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Amazing Maine Get-Away - Maine's Western Mountains

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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Andover lodge description

Historic country lodge in Maine's beautiful western mountains with private swimming pond and beach on property, close to lakes, streams and mountains. Nearby world-class fishing (Rapid River, Magalloway, Kennebago, Androscoggin & Swift Rivers, Rangeley & Richardson Lakes), golfing (Bethel Inn & Sunday River), and ski areas (Sunday River, Saddleback, Mt. Abram, Black Mountain).

Magnificent setting with broad lawns and pastures overlooking mountain valley in the northern end of the Mahoosuc range. Pond & river on property. Trails on property and access to 4000 footers. Plentiful outdoor activities: swim, boat, fish (stocked pond, great fishing throughout the area including some of the nation's most pristine wild trout waters), hike, bike, ride, berry pick, you name it. Nearby Bethel Recreation Area & Sunday River golf and ski resorts. 3 hours from Boston.

This is a truly unique vacation and recreation spot - comfortable and gorgeous with deep history in a friendly old-New England town. Built in 1792 by the first homesteading settler in the valley; renovated in the late 1800s at the peak of the railroad era into a private summer retreat with design contributions by Stanford White and Frederick Law Olmsted. Wonderful interiors including breathtaking Great Hall, several salons, Grand Dining Room. Long views that defy words.

Rates quoted are for family vacation rentals with the indicated seasonal overnight guest maximums. Event and other rental rates quoted upon request.

References required.

Keywords: Sleeps 25+ in warm weather, 14+ in cold weather. Summer and winter rentals available. 2 kitchens, 2 dining rooms. Catering & event services available. 15 fireplaces. Contemporary utilities & amenities including wireless internet. Elegantly furnished.

Weddings, reunions, special events, family vacations, corporate and group retreats. Destination Weddings. Ceremony and reception site. Trophy trout, salmon & bass fishing. Two golf courses nearby. Amazing for leaf peeping weekends. Downhill and XC Ski. Snow-mobile. Hunt. Hike the Appalachian Trail. Relax.

More at www.merrillhouse.com

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 9000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Booking Possible
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 16 Bedrooms, Sleeps 32, Beds for 25-32

          Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining Area Seats:

            30...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Pantry Items
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Dishwasher
          • Catering Available
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Microwave
          • Seating for 30 people

          Amenities

          • Fireplace:

            Magnificent 8'X6' fireplace in Great Hall with a 12' granite hearth. Dining room, kitchens and parlors have fireplaces. 15 fireplaces in all....moreless

          • Wood Stove:

            Grand antique cast iron stove in 2nd kitchen....moreless

          • Living Room:

            Spectacular Great Hall...moreless

          • Linens Provided
          • Wood Fireplace
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
          • Heating
          • Parking

          Other Amenities

              • Please note that the 'Private Pool' indicated above is actually a spring fed private pond with a beach, rope swing and picnic table set amidst the fields behind the house - it's nice!...moreless

              Entertainment

              • CD Player
              • Stereo
              • Ping Pong Table
              • DVD Player
              • Television
              • VCR

              Communications

              • Broadband Access
              • Telephone
              • Wireless Internet
              • Mobile Phone
              • Internet

              Pool & Spa

                  • Private Pool:

                    Spring fed pond with beach, rope swing, set in meadows. Very nice....moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Multiple grills, including 'Big Red' 48' Argentine style hardwood grill with rotisserie and other options....moreless

                  • Balcony
                  • Lawn / Garden

                  Theme

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

                  Location & View

                  • Lakefront
                  • Monument View
                  • Mountain View
                  • Waterfront

                  Activities

                  • Cinemas
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Golf
                  • Skiing
                  • Fishing
                  • Cycling
                  • Tennis
                  • Swimming
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Kayaking
                  • Rafting
                  • Hiking
                  • Horseshoes
                  • Antiquing
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Boating
                  • Sledding
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Hunting
                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Summer
                  Jul 1 - Sep 7, 2014
                  5 night min stay
                  $1,000
                  $6,000

                  Rates are based on 24 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

                  Fall
                  Sep 8 - Oct 26, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  $800
                  $4,800

                  Rates are based on 24 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                  Winter
                  Oct 27 - Mar 31, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  $500
                  $3,000

                  Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest


                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Tax Rate 8%

                  Notes:

                  Minimum stays are guidelines. We can do shorter stays but may need to add for heat and other fixed costs. Please ask.

                  Other Fees: Cleaning fee from $300; $500 for weddings (subject to overnight guest count and event type). Grounds fees may apply. Pets, if permitted, will incur surcharge.

                  Security deposit: $1000; $2500 for weddings (subject to overnight guest count and event type).

                  Payment Options: Cash, Check, Money Order. 50% of the base rental fee is required to confirm rental. The balance of the rental fee plus security deposit must be received at least 30 days in advance of the rental to avoid cancellation.


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                  Location

                  Magnificent setting with broad lawns and pastures overlooking mountain valley in the northern end of the Mahoosuc range. Pond & river on property. Trails on property and access to 4000 footers. Plentiful outdoor activities: swim, boat, fish (stocked pond, great fishing throughout the area including some of the nation's most pristine wild trout waters), hike, bike, ride, berry pick, you name it. Nearby Bethel Recreation Area & Sunday River golf and ski resorts. 3 hours from Boston.

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1792

                  About the owner: Please see more about the Merrill House at www.merrillhouse.com.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
                  Merrill House (c.1792, on the National Historic Register) looks across “Snow Valley” onto the tail end of the White Mountains in western Maine. Located in Andover, under ½ hour from Bethel and Sunday River Ski area, and surrounded by fields, forest and trails, Merrill House is immersed in natural beauty. The Appalachian Trail passes through Andover, and there are excellent X-country trails and sled runs just outside the door. The home has been in the family for over two hundred years, since its original construction eight generations ago. The homestead was the first colonial settlement of the valley. Ezekiel Merrill, Revolutionary War veteran, and his wife Sarah and their young children first trekked in by canoe and foot over 50 miles to spend the winter in a one-room hut that the local Pequaket Indians helped them make. They were under-provisioned and had to trade for food and furs with the native Americans, living largely on potatoes that first winter. The family survived and stayed to establish their farm. Generations passed and the homestead grew into a working farm with barns and pastures. At the end of the 1800’s Ezekiel’s great grandson Henry Varnum Poor and his son Henry William – made wealthy by the railroads – renovated the farmhouse into the lodge we have today, and the pastures into botanical gardens, with walk-paths and many other features. Today the Merrill House is available for rent for weddings, retreats, reunions, and seasonal parties. We hope you will enjoy its comfort, charm and its unique piece of American history as much as we do!


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                  Speaks: english

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                  Photos

                  • Merrill House - Summer

                    Merrill House - Summer

                  • Merrill House - Winter

                    Merrill House - Winter

                  • Great Hall Fireplace and Balcony

                    Great Hall Fireplace and Balcony

                  • Master Bedroom (private bath)

                    Master Bedroom (private bath)

                  • 2nd Floor Bedroom (twins)

                    2nd Floor Bedroom (twins)

                  • Soutwest bedroom - mountain views and access to South Balcony

                    Soutwest bedroom - mountain views and access to South Balcony

                  • Ellis River runs through it...

                    Ellis River runs through it...

                  • Pond and beach - many, many more swimming and boating options nearby!

                    Pond and beach - many, many more swimming and boating options nearby!

                  • West Face

                    West Face

                  • Great Hall

                    Great Hall

                  • Dining Room

                    Dining Room

                  • 2nd Floor Bedroom (shared bath)

                    2nd Floor Bedroom (shared bath)

                  • Southeast Bedroom - looks out onto lawns and pond with access to South Balcony

                    Southeast Bedroom - looks out onto lawns and pond with access to South Balcony

                  • View looking west to Baldpate Mountain (amazing sunsets!)

                    View looking west to Baldpate Mountain (amazing sunsets!)

                  • Spring fed pond and beach on premise.

                    Spring fed pond and beach on premise.

                  • Covered bridge swimming hole nearby.

                    Covered bridge swimming hole nearby.

                  VRBO #389118

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                  This listing was first published here in 2011.

                  Date last modified - Monday, June 23, 2014

                  $500 - $1,000 per night (USD)
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                  16 Bedroom / 5.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 32

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