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15 Minutes to Sunday River

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This charming private retreat is nestled among Maples, Birches, and Firs with a view to Howard Pond. The tastefully decorated three bedroom, two bath cottage sleeps six with two queen beds and two twin beds. The inviting open living/dining/kitchen features a vaulted cathedral ceiling with roof windows that allow light to fill the home. The 6' pine dining table accommodates everyone.

The master suite with the adjoining loft living area is located on the second floor. The pine paneling, cabinets and pine wood floors add to the warmth and ambiance of this Maine woods' retreat. There will be the slightest sigh (ahh) of approval and excitement as you enter this gracious, welcoming environment. This is a place that can restore your soul. After a day full of activity, you can sit by the fire and watch the leaves or the snowflakes fall. Relax and wile away the hours in the rocking chairs on the 8'wide farmers porch that spans the front of the house.

Howard Pond is a pristine Maine pond that prohibits noisy watercraft and is home to a loon family. There is a public swimming area and dock near the dam. Adventurous hiking --including the Appalachian Trail & other hikes in the White mountains-- and quiet walks are just outside your door. You may even see a moose!

Downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing,ice skating, snowmobiling are all within 10 or 15 minutes of the house.

The Sunday River Golf Club is one of the premier courses in New England. The Bethel Inn and Country Club also provides a challenging 18 hole course.

Minutes away from the Adrossogin River, canoeing, kayaking, and guided trips are within easy access.

Keywords: skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, golfing, house, canoeing, hiking, swimming, fishing,relaxing,private,romantic, non-smoking,charming,cottage

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Anne Wheeler
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Anne Wheeler

As a native Texan, my first visit to Maine was in the fall in the late 1980's. I was fortunate enough to stay with friends on Howard Pond and I fell in love with the place. For several years, I would return in the fall to this place that literally restored my soul... walking in the woods, listening to the loons and being surrounded by nature...very different from my 'city life' in Austin, Texas. One year when I got off the plane in Portland, I wondered to myself if I could possibly find a place of my own in this part of the world. It took a couple of years to find the land, hire the builder and take on such a project long distance. In 1995 construction was complete and I walked into the House on the Hill and fell in love all over again. Please be my guest..enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Sunday River, skating on the pond, walking in the woods or swimming and fishing in the summer or just relaxing by the fire or rocking away the hours on the porch.

Anne Wheeler purchased this house in 1995

What makes this house unique

I love to walk in the woods in every season of the year. In the fall, I am convinced that there is no more spectacular fall folage anywhere in the world than in the Western Mountains of Maine on Howard Pond. It is great fun to have this house as a base and travel around the state and into New Hampshire and Vermont for day trips or take a couple of days and travel to the Maine coast. There are great antiquing, hiking, canoeing, biking and skiing adventures within minutes of the house. When the pond freezes, it is great fun to skate on that open frozen expanse of water. And, there is nothing like snowshoeing in the woods or on the trails at Sunday River or the Bethel Inn and Country Club..where you can also cross-country ski. Although, I don't downhill or snow board, my family loves the friendly and relaxed atmosphere at on the mountain. Bethel also has some lovely places to dine.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for letting us stay at this wonderful house! We really appreciate your efforts to make us feel welcome and at home. That was really exceptional! We wish we could come back more often.

From the Guest Book at the House on the Hill
Dec 2015
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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15 Minutes to Sunday River
average rating of 4.964286 based on 52 reviews

Great weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I rented the House on the Hill with a group of girls for a little winter getaway, and we all absolutely loved it! The place was so clean when we arrived. Everything is very well labeled and directions are given for those things that need it. Anne is a great host.

The fact that it is so close to Bethel is wonderful. But, what we probably liked most about this place, was how cute and cozy it was! It was just what we were looking for and a perfect size for the six of us. Thanks, Anne!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Had a great weekend.perfect quiet little place, nice shot ride to Sunday River.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Lovely home, stocked with all you need.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at The House on the Hill. It was great not to have to worry about what would be in the kitchen or not. Very well stocked. Comfortable with plenty of room for the five of us. Pretty spot, we skied cross country one day and downhill at Sunday River the next. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Ashburnham MA USA

Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at The House on the Hill. We had a wedding to attend in Bethel, which is about 15 mins. away, but we decided to rent this home so we could have more family time. It was the perfect decision for us. The home is so well appointed, with everything easily accessible, and lots of complimentary extras that we were not expecting, such as coffee, teas, condiments, and even a dozen fresh eggs from a local farm.

The bedrooms are very well appointed with high quality sheets and blankets and the beds were very comfortable. Extra towels, blankets, and toiletries, were available, if needed. The upstairs bathroom has a shower only, which we were fine with, while the downstairs bathroom has a tub/shower unit. There was plenty of hot water and the water pressure was great.

What impressed me the most was the cleanliness of this home, the attention to detail, and the ease of use for things such as the tv remote, the coffeepot, and the dishwasher. It is obvious that a lot of time and thought has gone into making guests feel at home.

Anne was great to work with and very accommodating. I hope we can return someday. Oh, and if you are staying in the summer, like we did, you will love falling asleep to the loons singing on the lake nearby. Heavenly!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Thumbs way up!!!

  • 5 of 5

Clean, quiet, charming cottage with all the amenities of home. Cool location overlooking the lake. Very welcoming owner only a phone call/text away to answer any questions. Our family had a great visit as part of a ski weekend.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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We enjoyed this home

  • 4 of 5

This house is bigger than it looks in the pictures. Very clean and organized. The kitchen is well stocked for cooking and has all stainless appliances. The little wood stove was wonderful after a day of skiing. Only minutes to Sunday River. Wifi works great, but cell service is iffy at best. There is a phone there you can use, even a wifi printer. Linens and towels provided and nice quality, but we all agree the firm beds are very firm. I slept fine🙂򠠊It's a great rental! Thanks for sharing!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Nearest Airport
73.2 Miles
Portland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Moose's Tail Food & Ale
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Sunday River Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1.9 Miles
US 2/ME 5
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Several on Sunday River Road
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Sunday River & Carters X-Country
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Hanover House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring & Summer
Apr 16 - Sep 14
2 night minimum stay
Sep 16 - Nov 14
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee for cleaning at the end of your stay $75
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 8.0%

Rates are subject to change until confirmed
Call for rates for the entire Ski Season or Long-term Summer Rates
Weekend Rates for Friday and Saturday nights are:2 night minimum
February Vacation is a minimum 5 night rental
Spring & Summer $200/night or $400 for the weekend
Fall $225/night or $450 for the weekend
Winter $300/night or $600 for the weekend

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Hanover House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • All paper products, soaps and shampoos are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1) There are two queen beds - one in the master and one in a downstairs bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (1) Two twin beds are in a downstairs bedroom
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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