Your dreams of Maine will come to life at this four-bedroom Paris property, a centuries-old home with a classic covered porch, an historic, dog-friendly interior, and sweeping views of the White Presidential Mountains- especially in the fall, when the leaves erupt into a gorgeous display of colors. The property is just steps away from the Cornwall Nature Preserve, a 147-acre farmstead where you can hike, snowmobile, or cross-country ski. If you're visiting in the fall, you don't even need to leave the property to take in stunning natural beauty on a fall walk.
Originally constructed in 1810, this two-level home is part of the Paris Hill National Historic District, a 19th century village that sits 48 miles north of downtown Portland. You'll be in the midst of beautiful old homes, just a quarter-mile from the Paris Hill Country Club, and 30 miles north of the beloved Sebago Lake State Park. Thanks to the incredible location, you have a stunning view of sights as nearby as the reds and oranges of autumn trees or as far as the peak of Mount Washington. You can see the changing leaves up close thanks to three miles of woodland trails through 80 acres of gorgeous foliage. During the wintertime, your backyard leads to cross-country skiing, snowmobile, and snowshoe trails that link up to paths all the way down to Bethel!
Thanks to its distinct charm and glorious surroundings in every season, this home is an ideal destination for a tranquil family getaway. But keep in mind that it's also available to host tented backyard weddings for up to 180 guests (please contact Vacasa for additional information).
You'll feel at home as soon as you enter the living space, which features hardwood floors, generous seating, and a vibrant mix of patterns in the carpets, wallpaper, and upholstery. Open that novel you've been meaning to read in the comfort of a rocking chair, spread out a board game on the living room rug, and use the provided logs to keep warm by the fireplace (please note that the fireplace is available only in spring and autumn).
Find another space to mingle in the sunlit family room, where the large picture windows frame views of the surrounding countryside. Curl up on the sofa or one of the armchairs, throw a log in the wood-burning stove, and gather the whole family for a DVD or VHS favorite on the flatscreen cable TV, DVD player, and VCR. This home also has free WiFi so you can stay plugged in if you like.
The full kitchen is a charming mix of function and country style, offering wide-plank hardwood floors, plentiful cabinetry, and a wall of windows that let in the sunshine. Flip pancakes on the stove each morning, slice fresh fruit at the circular eat-in table, and leave the dishwasher to handle the clean-up.
Take your dog for morning walks around the Paris Hill Historic District, keeping in mind that a 75-lb. weight limit and a nightly pet fee apply. And there's no better place to spend your days than outside on the covered porch, where you'll find a selection of rocking chairs and cushioned lounge chairs, a hammock for afternoon naps, and a lovely view of the yard where your kids can play capture the flag.
You'll entertain with ease on the spacious property, thanks to the charcoal and gas grills that can assist with family barbecues. After a day spent in the great outdoors, you can leave your clothes to spin in the private washer/dryer.
With four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, this home will accommodate as many as eight guests. You'll find one bedroom with a queen-size bed and a second bedroom with a queen bed and a futon - and both rooms offer panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The third and fourth bedrooms have three twin beds between them, and a comfortable sofabed is provided for additional sleeping space.
If you're in search of an historic Maine town that is full of classic New England character and natural beauty, look no further than Paris. You'll be just down the street from one of the oldest golf courses in Maine at the Paris Hill Country Club, which has been welcoming golfers to its nine-hole course since 1899.
Take a drive 17 miles south to the town of Poland, the 19th century birthplace of Poland Spring Water known for its crystalline ponds and lakes. Lounge on the shores of Sebago Lake State Park and enjoy 1,400 acres of sandy beaches, bogs and woodlands, and a variety of local plant and animal life. In the mood for something a bit more rugged?
Come and experience the quiet wonders of Maine - book your family escape to this historic home today!