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Briar Rose by the Sea with Ariel's Grotto Guest House and separate Bunk house

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms/4 baths in 2 houses plus pullout beds everywhere AND a bunk house!!!

Briar Rose by the Sea is for LARGE GROUPS! Adjacent guest house (Ariel's Grotto) is just a walk across the lawn and there is a bunk house for those more adventurous ALL on the Sea's edge and adjacent to each other. What a wonderful beach for your family! It is minutes from Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Huge yard for your family activities and the water facing deck can hold and seat everyone in your party. If you have a large group vacation planned, this is the place. The beach area is clear of large rocks and is a beautiful pebble/sand beach-- a hard find on the rocky coast of Maine! Couple this with the mountain views and the Atlantic ocean and you will want to return here every year. We are a pet free property due to allergies. This is the ONLY property you will find to accommodate large groups with 2 separate residences and a bunk house!!! All on one large property with over 300 ft of beach frontage and a huge lawn for family activities AND a huge Cedar Works Pirate themed playground!!!

I Must Go Back to the Sea Again...: You will want to return year after year to this very special spot. There are a lot of rentals to choose from, but none like this. Accommodating large groups with beautiful grounds and beach so close to Acadia and overlooking the mountains of Acadia combined with the deep water frontage make this a one of a kind vacation spot and THE PLACE for Family reunions and large groups!

Make Sure you have Deep Water frontage--Not Tidal!: This is deep water frontage. Don't be fooled by houses 'located on the ocean' that have tidal frontage. Tidal frontage means you have nothing but mud (and a foul smell!) when the tide goes out and the water disappears. True deep water frontage means you will still have deep water even when the tide is out. Many properties listed in Trenton Maine have tidal frontage--don't be fooled by a good price!

Several Golf Courses are nearby: Bar Harbor Golf course is just minutes away and down the road to Bar Harbor you will find the famed 'Kebo Valley' golf course.

There's a Summer Place...: This is truly an exceptional property with a breathtaking view of the ocean with the backdrop of the mountains of Acadia National Park. A deep water mooring is provided should you wish to sail or boat during your stay here. Spend your days combing the beach for starfish, sand dollars and pretty colored shells and sea glass. The beach is cleared of large rocks (something no one is allowed to do anymore) which is a hard find on the rocky coast of Maine. Couple this with the smell of the sea and a warm summer breeze and you will want to return year after year to rest your soul. This spot is great for ocean swimming or wading as well as for snorkeling or scuba diving.

But be prepared to just sit back in your beach chair with your toes dug into the warm sand while the warm summer breeze caresses your cares away. Don't be surprised if you catch yourself smiling all the time...we'll know why...

More Details

Deborah (Debbie) Hogan
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 5, 2018


Trenton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 8:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Briar Rose Bathroom 1 2nd floor hall for 2nd & 3rd BRs - toilet , combination tub/shower , main house
    Briar Rose Master BR Bath (2nd floor) - toilet , shower , main house
    Briar Rose 1st Floor Bath - toilet , shower , 1st floor (handicapped shower)
    Ariel's Grotto (2nd floor) - toilet , combination tub/shower , Only Bath in Ariel's Grotto
  • Main house has 3 baths including one handicap shower on the main level. Ariels' Grotto Guest house has 1 full bath. Bunkhouse does not have a bathroom (for the adventurous!)
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Ariel's Grotto Master Bedroom #1 (2nd Floor) - 1 queen
    Ariel's Grotto Bedroom #2 (2nd Floor) - 2 twin/ single
    Briar Rose Master Bedroom (2nd Floor) - 1 king , main house
    Briar Rose Bedroom #2 (2nd Floor) - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , main house
    Briar Rose Bedroom #3 (2nd Floor) - 1 queen , main house
    Briar Rose livingroom off kitchen pullout (1st Floor) - 1 queen
    Briar Rose living room with fireplace pull-outs (1st Floor) - 2 queen , 3 twin/ single
    Bunk house Futons (1st Floor) - 2 queen , 2 Futons in same room first floor
    Ariel's Grotto Living room pullouts (2nd Floor) - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Futon plus pullout furnitre
  • Briar Rose can sleep: 17 Ariel's Grotto can sleep 10 Bunk house can sleep 2-4 These numbers include sofa and chair pull-outs and futons. We do not allow more than 20 (unless we approve it). Please do not try to get around this policy. Our neighbors will inform us if you have more people than you should. This is a private septic and well.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Please call to discuss. Very suitable for family reunions, multiple family vacations. You may not rent this for a wedding or for a business meeting through this site. Weddings and retreats or business use requires SPECIAL AND ADDITIONAL INSURANCE. No pets on this site due to allergies. No exceptions. If you need to bring your pet, please look elsewhere. Thank you.


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Briar Rose by the Sea with Ariel's Grotto Guest House and separate Bunk house
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Perfect place for a big family gathering

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been happier--10 adults, 9 children. Five bedrooms for the 10 adults. 6 kids slept in a huge space with 3 big futons in the smaller house. Pull-out couches were also available . Huge deck where we had all our meals. Beachfront was ideal--shallow enough for the littlest to play and skim rocks. Worked fine to launch kayaks (rented from a nearby rental place). Kids loved the play structure (swings, slide etc).Twenty minutes to Acadia National Park. Debbie left all kinds of treats in the house for us (huge cake, pancake batter, jam, maple syryp, taffy, etc.) We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great place for our family reunion. Everything about the stay was incredible - the lodging, the views, the hiking, the lobster...I could go on and on! The owners were more than accommodating...they even had welcome gifts for our family of twelve-a large cake with Welcome to Maine written on it, along with numerous Maine products. I highly recommend staying at Briar Rose and the Ariel's Grotto. 👍?👍?👍?👍?

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family time!

  • 5 of 5

Five star!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lots of space, and nice waterfront

  • 5 of 5

Lots of space that could work just fine for a huge group. Has two grills and nice, newer washer and dryer. Nice location that is convenient enough to everything you want to do, but far enough away from the craziness. Waterfront, yard, and playground was great for the kids. Owners also left lots of new toys, games, and stuff for all of us to use while there.

Be sure you look over the contract prior if possible, as there were a few surprises that seemed out of the ordinary for rentals such as an 8am check out time, which was very early for a group of around 15.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A superb accomodation in a gorgeous setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a family reunion here with ages ranging from 16-95. There were ten of us and we had a wonderful time. Everything was as we were led to expect and more. The beach is wonderful and great for shelling and swimming and kayaking. We had everything we needed and more. We would highly recommend this rental. You cannot go wrong. We hope to go back!!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd year at Briar Rose by the Sea! Again, we totally enjoyed our stay. This place is perfect for a large family. The both houses are very well equipped with sleeping accommodations, kitchen needs. Trenton is close to Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park. The views from the deck overlooking the bay are amazing. You can take a stroll on the beach, where we saw starfish, very large clams. this place is highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2.5 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
on the Island
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
300 plus feet private infront of property
Car: necessary

THE ONLY LISTING you will find with a 3 bedroom/3 bath MAIN house PLUS and an adjacent but private 2 bedroom/1bath guest house, AND a BUNK HOUSE -- all filled with pullout furniture beds, to accommodate LARGE GROUPS all included in one price.

HUGE beautiful rolling lawn down to over 300 ft private pebble, sand beach overlooking Acadia National Park Mountains. Pirate cedar playground for kids young and old and THE BEST cleared pebble, sand beach you will find on the rocky coast of Maine! This unique property has it all and no others in the area compare to this.

This property is right on the ocean with deep water frontage, overlooking Acadia National Park Mountains, and you an even see the car headlights descending from Cadillac Mountain at night! Minutes to Acadia National Park Entrance. This is the one your family has been searching for and just listed May 2011 for the first time in several years! Welcome to Briar Rose by the's calling to you...

Other Activities: Acadia National Park entrance very close!

Golf: Famous Kebo Valley Golf Course is a must for the golfer in your group! Located in Bar Harbor, this course is surrounded by the beauty of Acadia. But, be careful that you aren't distracted by the views when making that important putt!




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 9.0%

100% is due at booking unless we make other arrangements. NO REFUNDS FOR ANY REASON. DON'T BOOK UNLESS YOU ARE 100% SURE. My season is SHORT and I can't fill in last minute! Thank you! Also, there are no pets allowed here under any circumstances. Owners' children have allergies. If you have a small party or just want one house we can make that work! Just email us! Also, if you are looking at the 1 house rate and want both houses - we can make that work as well. Just email us. We do need the exact size of party due to private water and septic concerns. THANK YOU. You must provide a complete and inclusive list of all people staying and sign a contract in advance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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