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Lakefront Cottage on "Quietside" of Mt Desert Island facing Acadia National Park

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

This 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cottage May Be Rented With Cottage 1, Listing 48479VB.

Located in Seal Cove on the "quiet " side of Mount Desert Island, this comfortable and completely furnished cottage on Hodgdon Pond Farm welcomes you to Acadia National Park. Located less than five miles from Somesville, in the center of Mt. Desert Island, it provides convenient access to other villages and Park entrances. The cottage has its own dock, a canoe, two kayaks and a stand-up paddle board. It can be rented in conjunction with Cottage 1 (44879), which is about 2/3rds of a football field down the pond. Cottage 2 is slightly larger than Cottage 1 because there is a dormer in the Master Bedroom that offers a view down the pond as well as windows that look up the pond. Because it is also on deeper water, the rent is slightly higher. The two cottages share a sitting and play area with swings and sandbox beside two small ponds.

Occupancy is limited to six people, regardless of age, though there is a futon bed in the sleeping loft. We occasionally allow an additional occupant, but charge a fee of $200 for a seventh person.

More Details

Barbara Lawrence
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 25, 2018

About Barbara Lawrence

I first went to Mt. Desert Island in 1948 as a summer kid, then lived there year-round from 1979 - to 1995. In 1993 I returned to school, then taught at Northeastern and Lesley Universities, and also worked for the Rural School and Community Trust and KnowledgeWorks Foundation as a policy analyst. I am most at home in rural places and delighted to be living back in Maine again, this time in Camden. I've written 8 books, most of them about education, but more recently wrote my first novel "Islands of Time" set on Mt. Desert and nearby Little Cranberry Island, and the sequel, which will be available soon, "Ben's Story."

Barbara Lawrence purchased this house in 1981

Why Barbara Lawrence chose Tremont

Hodgdon Pond Farm seemed like home from the moment I read about it in Downeast magazine in 1981. Land facing Acadia National Park on a one-mile lake that you can't see from the main road - what could be better? I love that we share this place with many animals and birds for whom it really is home. I enjoy exploring the many attractions of the Mt. Desert and Downeast Maine, and that at the end of the day when we sit on the dock or swing in the hammock, we feel we've never left the Park.

What makes this house unique

Private, quiet, lots of boats, well maintained, fully furnished, family friendly, but most of all the location right on the water.


Tremont House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The 2nd floor bathroom serves the Master Bedroom and loft.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , First floor bath has a shower and stacked laundry machines.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , The front bedroom faces the lake.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , You can see the lake even from this rear bedroom.
    Master bedroom - 1 king , The Master bedroom has a new dormer with sitting area.
  • In addition, there is a sleeping loft with a full size futon bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Everyone seems to enjoy the hammock, as well as the sitting area near the little ponds. Hodgdon Pond Farm is listed by the DEP of the State of Maine as an "Environmental Leader."


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Lakefront Cottage on "Quietside" of Mt Desert Island facing Acadia National Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

A little slice of MDI beauty

  • 5 of 5

Our family has been visiting Mount Desert Island since the 1990s and this is by far the nicest place we have stayed. Hodgdon Pond is on the quiet side of the island and our cottage (cottage number 2) offered a very peaceful place to relax and enjoy our week. The cottage was perfect and the bedroom loft offered great views of the pond. The yard was even better! Hammocks, chairs and a dock to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Early morning kayaking on the pond was a treat as well to see the ducks and even a beaver. All of that plus what the island and Acadia National Park have to offer. We we definitely return for a future week (or more).

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this wonderful review! We have a great team that works hard to earn positive comments like yours, and we appreciate that you think HPF is the nicest place you have stayed on Mt. Desert Island. We hope you come back soon! Barbara
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A great getaway yet close to all of Acadia

  • 5 of 5

Our family has been coming to HPF for over 15 years. Our kids grew up hunting for frogs in the pond and learning to kayak.

The property is as advertised, well equipped, remote and well cared for. Each year there are upgrades to the cabins and the owner is very responsive and easy to deal with.

Several friends have joined us over the years, some even returning on their own.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you SO much for taking the time to post a review, and for mentioning reasons you keep coming back. We have really enjoyed having you stay at Hodgdon Pond Farm, and hope you will return soon. Barbara
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A hidden treasure on Mount Dessert Island

  • 5 of 5

This was the third time that my wife and I stayed at Cottage #2 at Hodgdon Pond Farm, and we have already booked our stay for next summer as well. There are so many great things about this property that it is hard to know where to begin. First, it is located on the west side of the island, off the beaten path, so it is so much less congested than the Bar Harbor side of the island. At the same time, it is extremely easy to get to the hiking trails anywhere in Acadia National Park, which is the primary reason we go to Maine (We live in California). There is even one trail head, the Western trail, that is within a five-minute drive from the cottage. The property is only a 15-minute drive from Southwest Harbor where there are several restaurants that we really enjoy, including Red Sky and the Rogue Cafe. It is only a 20-minute drive to Northeast Harbor where you can catch the world-class Northeast Festival of Chamber music on five Tuesday evenings in July and August. We also enjoy the live community theater in Somesville, literally 10 minutes from the property.

The property itself is beautiful and well-maintained. My wife loves to go swimming every morning that we're there. The television and Wi-Fi are fine, but while you can surf the internet, the data plan isn't adequate for streaming, if that is important to you. Barbara, the owner, provides excellent customer service.

I would totally recommend Hodgdon Pond Farm Cottage #2 for a wonderful experience that allows you to enjoy everything that Acadia National Park has to offer in addition to access to a wonderful little pond and fun evening activities. Just don't book it the first week of August when we plan to be there!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you SO much! We love having you stay at HPF, and are delighted you will be back next August. Thanks also for this great list of things to do! We're here now and enjoying just hanging out at the cottage and seeing a young otter cruising the ponds. Best to you both. Barbara
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Beautiful, tranquil setting on the "quiet side"

  • 5 of 5

We were planning our first trip to Maine, and Acadia National Park, and on a friend’s recommendation, we booked Cottage 2 on Hodgdon Pond Farm. We knew almost nothing about the area, except my husband’s vague recollection of loving a trip to Maine when he was 9. We knew we wanted something quiet, and the bonus of having a private dock, kayaks, a canoe, and a paddle board at our disposal made Hodgdon Pond an ideal location for us! We have 2 children, so the extra 3rd bedroom was a huge plus as well! Upon our arrival, the cottage was neat & tidy. The full kitchen with dishwasher made cooking so easy. With the location being quiet, there are not a lot of restaurant choices in the immediate area, so we chose to do most of our cooking at home. Picking up fresh, live lobsters from a local lobsterman was a great treat! The kitchen was well stocked with kitchen/cooking supplies. Pots, pans, trays, storage containers, plates, bowls, mugs, cutlery, lobster pot, ect… We also utilized the charcoal grill out back. We spent mornings and evenings on the pond, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and the kids favorite, paddle boarding! One of my young son’s favorite pass times is fishing, so we would regularly find him fishing off the private dock. We spent our days exploring the many beautiful trails and activities available in Acadia National Park. We ventured into Bar Harbor a few times as well which made the return to the “quiet side” even more blissful. The weather in mid July was absolutely stunning! This mid atlantic girl didn’t even miss the air conditioning! If you are considering a trip to Mt. Desert Island, we would highly recommend a stay at Hodgdon Pond!

(Lynette, Ryan, Jillian & Andrew - Maryland)

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this wonderful, comprehensive, and very positive review! We've been thinking about getting another paddle board for each cottage, and you make a strong case that we should do that. Please come back soon! Best to you, Barbara
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Heaven on Earth!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, relaxing place to enjoy a vacation in Maine. This was our 13th trip to MDI and the best place that we've stayed! We will definitely be back. Very private, beautiful lake, peaceful kayaking, very clean, well-equipped home. The owner called when we arrived to check in with us and was available if we needed her. Beautiful views from the windows in the cottage. I would highly recommend staying here, away from the traffic in Bar Harbor but close enough to get to for dinner & shopping. Loved it!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! This is exactly how we hope people will feel when they stay at Hodgdon Pond Farm. Please come back soon! All the best to you and your family, Barbara
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Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Bass Harbor, Southwest Harbor,
Nearest Golf
10.6 Miles
SWHarbor, NE Harbor, Bar Harbor, Trenton
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rte. 102a
Car: necessary

Hodgdon Pond Farm is located near the center of Mount Desert Island, and all the attractions of Acadia National Park, the island, and Downeast Maine are nearby or within driving distance.




Additional information about rental rates

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

This cottage can be rented with #44879 The two cottages share a sitting and play area with swings and sandbox beside two small ponds. The cottages are about 2/3rds of a football field apart, so each is private. I will send renters a lease and agreement about leaving the cottage ready to be cleaned.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.