The Space This is such a comfortable, big house and it is perfectly situated for either families, or couples or adults traveling together. The beds are cozy and guests tell us they sleep great with open windows and quiet nights. We provide good quality and well maintained linens, pillows and blankets for your comfort. The house opens onto the lake for those delicious piney breezes. The wildlife is amazing and loons calling across the lake or swimming by will keep you entertained. There are also eagles, ducks, fish jumping, and bullfrogs croaking. It is magical!
There are three bedrooms including the private master suite. The master suite is on the ground level with no staircases. It is equipped with twin, adjustable (and super comfortable) beds arranged in a king configuration. These beds can be made with king or twin sheets, depending on your needs. This room has wonderful lake views and opens onto a private sun deck with teak rockers. It's perfect for morning coffee or evening solitude with a glass of wine. The private bathroom is conveniently located for your comfort with an easy access shower.
The other two bedrooms are on the second floor. These knotty pine bedrooms are quaint and comfortable. For those guests, the full bathroom with tub and enclosed shower is at the foot of the stairway on the ground floor. Full disclosure - this stairway may not be appropriate for the elderly or infirm. It is safe but narrow with low headroom.
The larger of the two upstairs bedrooms has twin beds. The smallest bedroom has a twin bed and can accommodate a twin airbed and one is available if needed. There is a PacknPlay available as well. Both upstairs bedrooms have nice lake views and good cross ventilation.
The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to fix breakfast, a snack, or a gourmet meal. There is a good assortment of pots and pans, baking and casserole dishes, and cooking utensils. All the small appliances are there too including a blender, hand mixer, electric griddle, popcorn and waffle makers. Coffee! You have your choice of a Keurig or a regular “Grind and Brew” coffee pot. So bring your K-Cups or coffee beans for the brew of your choice. Your family can keep you company as you cook as there is a cozy conversation area in the kitchen.
The Great Room is the main living space and can accommodate your family easily. The large table belonged to Paul's father, the base came from a shoe manufacturing shop in Lowell, Massachusetts. His dad crafted the top and benches for his large family and then we inherited it about 25 years ago. It makes a great place to lay out a puzzle or game board, or spread out for a family meal.
The TVs have DirecTV but most visitors tell us they don't spend much time watching television! They DO spend a lot of time on the screened porch, just enjoying the lake and each other’s company. The wicker porch furniture is comfortable and a great place to relax and just let the cares of the world go.
Outside, you will have many options to enjoy the fresh air and lake views. There are benches and seats to choose from as well as a hammock and old, cedar lawn glider. They are all there for you. There are three kayaks and paddles available for you to use. Our guests tell us they appreciate the ability to get out and explore this crystal clear lake. Two kayaks are singles and the other is a double with room for a child in jump seat. There are life jackets but we make no guarantees as to size or condition. We recommend you bring your own, especially for children.
The water quality of the lake is pristine, but it is a sandy bottomed lake. The bottom is very soft and water shoes are a good idea. There are lots of swim noodles and floats for water fun. Additionally, our neighbors have a raft that you can swim out to. There is a small beach area by July when the water level has dropped some. The water temperature of the lake is warm as Patten Pond is relatively small, about 3 miles long.
Please note that this is a year round home and not a summer cottage. You will welcome the central heat on those cool autumn evenings and mornings. Unfortunately, we cannot allow the woodstoves to be used due to insurance regulations.
Finally, there is an important distinction that sets this property apart from others. We provide comprehensive insurance coverage for accidents and liability. While injury or accidents are rare - they can happen and we protect ourselves and you. 99 % of AIRBNB listings do not provide this, leaving all parties at risk. Standard and typical Homeowner insurance policies absolutely do not cover Short Term Rentals and most AIRBNB hosts are unaware or unconcerned about this gap. We replaced our State Farm homeowners insurance with a comprehensive business policy so that we and you are covered for all and any eventualities should they arise. If you are considering an AIRBNB rental, we recommend you inquire about specific renters liability insurance coverage like you would have in a motel or other commercial business. Guest Access You will have private access to the entire house and property. The kayaks and paddles are in the basement. Interaction with Guests Even though we are in Colorado Springs, I am always accessible (24/7) by phone, text (prefered) or email. Do not hesitate to contact me with questions. The Neighborhood The house is located on a dead end, private, dirt road. It is always quiet and serene with few passing cars. You will hear night sounds and loons calling and the stars at night are indescribable. The immediate area is safe for walking, running or biking.
Please note that fishing licenses are required for those 16 years and older. They can be purchased at the Surry town office, or Walmart in Ellsworth.
We are located 12 miles from both Ellsworth or Blue Hill for shopping or restaurants or healthcare. Bar Harbor is an easy 25 miles away. There are so many places to see or go to within an hour’s drive. Please refer to my AIRBNB Guidebook for shopping and travel tips. Getting Around Your vacation home is perfectly situated for local day trips in every direction. Your biggest decision will be whether to take in the sights or stay at home and enjoy the lake. Either way you can't lose.
If you decide to strike out, some options are these:
Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are 25 miles east. You could spend days there and not see it all. Stop at the information center in Trenton for ideas and attractions.
Blue Hill is a lovely little village about 12 miles away. Our favorite grocery store is Tradewinds and you'll find it at the top of the hill past the village. From here you can keep going to Deer Isle and Stonington.
These authentic little villages are great places to explore. Take the roads less traveled and you'll come upon beautiful coves, inlets, and fishing boats moored off shore.
Bucksport is another interesting place about 30 minutes away. Take in Fort Knox and The Penobscot Narrows Observatory.
In another direction you will find Castine, a historic and old (1613) village. Castine is now the home of Maine Maritime Museum.
We will provide an exhaustive selection of local ideas and our AIRBNB online Guidebook including places to eat, explore, shop! Other Things to Note Please note that this rental is for seven day (one week) blocks except for selected weeks in September and October. In July and August, our turnover day is Saturday and payment is required for the entire 7 days (or weekly multiples). Please contact me if you have specific questions.
For September and October reservations we can be more flexible in length of stay and day of arrival.
Please note that AIRBNB collects the required State of Maine Occupancy Tax in addition to the other fees and charges.
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