My husband and I, along with our two Golden Retrievers, just returned from an absolutely glorious week at this property and surrounding area and can say hands down it was one of the nicest vacations we’ve ever had. This was due in no small part to owner Michael’s efforts to assure just that! Prior to booking, we had read the previous 19 reviews with a bit of skepticism (they were ALL so glowing!), yet had great hope that our experience would be the same. After many years of renting luxury homes across the country, we have often found that the early reviews reflected a house and experience different from what was experienced after the owner had rented a home for many years and had seemingly grown weary of maintaining the home. This was not at all the case with this incredible home in Surry. Michael has lovingly and skillfully maintained this home through the years with quality furnishings and updates. Not to mention the pristine cleanliness throughout. As others have mentioned, this beautiful home is sitting in a park like setting that is immaculately groomed by the groundskeepers. This is the perfect home for both sunny and rainy days while on vacation due to the vast amenities.
We spent 3 days on Mt Desert Island exploring Acadia, shopping at galleries in Northeast Harbor and walking the park carriage roads. Acadia is as dog-friendly of an area as it gets as they allow dogs off-leash if they are voice-controllable. This afforded us hours of walking with our dogs off-leash in the most picturesque of settings. Between these long walks and the easy and fantastic beach swimming at the house, courtesy of MIchael’s equally dog-friendly policy, we had two very happy dogs!
We chose to grill at home each night and found wide and good availability of local and organic produce and meats throughout the area. As others have mentioned, the upscale kitchen is fully stocked with anything one needs, and the abundance of seating in and on the deck of the house make it as good as dining at a 5-star restaurant. In just one meal alone, we had a bald eagle fly directly overhead and watched two pairs of loons out in the water, along with a wide variety of other inland and shore birds! Next year we plan on spending even more time at the house just relaxing and enjoying all it has to offer. And we are counting the days already!