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Waterfront Downeast Retreat on Pigeon Hill Bay in Steuben

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Custom designed cottage, with ocean and lighthouse views, private beach,sleeps 6

1 bedroom (queen bed), with spacious loft, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6, additional outdoor shower...

This beautiful, new waterfront property nestled between Downeast Coastal Conservancy's Pigeon Hill Reserve and Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge is approximately 10 minutes walk away. Both have beautiful hiking trails and unbelievable vistas of islands shorelines and mountain views for your enjoyment. The enchantment of the restless sea, the view of the lighthouse and sounds of the echoing foghorn of Petit Manan beckon you to the natural beauty surrounding this waterfront cottage.

Downeast Retreat includes ceramic tile, radiant heat floors, natural spruce and pine,post and beam organic architecture that takes advantage of all your surroundings no matter where you are in the spacious and cozy cottage. Featuring two outside decks, one ocean side the other brook side, take in all the sounds of ocean, sea birds, the distant fog horn, or bubbling stream, song birds and whispering winds through spruce and fir. The choice is yours. Awaken to a breathtaking view of islands in the bay from the upstairs loft. Watch the local fisherman as they set out to sea for the day’s fresh catch. Take in the salt air as you watch eagles travel the coastline past our cottage along to Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. Hiking trails, kayaking and biking are out the front door, wild blueberries in season a short walk away, fresh lobster and clams can be ordered locally just minutes from the cottage.

The cottage waterfront overlooks Bois Bubert Island, the Atlantic Ocean and Petit Manan Lighthouse. Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge is a ten minute walk away with several shore hikes with intimate, incredible views. Downeast Conservatorie's Pigeon Hill Reserve has spectacular trails to it’s 317 foot summit, Pigeon Hill, that displays an extraordinary panoramic view of the surrounding area including numerous Maine islands, mountains, bays and Petit Manan Peninsular itself. A must do for the whole family.

Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and the bustling town of Ellsworth also make great day trip destinations. To complete your authentic Maine experience, take a day trip Nor’ east on route one through the heart of Down-east Maine from Milbridge to Eastport. If you want an international experience then continue to Campabello Island or New Brunswick, Canada only an hour and a half away but remember to bring your passport.

A fantastic & delightful opportunity for photographers, artisans, adventurer's professionals and you.

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Ray & Jo
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About Ray & Jo

Ray is a recently retired Director of an Adult Education program in the western mountains of Maine, an outdoor enthusiast, cyclist and gardener. Joanne is an a critical care RN and stain glass artisan. Together we enjoy the peacefulness of our get-away cottage and the surrounding beauty of it all.

Ray & Jo purchased this cottage in 1992

Why Ray & Jo chose Downeast and Acadia

Working in the area led us to this beautiful unique quaint fishing village. The peacefulness combined with the Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge 1/2 mile walk from our cottage with fields of song birds and blueberries for the picking located on a remote Maine peninsula left us spelled bound with the overwhelming beauty and serenity. The cobble stone private beach and magnificent views including sun and moon rises ,sounds of sea birds and shore sounds lulled us to choose this enchanted remote paradise with the historical cultural elements still intact and thriving today.

We are proud and pleased to share this uniquely designed cottage, the local cultural experience that surrounds it, and the natural beauty of this unique, untouched, natural habitat as we experience it ourselves with you and yours.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage itself was thoughtfully conceived incorporating numerous Frank Lloyd Wright principles and design in organic architecture.

Meaning, a design that is in harmony with humanity and it's surrounding environment.

Collaborating with designer, builder Joe LeVigne, of "Sprezzatura," the elegant and harmonious creation of our cottage, "Downeast Retreat" was created. Truly a retreat feeling in it's own right. Through mindful design of space, local spruce and pine wood, window placement with a view in every direction, the natural sound and sight of this extraordinary paradise is invited into every nook and room of our cottage.

The incredible panoramic views of the bay of Petit Manan Island light house, Bois Bubert Island or the to and fro of fishing trollers & lobster boats traversing the colorful waterway out to sea lends a magical and romantic feeling all of its own.

The fact that we own a small piece of ocean front property directly across the street with our own private access to the cobble stone beach to sit and have morning coffee or evening cocktails at sunset just makes this property that much more irresistible.

Being outdoor enthusiasts, the endless outdoor activities, hiking, biking, kayaking all available right outside the door of the cottage was the icing on the cake for us.

Locally, having access to fresh sea foods caught fresh from the bay, local boat and whale watching tours, fresh water lakes and beaches is too good to be true. Local farmers market in town Milbridge, only a 10 min. drive.

We adore the many quaint and small scenic fishing villages and abounding bold coast hikes as one sojourns Nor'east up the coast to Rogues Bluff, Quoddy Head or Campobello Island just 1 1/2 hours away and makes for a fun, memorable day trip.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beyond all Expectations!! Our friends loved it, as did we. Terrific spot, totally relaxing and we felt so fortunate to have been here.
Oct 2014
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Steuben Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • shower, sink, flush, bathroom venting and crank open small window with screen.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Bed (1) linens can be provided for an additional fee upon request. Please inquire. Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)regular size futons with new comfortable mattresses in large loft area with privacy.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Enclosed outdoor shower, Ceramic tile radiant heat floors. Quiet seasonal brook runs alongside property, large side deck . Covered deck in front for dining, viewing, overlooks ocean.


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Waterfront Downeast Retreat on Pigeon Hill Bay in Steuben
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 25 reviews

We told the owners we were never leaving...

  • 5 of 5

Simply lovely, light-filled post-and-beam on doorstep of ocean cove and Petit Mann National Wildlife Refuge. Hosts & townsfolk first rate. Perfect spot (and enough room) for our family of four. We've been vacationing in Maine for 15 years and this is by far one of the most splendid locations we've found. Just the right level of creature comforts, access to water/nature and downeast charm. Took day trips to Bar Harbor/Acadia to the south and Eastport to the north. Roque Bluffs beach is not to be missed. Easily foraged for our own blueberries and mussels and could take short drive to restaurants/markets/arts. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This house is beautiful and unique. You can't help but fall in love immediately!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five had a magical time here. Everything is just perfect and we truly loved the area!!! Thank you Ray and Jo!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful well stocked retreat

  • 5 of 5

Such a great place. Comfy beds, well stocked kitchen, great coffee pot! Such a great spot, and rare access to the water on a tumbled cobble beach. Watching the tides was so fun, kids tide pooling and climbing on the rocks, relaxing on the beach. We loved hikes to petit Manan national wildlife reserve and pigeon hill preserve. Ray was a wonderful and generous host who gave us all the great local tips. I highly recommend this cottage. We were a family of four but you could easily fit six in this spot. The house and view were just spectacular! Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words. It is always a pleasure to share our cottage with people who sincerely enjoy their experience, the culture and magnificent beauty of Downeast Maine. As you mentioned the cobble stone beach with waves gently breaking lull one into the relaxation and closer experience with nature most folks are looking for in a vacation. We find the "ocean emotion" can help set a tone and feel for each and everyday lending itself to the adventures both near and further along the beautiful rock bound coast. We welcome you and your family back and certainly look forward to your return and stay with us here at Downeast Retreat!
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This place is awesome!

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful place, we were sad when it was time to go.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking time to share your positive thoughts about being here at Downeast Retreat. Always glad to hear that folks have a wonderful experience. Great memories for you and your family to bask in and carry with you for some time. Hope to see you again sometime. Ray & Jo
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Great Place Downeast

  • 5 of 5

Quite , beautiful , cozy cottage ! We met Ray the day we arrived . Truly a wonderful host with good information and advice . From Steuben we traveled to Canada one day and Bar Harbor the next driving through all the small harbor towns along the way. Loved the cottage , loved the area . We'll be back !

Thanks Ray ,

Randy & Jill

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bright, warm, new space in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

The house is warm and bright, characterized by blonde wood throughout the interior, and it's situated in one of the most lovely spots in what is a most beautiful part of the country, the coast of Maine... and the hosts are extremely nice people. Did I mention the heated tile floor? Awesome when the wind and fog roll in!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Bangor Airport
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
RT 1
Car: necessary

A 10 min. walk to Petit Manan Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, island and lighthouse views, trails. In season-unsprayed blueberries-pick all you can eat.

Canadian border 1 1/2 hours drive, passport necessary.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

We are happy to provide linens and towels for a fee of $50. Please call or email if you are providing your own and we will deduct the fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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