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The Tortoise and The Mare self-keeping Inn~Peaceful or Playful~it's up to YOU!

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Close to Sunday River and MT Abram!

The Tortoise and The Mare Self-Keeping Inn -- Offering unparalleled freedom! This beautifully restored 18th century farm house offers guests the privacy and flexibility they deserve! Discover why travelers worldwide are seeking the luxury of the self-keeping Inn.Guests reserve the ENTIRE Inn to enjoy in complete privacy - without curfews, schedules or other guests checking in and out. Spacious and stylish , open and flowing floor plan - all on 140 private acres of sprawling mountain views, wooded nature trails and open fields. Guests will have use of grounds, deck off the "lounge", firepit and beautiful gambrel barn for large events. Inn is fully equipped and all rooms are thoughtfully appointed. AC on second floor. Perjinkities galore! Secluded but not remote.WIFI throughout. Four bedrooms and two full bathrooms, kitchen, living room, lounge, and deck. Ideal for entertaining. Quiet retreats or elaborate outdoor events, including weddings, honeymoons,reunions, vacation stays and holidays! Let your unique-ness unfold!.Artists' and musicians' paradise! IDEAL FOR SUNDAY RIVER SKIERS. Wonderland for sports enthusiasts year round. Hiking, biking, sledding, skiing, snowmobile, ATV's - the ITS connector trail begins on the farm!Close to lakes for swimming, boating, fishing. 25 minutes from Bethel and Norway. For additional accommodations, ask us about our one bedroom guest house, located down the lane from the Inn - perfect for that couple who desire even more privacy, yet are still able to enjoy and access entire property! Freedom and flexibility - peaceful or playful ~ it's up to YOU!! . Wifi, TV, Pet friendly! Discounted corporate rates available! Ask for a custom quote to receive discounts. Large events - serious inquiries please! Weddings and events please visit us on Wedding Wire for additional info including contact information

laura falconer
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
30 November, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Sumner in Oxford County

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
Fall foliage, 140 private acres , pet friendly - tortoises stay free! Children and adults will love meeting our 40 lb tortoise !


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The Tortoise and The Mare self-keeping Inn~Peaceful or Playful~it's up to YOU!
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Absolutely Lovely

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Inn for 10 days this past August with our two-year old and our dog. We could not ask for better hosts in Laura and Steve. Our daughter fell in love with Heart who has to be the sweetest horse in Western Maine. The availability of nearby hiking and swimming meant we always had something fun to do. The town of Norway is another gem, also easily accessible.

We had wonderful dinners as a family each evening on the porch. And we spent many hours exploring the books, and yes . . . toys scattered around the house. Each room has been thoughtfully decorated--everything from Curios George to tortoises and mares.

The one downside is there is no laundry on the premises, but Laura and Steve were more than willing to take our clothes into town to have them washed and folded.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Beautiful Venue for a Beautiful Day

  • 5 of 5

Recently, my wife and I were married and held our reception at The Tortoise and the Mare. We and our Bridal Party stayed in the amazing farmhouse and used the lands and the barn for our big event. Steve and Laura, the owners, are by far the kindest and most welcoming people we have ever met. They were willing to work with us to make our special day perfect. We cannot recommend this property enough for your special day or for a relaxing family retreat. We have decided that The Tortoise and the Mare will be a family tradition for years to come.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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absolutely amazing

  • 5 of 5

I can't stress enough what a beautiful home this was. The kitchen was amazing and perfect size for 8 people to hang around the island. Honestly, if I could design a "dream kitchen" it would look a lot like this one. Every room is furnished with beautiful handmade wooden furniture and every touch seems thoughtful. The bedrooms were clean and spacious, all with a different theme. My favorite was the edgar allen poe room, just a little creepy and cute!! I loved all the knick knacks and books. Our one complaint was that we couldn't find any extra toilet paper, luckily I had packed a roll!! The back porch, where we spent most of the weekend, gave us incredible views. The mountain in the distance was just breathtaking. Drinking my morning coffee on the porch was just so peaceful and beautiful. The property itself was spacious and secluded, with a trail into the woods and a few large rolling fields. We loved seeing the beautiful mare just trotting around in her enclosure. Lastly, Laura and Steve were wonderful people. You can immediately tell the love and care they put into their inn. I cannot stress enough what a lovely couple they are. They immediately made us feel welcome and right at home. They were flexible about checking in and out which was very nice. I will be renting from them again, because my experience was so magical. I highly suggest the tortoise and the mare to anyone visiting maine.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Property - Great for families!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family with 2 young children (ages 7 and 9) and a 2 y/o yellow lad. The Tortoise and the Mare Inn was our home away from home this past winter. It was the perfect base camp for skiing at Sunday River, but the Inn the property and the proprietors, Laura and Steve made it so much more. The Inn itself is a perfect blend of classic Maine farmhouse-complete with a large eat-in kitchen comfortably warmed by a Glenwood wood-burning stove with a personality of it own- and a touch of modern decor. The themed bedrooms were big hits with the kids, and they loved the Tortoise and the Mare room with its stuffed animals and the reading nook. Even the beautiful photos on this site don't do the interior of the Inn justice.

The property is all you could ask for an authentic Maine vacation. Open fields for dog exercising, woods with plenty of hiking and snowshoeing trails easily accessible from the property, beautiful mountain views, rustic barns, and abundant oversized windows allows you to take in the outdoors from the comfort of the Inn.

Finally, the owners, Laura and Steve, take great care of you during your stay. They make everything easy so you can relax and enjoy, they pay attention to all the small details (from making sure the house was warm for our arrivals, to Steve's signature ice bucket candles lighting up the driveway at night), and they strike the perfect balance of giving you space a privacy to enjoy your vacation, while still always being there when something was needed (which wasn't often since they had usually thought of it ahead of time).

We've recommended the Inn to friend and family, and have already booked our return trip for next year. Can't wait!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love this place

  • 5 of 5

We rented the farmhouse for an extended period this winter and can't say enough about how great it's been. (Less than two weeks left and we're not looking forward to it being over.) Between the postcard setting, the comfortable accommodations and, most enjoyable of all, Laura and Steve's attention to details and welcoming nature, we couldn't have asked for a better experience. The home and property are imbued with history you can feel but it's a living history, which Steve, Laura, Heart (the horse), Michael (their dog) and Chewy (yes, the tortoise) continue to build on everyday. Setting aside the history and heart of the Tortoise and the Mare, the home itself is super comfortable. For a family, the kitchen with readers and the back porch is great for the views and watching a little basketball apres ski while noshing on nachos. Not least there are the themed rooms, including, my favorite, the Edgar Allen Poe room. Creepy, but not too creepy! Perfect Poe. There's something for everyone and no real reason to pay a bunch of money to hang on the mountain after your riding is done. (And when things went slightly wrong - pipes froze on a ridiculously cold day - Steve and Laura put in double time to make sure we were OK and the problem was fixed asap.) And then there's everything that surrounds the home, including the wide open fields, the old barns, and the Robert Frostesque road less traveled leading deep into the woods. For snowshoeing and cross country skiing it's the perfect base camp. But, at the risk of being repetitive, it's Laura and Steve who make this house a home. They're around when you need them (they have a smaller home on the property where they stay) but hardly overbearing. They even made sure the kids got some time with the tortoise and made sure we knew when the International Space Station was passing overhead; a great and inspiring for everyone to see. We felt like we were in our own home (including wanting to keep it as nice as it was when we first showed up) even though the owner was right next door. Seeing them both was always a pleasure and usually a source of some new piece of information about the property, their lives and the natural setting around us. No way to overdo this. This place is great.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent five wonderful summer days at The Tortoise and the Mare. The Inn is a very beautiful house, very large, and full of antique treasures (decorations, stove, books...). The view on the mountains is incredible; we spent a lot of time enjoying it from the large deck. The place is very quiet, a little paradise.

The owners are very kind and helpful.

We definitely recommend this place for summer or winter stays.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
capt bly's tavern, rustic bar and grille,
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
bethel country club
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
sunday river, mt abram
Car: necessary

This is a destination in and of itself! Plenty to do and see off the property, but most of guests spend most time right here, enjoying the nature trails, biking, hiking, cc ski, sledding, cooking out, star gazing, campfires, abundant wildlife - and the incredible amt of space, privacy and freedom! Our 40 pound tortoise and of course, our mare are always huge hits! Our dog, Michael, is the most delightful canine host! The night sky, mountain views, sprawling, inside and out -


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £112.58
Pet Fee £37.53
Damage Insurance £44.28

pet fee is 50.00 per pet. Must be up to date with vaccs and flea control. Contact for event package rates. Corporate stay discounted rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.