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Sandy River House - Retreat To Our Beautiful All-Renovated 200yo Village House

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Spacious, Comfortable, and Restful – Enjoy All Seasons in Maine

Our Maine home, in the Farmington area, is situated on 3 acres overlooking the Sandy River. Our Sandy River House is a wonderful retreat from the busyness and density of city life. We come here to unwind, listen to birds, relax in the spacious house, garden in the yard, enjoy cooking and relaxing, and get some good sleep! There’s room to spread out, and separate spaces in the house for quiet or for chatting.

This historic house and barn were built in the Federalist period. It was originally a parsonage, located next door to the village church. Today, the house retains many significant original features, including the half-circle glass over the entry door, the original staircase and banisters, beautiful craft-work in the hand-planed doors, and fine large beams, some of which we have left revealed.

Our house has 4 bedrooms (1 quite small), and 2.5 baths. The largest bedroom, on the first floor, is furnished with a queen bed, reading chair, dresser and mirror, writing desk, bookshelf, closet, and a spacious en-suite bathroom, with an over-sized tub. The bedroom has 3 windows, on the south and east sides, and the bathroom has 2, facing east and north.

Upstairs are 3 additional bedrooms, and another full bath. There is also a small upstairs kitchen/sitting area that looks out over the back yard and the woods. The sitting area has a separate counter and sink, a coffee machine, tea kettle, and a table for reading/writing/snacking. A bookshelf offers magazines on Maine, and other good reading.

The larger bedroom upstairs faces east, with two windows and looks out on a large old sugar maple, and the nearby church tower. There is a queen bed, assortment of linens, reading corner with easy chair and ottoman, and bedside tables with lamps. A west-facing bedroom looks out over our standing-seam roof, the barn and the pines to the west, and gets a great amount of afternoon sun through its two windows. This room has a double bed, night stands and reading lights on both sides, a beautiful old mirror, and an ottoman. The last and smallest bedroom is under the eaves, faces west, and is furnished with two single all-cotton futon mattresses side by side on a quilt on the pine floor. It has a luggage rack, a lamp, and a small table.

On the first floor, we have a full, completely new kitchen, with a gas range, a toaster oven, and microwave, along with coffee-maker and electric tea kettle. There’s a dining table in the front parlor.

The front and back parlors connect around the raised hearth with the cast iron and soapstone wood stove. The front parlor also has a reading chair with ottoman. The back parlor has an old piano (which is still untested & untuned), and more chairs for reading or chatting. The back parlor looks out on the back yard, and is often a great place to watch birds flitting back and forth from the maples to the pines to the grass or wildflowers .

Supplies: The bathrooms have a small stock of toiletries to share- soap, shampoo, hand cream, toothpaste, etc. There are plentiful towels, and bed linens, and there is laundry detergent supplied in the laundry room. The laundry room has a small box of first-aid materials, and a few extra toothbrushes if you forgot yours. There is insect repellant, and usually some sunscreen in the house.

The kitchen has a good amount of basic staples and a range of condiments, which you are welcome to use. Usually there are some dry cereals, oatmeal, canned beans, tuna, soups, etc; cookies and crackers, corn chips and salsa, pasta and sauce, some dried fruits and nuts; a selection of teas, coffee and decaf, cocoa and maybe some chocolate bars!

Being green: We were very happy to conserve and refurbish an existing house, rather than tear down something and build new. We used locally milled wood for the new floor in the library, and the spruce siding for the house. Our kitchen and bathroom floors are Marmoleum, natural linoleum flooring. The house is well-insulated for 4 season use.

We use green cleaning products, and don’t use any fabric softeners, “air fresheners” or similar products. We care for our yards using organic practices.

Our house has town water, propane heating and cooking, completely modernized electrical, and a fine new boiler for heat and on-demand hot water in all seasons. We also have a beautiful cast-iron & soapstone woodstove, on the first floor, for additional heat, and for the pleasure of relaxing and watching a wood fire.

You can use the house phone to make calls locally. We have wifi, which is pretty reliable, and are usually able to connect. There is a DVD player and TV monitor, so please feel free to bring your DVDs or use our Netflix service (starting in August.)

Location: Although we’re in a rural area, it’s very easy to get to. We’re a half-hour from Augusta, just a couple of minutes off Route 27, a well-traveled state road. Winter access is not a concern!

Our house is minutes from the Franklin County seat, Farmington.

Living in New England, we’ve loved Maine for a long time, and are so happy to have this beautiful place in Maine to stay at, and to share. We’re coming from a city of 16,000 people per square mile, to unwind in Maine in an area that has 30 people per square mile.

This house was so appealing to us because of its fine structure and details, the generous amount of land, the wonderful crabapples, sugar maples and white pines, and of course the Sandy River! We’ve tried hard to acknowledge the character of the house, and refurbish it with respect and affection. The land also is a big focus, and we’ve brought in many great native shrubs, plants, and young trees, working to keep things healthy for the pollinators, and the birds, and the people who enjoy the Maine environment.

We enjoy Maine as much as we can, and one of our great pleasures is sharing this wonderful old home with others who enjoy the same things.

This corner of Maine is full of rural beauty, farming life, and small-town enjoyments. Some of our favorite things include observing birds and pollinators all around, walking around the land under the tall trees, looking closely at the great range of terrain and flora here, taking in a movie at the great local NarrowGauge Cinema, stopping to pick up fresh produce, ice cream or baked goods at the Sandy River Farm Market, admiring the Sandy River as it wends its way through 73 miles of Maine, making pies with the backyard rhubarb, or pancakes with Maine wild blueberries, watching the fireflies in the summer nights, having delicious soup in the nearby Soup for You.

If you want to get out and mingle, there are always many choices listed in the eent pages of the local online newspaper, The DailyBulldog. On a recent week, these included: parades, festivals, bake-offs, hootenannies, road races, readings, exhibits, concerts, book sales, contradancing, horseshoe tournaments, craft sales, farmers markets, hikes, historical society meetings, book talks, classes!

Maine has many agricultural fairs from June to October, and an active farmers market program, pick-your-own farms, and local corn mazes and hayrides.

Our house is well-stocked with books, magazines, and some puzzles & games; wifi and Netflix.

For outdoor activities, on our property you can enjoy:

• snowshoeing

• star-gazing: check out the night sky

• the beginnings of some veggie gardens: planting rhubarb, chives, blueberries, garlic, raspberries

• bird-watching: we’re planting the property to attract and support songbird life.

• Weber grill & natural charcoal

There are many good places to buy groceries or prepared foods or farmers markets:

• Sandy River Farm Market - baked goods, beans, ice cream, meats, pies, vegs. on road into Farmington, on left

• White Water - organic local meats; on the corner of Cape Cod Hill Road and Rt 2/27 in New Sharon

• Farmers markets: in New Sharon, in Farmington

• Front and Pleasant - gourmet and interesting choices , tasty local pound cakes. Pleasant St, Farmington Trantens - local independent grocer in Farmington.

• Barn Sale – Main St, New Sharon. On Saturdays, on the corner of RT 134 and Water St in New Sharon. An eclectic bunch of offerings –lots of interesting and practical things.

• Reny’s In Farmington, on Broadway St. A Maine chain; clothes, practical winter gear; miscellany.

• Eddie Bauer Outlet In Augusta; durable outdoor wear at a discount

• Farmers Union – grain, seed, tools, etc. Front St, Farmington

Groceries: besides the local stores above, there is a Hannafords in Farmington. If you drive to Maine on 95 & 295, and pass through Portland, right off of exit 7 on 295 North, are both Trader Joe and Whole Foods. So it’s easy to stock up on the way up. Our house is about 1.5 hours after that, so pack your cold stuff in one bag, etc.

Outdoor activities: There is so much incredible hiking in Maine.

Some good hikes are

• Avery Mountain – near Stratton

• Tumbledown Mountain – Weld area

• Mount Blue – near Weld

• Bald Mountain - Weld area

• Mt Abraham – near Kingfield

• Bigelow Ridge – Avery is a part of this (?)

• Saddleback – near Rangeley

Maine has a very large number of public parks and trails – we have more links on our Sandy River House web pages.

Maine Wildlife Park with wildlife, trails, picnic areas, and gardens, is located in Gray, ME

Kayaking, canoeing, tubing, swimming:

• Close by, there are several local put-in/take-out spots on the Sandy River near Farmington, for swimming, tubing, kayaking. Please write us for specific details.

• The “State Parks” page of the website has a page for canoeing, kayaking, paddling activities etc.

Winter activities:

• snowshoe around the property

• cross-country/Nordic skiing, or snowshoe trekking on local trails

• skiing at local, family-friendly, and budget-friendly Titcomb mountain

• top ski areas nearby include Sugarloaf, Saddleback ski areas

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
27 May, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in New Sharon

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - 1st floor - toilet , bath with shower , On first floor, off large bedroom. Has oversized tub.
    Bathroom 2 - 2nd floor - toilet , shower enclosure , On the 2nd floor. + additional spacious sink in hall.
    Laundry room/half bath - toilet , on the first floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


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Sandy River House - Retreat To Our Beautiful All-Renovated 200yo Village House
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Hopewell, New Jersey

Great, comfy place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Loved the warmth and comfortable feel of the house. Kitchen well stocked with all the supplies you need. Plenty of room, great for a family vacation. Will definitely go again!

  • Review Submitted: 01/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Mary! We were so happy to have you and your lovely family staying at our house again for the holidays! It's so nice to have repeat guests. We’ve tried to make the house cosy and well-stocked, so guests can just relax and enjoy themselves. Please come again. :))
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Short But Sweet!

  • 5 of 5

We only had a few days, but staying at this house made it feel a lot longer! The house has the old charm of 100+ years, yet it has all the modern conveniences without intruding on said charm. It was clean, comfortable and well stocked. It was a pleasure dealing with Carol and we'd love to visit again. Our pups loved the big yard as well.

  • Review Submitted: 12/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your sweet review, Scott! I know we didn't meet in person, but your email communications were all clear & forthcoming - always appreciated. Our property manager said you left the house neat as a pin, also appreciated! Our house is actually 200 years old - isn't that amazing? It's one of the first houses that was built in that village, as the parsonage for the pastor of the nearby church. We love all its original details, and the spacious layout with the added 'ell'. I'm glad you, Wendy, and the pups enjoyed the wide back areas behind the lawn. it's relaxing having all the natural open space, and fun for walking in the wooded areas, or daydreaming on the big granite rocks. The house is well-insulated and has great heat for 4 seasons. Please come again soon! Thanks for taking the time to write the review. :)
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Comfortable, roomy well-maintained house in beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

This property has character, is clean, has many extras (books, videos, canned goods, etc). There were no surprises - the online description was accurate and thorough, the communication with the owner was easy and transparent. All of the rooms were attractively decorated. This is a wonderful, quiet get away in a beautiful area of Maine, and was a delightful place for our extended family to stay while attending a wedding in nearby Mercer.

  • Review Submitted: 19/10/2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Liz- Thank you for your kind words, and we’re so happy that our house worked well for your family group. We appreciated your clear communications, too! It really is a second home, so we aim to have all the day-to-day supplies, kitchen basics, books, games, movies, and just settle right in. About the character - our house was originally the parsonage for the nearby church, and after we bought it, we discovered that it was one of the earliest houses built in the village, in the early 1800’s. We were delighted to find it with the major structural elements in great shape, and to be able to preserve so many of the original features. The area is also appealing - beautiful and rural, with cows and farms - but very close to Farmington, and easy to get to so many of the other great Maine towns, for lunch, or day trips, or hiking/skiing/boating. I hope you’ll have the opportunity to come and stay again! Best, Sandy River House
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Wonderful get away home in the beauty of Maine.

  • 5 of 5

This property is located in the heart of Maine. We stayed there in October, 2016, and the color of the leaves was gorgeous. The home is decorated beautifully, with 3 bedrooms upstairs and 1 downstairs. There is a nice wood stove that made our family gathering cheerful. The kitchen was fully stocked which made meal preparation easier. There was a nearby market, "Duins" that was an authentic small Maine country store that carried the groceries we went looking for (read "Gifford's ice cream"...), and much more. Communication with the proprietor was prompt and helpful.

We were a party of three families, and we would all highly recommend the property. Three big thumbs up!

  • Review Submitted: 03/10/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, K! Thank you for taking the time to write a review - and we’re very happy that the house worked out well for your family group. We also appreciated your good communication, before and after - and thanks for the heads-up about the branch hanging over the walkway to the drive. We got it trimmed back, and were glad to get that feedback from you. We have put a lot of care into making the house appealing as well as comfortable and useful, and it’s great to hear back that our guests enjoy that. We’ve been fortunate to have responsible, friendly, and good-communicating guests! Most of them, like your group, have been coming to attend family events - and then others are looking for a bit of nature and some rural space to unwind and get some R&R. I have to say we are also huge ice cream fans, and we always make time for the Giffords in Farmington, with their enormous and creative range of flavors! Many thanks for your review, and please come again some time. Best, Sandy River House
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Cambridge, MA

Back for more!

  • 5 of 5

We originally visited a little over a year ago and returned to celebrate a birthday in the country, away from busy city life. The weather was a bit cold and rainy, but the house warmed up quickly and was very comfortable.

We used the soapstone stove a lot. It's really beautiful and has a big window so we could enjoy the flames ficker. The house is well stocked with seasoned firewood, as well as kindling for starting it. The stove gives off a lot of heat and was cozy to read beside.

The kitchen had a variety of teas and coffee, and was well-stocked with dishes, pots and pans, and up-to-date appliances.

One evening, we tried out the DVD collection, watching a Fry and Laurie episode and an old Myrna Loy, William Powell movie. (We're fans of both.) Also, the wifi worked great.

Overall, the house is in perfect condition, has everything we needed, and is easy to operate. There is a binder with info about the house that clearly explains everything--how to operate the wood stove, adjust thermostats, etc.

In Farmington, we tried Thai Smile for dinner. It has a great beer selection and delicious dishes. We also browsed the extensive used bookstore, Twice Sold Tales, and an art gallery.

  • Review Submitted: 06/04/2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for giving us this nice review. :) We are so happy to have return visitors, and especially ones who take such good care of the house, and appreciate what we’ve done with it. We’re aiming to make our Sandy River House a real home away from home, a relaxing place where we can get some genuine R&R. Even in early spring, and Maine’s famous “mud season” - it’s so alive and beautiful. The sun shines long shadows through the trees, the birds are out hopping around, daffodils poking up, and it’s really cozy when inside! We love the structure of this old home - originally a parsonage - and really nicely laid out. I’m glad that the DVD collection is getting some use - it’s fun to get away, enjoy nature in the day time, or go on local outings, and then come home, put your feet up with a hot cup of tea, and relax with a good movie at night. Farmington has quite a few good choices for eating out these days, along with the bookstores, coffee shops, a big Renys store, and its excellent movie theatre. Please come back soon!
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Cambridge, MA

Excellent weekend spent at the Maine farmhouse with friends

  • 5 of 5

Spent a long weekend with 5 friends at the farmhouse in early fall and had a wonderful time.

The area is absolutely beautiful in the autumn season, with scenic drives by the Sandy River and nice long roads to admire all of the trees as they change colors. Plenty of room in the house for all of the guests, and everyone had their own space and privacy. There are also many common-areas for the guests to hang out together, where we enjoyed watching movies, making dinner, playing board games, reading, and relaxing. The house was well stocked with everything we needed (from the kitchen to the bedrooms & bathrooms), which we really appreciated. The fireplace was also a very nice touch and made us feel right at home and cozy at night.

The Farmington area is worth visiting and the locals are very friendly. If you are also looking to explore more of Maine, there are many local breweries and popular towns no more than an hour away. We would definitely love to stay here again and recommend to anyone looking to have a relaxing stay in the heart of Maine!

  • Review Submitted: 06/12/2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pet Fee AU$135.51

Our cancellation policy is for 1 month's notice. VRBO may have other cancellation information that they auto-inserted, but i can't find it to change it.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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