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Amazing Maine Get-Away - Maine's Western Mountains

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Last updated: 11/28/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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.

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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

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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

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

              Theme

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

              Attractions

                  • Cinemas

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Boating
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Horseshoes
                  • Sledding
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                  • Lakefront
                  • Monument View
                  • Mountain View
                  • Waterfront

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Rafting
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Skiing

                  Dining

                  • Dining:

                    Formal Dining Room plus two eat-in kitchens plus two banquet tables in Great Hall...moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 30 people

                  General

                  • Broadband Access
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • 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

                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room:

                    Spectacular Great Hall...moreless

                  • Mobile Phone
                  • Parking
                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
                  • Telephone
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Fireplace
                  • Wood Stove:

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

                  Kitchen

                  • Catering Available
                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishes & Utensils

                  Outside

                  • Balcony
                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Outdoor Grill:

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

                  Pool / Spa

                      • Private Pool:

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

                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      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

                      Spring
                      Apr 1 - Jun 28, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $800
                      $4,800

                      Rates are based on 26 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                      Summer
                      Jun 29 - Sep 7, 2015
                      5 night min stay
                      $1,000
                      $6,000

                      Rates are based on 26 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

                      Fall
                      Sep 8 - Oct 18, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $800
                      $4,800

                      Rates are based on 26 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest


                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Cleaning $300 + tax
                      • Tax Rate 8%

                      Notes:

                      Cleaning fee from $300; $500 for weddings (subject to event details.) Grounds fees may apply. Pets, if permitted, will incur surcharge.

                      Winter holidays rate (Xmas week, MLK wknd, Feb break) $600/nt $3,600/wk 3nt min. $60pppn after first 8 guests, max 14.

                      Security deposit $1000, $2500 weddings (subject to event details.)

                      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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                      Last updated: 11/28/2014
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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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                      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.

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                      This listing was first published here in 2011.

                      Date last modified - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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

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