Spectacular Waterfront Retreat with Dock and Mooring(13 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 10)
Whether lazy or active, you will find ARDEN warm and cozy, and a perfect vacation spot for a celebrating a special occasion for two or a gathering of friends and family. Like Maine itself, it offers a wonderful sense of life as it should be. There is even a mooring out in the cove for the dedicated boater.
Featured in New England Coastal Living and Maine Design publications, you feel immediately at home from the moment you turn into the driveway. This light filled traditional shingle house has massive stone chimneys, double height windows, and large screened porch. This classic Maine lodge features barn wood beams, stone floors, and is filled with antiques and art.
Every convenience and state of the art system make this home comfortable and efficient. The use of antique doors, hardware, European design and furnishings makes the house 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 from early morning till night. Watch the light on the water, savor early morning coffee, lazy sunset drinks, or night-time stargazing. Or when you build up your energy, go kayaking, take a brisk swim, or go clamming at low tide.
The 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.
The romantic master bedroom and sitting area 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 overlook from the hall above and a large cherry dining table table and Windsor chairs 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 media cabinet. 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.
When you are ready to venture out, a five minute drive will take you to downtown Boothbay Harbor--quintessential Maine seacoast harbor where you can explore the eclectic mix of shops and galleries, get in a round of golf, and take in a live performance. 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.
Member since: 2011
- 4000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Books For Adults
- Books For Kids
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
- Away From It All
- Autumn Foliage
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Ocean View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Dining Room
- Seating for 12 people
- Activities Guide
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Ceiling Fans
- Clothes Dryer
- Computer Available:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street:
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet:
- Wood Fireplace:
Contemporary Rais Swedish stove and window for viewing the fire yet airtight for energy efficiency makes the library sitting room great for snuggling up with a good book, conversation, or listing to music....moreless
Great relationship with gourmet cook and caterer who will prepare and deliver delicious meals or prepare at home and serve local fresh fish, vegetables, and meats all provider by local farmers and fishermen/ lobstermen. She will also provide great picnic baskets for your boating or land excursions....moreless
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Ice Maker
Large, fully equipped kitchen with beautiful views of the garden and high-end appliances, generous marble counter space and butcher's block for group cooking, Herb garden and stone patio with umbrella table just outside. Perfect for chef's and gourmand's alike....moreless
- Lobster Pot
- Beach Towels
- Boat Dock
- Boat With Paddles
Deck / Patio:
Lovely stone patio for summer with table, chairs, and large market umbrella for outdoor dining surrounded by the summer flowers. Ironwood deck and benches surrounded by blueberries, Japanese stone garden and table and chairs on the dock for coffee, h'ordeuves, and drinks. Three round picnic table with market umbrellas for outdoor dining by the cove....moreless
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Furniture
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Porch / Veranda
- Porch Furniture
- Screen Porch / Veranda
- Wood Deck
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 27 - Sep 15, 2017
7 night min stay
Sep 16 - Nov 11, 2017
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning Fee $250
- Refundable Damage Deposit $2,000
- Tax Rate 9%
*Security Deposit and Cleaning Fee Due Two Weeks Prior to Check-In.
*Sales Tax collected with balance due of rental fee three-months prior to check-in.
*For stays longer than a week, there will be a weekly cleaning at a rate of $150.
Manager's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting manager when booking
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In the September 2014 issue of the AAA Southern New England publication feature on Boothbay Harbor, the following were recommended as 'Dos' and 'Eats':
Do: Boothbay Railway Village, Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch and Scenic Nature Cruises, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and Maine State Aquarium.
Eat: The Lobster Dock, Mama D's Cafe and Tugboat Restaurant.
Another wonderful resource for activities and attractions is the Boothbay Chamber of Commerce.
Year Purchased: 2002
Why West Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, ME, USA:
Arden is a place of respite, leisure, living in the moment, enjoying the beauty and tranquility of Maine and most especially for gathering of family and friends. It is my pleasure to share this with you and fondest hope that it will be for you a magical, energizing, and restorative time surrounded by Maine’s beautiful woods, water, and sky that you will remember and treasure as it always is for me. We chose the name Arden from the Arden Woods which was the setting for As You like It. Shakespeare compared the Arden Woods with Eden -- a magical place where people are transformed through self-discovery and finding love. For our family and friends Arden has indeed been an apt name. This four-acre land, gardens, and woods feels like a special place. Friendship has been celebrated, children and grandchildren have gathered and played. We have laughed, read, rested, feasted, explored, and spent many hours playing games and talking in winter and summer, in sunshine, fog, rain and snow. Most especially we have all been embraced and nurtured by the warmth, beauty, and sturdiness of this house.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Arden is our family retreat and gathering spot and is filled with our family furniture, photos, and heritage which we have collected and conserved things which have been passed down though multiple generations of our family. We love it here and are nourished by it and have enjoyed many wonderful occasions over the 10 years we have owned and completely rebuilt Arden. We hope you will have similar wonderful memories with your family and friends and get great pleasure, as we do, from being surrounded by nature and the traditional materials and craftsmanship that grounds us and ties us to this place and to one another.
Links to more information:
Arden House nestled among the trees and sweeping water views.
Swimming and boating dock and ideal spot for stargazing.
Sunset view over water looking out from Great Room.
Fully equipped gourmet kitchen including wine cooler and ice maker.
First-floor Master Suite with dramatic stone bathroom.
Front Entryway with beams and slate floor.
Bunk bedroom & bath - double bed & two single beds
Guest bedroom with private juliette balcony
Antique bedroom overlooking garden with ceiling fan.
Swimming and kayaking dock and tranquil cove.
Outdoor shower and toilet featured in architecturally interesting buildings.
Arial view of the Arden House property. Home just 5 minutes from Village center.
Explore Hodgton Cove in our four kayaks
Great Room with double height ceilings, fireplace and extra large windows.
Path from the house to the Fire Pit- enjoy s'mores & star gazing
Dining Room with seating for up to twelve
Sitting Room with wood stove and lovely garden views.
Entrance Hallway Featuring Display of Antique Tools.
Antique bath with tub shower and skylight.
Juliette balcony overlooking screened-in porch.
Bath featuring rain shower and wood sauna.
Seating and eating areas adjacent to the walking paths and more formal gardens.
View across cove at sunset from fire-pit/ seating area.
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Monday, January 16, 2017
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