"We loved our week at the Arden Carriage House. The property is beautiful and the location was great for exploring Maine. So many awesome destinations & daytrips were less than an hour away! The accomodations were excellent. The bed was super comfy and the linens unbelievably soft. Dishwasher, washer & dryer, all the appliances you'll need.
Visually, the unit is gorgeous. Wood everywhere! In some respects, mind you, it seemed like there was perhaps a little more attention to form rather than function. In particular, lighting in the kitchen & bathroom was not great. Combined with the lack of light in the bathroom was the inability to get close to the mirror because of the raised sink. (Particularly for me, at 5'4", I just wasn't tall enough to bend in close!) For the week I applied makeup and he shaved without really being able to see what we were doing. (The mirror in the bedroom was in the dark & too far away, too). But it was vacation, so we weren't too concerned about being glamorous. ;o) A few more bathroom towel bars or hooks would help, as would something in the shower for storing shampoo etc. The non-adjustable (no tilt) european showerhead only extends about 6" from the wall, so although the gorgeous glass shower enclosure is huge, you have to press up to the wall and the tap to be under the water. As is typical of many vacation rentals I've been to, the kitchen items left a little to be desired. The knives were brutally dull, cutting boards questionable and there was only 1 hard to find, greasy pot holder for hot things. If you plan to stock up on a few groceries, be aware there is very little cupboard space available. What few cupboards there are were already filled (16 liqueur glasses? 16 chunky wine glasses? In a unit that sleeps at most 4, definitely overkill, lol). As an aside, the dinner plates are small, luncheon size plates, which was strange. There is no closet in the bedroom & really nowhere to put your suitcases, which you'll be living out of.
Are any of these things deal breakers? Of course not. But they are distractions. The owners communicated well, the paperwork tells you all you need to know about the proprty and the area, the caretaker Jim was helpful & friendly and everything was clean. We loved sitting down on the dock with a glass (or two, or three!) of wine and just relaxing. I would not hesitate to recommend the Arden Carriage House."
Guest: Renee S.
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: July 12, 2015