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“Quiet and lovely”

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Oak Gables Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 3 Damariscotta B&B and Inns
Melrose, MA
1 review
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“Quiet and lovely”
Reviewed 26 June 2008

I stayed on a Monday night. Martha, the proprietor, was extremely friendly and helpful. The property was lovely and quiet, right on the Damariscotta River a half mile above the Damariscotta-Newcastle bridge. It's a five-minute walk on back roads to the center of Damariscotta, which is one of the nicer towns in the area (everything you need, but much less crowded and touristy than Boothbay Harbor).

There's a main house with a number of rooms, and at least two other houses that I believe she rents. There's a boat house on the river with a ping pong table, an outdoor pool, and very lovely and green grounds.

The rooms are bit dated, but very clean and well-maintained. We shared a bathroom with (I think) two other rooms, but it was never a problem. Breakfast was extremely relaxed; if you're looking to eat and run you'll be frustrated, but our patience was rewarded with very sweet home grown strawberries along with the rest of breakfast. I managed to leave my jacket behind; Martha tracked me down and is mailing it to me.

All in all, if you're looking to stay in a quiet older home then I'd recommend this property extremely highly. We'll be back.

  • Liked — Peace and quiet
  • Disliked — Lack of some features (e.g. internet access)
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 August 2006

The property is amazing. Martha is a rare gem. They don't make them like that anymore! She is one of the kindest and funniest women. She made our family feel right at home. If you want the Ritz, this is not the place for you - this is down home and delightful.

  • Liked — warmth of the owner
  • Disliked — shared bathroom
  • Tips/Secrets — don't expect frills, expect the real down home experience - staying at grandmas
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 April 2006

My sister and I went there with our aunt and uncle, it was a very cozy place with all the comforts of home. We are from Springville, NY and plan on coming up to stay again. Martha, the owner is a sweetie. Thanks again Martha for everything you made our vacation a joy.

Tammy J. Riter

  • Stayed April 2006
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Property: Oak Gables Bed & Breakfast
Address: 36 Pleasant Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543
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Region: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Damariscotta
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Damariscotta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A winding driveway leads through stone pillars and up to the gracious oak-shaded home overlooking rolling fields, an apple orchard, and the meandering river. You’ll enjoy a delightful view from every vantage point, and the serenity of the setting will carry you back to a time of unhurried leisure. The grounds include a 20’ x 40’ pool as well as a boathouse perched over the river.Oak Gables is within strolling distance of downtown Damariscotta’s small Your hostess, Martha Scudder, has been welcoming guests to Oak Gables since 1987 and takes genuine pleasure in seeing that everyone feels completely at home. ... more   less 
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