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Bold Colorful Life Estate Policies and Information

The Cape  2017

 

Welcome to the Bold Colorful Life Estate!! Thank you for renting this property. We are delighted to have you visit and enjoy the greater Boothbay peninsula in mid-coast Maine!

We hope that your stay is comfortable and memorable and that you return to stay with us again and again. Please let us know how we can help to make your stay a pleasant one.

Our Mission: our mission and primary focus is to provide you with a gorgeous, comfortable and fully equipped site, in a beautiful natural setting, for your gathering, reunion or vacation…or for your event
...at an excellent price.

We provide the complete set of basic services for the fee that we agreed upon in our contract, and these services are for those in your immediate group*.  This includes your receiving the building clean and ‘dressed’ like an Inn, ‘starter’ supplies such as detergent, toilet paper and paper towels, ‘loaner’ items during your stay such as books and sports equipment, games, movies, etc., and this manual to help you find things, use the site and enjoy the peninsula. We do not charge a separate cleaning fee, nor a supply-stocking fee, nor a sports equipment rental fee.
We do expect you to treat these things as though they were your own, and return them to their proper places. Thank you.
*If you are interested in entertaining more than your group, please contact the owner, before your arrival, and these event fees will apply.

For those who are interested, we also provide additional services if these would enhance your visit and/or your event. These are offered at additional cost. Examples include:
• additional overnight guests, beyond building maximums-$25/person/night
• additional use of laundry/utilities for mid-visit 'turnover' of your guests or for large quantities of laundry brought with you;
• completion by staff of house linen wash/dry/fold services-$25/hour
• extra mid-week cleaning services and/or after-check-out deep cleaning services-variable
• rental of air conditioning units-$50/week or visit

For our ‘destination wedding’ or 'wedding reception' guests, we offer many additional services, which are outlined hereAnd for our 'special event' guests, services are outlined here.

Please let us know if any of these are of interest to you, preferably before your visit. Thanks!

In order that your visit is harmonious for all, and in order for you to receive your full security deposit refund, please abide by the following policies. Many thanks!
 

The Cape

2017 POLICIES and INFORMATION
BOLD COLORFUL LIFE ESTATE

If there is something we can do to make your stay more enjoyable, please let us know...and if you are pleased with your stay, please let the world know. Thanks! :-) 


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

I. PLANNING YOUR TRIP: Here's the website which will answer many of your questions about planning your trip to the Boothbay peninsula: boldcolorlife.com.
And there is a separate section of this manual which lists many local activities. Melissa is also available to share local tips.

The best local weather can be found at wunderground.com...04537 is the zip code.
 

II. ARRIVAL: Melissa's cell phone is 203-331-7242. Please be in touch as you approach, so that she can guide you to the property, meet you and give you your tour of the building, the grounds and the local attractions. Please give her your cell phone(s) too. Thanks!

Parking for the Cape is south of the Cape. The driveway is a left turn just before the Cape, just past the gray boat with sign and the first post light. (Parking for the Farmhouse is north of the Cape, along the Cape's front picket fence.) 

III. USE and CARE OF THE CAPE BUILDING:

Please follow the Golden Rule--to treat others as you wish to be treated—and the property here as you would wish yours to be treated. And please remember: your contract includes use of the facilities for your group. It does not include an option to entertain others, unless you have made prior arrangements and have agreed to the event fees.

A. Kitchen

B. Dining Room

C. Libraries of Books

  • Please enjoy the books here at the Bold Colorful Life Estate, indoors or under cover
  • Treat them gently, according to their age
  • This is not a lending library, so please be sure that all books return to their proper place in the library

D. Living Room --Games, DVDs and other media

  • Please enjoy these games and movies and the boom-box to your heart’s content. Then be sure to return all parts to their correct packaging and to their original place.
  • Keyboard-please enjoy the keyboard gently and keep the dust cover over the keys whenever not in use.

E. Bold Colorful Furniture and Decorations

  • Please take care of all furniture, linens and room decorations as though they were your own. LEAVE THE MAJOR FURNITURE WHERE IT IS PLEASE. The pumpkin pine floors are especially fragile as all the barn-board floors have been around for hundreds of years. J
  • Please raise and lower the room-darkening shades, rather than adjusting the curtains, especially the bow-tie curtains in the Garnet, Turquoise, Ruby and Peridot rooms.  Thanks!
  • To avoid major rain coming in through the windows, please open the windows from the top, rather than the bottom. We’ve been surprised by high wind/rain off the river!

F.  Laundry

  • The laundry is fully equipped with a brand new front-loading washer and two dryers, folding table, drying racks and hangers and iron and ironing board. The new machines work with the LIGHTEST of TOUCHES...please be very gentle. Please be sure to use cold water and medium drying heats only on the household linens. ***We recommend that you do the same for your personal clothing, to avoid the shrinkage that sometimes occurs with hot water.
  • When washing clothes and linens, consolidate loads to efficiently use our new large machines.
  • There is a laundry line south of the back deck, for hanging wet suits and towels.
  • Please hand wash any rugs that need to be cleaned--do not attempt to wash them in the house laundry machines. Thanks!
  • The basement is a shared space, with the owner and staff, so there are sometimes maintenance/repair materials there. Just avoid them, as you can.  And please DO NOT BOLT the basement door. The owner needs access to the locked basement areas to provide maintenance of equipment that serves the whole site. Feel free to lock the door at the top of the stairs.

G. Garbage /Recyclables

  • The garbage cans and recyclable containers are on the back deck.
  • Place your beverage recyclables (except milk containers and #2 plastic) in the second (the brightly colored bucket) and your other recyclables in the third. There is a third can in the basement for overflow.
  • Cardboard can be stored in the mudroom at the back of the house.

H. Other Items

  • Please let us know if you have breakage or damage of items in either house, or the loaner sports equipment. If it’s normal ‘wear and tear’, there will likely be no charge, but it helps us to know what needs repair and replacement. If it’s beyond normal wear and tear, a suitable sum will be held back from your security deposit refund.
  • The electrical switches are NOT obvious in the Cape, probably because it’s historic, so please try them all to determine what switches what. And if you can’t get an outlet to work, it may be ‘switched’ so try the other plug.
  • The shower in the Ruby-Peridot suite turns fully off to the right. And speaking of showers, please use the fan in your bathroom/bedroom while showering….and open the door slowly after your shower. The fire alarms have been activated by precipitous hot shower steam. Thanks!

IV. WE’RE A ‘GREEN’ ESTATE:

WHAT WE’VE DONE AND ARE DOING: Please see the end of this document. We're going for a 'green' certificate. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please join us in these practices.

·        Turn off non-essential equipment (paddle fans, lights) when not in use

·        Follow the garbage/recyclable procedures, above.

·        Re-use your linens as much as possible; when washing clothes and linens, consolidate loads to best use our new LARGE machines.

·        Purchase and use bio-degradable laundry products and cold water in our laundry. (Using COLD water not only helps the environment; it helps avoid shrinkage)

·        Hang your wash out to dry on our laundry lines, when possible.

·        Discard only things that cannot be re-used or recycled. 

·        We are Wi-Fi, so please consider using electronic or digital communications (email, telephone, text messages) before using paper/print based communications. We call it Wi-Fli (when it feels like it) because this is a peninsula in Maine, sticking out into the ocean...but it's historically reliable 90% or more of the time, and with our new router and range extender, we're nearing the 100% mark.  If the Wi-Fli is not functioning well, let us know and we'll re-boot the modem or router as soon as we can.

·        Four bedrooms are equipped with paddle fans. Air conditioners are available for ‘rent’. Since they are not ‘green’, there is a $50.00 fee for the week or the visit. Let us know if you’re interested.

If you are interested in composting, use the composting bucket (small covered bucket on the back porch or kitchen counter or sink) to gather your compost and deposit it in the compost sites. There is a large wooden fenced compost site next to the new berry garden at the southern end of the property. (beside and behind the Cape building--see the estate map in the front of  your P & I manual)
**We are dedicated to your comfort; however, any excessive use of utilities (several turnovers of linens/laundry during your stay; excessive use of heat) will be deducted from the security deposit.

V. USE and CARE OF THE PROPERTY:

A. FIFTEEN ACRE ESTATE PROPERTY:

B. Porches

  • PRIVATE PORCH: The large deck behind the red barn building is part of the Owner's Quarters and is not for guest use, except when rented for an 'event'--a wedding reception, large dinner or other gathering. See us if you'd like to rent the large back deck. Please don't use the stone steps that lead down to this deck. They are unfinished and could be dangerous.  

C. Fire-pit

  • The Fire-pit is also for use by all guests. Softwood is free and is located near the pit and beneath the yellow flags. The left beige deck box holds construction firewood--watch out for nails/screws. The right beige deck box holds dry kindling and flashlight. You'll find newspaper and matches/lighters in your laundry area. Please stay close while your fire is burning and be sure your fire is out before you leave the area. There is a hose situated on the side of the red Farm building, in the ‘Private’ area.
  • Hardwood is not to be used in the Fire-pit…it takes too long to catch, and burns too long for the Fire-pit.
  • If the forecast is for rain, feel free to gather some dry firewood and store it in your laundry or mudroom for later use.
  • Please be especially careful of children and elderly guests around the rock walls, freshwater pond and fire-pit. Set your fire while it's still light and bring a flashlight after dark.

D. Freshwater Pond

·       The pond is the home of tree frogs, bullfrogs and Maine painted turtles. We also have a 'resident' Great Blue Heron and a visiting mink. Have a seat on a bench and enjoy watching them, but please don't step into the pond or harass the wildlife. :-) 

E.  The River Walk

  • The estate is situated on the Back River, a tidal river that runs to and from the Atlantic Ocean. If you follow the signs to the 'River Walk' you will walk along the ancient stone wall and discover the winding (feng-shui-ed) walkway to the river.
  • All along the way, enjoy Nature's pageant...our pair of bald eagles and osprey diving for their meals as the tides turn, our family of four deer, our local porcupines, wild turkeys, foxes and birds of every description. Butterflies and dragonflies abound...and sometimes so do mosquitoes, so take your spray with you. :-)
  • At low tide, you may see our local sea-worm and clam collectors, making their living out of the cove mud. And you'll be able to see that clawfoot tub mid-cove.
  • At the bottom of the River Walk is our stone staircase to the riverfront flat. Walk along the flat until you see the pink ribbons, under which the kayaks are located. If you reach the wooden bench or the driveway, you've gone too far and are on my neighbor's property. Please retrace your steps. Thanks! Check the map in the 'Policies and Information/ P & I' manual to see what's where. 

F. Sports Equipment

  • Sports and Games Room--there is a 'room' in the trees, behind the Gallery Barn and out of the winds, where we stock sports equipment and games for your use, at no charge. Safety vests, paddles and hiking poles are available there. Children’s toys are located in and near the beige 'children's deck box'. We also have such games as badminton, volleyball, ladder toss, croquet and Bocce in the 'adult' deck box. Please have fun with them, use them carefully and return them to where you found them--in their original state--after each use. **We do not have time, between guests, to clean and maintain the equipment, so please do that after each use. Thanks!
  • There are also four 8.6 foot sit-on-top kayaks for your use--see the next part of this manual for details, 'how to use' information, and the Release of Liability form which all kayak users must sign before using these kayaks.
  • Please note: You use these items at your own risk. So please keep all vacation memories sweet….by being safe. The Bold Colorful Estate owners take no responsibility or liability for your handling of yourself or these recreational items. ***Please see Release, in the pocket of your P & I Manual, which must be signed before kayaks or boats are used and please read the next section about kayak use.
  •  And for water enjoyment, check the tides before planning to paddle or swim. There is a printed tide report in your P & I Manual pocket in the kitchen, and here is the link: http://maineboats.usharbors.com/monthly-tides/Maine-Midcoast/Boothbay%20Harbor

G.  Very Young Children's Play Area

VI. DURING YOUR STAY: 

  • HOST: Melissa lives on site, in the Owner’s Quarters in the west end of the red building, much of each week. Please feel free to contact her or her representative by phone or text, at reasonable hours, if you have searched this manual and still have questions about the estate or the area. We love to share information about activities, restaurants, trips, etc. See the Activities portion of this manual. We are all happy that you’re here and want to help make your vacation memorable! 203-331-7242
     
  • EMERGENCY: Should there be a fire emergency (fire alarms go off in the Cape) please call:  Fire Department: 207-633-6437 or 207-633-2451. And then please call Melissa to let her know (203-331-7242).
    Should there be a medical emergency, please call: St. Andrews Hospital: 207-633-2121 or “911”
    and then please call Melissa to let her know (203-331-7242). Thanks!
     
  • PRIVATE AREA—‘Owner’s Quarters’: As mentioned above, the large deck behind the red building is part of the ‘private’ area, as well as the driveway to the west of the red building. There are 15 acres to wander; please avoid these small areas, where maintenance, repair, construction and private clients can sometimes be found. Thanks!
     
  • SAFETY:
    Inside: Be aware that both buildings are composed of barn materials. Please take care to avoid splinters in hands and feet! The Cape is an historical building and there may be floor nail-pops to avoid...please keep an eye (and shoes) on your children. :-)
    Outside: The Bold Colorful Estate consists of 15 acres on two sides of the Back River Road and situated on the Back River. The grounds are partly manicured and partly wild. Please ensure that all members of your party are careful on the estate….and careful of the estate. Please be especially careful of children and elderly guests around the rock walls, freshwater pond and fire-pit. And do wear good shoes when walking down to the riverbank. Thanks!
     
  • NOISE-TOWN ORDINANCE:
    Please be aware that the Town of Boothbay town ordinance requires that loud music and other exterior noise cease at 10 pm. And the vacation rental policy here is that loud internal noise be reduced at 11pm and cease no later than midnight. Please comply. Thanks!
     
  • WATER: The well has passed the highest tests for Inn guest consumption, and thanks to our new water treatment system, in each house, the water no longer tastes of iron. Bring or purchase bottled water if you prefer the taste, and we appreciate it if you still use cold water to avoid shrinkage of the house laundry.
     
  • PARKING: Please keep the driveway clear of vehicles…fire code...park behind the Cape and use the ramp for loading and unloading. For additional parking, park across the street on our parking flat. No parking in front of the garage, please. No parking on the lawns. Thanks!
     
  • WIFI: Historically, we called it Wi-Fli (when it feels like it) because this is a peninsula in Maine, sticking out into the ocean...and historically it was reliable 90% or more of the time. With our new router and range extender, we're nearing the 100% mark.  If the Wi-Fi is not functioning well, let us know and we'll reboot the system as soon as we can.
     
  • NO PETS OR SMOKING: This is a pet-free property. Please do not bring pets.
    And it is a smoke-free property as well. If you have a guest who must smoke, please be sure they walk across the street to smoke. Thanks!

 VII.   CHECK-OUT 

VIII. RECOMMENDATIONS/REVIEWS:

If there is something we can do to make your stay more enjoyable, please let us know...and if you are pleased with your stay, please let the world know. Thanks! :-)

·       If you enjoyed your stay, please let us know what made it special. If you found us on AirBnB, they will ask you for a review.

·       And here are links that will take you to the Internet reviews on Homeaway.com and VRBO.com and Tripadvisor so that others will know about your enjoyment:

·       For the Farmhouse: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/reviews/write/p229721#write

·       For the Cape: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/reviews/write/p325241#write

·       For both on TripAdvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/UserReviewEdit-g40524-d1641528- 

 THANKS FOR COMING!~ 

We hope for you a lovely, serene trip home or to your next destination, having spent time in a beautiful, peaceful, healing and serene environment. Now you’re ready for your ever more Bold and Colorful Life!! J 

 

SPORTS EQUIPMENT DETAILS:
Sports and Games Room
--there is a 'room' in the trees, behind the Gallery Barn and out of the winds, where we stock sports equipment and games for your use, at no charge. Safety vests, paddles and hiking poles are available there. Children’s toys are located in and near the beige 'children's deck box'. We also have such games as badminton, volleyball, ladder toss, croquet and Bocce in the 'adult' deck box. Please have fun with them, use them carefully and return them to where you found them--in their original state. **We do not have time, between guests, to clean and maintain the equipment, so please do that after each use. Thanks!

 

  • There are also four 8.6 foot sit-on-top kayaks for your use--here is the 'how to use' information
    Eclipse Kayak Photo
    These are Eclipse 102 sit-on-top kayaks. They have:
            - multi-channel hulls for tracking and stability   
    -large bow and stern well for storage  
            - adjustable back rests** please be sure to hook the front of the back rest with the
              metal lobster clasps, which are designed to hold your weight, NOT the black
              plastic hooks.

            -they each weigh 39 lbs and are 106 inches long
  • The kayaks are located at the west end of the property, near the riverfront. **Look for the bright pink hanging ribbons when you reach the end of the stone staircase at the bottom of the River Walk--see Estate Map for location.
    Each kayak has a padlock and the combinations are in the P & I manual in your rental home.
  • Please remember to take your safety vest and paddle with you, from the Sports and Games Room, when you walk down to the kayaks and riverfront.
  • Please return the kayaks to their current positions and cable lock them to the trees...and return the safety vests and paddles to the Sports and Games room, each time you use them. Thanks!
  • Please note: You use these items at your own risk. So please keep all vacation memories sweet….by being safe. The Bold Colorful Estate owners take no responsibility or liability for your handling of yourself or these recreational items.
    ***Please see Release, in the pocket of your P & I Manual, which must be
    signed by each paddler before kayaks or boats are used.
And for water enjoyment, check the tides before planning to paddle or swim. There is a printed tide report in your P & I Manual pocket in the kitchen, and here is the link: http://maineboats.usharbors.com/monthly-tides/Maine-Midcoast/Boothbay%20Harbor

 

AREA ACTIVITIES--PERSONAL FAVORITES

The list is endless, but here's a start. Feel free to ask us more questions if this doesn't cover them.

            --Some of our personal favorite restaurants include: Robinson’s Wharf on Southport Island for lobster/seafood; McSeagull’s for creative everything; Boathouse Bistro for tapas; Salt Bay Café and Savory Maine in Damariscotta for regular AND vegetarian delights

            --Boothbay center is the site for Thursday Farm markets which are wonderful 

ENTERTAINMENT

 


LESS ESSENTIAL/NICE-TO-KNOW INFORMATION
WE’RE A ‘GREEN’ ESTATE:

GREEN ESTATE

We are committed to involve employees and guests in the common goal of preserving and protecting the planet. We engage in sustainable practices that conserve natural resources and reduce environmental impact.

We acknowledge that, in many ways, we, like the global community we serve, are only in the early stages of developing and implementing the many changes that will be necessary to achieve these vital environmental goals. Nonetheless, we strongly believe that our efforts to support a healthy environment serve the interests of both current and future generations and constitute the foundation for enduring success.

And in a more immediate way, they help us keep the fees for your vacation rental below competitor’s fees. J

WHAT WE’VE DONE AND ARE DOING: The whole story of the development of the property can be found here: http://boothbayadventure.com/
 

CAPE

FARMHOUSE

  • The Farmhouse is a new structure—a 2009 modular building with 2x6 insulated walls and attic
  • The Homer Barn, with the Great Room, is composed of SIPS (structurally-insulated panels) which keep the building well insulated
  • All windows are state-of-the-art double pane insulated windows with Low E glass
  • The electrical service is state-of-the-art and efficient
  • The furnace system supports radiant heat on the first floor, high efficiency baseboard on the second, and the house is zoned so that there is a thermostat in each guestroom and each community room, controlling a separate zone of heat
  • We’ve installed a new EnergyStar clothes washer, a new EnergyStar clothes dryer, a new "on-demand" hot water heater (please allow time for the water heater to respond to your "demand" for hot water...about 30 seconds) and an EnergyStar dishwasher
  • We’ve installed five low-water-usage toilets, using substantially less water while achieving a good flush rating
  • Installed non-electric water treatment system to remove iron

ESTATE-WIDE

  • We have re-used every piece of barn-board taken down from the original on-site backhouse, as well as the Homer Jones barn, from North Waldoboro. We re-use original barn doors, picket fences, historic foundation stones, horse shoes, farm tools, wagon wheels
  • We’ve instituted composting and recycling at the estate; feel free to use your compost bin to gather compost and dump it in the compost to the left of the fenced-in southern garden
  • Practice dishwashing by Health Department approved high-temperature sanitizing, eliminating the use of harsh chemicals (bleach)
  • Initiated use of refillable dispensers for hand soap and body soap in guestroom baths
  • Developed our environmental policy statement.
  • Instituted use of biodegradable, 'he'-high efficiency laundry detergent
  • Began voluntary towel re-use program with cooperation of guests
  • Have begun to install new compact fluorescent light bulbs, replacing incandescents where possible, without effecting the building ambiance
  • Recycle paper, plastic and glass
  • Use electronic or digital communications (email, telephone, text messages) before using paper/print based communications (fax, prints)
  • Plus we have low flow showerheads, and we compost leaf and yard waste and all kitchen organics
  • We have thinned the woods around the estate according to Town and State guidelines, and with the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden as our guide for soil retention through stump retention. This enhances the wonderful breezes and reduces our mosquito numbers.
  • We have created an organic herb garden to supply the kitchens with fresh local herbs and a large, organic, wicking raised-bed garden behind the Gallery barn for all guests' use


    We are committed to continuous monitoring and improvement of our environmental practices and have joined the Midcoast Energy Cooperative to enhance our knowledge and options.

 

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