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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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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.

More Details
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

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.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Property Reviews

35 Reviews Write a Review
Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
+1 9102322838
Machiasport Downeast and Acadia

One of my favorite places to visit!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
I'm sitting at work daydreaming about taking my 3rd trip to Mill Point later this summer and realized that I still owe Marybeth a review!

My husband, myself and our two dogs have take two trips to Mill Point- early June 2012 for our 12 day honeymoon and late September 2013 for a week, and both were epic vacations! The cottage is so comfortable and well stocked that there's really no reason to leave the grounds aside from grocery shopping and maybe just cruising in the car to see what's out there in Downeast Maine.

We've been lucky to see a lot of nature while at Mill Point that we don't have at home in CT- porcupines, seals, bald eagles (flying 20 ft. above our heads!!).

This past September we walked over to Starboard Island and walked the perimeter of the island- there are actual marked trails going through the woods. That place is magical and is unlike anywhere I've ever been before. When you get to the other side of the woods there are huge cliffs that overlook the ocean. If you decide to make the trek, make sure you keep an eye one the tides before you head over because to walk around the entire perimeter takes a few hours, and during high tide the road to Starboard Island is underwater.

We especially enjoy cooking, and cooking in the Mill Point kitchen is such a treat. It is set up so nice, and includes anything you need to make almost any meal. We have dug clams and harvested mussels from the rocks for meals. We make a point to cook at least 3 lobster dinners while in Maine. We got the lobsters from BBS lobster, which is a place where I would recommend a visit.

We have put together jigsaw puzzles, played cards, made popcorn and watched movies on our iPad when the weather isn't perfect. On beautiful days we've flown kites, made fires on the beach for smores, walked our dogs and just sat outside and enjoyed what the quiet and clean air of Maine has to offer.

Mill Point is such a wonderful spot- Thank you Marybeth and George for sharing this special place! We can't wait to go back in a few months!!
Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
+1 9102322838
Machiasport Downeast and Acadia
Buxton, ME

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
This is my third trip to Mill Point and it was as enjoyable as ever! We have already booked our stay for next year. It is an amazing place to just be. We read, cooked, walked the beaches and relaxed. My husband and absolutely love it and so do our pups.

Great wildlife, too! We saw great blue herons, loons, LOTS of geese and seals.

p.s. Mother Shuckers has the best lobster in the world. If you like lobster, you simply must go there.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy that Mill Point continues to be captivating for you and that you're coming back next year for your fourth stay! Thanks for being super customers!
Helpful votes: 1/1
Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
+1 9102322838
Machiasport Downeast and Acadia

Every detail is just right.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
Mill Point is exquisite. Based on the pictures we thought it was likely too good to be true, but the pictures don't even begin to do it justice. Every detail is spot-on-perfect.

The home is so clearly loved, and so well-curated - we had everything we needed in the kitchen (no extra, old, rusty, yucky kitchen tools!), and everything was easy to find. It was all clean and lovely, and the kitchen had a GREAT view (very unusual in my experience, even with waterfront homes, and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, even on vacation). The house had a Nantucket “feel” along with off-the-grid Maine charm (gas fireplace, gas lamps, etc.)

Everything was pretty and fresh and lovely - the snuggle-blankets in the reading nooks coordinated with the upholstery (and were scrumptuous - glad there were enough for each of us to have our own!), and the linens were lovely (we always bring our own just in case, and we used yours!). The view from the master bedroom, even from the bed for reading in bed, was beautiful. The bedroom deck was a special treat, and the lobster boat stained glass between the master bedroom and bathroom was charming.

We spent hours reading in the window seats in the living room, played cards, watched for (and spotted!) your resident seal from the window a few times, collected a few bits of sea glass on what felt like our own private beach, walked over to the far island at low tide. We enjoyed sunny days, a foggy day, a rainy day – it was all wonderful.

The book selection was great - many wonderful books about Maine and then everything from escapist fiction to religion and philosophy ... and even Jimmy Buffet books (my son asked, "Isn't that the 'Cheeseburger in Paradise' singer?").

The fireplace was a lovely treat on chilly mornings and when we came back from the beach a bit chilly and damp.

The hammocks and Adirondack chairs were *perfect.* I especially loved the ones on the south tip of your "island."

Having the automatic lighter things at almost every gas lamp was a wonderful luxury ... a little touch of convenience that was so appreciated when it was dim inside.

We had a marvelous week at Mill Point and recommend it unequivocally. Special thanks to Marybeth for being so responsive from our initial contact all the way through to following up after our stay and also to caretaker Mike for being so thorough and responsive to our questions while we were there.

With our appreciation and best wishes,
Erin and Brian
Helpful votes: 2/2
Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
+1 9102322838
Machiasport Downeast and Acadia
Durham, NH

A true R&R family getaway

A true R&R family getaway
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
Even after reading all of the glowing reviews on VRBO and seeing the pictures, we were blown away when we pulled up to this lovely cottage on its own private peninsula. My husband's first words "This is my new favorite place on earth." We had such a relaxing vacation with our two young sons and our dog. This was a great location for kids and pets! The house had everything we could have wanted or needed. I picked a new reading spot each day. We loved watching the dramatic changes that happened with low and high tides. We cooked every night at the house. We were nervous about being "off the grid" but loved using the oil lamps and were thankful for the generator for our morning coffee! My only complaint was that even when living off the grid - I need a good shower. The water in the shower was either burning hot or freezing cold with no real in between. Is that something that can be addressed? Thank you for sharing this beautiful spot!
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Erin,
I'm so happy that you and your family enjoyed Mill Point!
My apologies for your less than satisfactory shower experience. Normally, we find that we are able to hold a set temperature. The on demand hot water heater requires enough water pressure to energize it. If I'm not sure of the water level, I would run the generator while showering just to make sure that the water pressure stays up and always shower with full pressure on at the shower control. There is a long length of pipe from the water heater to the shower. It is necessary to keep the pressure up the whole time that you're showering. Navy showers (get wet, water off, lather and rinse) do not work - as soon as you turn the water off, it gets really cold. It seems to work best to get the temperature comfortable before you get in and then to leave the temperature set there. I realize that this doesn't correspond with our request for water conservation, but it's the only way the hot water remains in the pipes. I'll have our caretaker check out the issue and if need be, we'll call our plumber. Thank you for letting me know!
Helpful votes: 2/3
Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
+1 9102322838
Machiasport Downeast and Acadia

Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
Having arrived after midnight, the first word my husband uttered when he lit the gas lamps was “dazzling!” The cottage—with it’s many sitting nooks, plush pillows, and colorful patterns--is thoroughly charming. The cottage, all by itself, would make a delightful stay. When we woke the next morning to the sounds of the ocean 30 feet away and looked out over lichen colored boulders and through large spruce trees, we realized we had landed in a bit of paradise. Every window has an inspiring view and they give wonderfully different perspectives on the ocean, boulders, inlet creek, and trees. Lovely trails meander to hammocks and chairs arranged to give more intimate and secluded views of the rocks and water, which are often just beyond your feet. We loved waiting for the tides to come up close to the house and swirl around the boulders and seaweed. When the tides were out, we loved watching seabirds come in closer to the rocks to search for a meal. Almost everyday we caught glimpses of one or two seals. We had a mixture of sun, fog, mist, and rain during our stay in May and early June. All of it was beautiful, rejuvenating, and memorable. It’s a perfect place to be creative or to just lazily swing in a hammock, to be romantic or to find time alone. The property is secluded at the end of a long private causeway and there is a nice beach for playing or searching for small treasures. We enjoyed walking each day at Jasper Beach, which is a short 5 minute drive from the cottage. Marybeth was wonderfully warm and accommodating. She added to the delightfulness of the whole experience.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2


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.


Availability & Rates

Machiasport Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Spring 2014
May 3 2014 - Jun 6 2014
3 nights
extra night: $170    
Peak 2014
Jun 7 2014 - Sep 19 2014
6 nights
extra night: $210    
Fall 2014
Sep 20 2014 - Oct 31 2014
3 nights
extra night: $200    

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.0%


  • $1000/ $1400 weekly
  • On all rates a Maine lodging tax of 7% 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!


Machiasport Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

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