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Firefly Cottage - Lakefront Cottage in Hope - Maine's Best Kept Secret

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Charming 2BR 1BA Lakefront Cottage, Sleeps 4

We begin to take reservations for 2019 on January 1st.


1. Our charming cottage sits 100 feet from the shore of Hobbs Pond in a quiet, private setting under beautiful trees. It sleeps four very comfortably in two bedrooms with pine floors, one with a queen bed and the other with two twin beds. Full bathroom with shower/tub. Well equipped kitchen. Attractively decorated with braided rugs and comfortable furnishings. WiFi, flat screen TV with DVD player, board games, DVDs, books, two decks, one with gas grill and picnic table and the other next to the lake, kid friendly. Hammock to take a nap in. Quality bed linens are provided on the beds. The seaside town of Camden is just a 10 minute drive away. Rentals run weekly, Saturday to Saturday in July and August. Two night minimum stay in June, Sept and October. Firefly Cottage is the BEST value on Hobbs Pond and especially in the surrounding area.

2. A peaceful, pristine, spring fed lake is right at your door step! Offering great swimming and fishing plus two kayaks, a dock and a swim float. Our lake side deck is a great place to sit and enjoy the sound of the loons or the pretty views of our coastal mountains. A small firepit to roast marshmallows sits next to the deck. Steps lead down into the lake for easy access.

3. We may be a small town but our area is resplendent with cultural attractions. Museums, art galleries, music festivals, Lobster Festival, film festival, wineries, antique stores and shows/music/movies at the Camden Opera House and Strand Theater are just a fraction of the things to do here.

4. The Great Outdoors: This is where the mountains meet the sea and we have many hiking trails for all abilities that allow you to see it all. Follow the trails in Camden Hills State Park, Coastal Mountain Land Trust and Georges River Land Trust. You can also rent bikes to cruise our local back roads.

5. Our area is a Foodies Paradise. Camden, Rockport and Rockland are home to many fine, great restaurants of all kinds. Cooking classes are also offered locally. Hope has it's own pub (Hatchet Mountain Public House) where the locals unwind with a mug a beer. Many restaurants have outdoor seating in the summer, some with tables right on Camden Harbor.

6. Speaking of Camden Harbor, our harbor hosts a hub of activities including sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding and sightseeing. Take a two hour cruise on an historical schooner such as the Appledore or Olad. We delight in the vast array of tall masted ships that sail through our waters.

7. Lobster! Maine's iconic food can be enjoyed in so many ways. From lobster roll shacks to gourmet preparations, you'll find plenty of ways to scratch your lobster itch at our local restaurants. The Maine Lobster Festival is held in early August. Firefly Cottage is also equipped with a lobster pot so that you can cook your own.

8. Gateway to Downeast: We are centrally located on Maine's midcoast making us an ideal launching point for explorations to Acadia National Park, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, lighthouses, beaches, Fort Knox (bring your flashlights) and many other fun places to explore.

9. The People: Our area's rare beauty is paralleled by its sense of place. Perhaps it's due to our cold Maine winters when we all look after each other, but the people who call our area home are some of the most friendly, ruggedly refined folks you will ever meet. You will be welcomed with open arms.

10. Firefly Cottage is THE best value on Hobbs Pond and especially in our surrounding area. We want you to have an affordable vacation while still experiencing an attractive, comfortable and clean place to stay while you are visiting. The cottage is close enough to the owners' home (2 miles) that we can be of assistance to our guests if needed, while still offering you privacy. We truly live in an authentically quaint and charming community. We take pride in our community and it's surroundings and hope that is reflected in everything we do. Unplug, unwind and enjoy your family and friends in a place you will want to return to again and again.


More Details

Kathryn Swift
Member since: 2006
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Calendar last updated:
15 September, 2018

About Kathryn Swift

My husband and I run two local businesses. Firefly Restoration Co restores antique fire trucks. Misty Mountain Seed Co. offers seed gifts at gift shops throughout New England. We have raised two sons in Hope and believe in giving back to our community, previously running the Hope 4 Jazz Festival and helping to raise funds to preserve Hatchet Mountain.

Kathryn Swift purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Kathryn Swift chose Hope

Hobbs Pond is one of the most pristine and quietest lakes in the area with awesome swimming, boating, fishing, loons and other wildlife. You will experience privacy, peace and quiet when you want it, yet are still close to many things to do and see. Camden is just a 10 minute drive away with many activities, restaurants, shops and galleries. Acadia National Park is a wonderful day trip.

What makes this cottage unique

The lakeside deck is a wonderful place to sit by the lake, watch the kids swim, have a drink and offers gorgeous views of the Camden Hills. Loons abound in the lake and you will enjoy their calls. Our hammock is the perfect place to take a nap. The cottage is close enough to our home (2 miles) that we can be of assistance to our guests if needed, while still offering you privacy.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Hope around the Knox County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Free Local Calls
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Pine floors, quality bedding, comfortable beds
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Decking
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Firefly Cottage - Lakefront Cottage in Hope - Maine's Best Kept Secret
average rating of 4.7619047 based on 21 reviews

We'll Be Back

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Firefly Cottage for a week and loved it. Hobb's Pond is a peaceful lake that is very clean. The loons were wonderful to listen to and we even saw a bald eagle. Camden is a delightful town to be a tourist in and there are many activities to do within just a few miles.

The cottage is very comfortable for a family of 4 and is very clean and decorated in a very pleasing way. The new deck next to the lake was a great place to drink our morning coffee and greet the day. The owners are also very friendly and eager to make sure your vacation is enjoyable. They left fresh flowers in the cottage for us and packets of Maine wildflowers. The swimming and fishing were great fun for our kids and the kayaks allowed us to really explore the lake. We found a great sand beach across the lake from the cottage.

We enjoyed our stay at Firefly immensely and plan to return someday. We felt it was a great value for such a nice little home and would recommend it to anyone wanting a relaxing vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2006
  • Date of Stay: June 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing lakefront cottage

  • 5 of 5

We love visiting Maine, this was our first time staying in a cottage on the lake and it was a dream. Very peaceful, sitting outside and having coffee in the morning was great. My husband had fun fishing while I sat by the lake reading. Would definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review. Our lake is one of the quietest lakes in the region and also one of the cleanest. Because of this, fishing is very good and the lake also attracts many types of wildlife. The sounds of the loons also contributes to that peaceful feeling. We enjoyed having you and hope you return again someday.
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Very pleasant location. Small cosy cottage. Good value.

  • 5 of 5

Basic amenities perfect if you are looking for a lakeside casual holiday. Good location especially in the morning - great sunrises but no afternoon sun. Beautiful lake with lots of birds. Fine for swimming and kayaking. Property clean but a little tired. Definitely best for family with two small children or one couple or two singles as space and sleeping arrangement is limited.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely lakeside retreat

  • 4 of 5

My husband, 2yo son, and I had a lovely time at firefly. Every morning we sat out on the deck by the lake enjoying a cup of coffee and watching the loons. You do have to bring your own bath towels, which was a bit of an inconvenience for us since we already had toddler stuff in tow, but otherwise the cottage had all of the basics. A lovely, quiet retreat in the woods.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review. Our lake side deck is a wonderful place to sit any time of the day. We stopped providing towels because so many were disappearing and we had to charge our guests to replace them. We hope you return again someday and thank you for choosing Firefly Cottage.
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Quiet, remote cottage on a nice lake. Cottage was comfortable and adorable. Near Camden, etc.

  • 4 of 5

Loved the attention that went into decorating the place. Very cute. It is a shady piece of property. The sun rises in front of the cottage, so we were up early to enjoy the sun and the lake. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare meals. We spent hours fishing from the kayaks. Caught trout and bass. There's a ton to do in mid-coastal Maine. The cottage is on a quiet, private road; however, it's close to tourist attractions for day trips. Very pleased with our entire Maine vacation. The owners are friendly and responsive.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Chad and Angela for such a great review. We also appreciate that you left the cottage in spotless condition. There is quite a bit to do around our area and we are very happy you had such nice vacation in Maine. Please come back and stay with us again.
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Amazing lake house!

  • 5 of 5

I had a great experience at Firefly cottage. The location is unbeatable with the lake right in the backyard. I would love to return next summer!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review! The lake is one of the quieter lakes in the area and also home to a lot of wildlife, including the loons. We enjoyed having you as our guest and look forward to your return.
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Hatchet Mountain Pub
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £75.36

2016 Season
From $950/Week $1800/Two Weeks plus 8 % Maine state lodging tax
JUNE THROUGH AUGUST. - $950/week $1800 for 2 weeks + 8% lodging tax.
SEPT AND OCT - $150/night with a minimum two night stay. $950/week

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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