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Briar Rose by the Sea with Ariel's Grotto Guest House and separate Bunk house

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Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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5 Bedrooms/4 baths in 2 houses plus pullout beds everywhere AND a bunk house!!!

Briar Rose by the Sea is for LARGE GROUPS! Adjacent guest house is just a walk across the lawn and there is a bunk house for those more adventurous ALL on the Sea's edge and adjacent to each other. What a wonderful beach for your family! It is minutes from Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Huge yard for your family activities and the water facing deck can hold and seat everyone in your party. If you have a large group vacation planned, this is the place. The beach area is clear of large rocks and is a beautiful pebble/sand beach-- a hard find on the rocky coast of Maine! Couple this with the mountain views and the Atlantic ocean and you will want to return here every year.

The ONLY property you will find to accommodate large groups with 2 separate residences and a bunk house!!! All on one large property with over 300 ft of beach frontage and a huge lawn for family activities AND a huge Cedar Works Pirate themed playground!!!

I Must Go Back to the Sea Again...: You will want to return year after year to this very special spot. There are a lot of rentals to choose from, but none like this. Accommodating large groups with beautiful grounds and beach so close to Acadia and overlooking the mountains of Acadia combined with the deep water frontage make this a one of a kind vacation spot and THE PLACE for Family reunions and large groups!

Make Sure you have Deep Water frontage--Not Tidal!: This is deep water frontage. Don't be fooled by houses 'located on the ocean' that have tidal frontage. Tidal frontage means you have nothing but mud (and a foul smell!) when the tide goes out and the water disappears. True deep water frontage means you will still have deep water even when the tide is out. Many properties listed in Trenton Maine have tidal frontage--don't be fooled by a good price!

Several Golf Courses are nearby: Bar Harbor Golf course is just minutes away and down the road to Bar Harbor you will find the famed 'Kebo Valley' golf course.

There's a Summer Place...: This is truly an exceptional property with a breathtaking view of the ocean with the backdrop of the mountains of Acadia National Park. A deep water mooring is provided should you wish to sail or boat during your stay here. Spend your days combing the beach for starfish, sand dollars and pretty colored shells and sea glass. The beach is cleared of large rocks (something no one is allowed to do anymore) which is a hard find on the rocky coast of Maine. Couple this with the smell of the sea and a warm summer breeze and you will want to return year after year to rest your soul. This spot is great for ocean swimming or wading as well as for snorkeling or scuba diving.

But be prepared to just sit back in your beach chair with your toes dug into the warm sand while the warm summer breeze caresses your cares away. Don't be surprised if you catch yourself smiling all the time...we'll know why...

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Deborah (Debbie) Hogan
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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based on 11 traveler reviews

Briar Rose by the Sea with Ariel's Grotto Guest House and separate Bunk house
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

A superb accomodation in a gorgeous setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a family reunion here with ages ranging from 16-95. There were ten of us and we had a wonderful time. Everything was as we were led to expect and more. The beach is wonderful and great for shelling and swimming and kayaking. We had everything we needed and more. We would highly recommend this rental. You cannot go wrong. We hope to go back!!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Wonderful Stay!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd year at Briar Rose by the Sea! Again, we totally enjoyed our stay. This place is perfect for a large family. The both houses are very well equipped with sleeping accommodations, kitchen needs. Trenton is close to Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park. The views from the deck overlooking the bay are amazing. You can take a stroll on the beach, where we saw starfish, very large clams. this place is highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 4 of 5

Deborah's two homes are spacious and clean. She has the home well equipped with all bedding and necessary items to care for a home. Walmart, Shaws, HomeDepot, etc., is a quick 10 minutes away, so shopping is easy. 30 minutes aware is Acadia. You are closest to the Hull Cove entrance; Cadillac Mountain, etc. For those who fly, the airport is approx. 10 minutes away. As for the property, Grotto has its own kitchen with 3 futons in the adjoining livingroom, a bedroom with 2 twin beds; and a bedroom with 1 queen; downstairs, you have multiple couches that turn into beds. Awesome for kids. Oh and a deck off the livingroom overseeing the bay. The Ariel is spacious with everything you could possible need. Our deck overlooked the bay as well. We brought our own kayaks and went from one island to the other. There is a small shed that has 2 futons in it, we did not use. And for those who like outdoor fires on the beach, my kids made a firepit with seating out of the materials found on the beach. If I had to say anything con about the rental, the kids were disappointed the Grotto had no wifi, but for my kids, wifi, tv and indoor activities is very limited and they are not there for that. They can come to the main house if they needed access. Otherwise, I would highly recommend this to anyone with a large group. Deborah, we thank you for such a great visit to the Acadia area. Linda F.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So sorry to hear these properties only rated as "good" to these renters. This is the email I received from them after their stay and before this review: "You are awesome. Hope to return in the future. Stay well." You can't win 'em all I guess! Please check out our other reviews and we will have updated photos soon! We would like to point out a few things: (1) It is not 30 minutes to Acadia National Park from this property. It is around 15 minutes. Also Walmart and the major shopping listed in the review are 20 minutes away not just 10 minutes, but there is an IGA that is about 10 minutes away. (2) There is more than a "shed" as described in their review. It is a bunk house and was build as such. It has electricity, an overhead fan inside for cooling and plenty of outlets for laptops, phone charging, tv's and such. It has a smoke and CO2 detector and outside flood light to illuminate the area. Inside are two new futons. The majority of our renters have children who absolutely love the experience of sleeping in a bunk house. It is located between the nautical themed cedar works playground and the new large deck off the main house (Briar Rose) and there is plenty of illumination between the bunk house and the main house! The only "con" mentioned by this renter and the reason we assume they rated us as only "good" is because only the main house has WiFi and not the guest house "Ariel's Grotto." This is how it is described in our ad. Thank you for taking the time to read our response and read the other reviews!
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A Great Place

  • 5 of 5

If you are worried about the listing from the pictures, don't be. Why do the owners have pictures taken in the rain? Who knows, but the place is beautiful. You sit on the lawn or the porches and look across the narrows at the mountains and hills of Acadia. Very peaceful and quiet, yet a 20 minute drive to Bar Harbor, or just about anywhere on the Island. We found ourselves driving into the park most days. forget the local food market, it's pretty sad- but Ellsworth and Bar Harbor offer all you'll need. Five nice bedrooms. We slept 9 comfortably. There are fold-out couches if you need to pack 'em in. The sixth "bedroom" is a garden shed with futons in it- fine for teenagers to escape from you, but not serious sleeping quarters. Even in August the weather was awesome- warm by day and cool at night. The North Carolina relatives really came all this way for the cool nights. Plenty of elbow room, rope chairs hanging from the Grotto's second floor porch. Ten foot+ tides on the beach. It's a pity one can't post pictures- the place is so photogenic we found ourselves taking lots of pictures just in the yard and on the beach.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Your jaw will drop view. A big lawn that does not have trees blocking the view. Nice private beach that is not rocky. Kids loved the playground. Adults loved the decks and the swing chairs to watch the waves. Did we mention the view? It is really breathtaking. No disappointments here. Glad to review for owners. It was clean, comfortable, and more than we expected. No disappointments. This is the real deal and owners are very accommodating. Everything is right here and it is super close to Acadia and Bar Harbor.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Maine at its BEST!

  • 5 of 5

We had a reunion of 21 people and we didn't want to stay apart from each other. Briar Rose by the Sea and Ariel's Grotto and the bunk house work out great for our large group. The furniture converts to beds in the living areas which provides enough space for everyone to be comfortable. We truly enjoyed having a huge lawn to play croquet and for badmitten and frisbee. The deck was the main gathering area and it is really large and has seating all the way around. We recommend to large groups.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Nearest Airport
2.5 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
on the Island
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
300 plus feet private infront of property
Car: necessary

THE ONLY LISTING you will find with a 3 bedroom/3 bath MAIN house PLUS and an adjacent but private 2 bedroom/1bath guest house, AND a BUNK HOUSE -- all filled with pullout furniture beds, to accommodate LARGE GROUPS all included in one price.

HUGE beautiful rolling lawn down to over 300 ft private pebble, sand beach overlooking Acadia National Park Mountains. Pirate cedar playground for kids young and old and THE BEST cleared pebble, sand beach you will find on the rocky coast of Maine! This unique property has it all and no others in the area compare to this.

This property is right on the ocean with deep water frontage, overlooking Acadia National Park Mountains, and you an even see the car headlights descending from Cadillac Mountain at night! Minutes to Acadia National Park Entrance. This is the one your family has been searching for and just listed May 2011 for the first time in several years! Welcome to Briar Rose by the's calling to you...

Other Activities: Acadia National Park entrance very close!

Golf: Famous Kebo Valley Golf Course is a must for the golfer in your group! Located in Bar Harbor, this course is surrounded by the beauty of Acadia. But, be careful that you aren't distracted by the views when making that important putt!


Rates & Availability

Trenton House Rental Rates

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Apr 1 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Summer
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

Please call us direct at 207 667 0757 as we book by personal check as well as through the online payment available through Home Away. One half is due to hold date and this is non-refundable. The balance is due by April 1, 2016 for all rental dates. This property can be rented alone as well for smaller groups. Please contact owner. Parties of over 15 must be preapproved by owner. Please call owner before booking 207 667 0757. You can email We thank you in advance for emailing us or calling us prior to booking. We prefer to know the number in your group in advance of booking. Many thanks to you! Rates above are for cash or check payment. If you charge the trip, the cost is 10% higher.

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Trenton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Briar Rose Bathroom 1 2nd floor hall for 2nd & 3rd BRs - toilet , combination tub/shower , main house
    Briar Rose Master BR Bath (2nd floor) - toilet , shower , main house
    Briar Rose 1st Floor Bath - toilet , shower , 1st floor (handicapped shower)
    Ariel's Grotto (2nd floor) - toilet , combination tub/shower , Only Bath in Ariel's Grotto
  • Main house has 3 baths including one handicap shower on the main level. Ariels' Grotto Guest house has 1 full bath. Bunkhouse does not have a bathroom (for the adventurous!)
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Ariel's Grotto Master Bedroom #1 (2nd Floor) - 1 queen
    Ariel's Grotto Bedroom #2 (2nd Floor) - 2 twin/ single
    Briar Rose Master Bedroom (2nd Floor) - 1 king , main house
    Briar Rose Bedroom #2 (2nd Floor) - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , main house
    Briar Rose Bedroom #3 (2nd Floor) - 1 queen , main house
    Briar Rose livingroom off kitchen pullout (1st Floor) - 1 queen
    Briar Rose living room with fireplace pull-outs (1st Floor) - 2 queen , 3 twin/ single
    Bunk house Futons (1st Floor) - 2 queen , 2 Futons in same room first floor
    Ariel's Grotto Living room pullouts (2nd Floor) - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Futon plus pullout furnitre
  • Briar Rose can sleep: 16 Ariel's Grotto can sleep 6-8 Bunk house can sleep 2-4
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 12 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Please call to discuss. Very suitable for family reunions, multiple family vacations and Weddings.

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