This trip was meant to be a graduation celebration for my son Cody. But finding your listing and your hospitality has been so much more. So many beautiful places to see in our national park system, and so little time. You could create a lifetime exploring and getting to know anyone of them. To have been able to draw on your experiences in Acadia has been simply amazing! Even with a knee awaiting surgery you steered us to sites that awe inspiring. Beech Mountain was everything you described and more. Ship Harbor, beautiful. And each destination within the park so different. Thank you! I will be back. — Tom C.
I had such an amazing time this week staying in your home. This house was everything my dad and I hoped for, the perfect quiet house in the hills of Maine. We got to do so many great hikes in the park including Beehive, Beach Mountain, and Ship Harbor to name a few. All of which had fantastic views. It will be hard to leave Acadia and return to the hussle of New Jersey. I know we will miss the park immensely. Thank you so much for the great hospitality. I hope we are able to make it back again sometime. — Cody C.
The property is pristine and beautiful. The view in this picture is correct. The apartment is clean and nicely decorated. We had everything we needed supplied for. Bruce J. was hospitable, courteous, informative, and all around a nice guy to talk with. He made our trip a success from the places in the park to see to the enjoyable conversations. There are 4 or 5 harbors to drive to for food. We had lobster at Thurston’s in Northeast Harbor, Sunday brunch at Cafe This Way in Bar Harbor. We drove the national park loop to enjoy many different places, biked the carriage trails which were outstandingly beautiful, hiked up a mountain with a park ranger’s interpretation to boot, and strolled through two lovely gardens not to be missed. Overall our visit was well worth it; we are not disappointed at all with our lodging; in fact we hope to come back some day and enjoy the park more and staying at Ferncrest (#141438) would be our desire in order to get the most from the trip. — Scott W. @ HomeAway
Great stay in a nice upstairs apartment on the quiet side of the island right on the edge of the park. Bruce was a nice host and answered any questions we had. Our 2 year old was happy with the toy box full of antique type toys (toys are always better at other people’s houses!). The kitchen was great for us to be able to cook a lot of meals to avoid eating out too often. Overall great experience and we would recommend! — Amanda P. @ AirBnB
Peace and quiet minutes from Acadia National Park. Terrific location for hiking, biking and kayaking. The house was a haven of calm and silence – A ++ sleep quality. Most relaxing experience for outdoors lovers, who don’t care much for the ice cream parlors a and tourist shops of a Bar Harbor. The house was also well stocked with all cooking utensils, iron, beach towels, etc. Last, Bruce was a wealth of knowledge to recommend activities and really helpful in helping make the best of our visit. We shall return! — Marie-Laure C. @ AirBnB
My fiancé and I had a relaxing and peaceful stay at Ferncrest. It was exactly what we needed. Bruce was such a helpful host. He gave us great pointers about hikes, bike rides, swimming spots and restaurants. His home is a cozy, lovely spot in the paradise that is Acadia. One of the best nights was when Bruce built us a fire and we stargazed (a rare occurrence for New Yorkers ;). We would highly recommend staying here and we hope to come back again soon! — Emily L. @ AirBnB
It seems to me if you are going to visit New England, you would want the place you stayed in to feel like it was in New England. Our attic suite did exactly that. The furniture and accessories were chosen with care to add to the New England feel of the suite. The bedrooms were roomy and the mattresses were firm, but not hard. We were seeking a location close to the park and Ferncrest is right there. As city dwellers we were thrilled with the stars in the night sky. Bruce gave us great directions, he is right, the GPS became unreliable as we approached his home. Even though we were late, he greeted us when we arrived, provided us with great info about the park. He was always there when we left in the morning. We found him to be welcoming, helpful, friendly and respectful of our privacy. — Rosemary H. @ AirBnB
The description of what was awaiting us fit this home to a “T!” The picture you see over the fence to the mountain was what we got to see every time we looked out the windows from the kitchen. Everything was there that we would need to be able to prepare the food we brought with us and there was space in the cupboards for us to put some of our dry goods away.
The property was very nice and everything inside was clean and ready for us when we arrived and the price for renting it for a week was reasonable and worth every penny!
The owner, Bruce, was very helpful and even went out of his way to, as he put it, “Build a fire” for us. He has a small fire pit where he took the time to set up the wood and paper for us to have a fire on an evening he was going to be out. All we had to do was remove the cover he had put over it and light it!
This property was perfect for my wife, daughter and I. I would recommend this property without reservation to my friends and family (and anyone looking for a nice little place for a getaway). A family of up to four, or even two couples would have adequate space here for a weeks vacation.
My wife and I especially liked the fact that this property is on the opposite side of the island from Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor was only about a 20 minute drive, but it was nice to be able to leave all of the activity and touristy stuff behind and go “home” each evening to a quite and peaceful location. If you enjoy the outdoors there are more options to explore than you could cover in a month of vacation on Mt Desert Island. The biggest challenge is deciding what to do. And if you enjoy seafood, or lobster in particular, take a trip to Bernard, near Seal Cove, and find Thurston’s Lobster Pound. They have, in my opinion, some of the best lobster around! — Jared K. @ HomeAway
Bruce has turned the top floor of his house into a whimsical jewel of an apartment. If you want to own a charming cottage on the wooded quiet side of Mount Desert Island, save yourself a lot of trouble and just rent Bruce’s place. It feels like home. It is thoughtfully decorated with art, books, music, and items that make you smile. It was clean and comfortable. The beds were firm and allowed us to sleep in the absolute silence of the area without the back aches typically caused by beds in hotels and rentals. The location is far from the crowds of tourists and noise of towns and traffic yet perfectly suited for hiking into Acadia or lovely drives around the entire island. We felt like locals rather than tourists. Bruce is a quiet gracious host respectful of privacy yet available with information when needed. We would highly recommend this rental. — Joan B. @ AirBnB
What a wonderful experience we had staying near Acadia National Park at Bruce’s lovely Ferncrest home. The cozy two-bedroom apartment on the second floor was perfect for our small family, and the kitchen setup was just the right size for us to make most of our own meals. Ferncrest is an older home, but Bruce has done a great job remodeling it and furnishing it so that it is comfortable and practical without losing its charm and character. It was the perfect place to come “home” to after long days of gallivanting. This location borders the western side of Acadia National Park and is minutes from several ponds, lovely walks, and Bass Harbor. It is a scenic and convenient 15-minute drive to enter the more popular sections on the east side of the island as well. Bruce is the ideal host, providing great suggestions, advice, and hospitality. He made sure the apartment was well-stocked with all we’d need for our stay: linens, pillows, books, and cooking utensils. Knowing we had a five year-old daughter, he even pulled out several toys and books as well as a “treasure drawer” for her to enjoy. He provided ample maps and guides for us to use while exploring the park, and gladly answered any questions we had. This was our first AirBnB stay, and we couldn’t have asked for a better fit for this trip. Thank you so much, Bruce! We hope to return to Ferncrest one day! — Mary D. @ AirBnB
My 12-year-old daughter and I stayed at Ferncrest for a week and it was hard to leave, we loved it so much. Bruce greeted us with warmth and a vase of freshly cut lilacs from his enormous and amazing lilac bush. Everyday we’d try to fit in as many things as we possibly could on Mount Desert Island and within Acadia—hiking, kayaking, birding, whale watching, lobster meals, and simply being in awe of the beauty surrounding us at all times. It was always so lovely to come back to Ferncrest and relax.
We were amazed at the sounds of coyotes and loons—the incredible songs of the variety of birds, all audible through the windows. Ahhhh … the view! To see the mountains lit up by the sun in the evening after a cloudy day was joyous. The darkness of night opened up the most magical world of infinite stars and hundreds of glowing fireflies. We were so thankful for Bruce’s tips such as to watch the fireflies and to hike Wonderland on a foggy day. He has tremendous knowledge of the area and I was thankful that he was able to reassure my daughter that she didn’t have to worry—being a city kid; she had some fears of the trails and the possibile danger.
The living space had everything we needed to feel at home. It was spacious and cozy, stocked with a fantastic selection of books for rainy days and evenings, and filled with little surprises. It was fun to search for the secret drawer, and to drink tea each day from the adorable bunny mugs. This was an unforgettable getaway, and we hope to return for more amazement and inspiration. We highly recommend Bruce’s Ferncrest! — Jody B. @ HomeAway