Refuge Ranch Vacation Home


Home Description

Refuge Ranch is the perfect getaway for some tranquility and inspiration. Either as a Summer Weekly Vacation Home or a Winter Northern Maine Adventure for your family. In the Winter, Refuge Ranch can be rented at a low all inclusive monthly rate. If you desire to stay all winter, contact owner for a special price. Come enjoy all the wonders of Winter from this location. Private trails connect to the I-85 international snow mobile trail along with private snowshoe trials and un- groomed cross country ski trails.

This is a rustic home on beautiful property providing a great Maine experience for the whole family or romantic getaway for outdoorsy folks who love nature. It is seated in the” Crown of Maine,” “Vacationland” in the “North Woods” of Aroostook County, on the Canadian Boarder. It is a land of lush greenery, wildlife, lakes rivers and streams, blue sky's and fresh air. Refuge Ranch sits on the 55 acre Roy estate of the late Dr. Ken Roy. In the Summer guests can enjoy walking the private trails, bird watching, picnic in the small apple orchard, meditate by a stream or just hang out on the magnificent deck enjoying a spectacular view with a camp fire. Truly luxury camping!

The home is three levels with the rental space being the main house ground level and upper level. ( Note: The lower level is occupied by the owner but can also be rented upon request.)

The master bedroom and bath is the "Sunset Suite" with a queen size bed, full bath /laundry room, private access to the beautiful south facing sundeck with an epic view of the valley and barnyard. This private space is surrounded by windows, with a soft ocean beach feel, sure to help you relax and make you want to return. Upstairs are two bedrooms, a shared full bath and a library sitting loft. The " Orchard View" room is quaintly decorated in sage with 1960's vintage furniture and the "Morning Sunrise" room is a colorful, cheerful lavender with lovely 1930's furniture.

The open style cathedral "Maine Heritage Great Room," dining room and fully equipped country kitchen are conducive to fun interactive gatherings. The huge wrap around deck boasts of incredible views on all sides. It has a fire pit (wood provided) and outdoor lounging/dining areas. A quaint back porch has a grill and a picnic table. Garage can serve as an outdoor dining place in case of rain. A state of the art barn with 2 available barn stalls, front and side paddocks with 4 acres of pasture is available for added fee. Private walking, 4-wheeling and snowshoeing trails have access to the international I-85 trail system. From this location you can travel to multiple townships and villages up and down the St. John River. Only 3 miles to downtown Fort Kent, the Fort Kent Outdoor Center and Lonesome Pines Ski Trails. Only 4 miles to Canada ,15 miles to Eagle Lake and 24 miles to Allagash, the top of nationally acclaimed Route One. Local outdoor summer activities are golfing, biking, boating, canoeing, 4 wheeling, hiking, kayaking, fishing, camping, picnicking, bird watching and relaxing. Bring your kids, dogs and cats. Fun for the whole family! Set up a tent in the yard for your own private camping experience. LOL!

This is a great location for a small private wedding or other celebration.


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Great time of year to visit!

It was a great place and being there is the fall at peak season made the views spectacular! It was a very warm and inviting home and Donna was great! Her hospitality was wonderful. She made sure we had everything we needed and was more then happy to accommodate if we did not. We had a busy week up there but I will definitely consider another trip to Refuge Ranch for a little R n R! The passive solar setup made the house warm and to just sit and look outside was so relaxing. Refuge Ranch is definitely the place to go to get away! If you are looking for a small town feel and beautiful roads and nice people, this is the place to go! Everyone is so friendly. Everyone waves as you drive by. I do not blame Donna for living where she does~it's fantastic! Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to stay at your place! Many wishes for a great 2016~2017 season!

Visited on "October - 2016

Gorgeous location, wonderful experience!

Refuge Ranch is aptly named; it is a place you can totally relax and leave all cares and stress behind. If you enjoy being in nature, it would be impossible to be bored in this gorgeous setting. The quiet, secluded trails through the forest and pasture beckon you on; a pristine brook meanders through the trees; and there are lakes and a river nearby for kayaking or other aquatic activities. The living quarters (bedrooms, baths, living room, dining area, and kitchen) are very clean with everything you need for daily life. Though we had no pets with us, the house and barn are equipped to accommodate dogs or horses (respectively) that you may wish to bring along. The front of the house opens to an expansive deck with an incredible view, comfortable chairs, a fire pit, and at night a stunning dome of stars overhead (no nearby “light pollution”)..….a perfect spot to relax and take in all the beauty and sounds of nature. Donna was the PERFECT host, giving us our privacy but also at the ready to answer any question or supply any need. She is a fountain of knowledge about the local area, its history and natural environment, and made us feel very welcome. It was easy to imagine this bit of paradise was actually ours for a short time! We would very highly recommend Refuge Ranch – and Donna -- and can’t wait for an opportunity to visit again!

Visited on "September - 2016

A Hidden Oasis

Refuge Ranch is built for relaxation! The views on top of the quiet hill can't be matched. The deck alone is worth the trip - a place to unwind and appreciate northern Maine. The house is something of envy and has everything you need to feel at home. Most of all, Donna is the most accommodating host! She made us feel so welcome by putting out dog beds and bowls for our fur babies, leaving the morning paper, and checking in via text to make sure we had everything we needed. This place made our 8 hour drive well worth it!

Visited on "September - 2016

Beautiful and peaceful Refuge Ranch

What a great place to get away from the grind. Some places fall short of expectations, but not the Refuge Ranch. Peaceful, with great views of nature in all it's beauty, this place is better than advertised, and owner Donna Roy is a gracious and informative hostess. We were a party of 4 adults and there was more than enough room for us. Spacious rooms, a large deck with a fireplace, well kept grounds and buildings, hiking trails, biking, and more. Close enough to Fort Kent to check out a restaurant, go to a movie, pick up a few groceries, play golf - and far enough away for some real peace and quiet! Bring your passports as Canada is just across the St. John's River. History buffs can investigate the rich Acadian heritage of the entire area. Beautiful areas like Eagle Lake and Long Lake are nearby. Donna's Refuge Ranch is the perfect base of operations for whatever you choose to do. When we return to the area we would be more than happy to stay there again. We highly recommend the Refuge Ranch to travelers of all ages!

Visited on "July - 2016

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Donna Rossignol
Donna Rossignol