ENCHANTING PRIVATE PENINSULA, DELIGHTFUL SEASIDE COTTAGE. RELAX AND UNWIND.

Marybeth Ray

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights
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ENCHANTING PRIVATE PENINSULA, DELIGHTFUL SEASIDE COTTAGE. RELAX AND UNWIND.

Machiasport Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, sleeps 4 to 6

A small forested 'island' with a 1200 sq.ft. cottage nestled in the trees. Our cottage is the only home on the property. The 'island' is accessed by a 600 foot causeway. The causeway beach provides easy launching for small boats. The cottage has wonderful views from the many windows. The interior of the cottage is delightful and comfortable and charmingly appointed. The cottage was built in 1930. We completed a total renovation in 2008. This cottage is 'off the grid', meaning town supplied electricity is not available. We still have all the comforts! Lights, hot water heater, stove, refrigerator and fireplace are gas powered. The house is wired and a quiet generator can be run when electric power is needed. This generator is used also to pump the well to fill the the water tanks. Our caretaker will meet you upon arrival to show you how everything works. Mill point is truly a getaway. There is no television, no telephone, no Internet. But, we have maximum ambiance! Wonderfully peaceful. 'Like' Mill Point at Starboard Cove on Facebook for many more pictures.

Life 'off the grid': This cottage is off the grid, so things work a bit differently. Our caretaker will meet with you to show how everything works. It's not too difficult! The house is wired, so when electricity is desired a small, quiet generator can be run. Since the generator is small, you can't run two high drawing items at the same time ( like the hair dryer and vacuum cleaner ). The generator must be run to pump the well to fill the water tanks. Generally, if you're being conservative with water, you would run the generator every other day.

Since Mill Point is basically an island, we have a limited area from which the well draws water. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU BE CONSERVATIVE WITH WATER USAGE! We're advocating FIVE MINUTE SHOWERS and conscious use at the taps. RATHER THAN RUNNING THE TAPS, TURN TAPS OFF AND ON AS NEEDED. ( we find this conscious use of water remains with us when we return to our abundant - for now. - resources. It's a good thing! )

Wood Stove: The cottage has a gas fireplace for all to use. The wood stove is only to be used by those who have experience with wood stoves. If you're one of those and interested in using the wood stove, let's have a conversation about it. The wood stove is only to be used with written permission from the owner. Fire wood will be provided for those using the wood stove.

Lounging and Kayak rental: Hammocks, numerous beach and deck chairs, a double swing in the shade and a sandy beach are provided for your lounging pleasure. If you can't relax at Mill Point, relaxing might not be in the cards for you!

Kayaks can be rented from Sunrise Canoe and Kayak in Machias and they will deliver to the cottage. sunrisecanoeandkayak.com

207-255-3375 Our surrounding area is lovely for kayaking, but do keep in mind that the water is always dangerously cold, tidal currents can get challenging and blinding fog is not uncommon. If you are not an experienced sea kayaker, you should stick close to Mill Point or take a guided tour.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Guestbook comments from the owner
"Sure hate to leave this beautiful island home of yours. Thanks so much for sharing. We would definitely like to come back and experience this all over again with our oldest son."
Sep 2009
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Marybeth Ray

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My husband and I live in the coastal NC town Southport. We're both majorly into anything water related - sailing, exploring by motor boat, kayaking, standup paddling and just strolling the waterfront. We also enjoy cycling on our funny looking, but very comfortable recumbent bikes around town with our little dog in a basket behind us. We both love the outdoors and hiking in the woods.

I work for the NC Ferry Division as captain of the M/V SOUTHPORT, A 180 ft car ferry. We work week on week off. During the off weeks, I'm running (it's just starting up this 2013 spring, so wish me luck!) our small standup paddling excursion business.

George is a former ship fitter/welder turned computer engineer. He's mostly retired now and having completed his 'dream shop' behind the house, is very much a jack of all trades and ready for any project. In the last 5 years, he's got his captains license, sailed trans-Atlantic and assisted on many sailing deliveries from Rio to the Caribbean.

Our big project these days is refurbishing our 1989 steel Colvin gaff rigged pinky schooner. We have a fantasy of the Kitty Hawk someday lying at anchor off Mill Point.

Marybeth Ray purchased this cottage in 2001

George's parents stumbled across this property on as they were on a trip celebrating his Dad's retirement from the navy in 1975. It was basically a fish camp - no water, no plumbing, no insulation, no electricity. They did a total remodel of the cottage over several years. Every summer they'd escape the SC heat, rent out their Isle of Palms beach house and enjoy downeast Maine and Mill Point.

George and I were lucky enough to have to cottage passed on to us in 2001. Mill Point was a lovely cottage then. George noticed the floors had a slight list to them - no surprise, the cottage was built in 1930! Straightening out that list morphed into a total remodel as in, 'as long as we're doing this why not go ahead and...' It turned into a seven year project with most of our vacations becoming working vacations. But all worthwhile as we're thrilled with the results. And we both find ourselves very happy 'just messing about' Mill Point.

Oh, there once was a grist mill on the 'island', hence the 'Mill Point' name.

From the first moment I arrived, I thought that Mill Point was magical. Everybody says that pictures don't do it justice, that its more of a feeling. To me, it's the intimacy with the constantly changing light and sea and sky and tides and breeze and sounds of the sea. And while you can find this many places, at Mill Point is so very close and so uniquely personal and private. With the cottage having so many windows, I've been told that we brought the outside in. It's great on a not so pretty day, to still feel that connectedness with the outside as you're cozily inside. Mill Point property is incredibly scenic all the way around - great for just strolling about. I love the fact, that as a circular property, you can still have a fabulous view as you choose between sunny, shady, breezy & calm.

Two friends that visited tell me that when life gets too hectic, they take a mental vacation by visualizing Mill Point. One friend that visited with me, not sure she would like it, after a day said 'I get it - you can't describe this place, you've got to feel it'. She fell totally in love with the place and can't wait to go back.

My 25 year old nephew, had just completed 3 days driving across the country from Washington to NJ. My sister coerced him into joining us for a week at Mill Point. So he got in at midnight Friday, we left a 6 am Saturday for a 12 hour drive. He was not thrilled! He kept saying 'this better be good!' When we arrived at Mill Point, he kept saying emphatically, 'awesome! This is so awesome! I'm so glad you made me come!' And he survived, non complaining, without phone and Internet! He can't wait to go back.

Mill Point is fabulous for hanging out and relaxing and getting in tune with nature. It's great for kayaking and walking. Close by are some phenomenal hikes on Cutler's Bold Coast Trails. You're far from the crowds, but close enough (2 hours drive) for day trips to Acadia and Bar Harbor. It's one hour to Eastport and Quoddy Head State Park.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 35 traveler reviews

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Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
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Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p300192
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Machiasport Downeast and Acadia
5

Paradise in Maine

  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed our week at Mill Point and were sad when we had to leave. The cottage is a beautiful place, Paradise in Maine. Being in a place "off the grid" made it so easy to relax and forget the daily stress.
The description on homeaway does not come close to the experience - it is even better than described!
The cottage is perfectly equipped. The kitchen has everything you might need for cooking or grilling.
The caretaker takes good care of the cottage and explained everything at arrival.
There are a lot of activities you can do in the area - we went hiking several times.
Machias has several restaurants and bars. As we were in the area during the world cup, we went to Skywalkers to see some of the games.
Overall, this is a place we can only recommend, and hope to be back next year!
  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
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Machiasport Downeast and Acadia
5

Wonderful remote coastal get-away

  • 5 of 5
We cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed our week at Mill Point. The cottage is just gorgeous, roomy, bright and cheery, beautifully constructed, with lots of glass to let the outdoors in. There are numerous little gems about the place such as large window seats everywhere, and a second floor balcony that looks through a spruce tree right onto the waves crashing ashore on the rocks below. One feels like an osprey perched in a tree here!

The location is amazing. The cottage is basically on a small island, but not quite an island because you can drive right up to it by way of a narrow causeway about 1/4 mile long. We felt like royalty here with this whole island all to ourselves for the week. If you have never been on an island in Maine before, you are in for a unique treat of shady woods, soft grass beneath your feet, abundant bird life all around you, all washed by the soft, cool ocean air. The sounds of waves on rocks and smells of ocean will lull you to sleep at night. It is an ever changing place, from bright warm sunshine to mysterious fog which blows in and out, sometimes in fanciful wisps across the water.

The cottage itself is well supplied and we did not feel at all deprived being off the grid as nearly all the comforts of home are provided. There are two medium sized gas powered refrigerators, a fabulous gas range, gas powered lights all around the house, headlamps and battery powered lanterns all about. There are the usual electric appliances as well, if you wish to start the generator and run them; microwave, blender and so forth, but for us the quiet of being "unplugged" was a rare treat. There is no internet here, and even cell reception is a bit spotty (high tide works better!) so get ready to un-tether yourself from the modern chatter for a bit and find out the world goes on quite nicely without you checking in on it all day.

The owners and local care takers are all wonderful people and you will feel well cared for during your stay.
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Sue and Doug! I should have you rewrite my listing! You certainly captured Mill Point. Thanks for the wonderful review. I'm so happy that you all enjoyed our little "island".
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Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
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Machiasport Downeast and Acadia
Pennsylvania
5

Magnificent in every way

  • 5 of 5
We all thoroughly enjoyed our week at Mill Point. The cottage was immaculate upon our arrival (the first thing our children did was to take off their shoes) and was well-equipped with absolutely everything we needed to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. Although we are conscientious water and electricity users to begin with, it was absolutely no problem for our family of five to live "off-the-grid." The cottage layout and decor, both inside and outside, were done in a most tasteful manner and the stunning views in every direction made for a vacation of daydreaming and complete relaxation. The tide here changes 15 ft and we all enjoyed watching the changing of the tide and exploring the rocky and sandy beaches in low tide. Sunsets and sunrises were equally amazing, as well as watching the loons, lobster boats, and of course the seals. We were glad to have our raincoats with us because even the foggy, rainy days were spent outside climbing around the rocks, exploring the beaches, and walking over to Starboard Island during low tide. We did take a half-day and another whole day to visit Jasper Beach and Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor, respectively, but I have to admit that we were so happy to return to the cottage! It truly was a dream vacation in every way imaginable for me, my husband, and our three children (ages 8, 5, and 3 years) and we hope we are lucky enough to be able to return there again next year (and the next and the next and the next)! Thank you to Marybeth and her husband for creating this dream place and opening it up to share with others!
  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that Mill Point was a wonderful experience for all your family!
business
Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p300192
+1 9102322838
Machiasport Downeast and Acadia
5

A little slice of heaven...

  • 5 of 5
The view is outstanding; the decor is perfect and the zen quality is serene! We enjoyed our quiet, peaceful week at Mill Point Cottage. It is just as described. The pictures probably do not do it justice. We spent our week, looking for sea glass, walking on the land bridge at low tide to Starboard Island and traveling to nearby destinations. I would love to travel back to this "slice of heaven" one day!
  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Regina,
Thanks for the great review! Im so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Mill Point! We've often heard that pictures can't quite portray the feel of the place.
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Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p300192
+1 9102322838
Machiasport Downeast and Acadia
5

A gem on the rugged coast of Maine

  • 5 of 5
Mill Point is a gorgeous, well-appointed property with everything you need to be comfortable, feel at-home with family and friends, and explore the local scene. While there are great day destinations to visit for hiking, snacking, and exploring, such as Quoddy Park in Lubec, the Bold Coast Trail in Cutler, and Buck's Harbor Park, the most special days we had were the ones where we stayed at the property.

Waking up to a beautiful sunrise and enjoying a cup of coffee out on the Adirondack chairs was a special daily treat. Venturing off toward Starboard Island and digging for clams while our dogs played in the sand was an easy and fun way to lose track of time. Cooking the clams, and big family dinners, was an activity that all could join in and relish in enjoying the meal by panoramic views with candles lit and the fireplace going.

With this being our first experience renting a house via HomeAway, we truly felt spoiled by Mill Point's amenities and Marybeth's warm friendliness and accessibility. We can't wait to go back next year.
  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Emily, I'm so glad that you all enjoyed Mill Point. Digging your own clams is great! It sounds like you did some fun exploring, but I agree with you that my favorite days are spent just messing around Mill Point. I kid with my husband that I have one complaint about the place - while I love to explore, I'm so content there that I don't want to go anywhere else. We enjoyed our week right after yours. The weather was phenomenal! Thanks for the great review. Mill Point looks forward to your return.
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Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p300192
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Machiasport Downeast and Acadia
5

Perfect!

  • 5 of 5
What an awesome spot you are sharing with so many people, God Bless you!

All 4 of us had a great time, which really says an great deal (Mom, Dad, 20 yr old son and 10 yr old son). It has been harder to adjust being back on the grid than it was to be off. We can't thank you enough for providing our little family with a golden location to heal and revive after a very difficult year.

Everything was in excellent condition, Mike was right there when we got there, and filled us in on everything from the very beginning. The listing was accurate, there were great opportunities: Mother Schuckers was great, as was Helen's. We drove up and down those Maine coast fingers and explored to our heart's content, we even made it to reversing falls, and Campobello Island.

The Maine Coast is idea for really getting away from it all! Thank you again for sharing your little piece of heaven on earth.
  • Submitted: May 29, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Machias Valley Airport (KMVM), 2909 ft
Nearest Ferry
57 Miles
Winter Harbor to Bar Harbor
Nearest Train
210 Miles
Portland, ME Amtrack
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Route 1 Coastal Highway
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Thirsty Moose (Clean pub atmosphere)
Nearest Ski
140 Miles
Camden, Jefferson, Hermon
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Great Cove Golf @ Roque Bluffs
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Helen's, The Bluebird, Riverside (5star)
Car: necessary

The cottage is located on a private peninsula, at the mouth of Machias bay on the 'Point of Main'. It is in the Starboard community, 14 miles down river from Machias, 8 miles from Machiasport, 100 miles east of Bangor, 90 miles northeast of Bar Harbor, and 40 miles from the Canadian border.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Machiasport Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Peak 2014
Jun 7 2014 - Sep 19 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
$235
From
$235
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,400
$5,000
 
 
Fall 2014
Sep 20 2014 - Oct 31 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
$215
From
$215
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,200
$4,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $70
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes $1000/ $1400 weekly
On all rates a Maine lodging tax of 8% will be added.
Until booked, rates are subject to change.
During Peak season, rentals are Saturday 3 pm to Saturday 10 am, with a six night minimum stay. Some possible flexibility in the scheduling could be considered depended upon how guests are presently booked. All inquiries are welcome!

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Machiasport Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Laundry Soap
  • Iron & Board
  • Backpack
  • Alarm Clock
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Linens Provided
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Blender
  • Lobster Pot
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Water views
  • The bathroom is at the top of the steps between the two bedrooms. It was fully remodeled in 2008, everything was replaced. It's simply, but nicely, appointed and also sports great views overlooking the sea. It has a single sink vanity, one commode, a shower stall and a linen closet.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Ocean views,deck
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Ocean views
  • Both bedrooms are on the second floor, with ocean views from all windows. Lots of windows, lots of natural light, great ventilation. The master has incredible sunrise / moonrise views without even leaving the bed! The master has it's own balcony overlooking the sea. It's fabulous for star gazing and sun bathing. It's supplied with 2 super comfortable Lafuma deck chairs. The second bedroom has a very cozy window seat that makes a wonderful reading nook. Both rooms are decked out in sea inspired colors and linens and well stocked with L.L. Bean comforters. On the first floor, in the great room, we have 3 built in settees that are twin bed size. They're in 3 corners of the great room, comfortable and cozy with linens stored in the drawers below.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Books for Adults
  • Radio
  • Books for Kids
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Beach Chairs
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Balcony
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • bay/sound
  • museums
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • live theater
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • whale watching
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • hunting small game
  • pier fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • rafting
  • sound/bay fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • hunting
Notes:
A sandy beach is on the property and makes for easy launching of small boats. Sunrise Canoe and Kayak (in Machias) will rent and deliver boats and gear. While Mill Point is a good spot for beginning kayakers, staying close to shore, the water is always dangerously cold. Tidal currents offshore are swift, seas can quickly turn rough and fog can be blinding. You should not venture far if you are not an experienced sea kayaker. Children are welcome, but I'd like to talk to potential renters so they have a clear picture of the property. While we have a gentle beach and a good sized grassy area, the 'island' is all rock around the edges, dropping off into deep water. Kids (and adults) love to scramble on the rocks, but it does require care. Pets will be considered. We add a charge of $10.00 per day for pets and require that the animals be on a flea/tick preventative program .

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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