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Secluded cottage on the Bagaduce River, pristine tidal estuary of Penobscot Bay

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

One Bedroom, one Bath, full Kitchen cottage on a pristine, quiet tidal estuary

The Cottage at Clay Forms Pottery is tucked away a mile off the main road on the shores of the Bagaduce River, a pristine tidal estuary fed by the fresh waters of Walker Pond in Brooksville and the salt waters at the mouth of the Penobscot Bay at Castine. The Cottage is a hand crafted, year round insulated and heated one loft bedroom, one bath guest house with a full kitchen. It is an artfully decorated hideaway built on eight acres of spruce and pine woods on the property of Clay Forms Pottery where its proprietors Richard and Melody reside in the main house. A screened-in porch for outdoor dining and relaxation has just been completed.

Located on the Blue Hill Peninsula, the Bagaduce River is a precious gem. It is the home to bald eagles, osprey, kingfishers, blue herons, horseshoe crabs, striped bass, alewives, otters, minks, and an occasional seal. It's a gorgeous spot for easy kayaking (bring water shoes) or just laying on a hammock by the shore with a good book.

There are many lovely walks and bike rides nearby as well as throughout the Blue Hill Peninsula. We particularly love to walk a boreal fog forest at The Nature Conservancy’s Barred Island Trail on Deer Isle or climb Blue Hill Mountain to view the vistas of Blue Hill Bay and the mountains of Acadia National Park. We also love visiting the beautiful fishing village of Stonington to have a lobster at one of the many restaurants or to take a few home to steam while experiencing a Bagaduce sunset like never before.

More Details

Property Manager
Melody Lewis-Kane and Richard Kane
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017

About Melody Lewis-Kane and Richard Kane

About Richard Kane and Melody Lewis-Kane:

We moved to the Sedgwick (4 miles from Blue Hill) in 1990 and then pulled the plug on the DC area to move full time to the Bagaduce River in 1998 and we’ve never looked back. Whenever we travel we are always looking forward to getting back home because it is as beautiful as anywhere!

Melody is an accomplished potter and teacher and proprietor of Clay Forms Pottery. She is also a collaborator with Richard on his documentary films many of which focus on artists of Maine.

We have always loved to help people visiting and share the uncommon places we have found living here. The Cottage at Clay Forms Pottery is our first venture into hosting guests and we are so delighted to make your stay very special. Come visit. We’d love to have you.

Melody Lewis-Kane and Richard Kane purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Melody Lewis-Kane and Richard Kane chose Downeast and Acadia

Our friends tell us we arrived in heaven a lot sooner than anyone expected. We both have our studios in the main house. Richard is a documentary filmmaker and Melody is a potter. We chose to live here because of the natural beauty of the area and the wonderful community.

What makes this cottage unique

Chairs and a hammock are just 200 feet from the cottage overlooking the Bagaduce River. You can rent kayaks in blue hill and put into the Bagaduce on our property. It is a quiet wooded area one mile off Rt 15. Rope Ferry rd is a lovely walk through the woods as are many other nature walks in the area.


Sedgwick Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Unique Mexican ceramic single sink. Stall shower with beautiful shower curtain. Plush towels.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , accessed by a spiral staircase
  • Queen size bedroom accessed by spiral staircase. Lots of shelving available for clothes and luggage. Rocking chair.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Secluded cottage on the Bagaduce River, pristine tidal estuary of Penobscot Bay
average rating of 4.769231 based on 13 reviews

Just what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Melony and Dick for allowing us to stay in your comfortably, quaint cottage! Although our stay was brief, it was exactly what we needed.

The cottage was the perfect fit for the 2 of us and the stocked kitchen was very helpful.

We do plan to return in the summer to experience the summer life in ME!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jennifer and Ian. It was a pressure to meet the two of you and we hope to see you in the summer. Glad to hear our place worked so well for you. Best, Melody
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Not quite what the title suggests

  • 2 of 5

Overall, this is a very nice small cottage, but is definitely neither secluded not on the water. The property that it sits on is definitely secluded and on the water, however this is more like a studio in a front yard of a secluded house on the water and you have to cut through the yard of the main house to get to the water.

The grounds of the main house are quite nice and it is definitely a beautiful and magical setting, however, the pictures of the water seem to have been taken from the backyard of the main house rather than the cottage itself. Additionally, within 100 yards of the cottage is a neighbors house with a very large and loud dog that barked incessantly during much of our stay.

From a sleeping perspective, the place will sleep two comfortably in a shared bed. The pullout couch is something of a travesty and I would never allow anyone that was staying with me to sleep on such a thing.

Overall, this was the most disappointing stay for us in the area as we felt a bit misled and the price is definitely not justifiable for what you get.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do try very hard to make every guests’ stay comfortable. Constructive criticism is always helpful so we can find ways to improve our guests' experience. So we thank the guest who wrote this review for his feedback. When they arrived for their one night stay (only in the off season can one book a one night stay) one of them seemed confused and expressed that he didn’t think that this was the vacation rental that he had booked. We encourage all our guests to look at the listing very thoroughly. We believe it is quite accurate, even understated. The listing is very clear that there is a Queen bed and a sofa bed. Whenever anyone indicates that they intend to use the sofa bed we remind them that although this is a new sofa bed (and one of the most comfortable we know of) it is still a sofa bed. But since we didn’t know that “two adults” would need the sofa bed we weren’t alerted to that possibility and couldn’t have that conversation with them in advance. The three adult guests that came right after – read the very next review from Dirk – had no complaint about the sofa bed. For any future guests, if we know your intentions of using the sofa bed and think this could be a problem, please let us know and we could direct you elsewhere in the area. We have noticed that our neighbor’s very friendly and gentle dog -- if she happens to be outside in her pen -- may bark upon someone’s arrival or departure. But it is very rare for her to bark at other times. For all future guests, the Cottage at Clay Forms Pottery is a SIPS panel construction (structural insulated panels) whose walls are 6.5” thick and the ceiling is 10.5” thick -- highly insulated from both weather and sound. It's also odd that two days later these guests requested another night stay and asked for a reduction of rent which we apologetically declined. I’m glad they did find our place “magical” albeit not entirely to their liking. Our 8-acre property is always accessible to all our guests who are welcome to hang out at the water, use the hammocks, sit at a picnic table by the water and eat your lobsters, have a glass of wine (often our gift), or light a fire in our chiminea (if it’s not put away for the winter or if there’s no fire danger). We also like to invite our guests to our porch for a drink if it works out in your schedule. So happy travels!!
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Excellent cottage and fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was beautiful and the location right on the river was perfect. It had a fully stocked kitchen, great insulation so it never got cold during the winter, and comfortable slept three people. Melody and Dick were great hosts, and even baked us a delicious pumpkin pie since we arrived on Thanksgiving day! I would definitely love to come stay again.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: These three lovely young folks were wonderful guests. Our only regret is that they came over the Thanksgiving holiday and we did not get a chance to know them better. They would be welcomed back anytime.
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Beautiful place and wonderful people!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place to rest and have as a beginning point for exploring each new day. The Blue Hill Peninsula has extraordinary beauty, is close to Acadia National Park and has so many quaint towns. We loved the cabin and the kitchen was well stocked. She was hospitable in showing us to the river, providing us with a lobster cookpot, and recommending local fare and sights. Our favorite recommendation by far was to go to the co-op in Stonington to buy lobster right off the dock. Wow, so amazing! Thank you for the experience and the incredible home you've built to share with others. We are grateful to have been there to celebrate our marriage, the gift of life, and the natural beauty that was right out the door, thanks so much!

Mel and Dwight

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I visited to celebrate our anniversary and had a wonderful time staying at this cottage. It was in a beautiful and peaceful location on the river, (and so well decorated and comfortable!). We spent most of our time traveling through nearby towns and visiting Acadia which was about an hour away. I would definitely recommend and visit again!


Nicole & Ben

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, intimate stay

  • 5 of 5

Melody and Dick were the most wonderful hosts at this secluded retreat a few steps from the Bagaduce river and 10 mins drive from Blue Hill. The cottage was beautifully set up, and so comfortably decorated. Using Melody's lovely pottery every day made even a simple cup of coffee a moment to be savored. We feel so lucky to have found this unique little house and to have had the added bonus of our hosts' warmth and local knowledge. Art and nature exist in harmony here. Thank you Dick and Melody for your generosity!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Racheal and her family were delightful guest to have in our cottage. They were friendly and respectful of the cottage and the property in general. Their children were delightful and we really enjoyed the chance to get to know them. We hope when they decide to come back to this area, they choose to stay with us again. Melody
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Bangor International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Blue Hill
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Deer Isle CC
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 15
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Blue Hill
Car: necessary

There are many lovely walks and bike rides nearby as well as throughout the Blue Hill Peninsula. We particularly love to walk a boreal fog forest at The Nature Conservancy’s Barred Island Trail on Deer Isle or climb Blue Hill Mountain to view the vistas of Blue Hill Bay and the mountains of Acadia National Park. We also love visiting the beautiful fishing village of Stonington to have a lobster at one of the many restaurants or to take a few home to steam while experiencing a Bagaduce sunset like never before.

Or you could stick close to home and take the four mile drive to Blue Hill where you'll find several great bars and restaurants with gourmet food and wine, galleries, live theater, classical music, shops, a fine bookstore, library, food coop, supermarket and even a hospital. There are several public and semi-private tennis courts on the peninsula and four golf courses within 25 miles.

Besides the world famous Wooden Boat School in neighboring Brooklin and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle there are almost endless opportunities to visit artists in their studios and galleries. And if chamber music is your thing, you won't want to miss one of the weekly chamber concerts at Kneisel Hall Music Festival that includes members of the Julliard String Quartet. Or let it all hang out at a street dance with a steel drum band every Monday night.


Rates & Availability

Sedgwick Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 26 2016 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring/Summer low
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer High
Jun 26 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer/Fall low
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

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