Elegant Historic House Close to Blue Hill Village and Barncastle(16 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-4 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)
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. It's been great to get so much positive feedback about our kitchen. We encourage you to do as much home cooking during your stay as you like!
To that end, and 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 farmer's market at the fairgrounds each Saturday. (Our guests enjoy complimentary Co-op membership; the discount card is attached to the key chain.)
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 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! 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 above the dining room and kitchen is currently occupied by a year-round tenant. He is available on a limited basis should anything happen during your stay that I'm unable to handle by long distance. (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.
Keywords: Blue Hill Troupe, Boston Ideal Opera Company, Effie Hinckley Kline, Federal, Empire, historic, Colonial Revival, Antiques, Woodwork, Columns, 12-Over-12 windows, Indian Shutters, Wavy Glass, Art, Portraits, Mural Paper, Oriental rugs, Newly-Renovated Kitchen, Farmhouse sink, iPod dock, wifi, Pet-friendly
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Member since: 2010
- 2000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Events Allowed
- Children Welcome:
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
- Smoking Allowed:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- 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
- CD Player
- DVD Player:
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
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
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
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
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Room
- Seating for 8 people
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
- Wood Fireplace:
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 Available:
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:
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|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Spring Low Season
May 29 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
Jul 4 - Aug 31, 2017
4 night min stay
Autumn Low Season
Sep 4 - Oct 6, 2017
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Property Damage Protection $59
- Cleaning $120 + tax
- Pet Fee $120 + tax
- Tax Rate 8%
Discount details will be outlined in your personalized quote. Monthly rates already includes the multi-week discount.
Owner's cancellation policy:
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, ME, USA:
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, although Sarah Orne Jewett might be closer to the mark. If you're an American operatic history buff or a fan of Gilbert & Sullivan, you may be interested to note that Parker House houses scrapbooks, libretti and other memorabilia associated with the Boston Ideal Opera Company, which was owned and managed by Effie Hinckley Ober, builder of Ideal Lodge, the house now known as Barncastle. Effie is thought to have been the guiding spirit behind the local production of H.M.S. Pinafore which was the genesis of New York's Blue Hill Troupe.
- Primary: (617) 697-6045 (Massachusetts, USA)
Links to more information:
East side of Parker House from South Street.
Kitchen from door to Dining Room
View of Dining Room decked out for tour.
Great Room sitting area looking north from dining area.
Shaker style chair with needlepoint seat in Front Hall.
A corner of the Parlor. Please sign the guest book!
Morning view in Parlor
View of working fireplace in Canopy Bedroom
A corner of the Canopy Bedroom
A corner of the Cannonball Bedroom in morning sun.
Upstairs Front Hall Sitting Area
First Floor Plan. Shaded areas are not accessible to tenants.
View of Kitchen from Back Door.
Owner chatting in Kitchen with enthusiastic visitor during recent house tour.
View of fireplace in Dining Room showing collection of antique iron cookware
Great Room sitting area in late afternoon sun.
View of Parlor Fireplace and Sitting Area
Our pride and joy, the to-be-restored circa 1830 Chickering square grand piano.
Closeup of morning sunbeam in Parlor
View of carved double bed in Canopy Bedroom
View of carved double bed and fireplace in Cannonball Bedroom
Antique claw-and-ball cast iron soaking tub in Bath #1, shown with curtain drawn
Second Floor Plan. Shaded areas are not accessible to tenants.
This listing was first published here in 2010.
Date last modified - Sunday, February 26, 2017
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