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Maria and Gary

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

A View Like No Other - WATERFRONT on a Private Cove- Just About Perfect

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6. Changeover day is Sunday.



-A beautiful and unique waterfront home on the mainland in coastal Maine with spectacular views and even your own private island just offshore! A peaceful retreat that you will want to return to again and again.

Featherbed Island House in downeast Maine is perfect for:




--WRITERS - it would be a grand space for a writing workshop

--BIRDERS - a true bird-watching paradise




The property is salt waterfront on an estuary where the river greets the ocean, a prime spot to observe eagles and seals and all that nature has to offer.






-PRIVATE ISLAND - Featherbed Island - just offshore - one acre (more or less), uninhabited but a frequent stop for eagles and seals and other shorebirds.

Rumor has it that the pirate, Captain Black Sam Bellamy buried his treasure somewhere in proximity to this very property! (But please, no digging!).

The home itself has plenty of room to spread out.

>three bedrooms with clean and crisp linens and fluffy duvets,

>a great-room with floor to ceiling windows,

>full kitchen and dining area.

> library

>den/tv room.

>The back hall off of the kitchen features a walk-in pantry, well stocked with everything needed to make a gourmet meal.


Machiasport is the idyllic central location as the home base for your bold coast Maine vacation.

Featherbed Island House is perfectly placed for day tripping to:

-- Bar Harbor (90 minutes),

-- Acadia National Park (90 minutes)

-- artsy Eastport and Lubec (45 minutes)

-- Campobello Island (45 minutes)

--Bold Coast Trail in Cutler (30 minutes)

-- St. Stephen, NB - Canada,s chocolate town (90 minutes)

and all of the coves and fishing villages in between.

For the discerning traveler, we have a Tesla charging station.

There is no need to fight the summer crowds in Bar Harbor!

Relax in the casual elegance of the Featherbed Island House in down east Maine - far from the crowds but near enough to everything fantastic.

Changeover day is **Sunday***.

Our website is

We invite you to LIKE our Facebook page. We try to keep it updated with all of the information relevant to the down east Maine area.

**Please check out our other rental property in Down East Maine -- search for 774725 in VRBO or Homeaway search. Waterfront on Bucks Harbor & Finn Beach - The Frisky Fish**

At Featherbed Island House, we try to be gentle on the earth that we share with creatures large and small. Our property is:


-- certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a BACKYARD WILDLIFE HABITAT - a perfect spot for birders and all nature lovers.

-- located within a Machiasport significant critical habitat for shorebirds.

-- certified by the American Vacation Rental Owners Association (AVROA).

All of our property is smoke-free (except for the fire-pit, of course).

Please note: Instant quotes generated by the Homeaway system are usually, but not always accurate.

Tesla owners -- we have one of the only Tesla charging stations in the Down East Maine area. There is a $40/week surcharge for Tesla charging during stays between November and April.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Maria and Gary (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Maria and Gary

I own and operate Wicked Awesome Maine Vacation Rentals.

Besides Featherbed Island House, I currently own waterfront vacation rental cottages in Bucks Harbor, Maine (The Frisky Fish) and Phinney Cove, Nova Scotia (Saltbrook on the Bay).

I LOVE being a host for vacation rental cottages. I've owned vacation rentals since 2003 and love helping to make someone's vacation special, whether it be suggesting a special restaurant, fulfilling a special request, or just being reachable to answer questions. I try to make all of my rental locations full of special touches and personal treasures.

What makes this house unique

Machiasport is the ideal central location in downeast Maine. We've found that the Bar Harbor and the Acadia area are much too crowded especially in summer and fall, and southern Maine has sadly become suburbia. Machiasport is a idyllic retreat - the REAL Maine - the Maine with character - and it's perfectly located. The central location is perfect for day trips everywhere from the mid-coast to bold-coast without having to deal with the crowds. Featherbed Island House is very private, yet still minutes away from the local wine/cheese/craft beer store, natural food store and cafe, and other restaurants and shops.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Maria,

Sadly we left the house last night so we

could be home by morning. I want to tell you

how much we really enjoyed our stay in your

magical house. We were sad to leave...all of us.

Everyone in our family had such a beautiful, relaxing

time. We will never forget our stay at the Featherbed Island House! Everything was perfect

and we felt like home there! Our dog, Katie,

loved it there was so much more to sniff!

We are back to our reality now... but being there for

this past week re-energized us. We will never forget

the view, the sun, the breeze and all of nature that

was right before our eyes...the bald eagle almost every day, and yesterday was even closer that we

got a better picture of him!

Thank you for opening your house to us! You have

quite a special place there and we hope to visit again soon!
Jul 2015
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based on 24 traveler reviews

A View Like No Other - WATERFRONT on a Private Cove- Just About Perfect
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

A Perfect Week

  • 5 of 5

Our week at the Yellow House was wonderful, start to finish. What a delight, after a two day drive, to arrive at a perfectly appointed house overlooking a serene estuary and picturesque island. We wanted for nothing the entire stay and had plenty of room for our entire family. While we did a bit of traveling in the area, our favorite times were at the house, enjoying the silence, watching the tides, trekking to the island, cooking in the well-stocked kitchen, stargazing, listening to the radio and playing games together. What a great place to disconnect from the world and reconnect with your family!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Perfect Down East Maine Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Featherbed Island House was everything we expected, and more. The house is very user friendly and comfortable, for every member of our family. The view each morning from the master bedroom is breathtaking. Although we went out most nights for dinner, we did travel to nearby Lobster Trap to pick up fresh lobsters, and all of the necessary cooking equipment and dishes were at our disposal. The home is located close enough to nearby Lubec and Eastport, for quick trips, and is reasonably convenient for a trip south to Acadia. We highly recommend the Featherbed Island House for all of the charms and comforts of home, and because Maria and Gary are such wonderful and accommodating hosts.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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So much better than staying in a hotel!

  • 5 of 5

While visiting the Machiasport area on a personal business trip we were fortunate to find the Featherbed Island House. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and appreciated the care, attention and effort that Maria had invested in setting up this unique property to satisfy all of our needs during our stay. I would recommend this property to anyone visiting eastern Maine for business or pleasure.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Croton on Hudson, NY, USA

Another awesome visit to Featherbed Island!

  • 5 of 5

We had another great visit to Featherbed Island. It's the perfect house for our visits... Just the right size for the four of us, a fully equipped kitchen and amazing views! We always feel like we're at home, and love the design of the house. Perhaps our favorite part is the early morning when the sun peeks it's way over the ocean and into the main bedroom window. Amazing! We'll keep visiting... No doubt about it!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best place we have ever rented

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have rented quite a few homes via HomeAway and other similar sites, many lovely ones included, but Featherbed Island House is a step above for comfort, cleanliness, attention to detail, setting, and of course the amazing surroundings of downcast Maine and the Bold Coast! We have two mid-size energetic well-behaved dogs and occasionally have run into two things in the past - 1) folks who sometimes accept dogs but decide not to rent to us because the dogs are too big/energetic (I totally get it, 100 pounds of dog is different than 20 pounds!) or 2) a place that accepts dogs has a little more animal-related wear and tear than maybe we would prefer in a perfect world. We understand that we have to be a little more flexible as we like to take the pups on vacation with us and are pretty chill about all of it as long as have a good time, but WOW it was such a pleasant surprise to arrive to such a beautiful home that was ultra clean, well-kept, spacious but cozy. We loved the thoughtful eclectic decor throughout the house too. We hiked and cooked every day, after blissfully peaceful morning coffee time enjoying the view from the front room of the house. We had one rainy day during which we snuggled up in the den watching some of the great movies in the house collection! Last but certainly not least, the owner Maria was super professional and prompt with every single communication before, during and after our stay. I super highly recommend this place for any individual, family or responsible pet owner(s) who are looking for a really special experience.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Spencer, Massachusetts

a True Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We arrived under a canopy of stars....The tide was high, splashing patterns on the islands rocky bed. We opened the door..the house was settled for the night, only a radio playing and the glimmer from a partially eclipsed moon greeted us. We tiptoed cautiously, trying light switches and getting a feel for the rooms.

My child-like wonder lit up when I saw the "playroom" filled with permission to paint, draw, read, play, learn the congas, and explore!

Reading the perfectly designed instruction booklet, opening closets to assure no skeletons lurked, we climbed the center steps to an airy bedroom, comfy bed and settled in for a much needed good nights sleep.

The sunlight through the picture window and, what I dubbed "Juliette balcony", teased us into morning. The finest jewels of light danced on the water. the still bright purple asters waved a hello, bees were busy at task, an apple dropped from the near by tree, a cabbage moth of shimmering white flashed by in welcome. a grind of coffee beans, two mugs found in the amazing stocked kitchen, we stepped out onto the pergola deck and sighed...we were finally on vacation.

This piece of land is a treasure, a small pond in the back yard, an explorers path to the water,wild gardens, herbs and apple trees.

The house holds a touch of fancy and a touch of old. Furniture comfy for "stretchy pants curl up and read" days...or an evening date night watching DVD's of old comedy shows. Vintage wall maps encourage dinner time "lessons' of locations in old Eagles songs. Binoculars and guidebooks beckon, and traces of explorers before you decorate nooks and crannies.

There is good water pressure for showers, and quick to warm heat for a chilly night.

Effort and care have been put into this haven. From the first internet inquiry...with the best ever communications through to the organization of the house and yard.. and through those efforts you are granted permission.

Permission to try a new recipe, play a new game, sit and watch the tide ebb and flow, experience a simplicity lost in a busy world. Experience the comfort and to feel the enchantment of Featherbed Island House.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jasper Beach
Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Roque Bluffs State Park
Bar Harbor
the chocolate museum
Acadia National Park
The Blue Bird Ranch Restaurant
Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Bangor International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
115 Miles
St. John, NB - Digby, Nova Scotia
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Barren View
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Miles
Car: necessary

Machiasport and downeast Maine is a nature lovers paradise!


Rates & Availability

Machiasport House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 26 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Fall/Holiday
Oct 30 2016 - Dec 17 2016
4 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Spring 2017
Apr 2 2017 - May 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring
May 28 2017 - Jun 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

**Changeover day is SUNDAY**

Your reservation is confirmed when we receive BOTH 50% deposit & signed rental agreement

The rate INCLUDES a policy for accidental damage insurance. No additional security deposit is necessary in most cases.

We welcome inquiries about the possibility of off-season sabbaticals/retreats

Rates subject to change anytime until booking & deposit

While our cancellation policy is 100% refund with more than 60 days from arrival day notice, the service fee to VRBO/Homeaway is non refundable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Machiasport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This is the upstairs full bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , First floor bath with shower and laundry area
  • Soft, fluffy towels are provided. We stock the house every spring with liquid soap, a variety of bar soaps, shampoo, and conditioner. The laundry is stocked with ecofriendly laundry detergent and environmentally safe dryer balls.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • MASTER - 1 queen , The queen bed has a gel-memory foam mattress topper.
    DOUBLE BEDROOM - 1 double , Watch the eagles soar from the water view dormer.
    TWIN BEDROOM - 1 twin/ single , Cozy bedroom with twin bed with gel memory foam topper.
  • All three bedrooms are furnished with crisp, quality sheets, fluffy duvets and boho print quilts. Choose from a variety of pillows of differing softness - fluffy and memory foam. (There is a queen sofa-bed with a memory foam mattress in the great room, as well as a pull-out twin loveseat in the library)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Besides the great room, there is also a private library and separate tv room/den. Plenty of room for everyone to have their own space. We have a closet FILLED with games and puzzles and books, a vintage record player with vintage oldies records, and a walk-in pantry full to the brim with cooking equipment. For info about Kayak rental:

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