RFA Home Tour
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Home Tour: 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
The self-guided tour will showcase some of the area’s most interesting homes. One ticket for both events: Admission to all homes and to the Taste of Rangeley: $25. To purchase tickets for the Home Tour/Taste of Rangeley, click HERE.
Exclusively Sponsored by Rangeley Lakes Builders Supply and Welcome Home.
Exclusively Sponsored by the Loon Lodge Inn & Restaurant.
The “Taste of Rangeley” will include unique light appetizers from the creative chefs of our Rangeley Region restaurants.
One ticket for both events: Admission to all homes and to the Taste of Rangeley: $25. To purchase tickets for the Home Tour/Taste of Rangeley, click HERE.
Please present your ticket at the first location to receive your pass to the rest of the homes and the Taste of Rangeley.
For the BROCHURE with MAP AND DIRECTIONS, click HERE.
The Rangeley Inn
Located at the entrance to downtown Rangeley, nestled on the shore of Haley Pond.
A perfect example of Maine’s “serial architecture,” the multi-winged Rangeley Inn was built in pieces in the early 20th century to offer hospitality to the sporting crowd. The Rangeley Inn, now on the National Historic Register, is the last of nearly a dozen grand hotels that once hosted visitors arriving by train from Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, to experience the region’s stunning natural beauty and sporting heritage. The legacy of hospitality continues, as they welcome guests from around the world to share our unique and beautiful corner of Maine.
Witness the grandeur and charm of Rangeley’s past in this beautifully restored, landmark property dating to the late 19th century. Some say it was built in 1908, and others say 1877… so, we’ll just say “turn of the century.” The Rangeley Inn was built in sections and attached together over time. As you enter through the heavy front door, you will discover the main section of the building with the elegant lobby, Ladies’ Parlor and dining room, which were built in 1907 and 1908. The newly renovated (2018) “Ellis Wing” to your left was built in 1900 and attached to the Inn around 1920. The Tavern Wing (to your right and through the dining room) was expanded in the 1940s. Since 2013, Travis Ferland, owner of the Rangeley Inn & Tavern, has focused on restoring the Inn to its former grandeur and charm. His careful renovations, facilitated by many local companies, retain the Inn’s historic ambience while also meeting the expectations of modern-day visitors. Guest suites were expanded, sometimes combining two rooms to make one larger room, which reduced the total number of rooms from 51 to 42. Remodeled guest rooms have new flat-screen televisions and mattresses, combined with historic touches like wood floors and refurbished desk chairs. Turn-of-the-century photographs retrieved from the Inn’s attic now adorn many of the walls. The original wallpaper can be viewed on the transoms of many rooms.
As you exit the courtyard and view the beautiful gardens, Travis’ favorite pastime, you will see the Haley Pond Lodge at the edge of serene Haley Pond with a view of Quill Hill in the background. The Lodge is just steps from the Inn, offering private decks and water views from 15 renovated units, all with a microwave, coffee maker, and mini-fridge.
The Home of Stephanie and Adam Barea
Chataukee means “the grand place,” which is what the Native Americans once called the area in and around the Sandy River. This beautifully renovated A-frame home is owned by Stephanie and Adam Barea. Stephanie spent much of her childhood coming to Rangeley, with relatives here, and is now happy to bring her family to this home on Rangeley Lake. One could live forever on the main floor alone. The living room overlooking the lake is spacious and comfy; the dining space is the new farmhouse style; the bathroom with the tile on the wall and floor is so magazine-worthy. Also, the beautiful dark blue kitchen is well organized and well built. Rangeley Lakes Builders Supply helped her with the kitchen project. We love the farmhouse sink, the upscale appliances and the large central island. We can’t go without noting easy care in all of the vinyl plank flooring and the vinyl floor in the kitchen for all of those little feet running in and out of the house and lake. The basement level is the indoor fun space, created out of reclaimed lumber by creative genius Tom Frost. He designed and crafted the barn doors, the furniture in the bunk room as well as the cabinetry in the bathroom. This level also features a TV room, game room, and home office. Upstairs are two additional large bedrooms with a brand new bathroom, all in the new “modern farmhouse” design. The outdoor deck is also new with a railing of wire grid that is practical, durable, and allows for maximum lake viewing. The screen porch, also designed and built by Frost Builders, features removable screens and allows for seasonal outdoor dining and living. The parking area is spacious, recently re-graded with new shale and framed by perennial gardens by Sunrise View Farm. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the property is the large number of boulders and rocks which make up the Rangeley stretch of pebble conglomerate – a geological feature unique to this end of Rangeley Lake and found nowhere else in Maine.
Tony Millington & Abby Sykes Property
There will be a shuttle service from the corner of Mingo Loop and Blanchard Rd, (near the entrance to North Camps) to get you to the property. There will also be a volunteer to help direct parking on Mingo Loop Rd.
Tour the renovated, tastefully decorated main house and the newly-built guest house located on a private 500 ft. stretch of Rangeley Lake waterfront. All of the renovations and the guest house were designed by the owner. The guest house has over ten different rare woods from all over the world, purchased from Rare Woods USA LLC of Mexico, ME. The curved zebra-wood entry ceiling and the cherry wood floors are fine examples. The central stone fireplace, built by Dave Tanguay, is bordered by specially designed windows offering views of the lake, gardens, Bald Mountain and Bonnie Point. The second floor bedroom and bath are a brilliant design with sliding doors that offer guests a complete laundry area. It is so comfortable that guests won’t want to leave. Every room was designed to have a breathtaking view.
The main house has four bedrooms, two of which were converted from outdoor spaces offering amazing views of the lake, mountains, flora and fauna. The two original bedrooms have been redesigned as the boys’ room in all blue and the girls’ room in all pink. Be sure to spend time appreciating the owner’s tasteful collection of art and artifacts. The open concept space, the comfortable furnishings, efficient kitchen and bright reading corner near the dining area make it all feel so welcoming. From the main house, you can take the stone steps down to the dock or follow the walking path to a more secluded section of shore front, where guests can enjoy an outdoor fire in the evening.
The tour includes round trip water transportation donated by Doreen and Kevin Sinnett, Rangeley Region Lake Cruises. The Gray Ghost, which holds up to 20 people, will depart from Narramantic Island dock (“NII”) on Route 17 beginning at 12:15. The last trip to the island will be at 2:15, and the last trip leaving the island will be at 3 PM. In the event of thunder showers, visits to the island will be canceled. If in doubt, contact 207-864-5000 for last minute status. There will be someone at Narramantic dock area to assist with parking. Have your Home Tour tickets ready when you board the boat.
Good walking shoes are recommended, as there is a long set of stairs and several trails on this 34 acre private island with 5000 feet of lake frontage on Rangeley Lake. Guests rest, relax, and enjoy the log lodge with its 90 foot porch and view all that the lake has to offer. This is the only such property in the Rangeley Region: truly one of a kind. Built in the late 1980’s following a massive fire, these logs came from Penticton, British Columbia. A wood shed and the Cooks Cabin are the only original buildings that survived the fire.
“Our island has no electricity. Propane warms our food and water, cools our food and drinks, and lights our lights. Water, pumped from the lake, runs from the faucets so you can wash dishes, shower, and flush toilets. Bottled water is used for drinking. There are four private sleeping quarters, Masters Cabin, Girls Cabin, Lodge Sleeping Area, and Cooks Cabin. There is one full bath in the Main Lodge and a half bath in the Masters Cabin. There is also an outdoor shower located just off the side of the Main Lodge.”