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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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 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
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Secluded cottage on the Bagaduce River, pristine tidal estuary of Penobscot Bay
average rating of 4.733333 based on 15 reviews

This cottage delivers beyond expectations! Beautiful, secluded, clean, comfortable and refreshing!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had the most amazing stay at the Secluded Cottage on the Bagaduce River. We seek out unique places to stay where we can get away from it all, cook our own meals and spend time connecting with each other and ourselves---we were not disappointed and this was beyond our expectations! The cottage is located on the property of the hosts (Dick and Melody) and is very clean and well-maintained, has a high ceiling making it feel extremely spacious, has a fun lofted bedroom area accessed by a spiral staircase and is decorated beautifully with unique artwork. The cottage sits on the Bagaduce River which is a combination of fresh and salt-water and the tide goes in and out. By the river we watched many sunsets, laid on the hammock and had a fire in the chimney-a while viewing the moon and stars. There are plenty of fresh towels, linens and the kitchen is fully stocked with all the utensils you need to cook. Dick and Melody even let us borrow their Lobster pot and gave us instructions to make fresh lobsters we purchased at the Stonington Lobster Co-op. Location wise, this couldn't get any better for the Blue Hill Peninsula! It is secluded and only about 4 miles from Blue Hill where there is a grocery store (Tradewinds) and local shops. You also are within driving distance to several small towns on the Blue Hill Peninsula, Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor and hiking trails and can take the day or afternoon to explore these and come back to your cozy refuge. Other amenities include a TV/DVD player and wifi . Dick and Melody went above and beyond as hosts-they have a way of making you feel like family. They also have the best suggestions for hikes and things to do in the area and were so responsive to any questions and messages. We were welcomed with a bottle of wine and fresh flowers on the table and felt completely at home from the moment we stepped into the cottage. There were so many little special details the owners have paid attention to. We are so grateful to Dick and Melody for sharing such a special place, would recommend this to our friends and hope to come back! A few things we loved nearby: Barred Island hike in Deer Isle, buying Lobsters at the Lobster Co-op in Stonington, hiking Sargent and Beech Mountains at Acadia State Park, exploring tide pools at Weir Cove off of Cape Rosier, the shoreline at Flye Point Road, the Blue Hill hike, 44 North Coffee shop in Stonington, Bucklyn Coffee in Blue Hill and just being at the cottage!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laura and Jeff were a pleasure to have as guest. They were thoughtful and the property and left things quite clean. It is always wonderful to have the opportunity to meet such a wonderful young couple and get to know them as friends. We hope to keep in touch and look forward to them visiting with us again.
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Small, lovely curated house

  • 4 of 5

This house has the artist touch, every object and piece has been thoughtfully placed there. The screened in porch is a wonderful place to sit and have dinner or a drink.

The Melody and Dick are very helpful and will point you towards good hikes and adventures.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifully modern cottage to get away from it all.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was breathtaking from the moment we stepped in. Melody and Dick did a beautiful job constructing it, with absolutely new and modern construction and not a single detail missed. We had everything we needed in the cottage, from bed linens, towels, and toiletries, to a fully equipped kitchen (it was tiny, but it didn't feel reduced in any way, I mean, hello food processor?!), to a comfortable living area, cozy loft, and screened in porch. The weather forecast turned out better than we hoped and close access to multiple hiking trails (we did the Great Pond Summit in Blue Hill and the Bluff Preserve, which is within walking distance) that we didn't mind the black flies at all. The reviewer complaining about the dog and the 'waterfront' has some perversely impossible expectations because the dogs next door weren't bothersome at all (2 minutes of welcome barking from a distant penned area) and Melody and Dick made their backyard so welcome and inviting that it really didn't matter that we had to walk a minute around the house to get to it. If it wasn't so cool for a May evening, we would've gladly been out there for hours on the chairs and hammock reading our books and napping! Catch the sunset or sunrise if you can off the Bagaduce River, it is a beautiful sight. We cannot wait to come back again. Thank you both, we'll see you again soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melissa and Aaron were lovely guests. We are only sorry they did not have a longer stay so we could get to know this lovely young couple better. We are glad they enjoyed their time here in spite of some cool May weather and the seasonal spring bugs. All in all, we hope they return for a longer visit. Melody
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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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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
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%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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