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Light Filled Cottage, Water Access, Pets Considered, Artist's Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

WaterColor Cottage in beautiful Roque Bluffs, Maine, offers guests a unique coastal vacation experience. WaterColor is the owners' second home and artist's/writer's retreat, lovingly maintained and generously shared with our guests. We offer discounts for a full week's stay or longer. Inquire at small wonder cottages on the web. We must approve pets in advance, so please ask about your furry friend before you book.

As our guest, you will enjoy the art -filled open living areas, beautiful hand-crafted furnishings, quality linens and kitchen ware, perennial gardens and stone patio tucked into a fenced backyard. In the evenings, light a fire in the wood stove before venturing out to the garden to view the stars and late summer meteor showers.

WaterColor Cottage, across the lane from Little Kennebec Bay, has easy access for launching a kayak or canoe, or simply sitting on the rocks watching the eagles soar and the seals play. Enjoy a hike through the woods, past blueberry barrens, and along the shore -- all from your front door.

Just seven miles from Machias, our vacation home is for rent by owner and located outside of the crowds, close to nature, and within minutes of East Machias, Machiasport, Jonesport, and Cutler. Day trips to Jonesport, Eastport, Lubec, Campobello, and Acadia offer visitors a distinctive Down East vacation experience.

Keywords: pristine coastal location, private garden courtyard, wooded setting, well-appointed, art filled interior, quality/hand crafted furnishings, passive solar, pet friendly, fenced yard, clean, hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, beach combing, convenient location, birding, fishing,

More Details

Claire Deal
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, We can translate any language for rental inquiries
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 12, 2018

About Claire Deal

We are both college professors who love to travel and revel in the beauties of the natural world -- and who love to stay in clean and artfully designed homes. If you like these things, too, we bet you'll love our WaterColor cottage! We have other small wonder cottages in coastal Florida and the mountains of North Carolina. Find out more at our small wonder cottages website.

Claire Deal purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Claire Deal chose Roque Bluffs

Need you ask? Maine! The Bay! The perfect place to enjoy the pristine coast of downeast, Maine, out of the hustle and bustle of tourist-ville, but close enough for a day trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia if you desire. And, the Canadian maritimes are 45 minutes away. This is the "real Maine," and it is gorgeous, rugged, wild, and filled with friendly people.

What makes this cottage unique

There are so many reasons that we love our home in Duck Cove. Here's just a start -- come see more for yourselves! Enjoy your morning coffee or evening cocktail on the "drinking rock, "a rugged outcropping of rocks on the shore that gives you sweeping views of Little Kennebec Bay, numerous islands, and a view to the Bay of Maine beyond. From here you can keep an eye on our sailboat, "Honey," watch the seals swim by, the eagles and ospreys soar overhead, and, in the morning, the sun as it comes up over the confetti of lobster trap buoys dotting the bay. Our neighbors, lobstermen and women, are out early checking their traps in the mist of the morning. In the evenings, when the wind is right, the sound of the waves and the smell of the salt air will lull you to sleep. Knock off the Maine chill with a fire in the woodstove and a glass of your favorite beverage in hand. Watch the August meteor showers from the patio! Enjoy the flowers in our gardens and the treasures along the shore across the road. So much to see and enjoy in this magical place.


Roque Bluffs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower, with hand rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen bed with new (2013) Serta i-series mattress in Garden view room. Full bed with new (2015) Serta Baytowne eurotop mattress in Bayside Room. Quality linens and pillows for a cozy night's sleep!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
fenced yard, sky lights, easy water access, single level


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Light Filled Cottage, Water Access, Pets Considered, Artist's Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

We had a wonderful time at the cottage! Beautiful place to relax and "recharge"!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is surprisingly pretty spacious and very tasteful furnished. Nice little terrace with natural flower and herb beds. One is surrounded by nature and tranquility. Wonderful hiking area and interesting beaches. It was nice to find all the info about near attractions, hiking trails, restaurants etc. We hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our time here immensely!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful spot and cottage with a few caveats

  • 5 of 5

Great spot. Quiet. On a wooded lot with a garden that Claire and Bev have put lots of time into. Visits with hummingbirds, bumblebees and other living things. Just about everything you need here. Kitchen has all equipment and, all equipment worked well. Bed was uber comfy. Shower is small and a step up for those of us with mobility issues but doable and water pressure and temp were perfect. Lots of room in the cottage and it was very easy to feel comfortable.

Coffee in the garden every day. Claire answered each and every question fully and promptly. Neighbours are lovely. A perfect place for a 3 day unwind. (Remember to bring your own shower soap and kindling. There is kindling at the cottage but they require it replenished and you might not want to search it out in town.)

We would absolutely stay here again.

Now the caveats or preparatory notes (that should not impact your stay if you know what the limitations are):

a) The owners note there is easy water access, and this is true; however, if you want kayak you must have a way to get a kayak to the water. If you do not have a vehicle with kayak ability then ask Claire and Bev before you go how to work with Sunrise Kayaks to get the kayak to water (and then leave it nearish to the house but not from the front door). Everyone tried their best to help us out and make kayaking doable.

b)This is a rural area and there is wifi but do not expect to get more than 1MBps bandwith speeds. I tested the speeds and they are very low. It's fine for email and very basic and slow surfing but not for streaming or, in our case, other work functions. It forced less work and more fun. Again, not a game changer as long as you are aware before arrival.

c) Lastly, the 7 miles from town is no big deal, do note though that the last few miles are on fairly uneven gravel. We had a vehicle made for speed and the suspension was not in love with the road (so we went very slow ;). We would suggest arriving in daylight hours to make first arrival easiest.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another wonderful stay at the WaterColor Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is my second time staying at the WaterColor Cottage, which I loved the first time, when I was with my brother and nephew, and I loved it this time, too! The first time was during a

heat wave a year ago, and still it was more than comfortable. This year the weather was idyllic and the cottage is rustic without being primitive, artful without being fussy, and everything was lovely and comfortable. For conscious and conscientious people. A true retreat.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing, well equipped, quiet, very dog friendly

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed my stay at Water Color cottage. The owners are very gracious and communications were excellent. The fenced in back yard was terrific for my dog. Lots of pleasant touches throughout the house. A great guidebook to the local area was much appreciated. The house is a bit off the beaten track so you'll want to plan ahead for in town errands. But it's close to so much of the gorgeous sights of Downeast. Many day trips are within an hour or two. I loved my stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you enjoyed your stay at WaterColor Cottage! Yes, we are happily off the beaten path, with flower gardens, a confetti of lobster pot buoys in lovely Little Kennebec Bay, ocean breezes, Hope Island, and wildlife galore -- all within sight of the cottage dooryard. Yet, town is just six miles away (but still no traffic lights or traffic jams.) We hope you'll join us in lovely downeast Main again!
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Nearest Beach
Across the dirt road!
Car: necessary

Hiking, biking, and kayaking from the cottage; blueberry picking nearby; owners can arrange lobster boat ride; lobster dinners arranged; gourmet wine and cheese in town; Great Cove golf course within five miles; Acadia National Park is only an hour and a half away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

Full refund if you cancel prior to 30 days of your arrival date, or if we are able to rebook your dates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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