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The "Garden Cottage" is a quiet retreat set up for sharing - both roomy *&* cozy

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,350 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 28 nights


About the property


"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.

More Details

David and Paula Blanchard
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

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.

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.

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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Camden House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • 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
  • Dishwasher
  • 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
  • Sunset Room - 1 queen , Dappled light filters through large window. Bath next door.
    "Woodland" Master en suite - 1 queen , Private full bath. Woodland outside your window. Quiet!
    "Bird's Nest" - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Bed $70 1 to 7 nights. View gardens, lawn, greenhouse, woods
  • Usual occupancy is 2 -- 5. 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. 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
  • 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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The "Garden Cottage" is a quiet retreat set up for sharing - both roomy *&* cozy
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 61 reviews

Fantastic week in Camden, Maine at the Garden Cottege.

  • 5 of 5

The Garden Cottage was well equipped and clean as a whistle. Bed rooms super clean and comfortable, plenty of hangers in the closets.

Had enough covers to keep you warm in mid winter. Bathroom well equipped with soap shampoo and plenty of hot water.

Kitchen well stocked with cups, saucers, plates, cereal bowls and ,plenty of silverware, refrigerator, micro-wave, stove,

table where all four of could play Rummikub into the late night. Living room well stocked with games and books about

Maine. No curfew and free to come and go at our leisure, with separate driveway. Outstanding would like to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Ken, for the nice review!
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A great value for vacation relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Everything was as stated in the listing. The location is great for touring up and down the coast. It is very quite, yet close to down town Camden for ease of shopping or eating out. David and Paula are great host and tend to your need for any information about the area. This was our second visit in two years and hope to return again.

Odis and Sharon Huffstutler

Snead, Alabama

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Archard guests (3) stay of September 11 to September 25, 2016

  • 5 of 5

The "Garden Cottage" was far better than presented in the VRBO pictures. A large "cottage" with great kitchen, separate dining area, comfortable living room with tv and unit for tapes if needed. The cottage has two very comfortable bedrooms, and...two....bathrooms (one within the master bedroom area). A third room has a desk and a daybed, so can serve as an "office away from home", or a third bedroom. Washer & dryer in the cottage was a real plus for a two week stay. The Kitchen, by the way, has every pot, pan, dinnerware, glassware and utensils you will ever need. And then there are the "grounds". Beautifully maintained lawn, shrubs, and flowers make this property a delight to the eye. David works non-stop on the grounds to keep them in top form. Do not be surprised to find a vase or two of fresh flowers on arrival, and maybe even in the watering can on the porch!!

Finally, you will never find a location in Camden so convenient to everything midcoast Maine has to offer, but at the same time, a peaceful and quiet refuge. David and Paula are unobtrusive, friendly, and most helpful. Very gracious hosts, and we appreciated their offering the "Garden Cottage" for rent to people "from away". Highly recommend considering if you visit Maine!! And, thank you for having us as your guests. (Bill, Kelly, & Doris-Mom).

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The pleasure was ours!
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East Windsor, CT

Our home-away-from-home

  • 5 of 5

We first stayed at The Garden Cottage for a week in June of this year (2016). Two and one-half months later we returned for another week, this September. Oftentimes, return visits to a place fail to meet the level of enjoyment engendered by the first visit. Definitely not true for us. In fact, our enjoyment of the cottage and hostess and host Paula and David actually increased. We are already looking forward to a return visit in 2017.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The best part of hosting vacationers is that occasionally we get to make new real friends!
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The Blanchard's Garden Cottage was an immaculately kept property. The outside grounds were lovely.

  • 5 of 5

The outside was a treat for the eyes to behold. My family enjoyed walking outside on the grounds and admiring the beautiful flowers and

greenery. The Blanchard's work hard at keeping the outside property looking lovely and it shows! The views of the gardens surrounding the cottage are breathtaking.

And the inside of the cottage is as big a treat to behold as the outside. Again, their hard work is evident the first step you take into the

cottage. Beautifully and tastefully decorated, and as functional as your own home would be to stay in.

And the Blanchard's themselves were the perfect host and hostess. Many days were filled with suggestions of places to visit, provided by them.

We had a lovely and comfortable stay at the Garden Cottage and would recommend it to everyone!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow -- what a nice review! We loved having your family of 4 enjoying all that this wonderful area has to offer and helping you find those places to go and activities that were just right for you.
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If it's not there, you don't need it!

  • 5 of 5

Briefly, the property is beautiful, the house is commodious and warming, the owners even more so. More than well-supplied,they have thought of everything. David and Paula are available, but not intrusive, friendly and informative when asked. All your fears of renting the oversold property go out the window when you experience a stay at their Cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

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, 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 House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 31 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Winter / Spring
Nov 1 2017 - May 31 2018
28 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%


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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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