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Unique Nature Inspired New Home Adjacent to Lake in Acadia National Park

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Last updated: 12/01/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Bar Harbor house description

Built in 2004, the Fern Way home is a delightful blend of modern convenience and rustic style. Designed by a local architect to integrate with the beautiful natural setting of Mount Desert Island, at every turn Fern Way celebrates the natural world.

A gently curving driveway through the woods leads to the quiet 4.5 acres that surrounds Fern Way. The attractive exterior is Adirondack style live edge siding, complemented by cedar posts supporting an entry porch overlooking the large lawn. Entering the house, two French doors lead you into a large open floor plan allowing for ease and comfort of a large group or family gathering.

Classic post and beam details include a stunning custom banister in maple and a soaring two story stonewall that defines the sunny living area. The large kitchen is ideal for preparing family meals with ample counter space, appliances and gadgets.

A screened porch with dining table and futon couch is the perfect spot to start your day with coffee and end it with sunsets through the trees. The basement includes a home gym with top of the line Bowflex weight machine, Sole elliptical trainer, yoga mat and props, exercise bike and Nordic ski machine.

The large master bedroom with a king bed is located upstairs as well as a bedroom with a double bed, a bedroom with two twin beds, and a full bathroom complete with a two-person jetted tub to helps ease tired muscles after a fun filled day exploring Acadia. Downstairs is a bedroom with a double bed, a bathroom with shower, and the screened porch with a new futon, which can be used as an extra bedroom or by those wishing to sleep in the fresh air of the Maine woods.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Concierge
          • Massage
          • Private Chef
          • Staff


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Min age for lease holders is 25....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            House is baby/kid proof with gated stairs. This house is well set back form the road, has two large lawns and a sand box with toys. ...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Accessible

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

          • Master bedroom: 1 king


          • Upstairs double: 1 double


          • Upstairs twin: 2 twin/ single


          • Downstairs double: 1 double


          • Screened in porch has new futon couch allowing for extra bedroom or sleeping out in the fresh maine woods air. ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Downstairs bath: toilet, shower


          • Upstairs bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

            two person jetted tub...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • We know from our own experience managing family vacations that it can be quite a job. A little local knowledge and some extra help can make your vacation more enjoyable and hassle free. We offer a number of vacation planning services to our tenants including local information and recommendations, catering, massage therapy and house keeping....moreless


              • Audio Tape Player
              • Books:

                Collection of books and guides on Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park....moreless

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games
              • Music Library
              • Radio
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo
              • Television:

                Flat screen...moreless

              • VCR
              • Video Library


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Arboretum
              • Autumn Foliage
              • Bay/Sound
              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Forests
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Pond
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Waterfalls
              • Winery Tours
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Horseback Riding
              • Miniature Golf
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Lake:

                Long Pond is the largest lake on Mount Desert Island and is partially contained within Acadia National Park. A short 5 min walk from Fern Way, the pond offers the BEST swimming beach and boat rental....moreless

              • Rural:

                Tucked in to a maintained forest with a stream and Long Pond. Quite yet convenient to all Mount Desert has to offer. ...moreless

              • Village:

                On the outskirts of Somesville, the first village on Mount Desert Island and historically beautiful. ...moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Mountaineering
              • Pier Fishing
              • Rafting
              • Rock Climbing
              • Roller Blading
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Whitewater Rafting
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Dining:

                A square dinning table with two on a side as well as a kitchen counter/bar area with 4 stools for additional seating, breakfast area or kids table. ...moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 8 people


              • Activities Guide
              • Alarm Clock
              • Basic Soaps
              • Ceiling Fans
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                Home gym including top of the line Bowflex weight machine, Sole elliptical trainer, treadmill, yoga mat and props....moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating
              • Internet
              • Iron & Board
              • Laundry Soap
              • Linens Provided:

                All linens by LL Bean...moreless

              • Living Area
              • Living Room:

                Two couches and a stuffed chair are bathed in afternoon sunlight through the large windows overlooking the forest. ...moreless

              • Local Activities Guide
              • Local Maps
              • Local Restaurant Guide
              • Paper Towels
              • Parking Off Street:

                Lots of space....moreless

              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
              • Shampoo
              • Telephone:

                Local service provided....moreless

              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided:

                All linens by LL Bean...moreless

              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet:

                Hi speed wireless...moreless


              • Blender
              • Catering Available:

                Catering, prepared meals and grocery delivery available upon request....moreless

              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher
              • Freezer
              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen:

                Large kitchen with open floor plan makes preparing meals easy for the whole family....moreless

              • Lobster Pot


              • Barbecue
              • Beach Towels
              • Bicycles:

                Can be easily rented in nearby Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor. ...moreless

              • Boat:

                MANY options for various boat trips including whale watching, sailing schooners, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing, nature tours...the list goes on and on. ...moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                Front porch overlooks two large lawns, screened porch overlooks forrest....moreless

              • Golf:

                Three golf courses near by including famous Northeast Harbor Club and Kebo Valley Golf Club. Bar Harbor Club is just off the island. ...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Just down the road on Long Pond!...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Grill:


              • Outdoor Grill Gas
              • Sand Box
              • Screen Porch / Veranda
              • Tennis:

                Public courts in Bar Harbor...moreless

              • Wood Deck

              Pool / Spa

                  • Jetted Tub:

                    Bathroom upstairs has two person jetted tub to help ease tired mussels after a long day of playing in Acadia...moreless

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Optional


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                      from 22 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      May 3 - May 30, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $900 $3,300
                      Early June
                      May 31 - Jun 13, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      Late June
                      Jun 14 - Jun 27, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      $1,700 $6,500

                      Changeover Day: Sunday

                      Jun 28 - Aug 1, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      $2,850 $13,850

                      Changeover Day: Sunday

                      Aug 2 - Aug 29, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      $3,150 $12,300

                      Changeover Day: Sunday

                      Aug 30 - Oct 24, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $1,200 $4,500
                      My Standard Rate
                      3 night min stay
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees and Rental Conditions:

                      • Property Damage Protection $89
                      • Tax Rate 8%


                      ***While a “Book It Now” option is certainly convenient, we still like to do things the old fashion way and actually talk to people! This allows us to answer any questions you may have and ensure that Fern Way is a property that will meet your needs. We look forward to chatting with you soon.***

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                      Last updated: 12/01/2014
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                      • Echo Lake

                        "Wonderful spot for swimming! Nice big sandy beach. In Acadia National Park. Just a few mi..."

                      • Southwest Harbor

                        "The "local" town on Mount Desert Island with some top notch restaurants. Coast Guard statio..."

                      • Acadia National Park

                        "This is what you came here for! Located all over the island, the Beach Mountain hiking area..."

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                      10 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Bar Harbor Tenton Airport
                      0.1 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Long Pond swimming/boating/picnic area

                      Car: Recommended

                      Located in the heart of Mount Desert Island, Fern Way is no more than 10 min from all attractions including the secluded hidden treasures on the “quiet side” of Acadia National Park. From Bar Harbor and the breathtaking Park Loop Rd to Bass Harbor and its famous lighthouse, you’ll spend more time exploring the wonders of this lovely island and less time getting there. Best of all, it is a short 5 min walk to Long Pond, the largest lake on the island where there is a picnic area, swimming beach, and canoe/kayak rental. Nearby are several other treasures of Mount Desert Island including the Beech Mt. hiking area, Beech Hill organic farm stand, and the village of Somesville and Somes Harbor where you can access the free island wide shuttle bus.

                      As part of our vacation services offered to our tenants, we have put together a local dinning guide, a guide to the supermarkets, specialty food stores and farmers markets, a first timers guide to Mount Desert Island, as well as local recommendations for traveling with kids.


                      Manager info

                      Year Purchased: 2004

                      About: Adam and Jen have a deep love and understanding of the natural beauty surrounding the Acadia/Mount Desert Island area. Jen grew up summers on Long Pond and Adam on a 110-acre farm in Western Maine adjoining the Appalachian Trail. They met here in Bar Harbor working as sea kayak guides in the summer of 1993. Over the years, they have hiked, biked, paddled, and sailed every conceivable route on and around Mount Desert. Adam completed his goal of hiking every trail on the Island in the summer of 1994 and Jen authored The Sea Kayaker's Guide to Mount Desert Island published by Down East Books in 1997. Together they paddled the Maine Island Trail, a 175-mile 28-day kayaking trip from Portland to Machias, up the entire Maine coastline. In the summer of 2000, Jen and Adam started Mountain Sea Properties with a single house, Eagle Cliff, where they were married that same summer. The owner had approached them expressing her frustration renting the home through larger rental operations on the island. She complained that her house was one of hundreds represented so the service she received was minimal. She also stated that those who rented the house were not as well informed as they could be. The tenants were also one of hundreds and the service they received was minimal. Adam and Jen offered to represent the house committing to providing top quality service to both owners and tenants by representing a limited number of houses and providing personalized vacation services. Since then, Mountain Sea Properties has grown along with the Wales family. As year-round members of the Island’s community, Adam and Jen are dedicated to the vitality of the people of Mount Desert Island. Thus, each year they donate a portion of their proceeds to local organizations devoted to sustaining the beauty and well-being of the Mount Desert Island area.

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                      • Front Exterior

                        Front Exterior

                      • Living Room with custom handrail

                        Living Room with custom handrail

                      • Kitchen with dining area

                        Kitchen with dining area

                      • Bedroom with two twin beds

                        Bedroom with two twin beds

                      • Sunny bench on lawn

                        Sunny bench on lawn

                      • Master bedroom with king bed

                        Master bedroom with king bed

                      • Kitchen


                      • Living room

                        Living room

                      • Driveway to Fern Way

                        Driveway to Fern Way

                      • Front entry porch

                        Front entry porch

                      VRBO #233643

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                      This listing was first published here in 2005.

                      Date last modified - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

                      $243 - $450 per night (USD)

                      4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 8

                      View calendar: Updated 12/01/14
                      Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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                      Member since: 2005
                      Speaks: english
                      • Response time: Within a few days
                      • Response rate: 90%
                      • Calendar last updated: 12/01/2014
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