9 reviews

1 / 14 Merrill House, summer



Pets allowed:
Wi-Fi available:

5 Full baths, 1 Half bath, 1 Shower

Description from owner

Sleeps 25+ in warm weather, 14+ in cold weather.

Weddings, reunions, special events, family vacations, adventure vacations, retreats. destination weddings; ceremony and reception site. Trophy trout, salmon & bass fishing. Two golf courses nearby. Amazing for leaf peeping weekends. Downhill and XC Ski. Snow-mobile. Hunt. Hike the Appalachian Trail. Relax.

Historic country lodge in Maine's beautiful western mountains with private swimming pond and beach on property (not a pool, but the listing doesn't have an option for what we have), close to lakes, streams and mountains. Nearby world-class fishing (Rapid River, Magalloway, Kennebago, Androscoggin & Swift Rivers, Rangeley & Richardson Lakes), golfing (Bethel Inn & Sunday River), and ski areas (Sunday River, Saddleback, Mt. Abram, Black Mountain).

Summer and winter rentals available. 2 kitchens, 2 dining rooms. Catering & event services available. 15 fireplaces. Contemporary utilities & amenities including wireless internet. Elegantly furnished.

This is a truly unique vacation and recreation spot - comfortable and gorgeous with deep history in a friendly old-New England town. Built in 1792 by the first homesteading settler in the valley; renovated in the late 1800s at the peak of the railroad era into a private summer retreat with design contributions by Stanford White and Frederick Law Olmsted. Wonderful interiors including breathtaking Great Hall, several salons, Grand Dining Room. Long views that defy words.

Rates quoted above are for family vacation rentals with the indicated seasonal overnight guest maximums. Event and other rental rates quoted upon request.

References required.

Beds: 5 Queen Beds, 2 Double Beds, 20 Twin Beds, 3 Sofa Beds

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Tripadvisor Property ID: 4821452

About the area

Magnificent setting with broad lawns and pastures overlooking mountain valley in the northern end of the Mahoosuc range. Pond & river on property. Trails on property and access to 4000 footers. Plentiful outdoor activities: swim, boat, fish (stocked pond, great fishing throughout the area including some of the nation's most pristine wild trout waters), hike, bike, ride, berry pick, you name it. Nearby Bethel Recreation Area & Sunday River golf and ski resorts. 3 hours from Boston.

Getting around

See website for more details - Local sight seeing and hikes - Bicycling in and around Andover - Canoe/kayak/rafting trips - Lake access - World class trout and salmon fishing - Float-plane charters for sight seeing and remote fishing

Getting here

See map info on website Navigate to Andover Maine: - From Rte 5N entering town - In Andover, take a right after the Andover General Store - Cross the bridge, start up the hill - For lower entrance - - Left onto South Arm Rd. - - Right into first driveway - For upper entrance - - Stay on Elm St. past South Arm Rd., about 300 yards - - Left into first driveway through stone gate

Interaction with guest

Caretakers next door will meet you and introduce you to the house, and be on-call for help throughout. Owners always available by phone.

Owner profile

Merrill House P.
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United States

Languages spoken: English

This property is hosted by a private host (consumer) and not a business. Bookings of their property may not be covered by EU or UK consumer protection laws. However, the Tripadvisor Rentals companies will provide you with the same customer service as with any other stay.

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Check in time: 13:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Vacation Home Rentals using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $1,000.00
No smoking at this property



  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Twin beds
    Bedroom 3: 2 Twin beds
    Bedroom 4: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 5: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 6: Twin bed
    Bedroom 7: Twin bed
    Bedroom 8: 2 Twin beds
    Bedroom 9: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 0: 2 Full beds
    Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Twin beds
    Bedroom 3: 3 Twin beds
    Bedroom 4: Queen Bed Twin bed
    Bedroom 5: 2 Twin beds
    Bedroom 6: Sofa beds


  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Private garden
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Mountain Views
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Parking Included
  • Waterfront
  • Wi-Fi available


  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fax machine
  • Iron
  • Stereo system
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Video player
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding


  • 5 Full baths
  • 1 Half bath
  • 1 Shower

Reviews (9)

9 reviews

“My Daughters Wedding”

Reviewed 7 Oct 2014

My daughter got married in Rumford but we rented the Merrill House from Wednesday to Sunday and had daily activities. It slept all our family, it was so nice to be detached from the world for awhile. No Tv and little reception was just what the doctor ordered. Fires in the Great Room Every night with the whole family was stupendous!!! Bert and Becky were awesome and very knowledgeable of the house and the area history!!! We will have amazing memories for the rest of our life from this house, we cried we didn't want to leave. Thank You for renting your loving summer home to us!!!

Owner's reply: Thanks for your kind words Brenda, and congratulations on the big event! We are very happy to be able to share our family home for such wonderful celebrations! The Chandlers

“Family Gathering”

Reviewed 16 Aug 2014

The home and grounds were perfect for our active family. The bedrooms were sufficient, we were able to eat dinner together in the dining rooming room. The grounds allowed for many activities including the rope swing into the swimming hole, the fire pit at night plus the large great room with a fireplace on a cold evening. The history of the house is also amazing. We were able to also go on hikes and canoe trips in the vicinity. A great vacation spot

Owner's reply: Thanks very much Avanel. We are very happy your family was able to gather and enjoy your time together at the Merrill House!

“Bicycle Adventure”

Reviewed 17 Jun 2012

We chose the Merrill House for our annual "Windham to the Whites" cycling weekend, and could not have been more pleased. We had 21 riders this year and the location was a home run, the best spot we've had in 19 years of doing this event. The combination of the house, blue sky weather for 3 straight days, great home cooking, and fantastic riding made for a great outing. One hidden gem of the trip was the 100 mile century loop thru Ocquosic, Wilson's Mills, and Errol which is one of the best In the northeast. Andover is the perfect starting place since it's on the south end, and the ride includes the spectacular vistas of Rangley's Height-of-Land and the north side of Grafton Notch.

“Our visit to Maine”

Reviewed 30 May 2012

Our family of sixteen stayed at the Merrill House in Andover, Maine, for two weeks earlier this year and loved it! We have always appreciated the beautiful Maine homes we have seen all over the state, but the Merrill House is definitely the most fantastic home we have yet seen. Our family is involved in several television projects and did some filming at the home and the surrounding region, and it made for a wonderful setting. We especially enjoyed the spacious Great Hall - it was the perfect meeting place for our crowd. Back home, many of our sons have a wedding photography and videography business, and they recognized this home as a perfect spot for a destination wedding. In fact, we are advertising it to our local folks who are looking for a unique place for their special celebration, as this home can accommodate such a large amount of guests. Also, the caretakers, Becky and Bert, are very helpful and considerate in keeping the home looking fresh and clean.

“A memory making treasure!”

Reviewed 17 Oct 2011

We were married at the first Congregational church in Andover, Maine on 10-1-11. We had guests that traveled from all over the United States to attend the ceremony and reception. Many of them stayed at each of our homes in Maine during their time here. But, we really wanted a special place to hold our rehersal dinner. We wanted to specially thank our wedding attendants and special family members. The Merrill House was not far from our hometown of Rumford so it fit our size and location needs. We had no idea at the time what a perfect choice it would turn out to be. The stay at Merrill House was way beyond terrific! Our families came together there for the first time and everyone loved the home and also each other! It was the beginning of our family friendships. The home's atmosphere just added so much to our rehearsal dinner and visits with one another. The house sang with laughter and tears of happiness during our time there. We will always remember the time we shared there with joy. We shared great food in the spectacular dining room, played board games and enjoyed the warmth of the fireplace in the game room, and visited comfortably in the spacious surroundings. Together we marveled over the history of the home found and ourselves often sitting quietly in awe over the treasure before us. The evening after the wedding, us 2 newlyweds chose the smaller of the 2 kitchens to sit and open our gifts. We listened to Faith Hill sing "Wish for you" and we cried tears of gratitude for the generosity of our friends and family and also for the homeowners. It is a wonderful thing they have done to chose to open their treasure for the public to rent. Because of them making this home available, many of us have shared a bonding experience that will follow us through all our days ahead. This home reaches you right to the core and touches your heart and soul. You arrive in your everyday manner and you leave there with joy in your heart. The time spent at the Merrill House will always be one of lifes best moments. The house brought the past into our present day lives and we are thankful to the owners for allowing us to share a piece of their history. There are not enough kind words to be said for the home., the owners or the caretaker. This house is tended by love ...every spec of the grounds and home will wrap its arms around you comfort you in its warmth. We already long to return! With gratitude and many thanks, Valerie & Joseph Mcguire

“Magical trip back in time”

Reviewed 23 Aug 2011

The house is a fantastic historic home, filled with articles of a time gone by when people did jigsaw puzzles on a rainy summer day, or walked across the way to swim or fish in the river. We picked blueberries and then baked pies (and enjoyed a few from the amazing caretakers Becky and Bert too). We kayaked in Bethel, canoed on Lake Richardson and climbed the old Appalachain trail up to the flume. The beds and linens and rugs are brand new and the beautiful quilts are from Maine's own L.L.Bean. We had a great time! Can't wait to go back next summer.

“Magical Experience”

Reviewed 2 Aug 2011

My family reunion of 25 - including my mother, seven sisters, 4 brothers-in-law, all of our children aged 28 to 12 all had a wonderful time staying at the Merrill House. There are rolling hills, lovely grounds, a rope swing, gorgeous hikes, friendly caretakers and plenty of space and accommodations for everyone. The house itself has a very special, lived-in ambiance with so much history. Every room is unique and interesting. It makes it easy to forget about the normal hectic pace of everyday life and really relax. This was the best reunion we have ever had, thanks to the owner 's and Becky and Burt's accessibility and helpfulness. It was just great!

“Precious Moments”

Reviewed 6 Jun 2011

We rented the property to host our wedding reception in honour of our marriage! The property was amazing! Everyone who stayed here immensely enjoyed their stay. The caretakers were wonderful and very accommodating! It was a gorgeous weekend for an outdoor reception and the property was beautiful. Our wedding pictures came out amazing as well! The boys were able to relax with some fishing at the small pond and the rehearsal dinner was gorgeous as well! It was very much my dream wedding and words cannot express how grateful I am to have the opportunity to rent this property! I hope to rent again in the future when we have children!!! Thank you so much to the family for sharing your childhood home! It was neat to have watched the movie that was filmed at the property as well! The was a very unique, enriching experience for all!!!! I hope that future renters will appreciate your beautiful home as much as we did this past weekend! Thank you!

“Beautiful place!”

Reviewed 23 May 2011

We rented the house for a week for my parent's 50th anniversary. The setting is every bit as beautiful as it looks in these pictures. The setting is private and scenic with mountain views. It had plenty of room, and as there were 20 of us, we really appreciated the space. The dining room was elegant for a sit-down dinner and the caretaker baked a beautiful cake for us. Both the owner and the caretakers were very accomodating and helpful. We kayaked on the nearby river and enjoyed the wildlife, including the moose that visited the property. Highly recommended.

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