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Extraordinary waterfront home on Somes Sound on Mt Desert Island.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom with dock and mountain views available May through October

Built in 2009 using indigenous materials, this unique custom designed home fits gracefully into the landscape of the National Park which it abuts and Acadia Mountain on which it is perched. Granite steps lead to a private dock with two moorings, and above is a picnic site with spectacular views up and down Somes Sound.

The interior has open beams supported by cedars from the mountain. The top floor holds a spacious masterbedroom overlooking the Sound with a King-size bed and a bathroom with both bath and large shower facing dramatic granite cliffs.

The main floor has a gourmet kitchen with high-end staimless-steel apliances, a Steinway grand piano, and decks on both the north and south sides. The lower floor has two bedrooms with Queen beds overlooking Somes Sound and a shared bathroom.

Also included are washer and dryer, wireless internet service, satellite TV, DVD player, and outdoor cooking grill and eating patio.

More Details

Bill Patten
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2017

About Bill Patten

Summer resident of MDI for over half a century, author and retired newspaper publisher in midcoast area, raised three children in midcoast Maine, I enjoy sharing unique experiences and memories. My wife, who is a musician and composer, and I live part-time in South of France, but we have enjoyed the last three winters in the beauty and comfort of Acadia Lodge.

Bill Patten purchased this house in 2007

Why Bill Patten chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

Somes Sound is a legendary sailing area both for the racing sailboats I grew up on and as a source of inspiration for some of my wife's recent compositions. We enjoy hiking on the National Park mountains that surround it. Hall Quarry where the house is located on the western side was once a granite quarrying village. From the top of Acadia Mountain one can hike along the park trails south over St. Sauveur and Flying Mountains past Valley Cove to an encampment where Native Americans used to settle for the summer and the Jesuits built and chapel in the 17th century. We collect mussels from the rocks at low tide, kayak along the edge of the Sound, sail out from there to have lunch on neighboring islands or take the outboard to the Claremont Hotel to have drinks and dinner.

What makes this house unique

The new constructed home has extraordinary views over Somes Sound and mountains beyond and is located on the 'quiet side' of Mount Desert Island. Conveniently situated two minutes from lovely Echo Lake (where my wife swims each morning with a group of women friends) and ten minutes from the thriving town of Southwest Harbor. This village offers excellent restaurants and stores, and a golf course and tennis courts. But it avoids the crowds in Bar Harbor which can still be reached in twenty minutes. Acadia Lodge combines privacy, a unique scenic location on the water, and easy access to the rest of the island.

Guestbook comments from the owner

If you want to see beautiful New England leaf color in October, then Mt. Desert Island, and the Acadia National Park in Maine, is the place to do so.


While most think of Bar Harbor, on the island as the place to visit with its shops and tourist atmosphere, the real treat is to visit the other small communities, like Northeast Harbor, Somes Harbor, and Southwest Harbor to experience the flavor of Mt. Desert Island life.


We had a wonderful experience staying at the home of William S. Patten, which is a short distance off Highway 102 between Somes Harbor and Southwest Harbor near the old Hall’s granite quarry. The home has a perfect view of Somes Sound, and the forest of Acadia National Park and Mt. Cadillac beyond.


The home is a non-traditional 3-level Asian exterior design with open beam ceilings on both the interior second entry level, and the master suite above, with full views of Somes Sound. The property extends down a pathway to a boat dock with its own canoe on the Sound, and then up from the house, via a steep-hike pathway to a picnic area and fire pit with an even more stunning view of Somes Sound, Acadia National Park, and almost to Mt. Cadillac in the distance.


As we learned from Bill Patten, and the local Granite Museum, the home site was originally mined for huge slabs of granite cut from the hillside and loaded directly to sailing ships a hundred years ago.  Because of the depth of Somes Sound, there was sufficient draft for the ships to pull along shore and load granite directly from the hillside to the sailing ships.


The home is spacious with great views but confined enough that it maintains a quiet cozy feeling throughout, on each of its 3 levels. The modern open kitchen is excellent for cooking meals for 4- 6 persons while entertaining the guests.

We felt the Patten home was the perfect ‘home base’ for a week of leaf viewing and unhurried entertainment. There was a great deal to see and do, but then we could return to the refuge of the Patten home and be in complete privacy with a view of the ocean’s inlet and Acadia Park-- as if we were the only people on the island.
Oct 2013
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Mount Desert House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Masterbedroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , outdoor shower , Outdoor shower on cliff side of house
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Master bathroom includes both large shower and a bath. Main floor has a half bathroom. Lower level bathroom has shower/bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Masterbedroom - 1 king , plus sleep sofa
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , with view of Somes Sound
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , With view of Somes Sound
  • Masterbedroom on top floor with King size bed, includes sitting area for TV and DVD. Two bedrooms on lower level with Queen beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Available May through October with seasonal rates for spring and fall. Steinway piano needs to be kept covered at all times unless being played. For playing discuss with owner beforehand.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Extraordinary waterfront home on Somes Sound on Mt Desert Island.
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Iconic Down East Maine

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 6 stayed here for one week in July 2016. I can only confirm everything that has been said about this beautiful home. While Acadia and Bar Harbor are things to experience, of course, the record crowds and traffic gridlock in places made us very glad we were able to return to this very secluded home each day. We often awoke to the sound of loons, watched eagles and even had some white tale deer visit. It was always enjoyable to watch the lobster men and women work their traps in front of the home and witness the beautiful sail boats go by. We enjoyed evening campfires and you have a kayak for your use on the sound. Another bonus is that you are very close to activities on the quiet side like hiking, swimming, golf, boat trips out of Bass or Southwest Harbor to name a few. For those seeking a quiet relaxing place, but close enough for you to do your "Maine" thing, you could not find a better place.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home in a beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place for a family of 5. Very quiet setting, right on Somes Sound with a private dock. Well maintained house with lots of room and openplan ground floor. Loads to do in the area - biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming in Echo Lake and SouthWest harbor a great town for lobster shacks and eating / drinking.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Truly memorable vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Acadia Lodge for just over two weeks this summer and had a fabulous time. The house is even better than the photos suggest - which sadly is not always the case given the ubiquity of photoshop et al! The location is sublime - easy access to everything MDI has to offer whilst maintaining a sense of tranquillity afforded by the very private setting. We are a family of four (couple plus boys 7 & 9) and found the facilities and space excellent - indeed the house could easily accommodate a larger family. The owners were a delight to deal with. We would certainly recommend a vacation here unreservedly.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A True Get Away

  • 5 of 5

Floating down the drive to Acadia lodge takes your breath away. It's location on Somes Sound is private, tranquil and inviting. The home has everything you could want in a Maine retreat: antiques, lots of wood, a fantastic dock, hammock, outside porch ever for morning coffee and THE VIEW! We hiked nearly everyday on fantastic trails. We kayaked, but mostly we ate our way thru the island, lobster rolls and blueberry pie! The owners are very responsive and the helpful. This is a very special will get a real sense of place and will feel very connected to the island.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Better Than Advertised!

  • 5 of 5

My family of five recently returned from a 7 night vacation at this wonderful property. In our opinion, it was much better than advertised and the gentleman/property owner we dealt with was very cordial and easy to work with. We loved the location and the privacy it afforded us, yet the property is a very easy driving distance to all parts of MDI, including Bar Harbor. It borders the National Park on one side, and granite cliffs/Somes Sound on others, with a dock on the sound for boating/kayaking or fishing. We hiked the Acadia Mountain Trail and the Beech Mountain Cliffs Trail overlooking Echo Lake and really enjoyed both hikes. The trail-heads for both are only a 3 or 4 minute drive from the property. We enjoyed all that the island had to offer but looked forward to returning to the privacy and tranquility of this property every evening. Such a scenic and peaceful location. The home is well maintained and has high-end appliances in the well-stocked kitchen.

I rent homes every year in various parts of the world for our family vacations and I always do considerable research to make sure I choose a property that is maybe a little unique, suits our needs and is well-maintained. This home fit the bill and certainly did not disappoint in any way. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House - Excellent Location

  • 5 of 5

My family just returned from spening 4 weeks at Acadia Lodge. The house is very nice and in an excellent and private location. We enjoyed being on Somes Sound and seeing the sail boats and lobster boats out the windows every morning and the kids had fun fishing and launching kayaks right from the private dock. The house itself has all of the amenities necessary for a long stay and is very comfortable. Finally, the location is great for accessing all that the island and Acadia National Park have to offer. Nothing is more than a few minute drive away!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Mount Desert House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 2 2017 - May 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 4 2017 - Jun 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 5 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Oct 7 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $600
Tax Rate 8.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Southwest Harbor
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Bass Harbor
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Northeast harbor
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Southwest Harbor
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Echo Lake
Car: recommended

Home abuts Acadia National Park, is nestled on eastern flank of Acadia Mountain overlooking Somes Sound, has access to numerous hiking trails, biking paths and includes a private deep water dock with two moorings, 19 ft outboard motor boat available, kayaking, sailing, fishing with numerous islands to visit and picnic on. Located on 'quiet side' of Mount Desert Island, 5 minutes from Echo Lake, 10 minutes from Southwest Harbor with good restaurants, shops, golf course and tennis courts. Twenty minutes from Bar Harbor and 25 minutes from Bar Harbor airport, twenty minutes from Bass Harbor with ferry to Swan's Island


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