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Elegant Historic House Close to Blue Hill Village and Barncastle

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Last updated: 05/08/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-4 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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 2017 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 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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Speaks: english, french, Ubbi Dubbi
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/08/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    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

  • Pets Considered:

    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:

    Please, not indoors unless there's a fire going in the fireplace and you can remember to exhale toward it!...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Salmon Room: 1 double

    Any of the portable beds may also be used in this room....moreless

  • Canopy Bedroom: 1 double


  • Cannonball Bedroom: 1 double

    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

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Clawfoot cast iron soaking tub...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • Enjoy a late afternoon soak in Bathroom 1 with sunlight streaming in.

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Books:

    Parker House's library is under renovation but you will find books in every other room of the house....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Separate DVD player provided; one flat-screen TV (to date) has its own....moreless

  • Games:

    Watch this space for an updated list of old favorites and new....moreless

  • Music Library:

    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

  • Stereo:

    Small 'boom box' for your iPod or iPhone and CDs....moreless

  • Television:

    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

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    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


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • 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

  • Mountain View:

    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

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    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

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Bosch dryer with multiple settings....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    As noted there are electric heaters for each bedroom and a switch-operated heater in the smaller of the two bathrooms....moreless

  • Internet:

    See note re: wifi....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Multiple sheet sets and comforters & wool blankets, too. It can get chilly in Maine!...moreless

  • Living Room:

    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

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Towels are located in 2nd bath shelving and linen closet inside the door of the Canopy Bedroom, the closest to the bathrooms....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Bosch washer in laundry adjacent to kitchen for our guests' exclusive use....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    We've had lots of great feedback from tenants about the quality of the WiFi at Parker House....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    (4) All the rooms have fireplaces, including bedrooms, but the one in the dining room is more decorative than functional at present....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    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:

    Catering can of course be arranged, but with Barncastle Restaurant a five-minute walk from the house, who needs it?...moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    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

  • Cooking Utensils:

    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

  • Dishwasher:

    Quiet-operating Bosch....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Multiple work areas. Two sinks. Lots of cabinets. Everything is for your use. Pots for steaming lobster are on the upper shelves in the adjacent laundry room....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    A countertop Breville electric convection / toaster oven complements the gas range's bake oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    We're saving up for a vintage fridge to match our vintage gas range! In the meantime the fridge we have is perfectly serviceable....moreless

  • Stove:

    Three-burner Cribben Universal cooktop with bake oven. We received advice on its restoration from the guy who restored the vintage range in the HBO version of Mildred Pierce!...moreless

  • Toaster:

    There is a conventional two-slice toaster with bagel setting as well as a Breville convection oven that can handle four slices and has a plate-warming feature....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Comfortable seating for four, with cocktail table....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We are pleased to announce that The Activity Shop has opened in Blue Hill. They provide canoe and kayak rentals, and they deliver!...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    In late August and part of September, guests may pick as many blackberries as they can eat. The backyard is large and suitable for outdoor games....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Knock on the apartment door if you'd like to use it, or want to light up the backyard fire pit....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Jetted Tub:

    Well, not exactly, but you can enjoy a soak in the late afternoon sun in our beautiful old clawfoot tub, perfect after a day of strenuous outdoor activity....moreless



from 16 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Low Season
May 29 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,050 $3,675
High Season
Jul 4 - Aug 31, 2017
4 night min stay
$1,200 $4,200
Autumn Low Season
Sep 4 - Oct 6, 2017
3 night min stay
$900 $3,150
* 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
  • Tax Rate 8%


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.

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0.3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Blue Hill Country Club
40 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Owner info

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.

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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/08/2017

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  • East side of Parker House from South Street.

    East side of Parker House from South Street.

  • Kitchen from door to Dining Room

    Kitchen from door to Dining Room

  • View of Dining Room decked out for tour.

    View of Dining Room decked out for tour.

  • Great Room sitting area looking north from dining area.

    Great Room sitting area looking north from dining area.

  • Shaker style chair with needlepoint seat in Front Hall.

    Shaker style chair with needlepoint seat in Front Hall.

  • A corner of the Parlor. Please sign the guest book!

    A corner of the Parlor. Please sign the guest book!

  • Morning view in Parlor

    Morning view in Parlor

  • View of working fireplace in Canopy Bedroom

    View of working fireplace in Canopy Bedroom

  • A corner of the Canopy Bedroom

    A corner of the Canopy Bedroom

  • A corner of the Cannonball Bedroom in morning sun.

    A corner of the Cannonball Bedroom in morning sun.

  • Upstairs Front Hall Sitting Area

    Upstairs Front Hall Sitting Area

  • First Floor Plan. Shaded areas are not accessible to tenants.

    First Floor Plan. Shaded areas are not accessible to tenants.

  • View of Kitchen from Back Door.

    View of Kitchen from Back Door.

  • Owner chatting in Kitchen with enthusiastic visitor during recent house tour.

    Owner chatting in Kitchen with enthusiastic visitor during recent house tour.

  • View of fireplace in Dining Room showing collection of antique iron cookware

    View of fireplace in Dining Room showing collection of antique iron cookware

  • Great Room sitting area in late afternoon sun.

    Great Room sitting area in late afternoon sun.

  • View of Parlor Fireplace and Sitting Area

    View of Parlor Fireplace and Sitting Area

  • Our pride and joy, the to-be-restored circa 1830 Chickering square grand piano.

    Our pride and joy, the to-be-restored circa 1830 Chickering square grand piano.

  • Closeup of morning sunbeam in Parlor

    Closeup of morning sunbeam in Parlor

  • View of carved double bed in Canopy Bedroom

    View of carved double bed in Canopy Bedroom

  • View of carved double bed and fireplace in Cannonball Bedroom

    View of carved double bed and fireplace in Cannonball Bedroom

  • Salmon Bedroom

    Salmon Bedroom

  • Antique claw-and-ball cast iron soaking tub in Bath #1, shown with curtain drawn

    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.

    Second Floor Plan. Shaded areas are not accessible to tenants.

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 27, 2017

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