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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park on the "Quiet Side" of Mt. Desert

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (May be rented with listing 924253)

Located in Seal Cove on the 'quiet side' of Mount Desert Island, this cottage at Hodgdon Pond Farm offers proximity to all the other attractions of the island and Acadia National Park. The 3 double bedroom/ 2 bath cottage with sleeping loft shares 7.4 acres and 800 plus or minus feet of shore front on Hodgdon Pond with Cottage 2, which is about 2/3rds of a football field away. (Please see 924253VB). The opposite shore of the lake is owned and protected by the National Park. Wildlife is abundant and guests frequently see osprey, Bald eagles, kingfisher and many other birds as well as deer, beaver, muskrat, and sometimes otter and moose.

The cottage has its own dock, canoe, two kayaks and a rowboat. Swimming is best from the rocks on the opposite shore, and from a swim float in the lake. There is a charcoal grill, picnic table and outdoor furniture as well as a hammock overlooking the lake, Satellite TV and Internet

There are also two small ponds, a sitting area, swing set and sandbox on the property that are shared with people in Cottage 2.

Wherever possible, we use 'Green' cleaning products, provide supplies made from recycled paper, low-watt bulbs, and implement other ways to reduce our impact on the environment. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has certified Hodgdon Pond Farm as an 'Environmental Leader.'

Though there are beds for 7 people, we limit occupancy to 6 people, but occasionally permit a 7th person for an additional charge of $200.

Keywords: Lake Front Cottage

More Details

Barbara Lawrence
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Barbara Lawrence

I'm a summer kid who fell in love with Mount Desert Island and lived there year-round for 15 years. After many years and many travels, I still think of it as home. My first novel and sixth book, 'Islands of Time,' is set on Mount Desert Island. Linda Greenlaw, NYT best-selling author said, 'I really like it. It's a love-song to the people and landscape of Maine.' The sequel "The Other Island: Ben's Story" was published in 2017, and I'm proud that Greenlaw and other fine authors have liked it as well.

Barbara Lawrence purchased this house in 1982

Why Barbara Lawrence chose Tremont

I was attracted to this property, formerly a hunting and fishing camp, because the ad boasted abundant wildlife. When I first saw Hodgdon Pond Farm, I realized proximity to Acadia National Park gave it enduring protection and privacy, and yet it was convenient to everything else on the island.

What makes this house unique

I love reading in the hammock beside the lake, and listening to the sounds of the birds and animals - the trill of tree frogs, keening of loons, and the querulous calls of osprey that always sound as if they are trying to get children off to school. Sometimes I hear a beaver slap the water with its tail, and sometimes ravens loudly scolding an eagle. The bullfrogs, Kingfisher, and warblers add to this ever changing, ever fascinating serenade. I also love sitting in one of the Adirondack chairs near the Little Ponds. The last time I was there I watched a mother duck and four very small duckings paddling to the bridge with the beaver dam. When they got very close a mink lunged out from under the bridge - but missed them all. Another time I was weeding the garden between the ponds when an otter stood up about ten feet from me, clutching a frog in its paws, which it then crunched as it rested in the culvert. These experiences carry me through a long winter!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Rob and I first found out about HPF through friends who invited us to stay one night while we were camping at Seawall Campground, which is part of Acadia National Park. It was a rainy day and when we had the comfort of a roof and warm shower, our camping days were dwindling. The following year the same friends found they couldn't take the cabin. We asked if we could take their place and we haven't missed a year. Our children weren't born yet, but a year or two later (Matt now 22) was born and we'd put him in a backpack carrier and hike throughout the park. Four years later Kelsey was born (now 18) and she took her first canoe ride at 4 months. Matt became an expert frog catcher at the little pond and played on the jungle gym provided. As the years quickly passed, the kids became expert swimmers and would swim to the middle of the pond top the floating dock. Having kayaks provided hours of entertainments as they took nets to catch turtles, frogs, etc. and bring them back fro Rob to photograph and eventually create numerous paintings from these excursions. We have our favorite haunts throughout Mt. Desert and have enjoyed many a lobster on the island, some of which we cooked in the cabin or enjoyed at Thurston's. To be honest we have lost track of how many years we have been at Hodgdon Pond Farm, but all we know is that we have created a lifetime of memories.
Jun 2010
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Tremont House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • First floor bath has shower, washer and dryer. 2nd floor bath has full tub and shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • King size beds (1) In Master Bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (4) Two twins in each of the first floor bedrooms. Kit and linens to make set in front bedroom into a King bed., Baby Cribs (1) There is a 'Pack N Play in each cottage., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Double size futon bed in loft of Cottage 2. Twin mattress and springs in loft of Cottage 1.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The cottage has its own dock, and there is a float in the lake for use by renters. Hodgdon Pond Farm is an "Environmental Leader" as certified by the Department of Environmental Protection of Maine. We provide "Green" products for cleaning and paper products such as recycled paper towels for renters when they first take occupancy, but ask that they provide their own products for the balance of their stay.


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Lake Front Cottage Facing Acadia National Park on the "Quiet Side" of Mt. Desert
average rating of 4.975 based on 42 reviews
Cincinnati, Ohio

Peaceful, relaxing cottage for the perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a restful place away from the hustle and bustle, this cottage is perfect. Very clean, well equipped with everything you could need, and situated on a delightfully peaceful pond, yet only a 20 min drive to anywhere on the island. We were able to enjoy sights of the Milky Way on a clear night, an enormous buck relaxing in the field near the cottage, and the amazing warmth of the wood burning stove on the cold nights. Barbara called us to make sure everything was as anticipated, and even offered some advice for a rainy day. Our family really enjoyed this place for our much needed stress-relieving getaway from everyday life, and we look forward to returning in the (hopefully near) future.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! It makes us very happy to hear that you had the relaxing and enjoyable vacation you needed, and we look forward to your return.
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Streetsboro, Ohio

On Golden (Hodgdon) Pond

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed a week at HPF and could not have picked a better rental for our first visit to Maine and Mt. Desert Island. Cottage 1 is at the end of the lane--very quiet and private. The cottage is very well equipped with many of the little extras that make a stay comfortable. The master bedroom bed is very comfortable. With the window open at night we heard the loons early in the a.m.! We especially enjoyed the wood stove a few cool evenings. My husband liked fishing the pond from the canoe and I liked the hammock. Owner is prompt and easy to contact. This location is easy drive to Acadia and area sights. When not relaxing at the cottage we: ate at Thurstons and Bealls, had lunch and a walk at Jordon Pond House, went on a nature cruise out of Bass Harbor, took the carriage road bridge tour, hiked with picnic lunch the ocean path trail in Acadia. So our Golden Pond experience definitely lived up to our expectations.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northport, NY

Extraordinary Place

  • 5 of 5

We have vacationed on MDI about 15 times over the last 30+ years. Hodgdon Pond Farm - Cottage 1 is by far the finest lodging we've had on the Island. Gorgeous natural beauty and tranquility are there in magnificent quantity. The cottage is very attractive, well organized and comfortable. You'll be very glad you chose this place.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear George, Thank you so much first for staying with us, and second for writing this wonderful review. It makes us very happy that you and your wife enjoyed your stay and we hope you come back soon! Barbara
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A Lifetime of Memories

  • 5 of 5

The morning sun shines gently on the pond as I wake from the comfort of a peaceful nights sleep. The children slumber while I brew coffee in the fully equipped kitchen. Looking out the kitchen window I watch a small chipmunk gather his own breakfast on the dirt road that leads to this quaint cottage. Carrying my Maine coffee cup I walk down to the pond and sit on the dock to greet the day. A bald eagle joins me on his graceful flight over the water as he searches for his own breakfast. The water is like glass and it mirrors the blue sky and a few white puffy clouds that glide out towards the salty ocean just beyond the trees. I drain the last of my New England coffee from my cup and walk back towards the cottage. I find my husband in the living room reading one of the local area books he found on the shelf. "Morning walk?" I ask. He agrees and we head out the door to the dirt road. We stop by the tiny pond behind the house and question what type of animals visit this fairy like location to get a drink. As we walk a little further down the lane we soon discover it was two large bucks grazing in the field of wildflowers. They are not frightened of us on our stroll and just eye us curiously as we continue on our way. We stop at the small family cemetery and read the incredibly old stones. "What history in this beautiful place" we say. We turn and walk back the 1/8 mile to the cottage listening to the sounds of nature all around us.

The smell of sugar is in the air as we open the door and find the four teenagers we have brought with us diving into the donuts I had left on the counter. Plans for the day are discussed over the orange juice and chocolate covered treats. A drive into Bar Harbor is requested to walk on the 'land bridge' at low tide and the girls want to do a little souvenir shopping. The boys plan to skip rocks into the ocean to avoid the stores and my husband agrees to go with all of us as he wants to stop outside of town and grab some fresh lobsters for our dinner- of course our kitchen has a lobster pot! What great Maine cottage would not?

Upon our return the teenagers head out onto the pond in kayaks and rowboats to swim off the anchored swim platform. My husband starts a fire in the BBQ to grill some steaks while I prepare to steam the lobster. (We learned this technique from the lobster woman we purchased them from). After dinner the boys head out for some evening fishing while the girls and I work on a puzzle in the cozy living room.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank for this truly lovely, thoughtful, and interesting review. I love following your path, and seeing some of the same creatures in my mind's eye. We are in the other cottage this week, so I'm going to take a cup of tea to the little ponds and hope to see the muskrats and otter that were there as couple of days ago . We really enjoyed having enjoy HPF and hope you come back soon. All the best with thanks! Barbars
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  • 5 of 5

Very private, relaxing, beautiful scenery. Nicely appointed, great "quiet side" location.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! It was a pleasure having you stay with us.
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Amazing house on Mount Desert Island

  • 5 of 5

This is a really special house! The house is well situated at the southern end of Hodgedon Pond, so both the house and dock feel very private. It's about 20 - 25 minutes to Bar Harbour, Northeast Harbour and even closer to Southwest Harbour, so the location is excellent. The house itself is clean and well laid out. There were several boats available for use, so we had a great time kayaking, canoeing and paddle-boarding on the pond. The pond is small enough that there aren't any motor boats, but large enough to explore and swim. We saw an otter, several beaver, a muskrat, a garter snake, and a number of birds and frogs. The "upper" pond is just a fabulous place to hang out and enjoy the scenery or watch for wildlife. We spent a lot of time in the comfortable chairs available there. I highly recommend this house if you're looking for a quiet, outdoorsy place from which to explore Mount Desert Island.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this glorious review, which I will share with all the people who work hard to make our cottages "special!" It makes me very happy know that you and your family enjoyed your vacation so much. Best to you, Barbara
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Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Bass Harbor, Southwest Harbor
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Bass Harbor, Southwest Harbor
Nearest Golf
10.6 Miles
Southwest Harbor
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Bass Harbor, Southwest Harbor
Car: necessary

All the attractions of Mount Desert Island & Acadia National Park are available. Guests can canoe, kayak, paddle board, fish, & swim on the property, & there is access to hiking trails & biking.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 9.0%

The rent covers 6 people and we charge $200.00 for an additional occupant with a maximum of 7. There is a $100 cleaning fee and a cleaning policy that will accompany the lease. We don't usually take rentals of less than a full week because preparing the house is very expensive and time-consuming. Check-in time for Cottage 1 is 4:00 pm, and check-out time is 10:00 am. Thanks for your understanding.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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