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Charming 5BR Waterfront Cape on 15 acre estate

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths (Sleeps 9 in beds)

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

Six miles from the bustle of Boothbay Harbor is a peaceful waterfront 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....

The estate consists of four New England-style buildings: the main Farmhouse and historic, 200 year-old Homer Jones barn; a centrally-located garden shed, surrounded by gardens; a charming, renovated 1800s Cape and the Gallery Barn.

The Antique Cape combines new convenience with its historical heritage, with an exterior wrap-around porch and dormers, and a private back deck with great views of the shady woodland, home of the reclusive Lady Slipper, the apple orchard and the Gallery Barn. Inside, the first floor holds a comfortable, fully-equipped kitchen, dining room and living Room, all set off with the original pumpkin pine flooring, and furnished with antiques. There is also a first floor bedroom, the Garnet which has a Full-sized bed, and private bath. The Garnet and living rooms face the courtyard, the Farmhouse and the river. A cozy computer nook at the top of the stairs also faces the courtyard and is one of the best spots to pick up the WiFli.

On the second floor are four additional bedrooms with three private baths. The Ruby Peridot suite, a Queen bed in the Ruby room, with a privacy-shaded French door leading into the Peridot, twin room, share the Ruby Peridot bath.

The Turquoise, with a Full oak sleigh-bed, facing across the Back River Road to nine acres of woodlands, also with private bath.

And the third, the Butterscotch Amber bedroom, with two twin beds, its own sitting room and with the unique bath with both clawfoot tub and shower.

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 recently renovated 1800s Cape.

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

Refreshed, venture out into the Boothbay region to join a tour boat to see whales or puffins, or to go lobstering, shop, view our many art galleries, try some local restaurants and generally have a memorable visit. The Coastal Maine Botanical Garden is only 4 miles away! So is the world-class Boothbay Harbor Country Club golf course! 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 four private baths, colorful bedding, paddle fans, cable TV, WiFli.

Or come home to a peaceful evening in one of your five elegant bedrooms with private bath, colorful bedding, paddle fans, cable TV, the Farmhouse across the courtyard.

When the buildings are not rented to vacation rental guests, they are offered in the B&B either case, it's the perfect destination for a personal retreat, family or school reunion, wedding or other gathering event. See more by googling Bold Colorful Life Estate and Retreat Center.

Renewed again, live your bold and colorful life!

Both buildings available year-round.

Keywords: House, estate

More Details

Melissa Thornton, Owner
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 2, 2018

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, many perennial gardens, apple trees, lilac trees and old stone walls wandering down to the Back River. There are 15 acres of land, facing west for sunsets, on the protected waterfront of Maine and with a big freshwater pond and woodlands. 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, in the 'off-season', 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 vacation rentals are the perfect answer.

Melissa Thornton, Owner purchased this estate in 2006

Why Melissa Thornton, Owner chose Boothbay

Mother Nature has shaped this property to be both elegant and beautiful...the buildings are on the plateau at the top of the estate and the lawns and gardens, stone walls and woodlands slope gently down and down to the Back River. A great Blue Heron often visits the freshwater pond; then flies off towards the river. Our local pair of bald eagles are seen wheeling overhead regularly as the tides change. A huge porcupine was seen at the south end of the property recently and we have visits from foxes and deer, ospreys and hawks.

The property has a healing energy which most people feel the moment they step onto it. A visit here fills the vision with color, the spirits with hope and the body with calm and peace.

What makes this estate unique

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 six miles down the road. This is the area 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 world-class Botanical Garden within 4 miles; kayaking possibilities in rivers and lakes and the Atlantic. We also have a world-class golf course 4 miles away.

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 just under three hours away. Nova Scotia and Prince Edward island, both favorite parts of Canada, are nearby too…

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...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...when it's open.


Boothbay Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please see our Policies and Information manual on our website at Thanks!
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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 private Turquoise bathroom has a shower, as has the Garnet bathroom on the first floor. The Butterscotch Amber bathroom has both a claw-foot tub and a shower. The tub looks out over the apple trees to the Gallery barn. All baths have barnboard and shiny pumpkin pine floors.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Ruby - 1 queen
    Peridot - 1 twin/ single
    Turquoise - 1 double
    Butterscotch Amber - 2 twin/ single
    Garnet - 1 double
  • 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 and the Barn Gallery. The Turquoise room is a Standard/Full room with an oak sleigh bed furniture set and a private bath. The views are of the courtyard, Back River Rd and nine acres of 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 beyond. It has 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 historic barn-board floors and the sitting room the original shiny pumpkin pine floors. Views include the apple trees, Barn Gallery and the woods.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Sand Box
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The pond is full of tadpoles in the spring and frogs in the summer, with Maine painted turtles and wildflowers. The Back River is a wonderful place to splash, swim or paddle a kayak. 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 is available from local providers. 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 your antique Cape...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, colorful bedding, paddle fans, cable TV, WiFli. AC is available at additional cost, as we are doing our best to be 'green'.


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Charming 5BR Waterfront Cape on 15 acre estate
average rating of 4.974359 based on 39 reviews

Beautiful in all ways!

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous time our group of 6 had at this property! Our lodgings in the beautiful farmhouse were extraordinary with such grand spaciousness. Wow, what a kitchen that we used constantly and the library room was so cozy too. All was perfect, and the setting was so peaceful. We loved walking the woodsy road and trails and simply gazing at our surroundings. It all rally fed our souls, and we all hope to return again in the future. The surrounding towns were such fun to visit and the fresh lobster and oysters were unbelievable. Book it - you will be so happy that you did!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Redding, CT

“Delightful Maine Getaway. Location, Charm, Beauty

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful stay at this antique Cape on the 15 acre waterfront estate! It was lovely to leave the hustle-bustle of Connecticut far behind and reach midcoast Maine and this lovely site. The quiet, the sunshine and breezes, the birdsong and the far off train whistle were all relaxing components of a great getaway.

I’ve been re-imagining ​coffee and conversation on the deck, looking out over the grounds to the river, ​walking through the beautiful Coastal Maine Botanical gardens, and hiking to Thomas Cove on the Bonyun preserve trail.​..

I'm remembering exploring the Boothbay peninsula and Southport island...​

What glorious beauty ... the sights, the sounds, the smells … a total sensory surround. 

I think I'll make this an annual getaway!

Room Tip: While the Inn is beautiful, the cottage is truly charming. Offers privacy for families and groups.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Connie, Thank you so much for the review and kind words about our property! We appreciate your feedback and are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, and that it was a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life. And what a wonderful description of the things you loved about the site and the surrounding area...we love them too! The hiking, the kayaking, the local wildlife, the Botanical gardens...they're all 'simply Maine' and hard to beat. We're delighted that you'll make this an annual getaway. We look forward to seeing you again and again! Warmest, Melissa
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Warm, inviting, comfortable, quiet

  • 5 of 5

My extended family stayed here for a week in July. Everyone loved the home, the area, and Melissa. The house has all of the needed amenities, plus oodles of charm. Melissa is gracious and very responsive to any needs or requests. She is there when you need her and appropriately out-of-sight otherwise, kind of like a fairy godmother! If you want a relaxed but interesting place to visit, this is definitely it.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Molly, Thanks so much for your kind words. It was great to meet you and David first…a couple of months before the full family arrival, when you came to ‘check out’ the place. Then, when you arrived for your week visit, I felt I already knew you! Your family was a highlight of the summer…such great senses of humor...every interaction was fun! I’d be happy to be your ongoing Fairy Godmother—please come back again and again! Warmest, Melissa
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Family reunion The Farmhouse and the Cape

  • 5 of 5

To Melissa: Thank you so much for all your kind words and for your thoughtfulness while we were in Maine.

My mother passed away last June, When we were kids, we had a cottage in Damariscotta and spent much of our summers there. Picnics at Pemaquid Point were among Mom’s favorite times. To commemorate her life, we decided to have a whole family reunion a year after her passing. We rented both the Farmhouse and the Cape to accommodate the large group.

The week turned out even better than I had hoped… in no small part because of the wonderful and comfortable accommodations provided. The place is lovely. It’s clearly something that you should be very proud of: fully equipped, completely stocked, well maintained, clean and spacious. And the attention to detail is amazing. It was a joy and a surprise that even after 7 days, we’d walk into a room and see some other interesting/lovely/curious (and of course, color coordinated) item that we hadn’t noticed before!

I am glad to know that my rather large crew was not an imposition or disruptive. The children are generally well behaved but with that many kids and that young, you never know!!! Their good behavior was a result of how happy they were. The spacious lawn with a range of paths weaving through the tall grass kept them running around for hours. The prospect of making ice cream one night and having s’mores at the fire pit another night also may have encouraged good behavior.

I am ever so thankful to have found such a lovely and comfy place for my family to be together and to build more happy memories as we celebrated my mom’s life.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Pat (and all), I probably can't find adequate words to tell you how honored I am that you chose this property for your family reunion and tribute to your dear Mother. Each time we were in contact as you planned the visit, you were a delight...and when you arrived, every family member was friendly, fun and positive. It is an awesome family group...I'm sure your Mother was superbly proud of you all. And the children exploring the property were a great addition...such wonder...such camaraderie...such energy...such life force. It was a joy to observe them whenever we were here at the same time. Also, I thank you for taking such good care of the though it were your own. It would be a pure delight to have you return for another gathering some time soon. Warmly, Melissa
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Austin, TX

Wonderful off the beaten path retreat.

  • 5 of 5

There isn't much to say other than it was just a wonderful getaway. Melissa was an informative and gracious host. The grounds are gorgeous. The cape house is quaint with old house charm. If you like old houses in the woods with water access, this house is for you. Would totally return for another trip.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Will and his group were a complete delight...every interaction was friendly and warm. Communication all along the way was terrific, and it was fun to hear about the various outings the group was enjoying. I look forward to having a return visit!
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  • 5 of 5

This cape was rented along with the Farmhouse and was a welcomed addition to the space we needed. Both houses are well maintained and clean. It has a lot of character to go along with it's Maine charm.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mike, Thank-you again...for visiting and bringing your gang of fun-loving guys along with you...and for taking such good care of both houses... I'm so glad that you had plenty of room to spread out...with private space for each member of your group...and that you enjoyed the kitchen, deck and that big barn table!! And I love the idea that you all have been meeting for a getaway golf and fish...for decades...good for you guys! It truly was a delight to have you all here...and I'd be tickled to have you a group and/or with family members. You added such excellent energy to the place!! Warmest of wishes for an excellent summer, Melissa
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Watershed Tavern
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Boothbay Harbor Islands
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Boothbay Country Club
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 27
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Watershed Tavern
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Car: necessary

Come away from it all....catch your breath. Wander 15 acres of estate gardens and woodland trails....borrow a sit-on-top kayak or an inflatable boat to paddle with local our friendly bald eagles and other critters....listen to the loons on a River View croquet or badminton on the many the Maine painted turtles or listen to frogs on the freshwater pond....wander the park-like grounds....take a cool dip or sail on the river...enjoy a book in a hammock. Refreshed, venture out into the Boothbay region.

Close proximity to ocean, restaurants, mini-golf, boating, world-class golfing, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and every kind of shopping and gallery. There are 13 hiking preserves within 10 miles, freshwater swimming and ice fishing at Knickerbocker Lake, 3 miles down the road. There are small Maine beaches within 10 miles and large ones within an hour's scenic drive. Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Hiking, Health/Beauty Spa, Horseshoes, Mini Golf, Antique museum and Railway Village, State Aquarium, tours to see islands, puffins, whales and lobster boats. There's a year-round Opera house, movie theatre and Historical Society. And did we mention the local restaurants and shops???

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....when it is open.

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...




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Linens Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 9.0%

All guests are required to fill out, sign and send a contract for the rental terms. The address is 802 Back River Rd., Boothbay, ME 04537
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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