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Wendy & Ken Schweikert

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

The Carriage House at Sunflower Farm -- a luxurious retreat for two!

27 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Downeast and Acadia Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Spacious One Bedroom, One Bath with Panoramic Water View & King-size Bed

Superb saltwater views! Indulge yourself in this spacious, sunny, deluxe new second floor apartment with private balcony & lounge chairs just steps from the water. Built and furnished with loving care in 2013. Hardwood floors, ceiling fans, fully equipped kitchen with gas range, microwave, refrigerator & dishwasher, dining for two inside and outside, large bathroom with shower, washer & dryer, comfortable living room with two oversize easy chairs and a couch large enough to nap on, excellent lighting, HD TV with Direct TV and premium channels, wifi included, a writing desk, library, and the most sumptuous king-size bed money can buy. You'll spend many happy hours relaxing in this plush apartment and enjoy moonlight & stars sparkling on the water from your own large balcony.

Stunning water views from inside & outside of the Carriage House, fenced gardens, rolling lawns, tidal Salt Pond (a 4-mile long inlet from the ocean) and Carleton Island, where eagles and osprey nest. Four acre property offers peaceful privacy, a freshwater stream, Adirondack chairs in sunny or shady spots to enjoy cocktails or a good book, recreation and a vista of the adjacent blueberry barren. Stick close to home with beautiful Blue Hill village's shops, bookstore, gourmet food & wine, restaurants, galleries, museums, concert-quality chamber music, live theater, hospital, library, hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, swimming or tennis (3 golf courses within 20 miles) -- or explore nearby historic Castine, Cape Rosier, Ellsworth, Bucksport, Stonington and Deer Isle.

Our area is home to the Wooden Boat School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Blue Hill Bach, Marine Environmental Research Institute, 1815 Holt House, scenic Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory. Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and Bangor are all within an hour's drive. There is loads to see and do -- as much or as little as you'd prefer! Your hosts, who have lived in the area for 40 years, will happily provide you with local information and insider's tips.

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  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Wendy & Ken Schweikert (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About Wendy & Ken Schweikert

Sunflower Farm is our home. Wendy & Ken love good food and wine, beautiful architecture and gardens, history, theatre, music, interesting people and worldwide travel. We're delighted to be your hosts in Maine and share the insider's secrets we have learned about the area we've called home for 4 decades. Also, Wendy is a Notary Public and thereby authorized to perform marriages by the State of Maine.

Wendy & Ken Schweikert purchased this apartment in 1993

Why Wendy & Ken Schweikert chose Downeast and Acadia

Sunflower Farm is a gorgeous property bordered by a fresh water stream flowing into the Salt Pond, a 4-mile long inlet from the ocean. Sited on a shallow tidal cove framed by Carleton Island, home to a nesting pair of bald eagles, osprey, blue herons, ducks and seals, it is a Maine paradise. Ancient Abenaki tribes once used this land as their summer camping grounds.

What makes this apartment unique

You'll appreciate use of this exclusive, private estate and the quiet beauty of natural surroundings. Sunflower Farm has 4 acres to explore, filled with gardens, squirrels, birdsong, and several separate outdoor seating areas featuring comfortable Adirondack chairs in sun or shade. Enjoy a good book or breathe in the fresh air and beautiful water views. You may use our kayaks (2 singles or a double) to explore the Salt Pond. Use our private pool to swim and sunbathe or get refreshed in the bubbling stream.


based on 27 traveler reviews

The Carriage House at Sunflower Farm -- a luxurious retreat for two!
average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews

A perfect Maine get away

  • 5 of 5

Our second vacation in Maine and our first of hopefully other stays at the Carriage House made for a refreshing week. We found everything in the retreat just as described and shown in the VRBO listing. The view onto Salt Pond was relaxing at all times of the day and evening. We enjoyed the "shaded deck" where the fresh and salt waters merge on more than one occasion. The king size bed which lured me to this vacation rental was comfortable and a rare find in Maine rentals! The hosts Ken and Wendy have put great effort into providing all the needed information for local day trips from hiking, biking, historic sites, and eatery's into easy to find binders. If you enjoy the outdoors and want to be away from the hustle of the busy tourist towns the Carriage House at Sunflower Farm is the place to stay. We took-in several of the Blue Hill Heritage Trust walking/hiking properties and found the Maine woods and waterfronts very relaxing.Our kayak trips around Carleton Island and to the upper end of the Salt Pond gave us some needed exercise while we couldn't believe we were the only humans on the 3 mile long pond! Blue Hill Peninsula I wish you were closer than 800 miles from home but then that wouldn't make you a vacation destination would it.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Carriage House at Sunflower Farm, Blue Hill, Maine

  • 5 of 5

The Carriage House was the perfect find for our visit to Maine.

The location is outstanding with beautiful views over the Salt Pond and a chance to feel at one with the environment. We were thrilled to get our first glimpse of a bald eagle, and the nest, and also the fireflies at night competing with the spectacular display of stars - wonderful! The reflections of the moonlight on the surface of the Salt Pond added to the magical ambiance.

The Carriage House is exceptionally well maintained, comfortable and provided us with all the facilities we could hope for to make our time at Blue Hill unforgettable.

The local area is a delight with many places to visit. We particularly enjoyed the Acadia National Park (make sure you make your way to the top of Cadillac Mountain), Woodlawn (historical house in Ellsworth), Castine, the Deer Isles and the climb up Blue Hill 'mountain'. You can be sure that wherever you go in this area you will find wonderful vistas, attractive towns and villages and welcoming people.

Wendy and Ken are the most generous and helpful hosts and made sure our holiday was one to remember. We wholeheartedly recommend the Carriage House. We hope to return in the future to explore more of this delightful area and again enjoy the calm and peace of Sunflower Farm.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: "Magical ambiance!" Wow! We are humbled by your stellar review, Chris. You have described so well the many reasons why we love our little corner of the world. Thank you and Viv for choosing the Carriage House. We truly enjoyed having you as our guests.
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

The Carriage House is a cozy location, very quiet and well maintained. The view to Salt Pond is fantastic. We used the on-site canoe for a trip on the pond. Wendy and Ken are pleasant people and gave good recommondations where to go or to eat.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a view!

  • 5 of 5

The Carriage House is perfect for a quiet get-away. Welcoming hosts, gorgeous views of Salt Pond, very clean and well-furnished apartment, beautifully maintained grounds, and much-appreciated recommendations and maps of Blue Hill and surrounding areas provided. We enjoyed bird watching, star gazing, hiking, leaf peeping, and just driving around the peninsula. Blue Hill is still quaint but offers so much: Great art and music, good food, a fantastic book store, numerous hiking trails, and friendly people. Thank you, Wendy and Ken, for sharing your paradise with us.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for a glowing review, Kathy. Thanks especially for mentioning Blue Hill Books, an excellent independent bookstore with something to please every reader... and stargazing, another one of our favorite local activities. Best wishes to you both and please come again.
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  • 5 of 5

Wow. What a gem. Property is beautiful. Exceptionally well maintained and a perfect get away for my wife and I to celebrate our anniversary. Wendy and Ken are delightful people who went out of their way to accomodate us. Home is decorated beautifully and well equipped. Wendy answered all my questions on what towns to visit, places to eat, etc. Very easy 45 min. drive to Acadia. Thoroughly enjoyed coming home each day to a our balcony overlooking Salt Pond. A great way to end the day. I would highly recommend this property to anyone visiting the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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perfect for two, quiet, but close to the coast

  • 5 of 5

The place was very clean, loved the king sized bed. The view of the salt pond was amazing and seeing the various creatures flying and swimming around made it even more amazing. Saw a family of bald eagles feeding. The location was perfect for exploring Acadia park as well as Bar Harbour, Lubec and deer isle. Definitely recommend this rental. The owners were pleasant (didn't see them too much as we were out and about a lot of the waking hours) and provided good recommendations for activities and restaurants. They have a beautiful swimming pool that is right next to the carriage house that you can use as well as a two person sit on kayak.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a rare treat that you saw the entire eagle family feeding, and so close at hand. The abundance of wild birds, beautiful natural surroundings and peaceful privacy are reasons why we refer to the Carriage House as a "retreat." The king-size bed is part of the luxury! Thanks for a great review. Please come again.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bangor International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Barncastle Pub & Restaurant
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Island Country Club
Nearest Train
138 Miles
Portland- Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Acadia Highway (U.S. Route 1)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Barncastle Pub & Restaurant
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Causeway Beach, Deer Isle
Car: necessary

Discover picturesque Blue Hill Village or hike blueberry-covered slopes of Blue Hill Mountain. Experience the galleries, studios, and antique shops of Brooklin and Sedgwick. Watch lobster boats slip through the morning fog on Eggemoggin Reach off Brooksville. Visit the historic sites and unique shops of Castine. Explore glorious bays and charming inlets under paddle, sail, or power. Enroll in painting, drawing & crafts classes with noted professionals. This is small town living at its very best!


Rates & Availability

Blue Hill Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Season
Jun 11 2016 - Sep 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
Fall Season
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
Spring Season
May 6 2017 - Jun 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

Minimum 3-night stay required (must either start on Saturday or end on Saturday) in May, June, Sept. 10-30, October. 7-night minimum Saturday to Saturday from June 25 - Sept. 10, 2016. Rates inc.1-time cleaning at end of stay. $50 discount off each week on a 2-week stay.

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Downeast and Acadia Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large bathroom with washer/dryer
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Luxurious King-size bed, comfy pillows, closet & storage
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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