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Top O' The Ridge - Private, Long Pond, Acadia, Lakefront with Spectacular View

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Large deck, 4 bedrooms (includes loft) 4 baths, sleeps 6 (lease limit), dock

Sited on one the finest spots on Mount Desert Island, this contemporary, fully applianced vacation home offers a commanding view of Long Pond and Acadia's Western Mountains that takes your breath away. The sweeping panorama wraps around a large, south facing deck where you can enjoy meals, curl up with a good book, listen to the loons, and watch the canoes and kayaks amble by. A private dock, 2 canoes, and boat mooring offer wonderful recreational access to Long Pond. This home has a 60' flat screen, satellite TV, home theater, Satellite Wifi high speed Internet , and free domestic calling phone service, all included. With 3 bedrooms, a loft, 4 full baths (2 with Jacuzzi tubs), and a fully applianced kitchen, this private vacation destination provides all the ingredients required to create life long memories. Top O' the Ridge is a great getaway destination in Spring, Summer, & Fall.

A premium vacation destination: This exceptional and private vacation destination is located at the tip of Northern Neck on Long Pond, Mt, Desert Island, Maine - the home of Acadia National Park. The panorama from the spacious south facing front deck presents one of the finest sights in all of Acadia and the best view on Long Pond. The window wall off the living and dining areas brings the spectacular view right into your living space. Enjoy watching the pond-scape's many moods, listening to haunting calls of loons, catching a sight of bald eagles soaring, watching shimmering moon rises over the pond, and stargazing at the the bright stars of the Milky Way. The private house dock comes with 2 canoes and offers easy access to boating, swimming, and fishing in the clean, inviting, warm summer waters of Long Pond. All this and more can be yours to savor, in the heart of Mount Desert Island just minutes away from Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor.

The Home: This spacious, modern, open plan vacation home offers 4 bedrooms (including the loft space) and 4 baths. The living area includes a full featured home theater system with 60' plasma TV, Satellite TV service, and a several hundred title DVD library. The fully applianced kitchen boasts custom cabinetry with drawered lower cabinets for easy access to pots and pans. The stove is a double oven propane unit. The cabinets are fully stocked with dishware and utensils to indulge your every cooking whim. The master suite has it's own bath area with twin sinks, jacuzzi tub, seated shower, and washer dryer. The twin, individually adjustable beds are joined to form a king. The lower level has a Master bedroom with attached bath , kitchenette, and separate living dining area. The private dock and canoe offer swimming and boating access to Long Pond. A private mooring that will moor up to a 20' power boat is included.

The Acadia Region: The home is located centrally on Mount Desert Island within a short drive to all Acadia National Park attractions, Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, and Bass Harbor. The nearby park loop road offers spectacular sight seeing and tourism activities including Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, and the Jordan Pond House. Local hiking trails offer challenges that range from walking trails to rock climbing. The famous 30+ miles of carriage roads are ideal for walking, biking, or horseback riding. The many island ponds and ocean offer swimming boating, fishing, whale watching, sailing, and other recreational activities. For golfers, there are several local courses to enjoy.

More Details

Property Manager
Bianchi Realty Trust, Rai Bianchi - Trustee
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 16, 2017

About Bianchi Realty Trust, Rai Bianchi - Trustee

I am the Trustee of a family Trust owns this property gifted to the Trust by the parents for their three sons (the beneficiaries). We rent out the home when family is not vacationing there and reinvest any surplus to constantly improve the property.

Bianchi Realty Trust, Rai Bianchi - Trustee purchased this house in 1982

Why Bianchi Realty Trust, Rai Bianchi - Trustee chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

It is arguably the best site on Long Pond and one of the top venues on MDI. It was purchased from the original owners as a modest camp in the mid '70s and then renovated and expanded into a fully insulated, year-round, centrally heated home with 3 bedrooms, a loft and 4 baths.

What makes this house unique

The camp to home upgrade added 2 bedrooms and 3 full baths while keeping the feeling of a camp with knotty pine walls, vaulted ceilings and a chalet style wall of windows which brings the exceptional view inside. This getaway has all the conveniences of modern home with the charm of a camp. It is located in a private setting that rivals the beauty of Acadia National Park - and actually overlooks it. We never tire of the incredible panorama that unfolds from the south facing deck. Here, the home is the exceptional recreation destination and not just an access point to other attractions.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Our experience at Top O’ The Ridge was exceptional! The view is outstanding and even better in person than on the internet. The house is bright, spacious, clean and full of helpful amenities, including everything you need to cook delicious meals and a wonderful DVD collection. The swim dock makes playing on the lake easy whether swimming or by canoe. We had a great time with our kids and plan on going back next year!
Sep 2010
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Amenities

Mount Desert House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Guest - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lower Master - toilet , jetted tub
    Lower Guest - toilet , shower
  • Both the main and lower levels have master bedrooms with private, attached, master baths with jacuzzi tubs.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 king , 1 child bed , Private bath with double sinks
    Guest - 1 queen , Tempurpedic matress
    Loft - 1 queen , Loft area overlooks living area and picture window views
    Lower Level Master - 1 queen , Private bath with jacuzzi tub
  • Two bedrooms have private attached baths. The main floor master bedroom is A spacious suite with slider to a second private deck with a water view of the pond.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Other amenities include broadband Wifi Internet access, Free domestic calling, Satellite TV service and home theater with a several hundred DVD collection. In addition to the typical kitchen appliances, the kitchen is has a dishwasher, disposal, double oven, microwave, toaster oven, and coffee maker. The main level of the house is only 3 steps up from from ground grade. The private dock is located down a set of stairs that may be too challenging for some elderly or otherwise physically challenged guests. The canoe includes a set of coast guard approved life jackets. There is both a charcoal and gas grill at your disposal. Sorry, we do NOT allow fireplace usage. Heat from a fire could damage he plasma TV located over the fireplace aperture.

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Top O' The Ridge - Private, Long Pond, Acadia, Lakefront with Spectacular View
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
5

Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

The location is great, right on a beautiful lake with its own dock. The home is so comfortable with everything we needed for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for helping us keep our reviews current on HomeAway. The text I got from our Caretaker said you left the house "immaculate" - high praise! :) You are most welcome to return anytime we have availability. Take Care, Rai
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5

Spectacularly located and spacious home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Top O' The Ridge in May 2017. The owner was really helpful during the booking process and in readiness for our stay.

The property is set in a spectacular location. It is on what amounts to a private island within Long Pong which holds a small number of lakeside properties. This particular property is in one of the best positions, with an elevated view down the length of the Long Pond Lake.

The property has three levels; a main level that contains a living area, kitchen two bedrooms and two bath rooms; an upstairs area that contains a double bedroom in the vaulted roof area; also a lower section which contains further bedrooms and a second living area and kitchenette. The views from the main living area across a decent sized outdoor deck are spectacular.

The property enjoys direct lake access, including a floating deck on the lake itself. This is perfect to launch a canoe or kayak from, or just simply to sit and enjoy the lake close up. It also has steps into the lake for those who feel like a dip.

We found everything we could ever need included in the home, from kitchen utilities through to a canoe and all related safety gear! It is very highly spec'd in every detail.

This is a great property from which to explore Mount Desert Island including Acadia National Park. There is a wide choice of restaurants, bars and shops within a short drive. The house is perfect to relax in after a long days exploring, or just to hang out in on a lazy day.

We would very highly recommend this property to anyone.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking time to write this informative review for us! It is always a pleasure to hear from our guests and get their perspective on our special getaway. I would like to add a special thank you to you for for leaving our place in such immaculate condition. You are always welcome to come for a return visit should you decide to return to Acadia. Much appreciated, Rai Bianchi, Trustee Bianchi Realty Trust
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5

There is no better spot on MDI.

  • 5 of 5

Top O The Ridge is the ideal Acadia getaway. This is my fifth time visiting MDI/Acadia, and by far the best. The location is second to none (incredible views, lake access, quiet part of the island, central location so everything is <30min drive) but even more impressive was how well the house was stocked and organized. Rai does an incredible job coordinating the booking/reservation process and he leaves the house in a totally user friendly self explanatory state. I will only return to Acadia when I can stay at Top O The Ridge.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to submit your endorsement of Top O' The Ridge in the Homeaway public forum. We truly enjoy sharing our getaway with guests who appreciate it's unique charms and treat the property with respect and care. You are most welcome to book a return visit whenever you choose to return to the Acadia area. Very much appreciated, Rai Bianchi
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London England
5

The Perfect Holiday Home

  • 5 of 5

This was the most perfect getaway home! Even though I saw the pictures on line, nothing compares with seeing the views yourself. The sun rises were glorious, but the sunsets were incomparable.

The house itself was so well looked after, stocked better than my own home! It had everything, from every appliance/utensil you could want in the kitchen to enormous televisions and every dvd you could want. There were 2 canoes which we used and we felt the lake belonged to us alone. So few people using it; it was so quiet and blissful. We did a lot of sunrise swimming. Rai Bianchi was great from the moment i contacted him to possible rent it. There is a manager 20 minutes away, who never minded if we rang to ask how something worked.

And then of course, you have all that Acadia has to offer - all within a very short distance.

Without reservation, this is the best holiday home I have ever rented. Thank you Rai

Best Sara

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am always humbled by such excellent reviews. We are very fortunate to have guests like you who truly appreciate our special getaway and treat the home with great care. It was my pleasure to rent to you and your party. Should the urge to return to Acadia beckon, you will always be most welcome to enjoy another visit to Top O' The Ridge. I wish all the best to you and yours going forward. Kindest regards, Rai
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5

Fabulous home with breathtaking views

  • 5 of 5

What a treat it was to stay in this lovely home! Completely stocked, very clean, lots of space, unbelievable sound system, lots of room to spread out, great dock to hang out on, jump off of, fish from, etc. Fabulous layout. We are big on cooking (even on vacation) and this kitchen did not disappoint. The loons on the lake were just amazing to hear in the mornings and then watching them from the deck was so relaxing. Could not have asked for a more spectacular view. The owners are extremely helpful, as well as very prompt and responsive to any need of their guests. We have wanted to stay here for a few years and finally found a weekend that worked for us - it was well worth the wait. We will definitely be planning another vacation here next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts in this review on HomeAway. We take pride in keeping the home in great shape for our guests and the super location does the rest :). Best wishes, Rai Bianchi
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Massachusetts
5

Superior: incredible views, lovely house

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay thoroughly. A spectacular location with stunning views and a very well appointed house.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing our getaway for your Acadia vacation and taking time to submit this Home Away review. You are always welcome to return should you get the urge to visit the Acadia area. Kind regards, Rai Bianchi
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
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Nearest Barpub
7.5 Miles
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Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Bar Harbor
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rt. 102
Nearest Restaurant
7.5 Miles
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Nearest Beach
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Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $180
Damage Deposit $1,000

Payment schedules of up to 3 payments are offered when bookings are made well in advance. Final payment is typically due a month before occupancy.
Max. occupancy of 6 persons at standard rate - larger parties are considered. On approval, an extra charge applies (typically 10% of rental fee per person).
The security deposit is $1,000 . A signed liability waiver agreement is required.
The $180 cleaning fee is passed through to the local cleaning staff and not subject to the lodging tax.
No smoking or pets allowed in the home. An outdoor chiminea is provided but fireplace use in home is prohibited.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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