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Don't miss our beautiful autumn! Fall dates still available! pets welcome!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath, beautiful farmhouse on 35 acres of lush pasture & woodland

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.

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!

More Details

Sandi Read
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Sandi Read

Hi! My name is Sandi Read and I own and operate Wild Iris Farm. It is usually easy to find me as I am at the farm early each morning and again later in the afternoon doing chores (quietly). I grew up on a dairy farm in NH where I developed a love for caring for animals. I retired to Bar Harbor after a professional life as an Oncology Physician Assistant in New York and then Colorado. It is great to be back caring for the animals I fell in love with as a child.

I am happy to answer your questions or give advice on places for you to enjoy.

Sandi Read purchased this farmhouse in 2009

Why Sandi Read chose Bar Harbor

This is such a unique property - a green, lush open space located in the quiet Bar Harbor countryside - a site that is perfect for a farm - in fact, it has always been a farm, mostly a dairy farm. The history of this property dates back to the 1800s when it was a "state-of-the-art" milk processing and distribution facility. The farmhouse dates to 1890 although it was almost completely gutted and rebuilt in 2011. The basement, upstairs wood flooring and the staircase with banister are still the originals.

What makes this farmhouse unique

So many unique benefits, but the quiet, the peace, the beautiful starry nights, the cozy farmhouse, the animals, the hidden path access to a local waterhole in the Park, the easy access to the rest of the island are a few! Certainly having Acadia National Park as our bordering neighbor is a big plus! A stay here will have one leaving relaxed with a feeling of a reconnecting to nature and the easy pace and pleasures of country living.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have been visiting Acadia for the last 10+ years and this year at Wild Iris Farm was the best yet!

The house is so cozy and wonderfully equipped and being able to wake up to the Shires and Oreo every morning was a dream. Alexa (our 18 mo old) now says "goat"!

We hope to visit again next year!
May 2018
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Bar Harbor Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Clients cannot touch or feed the farm animals unless a farm staff person is in attendance
  • Driveway Gate must be closed upon entering
  • We are on well water so please do not take long showers or waste water
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Located on 1st floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located on the 2nd floor this bathroom also has double sinks
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , TV, 1 large dresser, closets, 1 pack'n'play
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 3 bunk bed , 1 large dresser, 1 closet, large play area, 1 TV for DVDs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 dresser, 2 closets
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
1890 Farmhouse on horse property located on 35 acres in rural Bar Harbor. A quiet property that is very conveniently located for trips to Bar Harbor, visits to Acadia National Park and the west side of Mount Desert Island. Owner is on site daily to care for animals and offers lots of suggestions for places to visit. Horses can be viewed from deck of farmhouse. Breath-taking night skies. Opportunities to see various wildlife: birds, eagles, hawks, wild turkeys, deer, coyotes, foxes, turtles. Visits with the farm animals (horses, goats, chickens) are available from the farm staff. Secret trail through farm woodland that ends at local swimming hole in Acadia National Park


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(17 traveler reviews)

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Don't miss our beautiful autumn! Fall dates still available! pets welcome!
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Wild Iris Farm. It is the perfect place to stay while visiting the park or Bar Harbor. The farm animals and horses were great (and the eggs were perfect for breakfast). If you stay, don't miss out on the great little hike up through the woods to the nearby lake. While we were walking back one evening we got a great little visit from a group of wild turkeys that had roosted in the trees. Thanks so much for providing such a wonderful place!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review. We love when our guests enjoy the farm, not only for the animals, but also for the peaceful and quiet evenings that come with living on a farm. The hike to Lakewood Pond is one of our favorites, especially in the fall when often you are the only ones there. Great that you saw the turkeys nesting in the trees - not something you see everyday, even here! Sandi
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Fantastic home base for exploring Acadia.

  • 5 of 5

My extended family of 8 had an amazing time staying at Sandi’s farmhouse. The place immediately felt comfortable and the layout is perfect for entertaining and relaxing.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at the farmhouse. I am pleased that you felt at home and that you family enjoyed their stay. You are all welcomed back anytime! Sandi PS I think the chickens miss the children!
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Unique home that makes visiting Acadia even more amazing!

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean and well stocked. Sandi made our stay unforgettable. The kids will always remember the animals; she patiently taught them all about the farm. The house is situated perfectly, allowing easy access to Bar Harbor and the park. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review of you stay in the farmhouse. It was a pleasure to be your host and I loved your children’s enthusiasm regarding the farm animals! I hope your vacation here is one you will always remember.
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Wild Iris Farm is the perfect place to stay while in Acadia National Park

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted to stay in Wild Iris Farm on our trip to Mount Desert Island. The house is clean, spacious and beautifully decorated. The added benefit of being inside a working horse farm was a fantastic experience for our family. Sandi, the owner, is lovely and extremely helpful.The swimming hole was a highlight as the walk there and the pond itself are beautiful. Bar Harbour is a mere 3 miles away so one can enjoy the peace and quiet of Acadia and head into town to eat, shop, stroll or just hang out. This was truly a lovely vacation, thank you Sandi!!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your stay at the farmhouse! I am pleased that you had a great vacation and that you enjoyed staying here. You have a lovely family and two wonderful doggies - you are welcome to return anytime.
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Beautiful Location

  • 5 of 5

My family loved staying at the Wild Iris Farm. The house is an old farm house that has been fantastically restored. The location to Bar Harbor and the park is great - its easy to get anywhere on the island. The property is in a picturesque New England setting.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your farmhouse stay. It was my pleasure to host you and your family and I loved that you all had a fabulous stay. You are welcome back again anytime!
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Beautiful and serene!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Wild Iris Farm was fantastic! The house is well-maintained, updated, and immaculate. Location is perfect - very close to Acadia and downtown Bar Harbor. Sandi is a great host, offering up many suggestions for activities on a given day. The peaceful farm setting made it a great getaway. Highly recommend and would definitely rent again!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your stay. It was my pleasure to be your host. It is so satisfying when guests such as yourself enjoy the farm and all the things this island offers. You and your family are welcome back anytime!
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Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
bar harbor
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
hulls cove
Car: necessary

Located in a quiet neighborhood with direct access to Acadia National Park via a trial, Wild Iris Farm is within minutes of downtown Bar Harbor dining, whale watching, shopping and kayaking. The main entrance to Acadia National Park is 1 mile from the farm. The park offers hiking, biking, rock climbing and much more!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.