About the property
- House1350 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
On an acre of lovely gardens & just an easy 15 minute walk to the center of town
"As cozy as a cottage and as spacious as a house."
98 parties of 2+ guests each, from 27 US States and 2 foreign countries during 8 years. Many repeat guests.
Camden . . . "Where the Mountains Meet the Sea"
This cottage is a 15 -- 20 walk to downtown and the inner harbor.
No neighbors, street corners, or busy traffic closely crowd this cottage; open space all around. Restful residential neighborhood. Ample indoor space for privacy and to stretch out and relax.
Big 1,350 sq. ft. "home away from home." Peaceful country setting bordered by an extensive woodland and 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.
Comfortable indoor open floor plan living and dining space.
Two bedrooms and two full bath all on one floor. Privacy for two couples is assured.
Washer and drier is on the living floor, not in the basement.
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 17 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.
No more than 1 mile to Camden's scenic harbor, schooners, shops, restaurants, library, post office, churches.
2 bedrooms and 2 full baths
Same floor washer and drier
Substantial home-like furnishings; comfortable upholstered seating; ample storage.
Casual, roomy. Furnished like a home, not like a motel, hotel, or B&B.
Large, fully equipped kitchen.
Air conditioning by Mother Nature.
Dining room seating for 6
Games, puzzles, videos, lots of Maine and other books and magazines
Getaway room with desk/secretary and daybed
32' dia. Sony flat screen digital TV w/ cable channels and CD/DVD and a 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.
David and Paula Blanchard
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
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 house/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 House 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 gardens and solitude, yet are still close enough to town and harbor in 15 - 20 minutes. The cottage is nestled in a naturalistic landscape of woods, lawn, trees, shrubs, and abundant flowers.
What makes this House 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. A great place for recuperation, recovery, or just plain rest.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Clean, cozy cottage, beautiful location walk to town,
I thank David and Paula for sharing their beautiful cottage. They were the perfect hosts - on site if we needed them, they said we could just go next door and knock on their door, yet very much let us have our space and privacy. We never saw them unless we needed them. They are very sweet, kind, people, and very fun to talk to about the area and things to do. We very much enjoyed them and their beautiful cottage, and their yard and gardens are beautiful! They provided everything I could think of in the cottage, all pots, pans, dishes, utencils, towels, sheets, coffee, etc, and they were so helpful and offered many suggestions of things to do in the area. The cottage was meticulously clean and tidy, the beds were comfy, and the yard is so beautiful! And the cottage is in the perfect location! It's a quiet little getaway tucked back in a beautiful yard with privacy all around, in a lovely neighborhood, yet just a short beautiful walk to town. We walked to town and the harbor almost every morning for coffee and every evening for ice cream at the River Ducks ice cream shop (it's delicious and they have gluten free ice cream cones!).
We stayed for 1 week and enjoyed 3 local hikes (the climb up Mount Battie was a favorite, but all were lovely), local lighthouses, the park on the Harbor and one with a little swimming cove, the harbor, local shops and restaurants, the Owl Head Lobster Co was where we bought lobster straight from the dock near Owl Head lighthouse, and a sunset sail on Penobscot Bay with the ship 'Surprise' right in town on the harbor. We also did a day trip to Acadia which was beautiful!
It was a great little house in a great location that made for a fantastic vacation for our family of 4. We will return another summer and highly recommend to anyone.
Thanks for your generous review, Melissa!. We love that you appreciate all our efforts to make the Garden Cottage a great place to stay. We do, indeed, hope to see you again. There is so much to do and see in the mid-coast! Best of luck for a great year ahead. "Hi" to Michael and the kids. Paula and Dave
This has been the third time for us at Garden Cottage and it still feels light home in a very peaceful setting. The Blanchards are very wonderful host with a willingness to help in any way that might be needed. We highly recommend this property in the center of the Maine coast.
Odis and Sharon Huffstutler
A Great Place for Working Remotely
My husband and I stayed at the Cottage for a week in August 2017 and we each needed to work during our stay. We required excellent and consistent internet connectivity and this cottage provided it. The Cottage is equipped with broadband WiFi as well as ethernet ports for direct connection of computer and/or VoiP phone. My husband’s work requires him to be on the phone quite a bit so he used the single room “office” which has a desk and a wonderful view of the garden. I used the dining room table which has great light and also garden views. The acoustics are such that we didn’t hear each other unless we wanted to! There were no issues whatsoever which made for a very successful work week/vacation.
So glad it worked for you!
Charming Camden Cottage
We were delighted with our stay in the charming cottage and with our wonderful hosts, David and Paula. The cottage was fully equipped, very clean and extremely comfortable. The view from the deck of the lovely gardens, while sipping your morning coffee was heavenly! The location is excellent for day trips to neighboring towns and harbors. I highly recommend this vacation rental. And, I would definitely go back again and again!
Thanks for your nice comments! It's so nice when our guests appreciate and enjoy the work we do to make our gardens beautiful and peaceful.
-- Dave and Paula
Cottage in the garden
We had a great time staying at Paula and David's cottage. One of the pluses for us is two full bathrooms and a washer and dryer. The kitchen has everything you need and she provides things like dish detergent, coffee, etc, to get you started.
Our grandsons will remember the ride David gave them around the property in the trailer behind his tractor.
David and Paula had helpful ideas and provided full written directions for everything. We just hope we can come back next summer.
Wonderful to have you all and loved sharing our place with the kids! Guess what! We have a 4-1/2 year old and a 1-1/2 year old staying with us right now, and Dad is really enjoying tossing the ball around with his son in the backyard while Mom is inside with their daughter. Also . . . first time in a hammock for the young lad! Love making memories.
Wonderful Place to Spend a Vacation
We would echo all the other GREAT reviews of the garden cottage. It was everything that all the previous renters said. The location is perfect - very quiet,away from the summer bustle which is in town, yet close enough for a lovely walk down to the harbor.. The house itself is roomy with lots of storage, immaculate, well supplied, and surrounded by beautiful gardens filled with a variety of colorful flowers. Sitting on the deck looking over the property is peaceful and so lovely. David and Paula are perfect hosts and take so much pride in their property. They welcomed us with freash flowers in the kitchen and told us we were welcome to stroll the property whenever we wanted. David even cut a fresh gladiola stem for the jug on the deck for us to enjoy! The area around Camden is spectacular. Don't miss going out to Owl's Head, hiking in the Land Trust areas (especially Beech Hill), walking the causeway to the Rockland lighthouse, going to the top of Mt. Battie even in the rain, and enjoying the many restaurants and stores in town. We also loved the nature cruise from Port Clyde, seeing the puffins and watched as the crew pulled in some lobster traps. The cottage bookshelves are full of books and magazines about Maine, and the buffet drawer is overloaded with brochures and information about the area. The choices are endless! Our time went too quickly and we were so happy we picked this lovely place to stay. You will be, too.
Nice! We have lived on this property 27 years, and enjoy it more every year. I wish we could also "take credit" for how wonderful the Camden area is for everyone . . . year 'round residents and vacationers alike, but we can't. It just is! So glad you enjoyed the fruits of all our labors at the garden cottage and also enjoyed this area so much.
Don't see the information you need here? Call (207) 236-6468 and we'll be happy to answer your questions. Our rental week is Sunday pm to Sunday am, but other arrangements are possible. Sleeps up to 5. A queen-size bed in 2 separate rooms. Daybed in a 3rd room available at additional $10 / night. 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
Additional information about rental rates
WE RENT FOR FULL WEEKS -- 7 NIGHTS, SUNDAY TO SUNDAY. 1. For long term rentals, your total payment can be divided into smaller payments by advance arrangement. Inquire. 2. Any way you pay on line, we pay a credit card processing fee, but you still pay a service fee to HomeAway for using its site (see #4 below). 3. No credit card? No problem: We also accept personal checks 4. HomeAway/VRBO terms: "9. Service Fee Payable by Travelers. We charge a service fee payable by travelers who book a property on the Site via the Site checkout. The service fee covers the use of the Site, including such features as 24/7 user support, and is calculated as a variable percentage of the total reservation amount (which may or may not include additional fees, taxes and damage deposits). Depending on the laws of the jurisdiction of the traveler and/or member, VAT may be charged on top of the service fee. The exact service fee (and any VAT, if applicable) charged will be displayed to travelers at the time of booking. The service fee plus applicable VAT will be charged after both the traveler and member accept the reservation. The service fee will only be refunded in the event a member accepts cancellation of the traveler’s reservation and refunds the entire rental amount. Any taxes alleged to be owed by any taxing authority on the service fee are the responsibility of HomeAway and members have no responsibility for any such claimed tax liability. Members agree not to encourage or advise a traveler to avoid or circumvent the service fee charged by HomeAway. 5. Day Bed Fee. 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: + $70 + 9% tax for any week during which he day bed will be occupied for a night or more.