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Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.

Marybeth Ray

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Marybeth Ray

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


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.

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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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Marybeth Ray (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2015

About Marybeth Ray

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

Why Marybeth Ray chose Machiasport

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"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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Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
average rating of 5.0 based on 44 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a great week. Clean, warm, and cozy and right on the ocean. Being off the grid was an added bonus. The caretaker takes great care of the property and explained everything when we arrived. We definitely will make it an annual event.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Glory with many blessings!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful cottage brought us many blessings. Beautifully maintained with a gorgeous view. As the sun rose over the horizon I counted my blessings as I snapped the most awesome photographs. We rented the cottage to get away from everything for some needed rest and relaxation, we couldn't have asked for a better place. As we walked along the sand bar at low tide we noticed a castle on the island close by, we loved every second at the cottage. The kitchen is well stocked with the necessities for making a great meal if that brings you pleasure as it did me. I couldn't stress enough how much you would love to spend time at this wonderful place. Thank you to MaryBeth and George for sharing their beautiful property with all of us!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

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

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".

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!

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
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.


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


Rates & Availability

From $200 Per night

Machiasport Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early 2015
May 9 2015 - Jun 12 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Peak 2015
Jun 13 2015 - Sep 25 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2015
Sep 26 2015 - Oct 31 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $70.00 + Tax
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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Machiasport Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
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 .

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