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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 second year that we have rented the house with and so we have a few 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 to the sea, walk the labyrinth spirit path on the point, 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 10 people. The large custom built kitchen is fully geared to create any type of gourmet meal. Equipped with lobster pots to boil your lobster 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, a full bathroom, a functioning wood paneled office, and a complete library offering 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.
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. • The stunning Bold Coast Hike. • 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 cliff hike. • Campobello Island: (Canada, bring passport) 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. • 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.
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!...moreless
an extensive library to accommodate a variety of tastes...moreless
checkers, chess, Probe, Scrabble, Monopoly, puzzles, cards, etc. outside traditional shuffleboard court, croquet set...moreless
Drive just 5 miles to the town of East Machias for ' old world' New England and pick up a few fresh lobsters from a local lobster fisherman! Or Machias proper for groceries or a wine and cheese shop!...moreless
With a 180 degree view of the waters of the Machias River where it feeds into Machias Bay, look out at the sweet little village of Machiasport in the distance and the many islands dotted on the Bay....moreless
The Captain's house is on a beautiful peninsula looking out over Machias Bay and a great spot for hopping or sitting on the rocks that surround it!...moreless
Post Season Sep 19 - Oct 17, 2015 6 night min stay
My Standard Rate 6 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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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.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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.
Year Purchased: 1962
About the owner: 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'.
Why the Owner Chose Machiasport: 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. .
The Unique Benefits at this House: The house is large, giving you lots of room. Tastefully decorated with a gourmet kitchen and two dining areas, a stunning garden and deck with a 180 degree view it has all the modern comforts, but gives you plenty 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