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

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

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:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 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 www.clayformspottery.com 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.

Amenities

Sedgwick Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Unique Mexican ceramic single sink. Stall shower with beautiful shower curtain. Plush towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Secluded cottage on the Bagaduce River, pristine tidal estuary of Penobscot Bay
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 18 reviews
Minneapolis
5

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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Saint Louis, Mo
4

Beautiful Rental Near Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park

  • 4 of 5

This property is a very nice place to stay. I stayed here with my husband and my mother. The kitchen was well stocked with everything you could need to make a nightly dinner. The appliances worked great. There is a grocery store and pharmacy located really close to this property. The loft bed was in the middle of soft and firm, so not too bad to sleep on. The bathroom was well stocked with plenty of towels and wash cloths. The shower had enough hot water to go around. Maybe a curtain on the bathroom window would be appropriate for when people get out of the shower. My mother insisted she sleep on the sofa sleeper. When you pull it out it is extremely hard with a bar in your back. However, she just slept on the couch and put covers over the cushions. She stated she slept really well that way. The cottage is close to the owner's home, but angled for the appropriate privacy. The picture of the hammock is a little walk to the lake behind the owner's house. We did not utilize this space as we did not want to feel like we were intruding in the owner's back yard space. I would recommend making a walking path behind the rental property with a hammock and bonfire area, so renters can have their own privacy by the lake. The screened in porch is a great touch. The owners were very welcoming and accommodating and easy to reach if needed. The internet worked perfectly. The pottery that the owner makes is beautiful. I bought one of her mugs because I just fell in love with it. I would also recommend putting the rules of the house on the vrbo website such as, "no shoes on laminate flooring inside the house", "no bonfire outside when it's too windy", "when you walk back behind owners house to use the hammock, yell out loud so owner is aware to get out of water", "no cat in house" ect.. All those rules thrown at us at once kind of made us feel to some extent like we could not be comfortable within the rental. Additionally, add what to do with the linens and towels upon departure. These are things travelers like to know up front. Lastly, if you do receive a non-faltering review, please do not complain to renters about other renters reviews, it does not look professional. There is no reason to sway a renter's review when this place in itself is very lovely. There will always be reviews with critical aspects to some extent. I always try to give my honest unbiased opinion on a property I rent. Thank you for the stay we did have a lovely time.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heather, Thanks for your recommendations. We will post more house rules on the website for future guests. We cannot have bon fires as we are in the woods and the wind often comes up in the afternoon or evening. Access to the river is behind our house as other access would be too steep and difficult. Sorry that you did not utilize the river area as others have. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you had a safe journey home. Best, Melody
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Chicago/Portland, OR
5

Beautiful, peaceful rural setting, yet not far from everything . Artful, cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place to spend a week with my family of three. Melody and Dick are great people and hosts, and share their incredibly beautiful property along the Bagaduce River. The cottage is soulful and pretty, easy to cook and live in. It feels rural, but groceries, resataurants and art galore are nearby. The peninsula is just gorgeous, with easy access to everywhere we wanted to adventure, including Acadia, just an hour away. We were glad we stayed away from those crowds and stayed in the Blue Hill peninsula instead. It was a perfect vacation we'll always remember fondly, and these hosts and their home were a big part of that. Hope we can return one day.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Massachusetts
4

Wonderful relaxing stay

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay this past week. The cottage/studio was equipped with everything we needed. The location was accessible to lots of local sites and we enjoyed exploring trails in and around Deer Isle and Acadia. Melody made great suggestions for places to check out. It was definitely off the beaten path but we prefer quiet places to relax after a day of exploring. Will certainly consider this location again for a future trip.

Highly recommend. Thanks again Melody and Dick for sharing this lovely place with travelers to Maine.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathy and her husband were lovely folks to meet and have a guests. They seem to fit right into the area with their bikes and their love of nature. That is what we are about here on the shores of the Bagaduce. We look forward to having them back again in the future.
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4

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
Owner's Response: Annika and her husband were lovely guest to have in our cottage. It was a pleasure to meet them and know that that had a little very time while here on our peninsula. They left the cottage in excellent order and we look forward to having them back when they can spend more time to explore the area. Melody
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5

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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Map

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.

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Rates & Availability

Sedgwick Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer High
Jun 26 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$966
 
 
Summer/Fall low
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$128
$896
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$128
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $250

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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