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David and Paula Blanchard

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

The Original "Garden Cottage" in Camden: Hosting Happy Vacationers Since 2008

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Camden Cottage Rental Photos and Description


98 parties of 2+ guests each, from 27 US States and 2 foreign countries during 8 years.

Camden . . . "Where the Mountains Meet the Sea"

1,350 sq. ft. "home away from home." Peaceful country setting close to the center of town. Colorful informal gardens feature 50+ different flowering trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals on an acre of land, with woods adjacent.

Owners live next door, and love to give personal recommendations

We have a safe, large lawn where the kids can run about. You can keep an eye on them from the balcony/deck, or just enjoy a cup of coffee there in the morning or your own refreshments in the evening.

No neighbors closely crowd this cottage; open space all around. Restful residential neighborhood.

Comfortable indoor open floor plan living and dining space. Two bedrooms and two full baths all on one floor, with clothes W & D for your convenience.

Second and 3rd bedrooms are great for traveling companions or your visiting guests.

Usual occupancy is 2, 3, or 4. A 5th guest can be accommodated for a small additional set-up fee. (Inquire)

House is 16 years new. Immaculate. We clean extensively between stays, and once a week for extended visits. Fresh flowers placed on your window sill weekly, or even more often upon request.

Easy 15-20 minute walk to Camden's scenic harbor, schooners, shops, restaurants, library, post office, churches.

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Two bedrooms and 2 full baths

In house clothes washer and drier

Substantial home-like furnishings; comfortable upholstered seating; ample storage.

Casual, roomy. Furnished like home.

Large, fully equipped kitchen

Dining room table seats up to 6

Games, puzzles, videos, lots of Maine and other books

A getaway room with desk/secretary and daybed

32' dia. Sony flat screen digital TV w/ cable channels and CD/DVD/VHS player



Well lit entry & deck

Private driveway & secure off-street parking

Outdoor table & chairs, charcoal grill upon request, morning sun on the deck, and the shady the hemlock reading nook for afternoons.

Short drives to busy Camden, cozy Rockport, Mt. Battie State Park with ocean & mountain views, many other parks, lakes for swimming and boating, farmland, a winery, 3 lighthouses, many fine museums, & 25+ art galleries

Our location is central to Portland and the popular Boothbay Harbor region to the southwest and Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park to the northeast. A wide range of popular local mid-coast attractions and activities are available within every shorter distances.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
David and Paula Blanchard (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

About David and Paula Blanchard

We moved to this beautiful acre 26 years ago and have spent all the years since developing its gardens and landscape for beauty and enjoyment. We live right next door to the cottage (but conveniently out of sight), and this is our only vacation rental. We think of all visitors as our special guests.

David and Paula Blanchard purchased this cottage in 1989

Why David and Paula Blanchard chose Camden

Our place, while in-town, is peaceful and quiet. It is uniquely bordered by a seldom used meeting hall, our lawn and gardens, and a large woodland. Set well back from the street at the end of its own driveway, visitors to the cottage enjoy more than an acre of quiet and solitude, yet are still close enough to town and harbor in 15 - 20 minutes.

What makes this cottage unique

Perfect for two couples to share.

One-floor living, two full bathrooms, extra wide doorways, strategitically placed grab rails, entrance ramp, close-in parking all make this a great place for elders or impaired.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our first trip to Maine could not have been better. Beautiful weather and accommodations.!

Fresh cut flowers were a nice touch.

Your community band home are a treasure. Until we meet again--
Oct 2013
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)
The Original "Garden Cottage" in Camden: Hosting Happy Vacationers Since 2008
average rating of 4.904762 based on 55 reviews
Miami, FL

A Story-Book Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Early in each New Year, I begin my search for a summer refuge away from Miami's oppressive heat. I'm obsessively thorough, scanning loads of choices and "saving" my favorites. This year, I "saved" the Garden Cottage early in my search, perused on but found myself coming back to it every time I logged on. First impressions will out! I booked too late to get the full month we wanted, but our time at the Garden Cottage was the serene summer interlude we were looking for. The cottage is spacious, thoughtfully well-appointed and comfortable; the gardens -- as the photos attest -- make you feel as if you're vacationing in "Anne of Green Gables." David and Paula are hosts extraordinaires: recommendations spot-on, problem-solving immediate, respectful of privacy. Ease of walking into town was a plus; the range of scenic sites, dining and tourist experiences within proximity a delight. We'll savor the memories all year.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is the nicest review ever! Thanks Carol and John. You two really appreciated what we offer, and it makes us feel so good that you have said so, and so eloquently. (You might consider writing as an avocation. Novels, perhaps, or musicals? Advertising copy?). Watch out for invasive Flamingos; I understand they are becoming more common * even indoors * in Florida and can be quite defensive about their favorite titles when found roosting in a bookcase. You were so much fun to have around! Good luck to you in all your travels!
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Peaceful, Quiet Retreat away from home

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about David and Paula Blanchard. They are very outstanding hosts to their guests. If you have any type of question, they are there to answer it, but just as well they offer you privacy to come and go. The photos do not give it justice on how beautiful and spacious is the interior of the cottage. The grounds are impeccable and very peaceful, as is the street and neighborhood. We were able to walk the four blocks to downtown Camden to enjoy a cup of coffee, or to browse the local shops, and marina. Having been our first time to Maine, and having a wonderful experience thanks to our gracious hosts, we will definitely be returning again. If your looking for a simple, peaceful retreat to use as a "chill" vacation... this is the place.

Patrick and MaryKay Cullinan

Middlesex, NJ

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Middlesex, New Jersey USA

Peaceful, Relaxing, and Wonderful !!

  • 5 of 5

David and Paula are the most gracious of hosts regarding their guests. They are attentive to any of your needs and/or questions, but respect your privacy. This was our first time visiting Camden, Maine, and we couldn't have selected a nicer residence. Their "cottage" is absolutely beautiful and is actually much larger inside than depicted by the photos. The neighborhood is quiet and gives you a very peaceful retreat experience. We will definitely return again on our next trip to Maine. If you are looking for a relaxed and quiet location which is close to the downtown, (walking distance) but far enough away to relax and unwind, than this is your location. We recommend this property 110%.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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East Windsor, CT


  • 5 of 5

Perhaps Nirvana would be going a bit far, but Shangri-La would be a perfect fit. To substantiate this declaration, we have just submitted our application for a return visit for another week in September. The cottage is meticulously clean and well equipped; the grounds are more than delightful; David Blanchard is an amazing host; the location is very quiet; the waterfront is within walking distance. Congratulations to Paula and David for creating such a haven.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: . . . and, folks, you should read the delightful poem this clever fellow wrote in our Guest Book! But you won't be able to read it unless you come for a stay!
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Delightful cottage in a lovely garden

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleased with the Camden cottage last year that we returned again two weeks ago. The hosts, Paula and David, are very friendly and helpful, but not intrusive; the cottage is equipped with everything we needed and wanted; and the location is superb, very quiet and serene yet close to Camden restaurants and shops.

Although we are elderly and live on the west coast, we are already looking forwarding to return next year to our special Maine home!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely and kid friendly!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely stay at the Garden Cottage in Camden. David and Paula are excellent hosts, providing lots of information and on hand for any questions. The place is a little gem for kiddies too, with lots of amenities provided and a lovely garden. Recommended for families!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cathy and Vivek: It was great to have the place so well used, and we enjoyed seeing you and baby and the little one enjoying the gardens and kicking the ball in the yard. We sometimes wonder why more families don't stay with us; perhaps its the elderly friendly amenities that give an impression skewed towards retirees. <Families like yours are welcome, too! For little ones, we have all new high chair/booster seat, portable crib with extra mattress, baby bath tub, and changing cushion we will gladly provide (not to mention the in-house laundry!> We hope to see you all again so we can see how the children have grown!
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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Owls Head
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Several within a long walk or short drive
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Rockland and Lincolnville to the Bay islands
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Public 18 hole courses in Rockport and Rockland
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US Route 1 and Route 90
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Downtown Camden
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Camden Snow Bowl
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Many lake and bay beaches nearby
Car: necessary

Our rental week is Sunday pm to Sunday am, except by special arrangement. Sleeps 4. A queen-size bed in 2 separate rooms. Daybed in a 3rd room available at additional $100/week or part thereof. Ideal for two couples or a couple and one or two singles. Our 'Garden Cottage' is larger than it looks in the photos. We are not on the water or have a water view, but you'll save a bundle of dough and can walk to Camden Harbor or drive to Rockport Harbor in a few minutes. Camden is famous for its schooners and boating excursions. Within short drives are Rockport harbor, Mt. Battie State Park (miles of trails and fantastic view of Penobscot Bay), Megunticook Lake (fishing, boating, and swimming), Sail, Steam and Power Museum, Strand Theater, Owls Head Transportation Museum & Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland), Center for Maine Contemporary Art (Rockport), shops, restaurants, galleries, Penobscot Marine Museum (Searsport), lighthouses, dozens of restaurants and unique shops, private nature sanctuaries, playgrounds and parks, and public golf courses. The Camden Opera House and Rockport Opera House host classical music and popular concerts, musicals, and other shows. The family-friendly Snow Bowl (Camden), with tobogganing, skiing, and snowboarding is just down the road. Kayak, canoe, bicycle rentals and outdoor recreational supplies of all types are readily available to buy or rent at nearby store Maine Sport.The Camden Public Library and Olmstead-designed amphitheater are a must see.

Other Activities: Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Maine Media Workshop offer courses to the public year 'round.

Golf: Megunticook Golf Course / driving range is 5 minutes.

Rockland Golf Course is 15 minutes. Samoset Resort golf course 15 minutes away.

Ski: Camden Snow Bowl is 10 minuntes.

Sugarloaf is 2 hours.

Acadia National Park is 2 hours; a long day trip will take you there and back with time to see the sights.


Rates & Availability

Camden Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
Jun 27 2016 - Sep 3 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2016
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 30 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 30 2017 - Jun 24 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 9 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

3rd bed option is $100/w $0
Tax Rate 9.0%

There are two Queens and a day bed in the cottage, each in a separate room. The standard rates listed are for one and two beds. A third bed is available at an additional fee, as follows: Add $100 + 8% tax for any week during which he day bed will be occupied. If you are staying more than 1 week but will by using the 3rd bed only during part of your stay, you need only add this amount for the number of weeks during which the day bed will be used. (Even one night' counts as a week, since the bed linens will need to be changed however many nights within a week it is used.)

For long term rentals made well in advance, your total payment can be divided by the number of weeks of your reservation and sent monthly. In other words, if you make a reservation for 4 weeks, you can make four equal payments and send one each month beginning 5 months before your arrival date. In all cases, your final payment needs to be received 30 days before your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Camden Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Study Room
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Both bath rooms will accommodate a wheelchair. Both shower/tub combos have grab bars for safety. However,k these are regular shower/tub installations; they are not wheelchair accessible.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Fresh bed and bath linens each week
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Comp. housekeeping 1x/week for long term stays.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Daybed at an extra charge: $100 / week or part thereof.
  • Usual occupancy is 2 -- 4. The master suite offers a queen sized bed and private bath with shower. Huge closet and two chests of drawers provide plenty of room for clothing, and a small chest-top TV. Large airy windows provide fresh air and cozy views of woods, lawn, and gardens. The second room also has a queen-sized bed & large chest of drawers. Off the hall there is a second full bath with shower. There is a small multipurpose room with a desk, daybed, secretary-desk, and washer/dryer combo. There is an additional charge for overnight use of the daybed: 30% summer, 15% shoulder seasons. Extra pillows, blankets, portable fans, and bedside clock radios provided. Option: We will provide *complimentary* light housekeeping services on weekends for guests staying two weeks or longer. This includes making the beds with fresh linens; fresh bath towels and wash clothes; cleaning the bathroom, kitchen, and floors.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There is an economical function hall and large parking area next door that is available by reservation for special occasions like reunions, weddings, receptions, anniversary and birthday parties, etc..The Garden Cottage is a convenient place for preparations and/or overnight accommodations for immediate family or special guests attending an event there. In addition, our lawn & garden area at the cottage is available for small outdoor gatherings by special arrangement. Our grounds are informal and especially colorful late June -- October.

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