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The perch of the house overlooking Penobscot Bay is spectacular. The entire east-facing wall of the house is lined with floor to ceiling window panels--so den (with its wood-burner stove), kitchen, dining area and dining room, living room and master bedroom. The location is private--a roughly 10 acre parcel, wooded, sloping down from the main roadway, with a .4 mi dirt circuitous private pathway off Commercial Ave cut through the timber; the house itself is at the end of the path, built on a ledge, the Bay below, extending in all directions, offering a panorama from every window paneled room. The interior spaces, especially master bedroom, living room and dining room are of a grand scale. There appears to be ongoing a sequential process of interior refurbishment and updating, but none of this was in any way intrusive, and everything is fully operational. We were there over the week of Thanksgiving, and a 5-7" snow fell over the course of a day and evening. But by arrangement with the owner and manager, the plow was there to clear the road later in the afternoon, and then again to re-plow and sand first thing in the morning. The owner and manager were invariably prompt in reply with information that was clear and useful. Camden, Rockport, and Rockland are aligned north to south along Rt 1/Commercial Ave, and are all within a 10-15 minute drive, and even in late November there was no shortage of good restaurants, specialty shops, coffee shops, etc. But it's the house, its location and the views that are most striking.
The cottage was lovely. It met all of our expectations and then some. The Blanchard's were wonderful hosts - available if needed, but respected our privacy. They had wonderful suggestions on places to go, how far away from the property, places to eat. I think we took advantage of nearly everything on their list and we were not disappointed. This was our first visit to Maine and it has left a lasting impression.