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Unique Nature Inspired New Home Nestled in Woods next to Acadia 's Large Lake

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 8

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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.

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. A screened porch with dining table and futon couch, for those needing an extra bedroom or wishing to sleep in the fresh Maine woods air, is the perfect spot to start your day with coffee and end it with sunsets through the trees.

Don't just rent a house, get the whole vacation!

We know from our own experience that managing family vacations can be quite a job. A little local knowledge and some extra help can make your vacation more enjoyable and hassle free.

We offer:

- super clean and well-maintained houses

- local insider guides to dining and activities

- lots of stuff for kids and other vacation services

- private biking and hiking tours of Acadia National Park

Check out our homepage at Mountain Sea Properties for a 3-D walking tour of Fern Way!!

More Details

Property Manager
Jennifer Wales
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

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

Amenities

Mount Desert House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • 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 ...
  • Toys
  • 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
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • 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
  • water tubing
  • 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.

Reviews

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Unique Nature Inspired New Home Nestled in Woods next to Acadia 's Large Lake
average rating of 4.919355 based on 62 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: June 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Alabama
5

Wonderful spot in the Quiet Side

  • 5 of 5

My family of four loved our stay at Fernway. Jen, our host, was so kind to be sure we knew everything we needed to know for our extended visit on MDI. The kitchen was very well stocked and even had bonuses like travel coffee mugs and kids’ plasticware. Our young children loved playing in the yard for countless hours and we all enjoyed the screened porch immensely. The futon on the porch was a dreamy spot for reading and naps! We loved the location - away from the chaos of Bar Harbor but close to Acadia and close enough to make a trip into Bar Harbor when we wanted. The memories we made at this house will be cherished for years to come!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Annapolis, MD
5

Wonderfully maintained, best stocked kitchen and facilities of any rental we have ever done

  • 5 of 5

Fern Way is a great place to stay, peaceful, and quiet. You are surrounded by woods and nature. The kitchen has lots of dishes, great appliances, and plenty of spices for cooking. They have lots of anything one would need, towels soap, shampoo, toilet paper, paper towels, etc etc etc. You can sit on the screened deck and hear the loons at night. Wonderful. Jen is great too. She came by to welcome us and always answered promptly to questions. I can't say enough about the place. This is the second time we have stayed there, and we will certainly stay there again the next time that go to MDI!!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We had a wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

The home was beautiful, clean and well stocked!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing time with family!

  • 5 of 5

We had a family reunion of sorts at this house during the Memorial Day long weekend. This beautiful house was quiet and had all the amenities you’d need. The hosts’ attention to detail is impeccable - we used their bug spray to rid ourselves off of bugs for hikes. If you’re looking for a family home with great access to Acadia this is your house! Thank you Jen and Adam for a wonderful weekend!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great house

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 stayed in the house for 6 nights in October 2017. The house is well designed, comfortable and was big enough for the family. There are big rooms, nice kitchen with everything in it, beautiful dining room and living room for everybody to sit together. There is a great porch and garden outside surrounding by the woods.

Jenn responded quickly to our questions and requests from the first email and she and her family Welcomed us kindly when we arrived.

The location is great if you want to visit Acadia national park and its area. We had a perfect stay and we highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

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

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

***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.***

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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