3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house in historic Somesville
About Stephanie Watson
We've lived all over the US and abroad, but we still keep coming back to Mount Desert Island. It feels like home, no matter where we roam.
Stephanie Watson purchased this House in 2011
Why Stephanie Watson chose Somesville
We have strong roots in Maine. My wife grew up across Somes Pond in the backyard and her family lives year round on MDI. My family's roots in Maine date back to Hannibal Hamlin. We wanted to continue our legacy on Maine and continue to be a part of the community of Somesville and MDI.
What makes this House unique
The house is a beautiful historic home in a nationally-recognized Historic District in the center of Mount Desert Island, Maine, home to Acadia National Park. The history of the house, particularly the feel of the barn, summer kitchen and front porch, give you an opportunity to take time out and relax. We use the house as our family's second home. We spend a couple of months at Turtle Nest every year. Since we spend time there ourselves as a family with two young children, the house is set up well for an easy family vacation. It is ideal for one family or can be shared amongst two families.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Cancellation Policy - Because we use our home and are only able to rent Turtle Nest to guests a few weeks every summer/fall, our cancellation policy is as follows: All lease funds are still due to us and will be held until a new lease can be made. If rented, all lease funds will be returned at that time, minus a $100 re-booking fee. If not rented, all funds are retained. Our home is a no-smoking property. Dogs are welcome with the paid pet fee and current flea and tick medication. No pets on the furniture, please. Please pick up after the dogs and place bags in trash can in the barn. The house was built in 1889. All bedrooms are upstairs and the staircase is steep. Some railings are a bit lower than more modern properties. The house has the original well and water conservation is highly recommended. Renters accept all responsibilities for using and renting the house. We know all the neighbors and our family lives nearby year round. All details about the house are provided to you before your arrival in a PDF with arrival information. They are also available in the house in a binder.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Spacious home in historic location
Turtle Nest is in the heart of historic Somesville on Mount Desert Island. Because Somesville is in the center of the island, you can easily get anywhere, inside Acadia National Park, or to any of the small fishing villages on the island. It’s also close to beautiful settings for lake swimming in Echo Lake or lovely Long Pond, if swimming in the frigid Atlantic is not for you.
The house is spacious, with two living rooms as well as a big dining room, so that different people can do different things without being on top of each other. There are games and puzzles as well as collection of DVDs.
From the house you can walk easily to the modest library, next to an old fish ladder; a great art gallery, looking out over Somes Sound, the fjord that runs up the center of the island; and to a beautiful cemetery with a stream running through it where the earliest settlers in MDI are buried. There is also a historical museum, and a truly tiny ancient Selectman’s building, for those who are interested in very small government!
The road that runs through this historic center is no longer quiet, and the traffic in summer is significant. But we expected this and it did not bother us.
My family and I were very happy with the home and location!! The home and surrounding area are beautiful! We could not have picked a better place for our family of 7. Our 1 year old grandson enjoyed running in the side yard and playing ball. We hope to come back to Turtle Nest again. I would definitely reccommend this home !!
The location was great, and the residence easily accommodated the 3 adults and 4 kids in our party.
The home was a well kept, old farm house, in a nice location. The property is well taken care of. The home has so many more accommodations than the previous places I've rented on Mount Desert Island; it was a pleasant surprise! I'd recommend this property to anyone with a larger party, with 4 children.
Beatiful house, centrally located
The Turtle's Nest was a pleasure to stay at. 5 mins from swimming at Eagle Lake and close to hiking on either side of the island. We found the house to be very clean and well kept with comfortable sleeping arrangements for 4 kids and 2 couples. We had fun exploring with the dog on the nearby Brookside Road with pretty views of the stream. My only slight complaint is the road noise.
Perfect for a large group
We actually enjoying being outside of Bar Harbor. We were rough 20 min maximum from anywhere we went. There ended up being 6 adults and a dog and we always felt we had plenty of room. the house had everything we needed. It is on the main street, which was busy, but with fans didn't bother us. That being said the last 2 days were extremely hot 88-90 and humid) and the fans were not enough so we left a day early. The back yard is shaded in the afternoon and had a wonderful breeze so we sat there. Lots of walking in the area and as other reviews mentioned the church across the street sold pies that were incredible! ($22. for a fruit and $45 for lobster pie). Would recommend this place.
Great week at Turtle Nest!
We loved our stay at Turtle Nest. The owners are very responsive and helpful! The house is Very clean, had everything we needed, and just as pictured in photos. No cable tv, but Netflix available, and our 3 kids didn't miss tv at all! Centrally located to everything on MDI, the road was busy during our stay, (one of the 2 busiest weeks on the island) but didn't bother us a bit- the front fence really separates you from the road, and fans in bedrooms offset road noise too. Our 3 kids and 2 dogs played on side and back yard and barn. Church across the street had pies and quiches for sale one day and lobster dinner the next. The quintessential Maine home in central location! Would highly recommend this home!
We are so glad you enjoyed our home! Hope you can stay again sometime!
Turtle Nest house is located in historic Somesville village, in the center of Mount Desert Island, Maine, the home of Acadia National Park.
Somesville is a one-hour drive from Bangor International Airport (BGR) and a three-hour drive from Portland International Airport (PWM).
Turtle Nest was built in 1889 by the Allen Family, some of the first settlers on Mount Desert Island. You'll find wonderful tales about this area at the Mount Desert Island Historical Society Museum just down the street next to the lovely footbridge. Or just ask the librarian at the Somesville Library a few doors down.
Turtle Nest is centrally-located; you are right in the middle of the island with easy access to everything the island has to offer -- 20 mins to Bar Harbor and Acadia, 5 mins to Southwest Harbor, or 20 mins to Northeast Harbor.
Turtle Nest is within walking distance of the free Island Explorer bus, which has stops at all the island villages and many locations within Acadia National Park. Turtle Nest is also within an easy walk of the bus top for two popular children's summer camps, Camp Beach Cliff and the Northeast Harbor Neighborhood House.
Walk to the Acadia Repertory Theater to catch a show - children's shows are during the day. Take a short walk to the Somesville Landing to fish from the dock, hunt for seashells at low tide, or kayak around Sheep Island. Take a short, peaceful walk to the historic Somesville church.
After a lunch of popovers and jam at the Jordan Pond House, set out for adventure in Acadia National Park.
People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery. Acadia National Park has two beautiful ocean sand beaches and one lake beach on Echo Lake (perfect for young children), just 3 miles from Turtle Nest house. The Park Loop Road is one of the most scenic drives in the United States.
Hop on a boat in nearby Bar Harbor for amazing whale watching or take a ferry to Little Cranberry Island for a spectacular view back on Mount Desert Island, a seafood lunch at the Fishermen's Co-op dock restaurant, a walk around picturesque Isleford Village, and a tour of the local museum.
At the end of the day, try a dinner of fresh lobster right from the boat at Thurston's Lobster Pond in Tremont, 15 mins towards the southern end of the Island.
Bring your day to an end by relaxing on the porch with family and friends or sitting at our picnic table overlooking Somes Pond in our backyard. We hope Turtle Nest becomes your home away from home!