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Melody (& Michael) Talcott

Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french, german, Cherokee Giduwa

Post & Beam Coastal Mountains Jaw-Dropping Mountain & Ocean Views

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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MidCoast and Penobscot Bay House Rental Photos and Description

Up to 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths with separate whirlpool and shower, sleeps up to 8

If you are looking for absolutely breathtaking 360-degree views enjoyed in complete privacy five to eight minutes drive from two quaint harbor towns, then this vacation getaway is for you. Perched high on a mountainside, this house is of Log/Post and Beam construction with open floor plan, large wrap-around porch, lofts, cathedral ceiling, and with windows and skylights on all sides to let in the truly magnificent, commanding vistas. The house sleeps up to eight people in two open loft bedrooms and a cozy, visually private guestroom/library on two Queen sized beds, one Queen sofa bed and one full-sized futon pullout sofa, all very comfortable. There is a whirlpool tub and a stand-up shower, plus a half bath with sunken vessel sink. A country kitchen including a classic cast iron/enameled cook stove, gas range, and slate counter tops with mountain views from the sink. Elegant decor throughout. This house is intimate and romantic, while the views on all sides bring the outside in.

Our View and our Unique Setting:: Forests below you and blueberry fields above, you look down over the lush treetops or pick your own blueberries in season above the house. All neighbors are acres away and almost completely invisible. You will have to crick your neck to see the rooftop of one of them behind you from the wide porch, and then you will only see a part of a roof. You may see bald eagles and hawks soar below you! The peace and quiet and privacy here will amaze you, and there is virtually no traffic near us as we are situated at the turnaround of a small paved road high on the slope, and at the end of a long, steep private drive. On the surrounding mountains to the Ocean, on all sides you will see nothing but forests and meadows dotted by a few fine houses in the distance with their cheerful lights at night. You see dozens of the islands on the Ocean, with Cadillac Mountain in the distance on Mt. Desert Island in Acadia National Park 50 miles away as the crow flies.

Sea, Sky, Mountains, the Area:: The sunrise—if you are up for it—will sparkle on the water and sunsets will turn it a deep pink. The area provides infinite possibility for the Nature lover, sailor, historian, art aficionado, birdwatcher or stargazer. For those who long for the water there are day sails, bareboat charters (better be an experienced skipper), lighthouse trips, lobster fishing cruises and eco-tours, lobster-bakes on islands, ferries, whale-watching, kayak and rafting trips, and three to six day nautical adventures on the classic tall ships and wooden schooners known locally and historically as Windjammers. For landlubbers there are hiking trails, starting right outside your door, all over Camden Hills State Park and beyond, as well as on breathtakingly beautiful trails known only to locals, which we will share with you when you come. If you are a bird lover, you will have an overwhelming chorus of birdsong right up at the house. The night sky is amazing.

Dining, Art, Life-style:: There is world-class cuisine and all manner of dining experiences, from waterfront fish-shacks to French to be had in the area, as well as the Farnsworth Art Museum, home of the Wyeth collection, and historic old harbors and quaint, busy waterfronts everywhere, filled with fishing vessels, luxury yachts from all over the world, and classic wooden sailboats. The house is equipped with wireless access and cable. Outdoor equipment includes Adirondack chairs, barbecue grill and hammock; well-behaved pets allowed upon approval. Children always welcome.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Melody (& Michael) Talcott (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french, german, Cherokee Giduwa

About Melody (& Michael) Talcott

We, Michael and Melody Talcott, were married in 1999, and have been living on a boat in the heart of Boston Harbor since 2006. Michael is a senior Network Engineer in charge of all communications for a major hedge fund/private investment firm. In his spare time he can be found sanding and painting his boat or rebuilding his marine engine. Melody is a free lance writer and focuses on our successful vacation rental business. We have a nine year old son and a German Shepherd and rescue Pomeranian, three cats and horses. Melody is world-traveled and multilingual, enjoys life in Maine and Boston, Michael is a Coloradan (and Texan) with an insatiable intellectual curiosity and wide-ranging interests.

Melody (& Michael) Talcott purchased this house in 2007

Why Melody (& Michael) Talcott chose MidCoast and Penobscot Bay

This was our dream house. We knew the man who built it, a friend of ours, Cpt. Rick Miles, former Master of the Pilot Schooner Timberwind out of Rockport Harbor at the time, now Master of the Wanderbird, who built it with his own hands. Its Post & Beam log components are from a kit shipped from Canada, but many of the features are hand-finished by Rick and his wife Karen, some by us. It is minutes from all the activities of the mid coast, but set apart, with a sense of remoteness and freedom from the bustle of the world, sweeping views and with an immense sense of privacy, completely surrounded by nature. The setting is unique, on a steep hill with a very dramatic drop, Mountains & Sea

What makes this house unique

We love renting our house in part because it has become a resounding success as a business, in part because it is a personal pleasure to us to share it with others. The place is that unique! Having the opportunity to give others the experience of it is very satisfying. The house has a tendency to select its own guests, people for whom it is a perfect fit. It has elements of a Swiss Chalet and a Maine cottage, an Adirondack camp or a Maine summer retreat that might appeal to one of the old families that summer here. It in fact has some appointments that belonged to such a family, my own, At the same time it is decidedly rustic in all the right ways, with a unique air of authenticity and charm, something very hard to find. If you add to all of that the breathtaking way the outside breaks into the house, the way the views pervade every room, the light of dawn or dusk transform the place in new ways each day and each hour, then you have a place unlike any other, a sort of gem that in this day and age is increasingly difficult to find.


based on 13 traveler reviews

Post & Beam Coastal Mountains Jaw-Dropping Mountain & Ocean Views
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Coastal Maine

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home nestled in a lovely wooded area of Coastal Maine. Comfortable and serene. Magnificent views and an incredible night sky. Highly recommended!!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it! Perfect fit.

  • 5 of 5

This house is every bit as gorgeous as the photos show, with beautiful styling, lovely decor, amazing views, and a truly gracious host who surprised us with flowers, goodies, and other amenities shortly after we arrived. We're active people who wanted a place to rest and relax after days spent hiking, shopping, walking beaches and breakwaters, etc., and this is the perfect house for it. I can't remember taking as much pleasure in a vacation rental as we did this one. In fact, we started talking about when we could return as soon as we left!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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White Plains, New York

High On a Hill

  • 5 of 5

This house is immaculate, beautiful, comfortable and is all it alludes to be. The hosts cater to their guests' needs. There were niceties such as jams, flowers, cookies and wonderful toiletries. It is near enough that you can do or eat anything you desire yet far enough away that you have total privacy. Our only challenge was getting our small dog to negotiate the steps to the front door and the spiral staircase. This is a unique home that accentuates the special efforts put in by its owners.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking views, secluded, perfect location!!!

  • 5 of 5

Finally got the family together for a vacation getaway. 4 adults, 3 children, and a Lab. When searching for a rental I was immediately captured by the pictures Melody (owner) posted on the ad. I was so hoping when we arrived that it would look just as awesome in person. The house was perfect. The open feel, the views, the breeze blowing in the windows. The loft area is perfect for sleeping and relaxing . The open loft area did not prove to be a problem for us since we stayed busy exploring the numerous quaint towns, parks, lighthouses, etc. during the day - the kids were wiped out and ready for bed so noise was never an issue. The library / 3rd bedroom is comfy and cozy. The entire front wall of the house is windows. Very serene and secluded. Very large gas grill on the wrap around deck made for some fun evenings for the family. The view from the deck is breathtaking. The kitchen is also very well equipped. We made full use of the lobster pot 3 nights! We cooked breakfast and dinner each night. Kitchen is very well equipped. The area around the house is great for hiking! For exploring the area, we didn't go more than 45 minutes from the house and there was so much to see. Amazing location. Couldn't be more perfect. We visited all of the suggested places that Melody suggest we visit. She was spot on! Melody was so helpful from before I booked through the vacation. Our first breakfast of eggs, bread, strawberries, was compliments of Melody! She also gave us a beautiful flower arrangement. The flower gardens around the house were beautiful. I would highly recommend this home to anyone. We plan to stay here again next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Absolutely as Advertised

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home, very clean, perfectly maintained and appointed. Very quick response/resolution to questions. View from front porch is spectacular. Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Breathtaking, secluded, yet close to everything

  • 5 of 5

Some warm and welcoming. The owners went above and beyond - when we arrived the house late Sunday evening we found the refrigerator had eggs, OJ, milk, Maine Jam (blueberry and raspberry), bread and coffee. What a nice treat so we did not have to get up and hurry in the morning to go into town and eat or shop. Our family (2 college boys, my husband and I) had a relaxing time - great views. The owners also were so kind to give us some great tips on places to see and things to do. A definite place to stay!!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Knox County Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Rockport, Camden, Rockland frm fish shack to haute
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Goose River or Rockport, Samoset Resort 6 miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Junction Routes 17 and 90
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Rockport, Camden, Rockland frm fish shack to haute
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Snowbowl Camden
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: necessary

Your stay on Spruce Head Island will be so unforgettable that you will wish to come back every year. The house itself will be an oasis and retreat in which you will be drawn to spend hours and days. But you will also be torn between staying there, musing or playing on the lawn high on the island crest; embraced by the unique feel of the cozy little house whose original true divided light windows frame the view to perfection…and combing the beaches and coves, sailing the Bay, sea-kayaking or canoeing on charter craft, or having an experienced skipper take you out; you may be drawn to hiking all day, strolling out your front door and exploring the island, or wandering about the authentic historic harbor towns everywhere around. Lighthouses, state parks, mountains, sea, rocky coves and sandy beaches all await you; but also food: fresh catch at a local fish shack, or up to and including establishments with cuisine that rivals any in New York. If summer in Maine is a unique and prized experience, Midcoast Maine lies at its heart, and Spruce Head Island is a prized gem and well kept secret right in the middle of it all. Step into another world when you drive across its causeways….

The area offers a great deal. The traditional summer haunt of old families for generations, the rocky coast of Maine is dotted with over 4000 islands, and a number of them are visible from the cottage. You will be in the very heart of them and on the crest of one. Experienced skippers can charter a boat in one of the nearby harbors, sail to this one, anchor or moor at the marina (upon request), and test their skills in one of the three greatest sailing grounds of the world, matched only by the Aegean and the Caribbean. A beach-comber’s paradise starts just outside your door, or a short drive away with endless coves to explore everywhere; also serious hiking trails among the coastal mountains of Edna St. Vincent Millay fame. Fresh seafood at fish shacks and world-class dining around the corner and within a short drive; museums and galleries for art aficionados; classic tall-ship and schooner trips; whale-watching; lobster-bakes on islands; lighthouses (several a stone’s throw away); sea kayak rentals; ferries to island art colonies and tours of classic harbors with grand summerhouses; the possibilities are endless. Acadia National Park is an easy day trip away.


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Early High Season 2016
May 28 2016 - Jun 24 2016
2 night minimum stay
High Season 2016
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall Colors Season 2016
Sep 10 2016 - Nov 4 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 8.0%

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MidCoast and Penobscot Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , the tub is a deep, very large whirlpool; separate shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , elegant drop-in vessel sink and access from two sides
  • There is a whirlpool tub and a stand-up shower, with nautical decor and candles, plus a Japanese-themed half bath with sunken vessel sink. The half bath can function either as a powder room or as an ensuite bathroom for the first floor occupants.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Loft
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Loft- the futon sofa is a double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , the queen is a sleep sofa
  • This house is of Log/Post and Beam construction with open floor plan, large wraparound porch (from which to count islands or stars or treetops), lofts, cathedral ceiling; windows and skylights on all sides let in the truly magnificent, panoramic vistas. The house sleeps up to eight people in two open loft bedrooms and a cozy, visually private guest room/library on two Queen sized beds, one Queen sofa bed and one Full-sized futon pullout sofa, all very comfortable. Some amenities listed, such as video library, childrens games, toys and books; sandbox (informally from our personal/family colection) available upon request.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Sand Box
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We will be available for advice on activities, dining, excursions etc. throughout your stay. Weekly maid service is complimentary. Being perched high on a mountain-side, our driveway is steep, but accessible year round, paved, with two-three parking spaces at the house and more on the driveway below. The house is suitable for the elderly if they are very fit: my father was 82 years old when he braved the steep wooden steps up to the house and the spiral staircase easily; small children will need supervision negotiating both. If you get here, and need certain additional things, such as toys, children's books, high chair or crib, we will consider sharing our own growing family's personal things on a case by case basis. Boats and Kayaks are easily charted or rented close by, as are every sort of bike. Catering, shopping, delivery, outfitting and additional maid services can be provided upon request. We do have a wood stove and cast iron stove, prefer you use our gas range & propane heat.

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