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.
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- children welcome
- pets considered
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 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."