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Jennifer Wales

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

Unique Nature Inspired New Home Adjacent to Lake in Acadia National Park

33 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 8

Built in 2004, the Fern Way home is a delightful blend of modern convenience and rustic style. Designed by a local architect to integrate with the beautiful natural setting of Mount Desert Island, at every turn Fern Way celebrates the natural world.

A gently curving driveway through the woods leads to the quiet 4.5 acres that surrounds Fern Way. The attractive exterior is Adirondack style live edge siding, complemented by cedar posts supporting an entry porch overlooking the large lawn. Entering the house, two French doors lead you into a large open floor plan allowing for ease and comfort of a large group or family gathering.

Classic post and beam details include a stunning custom banister in maple and a soaring two story stonewall that defines the sunny living area. The large kitchen is ideal for preparing family meals with ample counter space, appliances and gadgets.

A screened porch with dining table and futon couch is the perfect spot to start your day with coffee and end it with sunsets through the trees. The basement includes a home gym with top of the line Bowflex weight machine, Sole elliptical trainer, rowing machine, and yoga mat all for your enjoyment.

The large master bedroom with a king bed is located upstairs as well as a bedroom with a double bed, a bedroom with two twin beds, and a full bathroom complete with a two-person jetted tub to helps ease tired muscles after a fun filled day exploring Acadia. Downstairs is a bedroom with a double bed, a bathroom with shower, and the screened porch with a new futon, which can be used as an extra bedroom or by those wishing to sleep in the fresh air of the Maine woods.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Jennifer Wales (Property Manager)
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

About Jennifer Wales

Adam and Jen have a deep love and understanding of the natural beauty surrounding the Acadia/Mount Desert Island area. Jen grew up summers on Long Pond and Adam on a 110-acre farm in Western Maine adjoining the Appalachian Trail. They met here in Bar Harbor working as sea kayak guides in the summer of 1993.

Over the years, they have hiked, biked, paddled, and sailed every conceivable route on and around Mount Desert. Adam completed his goal of hiking every trail on the Island in the summer of 1994 and Jen authored The Sea Kayaker's Guide to Mount Desert Island published by Down East Books in 1997. Together they paddled the Maine Island Trail, a 175-mile 28-day kayaking trip from Portland to Machias, up the entire Maine coastline.

In the summer of 2000, Jen and Adam started Mountain Sea Properties with a single house, Eagle Cliff, where they were married that same summer. The owner had approached them expressing her frustration renting the home through larger rental operations on the island. She complained that her house was one of hundreds represented so the service she received was minimal. She also stated that those who rented the house were not as well informed as they could be. The tenants were also one of hundreds and the service they received was minimal.

Adam and Jen offered to represent the house committing to providing top quality service to both owners and tenants by representing a limited number of houses and providing personalized vacation services.

Since then, Mountain Sea Properties has grown along with the Wales family. As year-round members of the Island’s community, Adam and Jen are dedicated to the vitality of the people of Mount Desert Island. Thus, each year they donate a portion of their proceeds to local organizations devoted to sustaining the beauty and well-being of the Mount Desert Island area.

Jennifer Wales purchased this house in 2004

Reviews

4.9
based on 33 traveler reviews

Unique Nature Inspired New Home Adjacent to Lake in Acadia National Park
average rating of 4.939394 based on 33 reviews
Cleveland, OH
5

Great house and location, highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here in June 2009, and based on our experience, would recommend for anyone looking for a great vacation home.

The property is new, very well maintained, clean, and as described. In fact, the photos do not quite do justice to our favorite features including an excellent kitchen and a screened-in porch with a quiet, serene view of the surrounding woods.

The location is convenient to access both the park and nearby activities like Long Pond and Beech Mountain.

The owners were terrific to work with and helped with many great tips and advice before and during our stay. They also provide loads of current local information, organized in a big file box with maps, brochures, menus, etc. The small library of books was handy as well - covering everything from bird watching to sea kayaking and hiking guides.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The house was amazing, great location

  • 5 of 5

We came with two families, three kids, and the house felt like a hidden gem. The house was well equipped and clean. It gave us the feeling that we weren't just simple guests, but residents of bar harbor. It was a short drive away from bar harbor, and very close to a wonderful lake that gave us unforgettable memories. We will definitely try to come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

A wonderful getaway on Mt. Desert Island

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Fernway! It's centrally located on the island and was a great jumping off point for our hiking, biking, and kayaking adventures. The fully stocked kitchen meant we could create our own wonderful meals when we got tired of eating out. The roomy common areas gave us plenty of space to hang out in the evenings. It was very quiet (except for the cries of the loons from nearby Long Pond) and peaceful. A wonderful getaway!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Fantastic experience and wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful and well maintained. It was the perfect spot for the family to come back to after a long day of sightseeing. This home had everything we could have asked for. Very comfortable and welcoming!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Quiet retreat in the woods yet close enough for all the action of Arcadia

  • 5 of 5

The house was a well built and nicely furnished wooden house in the woods, exactly what we wanted it to be, quiet and comfortable for us to relax and chill after hiking in Arcadia. The kitchen was well equipped to cook our delicious lobster dinner and also great steak and meat with the gas grill at the patio.

The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable and we really enjoy our stay here.

It is about 15-20 minutes drive to most of the popular great hikes in Arcadia and Bar Harbour, 5 minutes to Southwest harbour.

Jen was easy to work with and very helpful.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Maine Vacation

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at your beautiful home and had many fine lobster dinners at various area restaurants. Thanks for sharing your house and yes we would recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Echo Lake
"Wonderful spot for swimming! Nice big sandy beach. In Acadia National Park. Just a few mi..."
Southwest Harbor
"The "local" town on Mount Desert Island with some top notch restaurants. Coast Guard statio..."
Acadia National Park
"This is what you came here for! Located all over the island, the Beach Mountain hiking area..."
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Bar Harbor Tenton Airport
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Long Pond swimming/boating/picnic area
Car: recommended

Located in the heart of Mount Desert Island, Fern Way is no more than 10 min from all attractions including the secluded hidden treasures on the “quiet side” of Acadia National Park. From Bar Harbor and the breathtaking Park Loop Rd to Bass Harbor and its famous lighthouse, you’ll spend more time exploring the wonders of this lovely island and less time getting there. Best of all, it is a short 5 min walk to Long Pond, the largest lake on the island where there is a picnic area, swimming beach, and canoe/kayak rental. Nearby are several other treasures of Mount Desert Island including the Beech Mt. hiking area, Beech Hill organic farm stand, and the village of Somesville and Somes Harbor where you can access the free island wide shuttle bus.

As part of our vacation services offered to our tenants, we have put together a local dinning guide, a guide to the supermarkets, specialty food stores and farmers markets, a first timers guide to Mount Desert Island, as well as local recommendations for traveling with kids.

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Rates & Availability

Bar Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
July
Jul 3 2016 - Jul 30 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$3,150
 
 
August
Jul 31 2016 - Aug 27 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$3,450
 
 
Late August
Aug 28 2016 - Sep 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
$590
$2,950
 
 
Sept/Oct
Sep 5 2016 - Oct 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
$350
$1,400
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 9.0%

***While a “Book It Now” option is certainly convenient, we still like to do things the old fashion way and actually talk to people! This allows us to answer any questions you may have and ensure that Fern Way is a property that will meet your needs. We look forward to chatting with you soon.***

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Amenities

Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs bath - toilet , shower
    Upstairs bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , two person jetted tub
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 king
    Upstairs double - 1 double
    Upstairs twin - 2 twin/ single
    Downstairs double - 1 double
  • Beautiful screened in porch has new futon couch allowing for an extra bedroom or sleeping out in the fresh Maine woods air.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We know from our own experience managing family vacations that it can be quite a job. A little local knowledge and some extra help can make your vacation more enjoyable and hassle free. We offer a number of vacation planning services to our tenants including local information and recommendations, catering, massage therapy and house keeping.

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