Quiet yet close to everything, the Blue Tulip barn sits on a hill overlooking Tenants Harbor's inner cove, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean and two of Mid-Coast Maine's most picturesque lobster villages. It is the perfect get-away location for tourists, writers, artists, photographers, bikers and nature lovers. Built in 2009, this cozy apartment upstairs in our barn is comfortable (skylights, ceiling fan!), well-equipped and reasonably-priced. Offering gorgeous sunsets and unexpected
water views, our 2.4 acre-property has towering spruce trees, backyard pond, herb & vegetable garden, beach chairs, barbecue grill, picnic tables, small porch, private entrance and off-street parking. A community park with ball field and free tennis courts is just across the street. Heat, utilities, cable TV, DVD, phone and Internet service included in all rates. DON'T MISS OUR HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO...IT APPEARS AT THE END OF "AMENITIES" UNDER THE NOTE ABOUT WEBSITE.
Small families, international visitors welcome! Onsite owners speak English, Dutch, French, German, some Spanish.
Dutch-born Jan (pronounced 'Yon') Limmen and his wife Rosemary (née Bouthot) bought their property at Barter Hill and Port Clyde Roads (Route 131) in 2006 after exploring every Maine peninsula and coastal community from Boothbay to Bar Harbor. 'We were looking for water views, visibility for a home-based business, and a small town sense of community. We found it all in Tenants Harbor.'
Mid-Coast Maine's climate reminded Jan of his boyhood village on Holland's North Sea. After working as a landscaper in the busy Baltimore-Washington corridor for over 35 years, he was tired of traffic and long commutes and missed bike rides, sunsets and walks on the beach. For Rosemary, the move from Maryland brought her closer to her French-Canadian father's roots in Fort Kent on Maine's northern border. After 25 years in corporate communications, PR and conference planning, she too longed for a more healthy, stress-free yet creative lifestyle where she could be outdoors and work with her hands.
Ready for a change, but not ready to totally retire, the Blue Tulip is the couple's dream come true. In just four years they've rebuilt their cottage, built a barn, started three businesses...including Blue Tulip Lodging and vacation rental apartment...reclaimed overgrown lawns, cleared dead trees and thickets from their 2.4 acres, and opened up views of their pond, Tenants Harbor and the nearby Camden Hills.
Jan manages the Blue Tulip's Landscaping Services. Rosemary takes care of Lodging. Together, they share responsibility for selecting merchandise, designing displays, marketing and operating the Blue Tulip Garden Boutique.
Jan or Rosemary Limmen purchased this apartment in 2006
We were looking for a home-based business location with a view of the water and privacy that was visible from a major road so that customers and guests could easily find us. We also wanted to live in a year-round rural community of neighbors and friends that attracted visiting tourists but was not totally dependent on them. Our hilltop location in the lobster village of Tenants Harbor met all these requirements. Being close to Rockland and Camden's art galleries, theatres, shopping centers, movies and medical facilities was also a big plus.
We are isolated and quiet, with many things to do nearby, yet we are only a half-hour away from superb cultural, artistic, entertainment, food, hiking, swimming, boating and sports venues.
Your lovely apartment was a wonderful respite in the midst of my business trip. So nice to have 4 quiet, non-motel/hotel days to unwind, cook for myself and enjoy the views. Rosemary, thank you especially for including me in the very fun evening with your friends at the pub [Quarry Tavern, East Wind Inn]...Cheers!!
My husband and I wanted to getaway for memorial day weekend and we found this lovely place in Tenants Harbor, Maine. The location and amenities were just as described. The apartment was in mint condition and it looked and smelled like brand new. The bed was super comfortable and the apartment had everything; pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, microwave, fridge, stove, etc.
Rosemary and Jon were very nice and welcoming. They suggested many activities around the area and the events taking place during memorial day weekend. We highly recommend this stay for a nice and quite getaway.
We were 3 women exploring the coast of Maine and were so delighted with our stay at the Blue Tulip. Jan and Rosemary were such wonderful hosts. The apartment was so cozy, super clean and had everything we needed and more. We enjoyed the beauty of the area, and even saw a great movie at their beautiful, restored theater in Rockland. Jan and Rosemary's little garden shop below the apartment was an added surprise and we took a few quality gifts home with us. Thank you so much for our relaxing stay at your piece of heaven on Earth. Sincerely, "Tres Amigas" from Texas
We enjoyed our stay at the Blue Tulip very much. The loft was spotless and had all the amenities we could want. It was beautifully decorated and comfortable. The area was lovely and our hosts very gracious. We would definitely go back again. It was relaxing and we really wished we had a few more days to spend there! Thank you, Jan and Rosemary!
The Blue Tulip was the perfect place for a relaxing weekend. My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time in this cozy place, exploring Tenants Harbor, Rockland, and Port Clyde. The kitchen is stocked with everything you might need for cooking, and the place was exceptionally clean! It is also very thoughtfully decorated and made us feel very at home. Although we did not have the pleasure of meeting Rosemary and Jan as they were away for the weekend, they put everything in place for an easy arrival and they were great with responding to all of our questions before hand. Rosemary's suggestion to watch the sunset was amazing and we were lucky enough to see a breathtaking sunset with the fall leaves changing in the background! We can't wait to come back someday soon!
We had never used the homeaway website before & were a little nervous as to what we may have rented but I must say it completely exceeded our expectations! !! The apartment was beautiful, comfortable&cozy. The owners were so kind, helpful & welcoming. And the area was just so breathtaking! ! We loved it so much we didn't want to come home! We stayed an extra but quite honestly that wasn't even enough!
I couldn't sum up our 25th anniversary stay a Rosemary & Jan's Blue Tulip in one word. Here's a few I can use: cozy, romantic, clean, comfy, breath-taking view, close proximity to the tranquil harbors, cove & ocean, friendly & absolutely a MUST-Go again kinda place.
Jan & Rosemary made everything easy & non-stressful. Their home, their boutique & the studio apartment was perfect for my husband & I. It was quiet & full of adventure at the same time.
They opened their home & their hearts to us & for this we are very grateful.
The locals & the LOBSTER & the Haddock & the CLAMS! Yummy & fun!
Gotta stop by the Dip Net, the Happy Clam & the Farmers Restaurant which all are only a hop, skip & jump from the Blue Tulip.
We were able to visit many of the coasts little towns, cities & villages in less than an hour. We even made it to Bar Harbor & take in the amazing views the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park within a day!
If you have the chance & have the first week of October open, you gotta try the Blue Tulip!
CECA & Steve Repasky
We live in the heart of 'Wyeth Country'--home to the beautiful coastal views, lobster villages, lighthouses, islands and meandering roads and waterways featured in paintings by Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. A perfect getaway location for photographers, artists, writers, hikers, bikers, kayakers and nature lovers. Just 15 miles from great restaurants, shops and galleries in downtown Rockland. 'Must see' things to do include ferry ride to Monhegan Island artist colony and dazzling cliffs, sunsets at Marshall Point Lighthouse (featured in movie Forest Gump), lobster dinners on local wharfs, and shopping in local art galleries and Maine-made craft shops...including our Blue Tulip Garden Boutique!
The Blue Tulip is located about 1 mile past the intersection of Wallston Road and Rt. 131 (Main Street, which becomes Port Clyde Road). Going south toward Port Clyde, turn right onto Barter Hill Road just after you pass the ball field. Our property is on the left. Turn into the second driveway and park next to the barn.
We offer a 3-Night "Peak Season" Special...3 nights for $345...from June 1 thru September 30 annually, mid-week or weekends!
50% deposit to confirm and hold reservation. Balance due on arrival by cash, check or credit card.
Full payment, including 9% tax, due with booking if reservation is made within 14 days/2 weeks of arrival date.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.