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David and Paula Blanchard

Member since: 2008
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The "Garden Cottage" is a quiet retreat set up for sharing - both roomy *&* cozy

27 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Camden holiday cottage

*RARE IN CAMDEN* ENJOY AN ACRE OF LAWN & GARDENS, AND AN SHORT WALK TO

"As cozy as a cottage and as spacious as a house."

98 parties of 2+ guests each, from 27 US States and 2 foreign countries during 8 years. Many repeat guests.

Camden . . . "Where the Mountains Meet the Sea"

This cottage is a 15 -- 20 walk to downtown and the inner harbor.

No neighbors or busy streets closely crowd this cottage; open space all around. Restful residential neighborhood.

A 1,350 sq. ft. "home away from home." Peaceful country setting bordered by an extensive woodland and close to the center of town. Colorful informal gardens feature 50+ different flowering trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals on an acre of land, with woods adjacent.

Owners live next door, and love to give personal recommendations

We have a safe, large lawn where the kids can run about. You can keep an eye on them from the balcony/deck, or just enjoy a cup of coffee there in the morning or your own refreshments in the evening.

Comfortable indoor open floor plan living and dining space.

Two bedrooms and two full bath all on one floor. Privacy for two couples is assured.

Washer and drier is on the living floor, not in the basement.

Second and 3rd bedrooms are great for traveling companions or your visiting guests.

Usual occupancy is 2, 3, or 4. A 5th guest can be accommodated for a small additional set-up fee. (Inquire)

House is 16 years new. Immaculate. We clean extensively between stays, and once a week for extended visits. Fresh flowers placed on your window sill weekly, or even more often upon request.

No more than 1 mile to Camden's scenic harbor, schooners, shops, restaurants, library, post office, churches.

INDOORS

2 bedrooms and 2 full baths

Same floor washer and drier

Substantial home-like furnishings; comfortable upholstered seating; ample storage.

Casual, roomy. Furnished like a home, not like a motel, hotel, or B&B

Large, fully equipped kitchen, but no granite tops, no stainless steel appliances, no dishwasher. Why pay for all that stuff?

Air conditioning by Mother Nature

Dining room seating for 6

Games, puzzles, videos, lots of Maine and other books and magazines

Getaway room with desk/secretary and daybed

32' dia. Sony flat screen digital TV w/ cable channels and CD/DVD and a VHS player

Wi-Fi

OUTDOORS

Well lit entry & deck

Private driveway & secure off-street parking

Outdoor table & chairs, charcoal grill upon request, morning sun on the deck, and the shady the hemlock reading nook for afternoons.

Short drives to busy Camden, cozy Rockport, Mt. Battie State Park with ocean & mountain views, many other parks, lakes for swimming and boating, farmland, a winery, 3 lighthouses, many fine museums, & 25+ art galleries

Our location is central to Portland and the popular Boothbay Harbor region to the southwest and Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park to the northeast. A wide range of popular local mid-coast attractions and activities are available within every shorter distances.

More Details
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
David and Paula Blanchard (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks english

About David and Paula Blanchard

We moved to this beautiful acre 26 years ago and have spent all the years since developing its gardens and landscape for beauty and enjoyment. We live right next door to the house/cottage (but conveniently out of sight), and this is our only vacation rental. We think of all visitors as our special guests.

David and Paula Blanchard purchased this cottage in 1989

Why David and Paula Blanchard chose Camden

Our place, while in-town, is peaceful and quiet. It is uniquely bordered by a seldom used meeting hall, our lawn and gardens, and a large woodland. Set well back from the street at the end of its own driveway, visitors to the cottage enjoy more than an acre of quiet and solitude, yet are still close enough to town and harbor in 15 - 20 minutes.

What makes this cottage unique

Perfect for two couples to share.

One-floor living, two full bathrooms, extra wide doorways, strategitically placed grab rails, entrance ramp, close-in parking all make this a great place for elders or impaired. A great place for recuperation, recovery, or just plain rest.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our first trip to Maine could not have been better. Beautiful weather and accommodations.!



Fresh cut flowers were a nice touch.



Your community band home are a treasure. Until we meet again--
Oct 2013
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Reviews

4.9
based on 27 traveller reviews

The "Garden Cottage" is a quiet retreat set up for sharing - both roomy *&* cozy
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 61 reviews
5

Fantastic week in Camden, Maine at the Garden Cottege.

  • 5 of 5

The Garden Cottage was well equipped and clean as a whistle. Bed rooms super clean and comfortable, plenty of hangers in the closets.

Had enough covers to keep you warm in mid winter. Bathroom well equipped with soap shampoo and plenty of hot water.

Kitchen well stocked with cups, saucers, plates, cereal bowls and ,plenty of silverware, refrigerator, micro-wave, stove,

table where all four of could play Rummikub into the late night. Living room well stocked with games and books about

Maine. No curfew and free to come and go at our leisure, with separate driveway. Outstanding would like to return.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Ken, for the nice review!
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5

A great value for vacation relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Everything was as stated in the listing. The location is great for touring up and down the coast. It is very quite, yet close to down town Camden for ease of shopping or eating out. David and Paula are great host and tend to your need for any information about the area. This was our second visit in two years and hope to return again.

Odis and Sharon Huffstutler

Snead, Alabama

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Archard guests (3) stay of September 11 to September 25, 2016

  • 5 of 5

The "Garden Cottage" was far better than presented in the VRBO pictures. A large "cottage" with great kitchen, separate dining area, comfortable living room with tv and unit for tapes if needed. The cottage has two very comfortable bedrooms, and...two....bathrooms (one within the master bedroom area). A third room has a desk and a daybed, so can serve as an "office away from home", or a third bedroom. Washer & dryer in the cottage was a real plus for a two week stay. The Kitchen, by the way, has every pot, pan, dinnerware, glassware and utensils you will ever need. And then there are the "grounds". Beautifully maintained lawn, shrubs, and flowers make this property a delight to the eye. David works non-stop on the grounds to keep them in top form. Do not be surprised to find a vase or two of fresh flowers on arrival, and maybe even in the watering can on the porch!!

Finally, you will never find a location in Camden so convenient to everything midcoast Maine has to offer, but at the same time, a peaceful and quiet refuge. David and Paula are unobtrusive, friendly, and most helpful. Very gracious hosts, and we appreciated their offering the "Garden Cottage" for rent to people "from away". Highly recommend considering if you visit Maine!! And, thank you for having us as your guests. (Bill, Kelly, & Doris-Mom).

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The pleasure was ours!
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East Windsor, CT
5

Our home-away-from-home

  • 5 of 5

We first stayed at The Garden Cottage for a week in June of this year (2016). Two and one-half months later we returned for another week, this September. Oftentimes, return visits to a place fail to meet the level of enjoyment engendered by the first visit. Definitely not true for us. In fact, our enjoyment of the cottage and hostess and host Paula and David actually increased. We are already looking forward to a return visit in 2017.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The best part of hosting vacationers is that occasionally we get to make new real friends!
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5

The Blanchard's Garden Cottage was an immaculately kept property. The outside grounds were lovely.

  • 5 of 5

The outside was a treat for the eyes to behold. My family enjoyed walking outside on the grounds and admiring the beautiful flowers and

greenery. The Blanchard's work hard at keeping the outside property looking lovely and it shows! The views of the gardens surrounding the cottage are breathtaking.

And the inside of the cottage is as big a treat to behold as the outside. Again, their hard work is evident the first step you take into the

cottage. Beautifully and tastefully decorated, and as functional as your own home would be to stay in.

And the Blanchard's themselves were the perfect host and hostess. Many days were filled with suggestions of places to visit, provided by them.

We had a lovely and comfortable stay at the Garden Cottage and would recommend it to everyone!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow -- what a nice review! We loved having your family of 4 enjoying all that this wonderful area has to offer and helping you find those places to go and activities that were just right for you.
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If it's not there, you don't need it!

  • 5 of 5

Briefly, the property is beautiful, the house is commodious and warming, the owners even more so. More than well-supplied,they have thought of everything. David and Paula are available, but not intrusive, friendly and informative when asked. All your fears of renting the oversold property go out the window when you experience a stay at their Cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Owls Head
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Several within a long walk or short drive
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Rockland and Lincolnville to the Bay islands
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Public 18 hole courses in Rockport and Rockland
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Portland
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US Route 1 and Route 90
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Downtown Camden
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Camden Snow Bowl
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Many lake and bay beaches nearby
Car: necessary

Our rental week is Sunday pm to Sunday am, except by special arrangement. Sleeps 4. A queen-size bed in 2 separate rooms. Daybed in a 3rd room available at additional $100/week or part thereof. Ideal for two couples or a couple and one or two singles. Our 'Garden Cottage' is larger than it looks in the photos. We are not on the water or have a water view, but you'll save a bundle of dough and can walk to Camden Harbor or drive to Rockport Harbor in a few minutes. Camden is famous for its schooners and boating excursions. Within short drives are Rockport harbor, Mt. Battie State Park (miles of trails and fantastic view of Penobscot Bay), Megunticook Lake (fishing, boating, and swimming), Sail, Steam and Power Museum, Strand Theater, Owls Head Transportation Museum & Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland), Center for Maine Contemporary Art (Rockport), shops, restaurants, galleries, Penobscot Marine Museum (Searsport), lighthouses, dozens of restaurants and unique shops, private nature sanctuaries, playgrounds and parks, and public golf courses. The Camden Opera House and Rockport Opera House host classical music and popular concerts, musicals, and other shows. The family-friendly Snow Bowl (Camden), with tobogganing, skiing, and snowboarding is just down the road. Kayak, canoe, bicycle rentals and outdoor recreational supplies of all types are readily available to buy or rent at nearby store Maine Sport.The Camden Public Library and Olmstead-designed amphitheater are a must see.

Other Activities: Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Maine Media Workshop offer courses to the public year 'round.

Golf: Megunticook Golf Course / driving range is 5 minutes.

Rockland Golf Course is 15 minutes. Samoset Resort golf course 15 minutes away.

Ski: Camden Snow Bowl is 10 minuntes.

Sugarloaf is 2 hours.

Acadia National Park is 2 hours; a long day trip will take you there and back with time to see the sights.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Camden, Maine

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring 2017
30 Apr 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
A$1,343
 
 
Summer 2017
25 Jun 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
A$1,747
 
 
Autumn 2017
10 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$1,343
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
A$1,343
 

Additional information about rental rates

3rd bed option is $100/w A$0
Tax Rate 9.0%

There are two Queens and a day bed in the cottage, each in a separate room. The standard rates listed are for one and two beds. A third bed is available at an additional fee, as follows: Add $100 + 8% tax for any week during which he day bed will be occupied. If you are staying more than 1 week but will by using the 3rd bed only during part of your stay, you need only add this amount for the number of weeks during which the day bed will be used. (Even one night' counts as a week, since the bed linens will need to be changed however many nights within a week it is used.)

For long term rentals made well in advance, your total payment can be divided by the number of weeks of your reservation and sent monthly. In other words, if you make a reservation for 4 weeks, you can make four equal payments and send one each month beginning 5 months before your arrival date. In all cases, your final payment needs to be received 30 days before your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Camden, Maine

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Study Room
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower
  • Both bath rooms will accommodate a wheelchair. Both shower/tub combos have grab bars for safety. However,k these are regular shower/tub installations; they are not wheelchair accessible.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Fresh bed and bath linens each week
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Comp. housekeeping 1x/week for long term stays.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sofa bed/futon , Daybed at an extra charge: $100 / week or part thereof.
  • Usual occupancy is 2 -- 4. The master suite offers a queen sized bed and private bath with shower. Huge closet and two chests of drawers provide plenty of room for clothing, and a small chest-top TV. Large airy windows provide fresh air and cozy views of woods, lawn, and gardens. The second room also has a queen-sized bed & large chest of drawers. Off the hall there is a second full bath with shower. There is a small multipurpose room with a desk, daybed, secretary-desk, and washer/dryer combo. There is an additional charge for overnight use of the daybed: 30% summer, 15% shoulder seasons. Extra pillows, blankets, portable fans, and bedside clock radios provided. Option: We will provide *complimentary* light housekeeping services on weekends for guests staying two weeks or longer. This includes making the beds with fresh linens; fresh bath towels and wash clothes; cleaning the bathroom, kitchen, and floors.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • books - kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wooden decking
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
There is an economical function hall and large parking area next door that is available by reservation for special occasions like reunions, weddings, receptions, anniversary and birthday parties, etc..The Garden Cottage is a convenient place for preparations and/or overnight accommodations for immediate family or special guests attending an event there. In addition, our lawn & garden area at the cottage is available for small outdoor gatherings by special arrangement. Our grounds are informal and especially colorful late June -- October.