We do sleep 18 total: 10-12 adults and 6-8 can be kids (6 beds are twin bunks).
About Paula Easley
We met while students at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1989, and married few years later. We had three children and when they were toddlers we started renting Vacation Homes in NE with 4 other college couples 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 over 100 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 yourselves!
Paula Easley purchased this Chalet in 2010
Why Paula Easley chose Newry
The location was amazing: in Newry just 1 mile from Sunday River Ski Resort. We are on Barker Mountain, one of Sunday River's peaks, in Barker Mountain Village. It is a paved public road so the road is easier for the town to take care of than a dirt road and we are fortunate to have Cross Excavation as our plow company. They also plow the road so we are always plowed out quickly and repeatedly during storms. The house has extreme privacy on the 1 acre yard. We have views looking up into the Mahoosuc Range and at Mount Will. From the yard and deck, there are views of Barker Mountain, and the trails are easily seen during the winter months. We have been able to develop what was a yard of wood chips into a small oasis with a horse shoe pit, fire pit, picnic table, outdoor lights strung from the house to the trees, and something that has given kids hours of entertainment: The Hobbit Hole House. It was installed in May 2015 and it was one of the best things we have ever added to the house. It is a magical building that feels like a real Hobbit Hole House and is 5' 8" at the peak so adults can get into it, but it is the young children that have hours of fun with the IKEA table and chairs, IKEA stove and sink, and full sized futon. It is also a great place for an afternoon nap because the two windows have screens on them so a nice breeze can travel through the space.
What makes this Chalet unique
We thought we had hit the jack pot when we found the location for The Maine Ski House: behind the Matterhorn Ski Bar & 2 miles from the South Ridge Lodge at SR! The foundation was in but no walls were up yet so we modified the developer's plan (we lost count of how many times) to make their beautiful design into a great rental. We opened up kitchen to be 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 stay with us soon!
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A Vacation Home to Remember
The home was welcoming and beautiful. Check in was flawless. We have a family of 15 and with 3 floors, we could spread out so that everyone could take space. The area is fantastic for an active family like ours. Loved the long family style dining table, hot tub, and hobbit house, as well!
The home & property were beautiful. Paula was so kind & accommodating. The hobbit house, little picnic table, doll house and treasure hunt were enjoyed by our little grandchildren. This home has everything you need and more. We had a great time here!
Best house for group or family vacation
It was absolutely the best house...made to feel as though it was our home. Games/ everything well equipped/ outdoors and indoor activities/ everything anyone would want.
Just the best.
What a perfect place to stay! All of the comforts of home in a beautiful house! So kid friendly and entertaining! Thanks Paula!
This was the best rental experience we have ever had. Paula thought of every detail!
My wife and I brought our 3 young children up to the Maine Ski House for a long weekend. We were accompanied by my brother-in-law, his wife, and their three children along with my sister and her son. The house was amazing. The bedrooms were beautiful and the kids loved the bunk beds. The kitchen and large pub table were great for family dinners, and the game room and pub downstairs kept both kids and adults entertained. Paula had the house well stocked with movies, board games, and scavenger hunts. The hot tub was great after a long day on the slopes. Every detail was covered, from linens, towels, and even bathroom baskets in case anything was forgotten. It was a quick drive to Sunday River and right around the corner from the Matterhorn. Paula was quick to respond to any questions we had before and during the stay. We can’t wait to return for another weekend!
Had great stay with 2 other families!!
The pride the owner’s take in your stay being a memorable one is evident in the amenities of the home, and all it has to offer adults and children of all ages. Highly recommend.
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.