4 cabins on private beach, great for family reunions or corporate retreats.
- english, french
About Margaret Wilmerding
The land was purchased and the property built by my great-grandfather, Walter Lippmann, in the early 1930's. It has remained in the family ever since and continues to be our favorite gathering place every summer. Now the newest generations have begun to enjoy and treasure it. We welcome visitors to come and see why we love it so and look forward to sharing it during the weeks we are not there.
Margaret Wilmerding purchased this Cabin in 1930
Why Margaret Wilmerding chose Bernard
The coast of Maine is one the most beautiful places in the world, combining the ocean, the mountains and the forests all in one gorgeous package. Acadia National Park is also one of the most visited and treasured of our National Parks with great hiking trials, biking paths, sailing, kayaking, nature talks and walks. We sit on the edge of the park on the quiet side of the island.
What makes this Cabin unique
The property covers 30 acres with 3000 feet of shoreline. Four rustic cabins line the rocky private beach. The main cabin with its Great Room serves as the social gathering place where meals are shared, marshmallows are roasted, card games and backgammon battles are fought, while having your own cabin can allow for quiet private time away from the crowds.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Perfect, secluded location with a beautiful beach
Our family had an amazing week staying at Indian Head Camp. The location is absolutely perfect! The property is very secluded. If you didn’t leave the camp for the entirety of your stay, the only other people you would see are lobster fishermen out on their boats. Although we absolutely loved exploring Acadia, the children in our group wanted nothing more than to be back at the camp combing the beach and exploring the property. Enough cannot be said about the private stretch of beach this property has. The cabins themselves are definitely rustic, but we loved the laid back feel of the camp. The kitchen in the main cabin was stocked with all kind of cookware and dishes, making cooking quite enjoyable even in a more rustic kitchen. Some of the furniture is a bit old and could probably be replaced, but that was a very minor complaint. If you are looking for 5 star luxury that is perfectly kept this might not be the place for you. But if you are looking for a more old fashioned, authentic Maine experience with an amazing location this place is perfect!
A Hidden Gem of Tranquility!
WE absolutely enjoyed this wonderful place! Our family gathered for a reunion here. If you are looking for a true Maine experience, this is it! The sunsets are gorgeous! The peace and seclusion of this setting is rare and precious! It is a throwback in time where a family can meet and enjoy the expansive private beach, come together to share meals in the main cabin and tell stories in the relaxed atmosphere of birds singing and ocean waves lulling your cares away!
We hope to stay here again and continue our treks to the wonderful area surrounding this idyllic oasis!
This family camp compound is perfect for those who love the beauty of rocky coastal Maine. The smell of the ocean mixed with wild roses , along with the sound of the lapping waves greeted us each morning. We had lots of bird watching moments and shoreline exploring. The cabins could have used a little T.L.C. (The screens and doors) but the kitchen and dining area were fantastic for those who love to cook on vacation. A great place for a big family vacation just bring bug spray (this is Maine in the summer after all).
I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. We do usually have a nesting pair of bald eagles near Mitchell Cove so I hope part of your birdwatching included them! We will work on the screens and doors next week!
One of our favorite places!
We got stayed here 3 years ago with our families and returned this year with another large group. You are close enough to enjoy each other but still have your own space with the different cabins. We love the privacy of the property and the beautiful location! The cabins, as stated in the listing, are rustic but if you are aware going in then there are no surprises. We love that you are close enough to enjoy the more touristy parts of the island but also get to enjoy slow pace of The Quietside. We had some new people in our group this year and now they also can’t wait to return. We will be back!
What a wonderful place frozen in time...
We planned a friends and family reunion at this property a year and half ago. We didn't know what to expect, other than we were on the south west coastline of Mount Desert Island. We traveled from all over the country and stayed on this property with 6 families, 21 people in total, 10 kids, 11 adults. There is not a single TV on the property nor is there WiFi, although some of us had cell reception (Sprint seemed to work best). With that all being said, the kids did not mind whatsoever much to the amazement of all of the parents. We had a blast, from building fires and roasting smores on the shoreline fire ring outside the main cabin during low tide (don't leave anything out there over night, as it will become one with the ocean), to exploring the woods and many buildings, skipping rocks, finding lobster buoys and sea shells washed on shore, taking the kayaks out around the points and into Mitchells cove, we could have spent the entire vacation on the property.
The property is full of character, levers and pulleys on the doors, old artwork, family history, the sound of the waves waking you in the morning, big cast iron bathtubs (Do keep in mind there are only 2 stand up showers on property, please plan accordingly when setting up the places guest stay), to having a proper gathering at the house on the point during the late afternoon and ofcourse the amazing sunsets are just a few of the memories we will take and treasure for years to come.
This location is very convenient to Acadia and Bar Harbor, but gives you the ability to feel very secluded when you come back from a day of exploring. Thurstons Lobster house is a mile and half away (some of us even walked there), Southwest Harbor is a charming town, I highly recommend stopping at the Upper Deck for a cocktail and a view on your way home at least once. There are general stores close by that have all the things you may need in a pinch and then some (try a lobster roll at Gotts). Echo Lake is a 10 minute drive (that you'll pass often) if you are looking for a sandy beach with warm water for the kids to swim.
I'd recommend that you bring beach/camping chairs along as well as a good bit of bug spray for the seasonal mosquitos. The cabins are rustic, but the location, the scenery, the seclusion, and the feeling that this place is a once in lifetime experience can't be beat. We had a wonderful time here and god willing, we'll get back to this place again some day.
Wonderful and relaxing. A true slice of heaven!
I can not say enough about our stay at the camp! The rustic accommodations made us feel welcome and at home, the abundant shoreline was perfect for exploring, and the sunsets every evening were breathtaking. We celebrated my mom's 70th birthday here with 21 of us, Mom, Dad, 4 kids and our families. It was more than enough room for us all to be together, but plenty of room to still escape from it all. Kayaking through the cove and marsh, paddling out at sunset on the still ocean and hearing the dolphins, waking up and wandering out at low tide to find sand dollars on the beach and in the shallows, taking a brisk dip to cool off in the afternoon. There is so much perfect beauty here, I feel blessed that we were able to have this place to be together. Thank you for sharing your camp with us! PS- bug repellent is a must! ("Swamp Gator" from Tractor Supply saved us from the abundant mosquito population this time of year! I will be stocking up for summer at home as well)
The best reason for anyone to visit Mt Desert Island is to explore the wonders of Acadia National Park. The park spans both sides of the island, which is nearly split in two by Somes Sound. Our property is located on 'the Quiet Side' as it is known, far away spiritually from the noise and excitement of Bar Harbor, yet easily accessible by car or the very convenient Island Explorer bus system provided by LL Bean free of charge.