|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Patten Bay Chalet is a 2200 square foot three level custom Lindal Western Red Cedar Chalet located on a gently sloping property that affords great views out over Patten Bay and across to Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park in the distance. The house is on three levels with the main living space on the first floor, elevated so that the south facing windows and the 600 square foot deck give a great view over the property and out over the bay.
The common living spaces for the house are all oriented towards the 'walls of windows' that face south on the garden level and the first floor of the house. The garden level common areas include the office and family room, both facing south and opening up on the garden and the year. The first floor common rooms include the dining room, living room and all-glass sunroom with its own private porch.
The chalet has four bedrooms and 2 3/4 baths. The master bedroom is in the loft which opens out over the living room with a wonderful view of the bay. It has a new king bed and mattress (2013), new carpeting (2014), a library area with reading chair and an ensuite two room bath/dressing room. The first floor has two bedrooms at the back of the house and a full bath. The primary bedroom has a new queen bed and mattress (2013) and a private entrance to the bathroom. The second bedroom has a double bed and access to the bath through a short hallway. Both first floor bedrooms have new paint and carpeting in 2014. The fourth bedroom is on the garden level. It has a queen bed with a new mattress (2013) and has a 3/4 bath just outside the bedroom that it shares with the family room. Two foutons are also available if the sleeping arrangements need to be customized.
Having the bedrooms spread out over three floors allows for an unusual level of privacy and flexibility that one does not ordinarily experience.
The house is heated by hot water baseboard and the residential hot water comes off the furnace so evening showers do not involve negotiations about who is going to have first crack at the hot water: There is enough for everyone. Water is from a private well and is not only safe, but delicious. Secondary heating is from a Jotul propane stove on the garden level and a propane fireplace insert in the living room. Evening fires can be had at the touch of a button both for ambiance and a little extra heat on cool mornings.
The kitchen is complete with a complement of full-sized appliances including four burner gas Jenn-Air downdraft stove top (2015), Jenn-Air oven, 2.2 cubic food microwave, 22 cubic foot refrigerator/freezer with automatic icemaker, dishwasher, and a host of plug-in appliances including a 4-slice toaster, 12 cup coffee machine and grinder, electric kettle, and more. The kitchen is fully stocked with all pots, pans, cooking utensils, as well as a sufficient supply of silverware and dishes for a party of 8. New granite counter tops were installed at the start of 2015 as well as new kitchen lighting.
There is a utility room in the back of the garden level that has a full sized washer and dryer that are available to our guests should the need for clothes washing arise.
Patten Bay Chalet is sited on a two acre lot in such a way that privacy is guaranteed. There is a buffer of trees to the back of the house and on either side as well, shielding you completely from the neighbors. From Viking Trail Lane you cannot see the house. Privacy is assured and yet, with the sloping property, you have an expansive view out over the water. The grounds are under constant improvement with the fire pit, outside stairs between levels, and the croquet lawn being the major additions during the 2014 season.
Patten Bay Chalet is in a small (9 lot), private, residential community. Although hidden in the woods, the Chalet still has a spectacular view of Patten Bay as well as Mt. Desert Island across the water. The Chalet has access to a private association beach just 200 yards away for those so inclined. Kids can spend a lot of time on the beach at low tide. A public freshwater beach, great for family outings, is 9 miles away on Branch Lake.
Patten Bay Chalet has undergone a major four-year upgrade and is now in top shape inside and out. Projects from a complete kitchen update to new flooring (garden level), new windows and doors, propane service, new water heater, new beds and mattresses, new carpets in all bedrooms and public spaces, new decking, and a full property clean-up have been completed. The house is truly in excellent shape.
Patten Bay Chalet is the ideal starting point for exploring the Acadia/Downeast region. The serenity that surrounds the house enhances relaxation after a full day of activities enjoying what Maine has to offer. The house location is perfect for visits to not only Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island, but also outings to Schoodic Peninsula and Downeast Maine as well as Blue Hill and Deer Isle on the other side of the world famous Eggamoggin Reach that connects Penobscot and Blue Hill Bays.
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Mac is a somewhat retired business owner who now spends his summer as a Master Maine Fishing Guide and his off-season as a volunteer Firefighter/EMT and emergency medicine instructor for Pamlico Community College in North Carolina. In his spare time he tries to fish and catch up with his chores.
Deb works full time as a scientific curator and, in her spare time, dances, bakes, manages the house. She is the one that keeps things organized.
Mac Rubel purchased this chalet in 2011
Between the two of us we have over fifty years in the Acadia region. We chose Surry because it is close to everything but not in the middle of anything. It is quite and, when you open your ears, you can hear the silence. Wildlife abounds and, in the quiet, you can hear the evening call of the Loons from the water or the cry of the Osprey overhead.
After three years of searching we found Patten Bay Chalet which was just what we were looking for: a solid home in a lovely neighborhood, with privacy and, at the same time accessibility to all the activities that bring people to Downeast Maine.
Four separate peninsulas/islands are equally accessible and, when needed, Bangor is close by. We love it.
Patten Bay Chalet has good qui, which is Chinese for 'energy.' The house just 'feels' good. It faces south so is well-lit all day. It looks out over the sloping front yard to Patten Bay and then across the water to Acadia in the distance. No matter where you are, you catch a glimpse of the space in front of the house and the water close by. At the same time the house is tucked in between two stands of trees on the sides and trees behind, giving the property a sense of privacy and snugness.
The house is solidly built and, in the distance between the road and the house there is nothing but trees so whatever road noise there is (which is not that much) is muted or overcome by the rustling of the leaves on the trees. You really feel isolated from the noises of civilization. Just sitting on the deck doing nothing is a like a tonic, refreshing both body and soul. Many of our guests have stated that they have never felt more relaxed than when sitting on the deck, looking out over the water.
Patten Bay Chalet is everything we had read about and more. Dealing with Mac to secure the rental was so easy and attended to beyond what I expected. It was pleasant talking with the owner prior to our arrival.
I informed Mac we were traveling with two chefs and that an equipped kitchen was a must. We were assured it was and that proved to be absolutely accurate.
The home was perfectly sized for the seven of us. We had plenty of room to spread out as well as sufficient space to all hang out together.
We had stayed on Mt. Desert Island last year and were unsure if we would be as happy on the mainland. We traveled back and forth to both locations with ease
For anyone looking for a quiet, convenient, bright, well equipped house for a vacation, I would highly recommend this home. Thanks to Mac and Deb for a smooth rental process and for taking the time to check in and assure that it lived up to our expectations.
Wonderful house, wonderful owners, great location. Our second visit and we hope it will not be the last. Charming owners who could not be more pleasant and helpful. The house is clearly much loved by the owners Mac and Deb and it shows. The house has everything you could want and more.
We spent a couple of evenings sitting by the fire pit with old friends and the odd glass of wine - what could be better?
I recommend this house wholeheartedly - but with mixed feelings because we hope to return and don't want to find that someone has booked it when we want it!
Paul and Sheila (Chalfont St Peter, United Kingdom)
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this quaint and peaceful chalet. Mac and Deb were excellent, helpful, and gracious hosts. They thought of all of the little details to make our stay pleasant. The house is very well equipped. However, there is no air conditioning, which is probably no issue 50 weeks of the year; the week we were there in August, we certainly would have appreciated A/C several of the days. Views of the bay are limited, but pretty. It is a short walk down to the beach. We took two kayaks and left them down on the beach. While kayaking on the bay we saw seals and dolphins, very cool. While the setting is private and peaceful (in the woods) it is only a short 5 minute drive to Ellsworth which has every kind of shop and store imaginable. We went to Acadia and/or Bar Harbor every day and the drive is a bit tedious. Very early in the morning when there is no traffic, you can make it in about 30 minutes, afternoon traffic makes it quite a bit longer. If you stay here, and I recommend you do, make sure to travel to Perry's Lobster Shack to purchase lobster or to eat at their restaurant. All seating is outdoor and they have a pier out in to the bay that is lined with tables.
I am a frequent visitor to Maine and user of VRBO. Mac and Deb's rental has been my favorite to visit and most enjoyable hosts. House has every amenity needed and comfort for all, family with 4 kids 5-13 years old and grandparents. Everything was clean, updated and comfortable. The outdoor space is as enjoyable as the home itself-deck, fire pit, grassy lawn, picnic table for lobster eating. Easy access to pebble beach-short walk down steep hill. Easy to launch kayaks, swim or walk/explore at low tide. Peaceful, quiet location with easy drive to nearby Ellsworth, Acadia. Thank you for helping us make the most of our family time and trip.
Perfect space, with 3 distinct floors for privacy but an amazing wrap around porch for lounging. Steps to a beautiful rocky Maine beach, and short drive to Acadia for hikes. Absolutely beautiful.
We spent a week at the Patten Bay Chalet at the end of August. I have to admit that we have rented houses before but the Chalet was more than I expected. First of all I felt it was in a very peaceful, quiet area. We hardly saw anyone else when we were there. It is also convenient to town as Ellsworth, for groceries and restaurants, which was 5 to 10minutes by car away.
We spent a few days down by the beach. The beach was shale and very private. I think we were the only ones using it during the week there. The kids spent hours looking for sea glass on the beach and were even able to do some wading/swimming in the water. The grill worked great and the fire pit was added bonus. We enjoyed roasting marshmallows and making smores a couple of nights while we were there.
Inside the Chalet the kitchen was very up-to-date with modern appliances. Every kitchen tool, pot/pan and dish was available so all you needed to bring was food. We spent many of the nights and mornings reading reading in the open family room and sunroom. The kids enjoyed the downstairs as there own space. They watched movies from the available collection which was a fair size. They also spent time playing games from the game closet.
The owners were very helpful when booking the trip and we even had the opportunity to meet Mac.
Overall, we all enjoyed our vacation in Maine. The kids are already asking to go back and I would have no hesitation to going back to the Chalet. I wholeheartedly give the Chalet two thumbs up.
Patten Bay Chalet is a wonderfully private place but located near the many things that Downeast Maine has to offer. Looking out from the porch it is difficult to tell that you have any neighbors at all and yet the property is less than ten minutes from some of the best restaurants in Downeast Maine in Ellsworth and Blue Hill, thirty minutes to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, and only forty minutes to either Stonington on Deer Isle or Schoodic Peninsula (the quiet part of Acadia.) Go further Downeast and you quickly run into small fishing villages tucked in tiny coves along the coast. Move inland just a couple of miles and you start to find freshwater lakes with swimming, boating, and fishing to keep you busy for the summer. Maine starts just beyond your doorstep.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$100 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
|Cleaning||$150 + Tax|