The essence of Maine captured in a private family compound on a tidal oceanfront cove; featuring the ambient sounds of waterbirds, surrounded by towering pine trees and flowering landscape at this extraordinary estate. This compound includes a stunning architectural two-story Maine lodge and adjacent cathedral ceiling Carriage House, connected by a breezeway, offering both privacy and easy connection in comfortable elegance for a large group of family and friends. Located on four acres with 1,300 feet of rocky shoreline and a private dock. Arden feels like your own island retreat. Click here to see video of the Carriage House: https://youtu.be/651vi3mTQJs
The perfect combination of private retreat and convenient location -- five minutes from the Boothbay Harbor Village shops and restaurants, the Harbor and boating, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, hiking and the 18-hole Country Club, open to the public. A wonderful vacation spot in the summer as well as the fall leaf peeping and extending to holiday season celebrations including the spectacular Gardens Aglow and Village Holiday Market and events.
Whether lazy or active, you will find Arden warm and cozy, and a perfect vacation spot for a celebrating special occasions or a gathering of friends and family. Explore the four acres of surrounding woods, lawn, native Maine flower gardens, sitting areas and paths along the the rocky shore and dock. Like Maine itself, it offers a wonderful sense of life as it should be.
Dedicated caretaker will greet you upon arrival to provide you with keys, show you around and is available in case any issues come up during your stay. Guidebook provided with the how everything works and includes Boothbay Harbor area favorites and recommendations. To make your stay even easier, can connect you with providers of a range of other services including cooking, harbor and boat tours and private tours of the Botanical Gardens.
Featured in New England Coastal Living and Maine Design publications, you feel immediately at home from the moment you turn into the driveway. The light-filled Main House features four-bedrooms with 3.5 baths, massive stone chimneys, double height windows, and large screened-in porch with views of the cove and gardens. This classic Maine lodge is the epitome of casual elegance featuring barn wood beams, stone floors, and is filled with antiques and art.
The interior of the one-bedroom, one-bath Carriage House features soaring cathedral ceilings, wood beams, gas fireplace for cool nights, gleaming hardwood floors, open-galley kitchen and lovely bedroom and bath. Contemporary European design and antique furnishings makes the Carriage House feel cozy and welcoming.
Every convenience and state of the art system make this vacation rental comfortable, efficient and have everything you need to enjoy your time at Arden - from wood for the campfire, gas and charcoal for the grills, gas fired lobster pot, well equipped gourmet kitchen, wifi, vegetable/ herb garden to pick what is ripe in the garden, entertainment system featuring 60" inch flat screen tv and surround sound, and hotel quality bedding and linens. The use of antique doors, hardware, European design and furnishings makes the compound feel as if families have been gathering and vacationing together for many generations. Whether you wander in the woods, enjoy the flower gardens, see what is ripe in the garden, hop along the rocks on the shore or find a spot to read or sun: you are always relaxed and absorb the pleasure of sheer leisure.
The large private dock and protected tidal cove (just off Townsend Gut) are another magnet for staying put -- sunlight sparking on the water, early morning coffee, bird-watching, lazy sunset drink, or night-time stargazing. Or when you build up your energy, go out on one of the four available kayaks or take a brisk swim.
The House, Carriage House and gardens were designed working closely with prominent Boston architects and landscape designers incorporating barn timbers, a granite fireplace, wide-board floors.-- and even a massive 15 ft barn door, and two felled trees. This two year labor of love was completed in 2005 by a team of fine Maine craftsmen.
In the Main House, the romantic master bedroom suite, located on the ground floor, overlook the cove and a two-story stone bathroom is complete with a massive granite walk in rain shower. The main floor includes a double height living room with a magnificent stone fireplace. The gourmet cooks dream kitchen and two-story dining room feature dramatic views of the cove and include a large cherry dining table table and Windsor chairs which invite leisurely dining and hours of good conversation.
There is also a comfortable sitting room and adjacent library with comfy seating, wood burning stove, and entertainment center featuring a 60" flat screen tv and surround sound. The end of the house opens onto a screened-in porch with ceiling fan and adarondak rockers for conversation, quiet retreat, and enjoying Maine evening breezes and views of the water. The laundry room, pantry, and guest bath complete the first floor all leading off a large two story hall/gallery with clear-story windows above.
The second floor consists of three spacious, light filled bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and beautiful views of the water and surrounding landscape. Two of the bedrooms share a spa-like bathroom suite featuring a sauna and walk-in rain shower highlighted by contemporary Italian fixtures. The third 'double' bedroom is a self contained suite featuring one area with a double bed, a separate with area with two single beds divided by a full bathroom. Antiques and soft woven rugs everywhere look and feel like you have indeed returned to the home you remember from your childhood.
The Carriage House offers a complimentary and private space to spread out a bit. This one-bedroom, one-bath features arched wooden ceiling, lovely water views, glass walk-in shower enclosure and a fully equipped kitchen, gas fireplace, flat screen tv and cozy seating area. In addition, there is separate deck seating nestled in the garden along with a a hidden patio area complete with adirondack chairs and fire pit.
When you are ready to venture out, downtown Boothbay Harbor, fish markets, lobster dock, bakery, great bookstore, supermarket and many restaurants and waterside bars are all a five minute drive. Enjoy quintessential Maine exploring the eclectic mix of shops and galleries, get in a round of golf, drinks by the harbor or take in a live performance at the local opera house. You can experience the working waterfront and fleet of fishing boats, enjoy the annual parade of schooners, or get out on the water yourself for a sail, a whale watch, a lighthouse tour, or even a day trip to Monhegan Island where artists have summered for generations to paint. In between you can hike on one of the Conservation nature trails or enjoy a fresh lobster feast dockside. Heading north, a five minute car ride will bring you to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Just taking a drive in itself allows one to take in the natural beauty of coastal Maine and the opportunity to discover the many still little changed villages and harbors.
A little further afield, are Camden, Rockland, Bath, Rockport, and Freeport -- all an hour's drive. Wiscasset and Dameriscotta are less than a half an hour away. and just getting there allows one to soak in the natural beauty of Coastal Maine and the opportunity to discover the many still little-changed villages and harbors.