Hipcamp host Gretchen P.
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Motherwort Farm is a homestead and herbal sanctuary located in Swanville, Maine. On 15 acres we grow vegetables, put up a large portion of our food through fermenting, canning, freezing, and storing. We keep egg layers, meat birds, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, have a small orchard, many types of berries, a solar hot water system, photovoltaic system and medicinal herb gar


Motherwort Farm is a homestead and herbal sanctuary located in Swanville, Maine. On 15 acres we grow vegetables, put up a large portion of our food through fermenting, canning, freezing, and storing. We keep egg layers, meat birds, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, have a small orchard, many types of berries, a solar hot water system, photovoltaic system and medicinal herb gardens for teaching and medicine making. Our property includes a pond, woodlands and abuts the Goose River. Swanville, Maine is 2 minutes down the road and the lovely Swan Lake State Park is 10 minutes. Belfast, Maine is 10 minutes as well and has a vibrant arts community, food coop, summer music, free boating; it’s a hub for many cool happenings. Biking to town if you don’t have a car can be accomplished in about an hour. Come explore the rugged beauty, rural charm, and unique homesteading and organic farming Maine has to offer.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 7 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Gretchen a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 5% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Snow sports

Snowmobiling trail at the top of our driveway.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at The Cabin at Motherwort Farm in Maine.


The vibe at The Cabin at Motherwort Farm

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Hipcamper Erin
Erin W.
recommends this listing.
July 11th, 2017

Motherwort Farm is a unique gem, complete with a tour guide (Yukon!), and with both a tent platform & simple cabin. Gretchen can speak to the variety of herbs and medicinal plants that she grows, along with purposes for the work they do on their land. Exploring trails are available, though tick checks are a definite must after an adventure!

Gretchen's gardens & greenhouseeven suited with a treehouse!The cabin! Nothing better than an outdoor cooking station!Tent site with platform.
Hipcamper Susanna
Susanna M.
recommends this listing.
August 28th, 2017

Our stay at Motherwort Farm exceeded all of our expectations! My boyfriend and I stayed on the farm for two nights and appreciated every moment of being there. Gretchen and her family are such gracious and welcoming guests and really made us feel at home. The property is covered with herbs, blueberries, and beautiful old apple trees. We were given the option of sleeping on a tent platform or in the small cabin. Since the evenings were cooler than we expected, we opted for the cozy cabin, which was perfect for two people. Cooking was made super easy with the counter space provided at the cabin and access to running water. The outhouse is super clean, and equipped with an odorless composting toilet system. We never used the outdoor shower, but it looked like a dream! The farm is close enough to make a day trip to Acadia National Park, which was our we spent our day in the area. The park is beautiful and has many great hiking trails. We felt very grateful to be able to come home to a quiet, peaceful, and private camping spot rather than a crowded campground located in the park. We would highly recommend Motherwort farm to anyone wanting to explore this beautiful part of Maine!

Hipcamper Eleanor
Eleanor P.
recommends this listing.
June 9th, 2018

The property is beautiful! Small cabin tucked away in the woods, close to parking area. Peaceful gardens surround the property and you can continue down the path to the cabin and find a river. Gretchen and her family are very kind. Will definitely be returning!

Hipcamper Patty
Patty G.
recommends this listing.
August 14th, 2018

The only thing we would change about our visit would be to have stayed longer. We only stayed for one night to do some hiking in the area so we didn’t spend much time there and didn’t get to see much of the farm. We got a friendly welcome, quick rundown of where we could find things we might need to use (grill, outhouse and such) and then we went to the little cabin. It’s super cozy and we slept so good! We were up and out early but we hope to revisit next time we are hiking out that way! Thanks for having us and sharing your land

The inside of the cabin is the coziest spot!
Hipcamper Kendall
Kendall M.
recommends this listing.
August 27th, 2018

This cabin is absolutely dreamy! We ran into some car hiccups in town, but we spent the afternoon sitting at the cabin and reflecting on our day - great location near swan lake and belfast - two amazing spots!

Hipcamper Corinne
Corinne B.
recommends this listing.
August 29th, 2018

The cabin is so cozy and warm so the sometimes chilly summer Maine nights didn’t bother us at all. The bed was super comfortable and it’s so lovely to lay there and look out the big picture windows into the forest that surrounds it. The family is wonderful and it was such a pleasure to be on the beautiful land and interact with them.

Hipcamper Maria
Maria P.
doesn't recommend this listing.
September 6th, 2018

Looking at the other reviews, I feel odd posting my experience, but I want to be honest. The photos & reviews that I saw from last summer looked amazing! However I was letdown by the maintenance of the grounds. When we arrived, the property was covered in toys, construction equipment, and just looked messy. Our host was sweet and gave us fresh linens for the cabin. The cabin was about a 4 minute walk from where you park your car, so we had to take a few trips to bring our gear there and back. The walkways to the cabin and then to the outdoor shower were very overgrown with tall grass/weeds. The hot shower was great. We had a little hiccup with the shower head, but our host came to help. At the cabin, our host explained there was a fire pit but it was overgrown with brush and weeds, so we’d need to do some clearing if we wanted a fire......obviously we were not up for the challenge nor did we have supplies to do so. We would have loved to access to the fire pit. The cabin was adorable and secluded. Bed was comfy and the windows were gorgeous. I loved the wildflowers and the orchards, but I think there should have been a little more preparation of the grounds before or arrival.

Hipcamper Lisa

Peace of nature in swanville me.

Lisa B.
recommends this listing.
July 19th, 2019

Wonderful host. Cottage was perfect.

Hipcamper Jonathan

Unsure, appreciative.

Jonathan L.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
August 20th, 2019

As we arrived much later than expected and having not contacted the host directly, we didn't end up staying on the Farm. That said, the space could use a lift. Some of these photos are dated and the property, while spectacular and nourishing, did not meet expectations. I hope that others will enjoy this welcoming property.

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