This is your view! The ocean and Somes Sound are right out your door!
LOCATION ON THE ISLAND: We are in the center of the island 10 minutes to Acadia National Park's Ocean Drive and the Cadillac Mountain entrance. Somesville is the perfect location, 12 minutes to Bar Harbor and 7 minutes to Southwest. The free Island Explorer Bus stops about 200 feet from the house and is an easy way for all your family to explore on their own. We have ocean and lake access.
ABOUT THE HOUSE: "Willowbrook" is a Classic Greek Revival home built in the 1800s with a view of the Mill Pond, Somes Harbor, and the mountains. This is a spacious house with good size bedrooms, a large living room and a parlor/library. It works well with small or large groups for 6-15 The kitchen has just been updated and the dining room seats 6-12. The interior is comfortable with 3 couches, good beds, lovely linens and towels.
Enjoy your view of the morning dew rising from the Mill Pond. View the yachts and boats as they finish their journey down Somes Sound to the Harbor. Somesville is where Abraham Somes, the first permanent settler on Mt Desert lived. This home is still owned by Somes descendants and is listed on the National Historic Register.
INTERIOR OF “WILLOWBROOK”
FIRST FLOOR: Inside are wide painted plank floors and colorful rooms. First floor has an entrance hall with staircase, master suite with queen bed and bathroom with a 6-foot claw tub. There is an additional bedroom with full bed. The Library Parlor has a couch and leather gaming table with a good selection of family games. The living room has two couches, 32” screen TV with Dish TV service and seating for 12. The dining room seats 12-15 and has a sideboard for serving and an extra drop leaf table as well. There is a pantry with several sets of dishes. The kitchen is well equipped for all kinds of cooking and baking. There are plenty of pans, bowls, and platters for large groups. There is a breakfast bar area for morning coffee and pastries with a microwave. There is a kitchen table that seats 6, washer/dryer and back staircase leading to the second floor.
SECOND FLOOR: Upstairs the left wing has a charming queen bedroom with a spectacular water view. The second bedroom has a full size bed. Next to both rooms is a dressing closet with a bathroom with a shower. Down a long hall the right wing has a large bedroom with 2 single beds, a roll away cot, TV and there is another bedroom with 2 single beds. There is a bathroom with a shower. The 7th bedroom has a staircase to the kitchen, a double bed, and bathroom with a tub.
EXTERIOR OF “WILLOWBROOK”:
We have front and back porches with plenty of seating and 2 chaises. There is a patio with a wrought iron table for 6 and a gas grill. Play croquet on the large lawn for family fun. Take a short walk to the Somesville Landing where you can slip your kayak in for a tour around Sheep Island or down Somes Sound. Rent or bring your boat. Moorings are available for all sized boats. Swim in Somes Pond, a fresh water lake, up the street.
ABOUT THE VILLAGE OF SOMESVILLE: Somesville is the quintessential New England village full of white clapboard houses. The entire village is a National Historic Landmark. It is situated at the end of Somes Sound which cuts through the middle of the island. Somes Sound is the only fjord on the east coast.
The Somesville Library, The Gallery at Somes Sound, and The Mt. Desert Island Historical Society, and its picturesque bridge are across the street. Diana, the owner, is an artist in the Gallery at Somes Sound.
Enjoy a stroll through Somesville and soak in the charm. If you are lucky, you may catch the Blueberry or Strawberry Festival.
Somesville has a well-stocked convenience store, bank, ATM, church, post office, and a great summer stock theater, the Acadia Repertory Theater. Walk up to the children's plays on Wednesday and Saturday. They are really a treat for all ages. Three golf courses within 10 minutes!
Wonderful dining choices are only seven minutes away.
HISTORY OF THE HOUSE: The house was built for Abraham Somes III, the namesake and grandson of the first settler of Mt. Desert Island. Abraham lived there with his wife Adeline Freeman Somes. Abraham was a shipbuilder and traveled to the West Indies, New Haven, Boston and Portland. It was once rented to the poet, Elinor Wylie and Thomas Berger, author of Little Man, Big Man....Read more
Fabulous Ocean & Mountain View -10 min to Acadia Acadia National Park, Maine
Additional Location Information
We are located in the Somesville which is part of the town of Mt. Desert. We have access to the ocean, a fresh water lake, mountains, trails and bike paths. You can kayak, go Whale Watching, take a scenic cruise, or sail on a Windjammer. Some of our renters had taken the bi-plane, gone rock climbing and birding. A must is a Blueberry Mohito at the Claremont, Popovers at Jordan Pond, Lobsters at Thurston's and ice cream at Ben and Bills. The Causeway Club and Kebo Club are great for golfers and don't miss the Claremont Croquet Tournament in August. You can practice on our very own Croquet lawn.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Mountain nearby, Rural retreats, Waterfront
Left on 11/28/2012 for a stay in August 2009 | VancesReviewed Nov 28, 2012Stayed Aug 2009
We just spent a lovely week at the Somes House...what a gem! The beds, bedding, towels, and pillows were luxurious, and the home is a trip into the past of the best of Maine. Nothing was forgotten in supplying the home with everything we needed. Our last evening was a sit-down dinner for 8 in a grand dining room with lobsters, fresh corn, and great friends. The "Somesville Library" across the street even let me check out the local must reads --- The Secret Life of Lobsters, and the Lobster Chronicles. The Somes House owners Diane and Win were great and were in the area to make sure our visit was memorable. Be sure to go to the Beech Hill organic farmers' market nearby and the Consignment Shop down the street. Acadia National Park is amazing, and go to Jordan Pond for popovers and lobster stew! We will be back!
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