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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.
-- 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.
---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
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25+ . A copy of drivers license MAY be required for renters....moreless
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
Pets Not Allowed
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)
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
For info about Kayak rental: www.sunrisecanoeandkayak.com
A good selection of books for adults and children as well as some books on CD. Also a small cookbook library....moreless
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
Many, many board games, card games and puzzles for rainy days. Outdoor, lawn games, as well!...moreless
CD library from many genres - from classical to folk to rock to choose from....moreless
CD/radio/cassette.Bluetooth speaker for your phone's playlist. ALSO, an antique radio/phonograph with 78 records....moreless
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
Legos for rainy days as well as a few toys more tucked away....moreless
DVD - both childrens and adult video library and nearby Redbox for renting current movies....moreless
Away From It All
Sports & Activities
Duty Free Shops
Local Services & Businesses
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
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
Views from almost every room to the mouth of the Machias River where it flows into the bay....moreless
Located at the mouth of the Machias River (estuary) where it meets Machias Bay. It's minutes by (experienced) kayak to open ocean....moreless
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
A rural location but with charming views of the village of Machiasport from the front yard....moreless
Situated at the bend of the Machias River where the river meets Machias Bay....moreless
Ecofriendly washing soap is stocked in the house at the start of the season....moreless
Please check with owner before your stay to check availability of wood stove. It is not always available for use....moreless
Dishes & Utensils:
More than enough dishes and serving utensils for six people. Also, wine glasses, wine goblets, champagne glasses and martini glasses....moreless
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
Herbs, spices, misc. items like cupcake cups, cheesecloth (for those cheesemakers out there!), popsicle molds and unique little gadgets. ...moreless
Holiday 2015 Dec 19 - Dec 31, 2015 3 night min stay
Winter Getaway Jan 2 - Apr 2, 2016 4 night min stay
Spring Apr 3 - May 28, 2016 7 night min stay
Late Spring May 29 - Jun 25, 2016 7 night min stay
Summer!! Jun 26 - Sep 3, 2016 7 night min stay
Autumn Sep 4 - Oct 29, 2016 7 night min stay
My Standard Rate 7 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$200
**Changeover day is SUNDAY**
Your reservation is confirmed when we receive BOTH 50% deposit & signed rental agreement
We welcome inquiries about the possibility of off-season sabbaticals/retreats
Rates subject to change anytime until booking & deposit
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Machiasport and downeast Maine is a nature lovers paradise!
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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