Bold Colorful Life Estate -
Great for a Family Gathering, Awesome Owner!
2017 Farmhouse rental
The farmhouse is such a wonderful
retreat!! Everything in the online description was to a T
accurate. Melissa gave us a much appreciated
orientation/walk through too, she is a gracious and
considerate hostess. We are so glad we chose this place it
had everything we needed to make our stay memorable. The
surrounding grounds had so many awesome quiet places to
retreat and the young adults with us not only utilized those
but loved the second floor lounge space. All our visiting
relatives not only were 'awed' by her creativeness, but
commented they would like to return for a family gathering
in the future, so bravo to Melissa! She even sent a few
emails highlighting some daily activities going on in the
local area. We will be forever grateful for the attention we
received that made our stay so pleasant.
Laura C, Albertville, Alabama
We had a great time at the Cape house!
September 1-5, 2017 Cape
We had a
great time here at the Cape house! It's really a lovely
place and it was just the right size for us. We were very
comfortable throughout our stay.
The lobster roll at Robinson's Wharf was fantastic, thanks
for the recommendation! If we ever get back to Maine, we
hope we can stay here again.
Rick and Vicky A, Berea, Ohio
Boothbay Waterfront Estate
2017 Farmhouse Rental
This was a perfect spot for our family
reunion: Great location - off the beaten path but is close
to civilization. Lovely house - feels like a real "home".
Nice layout - a bathroom for each bedroom, large dining area
and multiple spaces for hanging out: 2 porches, den, loft,
great room. Accommodating and enthusiastic hostess.
C, Brooklyn, New York
Charming Waterfront 5 Bedroom Cape
Melissa was incredibly helpful. She
met us when we arrived and gave us a tour of the house, the
grounds and also an overview of things to do and places to
eat in the Boothbay area. The house was perfect for our
family - everyone had their own bedroom and we could spend
time together on the deck or in the kitchen/dining room. The
location is great for exploring the Boothbay area. We loved
our week in Maine!
Melissa - thanks for all your tips and suggestions for
things to do. It was really helpful since we had never been
to that area before. We especially loved the hike at La
Verna and never would have found that on our own.
Reunion at The Farmhouse and The Cape
July 22-29, 2017 Farmhouse
and Cape Rental
To Melissa: Thank you so much for all
your kind words and for your thoughtfulness while we were in
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.
A, Hinsdale, Illinois
2017 Farmhouse rental
The house was brightly colored and inviting from the moment
we stepped inside. There were plenty of supplies throughout
the beautiful home, and Melissa had thought of everything we
might need during our stay. When we had questions or needs
came up, Melissa was available immediately to do whatever
was necessary to make it happen. The grounds are beautifully
manicured and there is plenty of yard space for children to
run and play. We especially enjoyed the rocking chairs on
the front porch and the ones on the back deck.
David G, Fayetteville, Georgia
Warm, inviting, comfortable, quiet...
2017 Cape rental
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
Molly R, South
Beautifully maintained historic house....
2017 Cape rental
A beautifully maintained historic
house on magnificent property located on the Back River.
Lots of activities indoor and outdoor -- perfect for nature
lovers, bird watchers, and those who like to explore. We
loved our stay at the house, and wished we could have spent
more time there. A great spot for a family reunion. Lots of
space and privacy. Melissa is a wonderful hostess,
knowledgeable, very flexible and generous.
Shelley K, Wadsworth, Illinois
Wonderful. Off the beaten path
June 26- July
2017 Farmhouse rental
Off the beaten path
but close to everything in Booth Bay. Great for a large
group. Melissa greeted us and answered all of our questions.
The house had everything we needed. We would stay there
Beth D, Ashville,
Wonderful off the beaten path retreat
2017 Cape rental
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.
Will S, Austin, Texas
2017 Farmhouse and Cape rental
This was an ideal spot for a golf
weekend. Large table and efficient kitchen and large deck
made a terrific setting for entertaining. The property is
close to town, quiet and picturesque.
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.
Mike B, Ridgefield, CT
2017 Farmhouse rental
This is a fantastic
spot! Between the Farmhouse and the grounds, a lot of space
to unwind and relax and enjoy Boothbay. We had a group of 8,
split evenly among adults and kids. The kids had plenty of
choices for where to play inside and do their thing, and
that didn't compete with what the adults wanted to do. The
Library/Study on the main floor is an especially cool space.
Love the large
Kitchen and Dining Room. Easily handled the 8 of us when
making meals and fixing snacks & cocktails.
The outside and
backyard was really nice. Lots to explore. The kids loved
the various hammocks! We made good use of both the kayaks
and the outside games/toys (wife ball, etc.). So many
options; easy to keep the day rolling without anyone saying
they are bored!
Nice view of the
tidal river from both inside the house and from the back
deck. Just the right amount of water view to help you
appreciate the area and set the right atmosphere.
location. It's just 15 minutes to downtown Boothbay Harbor
and the all the restaurants and shopping. You don't have to
over-plan the day in order to get into town.
We really enjoyed
our stay and Melissa was more than accommodating. Not that
we needed anything but she was available if we needed her.
I'd definitely go
Brian K, Westford, Massachusetts
Location, Charm, Beauty
2017 Cape Rental
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
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...
exploring the Boothbay peninsula and Southport island...
What glorious beauty
... the sights, the sounds, the smells … a total sensory
I think I'll make
this an annual getaway!
Room Tip: While the
Farmhouse is beautiful, the cottage is truly charming.
Offers privacy for families and groups.
Connie O, Redding, CT
Well appointed, colorful, Maine get-away
2017 Farmhouse rental
The Bold Colorful Life Estate is the
place to go for an experience that is many parts: welcoming,
comfortable, beautiful, convenient, and well managed. From
the huge well appointed farmhouse eat-in kitchen to the
sweeping views to the river to the appropriate and eye
pleasing interior design and decoration to the multiplicity
of color coordinated bedrooms each with its own bath and
fantastic bed, the farmhouse is a great place to rent for a
reunion for friends, college classmates, sports enthusiasts,
and art appreciators alike. Melissa hosted us with warmth,
clear directions, and rapid and calm responses to our needs.
You need to visit this lovely place and all the great parts
of this section of Maine like the Coastal Maine Botanical
Garden and Moody's Diner, to which Melissa will provide
guidance and many more ideas on how to occupy your time
there. Go there as soon as you can.
Leslie B, Albuquerque, New Mexico/Oakton, Virginia
Perfect Reunion Getaway
2017 Farmhouse rental
This is the perfect spot for a high
school or college reunion getaway. Each guest has a private
room and bath - so 6 adults can sleep separately without
disturbing others. The large kitchen makes communal meal
preparation easy and enjoyable, the dining room has a huge
table made from a barn door for playing games and sitting
around chatting, and the living room has a piano for singing
and carousing. The views overlooking Back River are
spectacular with 15 acres to explore, and kayaks are
available to paddle around and see an eagle's nest and other
wildlife. There are lots of great restaurants in Boothbay
Harbor and neighboring towns within easy driving distance -
including a brew pub and an old diner with homemade fruit
and Whoopie pies. The atmosphere is a throw back to earlier
times with lighthouses to climb and hiking paths to explore
- a respite from modern civilization. Melissa is a fantastic
host whose owner's quarters are adjacent to the property, so
she is readily available to provide suggestions that are
always spot on.
Joyce W, Chicago, Illinois
A wonderful time, enjoyed every minute
2016 Farmhouse rental
Melissa couldn't have been a better
host, her warmth, wit and respect for our needs were all
that we wished for. She is such an interesting person,
passionate about her artfully restored farmhouse. She shared
her love of the area and gave us a lot of good suggestions.
Breakfast the next morning was delicious.
2016 Farmhouse rental
We had a wonderful stay at Melissa's estate, called Bold
Colorful Life. The house is set high on a hill facing
beautiful Maine waterfront (riverfront), with long sloping
lawns down to the river. The setting was so beautiful and
the house so comfortable that we had little incentive to
leave the place for excursions. We enjoyed sitting on the
wide decks reading, eating lobster, and watching the tide go
in and out. Our grandchildren loved exploring the grounds,
including the kayaking, the frog pond, playing hoops on the
lawn, and making s'mores at the fire pit. This was a great
house for a three-generation family vacation. Everything was
exactly as described. Melissa was easy to communicate with,
very responsive to our requests, and made us all feel very
welcome. She was present on the grounds but never in our
way, just available by text if we needed anything. A great
host, and a terrific place for a Maine waterfront vacation.
Aline S., Amherst, MA
2016 Cape rental
We had a spectacular time at the
Waterfront Cape. The house has everything one would need and
a short drive into the Harbor. We spent all of our time
outdoors grilling on the deck, kayaking, exploring the
grounds/waterfront and enjoying the campfire. Melissa was an
excellent host. She was easily accessible and accommodating
during our stay and gave us the inside scoop on the
surrounding area . I definitely look forward to my next trip
to Boothbay as the town has so much to offer.
Timothy D., New York, New York
The Farmhouse is Fabulous
August 6, 2016
We had 3 couples and a fifth wheel
(me) at the Farmhouse and the place was fabulous. Bedrooms
and bathrooms for each, with one to spare. All designed in
bright and bold colors and two with river views. The kitchen
and dining area were perfect for a big group, for cooking
and eating and entertaining. Plenty of room to spread out
and find personal space, both in the Farmhouse and on the
property itself. I was initially concerned that it might be
a little removed from Boothbay Village, but found that the
drive wasn't too far, and some of the guests biked to the
Village and beyond. It was truly a special place and our
hostess, Melissa, was thorough in offering advice and
recommendations about the area(even before our visit) and
and invisible for most of our time there, unless we had
specific questions. At which point she was available and
extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would highly
recommend the Farmhouse for the facility and its amenities,
as well as for the reasonable price and the gracious
Tom Y., North Andover, MA
July 28, 2016
What a fantastic place to stay. This
house built in the 1800's is phenomenal. Quaint historical
house with a property that allows you to explore and feel
like you are in your own home. Would stay many times over.
The house has lots of personality and can work for all types
of families. Our kids ranged from 13 to 23 and all had lots
to do and relax with nature while exploring the beautiful
surrounding towns. Thx Melissa for being such a great
Linda S., Ladera Ranch, CAL
Perfect Memory Maker
July 23, 2016
The Bold Colorful Life Estate is the
perfect location for family gatherings and making memories!
Celebrating our parents 50th wedding anniversary, 15 family
members spent a relaxing fun filled week surrounded by
beauty and the joyful energy created by Melissa Thornton.
The house is brilliantly decorated, comfortable and well
maintained. Melissa was organized, thorough and willing to
help make each and every person comfortable and happy. Every
question or need we had was attended to quickly,
accommodating all of our wishes to make our parent's special
occasion one to remember. She truly places her guests as her
first priority. We highly recommend Melissa and her home for
your next family celebration!
Jennifer A., Morrisville, VT
July 6, 2016
Absolutely wonderful stay in the Cape!
Beautiful and peaceful setting with so much to do right on
the property. My family thoroughly enjoyed our visit! The
house was clean and comfortable and so charming. It felt
like home. I highly recommend!
W., Hamlet, OH
Wonderful and relaxing stay
July 1, 2016
Melissa was incredibly welcoming. She
took the time to get us settled and give us a tour of the
grounds. We had a wonderful time at her place and were blown
away by the beauty of both the grounds and the house itself.
The bedrooms were well-appointed and the kitchen and dining
area were perfect for a large group.
Bruce K., Roswell, GA
June 23, 2016
Our family of 6 stayed in the 5
Bedroom restored Cape. We had plenty of room to stretch out
and relax. The lovingly restored rooms had a great mix of
old world charm and modern amenities. The beautiful fifteen
acre property is situated on the Back River and has flower
gardens, vegetable gardens, a stone fire pit, wild turkeys,
(friendly) foxes, and if you're lucky to spot them, bald
eagles. But our favorite feature of the property was its
owner, Melissa. She was such a wonderful host, friendly,
caring, and attentive but not at all intrusive. She gave us
the inside scoop on the area, what to do and where to go
based on our interests. This made our first stay in Boothbay
perfect. We will definitely be back.
Brian B., Wading River, NY
June 18, 2016
Beautiful house in a secluded setting. Melissa was very
friendly and accessible if we needed her, but invisible
otherwise. The property was well maintained, welcoming, and
clean. The town of Boothbay Harbor was close by with plenty
to do and eat. I would recommend this property to others.
Diana B., Frisco, TX
June 6, 2016
This is a great
place for a group of 10. Each room had its own bath which is
always appreciated. There is a large kitchen/dining area for
everyone to gather, and a library room for quiet book
reading. We enjoyed the fire pit (bring a flashlight) one
evening for s'mores. The owner has put a lot of work into
landscaping and creating a lovely path to get you safely
down to the water. We didn't get to kayak, but this would
have been a nice, calm place to do so especially if you're
not an expert at kayaking. I personally like the quietness
of the home away from the town. Our room was cozy and quiet,
as well. As far as the 'rules' some have complained about, I
would much prefer the book Melissa provides with the rules
to having to call her every 5 minutes with questions. She
has worked hard on this home and wants to keep it nice for
the next travelers. The only downside for me was having to
wash the linens. If you're in a hurry to leave on departure
day you'll want to keep this in mind or arrange to pay the
extra to have it done. Not a big deal, but just be prepared.
Chris A, Wichita,
WOW!!! Our group has been getting together yearly on Memorial Day Weekend since our children
were small and we used to go tent camping together - that's about twenty-four years ago. Our kids are all grown and gone
but we still like to get together for the holiday weekend. Since we are all getting a bit older we prefer a bit more
comfort than a sleeping bag on the ground in a tent, dry pit toilets and no showers. In the past few years we have picked
a location and then find a home to rent together. This home was the best we have stayed at yet!!! The home is lovely,
spacious, clean and in a lovely setting. The host Melissa T. could not have been more accommodating to our needs while we
were there. We even forgot a pair of boots and didn't realize until we got home. She graciously packed them up and
sent them back to us! My favorite piece of furniture in the home is the huge barn door dining room table! Great for
gathering around for meals or games! My favorite room to relax in was the great room with a beautiful view, a wall of
books and a baby grand piano. If you are in the Boothbay Harbor area for a vacation or extended stay this is the
place you want to be.
Bonnie D, Hudson, NH
2015 to January 3, 2016
Thanks so much for a lovely stay in
your beautiful home, Melissa! We all had a wonderful time
and would love to come back:)
the lovely pictures and for being such a wonderful host to
our New Year's getaway, it was just a beautiful landscape to
ring in the New Year!!
Fondly, Viola P,
October 9, 2015
This has been my 2nd trip to
BoldColorLife Inn and each time I feel like I am transported
to a safe haven. We stayed at the Cape in the Butterscotch
Amber suite. We had our own bathroom with a wonderful tub or
shower. The coziness of the Cape is such a warm, relaxing
feeling that you immediately feel less stressed. The morning
breakfast in the dining area is a treat and just starts the
day off right for whatever adventures await. You can't miss
a trip to Boldcolorlife Inn and once you're experienced it
you will only want more!
Joyce G., Trumbull, CT
September 4, 2015
Our group of 14 (6 adults and 8
children) enjoyed every minute of our Labor Day weekend at
this bold and colorful estate! The farmhouse is unique, and
bright and very well appointed. Just about everything one
would need on a vacation is provided. (Other than a whisk!)
I will admit to being a bit surprised that Melissa's home
was attached to the main farmhouse, but found this to be of
no issue while we were there. We are a fairly loud group
(with 14 how can you not be) and I was most concerned that
we'd disturb her. But she explained that though attached,
there is quite a bit of hallway space between her living
space and ours. And I she didn't complain about our noise,
so... We found that there was plenty to do both on property
and off. The kids rode their bikes all around this beautiful
property, walked out into the riverbed at low tide, checked
out the frogs and snakes in the pond, found a porcupine
friend in the evening. All while the adults enjoyed
cocktails on the deck with the amazing view, walked the
paths, lounged in the hammocks and rode our bikes as well. I
should also speak to Melissa's introduction to the property.
The property, inside and out, is huge so we truly
appreciated her tour to familiarize ourselves with the home
and it's surroundings. Also, Melissa helped us navigate
Boothbay. The best beaches, the best restaurants, what not
to miss, etc.. We found this very helpful and did end up
(per her recommendations) at Hendricks Head Beach, with a
stop into Robinson's Wharf for some fresh lobsters, and
McSeagull's for lunch on another excursion. She didn't lead
us astray! We were quite happy with all our outings! Melissa
also was kind enough to answer some questions we had about
biking in the area. We found her to be very helpful, and
very kind! Even taking our group photo at the end of our
stay! This property is truly unique and so beautiful! We
really didn't want to leave. I would absolutely recommend
this property to both large groups and to those looking for
a romantic getaway! Thanks again, Melissa!
Malaika S., New London,
August 24, 2015
We had our first extended family
vacation this month and the rental provided us an
opportunity to spend it together in one house. Melissa was
an excellent hostess and provided us with plenty of
information on things to do and places to see. The location
was a perfect mix of quiet and access to town. The fire pit
in the evenings during the meteor shower was the icing on
the cake. I strongly recommend looking at this rental for a
group vacation. The price was very reasonable as well.
John M., Seymour, CT
August 20, 2015
Farmhouse and Cape rentals
Our group of 16 rented out both the
Cape and the Farmhouse for a family wedding being held
nearby. 8 adults, 8 children in all. What a treat to all be
in close proximity to each other yet have space to spread
out. The property is absolutely beautiful with a leisurely
walk to the water frontage where we kayaked and
bird-watched. Benches & picnic tables were thoughtfully
placed throughout the paths, and the children loved looking
at the Maine Painted Turtles and frogs in the freshwater
pond. We even saw a porcupine under the apple tree late at
night! The Cape house dates from the 1800's and has been
lovingly restored. It does maintain quite alot of character
yet is comfortable and safe. The kitchen is plentifully
stocked, and we wished we could have stayed a week to take
advantage of all the cookware, etc. Each bedroom has a
delightful theme, and the children enjoyed having their own
little nooks for exploring and sleeping. Other reviews
mention the policies and introductory tour . . . making us a
bit wary. But the owner was very kind and engaging. The tour
helped us to take advantage of the amenities both on the
property and in Boothbay. And quite frankly, if I had a
property this beautiful and historic, I would want to make
sure it stayed that way too. For the remainder of our visit,
we felt like we had the property to ourselves, but the owner
was available by cell or email for questions -- perfect for
us. We would definitely return to this property again,
perhaps renting the Farmhouse next time for a change of
scenery. Thank you, M, for sharing your beautiful piece of
Maine with our family.
P., York, PA
July 25, 2015
How fortunate we were to find Bold Colorful Life website after searching for hours to locate a suitable cottage on Midcoast Maine, large enough to accommodate our family. We were certain from viewing the photos of the farmhouse, with the striking colors in each room, and the accompanying grounds that this was the place to be. Our communications with Melissa reinforced our initial feelings. After spending a week’s vacation at the farmhouse, we knew we had made the best choice ever. Nine adults made up our family, with 5 grandchildren ages 8 and under. Each of the five beautifully decorated bedrooms, in a bold color representing various healing gems, had its own private bathroom. Our daughters especially enjoyed the amethyst room with its spectacular view of sunsets over the Back River. Meals were a pleasure to prepare and share in the spacious kitchen and dining area. The barn door table
was unique and very functional. The children could play close by on the back deck and adjacent lawn. The landscape is amazing with its numerous pathways – dotted by benches and hammocks, allowing us to enjoy the calming sounds of nature. At one point during the week friends visited from Cushing and we had the most enjoyable walk to the river’s edge, talking, taking pictures and just communicating with nature. Melissa was the high point of our stay – so vivacious, hospitable, and more than helpful with recommendations on everything – from food, where to go, things to do, especially with young children- we never felt like we were imposing with inquiries. She made a point of being available if we wished but was very conscious of our privacy. In other words, we could not have asked for a more gracious hostess. In summary, this was a most memorable weeks’ vacation with family in Boothbay. We would love to
return to Bold Colorful Life.
July 6, 2015
Wonderful estate to relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounding. Quick drive to lovely town of Boothbay. Enjoy talking with the estate owner who is fully knowledgeable on wonderful restaurants, hikes, aquariums. Botanical gardens. Just ask! No question, the best place to vacation.
Diane D., Delanson, NY
July 6, 2015
"I couldn't have asked
for a better experience!"
We take an annual family vacation back to N.E. to see my family. This year I wanted to spend time on the coast of Maine and spent quite some time looking for a place that was suitable for my immediate family, my dad, brother, sister-in-law and nieces. In my wildest dreams I couldn't have found a better spot.
The Cape was beautiful. The property was breath taking. And Melissa, our hostess, was welcoming and awesome. She gave us an overview of the area, as well as recommendations of where to take family hikes, eat lobster rolls and get the best ice cream in town!
The property was peaceful, impeccably maintained and well thought out. And my kids were thrilled with the fire-pit, as they got smores every nights!
I highly recommend this beautiful estate.
June 22, 2015
The Very Best
Five friends and I recently spent the most glorious vacation in this loving, comforting and delightful home. And Home it is. After a breath-taking tour around our new home, we gathered in the cozy living room and said, "Let's never leave here. Let's stay forever!" While this wonderful home is called the "Waterfront Cape," to us, it is the "Forever Cape." Every room is magnificent. Every room has the character that you wish was in your own home. Everything was totally clean, comfortable and in excellent repair and the property will make your spirits soar. It is a place that will transform and refresh you. If it is a break from your overly-busy daily world that you need, this wonderful home-away-from-home is the place for you.
Andy C, Southport, ME
June 20, 2015
“Bold Colorful Life is
a wonderful place for a family celebratory vacation”
We recently spent a week at Bold Colorful Life with the
extended family in celebration of our parents’ 50th wedding
anniversary. We stayed in the farmhouse and it was a
wonderful experience. Melissa is very personable and very
well organized. The house is immaculate and the property is
absolutely beautiful. Initially we had some concerns about
all being in the same house as we were vacationing with
extended family and we weren’t sure if we would feel “on top
of each other” under the same roof. It worked out much
better than we had expected. Each room had its own private
bath and we were able to convert a couple of other rooms
including the loft area in the great room for extra sleeping
spaces as we had more two more people than normal for this
particular rental. The space worked out perfectly. The first
couple of days rained so we could not spend as much time
outside as we had wanted. That said the covered farmer’s
porch in the front and the covered back porch area allowed
us to be outside without getting soaked by the rain. We also
found that the Great Room and the Kitchen area were spacious
enough that we did not feel closed in. The kitchen is
amazing and we were thrilled at the fact that we could all
sit together at the same table each night for dinner (and
still have extra room at the table). The property is
wonderful for nature walks, and just reading/sleeping in one
of the various hammocks provided. We also were able to bring
our lunch out to one of the picnic tables for a picnic.
Furthermore there are many benches along the river walk and
the pond to just sit and enjoy the birds, water views and
gorgeous sunsets. We were able to go kayaking off the
property though it was a little challenging getting in and
out with the kayaks but it was worth it. The tidal river is
beautiful and easy to maneuver during high tide. During our
stay all of our questions for Melissa were answered in an
appropriate time frame and a couple of glitches were quickly
remedied by her. A few people in our group were concerned at
the onset about “sharing” the property with people staying
in the cottage. However we found that even with the cottage
being occupied during our stay and Melissa living there, the
property is large enough to accommodate privacy for
everyone. Finally, the property is only a short drive from
the downtown area and grocery store. It was very easy to go
into Boothbay Harbor for errands or to spend some time.
Overall we all had a wonderful time at Bold Colorful Life
and would consider going back.
Michelle V., Bow, NH
May 28, 2015
Loved our stay at the Farm House
We booked the house to celebrate our daughter's graduation and it was a great choice. The property is beautiful, clean and well maintained, with plenty of room for the family and friends. The house has everything you need and more. It was a wonderful get away from our daily routine. We enjoyed hiking, the botanical gardens, sightseeing, a boat cruise and good restaurants and all close by. Melissa the property owner was very helpful and available when needed. We would love to do this again!
Ana E, Matawan, NJ
May 18, 2015
Farmhouse and Cape
not stayed over night here but have attended many functions
here. The decor and ambiance, inside and out, always leaves
me looking forward to the next event in this lovely
March 20, 2015
Farmhouse and Cape rental
Perfect in Every Way
We loved our visit. We were in town for our daughter's wedding, and needed a house that slept 10 people. This met our need in every way. The beds were comfortable and there is enough space that we did not bump into each other. The home is in gorgeous shape, and Melissa was available when we needed her for any questions. She was most gracious and always helpful. Since there was still snow on the ground we did not explore outside, but the views from the house were gorgeous. It was an A+ for customer service. I would definitely recommend the property.
W, Grafton, ILL
2014 Farmhouse and Cape rental
We spent a week here in September '13 and in September '14. Both stays were fantastic! Beautiful place. I want to go back!
Rich, South Carolina
2014 Farmhouse rental
Melissa, As you remember, seven of my family had a magnificent week in the Farmhouse four years ago. It was perfect for us, whether we wanted to spread out and find cozy nooks, or all be together in that beautiful (perfectly equipped!) kitchen or out on the deck with that long view over the meadow and down to the river. Some of us ambled down the path and sat above the water, under the pines. We loved it! This year, after an exhausting, tough time at work, the one place in the world I wanted to be was Bold Colorful Life. More than anything, I wanted a room in your sweet, classic Cape Cod with the daylilies out front. Though I loved the expanse of the Farmhouse, this time what I really needed was grounding and nurturing, and the Cape was where I wanted to be. Alas, it was rented for the week I had in mind! I still crave time in that charming Cape and I’ll have it one of these years! But you did a wonderful,
nurturing thing for me, instead. You made space for me in the Farmhouse again. You gave me the same room I had four years ago, supplied the fridge with all manner of breakfast sustenance, and made space for me to heal. In my mind, I can still go back to all the mornings I made my coffee and drank it on the deck, looking out over the wildflowers and granite benches on the path down to the river. You are stewarding a truly beautiful expanse of land. And from Bold Colorful Life, I made many great forays! You’re so close to the Coastal Botanic Garden, which is a gorgeous place to ramble, with a delightful outdoor restaurant and really good food. At your suggestion, I wandered down to Fort William Henry and Pemaquid Light (climbed it dizzily to the top). On the way, I found excellent fried clams at the exact restaurant where you said they’d be. Melissa, the week was exactly what I needed. Thank you. Thank you for all the work you’ve done
to find and make this beautiful place what it is, for the peace and well-being of so many people. Till next time, warmest wishes,
August 29, 2014
Very Clean and Relaxing
We were 5 couples visiting for Labor Day weekend (3 nights) and we all
had more than enough room to amble around in this very spacious and
homey farm house. Melissa is very gracious and accommodating. I most enjoyed sitting on the large deck in back which has a view of the Back River. The house is located in a quiet neighborhood and is less than a five minute ride to Boothbay Harbor. Thank you Melissa!
August 9, 2014
Super Vacation Home with all the Right Stuff!
We are a family of 10. Last year we stayed in the Cape House which was
lovely. This year we decided to stay in the bigger Farmhouse. It is a
fantastic house. Truly a home away from home. My teenage daughter
exclaimed "this place is awesome!" Everyone was very comfortable and
happy having their own rooms and bathrooms. My 86 year old mother was
very happy with her bathroom which was handicap equipped. The kitchen is
well equipped and the large barn door kitchen table is a masterpiece!
There is plenty of room for everyone and plenty of play space inside and
out to keep our two toddlers happy. We also love the location. It is
quiet and woodsy with a great view of the water. It is also minutes to
downtown Boothbay. Melissa is a pleasure and very accommodating. We have
already booked our return trip for next summer. Thanks Melissa from a
very happy family!
and Rob H
2014 Farmhouse rental
Tranquility to the max...
If you enjoy being off the beaten path, then here you have arrived.
2014 Farmhouse rental
Beautiful large unique farmhouse, private baths
The "farmhouse" is really a modern new spacious clean, well- maintained
3-story 5-colorful-bedroom house with old barn decor (and dining table
for about 22 people), 5 private baths, large high-ceilinged communal
rooms, on gorgeous very large property with pond and paths on tidal
river. Owner is delightful, shares musical instruments and huge library,
helps with kayak rental. Our 4 families had wonderful time. Swimming is
negligible due to fascinating tidal mud flats, but there is a nearby
public beach. Highly recommend!
Mary Ann J
June 20, 2014 Cape rental
A much needed
home away from home
This property is one of
the best kept secrets in Maine. There are two houses which rent out as
vacation rentals on this large estate right on the Back River, and the
Cape was the home that fit us best. It's a real, historical Cape Cod
house, built in the 1800s...the owner even showed us a photograph of the
house with a Civil War officer sitting out front! And it's been
completely renovated, so all the rooms are comfortable and cozy. The
bedrooms are colorful and perky, there were plenty of bathrooms, three
TVs with cable and we had easy access to WiFi to check emails...so it
was a nice mix of history with modern conveniences. The kitchen is fully
equipped. We cooked lobster twice during our stay, and grilled several
other nights...and had all the implements we needed. We even spent an
evening around the huge firepit making s'mores and telling stories. The
front porch was great for breakfast and we looked out at the river, the
kids picked wildflowerss in the side yard, enjoyed the hammocks, set up
the croquet set and generally relaxed and had a wonderful time. It was
hard to leave the Cape to go out and explore the Boothbay peninsula, but
that was worth it as well. Lots of adventures to be had in this area.
This place is an oasis, away from the stress and strain of modern
life...definitely therapeutic. And Melissa helps make everything run
June 12, 2014 Farmhouse rental
Beautiful home, gardens and trails
This house was one of the nicer homes we have stayed in on VRBO. It was
filled with all of the amenities you could need during a stay. It also
is very well decorated including a very large dining room table made
from a barn door! The trails and gardens are beautiful and our children
loved running around the yard and exploring the woods and river. There
are also great things to do in the area. We went zip lining to the
aquarium and enjoyed the botanical gardens. We highly recommend this
January 30, 2014 Farmhouse rental
Quite a place, even in the middle of winter.
5 of us stayed at the Farmhouse and found that it had all the amenities
anyone could want for a comfortable stay. The only negative would be my
mattress, which I found too soft, but that is just a personal
preference. The rooms are well appointed and clean, while the
kitchen/dining area is huge. All in all I would recommend the Farmhouse