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Custom Waterfront Log Home on Private Lake - Near Acadia National Park!

Ellsworth, ME, USA
  • House3200 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

4 bedrooms, 2 bath, sleeps 1-10

Enjoy your private piece of Maine for a family vacation, a quiet getaway for two or a family get together. Fall asleep to the calls of the loons. Watch as an eagle swoops down to catch his dinner or a mother duck keeping her ducklings close at hand. Feel the serenity of Upper Patten Pond, while kayaking and canoeing around the many coves and inlets. Find your own secret fishing spot for the big one that didn't get away.

Child and pet friendly home with beautiful landscaped yard making it's way to 200' of shore front. Master bedroom with balcony and private bath, granite counter tops, large deck overlooking a fire pit and private dock. The house has something for everyone. Wireless internet, satellite T.V., game room with pool table and darts. Looking for something a bit more cozy? Cuddle up in front of the large stone fireplace in the great room or next to the hearth in the dining room w/gas stove. All towels & linens supplied, just bring your clothes and sense of adventure.

Upper Patten Pond is less than 10 miles from Ellsworth, the gateway to Downeast Maine, grocery stores, restaurants, LL Bean outlet, and Super Walmart. Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are only 30 miles away, with hiking/biking trails, charter boating, shops and several restaurants awaiting you. Take a ride on the Whale Watcher or a lobster boat and watch as the captain shows how the local lobstermen make their daily living. See seals, porpoises, and possibly a whale or two.

Head downeast to Schoodic Penninsula and see small fishing towns with local stores and restaurants. Winter Harbor Lobster Festival in August is always a good time. Lobster boat races, good food, crafts and a parade to end an eventful day.

Leaving this spacious home, with large yard, swimming, boating, private dock, boating, and fishing will be a challenge. If you'd like, you could spend the day exploring the many antique shops in the area, Acadia National Park, or sampling the many seafood restaurants in the area.

'Out to Camp' - Upper Patten Pond is spacious, luxurious, yet relaxing. Canoeing, kayaking and fishing in the early morning with the loons is a great way to start any day. Patten Pond is 3 miles long and 1 mile wide with coves and inlets waiting for you to explore. The calming and serene feeling you get from this vacation home is the answer to your busy, hectic routine at home. Come enjoy the beauty and forget the hustle and bustle you left behind


Rob and Luana Wilbur

Member Since 2010
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About Rob and Luana Wilbur

We are the Wilburs. Grandparents: Lysle & Ruth Parents: Rob & Luana (current property owners) Children: Ryan & Amanda (son and his wife) & Morgan (daughter) We (Rob & Luana) broke ground on this property in 1992. We completed and spent our first night in the main house on Christmas Eve, 1993. In 2002 we added the flagstone patio, mudroom, and garage. In 2003, we paved the driveway. Our plan was to raise our children (Ryan and Morgan) here and succeeded in doing so from 2001 - 2009. Unfortunately, work sent us back to San Diego in 2009 and we now rent out our dream home to share with others until we can return. Our children (now grown) have amazing childhood memories here and love to return whenever possible. Morgan currently attends Husson University in Bangor fulfilling her dream to return to Maine for the next step in her education. Ryan (and his new wife) are currently stationed at Kings Point, Long Island as part of the US Coast Guard family and they make the drive up whenever they can. The whole family tries to unite "Out to Camp" for 1-2 weeks a year to spend time together and perform maintenance and improvements on the property. It is always a "working vacation" and as a log home, it is most certainly a labor of love.

Why Rob and Luana Wilbur chose Ellsworth

'Camp' is a common Maine name for a 3 season building and location, usually a seasonal second home of sorts, for many Maine residents. It has been very common in past generations to have a 'Camp' on a pond somewhere in the State, often nearby their main residence, to spend family time whenever possible. Unfortunately, the cost of waterfront property, taxation, etc has made this practice largely a thing of the past for many Maine families. This property was original purchased by Lysle and Ruth Wilbur in the late 1960s. In the early 1970s, Lysle, Ruth, and Rob hand carried all the lumber and supplies necessary to build a small 'Camp' on the property prior to the road being built. That meant carrying every board and cement block nearly a mile through the woods!! They built the 'Camp' themselves and started building memories. Whenever anyone asked or they told anyone where they'd be this weekend, this summer, etc.. the answer was always... "We'll be out to camp!" and everyone knew where that was. Though "Out to Camp" is currently and certainly, much more than a 3 season building, rather a custom log home, this is the origin of the property name today. The week of Lysle and Ruth's 25th wedding anniversary, they gave the property to us (Rob & Luana) as we were seeking a waterfront lot where we could build a home. And build one we did. It was a labor of love then, as it is today. Eventually we took down the original 'Camp' and recycled much of the building materials (part of the floor is in the "Kids Camp" building behind the garage out by the horseshoe pits), but the name and memories remain. The family photo above, was taken out in the driveway during Lysle & Ruth's 50th wedding anniversary party, celebrated August 2016... we couldn't think of a better place to celebrate the event!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Upper Floor master with ensuite and fitness area
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Main floor Queen, next to bathroom
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, Lower Level - can be converted to King as needed
      • Bedroom 4
        1 queen, Lower Level - Queen with lake view
      • Bedroom 5
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Upper Level - Loft with futon
      • Bedroom 6
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Futon outside Bdrm 3 (open area but ok for kids in a pinch)
      • The master bedroom has a queen bed, is on the Upper Level, and has an ensuite bath with dual sinks and fitness area. A futon is also on the Upper Level in the loft area overlooking the great room. On the Main Level we have a queen bedroom next to the main floor bath. There are two additional bedrooms in the Lower Level, off the game room. One has two twin beds that can convert to a king and the second has a queen bed with lake view. There is a second futon in the game room that could provide sleeping for small children in a pinch.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Main Floor Bathroom
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Master ensuite with dual sinks and fitness area
      • Our master bath has dual sinks, oversized shower, toilet, and fitness area with a treadmill and small stack universal type weight machine. On the Main Level is another full bathroom for the major traffic.

      Location Type

        • Lake
          Upper Patten is about 3 miles long and about 1 mile at its widest area. Very quiet with no public access, so if your looking for rest and relaxation, you will find it here.
        • Lake View
          Relax and enjoy the view from the deck, the flagstone patio next the fire pit, the log swing on the water's edge, or from out on the dock that runs 40' out.
        • Lakefront
          Swim or fish from the dock or sit back and enjoy the plethora of wildlife that make Upper Patten Pond their home. Beavers, otters, heron, wood ducks, loons, and of course eagles!
        • Rural
          Our home is nestled lakeside with 200 feet of water frontage and very beautiful views. This is a quiet area less than 10 miles from quaint downtown Ellsworth, Maine.
        • Water View
          Play horseshoes or BBQ your lunch and dinner while enjoying a beautiful water view! Such a beautiful and relaxing spot, you won't want to leave.
        • Waterfront
          Tour the lake in one of several provided kayaks or go out fishing in the canoe! You'll experience loons, eagles, and ducks while out on the lake. Be prepared to catch some nice large mouth bass!


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Heating
                      Radiant heat supplemented with Jotul gas stoves in dining room and game.
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Baby Gate
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Gas dryer
                    • Fireplace
                      Add a log or two for the chilly Maine nights.
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      treadmill and small weight machine in Master ensuite.
                    • Free Local Calls
                    • Garage
                      One bay for trash, recyclables, a basketball, cooler, and extra chairs.
                    • Gas Heating
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Pillows, sheets, blankets, quilts, comforters, and towels.
                    • Living Room
                      Great room with large local stone fireplace
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      Large driveway with plenty of parking.
                    • Telephone
                      Local phone calls only.
                    • Towels Provided
                      All linens supplied. Please bring own swimming towels.
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet
                      For the working vacationers.


                        • Kitchen
                          Fully equipped with all the amenities.
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          All dishes and utensils provided.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Stainless, quiet.
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Blender
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                        • Mini Refrigerator
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Basic items, coffee, filters, salt, pepper, oil and spices are usually around.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Large, stainless steel with ice maker and water dispenser.
                        • Stove
                          Propane, 4 burner stove and convection oven.
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster
                          4 Slice toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Dining table has 2 leaves that can be added (closet at the bottom of the Main Level stairs), seats up to 10 (extra chairs in the 3rd bay of the garage) and four additional stools at granite bar.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Pool Table
                                  Slate pool table.
                                • Books
                                  Selection of books on the lower level, for your enjoyment.
                                • Books for Kids
                                • DVD Player
                                  Selection of dvd's for everyone.
                                • Game Room
                                  Pool table, darts and bar.
                                • Games
                                  Storage closet with a selection of games and puzzles for the whole family.
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Basic channels only.
                                • Stereo
                                  One in the great room and one in the game room.
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                  Small tub of inside toys for the rainy day activities. Also a few toys for the family pet.
                                • VCR
                                • Video Library
                                  Selection of video's for children.


                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Gas grill on deck. Enjoy dinner while watching the sunset.
                                    • Balcony
                                      Nice, morning treat off the master bedroom.
                                    • Canoe
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large deck facing water. Patio table, chairs and lounge chairs for sun bathing.
                                    • Deck Furniture
                                    • Golf
                                      Trenton Golf Course approximately 15 miles away.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      One canoe and three kayaks. Life jackets and paddles also provided.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Large lawn area for running and playing.
                                    • Outdoor Furniture
                                    • Boat Dock
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Patio
                                    • Porch Furniture
                                    • Tennis
                                      Both inside and outside courts in Ellsworth. (Ellsworth Tennis Center)
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Walkway to Water
                                    • Wood Deck
                                    • Yard


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • live theater
                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • coin laundry
                                            • festivals
                                            • forests
                                            • library
                                            • bay/sound
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • pond
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • water parks
                                            • winery tours
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • horseshoes
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing


                                                            • Towels and linens are provided, but we ask that you bring your own beach towels since bath towels are not to leave inside premises. The kitchen and bathrooms have starter paper goods, hand soap, and dish detergent. A gas barbeque is provided on the main deck with a starter tank and spare.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              10 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Perfect family getaway

                                                              Grace G.

                                                              We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Out to Camp. As other reviewers noted, the photos - while accurate - don't really convey how nice this place is. The house has that "rustic" feel but is spacious and comfortable, with cathedral ceilings and views throughout. The house is at the end of a private road so it feels very secluded and is extremely quiet (well, except for the loons!). The neighbors we did meet were friendly, but most of the time it felt like we had the whole lake to ourselves! It's not clear from the description or photos, but the opposite side of the pond is (as of 2017) undeveloped, so when you look across from the house all you see is forest. That was one of the nicest surprises, since we've rented other places where the lake feels like one big party! There was very little motorboat traffic during our stay. Our dog had a blast running around the yard and swimming in the pond. We made good use of the kayaks as well as the pool table, and our son tried out the fishing gear (no luck this time). While Acadia is worth the drive (about an hour to most points, in summer traffic), for terrific views without the crowds I highly recommend Great Pond Mountain in Orland, just a few minutes down Rte. 1. Overall we had a fantastic time and wold not hesitate to return.

                                                              Incredible vacation spot

                                                              David M.

                                                              Stayed with my family from July 29-August 5, 2017. The home was incredible. Plenty of room to house 8 adults. The setting was perfect. Located at the end of the road we had the lake pretty much to ourselves. The water was refreshing and clear, the fishing was great, and we had sun all afternoon. We have vacationed in several spots over the past 25 years, this spot is undoubtedly the best we have been to.

                                                              Looking forward to going back next year.

                                                              Gorgeous Home!

                                                              Dianne P.

                                                              WOW! This home is absolutely stunning.

                                                              After looking through the photos we were really looking forward to vacationing here. The house was even more than we expected! The wood, the craftsmanship, the attention to detail – just wonderful!

                                                              We had a party of 7 adults and our pets and it was more than large enough to accommodate everyone. The open arrangement in the main living space was perfect!

                                                              The exterior was just as lovely as the inside. There is a large level private yard- perfect for your outdoor games. The landscaping was beautiful, the pretty benches and hidden nooks are perfect for relaxing and watching nature.

                                                              We kayaked, canoed and swam in the crystal clear water daily. The swing down by the water was so peaceful and while I brought a book to read- I was too mesmerized watching the water - seeing the loons swim and the fish jump out of the water and watching a variety of birds flying by- that I never actually read! The photo opportunities were spectacular!

                                                              The family of loons was always present and we also saw deer and even an eagle as we boated around the lake.

                                                              The nightly sunsets were gorgeous and after sunset we sat around the large fire pit roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. Most nights we played board games inside until the early hours of the morning. Many in our group slept in – and I enjoyed sitting out on the deck with my pups and a cup of coffee early in the morning listening to the birds and seeing what surprises nature had in store for me that day.

                                                              Bar Harbor was only about a 40 minute drive away and we took a few day trips in to explore the area. Downtown Ellsworth and the grocery stores are a very short drive away- yet when you are back at the house you feel so far away from everything and you are surrounded by the sounds of nature.

                                                              We had such a wonderful time- thank you for sharing your home with us!

                                                              True to the description,only better!

                                                              happy MommaNorthern Massachusetts

                                                              We just returned from our week at "Out to Camp". The house is beautifully maintained and true to the description on vrbo.

                                                              We were a group of 7 adults and 2 children. We had plenty of private space for all. My husband and I slept in the "daylight basement" with our twin 6 year old boys. There was plenty of space for us and all our stuff. The adjacent game room and walk out was perfect for the boys. The master bedroom and loft was used by my in-laws and sister in-law. There was plenty of space upstairs. All the rooms were spacious. The loft had a futon for sleeping, but proved to be too uncomfortable for sister in-law. The main floor bedroom, entry Hall, kitchen and dining was spacious and well equipped. The first floor bathroom was large enough for us to share.

                                                              The outside deck had brand new flooring and railings. With a nice breeze we were able to sit outside each evening and watch the boys swimming in the pond. We grilled most nights and the kitchen was equipped with everything we needed.

                                                              This was our first trip to Acadia. We were 30 minutes or so to the park at "Out to Camp". The road to and from was an easy drive past restaurants, shopping, etc. this made the location just fine, as we needed to get these services coming and going each day we ventured out.

                                                              This home is fantastic for a relaxing retreat in a beautiful, private setting.

                                                              Sunshine through the rain

                                                              Kimberly D.Dracut, Massachusetts

                                                              This house was amazing!! We were a party of about 13, incliding 5 children. We had plenty of room for everyone. Even though it rained most of the week, we enjoyrd the indoor activities at the house. The house is nice and sucluded but close to lots of activities.

                                                              We enjoyed camp fires, kayaking, canoing, hiking antiquing, and so much more.

                                                              Sunshine through the rain

                                                              Kimberly D.Dracut, Massachusetts

                                                              This house was amazing!! We were a party of about 13, incliding 5 children. We had plenty of room for everyone. Even though it rained most of the week, we enjoyrd the indoor activities at the house. The house is nice and sucluded but close to lots of activities.

                                                              We enjoyed camp fires, kayaking, canoing, hiking antiquing, and so much more.


                                                              Ellsworth, ME, USA

                                                              Upper Patten Pond is heaven in itself. There are, however, shops, restaurants, mini golfing and lots more heading towards the Ellsworth, Bar Harbor region. Going inland towards Bucksport, Belfast and Searsport you have even more shops, restaurants, antiques, and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory. Stay at the house and enjoy the calmness, peacefulness, swimming, loons, ducks and eagles. The house is well equipped for everyone in the family, wireless internet and satellite TV, game room and stone fireplace in the great room for those cool Maine nights. If you prefer a fire outside, the fire pit is a great way to watch for shooting stars or get your fill with smores. Inside or out you will be right at home. Other Activities: miniture golf

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              Additional Guest Fee
                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              Rates per property (US) dollars $1,900 - $2,200/week Security Deposit: $500.00 due with signed rental agreement Cleaning fee $125.00 Pet Fee: $50.00 9% lodging tax Payments in two installments, 60 days and 30 days before arrival. Winter rental October 1 - May 31 Check in time 3pm Checkout time 10am, Changeover day is Saturday. Off Season June & Sept. $1,900

                                                              10 Reviews
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