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Elegant Historic House Close to Blue Hill Village and Barncastle

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

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 2018 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. 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 Ober, 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, wifi, Pet-friendly

More Details

John Bates
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, Ubbi Dubbi
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2018

About John Bates

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.

John Bates purchased this house in 1900

Why John Bates 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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Blue Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Clawfoot cast iron soaking tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Enjoy a late afternoon soak in Bathroom 1 with sunlight streaming in.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Salmon Room - 1 double , Any of the portable beds may also be used in this room.
    Canopy Bedroom - 1 double
    Cannonball Bedroom - 1 double , Inflatable single(s) available, also a 'Dream On Me' crib.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
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.


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Elegant Historic House Close to Blue Hill Village and Barncastle
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews

Wonderful House

  • 5 of 5

Parker House was an ideal landing spot for our family! The house is perfectly located for our daily trips into and around Blue Hill. The beds were all luxurious, the kitchen inspiring, the backyard beautifully edged with wild flowers, and the entire house was so clean and comfortable! We absolutely look forward to staying at Parker House again!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Meikle! Best review ever! I told my groundskeepers you approved of the wildflowers.
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All was great.

  • 4 of 5

Plenty of room for four sailors attending the Atlantic Class Nationals at Koliwidgewog Yacht Club. The 2 bathrooms was a plus and of course the new laundry was a life saver.

the fresh bread and coffee beans along with the bean grinder was especially nice the first morning.

Everything was exactly as discribed in the information provided !!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kollegewidgwock is the name of our local yacht club, an (Abenaki, I think!) native American word for "Where the Mountain Meets the Sea". There's debate even among members as to its correct pronunciation so guests can hardly be held responsible for spelling it wrong. I was delighted to be able to host an Atlantic Challenge crew.
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A Wonderful Stay.

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I had a wonderful stay at this property. On the day we arrived we realized the refrigerator wasn't working so we called the property manager and by the end of the day a brand new refrigerator was installed. The owner has done a great job in furnishing the house and thinks of everything to make your stay complete.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your patience while we replaced the fridge, and for the opportunity to thank my housekeeper for her ability to marshal the troops! I couldn't stay in business without my wonderful support staff.
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Enjoyed our stsy at the Parker House.

  • 5 of 5

If you are in this neck of woods, you owe it to yourself to.consider the Parker House!

I can't think of anything that wasn't provided. Well stocked kitchen with staples and cookware. Nothing was missing.

We had a small problem with the wifi connection, but John was on top of it super fast.

The house was welcoming and warm. Loved all of the antiques throughout the house.

Our dogs took advantage of the huge backyard. Tons of space to run and play.

I highly recommend staying at the Parker House.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kaylee, her sister & their human traveling companions were welcome guests at Parker House. I'm always happy to consider tenants with pets and this time the risk was rewarded. House rules were observed, the dogs were comfortable using the bed I provided and nobody chewed anything except their food.
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A Visit With Grand Aunt Agatha (if only I had one)

  • 4 of 5

A lovely home. Clean as a whistle. (Aggie has a great housekeeper). A to die for kitchen (Didn't taste her recipes), but everything was there if I felt

like cooking. Fluffy clean towels and super linens on the bed (Of course my grand daughter chose the one with the canopy). Period furnishings

except for the great room with a comfy couch and chairs. One little problem, but Auntie's stand-in took care of it promptly with a text. The Blue

Hill area is scenic, close to Acadia, with hidden beaches and serene scenes with very few tourists to trip over. A short walk to a good restaurant to

sit under the trees. A travelled street, but a huge backyard with fireflies.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fireflies and mosquitos have both been out in force this year but luckily for me Linda's good-natured understanding has been the norm. She was a delight to have as a tenant. People like Linda are the reason I love doing this.
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Full of character, historic, comfortable home - key location to explore region.

  • 5 of 5

If you are planning a trip to the Blue Hill peninsula and/or Acadia National Park/Mount Desert Island, I highly recommend that you consider staying at the historic Parker House located just minutes from the quaint town center of Blue Hill. The home is filled with antiques and art and has a very special feel of another era to it - and is quiet, clean, comfortable, and creates an atmosphere of relaxation after days filled with exploration of this scenic region. We felt honored to be able to stay in such an amazing home and staying here really made our trip that much more memorable and special. During previous visits, I have stayed in Bar Harbor. The pace and feeling of the Blue Hill peninsula is different than on Mount Desert Island - less touristy and more laid back (at least in mid-September). We stayed for 3 nights and explored the historic and charming town of Castine, the Blue Hill peninsula, and Deer Isle/Stonington, the Schoodic peninsula (the quieter and less visited part of Acadia National Park, and parts of Acadia NP). One evening, I was thrilled that at 9pm on Sand Beach in Acadia NP, I was able to capture a great photo of the Milky Way and, at 10:30pm, I was at the Parker House dining room table, toasting the occasion by candlelight. If you're looking for a home rental that will add a special ambiance to your trip, consider the Parker House.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's wonderful for us owners when travelers not only say nice things about places they stay but take the trouble to highlight attractions of the area. "Greater Acadia" is indeed a special place but each part of it you mentioned - Castine, Stonington, the Schoodic Peninsula (as well as Blue Hill itself) - has its own character. We at Parker House are happy to be within easy reach of all of them.
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Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Blue Hill Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Blue Hill Town Park
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

Details of any discount will be outlined in your personalized quote. Monthly rate already includes the multi-week discount. Weekly rate also: one night of your stay is free. After a successful rental, I always refund the cost of Property Damage Protection.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.