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Timbercliffe Cottage Bed & Breakfast Inn
Ranked #12 of 19 Camden B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol, RI
1 review
“An extraordinary three days”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2008

On our first visit to Camden, we hit a home run when we found the Timbercliffe. We've stayed in B&Bs in the past but this was the first one where we really did feel so welcome and at home that we were comfortable curling up on the couch with our books in the living room in front of the fire. We stayed in the 1620 Chamber with a massive king sized bed with high mattress and a lovely view of the woods behind the house. Karen and Dave Kallstrand are fantastic hosts, willing to share advice about where to go and what to do, and serving delicious breakfasts out on the giant wrap-around porch. Adding to the "make yourself at home" feel is the guest kitchen, which is regularly stocked with Karen's fresh cookies, coffee, tea, soda, and water. It doesn't hurt that the view from the porch is fantastic, looking down the hillside to the harbor below. Downtown Camden is an energetic walk or a quick drive and you've got easy access to any number of other activities. We've already booked our next 3-day visit for August 2008, this time in the Goodwyfe Mary Room with its view of the harbor. We can't wait!

  • Liked — Incredibly welcoming and comfortable place to stay with outstanding food, wonderful view, and comfortable room
  • Disliked — Bathroom was a bit small but otherwise fully functional and clean.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Austin, Texas
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2008

The Timbercliffe was absolutely wonderful! The innkeepers are very hospitable and make every effort to make you feel welcome and comfortable. They have covered every detail from stationary to soaps with their logo printed on the packaging!
We stayed in the Widow Pendleton room. The bed was comfortable, but the room is pretty small and the shower is a little strange. I would definitely recommend staying at this b&b, but choose a different room.
Breakfast was absolutely delicious (fluffy pancakes, fruit salad, and yummy bacon), as we enjoyed a beautiful view of the Atlantic while we ate on the porch. The home is not exactly right on the ocean, but you can definitely see it from the porch at breakfast.
The home is set back a bit off of the main road, so you don't have to hear all of the roadway noise.
We definitely recommend this very special, cozy inn.

  • Liked — Innkeepers, adorable dog, breakfast, attention to detail
  • Disliked — size of room
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bonnie00
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Dallas, Texas
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46 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2008

Amazing attention to detail and immaculate home! Dave and Karen are very welcoming and interesting people. With hot baked cookies in hand we moved from the porch with great views of bay ( and not on busy road like most other b&b's) to the cozy reading room with fire going. The porch is wonderful to relax on and just zone out on view.
Breakfast was delicious and that morning consisted of fresh fruit-scones-egg souffle with gruyere and homemade bread/toast that was awesome. Looking at other options in area I would only stay here. Plus, Caffrey is the sweetest pup.
Eat at Francine's Bistro.

  • Stayed May 2008
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank larklaw
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London, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2008

We spent two days at the Timbercliffe Cottage Lodge, which is a beautiful old house with a great porch that has been lovingly and tastefully restored in a colonial ‘Williamsburg’ style with plenty of character – even the floors slope slightly in places! It has been decorated with great attention to detail; check out the staircase – there is a beautiful painting on the front of each stair!

We stayed in the Chancey Keep Room which was extremely spacious and had a wonderful view of Pennobscot Bay. The bed was amazingly comfortable with wonderful linens and there was a gas fireplace for the chilly evenings. There are two common rooms for guests to use and after we came back from an evening meal, a fire was roaring in the sitting room inviting you to sit and chat with other guests.

Breakfast was served in the formal dining room and was delicious and filling – Karen also makes the most wonderful afternoon treats and they also have a butler’s pantry with endless tea, coffee, sodas etc. which was very useful.

Dave and Karen are very friendly and gracious hosts that make you feel comfortable and immediately at home. By the way, Caffrey, the Golden Retriever is absolutely adorable and although he doesn't mingle with the guests, he loves to have a fuss made of him! We really enjoyed our stay.

Stayed April 2008
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3 Thank mummabear
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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2007

At the very last minute we found an opportunity to get away to Camden for one overnight during the week of Fourth of July. After researching B&B options and reading the glowing reviews on Trip Advisor we called the Timbercliffe Cottage Bed & Breakfast Inn and were luck enough to book the last room available. As all of the reviewers before us have said-Karen, Dave and Caffrey will make you feel as if you are the most important guests who have ever walked through the door of their beautiful inn. This B&B exceeded all of our expectations. I’m not sure how they find enough hours in the day to stay on top of every detail, but their dedication to delivering such a delightful experience for their guests is evident. We will definitely make plans to visit Camden again next summer, but only if the Timbercliffe Cottage Bed & Breakfast Inn has a room available!

  • Liked — Exceptional attention to details like linens, toiletries, decor, fresh flowers, warm cookies.
  • Disliked — Nothing-this B&B sets the bar for 5 star B&B accomodations.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank IrishBostonian
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Connecticut
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2007

We have stayed with Karen and Dave twice...both times in the winter months as we were in Camden on business. They have renovated this lovely old place and it is so comfortable and relaxing. The rooms are warm and tastefully done, not overdone, and appointed with everything you could want. The beds are super comfortable and have high end linens that are so great to sleep on. The room we stayed in, Goodwyfe Mary, has a gas fireplace that is so realistic, you would think it was real and it was great to be able to regulate the temp of the room to what we wanted. It is a corner room with a really pretty view of the harbor...so nice to wake up to that view.

One really nice feature of this place is that all the rooms are on the second floor so you really have a feeling of privacy in your room. It is perfectly situated on a hill within a couple of blocks of town so there is no noise from the road or the town yet it is so easy to walk to town. I think it may be one of the only B&B's in Camden that has a view of the harbor.

Nice touches like a great little butlers pantry with a fridge for snacks, etc and they always have great homemade goodies to eat. A cool coffeemaker that makes a great cup of fresh coffee anytime. Plenty of Poland spring water and a fire in the wonderful fireplaces in the common rooms in the winter....so inviting to walk into from the outside on a colds winter day and a real fire smells so great.

Karen does a fabulous job with breakfast...we loved everything she made.

Karen and Dave are so personable and friendly and helpful yet they have the gift of knowing when to be there to lend a hand and when to step back and give you your space. Within hours of being there, we felt like we were visiting old friends. Such lovely people....we wish them great success in their lovely inn.

Donna and Buck
Trumbull, CT

Stayed February 2007
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5 Thank LovesEastportME
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Yarmouth, ME
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97 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2007

I had the good fortune to stay at Timbercliffe Cottage while I was on business in Midcoast Maine recently. I loved it. As a single female traveler, it offered that wonderful sense of security. The innkeepers, Karen and Dave, are incredibly nice and accommodating. When I asked for a lowfat breakfast, I was served a fabulous omelette accompanied by homemade bread.
The decor is definitely "Williamsburg colonial" in keeping with the age of the home. However, they've carefully added many modern amenities, like free wi-fi (which I end up paying for in hotels), and hair dryers. I loved the view of Pennobscot Bay and the islands beyond from the porch, which is filled with wicker furniture.

I would highly recommend the Timbercliffe Cottage to anyone looking for a place to stay in Camden!

  • Liked — cleanliness, hospitality of innkeepers
  • Disliked — parking area was teired. At night I couldn't tell where the drop offs were.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CousinsIslandgirl
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Property: Timbercliffe Cottage Bed & Breakfast Inn
Address: 7 Timbercliffe Dr, Camden, ME 04843-4524
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Location: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Camden
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Camden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Timbercliffe Cottage Bed and Breakfast is in a senic location on Timbercliffe Drive with romantic views of Penobscot Bay. This historic home is centrally located between downtown Camden, Maine and Camden Hills State Park. ... more   less 
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