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The Farmhouse  2018


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 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 linen 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
• 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 Farmhouse



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! :-)


I. PLANNING YOUR TRIP: Here's the website which will answer many of your questions about planning your trip to the Boothbay peninsula:
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 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 Farmhouse is north of the Cape house, along the Cape's front picket fence. (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.)


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 

  • The kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, propane stove and oven, two microwave ovens, toaster oven, coffeemaker, waffle-maker, ice cream maker, iced tea maker, lobster pots, other cooking equipment and, of course, full-sized refrigerator. All equipment is self-explanatory, (or easily used with owner's manuals in the first drawer to the right of the sink) except the stove and oven.  
         -The burners on the stove are lit by turning the knob to the left to 'lite', where it will click,  and then further left when the burner has lit. Please do not leave the knob on 'lite', as it will burn out the motor.

     -The stove has two important buttons to the left of the door. The top switch must be pressed down, to turn the stove on to preheat; then the dial is set to your desired temperature. When your meal is done, please be sure to set the dial to 'off' and the switch to ‘off’ as well.
     -And please be sure to turn the fan on so that the cooking odors are removed from the kitchen. The fan has two speeds, as you will see from the front buttons.  Thanks!

·       There is a gas grill on the back porch for your use as well. The propane is turned 'off' when you arrive, but the grill functions in the standard way. Please turn the propane off when you are through grilling. Thanks! Propane refills are accessed onsite behind the garage or at the Texaco in downtown Boothbay, or at the campground on Route 27.

B. Dining Room

  • The Dining room table is made of a 200+ year old barn door, from the Homer Jones Barn in North Waldoboro. Please do not attempt to move it; please move benches by picking them up rather than sliding them across and scarring the floor.
  • The gas fireplace is great for ambiance, however, it is not 'green' and does not heat well--the heat goes straight out the chimney. Your rental agreement includes up to an hour of usage, three times per day, e.g. during meals, in season only**. Additional usage will be deducted from your security deposit. Thanks for joining us in being 'green'.


            DIRECTIONS: You only need to use two of the buttons on this control pad: the top two
            on the right. Top right is the height of the flame. 3 is highest; 1 lowest. The second
            button down is the amount of fan that blows the heat from the flame.  Please do not
            press any other buttons. Thanks!
 ** Seasonal use is from October 1-May 1.

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. Media Room --Games, DVDs and other media

  • Please enjoy these games and movies to your heart’s content. Then be sure to return all parts to their correct packaging and to their original place.

E. Piano

This is an heirloom from my father. It’s a very valuable Yamaha Baby Grand Piano. Please enjoy it, while following these policies.

  • Please treat the piano with respect at all times and keep the dust cover over the keys whenever not in use
  • No children under age 8 may play the piano; only those over age 8 who have had piano lessons are welcome to play

F. String Bass (Bass Fiddle)

This is also an heirloom which is for your enjoyment, under similar policies.

  • Please treat the String Bass with respect at all times
  • No children may play the Bass at any time. If you have children whom you think might be unable to resist, just let us know and we'll remove the instrument
  • Please do not move the String Bass unless you are trained to handle such instruments

G. Telescope

  • The telescope has been removed to the Owner's Quarters for safe-keeping. If you are well-versed in appropriate procedure for using sophisticated telescopes, and would like to use the telescope, let us know before your arrival and we'll happily make it available.  Thanks.

H. 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 Farmhouse dining room table is not to be moved. (There is a minimum repair fee of $200.00 for moving/attempting to move this table.) Please lift the benches into place for your use. The floors are especially fragile as all the barn-board floors have been around for hundreds of years, so please leave the furniture where it is. J If you move bedroom items around, please be sure they make their way back to the correct bedroom position.
  • Please raise and lower the room-darkening shades, rather than adjusting the curtains, especially the bow-tie curtains in the Watermelon-Tourmaline room in the Farmhouse. 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 and rain off the river!

I.  Laundry

J. Garbage /Recyclables 

  • To locate the garbage cans, follow the side stairs off the back porch and turn right just past the bulkhead; the cans are on your right.
  • Place your garbage in the tall black containers. Black bags are found on the back deck in the deck box. Please place all debris, rubbish and discards in the garbage cans, IN BLACK BAGS, with lids securely attached. **Please double-bag lobster/seafood/meat remains/diapers: first in white bags, then in black. We do have marauding wildlife…wild raccoons and a neighbor black dog who thinks he lives and dines here. J  And please note: if the cleaning staff has to sort your recyclables from your garbage, there will be a charge on your security deposit.

K. 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.
  • Some of the electrical outlets are switched. If you can’t get an outlet to work, it may be ‘switched’ so try the other plug. Or press the reset if it’s a GFCI outlet.
  •  Speaking of showers, please use the fan in your bathroom/bedroom while showering….and open the door slowly after your shower. Especially in the Watermelon Tourmaline room, the fire alarms have been activated by sudden hot shower steam. Thanks!


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.
  • 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. 
  • All rooms 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 in the kitchen) to gather your compost and deposit it in the compost sites. There is a small round black plastic compost barrel near the large propane tank, and a large wooden fenced one next to the old veggie 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; extended use of the gas fireplace; excessive use of heat) will be deducted from the security deposit.



  • All guests are invited to make themselves at home on this naturally beautiful 15 acre waterfront property. Please enjoy the lawns and environs on the river side, as well as the woods on the other side of the road. There is a lovely, quiet cemetery across the road, near a gurgling creek, where some of the family which owned the property for fifty years, now reside. There is a stone bench there, for reflection. They used to have lobster fests down on ‘the point’, beyond the bottom of our River Walk, and you will see the claw-foot tub used to cool their drinks…now in the middle of the cove, at low tide. Mother Nature put it there in a wild storm! The estate itself has access to the cove in the tidal Back River at the bottom of the property...just follow the River Walk. There is no beach or dock, just unimproved river front...wear good shoes! If you reach the bench or the driveway, just past where the kayaks are kept, 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.

B.         Porches

  • GUEST PORCHES: Guests in the Farmhouse are welcome to use the attached porches--front porch, back porch, new back deck and deck in front of the Great Room. Please be careful as these porches are slippery when wet!
  • 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

  • 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 on your covered porches 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 either bench and enjoy watching them, but please don't step into the pond or harass the wildlife. :-)

E.        The River Walk

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:

G.       Very Young Children's Play Area

  • There is an area next to the Gallery Barn, under an ancient pine, that is equipped with a sandbox, and there are chairs for adults to use
    while supervising. The small children's toys are kept in a deck box in the 'room' with the adult sports equipment behind the Gallery Barn. Each building is equipped with an inflatable kiddie pool...check your deck box on your porch.

H.      Fairy Walk- across the street from the freshwater pond

  • 2018 is our first year offering a 'Fairy Walk' on the nine wooded acres across Back River Rd. It's a path through the woods that leads to a wonderful, tree and boulder encircled area where children (of all ages) are invited to build a fairy home. We provide piles of natural materials for this purpose and you'll know you're there when you see the banners marking the entrance. If you walk further along this path, you'll pass the creek and rise up to our new picnic area in the ancient woods. Enjoy!


  • 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 Farmhouse) 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!
    Inside: Be aware that both buildings (and particularly the Farmhouse) are composed of barn materials. Please take care to avoid splinters in hands and feet! The Farmhouse 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!
    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…for fire code...park in front of the Farmhouse only for loading and unloading. No parking in front of the garage, please. No parking on the lawns. For Farmhouse guests, more permanent parking can be found in front of the picket fence in front of the Cape, or across the road on our parking flat. Thanks!


  • Please be sure to be ready to go to your next destination by noon at the latest on the last day of your visit. We must allow the cleaning staff into the building at that time, in order for the site to be ready for our next guests. Thanks!
  • Please return the building to its original state…when you walked in the door at the beginning of your visit. Floors and surfaces should be clean; refrigerator empty and clean; rental items in their customary places. If you've used the outside grill, be sure to clean it off for the next guests. Grill cleaner is in your deck box.
    We love to have children here, but please be sure to wipe their fingerprints off the windows before you leave. Cleaning equipment is in the hall 'coat' closet and under the kitchen sink.

  • If you have used small quantities of the ‘staples’ in the cupboards, please feel welcome. If you have used significant amounts, please replace the ‘staples’ so that the next guests may use them during their visit. 
  • All debris, rubbish, discards and recyclables should be placed, in black bags, in the appropriate garbage cans, with lids securely attached. Soiled dishes should be placed in the dishwasher, cleaned and put away, if time allows.
  • Please wash, dry and fold all used linens (sheets, pillow cases, towels, wash cloths, robes) before your departure, using cold water and medium drying heats and return them to their original room. Don’t worry about re-making and ‘dressing’ the beds, unless you’d like to do it. We will re-make the beds during our final turn-over cleaning.
    Please hand wash any rugs that need to be cleaned--do not attempt to wash them in the house laundry machines. Thanks!
  • Please leave the house keys with the Policies and Information manual on the kitchen island. Thanks!


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 two links that will take you to the Internet reviews on and and Tripadvisor so that others will know about your enjoyment:

·       For the Farmhouse:

·       For the Cape:

·       For both on TripAdvisor: 


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!!


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:



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. vegetarian delights

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





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:



  • 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


  • 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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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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