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Tranquil Retreat on Woods Pond

(22 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 1 Bedroom + Futon bed, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 3)

A gem for the couple that appreciates tranquility. Looking through the trees to the pristine pond that's home to loons and other wildlife you are surrounded by the natural world.

Though only a mile from town and a 40 minutes from Mt. Desert Island and Acadia Park, the setting is far from neighbors and has with walks along the shore or on 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 washer/dryer make vacation life simple!

Once featured in the New York Times travel section, this place is for those who want something special.

Please book Saturday to Saturday.

Keywords: House, retreat, quiet
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Children Welcome:

    Extra bed is a 4" foam mattress on the floor....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

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

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment

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



from 22 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 22 - Jun 16, 2017
4 night min stay

Jun 17 - Sep 8, 2017
7 night min stay

Sep 9 - Oct 13, 2017
4 night min stay

Oct 14 - Apr 20, 2018
4 night min stay
Apr 21 - Jun 15, 2018
4 night min stay
Jun 16 - Sep 7, 2018
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
4 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $100 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 9%


No cats please. Dogs should be in crates when guests are not in the house.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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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, ME, USA:
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.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

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  • Round front facing Woods Pond

    Round front facing Woods Pond

  • Looking down from bedroom balcony.

    Looking down from bedroom balcony.

  • Bedroom under the eaves

    Bedroom under the eaves

  • Dining area

    Dining area

  • Sunset seen from house.

    Sunset seen from house.

  • Pond through the trees.

    Pond through the trees.

  • Boardwalk


  • The mechanical building — except for fridge, no machines in the house.

    The mechanical building — except for fridge, no machines in the house.

  • Rais stove for winter days.

    Rais stove for winter days.

  • Snowshoe tracks on the ice.

    Snowshoe tracks on the ice.

  • Lady's Slipper at side of house (June)

    Lady's Slipper at side of house (June)

  • Living room looking towards the kitchen and staircase

    Living room looking towards the kitchen and staircase

  • 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

  • Screened gazebo at sunset

    Screened gazebo at sunset

  • Woods Pond

    Woods Pond

  • Sunset from the gazebo.

    Sunset from the gazebo.

  • Buddha in the spruces.

    Buddha in the spruces.

  • House after snow storm.

    House after snow storm.

  • Woods Pond ice

    Woods Pond ice

  • Gazebo in winter

    Gazebo in winter

  • Trillium in adjacent woods.

    Trillium in adjacent woods.

VRBO #180885

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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