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Our reviews say it all! + a Hobbit Hole House for kids and a pub for the adults!

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

5 bdrms & 3.5 bath = 10 Adults + 8 kids-kitchen seats 18 for meals and games.

June 23, 2016 SELECTED AND FEATURED BY HOMEAWAY AS one of seven:

"Super-cool vacation rentals for kids"! Rest assured our home IS the amazing kid-friendly home it appears to be because even HomeAway has selected us from thousands of options! Look on HomeAway with:

"7 sweet vacation rentals to captivate your kids"

New in May 2015...

for Hobbit Fans and 'kids' of all ages, the Hobbit Playhouse will be something that you have never seen before. It was assembled on-site by Wooden-Wonders of Unity Maine. It has hard wood floors and two windows so playing and hanging out in it should be comfortable all summer long. I

It has a play stove/oven set and table and two chairs from IKEA and some cute "fabric" food and other fun toys.

It also has a couch that flattens out to a full bed, which is a great place to take an afternoon nap!

We hope our 'littlest' guests, and those with huge imaginations, will love the idea of a Hobbit Hole and have hours of imaginative play time in it.

***THE HOBBIT HOLE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON FROM NOVEMBER UNTIL MID-MAY***

*** To our many repeat guests- the Maine Lodging Tax Rate went from 8% to 9% on January 1, 2016 ***

NUMBER OF GUESTS:

• The Maine Ski House does sleep 18 in beds, but 6 of the beds are twin bunks and 4 of them are upper bunks.

• Therefore, we request the maximum adults staying are 10 and the children can be any number, as long as the total number of people does not exceed 18.

At THE MAINE SKI HOUSE we try to offer something to keep everyone happy:

OUTDOOR AMENITIES:

• Horseshoe Pit and Fire Pit: In July 2014 we built a Horseshoe Pit and Fire Pit, which have been great additions to the outdoor space. There is nothing like sitting around a fire on a chilly summer or fall night, making S'Mores, and watching a competitive game of Horseshoes.

• 12+ Adirondack chairs around the fire pit

• Deck: We have a large second story deck that has enough space for people to be doing different things but still all be able to chat and socialize:

• 6 person round hot tub

• gas grille

• 6 Adirondack chairs

• Child sized picnic table

• Two-person wooden swing

INDOOR AMENITIES:

• We have an unusual feature that you will not find at most houses: an IN-HOUSE TREASURE HUNT for kids of all ages- literally! Join in the fun, or just watch as the participants go room to room for answers to over 20 questions. The completed answers lead them to a hidden treasure chest full of surprises and treats.

• The open KITCHEN/LIVING/DINING areas can keep everyone together for meals, socializing, and game playing. The island seats 4 and the pub-height table seats 14. The well equipped kitchen is a cooks dream as there are ample supplies and prep areas for several people to help. There is a ton of cabinet storage, a pantry with slide-out shelves, an extra fridge in the pub, and a beverage fridge by the coffee center. We also have a gas GE Cooktop with a center griddle for pancakes, a Kitchen-Aid mixer, a hot-air popcorn popper, a 3-pot fondue pot, and a chocolate fountain, and plenty of pretty bowls, platters, containers for amazing meals cooked by the 'chefs' in your group.

•The THREE CUB PUB, in the basement level, will keep you feeling like you are in your very own pub and wondering if you ever have to leave the house at night. It has two flat screen TV’s for game-viewing from every angle. There is a sink, seating for 6, and a Jimmy Buffet Margarita Maker which also makes perfect slushies for kids!

*Classic 1980’s Arcade game has 60 classic games such as PAC MAN and Galaga

•The OZ REC ROOM:

• Wii on its own TV

• Xbox 360 on its own TV

• 55” TV for watching one of our 120+ movies or TV or the internet

• Foosball game

• Board games such as Apples to Apples, Cranium, Clue, Scrabble

•For small children: a train table with wooden trains and tracks, a log-home furnished doll house, IKEA children's table and chairs, some toys and books

for young children

More Details

Owner
Paula Easley
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2017

About Paula Easley

We met while students at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1989, and married few years later. We had three children and when they were 1, 3, and 5 we started traveling with four other college friends and their families. Our 'crew' totaled 10 adults and 15 children, most of them born in a 5 year span. It was so much work to travel with young children that it was actually as many hours of packing/unpacking than our three days together, but none of us cared! After our long weekends, we were completely exhausted, our stomachs ached from laughing, and someone usually ended up at the doctor on Tuesday. The time we spent together sitting and talking, eating, cooking, cleaning, game playing, sipping coffee in the morning and drinks at night, hiking up mountains to exhaust the kids so they would go to bed early... was SO FUN, the price of complete exhaustion afterwards was well worth it.

Over the 14 years of our annual tradition, we rented in Southern VT and Newry and Scarborough Maine. The group has experienced quite a range of quality of homes: from 'kind of roughing it' to 'oh no, there are a lot of fancy breakable things here'. As a couple, we've been renting homes between FL and New England since '97. We like to say between all of those rentals, we have "seen it all" and often said "if we ever owned a rental, we would..." So in 2010 we began our own venture in Vacation Rental Ownership and put all of the lessons we have learned into action. We guide you through the process of renting, tell you as much as we can before you arrive, but then give you your privacy once you your vacation begins. We know a trip to a rental home takes a lot of planning and money. You will see in our reviews, we try to make the experience in our home all that it should be: a relaxing, comfortable and fun visit to the beautiful Sunday River area.

We hope you will stay with us and experience The Maine Ski House for yourself. Your friends and family will thank you for booking with u

Paula Easley purchased this chalet in 2010

What makes this chalet unique

We thought we had hit the jack pot when we found the location for The Maine Ski House: behind the Matterhorn and 2 miles from the South Ridge Lodge! The foundation was in but no walls were up yet. We modified the developer's plan (we lost count of how many times) to make their beautiful design into a great rental: we made the kitchen open and bigger than they had planned for, we made the walls in the stairwell into the basement solid so noise did not travel, we closed off the pub from the rec room to give the adults more privacy, we had stairs off of the deck built so people could access the yard easily, we paved the driveway to improve plowing and cut down on dirt into the house, created a separate beverage area for coffee/wine/sink to get out of the way of the 'chefs' in the group, measured out a space for a dining table that would hold 14 people, provided as much storage as possible in the kitchen, bathrooms, and mudroom. The developers questioned a few of our decisions, but we knew what makes a home a great comfortable rental for large groups from years of experience.

Our reviews are evidence that we were on the right track because people rave about our amenities, storage, comfort level, bedding and linens, entertainment choices, and electronics. People especially love the Welcome Packet we send and The Welcome Baskets that greet them on the counter. We expect nothing but a great experience for those that stay with us. When people book our house, we are excited for them because we know they have made a great decision and their lodging portion of their trip is going to be worry-free. It is rare that we receive a question just prior to someone's arrival because our guests know all they need to know before they leave home. Our goal is to have your stay in The Maine Ski House feel like it is your 'home away from home' and if you ever think about coming back to Sunday River, there are no questions as to where to stay.

We hope you will stay with us soon...

Amenities

Newry Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Powder room - main floor - toilet
    Master - toilet , combination tub/shower
    2nd Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Walk out basement - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • All bathrooms have beautiful glass bowl sinks. We provide all towels, white, as well as labeled clips so each person can keep 'track' of their own towel. This hopefully decreases the amount of laundry and assures people they are using their own towel. We do provide shampoo/conditioner/body wash/toilet paper for your convenience. There is also a hair dryer in every bathroom that has a shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • The White Cap Room - 1 queen , sleeps 2
    The Spruce Room (Master) - 1 king , Sleeps 2 with private bathroom and tub, sliders to deck.
    The Barker Room - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , sleeps 4- one queen bed with a twin bunk set
    The Locke Room - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , sleeps 5, queen with twin loft 'L' over it and twin bunk set
    The Aurora Room - 2 double , 1 twin/ single , sleeps 5: one full bed & one full bed with twin bunk over it
  • All beds, box springs, and pillows have bed bug certified encasements. Beds are custom made from logs by local wood craftsman Steve Stone and are very comfortable. There are extra linens, pillows, and blankets if needed during your stay. All bedrooms have ample storage, own closet, and plenty of hangers in the closet. For rooms shared by several people, we provide hooks or storage bins for individual items to be kept separate and organized. We also have a Pack 'n Play if needed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Separate Wii & Xbox360 areas with dedicated 32'' HD LED TVs. Total of 9 HD LED TVs: 4 receiving high definition and 3 receiving standard definition.

Reviews

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5

Fantastic House for Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This well equipped home had everything we needed for a relaxing long weekend. Plenty of space for everyone to sleep and a great big deck to enjoy the quiet and beautiful trees. The kitchen was extremely well stocked with items for cooking and entertaining and lots of seating to accommodate our party. Paula & Matt were extremely helpful in planning our trip. Every detail was attended to and the owners & home were perfectly organized. We look forward to coming back to this beautiful retreat, soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
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Perfect mountain getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The Maine Ski House was the perfect place to stay for our large extended family over Labor Day weekend. There were 18 of us in the house and there was plenty of space for everyone. The kitchen was large and fully stocked in order for us to prepare meals for our entire group. The game room downstairs as well as the Hobbit House were big hits with the kids. The adults loved relaxing by the fire pit and in the hot tub. The homeowner provided a ton of information about restaurants and things to do in the area so we were well prepared before we even left. WE would absolutely rent this property again during the off season and we can't wait to visit when ski season is in full swing!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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wonderful home for a large group

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough about how beautiful and spacious this home is. We travel with a large group of family members including several toddlers and often find it difficult to find not bedrooms to accommodate all of us but beds. The layout was perfect for our family and everything we needed was provided plus some. We utilized the pamphlets Paula sent us and had a great day on pontoon boats at Kezzar lake as well as the scenic trails and swimming hole also mentioned in the brochures. Santas village was less than an hour away. You will not be disappointed with your stay and Paula goes above and beyond to make it enjoyable. Thank-you again from all us!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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AMAZING HOME

  • 5 of 5

I usually don't write reviews. But I had to write one for this home because the pages in the guestbook were full and I want to let the owners know how wonderful my stay was and how beautiful the house is. First of all, this house was beautiful beyond my expectation. It was huge and the owners really stock everything like they would at their own home. It was very nice for Paula to offer me early check in and late check out. I really appreciated that. Thank you so much Paula and Matt!! My family and I ended up leaving early though because the weather wasn't so good (rain and t-storm) and we would have ended up just staying inside anyway. To sum this up, house was beautiful and owners were very understanding and kind. I would definitely return in a year or two. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this house to anyone. Believe me, whoever decide to rent this house or just thinking about it, you won't regret!! Thank you Paula and Matt! Good luck!!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
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AMAZING!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The property was, as the title says, amazing. Paula and Matt were the most helpful people/landlords during the whole process. There was not a single moment where I did not get the right amount of attention from Paula and Matt. I hope to rent their home in the future :-)

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Only for the very special who apreceate life and it's details

  • 5 of 5

It was exactly what we expected quality throughout thoughtfulness the owners should be very proud if you rent this please leave it better than you got it a spechiel place in our hearts beyond excellent Paula and ken you realy out did yourself and we at nataz restaurant have very very high standards bravo you guys bravo

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
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Map

Step Falls Hiking Trail
Bethel Outdoors Adventure
Screw Auger Falls
Moose Cave Gorge
Matterhorn Ski Bar
Sunday River Resort
Mt. Washington Auto Road
Santa's Village
"santasvillage.com/index.cfm"
Story Land
Angevine Park and Swim Pond
"456 NORTH Road Bethel... SWIMMING POND (FOR KIDS)"
The BIG Adventure Center
"http://www.thebigadventurecenter.com/ Fun place on a rainy day... the water slides seem fun ..."
32 Parkway Rd
"This address is approximate. You cannot miss the playground and skate park on your right as ..."
Sunday River
" sundayriver.com/events-and-activities/activity-guide"
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Matterhorn Ski Bar
Nearest Golf
4.5 Miles
Sunday River Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Matterhorn Ski Bar
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Sunday River
Car: necessary

The house is on a wooded lot on 1 full acre of land. It is located on the edge of Barker Mountain so as you drive up our road, you can see the trails of Sunday River's 'White Heat'. At night, you can see the snowcats grooming the trails and you feel as though you are in the middle of the activity, but yet secluded as our neighborhood is very quiet. We are located in the neighborhood behind infamous Matterhorn Ski Bar, for those who are familiar with the area.

In the summer months, we typically have a constant breeze flowing through the house and it can really feel like a tree house as you look out at the tree tops off of the deck. If you do need to cool off from the heat, we are just minutes away from The Artists Covered Bridge, Screw Auger Falls or Mother Walker Falls. We highly recommend checking out these places because they are not only fun, but stunningly beautiful. We do think the most fun we've had in the summer is when we have gone Lazy River Tubing on The Androscoggin River with Bethel Outdoor Adventure. It is hours of relaxing old fashioned fun! You can picnic along the edge of one of the little islands. You will feel as though you've stepped back in time as there are minimal signs of modern day life for most of the ride down river.

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $160
Pet Fee $50
Damage Insurance $79

In Feb 2016 HomeAway started charging the traveler a sliding scale of 5.5% to 9.0% "Service Fee" added to all items except Lodging Tax. This goes directly to HomeAway

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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