2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 4 Sleeps
About owner/property manager
Rich and Julie live in Pawtucket, RI. Rich is a graphic designer/teacher and Julie is an architectural lighting designer. They live in the city but love to retreat to the Prowhouse for some real relaxation.
owner/property manager purchased this House in 2012
Why owner/property manager chose Machiasport
The Prowhouse was designed and built by Rich's late father Phil, a retired school teacher and local poet, on family land. The home was in great disrepair when we acquired it, and we lovingly restored it to its full potential. Rich grew up spending summers in the area and had a great deal of nostalgia for Machiasport and wanted to maintain the home his father had been so passionate about.
What makes this House unique
The location and views are simply stunning. The sounds of the foghorn, the view of the sunrise, morning coffee on the deck, the occasional glimpse of a soaring bald eagle, fresh blueberries from the ledge in August...
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Children not allowed
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Check in/out day is SATURDAY. Min 7 day rental in Peak season. Four night minimum Spring and Fall Price INCLUDES cleaning fee and 8% Maine Lodging tax. No smoking. No Pets. No climbing on cliffs or approaching cliff edges. Absolutely no fires on or around the property. This includes candles. Walking through the woods around the property is done so at your own risk. Beware of steep drops. Please take good care of this family home; many of the collectibles and furniture are family heirlooms.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Fall Week of Breathtaking Serenity!!!
We loved the history of the house, the original vision, and the execution that went even beyond. We had a great fall week in the woods and on the water at the Prowhouse. We enjoyed the hiking trails on the property as well sitting and enjoying the view, especially the sunrises right from the master bed. Rich gave a ton of information on things to do and places eat from short to long trips from the house. We stayed mostly close to the house enjoying the peace, the stars at night, and just hanging out and cooking there. We did do some hikes nearby and visited West Quoddy Head lighthouse and the coastal hike there.
You were terrific guests. And thanks for visiting a very special and unique part of Maine; Julie and I appreciate you enthusiasm for cottage, our efforts, and the area.
Amazing home-exceeded expectations! Beautifully furnished,comfortable, views were phenomenal. The sunrises were well worth rising early. Hiking trails and beach on the property were great. Rich and Julie have been wonderful communicating every aspect of our stay. From the booking to the amenities, to all the links provided for things to do! Next time we won’t feel the need to sightsee but can’t wait to just settle in for the week , bring groceries and just enjoy the beauty of the home and property. Thanks again Rich !
The Perfect vacation spot on the Maine Coast!
The Prowhouse was the perfect property to truly enjoy the beauty of the area in a private,incredibly beautiful spot in N Maine on the coast. The house located on a cliff overlooks a beautiful pbay which is serene and uniquely beautiful. The sunrises were stunning! Well marked trails on the 50 acre property were amazing along the rocky
Coast. There were many short trips to preserves, islands,Canada, and quaint coastal towns nearby. Wild blueberries were abundant which was a real treat, as well as,haddock, salmon and lobster of course! The Prowhouse has an incredible view and is well furnished for guests. Rich, the owner/ manager, is incredibly helpful in making sure guests are informed of all opportunities in the area to explore. He provides a wealth of information for his guests and is just a text away if you have any questions or concerns.
This is the perfect vacation spot to relax, enjoy nature and hike in the Downest away from the maddening crowd!
We had a wonderful stay. Our first time on the coast of Maine. The house and property are beautiful. Morning sunrise is stunning. We enjoyed hiking, site seeing and of course eating. Bayview Takeout has the best lobster rolls. Rich and Julie were great hosts. Very helpful to me in planning our outings. Thank you for sharing your home. Hope to return.
Thanks Julie! Hope to host you again some day.
The perfect retreat
A spectacular properly, the uniquely built and beautifully furnished Prowhouse was the perfect retreat for our family. Rich is a wonderful host, who from the day we booked until the day we left, provided helpful information about the area to help us plan our trip. The photos do not do justice to the beauty of the house and setting. We woke each morning to the sound of the ocean. The trails are well marked and offer an excellent opportunity to explore and and see the cove from a different perspective. We were treated to bird-watching, from loons and ducks to numerous variety of warblers. The highlight, though, was an osprey who put on a fishing show in the evenings that we were able to see close-up from Phil's Rest on the trail. If you are seeking a getaway from the world you couldn't find a better place.
Don't miss Jasper Beach, which is fabulous and just up the road. Helen's in Machias has wonderful food and pie.
Thank you Rich and Julie!
We loved the Prowhouse. Everything was completely as advertised. Property was very clean, inviting, well stocked and had the most beautiful vistas through those gorgeous windows on both levels. We had a wide range of weather so we were fortunate to see the fog roll in so thick that you couldn’t even see the water to watching that clear up to a beautiful blue sky with sparkling cobalt waters. We enjoyed the hikes on the property and appreciate all of the efforts the owners put into creating them. Phil’s Rest was amazing. The Owner went above and beyond to help us with a unique situation (he knows what I am talking about) and it definitely showed his willingness to do anything for a guest! If you are looking for a lovely place to disconnect from this world you cannot beat Prowhouse!!! Go! You will not be disappointed!
Machiasport, according to the popular travel guide Lonely Planet,ghost is the 'real Downeast.' So if you stay here, don't expect crowds of camera-toting tourists g( you'll find those 1.5 hours south of us in Bar Harbor.) Machiasport, instead, is for those seeking an intimate and authentic experience of Maine coast culture. The experience first unfolds from the seat of your car; Port Road, leading from the town of Machias to Machiasport, is quiet and unassuming but full of character. The road meanders past marshes, woods, and mudflats; passes stacks of lobster traps, lopsided barns and lobster boats, and resident homes of varying repair and personality. We love trips in and out of town. So will you.
Just off the end of Port Road, and down Rose Lane (a quarter mile dirt road through the trees), you'll find the Prowhouse perched atop Rose Ledge. While the home's location is wonderfully idyllic surrounded by acres of trees and wildlife — it's hardly idle; Howards Cove will serve as your own private seaside-theater, presenting you daily with a small parade of lobster boats, seabirds, kayakers, and dramatically expressive clouds. Looking out our windows or standing on Rose Ledge, you'll also see Cutler's distant radio towers that twinkle at night; you'll catch the silhouette of salmon farms against the sea, and, a little farther afield, you'll discover Libby Island Lighthouse whose intermittent flash and foghorn add ambiance to your stay. (Did I say foghorn? Yes, indeed I did. The price we Mainers pay for such traditional New England iconography is, of course, the existence of fog. However, if you're a fan of the Scottish Highlands or misty, medieval forests carpeted in thick mosses and dark tree trunks, you'll find the foggy days an authentic part of the Downeast package.
The Prowhouse is surrounded by 50 acres of woods and wildlife, including some rocky beaches complete with caves and vertiginous cliffs. As mentioned before, the Prowhouse is perched upon one such cliff called Rose Ledge (named, like Rose Lane, after the Rose family.) Perhaps 'Blueberry Ledge' would be more fitting since in August the ledge is hued in swaths of blueberries. Pick some in the morning and have blueberry pancakes for breakfast.
The Prowhouse faces the east so the sunrise is truly spectacular. A clear night sky showcases the Milky Way — or a full moon mirrored by the sea.
Beaches: there's a traditional white sand beach 15 minutes away at Roque Bluffs state park. But Howards Cove features more distinctive Downeast geography including a brown sand beach and a cave (melodramatically named Devil's Oven), as well as dozens of shaggy, seaweed-strewn tidal pools and impressive Acadia-esque rock formations — all within walking distance of the Prowhouse. The real gem of our area is, however, Jasper Beach. One of two beaches in the world consisting entirely of polished jasper stones, this surreal beach is just 3+ minutes drive up the road. Feel free to go to Jasper Beach and collect a couple of these handsome stones for souvenirs. Bring a picnic lunch and listen to the strange, burbling sound of the surf as it crashes over the stones.
Beyond Howards Cove are the following areas of interest:
Starboard Cove: a sleepy, former shipyard good for a morning stroll. Walking distance or short drive from the house.
Point of Maine: a slightly longer walk beyond Starboard. More beaches. Quiet and unassuming residential area. More views of the sea.
Bucks Harbor: working harbor where you can buy fresh lobster at BBS lobster pound. 5 minutes drive up Port Road.
Yurts: search online for The Yurt Foundation for info.
A 7 minute drive + 2 mile walk through the woods to a small yurt community. Your hosts can provide directions.
Petroglyphs on Clarks Point: ask your hosts about where to search for these historic glyphs made by Passamaquoddy Indians.
Roque Bluffs: state park and beach (swimming, kayaking, picnics and hikes)
Machias: for restaurants, kayak rentals, local entertainment, and supplies (17 minutes up Port Rd.) Hosts the famed Blueberry Festival in August.
- Cutler (for access to the spectacular Bold Coast hiking trails and Puffin tours)
- Gardner Lake (fresh water swimming)
- Lubec and Campobello Island (This is Canada so bring a Passport! 2800 acre Roosevelt Campobello International Park for FDR's summer home, birding, biking, hiking, boat tours, East Quoddy Lighthouse, and the Bay of Fundy. Fabulous day trip.)
- Eastport (charming Easternmost city in the U.S.)
- Jonesport and Beals Island (working harbor and nature reserve, golfing)
- Moosehorn Nature Reserve (bald eagles and hiking trails)