|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
A new shingled year-round cottage with old fashioned charm located at the end of a private road in a state that has been rated the most peaceful in the country and one of the top three states for bicycle touring.
A hundred acres of woods are right out the back door, with hiking trails just 1 mile away, ocean and lake 1.5 miles, ocean beach and lobster pound 3 miles. It's a peaceful place that is private, but not isolated. Neighbors are very friendly and the town is community-minded. This is a real neighborhood, with a village market a mile away where the locals meet for coffee every morning, farm stands for fresh bread, milk, vegetables and fruit. A local lobsterman whose wife cooks lobsters he caught in the morning to order for you to pick up in the evening is two minutes away. A local winery is five minutes further.
Five minutes to the ocean, five minutes to the lake, five minutes to trails in the coastal mountains, 12 minutes to Camden Harbor, 20 minutes to Belfast, 30 minutes to Rockland, 1.5 hours to Acadia National Park.
This is a safe location for solo woman travelers and perfect for a writer's retreat.
Activities and Attractions: Hiking, fresh vegetables from a nearby farm, and wine tasting at local vineyards. During summer: Minutes to sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and more hiking to dramatic mountain-top views. Three golf courses within 20 minutes, two of them with ocean views. Dine at Francine's Bistro or Long Grain in the village of Camden (open year round) after an afternoon sail across Penobscot Bay, or get fresh lobster from a fisherman a minute down the road (cooked to order and pick up) to eat at the cottage picnic table or dine at internationally rated Primo's in Rockland after touring local museums and galleries, lighthouses and cobblestone beaches. There is no shortage of year-round fine dining and views on the Maine coast. Back at the cottage at night, loons call from a nearby pond, owls hoot from several hundred acres of woods out the back door. Wild turkeys and deer regard the field as their own and moose and bald eagles make periodic visits. This is the real Maine --all the amenities and stunning beauty the Penobscot Bay area is known for are just ten minutes away, but the serenity and simple beauty of the cottage is far enough away from the tourist hustle to really relax.
Summer Amenities: Washer and dryer. Full Kitchen. Herb garden growing outside door. Linens, towels, soap, paper products included. Gas grill and picnic table. Books, board games. Basic satellite TV. DVD/VCR. Tons of old movies. For other gear: Kayak rentals, bicycle rentals, guided trips, two-hour sails are all close by. Solid recommendations for where to go and what to see, on and off the beaten track, from a local who knows the area inside-out.
This is a modern, private Maine shingled cottage-style house built 12 years ago as a year-round house. The owner is on the property in another cabin not visible from the cottage.
Christine is the senior staff writer for an independent weekly newspaper in Midcoast Maine, with specialties in investigative and environmental journalism.
I grew up in the area and wanted to build a house near Camden Hills State Park, near Megunticook Lake and near the ocean. I also wanted a house that had a lot of windows that framed the natural setting. I designed the house, which was built by a family of carpenters I've known for 30 years. The finish work and interior were completed by me, with the help of close friends. The house is well maintained.
The house has in-floor heat and a marble hearthstone gas parlor stove, plus a choice of electric hot water or hot water on demand. Winter sunshine glows off the wide pine floors during winter. Its a cozy and welcoming year-round house.
(These guests liked to drive and took a lot of day trips up to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, which is just under two hours, and Downeast to Campobello and Quoddy Head, about 3.5 hours away).
I have never in my life seen such beautiful 360 degree view than that from Cadillac Mountain. It was spectacular.
The cottage was the perfect size for my daughter and I and a great place to come back to at night. Sad to go. Thanks, Christine.
To stay here is to know complete relaxation. We were close to all the wonderful things we wanted to see and do. But when you got back "home" the serenity of the cottage made you feel so peaceful. Christine is a wonderful host. She can share the secret places that only a native would know how to find. We have stayed here before and hope to go back many times!!
The Wildflower Cottage is lovely, fresh and clean, with a nice layout for relaxing, cooking and dining. It is like the description on the web. We found it to be well located for its quite and for access to hiking, the beaches and other towns. Our host had good recommendation which we followed.
Outdoor activity highlights were hiking up to Bald Rock and bald Mountain among others. Cellardoor winery for a break between hikes. Lincolnville restaurants good for typical local fair. Cooked lobster from down the street for take home was delicious and easy. Green Tree coffee roasters and Dot's across from them. In Belfast, amazing Neapolitan pizza at Meanwhile in Belfast restaurant, with nice wine list and Italian beers. In Camden, I recommend the lobster stew at Waterfront. Many bookstores in Camden to explore on rainy days.
We thank our host for providing the lovely cottage and would recommend it to others.
This house was a great find! Set back from the road and nestled in woods, it is very secluded while only 4 miles or so from the Lincolnville beach on Penobscot Bay. Everything was extremely well-finished, clean, and worked well. The kitchen/great room was well stocked with more than the basics; spices, teas, coffee, lobster-eating necessities, books, pillows, park passes, etc. The owner was available via cellphone when I had a question. Hummingbirds came to the window boxes. All our meals in town and in Camden were excellent. I would definitely recommend this home to anyone.
Wildflower Cottage is a beautifully kept and charming place to spend a relaxing vacation -- the photos really do match reality! We enjoyed hiking in the area, the ferry to lovely Islesboro, daily lobster consumption, exploring local towns - esp. Camden, Belfast, and Rockport - and hosting old friends from Portland for a day. Christine does a wonderful job managing the house. 100% recommend!
We had a fantastic time at the Wildflower Cottage. It was clean and attractive and the owner was extremely helpful and friendly. We hope to visit again. The house is perfectly situated close to the lake and the ocean. The drive from Camden to the house is both dramatic and gorgeous. No need to promote the wonders of Camden either - great restaurants and shops and views!
Wildflower Cottage was just as lovely as the description. Arriving in mid June, the wildflowers were in bloom and the drive up the cottage lane gave us a view which was amazingly like the photo. A welcoming note, with a phone number for any concerns, and fresh flowers awaited our arrival. We were impressed with the cleanliness and comfort - the needs of the guests had been well thought out and we wanted for nothing.
We spent our days hiking, visiting lighthouses, cemeteries, and driving to different ports for walks and lunch. Most evenings we were happy to be back at the cottage and prepare a meal there.
I would certainly recommend this property for a relaxing holiday. We hope to be able to return as there were many places we were unable to visit in a week and some which would be worth a second visit.
Sail Penobscot Bay for the day, take a lobster boat tour on Penobscot Bay, hike the Camden Hills in the state park, rock climb on Megunticook cliffs, golf next to the ocean breeze, fish for stripers, bicycle the island of Islesboro, visit offshore islands by ferry, picnic at lighthouses, look for whales and puffins off the Monhegan cliffs. The Camden Harbor/Lincolnville area is at the heart of Penobscot Bay, one of the premier sailing locations on the international yachting circuit because it is filled with islands, surrounded by low coastal mountains and has some of the best coastal sailing in the world. Plus, the ocean breeze is refreshingly cool on even the hottest August day.
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.