords: Lake Front Cottage

More Details

Barbara Lawrence
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

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 "Ben's Story" will be available in fall of 2016.

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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Tremont House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • 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 ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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 Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • 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
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.


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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 38 reviews


  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! It was a pleasure having you stay with us.
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Amazing house on Mount Desert Island

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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, Barbara
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Lovely well appointed home

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, private cottage on a beautiful pond. Very thoughtfully equipped. Definitely exceeded our expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review! It makes us and our crew very happy to know you and your family enjoyed staying at Hodgdon Pond Farm, and had a great vacation. Please come back soon!
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Very good

  • 5 of 5

Very pretty cottage inside and out; clean, spacious,great beds and bedding, beautiful view of pond

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for staying with us. Please come back soon!
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Paradise in the Most Peaceful Spot on Earth

  • 5 of 5

I have been coming to MDI for 20 years now, and this is, hands down, the finest property I have ever rented. The location could not be more pristine. If you seek true tranquility and an escape from the noise of everyday life, this is the place for you. I never wanted to leave.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this wonderful review. It makes me very happy to know that you enjoyed being at Hodgdon Pond as much as we do. Thank you!
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Wouldn't Stay Anywhere Else

  • 5 of 5

We always look for privacy and quiet when we book vacation rentals, and this one certainly fits the bill. Add charming and beautiful, with unobstructed views of a private lake and the woods of Acadia, and we found the perfect place. An easy and scenery-filled ride to Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor and to all sections of Acadia, we enjoyed every minute of our week long stay. The owner was helpful and quick to respond to any questions we had. Book it now.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you stay with us and hope you come back soon! Your enthusiasm for Mt. Desert Island, Acadia National Park, and Hodgdon Pond Farm make me really happy because they are the places I love most dearly. Thank you!
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Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Bass Harbor, Southwest Harbor
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Bass Harbor, Southwest Harbor
Nearest Golf
10.6 Miles
Southwest Harbor
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Bass Harbor, Southwest Harbor
Car: necessary

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $250

Contrary to the VRBO policy expressed above, we usually break the rent into three payments. 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 10:00am. Thanks for your understanding.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.