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Architect's Waterfront Guest House Retreat

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The essence of Maine captured in a serene waterfront setting on the Arden House property - nestled in the woods with soaring pines, vegetable and flower gardens and the smell of salt air, and your own deck and firepit. You feel immediately at home from the moment you turn into the driveway. This light-filled shingle carriage house has spectacular water views, a private deck seating area, fire-pit, outdoor grilling and dining--a perfect get-away and retreat from city life.

The interior of this romantic hideaway features wood beams, gas fireplace for cool nights, gleaming hardwood floors, and lovely bedroom and bath. There is open galley kitchen, stone counter tops, and everything a great cook would want. Contemporary European design and antique furnishings makes the carriage house feel cozy and welcoming. 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 instantly relaxed and able to absorb the too rare pleasure of sheer leisure.

The large dock and protected tidal cove are another magnet for staying put --sunlight sparking on the water, early morning coffee, bird watching, kayaking, brisk swims, clamming at low tide, lazy sunset drinks, or night-time stargazing.

Whether lazy or active, you will find ARDEN warm and cozy, and a perfect private vacation spot to.enjoy the four acres of surrounding woods, lawn, gardens, sitting areas, and paths leading down to 1,300 feet of rocky shore and dock. Like Maine itself, it offers a wonderful sense of life as it should be.

When you are ready to venture out, downtown Boothbay Harbor is five minutes away -- quintesential Maine where you can explore the eclectic mix of shops and galleries, get in a round of golf, take in a live performance. You can experience the working waterfront, lobster boats, enjoy the annual parade of schooners, or ice cream at its best. You can get out on the water 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 lobster feast dockside or on your own deck. A five minute car ride will bring you to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens or a hidden sandy beach. A little further afield, are Camden, Rockland, Rockport, and Freeport-- all an hour's drive.-- And just getting there allows one to soak in the natural beauty of Coastal Maine and the opportunity to discover the many still little changed villages and harbors.

Keywords: Private and romantic Guest House. Sunny, loft feel, soaring contemporary wooden ceiling, stunning water views, wrap around deck, sitting and outdoor cooking area, and manicured gardens on 4 acre estate with dock, main house, boat house, and outdoor shower. Wifi.

More Details

Abigail Friedland
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

Why Abigail Friedland chose Boothbay Harbor Area

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My wife and I decided to visit Maine for our summer vacation. We choose the Boothbay Harbor area and as soon as we came across the Arden Carriage House we knew it was the place for us. It was everything we expected it to be and even went beyond our expectations. The carriage house has this amazing feeling of being at home and it's a wonderful place to either stay at all day or come back to after a long day of exploring the area.The property of Arden fosters an attitude that is perfect for relaxation and getting away from the craziness of life. If we find the opportunity to visit Maine again, we will definitely be choosing the Arden Carriage House!
Jul 2013
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West Boothbay Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1) Lovely antique bed with luxurious mattress and bed linens.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
1,300 ft of water front for exploration, wooded walking trails, private dock, deep water mooring, kayaks, multiple outdoor seating and eating areas, fire pit, vegetable and herb garden, outdoor shower, native Maine perennial gardens.


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Architect's Waterfront Guest House Retreat
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 27 reviews

Bob & Judy

  • 5 of 5

This property is a hidden gem that provides a cozy retreat with modern amenities. The newly landscaped grounds are a feast for the senses and feature numerous seating areas and displays of statuary and whimsical pieces of art.

Jim the caretaker and his wife Barbara are welcoming, friendly and full of helpful information regarding Boothbay Harbor and the surrounding area.

We enjoyed two weeks experiencing the delights of Maine.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A+ for Arden

  • 5 of 5

A- plus for Arden! What an incredible piece of property! If you want to experience true New England, this beautiful carriage house is perfect! The impeccable accommodations are designed for a perfect couples get away! Arden Carriage House is centrally located so that we were able to take in the many lighthouses, sail, as well as visit several of the harbor towns adjacent to Boothbay! Both the interior and exterior were amazing! I especially loved the cedar doors, wood floors and arched wood ceilings! The cove was perfect for taking morning coffee on the dock and we even were visited by the seal that comes in mid morning to feed! We are already planning our return trip. Book early! Thank you to Abigail, Gayle, and Jim!

Amy and LA, KY

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique Property

  • 3 of 5

We rented the property while the main house was rented by 2 other families. We were very surprised to find the main house (while lovely) was attached to our rental. Needless to say we did not enjoy too much peace and quiet and were not able to enjoy the canoes and the dock. The road abuts the carriage house and was very busy in August and the master bedroom faced the road. The weather was hot and in the evenings the rooms did not cool down well.

If you are lucky enough to rent when no one is in the main house, the weather is cool and the traffic is minimal you will have a lovely stay. The property is beautiful and unique and the people that care for the home are very kind and helpful.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An absolute delight!

  • 5 of 5

We have been booking a rental property in Maine for the first week in Sept for several years now. We've stayed in some absolutely delightful places, but the Arden Cottage Carriage House is by far the best !! There is so much to rave about. I'll start with the very high construction values of the property itself. It is beautiful, stylish and unique, but still manages to feel very appropriately "Mainely". The property is perfectly equipped; beautifully furnished; very high quality bed linens, excellent wifi.... I could go on and on!! The setting is to die for -- wow! -- this alone is worth the "price of admission". I spent many an hour just sitting on the knoll of the hill in front of the house, enjoying the view. It was great to watch the birdlife in the cove and watch the (12 ft) tides come and go. The grounds of the house are another big plus -- there are lots of beautiful spots scattered around the property where you can sit on adirondack chairs, benches -- even a hammock seat -- and enjoy the cove. There's a great fit pit -- with firewood supplied -- which we enjoyed on several nights. Out back there's a peaceful, secluded vegetable garden (with bench to sit on) from which we were able to harvest fresh veggies and herbs. Then there's the dock, complete with kayaks for exploring. The caretakers were responsive when we needed them (a light outside burned out which they replaced right away). The proximity to Boothbay Harbor, the Coastal Gardens, Damariscotta, Bath etc is another big plus. All in all, this property was just wonderful. I'd go back t in a heartbeat!!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arden House--superb rental

  • 5 of 5

We have booked many vacation rentals through VRBO/HomeAway over the years and Arden House is in our top three! The property is well maintained with beautiful gardens, seating areas, and dock. I enjoyed kayaking every morning--kayaks, paddles, and life jackets provided. My husband loved grilling over the fire pits and walking the trails while I shopped in Boothbay Harbor.

The carriage house is comfortable and is beautifully decorated. I admired the art, pottery, and furnishings that make this rental a home. Abigail expertly handles the booking process and Jim and Barbara are wonderful for local recommendations.

Boothbay Harbor has a lot to offer--many quaint shops, good food, and fantastic views. A few of our favorites are Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Cabbage Island Clambake, Oliver's at Cosy Harbor for drinks in a relaxing setting, Dunton's Dog House and Katie's Hideaway for fresh seafood at roadside stands, and Abacus for unique gifts.

Arden House is definitely a five-star!!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic fall get away!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for the wonderful time! We loved every minute of our trip to Maine. We hit all your favorites including Trevitt's for lobster rolls (twice) and the trails at the Botanical Gardens are gorgeous! We loved the carriage house and the location to everything was perfect. Thanks for everything and we hope to see Arden some time again in the future!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Portland, ME Iinternational
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Many waterfront bars & lobster shacks
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Boothbay Country Club
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Portland, ME
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
15 miles to Route 1, 35 miles to 295
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Downtown Boothbay has wonderful restaurants.
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Hendricks Head with mini-island & lighthouse beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Robinson's Lobster Dock and Fish Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Coastal Maine Botanical Garden
Nearest Point of Interest
Best Lobster Rolls in Maine
Nearest Point of Interest
18 Hole Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Downtown Shops/Galleries
Car: necessary

Activities: Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch and Scenic Nature Harbor Island Cruises; Burnt Island Light Station; Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens; Maine State Aquarium; Land Trust Nature Trails; Boothbay Railway Village; Boothbay Harbor Opera House; Pemaquid Point Light House & Beach Park; Popham Beach State Park; Reid State Park; Maine Maritime Museum & day trips to Freeport; Rockport; Camden; Bath, and Portland.

Great Food: Robinson's Wharf, McSeagull's, Thistle Inn, Ports of Italy, Mein Oyster, Trevett Market Lobster Rolls.

Maine Art Museums: Farnsworth Art Museum and Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland; Bowdoin College Art Museum; Portland Fine Arts Museum,

Shopping: Lovely Maine art and crafts galleries, Sherman's Bookstore, unique gift shops


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $500

Please Note:
* Arrival Day/ Time: Saturday at 4:00 PM.
* Departure Day/ Time: Saturday at 10:30 AM.
* Security Deposit and Cleaning Fee are due two weeks prior to check-in.
* Sales Tax due with balance of Rental Fee three months prior to check-in.
* For stays more than a week, weekly cleaning will be required at $75 per cleaning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.