Listed by Phil McPhail of The Land Brothers (207-794-6164)
Is it time to escape that corporate job to a more satisfying lifestyle? Let’s take a look at this mountain view lodge on 657± acres of land in the heart of Maine’s outdoor recreation region. The property is currently used by Grove Hill Outfitters for a red deer farm, high fence hunting game preserve, free range guided bear, moose and whitetail hunts, Airbnb rental and event venue. Is this your family retreat or your new occupation?
THE LODGE & HUNTERS CABIN – Situated on a hillside, this 4,800± square foot lodge has 10 bedrooms and 7 full bathrooms and 1 half bath, along with a 2-bedroom 2-bath cabin. The property can comfortably accommodate 50+ guests. The focal point of the lodge is the open great room which includes a kitchen, dining area and living room nestled around a stone fireplace. A wall of windows reveals incredible views of a private stocked trout pond in the foreground framed by nearby Appalachian Mountains in the background.
Floor one of the lodge has eight bedrooms. Six bedrooms are centrally located in the building along with three full baths and laundry area servicing these bedrooms. This is a perfect floor plan for housing guests and efficiency in housekeeping. The remaining two ensuite bedrooms on the first floor are located in the back of the building along with a second eat in kitchen, living room, an additional half bath, laundry area, wood stove and a screened porch.
The second floor of the lodge has two spacious bedrooms and two full baths. A lounge/sitting area overlooks the great room with views of the mountains. The mechanical room for heating and water is also on the second floor.
The hunters cabin located next to the lodge has two bedrooms, two full baths, open kitchen/living/dining area and a deck with the same mountain views the lodge has. This cabin is used for overflow of lodge guests and Airbnb rental.
BARNS & OUTBUILDINGS – Multiple buildings, accessory structures and equipment are part of the sale. These include two 55 X 160-foot barns, a detached two car garage, two 40-foot storage containers, a walk-in cooler, 1,400 square foot deer handling and sorting facility, grain storage, onsite fuel tank, and a remote cabin.
QUALITY LAND & WATER FEATURES – If you are going to have a great hunting or getaway property you need to have lots of good land. This property has 657± acres of diverse mixed wood forest land. The elevations range from 380 to over 540 feet above sea level. The soils on the property are also quite diverse from sandy loams, complex stony silt loams, and wetland soils surrounding Mill Brook. All this adds up to a lot of varying habitats that are home to all of Maine’s wildlife such as whitetail deer, moose, black bear, upland birds and much more.
Mill Brook meanders for more than 6,000 feet east to west through the property on its way to the East Branch of the Pleasant River and has a population of wild brook trout. A private pond of approximately 2/10 of an acre has been recently stocked with trout for the enjoyment of your guests or family.
ROADS/TRAILS/IMPROVEMENTS – The part of Big Pine Drive that is on the property is more than ½ mile of gravel access road to the lodge and barns. There are miles of internal trails for hiking, biking, hunting, snowmobiling and ATV riding. A 100-yard rifle range located on the property is the perfect place to hone your shooting skills. Approximately 30 acres have been cleared of trees and converted to fields, food plots and future game bird habitat. There is a sand pit on the property for construction materials when needed. Approximately 120 acres are high fenced within the deer farm and large game hunting area. There is ample water available for the deer from naturally occurring creeks and springs and a tiled well that is to be plumbed into the barns.
LOCATION – Brownville is easy to get to, located in southeast Piscataquis County about 1 hours drive northwest of I-95 and Bangor International Airport. The Big Pine Drive property is located between Baxter State Park and Moosehead Lake and just 10 miles away from millions of acres of the North Maine Woods gate at Katahdin Ironworks. The 100-mile woods of the Appalachian Trail begins in this region. There are large lakes accessible just minutes from the property including Schoodic and Sebec Lakes. Hundreds of wild trout ponds dot this region. No matter what your interest in the outdoors you will find it here. The property has access to a local groomed snowmobile trail along its western border which gains access to thousands of miles of ITS trail system.
CURRENT USE – The owners of the property as mentioned earlier run multiple businesses from the property. These businesses are not included in the price of the real estate being offered, but are available in whole or part should you be interested in them.
The bear guiding business done from this property is one of the largest in Maine with leases covering over 300 square miles of timberland owned by five major land owners in the area near Brownville and in the North Maine Woods Unorganized Territories. Grove Hill Outfitters also guides for whitetail deer and moose and of course their trophy red stags. The deer farm has some of the best genetics of red deer in North America, currently the farm has over 300 deer with stags scoring up to 700 inches. Recently the property has been a wedding venue, there is ample opportunity to grow this type of business. The current Airbnb business could easily be increased by building additional cabins.
HERE IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY - Thousands of visitors come to this scenic and wild place each year. Why not live a more fulfilling life with a new vocation of helping others discover their wilderness dreams. Maybe you just want one of the finest hunting properties in Maine. Come make it yours. Call today for a more information on this one-of-a-kind Maine lifestyle property.