View of the river from the bench
dining table
Serenity, Privacy, Clean and Bright
Serenity, Privacy, Clean and Bright
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath
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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
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This large studio is located on a private road in South Bristol. A high ceiling, many windows and skylights give this space a feeling of spaciousness. A 2 minute walk takes you to the Damariscotta River. Perfect for artists, writers and those looking for a retreat space. Quiet and private. 10 miles away are great cafes, stores, a movie theater, a health food store "better than Whole Foods", a lighthouse and a beautiful beach. Close by are countless spectacular walking trails.

The space

This is a working art studio with lots of space. The art materials are neatly stored so as not to interfere with the living space but if you want to use the materials, they are available to you.
There is one queen sized bed and a sofa bed. A small cabin which houses a piano behind the property can be used as a separate bedroom.

Guest access

You have access to the salt water river just a short 2 minute walk away. You may also garage your car here.

Interaction with guests

I only interact with guests if they want me to. I'm happy to answer questions and give directions to restaurants, trails, points of interest. I am usually present and available when the guests arrive.

Other things to note

The apartment is on the second floor of a free standing garage structure. I live in a small house behind the garage barely visible to guests. You will find complete privacy.


Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee £39
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 10AM

Guests are expected to leave the property clean and tidy. No smoking.

You must also acknowledge
Cat(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

46 Reviews

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Jeanne User Profile
September 2017
Joy's studio is filled with art, spotless, cozy and a great launching pad for days in nature and explorations of your creative side. Visitors have everything at hand, with a fully equipped kitchen and other thoughtful amenities. Joy has compiled several binders chock full of information - the hand drawn maps alone are quite something. Surrounded by trees and birds and water and art supplies, there are many treats to enjoy, with as much or little contact with others as you wish. Our micro-vacation was incredibly restorative, far beyond the proportion expected in a short stay. We will definitely return again. Many thanks to Joy for creating this space, and sharing it with such warm hospitality!

Sarah User Profile
August 2017
just as advertised, quiet, serene and beautiful scenery! Easy to find and great location. We appreciated the book full of recommendations as well as all the lovely artwork around the loft.

Andrea User Profile
August 2017
Joy's studio is just great. You feel at home immediately. Was one of our best Airbnb ever. and on top, wonderful host. We will definitively return.

Alexandra User Profile
August 2017
This is the perfect spot to read, write, make art, and relax. Lots of hiking trails nearby. Nearby towns have everything you would need. Not too touristy, even in the summer. Joy lent us her kayaks and we had a beautiful evening on the river!

Carly User Profile
July 2017
Joy's place is amazing! I would return in a heartbeat. She has made such a beautiful space and it was such a pleasure staying and enjoying the area!

Michael User Profile
July 2017
Everything and anything you need

Kevin User Profile
June 2017
After a stressful several months full of too much work and study, I needed a peaceful escape from the city to reset. I found everything I could've hoped for in this hidden gem near the coast. Joy's studio looks great in pictures but it is even more lovely in person. There's abundant natural light + fresh air streaming in and comfortable surroundings with walls full of gorgeous artwork (and the option to create your own!). Joy was the perfect host for this quiet retreat, simultaneously welcoming and invisible. I felt at home throughout. If you can pry yourself away from the serene studio, be sure to take some time to explore the Pemaquid region - some nice hikes and coastal scenery, very quaint and low key.

South Bristol, Maine, United StatesJoined in September 2013
Joy User ProfileJoy is a superhost.

I'm a self-employed artist. I make my living by selling my work and by teaching independently. I love the salt water river that runs by my house more than anything. If you rent from me, you can expect to be left completely alone or I can help out in the ways that you may need - shopping advice, where to eat, where to rent kayaks, etc. There are fabulous walking trails in this area and I know all of them.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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