On the beaten path, Parker House is close to everything Down East. Get out and enjoy the scenic, recreational and cultural offerings of this part of Maine & stock up at stores less than a mile away.
Lounging on a 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 a character in a Jane Austen novel - although Sarah Orne Jewett might be closer to the mark. Downton Abbey is stretching it a bit, but the comparison has been made!
The house boasts an immaculate 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. We've been delighted by positive feedback from tenants who enjoy cooking.
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 with a discount card attached to the key chain.)
The kitchen opens onto a forty-foot space composed of two of the house's original downstairs rooms: the former kitchen, now the dining area with its massive fireplace & beehive oven, original iron fittings and antique pewter on the mantel, and a living room with 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).
We're pleased that it's 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.
Guests have access to an entire 3-bedroom house. There is a small one-bedroom in-law apartment in the rear above the kitchen and dining room but you hardly notice it's there. My tenant is a friendly guy available on a limited basis if something comes up that I'm unable to help you with over the phone. Over seven seasons there have been no complaints except from one person who apparently didn't read the property description. Please understand that you do, in fact, have the "entire place" to yourself. No interior spaces are shared.
Interaction with guests
I live out of state and only on rare occasions will I be on hand to greet guests on arrival. I'm available to answer your questions via phone and email before, and at any time during, your stay.
Other things to note
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. Effie Hinckley Ober originally named Barncastle 'Ideal Lodge' after the Boston Ideal Opera Company which she owned and managed. Many of her relics reside at Parker House. If you are an American operatic history buff or are interested in discovering the early history of New York City's Blue Hill Troupe, Parker House may be of special interest to you.
If you smoke, please do so outside only, and dispose of your cigarette butts as you would any other litter. Contrary to popular belief, filters are not biodegradable.
Excited to begin my seventh season renting! Like you, I enjoy travel and the outdoors: hiking, sailing, cross-country skiing. I've been above the Arctic Circle in Norway, to North Africa and most major European cities in between. I visited Mexico City for the first time a few years ago and was bowled over by the scale of the place and the incredible pre-Columbian artifacts in the Museo Nacional de Antropologia. I'm an architectural illustrator and 3D modeler and take classes in figural sculpture at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in my spare time. You may be tempted to stay indoors with my library of architecture and gardening books but please don't - get out and enjoy Acadia and the Blue Hill Peninsula instead!
My extended family has summered in Blue Hill since the early '80s. That's the early 1880s, five generations with a sixth rising. My immediate family began staying at then newly-remodeled Parker House in 1900, after several seasons renting a cottage from relatives on Parker Point. As with many old houses there have been ups and downs in the course of more than a century of continuous occupancy, 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. I am delighted to be able to share it with you!