Nestled among the rivers and mountains of western Maine. We live on 40 acres of wooded property in the small village of Andover. This area is home to almost anything outdoors; hiking, biking, ATV trails, horseback trail riding, skiing, snowmobiling, boating, fishing, rockhounding, scenic drives, golfing, fairs, and festivals.
For more information on the area visit the local chamber website at https://www.bethelmaine.com/
We have two ponds on my land with a walking trail to a river that borders the property. The ponds are for wildlife but the river is excellent for swimming or playing in the sand.
Location of rigs can change due to variables ie: the size/weight of rig and weather etc...
The population of Andover is < 800 and there are limited services. There is a local general store and gas station in town which is 5 miles away. The next closest towns with services are Bethel and Rumford Maine both about 25 minutes away.
Warning: We are surrounded by water and depending on the weather, our state bird (mosquito), could be out!
Internet: Although WiFi is available we live off the road in a rural area so internet speed is a very slow DSL. So it is likely anything requiring large bandwidth will be compromised. Our local library is 5 miles away and has 24/7 access from parking lot.
Cell signal coverage: Cell coverage is weak or not available at our home. Most people can text but voice calls are spotty. As with WiFi there is access to stronger signals nearby.
Trash: We can accept recycling, compost, as well as trash that is not recyclable or compostable. We just ask you make the effort to minimize waste going directly into trash.
Smoking: We are non-smokers, if you smoke all we ask is don't throw your butts on the ground and don't smoke in my presence.
Generators: We ask that generators only be used to charge batteries or just a few hours/day. No running generators after 8:00 PM.
Pets: Your pets may be off-leash, but under voice command and visual at all times so they do not chase wildlife. If they bark a lot then they are not welcome. We have a very quiet space and want to keep it that way. If you leave them when going out they should not bark while you are gone. Please clean up after them.
Water: Potable water is available but it is by the house so you will not be able to hookup.
Dump Station: There is a campground about 5 miles away that has a dump station for a fee.
Drugs: Absolutely no recreational drugs allowed.
Alcohol: Moderation only please.
Noise: We enjoy a very quiet rural setting and would prefer music, TV etc...be low enough it cannot be heard outside.
Children: Children are welcome but children need to be watched carefully since there are two ponds and a river on the property as well as tools and equipment stored outside.
Firewood: Please do NOT bring wood from outside Maine. (it is against the law and can bring pests that can damage my woodlot) There are plenty of places to buy camp wood nearby and I also have wood available if you are willing to gather it yourself on my property.
Outside Lighting: We enjoy the night sky free from light pollution and expect guests to use outdoor lighting only when absolutely necessary.
Arrivals: We ask all guests to provide an ETA on the day of arrival and to arrive made before dark.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Please leave the area as clean or cleaner than when you found it.
Our 1/4 mile long flat driveway is gravel and has good clearance up to 14'h with NO narrow turns. At the end of the driveway, you may need to be able to back-up to park. There is plenty of room to do so safely. One should move slowly when coming in or out for safety and minimize dust.
TV parking is available on our gravel driveway during your stay. The trailer can be parked in the grass if conditions allow.
I am retired, travel a lot, take last-minute trips and also get a lot of company so I most likely will not be able to accommodate guests needing to make long-range plans. If my calendar does not show availability please feel free to contact me to see if I can accommodate you. When traveling I am often off the grid and w/o phone signal or internet access...so if I do not respond to you quickly it is because I am not receiving your request. Thank you for your understanding.
The Lovejoy covered bridge is located 1 mile from our home and another covered bridge 20 minutes away in Newry, Maine. There are a lot of hiking trails from easy thru advanced within a short distance. Plenty of lakes with public beaches also available.