|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
'Bay View Aerie' - Osprey, and Seagulls circle overhead, the sun rises on Penobscot Bay and reflections sparkle on the ceiling of this artistically designed apartment above a private art gallery. Newly constructed and fully furnished the apartment includes one bedroom with full size bed, full kitchen with eating bar and a view of woods and the mountain. The bath has pedestal sink and roomy corner shower and envelops you with warm inviting apricot walls. Multi angled throughout the living room provides views of the garden and glimpses of the sea from the front window. The ceiling fan keeps the sea breeze moving throughout the apartment and Cable TV and DVD are provided. A ships ladder leads to the quaint loft at the peak of the room which provides a quiet place to read or just relax. Radiant Heat takes the chill off on spring or fall visits. Private entrance at the top of the drive to a small deck and the kitchen with its cherry cabinets allows visitors easy access.
No pets allowed.
Surroundings and Amenities: A few steps to 'Laite Beach' across the street and just a half mile walk to Camden Harbor the apartment allows visitors to enjoy easy access to either Camden, Rockport or Rockland attractions without difficulty on beautiful scenic local roads or simply eat in and enjoy the lawn and gardens with lobster from local fishermen.
Eat In Kitchen,
Wireless Internet access,
Full Sleep Sofa,
Chest of drawers,
Lawn & Gardens
Extended Deck with Picnic Table
Activities: Swimming is available at public beach across street. Hiking to town a half mile away or to Rockport Village, Vesper Children's Chapel, or Mt . Battie. 'The most beautiful walk in the World' according to the Sept. 2004 issue of Yankee Magazine is one block away. Fantastic Libraby, public parks, State Park with road up Mt. Batti
Attractions: Local attractions include the largest Windjammer fleet on the Maine coast, the Belted Galloway Cows at Aldermere Farm (about a mile stroll through shaded back roads) and numerous shopping opportunities. Visiting artists may be invited to exhibit work done on the premises in an upcoming gallery exhibit. 'Where the Mountains Meet the Sea', Camden has long been a destination for travelers by land and sea. Beautifully tucked away in the varied coastline of Maine visitors are surrounded by unique vistas and numerous entertainment opportunities. Museums, galleries, a winery, shopping, sailing, artists and artisans, and gourmet restaurants are only a small sample of available entertainment for the visitor. Two historically restored theatrs. Classes are available by area schools in photography, woodworking, furniture building, fine art and ship building. The beauty of the view from the mountain with lakes to the north and west and the sea eastward there is something for everyone who visits
At present I live in the house and spend my time as a professional artist. Having had various careers including Equestrian in Jumping, Dressage and Saddle Seat riding and breeding National Show Horses in Connecticut. I also have worked in several Paint Deptartments and run my own business in Color Consultation and design. I spent most of my years in CT and my children still live there. I visit occassionally but am in Maine year round and maintain my art studio here.
Linda Norton purchased this apartment in 1910
This is a family homestead purchased by my Grandfather in 1910 just before he married my Grandmother. I moved into the house in 2000 and added the apartment in 2005. Origionally from Connecticut I have spent all of my childhood summers in Camden at this house. My Children also spent summers here and my Grandchildren visit when possible. I have loved this area all my life and now record it in watercolors which I show across the country in juried art shows.
When I added the apartment my design was intended to enhance the exsisting house and have it blend in to the original design. The house itself has not been changed since my Grandparents lived in it and is true to its time. I considered the warmth and quiet elegance something that I wished to maintain in the house and mirror in the apartment. Giving it warmth and solitude in tune with the era of the overall property. Yet close to a multitude of interesting sites to visit and enjoy.
I was so sorry to read the previous review as this couple mentioned none of this to me during their stay. I know I can never change one's opinion, but, in the words of my current renters... "This recently-built, lovely carriage house, located over the studio of one of Maine's most accomplished artists, has everything one needs to enjoy a delightful vacation in Camden. Camden is busy in the summer, just as Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. That's because it is idealic in the summer and the autumn. But sleeping in cool breezes and total quiet of this cottage is far superior to being awaken by the cleaning crew in a hotel."
Again, each person has his or her own opinion, which, sadly, I cannot change. My cottage is always clean and inviting. I will, sadly, agree to disagree.
Liz and Bob
Very nice home and very friendly owner.
This was our 2nd time to stay in Linda Norton's apartment above her art studio. She is a fabulous nautical artist & her studio is full of her beautiful artwork. The apartment has a well furnished small kitchen ( we stayed in& cooked pasta one night), a small living room, a bathroom with shower & a bedroom with full size bed. So nice to sleep with the windows open & feel the cool breeze. It is great for a couple. This year she had added a great wooden walkway extending across the upper balcony across to the upper garden area. The apartment is in a great location across the street from Laite beach and a 1/2 mile walk to town which we walked everyday. We love Camden & this is one of the most affordable places for such a great location.
Linda Norton's apartment was in an ideal spot. We across the street from the ocean and had access to a public beach. The apartment was very clean and well equipped with a nice spot outside to have morning coffee and breakfast. We were within walking distance to town , library , and the boat marina. The hiking was excellent. Linda was a gracious hostess and gave us excellent tips about
places to visit. I would recommend this as a good place to stay. We were there two weeks and never ran out of things to do.
My husband and I stayed at this cozy little apartment above a great art studio for 1 week while we explored the coast of Maine. It was a perfect location which was easy access to a walk into town. The owner, Linda, was absolutely fabulous from informing us on where to visit and also her recommendations on restaurants, shopping, and just little inside history of the town of Camden. Since her family has owned the house for so many years, she had lots of great information. This is the place to stay. The apartment came equipped with everything. You wouldn't have to bring a thing as far as kitchen use. She even included paper goods! The outdoor back porch was great for last night cocktails or just sitting and reading a book! Very private. We even had a little mishap during our stay which included a quick hospital stay and Linda was so helpful. It was nice to have someone like Linda there especially not knowing the area. She made our trip to Maine even more enjoyable. There is NOT one thing that I could come up with that would be a negative thing except for the size of the bed. It is only a double bed. The bed was very comfortable so it really wasn't an issue for us.
Camden is a lovely place - tranquil and beautiful, if a touch touristy on the weekends. The position of the property within Camden is quite good, in that you are on a quiet street, 10 minutes walk to the centre and just round the corner from Laite beach - a very small but pretty sandy bay. It should be noted, however, that there are no views of the landscape from the apartment.
We arrived in the afternoon to find that the owner was not home. We could not contact her despite repeated calls to her cell, we had received no email containing instructions of how to reach or access the property and no note had been left for us. We eventually figured out that the door to the apartment was unlocked and the keys inside.
Sadly, the apartment had not been fully cleaned since the previous occupants had left. There was open, leftover food in the fridge, which itself needed a good clean, and rotten food in the sink plugholes of the kitchen. Empty cartons presumably intended for recycling had been left out on the worktops. The living area contained a vase of long dead, mouldy flowers, the surfaces were covered with coffee cup rings and the lampshades were thick with dust. The sofa had a strong 'wet dog' smell. The bathroom sink was stained with old toothpaste and both the sink and the shower contained hair and soap scum. The bath mat was damp and smelled strongly of mildew. While the bedroom had clean sheets and towels, it was very poorly furnished with what looked like a rejected part of a larger piece of Ikea furniture and a small double bed. The mattress was lumpy and collapsing and so very uncomfortable to sleep on, despite a mattress topper being provided. Throughout the apartment, the floors were quite clearly unswept and unmopped - it was impossible to walk around without shoes on as the floors were actually sticky to the touch. The outside space was in a similar condition - the stairs and porch were thick with spiders webs and nests and the stair risers were disintegrating leaving broken wood everywhere.
When the owner finally arrived in the evening to check on us we complained about the lack of cleanliness. We were simply told that the apartment had been cleaned the previous week when the previous occupants had left. No offer was made to either inspect or clean the property. As a result, we spent the first evening of our holiday cleaning.
Our advice? Stay elsewhere.
The apartment is in an excellent location, ideally placed for walking to shops restaurants harbour and beach . The layout of the accommodation is well suited to 2 people, and nicely styled. The owner is welcoming and helpful, and gave us a lovely tour of her art studio and home, which was lovely to see. The only problem we had was that on our arrival the kitchen and the bathroom were not as clean as we would expect (old milk and food in fridge) but as the owner was quite unwell that day we assume this was a one- off situation. After we cleaned up we went on to enjoy a good week here.
Where the Mountains meet the sea. Walk to Laite Beach across the street to swim, picnic or watch the Schooners leaving harbor. Just half a mile walk to the Village where Fine art galleries and shops abound. Farnsworth Museum, and Wyeth Paintings plus many locations for Plein air artists or photographers. Beautiful parks a waterfall and numerous hiking trails. Walk, bike, sail or rent a car Penobscot Bay area of Mid coast Maine abounds in wonderful natural attractions and festivals for the visitor.
Other Activities: Painting, Photography, Picnics Fourth of July Fireworks, August Lobster Festival, or the Boat Show, Windjammers gather on Labor Day Weekend. Day Sails are available from the town landing from May to October. You can Climb Mt. Battie or drive to the tower at the summit and view the lakes to the North and Penobscot Bay to the South and East. A Picnic at the Ampitheather adjoining the Library at the head of the Harbor is a great escape after a morning of shopping. A drive to Rockport and meet the Galloway Cows and see the historic harbor with lime kilns. Neighboring Rockland offers more shops, gallerys and The Farnsworth Museum with works from the Wyeth's. There are also numerous Light Houses two of which are open to the public and the Lighthouse Museum for interesting history of the Coast of Maine. Every weekend has an event scheduled all summer long throughout the Mid Coast area. Come and enjoy them from you own local apartment or just relax at 'home'.
Stays of less than one week are not allowed in this area of Camden by zoning regulations. No pets are allowed due to allergies of regular guests who return yearly. Key will be provided upon arrival.