Sunny, cozy with a large touch of quirky and off the beaten path, this old farmhouse is a perfect place to explore all that the real Maine has to offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Basic cooking essentials like olive oil, baking supplies, herbs, condiments, and of course Maine honey + maple syrup are available.
Interaction with Guests
I usually check in via text and am available if you need more assistance.
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 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.
There is plenty of parking, but not really any public transportation.
Other Things to Note
You will love staying here if you are an artist or creative type, love to cook, are a good traveler and explorer. You will like staying here if you just want a place to crash that isn't go to break the bank. You will not enjoy it here if you rely on TV for entertainment, cook with a microwave or need a dishwasher.
Be respectful of the art and neighbors. Please do the dishes and clean up the messes. If you want to have a fire in the pit, make sure you have buckets of water on hand.
-the hot water out of the faucets is hot! use caution.
-almost everything can be recycled or composted. please do so!
-close the windows if you see rain on the horizon
-it's been really buggy this year, to minimize them in the house, clean up food and keep the lights low at night
-stay on the mowed area if you are concerned about poison ivy. ticks have also been bad this year, so do a daily check.
Tanja's home was perfect - incredibly relaxing, inspiring, and comfortable. Close enough to town but felt pleasantly secluded. For us it was an ideal creative retreat for relaxation and productivity. Can't wait to visit again!
Tanja's home was warm, welcoming, and perfect for week-long retreat from the city.
Really great, unique house. I especially enjoyed the kitchen and huge collection of records.
La maison de Tanja est un endroit superbe. Un espace où l'on peut se sentir très bien, se reposer et passer du bon temps. Merci Tanja de nous faire partager ton lieu de vie et ses belles vibrations.
amazing little artist retreat nestled in the woods but not to far from the places you want to be.
tanja made us feel right at home by leaving us local, fresh organic food and giving us a breakdown of local activities and places of interest. Also the house it's self is a bit of an art project, comprised of mostly reclaimed materials and art, the house has an eclectic vibe of that is warm and welcoming.
wish we could have stayed longer but were just up for the weekend on a film shoot.
would definitely come back.
Tanja's home is atypical in the most delightful way. She is rebuilding her home using nearly all recycled and repurposed materials - I admire this tremendously! This means that you will find this home unusual in many ways, but super clean and very comfy and cozy. I love how I felt at home; she left a sweet note and invited me and my fellow travel mates to make ourselves at home and we did. We found it odd at first that there was only one bathroom in the house and the fact that it is in the master bedroom, it turned out not to be at all inconvenient for our short, two-night stay. I would absolutely recommend this home for anyone who appreciates art, eclecticism, and rustic surroundings.
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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".