3 Story,5 Bedrooms/Loft, 3 Full Bathrooms, Sleeps 20, 75 ft Covered Porch/Deck
About Eric Braciska
Our family resides in Tewksbuy, MA which is a suburb, 15 miles NW of Boston, MA. We always had a goal of owning a Log Home, having researched it thoroughly when we first got married in the early 90's. We accomplished our goal in the summer of 2011 purchasing the newly built Contemporary Log Home & enjoy utilizing when our 3 kids sports schedules allow us to do so. Andrea & I have worked for several Fortune 500 Corporations & have a combined 35 years working in the Biotech & Pharmaceutical Industries in various Accounting, Finance, Sales, Marketing, Managed Markets, & Account Management positions. Eric has recently started 'The Hive' Vacation Rental Services, LLC, & is now 100% dedicated to growing the business focused on Marketing & Managing our High End Long Term & Vacation Rental Homes in NH & ME & providing Marketing & Vacation Rental Services to other 2nd Home Owners in The Lakes & Mountains Regions of NH & ME. We adore the Bridgton & Western Maine Lakes & Mountains Area as there is so much to do no matter the season. Known more as a Summer Family Vacation Destination, our location Trailside at Shawnee Peak Ski Area is perfectly situated only 300 yards away from grand Moose Pond, therefore being at the ready to enjoy all outdoor activities no matter the season. We enjoy watching our 3 kids multitude of sporting events including hockey, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, cross country along with coaching basketball and soccer. Other hobbies we enjoy are gardening, walking, hiking, fishing, skiing, wildlife photography, shopping, attending family activities & running.
Eric Braciska purchased this Lodge in 2011
Why Eric Braciska chose West Bridgton
Convenience: You can do it all right from your front door...The 'Ski Hive' is located Trailside on Mohawk Ski Trail at Shawnee Peak Ski Resort....Ski In/Out, Snowboard, Snow Shoe, Winter Hike, on Shawnee Peaks 40+ Ski Trails & 10+ Miles of separate maintained Hiking Trails (Managed by Loon Echo Trust). Get Away from It All: Trailside Way is a quite Cul De Sac Village of 12 Log Home/Style Homes in a quaint setting. There is very rarely more than a few families up at any one given time thus you really have the whole East Side of the Mountain to yourselves. The home itself also has plenty of room to spread out with 3 Floors of Living space along with 75 ft of Wrap Around Covered Porch/Deck to watch the Wildlife outside in the Golden Maine Sunshine. But Close to All the Action: In the Naples, North Conway, Sebago Lakes Region, the Town of Bridgton alone sports some 20+ Restaurants, 2 Movie Theatres, 4 Public Town Beaches, it's own 18 Hole Public Golf Course, a few Ice Cream Stands, numerous Hiking Trail Systems in Bald Pate Mnt, Pondicherry Park, and Pleasant Mountain/Shawnee Peak, over a dozen ponds/lakes to fish & swim along with outstanding Antique, Boutique, and Gift Shopping with famous North Conway just a 25 min. drive away and Fryeburg Academy, Bridgton Academy, The Fryeburg Fairgrounds, and Saco River Drop In Points all only a 15-20 min drive. A Truly Remarkable Log Home & Amazing Mountain, Shawnee Peak & Area - In the Western Maine Mountains & Lakes, North Conway, NH, Sebago Lake, Naples, Long Lake Region
What makes this Lodge unique
There is nothing better than being Trailside to Shawnee Peaks 40+ Ski Trails right from your front door. Bridgton which is 'The Heart of The Western Maine Lakes & Mountains Region' provides unsurpassed beauty & outdoor opportunities with a dozen Lakes & Ponds alone. Next door is ever popular Fryeburg & Naples Maine with Sebago, Long & Highland Lakes along with North Conway, NH with its Magical White Mountain National Park. Andrea & I have enjoyed hosting some 90+ Families/Groups since Nov 2011 and put tremendous pride into decorating “The Hive” to the season, with a Quaint, Traditional, Old/Antique, Classic, Country New England Style. This attention to detail & personal touch, has helped create a very special character, a unique charm, & a warm homey feel to “The Hive” that is hard to describe, and hard for many to remember a time away they felt this same way. Andrea, our kids, & I have only just recently begun to realize how truly unique and how very special this property is, while providing our guests the opportunity to experience what may not be able to be duplicated throughout the entire state of Maine or even all of New England. The one thing we are positively certain of though, is no matter what season you come, and no matter what the occasion may be for, you and your family/group will have nothing but a First Class & Remarkable Log Home Experience at The 'Ski Hive” Luxury Mountain Log Home at Shawnee Peak / Moose Pond. “Where your Maine Memories are Made”
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We had a great experience having our family gathering at the hive. It was very clean and incredibly well stocked with everything that we needed.
I completely understand the term “luxury” is subjective, but the core definition was not represented. I considerer myself to be a very understanding individual and realize not everything will be perfect. We finally chose this place under the description of a pristine and comfortable luxury living on a mountain for a few days. The owner "guarantees the little details are a priority." This was not the case!
I would like to emphasis that not everything for this place was misleading. This unfortunate review would not be happening if this was ten years ago when the property was new. My complaints ultimately stem from a lot of little things that have added up. This place has not been properly maintained. I immediately starting taking pictures of things on all floors to prevent the owner from blaming us for his lack of upkeep.
1. Large stains on the carpet.
2. Large rips in the carpet.
3. Very musty and moist.
4. Dryer was missing knobs and did not dry effectively.
1. Sofa and loveseat were completely covered in stains.
2. Main ceiling fan was broken and unusable.
3. A lot of the dishes and coffee cups were chipped.
4. Old pots and pans.
5. TV was covered in stains.
6. Bathroom walls were covered in stains.
7. Dirty carpet in the bedrooms.
8. DVD player did not work. Second DVD player on top of broken DVD player had no remote which made it unusable also.
9. The gas stove was missing a knob and the main burner in the middle had a broken knob which made it unusable. This was concerning because we kept checking to make sure it wasn’t bumped and gas was leaking.
10. The complementary smores left on the table had expired months ago.
11. Guest information guide was covered in water stains and was barely readable.
1. TV was broken.
-No cable. No sound when trying to watch a DVD.
2. Bathroom fan was broken.
1. Grill is completely disgusting.
2. The grill utensils that were left out for us still had a significant amount of food on them.
3. Cobwebs covered the porch.
The bottom line is that this property is used and an investment and because of that, it should be properly maintained as such. All the things listed above are from lack of upkeep and can easily be fixed. By reinvesting a couple thousand dollars, this place would be once again a 5-star rated place. Unfortunately, it is not there now and should not be charged or represented as such.
Have received 5 star reviews prior too & after this poor fellas stay. Hmmm.... I guess the other 80+ great reviews on multiple sites must all be off/wrong.
the property was beautiful, plenty of space for guests. beds for 12 if you double up on queen & king, 1 convertible sofa, the rest are couches. there are ticks if you walk out to the slopes but down the road is a trailhead to the summit of the mountain. beautiful hike, about 4 hr total up & down
We enjoyed our stay at The Hive very much. Beautiful log cabin with plenty of room for our family and friends. Great location to ski in and out of. We can’t wait to go back next winter.
Very comfortable home!
We were a group of 14 women sharing the home. Lots of room to spread out, though we mostly hung in the kitchen and living room areas. Great table for playing games, nice fireplace (though the wood was a bit tough to get at outside), well appointed kitchen and kitchen appliances/accessories. The ski in/ski out was great although the lift was only operational on the weekend. But it's a very short drive to the base lodge so no problems there. I would not recommend more than 14 or 15 even though you can get 22 in there. 22 would have been a bit crowded for our crowd! Overall a pleasant experience!
Guys weekend away
We had 14 guys up here for 3 nights. Had a fantastic time staying slope side. Was also very convenient to snowmobile rentals just down the road in Fryeberg
In the Western Maine Lakes & North Conway, NH Region, Shawnee Peak / Moose Pond is Maine's premier summer / fall / winter Vacation Destination. During winter, Ski In Ski out your front door at georgeous Shawnee Peak Ski Area, Maine's 3rd busiest (with the most Night Skiing in New England). In the Naples, Sebago Lakes Region & Long Lake and Saco River watershed areas, Shawnee Peak is only 20 minutes from North Conway, NH Shopping Outlets, Restaurants, Waterparks, and Movie Theaters. A summer vacation paradise with Moose Pond (300 yards from home) and 35+ lakes/ponds within a 10 mile radius of our home. Out your front door is Shawnee Peak's 10 mile Hiking Trail Network and Needle's Eye Waterfall. The 4 main boating entry points for the Saco River are15 minutes away where thousands paddle downstream each year. A 20 minute ride brings you to The Fryeburg Fair which hosts 300,000 spectators during peak fall foliage season in October. This is truly a First Class Luxury Log Home in a true 4 Season Vacation destination location.
Other Activities: Hiking (10 Mile Trail Network out your front door), Kayaking/Canoeing Saco River (4 Major Portage points within 15 min drive), Fryeburg Fairgrounds (15 min drive), Drive In Movie Theater, Snowmobile, Snow Shoe, Scenic Drive, Apple Picking, Wildlife Photography, Wine Tasting
Golf: 5 Public Golf Courses within 30 minute drive. Two courses (Bridgton Highlands & Kezar Lake Golf Courses within 8 miles 15 min drive.)
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