Lovingly restored 1890 farmhouse at Wild Iris Farm is now available as a wonderful, unique vacation home for your family or a cozy, secluded nest for couples! The farm is located on the Crooked Road in the quiet countryside, just minutes from downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (The property borders the park!). The farm features 35 acres of lush, green pastures and dense forest. It is available during the summer (May-October) and winter (December - March) . It is a working farm which means that livestock (horses, goats and chickens) live on the farm and are cared for by farm staff. The staff is also responsible for maintenance of the farm pastures and buildings. All livestock and staff activity does not impact the farmhouse and it's guests although guests are welcome to help with farm chores and/or follow the staff along as they work. Some guests prefer to just enjoy viewing the horses in the pastures and having farm-fresh eggs for breakfast! All enjoy the open vistas, fresh country air and quiet atmosphere.
The Farm has a couple of barns and live farm animals that your family can pet, feed and even engage with in daily farm activies with along with the help and guidance of a farm staff member! Draft horses (Shires), goats, chickens are all "residents" of the farm! There is also a pathway at the end of one of the fields that guests can walk through to reach Lakewood Pond, a popular local swimming "hole" that's part of Acadia National Park ! The front yard of the farmhouse features a fire pit and a vegetable garden where guests are encouraged to partake of in-season produce.
The Farm's location means both sides of Mount Desert Island are only a very short car ride away. The main entrance to Acadia National Park is just one mile away! The park offers many adventures including hiking, biking, rock climbing, ranger educational sessions and much more. Many of our guests rise early to drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain to observe the rising sun - at some times of the year, Cadillac is the first place in the US to see the sunrise! The island, itself, is a wondrous place to explore. It features quaint small towns, gorgeous shoreline and a multitude of things to see and do.
Summertime Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park offer visitors a variety of summer activities, including golfing at a PGA course, hiking, biking, boating, lake swimming, carriage road walks, hikes. Downtown activities include shopping, dining, whale watch tours, nature cruises, sea kayak tours, early evening concerts on the village green. We also recommend a visit to the Abbe Museum, St Saviors Episcopal Church, Jessup Library. The are many excellent eateries and bakeries to choose from as well as a well stocked grocery store and an organic food store. Bar Harbor's Sunday farmer's market is a must visit.
Visiting during the winter months? During the winter, snuggle in front of the woodstove fire while sipping hot cocoa as you watch the snowflakes drift down (Farm staff takes care of all snow removal). Go cross country skiing or snow shoeing on Acadia National Park's groomed carriage roads, take a peaceful hike through snow covered forest or go sledding on the farm's hilly snow-covered pastures. Visit the horses and goats. Roast marsh mellows over a fire pit blaze.
Totally redone in 2011, the farmhouse amenities are all up-to-date featuring a lovely, large, farmhouse kitchen which has a table that seats 8, living room w/TV&DVD seats 7 plus extra large floor cushions, den with drop-down table for computers, games, puzzles, art work and a cozy chaise to relax/read in. There is also a bathroom of this floor which has a shower, lavatory and single sink. The bedrooms on the second floor can sleep a total of 8-9 in 3 bedrooms. The 1st is a master bedroom with queen size bed, dresser, TV with cable, DVD player, and closets; a second bedroom also has a queen sized bed, dresser, a desk and closets; bedroom number 3 has twin bunk beds and trundle twin bed and a double bed, TV for DVDs and CDs, plus lots of play area on a carpeted floor. The laundry alcove is upstairs and features a washer and dryer. Next to that is a full bathroom with a tub/shower, duel sinks and lavatory.
There is a nice deck on the front of the house, overlooking the pasture areas and green lawn and garden. The deck railing has beautiful flower planters during the summer months. A gas grill occupies one corner, a large round picnic table seats 8 and there are two rocking chairs which offer a perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee.
The front lawn has a firepit with surrounding chairs and is a great place to watch the sun go down, roast marshmellows, tell stories and chase fireflies.
Amenities include 2 cable TVs (living room and master bedroom), WIFI, DVD/Blueray player, gas BBQ grill, outdoor picnic table on front deck, washer/dryer, dishwasher, gas/electric stove/oven, side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, microwave, pack n' play. Note: there is an A/C unit in kitchen, ceiling fans in all rooms but, even in August, our nights can be cool. Winter guests have the use of 2 woodstoves - one in the kitchen, the other in the den as well as a Renai propane heater.
Pets are welcome (there is a pet fee). We just ask that pets stay off furniture and beds and that their waste is picked up (we provide poop bags).
When available, the owners will also leave a dozen farm fresh eggs in the fridge for your arrival! During blueberry season, your host just might surprise you with homemade blueberry muffins!
Wild Iris Farm is truly a unique and special location for your vacation. Younsters and adults alike will have a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable vacation . Our goal is to make you feel at home as soon as you open the front door. Check out our reviews - all of our 2017 guests gave us a 5 star rating!
Wild Iris Farm is also the only place we know of where you can BRING your horse(s) with you on your vacation. Ask us about bringing/boarding your own horse. www.WildIrisHorseFarm.com/boarding
You should note that animal caretakers will be at the property (barn and pasture area) in the a.m. and later in the afternoon to feed and care for the animals. They will quietly go about their work without impeding on guest privacy. Guests are welcome to help with chores if they'd like!