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Spectacular Ocean View, Center of Island -10 min to Acadia National Park

Bedrooms 7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

House, 7 Bedroom & 4 Baths, Spectacular view, large lawn & 2 porches

Spacious historic home with large well furnished rooms many with good views. Works for 6 or 15 people. Perfect for families with a well stocked kitchen for cooking. Enjoy the view to Somes Sound, swim at Somes Pond, rent kayaks, and be centrally located to Acadia Nat’l Park!

LOCATION ON THE ISLAND: We are in the center of the island 10 minutes to Acadia National Park's Ocean Drive and the Cadillac Mountain entrance. Somesville is the perfect location, 12 minutes to Bar Harbor and 7 minutes to Southwest. The free Island Explorer Bus stops about 200 feet from the house and is an easy way for all your family to explore on their own. The bus will even take your bike as well!

ABOUT THE HOUSE: 'Willowbrook' is a Classic Greek Revival home built in the 1800s. The interior is comfortable with 3 couches, good beds, lots of space and lovely linens and towels. Three bedrooms face the amazing view and four bedrooms are at the back of the house.

THE VIEW: Enjoy your view of the morning dew rising from the Mill Pond. View the yachts and boats as they finish their journey down Somes Sound to the Harbor. Look to the mountains of Acadia! From the side rooms we view the historic Somesville Bridge and Museum which is often illuminated at night.


FIRST FLOOR: This is a spacious home which can accommodate 15 people comfortably with 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Inside is a charming interior with wide painted plank floors and colorful rooms. First floor has an entrance hall with staircase, master suite with queen bed and bathroom with a 6-foot claw tub with a shower. There is an additional bedroom with full bed. The Library-Parlor has a couch and leather gaming table with a good selection of family games. The living room has two couches, 32” screen TV with Dish TV service and seating for 12. The dining room seats 12-15 and has a sideboard for serving and an extra drop leaf table as well. There is a pantry with several sets of dishes. The kitchen is well equipped for all kinds of cooking and baking. There are plenty of pans, bowls, and platters for large groups. There is a breakfast bar area for morning coffee and pastries with a microwave. There is a kitchen table that seats 6, washer/dryer and back staircase leading to the second floor. The house is well maintained as we repaint several rooms each year. The front exterior is newly painted and we re-paint a side of the house each year.

SECOND FLOOR: Upstairs the left wing has a charming queen bedroom with a spectacular water view. The second bedroom has a full size bed. Next to both rooms is a dressing closet with a bathroom with a shower. The right wing has a large bedroom with 2 single beds, a roll away cot, and TV. Another bedroom has a Queen and a single bed. Next to these rooms are a bathroom with a shower. The 7th bedroom has a staircase to the kitchen, a double bed, and bathroom with a tub.

EXTERIOR OF “WILLOWBROOK”: We have front and back porches with plenty of seating and 2 chaises. There is a patio with a wrought iron table for 6 and a gas grill. Play croquet on the large lawn for family fun. Kayak and swim in Somes Pond up the street or Long Pond a few minutes from the house.

HISTORY OF THE HOUSE: Somesville is where Abraham Somes, the first permanent settler on Mt Desert lived. The house was built for Abraham Somes III, the namesake and grandson of the first settler of Mt. Desert Island. Abraham lived there with his wife Adeline Freeman Somes. Abraham was a shipbuilder and traveled to the West Indies, New Haven, Boston and Portland. This home is still owned by Somes descendants and is listed on the National Historic Register. It was once rented to the poet, Elinor Wylie and Thomas Berger, author of Little Man, Big Man.

ABOUT THE VILLAGE OF SOMESVILLE: Somesville is the quintessential New England village full of white clapboard houses. The entire village is a National Historic Landmark and in order to preserve the character of town the speed is 25 mph. Our house is situated at the end of Somes Sound which cuts through the middle of the island. The view is spectacular from the house looking down Somes Sound the only fjord on the east coast. It is the perfect place to end your day on the island. The Somesville Library, The Gallery at Somes Sound, and The Mt. Desert Island Historical Society, and its picturesque bridge are across the street. Diana, the owner, is an artist in the Gallery at Somes Sound.

Enjoy a stroll through Somesville and soak in the charm. If you are lucky, you may catch the Blueberry or Strawberry Festival.

Somesville has a well-stocked convenience store, bank, ATM, church, post office, and a great summer stock theater, the Acadia Repertory Theater. Walk up to the children’s plays on Wednesday and Saturday. They are really a treat for all ages. Three golf courses within 10 minutes! Wonderful dining choices are only seven minutes away.

We live about 2 miles away from the house. We are available to answer questions to make sure you have a wonderful visit to Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. We have a wealth of information about the island which we love to share. We are also available to help if there are any problems during your stay.

AIRPORTS: The closest airport is Bar Harbor Airport (BHB) which is about 10 minutes from Willowbrook. Then Bangor International Airport (BGR) is one hour. There is a shuttle to Mt. Desert from the Bangor airport. You need to make a reservation and it is about $30. The cheapest fares seem to be from Southwest Airlines flying into Manchester, New Hampshire, which is a 5 hour drive to Willowbrook. There are also good fares with Air Tran into Portland. You can rent a car from Hertz or Enterprise.


Somes Pond - Fresh water pond - Take a right out our driveway and it is 1/4 of a mile up the road on the left. There is a grassy area which leads into the pond.

Long Pond - Head toward Southwest Harbor and take a right at the Firehouse and go about 2 miles it will be on your left. There is a dock to swim out to and it is great for kids. There is also a 2 miles hike from the south end out to Duck Rock which is a huge rock great for swimming for all ages.

Echo Lake - 3 miles toward Southwest Harbor Man-made beach on a fresh water lake perfect for children. Changing rooms/Shallow for at least 200 feet out

Sand Beach - on Ocean Drive is a lovely beach on the Ocean Drive one of the 10 most scenic drives in America. There is a great hike from the opposite side you enter the beach called 'The Great Head' hike. Also this is close to the entrance to the Beehive Hike.


National Park Canoe rental - You can rent kayaks, canoes or paddle boards on Long Pond. You can kayak on Long Pond out to Rum Island.

We can also provide information on the rental of sailboats or power boats.


Easy Trails: Flying Mountain, Beech Mountain, South Bubble

Moderately Difficult Trails

Giant Slide up Sargeant Mountain, Penobscot, Pemetic, The Beehive


Carriage Roads - What is a carriage road? It is the perfect place to walk, hike, and bike. There are over 57 miles of carriage roads on Mt. Desert. Our favorite is the road that runs around Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake is a lovely place for a picnic as well. There are two bike rental shops on the island to rent bikes.


Mom's Kitchen makes wonderful sandwiches near Town Hill about a mile from the house. You can call ahead and pick them up on your way off for the day.

Sargeant Drive - is great for a picnic

Ocean Drive - in Acadia National Park

Seawall - outside Southwest Harbor.

We want our guests to fully experience the island and all it has to offer!

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Speaks: english
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About The Owner

As a young child, my parents brought us to Mt Desert. I have always been in love with the island and wanted to capture its magic. I have a masters in Art History and Museum work and worked in the Smithsonian before raising three children. I have always been in love with the quality of light in Maine. I paint on the island in the summer and you can see my work at the Gallery Somes Sound in Somesville near the house.

The Owner purchased this house in 1968

Why The Owner chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

This property is in the center of the island so you don’t spend 40 minutes going from one side to the other! We have the free island explorer bus up the street so you can see the island without driving. We have ocean access, but also we are the only town which has 3 lakes perfect for swimming within 5 minutes. You can also rent kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards on nearby Long Pond or walk up the street to Somes Pond for a swim. This is a home you can have 12 -15 people and not feel on top of each other as our house is spacious and well stocked.

What makes this house unique

There is nothing like waking up the the morning mist floating over the Mill Pond down to the harbor. We have ocean and lake access within walking distance.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Diana was charming and very helpful. She even met with me a month before the rental to show me the house and recommended restaurants that could accommodate 14 people. She answered all my emails and stopped by to make sure that we had everything we needed. Seven couples shared the house comfortably without feeling crowded. The kitchen has new appliances and well stocked with pots and pans, coffee maker and microwave and dishes. The washer and dryer was a plus. The house is tastefully decorated and had everything we needed for a long 4 day weekend. The view from the front bedrooms and the front porch is a quintessential Maine view of water, sailboats with mountains in the background. It is not within walking distance of stores and restaurants, but we spent no more than 15 minutes driving to get to Acadia, Bar Harbor or Southwest Harbor and just a little longer to Northeast Harbor. Since we were 14 old friends from all over the country, we spent a fair amount of time in the house and the front porch and enjoyed exploring the various rooms of this 1890 house and its original artwork done by Diana, her aunts and her mother. Diana mentioned that families with children stay at the house. I would have been a little nervous about letting my kids loose in such an elegant house, but it is a perfect place for a group of adults. Just a great place to have a relaxing stay on MDI.
Sep 2014
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Spectacular Ocean View, Center of Island -10 min to Acadia National Park
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 22 reviews

Wonderful Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed staying in this property - so characterful and well equipped, and ideally located for us near the centre of MDI (you will need a car however). Beds were comfortable and the setting was very pretty. We will be back!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful old home

  • 4 of 5

The house is very old and has some issues due to it's age, however over all it was wonderful. The owner was very nice and the rooms and beds were great. Low ceilings were quaint but a hazard to tall people. The house is well cared for and the kitchen was well stocked with pots, pans and small appliances. The linens were nice and very good quality. I would stay again if I ever get to Maine again.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming house great for multiple families

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our family reunion week at Willowbrook. The house had plenty of space and comfortable beds for all 10 of us, and plenty of room for people to find a quiet spot to read. The dining room was great for our big family dinners at night and we enjoyed sitting on the patio and having breakfast and coffee. The house is situated in the middle of the island with easy access to everything on MDI. It is right in the middle of a very picturesque village with a beautiful view from the front and a charming little bridge and museum to the side. The only downside is the traffic noise from the street (but not much can be done about that - just bring some earplugs!).

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 2016 was a very busy summer with the 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park. We had a record 3 million visitors who came for the many scheduled events. We have three bedrooms that front the street with an amazing view of Somes Harbor and four bedrooms on the back of the house We do provide fans in all the bedrooms in case of unusually hot weather and currently have are air cleaners as well in the front Queen bedrooms. We do have a Art gallery, quaint museum, and a 2-room library across the street. We are in the center of a village with easy access to anywhere on the island. As the village of Somesville is a National Historic Landmark the speed limit is 25mph.
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Great for a large family

  • 4 of 5

Willowbrook was a wonderful home for our family of 16. It is an old house; so, of course it has some doors and windows that creak and open unexpectedly as well as some ceilings that are very low. But, it is large, beautiful, has a great big yard, is in a very accessible location, and has all we needed in our week there. I definitely would stay at Willowbrook again as well as recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Family loved the property.

  • 5 of 5

Enough space for the two older children and three adults family to have separate rooms. Three grandchildren were in one and two in another which worked great.

Very well furnished with great antiques. Enough room for the 13 of us to sit either at the dining table or living room. The property was located the middle of our activities, close to Bar Harbor, Cadillac Mountain, and the two Marina.

This is probably our fifth for family vacation, which we do every two years, the families all felt this was our best vacation ever, H family Grove up separately one from Nashville, one from Memphis and we drove up from Western Kentucky. All made lots of wonderful stops along the way. One family went through Niagara Falls, Lake placid, Mount Washington, Bath then Bar Havol. The other family went through Boston, Cape Cod, Philadelphia, Hershey and Lancaster Pennsylvania, and Washington DC - over 10 days.

Would highly recommend the place for a large family

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Beautiful location, quaint house

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Willowbrook Cobb. The location suited our vacation perfectly, with easy access to all parts of the island. The house accommodated our family of 9 very easily. We loved the history associated with the house and the village. The house was clean and adequately supplied, though it will need some TLC over the next few years. We made good use of the kitchen and huge dining room. The kids loved the quirks associated with an old house. The house is very close to the main road for the "quiet side" of the island, so it wasn't so quiet--especially early in the morning. But this minor issue was more than covered by the spectacular view. The owner was very nice and provided very helpful information about activities and resources on the island.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Somesville is minutes to Acadia National Park and countless activities. Walking distance to ocean and fresh water pond. Croquet Set provided and see the Claremont Croquet Classic in August. Three golf courses within 10 minutes!!!


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Pet Fee $100
Cleaning Fee $250
Refundable Damage Deposit $750
Tax Rate 9.0%




Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Somesville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Turquoise Bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Blue Bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , Yellow bathroom with Claw footed tub
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Wonderful 6 foot claw tub with a shower
  • We have very historic well-maintained bathrooms. They are large and colorful with lots of shelves and benches. We have two sets of towels for each room and extras as well. The 3 showers have great water pressure and we have two claw foot tubs. Each bathroom comes equipped with an initial supply of soap and toilet paper.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Stunning View of Mill Pond and Somes Harbor!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Harriet's Room with View of the Somesville Bridge and stream
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Blanche's Pink Room w/ View of Courtyard Garden
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Blue Pineapple Room View of Pond and Croquet lawn 1 xtra cot
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double , Traveler's Room with private bath with Claw footed tub
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Blueberry Room w/ Breathtaking view of Pond and Somes Harbor
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Bridge Room with View of Lawn and Courtyard Garden
  • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (3), Cot (1) We have lovely towels, linens, and bedspreads as you would have in a private home. As one of our reviewers said 'The beds, bedding, towels, and pillows were luxurious, and the home is a trip into the past of the best of Maine. Nothing was forgotten in supplying the home with everything we needed.' All the beds have good, comfortable, mattresses.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We are in the center of the island which means less travel time for guests to each area of the island. The free Island Explorer stops up the street. A fresh water pond is up the street as well. Great space for families with two living room areas and 3 wings for privacy. It is very special to wake up to our view and live in a home full of the history of Mount Desert! When you come home after a day on the island it will be a treat to enjoy 'Willowbrook' the home of Abraham Somes III grandson of the first settler of Mount Desert.

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