|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
If you are looking for absolutely breathtaking 360-degree views enjoyed in complete privacy five to eight minutes drive from two quaint harbor towns, then this vacation getaway is for you. Perched high on a mountainside, this house is of Log/Post and Beam construction with open floor plan, large wrap-around porch, lofts, cathedral ceiling, and with windows and skylights on all sides to let in the truly magnificent, commanding vistas. The house sleeps up to eight people in two open loft bedrooms and a cozy, visually private guestroom/library on two Queen sized beds, one Queen sofa bed and one full-sized futon pullout sofa, all very comfortable. There is a whirlpool tub and a stand-up shower, plus a half bath with sunken vessel sink. A country kitchen including a classic cast iron/enameled cook stove, gas range, and slate counter tops with mountain views from the sink. Elegant decor throughout. This house is intimate and romantic, while the views on all sides bring the outside in.
Our View and our Unique Setting:: Forests below you and blueberry fields above, you look down over the lush treetops or pick your own blueberries in season above the house. All neighbors are acres away and almost completely invisible. You will have to crick your neck to see the rooftop of one of them behind you from the wide porch, and then you will only see a part of a roof. You may see bald eagles and hawks soar below you! The peace and quiet and privacy here will amaze you, and there is virtually no traffic near us as we are situated at the turnaround of a small paved road high on the slope, and at the end of a long, steep private drive. On the surrounding mountains to the Ocean, on all sides you will see nothing but forests and meadows dotted by a few fine houses in the distance with their cheerful lights at night. You see dozens of the islands on the Ocean, with Cadillac Mountain in the distance on Mt. Desert Island in Acadia National Park 50 miles away as the crow flies.
Sea, Sky, Mountains, the Area:: The sunrise—if you are up for it—will sparkle on the water and sunsets will turn it a deep pink. The area provides infinite possibility for the Nature lover, sailor, historian, art aficionado, birdwatcher or stargazer. For those who long for the water there are day sails, bareboat charters (better be an experienced skipper), lighthouse trips, lobster fishing cruises and eco-tours, lobster-bakes on islands, ferries, whale-watching, kayak and rafting trips, and three to six day nautical adventures on the classic tall ships and wooden schooners known locally and historically as Windjammers. For landlubbers there are hiking trails, starting right outside your door, all over Camden Hills State Park and beyond, as well as on breathtakingly beautiful trails known only to locals, which we will share with you when you come. If you are a bird lover, you will have an overwhelming chorus of birdsong right up at the house. The night sky is amazing.
Dining, Art, Life-style:: There is world-class cuisine and all manner of dining experiences, from waterfront fish-shacks to French to be had in the area, as well as the Farnsworth Art Museum, home of the Wyeth collection, and historic old harbors and quaint, busy waterfronts everywhere, filled with fishing vessels, luxury yachts from all over the world, and classic wooden sailboats. The house is equipped with wireless access and cable. Outdoor equipment includes Adirondack chairs, barbecue grill and hammock; well-behaved pets allowed upon approval. Children always welcome.
We, Michael and Melody Talcott, were married in 1999, and have been living on a boat in the heart of Boston Harbor since 2006. Michael is a senior Network Engineer in charge of all communications for a major hedge fund/private investment firm. In his spare time he can be found sanding and painting his boat or rebuilding his marine engine. Melody is a free lance writer and focuses on our successful vacation rental business. We have a nine year old son and a German Shepherd and rescue Pomeranian, three cats and horses. Melody is world-traveled and multilingual, enjoys life in Maine and Boston, Michael is a Coloradan (and Texan) with an insatiable intellectual curiosity and wide-ranging interests.
Melody (& Michael) Talcott purchased this house in 2007
This was our dream house. We knew the man who built it, a friend of ours, Cpt. Rick Miles, former Master of the Pilot Schooner Timberwind out of Rockport Harbor at the time, now Master of the Wanderbird, who built it with his own hands. Its Post & Beam log components are from a kit shipped from Canada, but many of the features are hand-finished by Rick and his wife Karen, some by us. It is minutes from all the activities of the mid coast, but set apart, with a sense of remoteness and freedom from the bustle of the world, sweeping views and with an immense sense of privacy, completely surrounded by nature. The setting is unique, on a steep hill with a very dramatic drop, Mountains & Sea
We love renting our house in part because it has become a resounding success as a business, in part because it is a personal pleasure to us to share it with others. The place is that unique! Having the opportunity to give others the experience of it is very satisfying. The house has a tendency to select its own guests, people for whom it is a perfect fit. It has elements of a Swiss Chalet and a Maine cottage, an Adirondack camp or a Maine summer retreat that might appeal to one of the old families that summer here. It in fact has some appointments that belonged to such a family, my own, At the same time it is decidedly rustic in all the right ways, with a unique air of authenticity and charm, something very hard to find. If you add to all of that the breathtaking way the outside breaks into the house, the way the views pervade every room, the light of dawn or dusk transform the place in new ways each day and each hour, then you have a place unlike any other, a sort of gem that in this day and age is increasingly difficult to find.
Arriving in Maine in late Oct. to 70 degree weather was a treat which was only amplified by the comfortable and inviting home spend there. Bird feeders for the feathered visitors who shared the sunrises out of the distant Fox Islands and breakfast on the desk. Ample room to read and cook or amble around the country side. The very short ride to the surrounding communities of Rockland, Owls Head, Rockport, and Camden offered as much variety as each day could pull in. I thoroughly enjoyed the stay and the special touches the property owners added upon arrival. And though it was a cold wet rain for the day of departure, with two small logs in the wood stove , I found myself wishing for a much longer stay and take in some of the library whilst nestling upon the couch. Thank you. ~Will
Five of us and our dog cozied up here for two cool, early-autumn nights (just like we did two years ago, with the same feel-so-good results) in order to attend the Common Ground Fair. It's private, peaceful and so soothing here in the mountains. I stretched on the deck beneath a blanket of stars at night, and sipped coffee on the same deck in my nightgown early morning. A wood stove, fresh flowers, and a fridge stocked with fixings for a healthy breakfast ... pure heaven.
The cabin was perfect for our family(two adults, two kids, and a large dog). The views were breathtaking and the serenity was unbeatable. Having only driven minutes to the Camden Harbor, this location couldn't be anymore perfect. Amazing owners who make sure you are taken care of even if they are out of state.
We enjoyed our stay. The view from the front windows and the deck was beautiful - you could see the ocean in the distance. The living room was comfortable, as were the bedrooms. The kitchen was very workable.
It was a very comfortable place to stay.
We did find that the plants on the outside of the house were very overgrown, taking away from the curbside appeal. And the spiral staircase was problematic. We had two dogs who could not navigate the staircase. In addition, it was very narrow and made it somewhat difficult to carry the suitcases to the second floor.
The landlady was very kind. She brought us food for the first breakfast and beautiful flowers for our table.
We would certainly consider staying here again!
Right up front I'm going to state the two items that might affect older folks first. The entry stairs are somewhat steep and maybe 6-8' high. And inside, access to the second floor is via a narrow spiral staircase, somewhat difficult for some elderly or for those with a big suitcase. I'm 65 and neither bothered me, but for someone more elderly or feeble, it might be an issue. That aside, this was one of the best VRBO rentals we ever visited. Felt just like home from the moment we walked in. Decorated to make you feel comfortable immediately. Gorgeous view, including water in the distance. Melody was more than nice and very communicative from the instant we booked. She was extremely helpful in giving us restaurant suggestions and so forth. Like others have commented, there was plenty of fresh food there (eggs, bread, O.J. etc.) such that we could have fixed breakfast several days. Downstairs is basically a small study or library area and then a large kitchen/dining/living area with glass all around and wonderful views. I almost forgot...there is a small half-bath downstairs as well. The washer and dryer are also downstairs. We didn't do any cooking, but there is an electric range in the kitchen. The outside deck is plenty large, and we spent a lot of time out there in Adirondack chairs, just enjoying the view. We were there in mid-June and the mountain air was so refreshing and cool! We enjoyed watching the birds and other wildlife. We bought some birdseed to put out and soon attracted chipmunks who would come almost right to us. Upstairs are two bedrooms divided by a common bathroom with a really nice big whirlpool tub...we really enjoyed that. You have to walk through the bathroom to get to the second bedroom, but that wasn't a problem at all. Overall this place was just perfect for our needs. You could be in either Camden or Rockland in 10 minutes or less, so you are close to a lot of things to see and do. And yet when you get near the end of Scott Rd, you are out in the mountains and all the peace and quiet. Just a perfect setup. My wife will agree...if we come back to this area to visit again (and we do every few years), we'll try to rent this place again.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£406|
|Cleaning Fee||£97 + Tax|
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.