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Enjoy the fire pit, horseshoes, and watch kids play in the Hobbit Hole House.

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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:18
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:Chalet
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

5 bdrms & 3.5 bath = 10 Adults + 8 kids-kitchen seats 18 for meals and games.

For remaining March and April weekends:
Book a 3 night minimum stay and receive the fourth night free: typically Wednesday night but can consider Sunday night instead.

June 23, 2016 SELECTED AND FEATURED BY HOMEAWAY AS one of seven:
"Super-cool vacation rentals for kids"! Rest assured our home IS the amazing kid-friendly home it appears to be because even HomeAway has selected us from thousands of options! Look on HomeAway with:
"7 sweet vacation rentals to captivate your kids"

New in May 2015...
for Hobbit Fans and 'kids' of all ages, the Hobbit Playhouse will be something that you have never seen before. It was assembled on-site by Wooden-Wonders of Unity Maine. It has hard wood floors and two windows so playing and hanging out in it should be comfortable all summer long. I
It has a play stove/oven set and table and two chairs from IKEA and some cute "fabric" food and other fun toys.
It also has a couch that flattens out to a full bed, which is a great place to take an afternoon nap!
We hope our 'littlest' guests, and those with huge imaginations, will love the idea of a Hobbit Hole and have hours of imaginative play time in it.

***THE HOBBIT HOLE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON FROM NOVEMBER UNTIL MID-MAY***

*** To our many repeat guests- the Maine Lodging Tax Rate went from 8% to 9% on January 1, 2016 ***

NUMBER OF GUESTS:
• The Maine Ski House does sleep 18 in beds, but 6 of the beds are twin bunks and 4 of them are upper bunks.
• Therefore, we request the maximum adults staying are 10 and the children can be any number, as long as the total number of people does not exceed 18.

At THE MAINE SKI HOUSE we try to offer something to keep everyone happy:

OUTDOOR AMENITIES:
• Horseshoe Pit and Fire Pit: In July 2014 we built a Horseshoe Pit and Fire Pit, which have been great additions to the outdoor space. There is nothing like sitting around a fire on a chilly summer or fall night, making S'Mores, and watching a competitive game of Horseshoes.
• 12+ Adirondack chairs around the fire pit
• Deck: We have a large second story deck that has enough space for people to be doing different things but still all be able to chat and socialize:
• 6 person round hot tub
• gas grille
• 6 Adirondack chairs
• Child sized picnic table
• Two-person wooden swing

INDOOR AMENITIES:
• We have an unusual feature that you will not find at most houses: an IN-HOUSE TREASURE HUNT for kids of all ages- literally! Join in the fun, or just watch as the participants go room to room for answers to over 20 questions. The completed answers lead them to a hidden treasure chest full of surprises and treats.

• The open KITCHEN/LIVING/DINING areas can keep everyone together for meals, socializing, and game playing. The island seats 4 and the pub-height table seats 14. The well equipped kitchen is a cooks dream as there are ample supplies and prep areas for several people to help. There is a ton of cabinet storage, a pantry with slide-out shelves, an extra fridge in the pub, and a beverage fridge by the coffee center. We also have a gas GE Cooktop with a center griddle for pancakes, a Kitchen-Aid mixer, a hot-air popcorn popper, a 3-pot fondue pot, and a chocolate fountain, and plenty of pretty bowls, platters, containers for amazing meals cooked by the 'chefs' in your group.

•The THREE CUB PUB, in the basement level, will keep you feeling like you are in your very own pub and wondering if you ever have to leave the house at night. It has two flat screen TV’s for game-viewing from every angle. There is a sink, seating for 6, and a Jimmy Buffet Margarita Maker which also makes perfect slushies for kids!

*Classic 1980’s Arcade game has 60 classic games such as PAC MAN and Galaga

•The OZ REC ROOM:
• Wii on its own TV
• Xbox 360 on its own TV
• 55” TV for watching one of our 120+ movies or TV or the internet
• Foosball game
• Board games such as Apples to Apples, Cranium, Clue, Scrabble
•For small children: a train table with wooden trains and tracks, a log-home furnished doll house, IKEA children's table and chairs, some toys and books
for young children



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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • Chalet
  • 2800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 18
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    We do require that all adults renting are 27 years old, unless they are children of older adults. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We feel our home is ideal for children of all ages. We have several board games (Cranium, Apples to Apples, Clue) and a basket of books if someone needs to be read to before they can doze off. We have a children's outdoor picnic table on the deck for the warmer months. We have an IKEA table and 2 small chairs in the rec room for games, coloring, or eating if you'd like to bring it into the kitchen. We intentionally put XBox 360 and Wii on their own TV's so 'waiting turns' (and possibly arguing) could be avoided. The foosball and 1980's arcade game can keep people of all ages entertained for hours too. The huge flat screen TV and our movie collection of approx 60 movies can be a place where everyone can unwind and enjoy a movie together. We also provide some small toys for toddlers: abacus, blocks, train track from IKEA. We also have a high chair and pack and play for those traveling with toddlers/babies. Please let us know if you would like those left out for you. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    We do adhere to a strict policy of no smoking in the house. We do provide commercial grade ash trays on the back porch and front deck to avoid cigarette butts from being thrown into the yard. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We will consider, on an individual basis, dogs that are house broken, well-behaved, and are to be kept under the owners control at all times both in and outside of the house. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 18

  • The White Cap Room: 1 queen

    sleeps 2...moreless

  • The Spruce Room (Master): 1 king

    Sleeps 2 with private bathroom and tub, sliders to deck. ...moreless

  • The Barker Room: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

    sleeps 4- one queen bed with a twin bunk set ...moreless

  • The Locke Room: 1 queen, 3 twin/ single

    sleeps 5, queen with twin loft 'L' over it and twin bunk set...moreless

  • The Aurora Room: 2 double, 1 twin/ single

    sleeps 5: one full bed & one full bed with twin bunk over it...moreless

  • All beds, box springs, and pillows have bed bug certified encasements. Beds are custom made from logs by local wood craftsman Steve Stone and are very comfortable. There are extra linens, pillows, and blankets if needed during your stay. All bedrooms have ample storage, own closet, and plenty of hangers in the closet. For rooms shared by several people, we provide hooks or storage bins for individual items to be kept separate and organized. We also have a Pack 'n Play if needed. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Powder room - main floor: toilet

    ...moreless

  • Master: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • 2nd Floor: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • Walk out basement: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • All bathrooms have beautiful glass bowl sinks. We provide all towels, white, as well as labeled clips so each person can keep 'track' of their own towel. This hopefully decreases the amount of laundry and assures people they are using their own towel. We do provide shampoo/conditioner/body wash/toilet paper for your convenience. There is also a hair dryer in every bathroom that has a shower. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Separate Wii & Xbox360 areas with dedicated 32'' HD LED TVs. Total of 9 HD LED TVs: 4 receiving high definition and 3 receiving standard definition....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books For Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 18 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Four of the five bedrooms have a window A/C unit in them. (Basement bedroom remains cool in summer months.) The main room has a window unit also. Many fans are in the house also. ...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden:

    We have a wooded lot that has an area cleared for a fire pit and horseshoe pits. New as of Summer 2014. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Spring Skiing
Apr 17 - May 6, 2017
2 night min stay
$400 $500
Fri, Sat
May 2017
May 7 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
$350 $450
Fri, Sat
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 - May 28, 2017
3 night min stay
$600
Summer to early Fall
May 29 - Sep 28, 2017
3 night min stay
$400 $600
Fri, Sat
Peak Foliage
Sep 29 - Oct 5, 2017
3 night min stay
$400 $600
Fri, Sat
Columbus Day Weekend 2015
Oct 6 - Oct 8, 2017
3 night min stay
$600
Late Fall
Oct 9 - Nov 21, 2017
2 night min stay
$350 $500
Fri, Sat
Early Ski Season 2017
Nov 22 - Dec 21, 2017
2 night min stay
$400 $600
Fri, Sat
Christmas Week 2017
Dec 22 - Dec 28, 2017
3 night min stay
$875
New Years Eve 2017
Dec 29 - Dec 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,000
Regular Ski Season 2018
Jan 1 - Jan 11, 2018
3 night min stay
$600 $875
Thu, Fri, Sat
MLK Weekend 2018
Jan 12 - Jan 14, 2018
3 night min stay
$1,000
Regular Ski Season 2018
Jan 15 - Feb 15, 2018
3 night min stay
$600 $875
Thu, Fri, Sat
February Vacation 2018
Feb 16 - Feb 24, 2018
3 night min stay
$900
Regular Ski Season 2018
Feb 25 - Apr 7, 2018
3 night min stay
$875 $600
Thu, Fri, Sat
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$350

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Pet Fee $50
  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Cleaning $160
  • Tax Rate 9%

Notes:

In Feb 2016 HomeAway started charging the traveler a sliding scale of 5.5% to 9.0% "Service Fee" added to all items except Lodging Tax. This goes directly to HomeAway


Owner's cancellation policy:

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Location

0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Matterhorn Ski Bar
4.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Sunday River Golf Club
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Matterhorn Ski Bar
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
Sunday River

Car: Necessary

The house is on a wooded lot on 1 full acre of land. It is located on the edge of Barker Mountain so as you drive up our road, you can see the trails of Sunday River's 'White Heat'. At night, you can see the snowcats grooming the trails and you feel as though you are in the middle of the activity, but yet secluded as our neighborhood is very quiet. We are located in the neighborhood behind infamous Matterhorn Ski Bar, for those who are familiar with the area.

In the summer months, we typically have a constant breeze flowing through the house and it can really feel like a tree house as you look out at the tree tops off of the deck. If you do need to cool off from the heat, we are just minutes away from The Artists Covered Bridge, Screw Auger Falls or Mother Walker Falls. We highly recommend checking out these places because they are not only fun, but stunningly beautiful. We do think the most fun we've had in the summer is when we have gone Lazy River Tubing on The Androscoggin River with Bethel Outdoor Adventure. It is hours of relaxing old fashioned fun! You can picnic along the edge of one of the little islands. You will feel as though you've stepped back in time as there are minimal signs of modern day life for most of the ride down river.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: We met while students at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1989, and married few years later. We had three children and when they were 1, 3, and 5 we started traveling with four other college friends and their families. Our 'crew' totaled 10 adults and 15 children, most of them born in a 5 year span. It was so much work to travel with young children that it was actually as many hours of packing/unpacking than our three days together, but none of us cared! After our long weekends, we were completely exhausted, our stomachs ached from laughing, and someone usually ended up at the doctor on Tuesday. The time we spent together sitting and talking, eating, cooking, cleaning, game playing, sipping coffee in the morning and drinks at night, hiking up mountains to exhaust the kids so they would go to bed early... was SO FUN, the price of complete exhaustion afterwards was well worth it. Over the 14 years of our annual tradition, we rented in Southern VT and Newry and Scarborough Maine. The group has experienced quite a range of quality of homes: from 'kind of roughing it' to 'oh no, there are a lot of fancy breakable things here'. As a couple, we've been renting homes between FL and New England since '97. We like to say between all of those rentals, we have "seen it all" and often said "if we ever owned a rental, we would..." So in 2010 we began our own venture in Vacation Rental Ownership and put all of the lessons we have learned into action. We guide you through the process of renting, tell you as much as we can before you arrive, but then give you your privacy once you your vacation begins. We know a trip to a rental home takes a lot of planning and money. You will see in our reviews, we try to make the experience in our home all that it should be: a relaxing, comfortable and fun visit to the beautiful Sunday River area. We hope you will stay with us and experience The Maine Ski House for yourself. Your friends and family will thank you for booking with u

The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
We thought we had hit the jack pot when we found the location for The Maine Ski House: behind the Matterhorn and 2 miles from the South Ridge Lodge! The foundation was in but no walls were up yet. We modified the developer's plan (we lost count of how many times) to make their beautiful design into a great rental: we made the kitchen open and bigger than they had planned for, we made the walls in the stairwell into the basement solid so noise did not travel, we closed off the pub from the rec room to give the adults more privacy, we had stairs off of the deck built so people could access the yard easily, we paved the driveway to improve plowing and cut down on dirt into the house, created a separate beverage area for coffee/wine/sink to get out of the way of the 'chefs' in the group, measured out a space for a dining table that would hold 14 people, provided as much storage as possible in the kitchen, bathrooms, and mudroom. The developers questioned a few of our decisions, but we knew what makes a home a great comfortable rental for large groups from years of experience. Our reviews are evidence that we were on the right track because people rave about our amenities, storage, comfort level, bedding and linens, entertainment choices, and electronics. People especially love the Welcome Packet we send and The Welcome Baskets that greet them on the counter. We expect nothing but a great experience for those that stay with us. When people book our house, we are excited for them because we know they have made a great decision and their lodging portion of their trip is going to be worry-free. It is rare that we receive a question just prior to someone's arrival because our guests know all they need to know before they leave home. Our goal is to have your stay in The Maine Ski House feel like it is your 'home away from home' and if you ever think about coming back to Sunday River, there are no questions as to where to stay. We hope you will stay with us soon...


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Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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Photos

  • Enjoy the fire pit, horseshoes,  and watch kids play in the Hobbit Hole House.

    Enjoy the fire pit, horseshoes, and watch kids play in the Hobbit Hole House.

  • The large kitchen has plenty of room for multiple chefs, ample storage, seats 18

    The large kitchen has plenty of room for multiple chefs, ample storage, seats 18

  • The "Pub Table" seats 14- great for eating, talking, game playing, laughing...

    The "Pub Table" seats 14- great for eating, talking, game playing, laughing...

  • Open concept first floor: your group will all feel connected no matter the seat.

    Open concept first floor: your group will all feel connected no matter the seat.

  • "Spruce Room" Master Bedroom on main floor, private bathroom, sliders to deck.

    "Spruce Room" Master Bedroom on main floor, private bathroom, sliders to deck.

  • "Locke Room" sleep 5. Great for a family or for a kids room. Locally made beds.

    "Locke Room" sleep 5. Great for a family or for a kids room. Locally made beds.

  • There is plenty of storage for the equipment and gear in the mudroom = organization

    There is plenty of storage for the equipment and gear in the mudroom = organization

  • "Oz Rec Room" 100+ DVD's, 55" TV, 2 TV's with Wii & XBox 360. Fun for all ages!

    "Oz Rec Room" 100+ DVD's, 55" TV, 2 TV's with Wii & XBox 360. Fun for all ages!

  • Relax on the large deck with your morning coffee or evening drink. So peaceful.

    Relax on the large deck with your morning coffee or evening drink. So peaceful.

  • So many places to see in Maine, but The Maine Ski House IS "Your Happy House"!

    So many places to see in Maine, but The Maine Ski House IS "Your Happy House"!

  • Enjoy the fire pit while watching horseshoes or kids in the Hobbit Hole House.

    Enjoy the fire pit while watching horseshoes or kids in the Hobbit Hole House.

  • The winter transforms The Maine Ski House into a winter wonderland.

    The winter transforms The Maine Ski House into a winter wonderland.

  • The Living Room: comfortable seating for conversations/TV viewing/Gas Fireplace.

    The Living Room: comfortable seating for conversations/TV viewing/Gas Fireplace.

  • Living Room from 2nd floor: hot tub so close you can see/converse with people.

    Living Room from 2nd floor: hot tub so close you can see/converse with people.

  • Another view of main floor. Pub Table seats 14 and island seats 4 comfortably.

    Another view of main floor. Pub Table seats 14 and island seats 4 comfortably.

  • "White Cap Room" queen bed, great views of The Mahoosuc Range. Lots of storage.

    "White Cap Room" queen bed, great views of The Mahoosuc Range. Lots of storage.

  • Beautiful glass bowl sinks in all 4 bathrooms. All have great storage also.

    Beautiful glass bowl sinks in all 4 bathrooms. All have great storage also.

  • "The Three Cub Pub": go "out" but stay "in" with your own pub/arcade game. Fun!

    "The Three Cub Pub": go "out" but stay "in" with your own pub/arcade game. Fun!

  • Enjoy a competitive game of Foos Ball, Wii, or XBox 360.RecRoom has fun for all!

    Enjoy a competitive game of Foos Ball, Wii, or XBox 360.RecRoom has fun for all!

  • Kids will love exploring the woods with Gnome Homes. Imaginations will run wild!

    Kids will love exploring the woods with Gnome Homes. Imaginations will run wild!

  • Real "Hobbit Hole House" (Wooden Wonders) kids will have hours of fun playing.

    Real "Hobbit Hole House" (Wooden Wonders) kids will have hours of fun playing.

  • The little ones will have fun with the fairies that now live in nearby woods.

    The little ones will have fun with the fairies that now live in nearby woods.

  • Outside is where you want to be in the summer months- so much to do!

    Outside is where you want to be in the summer months- so much to do!

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