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Peaceful retreat bordering Acadia National Park - Family Friendly!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath on 12 acres and abuts Acadia National Park

Spruce Lodge is a 3000 sq ft house in an excellent location - tucked in the woods on 12 acres of land that abuts Acadia National Park and the historic Carroll Farm Homestead. Very private setting but easily accessible to town, the harbor and many great hikes.

The house is only one mile outside of town and close to many trails and attractions. It is a 5 minute trail walk to the historic Carroll Farm Homestead (part of Acadia). The old Dole trail provides walking access to Fernald point road which is where the Causeway golf course is located as well as the trailheads for Flying Mountain and Valley Peak. Flying Mountain is a family friendly hike with breathtaking views of the islands. Valley Cove is a stunning, cliff-lined cove, accessible down a stroller friendly fire road. Town can be reached either by a peaceful 2.5 mile walk over the mill dam, with gorgeous views of the harbor or a quick 1 mile drive down the main road. The town of Southwest Harbor has shops, restaurants, a playground and of course the harbor, where there are numerous tour boat and sailing opportunities. The grocery store is .5 miles away and Roque Restaurant is at the head of the road as is the Island Explorer bus stop (a 2 minute walk).

The house itself is a 3 bedroom,2 ½ baths with a good sized yard, two porches, and a swing set. Upstairs has two bedrooms, each with a skylight and big window looking out into the woods. One room has two twin beds and the other has a full sized bed. Upstairs there is a full bath with skylight and tub and shower. Also upstairs is a study/sitting area with a desk.

Downstairs is a large master bedroom with a private outside access door, a queen size bed and private full bathroom with a shower. There is a living room, a dining room (seats 6-8) with a baby grand piano, and a library/game/tv area. Also downstairs is a half bathroom with stacked washer and dryer. The fully equipped kitchen has a breakfast nook that seats 6. The kitchen has all the usual appliances plus a microwave, coffee pot, toaster, food processor, blender and a grill on the porch attached to the kitchen.

The house has Roku, wireless internet, DVD player, games, books, toys and more. There is a yard and swing set and fire ring for toasting marshmellows and singing songs.

The Island Explorer bus stops at the head of the road.

More Details

Anna Eschholz
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
July 3, 2017

About Anna Eschholz

We started building Spruce Lodge together, by hand, just before our eldest child was born. It started with Sig cutting the trees down to make the long driveway and the building site. He cut tree by tree with his chain saw, limbed each one and stacked the logs in a pile. Next a portable saw mill was used to mill the logs into rough cut lumber, it was this wood that we used to build the original house.

By the time we were ready to put on the roof trusses, our son, Axel, was born. Progress slowed but he quickly became a good helper and would sit and play with us outside while we attempted to work. And Slowly, very slowly we finished the house. :)

Thanksgiving 2006 we finally moved into our home with our 3 year old son and not yet one year old daughter. We love living here, surrounded by woods and privacy but close to the wonderful town of Southwest Harbor.

Anna Eschholz purchased this house in 2002

Why Anna Eschholz chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

We fell in love with this land because of its natural beauty, the peacefulness here, its great location and rich history. It was once owned by a descendant of the Carroll family who lived in the Carroll Farm Homestead in the 1800's. The homestead is now part of Acadia National Park and opened to the public in the summer to learn about that part of island history.

Spruce Lodge is in an excellent location tucked in the woods on 12 acres of land that abuts Acadia National Park and the Carroll Farm Homestead. From our house, it is just a short walk through the woods to the Carroll Farm Homestead. Although it is in a very private setting, the house is easily accessible to town, the harbor and many great hikes. A walk down the dole trail puts you onto Fernald Point Road which has the Causeway Golf Course on one end and the trail heads for Flying Mountain and Valley Cove on the other. Flying Mountain is a family friendly hike with breathtaking views of the islands. Valley Cove is a stunning, cliff lined cove, accessible down a bike and stroller friendly fire road.

Spruce Lodge is located on Carroll Hill Road. At the head of the road is an Island Explorer bus stop as well as the Rogue Cafe. It is a 2 mile, peaceful walk into town down the dole trail and over the mill dam, with gorgeous views of the harbor or a short 1 mile drive down the main road. The town of Southwest Harbor has shops, restaurants, a playground and of course the harbor, where there are numerous tour boat and sailing opportunities.

What makes this house unique

Kids love playing in the woods, building fairy houses and forts. It is paradise for dogs who like to run.

Star Gazing and listening to the many sounds of the woods while sitting on the porch is just about as relaxing as you can get.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home! The location was perfect for our multi-generational group; we loved the peace and quiet for family time after a hectic day of sight-seeing. And we even appreciated the couple of days of rain that kept us inside with coffee and board games!
Aug 2013
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Southwest Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Second floor. Skylight
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Private bath for master bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Washer and Dryer
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Second Floor.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , Second Floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , First Floor, private bath, private outside entrance
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Peaceful retreat bordering Acadia National Park - Family Friendly!
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Wonderful Vacation Spot for Active Families!

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My family and I had an amazing vacation visiting Acadia National park, and this home was the perfect place to call 'home' while we were there. My husband loved cooking lobster in the well stocked kitchen, my children loved playing on the play-set and in the yard, and I loved the quiet. Two bedrooms upstairs and one on the main level provided my husband and I some privacy from the kids, the books books books that were everywhere provided hours of entertainment and bedtime stories and the back porch was a wonderful place to sit and enjoy our coffee in the mornings and wine in the evenings. This house had it all. Thank you for a vacation I will remember fondly.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Rogue Cafe
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Cranberry Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Causeway Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Rogue Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Echo Lake Beach

Spruce Lodge is on quiet-side of Mount Desert Island. Hiking, biking, sailing and shopping are all right here. The property abuts Acadia National Park and is in walking distance to hiking trails, the golf course and the quaint town of Southwest Harbor. The historic Carroll Farm Homestead is a 5 minute walk through the woods. The trailhead for the Flying Mountain trail, a family friendly hike with gorgeous views of the islands, is less than a mile walk from the front door.


Rates & Availability

Southwest Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2017 - Nov 11 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $400

This is our first season renting Carroll Farm Cottage so we are offering low rates and will see how it goes.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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