These guests were
or rented either the Cape or the Farmhouse or both...as a
July 22-29, 2013
Farmhouse and Cape rental
Melissa, the family had a great time. The drums and
xylophone were real hits with the little ones and the great
room of the farm house was perfect for gatherings. We didn't
see your deer but saw a chip monk, eagle and assorted birds
Jeanne M, Novato, California
We had a
lovely time there!
Don L, Ventura, California
July 19-22, 2013
I wanted to let you know what a great time we had at the
farm house last weekend. I will send the pictures of
the wedding cake shortly.
The farmhouse is a spacious nicely decorated relaxing
vacation spot. It is well equipped with comfortable beds and
clean through out. The farmhouse is in a beautiful setting
overlooking a tidal inlet. We were a large group in town for
a wedding. Our time at the farm house was very enjoyable.
There was plenty or room for all of us, we had a great time
sitting around the giant table and laughing the night away.
Just be careful of the family airlooms that adorn the place.
Richard P, Stow, MA
July 6-13, 2013
We had a great time and back into somewhat of our routine.
We have a few days left on our vacation so we are still
taking it easy here.
tea another time maybe! If we ever go back down your way we
will be sure to stop by and say "hi"!
Thanks again for renting out your lovely farmhouse. We will
cherish the memories for a long time!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
All my best
Johanne L, Montreal, Canada
July 2-6, 2013
We are so excited that our vacation is approaching so
quickly. Everyone in our group has read the policy manual
and we will certainly ask you if we have any questions. We
plan to leave Pulaski at 5AM, but with a toddler it will
take longer than 8.5 hours. We plan to stop a few times
along the way....
Thank you for providing such a beautiful home--we plan to
come back some day.
Jeff L, Pulaski, NY
Farmhouse and Cape rental
Hi Melissa, We
wanted to write and tell you that we enjoyed our second stay
at your Bold Colorful Life estate immensely. We hope to
return again and again. Last time, we loved the
Farmhouse…the spacious, comfortable rooms, the wonderful 200
year old barn timbers in the Great room and the amazing view
of the river. Everything was even better than the website
pictures promised. Our daughter wanted to repaint our whole
house in brighter colors after seeing what you did with your
enjoyed doing our crafts and having meals around that huge
table….more than enough room for our 11 person group. The
breezes off the river and all the paddle fans cooled the
summer sun and the eagles and blue heron were a delight. The
kitchen was so well equipped…there wasn’t a recipe we
couldn’t create...and we made quite a feast. Thanks for
giving us the tour and for answering our questions and needs
along the way…it was good to have you nearby when we wanted
time, it was the historic Cape, for our smaller group.
Again, the colorful and whimsical rooms were SO comfortable
and we got caught up on sleep…so important for our vacation.
Our daughter brought a friend this time and they loved the
cozy bunks and their own private bath. We love your
wildflowers and the emerald green lawns between them, and we
love all the stone benches and hammocks, in perfect spots
didn’t see the eagles, but loved the bullfrogs and the last
of the tree frogs around the pond. Thanks again for giving
us the perfect spot to gather with family members, catch up
with each other and with rest, enjoy the beauty of
waterfront Maine and of the Boothbay peninsula. We recommend
the gardens, lighthouse tours, nearby hikes and downtown
waterfront restaurants to your other guests. See you next
June 6-9, 2013
Rental for Group of Friends!
A group of 8 ladies rented this farmhouse for a weekend
getaway in June. We live in New Hampshire and found the
rental online. Boothbay Harbor was fun to explore for a day.
The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a MUST visit. Spend
at least 3 hours there. Great for the family and any garden
lovers. This was a perfect rental for our group! Plenty of
private space for everyone and great community rooms:
kitchen, porch and living area.
kitchen was a highlight with the long table to enjoy meals
and games after dinners. The large living room with the wall
of windows was relaxing to sit, read, listen to music and
enjoy the view. We enjoyed coffee on the deck seeing a deer
in the field and listened to many birds singing beautifully
every morning. The house is decorated with beautiful
vibrant, fun colors. The kitchen is well stocked with plenty
of dishes, drinkware & serving pieces which all feel new -
not worn as some rentals. Great rental for a group - we felt
like we were in someone's country home
was attentive to any need we might have and responded so
quickly as we corresponded planning our weekend away. The
rooms were so clean as were the bathrooms. The color
coordination of all the rooms was so creative.. definitely
planned by an artist! This is a special rental that would be
wonderful for family or small group - comes highly
April 27, 2013
B&B Girl's Reunion
Our stay was
absolutely wonderful! Melissa made our time at her retreat
feel like home. She was very hospitable and by the time we
left, I felt like I had known her for years!
2012 Farmhouse and Cape Rental
Melissa is the
perfect hostess and Bold Colorful Life is the best location
for our annual family Christmas.. We are a family of seven
adult children and 15 grandchildren.. most from away.. so
this was our second year of being lucky enough to meet here
for our family holiday,
dining table is the perfect place for holiday crafts, cookie
making and the kitchen is perfect for our appetizer and
dessert contest chefs. The great room with the largest
christmas tree we have ever seen, was perfect for relaxing,
games or an evening of Karaoke..Yikes.
bedrooms are so comfortable and the kids love the fact they
all have their own bathrooms! See you in 2013 Melissa!
Boothbay Harbor, ME and Charleston, SC
2012 Farmhouse and Cape rental
spot for a wedding!
My fiancee (now husband!) and I, along with our families,
rented both the farmhouse and cape house on this property
for a week in early September. At the end of the week, we
had a small wedding in the back yard, overlooking the
beautiful Back River. We simply could not have asked for a
better setting for our wedding!! The property is absolutely
lovely, and the view of the Back River from the farmhouse is
houses are bold, colorful, and beautiful, as is the
proprietor, Melissa! With 9 bedrooms between the two houses
(5 in the farmhouse and 4 in the cape), each with a private
bathroom, this place would be perfect for any large group!
the location of this property is perfect- close enough to
Boothbay Harbor to easily pop into town for shopping or
dinner, but far enough out of town to get away from the
hubbub and enjoy some peace and quiet!
is warm and welcoming, and makes you feel like family from
the moment you arrive. What a beautiful place for a
vacation, and a wonderful way to start our married life!
Kelli C, VT
rented the entire farmhouse for our wedding location, what a
FANTASTIC place. Melissa is so much more than just a wonderful
hostess. Every communication with Melissa left me with a big smile
on my face. She's truly a special person who enjoys sharing her
stunning property and incredibly gracious nature with others. I had
hired a bagpiper to play as a surprise for my new husband & our
guests. Melissa was as delighted as I was figuring out exactly where
to hide him for his grand entrance, working out the perfect location
& timing to the last detail. :) She made our stay a truly lovely
one. Thank you, Melissa"..xx,
Lori R, Exeter, NH
Dear Melissa, It was an honor to share in Lori and Donovan's
special day and even more special to live out these moments in your
FABULOUS home! You were so gracious and I have to say thank you!
Love, Chris and Scott
I know I told you before, but we had a great time. So many
people have commented on the venue (because it's the coolest
ever). I really think the vibe of the land and the bright
decor brings out the best in people - at least that's what
it does to me! Thanks for being so hospitable.
Kara M, New York, NY
8/28/10 Bachelorette Party-Estate Rental
You have such a wonderful place here. No where else could you find
the beauty of the landscaping and view along with the wonderfully
creative and artistic house. This relaxing and fun weekend was the
perfect bachelorette party setting. Thank you so much for sharing
this with us.
Laura, "The Bride"
Wonderful, magical place. The view, the peace, the colors, the
comfortable home makes it a very successful vacation for grownups,
kids and grandkids. Thank you, Melissa
Elisabeth S, Princeton, NJ
7/31/10 Farmhouse Rental
This place worked out great! Where else can you find a compound
that can handle 10 people of all ages. This was a 70th birthday for
me and the first time we had ever tried a family reunion, ever. We
had a great time and wonderful weather the whole week.
What more could you ask for.
The Tony B Clan
7/10-17/10 Farmhouse Rental
This is a wonderful house! So lovely and charming. We all
loved going down to the water and pond. The animals were beautiful.
The view is exhilarating! We all came to celebrate Fran and John's
50th anniversary and this house was the perfect place! I will
miss seeing the fog roll in, the beautiful weather and going on
hikes. And most of all....the ocean. Thank you!
Camille, Erin, Fran, Monica, Erik, John, Olivia and Jems
7/3-10/10 Farmhouse Rental
I am sitting at the enormous kitchen table at dusk, watching the
fog roll in over the water....so very beautiful. We came here to
celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. our four children, two
sons-in-law and our four grandsons--ages 5, 4, 2 &1 joined us for
the week. The twelve of us so enjoyed the roomy indoor spaces along
with the endless outdoor spaces to play. Your gardens are stunning
and charming. Thank you for a wonderful week!
Charlie and Debbie W, Stonington, CT; Heather, Jon and Morrison F,
Providence, R.I.; Erin W, Providence, R.I.; Julie, Juan, Diago,
Joaquin and Lorenzo, Providence, R.I.
For 12 years we have traveled to different locations for our girls
weekend away. We have stayed in every state in New England and to
New York and we were so lucky to have found your home in
beautiful Boothbay, Maine. This year was a special occasion as 3 of
us were celebrating a milestone birthday. Your colorful and uniquely
decorated home made it a great place for this celebration. We
enjoyed having our morning coffee on the deck and admiring the view
of the river. we'd love to come back for another visit and woould
recommend your place to anyone coming to this area
The Girls from
Massachusetts! Jane, Tewksbury; Karen, Lynn; Kathy, No. Reading; Maryjane, Reading; Paula, Winthrop; Peggy, Peabody.
9/16/09 B&B Farmhouse
What a beautiful Sept. morn! The crispness in the air sends a clear msg to my soul--thank you for allowing us to spend a little time at
your Haven! The energy here is Magical! In about 2 weeks I'm certain
the foliage will be breathtaking. I'm certain our paths shall meet
Sandy and Bob, Voluntown, CT
8/23/09 Farmhouse Rental
Dearest Melissa, Thank you for providing the perfect place for our
family. From the moment we walked in the front door, we all felt "at
home". Each room is special and very beautiful. The grounds are
lovely and provide a place to "unwind"... See you soon
8/16/09 Estate Rental
"Dear Melissa, What can I say. Not only do you have a beautiful
place, but the company was wonderful. I'm so glad our Class of '70
girls could all get together. The songs and laughter will stay for a
long time. We'll definitely recommend it to others". Joanne B K
"Refreshingly bold, intensely focused, and perfectly integrated; you
have created the ideal environment here at Bold Colorful Life!" Gail
"The view, the breeze, the water, the friendship, a lovely place in
Maine." Jeannine S
7/10-13, 2009 Farmhouse
My 3 sisters and all of our spouses spent a long weekend at this
fabulous farmhouse from 7/10-7/13/09. All 8 of us had a fantastic
time. The farmhouse is a gorgeous creation by Melissa Thornton.
She has taken pieces from the barn that once stood on the property
and built this beautiful farmhouse with a spectacular view of the
river that is surrounded by acres of wonderful wildlife of all
kinds. The house has 5 beautiful colorful bedrooms all with their
own baths. The kitchen is enormous with everything you need. Fully
stocked and a table that seats 14 easily. The greatroom is
full of windows and more windows that also look out over the river.
Lots of space in this very large cathedral ceiling room. It's the
perfect place to hang out together and read, do puzzles, play games
or just talk and laugh Just awesome! So much to offer right
on-site and if you are looking to get out and about, the beautiful
botanical gardens and Boothbay Harbor are only minutes away. I
can't say enough about the property and Melissa was a fantastic
host. She was very accommodating and attentive to her guests.
Would definitely return for another stay!
Linda M, Goffstown,NH
What a wonderful place! You've
done such a great job creating a warm, inviting home away from home.
We couldn't ask for a more comfortable place. And the view is
breathtaking. We will recommend you to anyone coming up this way. We
look forward to coming up again during a different season to see the
changes. Thanks again
Dan & Jeri T, Cindy A, Paul L,
Howe and Dawn W, Goffstown, NH
7/23/09 B&B Farmhouse
We have the honor of
being the 'first' B&B guests in the Bold Colorful Life Farmhouse. We
remain impressed with Melissa's energy, enthusiasm and vision. We
look forward to our return so that we can follow the progress of the
Inn's evolution. Our suggestions, as return visitors to the Boothbay
area, include the bouillabaisse at Fisherman's Wharf Inn, fish and
chips at Bette's Famous Fried Fish, and steamed lobster at
Robinson's Wharf on Southport Island. The Mung Bean is downtown BB
Harbor is a must stop with each visit.
Best wishes, Melissa, for
Fran and John J, Elmira,
Guest's Thought about the "Cape Only"
August 11-16, 2013 Cape
This was our first time renting a house for our family summer
getaway and it met
all our expectations. It was charming, warm, and cozy. Every bedroom
pleasant and colorful and each had an adjoining bathroom which was
The kitchen was great for the many meals we put together. We loved
the deck. The
grounds were lovely to walk around and Melissa is such a great
Melissa for making our Maine vacation so memorable!
July 6-13, 2013 Cape rental
We pretty much got to do everything we'd hope for and really enjoyed
Thank you for sharing your wonderful home and responding to our
needs early on.
I hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer.
Art A, Kennett Square, PA
June 29-July 6, 2013
Hi Melissa….yes, trip home went well and landed safely into PHX.
Hubby returned to work this morning so vacation is fun
memories….west coast kiddos return to school in couple weeks (get
out mid-May so summer flew by). Beautiful state is Maine…we enjoyed!
Have a wonderful summer….warmly,
Fran L, Chandler, Arizona
August, 2010 Cape
The three families had a
'boldly colorful' week in the Cape House. We had terrific weather,
lots of adventures, great food, and lots of laughs. Thanks for
putting us up in the cozy cottage. Good luck with the project and
we'll be back.
Peter and Pam B, Mashpee,
August, 2010 Cape
Our two families had a
very enjoyable vacation in Mid-coast Maine. We think we ate four
blueberry pies!!! The house was perfect for our needs...really
lovely. Thanks very much.
Alexander, Jim, Assun, Ariadna, Roksana, West Chester, PA and
August, 2010 Cape
Thank you for a
peaceful, relaxing and restorative vacation! This house has brought
several people back together after many years of not being able to
see each other and we have been able to reconnect on so many more
levels that only the serenity here could have brought us.
David B, Angela B, Nora
B, Jessica R, Nicole, Bart, Joshua and Lauren A, Bill K, King's
August, 2010 B&B Cape
Melissa! We feel very much at home and have loved learning how to
live the bold colorful life! Thank you.
Celeste and Sam H,
July, 2010 Cape
Everything was perfect.
We all enjoyed the stay and contribute much of the joy and pleasure
to your place. Thanks again
Julie, Nick, Seth, Marie,
Ben, Eli and Henry M, East Hampton, CT
May, 2010 Cape Rental
friendship, laughter....thank you for being the catalyst.
Gwen R, Connecticut
I stayed in the Cape on my second visit to Bold Colorful Life and I
felt INSTANTLY at home. This house is the epitome of cozy. It made
me want to cook food, drink cocoa and write my memoirs! The land,
the house, the town, and Melissa--all inspiring and fantastic. I
didn't want to leave and I find myself constantly scheming to get
back up there!!
Sunnye C, Boston, MA
September, 2009 B&B Cape
Our visit felt like home
sweet home. Very peaceful, great CDs and Melissa has such a bubbly
personality. As far as a return visit, I would rate this as an A+.
Brenda, S, Connecticut
August, 2009 Cape
Melissa, we all had a
fantastic time here. The house was everything we imagined it to be,
very comfortable and welcoming. Boothbay and the surrounding area
was a lot of fun to explore, the kids said it was the best vacation
they have ever had and we are sad to leave. Thank you for everything
and we look forward to coming back to see you soon.
Sarah, Jeff, Hannah, Sam
and Max K, Orlando, Florida
8/10/09 B&B Cape
"Your Inn is wonderful! The kids especially like the pond and
kayaking in the river. We all enjoyed your hospitality and the
great, healthy breakfast you served. We hope this great adventure
works out well--we know it will!" Mark, Kim, Aaron and Christine S
August, 2009 B&B Cape
If you are looking for an incredible
Bed and Breakfast and/or retreat center, look no further. Not only
is the Bold Colorful Life Inn set on the most amazing site, it's a
fabulous place to spend time.
Matt G, Maine
July, 2009 Cape Rental
What a bold and colorful cape!
I recently stayed in the Bold Colorful Life Cape house with 8 of my
friends for another friends wedding in Boothbay. While a bunch of
people were staying at a hotel in town, we were all very glad we
made the decision to rent this house as opposed to the hotel. The
house was so quaint, cute and comfortable. It had everything we
needed...from towels to dish soap to pots and pans and olive oil.
It was amazing that everyone pretty much had their own bathroom
attached to their room. Melissa was even kind enough to get us an
iron and ironing board so we could all look presentable on the big
day, having traveled from San Francisco. While the house was
compact, it did not feel small and we each had plenty of space. The
setting is amazing. We had a great time before the wedding taking
the inflatable rafts for a paddle around the bay, which you can walk
right down to from the house. Some people even swam to the island,
that is about 500 yards off the waterfront. The setting is
absolutely serene and peaceful. It felt so good to get away! We've
all been saying that we wish we were still living the Bold Colorful
Life, since we've gotten back to California. I would definately
recommend this house to anyone who wants to visit the area. I hope
to be able to return some day.
Lauren B, San Francisco
June, 2009 B&B Cape
This place is so
quaint and homey it would be easy to live in. Thank you for your
hospitality and warm welcome. You're a born natural for this line of
work. Only the best,
Nancy D, Greenville, Maine
May, 2009 B&B Cape
Our first stay here was very enjoyable. We will definitely be back
again in the future. Melissa's personality is perfect for the Inn.
She could make the sun shine out of the clouds. The room was very
comfortable...we slept like babies. It's a little paradise in the
midst of this crazy world we live in.
Al and Ronda J, Bradley, Maine
February, 2009 Cape Rental
We love the experience of visiting
this Cape. We take the whole building every time we come. The site
is absolutely beautiful--15 acres of lawns and gardens; views of the
fresh water pond AND the Back River...lots of wildlife. The estate
is near the end of a long, residential road and it's quiet and
peaceful. It was a serene getaway, every time.
The Cape house itself is a perfect combination of historical and
new. It dates back past the Civil War and has an historic brick
chimney, wide pine floor boards and a wonderful porch that wraps all
the way around the house. It is also completely renovated and it has
every convenience that we need--full kitchen, gas grill, TVs in
every bedroom and the living room, wireless Internet for those email
moments, good cell reception. We were sequestered away from the
world, at the same time that we were able to be in touch if we
We have returned to this site three times and will keep coming
back. We give it a 5 star rating!
Chris Harrington, Monroe, Maine
September, 2008 B&B
Thank you for
sharing your little piece of paradise with us. We will be back!
Linda N, TN
September, 2008 B&B
Thanks for your Bold Colorful
Hospitality. We truly enjoyed meeting you and being here--and the
kayaking was spectacular! We look forward to watching your creations
evolve here, over time. You have a beautiful vision for this
Eric A and
Jane B, Ashland, Oregon
September, 2008 B&B
We so enjoyed the
hospitality of Melissa--and the peaceful surroundings! We wish you
all the best with your wonderful adventure....we do want to come
back and see the progress. Thank you for all.
Helga and Carl D, Wells, Maine
August, 2008 B&B
This was a true find! What an
enjoyable stay we had---the hospitality was unmatched! I look
forward to coming back in the future. Spectacular! Thank you!
Rod and Jean C., Girara, Ohio
Thank you for the great hospitality.
It felt like coming home for a visit with our neighbors and old
friends and family.
Thanks, Melissa! We wish you the best of luck with your
Ron and Gere
P., Girara, Ohio
August, 2008 B&B
We had a lovely time--kayaking next
time--thanks for the eagle siting!!
Sybil S, Nashville, TN
August, 2008 B&B
Here on a whim but it seems not by
chance. Had a very peaceful, comfortable stay and very much enjoyed
Susan G., Seattle, Washington and Hamden, Connecticut
August, 2008 B&B
Thanks for the comfy, cozy stay in the Amber Suite. We loved it!
Sandy and Ken J, Winthrop, Maine
August, 2008 B&B
Wonderful, relaxing stay in the
"Garnet Room" of the Cape. After some showers the first day, the sun
broke through and the place was glorious. We kayaked, your harbor
seals surrounding our boats; ate lobster; read; walked the Porter's
Preserve and the magnificent Botanical Garden. A perfect weekend!
Thanks, Melissa for a great weekend!
Mike S., Milford, Connecticut
July, 2008 B&B Cape
Thank you so much for a wonderful visit! We had a great time.
You have a treasure
there and are doing a terrific job fixing it up.
Thanks again for a wonderful vacation!
Ken and Debbie H., Berwick, Maine