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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Maine Cottage: Near ocean, lake, mountains, biking, hiking, sailing, kayaking

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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MidCoast and Penobscot Bay Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedroom, 1 bath with shower and tub

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. Charcoal 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.

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  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Christine (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Christine

Christine is the senior staff writer for an independent weekly newspaper in Midcoast Maine, with specialties in investigative and environmental journalism.

Why Christine chose MidCoast and Penobscot Bay

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

(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.
Aug 2011
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Maine Cottage: Near ocean, lake, mountains, biking, hiking, sailing, kayaking
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
New York, New York

Peaceful and comfortable vacation week.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: In the five years I have been renting I have had wonderful guests! I think the reason is that I get a chance to talk to every single one on the telephone before they rent to see if this is what they want and I give them a week to ask questions before they commit to renting. The result? MY GUESTS LOVE THE COTTAGE! The most common response I get is: "This is much better than the photos."
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Beautiful little house

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Renting your house by the week is a business. After five years, I've worked out the kinks! Every year, I upgrade the cottage in the spring. Before I rent I talk to all guests to make sure the cottage is what they are looking for, I require a modest refundable deposit, and greet guests when they arrive to answer questions and provide directions to local attractions. The result is my property is treated well and that allows my guests to have a great and relaxing vacation!
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A lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Norwich, Vermont

Charming & Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Topeka, Kansas

Quiet Get-Away...

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great getaway spot.

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time at the Wildflower Cottage. It is an incredibly beautiful and peaceful setting, yet so convenient to so many interesting and fun activities. Christine is an exceptionally gracious hostess. Not only was she full of advice on places to see and eat (her restaurant recommendations were spot-on), but she went the extra mile to point out scenic biking routes and even made great suggestions of views for me to paint.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Before they come, I ask my guests what their interests are, so I can either send them information ahead of time or fill them in when they arrive. I grew up in this area and am a newspaper reporter and an outdoorsperson and previously worked as a natural sciences educator -- so I can point guests off the beaten path, if that's what they want. I pointed Bob to some places that I thought would be inspiring to paint. He started four paintings of the area while he was here and later sent me photographs of the completed work.
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Owls Head
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Whale's Tooth
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Three golf courses within 12 miles
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Many restaurants in Camden and Rockland
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Lincolnville Beach
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Camden Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 25 2016 - Jul 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
Jul 30 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.0%

You have the choice to pay by personal check through the mail, or by echeck or credit card online (Discover, MC, Visa). Sending a personal check is still the best option for renters, even though credit card online payments are easier for me. Here's why: credit card fees (typically 3%, but more if you are international) are passed on to the guest. I deduct them from the refundable damage deposit. And, new this year, the hosting vacation rental website is now charging a service fee if you pay online by echeck or credit card, even though I already pay a substantial yearly fee to advertise on this site. If you are in the U.S., you can avoid this by paying by personal check through the mail. Unfortunately, international guests don't have that option.

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MidCoast and Penobscot Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Clawfoot Tub
  • Large bathroom has plenty of room for changing. Includes Victorian bath tub ideal for a relaxing soak!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 twin/ single , Roll-away bed for 1
    Bedroom Loft - 1 double , Sleep Number Bed with Memory Foam. Wow!
  • Queen bed in upstairs bedroom with homemade quilts and view of the woods. Peaceful and private. Double bed in upstairs lounge, a semi-private room that doubles as the place to watch TV and movies. Comfortable long couch on main floor easily doubles as a twin bed. Roll away bed available on request.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Smokers allowed outside only. Fire restrictions apply.

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