Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday lodge in Bridgton - 'The Hive' Luxury Mnt Log Home
3 Story,5 Bedrooms/Loft, 3 Full Bathrooms, Sleeps 22, 75 ft Covered Porch/Deck
The 'Ski Hive' Luxury Mountain Log Home: Is a Spectacular Window Studded & Spacious Contemporary Log Home offering Slopeside Simplicity. Ski In / Out your front door onto Mohawk Trail & The Sunnyside Triple Chairlift at Shawnee Peak Ski Area, a Mid Sized Family Ski Area in Southwestern Maine. With over 40 Trails & Glades along with 3 Terrain Parks, Shawnee owns the distinction of providing the Most Night Skiing in New England, while being the 3rd Busiest Ski Area out of almost 2 dozen areas in Maine. You also have Trailside access to Shawnee's 10+ Mile Network of Maintained Hiking Trails, which during the winter are utilized for Snow Shoeing, Back Country Skiing, and Winter Hiking/Climbing. Shawnee's prime location, being 55 minutes from Portland (Maine's Largest City), 25 min from North Conway, NH, & 2.5 hours from Boston has allowed it to become the Oldest Continuously Running Ski Area in The State of Maine (76 Years). Our 3,000 sq ft Modern Luxury Log Home hosts a Total of 12 Rooms, 5 Spacious Bedrooms, Loft & Gourmet Kitchen/Dining Room Seating 16 & Sleeping 18-22, perfect for Family Reunions or Hosting Multiple Families. You will love our Great Room's 20+ ft Cathedral Pine Ceiling, Australian Cypress Hard Wood Floors, & Grand Field Stone Fire Place. 75 feet of Wrap Around Covered Porch/Deck provides Great Mountain Views all within 300 yards of Moose Pond with Plenty of Room for all with 3 Stories of Living Space, Our extensive 1st Floor Walk in Basement Includes 2 Bedrooms which can Sleep up to 10 people alone, Kids Playroom, Ski/Mud Room (with Antique Winter Sports Theme), Full Bathroom, Laundry & Utility Rooms along with Ping Pong Table, Wi-Fi & 42' TV. A First Class Log Home Experience for 1, 2, 3, 4, or even 5 Families. Recently our Log Home was highlighted on Maine's TV station WPXT on their 'Buy Local' show & is displayed on The Maine Cedar Log Home Web site (lower right corner).
Trailside Way: Located on the Eastern Slopes of Shawnee Peak The 'Ski Hive' was completed in 2008 and is one of 12 Log & Log Style Homes in this Quiet, Quaint, & Peaceful Mountain Cul De Sac. Known as the uncrowded & hidden secret by locals, the East Side offers great cruising runs and is often overlooked by many visitors to the area. Trailside Way is off the beaten path far away from the busy Main Lodge which provides the privacy and serenity to 'GET AWAY FROM IT ALL'....while still providing direct access to the summit and Shawnee's 40+ Trails &
Glades. When the lifts close and the parking lots empty, you and your 11 neighbors (which are never all occupied know matter what season) are the only ones on the East Side of the mountain. During the spring, fall, & summer months it is not uncommon to be the only family up on the mountain giving it the feel of being way out in the wilderness but still so close to all the great enjoyments the Bridgton, Naples, Western Maine Mountains, North Conway, NH, & Sebago Lake Area has to offer.
The 'Ski Hive' Log Home Tour: Offering Slopeside Simplicity, Park your car in our 100 ft drive where there is space for 3 cars along with limitless parking available at the base of the driveway on Trailside Way as the road receives next to zero car traffic. From your car & within a few convenient steps is our Walk-In First Level Main Entrance, making unloading your car a cinch, while our 2 Grand Outdoor Log Benches invite you to take a load off your feet. Around Front, you will find several Outdoor Living Spaces which provides ample opportunity for you to enjoy the Mountain Views & Shawnee's Quintisential New England Beauty, including our Log Picnic Table (seats 8), Grand Trailside Fire Pit & Blue Stone Patio with Granite Benches (Seats 8), while our Lunch Rocks Area (Seats 5). The Mohawk Ski Trail is 25 feet from our front door down a modest incline which will careen you down an easy slope 300 ft onto The SunnySide Triple Chair Lift. A perfect location to start your 3-5 year old toddler on Skis for the first time, We have a pair of 71 cm Ski Bum 'Training Skis' for you son or daughter to use over several hundred yards of easy terrain on both Mohawk & Appalachian Trails right outside your door.
The 'Ski Hive's' Walk In Basement welcomes you into a large 100% pine studded Ski/Mud Room with two big Ski Closets, plenty of Coat Hangers, Portable Heater, Drying Rack, & Glove/Boot Heater. The Kids Large Playroom with 42' Flat Screen TV/DVD, Wi-Fi & huge Sectional provides the perfect location for 'Kids Movie Nights'. Our Electric Fire Place, Ping Pong Table, 50+ Puzzles, 30+ Board Games allows the kids to have their own space all while overlooking Mohawk Trail. Two bedrooms each with a large bright window and Bunk beds sleeps up to 10 people while down the hall a Full Bathroom with Granite Counters & Towel Warmer, Separate Laundry Room, & Utility Room give everyone plenty of space and privacy during your stay.
Main Floor & 3rd level/Loft: Turn left at the top of the stairs which brings you into 1 of 2 Bedrooms with a King Bed & all Log Furniture, The 2nd Bedroom has a Full Double Bed with all Antique Furniture. Each Bedoom has a large Closet, Ceiling Fan, Dresser, Reading Lamps, Alarm Clock & 2 or more Windows which allows plenty of Sun Light, Serviced by a Full Bath with Granite Counters & Towel Warmer, Turn right into our
Gourmet Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances w/ Ice Maker, Ice & Water Dispenser, Granite Countertops & Breakfast Bar (Seats 6) with Rustic Oak Beams, Toaster Oven, Coffee Maker/Filters, Warming Oven, Double Sink, Dish Washer, Drink Mixer, Late Machine, & Plenty of Kitchen ware, utencils, pots, & serving ware to handle any Huge Thanksgiving & Holiday Feast for 20+. The Grand Room awaits you with a First Class
Dining Room which seats 10, Large Living Room with Flat Screen TV, Surround Sound, & Grand Field Stone Fireplace, all accented with Classic Country Style Decorations. 75 ft of Covered
Porch/Deck Surrounds you which is accessed by 4 French Sliding Doors and Windows everywhere, all overlooking Mohawk & Appalachian Trails & The Sunnyside Triple Chairlift Loading Station.
3rd Floor: Our gorgeous wooden staircase brings you to the Quaint Loft/Den Area where you can escape into your book, surf the web at the office desk set up (includes monitor, printer & mouse), put together The Moose Pond Puzzle (we have over 50 of them for you), or sip wine at your Log Cocktail Table all Overlooking the Ski Trails & Sunnyside Chairlift. Our new Leather Couch also easily folds down into a nice sized Double Full Bed. The Huge Master Bedroom with King Log Bed and Master Bath with Towel Warmer has great views of the mountains & has incredible Sun Rises over Hio Ridge right from your bed.
Don’t forget your Pond Skates & Hockey Sticks (we also provide a dozen + pairs of Skates, few Helmuts, various hockey pads, several hockey sticks, two regulation sized nets & a snow blower to clear the ice (under covered porch). The Trailside Retention Pond (100 yards below our home & easily seen out our kitchen & dining room windows) provides some fine ice skating while we have a dozen + different style sleds and toboggans for after hours sledding.
Andrea & I have enjoyed hosting some 40+ Families/Groups since Nov 2011 and put tremendous pride into decorating “The Hive” to the season, with a Quaint, Traditional, Old/Antique, Classic, Country New England Style. This attention to detail and personal touch, has helped create a very special character, a unique charm, and a warm homey feel to “The Hive” that is hard to describe, and hard for many to remember a time away they felt this same way.
Andrea, our kids, & I have only just recently begun to realize how truly unique and how very special this property is. While providing our guests with the opportunity to experience, may not be one that is duplicated in the area, nor very possibly throughout the entire state of Maine, or all of New England. The one thing we are positively certain of though, is no matter what season you come, and no matter what the occasion may be for, you and your family/group will have nothing but a First Class & Remarkable Log Home Experience at “The Hive” Luxury Mountain Log Home at Shawnee Peak / Moose Pond.
“Where your Maine Memories are Made”
- Events Allowed
- non smoking only
- Low Allergen Environment
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
About Eric Braciska
Our family resides in Tewksbuy, MA which is a suburb, 15 miles NW of Boston, MA. We always had a goal of owning a Log Home, having researched it thoroughly when we first got married in the early 90's. We accomplished our goal in the summer of 2011 purchasing the newly built Contemporary Log Home & enjoy utilizing when our 3 kids sports schedules allow us to do so. Andrea & I have worked for several Fortune 500 Corporations & have a combined 35 years working in the Biotech & Pharmaceutical Industries in various Accounting, Finance, Sales, Marketing, Managed Markets, & Account Management positions. Eric has recently started 'The Hive' Vacation Rental Services, LLC, & is now 100% dedicated to growing the business focused on Marketing & Managing our High End Long Term & Vacation Rental Homes in NH & ME & providing Marketing & Vacation Rental Services to other 2nd Home Owners in The Lakes & Mountains Regions of NH & ME.
We adore the Bridgton & Western Maine Lakes & Mountains Area as there is so much to do no matter the season. Known more as a Summer Family Vacation Destination, our location Trailside at Shawnee Peak Ski Area is perfectly situated only 300 yards away from grand Moose Pond, therefore being at the ready to enjoy all outdoor activities no matter the season.
We enjoy watching our 3 kids multitude of sporting events including hockey, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, cross country along with coaching basketball and soccer. Other hobbies we enjoy are gardening, walking, hiking, fishing, skiing, wildlife photography, shopping, attending family activities & running.
Eric Braciska purchased this lodge in 2011
Why Eric Braciska chose Bridgton
Convenience: You can do it all right from your front door...The 'Ski Hive' is located Trailside on Mohawk Ski Trail at Shawnee Peak Ski Resort....Ski In/Out, Snowboard, Snow Shoe, Winter Hike, on Shawnee Peaks 40+ Ski Trails & 10+ Miles of separate maintained Hiking Trails (Loon Echo Trust).
Get Away from It All: Trailside Way is a quite Cul De Sac Village of 12 Log Home/Style Homes in a quaint setting. There is very rarely more than a few families up at any one given time thus you really have the whole East Side of the Mountain to yourselves. The home itself also has plenty of room to spread out with 3 Floors of Living space along with 75 ft of Wrap Around Covered Porch/Deck to watch the Wildlife outside in the Golden Maine Sunshine.
But Close to All the Action: In the Naples, North Conway, Sebago Lakes Region, the Town of Bridgton alone sports some 20+ Restaurants, 2 Movie Theatres, 4 Public Town Beaches, it's own 18 Hole Public Golf Course, a few Ice Cream Stands, numerous Hiking Trail Systems in Bald Pate Mnt, Pondicherry Park, and Pleasant Mountain/Shawnee Peak, over a dozen ponds/lakes to fish & swim along with outstanding Antique, Boutique, and Gift Shopping with famous North Conway just a 25 min. drive away and Fryeburg Academy, Bridgton Academy, The Fryeburg Fairgrounds, and Saco River Drop In Points all only a 15-20 min drive.
A Truly Remarkable Log Home & Amazing Mountain, Shawnee Peak & Area - In the Western Maine Mountains & Lakes, North Conway, NH, Sebago Lake, Naples, Long Lake Region
What makes this lodge unique
There is nothing better than being Trailside to Shawnee Peaks 40+ Ski Trails right from your front door. Bridgton which is 'The Heart of The Western Maine Lakes & Mountains Region' provides unsurpassed beauty & outdoor opportunities with a dozen Lakes & Ponds alone. Next door is ever popular Fryeburg & Naples Maine with Sebago, Long & Highland Lakes along with North Conway, NH with its Magical White Mountain National Park.
Andrea & I have enjoyed hosting some 90+ Families/Groups since Nov 2011 and put tremendous pride into decorating “The Hive” to the season, with a Quaint, Traditional, Old/Antique, Classic, Country New England Style. This attention to detail & personal touch, has helped create a very special character, a unique charm, & a warm homey feel to “The Hive” that is hard to describe, and hard for many to remember a time away they felt this same way.
Andrea, our kids, & I have only just recently begun to realize how truly unique and how very special this property is, while providing our guests the opportunity to experience what may not be able to be duplicated throughout the entire state of Maine or even all of New England. The one thing we are positively certain of though, is no matter what season you come, and no matter what the occasion may be for, you and your family/group will have nothing but a First Class & Remarkable Log Home Experience at The 'Ski Hive” Luxury Mountain Log Home at Shawnee Peak / Moose Pond.
“Where your Maine Memories are Made”
Guestbook comments from the owner
We had a Great time Sledding down the ski trails, Playing Cards, Drinking by The Fireplace, Watching Movies, & Spending time Together as a family Skiing & Boarding. We mostly stayed in & ate as a family at your incredible Dining Table. What a Wonderful House you guys have! The whole family enjoyed ourselves very much Sledding, Sitting Outside at "The Fire Pit" watching The Snow Operations Crew Plow & Groom the Snow. Thank you for allowing us to gain more families Memories with our Loving Friends.