This property is nothing short of amazing! We (my husband & I with our 2 sons & a friend, ages 21, 22, 24) had a fantastic time! The home is beautiful & everything is well maintained. The details/special touches took the property over the top: swirly chimneys, gorgeous woodworking on doors & inlaid floors, outdoor fireplace, a "moat", beautiful stone fireplaces, hand carved kitchen island, copper sinks, professional stove, awesome front door, incredible master bath-the list goes on! I even hoped it would rain so I could see the unique downspouts in action! (Got my wish, too!) Having inlaw quarters over the garage worked well for us, allowing the younger adults some space/privacy, with the main house for family time together & meals.
Marilyn, the property manager, was easy to work with & readily available for questions/issues.
We were thrilled with the location-close to Ellsworth for groceries (great breakfasts @ Riverside Café!), close enough to Bar Harbor & Acadia but able to enjoy a short, scenic drive there, yet remote enough without feeling isolated. Dinner at The Chart Room was fantastic! Our older son ended up actually ordering 2 entrees because it was so good!
We highly recommend the Lulu Lobster Boat Tour-informative, family run, & points out many area highlights (seals, light houses, an eagle's nest, how to trap lobsters, etc.) BTW - lobsters have 0 cholesterol! We fished & kayaked on Patten Pond, had morning coffee on the dock, saw eagles fishing & the biggest spider I've ever seen! We had a fire every evening on the covered deck, toured Blue Hill, & enjoyed some time at nearby Toddy Pond (the best stocked fishing spot). A trip to the top of Cadillac Mountain, to Thunder Hole, & Sand Beach are a must-so pretty! I loved going back to the house in the evening to cook dinner in that fantastic kitchen! We had great food, some local wine & beer from our "tour" at Penobscot Bay Brewery, great company, many laughs, & many moments spent in awe & listening to the loons! Funny...we couldn't figure out the TV works, despite seemingly thorough instructions, but barely even cared - there was so much else to see & do.
Our only critique would be to screen the deck in. Mosquitos are ruthless! We kept a can of Cutter in the car & near every door for constant protection-it became our scent of choice! It was a GREAT vacation that made going home very difficult. But, even after a 10-hr. drive home, we still felt rested & relaxed. Can't wait to go back!