Historic country lodge in Maine's beautiful western mountains with private swimming pond and beach on property, close to lakes, streams and mountains. Nearby world-class fishing (Rapid River, Magalloway, Kennebago, Androscoggin & Swift Rivers, Rangeley & Richardson Lakes), golfing (Bethel Inn & Sunday River), and ski areas (Sunday River, Saddleback, Mt. Abram, Black Mountain).
Magnificent setting with broad lawns and pastures overlooking mountain valley in the northern end of the Mahoosuc range. Pond & river on property. Trails on property and access to 4000 footers. Plentiful outdoor activities: swim, boat, fish (stocked pond, great fishing throughout the area including some of the nation's most pristine wild trout waters), hike, bike, ride, berry pick, you name it. Nearby Bethel Recreation Area & Sunday River golf and ski resorts. 3 hours from Boston.
This is a truly unique vacation and recreation spot - comfortable and gorgeous with deep history in a friendly old-New England town. Built in 1792 by the first homesteading settler in the valley; renovated in the late 1800s at the peak of the railroad era into a private summer retreat with design contributions by Stanford White and Frederick Law Olmsted. Wonderful interiors including breathtaking Great Hall, several salons, Grand Dining Room. Long views that defy words.
Rates quoted are for family vacation rentals with the indicated seasonal overnight guest maximums. Event and other rental rates quoted upon request.
Keywords: Sleeps 25+ in warm weather, 16+ in cold weather. Summer and winter rentals available. 2 kitchens, 2 dining rooms. Catering & event services available. 15 fireplaces. Contemporary utilities & amenities including wireless internet. Elegantly furnished.
Weddings, reunions, special events, family vacations, corporate and group retreats. Destination Weddings. Ceremony and reception site. Trophy trout, salmon & bass fishing. Two golf courses nearby. Amazing for leaf peeping weekends. Downhill and XC Ski. Snow-mobile. Hunt. Hike the Appalachian Trail. Relax.
Merrill House (c.1792, on the National Historic Register) looks across “Snow Valley” onto the tail end of the White Mountains in western Maine. Located in Andover, under ½ hour from Bethel and Sunday River Ski area, and surrounded by fields, forest and trails, Merrill House is immersed in natural beauty. The Appalachian Trail passes through Andover, and there are excellent X-country trails and sled runs just outside the door.
The home has been in the family for over two hundred years, since its original construction eight generations ago. The homestead was the first colonial settlement of the valley.
Ezekiel Merrill, Revolutionary War veteran, and his wife Sarah and their young children first trekked in by canoe and foot over 50 miles to spend the winter in a one-room hut that the local Pequaket Indians helped them make. They were under-provisioned and had to trade for food and furs with the native Americans, living largely on potatoes that first winter. The family survived and stayed to establish their farm.
Generations passed and the homestead grew into a working farm with barns and pastures. At the end of the 1800’s Ezekiel’s great grandson Henry Varnum Poor and his son Henry William – made wealthy by the railroads – renovated the farmhouse into the lodge we have today, and the pastures into botanical gardens, with walk-paths and many other features.
Today the Merrill House is available for rent for weddings, retreats, reunions, and seasonal parties. We hope you will enjoy its comfort, charm and its unique piece of American history as much as we do!