BOLD COLORFUL 5BR WATERFRONT CAPE ON 15 ACRE ESTATE

Melissa Thornton, Owner

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Sleeps11
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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BOLD COLORFUL 5BR WATERFRONT CAPE ON 15 ACRE ESTATE

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House, 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths (Sleeps 9)

Come away from it all....catch your breath.

Six miles from the bustle of Boothbay Harbor is a peaceful retreat, set among rolling fields, meandering stone walls and richly colored perennial gardens........imagine a place that evokes your fondest memories....and brings your vacation dreams to bold colorful life....

Wake to birdsong in the apple trees and early morning fog on the Back River....then make yourself delicious coffee and a hearty, healthy breakfast in the fully-equipped kitchen in the fully renovated 1800s Cape.

Wander 15 acres of gardens and woodland trails....borrow a tandem, inflatable kayak to paddle with local seals....enjoy games, ride bikes, meet our friendly bald eagles and other critters.....watch the Maine painted turtles or listen to frogs on the freshwater pond......wander the park-like grounds.....take a cool dip in the river....

Refreshed, venture out into the Boothbay region to see whales, go lobstering, shop, view our many galleries, try some local restaurants and generally have a memorable visit. The Coastal Maine Botanical Garden is only 4 miles away! Or try hiking at any of the 13 preserves within 10 miles of this home.

At the end of the day, imagine coming ‘home’ to a snack and drink on the wrap-around porch....a good book in the hammock.....a sunset through the windows....and a long, delicious sleep in one of your five lovely bedrooms with private bath, luxurious bedding, paddle fans, cable TV, WiFi.

Or come home to a peaceful evening in one of your five elegant bedrooms with private bath, luxurious bedding, paddle fans, cable TV, WiFi....in the Farmhouse across the courtyard. When the buildings are not rented to VRBO guests, they function as an inn. See more information about both buildings by googling the Bold Colorful Life Inn.

Renewed again, live your bold and colorful life! Both buildings available year-round.

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Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Melissa Thornton, Owner (Owner)
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About Melissa Thornton, Owner

I’ve been saving for my ‘dream house’ for 40 years....and I fell in love with kayaking about 8 years ago. After a five year search through waterfront properties in CT, the Adirondacks, MA, NH and finally ME, this was the property that offered the combination of things I'd been seeking. And it was perfect for building vacation rentals so that the awesome environment could be shared.

The setting is idyllic with fields, woods, old stone walls, apple trees, lilac trees and many perennial gardens. There are 15 acres of land, facing west for sunsets, on the protected waterfront of Maine and with a big freshwater pond. The whole estate sits atop Maine ledge, which is sculpted to fall gently towards the water.

It's in an area where I am able to offer weekend and week-long retreats that combine personal growth, spirituality and 'back to nature' events, including hiking, paddling and exploring the nearby Botanical Gardens. And I want to share this beauty with as many people who love Nature and the wild, wonderful aspects of Maine as possible...so vacation rentals are the perfect answer.

Melissa Thornton, Owner purchased this estate in 2006

Why Melissa Thornton, Owner chose Boothbay Harbor

The Boothbay peninsula offers the perfect getaway. The area is naturally breath-taking, with forests and fields, farms and gardens, brash rocky coastline and gentle coves and lakes. Boothbay Harbor is a charming town with lots of engaging activities and it’s just down the road. It's the place to go shopping, visit galleries and craft fairs, sample local fare at great restaurants, enjoy deep water activities like whale watching and lobster-boating.

And there are natural bonuses: 13 nature preserves for hiking within 10 miles---5 within 5 miles---one within 1/2 mile; a major Botanical Garden within 5 miles; kayaking possibilities in rivers and lakes and the Atlantic.

The Rockland/Camden area and Freeport shopping are within an hour's drive in either direction; and my favorite Maine park, Acadia National Park is two plus hours away. Nova Scotia and Prince Edward island, both favorite parts of Canada, are nearby too……..

Sleeps11
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
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4.9
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Bold Colorful 5BR Waterfront Cape on 15 acre estate
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews
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Bold Colorful 5BR Waterfront Cape on 15 acre estate
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p325241
+1 203 331-7242
Boothbay Harbor Boothbay Harbor Area
5

The Perfect Maine Retreat!

  • 5 of 5
Hi Melissa,
We wanted to write and tell you that we enjoyed our second stay at your Bold Colorful Life estate immensely. We hope to return again and again.

Last time, we loved the Farmhouse…the spacious, comfortable rooms, the wonderful 200 year old barn timbers in the Great room and the amazing view of the river. Everything was even better than the website pictures promised. Our daughter wanted to repaint our whole house in brighter colors after seeing what you did with your Inn! We enjoyed doing our crafts and having meals around that huge table….more than enough room for our 11 person group. The breezes off the river and all the paddle fans cooled the summer sun and the eagles and blue heron were a delight. The kitchen was so well equipped…there wasn’t a recipe we couldn’t create...and we made quite a feast. Thanks for giving us the tour and for answering our questions and needs along the way…it was good to have you nearby when we wanted you.

This time, it was the historic Cape, for our smaller group. Again, the colorful and whimsical rooms were SO comfortable and we got caught up on sleep…so important for our vacation. Our daughter brought a friend this time and they loved the cozy bunks and their own private bath. We love your wildflowers and the emerald green lawns between them, and we love all the stone benches and hammocks, in perfect spots for resting. We didn’t see the eagles, but loved the bullfrogs and the last of the tree frogs around the pond. Thanks again for giving us the perfect spot to gather with family members, catch up with each other and with rest, enjoy the beauty of waterfront Maine and of the Boothbay peninsula. We recommend the gardens, lighthouse tours, nearby hikes and downtown waterfront restaurants to your other guests. See you next year!
Annie T
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love the fact that each group arrives with a different set of goals for their visit…some come to explore and immerse themselves in the adventures of the area….some come to relax and recover and get themselves onto ‘Maine time’….others come to balance both…hustle and bustle some days and simply rest and relax the others.
This was a group intent on deep rest and deep connection with each other…they were set to enjoy everything they came across…and we love it when a group falls in love with the site, makes it their own space and doesn’t feel the need to leave. This group immersed themselves in the quiet and beauty of Mother Nature…on the site and in the area…they enjoyed every nook and cranny of both of the buildings and of the estate, during their two visits …they cooked and feasted and wandered the peninsula a bit and then came ‘home’ again…and at the end of their visit, went on with their lives fueled with ‘bold and colorful’ energy. We look forward to having them return..they are part of our ‘greater family’.
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Bold Colorful 5BR Waterfront Cape on 15 acre estate
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p325241
+1 203 331-7242
Boothbay Harbor Boothbay Harbor Area
Brunswick
5

A much needed home away from home!

  • 5 of 5
This property is one of the best kept secrets in Maine. There are two houses which rent out as vacation rentals on this large estate right on the Back River, and the Cape was the home that fit us best. It's a real, historical Cape Cod house, built in the 1800s...the owner even showed us a photograph of the house with a Civil War officer sitting out front! And it's been completely renovated, so all the rooms are comfortable and cozy. The bedrooms are colorful and perky, there were plenty of bathrooms, three TVs with cable and we had easy access to WiFi to check emails...so it was a nice mix of history with modern conveniences. The kitchen is fully equipped. We cooked lobster twice during our stay, and grilled several other nights...and had all the implements we needed. We even spent an evening around the huge firepit making s'mores and telling stories.
The front porch was great for breakfast and we looked out at the river, the kids picked wildflowerss in the side yard, enjoyed the hammocks, set up the croquet set and generally relaxed and had a wonderful time. It was hard to leave the Cape to go out and explore the Boothbay peninsula, but that was worth it as well. Lots of adventures to be had in this area.
This place is an oasis, away from the stress and strain of modern life...definitely therapeutic. And Melissa helps make everything run smoothly. Thanks!
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Bold Colorful 5BR Waterfront Cape on 15 acre estate
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p325241
+1 203 331-7242
Boothbay Harbor Boothbay Harbor Area
-Dumfries,Virginia
5

Cozy and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5
We had a lovely stay at Bold Colorful Cape. The house is so nicely decorated and cozy with all the comforts of home. Each guest room is decorated with a bold color in the most charming way, and clean and comfortable.
There are walking paths on the property down and around the river, which is lovely.
The owner was welcoming and helpful with information about local attractions and offered discounted tickets for the must see Botanical Gardens
  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
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Bold Colorful 5BR Waterfront Cape on 15 acre estate
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p325241
+1 203 331-7242
Boothbay Harbor Boothbay Harbor Area
Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
5

A bucolic escape

  • 5 of 5
The Bold Colorful Life Inn was the perfect getaway spot for a reunion with friends. The Inn and surrounding property served both as a peaceful escape from the throngs enjoying the New England Fall colours, and a jumping off spot for a variety of sightseeing adventures including galleries, shopping, hiking, delicious seafood and more. Melissa is an enthusiastic host who knows the area well, and made great recommendations for activities. The accommodations at The Cape are charming, cosy, clean and self-contained. The bed was firm and comfortable, each bedroom has its own bathroom, and the kitchen is fully equipped.
I only wish I could have stayed longer.
  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Bold Colorful 5BR Waterfront Cape on 15 acre estate
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p325241
+1 203 331-7242
Boothbay Harbor Boothbay Harbor Area
5

Colorful Columbus Day Weekend

  • 5 of 5
I came here with college friends for a weekend mini-reunion. (The owner Melissa Thornton went to the same college.) The property has an enchanting view of a tidal river and picturesque landscaping and paths. I stayed with my friends in the renovated Cape – the rooms there were charming and cozy and my bed was very comfortable, but other than sleeping, we didn't spend much time there.

In fact, we didn't spend all that much time on the property. Melissa, who puts the E in enthusiasm, organized a host of things to do, including visits to the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens, Camden, Boothbay Harbor, a local outdoor crafts fair, local restaurants, and more.

Our college group shared a fantastic breakfast with French toast and omelets and fruit – the dining room table is actually an old barn door shellacked to an impressive gleam, one of many unusual touches that make the place colorful. The library, with a large wall of a window facing the river, is sky-high with books.

If you'd like to stay at an "away-from-it-all" place that isn't far from a boatload of activities (kayaking included), Bold Colorful LIfe is a great choice.
  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
business
Bold Colorful 5BR Waterfront Cape on 15 acre estate
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p325241
+1 203 331-7242
Boothbay Harbor Boothbay Harbor Area
5

Ideal Property Rental for a Large Group

  • 5 of 5
I started planning a large family reunion in Maine when we found out that a family wedding was being planned in Camden. Everyone would be travelling to Maine so why not all come a week early and spend quality time together? I searched literally for weeks to find a location that could accommodate such a large group (we had a lot of coming and going but several nights during the week we occupied every bedroom with 18 people total) and also such a large age range (from 9 months old to 91 years old!!) AND meet our generally high standards. After finding Bold Colorful Life and communicating with Melissa, the owner, I knew this was the place. It's location was ideal for so many reasons - it was close enough to Portland to be convenient for everyone who flew in and also just about an hour away from the wedding site which made all the travelling we were doing very easy.

On top of the physical location the property is IDEAL in every sense. Where else can you get 9 bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms (including a handicap accessible bedroom/bathroom that enabled 4 generations to spend time together)? That was a major plus for us. Then the kitchens are so well stocked - everything we needed to cook dinner and dessert was on hand - including a kitchen aid mixer! The table in the farmhouse was perfect for our group. It easily sat 18 around it and created a lively and fun atmosphere for us the entire week. We all agreed that the colorful bedrooms were just plain fun. It was wonderful that the linens were provided - so many times you need to bring your own and this was so much easier! Everything down to the water pressure in the bathrooms to beautiful flowers on the property to the fun instruments in the gathering room to the local hiking and shopping options made this a wonderful rental.

The owner is also onsite which worked out well because she went out of her way to give us space and privacy but was also right there if we had any questions. Melissa was a great communicator - before, during and after our stay - and we were grateful for that.

Overall this was one of the best family vacations we have had and a large part of that is because this property was so well suited to large groups. Thank you Melissa!
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: This must be the best-organized group ever to visit this vacation site. Jes was in charge of an ever-changing large group of beloved family members (ages 9 mos to 91 years, who arrived from NINE different states, with endlessly varied interests) and was a wizard at keeping everyone happy, on track, on time and having fun doing what they wanted to do with their vacation time…it was truly amazing to see and hear about! This group had one wedding and 5 birthdays during their visit to Maine…all orchestrated and themed and deeply enjoyed by all. Jessica’s husband, Carter actually fabricated his own miniature brass cannon, brought it along and set it off in honor of the various events. Awesome.
And they all enjoyed the other ‘usual’ events on the Boothbay peninsula as well: swimming and boating on our riverfront, enjoying the gardens and paths and pond here on site, wandering abroad to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the local shops and galleries and restaurants.
When all the babies and children and grown-ups were packed up and driven off to Camden to the wedding on Saturday, it became awfully quiet around here…a great energy went with them…. and we were VERY sorry to see this lively and loving group head down the road…but we’re talking about a return visit…and I’m SO looking forward to that.
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Portland
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Wiscasset
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 27
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Southport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Boothbay Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Watershed Tavern

The Bold Colorful Life Gallery offers colorful elegant jewelry, stunning natural photographs, and dramatic works of art in oil and pastel to our rental guests. The Bold Colorful Life Estate is also a Retreat Center, so plan to join us for a Retreat for personal growth, renewal and spiritual centering...

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Availability & Rates

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Boothbay Harbor Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall Colors 2014
Sep 13 2014 - Oct 24 2014
3 night minimum stay
$335
From
$360
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,380
$9,180
 
 
Off Season 14-15
Oct 25 2014 - Apr 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
$260
From
$290
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,870
$7,350
 
 
Spring Blossoms 2015
May 1 2015 - Jun 11 2015
3 night minimum stay
$300
From
$315
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,085
$8,010
 
 
Summer Peak 2015
Jun 12 2015 - Sep 17 2015
5 night minimum stay
$375
From
$400
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,620
$10,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall Colors 2015
Sep 18 2015 - Oct 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
$335
From
$360
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,380
$9,180
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Off Season 15-16
Oct 30 2015 - Apr 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
$260
From
$290
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,870
$7,350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$365
From
$400
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,620
$10,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes 50% rental fee plus $400 refundable security deposit with signed agreement...we accept personal check, bank check, wire or traveler's check
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Amenities

Amenities

Boothbay Harbor Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • River
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Broadband Access
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Water Cooler
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Heating
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Oven
  • Coffee Maker
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Toaster
  • Stove
  • Freezer
  • Blender
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items
  • Catering Available
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Ruby Peridot - toilet , shower
    Turquoise - toilet , shower
    Garnet - toilet , shower
    Butterscotch Amber - toilet , tub , shower
  • The Ruby Peridot bathroom has an over-sized diamond-shaped shower and is decorated in the pink and green of the two rooms in the Suite. The Turquoise bathroom has a shower, as had the Garnet room on the first floor. The Butterscotch Amber bathroom has both a clawfoot tub and a shower. The tub looks out over the apple trees to the river. All baths have shiny barnboard and pumpkin pine floors.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Ruby - 1 queen
    Peridot - 1 twin/ single
    Turquoise - 1 double
    Garnet - 1 double
    Butterscotch Amber - 2 twin/ single
  • The Ruby Peridot Suite is a two bedroom suite (one Queen room and one Twin) with an elegant French door with shades to allow privacy between rooms. Each bedroom has an entry door and they share the Ruby Peridot bath. Colors are crisp pink and peridot green, with shiny pumpkin pine floors. The views are of the apple trees, Barn Gallery and the Back River. The Turquoise room is a Standard/Full room with private bath. The views are of the courtyard, gardens and woods. The Garnet Room on the first floor is also a Standard/Full room with private bath and views of the courtyard, gardens and Back River.. Both have shiny pumpkin pine floors. The Butterscotch Amber Suite is a room with Twin beds, attached to a private bath on one end and a sitting room on the other. The bedroom and bath have shiny barnboard floors and the sitting room the original shiny pumpkin pine floors. Views include the apple trees, Barn Gallery, the woods and the Back River.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Video Library
  • Audio Tape Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Books
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Toys
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
Outside:
  • Sand Box
  • Binoculars
  • Golf Clubs
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Deck / Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Boat ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • pond
  • theme parks
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • coin laundry
  • waterfalls
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
  • antiquing
  • sledding
  • scenic drives
  • whale watching
  • walking
  • outlet shopping
  • miniature golf
  • wildlife viewing
  • shopping
  • shelling
  • boating
  • horseshoes
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • kayaking
  • cross country skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • basketball court
  • mountain climbing
  • golf privileges optional
  • cycling
  • snorkeling
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • mountain biking
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • golf
  • water skiing
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • skiing
Notes:
The pond is full of tadpoles in the summer, with Maine painted turtles and wildflowers. The Back River is a wonderful place to splash, swim, paddle a kayak or a dinghy. On site and nearby are great places to walk and hike--hiking poles are loaned to guests. We have rainy-day puzzles, artist kits, books and movies. Catering Available. Refreshed, visit the whole Boothbay region. The Coastal Maine Botanical Garden is only 4 miles away! Try hiking at any of the 13 preserves within 10 miles of this home. At the end of the day, imagine coming ‘home’ to a snack and drink on the wrap-around porch of either building...a good book by the fire...a sunset through the windows...and a long, delicious sleep in one of your five lovely bedrooms with private bath, luxurious bedding, paddle fans, cable TV, WiFi. AC is available at additional cost, as we are doing our best to be 'green'.
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