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designated smoking area outside
Please no pets on furniture. Must be leashed outdoors and supervised indoors. Children must supervised at all times. Designated smoking area outside.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Rustic and cozy canin
Had a great time!
Quaint, clean, spacious, charming.
We enjoyed the privacy and vastness of the property, and the quaintness and decor of the premises. The grounds were meticulously maintained as well. A perfect fit for me and my guests.
Best vacation ever!
I could not recommend The Tortoise and The Mare more highly! amazing house, incredible views with so much space and privacy.Steve and Laura are beautiful people and excellent hosts-truly inspiring! Everything was PERFECT! Exceptional place to stay!
Northeast , USA
After searching for the perfect place, we discovered The Tortoise and The Mare online and knew immediately that it was the place we would inevitably choose! The mountain views and large property delivered the natural, country setting we were looking for and the Inn itself made us feel right at home ~ we were in heaven! The decor is intriguing and the rooms are uniquely themed. Beyond the splendid setting though, which I can't emphasize enough, are a couple of exceptional character, who are a pleasure to meet and work with. Laura and Steve are down to earth, fun, caring, unique individuals who do a great job helping in any way they can to assure their guests are more than satisfied. We recommend The Tortoise and The Mare to anyone and everyone with no hesitation - WE LOVE IT !
I paid for a house with no electricity. Would you?
Here was my experience, I had intended on leaving no review at all but the owner leaves me no choice. You’ll see why.
We rented this property for two nights (the required minimum stay) to do some snowmobiling in the area. Due to a warm up the day before arrival a lot of the snow here melted, but that’s no big deal, we can just trailer up north for the day and come back to the farmhouse. However, within 5 minutes of our arrival at 1pm, the electricity went out (and most importantly the HEAT, it was 15 degrees and dropping into the negatives). The owners called the power company who gave a repair time of 3:15pm. The outage was widespread throughout the area. So we waited over 2 hours, and then by 4pm had to make a decision: If you were in a farmhouse in rural Maine, with no electricity/heat/light, and there was no certain time this would change, what would you do? We did what any halfway reasonable person would do-we left. I called the owner and advised that given the situation we would need to find other accommodations as this one was not legally inhabitable under Maine state law.
As it turned out we could not find any nearby accommodations due to the power outage so we made the 3 hour drive home. The next day, I contacted the owner and requested a refund for the booking as the home was uninhabitable on arrival. The homeowner would only credit one third of the total, forcing me to pay (a censored amount of money because Home Away won't let me tell you) for a house that I couldn’t stay in (including a cleaning fee!!) The owner stated that it was because we “chose” to leave, and the power came back on later “that evening”
Here’s the bottom line, most reasonable adults would shake hands and agree it’s too bad an unforeseeable circumstance like a power outage happened, here’s your money back, we’ll try again next time. But these greedy people are not reasonable. So if you choose to get involved with them, good luck, you’re on your own. You’ve been warned.
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Farmhouse is absolutely beautiful inside and out. The views from every window are gorgeous.
My husband and I rented the Farmhouse for New Year's weekend to go snowboarding and snow mobiling with our 2 boys; 15 and 12 years old. Steve and Laura are probably two of the kindest and most accommodating hosts and people we have met. The Tortoise and the Mare farmhouse is so beautiful inside. They keep it so clean and decorate it so nice in every room. Each bedroom has a theme which was really cool. Loved the wood burning stove in kitchen and the beautiful back room, which we used the most for hanging out, that had panoramic views of mountain sides. From mints on the pillows, champagne and glasses set for us to toast the new year and there in a second when we needed a tow out of a gully we slid into....Steve and Laura are people you want to know and meet. You will feel comfortable the moment you step into their Farmhouse and will enjoy every minute of your stay. We even got to bring our Golden Retriever, Bella, which for us was a huge relief that she could enjoy our get away too!! Fantastic time and fantastic place to stay!!!
This is a destination in and of itself! Plenty to do and see off the property, but most of guests spend most time right here, enjoying the nature trails, biking, hiking, cc ski, sledding, cooking out, star gazing, campfires, abundant wildlife - and the incredible amt of space, privacy and freedom! Our 40 pound tortoise and of course, our mare are always huge hits! Our dog, Michael, is the most delightful canine host! The night sky, mountain views, sprawling, inside and out -