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Have you ever stayed at a wonderful old B&B or country inn and wished you & your family could have it all to yourselves? Now you can! We're pleased to offer historic Parker House in Blue Hill for the 2015 summer rental season.
The house boasts an immaculate retro-design kitchen with painted bead-board and gleaming subway tile. The south-facing space is sunny and well-stocked with appliances & utensils for cooks and coffee lovers. Ample work areas include a large farmhouse sink and separate prep sink, making group meal preparation a pleasure.
With interest in organic and locally-grown food burgeoning, we'd like to point out that Blue Hill is home to a first-rate Co-op and to growers selling fresh produce either onsite or at a weekly farmer's market. (Our guests enjoy complimentary Co-op membership.)
The kitchen opens onto a forty-foot space made from two of the house's four original downstairs rooms. These include the former kitchen, now the dining area, with its massive fireplace & beehive oven, original iron fittings and antique pewter on the mantel. The living area has a large Hearthstone wood stove for gatherings on chilly August or September evenings. (All bedrooms have working fireplaces but the one in the dining room is currently decorative only.)
The front hall leads to our formal front parlor and up to the bedroom floor. The bedrooms are large enough to serve as bed-sits, great for those who want privacy, but convivial early risers will appreciate the separate east-facing upstairs sitting area from which the sun's rays can be seen hitting the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia, the first place they touch the east coast. (We hope the tantalizing glimpse inspires you to drive over to take a closer look).
One of the best things about staying at Parker House is our proximity to Barncastle, a popular pub and restaurant a short walk in the direction of town. We're proud of our connection to Barncastle's builders, founders of Blue Hill's summer colony, and are sure you'll appreciate the family-friendly atmosphere its new owners have created. We also hope you enjoy the atmosphere of our house, of course! Attendees of the recent house tour celebrating Blue Hill's 250th anniversary certainly did. We're still aglow from all the great feedback. Your feedback will be much appreciated too should you choose to write a review after your stay.
A one-bedroom apartment currently occupied by a resident caretaker may be available for rent in future seasons, either separately or in tandem with the main house. (Refer to floor plans in the photo section to see which parts of the house are included in the rental.)
We're very excited that it is possible for us to continue this new phase in the life of our old house, which began its third century in 2012. We're in a great town in a part of Maine justly famous for its natural beauty and cultural & recreational opportunities. If we say so ourselves, our house is kind of a landmark (it's on a well-traveled road) and we look forward to sharing it with more people who either already know Blue Hill or have never been here before.
Please call to discuss. We'll be happy to pack up breakables to make your stay anxiety-free. Several of our far-flung family of cousins have young children who love staying here....moreless
Please call to discuss. We are now charging a pet fee in recognition of extra time our cleaners have to spend. This fee may be negotiable based on how other rental experiences have gone for you and your pet. A large L.L. Bean dog bed is available....moreless
Please, not indoors unless there's a fire going in the fireplace and you can remember to exhale toward it!...moreless
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7
Salmon Room: 1 double
Any of the portable beds may also be used in this room....moreless
Inflatable single(s) available, also a 'Dream On Me' crib....moreless
Double Beds (3) Antique carved wooden beds with new mattresses. With dust ruffles. See photos. These beds are fairly high up off the floor., Baby Crib (1) Dream on Me portable crib (in blue)., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Air mattress with electric inflating / deflating control....moreless
Enjoy a late afternoon soak in Bathroom 1 with sunlight streaming in.
Open fields, woods, wildlife, walking trails, berry bushes, walking distance to restaurant, short drive from famous Blue Hill Falls whitewater kayaking and Kneisel Hall Summer Chamber Music Series, warm-water swimming at Alamoosook Lake, economical daysail charters at Bucks Harbor, Acadia National Park 40 minutes, Zen view of Cadillac and Sargent mountains, spectacular star-gazing on clear nights: you can see the Milky Way, meteor showers and even an occasional Northern Lights display, the 24 acres surrounding Parker House are in the midst of a long-term conservation program intended to restore a balance between open fields and woodland, improving both visual and physical access to distant parts of the property....moreless
Parker House's library is under renovation but you will find books in every other room of the house....moreless
Separate DVD player provided; one flat-screen TV (to date) has its own....moreless
Watch this space for an updated list of old favorites and new....moreless
Jazz and classical. Try our excellent local community radio station, WERU 89.9 FM in addition to a fine NPR outlet out of Orono, MPBN 90.9. We have a Bose radio and another tuner with iPod dock....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
Let us know when you reserve if cable TV is important to you and we'll have it turned on. WiFi allows you to access lots of entertainment options that may be just as good if not better than those of traditional cable. We also have fresh packs of playing cards and an assortment of board games including, of course, Scrabble....moreless
Small 'boom box' for your iPod or iPhone 4 and CDs....moreless
Old-style with integral VHS and DVD player. Separate DVD player provided since some favorites from our disc library do not play on the TV, and third flat screen with DVD....moreless
We have an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary film and television on both videotape and DVD. We recently added Essential Art House, 50 Years of Janus Films. See our facebook page for details....moreless
Local Services & Businesses
Golf Course Front:
Our property borders the Blue Hill Country Club but there is no view of the links. There's also no view of any other neighboring structure, just lawn, fields and woods. See below for a summary of our on-going conservation efforts....moreless
A 'Zen View' is one you see in passing as you move through a house, as described in Christopher Alexander's 'A Pattern Language'. The mountains of Acadia are visible across the open fields we own on the other side of South Street....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Please make yourself comfortable - pull up armchairs, use other tables as needed. While you and your guests are in residence, consider Parker House your home....moreless
Multiple sheet sets and comforters & wool blankets, too. It can get chilly in Maine!...moreless
Two, actually. And we're working on a third....moreless
Parking Off Street:
Circular driveway. Please ensure that you park in such a way as to allow other vehicles to get past you....moreless
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
There is a spot for RV parking directly across the street and in plain view of the house. The fields on that side of the road are part of our place....moreless
Towels are located in 2nd bath shelving and linen closet inside the door of the Canopy Bedroom, the closest to the bathrooms....moreless
Bosch washer in laundry adjacent to kitchen for our guests' exclusive use....moreless
We've had lots of great feedback from tenants about the quality of the WiFi at Parker House....moreless
(4) All the rooms have fireplaces, including bedrooms, but the one in the dining room is more decorative than functional at present....moreless
We'll tell you how to use it if you need assistance. There are safe electric heaters for individual rooms and the 2nd bath has a heater in the ceiling fan unit, but there is currently no central heating....moreless
Catering can of course be arranged, but with Barncastle Restaurant a five-minute walk from the house, who needs it?...moreless
We have two French presses & a single-serving drip unit in addition to a programmable electric. There are also electric grinders as well as a vintage hand-crank affair that we keep in regular use....moreless
We value your input & if you find anything lacking, let us know! We're fans of One Kings Lane and Amazon and would be glad to have something shipped overnight if it will make your stay more enjoyable....moreless
Dishes & Utensils:
We hope you enjoy using our evocative melange of stainless steel and antique silver plate flatware and serving pieces....moreless
Spring Low Season Jun 13 - Jul 3, 2015 4 night min stay
High Season Jul 4 - Sep 4, 2015 4 night min stay
Autumn Low Season Sep 5 - Sep 19, 2015 3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
Cleaning$120 + tax
Property Damage Protection$59
Pet Fee$120 + tax
Early Booking Bonus applies to all reservations made before June 14th: we take the cost of one night's stay off your bill. Discounts apply on stays of two or more weeks throughout the season, typically $400 per week (or one free week per month). Details will be outlined in your personalized quote. $4,725 High Season monthly rate includes the multi-week discount.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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All the information you need to take advantage of local activities - Acadia and Blue Hill hiking trail maps, visitor guides to Bar Harbor, seasonal supplements from local papers, film and concert schedules - will greet you on arrival. Please ask any and all questions that might occur to you, on any subject! We will be more than happy to help you make your decision about whether to rent from us or choose another location more suited to your needs.
Year Purchased: 1900
About the owner: Blue Hill native and currently a resident of Massachusetts, John Bates enjoys travel and the outdoors. He's an architectural illustrator, amateur historian and sculptor. You may be tempted to stay indoors with his library of architecture and garden books but please don't - get out and enjoy Acadia and the Blue Hill Peninsula instead.
Why the Owner Chose Blue Hill: John's extended family has summered in Blue Hill for five generations, with a sixth rising. They began staying at then newly-remodeled Parker House in 1900, after several seasons renting a relative's cottage on Parker Point. As with many old houses there have been ups and downs in the course of more than a century of continuous ownership, but the curtain has risen on a new Parker House, again enjoying its role as a setting for gracious summer living and family memory-making.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Lounging on an Empire sofa in the parlor with its gilt-framed portraits, pianoforte, Chinese wallpaper and Persian carpet & looking out a pair of French doors onto a columned portico, you may feel like you're in a Jane Austen novel.