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
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
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
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 was very friendly and accommodating. He is very knowledgeable of the area and was able to give us suggestions on where to go. Bruce really loves the area and takes pride in his home. Guest quarters were cozy, clean, and had a lovely view. The kitchen was stocked with everything needed for cooking including salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil. Especially liked having a washer and dryer available for us to use. Truly enjoyed this quiet sanctuary and would stay again. Highly recommended. — Shelley P. @ 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
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
Super location and super place to stay. Spotlessly maintained with all amenities. Absolutely recommend it.
Bruce is a great host with the best suggestions for activities, sites to visit in the area and restaurants to dine at. — Anonymous @ HomeAway
My husband and I spent the entire summer of 2011 at Ferncrest on Mount Desert Island and for many reasons truly enjoyed it. If anyone is looking for a quiet location with a beautiful view, it’s found here. Within walking or biking distance of national park land and trails, and located on the quiet side of the island, Ferncrest is ideal. The upstairs windows and downstairs deck look out onto the mountains. A quick five minute ride will take you to the ocean.
The apartment is nicely furnished and the kitchen well equipped. All is kept very clean and neat. The washer and dryer are on the same level as the apartment…a big added convenience. Parking is in front of the house and easily accessed.
Bruce, the owner, is very accommodating and since he’s been both a ranger at Acadia and has lived there for many years, he can give invaluable advice about what to do and where to go.
I highly recommend Ferncrest. — Joan F. @ HomeAway