Spectacular Ocean View, Center of Island -10 min to Acadia National Park


Home Description

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.

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 and in order to preserve the character of town the speed is 25 mph. Our house is situated at the end of Somes Sound which cuts through the middle of the island. The view is spectacular from the house looking down Somes Sound the only fjord on the east coast. It is the perfect place to end your day on the island. 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.

We live about 2 miles away from the house. We are available to answer questions to make sure you have a wonderful visit to Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. We have a wealth of information about the island which we love to share. We are also available to help if there are any problems during your stay.

AIRPORTS: The closest airport is Bar Harbor Airport (BHB) which is about 10 minutes from Willowbrook. Then Bangor International Airport (BGR) is one hour. There is a shuttle to Mt. Desert from the Bangor airport. You need to make a reservation and it is about $30. The cheapest fares seem to be from Southwest Airlines flying into Manchester, New Hampshire, which is a 5 hour drive to Willowbrook. There are also good fares with Air Tran into Portland. You can rent a car from Hertz or Enterprise.


Somes Pond - Fresh water pond - Take a right out our driveway and it is 1/4 of a mile up the road on the left. There is a grassy area which leads into the pond.

Long Pond - Head toward Southwest Harbor and take a right at the Firehouse and go about 2 miles it will be on your left. There is a dock to swim out to and it is great for kids. There is also a 2 miles hike from the south end out to Duck Rock which is a huge rock great for swimming for all ages.

Echo Lake - 3 miles toward Southwest Harbor Man-made beach on a fresh water lake perfect for children. Changing rooms/Shallow for at least 200 feet out

Sand Beach - on Ocean Drive is a lovely beach on the Ocean Drive one of the 10 most scenic drives in America. There is a great hike from the opposite side you enter the beach called 'The Great Head' hike. Also this is close to the entrance to the Beehive Hike.


National Park Canoe rental - You can rent kayaks, canoes or paddle boards on Long Pond. You can kayak on Long Pond out to Rum Island.

We can also provide information on the rental of sailboats or power boats.


Easy Trails: Flying Mountain, Beech Mountain, South Bubble

Moderately Difficult Trails

Giant Slide up Sargeant Mountain, Penobscot, Pemetic, The Beehive


Carriage Roads - What is a carriage road? It is the perfect place to walk, hike, and bike. There are over 57 miles of carriage roads on Mt. Desert. Our favorite is the road that runs around Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake is a lovely place for a picnic as well. There are two bike rental shops on the island to rent bikes.


Mom's Kitchen makes wonderful sandwiches near Town Hill about a mile from the house. You can call ahead and pick them up on your way off for the day.

Sargeant Drive - is great for a picnic

Ocean Drive - in Acadia National Park

Seawall - outside Southwest Harbor.

We want our guests to fully experience the island and all it has to offer!


Somesville is minutes to Acadia National Park and countless activities. Walking distance to ocean and fresh water pond. Croquet Set provided and see the Claremont Croquet Classic in August. Three golf courses within 10 minutes!!!


Room Details

Sleeping Arrangements






  • BRIDGE ROOM 1 Double1 Single

  • TRAVELER’S ROOM 1 Double


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Family reunion at Willowbrook

Willowbrook was a perfect house for our week long vacation for our family of seven adults and seven children. There was plenty of space to spread out. We loved our family dinners in the dining room. It is rare to find a dining room where we could all dine together. The location was perfect for sightseeing. Our grandchildren loved playing ball on the huge yard. They also enjoyed fishing on the pond across the street. Every afternoon we swam at Somes pond which was just up the street. It is great being across from the bus stop. The thirty page information book was a great help in planning our stay. It is rare to find a home where the kitchen had everything that you needed. The home is very well equipped. There are a huge number of china and wine glasses. We needed a new can opener and Diana delivered it the next day. She also arranged to have the wireless repaired. She takes great care to keep the home in perfect condition. The home is extremely well managed. Diana recommended Red Sky in Southwest Harbor and Thurston's Lobster Pound which were both great. You can also cook lobsters at the home and everything is there including a Martha Stewart recipe on cooking lobsters.

Visited on "August - 2015

Wonderful Family Holiday

We very much enjoyed staying in this property - so characterful and well equipped, and ideally located for us near the centre of MDI (you will need a car however). Beds were comfortable and the setting was very pretty. We will be back!!!

Visited on "September - 2016

Our Family loved the property

Enough space for the two older children and three adults family to have separate rooms. Three grandchildren were in one and two in another which worked great. Very well furnished with great antiques. Enough room for the 13 of us to sit either at the dining table or living room. The property was located the middle of our activities, close to Bar Harbor, Cadillac Mountain, and the two Marina. This is probably our fifth for family vacation, which we do every two years, the families all felt this was our best vacation ever, H family Grove up separately one from Nashville, one from Memphis and we drove up from Western Kentucky. All made lots of wonderful stops along the way. One family went through Niagara Falls, Lake placid, Mount Washington, Bath then Bar Havol. The other family went through Boston, Cape Cod, Philadelphia, Hershey and Lancaster Pennsylvania, and Washington DC - over 10 days. Would highly recommend the place for a large family

Visited on "July - 2016

Wonderful old home

The house is very old and has some issues due to it's age, however over all it was wonderful. The owner was very nice and the rooms and beds were great. Low ceilings were quaint but a hazard to tall people. The house is well cared for and the kitchen was well stocked with pots, pans and small appliances. The linens were nice and very good quality. I would stay again if I ever get to Maine again.

Visited on "August - 2016

Charming house great for multiple families

We really enjoyed our family reunion week at Willowbrook. The house had plenty of space and comfortable beds for all 10 of us, and plenty of room for people to find a quiet spot to read. The dining room was great for our big family dinners at night and we enjoyed sitting on the patio and having breakfast and coffee. The house is situated in the middle of the island with easy access to everything on MDI. It is right in the middle of a very picturesque village with a beautiful view from the front and a charming little bridge and museum to the side. The only downside is the traffic noise from the street (but not much can be done about that - just bring some earplugs!).

Visited on "July - 2016

Great for a large family

Willowbrook was a wonderful home for our family of 16. It is an old house; so, of course it has some doors and windows that creak and open unexpectedly as well as some ceilings that are very low. But, it is large, beautiful, has a great big yard, is in a very accessible location, and has all we needed in our week there. I definitely would stay at Willowbrook again as well as recommend it to others.

Visited on "July - 2016

Family Vacation and Anniversary celebration

We enjoyed our stay at Willowbrook very much. The house easily accommodated the eleven of us. The bedrooms were all large and the beds were fine. The kitchen had everything we needed and the washer and dryer were brand new. The living room was very large and was ideal for evening gatherings. Location was great for seeing Acadia and Bar Harbor. Owner gave us some great recommendations for sight seeing and restaurants. Thurston's Lobster Pound was worth the short drive.

Louisville , Ky. USA

Visited on "September - 2014

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.

Visited on "July - 2017

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

Visited on "May - 2017


We loved our week here! We had 8 adults and 5 small kids- made great memories! The owner is so gracious and kind as she stopped by to make sure everything was good for us. The house itself completely exceeded our expectations- the home is a historic home and I was expecting that it may have some things that go along with that (dingy, dirty, musty)... but NOT AT ALL- house is much bigger than in the pictures and was very open, clean (immaculate actually) and no "old" smells. It was absolutely lovely and has the most beautiful views of the water across the street- as well as the museum gardens right next door! The house's yard is quite large with multiple porches to enjoy. We were very surprised at how soundproof the house was- it was nice that the kids could go to bed upstairs and the adults could visit downstairs without concern of waking up the kids. The location being in the center of the island made access to acadia, bar harbor or any other island destinations very easy and convenient. If you are planning a visit to MDI, this is where you want to stay. Cannot say enough positive things!!!

Visited on "June - 2017

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.

Visited on "July - 2017

This place is quite amazing!

Take a step back in time! This VRBO is one of the neatest houses I've ever been in. It slept 14 of us easily and there was plenty of bedding, towels etc. to go around! We would definitely stay here again!

Visited on "June - 2017

What a lovely home! All the conveniences of a modern home within the flavor of the past. We live a rather contemporary home, so the trip back to the historic home was such a special treat. We only had seven in our party, but we could have been comfortable with another five. Diana met us at the house with fresh blueberry muffins and orange juice. Maine hospitality. The quirkiness of some of the "shower knobs instructions" and all of the period knick-knacks and dishes added more charm. (We all would take showers and baths throughout the house at about the same time.) Each room and bedroom had their own unique personality, but the whole house decorating scheme is a complete, experience. Big room for television and playing games/puzzles, with other side rooms for more intimate conversations or reading. The location is perfect---quiet and laid-back neighborhood, but close to Cadillac Mountain, Bar Harbor and lots of great hiking. The view of the bay from the front porch was great for morning coffee and the gardens across the street provided even more peace and serenity to our vacation. Thanks, Diana. Hope to see you again soon!

Visited on "June - 2017

We can't thank Diana enough for her New England hospitality and warm welcome during our stay in Mount Desert Island. We absolutely adored Willowbrook and the location of the house. Thank you Diana for making everything perfect for us! We had a total of 11 family members visiting from Massachusetts, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, and Chicago. Willowbrook was the ideal spot for us all to visit, relax, and explore Acadia National Park. The house was super cozy and spacious for our big group. The location was perfect for what we wanted - relaxing with family and exploring Acadia. We loved the ocean views from the house and the easy access to Acadia National Park. There were also beautiful sights/activities right near the house, including a pond with a walking bridge, a library, and a gorgeous art exhibit that displayed some of Diana's fantastic paintings. We cooked all meals at Willowbrook and enjoyed our family dinners in the formal dining room where everyone fit at the large dining table. Diana even surprised us with blueberry and rhubarb pies that she gave us as a welcome gift, which was extremely generous and thoughtful! The pies were the perfect finale to our lobster dinner the first night. Willowbrook supplied every kitchen and cooking utensil/tool we needed, which was very impressive since we had some master chefs in the group. The bedrooms were lovely and very comfortable, with fine linens, blankets, and towels. With 4 bathrooms, we had plenty of space for everyone to freshen up and get ready in the morning to quickly head out and explore Acadia. We were huge fans of the game room, the living room, and the front porch where we spent a lot of time visiting. There was so much to do between the board games, reading, or relaxing on the front porch that we didn't even turn on the TVs. Diana was an amazing host. She was extremely helpful, giving us tips and recommendations for Acadia National Park activities. She made it so easy for us to enjoy our stay by having everything so well organized and communicated. We absolutely adored the history of the house, falling in love with its charm and beauty. We'd love to stay at Willowbrook again in the future and look forward to revisiting all of our wonderful memories in Acadia.

Visited on "May - 2017

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