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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Marybeth Ray
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2018

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, you've got to "feel" Mill Point. 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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Machiasport Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Cottage must be ventilated (windows opened about 2 inches) when using gas lights.
  • Mill Point is an "Off Grid" property - read the contract for details.
  • Water must be used conservatively - read the contract for details. Keep water usage in mind when figuring out how many people you want to bring.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • 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 with 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 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Ocean views,deck
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Ocean views
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single , 3 built in settees in the great room corners are twin sized
  • 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. 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
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • 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
  • 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 with potential renters so that 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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Enchanting private peninsula, delightful seaside cottage. Relax and unwind.
average rating of 4.981818 based on 62 reviews
Belgrade, ME


  • 5 of 5

This was our first time staying at Mill Point, and we certainly hope it won't be our last. Everything was wonderful - the house was spotless, the bed was comfortable, the view was amazing - and we can't wait to go back! There is so much to do and see in the area, but honestly, the best part was just exploring the area right around the house. There are so many beautiful places to sit and just look at the water. Thank you, Marybeth and George, for sharing your little piece of heaven!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you both enjoyed our little "slice of heaven". We'd love to have you back! Thanks for your nice review.
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Kennett Square PA

Weather didn't cooperate but the stay was nice

  • 4 of 5

I love this place. The consistent fog eliminated the views and chances for kayaking and photos, but I still enjoyed myself.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Idyllic island

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful retreat for me and my dogs. I wish I could have stayed two weeks! The views are amazing. The house is delightful. And so many places to sit around the island! Can't wait to come back next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m so glad that Mill Point was a wonderful retreat for you! We do hope you’ll be back next year! Reserve early - we tend to sell out.
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Grass Lake, MI

Amazing getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

We had an outstanding trip to Mill Point. We will be returning for sure!! Everything was just perfect. We brought our two golden retrievers, and they just absolutely had a blast! Everything from climbing on the rocks, to taking a dip in the water, to even just taking a nap by the hammocks!

We made the walk out to Starboard Island when the tide was low. We hunted for the perfect rocks at Jasper Beach. We even made the journey down to Arcadia a couple of times to go hiking. It was just a FUN FUN week!

Things I wish would would do differently (or do next time we come). Definitely get a couple of kayaks delivered. It would be nice to just journey around on the water! I also would cook more at the cottage. Next time we are going to put in our order for some lobsters and have a feast right at the cottage. We also want to try some of the harder trails at Arcadia. We weren't able to do them since we were hiking with the dogs! The Beehive Trail is on my bucket list!.

Thank you so so much for letting us stay at your fantastic place. I hope that Jamie and I will be come regular users of the place!

- Jason and Jamie (Joey and Jinger)

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was just what my husband and I and our two grown kids needed! We loved walking along the shore and relaxing in the cottage looking at the beautiful scenery. Thanks Marybeth!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that our Mill Point turned out to be just what you were looking for. Thanks for the nice review!
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In love with Millpoint as usual

  • 5 of 5

We had a beautiful stay up at Millpoint this year. The weather was fantastic and, as usual, the amenities were fabulous as well. Our 1 1/2-year-old daughter, as well as our dog, loved exploring the property.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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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 Maine". It is in the Starboard community, 14 miles downriver from Machias, 8 miles from Machiasport, 100 miles east of Bangor, 70 miles northeast of Bar Harbor, and 40 miles from the Canadian border.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $70 + Tax

The "Service Fee" is a HomeAway / VRBO fee
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!

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.