ASHCROFT HOUSE Deer Isle, Maine Originally constructed about 1870 by a retired sea captain, Ashcroft House is located on Deer Isle, the second largest island off the coast of Maine. The land surrounding the house was originally farmland, but is now densely wooded, with a mixed forest of deciduous trees and evergreens. The property includes 32 acres of forest, some federally-protected wetlands, and approximately 1200 feet of granite ledge beach frontage along the Eggemoggin Reach. Extensively renovated in the summer of 2002, the house now includes a fully-equipped modern kitchen and bath. It sleeps 10 people in three upstairs bedrooms and on two daybeds downstairs. (A sofa bed in the living room will accommodate two additional persons.) Features of the house include a working wood stove in the living room, a family game table in the sun porch, and satellite television in the downstairs TV room. ASHCROFT HOUSE Deer Isle, Maine Ashcroft House and Deer Isle are about an hour's drive from Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Slightly off the beaten tourist path, Deer Isle has a variety of family- friendly options for visitors. Stonington, the largest town on the island, is a working fishing and lobstering village. Pilgrim's Inn in Deer Isle village is a bed and breakfast that has operated since the 1700s, and its public restaurant serves some of the finest cuisine in Hancock County. Visitors can take the ferry from Stonington Harbor to Isle au Haut, a wilderness island that is part of Acadia National Park. Peter Beerit's sculpture garden at Nervous Nellie's Jams and Jellies is a delight. Deer Isle also offers sea-kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing, clamming on pebble beaches, and spectacular scenes of coastline, sheltered coves and open water from almost anywhere along the miles of relatively quiet roads. Our offering is a week's stay. Ashcroft House is about a six-hour drive from Boston, a three-hour drive from Portland, or, most conveniently, an hour-and-fifteen-minute drive from the Bangor Airport. ABOUT THE HOUSE NOTE: Ashcroft House is not available the week from July 18 - July 25 Beds and Linens The house has three bedrooms upstairs. 1—The master bedroom has a king-size bed. Linens are in the armoire in the master bedroom. [It is possible to divide the master bed into two twin size beds. Linens for twin-size mattresses are kept downstairs (see below).] ASHCROFT HOUSE Deer Isle, Maine 2—The larger bedroom has two full-size beds, and the smaller bedroom has one full-size bed. All linens for full-sized mattresses are stored in the triple armoire in the smaller bedroom. There are twin beds downstairs in the sunroom and in the TV room. 1—Linens for twin-size mattresses are kept in the drawer under the daybed in the TV room. 2—There is also a twin-size air mattress in the drawer with the twin linens. The living-room sofa has a full-size mattress that can be folded out, but it is old and uncomfortable. Bathrooms Three bathrooms in the house are available for use. The downstairs bath (completed in 2002) has radiant heat in the floors that is controlled by the wall thermostat. Operate the hand shower in the soaking tub by pressing DOWN on the ring at the base of the faucet. There are twelve sets of towels in the downstairs bath. The upstairs bath (added in 2004) is heated by the wall radiator, which is controlled by the thermostat near the sink. The bathroom in the mudroom area is of 1950s vintage and has not been renovated, so its radiator does NOT function, but its plumbing is all in good working order. ***There is NO temperature control on the hot water boiler, so the hot water is VERY hot. Water from the cold water tap may run hot when it is first turned on if hot-water appliances are in use or if someone else is running hot water in another room.*** Water and Septic Systems There are no public water or wastewater systems on Reach Road. We have our own well and our own septic system on the property. All water for the farmhouse comes from our private well. The well is tested regularly for safety. Please use water conservatively-- if the well runs dry, we can’t make more! All wastewater from the house enters the leach field of our septic system. To protect the health and functioning of the septic system, avoid overloading it. Run a load or two of laundry a day instead of doing all wash at once. Do NOT use chlorine bleaches. Don’t flush anything down toilets other than tissue. The well pump operates on electricity. If power is out, there is NO WATER to the house. ASHCROFT HOUSE Deer Isle, Maine Appliances The washer is a high-efficiency water-saving model. Please use only laundry detergents specifically designated as LOW-SUDSING (HE) in the machine. Regular detergents will produce too much suds and the machine will stop running. Do NOT use chlorine bleaches as chlorine will damage the septic system. The kitchen plate rack and silverware drawer contain a complete service for 12. To conserve water, please run the dishwasher only when it is full. Please hand-wash the stainless steel cooking pots, the mixer bowl and the beaters, and the knives. Windows When the house is unoccupied, we close the storm windows. If the storm windows are down, you must raise them and lower the screens in order to ventilate the rooms. If you raise the storm windows, please put them back down when you leave. Some of the windows in the house have sash locks and proper sashes. Unlock the sashes in order to raise the windows. Windows without functioning sashes or sash locks have small pieces of wood in them to hold the windows up when they are raised. Please leave the wood in the windows for later use. Waste Disposal There is no garbage collection on Deer Isle. We have a dump permit in the kitchen drawer that enables us to dispose of trash at the Deer Isle landfill. There is a compost pile at the back of the farmhouse lawn, just at the edge of the woods. Organic material other than meat may be disposed of on the compost pile. Heating and Cooling The house has radiant heat in the floors downstairs. Adjust the thermostats in the living room, sunroom, kitchen and bath to make the heat come on if you are chilly. The house has no heat upstairs except for the bathroom radiator. There are fans in the bedrooms for cooling if opening the windows is not sufficient. (Only the fan in the larger bedroom has a remote control.) Be sure the storm windows are raised and the screens have been lowered so air is coming through the windows. (See section on windows for more information.) Enjoy your visit in our home. Please remember it is a private home, not a timeshare or commercially managed property. If you have questions or concerns about the property, ASHCROFT HOUSE Deer Isle, Maine please reach us in Katy at 281.395.2241 or contact Hubert Billings, the Deer Isle resident who looks after it for us when we are away, at 348.6677.