Willowbrook - antique farmhouse in Somesville, water views & near Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park.

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7 Br/4 Ba • Sleeps 16 • 2500 SF

Historic antique farmhouse in Somesville with views of Somes Sound and plenty of space for groups.


7 Bedroom & 4 Baths, spectacular view, large lawn & 2 porches
Spacious historic home with large well furnished rooms many with good views. Works for 6 or 15 people. Perfect for families with a well stocked kitchen for cooking. Enjoy the view to Somes Sound, swim at Somes Pond, rent kayaks, and be centrally located to Acadia Nat'l Park!
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. The bus will even take your bike as well!
ABOUT THE HOUSE: 'Willowbrook' is a Classic Greek Revival home built in the 1800s. The interior is comfortable with 3 couches, good beds, lots of space and lovely linens and towels. Three bedrooms face the amazing view and four bedrooms are at the back of the house.
THE VIEW: 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. Look to the mountains of Acadia! From the side rooms we view the historic Somesville Bridge and Museum which is often illuminated at night.
FIRST FLOOR: This is a spacious home which can accommodate 15 people comfortably with 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Inside is a charming interior with 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 with a shower. 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. The house is well maintained as we repaint several rooms each year. The front exterior is newly painted and we re-paint a side of the house each year.
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. The right wing has a large bedroom with 2 single beds, a roll away cot, and TV. Another bedroom has a Queen and a single bed. Next to these rooms are a bathroom with a shower. The 7th bedroom has has a staircase to the kitchen, a double bed, and a private 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. Kayak and swim in Somes Pond up the street or Long Pond a few minutes from the house.
HISTORY OF THE HOUSE: Somesville is where Abraham Somes, the first permanent settler on Mt Desert lived. 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. This home is still owned by Somes descendants and is listed on the National Historic Register. It was once rented to the poet, Elinor Wylie and Thomas Berger, author of Little Man, Big Man.


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Beautiful Historic Home - Rare Family Togetherness Opportunity

There can be no better way to experience a new scenic location than with family! The opportunity to do that, enjoy, and be a part of morning and evening discussions is just not there with a large family in multiple hotel rooms. Compare to that a stay at Willowbrook, right across from scenic Somes Sound. You can watch from the porch as others take pictures of the view. The home is large and charming, has so much history, unique details and qualities that make exploration irresistible. Our daughter had tears in her eyes upon entering the kitchen due to similarities to my Mom's home. Discussions about the home itself were so frequent and made more interesting by the numerous on site publications and books regarding the area and its history. Most of our family of twelve were 18 or older, all enjoyed not only the glimpse of life in the past, but actually living in such a home made it natural to imagine and of course talk about earlier life. Be sure that Willowbrook was an upscale residence from early times and provides a flavor of such a life. In a time frame when many did not have electricity or indoor plumbing, residents here had indoor plumbing. The 1920s era showers had multiple shower heads, which even now are a rarity. The shower controls alone were very advanced for the time and rival or exceed the contemporary in the ability of infinite control of both volume and temperature. Just imagine when these were new and the leading edge of innovation. Be aware that operation of the showers is not at first intuitive, since these controls are early prototypes from which others evolved. Did I mention FOUR bathrooms? Having seven ladies in our group made this so so nice. It is important to note that there was never a shortage of hot water. So. The home itself is a worthwhile experience, but this is on Mount Desert Island. It is just so trouble free to make excursions to the various Acadia Park sites, places to enjoy lobster, outdoor activities, and the bustle of Bar Harbor, with possible intermissions to return "home" to Willowbrook. If you seek modern cookie cutter perfection, skip Willowbrook. Our vacation was much more fulfilling because of our stay here. 
Left on Jul 15, 2018 for a stay in Jul 2017 - (Oct 2018)

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Beautiful property with beautiful view and interesting History.

This property was well maintained, clean and had very interesting information about it's history in the community and the generations of family who lived there. We enjoyed the antiques, beautiful view, convience of location, information of the area provided, and the size of the house so that family was not on top of each other. Kitchen supplies were good, and plenty of towels were provided. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend the house to anyone. Brenda H - (Aug 2017)

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Fantastic vacation!

Fabulous vacation! House was perfect for our big group and would certainly recommend to friends and family. Owner was very nice and extremely helpful with suggestions and recommendations during our stay. The house had plenty of space to lounge and everyone had a bed. Beds were very comfortable. The back yard was a great place for the kids' evening games of soccer or football. The inlet is beautiful and between kayaks and a paddle board we were able to explore the inlet and venture beyond seeing lots of seals and porpoises. The Island shuttle that stopped right outside the house was fantastic and made traveling to all the spots so much more convenient. Finding parking can be tough, so I absolutely recommend taking the shuttle and having one less worry. Lots and lots of hiking available for climbers of all levels and all within a short distance of the house. We loved the sand beach especially after hiking Beehive Mountain. Carolyn C - (Jul 2017)

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Beautiful, spacious, and relaxing!

My husband and I had a wonderful 2-week stay at Willowbrook to celebrate our anniversary! The historic home is very well maintained, and Diana was very friendly and gracious, as well as being a tremendous help and guide to the area. I couldn't help but wonder about all the generations who had walked on the old wooden floors before us. Every day, I seemed to discover something new in the house. It is full of antiques, paintings, books, and history. The furniture is remarkably comfortable, and the linens and towels smelled so fresh and clean! 
Willowbrook is in an ideal location, with beauty all around. We especially enjoyed sitting on the side porch for breakfast, breathing in the thrill of being there. We loved the views from every room of the house, as well as the extremely spacious yard. There is an excellent art gallery just a few steps away. We also greatly enjoyed our side trips to Bar Harbor, Asticou Gardens, Southwest Harbor, and many other places. There is so much to see and do! 
Of all the places in the whole country (or even out of the country) that we could've gone, we are extremely pleased that we chose Willowbrook. Our anniversary dinner at the Reading Room in the Bar Harbor Inn was marvelous, with a spectacular view of Frenchman's Bay (as well as a stunning sunset that night)! Everyone was so friendly there, as well as everywhere we went. We will treasure our happy anniversary memories at Willowbrook for the rest of our lives! Peggy from Ohio - (Jul 2017)

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  • House Cleaning Included
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  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
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  • Living Room
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Arrival Day

  • Saturday


  • Arboretum
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  • Bay
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Health Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
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  • Playground
  • Pond
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  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo


  • Recommended


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  • Dvd
  • Satellite Or Cable
  • Television

Kitchen / Dining

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Water Sports
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing


  • Atm Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
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Location Type

  • Near Ocean


  • Grill


  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
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  • Children Welcome
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