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Barn sleeps up to twelve, available for school-year rental in school choice town

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Converted barn in rural setting in Midcoast Maine

Three stories in post-and-beam converted barn in Mid-coast Maine. Three double bedrooms (one queen w/ additional day bed, one double and one with two twins) and loft which sleeps five. Dog friendly. Perfect for families, or several couples, wedding parties or guests, family reunions. Many beautiful wedding venues in area. Alna includes scenic historic areas of Sheepscot and Head Tide. Sheepscot River runs through property. Fields, woods, hiking trails. Area boasts many restaurants and opportunities for outdoor activities: tennis, golf, canoeing and kayaking, boating, fishing. Near quaint towns of Damaricotta and Wiscasset; in the Boothbay Harbor region. Easy three hour drive from Boston. Available for school-year rental at monthly rent. Alna is a School Choice town. PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO LEGAL RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT FOR SCHOOL CHOICE IN MAINE. The rate of $1,400/month during the school year applies only to longer-term rentals (minimum of three months.) Should you wish to rent for a shorter length of time during the school-year-period, short-term rates may apply, either $1,800/week, or $325/day if less than a week. Inquire of owner for longer terms less than three months. For further information regarding School Choice contact Pam Ford-Taylor, School Approval Consultant, Dept. of Education at 207-624-6617.

There is an additional $50 per person/per stay charge over 2 guests FOR ALL RENTAL RATES

More Details

Judith W. Fossel
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 7, 2018

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 or school year rentals during the off-season at a reduced rate. Please inquire. Alna is a school choice town. THERE IS NO LEGAL RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT IN MAINE SCHOOL CHOICE TOWNS.For more information contact the State Dept. of Education online or the Superintendent of RSU #12 at 207-549-3261.


Alna Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 5 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen bedroom includes day bed to sleep additional person. Toddler bed available in twin bedroom upon request
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews

Perfect multi generation vacation

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Roomy barn/home offers alot!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Great family vacation

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Conveniently in the middle of nowhere!

  • 5 of 5

At Judy's place you get the privacy of being in the middle of nowhere with the convenience of being close to so many things--the beach, the lake, a charming village. The Barn is beautiful and so well appointed. Thank you Judy for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had an enjoyable visit and a safe trip home! Hope to se you again in the future.
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  • 5 of 5

Loved everything about it!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for large group

  • 5 of 5

We went to Maine for our son's wedding. The whole family traveled from Florida to Maine. At times we had 11 people in the barn, plenty of space for all. Outside there is lots of room for the kids, with toys and balls in the carriage house. As you see in the pics there are alot of games to play and we had a great time with those. The bedrooms are spacious, bedding nice. The bunkroom/loft was a great hit with the younger ones.

The barn is in a great location, removed, but within easy driving distance from Portland, the coast, even Acadia(but start early for that one, not to be missed). Many good places to eat. Everybody wants to know, where's the best lobster roll? Had about a half dozed, all good, our best was Trevett Country Store. Whole belly clams were very good too.

Back to the Barn. We have been using VRBO/Homeaway for many years now. This was without a doubt one of the best places we have stayed. The Barn is well laid out and the construction is impressive. Judy, the owner, is right next door, but not intrusive. She was very, very nice and addressed any concerns very quickly. We may never make it back to Maine, but if we do, I know where we'll be staying.

Thank you Judy!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Portland International
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Wawenock CC
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Downeaster, Brunswick
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Me Tpke. (I-295)
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Wiscasset, Damariscotta, Newcastle
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Camden Snowbowl
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Crescent Beach, Jefferson
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

School-year* rentals (Sept.-June): $1,400/month + utilities; Minimum monthly rental flexible based on availability. For monthly rental less than six months, please make special arrangement with owner.
*Alna is a school choice town. NOTE: THERE IS NO LEGAL RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT IN MAINE FOR SCHOOL CHOICE TUITION. For more information contact Pam Ford-Taylor, School Approval Consultant, Dept of Education at 207-624-6617.
There is an additional $50 per person/per stay charge over 2 guests FOR ALL RENTAL RATES

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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