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Spacious Captain's House On Machias Bay

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bathroom On The Ocean

Our traditional Maine seaside cape house is on 6 Acres at the end of a peninsula overlooking the mouth of the Machias River on one side and Machias Bay on the other side. Originally built in 1832 as the house of Captain Benjamin Clark, this home has been expanded and fully updated and renovated over the years to provide now over 4000 sq. ft of comfortable living space. A retreat for easy living, the space is a perfect mix of tradition, charm and comfort.

This is the 5th year that we have rented the house with and so we have several reviews to share with you. The reviews assure you that this is a wonderful place to stay and you will want to return year after year.

Capturing 360 degrees of lovely views, if you look east and west , you will enjoy colorful sunrises over Machias Bay and fabulous sunsets over the river. During the day you can relax on the large deck overlooking the fields and the sea, walk the labyrinth spirit path on the point, pass by the final resting place of Captain Clark and his wife, the couple who originally built the house in 1832, or contemplate life while sitting on the teak bench under the shade of our massive maple tree. If you watch carefully you will see eagles and blue heron fly north along the shore and field edge every morning and see them return in the afternoon. In the yard you may enjoy croquet on the lawn, play shuffle board, or simply enjoy the gorgeous gardens and water view on three sides of the house.

Enjoy this large home featuring magnificent detail in its 'East Room', where you can listen to music, watch TV, play games or simply enjoy the spanning Ocean view before you. Upstairs over the East Room you will find the spacious fully skylit Master Bedroom with its own skylit bathroom. Watch the sunrise in the morning from your bed and dream under millions of stars at night as you look up and see the Milky Way. When was the last time you could see that in all its glory without any light pollution? Then wake up and see the romance of lobster boats and clammers on distant shores and plan on having some for your dinner.

Let your day unfold with breakfast in the Morning Room, the formal dining room, or on the deck. During the day or evening entertain yourselves or your guests with a game of pool on the professional sized pool table. Or sit quietly and write or paint and contemplate the beauty of the unspoiled old-world coast of Maine. The view has not changed much since the early 1800's. If you like to feast on a delicious spread of local organic food, move into the formal Dining Room where the large table easily seats 8 people. The large custom built kitchen is fully equipped to create any type of gourmet meal. Equipped with lobster pots to boil your lobster and the tools to open them!.. or steam your clams in a variety of sizes as well as an espresso maker; it’s a complete gourmet kitchen for you to enjoy.

The West Wing has 2 quaint bedrooms upstairs furnished with antiques and offering a ½ bath in between. One of the upstairs bedrooms has a double bed and the other two twin beds. Downstairs you will find another charming bedroom with a double bed, a full bathroom, a functioning wood paneled office, and a complete library offering lots of beautiful books, TV and/or music. Wireless internet is available throughout the house. A washer/dryer is available for your laundry. The available amenities and activities make this house a perfect location for a family reunion.

In the immediate vicinity, visit nearby Jasper Beach where you can walk a mile on unspoiled beach and search and find the semi-precious Jasper stones or stop at the working harbor at Bucks Harbor where you can buy fresh lobster at BBS. Or drive to the end of the road at Starboard (aka. Point of Maine). You can even go 'lobstering' with a local lobsterman in a nearby bay and witness the unique wonderful work of these hardy Downeasters and then take home the lobsters caught to make your own delicious lobster dinner to remember! Our 'Welcome Book' sent to you in advance of your stay tells you all about the details and how to reach and book our friendly local lobsterman and make other plans for wonderful day trips, even to Canada for the day!.

In nearby Machias you find stores offering organic foods and lots of choice local and regional foods and a full complement of restaurants. Helen’s Restaurant offers their world famous blueberry, strawberry and raspberry pie. The summer's offerings include the Machias Bay Chamber Concert Series featuring famous artists and ensembles weekly, hailing from California to New York. The Blueberry Festival held in August, and Margaretta Days (in June), which celebrates the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War fought in Machias Bay, bring people from all over the country to Machias.

Short trips to closeby attractions:

• Cutler fishing harbor: From here you can book a boat trip to Machias Seal Island to visit the Puffins and Arctic Terns in June and to mid-July.

• The stunning Bold Coast Hikes.

• Lubec : Features a charming fishing town and many nights of wonderful concerts offered by ‘Summer Keys’ that attract pianists, and other musicians from around the world.

• West Quoddy Head Lighthouse: The easternmost point in US offering a fantastic flat level hike with stunning views from the cliffs .

• Campobello Island: (in Canada, so bring passports!) Offering tours of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s summer family cottage. And round out the day with a fun series of ferry rides as you island-hop around Passamaquoddy Bay.

• Eastport: A charming revitalized town and artist colony offering many galleries and lovely shops and a music festival every year.

• Saint Andrews (Canada): About 1.5 hours north is very worthwhile for shopping, golf, gardens and fine dining.

• Acadia National Park: A 2 hour drive south (if you don’t stop at the blueberry wineries along the way!). Be the first person in the US any day you are here to see the sun rise on top of Cadillac Mountain. Visit the charming towns of Bar Harbor (shopping), South West Harbor and North East Harbor.

Or simply relax and enjoy the peace, gardens and sea breezes from our beautiful deck at the Captain's House.

More Details

Ann Gommers
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, dutch, danish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

About Ann Gommers

My wife Ann and I and our family cherish this house and its beautiful surroundings. We have lived here full time for a number of years, but currently visit Machiasport in the 'off season'.

Ann Gommers purchased this house in 1962

Why Ann Gommers chose Downeast and Acadia

Our family has enjoyed this house and its unique location for many years. The view is unmatched. It's located at the end of the road so it is very quiet with a spectacular view from any room and all the best features in our gourmet kitchen very comfortable living and playing areas. .

What makes this house unique

The house is large, giving you lots of room. Tastefully decorated with a gourmet kitchen and three dining areas, including the large deck. There are stunning gardens that surround the house and 180 degree views of the water. The house has all the modern comforts, but gives you the rich sense of tradition and history. The ocean breezes keep the house cool and fresh providing a reprieve from the hot summers the East Coast has coped with the last number of years. Walk on our labyrinth too to enjoy a meditation walk!


Machiasport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 West, downstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3, West, upstairs - toilet , and sink! and skylight!
    Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , and skylight!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master, upstairs East
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Downstairs, West
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs, West
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Upstairs, east
  • Private Master Bedroom with wonderful skylights and sunrise views above the East Room featuring master bathroom Suite.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
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
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • tennis
There is a shuffleboard Court and Croquet set for family games and lovely gardens to browse as well as a labyrinth to walk throughout the field while contemplating the beauty of Machias Bay and this historic house!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

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Spacious Captain's House On Machias Bay
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Really, really loved being here!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place along the ocean where we could relax, and from which we could tour the area. This property did all that, and so much more.

The owners left instructions for how to get into the property, what was in the area, who to call, etc. These were great. We had no problems with anything. The house is fun--a lot of space and a lot of room to use for private activities or as a group. The kitchen was well stocked with all sorts of pots and pans and do-dads--we would think, "I wonder if there is a...." and someone else would know what cabinet it was in. Fun to live in for the week we were there. We used the grill and ate outside when weather permitted.

Early June means much of the tourist activity is not fully available yet, but we were able to get to a whale watching excursion, crossed the bridge onto Campobello Island, walked along Jasper beach, said hi to a couple of seals along the waterfront, ate meals in local restaurants and cooked our own. Didn't want to be any busier than that.

And oh, what a peaceful setting and a wonderful view! We arrived near to dusk the first day. We pulled out the deck chairs and took a glass of wine to the front lawn to watch the dusk set in. What a glorious view of the nighttime sky! And the dawns were fabulous also, whether watched from the master bedroom or from the large living room, or even from the deck. A cup of coffee, just a bit of brisk air, and a view of the water. Perfect mornings, even when it rained (which only happened once).

Cannot say enough good things about the owners. Best example--we forgot a bag in the house. I alerted Annie Gommers, who had it sent immediately. Humble thanks for that service. The bag almost beat us home.

Thanks for letting us enjoy this beautiful place. Hope we will have the chance to return some year or other!

Erin, Chris, Kate, and Maggie--visiting from Wisconsin

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind review Chris! We are delighted that you enjoyed all that the Captain's House has to offer and hope you will visit again to experience the blueberry season and/or the beautiful colors of the fall when it is still crisp to warm all the way through to Thanksgiving! But definitely through October...glad too the package arrived safely. Warmest regards to you and your family and again thank you for the review.! Annie Gommers
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great time in Maine

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay, it was a great family vacation. We have four young children and the house was ideal, the ground as well, and we found plenty of fun things to do....and no crowds at all in the middle of August. Would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so delighted that you enjoyed the Captain's House! Come again in Spring or Fall to see the beauty each of those seasons offer! Thank you for your kind words.
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Lovely waterfront home

  • 5 of 5

Six of us met here for a week of fun and exploration of Downeast Maine and we had a blast! We were all very impressed with this unique house. It is perfect for a stay where you want peace and quiet and to be able to soak in the essence of coastal Maine. It's comfortably and tastefully furnished with everything you need. We watched a lobsterman pulling his traps, picked blueberries and blackberries right on the path to the water, put together a great puzzle of Maine in the morning room, played croquet on the lawn, and sat under the stars on the patio at night. The view of the stars through the master bedroom skylights is not to be missed! Vivian, the caretaker, was prompt and pleasant when we needed help with a problem. Many interesting sights along the coast are easily accessible from here, and Helen's Restaurant is a great place to eat in Machias which isn't far. I would highly recommend Annie's beautiful home and would love to come back myself someday!!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you experienced some of the many joyful activities that one can do at the Captain''s House! Come back next year and kayak on the nearby lakes, go to Quoddy Lighthouse, the furthest easternmost point in the United States and hike its beautiful cliffs.You and your friends are always welcome here!
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Great Maine Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

The Captains House was truly lovely. The private setting, cool breezes and relaxing atmosphere was terrific. The house was spacious and well stocked. We had everything we needed. Really enjoyed the pool table. Would recommend to others interested in a relaxing, private place to vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Maine Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay at the Captains House. The views were magnificent, and the setting was spectacular. We enjoyed being able to open the Windows and experience the cool evening breezes. The spirit path to the water was lovely and the boys really enjoyed exploring on the water and rocks. The house was very well stocked and we really enjoyed the pool table. I was very sad to have to leave my favorite spot on the deck overlooking the bay. We were very pleased with the house, our stay and our time in Machiasport. W hope to return in the near future. Thank you, the Jackson's.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words Tina! We are so delighted to have had your family visit The Captain's House and are delighted that you enjoyed it so much ..its especially fun that the you and your children found the Spirit Path as special as we do!! There's lots of great history that you have discovered, alongside the beauty of the view of the Bay we overlook and the local area... We are so glad you plan on coming back! ..You are always welcome!! Annie
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Spectacular Location

  • 4 of 5

The Captain's House could not have a more perfect location...the views all around of the bay and the river were glorious.

The house itself is HUGE, with more than enough room for a large family, so with only two of us, it was downright cavernous! Everything you could need for a delightful stay was right at your fingertips, with a well-stocked kitchen and even a pantry, just in case!

The town of Machias is lovely, with even lovelier people. Fresh lobster is at hand and the blueberry pie at Helen's is memorable.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Bangor or Bar Harbor
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Jasper Beach
Car: necessary

Whale watching in Eastport, Bar Harbor or St. Andrews.

Puffin tours from Cutler.

Lobster boat tour in nearby Pleasant Bay.

Shopping between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor.

Stunning Coastal hiking trails.


Rates & Availability

Machiasport House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall Special
Sep 10 2017 - Nov 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $225 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

ONLY Monthly Renters will be responsible and will be billed for oil and propane heating costs during the period of their stay. Every monthly rental period will begin with a full tank of oil and propane gas. Thank you!! (and the house is well insulated!!!)

Check in is 4:00 PM and check out is 10 AM !
Please treat our house and our neighbors as you would treat your own. Thank you and enjoy.

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.
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