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Spacious Captain's House on Machias Bay

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Last updated: 08/02/2014
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  • Minimum stay:6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Machiasport house description

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.

Or simply relax and enjoy.

Property Type

  • House
  • 4000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Limited Accessibility
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            Master, upstairs East...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 double

            Downstairs, West...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

            Upstairs, West...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 double

            Upstairs, east...moreless

          • Private Master Bedroom with wonderful skylights and sunrise views above the East Room featuring master bathroom Suite....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 2 West, downstairs: toilet, combination tub/shower


          • Bathroom 3, West, upstairs: toilet

            and sink! and skylight!...moreless

          • Master Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

            and skylight!...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            fully equipped gourmet kitchen with lots of counterspace, pass through to Morning Room and breakfast nook....moreless

          • Dining:

            Breakfast nook...moreless

          • Pantry Items
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Dishwasher
          • Refrigerator
          • Freezer
          • Stove
          • Microwave
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Oven
          • Seating for 12 people


          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Towels Provided
          • Parking
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Heating
          • Linens Provided
          • Living Room seats 10

          Other Amenities

              • 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!...moreless


              • Games:

                checkers, chess, Probe, Scrabble, Monopoly, puzzles, cards, etc. outside traditional shuffleboard court, croquet set...moreless

              • Books:

                an extensive library to accommodate a variety of tastes...moreless

              • Toys:

                outdoor shuffleboard court! Croquet set!...moreless

              • Pool Table:

                a professional slate table...moreless

              • Music Library:

                an extensive CD library...moreless

              • Video Library:

                DVD collection...moreless

              • Game Room
              • Television
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo
              • DVD Player


              • Internet

              Pool & Spa

                  • Communal Pool:

                    There is an Olympic indoor heated pool available to the public on the University of Maine Campus in Machias only 5 miles away....moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    In the Machias area there are a number of lovely lakes to swim, canoe and kayak. Only 15 minutes away from the house and there are rentals available in Machias....moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    This beautiful deck opens to the Bay views and up the Machias river as well. Enjoy breakfast as you watch the eagles pass....moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    A beautiful perennial garden surrounds the house to make lovely cut flower bouquets for the dinner table!...moreless

                  • Tennis:

                    There are tennis courts at the University of Maine Machias Campus only 5 miles away....moreless

                  • Boat:

                    Boat rentals available in Machias....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Charcoal Weber grill...moreless


                  • Family
                  • Away From It All
                  • Historic
                  • Adventure
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Location & View

                  • Village:

                    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

                  • Water View:

                    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

                  • Waterfront:

                    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

                  • Oceanfront:

                    Where the Machias River joins Machias Bay....moreless

                  • Beachfront
                  • Beach View
                  • Ocean View
                  • Rural


                  • Churches
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Medical Services
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Hunting Big Game
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Tennis
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Kayaking
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Hiking
                  • Laundromat
                  • Whale Watching
                  • Restaurants
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Museums
                  • Live Theater
                  • Library
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Boating
                  • Shuffleboard
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Walking
                  • Antiquing
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Pier Fishing


                  Write a review 5
                  from 8 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Post Season
                  Aug 30 - Nov 30, 2014
                  6 night min stay
                  $1,300 $2,800
                  My Standard Rate
                  6 night min stay
                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Tax Rate 8%


                  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!!!)

                  Please treat our house and our neighbors as you would treat your own. Thank you and enjoy.

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                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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                  Last updated: 08/02/2014
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                  90 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Bangor or Bar Harbor
                  25 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Route 1
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Jasper Beach
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  15 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  8 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant

                  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.


                  Owner info

                  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

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english

                  Links to more information:



                  • Aerial OVerview

                    Aerial OVerview

                  • East Room and upstairs Master Bedroom facing the Ocean

                    East Room and upstairs Master Bedroom facing the Ocean

                  • Entrance


                  • East Room with stairs to Master Bedroom

                    East Room with stairs to Master Bedroom

                  • Ocean View from East Room

                    Ocean View from East Room

                  • View from Master Bedroom

                    View from Master Bedroom

                  • Large, fully equipped Kitchen

                    Large, fully equipped Kitchen

                  • Library


                  • Upstairs Bedroom 2

                    Upstairs Bedroom 2

                  • Dinner served in the Morning Room

                    Dinner served in the Morning Room

                  • Kick back after a hard game of pool

                    Kick back after a hard game of pool

                  • Moonrise over the Bay

                    Moonrise over the Bay

                  • Captain's House on Machias Bay

                    Captain's House on Machias Bay

                  • Morning Room and Shuffle Board

                    Morning Room and Shuffle Board

                  • Relax on Deck, overlooking the river and bay

                    Relax on Deck, overlooking the river and bay

                  • East Room reading nook

                    East Room reading nook

                  • Master Bedroom

                    Master Bedroom

                  • Formal Dining Room

                    Formal Dining Room

                  • Downstairs Bedroom

                    Downstairs Bedroom

                  • Upstairs Bedroom 1

                    Upstairs Bedroom 1

                  • Office


                  • Pool table in the Morning Room

                    Pool table in the Morning Room

                  • Sunset over the river

                    Sunset over the river

                  • Fresh from the field

                    Fresh from the field

                  VRBO #447575

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                  This listing was first published here in 2012.

                  Date last modified - Sunday, August 10, 2014

                  $185 - $264 per night (USD)

                  4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 8

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                  Minimum stay: 6 nights
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