Hidden Pond

Kennebunkport, New England, United States of America

At a Glance

  • Chic New England style cottages which sleep up to five

  • Ideal for active outdoorsy families

  • A choice of beautiful Maine beaches within a short drive

  • A natural inspiring environment which rocks rustic elegance.

  • A focus on homegrown and locally sourced food, deliciously prepared in Earth restaurant

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Summer is undoubtedly the best period to visit Portland and Maine's south and mid coast. Precipitation is moderate all over the year, but the weather becomes harsh and snowy during winter and late autumn. Portland and the south coast of Maine is often struck by cold spells and severe snowfalls from November to mid-Spring.

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Insider's View

Compare the day's events with fellow guests over S'mores at the nightly bonfire

All of the cottages have a wonderful outside shower to really feel at one with the nature

Call us on 020 3993 8245 to start planning your holiday to Hidden Pond or take a look at our itineraries to New England

Description

Nestled in 60 acres of forest near Kennebunkport, Maine, Hidden Pond offers the best of both worlds: your own fully equipped New England-style cottage as well as the top class facilities of a small lodge on hand and a glorious Maine beach close by.

We've all seen the movie - quaint log cabin in the woods with roaring fires, rocking chairs on the veranda, barbecues on the deck and plenty of hiking and biking, s'mores and campfires. Sound good? Well we think we've found the perfect spot plus it's pretty stylish to boot. Hidden Pond is just outside the picturesque harbour village of Kennebunkport Maine, summer residence of former presidents and superstar and is a collection of super-cute clapboard bungalows and two bedroom cottages dotted throughout birch woods.

The larger two-bedroom cottages come with fully equipped kitchens, living rooms, a wraparound deck with an outdoor dining area and seating and a barbecue. They can sleep up to five in two bedrooms plus a day bed, so ideal for families. The one-bedroom bungalows are perfect for couples looking for privacy and romance: high vaulted ceilings, screened porch with daybed and outdoor shower and fireplace. Every cottage and bungalow has its own décor and style but are designed to give a real New England home-from-home experience.

Hidden Pond has fantastic additional facilities and services. For culinary whizzes staying in the cottages the team at Earth Restaurant can deliver baskets stuffed with goodies to prepare sumptuous breakfasts or beach picnics, but it's also worth paying a visit to Earth itself. It's a beautiful whimsical and romantic space, rustic wooden walls, a suspended apple tree glittering with tiny lights, flickering candles and serves simple innovative farm-to-table dishes by James Beard award winner Ken Oringer. After dinner there are nightly bonfires with obligatory s'mores.

On site there are separate family and adult outdoor pools, morning yoga classes, a shed full of bikes to borrow and hiking trails galore. There is a shuttle to their sister property, the Tides Beach Club on Goose Rocks beach where kayaking and stand up paddle lessons can be organised. This way you can get the best of both worlds, enjoying the beautiful beach and ocean as well as the amazing wood. The Tree Spa is the perfect antidote to the activities: a rustic space high up in the tree tops.

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Accommodation

Hidden Pond features 16 two-bedroom cottages and three bungalow cottages. The cottages each have their own characteristics and charm to make your stay memorable. With their private outdoor areas, day beds and peaceful surroundings relaxation is achieved. The two-bedroom cottages are perfect for accommodating families or friends travelling together, and the bungalow cottages are ideal for couples.

Childcare

Hidden Pond is a fantastic small family resort and particularly suits children with an active, independent streak. They can borrow bikes, learn to paddle board at the sister property Tides Beach Club, go kayaking, take craft lessons and learn about survival skills, plant identification and animal tracking. Hidden Pond organises some supervised kids activities at the beach and babysitting can be arranged.

Facilities

Earth is the resort's stunning restaurant which overlooks the pond and nightly bonfire. With such settings, your dining experience here is bound to be special. The restaurant focuses on a 'farm to fork' motto; all the dishes are inspired by local fresh and seasonal produce to include some delicious meat and fish options. On Wednesday night they host a Backyard Lobster Bake, and very night there is a bonfire with s'mores.

Activities

The Tree Spa is found amongst the treetops with views of the beach forest, providing a haven for those seeking some precious time out. There is a range of massages, facials and body treatments on offer for guests that focus on relaxation and re-energising.

The resort also has two outdoor pools (one for adults only). There are morning yoga classes, guided hikes and bikes to borrow. Off site kayaking and stand up paddling (SUP) lessons can be organised at Hidden Pond's sister property the Tides Beach Club on Goose Beach and guests can also use their beach facilities.

On the educational side you can join the gardener and learn flower arranging, take watercolour lessons with the resident artist, there are craft lessons for kids and cookery and mixology classes.

Away from the lodge, horseback riding and tennis can be organised and Kennebunkport is a vibrant town with a good selection of cafes and restaurants, boutiques and art galleries.

Experiences

  • Family-Friendly Marine Life Cruise and Lobstering Experience

    Cruise on a true lobster boat around the Camden Harbor shores for a coastal sightseeing experience like no other! Head out to a remote seal habitat for a wildlife safari before trying your hand at hauling in lobster traps.

  • Farm-To-Table Cooking Class in Coastal Maine

    Experience a hands-on farm-to-table cooking class at a picturesque seaside farm in the Camden countryside.

  • Half-Day Private Whale Watching Tour

    Cruise through the Gulf of Maine on a half-day whale watch adventure in search of whales, dolphins and other local marine life.

  • Private Tour of Acadia National Park

    Explore the awe-inspiring and wonderfully diverse Acadia National Park with an ornithologist, field biologist or botanist guide who will provide an incredibly informative tour.

  • Sailing and Wine Tasting in Portland

    Sail across the beautiful Casco Bay whilst sampling and learning about a variety of local wines.

Holiday Ideas

  • New England for Teenagers

    Boston, Maine, Vermont & Cape Cod

    from £4600 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • Explore the neighbourhoods of Boston on a family bike tour with an experiences guide
    • Enjoy the picturesque mountain scenery of Vermont on winding hiking trails
    • Go in search of humpback whales off the coast of Cape Cod

Location & directions

Kennebunkport, New England, United States of America

Hidden Pond is located in a peaceful wooded setting a mile outside the picturesque coastal village of Kennebunkport, Maine and a mile to the nearest beach.

How to get there

I it a 7-hour 30-minute direct international flight to Boston's Logan International Airport with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Hidden Pond is situated just outside Kennebunkport, Maine which is a 2-hour drive north of Boston.

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