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Amazing Maine Get-Away - Maine's Western Mountains

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Last updated: 11/17/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-5 nights
  • Sleeps:32
  • Bedrooms:16
  • Bathrooms:5.5
  • Property type:Lodge
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Lodge, 15 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, Sleeps 25+ warm weather, 14+ cold.

Historic country lodge in Maine's beautiful western mountains with private swimming pond and beach on property, close to lakes, streams and mountains. Nearby world-class fishing (Rapid River, Magalloway, Kennebago, Androscoggin & Swift Rivers, Rangeley & Richardson Lakes), golfing (Bethel Inn & Sunday River), and ski areas (Sunday River, Saddleback, Mt. Abram, Black Mountain).

Magnificent setting with broad lawns and pastures overlooking mountain valley in the northern end of the Mahoosuc range. Pond & river on property. Trails on property and access to 4000 footers. Plentiful outdoor activities: swim, boat, fish (stocked pond, great fishing throughout the area including some of the nation's most pristine wild trout waters), hike, bike, ride, berry pick, you name it. Nearby Bethel Recreation Area & Sunday River golf and ski resorts. 3 hours from Boston.

This is a truly unique vacation and recreation spot - comfortable and gorgeous with deep history in a friendly old-New England town. Built in 1792 by the first homesteading settler in the valley; renovated in the late 1800s at the peak of the railroad era into a private summer retreat with design contributions by Stanford White and Frederick Law Olmsted. Wonderful interiors including breathtaking Great Hall, several salons, Grand Dining Room. Long views that defy words.


Rates quoted are for family vacation rentals with the indicated seasonal overnight guest maximums. Event and other rental rates quoted upon request.

References required.

Keywords: Sleeps 25+ in warm weather, 14+ in cold weather. Summer and winter rentals available. 2 kitchens, 2 dining rooms. Catering & event services available. 15 fireplaces. Contemporary utilities & amenities including wireless internet. Elegantly furnished.

Weddings, reunions, special events, family vacations, corporate and group retreats. Destination Weddings. Ceremony and reception site. Trophy trout, salmon & bass fishing. Two golf courses nearby. Amazing for leaf peeping weekends. Downhill and XC Ski. Snow-mobile. Hunt. Hike the Appalachian Trail. Relax.

Owner

Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 11/17/2016

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 9000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only

Bedrooms: 16 Bedrooms, Sleeps 32, Beds for 25-32

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Please note that the 'Private Pool' indicated above is actually a spring fed private pond with a beach, rope swing and picnic table set amidst the fields behind the house - it's nice!...moreless

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Cinemas

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Formal Dining Room plus two eat-in kitchens plus two banquet tables in Great Hall...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 30 people

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Magnificent 8'X6' fireplace in Great Hall with a 12' granite hearth. Dining room, kitchens and parlors have fireplaces. 15 fireplaces in all....moreless

  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Spectacular Great Hall...moreless

  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove:

    Grand antique cast iron stove in 2nd kitchen....moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Multiple grills, including 'Big Red' 48' Argentine style hardwood grill with rotisserie and other options....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Spring fed pond with beach, rope swing, set in meadows. Very nice....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2016-2017
Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$650
$3,900

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Spring 2017
Apr 1 - Jun 29, 2017
3 night min stay
$800
$4,800

Rates are based on 25 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Summer 2017
Jun 30 - Sep 4, 2017
5 night min stay
$1,000
$6,000

Rates are based on 26 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Fall 2017
Sep 5 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$800
$4,800

Rates are based on 25 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning $400 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500
  • Tax Rate 9%

Notes:

Cleaning fee from $300; $500 for weddings (subject to event details.) Grounds fees may apply. Pets, if permitted, will incur surcharge.

Security deposit $1000, $2500 weddings (subject to event details.)


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Last updated: 11/17/2016
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Location

Magnificent setting with broad lawns and pastures overlooking mountain valley in the northern end of the Mahoosuc range. Pond & river on property. Trails on property and access to 4000 footers. Plentiful outdoor activities: swim, boat, fish (stocked pond, great fishing throughout the area including some of the nation's most pristine wild trout waters), hike, bike, ride, berry pick, you name it. Nearby Bethel Recreation Area & Sunday River golf and ski resorts. 3 hours from Boston.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1792

Why the Owner Chose Andover, ME, USA:
Now! Summer specials: • 3 nights gets ½ night rental fee discount (long weekend rental: $2500) • 4 nights for $3000 / price of three, 5 for $4000, 7 for $5000

The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
Merrill House (c.1792, on the National Historic Register) looks across “Snow Valley” onto the tail end of the White Mountains in western Maine. Located in Andover, under ½ hour from Bethel and Sunday River Ski area, and surrounded by fields, forest and trails, Merrill House is immersed in natural beauty. The Appalachian Trail passes through Andover, and there are excellent X-country trails and sled runs just outside the door. The home has been in the family for over two hundred years, since its original construction eight generations ago. The homestead was the first colonial settlement of the valley. Ezekiel Merrill, Revolutionary War veteran, and his wife Sarah and their young children first trekked in by canoe and foot over 50 miles to spend the winter in a one-room hut that the local Pequaket Indians helped them make. They were under-provisioned and had to trade for food and furs with the native Americans, living largely on potatoes that first winter. The family survived and stayed to establish their farm. Generations passed and the homestead grew into a working farm with barns and pastures. At the end of the 1800’s Ezekiel’s great grandson Henry Varnum Poor and his son Henry William – made wealthy by the railroads – renovated the farmhouse into the lodge we have today, and the pastures into botanical gardens, with walk-paths and many other features. Today the Merrill House is available for rent for weddings, retreats, reunions, and seasonal parties. We hope you will enjoy its comfort, charm and its unique piece of American history as much as we do!


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 11/17/2016

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Photos

  • Merrill House - Summer

    Merrill House - Summer

  • Merrill House - Winter

    Merrill House - Winter

  • Great Hall Fireplace and Balcony

    Great Hall Fireplace and Balcony

  • Master Bedroom (private bath)

    Master Bedroom (private bath)

  • 2nd Floor Bedroom (twins)

    2nd Floor Bedroom (twins)

  • Soutwest bedroom - mountain views and access to South Balcony

    Soutwest bedroom - mountain views and access to South Balcony

  • Ellis River runs through it...

    Ellis River runs through it...

  • Pond and beach - many, many more swimming and boating options nearby!

    Pond and beach - many, many more swimming and boating options nearby!

  • West Face

    West Face

  • Great Hall

    Great Hall

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • 2nd Floor Bedroom (shared bath)

    2nd Floor Bedroom (shared bath)

  • Southeast Bedroom - looks out onto lawns and pond with access to South Balcony

    Southeast Bedroom - looks out onto lawns and pond with access to South Balcony

  • View looking west to Baldpate Mountain (amazing sunsets!)

    View looking west to Baldpate Mountain (amazing sunsets!)

  • Spring fed pond and beach on premise.

    Spring fed pond and beach on premise.

  • Covered bridge swimming hole nearby.

    Covered bridge swimming hole nearby.

VRBO #389118

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Friday, December 09, 2016

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