Very nice, cozy apartment with split entrances. Well stocked with books and brochures about the park and surrounding area. Bruce was very knowledgeable and provided excellent recommendations on a drizzly/cloudy day. The shared laundry was a big help after a few days camping. — Gina F. @ AirBnB
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
The house is on a quiet side street in the western portion of Acadia. The most popular attractions in Acadia are on the eastern portion, which is twenty minutes away. The house is relatively close to a famous and excellent lobster shack, which Bruce recommended. Bruce lives on the first floor of the house, and the second floor is the space for rent. Bruce was home most of the time, and was very helpful. The apartment was clean and comfortable. It stood out in that it was very well supplied with dishes, kitchen utensils, olive oil, containers, saran wrap, tour books, fast wi-fi, and more. The main detraction was the mosquito population. Mosquitoes were present in much of Acadia, including in Bruce’s driveway. — David L. @ 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
Even before we left Ferncrest, we were already dreaming of our return. This idyllic retreat, located on Mt. Desert’s “quiet side” was a perfect place from which to launch adventures across the island and a homey, though well-appointed, place to return to each night. We loved the games and books that lined the shelves, the full kitchen, comfortable beds and small artistic details that made every room feel personal and personally connected to the island. Most of all we loved the view of the meadows and mountains from our window. Bruce was a knowledgeable and generous host whose suggestions led us to swimming and hiking adventures we would not likely have discovered otherwise. With Ferncrest as our home away from home we plan to return to enjoy this beautiful island’s many treasures. — Lisa B. @ HomeAway
Very comfortable suite within a short distance to Acadia National Park. The rooms are spacious and comfortable offering three levels of pillow firmness with a well stocked library. The kitchen is well stocked with utensils and the washer and dryer are very accessible. We had a wonderful time in the park as Bruce was able to direct us locations we had not heard about. Some great swimming holes nearby and several hiking trails. The place is very comfortable, clean and well located. We hope to fit this into our travel plans in the future. I highly recommend this property! — Michaell M. @ HomeAway