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Tranquil Retreat on Woods Pond

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Round front facing Woods Pond


Last updated: 12/05/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Blue Hill house description

This little house is a true gem. Perfect for those looking for a quiet, simple retreat, the house is nestled in the trees on the edge of Woods Pond in Blue Hill.

Though only a mile from town and a 40 minutes from Mt. Desert Island and Acadia Park, the setting is tranquil with walks along the shore or the gravel roads in the neighborhood. Consider this a perfect place for a second (or first) honeymoon.

A spiral stair leads up to a cozy bedroom under the eaves. Lie in bed and watch the clouds or eagles through the skylights. Listen to the mysterious, haunting sounds of the loons who swim around the lake all summer.

Granite counter tops grace the kitchen and radiant heat keeps the hardwood floors warm on a chilly morning. Across a little bridge there is a 12' x 12' screened gazebo with three Adirondack chairs and a view of the pond -- a nice spot to sit and watch the sun set.

From the dock you can slip your canoe or kayak into the water or take a swim. Woods Pond is quiet with few outboard motors and no jet skis.

Utilities are in a separate building so only the refrigerator makes any noise to disturb your silence or creative play.

There's wi-fi access for those who wish to stay in touch. Cell phones get good reception here. A new washer/dryer make vacation life simple!

Please book Saturday to Saturday.

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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Low Allergen Environment
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            25 and up preferred....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            No Smoking on property...moreless

          • Not Suitable For Children:

            Because it's fairly small, families with teenager(s) find it too crowded and kids can find there's not much to do (no TV, etc.)...moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Dogs with additional deposit. No cats....moreless

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 2: toilet

            Washer and dryer too....moreless

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub


          Other Amenities

              • Wi-Fi. Radiant in-floor heat, Loons calling, No Smoking on property


              • Audio Tape Player
              • CD Player
              • Music Library:

                There are a few CD's -- bring your own. The player also plays cassette tapes and has a radio. No TV means 'Think retreat!'...moreless

              • Radio
              • Stereo


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Arboretum
              • Autumn Foliage
              • Bay/Sound
              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Coin Laundry
              • Forests
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Pond
              • Restaurants
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Miniature Golf
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Lake View:

                Woods Pond glistens through a thin group of trees just a few yards in front of the house....moreless

              • Lakefront:

                Woods Pond is a relatively shallow pond ideal for kayaks and canoes. There are usually loons and lots of other wildlife around. There is a small dock to assist with boating and swimming....moreless

              • Mountain View:

                Blue Hill Mountain is visible from the house and is a recommended leisurely climb for a great view of the whole area....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Golf
              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountaineering
              • Sailing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Dining:

                A handmade round table nestled into the round front of the house, looking out at the pond....moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 4 people


              • Basic Soaps
              • Broadband Access:

                We've added high speed DSL with a wireless/cable router just in case you want to be in touch with other worlds....moreless

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Firewood
              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                Radiant floor heat downstairs and baseboard upstairs. Comfortable and quiet....moreless

              • Internet
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room
              • Local Maps
              • Local Restaurant Guide
              • Parking
              • Parking Off Street:

                House is secluded and off the main road....moreless

              • Telephone:

                Cell phone reception is excellent....moreless

              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet:

                WiFi is at the house and also available at the library in town....moreless

              • Wood Stove:

                Please ask for instructions......moreless


              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Freezer
              • Grill
              • Kitchen:

                Granite countertops and a quiet fridge with freezer....moreless

              • Lobster Pot
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items:

                There are basics like dish soap, trash bags and such. Use what's there and buy what you need. Leave extras for the next folks....moreless

              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Stove
              • Toaster


              • Balcony:

                Inside, looking down into the living room....moreless

              • Boat Dock
              • Gazebo:

                Fifty feet off towards the pond is a screened gazebo (12' x 12') with 3 chairs and cushions....moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Rent from the Activity Shop — free delivery and pick-up....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                A small Weber Q-Fire. ...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill Gas
              • Porch / Veranda:

                Open porch on the west side of the house offers views of the pond. Chairs and table add comfort....moreless

              • Screen Porch / Veranda
              • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
              • Walkway To Water
              • Wood Deck

              Pool / Spa

                  • Jetted Tub:

                    Upstairs tub and shower has jets for relaxing warmth....moreless



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                  from 17 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Oct 11 - May 22, 2015
                  4 night min stay
                  May 23 - Jun 19, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  Jun 20 - Sep 11, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  My Standard Rate
                  4 night min stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
                  • Cleaning Fee $100 + tax
                  • Tax Rate 8%


                  No cats please. Dogs should be in crates when guests are not in the house. The deposit amount is $100 more if you are bringing a dog(s).

                  Rates are subject to change until reservation is complete. A contract is sent by e-mail when you confirm, by phone or e-mail, that you would like to rent the Retreat. A deposit of $200 is due with the contract, half of the rental is due two months in advance and the other half two weeks in advance.

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                  Last updated: 12/05/2014
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                  25 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Bar Harbor
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  25 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Isle au Haut
                  4 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Blue Hill Country Club
                  100 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Portland, ME
                  0.2 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Route 15
                  1.5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Arborvine and Barncastle
                  45 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Hermon Mountain
                  4 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Curtis Cove, East Blue Hill

                  Car: Necessary

                  Visiting Acadia National Park is simple and you return to Woods Pond, avoiding the mobs in Bar Harbor. But don’t underestimate Blue Hill itself with its Kneisel Hall Summer Music Festival and Down to Earth Pottery. Barncastle and Arborvine provide great cuisine and for breakfast or lunch, stop by the Mill Stream Café or the Blue Hill Co-op. In our opinion, the very best lobster roll can be procured right here at the Fish Net.

                  The arts flourish here and there are galleries aplenty within easy reach. Don’t miss Randy Eckerd’s paintings on Pleasant Street. On Deer Isle, in addition to many galleries, you’ll also find the renowned Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Nearby villages include Brooklin, Stonington, Deer Isle, Sedgwick and Brooksville.

                  Last we mention Blue Hill itself, a great climb on a clear day with fantastic views. One trail up and the other down and the car’s not too far away…. Don’t miss getting up the mountain.


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2002

                  About the owner: I'd like very much to introduce you to our Woods Pond Retreat. It's a place that I absolutely love and treasure the days spent here, often alone, just bathing in the silence or in the cool waters of the pond. Sharing the retreat with others has proved to be a rewarding adventure, trusting people I don't know in advance with something deeply precious to me.

                  Why the Owner Chose Blue Hill:
                  We built this house close to where we live because we wanted to be able to retreat regularly -- slip away from the pressure of our busy, committed lives. Being near the pond, the presence of loons and other wildlife, and the simple quiet that sometimes descends made this location just perfect. It's easy to slip a canoe or kayak into the water, and there aren't any jet skis or big power boats. Now I choose to share this idylic spot with others, realizing that this sort of place doesn't exist very often in our cynical, difficult world. I hope you will join others who have found this beautiful place a place for new intimacies -- with yourself, with your partner, with the natural world. Welcome.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  Personally, I spend a lot of time either reading or just looking out the windows, letting my being settle into the moment. Quiet inside, quiet outside. It takes a little time, a day or so to let that happen, and it's so delicious. I take walks, go for a paddle, talk with my dog and sometimes take the peace with me on a trip to Bar Harbor or to visit a friend, returning in time to slip into bed and listen to the loons talking to each other.

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                  Speaks: english

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                  • Round front facing Woods Pond

                    Round front facing Woods Pond

                  • Living room and dining room seen from bedroom balcony

                    Living room and dining room seen from bedroom balcony

                  • Kitchen looking into the dining room

                    Kitchen looking into the dining room

                  • Woods Pond

                    Woods Pond

                  • Living room looking towards the kitchen and staircase

                    Living room looking towards the kitchen and staircase

                  • Bedroom under the eaves

                    Bedroom under the eaves

                  • Screened gazebo at sunset

                    Screened gazebo at sunset

                  • Snowshoe tracks on the ice on the Pond, February 2009.

                    Snowshoe tracks on the ice on the Pond, February 2009.

                  VRBO #180885

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                  This listing was first published here in 2008.

                  Date last modified - Friday, December 05, 2014

                  $182 - $200 per night (USD)

                  1 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 3

                  View calendar: Updated 12/05/14
                  Minimum stay: 4-7 nights
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                  Member since: 2008
                  Speaks: english
                  • Calendar last updated: 12/05/2014
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                  (207) 374-9963 (Maine, USA)

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