Located amid 60 acres of birch and balsam, yet
close to five ocean beaches, the Hidden Pond cottages
all have screened porches that Harrington says are “big
enough to nap on,” outdoor showers accessible from the
master bathroom “for viewing the sky and the sun,” with
the added luxury of state-of-the-art kitchens and concierge services that include a breakfast basket (delivered
daily), housekeeping services, and a nightly bonne nuit
turndown with flip-flops and bathrobes.
From the start, Hurlbutt, a principal of Hurlbutt
Interiors in Kennebunkport, envisioned a classic, clean,
and crisp design for her cottage, with a blue and white
palette kept fresh by apple green accents. Sofas, slipper
chairs, and seat cushions all are slipcovered for practicality, but with dressmaker touches such as piped edges
and tasseled fringe, sometimes unexpectedly, as in the
kitchen’s Roman shade.
“I went for a real Maine mix,” says Hurlbutt. “Some
of the painted cottage pieces are just ones we use all the
time around here.” There are antiques as well, however,
such as the four-poster bed draped in sheer fabric “for
pampering” and luxe touches like the cashmere throw
on an old wicker rocker. “This house is a bit sophisticated, but it’s casual, too,” she says. “It can go both ways.”
All 14 cottages at Hidden Pond are
available as rentals and, in addition to
breakfast, include afternoon tea, plus a
show at the Arundel Barn Playhouse, and
an excursion on Rugosa, a converted lobster boat. Harrington hopes the inspired interiors and
choice location of the one- and two-bedroom getaway
homes will eventually become part of a family’s most
treasured memories. “Summer cottages, when I was a
kid, often had lumpy beds,” he says. “No worries about
an antique rocker (above, left) sits in a corner of the
guest bedroom, where interior designer Louise Hurlbutt
softened the windows with green and white gingham
curtains. The room also features a four-poster bed
(bottom, left) with starched sheer curtains and flowery
bed linens. (facing page, clockwise from top): On the
screened porch, painted wicker says summertime.
Damask-print linens complete the master bedroom.
Hydrangea-print curtains frame the fieldstone fireplace,
the focal point of the living room.