Ella's is a custom built, western style Salt Box with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. She offers dramatic views facing West with fantastic sunsets.The home offers serenity and solitude, but is only minutes to anywhere in Acadia. Ella's is great for entertaining with a gourmet kitchen and ample dishware/cookware. The Great Room allows for family gathering. The gas grill on the deck has a side burner ready for the lobster kettle. Bedrooms have black out blinds for optimal sleep. Google TV in master bedroom, for your convenience.She also offers high speed internet and wireless internet connections. The walk out basement houses a ping pong and a foos ball table.The beach is a sand beach and great for swimming and shelling. Ella's provides two kayaks and a row boat for the adventurous. The balcony offers an external hot/cold shower to clean off the salt and sand before returning inside. From a working vacation to girlfriends, romance, family, adventure, leisure and get away from it all-Ella's is the place for you.
Ella's was the 6th or 7th luxury Home Away rental we've been in (all in different parts of the U.S.). Because of this, we are very picky, probably more so than most. I'm guessing most people would and do give Ella's a 5 star review and it comes close, but there are a few things for us that made it a 4.
First...the many pros.
Awesome view and property!!
Lots of games, DVDs, kayaks are a real plus.
Nice open floor plan for family and entertaining.
Loved two beds on 1st floor and two on 2nd. Would be good for two families sharing.
So nice to have laundry onsite given we traveled with a toddler.
Did I mention the view?!
Well stocked kitchen, we cooked most nights
Enough toilet paper, hand soap, dish detergent, etc. that we didn't have to buy; much appreciated.
Cons for us
Dining room chairs have no backs. Very hard with toddler.
Poor lighting in dining and living rooms, hard to read at night (which we like to do to relax)
Clean where it mattered, but not as clean under sinks, couches, beds as we are used to. Note again we have a toddler so we spend a lot of time on floor and hunting for toys.
No stand up shower in master bath/had to shower in hall bath.
If the first three things were changed this would easily be 5 stars! Or, if you don't care about those things.
Our family truly enjoyed this beautiful home. The view was incredible and we could actually relax in such a peaceful setting. Our kids loved tide pooling and kayaking. The ping pong and foosball were also great options for the entire family to spend some game time. The location of the house is very convenient, as it is only about 15 minutes from Bar Harbor but also affords the peace and quiet we wanted on this vacation. On a practical note, the house was very clean and was one of the best supplied homes that we have ever rented. We didn't want for anything!
We stayed here with our two children and had a great week in Maine! House is as advertised, beautiful place, everything you need in the kitchen, plus fun games, books, DVDs, and kayaks all right there. The ocean cove was a great spot for me to take my stand up paddleboard. We would definitely recommend this rental to a group or family!
We had a fabulous time at Ella's. The house is a great layout for vacationing and we had no trouble accommodating our group of 8. Ella's was very clean and contained everything we needed for our vacation aside from food or course. We enjoyed the unique beach very much. While it's not your standard smooth sand beach, (I'd recommend flip flops, aqua socks or some other water friendly footwear) it was actually the best Maine ocean swimming I've even experienced. The water was warm and there was no current or undertoe so kids can swim safely for hours. We made good use of the ping pong table and row boat, and also enjoyed the fire pit. It's an easy drive from Ella's to Bar Harbor, Acadia, and other surrounding attractions, and we never felt like we were in the car too long. The owners of the property were very nice and responsive to questions, etc. I'd highly recommend this house to anyone looking to enjoy a Maine vacation that's a bit off the beaten path but still within easy striking distance to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.
My husband's family came to visit from Europe and wanted to see Bar Harbor. I went on homeaway.com at the last minute and was lucky enough to get in touch with Rebecca and rent this amazing home. It is truly as beautiful and amazing at it is described by others. I'd like to add that dealing with Rebecca was extremely pleasant and efficient. Her customer service was amazing and the house is equipped with anything and everything you could want for a relaxing Maine holiday. I can't say enough about the experience. One of the best rental experiences I've had.
Our family, including our three adult children and two of their spouses, spent a wonderful week at Ella's. The location is beautiful--right on the beach overlooking Union River Bay--and convenient--about a 15 minute drive to Bar Harbor. We're outdoorsy people and went swimming and kayaking from the beach by the house every day, and hiking and bicycling in Acadia Park. The house is comfortable and beautifully kept, and the layout provides tranquil views of the water from the dining room, living room, and master bedroom. We enjoyed foosball and pingpong tournaments many nights, and enjoyed music on the home's fine sound system. The water was clean, clear, and warm (in the high 60's) on the beach, and hiking the shorelines at low tide was lots of fun. The gravel/shell beaches are unlike the sand beaches we're used to in the south, and we wore water shoes while wading and swimming. Rebecca, Ella's owner, was a pleasure to work with, answering all email inquiries very quickly and sending us lists of recommended sights, activities, and restaurants. She went out of her way to make our stay at Ella's fantastic! We'd recommend whale-watching with the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company; offshore about 25 miles we saw humpbacks swimming and breaching, 50-foot whales leaping out of the water. Amazing! Like BBQ ribs? Check out the Trenton Lobster Pound and BBQ on route 3 between Ellsworth and Trenton. Top quality ribs--how'd they get so far north? We whole-heartedly recommend Ella's. The stay there gave us memories for a lifetime.
We send a link for non-refundable security deposit that insures the house during your stay, that costs $59.00
1/2 down is due a signing of the contract. Final payment is due 3 weeks prior to arrival.