|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
Located 15 miles from our other Vacation Rental Property, "The Hive" Luxury Mountain Log Home at The Conways / 35 Peaks View...also sleeps up to 21. Both Properties host Intimate & Large Weddings..
~ Weddings, Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Parties
~ Corporate Events & Sales Meetings
~ Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
~ Baby Showers
~ Engagement Parties
~ Summer Family Vacation Weeks
~ Large Family Reunions
~ Guys Golf Weekends
~ Hiking/Fishing/Hunting Weekends
~ High School / College Reunions
~ New Years Celebrations
~ Memorial/Funeral Celebrations
~ Long Holiday Weekend Celebrations
~ Large Church/Religious Retreats
~ Thanksgiving Family Feasts
~ Book Seminar/Tours
~ Older Adult Groups
~ Ladies Shopping Weekends
~ Birth Day Celebrations
~ Fall Foliage Leaf Peeping Trips
~ Saco River Canoe/Kayak & White Water Rafting Trips
~ Large Easter Celebrations
~ Wedding Anniversaries
~ Kids School Vacation Weeks
~ Christmas/Hanukkah Family Celebrations
~ Visits to Kids/Grand Kids at Summer Camp
~ Large Graduation Parties
'The Hive' Luxury Mountain Log Home: Is a Spectacular Window Studded & Spacious New Log Home offering Hikers prime access to Pleasant Mountain’s 10 Mile Network of Hiking Trails, Shawnee Peaks 40+ Ski Trails, and easy Boating Access to Moose Pond’s 17 Miles of Shoreline. Our 3,000 sq ft Modern Log Home hosts 5 Spacious Bedrooms, Loft, Gourmet Kitchen & Dining Room, Sleeps 18 Comfortably, and Dines 14....Perfect for Large Family Reunions. 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, where you will hear 'The Cry' of The Loons' nightly along with a Barred Owl or two. There is plenty of Space for all with our extensive Kids Playroom & Wi-Fi providing a First Class Log Home Experience for 1, 2, 3, 4, or even 5 Families. Recently our Log Home was highlighted on TV station WPXT on their 'Buy Local' Show & is displayed on The Maine Cedar Log Home Web Site.....so take a look (lower right corner)..
The Trailside Way Village Cul De Sac, East Side Shawnee Peak / Moose Pond: 'The Hive', completed in 2008, is one of 14 Log / Log Style Homes located on this quaint Mountain Cul De Sac at the base of Shawnee Peak and Moose Pond. Trailside Way is off the beaten path which provides the privacy and serenity to 'GET AWAY FROM IT ALL'....while still providing direct access to Shawnee Peak’s Summit and Pleasant Mountain’s 10 mile Hiking Trail Network. When the sun goes down, you and your 14 neighbors (which are never all occupied at the same time 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/group up on the mountain, giving it the feel of being out in the wilderness, but still so close to all the great enjoyments the The Western Maine Lakes Region / Bridgton / Naples / Sebago & the North Conway, NH area has to offer.
"The Hive” Mountain Log Home Tour....Offering Trailside Simplicity: Park your car in our 100 ft Driveway where there is extra Space to park 3-4 cars along with limitless parking available at the base of the driveway on Trailside Way as the road receives next to zero car traffic. Step out of your car & within a few convenient steps is our Walk-In, First Level, Main Entrance making unloading your car a cinch, while our Grand Log Bench invites you to take a load off your feet. Mohawk Trail is 20 feet from our Front Door. 'The Hive” Welcomes you into a Large, Antique Winter Sports Themed, Pine Studded Mud/Ski Room with two big Closets and plenty of hangers for all your sweatshirts & coats. The Kids Large Playroom, with new 42’ Flat Screen TV, huge Sectional, and Board Games/Puzzles, 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 is a Full Bathroom, Separate Laundry Room, and Utility Room providing all the Conveniences of Home.
The Log Home Tour Main Floor & 3rd Level/Loft: Turn left at the top of the stairs brings you into 1 of 2 Bedrooms with a King Bed & Full Double Bed (room has all antique furniture/decorations) respectively with Large Closets, Ceiling Fans, Lighting to read in Bed, and 1 Full Bathroom (Granite Counter) accented by Large Windows and plenty of Sun Light. Turn right into our Gourmet Kitchen (Fully Stocked), with Stainless Steel Appliances, plush Granite Countertops, Double Sink, Dish Washer, Warming Oven, and Breakfast Bar (seats 4) with Rustic Oak Beams. The Grand Room awaits you with a First Class Dining Room, which seats 10, Large Living Room with 20+ foot Cathedral Pine Studded Ceilings, Australian Cypress Hard Wood Floors, 42”Flat Screen TV, Surround Sound, Grand Field Stone Fireplace, and very popular Chess Set. Take your pick of one of four separate French Slidding Doors which sweeps you outside onto your 75 ft of Wrap-Around Covered Porch/Deck overlooking Mohawk Trail, beautiful Hio Ridge, and the Sunnyside Triple Chairlift Loading Station. Our gorgeous Wooden Staircase brings you to the quaint Loft/Den area where you can escape into a good book, surf the web at the Office Desk (large monitor available), do the 'Moose Pond' Puzzle, or sip wine at your Log Cocktail Table overlooking The 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 (Full sized) is to the rear of the Loft area and has great views of the Shawnee Peak Summit and incredible Sun Rises over Moose Pond / Hio Ridge right from your King Sized Log Bed.
Andrea & I have enjoyed hosting some 175+ 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 guest 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 Hive” Luxury Mountain Log Home at Shawnee Peak / Moose Pond.
“Where your Maine Memories are Made”
Eric & Andrea
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
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
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”
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.
Our group of 27 adults stayed at The Hive for a weekend in mid-October, and we had a wonderful time. We enjoyed kayaking on Moose Pond, hiking up Pleasant Mountain, playing games at the house, and making s'mores with the indoors fire.
The home lives up to its "luxury" name and includes all of the amenities we could have wanted. The main floor is beautiful and has a nice, open feel to it that was perfect for our group to hang out in. Everyone in our group was impressed, and many of them asked me, "Where did you find this place?"
But for as nice as this home is, the reason I'd book this place again in a heartbeat is because of the owner. The truth is that there are many beautiful and luxurious homes on VRBO; there are not many owners like Eric. It seemed like no matter what I asked, Eric always tried to accommodate us to make our stay as positive as possible. Eric always made an effort to say "yes" to any requests. For instance, I didn't know how many group members we'd have... could we have more than 22 guests? Yes. Could we bring pets? Yes. Could we get a late checkout? Yes.
Not only did Eric give us what we asked, he gave much more than I expected. He charged no fee for extra guests or pets, and he said that as long as there wasn't a group coming in the following day, we could spend the rest of Sunday at the house, free of charge. I also appreciated that I didn't have to buy firewood, since there was plenty at the house. And if we needed to cancel, he offered a full refund if they successfully rebooked our dates; otherwise, we'd only lose the $400 security deposit, which seemed more than reasonable. Eric always put our best interest above his own, and his flexibility made things so much easier on us.
I wasn't sure if 27 adults would be too much for this home, and ultimately I'd say that it was a bit cramped. The house sleeps 18 on beds IF the five double beds are shared, plus there's a futon upstairs and a large couch downstairs. I knew that might be an issue, so it's not a complaint (Eric provided plenty of info in emails), but that's just some perspective for future renters.
The outdoor grill was the only thing that I'd say was in poor condition, but Eric said they planned to replace it soon.
Ultimately, the owner's excellent communication and customer service, as well as the home, scenery, and amenities, easily justified the cost of this rental. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs to accommodate a large group.
We had an amazing time at the Hive this summer. We had 17 people (9 kids and 8 adults) stay under one roof and it was a wonderful and memorable family vacation. The house was immaculate and the owners have thought of everything to make the guests feel welcome and comfortable. There were tons of board and cards games, smore's ingredients, maps, dvd's, and a very thorough "things to do packet" waiting for us when we arrived.
The views from the porch were so beautiful and the the location of the house to many places included North Conway was perfect for what we were looking for in a vacation home. We have all decided that we want to rent this house again in the winter to experience the fun when the mountain is up and running. Thank you for sharing your beautiful house with us!
A very nice home, large and comfortable for my group of 12. This place is perfect in wintertime or late Fall. Plenty of room for everyone. Close to both Denmark and Bridgton Centre so you can go to either watering hole or any of Bridgton's supermarkets. Lots of wildlife, be on the lookout for both porcupines and hummingbirds. If you shut the lights off in the home a clear night sky is spectacular. Plenty of hiking and you will see hikers coming down the mountain.
We recently rented this property in August for a girls getaway/bachelorette party and it was everything we'd hoped for! The house had plenty of room for all of us, and was close to many activities and outdoor fun. We utilized the fully stocked kitchen every night and for most other meals as well. There was plenty of sitting room for when we all got together and we really enjoyed the outdoor area. In house laundry was a major plus with us hiking and doing water activities. Very close to shops. We loved how the property was situated right on Shawnee Peak, it made for amazing views and even a great morning hike up a little ways for a stunning view of Moose Pond. Would definitely stay again and recommend to anyone with a large family or group of friends looking to get away!
The property was the perfect space for our family reunion. There was plenty of seating for every at the dinner table for big family meals. On rainy days, there was plenty of room for people to sprawl out to read, work on puzzles, and chat. The beach, grocery store, and local lobster shack are close by. The home was clean, well-maintained, and comfortable.
My only request would be that the pots and pans are updated, they were certainly usable but not in great shape.
Thanks for a great vacation!
Myself and 12 friends stayed at The Hive this past weekend and had a blast. We travel every year and find places to get away and play Disc-Golf for a weekend. The Hive was PERFECT for what we needed. The property is very well maintained, with everything you could ask for. Eric and family have certainly made it a home away from home. We will definitely be back!
In the Western Maine Lakes & North Conway, NH Region, Shawnee Peak / Moose Pond is Maine's premier summer / fall / winter Vacation Destination. During winter, Ski In Ski out your front door at georgeous Shawnee Peak Ski Area, Maine's 3rd busiest (with the most Night Skiing in New England). In the Naples, Sebago Lakes Region & Long Lake and Saco River watershed areas, Shawnee Peak is only 20 minutes from North Conway, NH Shopping Outlets, Restaurants, Waterparks, and Movie Theaters. A summer vacation paradise with Moose Pond (300 yards from home) and 35+ lakes/ponds within a 10 mile radius of our home. Out your front door is Shawnee Peak's 10 mile Hiking Trail Network and Needle's Eye Waterfall. The 4 main boating entry points for the Saco River are15 minutes away where thousands paddle downstream each year. A 20 minute ride brings you to The Fryeburg Fair which hosts 300,000 spectators during peak fall foliage season in October. This is truly a First Class Luxury Log Home in a true 4 Season Vacation destination location.
Other Activities: Hiking (10 Mile Trail Network out your front door), Kayaking/Canoeing Saco River (4 Major Portage points within 15 min drive), Fryeburg Fairgrounds (15 min drive), Drive In Movie Theater, Snowmobile, Snow Shoe, Scenic Drive, Apple Picking, Wildlife Photography, Wine Tasting
Golf: 5 Public Golf Courses within 30 minute drive. Two courses (Bridgton Highlands & Kezar Lake Golf Courses within 8 miles 15 min drive.)
Ski: Sunday River 15 South Ridge Rd. Newry, ME 207 824 3000 41 miles 55 min. drive
Cranmore 1 Skimobile Rd No Conway, NH 800 786 6754 22 miles 30 min. drive
Attitash Rte 302 Bartlett, NH 800 223 7669 31 miles 40 min. drive
King Pine 1251 Eaton Rd Freedom, NH 603 367 8896 30 miles 40 min. drive
Black Mnt 373 Black Mnt Rd Jackson, NH 603 383 4490 32 miles 45 min. drive
Bretton Woods Rte 302 Bretton Woods, NH 603-278 3320 51 miles 65 min. drive
Wildcat Rte 16 Pinkham Notch, NH 603 466 3326 41 miles 55 min. drive
Mnt Abrams 308 Howe Hill Rd Greenwood, ME 207 875 5000 41 miles 55 min. drive
Five Fields Farm X-C Skiing 720 So Bridgton Rd Bridgton, ME 207 647 2425 8 miles 15 min. drive
Carter’s X-C Ski Center 420 Main St Oxford, ME 207 539-4848 31 miles 45 min. drive
|Cleaning, Laundry, Trash Service||£191 + Tax|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£324|
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