Spectacular Ocean View, Center of Island -10 Min to Acadia National Park(21 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
House, 7 Bedroom & 4 Baths, Spectacular view, large lawn & 2 porches
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.
INTERIOR OF “WILLOWBROOK”
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.
BOATING AND KAYAKING:
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.
PLACES TO PICNIC- A MOUNT DESERT TRADITION:
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.
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Member since: 2009
- 3200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered:
Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 15
- 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. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
- 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. ...moreless
- 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....moreless
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View:
- Near The Ocean
- Ocean View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Activities Guide
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Clothes Dryer:
- Free Long Distance:
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
Large living room with water views opening to a porch . Seats 12 with abilty to add extra side chairs as well. There are two couches. Living room has the original ovens of the early kitchen. ...moreless
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker:
There are large pots and pans as well as non-stick pans.We have cookie pans, muffin tins, and cake pans. Roaster and vegetable dishes. Utensils including wisks, microplanes, garlic press and knives....moreless
- Dishes & Utensils:
Large well stocked kitchen for cooking. Next to the kitchen table is a counter with a built in microwave, coffee maker and toaster perfect for continental breakfast in the morning. Crock-pot available...moreless
- Lobster Pot
- Beach Towels
- Boat Dock
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill:
- Outdoor Grill Gas
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
EARLY SPRING 2017
Apr 15 - May 24, 2017
3 night min stay
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2017
May 25 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
May 30 - Jun 16, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 17 - Sep 8, 2017
7 night min stay
INDIAN SUMMER 2017
Sep 9 - Oct 13, 2017
3 night min stay
Oct 14 - Nov 3, 2017
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $100
- Cleaning Fee $250
- Refundable Damage Deposit $750
- Tax Rate 9%
SUMMER - MINIMUM STAY OF 7 DAYS REQUIRED
FOR 2016 WE HAVE TIMES IN JUNE, SEPTEMBER, AND OCTOBER AND ARE NOW BOOKING FOR 2017!
PETS ARE ACCEPTED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. PLEASE CLEAR WITH OWNER
Owner's cancellation policy:
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Year Purchased: 1968
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.
Why the Owner Chose Somesville, Mount Desert, ME, USA:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.
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This is the view from 'Willowbrook' looking to the beginning of Somes Sound
Living Room and Door to Porch
Living Room with Premium Channel Cable TV
Library-Parlor off the living room with couch and leather gaming table with plenty of family games Extra room just off living room
Kitchen with farm sink and dishwasher
Blueberry Queen Bedroom with Gorgeous view
Blanche's Pink Full bedroom with view of Courtyard
Somesville Bridge Room View of the Charming Somesville Bridge-2 twin beds
First Floor Peach Queen Bedroom with spectacular water views-Also side view of the historic Somesville Bridge
Back Porch- Perfect place to relax and enjoy the courtyard garden
View from Side of Willowbrook with water view
Grill and wrought iron outdoor table
Willowbrook a Classic Greek Revival Home in Somesville
View from Living Room and Front Porch of Willowbrook
Dining Room with Seating for 12- Perfect for large families-Sideboard for serving
Large Kitchen perfect for cooking with lots of counter space
Kitchen Table and Breakfast Bar with microwave
View from Blueberry Room showing Mill Pond and Entrance to Somes Sound
Blue Pineapple Bedroom Water View plus TV/Great for Children extra cot/2 twins
Traveler's Room with Full Bed and private bath
First Floor Harriets Blue Room- Full Bed View of Somesville Bridge
Courtyard with Back Porch and Garden Parking for 3 cars
Willowbrook and large lawn from the side with croquet
Somesville Bridge next door donated by our cousin Virginia Somes Sanderson
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Sunday, January 22, 2017
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