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In June 2016 our house was voted by VRBO/HA as "super cool vacation for kids"!

People18
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Details
Property
chalet
People
18
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
3
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday chalet in Newry - THE MAINE SKI HOUSE

5 bdrms & 3.5 bath = 10 Adults + 8 kids-kitchen seats 18 for meals and games.

June 23, 2016 SELECTED AND FEATURED BY HOMEAWAY AS one of seven:

"Super-cool vacation rentals for kids"! Rest assured our home IS the amazing kid-friendly home it appears to be because even HomeAway has selected us from thousands of options! Look on HomeAway with:

"7 sweet vacation rentals to captivate your kids"

New in May 2015...

for Hobbit Fans and 'kids' of all ages, the Hobbit Playhouse will be something that you have never seen before. It was assembled on-site by Wooden-Wonders of Unity Maine. It has hard wood floors and two windows so playing and hanging out in it should be comfortable all summer long. I

It has a play stove/oven set and table and two chairs from IKEA and some cute "fabric" food and other fun toys.

It also has a couch that flattens out to a full bed, which is a great place to take an afternoon nap!

We hope our 'littlest' guests, and those with huge imaginations, will love the idea of a Hobbit Hole and have hours of imaginative play time in it.

***THE HOBBIT HOLE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON FROM NOVEMBER UNTIL MID-MAY***

*** To our many repeat guests- the Maine Lodging Tax Rate went from 8% to 9% on January 1, 2016 ***

NUMBER OF GUESTS:

• The Maine Ski House does sleep 18 in beds, but 6 of the beds are twin bunks and 4 of them are upper bunks.

• Therefore, we request the maximum adults staying are 10 and the children can be any number, as long as the total number of people does not exceed 18.

At THE MAINE SKI HOUSE we try to offer something to keep everyone happy:

OUTDOOR AMENITIES:

• Horseshoe Pit and Fire Pit: In July 2014 we built a Horseshoe Pit and Fire Pit, which have been great additions to the outdoor space. There is nothing like sitting around a fire on a chilly summer or fall night, making S'Mores, and watching a competitive game of Horseshoes.

• 12+ Adirondack chairs around the fire pit

• Deck: We have a large second story deck that has enough space for people to be doing different things but still all be able to chat and socialize:

• 6 person round hot tub

• gas grille

• 6 Adirondack chairs

• Child sized picnic table

• Two-person wooden swing

INDOOR AMENITIES:

• We have an unusual feature that you will not find at most houses: an IN-HOUSE TREASURE HUNT for kids of all ages- literally! Join in the fun, or just watch as the participants go room to room for answers to over 20 questions. The completed answers lead them to a hidden treasure chest full of surprises and treats.

• The open KITCHEN/LIVING/DINING areas can keep everyone together for meals, socializing, and game playing. The island seats 4 and the pub-height table seats 14. The well equipped kitchen is a cooks dream as there are ample supplies and prep areas for several people to help. There is a ton of cabinet storage, a pantry with slide-out shelves, an extra fridge in the pub, and a beverage fridge by the coffee center. We also have a gas GE Cooktop with a center griddle for pancakes, a Kitchen-Aid mixer, a hot-air popcorn popper, a 3-pot fondue pot, and a chocolate fountain, and plenty of pretty bowls, platters, containers for amazing meals cooked by the 'chefs' in your group.

•The THREE CUB PUB, in the basement level, will keep you feeling like you are in your very own pub and wondering if you ever have to leave the house at night. It has two flat screen TV’s for game-viewing from every angle. There is a sink, seating for 6, and a Jimmy Buffet Margarita Maker which also makes perfect slushies for kids!

*Classic 1980’s Arcade game has 60 classic games such as PAC MAN and Galaga

•The OZ REC ROOM:

• Wii on its own TV

• Xbox 360 on its own TV

• 55” TV for watching one of our 120+ movies or TV or the internet

• Foosball game

• Board games such as Apples to Apples, Cranium, Clue, Scrabble

•For small children: a train table with wooden trains and tracks, a log-home furnished doll house, IKEA children's table and chairs, some toys and books

for young children

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Paula Easley
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
2 December, 2016
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About Paula Easley

We met while students at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1989, and married few years later. We had three children and when they were 1, 3, and 5 we started traveling with four other college friends and their families. Our 'crew' totaled 10 adults and 15 children, most of them born in a 5 year span. It was so much work to travel with young children that it was actually as many hours of packing/unpacking than our three days together, but none of us cared! After our long weekends, we were completely exhausted, our stomachs ached from laughing, and someone usually ended up at the doctor on Tuesday. The time we spent together sitting and talking, eating, cooking, cleaning, game playing, sipping coffee in the morning and drinks at night, hiking up mountains to exhaust the kids so they would go to bed early... was SO FUN, the price of complete exhaustion afterwards was well worth it.

Over the 14 years of our annual tradition, we rented in Southern VT and Newry and Scarborough Maine. The group has experienced quite a range of quality of homes: from 'kind of roughing it' to 'oh no, there are a lot of fancy breakable things here'. As a couple, we've been renting homes between FL and New England since '97. We like to say between all of those rentals, we have "seen it all" and often said "if we ever owned a rental, we would..." So in 2010 we began our own venture in Vacation Rental Ownership and put all of the lessons we have learned into action. We guide you through the process of renting, tell you as much as we can before you arrive, but then give you your privacy once you your vacation begins. We know a trip to a rental home takes a lot of planning and money. You will see in our reviews, we try to make the experience in our home all that it should be: a relaxing, comfortable and fun visit to the beautiful Sunday River area.

We hope you will stay with us and experience The Maine Ski House for yourself. Your friends and family will thank you for booking with u

Paula Easley purchased this chalet in 2010

What makes this chalet unique

We thought we had hit the jack pot when we found the location for The Maine Ski House: behind the Matterhorn and 2 miles from the South Ridge Lodge! The foundation was in but no walls were up yet. We modified the developer's plan (we lost count of how many times) to make their beautiful design into a great rental: we made the kitchen open and bigger than they had planned for, we made the walls in the stairwell into the basement solid so noise did not travel, we closed off the pub from the rec room to give the adults more privacy, we had stairs off of the deck built so people could access the yard easily, we paved the driveway to improve plowing and cut down on dirt into the house, created a separate beverage area for coffee/wine/sink to get out of the way of the 'chefs' in the group, measured out a space for a dining table that would hold 14 people, provided as much storage as possible in the kitchen, bathrooms, and mudroom. The developers questioned a few of our decisions, but we knew what makes a home a great comfortable rental for large groups from years of experience.

Our reviews are evidence that we were on the right track because people rave about our amenities, storage, comfort level, bedding and linens, entertainment choices, and electronics. People especially love the Welcome Packet we send and The Welcome Baskets that greet them on the counter. We expect nothing but a great experience for those that stay with us. When people book our house, we are excited for them because we know they have made a great decision and their lodging portion of their trip is going to be worry-free. It is rare that we receive a question just prior to someone's arrival because our guests know all they need to know before they leave home. Our goal is to have your stay in The Maine Ski House feel like it is your 'home away from home' and if you ever think about coming back to Sunday River, there are no questions as to where to stay.

We hope you will stay with us soon...

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(73 traveller reviews)

In June 2016 our house was voted by VRBO/HA as "super cool vacation for kids"!
average rating of 4.9863014 based on 73 reviews
5

Perfect for families with children

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Maine Ski House for a 40th birthday celebration in Mid October. The house is gorgeous, spacious, clean and comfortable. The kitchen was well appointed with everything we needed including tools for baking a birthday cake and muffins. Our group consisted of several families with children whose ages range from 6 months to 9 years. The toys, games, movies, and train table in the lower level were a big hit with our crew. The open main level, 3 cub pub, hot tub and fire pit were popular areas for the adults to hang out. October was a great time to explore the Bethel/Newry area. We did an easy hike with our large group at Step falls and enjoyed some beautiful foliage and views. The owner was helpful and friendly. Paula thought of everything we might need to know and had all of our questions answered before we arrived. It was a relaxing and fun weekend. The accommodations really allowed us to leave our worries behind and just enjoy our time together. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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5

Awesome House with everything you need!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this house in October with 13 of my girlfriends. This house was incredible! Let me first start by saying the communication from the owner, Paula leading up to our trip was incredible. She answered every question I had in a very timely manner, and sent very helpful information which took the worry out of everything we needed or everything we wanted to know. Her attention to detail was fantastic!

As far as the house, the 14 of us had more than enough room to move about and sleep. We have rented houses annually for 15 years now and everyone left agreeing this was their favorite house. The big open kitchen/dining/living room area was perfect for a group our size to sit around and chat and have dinner all together. There was not one thing that we needed that wasn't there. We were greeted by a personalized basket of goodies with my name on it welcoming us to the house. The deck was large enough to hold all of us and seats with plenty of room to spare, as well as a large fire pit for fires at night. There was also plenty of toilet paper, shampoo, dish detergent, trash bags etc. that quite often we have to bring to other houses.

I would recommend this house to any large group of woman, men or families looking to get away and relax. We will definitely be booking this again and are just trying to nail down a date as we speak.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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This home is phenomenal and we can't wait to come

  • 5 of 5

Paula was AMAZINGLY attentive from the initial inquiry, throughout the booking process and all the way through the vacation.

The home was as beautiful as the photos reflected, the beds were comfortable and the vacation we experienced as a group was unforgettable. We were 7 families with 8 children and despite rainy and cold weather we had plenty of room to stretch out. We shared a wonderful 4 night and 5 days together and plan to do so again in this home next year.

All you need is your family, some clothing and groceries! Everything else you could think of is provided! I am so grateful to Paula for being there for us and for being so wonderful to us. We had a blast!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Beyond Our Expectation

  • 5 of 5

The owners of this property really go the extra mile to make your vacation or getaway fun and worry free. My children were sad to leave. They were facinated with the 'hobbit hole house'. Owner was very prompt with any questions or concerns we had. I would come back again any time , and I will be recommending this home to all of our friends and family who are considering traveling to Maine. If your looking to have a great time, book this house!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend this home to anyone without hesitation. We were a multi-generational family and there was something for everyone, and then some, in this beautiful home. It was spotless, lacked for nothing and is a beautiful, peaceful location. Paula was wonderful to work with.....we had a couple of questions and they were answered promptly. I wouldn't hesitate to book here again if our travel plans take us back to this area. Thanks Paula and Matt for sharing your beautiful home with us!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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amazing homre and amazing owners

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a vacation spot this is the place to be. Our family was coming in from different locations and we arrived early. Paula, the owner, had her cleaning lady prepare it early for us so we could begin our vacation. She also had every thing in the house you could ever have needed. The kids loved the hobbit house so much that we never seen them. The treasure hunt for them was also amazing for them. If you have a big family with all types of ages you are covered in this house. There is something for every one to do. Thank you Paula for giving families an amazing experience.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Location

Step Falls Hiking Trail
Bethel Outdoors Adventure
Screw Auger Falls
Moose Cave Gorge
Matterhorn Ski Bar
Sunday River Resort
Mt. Washington Auto Road
Santa's Village
"santasvillage.com/index.cfm"
Story Land
Angevine Park and Swim Pond
"456 NORTH Road Bethel... SWIMMING POND (FOR KIDS)"
The BIG Adventure Center
"http://www.thebigadventurecenter.com/ Fun place on a rainy day... the water slides seem fun ..."
32 Parkway Rd
"This address is approximate. You cannot miss the playground and skate park on your right as ..."
Sunday River
" sundayriver.com/events-and-activities/activity-guide"
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Matterhorn Ski Bar
Nearest Golf
4.5 Miles
Sunday River Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Matterhorn Ski Bar
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Sunday River
Car: necessary

The house is on a wooded lot on 1 full acre of land. It is located on the edge of Barker Mountain so as you drive up our road, you can see the trails of Sunday River's 'White Heat'. At night, you can see the snowcats grooming the trails and you feel as though you are in the middle of the activity, but yet secluded as our neighborhood is very quiet. We are located in the neighborhood behind infamous Matterhorn Ski Bar, for those who are familiar with the area.

In the summer months, we typically have a constant breeze flowing through the house and it can really feel like a tree house as you look out at the tree tops off of the deck. If you do need to cool off from the heat, we are just minutes away from The Artists Covered Bridge, Screw Auger Falls or Mother Walker Falls. We highly recommend checking out these places because they are not only fun, but stunningly beautiful. We do think the most fun we've had in the summer is when we have gone Lazy River Tubing on The Androscoggin River with Bethel Outdoor Adventure. It is hours of relaxing old fashioned fun! You can picnic along the edge of one of the little islands. You will feel as though you've stepped back in time as there are minimal signs of modern day life for most of the ride down river.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet in Newry, Sunday River

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Early Ski Season
27 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
£876
for 2 nights
From
£344
From
£516
Fri,Sat
 
 
Christmas Week
23 Dec 2016 - 28 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
£3,196
for 4 nights
From
£752
 
 
New Years 2015
29 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£2,766
for 3 nights
From
£859
 
 
Regular Ski Season
1 Jan 2017 - 12 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,735
for 3 nights
From
£516
From
£752
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
MLK Weekend 2017
13 Jan 2017 - 15 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£2,766
for 3 nights
From
£859
 
 
Regular Ski Season
16 Jan 2017 - 16 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,735
for 3 nights
From
£516
From
£752
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
February Vacation Week
17 Feb 2017 - 25 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£2,508
for 3 nights
From
£773
 
 
NH Feb Vacation Week
26 Feb 2017 - 4 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,735
for 3 nights
From
£516
From
£752
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Spring skiing
5 Mar 2017 - 16 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,735
for 3 nights
From
£516
From
£752
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Late Spring Skiing
17 Apr 2017 - 6 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
£876
for 2 nights
From
£344
From
£430
Fri,Sat
 
 
May 2017
7 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
£790
for 2 nights
From
£301
From
£387
Fri,Sat
 
 
Memorial Day Weekend
26 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,735
for 3 nights
From
£516
 
 
Summer to early Fall
29 May 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,219
for 3 nights
From
£344
From
£516
Fri,Sat
 
 
Peak Foliage
29 Sep 2017 - 5 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,219
for 3 nights
From
£344
From
£516
Fri,Sat
 
 
Columbus Day Weekend 2015
6 Oct 2017 - 8 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,735
for 3 nights
From
£516
 
 
Late Fall
9 Oct 2017 - 21 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
£790
for 2 nights
From
£301
From
£430
Fri,Sat
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£790
for 2 nights
From
£301
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £126
Property Damage Protection £62
Pet Fee £39
Tax Rate 9.0%

In Feb 2016 HomeAway started charging the traveler a sliding scale of 5.5% to 9.0% "Service Fee" added to all items except Lodging Tax. This goes directly to HomeAway

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Newry in Western Maine

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Powder room - main floor - Toilet
    Master - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    2nd Floor - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Walk out basement - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • All bathrooms have beautiful glass bowl sinks. We provide all towels, white, as well as labeled clips so each person can keep 'track' of their own towel. This hopefully decreases the amount of laundry and assures people they are using their own towel. We do provide shampoo/conditioner/body wash/toilet paper for your convenience. There is also a hair dryer in every bathroom that has a shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • The White Cap Room - 1 Large Double Bed , sleeps 2
    The Spruce Room (Master) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Sleeps 2 with private bathroom and tub, sliders to deck.
    The Barker Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , sleeps 4- one queen bed with a twin bunk set
    The Locke Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 3 Single Bed , sleeps 5, queen with twin loft 'L' over it and twin bunk set
    The Aurora Room - 2 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , sleeps 5: one full bed & one full bed with twin bunk over it
  • All beds, box springs, and pillows have bed bug certified encasements. Beds are custom made from logs by local wood craftsman Steve Stone and are very comfortable. There are extra linens, pillows, and blankets if needed during your stay. All bedrooms have ample storage, own closet, and plenty of hangers in the closet. For rooms shared by several people, we provide hooks or storage bins for individual items to be kept separate and organized. We also have a Pack 'n Play if needed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Decking
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • ski
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Separate Wii & Xbox360 areas with dedicated 32'' HD LED TVs. Total of 9 HD LED TVs: 4 receiving high definition and 3 receiving standard definition.

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