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The Garaj Mahal on the Salt Pond ~ your home away from home!

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath with jetted tub and shower, (Sleeps 2)

This lovely 800-square foot apartment is on the granite shores of the Salt Pond, a four-mile long saltwater cove opening on Blue Hill Bay and home to bald eagles, seals, osprey, kingfishers, and a myriad of aquatic birds. It's a great place for kayaking or just sitting on the shore with a good book. The apartment, on a very quiet five acres with panoramic water views, is a cozy place to hang out. There are some nice walks and bike rides nearby, or drive four miles to the village where you'll find several great restaurants, galleries, quality shops, an bookstores, a wonderful library and a supermarket.

For a terrific view of the coast, from the mountains of Acadia to the islands of Penobscot Bay, take one of the trails up Blue Hill Mountain, just a few minutes from the village. Besides the world famous Wooden Boat School in neighboring Brooklin and The Haystack Mountain School on Deer Isle there are almost endless opportunities for education and activity on the Blue Hill Peninsula. You might want to participate in an oil or pastel class with award-winning artist Carolyn Caldwell - (check her website under her name plus dot com.) And if chamber music is to your liking, you won't want to miss one of the weekly chamber music concerts at Kneisel Hall where for over 100 years they have educated young classical music students as well as offering concerts by renowned performers, including members of the Julliard String Quartet.

Acadia National Park is just beautiful beyond description and only a short drive away. Hike dozens of mountain trails, bike the well-maintained carriage roads, spend the day at Sand Beach, drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain and watch the sun rise or set. Watch one of the 100-plus cruise ships come into Bar Harbor. The town is loaded with restaurants, shopping, nature cruises and other diversions.

For those of you drawn to the watery side of the coast of Maine, Blue Hill sits in the middle of what some consider the finest sailing grounds in the world. The rugged coast, with innumerable islands, coves, bays and harbors, is a paradise for kayakers and those who want to spend a half day or several days aboard an old schooner seeing Maine as Verrazano and Champlain did.

Know that your hosts want you to have an excellent vacation, and Maine is full of people and places to ensure that you do.

Keywords: 'Home Away from Home'

More Details

Maureen & Steve
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2017

About Maureen & Steve

We purchased our land in 1997 and pitched our tent on the shore when we came to Blue Hill weekends until we started building in 2001. We are consummate travelers so we know what you expect in your 'home away from home.' And, we also love living where we do. We find the ocean relaxing and beautiful - watching the bald eagles fly by, listening for the osprey, kingfishers, and terns, observing seals on the rocks and having them play peek-a-boo with you as you kayak the Salt Pond - so much to enjoy - well, come see for yourself. It is a magical place!

Maureen & Steve purchased this apartment in 1997

Why Maureen & Steve chose Downeast and Acadia

There is so much beauty all around . . . there is nothing so soothing as sitting on the shore and watching birds, seals, bald eagles and osprey catch a meal, knowing you don't have to work that hard - you just have to choose which one of the great local restaurants where you will enjoy your next meal.

What makes this apartment unique

Kayaks are available for your use here on the Salt Pond - paddle in the early morning and find yourself in the midst of seals sunning themselves or bald eagles hunting for breakfast for their young chicks.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Steve & Maureen - Our stay in your beautiful, super clean apartment was wonderful. We thank you for sharing it with us. We thank you for giving us the perfect amount of privacy. We feel fortunate to have spent a week in such a place. Thanks, too, for the advice on places to see and go. The wine is our treat to you from California.
Oct 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Blue Hill in Hancock County

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • We don't charge an extra cleaning fee; we just ask you to leave everything as when you arrive. Of course, we will do laundry, vacuuming, & dusting!
  • We provide kayaks and life jackets for your use here on the Salt Pond with direct, easy all tides access. Enjoy seals, bald eagles, loons, osprey!
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi
  • Jacuzzi tub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen size Bed (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
In a quiet spot on the shore we've provided a picnic table and chairs for those leisurely days when you just want to 'get away from it all.'


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The Garaj Mahal on the Salt Pond ~ your home away from home!
average rating of 5.0 based on 56 reviews

We had a great stay at the Garaj Mahal

  • 5 of 5

Steve and Maureen are fantastic hosts and have created a wonderful retreat at the Garaj Mahal.

No detail was lost in their planning, decorating and sharing of this property. The Blue Hill area is amazingly quaint and the setting of this property is truly extraordinary. We loved that we were close to Acadia (approx 45 min drive) but had so many other areas to explore.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The Garaj Mahal is the perfect vacation spot to explore the Blue Hill area! The apartment is very tastefully appointed with a full kitchen, large bathroom and jetted tub and very comfortable bed -- just ideal for a long weekend. Best of all is the location, with views of the cove and fields, set back from the road in a quiet spot. Though it rained most of the weekend, we managed to explore the area quite a bit and spent one day hiking around Acadia. The kayaks were such a bonus -- we ventured out in the morning fog and even encountered a curious baby seal! Maureen and Steve were very communicative and the most accommodating and lovely hosts! We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

The sights are breath taking, and the atmosphere is so calm and serene. Maureen and Steve are amazing hosts who are extremely accomodable, we loved using the kayaks and sitting outside at the end of the day to enjoy watching the sunset over the salt pond. 10/10 would do again!! Thank you Maureen and Steve!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your thoughtful review. We really enjoyed meeting you both and sharing this beautiful place with you. We'd love to have you return in the fall when it's equally gorgeous. And your chairs will be waiting for you to watch another beautiful sunset!
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Lovely June vacation at Garaj Mahal

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a terrific week's vacation in June. We had everything we needed for our stay. The salt pond is beautiful and fun to kayak, thanks for offering them to your guests. Garaj Mahal was spotless and comfortable for our stay. We like to cook and a couple of times bought and cooked lobster. We appreciated the hiking poles and used them almost every day. Isle au Haut was our favorite hiking spot and we enjoyed the ferry ride to get there as well as the variety and of trails. We drove to the Canadian border and enjoyed seeing the beautiful coastline and liked Lubec, especially the brew pub! Next time we would bring our passports and drive into Canada. Maureen was terrific at making suggestions for things to do/see and recommendations on restaurants. Acadia was a treat and we liked the Schoodik peninsula because it was less crowded. We liked the town of Castine, lots of great history then happy hour at a bar in a victorian B&B. We hope to return to Maine and Garaj Mahal!!

Brian and Karla Myres

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Extremely clever pun in the title!

  • 5 of 5

I'm a HomeAway host and can only wish I could be as cordial as these hosts!

The property is located in a drop-dead spot, right on the shores of a scenic salt pond, set way back from the highway.

Quiet as it could get!

Both Maureen and Steve are lovely people, ready to make your visit the best.

The unit is of first class construction and materials. The kitchen can easily take care of

any of your cooking projects.

Be sure to take advantage of the kayaks they ready for you.

We'll be back as soon as possible.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

Maureen & Steve are such wonderful people to share this georgious property with others. A truly amazing location. A real relaxing vacation. The views, the wildlife, the peace & quiet are second to none!!!

We did all the "touristy" things and always looked forward to going back to relax.

So glad we happened upon The Garaj Mahal when searching vrbo.

Chrissie & Jimmy Sawyer

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bangor (BGR), Bar Harbor (BHB), Portland (PWM)
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
To Isle au Haut - part of Acadia National Park
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Deer Isle, Blue Hill (private), Bucksport
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Route 172
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Lots of great restaurants in the area
Nearest Point of Interest
Allen Point Lane
Car: necessary

The Wooden Boat School in Brooklin is 20 minutes away, Acadia National Park is less than an hour, dozens of art galleries, jewelers, potters, The Stonington Opera House and The Grand in Ellsworth both show movies and have live productions. Local theater groups perform throughout the summer, street dances with an award-winning steel band, Kneisel Hall is one of the greatest summer features in Blue Hill - world class musicians perform in a very intimate setting and the annual Blue Hill Fair held on Labor Day weekend. There is so much to do you'll need a vacation from your vacation!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Blue Hill, Maine

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Standard 2017
17 Jun 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

PLEASE NOTE: Please call or email for clarification if this new pricing model is not clear. We love to talk with potential guests to answer any questions you might have. And if you have a special event coming up and need special arrangements, please call and let us know what you need - we will try to accommodate you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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