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 on my property if you are willing to gather it yourself.
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.
Our host was super friendly and accommodating. Beautiful property and great camp setup. We hope to visit again someday soon.
What an amazing host. Super friendly and helpful. He really goes out of his way to make guests feel welcome to the state not only his property. He gave us a print out of local places to explore which we totally did! Unbelievable sunsets and rises. We parked right on the water and had the best views even at night we saw the Milky Way .
What a beautiful, restful stop. Our host could not have been more accommodating. Although it rained all evening, our visit with the host was not dampened at all😋
We sat under our awning and had a delightful chat with our host. He was a wealth of information and guidance on how to make the most of our stay in the area. We would definitely stay again!
We thoroughly enjoyed both the area and the host. He made sure we saw all the beautiful area around him and he was a pleasure to socialize with. Thank you so much for hosting us, we look forward to seeing you again.
Beautiful setting at an oxbow pond. Our host was gracious and welcoming with lots of detailed information about local sights and hiking trails. We drove a few miles and then hiked at Dunn’s Falls, part of the Appalachian Trail. A steep and rocky creek with multiple waterfalls. No bugs! We have lived in Maine all our lives but this was new territory for us and a great way to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary.
Our stay here was just perfect! From having a personal travel guide and such maticulous, private grounds to river access and multiple beautiful spots to visit all within 20 minutes I never want to leave. Such wonderful hospitality. We highly recommend staying at Western Mountains and Lakes of Maine.
Beautiful place to camp! Peaceful. Host was so very kind, helpful, great suggestions of hikes, etc. Would love to return someday!
Our host was very generous, had recommendations for the area, and even gave us a salmon filet he had caught the day before! It was so good! The property is next to the river and is very peaceful and beautiful! Thank you so much for your hospitality!
We enjoyed our stay in the area. Wonderful spot. Close to paddling options. Home to visit again soon.
And an absolutely wonderful place ,No Doubt.
Would definitely recommend it and stay again
This place is absolutely fabulous! We enjoyed our time so much we asked if we could stay another night. We were the first guests to stay on property so we might have received the VIP treatment, but the host was beyond hospitable, truly a blessing for us Boondockers.
If your travels bring you to this neck of the woods definitely try to swing through you won't be disappointed. There are plenty of hikes in the area, trails for ATVs and a nice mellow river accessible from the property. Plenty of wood around for a nice big fire at night too! Mid may the state bird was out (mosquitos) and apparently a bad year for ticks, but you'll get those anywhere in the woods this time of year.
Property is very well kept and a very spacious area or areas to park your rig.