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Extraordinary waterfront home on Somes Sound on Mt Desert Island.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom with dock and mountain views available May through October

Built in 2009 using indigenous materials, this unique custom designed home fits gracefully into the landscape of the National Park which it abuts and Acadia Mountain on which it is perched. Granite steps lead to a private dock with two moorings, and above is a picnic site with spectacular views up and down Somes Sound.

The interior has open beams supported by cedars from the mountain. The top floor holds a spacious masterbedroom overlooking the Sound with a King-size bed and a bathroom with both bath and large shower facing dramatic granite cliffs.

The main floor has a gourmet kitchen with high-end staimless-steel apliances, a Steinway grand piano, and decks on both the north and south sides. The lower floor has two bedrooms with Queen beds overlooking Somes Sound and a shared bathroom.

Also included are washer and dryer, wireless internet service, satellite TV, DVD player, and outdoor cooking grill and eating patio.

More Details

Bill Patten
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 12, 2017

About Bill Patten

Summer resident of MDI for over half a century, author and retired newspaper publisher in midcoast area, raised three children in midcoast Maine, I enjoy sharing unique experiences and memories. My wife, who is a musician and composer, and I live part-time in South of France, but we have enjoyed the last three winters in the beauty and comfort of Acadia Lodge.

Bill Patten purchased this house in 2007

Why Bill Patten chose Hall Quarry

Somes Sound is a legendary sailing area both for the racing sailboats I grew up on and as a source of inspiration for some of my wife's recent compositions. We enjoy hiking on the National Park mountains that surround it. Hall Quarry where the house is located on the western side was once a granite quarrying village. From the top of Acadia Mountain one can hike along the park trails south over St. Sauveur and Flying Mountains past Valley Cove to an encampment where Native Americans used to settle for the summer and the Jesuits built and chapel in the 17th century. We collect mussels from the rocks at low tide, kayak along the edge of the Sound, sail out from there to have lunch on neighboring islands or take the outboard to the Claremont Hotel to have drinks and dinner.

What makes this house unique

The new constructed home has extraordinary views over Somes Sound and mountains beyond and is located on the 'quiet side' of Mount Desert Island. Conveniently situated two minutes from lovely Echo Lake (where my wife swims each morning with a group of women friends) and ten minutes from the thriving town of Southwest Harbor. This village offers excellent restaurants and stores, and a golf course and tennis courts. But it avoids the crowds in Bar Harbor which can still be reached in twenty minutes. Acadia Lodge combines privacy, a unique scenic location on the water, and easy access to the rest of the island.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I can't say enough how much we all enjoyed our stay at Acadia Lodge. As Alan mentioned, we had trouble pulling ourselves away to explore MDI. We are very fond of your home and it's setting. We spent many hours just watching the lobstermen pull traps and all the beautiful boats sailing by. We did numerous kayak trips up and down the sound.
Aug 2017
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Southwest Harbor
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Bass Harbor
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Northeast harbor
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Southwest Harbor
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Echo Lake
Car: recommended

Home abuts Acadia National Park, is nestled on eastern flank of Acadia Mountain overlooking Somes Sound, has access to numerous hiking trails, biking paths and includes a private deep water dock with two moorings, 19 ft outboard motor boat available, kayaking, sailing, fishing with numerous islands to visit and picnic on. Located on 'quiet side' of Mount Desert Island, 5 minutes from Echo Lake, 10 minutes from Southwest Harbor with good restaurants, shops, golf course and tennis courts. Twenty minutes from Bar Harbor and 25 minutes from Bar Harbor airport, twenty minutes from Bass Harbor with ferry to Swan's Island


Hall Quarry House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Masterbedroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , outdoor shower , Outdoor shower on cliff side of house
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Master bathroom includes both large shower and a bath. Main floor has a half bathroom. Lower level bathroom has shower/bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Masterbedroom - 1 king , plus sleep sofa
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , with view of Somes Sound
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , With view of Somes Sound
  • Masterbedroom on top floor with King size bed, includes sitting area for TV and DVD. Two bedrooms on lower level with Queen beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Available May through October with seasonal rates for spring and fall. Steinway piano needs to be kept covered at all times unless being played. For playing discuss with owner beforehand.


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Extraordinary waterfront home on Somes Sound on Mt Desert Island.
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Beautiful Home Facing Somes Sound, MDI

  • 5 of 5

The owners built a beautiful home facing directly toward Somes Sound on Mount Desert Island. Bill, the owner, was helpful and helped us with information and ideas for the week, and quickly resolved one minor issue we had.

The home is secluded and private with a master bedroom & bath on the top floor. The main floor has a nice kitchen, dining table, bathroom, and sitting area all in an open concept layout. The bottom floor has two bedrooms and full bath.

The three best aspects: Sitting on the covered porch looking over the water; walking down the path to the water to access a floating dock on Somes Sound (we rented a motorboat for the week); and an easy convenient location on MDI to get to all the hiking, parks, and Acadia Natl. Park.

The only negative is limited Internet access. We could view websites and get email but there was not enough access for streaming Netflix or any videos. But we brought lots of books, played cards, and were perfectly happy.

Finally, we also saw ospreys and even a bald eagle right while relaxing on the porch. Pretty nice!

Very nice and relaxing home for a wonderful MDI vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Wedding Gift

  • 5 of 5

Both of our children got married in 2016 and we came up with the best wedding gift for them. Thanks to the Patten's Place, we all got to spend a wonderful week together as a new family. The Patten's hospitality and willingness to open up their home, made us feel truly at home. Bill communicated often, was a wealth of information about things to do, restaurants to visit and special tips on how to beat the crowds. Our days were spent enjoying the kayaks, the dock, bonfires, and hiking that were all available onsite. I will never forget seeing the Milky Way, something I haven't seen since I was in college in the U.P. of Michigan. When we weren't enjoying our home away from home, we were discovering the beauty of Acadia and the uniqueness of the towns near by. We couldn't have picked a better place, or a better wedding gift for our kids. I would recommend the Patten's home without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Iconic Down East Maine

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 6 stayed here for one week in July 2016. I can only confirm everything that has been said about this beautiful home. While Acadia and Bar Harbor are things to experience, of course, the record crowds and traffic gridlock in places made us very glad we were able to return to this very secluded home each day. We often awoke to the sound of loons, watched eagles and even had some white tale deer visit. It was always enjoyable to watch the lobster men and women work their traps in front of the home and witness the beautiful sail boats go by. We enjoyed evening campfires and you have a kayak for your use on the sound. Another bonus is that you are very close to activities on the quiet side like hiking, swimming, golf, boat trips out of Bass or Southwest Harbor to name a few. For those seeking a quiet relaxing place, but close enough for you to do your "Maine" thing, you could not find a better place.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home in a beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place for a family of 5. Very quiet setting, right on Somes Sound with a private dock. Well maintained house with lots of room and openplan ground floor. Loads to do in the area - biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming in Echo Lake and SouthWest harbor a great town for lobster shacks and eating / drinking.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Truly memorable vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Acadia Lodge for just over two weeks this summer and had a fabulous time. The house is even better than the photos suggest - which sadly is not always the case given the ubiquity of photoshop et al! The location is sublime - easy access to everything MDI has to offer whilst maintaining a sense of tranquillity afforded by the very private setting. We are a family of four (couple plus boys 7 & 9) and found the facilities and space excellent - indeed the house could easily accommodate a larger family. The owners were a delight to deal with. We would certainly recommend a vacation here unreservedly.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A True Get Away

  • 5 of 5

Floating down the drive to Acadia lodge takes your breath away. It's location on Somes Sound is private, tranquil and inviting. The home has everything you could want in a Maine retreat: antiques, lots of wood, a fantastic dock, hammock, outside porch ever for morning coffee and THE VIEW! We hiked nearly everyday on fantastic trails. We kayaked, but mostly we ate our way thru the island, lobster rolls and blueberry pie! The owners are very responsive and the helpful. This is a very special will get a real sense of place and will feel very connected to the island.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $600
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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