Old farmhouse meets loft-Auburn ME

House - Entire home/apt · Vickery Road, Auburn, ME 04210, United States

The Space

1200 sq. ft. almost renovated farmhouse in the country suburbs sits on 1.5 acres, close to downtown Lewiston/Auburn (3 miles), and a hop skip and a jump to Portland (35 min), Freeport (25 min) , Brunswick (20 min) and western Maine. Ideal for visitors to Bates College, CMMC, or St. Mary's. Nestled between Durham and New Gloucester, easy access to the turnpike or Rt. 136 (river road) to 295, or you can also toodle along country roads.

Sleeps 4-6 comfortably, but I've had a marching band of 25 squeeze in the house. It's perfectly located to explore the lakes, State parks and farms that are Maine's best kept secrets. It's about an hour drive from Sunday River for the ski enthusiasts. The cities of the Androscoggin (Lewiston / Auburn) were known for their booming textile + shoe industry (Bass, Cole Haan, Dexter). The working class history makes it authentic and the opposite of a tourist destination. However downtown is being revitalized, and the millions of sq. feet of mill space are being repurposed for small businesses. The heritage of many residents is French Canadian and more recently an influx African refugees. You will see French bakeries side by side with Hallal stores.

The house has three bedrooms: a master bedroom with adjacent bathroom, guest room that sleeps two, and a futon available for a third room that I use as a studio. One very comfy couch and I can round up some air beds for those happy to sleep wherever. Or if you're adventurous pitch a tent in the yard. If there are a group of people, you have to be okay with sharing - the downstairs is an open plan, and the only bathroom is in the master bedroom. There is no shower but you can have a luxurious candle lit soak in the claw foot tub with bath salts and an array of essential oils to choose from.

Linens, full on kitchen, picnic + beach blanket provided. I'm often making things so there is usually a home cooked meal or bread waiting for your arrival. I encourage you to help yourself to whatever is in the fridge or pantry.

The house is an artist's work in progress rebuilt with green / recycled materials and a passive solar heating design. I try to leave a small carbon footprint and have home made or eco friendly products, recycle and compost like crazy.

The house is is not 100% complete - only one bathroom (no shower) and as you will from the photos all the inside details are not done yet. However, it is quiet, cozy and full of beautiful natural light.

Depending on the season, you can pick cherries, strawberries, blackberries and assortment of herbs and whatever happens to be growing in the vegetable garden. BBQ on the back deck or sit by a campfire. In the fall, leaf peeping and apple picking are close by. In the winter enjoy cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice skating or stop on your way to one of the close by mountains.

The house is filled with an eclectic collection of contemporary art, a record collection, film cameras to play with, at least one working super 8 projector, and of course WIFI. I have a few yard games, board games, as well as a pack and play, some toys and books for the young ones. Clothes washer and sunshine / rack dryer.

Two day minimum, but I'm flexible especially in the off season. Dogs are welcome, but please add them as an additional guest when booking.

I'm happy to help in anyway I can and if I'm in town be available when needed. I've lived in Maine for over 20 years and can recommend places to see and help plan day trips. My specialties are art, food and thrift stores.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $650 /week
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • The farmhouse is delightful and Tanja is a thoughtful and friendly host. We had a great time, and Tanja was very accomodating when our travel dates shifted somewhat due to a winter storm. Thanks for everything! Highly recommend this quiet, artistic get-away.

    March 2014
  • I liked Tanja's place so much that I stayed here two times last December. When I first arrived, she left me some fresh baked bread, home made chicken soup and some PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE!! Do I need to say any more??? Okay…well...the second time I arrived, there was home made lemon rosemary lip balm and a bath scrub made of honey and brown sugar!

    Her house is filled with fantastic art and she has a great claw foot tub that I thoroughly enjoyed. She offered up a bunch of essential oils and salts to add to bath time and I loved it. I love her hot rod, Italian stove in the kitchen, too! There's a sweet (albeit furtive) cat that lives there named JJ. She hangs inside and out and has the softest fur ever on a cat (if you are lucky enough to pet her).

    Her farmhouse / loft was heaven. It's a nice mix of quiet and remote but not completely isolated (you can see other houses but it still feels private). It’s full of light during the day and has a peaceful atmosphere. I was there in the winter during an ice storm and it was very beautiful. One night during my first stay, the area lost power due to the storm (not unusual for Maine). I contacted Tanja (who was very available) and she told me that there was a kerosene heater that I could fire up if I was feeling brave. I was up for the adventure but my traveling companion was not so we drove a couple of miles to my mother's apartment to crash (luckily she did not lose power). During the power outage, Tanja and I kept in touch via text message. Ice storms and power outages in freezing Maine can be very scary if you don't have a wood stove or fireplace. Tanja even offered for us to camp over where she was staying if we lost power at my mother's. Super kind.

    There is a pervasive feeling of creativity and generosity in her place. I really enjoyed my time there and I definitely want to come back! Now.

    December 2013
  • Staying at Tanja's farmhouse was fun and easy. 4 friends and I were nearby for a wedding, so we were only there one night but wished we were able to spend a little more time relaxing at the house. It was easy to find at night with (website hidden) maps and everything we needed was there. We ended up with only a group of 5, but Tanja was very flexible when we thought we would have 7 or 8. There was easily enough beds and space to accommodate a larger group. The house is super funky, unique and comfortable! And the bed in the master bedroom is SO soft and cozy. Also, the house is located pretty close to the turnpike, which made for an easy early morning departure. Thanks!

    December 2013
  • My boyfriend and I had a fantastic time staying at Tanja's funky little house! We were looking for a relaxed, quiet weekend away from busy Boston and we certainly found it here. Based on all other reviews we read, the house was exactly what we expected, and we were very pleased with everything. Located in a quiet, wooded area but not so far off the beaten path that you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere...neighbors are just across the road but not close enough to bother/see you. We spent the day at Bradbury Mountain State Park and then at the Freeport Outlets...all within 30 mins of the house. We enjoyed a small firepit in the backyard while listening to the coyotes howl in the distance. One of the greatest gems here is the awesome claw-foot tub and bath oils...SO wonderfully refreshing after a long day of hiking and walking around town. We didn't want our weekend to end, and will certainly keep Tanja's house in mind and hope to visit again!

    November 2013
  • My family had an amazing time at Tanja's farmhouse, and we're already looking forward to staying there again sometime. She was an incredible host: she left us some homemade chicken soup, and put out a "pack n' play" for our baby son to stay in. The house has a lot of character, with cool art all over the place, interesting furniture and fixtures, and a big clawfoot tub. We loved it!

    November 2013
  • We thoroughly enjoyed staying in Tanja's home. She was easy to communicate with and made sure we knew what to do in the area. The home is very cozy and fun. I'd love to return there some time!

    October 2013
  • Had a fantastic time at Tanja's farmhouse. We made a fire in the backyard's fire pit, barbecued, played records and loved the board games (lots of new stuff was learned through the 80's version of Trivial Pursuit). The rooms were very comfortable and the house was spacious. The surrounding area was also fun as there were lots of great antique shops and apple picking farms to visit! Next time we're in Maine, I will be sure to stay here again. Great times were had, Tanja is a fantastic hostess!

    October 2013
  • Tanja's farmhouse is great - very private, very clean, and very interesting with lots of artwork, photos, cameras and other interesting items. We cooked on the outdoor grill and had fun playing darts in the back room. Her kitchen works well, the seating area is great, and the two bedrooms upstairs were quite nice. Taking a bath was also fun. Overall, it was a great weekend for my wife and daughter and me.

    October 2013
  • Tanja's place was comfortable, beautiful, and quiet. I miss it already. Tanja goes beyond renting out her place. She encouraged us to pick peppers and tomatoes from her garden and that was a treat. Hands down the best part was the tub. A luxury a brooklyn-ite like me doesn't have.

    September 2013
  • This place is just amazing. We enjoyed our night at Tanja's house so much, we did not want to leave and continue our travels to Acadia National Park.
    The living room with it's record collection, this perfectly equipped kitchen, the grill on the terrace and all this creativity make Tanja's home a perfect hide out.
    Best airbnb experience ever.

    September 2013
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Hampshire College, Deering High School
I'm a fine art photographer based in Maine. I love all things local, especially art, food, thrift stores and dive bars. I also enjoy hitting the road - and am currently photographing all of my (website hidden) friends in their homes all over the world. I have stayed with more 100 friends on this adventure, so I understand what it takes to make guests feel "at home".
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