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Maine Waterfront | Private Cove Retreat | Featherbed Island House

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Imagine yourself here. Bonfires, toasted marshmallows, salt air.

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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
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DOWNEAST WATERFRONT MAINE VACATION RENTAL- MACHIASPORT


-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 (www.featherbedisland.com) in downeast Maine is perfect for:

--ARTISTS OF ALL TYPES
--NATURE LOVERS
--ROMANTIC GETAWAYS
--WRITERS - it would be a grand space for a writing workshop
--BIRDERS - a true bird-watching paradise
--FAMILIES WITH YOUNG EXPLORERS
--ELOPEMENTS
--SABBATICALS



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 state of Maine DEP as a CERTIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER IN HOSPITALITY; and by the National Wildlife Federation as a BACKYARD WILDLIFE HABITAT - a perfect spot for birders and all nature lovers. We are also located within a Machiasport significant critical habitat for shorebirds. All of our property is smoke-free (except for the fire-pit, of course). We are also certified by the American Vacation Rental Owners Association (AVROA).




THE GROUNDS OF FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE:

The property is salt waterfront on an estuary where the river greets the ocean, a prime spot to observe nature.

-ROLLING LAWN SURROUNDED BY ACRES OF FOREST
-FLOWERS, APPLE TREES, BLUEBERRY AND RASPBERRY BUSHES
-GRASSY TIDAL AREA FOR WATER ACCESS
-FLOATING DOCK FOR KAYAKS
-SMALL FRESHWATER POND
-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 YELLOW FARMHOUSE:


-- GREAT ROOM with a two-story wall of windows and soaring ceiling is a comfortable gathering space to hold conversation or just gaze out over the water. The dining area easily accommodates six hungry guests.

-- THE LIBRARY has french doors - left open to expand the living space of the great room, or closed for more separation. The library holds is an old-time wooden phonograph with a selection of 78 records (Dancing anyone? Waltz or perhaps a fox trot?) and an easel for the artist. It is full of books, CD library and an entire closet of board games and puzzles.

-- COZY DEN often becomes the unofficial kids room and has a flat screen television and dvd player and library of DVD movies from kids to grown-up selections.

-- KITCHEN AND PANTRY: A well equipped kitchen has it’s own walk in pantry complete with a Belgian waffle maker, veggie and citrus juicers, blender, lobster pot (of course!) and many gadgets and gismos for whipping up a gourmet meal. The view from the kitchen window overlooks the freshwater pond. If you are lucky, you might see a deer (or a moose) quenching his thirst, and you will almost certainly see a heron or other shorebird looking for a good meal.

UPSTAIRS --

-- THE THREE BEDROOMS:

-- THE MASTER BEDROOM - has a queen bed with a gel memory foam mattress topper, a variety of pillows, crisp quality sheets, fluffy duvets and boho quilts for a dreamy sleep. The view is out over the great room through the prow windows to the water. There are privacy drapes for privacy to the room below.

-- THE SECOND BEDROOM has a double bed with a cozy duvet and a dormer window overlooking the water.

-- THE THIRD BEDROOM is small with a twin bed topped with an inviting gel/memory foam topper, crisp sheets, and soft duvet.


THE BATHROOMS


---Upstairs - a spacious, tiled full bath with tub/shower combination.

--- Downstairs - a 3/4 bath with shower and laundry is on the 1st floor.

Plenty of fluffy towels are provided.





THE DOWNEAST AREA:
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.

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 www.featherbedisland.com


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. www.facebook.com/featherbedisland

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25+ . A copy of drivers license MAY be required for renters....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Kids are awesome and this is a great place for exploring! *The house and grounds have not been childproofed and kids must be supervised. PLEASE INQUIRE WHEN BOOKING FOR MORE DETAILS!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Featherbed Island House has a strict no-smoking policy. Absolutely NO Smoking ANYWHERE on the property....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • MASTER: 1 queen

    The queen bed has a gel-memory foam mattress topper....moreless

  • DOUBLE BEDROOM: 1 double

    Watch the eagles soar from the water view dormer....moreless

  • TWIN BEDROOM: 1 twin/ single

    Cozy bedroom with twin bed with gel memory foam topper....moreless

  • 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) ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    This is the upstairs full bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    First floor bath with shower and laundry area...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Other Amenities

  • For info about Kayak rental: www.sunrisecanoeandkayak.com

Entertainment

  • Books:

    A good selection of books for adults and children as well as some books on CD. Also a small cookbook library....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    There is a dvd player in the den. In the master bedroom is a flatscreen television/dvd combination (note: this tv is not hooked up to cable but has a dvd player)....moreless

  • Games:

    Many, many board games, card games and puzzles for rainy days. Outdoor, lawn games, as well!...moreless

  • Music Library:

    CD library from many genres - from classical to folk to rock to choose from....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic cable ...moreless

  • Stereo:

    CD/radio/cassette.Bluetooth speaker for your phone's playlist. ALSO, an antique radio/phonograph with 78 records....moreless

  • Television:

    Cozy den at the end of the hall with flat screen tv. A second flat screen tv with dvd player is in the master bedroom, but at this time, is not hooked up to cable....moreless

  • Toys:

    Legos for rainy days as well as a few toys more tucked away....moreless

  • Video Library:

    DVD - both childrens and adult video library and nearby Redbox for renting current movies....moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Beautiful view of Featherbed Island, craggy rocks and Sanborn marsh on opposite shore. Bald eagles often hang out on the island and seals meander past the house....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    The house is waterfront - the lawn ends at a low bluff to the water. There is access down to a tidal, grassy area, if you want to access the water for kayaks or exploring. There is NO sandy beach....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Views from almost every room to the mouth of the Machias River where it flows into the bay....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Located at the mouth of the Machias River (estuary) where it meets Machias Bay. It's minutes by (experienced) kayak to open ocean....moreless

  • Rural:

    Situated in Machiasport, a small village of about 1000 residents. Featherbed Island House is the last home on a narrow lane. Shopping, restaurants, etc can be found 4 miles away....moreless

  • Village:

    A rural location but with charming views of the village of Machiasport from the front yard....moreless

  • Water View
  • Waterfront:

    Situated at the bend of the Machias River where the river meets Machias Bay....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Yoga mat...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Broadband WiFi...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    All linens, a variety of pillows, fluffy duvets, blankets and quilts are provided....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Driveway parking for approx 3 cars...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Nation-wide long distance and Canada. Please use calling card for other int'l calls....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of thirsty towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Ecofriendly washing soap is stocked in the house at the start of the season....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Please check with owner before your stay to check availability of wood stove. It is not always available for use....moreless

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    More than enough dishes and serving utensils for six people. Also, wine glasses, wine goblets, champagne glasses and martini glasses....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Besides the modern kitchen, there is an antique, cigar-box, walk-in pantry. Well equipped with Belgian waffle maker, juicers, slow cooker, lobster pot & more! www.featherbedisland.com for list....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Herbs, spices, misc. items like cupcake cups, cheesecloth (for those cheesemakers out there!), popsicle molds and unique little gadgets. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas stove/oven...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    A charming waterfront deck shaded by a pergola. ...moreless

  • Golf:

    Approximately 13 miles from the nearest golf course....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Bring your own or you can rent nearby and launch and moor on our floating dock....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Wonderful waterfront pergola overlooking the property, water and island....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    3 acres of rolling lawn with a small pond - a birder delight. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Choice of fire pit that uses charcoal and has a grill grate or small propane grill....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    About a mile from the nearest trail for cross country skiing....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    University of Maine, 4 miles away, has an indoor pool, which day passes can be purchased for a nominal fee....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Spring
Apr 25 - May 30, 2015
4 night min stay
$200
$850
Spring
May 31 - Jun 27, 2015
7 night min stay

$1,150
Summer 2015
Jun 28 - Sep 5, 2015
7 night min stay

$1,575 $5,900
Foliage 2015
Sep 6 - Nov 7, 2015
7 night min stay

$1,250
Holiday 2015
Dec 19 - Dec 31, 2015
3 night min stay
$175
$850
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,575 $5,950
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning Fee $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 8%

Notes:

**Changeover day is SUNDAY**

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

In most cases we do NOT require a security deposit! Yay!

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

Well behaved pets welcome w/ owner's approval, $100/per wk/per pet fee & signed pet waiver

Rates subject to change anytime until booking & deposit


Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


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Location

90 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bangor International Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Skywalkers and Thirsty Moose
115 Miles
Nearest Ferry
St. John, NB - Digby, Nova Scotia
13 Miles
Nearest Golf
Barren View
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 1
4.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Helens

Car: Necessary

Machiasport and downeast Maine is a nature lovers paradise!

 

Owner info

About the owner: Maria and Gary Lamb - thats us! We have owned vacation rental properties in Cape Cod, Maine and Nova Scotia for over 10 years. Now we are impatiently waiting for retirement so we can enjoy the charms of Featherbed Island House full-time. Until then, we are thrilled that we are able to share our special place with you.

Why the Owner Chose Machiasport:
While driving through Maine, we stopped by out of curiosity just to take a look at the Featherbed Island House, which was up for sale. We were so enthralled by the yellow house and it’s breathtaking view that we made the 800 mile round trip back the next weekend to make an offer on the cottage (and the rest...is history).

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.


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Photos

  • Imagine yourself here. Bonfires, toasted marshmallows, salt air.

    Imagine yourself here. Bonfires, toasted marshmallows, salt air.

  • Dazzling lights and colors.  Every moment is special.

    Dazzling lights and colors. Every moment is special.

  • Drink in the sunshine. Coastal Maine vacation rental house.

    Drink in the sunshine. Coastal Maine vacation rental house.

  • Fresh from the sea lobster, organic whole grain bread, mixed greens. Yes, please

    Fresh from the sea lobster, organic whole grain bread, mixed greens. Yes, please

  • Tea & Crumpets?  Champagne & Strawberries? Coffee and Donuts?  It's all Good!

    Tea & Crumpets? Champagne & Strawberries? Coffee and Donuts? It's all Good!

  • Crisp linens, funky fowl, and a water view dormer in the double bedroom.

    Crisp linens, funky fowl, and a water view dormer in the double bedroom.

  • In any season, the profile of Machiasport is charming.  (Taken from the deck).

    In any season, the profile of Machiasport is charming. (Taken from the deck).

  • To the left of the ancient apple tree.... another place to relax.

    To the left of the ancient apple tree.... another place to relax.

  • At the very, very end of the lane, you'll come upon the Yellow House.

    At the very, very end of the lane, you'll come upon the Yellow House.

  • View of the Yellow House from Featherbed Island.... at low tide.

    View of the Yellow House from Featherbed Island.... at low tide.

  • Maine Vacation Rental House - Imagine yourself here!!  Breathe.  Create. Relax.

    Maine Vacation Rental House - Imagine yourself here!! Breathe. Create. Relax.

  • As the sun starts to set.... everything turns green and gold.

    As the sun starts to set.... everything turns green and gold.

  • Good Morning, Maine!!  Listen to the silence.

    Good Morning, Maine!! Listen to the silence.

  • Gather together, put your feet up, watch nature's show from the 2-story windows.

    Gather together, put your feet up, watch nature's show from the 2-story windows.

  • Gather round and create your gourmet meal together.

    Gather round and create your gourmet meal together.

  • Downstairs bathroom with carved river rock sink.

    Downstairs bathroom with carved river rock sink.

  • Master bathroom

    Master bathroom

  • Cozy Twin Bedroom with crisp linens and snuggly duvets.  Snuggle in.

    Cozy Twin Bedroom with crisp linens and snuggly duvets. Snuggle in.

  • What a place to sit, sip some wine and watch the eagles swoop and the seals play

    What a place to sit, sip some wine and watch the eagles swoop and the seals play

  • November 2014 sunrise.  Coffee on the deck and enjoy the grazing deer nearby.

    November 2014 sunrise. Coffee on the deck and enjoy the grazing deer nearby.

  • Looking for adventure? Walk to Featherbed Island during low tide.

    Looking for adventure? Walk to Featherbed Island during low tide.

  • Machiasport Waterfront Vacation rental -  a 'cottage estate'.

    Machiasport Waterfront Vacation rental - a 'cottage estate'.

  • Certified environmental leader in lodging & certified backyard wildlife habitat

    Certified environmental leader in lodging & certified backyard wildlife habitat

  • Welcome home to Featherbed Island House - Enjoy Your Stay

    Welcome home to Featherbed Island House - Enjoy Your Stay

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