Bold Colorful Life Estate
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Frequently Asked Questions
About the Estate

I. Why is it called "Bold Colorful Life"?  A Bold Colorful Life is a state of mind---we know who we are and live authentically; we choose to do the things we are passionate about; we surround ourselves with colorful people who reflect our lifestyle and values; and we create and spend time in environments that stimulate the very best we have to give to the world around us.

The Bold Colorful Life theme is inspired by love of nature and beauty and art, by love of adventure and exploration;  and it's grounded in spiritual awareness and growth.
By building this estate, your hosts are following a bold colorful dream.
Leave your stress and hassle at home and come fill yourself with the joy of the natural world, gathering with loved ones, and exploring this uncommonly beautiful and enjoyable area of Maine. Come join us for a long weekend, a week, one of our Retreats, a life adventure!

II. What is the property like? Bold Colorful Life estate is situated on an enchanting old salt farm on 15 acres of waterfront fields, woods, stone walls, apple trees, lilac trees and gardens. If you can take your eyes off the breathtaking panorama, you'll notice that the 'compound' consists of four New England-style buildings: a Maine farmhouse, attached to an historic barn, with views of the Back River and a large freshwater pond; a charming garden shed with garden and picket fence nearby; an 1800s Cape nestled amongst the apple trees on the southern end of the ridge; and an 1800s barn, now the Bold Colorful Life Gallery.

The buildings sit on a 15 acre ledge-covered clearing on a hillside of woods and meadows, approximately 800 feet above a cove on the rocky shoreline of the Back River, the eastern offshoot of the mighty Sheepscot River. From the front porches of both houses, you can look northwesterly to the Back River and farms across the river.

III. How can we choose between the two houses?
The main house is new, but has the soul of an historic place as it is built partially of wood rescued from 200 year old barn buildings on this site and another. It is designed as a traditional Maine farmhouse on the outside, with porches and dormers and gardens. Inside, the first floor holds a large kitchen and dining area, which faces the river; a cozy media room with the latest technology and a handicap-accessible bedroom and bath, both which face the courtyard and the sunrise. On the second floor, there are four bedrooms with private baths--two which face the river and freshwater pond and the sunsets, and two which face the porch and gardens and courtyard, both warmed by the sunrise.

The main house is attached to an historic barn, which was lovingly taken down from its original site in North Waldoboro and rebuilt here. It is known as the Homer Jones barn--Homer Jones built the barn over 200 years ago. On the first floor of the barn, the two-story Great Room connects to the dining area, with spectacular views to the river and the west. The rooms share a wall with a see-through gas fireplace which warms both rooms. Above it is a gathering area for tea, cocktails and conversation, with an overlook to the Great Room and sunset views. All Farmhouse guests are invited to enjoy the Great Room, front porch, back porch and new back deck!

THE CAPE: The historic 1800s Cape was moved from its original foundation when that foundation threatened to collapse, and has been completely renovated in its new site--with a wrap-around deck, large back porch and dormers. It is tucked in a glade filled with lilies of the valley and Lady-slippers, apple trees and hummingbirds. On the first floor is one sunny bedroom with private bath, especially convenient for those who avoid climbing stairs. This room looks out over the courtyard and off to the river. A country kitchen and pantry, living room with historic chimney and dining room join it on the first floor. The kitchen looks out over the back deck to the barn Gallery.  The dining room has a view of the shade garden as well. Upstairs are three additional bedroom units, all with private baths, each with its own unique personality. Two have courtyard views, with side views to the road or to the Gallery, and one has a private view of the Cape deck and apple trees and a bath with a claw-foot tub that looks out to the barn Gallery and beyond. There is also a cozy Computer Corner with WiFi/WiFLi...When it Feels Like it--90% of the time...for guests to connect with the 'outer world'. All Cape guests are invited to enjoy the computer corner, front porch and deck.

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How close are the two buildings on the estate? The two building fronts are about 150 feet apart...about the distance between country neighbors. See the aerial picture below. The two deck areas are private from one another, visually blocked by both buildings.

IV. What's fun to do outside at the estate? The estate has 300 feet of water frontage on the Back River. The river empties and refills every six hours and wildlife is profuse. At half and high tide, you can swim, paddle, canoe, fish or just sit and admire the activity of the river. Borrow a kayak and paddle out to explore the area.  Here's an aerial view of the estate in summer.

At low tide, you will often see dozens of birds on the uncovered islands and ledges, and day or night you might hear the haunting call of the loons. There are half a dozen seals who like to play in our cove and this stretch of the Back River. A pair of bald eagles are nesting at the northern end of Tibbetts Island (about an 1/8 of a mile down river) and they regularly swoop overhead, looking for lunch.

Enjoy your own lunch, with river views, on our three picnic tables along the River Walk. From the stone benches on our walkway, you can watch lobstermen tending their traps in the open channel from dawn till dusk. You can meditate on the sunrise, watch the seals play in the cove, track osprey and seabirds as they wheel overhead. If you're very lucky, you will see our resident porcupine, who resides at the edge of the forest, our Maine painted turtles who sun on their log in the freshwater pond or the myriad of frogs who leap quickly into the water there, and our gray fox who dances on the snow-covered winter lawn. You will almost definitely see our deer at dusk and we've seen moose prints on the property on two occasions in the fall. Worn out from all the fresh air? Relax in a hammock or a rocking chair. More ideas here.


     Where is the children's toy and play area? The children's play area is just to the west side of the Gallery barn, where you can find a sandbox and chairs for child-watching. There is a beige deck box filled with toys, further back behind the Gallery Barn in a 'room' of trees, away from the wind off the river.

     Where is the sports equipment kept? What's available? The sports equipment is kept in that same 'room', out behind the barn, where the wind can't lift the equipment and blow it around. There are four kayaks, with paddles and life vests. There is also a beige deck box with many games including croquet, badminton, volleyball and rope toss. Use of all of these is complimentary.

V.  Where can we walk and hike and enjoy Maine's natural beauty? Walking and climbing along the property’s lawns and through the gardens, you will see apple and cherry and plum trees, protected Lady slippers, chokecherry and lilac bushes, perennial gardens galore, all set off handsomely by hemlocks and cathedral pines. Walk or drive around the corner onto Dover Cross road, and you can enter the Ovens Mouth Preserve and continue your hiking along the rocky cliffs of the Ovens Mouth, which connects the Back River with Cross River. Drive a little further, and you can visit any of the other 12 preserves on the Boothbay peninsula, the Central Maine Botanical Garden (just four miles away!), and Boothbay Harbor or other nearby attractions. Walking sticks are available for loan. More ideas here.

VI. What's fun to do inside at the estate? The estate is equipped with all sorts of entertainment for quiet nights and rainy days. Hundreds of books, dozens of movies, lots of games and puzzles await you; borrow some art supplies and create your own Maine work of art. Relax in a porch chair. Play the baby grand piano in the Great Room of the Farmhouse or the keyboard in the Cape. Several rooms have TV; all have cable access. More ideas here.

VII. How do we find the estate? Directions are here: Directions & Maps

VIII. What about privacy?
The estate is almost at the end of a quiet, residential road in Boothbay, about six miles from Boothbay Harbor. Your space is entirely your own while you are at the Bold Colorful Life Estate. If the other building is rented, it's as close as a country neighbor...we've never had anyone feel as though there's not enough space for both groups to be private. The property is 15 acres on both sides of the road.
The owner/manager is on site much of each week. She will 'check you in' and give you the tour of the building, the site and the area; then disappear. She'll be accessible by phone or text if you have questions that aren't answered in the Policies and Information manual, if something on the property needs attention and/or if you'd like to know more about the area. Otherwise, she is busy with life and maintaining the property.
She also always offers to take your group picture in front of your building on the last day...and to wish you well on your travels.


IX. Where do we park on the property?

For the Cape: park behind the Cape, here:


And walk up the ramp here:
For the Farmhouse: park in front of the picket fence in front of the Cape, here:

X. What kinds of things can we find in the Bold Colorful Life Gallery? The Gallery holds all kinds of bold and colorful artwork and gifts...something for everyone who visits...and memorable gifts for their loved ones. The Gallery is open by appointment only, so there's no bustling traffic in and out. And, just now, we are re-setting it after a couple of months of raccoons making it their home over the winter!!

          colorful, elegant jewelry.... There is nothing that says more about who you are and how you're feeling about life than the colorful, elegant jewelry you choose to wear!

  stunning natural photographs....Are you ready to surround yourself with things you love, that bring you joy, that state who you are, that add color to every corner of your life? Choose a stunning natural photograph to add color and beauty to your home or office.

and   dramatic works of art to bring landscape beauty into your personal environment. 

To orient yourself to the area, press here for a Google map.

Here is the history of the town of Boothbay...and the Boothbay peninsula.

For more about the
history of the farm, press here. 



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We're working on a new attraction on our 15 acre estate for 2018. It's going to be a 'Fairy Walk', where children (of all ages) can build fairy houses to their heart's content, and the walkway leads through the woods to a lovely pine-needle-covered picnic area. I'll be putting pictures of our progress on the main website soon.

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