If you just want a place to hang your hat and go about your business—no problem. If you would like to interact with us and learn about the region, that’s great too. 40 minutes to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island; 30 minutes to Acadia National Park on Schoodic Peninsula. Also MANY quieter hiking trails and swimming holes right nearby. Our place is good for couples, friends, solo adventurers and small families.
We’re located on a country road at the base of Schoodic Mountain in Downeast Maine. The house is about 100 years old but it’s had a lot of updates and renovations, including wiring, windows, kitchen and bathroom. The added skylights make it bright and cheery. After Seth Joy made his fortune out west in the 1800s Gold Rush, he came back to Maine and built this house for his daughter, adjacent to his own farmstead.
You will share a bathroom with us and it is located on the 2nd floor (please see House Rules regarding shower use). Your bedroom is located on the third floor in a finished attic space. NOTE: there are steep, narrow stairs leading from the 2nd floor to your room so this Airbnb is not recommended for those with mobility issues. There are two skylights and one small window looking out on scenic views. All windows can be opened for ventilation and have screens. They all have curtains as well, allowing as much or as little light as you prefer. The room has two beds: one is full size with a firm futon mattress underneath a 2” memory foam layer. The second bed is twin-size with standard mattress. There are bedside tables, lamps, overhead lighting, bookshelves and a table for spreading out your things. There is a hanging portable closet for storing special garments (such as wedding clothes) and a luggage rack. There is also a portable air conditioner, which is set up during the hot months (July – September). The room has a Visitor Guide with information about wifi access, nearby restaurants, etc.
Living in rural Maine in an old house involves interaction with insects and critters. We have the occasional mouse and you may see daddy-long-legs spiders lurking in corners. The spiders are harmless. Mice are promptly evicted. For outdoor biting insects we can supply you with bug dope!
The front door is equipped with a key lock box. You will receive a four-digit code for your visit. It's essential that you replace the key in the box at all times to avoid locking yourself out! We may not be able to come let you in as we may be working a long distance from the house that day.
Available for guest use: your guest room, shared bathroom, kitchen & dining room, screened-in porch, front deck, lawn and picnic table, fire pit only with permission and presence of host, clothes washer, dryer and clothesline, and help yourself to garden produce.
Reserved for host use only: living room, television, 3rd floor office space, woodstove, all other rooms and spaces.
If you plan to go swimming we have floats and boogie boards you’re welcome to use and beach towels are provided.
The kitchen has everything you need and you’re welcome to prepare meals at home (nothing too elaborate please :-). We will ask about your schedule and meal prep plans so we can coordinate around each other.
Общение с гостями
When I check you in, depending on how tired you are from travel, I will give you either a brief or detailed tour, and then leave you to relax and enjoy yourself. We’re happy to provide information about the area or anything else you need at any time. Don’t hesitate to ask.
There is no daily housekeeping service and we ask that you clean up after yourselves. If you need to do laundry, just let us know and we'll show you where to find what you need.
Другие важные подробности
Depending on your provider, cell phone service at the house (and in rural Maine) ranges from good to spotty. There is wifi service throughout the house.
If you hanker for late nights and a party atmosphere, this is not the right Airbnb for you, I’m afraid. We enjoy cocktails, socializing, dinners and getting to know our guests, but we also work hard and have busy lives and appreciate a quiet house after 10pm.
Likewise, if you prefer an urban environment and hotel service, this may not be the best choice. The house is well organized, clean and tidy, and your room and the shared bathroom are thoroughly cleaned between guests, but you may see signs of projects and activities from time to time. Garden soil may be seen on counter tops when vegetables are being harvested and cleaned; you may see sticky residue when homemade jam production is underway; or squid being cleaned when they come into season!
We are biologists and my partner is a hunter and fisherman so you will see animal hides and antlers, and may see plant, animal or insect specimens – but these are not left lying around the kitchen!
--Unfortunately, no smoking is allowed anywhere on the property.
--Children 7 years or older are welcome (safety issues on stairs for younger children).
--Sometimes earlier check-in is possible, depending on my work schedule.
--Because there is only one bathroom, and because we are on a well-water system, and occasionally experience drought conditions, we must ask guests to limit themselves to one shower per day maximum. Sorry for any inconvenience!
--Basic courtesies requested: ask permission first, put things back where you found them, clean up after yourself. Thanks!
I'm a birder, naturalist, conservation biologist and science education researcher and work on a small college campus. Have traveled extensively around the USA. Previously studied international relations and African Studies, lived in Kenya for a while and have traveled in Mexico. Started using Airbnb for travel in 2016. Began hosting in 2017.
My partner, Dwayne, served in the Peace Corps in Nepal and traveled in that region for 3 years. Here in Maine he works on Atlantic salmon restoration. He is a hunter and fisherman and you will see a few animal hides and antlers around the house. These are not trophies--we hunt and garden to feed ourselves.
When we travel we like to be active, learn about the area and meet local people. We like getting out in natural areas, hiking and observing. We are easy-going, low maintenance house-guests. As hosts, we love meeting people from all over and want you to feel completely welcome and comfortable while you’re here.