Welcome to 76 West, a renovated 100+ year old farmhouse located in the heart of nature's playground. Snowmobile, ATV, hiking and horse trails are within minutes of the house. Skiing at Black Mountain, Sunday River, and Mt. Abram is within a short drive. Fishing, hunting, biking, boating, swimming and more are available within our town. Our cozy rural town will provide you with a quiet "get away from it all" atmosphere. This guesthouse suits all of your basic needs for a comfortable stay.
The farmhouse is a duplex and both the West and East side are available for short term rentals. (Please ask about a discount if renting both sides.) The two sides are securely separated but if you would like to rent both sides, the upstairs hallway door can be unlocked in order to share the space. The hosts live within walking distance and is available to help meet your needs and make your stay a comfortable one.
Children - The original construction of the farmhouse is over 100 years old. While much of the house has been updated and renovated over the years, it still retains the charm of some of its classic features. For this reason, this house may not be suitable for the safety of young children and toddlers. Please discuss any children staying in the house prior to making a reservation to ensure a pleasant and safe stay.
Bathrooms - Both bathrooms (one upstairs, one downstairs) are recently renovated and include modern fixtures, including a toilet, sink and large shower (no bathtubs) as well as towels and assorted toiletries. The ground floor bath is located next to the washer and dryer.
Kitchen - The kitchen includes newer appliances including a standard sized refrigerator/freezer, oven/stove, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, cookware, cutlery, dinnerware, etc.
Bedrooms - All three bedrooms (a queen, full and twin) are located on the second floor and include the standard amenities (bedding, dresser, night stand, lamp, closet, etc.) As with some older homes, the light switches are near the door on the outside of the rooms and there are limited outlets but extension cords are available. The bedroom doors are original and fully close and latch but do not lock.
Living Room - The living and dining rooms are open to each other and are spacious enough to host a small gathering or event (no loud parties). The living room has a standard seating area and is equipped with with a Roku smart tv that is connected to the house WiFi. You may use the the tv by signing in with your own Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Sling and other accounts. You will also be able to access other limited free viewing through the tv. If you do not have an account, many of the streaming services offer a free trial that you could subscribe to during your stay.
Dining Room - The dining area has a wooden table and six chairs and tablecloths, placemats and napkins are provided.
Entertainment - WiFi is provided throughout the house. Our WiFi service is the best that is available for this area (sorry, no Fios here) and is adequate for streaming video as well as standard internet use and a Roku Smart TV is available in the living room. No cable or satellite is available at this time. Assorted games and books are also available in the house for your use.
Local Amenities - Andover is a very small town but it does have some services including two general stores, a restaurant and bakery, hardware store, playgrounds, and more.
Guset Access - Guests have full access to the west (front) side of the house, porch, and large yard. The spacious parking area must be shared with any guests renting the other side of the house. The attached barn/garage is not available for guest use.
Host Availability - I live very close by, within walking distance. As you will be able to check in and have access to the house at your convenience, I may not be able to meet you upon arrival but I will check in with you shortly after you arrive to ensure you have what you need and answer any questions. I welcome calls or messages if you need any assistance during your stay.
Notes on the Area - The Western Maine region is fairly rural and Andover is located about 30 minutes from the nearest grocery stores. There are not any 24-hour stores within a reasonable distance. Guests should be prepared to bring supplies that they will immediately need with them, especially when arriving at night as most stores in the area close at 8-9 pm.
After leaving Andover, the nearest gas stations are about 20 miles away, guest should be aware so that they don't run out of gas before they get to their destination.
Depending on your carrier, cell phone service especially data (3G/4G) can be spotty in this area. Most people can receive and make phone calls from the farmhouse without issue but while traveling through the area, you will encounter several dead zones. Many carriers do not cover this area of Maine with data coverage. I know that US Cellular and Verizon offer 4G and it is usually reliable in the region. For all others, please check with your cell phone provider. We do have WiFi at the farmhouse to help with your data needs and there are several establishments in the area that have free WiFi available.
Andover Amenities - This is a very rural town, surrounded by the western Maine mountains. The views are breathtaking and the town atmosphere is like taking a small step back in time.
The town offers numerous outdoor recreational opportunities in all seasons. Hunting, fishing, ice fishing, horseback riding, bicycling, hiking, boating, swimming, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ATV and snowmobiling ... Other outdoor adventures are a short ride a away - three alpine ski resorts, cross country ski trails, mountain biking, canoing, kayaking, numerous hiking trails, and more.
The town of Andover has many amenities. There are two general stores that have groceries, alcohol and other sundries as well as pizza ovens and a grill, serving meals all day. One store also has a gas station. The Little Red Hen Diner and Bakery is also open for breakfast and lunch, dinner is served on the weekend. There is a seasonal ice cream shop, cross country ski store, hardware store, bike shop, herb shop, and masseuse. Within walking distance you can enjoy a picnic on the Town Common, play tennis or basketball, and chase the kids on the two playgrounds. Our library offers a book swap section and their WiFi can be accessed even during off hours. A few of our local farms sell meat, dairy, eggs and produce directly off the farm. There are also several Registered Maine Guides in the Andover area that are available for guiding wildlife veiwing, boating excursions, fishing trips, hunting parties, etc. If you need recommendations or are looking for something specific, please ask and we will help find the service or product that you need.
Getting Around - The rural area makes a car necessary for getting to the farmhouse and around the area. The house is about 2 hours from Portland, Maine, 3-3.5 hours from Boston, Montreal, and Bangor. The farmhouse is well located in the center of the town and is within walking distance of the stores and restaurant.
ATV, snowmobile and horse trails can be accessed directly from the house. The local cross country ski and snowshoe trails are within walking distance. Hiking, swimming, boating are within a short drive.