Machiasport Cottage Rental Photos and Description
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6. Changeover day is Sunday.
A beautiful and unique home with spectacular views and even your own private ocean island just offshore!
Our property is certified by the state of Maine DEP as a 'Certified Environmental Leader in Hospitality' and by the National Wildlife Federation as a 'Backyard Wildlife Habitat' - a perfect spot for birders and all nature lovers.
Featherbed Island House (formerly known as Indian Point) is perfect for artists of all types,
nature lovers, romantic getaways and families.
Located privately at the very end of a drive, surrounded by water and acres of forest. You will enjoy the casual elegance of a spacious three-bedroom home tastefully decorated with artsy and whimsical treasures - certainly an unexpected change from your typical Maine cabin - you won't find any knotty pine, moose decor, or musty old bedspreads here.
The Grounds: The property is saltwaterfront on an estuary where it greets the ocean, a prime spot to observe the splendor of nature. There is a large, rolling lawn, a freshwater pond, flowers, apple trees and blueberries to pick.
There is a grassy, tidal area for kayak launching with a small floating raft to sunbathe or tie up your kayak (not a swimming raft). Just offshore is your own tiny private island, a frequent stop for eagles and seals. Rumor has it that the pirate, Cap't Black Sam Bellamy buried his treasure somewhere in proximity to this very property! (But please, no digging!).
The House: The yellow-house is only 80 feet from the water with unobstructed views of the water, island, the rocky shore, marshes and profile of Machiasport beyond. There is plenty of space to spread out....
-- great room with a wall of windows,
-- tv room
A well equipped kitchen has it’s own walk in pantry complete with a Belgian waffle maker, veggie and citrus juicers, blender, lobster pot (of course!) and many gadgets and gismos if whipping up a gourmet meal is what you crave. The view from the kitchen window overlooks the freshwater pond. If you are lucky, you might see a deer (or a moose) quenching his thirst.
The master bedroom - The Moonlight Bedroom - has a queen bed and views out over the great room to the water. There is a privacy shade for complete privacy to the room below.
The Eagle Perch bedroom has a double bed and a dormer window overlooking the water.
The Deer Watch bedroom has a twin bed and overlooks the woodlands.
All three bedrooms share a spacious upstairs full bath. A second bath with shower and laundry is on the 1st floor.
The house comes with all things designed to make you feel right at home. The library is full of books and CD's and 'books on CD's'. There is even an 'old-time' radio/phonograph and an easel for the artist in you. The TV room has a small library of DVD movies from kids to adult selections. There are board games and puzzles for rainy days, balls and bocce for sun. We think we've covered everything from cookbooks and cupcake tins and popsicle molds to lobster bibs to eco-friendly laundry detergent to plenty of vases perfect for gathering flowers around the property.
Machiasport is the perfect central location as the homebase for your bold coast Maine vacation.
It's perfectly placed for day tripping to:
Bar Harbor (90 minutes),
Acadia Nat'l Park (90 minutes)
artsy Eastport (45 minutes)
Campobello Island (45 minutes)
St. Stephen, NB - Canada's chocolate town (90 minutes)
and all of the coves and fishing villages in between.
Machiasport is a rural village with quaint small-town character. Just a few miles down the road you'll find the vibrant town of Machias where you will find a supermarket, restaurants, pubs, a farmer's market and the University of Maine.
There is no need to fight the summer crowds in Acadia!
Relax in the casual elegance of the Featherbed Island House in down east Maine - far from the crowds but near enough to everything fantastic.
Changeover day is **Sunday***.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Can you swim at the property?
The property is waterfront, so technically you can swim from the front yard. There is a grassy, tidal area that is the access to the water. However the water between the house and island is very shallow and the water is very cold (rarely gets higher than the 50's). Also, the bottom is mud (strap on water shoes are recommended). Nearby Roque Bluffs State Park may be a better bet for actual swimming - they have both a sandy beach AND a warmer, fresh water lake.
Is the property private?
Featherbed Island House is located at the very end of a 1/4 mile small country road. There are four other houses on the road, but only one is visible down the driveway. One side of the property is water and, except for the driveway, the remaining three sides are acres of woods. The road is narrow, but paved up to our dirt driveway. Machias, with a grocery store, restaurants (in other words - civilization!) is four miles away.
How many people does the cottage sleep?
The house has three bedrooms - a queen, double, and twin. There is also a pull out sofa in the great room and a non-pull out sofa in the den. Even though, technically, you could squeeze in a lot of people, the total occupancy is capped at a maximum of SIX total (adults and children). There is plenty of room inside to spread out - the great room, tv room/den and a library.
Is the house suitable for elderly?
We certainly think it's a great house for everyone but we want you to be able to make an informed choice. All three bedrooms are upstairs. The staircase is 'average' - no steeper than average. The bottom 5 steps have no handrails, however the upper part of the staircase has a handrail on both sides. We also have a pull-out sofa and a non-pull-out sofa and 3/4 bath (shower) on the first floor. There are between 2-3 steps to enter the house.
What about kids?
Featherbed Island House is an awesome house for kids with it's rolling lawns and island to explore! However, the house has not been childproofed and kids must be supervised. Potential obstacles for small children include the loft window from the second floor to the first, a drop from the front lawn down to the water, the pond (and the bay itself) for non-swimmers, steep basement stairs (the basement door can be locked by guests) and garage (which is off-limits to guests anyway).
We love animals and will probably love hosting your furry friend. However, there are a few breeds that our insurance company will not allow us to have on the property. We have a waiver for you to sign and there is a $100 fee per pet per week (as an alternative to a kennel). We're happy to send you a copy of the waiver so you can review our doggie house rules.
When can we check in?
Our changeover day is Sunday (no, sorry it can't be changed due to our cleaner's availability). Check in is at 4pm (check out is at 9am). If the house is ready to go before 4pm, we're happy to let you in earlier, but it depends on our cleaner's schedule.
Do you provides kayaks or canoes?
We would love to, but our current insurance coverage won't allow us (but we're working on it for, perhaps next year). You can rent both from Sunrise Canoe and Kayak. Check with them for their policy, but traditionally they will deliver right to the property. If you bring your own, you can moor them on our floating raft.
What is there to do way down east?
If you don't know, then you'd better come and find out! Machiasport and downeast Maine are a nature lover's paradise! So many things to do in the area, you'll want to stay longer! Whale watching... trips to Seal Island to see the Puffins... hiking the Bold Coast trail... biking the Sunrise Trail... Roque Bluffs State Park for swimming at the white sand ocean beach or in the 20 acre lake... the Pirate festival in August and September in Eastport and Lubec... Summerkeys... Band Concerts... Fourth of July Boat Parades.... Spectacular Jasper Beach in Machiasport...Sunset Cruises.... Shopping in Bar Harbor....Eat a lobster... Canoe and Sea Kayak trips...Visit the Fort O'Brien Historic Site....visit the lighthouses... Blueberry Festival...and on and on. Whether you are 8 or 80, there will be things downeast to keep you busy. No wonder Maine is Vacationland.
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- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets considered
Guestbook comments from the owner
Peaceful time. Had lobster everyday. Town folk are very friendly. Enjoyed the ever changing weather and tides. We were thrilled that Maine practices recycling.
Maria and Gary
We've owned vacation rental properties in Cape Cod and Nova Scotia for over 10 years. Now we are impatiently waiting for retirement so we can enjoy the charms of the yellow house full-time. Until then, we are thrilled that we are able to share our special place with you.
While driving through Maine on vacation in 2013, we stopped by out of curiosity just to take a look at the Featherbed Island House, which was up for sale. We were so enthralled by the yellow house and it’s breathtaking view that we made the 800 mile round trip back the next weekend to make an offer on the cottage (and the rest...is history).
Machiasport is the ideal central location in downeast Maine. We've found that the Bar Harbor and the acadia area is much too crowded especially in summer and fall, but Machiasport is a perfect retreat to be able to make daytrips everywhere on the boldcoast without having to deal with the crowds.