Converted barn in rural setting in Midcoast Maine
Judith W. Fossel
About Judith W. Fossel
I live next door to The Barn in another post-and-beam barn. Have lived in Maine for 36 years, but am originally from Wisconsin
Judith W. Fossel purchased this Farmhouse in 1981
Why Judith W. Fossel chose Alna
My family moved from Connecticut and purchased an 18th century central chimney colonial home, with almost seventy acres of woods and fields, on this property in 1981. The house later burned down, and I converted and moved into the new post and beam barn across the street. A year or two later I built another post and beam barn nearby (the rental property).
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Dog friendly. Barn sleeps up to twelve; ideal for several couples or families. Would also be ideal for wedding parties and guests (there are a number of beautiful wedding venues nearby.) Family reunions welcome. The Barn is available for longer term rentals during the off-season at a reduced rate. Please inquire of owner for special rates.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Second time around!
This was our second visit to The Barn. We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation once again with a group of 8 people. Plenty of space, everything you need provided, wonderful grounds, gorgeous weather and plenty to see and visit! Judy has thought of everything to allow for a wonderful vacation! She's nearby if you need her, but never imposing. We would certainly recommend this home to anyone that loves the Maine area!
Family Reunion at the barn
We enjoyed our stay at the barn. Plenty of sleeping space and room to relax. Judy provided all of the needed amenities and extra's like bug spray, suntan lotion, flash lights, night lights, and extra toiletries in each bedroom. Kitchen was well stocked but some of the frying pans need to be replaced due to teflon coming off. Plenty of silver ware , dishes, glasses, and coffee cups. The web pictures made if appear river was close to the house, but we never did find it. Otherwise, house is at it appears on the web site. We would highly recommend the barn, especially for family get togethers.
Thanks for your kind words! So pleased your visit was all you hoped for! I enjoyed having you and hope you may return again to The Barn one day. Best, Judy
Perfect multi generation vacation
Judy provides everything you can think of and some things you didn't think of to make your vacation simple and relaxed.
The layout of the house is perfect for the variety of ages we were vacationing with. There was a loft space with beds that our grandsons, ages 11,9,7 and 4 loved. Judy has tons of games and play equipment that kept the boys entertained. The kitchen is well equipped and we had most meals at the Barn.
The hammock chairs on the porch were a hit with both adults and kids. The location was quiet but allowed us to take trips during the day to various attractions and then return to enjoy our time together.
We have done a number of home away rentals and this was one of the best. Thank you, Judy!
Thanks so much for your nice review, Debbie! Enjoyed having your whole family here, and loved hearing the boys having so much fun!
Hope you'll have an occasion in the future to visit The Barn again! Best, Judy
Roomy barn/home offers alot!
We really enjoyed our week at The Barn just last month! We were pleasantly surprised with the roominess and openness of the house and the comfy furniture. We had 9 of us in the house for a couple of days and we all literally could sit in the living room/dining room and converse as one group. The best part of the home was the screened in entry to the barn! If only I could build one in my backyard at home! We sat out there at night with cocktails and had early morning coffee most days as well. It was a great place to relax without skeeters bothering you! And the breeze flowing through was calming and cooled us off. The beds were super comfortable and the bedrooms provided enough room to move about. Three kids enjoyed the loft area all to themselves. There wasn't anything lacking (well....some little plates for appetizers possibly) in the kitchen. We bought lobsters, mussels and clams a few times during the week and cooked them in the kitchen. Plenty of cookware and crackers and pickers for seafood was available. We enjoyed one evening of game playing but mostly we went out and about during the day. The guys enjoyed a deep sea fishing day for Mackeral. They caught 63 in a few hours and brought back enough for us to grill out that night at the barn and enjoy. We visited and shopped in East Boothbay, Wiscasset, Damariscotta, Portland and Freeport. We went to Pemaquid Beach and fell in love with the soft sand and quaintness of the beach area. We went sailing out of the Portland Yacht Club one day and saw seals swim up to our boat. We found a new restaurant in Brunswick called Joshua's and loved it. Something very different. I've vacationed in Maine since I was a teenager, nearly 35 years ago, and return often to bring my young boys up to visit and enjoy the area. Judy was nearby but we rarely saw her, however, she was right there via a quick text or phone call if we needed her. It is a very quiet area with plenty of room to move about. House had all amenities that we needed. We were able to do laundry before we left. So nice to come home and just have to unpack! I will certainly recommend The Barn to my friends and fellow travelers. Thank you Judy for the wonderful home you have to offer!
Thank you for your wonderful review, Nan, and I am so glad you had such a great vacation! Will get some appetizer plates right away! Hope you might have another occasion to visit The Barn again in the future. Best, Judy
Great family vacation
I was looking for a nice getaway with my extended family, traveling in from the Midwest and New York. Trying to find something cost-effective in the middle of the summer that was also close to the water was especially difficult. But Judith's was absolutely wonderful. She had the perfect accommodations for three families with three small children, and it's great for short day trips to the lake or the ocean, and all the things in between. Our boys spent most of their time running in the yard, and we celebrated two birthdays with a dinner in the barn. The area is beautiful and so many of the mid-coast treasures are within a short driving distance. Thank you again for a great stay!!
Thanks for much for your kind review, Carly! I enjoyed having your family here. So glad you all, especially the boys, had a good time. I never asked how the birthday cake(s) were? If you can think of any way I could have improved your visit, please let me know. Best, Judy
Rural setting near quaint towns of Wiscasset, Damariscotta, and others. Shopping and restaurants galore. Ocean adventures close by. Historic sites. Many beaches accessible within driving range.