What a wonderful spot for a get-away! Choose this to be away from Bar Harbor traffic with the ability to still be on the island. This spot offers quiet and a roomy apartment for reading and waking up. – Jenie @ AirBnB
In addition to the excellent location on the quiet side of the island, you get a quiet place to stay, with a sweet reading/hangout corner with comfy Mission furniture, comfortable bed, a variety of pillows, and an excellent collection of maps of the area and also books about Maine and Acadia. – Joan @ AirBnB
Nice, quiet, scenic location. Clean and organized home. Able to borrow maps for Acadia National Park–this was very helpful. – Michelle @ AirBnB
My daughter and I spent ten days at Ferncrest. It was a true “home away from home”. All the rooms were clean and comfortable. The kitchen was stocked with everything you might need for any kind of fancy cooking. There were shelves with books about Maine and Acadia, plus other reading materials, board games, and puzzles. The surroundings of the house were scenic and peaceful. Bruce was an excellent host. He made sure we found his place, and had lots of helpful maps, brochures and advice to share. We recommend this home to any traveler who is interested in staying on the quieter side of Mount Desert Island. – Marlies @ AirBnB
Thank you Bruce. We had a wonderful time staying at Ferncrest. The apt was just the right size. We love all the helpful tips you gave us: GREAT places to eat where the locals gather, GREAT trails to walk for the best views around, GREAT ideas for entertainment if we wanted. You also have a GREAT collection of books, maps, etc about the island. That really helped us find our way around and feel connected. Knowing the “story” helped us connect to the locals, the wildlife, and the island as a whole. We now feel that we have left a piece of ourselves on the “quiet side”. Thanks!!!! — Julia R. @ HomeAway
Ferncrest was exactly as advertised. It’s extremely quiet, beautiful scenery and a short walk to the National park. The decor of the home is perfect. There is an extensive library to use as well as games and cards. Bruce is a wonderful host, easy to speak with and has a vast wealth of knowledge of all things Maine. We hope to come back in another season to be able shut our phones off and connect again with our surroundings. Great hikes, great views, great home, happy guests! – Randi-Brynn @ AirBnB
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