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Waterfront Downeast Retreat on Pigeon Hill Bay in Steuben

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Downeast Retreat with Ocean and Lighthouse Views on Petit Manan Point


Last updated: 04/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Custom designed cottage, with ocean and lighthouse views, private beach,sleeps 6

1 bedroom (queen bed), with spacious loft, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6, additional outdoor shower...

This beautiful, new waterfront property nestled between Downeast Coastal Conservancy's Pigeon Hill Reserve and Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge is approximately 10 minutes walk away. Both have beautiful hiking trails and unbelievable vistas of islands shorelines and mountain views for your enjoyment. The enchantment of the restless sea, the view of the lighthouse and sounds of the echoing foghorn of Petit Manan beckon you to the natural beauty surrounding this waterfront cottage.
Downeast Retreat includes ceramic tile, radiant heat floors, natural spruce and pine,post and beam organic architecture that takes advantage of all your surroundings no matter where you are in the spacious and cozy cottage. Featuring two outside decks, one ocean side the other brook side, take in all the sounds of ocean, sea birds, the distant fog horn, or bubbling stream, song birds and whispering winds through spruce and fir. The choice is yours. Awaken to a breathtaking view of islands in the bay from the upstairs loft. Watch the local fisherman as they set out to sea for the day’s fresh catch. Take in the salt air as you watch eagles travel the coastline past our cottage along to Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. Hiking trails, kayaking and biking are out the front door, wild blueberries in season a short walk away, fresh lobster and clams can be ordered locally just minutes from the cottage.
The cottage waterfront overlooks Bois Bubert Island, the Atlantic Ocean and Petit Manan Lighthouse. Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge is a ten minute walk away with several shore hikes with intimate, incredible views. Downeast Conservatorie's Pigeon Hill Reserve has spectacular trails to it’s 317 foot summit, Pigeon Hill, that displays an extraordinary panoramic view of the surrounding area including numerous Maine islands, mountains, bays and Petit Manan Peninsular itself. A must do for the whole family.
Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and the bustling town of Ellsworth also make great day trip destinations. To complete your authentic Maine experience, take a day trip Nor’ east on route one through the heart of Down-east Maine from Milbridge to Eastport. If you want an international experience then continue to Campabello Island or New Brunswick, Canada only an hour and a half away but remember to bring your passport.
A fantastic & delightful opportunity for photographers, artisans, adventurer's professionals and you.

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Member since: 2003

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/22/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Inquire with owners by phone for possible permission. We understand how important a pet can be in the family....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Queen size Bed (1) linens can be provided for an additional fee upon request. Please inquire. Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)regular size futons with new comfortable mattresses in large loft area with privacy....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • shower, sink, flush, bathroom venting and crank open small window with screen....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Enclosed outdoor shower, Ceramic tile radiant heat floors. Quiet seasonal brook runs alongside property, large side deck . Covered deck in front for dining, viewing, overlooks ocean....moreless


  • Books:

    Informational and children's books, others available....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board Games...moreless

  • Music Library:

    We provide a few CD's but suggest bringing you on personal music. Two radio stations to recommend: WMPR 90.1 FM, Maine Public Radio WERU 89.9, Local Community Radio ...moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dish TV...moreless

  • Stereo:

    quality sound system provided....moreless

  • Television:

    large flat screen TV DVD ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Some popular movies provided including children's movies....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean:

    Views of Petit Manan Lighthouse, home of the nesting Puffins during summer. Looking directly out at Bois Bubert Island, a 3 mile island of the reserve that protects the cove from harsh storms. The lobster boats leave early mornings with fresh seafood available daily at the local market down the road. Experience the beauty and peacefulness....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Beautiful sunsets, and sunrises. Echo's of the Petit Manan Lighthouse foghorn....moreless

  • Village:

    Small, quaint, private and friendly....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Ocean is across from cottage, a 2 minute walk. Enjoy breath taking sunrises and sunsets, a variety of ducks, eagles, ospreys. Kayak or experience a local boat tour of the many islands....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Dining:

    Inside dining table easily seats 6+, large back deck with patio table,chairs,seats 4+ open front porch deck with patio table, chairs,seats 2+...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    radiant floor heat...moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided:

    Linens & towels will be provided for an additional fee of $50, unless requested to bring your own....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Cozy unique design, please see photos...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking:

    driveway, ample parking...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    drive way, parking spaces for 2 vehicles...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Please inquire with us....moreless

  • Telephone:

    cell phone reception but can be positional In other words can always get a signal just may have to walk out front in yard to get it....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    included in linens fee ($50) unless you request to bring your own....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Hi speed WiFi...moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    complete pots, pans, dishes, lobster pot. Fully stocked with all you need....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All dishes, bowls ,cups, platters,etc. and utensils provided...moreless

  • Freezer:

    Refrigerator/ freezer....moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Working kitchen ready to accommodate all your cooking needs. Ample counter, cupboard and cabinet space Hidden pantry for more storage. Scenic ocean view ...moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    full size convection and gas oven...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    new 2015 Full size w/ freezer ...moreless

  • Stove:

    new 2015 full size gas range, 4 burners with center grill ...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    front covered deck faces ocean...moreless

  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles:

    rentals in area...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large outside deck located along side of the bedroom and seasonal brook. Private with ocean view....moreless

  • Golf:

    golf courses within an hour's drive or less...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals available locally...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    front lawn some fresh herbs when in season and flower garden...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:


  • Porch / Veranda:

    Large side deck, table and chairs, alongside brook, front deck overlooks ocean....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Courts locally...moreless

  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck


Write a review 4.8
from 14 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 - May 21, 2017
2 night min stay
May 22 - Sep 9, 2017
7 night min stay

Sep 10 - Dec 1, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$175 $175
Fri, Sat, Sun

Additional information about rental rates


  • Linens $50
  • cleaning fee $50
  • Tax Rate 9%


We are happy to provide linens and towels for a fee of $50. Please call or email if you are providing your own and we will deduct the fee.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/22/2017
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60 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bangor Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
18 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
RT 1
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

A 10 min. walk to Petit Manan Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, island and lighthouse views, trails. In season-unsprayed blueberries-pick all you can eat.

Canadian border 1 1/2 hours drive, passport necessary.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1992

About the owner: Ray is a recently retired Director of an Adult Education program in the western mountains of Maine, an outdoor enthusiast, cyclist and gardener. Joanne is an a critical care RN and stain glass artisan. Together we enjoy the peacefulness of our get-away cottage and the surrounding beauty of it all.

Why the Owner Chose Steuben, ME, USA:
Working in the area led us to this beautiful unique quaint fishing village. The peacefulness combined with the Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge 1/2 mile walk from our cottage with fields of song birds and blueberries for the picking located on a remote Maine peninsula left us spelled bound with the overwhelming beauty and serenity. The cobble stone private beach and magnificent views including sun and moon rises ,sounds of sea birds and shore sounds lulled us to choose this enchanted remote paradise with the historical cultural elements still intact and thriving today. We are proud and pleased to share this uniquely designed cottage, the local cultural experience that surrounds it, and the natural beauty of this unique, untouched, natural habitat as we experience it ourselves with you and yours.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The cottage itself was thoughtfully conceived incorporating numerous Frank Lloyd Wright principles and design in organic architecture. Meaning, a design that is in harmony with humanity and it's surrounding environment. Collaborating with designer, builder Joe LeVigne, of "Sprezzatura," the elegant and harmonious creation of our cottage, "Downeast Retreat" was created. Truly a retreat feeling in it's own right. Through mindful design of space, local spruce and pine wood, window placement with a view in every direction, the natural sound and sight of this extraordinary paradise is invited into every nook and room of our cottage. The incredible panoramic views of the bay of Petit Manan Island light house, Bois Bubert Island or the to and fro of fishing trollers & lobster boats traversing the colorful waterway out to sea lends a magical and romantic feeling all of its own. The fact that we own a small piece of ocean front property directly across the street with our own private access to the cobble stone beach to sit and have morning coffee or evening cocktails at sunset just makes this property that much more irresistible. Being outdoor enthusiasts, the endless outdoor activities, hiking, biking, kayaking all available right outside the door of the cottage was the icing on the cake for us. Locally, having access to fresh sea foods caught fresh from the bay, local boat and whale watching tours, fresh water lakes and beaches is too good to be true. Local farmers market in town Milbridge, only a 10 min. drive. We adore the many quaint and small scenic fishing villages and abounding bold coast hikes as one sojourns Nor'east up the coast to Rogues Bluff, Quoddy Head or Campobello Island just 1 1/2 hours away and makes for a fun, memorable day trip.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/22/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Downeast Retreat with Ocean and Lighthouse Views on Petit Manan Point

    Downeast Retreat with Ocean and Lighthouse Views on Petit Manan Point

  • Loft with Birds Eye View of Bay and Bois Bubert Island

    Loft with Birds Eye View of Bay and Bois Bubert Island

  • downstairs bedroom with side deck

    downstairs bedroom with side deck

  • upstairs loft, back yard side

    upstairs loft, back yard side

  • view of kitchen

    view of kitchen

  • Porch Ocean Side with Cafe Style Dining

    Porch Ocean Side with Cafe Style Dining

  • Bald Eagle resting on top of neighboring perch.

    Bald Eagle resting on top of neighboring perch.

  • Beautiful lupins with view of Bois Bupert Island across the bay.

    Beautiful lupins with view of Bois Bupert Island across the bay.

  • clams!!!


  • Rainbow over the island out front

    Rainbow over the island out front

  • visiting eagle

    visiting eagle

  • On top of Pigeon Hill view of islands

    On top of Pigeon Hill view of islands

  • Living Room with Cozy Nook Brookside, Stairway and Loft  Area

    Living Room with Cozy Nook Brookside, Stairway and Loft Area

  • bathroom, with shower (not shown)

    bathroom, with shower (not shown)

  • view from top of stairs

    view from top of stairs

  • dining with view of water out front

    dining with view of water out front

  • waterfront view from alongside cottage

    waterfront view from alongside cottage

  • Petitmanan Lighthouse view from shore. Puffins nesting grounds in summer.

    Petitmanan Lighthouse view from shore. Puffins nesting grounds in summer.

  • Bald Eagle bathing out front along shore.

    Bald Eagle bathing out front along shore.

  • Sunset


  • sunlit boats out front

    sunlit boats out front

  • full moon over the water

    full moon over the water

  • eagle taking off

    eagle taking off

  • Stained glass blueberry martini. Cheers!

    Stained glass blueberry martini. Cheers!

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 22, 2017

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