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MAINE COAST WATERFRONT Picturesque Heron View Cottage on Machias Bay

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 3. Each bedroom has 1 double bed.

Heron View Cottage is a charming retreat located directly on scenic Machias Bay, on the spectacular Downeast Coast of Maine. This picturesque and historic cottage has all modern amenities and is cozy and affordable. It's the the perfect getaway for a couple, family or group of 3, or an individual looking to experience the Maine coast in an idyllic setting. The lovely 2-bedroom cottage has beautiful, sweeping views of Machias Bay from expansive windows in the dining room, bedroom and even bathroom. An enclosed porch also has magnificent bay views and is always a wonderful place to relax. Features of the cottage include comfortable country antique furnishings, and the spacious living room features a fireplace where you can enjoy the ambiance of its soothing warmth and comforting crackle. There is one bedroom on each floor and a fully-equipped galley kitchen.

The Outdoors and Puffin Boat Tours: Heron View Cottage is just a short drive from Jasper Beach, with its expansive, half-mile-long cobble beach and surf. There are several hiking trails located in Cutler that are only a 20 minute drive from the house. The Bold Coast, Boot Cove and Hamilton Cove trails skirt along the edge of rugged ocean cliffs and scenic vistas. They are “must” hikes when visiting the Downeast coast area.

Another “must do” while in the area is the Atlantic Puffin boat tours offered by Captain Andy Patterson of the Bold Coast Charter Company out of Cutler harbor. These beautiful and rare parrot-like seabirds only frequent a few of the rugged offshore islands along the Maine coast. Your destination of Machias Seal Island, only 9 miles off Cutler, is the largest puffin colony on the Maine coast, with thousands more birds than any other site.

Lobsters and Whales: The cottage is only a short drive to the lobster wharf in Bucks Harbor where vacationers revel at the chance to pick out their own fresh lobsters on the pier. You can also hop on a whale-watching cruise departing from Eastport daily. The cottage is only 1 hour from this popular and picturesque whale-watching port.

The Famous Machias Wild Blueberry Festival in August! And don’t miss the Downeast event of the year – the annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias (Aug. 14-15, 2015). This is a fun-filled celebration of the blueberry. The Downeast region produces nearly 85% of the world's blueberries, and the residents of the area are proud of that fact and it shows. There’s no lack of exciting events for everyone at this event – a Main Street parade, blueberry farm tours, magic shows, fabulous food, fireworks, crafts and fine art by regional artists, live music and, of course the blueberry pie-eating contest!

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Machiasport Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The cheery bathroom has a scenic bay view. You'll want to take your time in this bathroom!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Magnificent view!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • As with the rest of the cottage, the bedrooms are furnished with comfortable country antiques. The first floor bedroom features a tall-post double bed and a beautiful, sweeping view of the bay. The bedroom on the second floor, with one double bed, is most ideal for one person.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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MAINE COAST WATERFRONT Picturesque Heron View Cottage on Machias Bay
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

This is the only way to experience Maine!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd stay at Heron View and it topped all the rest. Over the course of a day you see the effect of the tides on the wild life. Over the course of the month you see the changes of the Sun's and Moon's effect on the tides. This time we also had the eclipse and it's effects on the wild life.

Love it all!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Look forward to another stay

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time at Heron View. It was immaculate and well equipped with all necessities. Owner, Ed, could not be more accommodating and helpful. The antique decor makes the cottage feel feel like you are living in a story book. It is a beautiful, peaceful spot and convenient to many interesting places (Bay of Fundy, St. Andrews, Campobello, Roque Bluffs, Jasper Beach etc.) Herons, egrets, bald eagles were a few of the visitors. We look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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great rental! beautiful views a time well spent would def rent again

  • 5 of 5

had a great visit!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Living in an antique collector's storage!

  • 4 of 5

This was a wonderful two weeks. You actually live in an antique collection while vacationing.

Views were fantastic and access to many other areas of interest were extra special.

Listing accurately depicts the property. It was clean and the owner provide personal service to ensure things were as expected.

I would recommend this property for couples. Helen's is a great place to eat. Would recommend a trip to Jaspers Beach and Roque Bluff.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Heron View lives up to its name

  • 5 of 5

Heron View Cottage should really be called heron, osprey, eagle, seal, egret, plover, sandpiper and more view Cottage!

Gorgeous setting, very sweet cottage, light streaming into virtually every room. Everything you might need from lobster pot, to coffee grinder, to CD's, to kayak to reading materials are provided. When planning your trip know that you will need to plan for many hours just sitting on the back deck, with a coffee in the morning and a glass of wine and local lobster in the evening, just drinking in the view. The coast road 191 from Cutler up to Quoddy has a number of nature preserves with hikes of 2-3 miles to the coast and back. Each one merits a picinic and a pair of binoculars.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming Heron View Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Heron View Cottage last summer was one of the best vacations we have had. My husband, our 9 year-old, and myself, had a very relaxing stay, getting out daily for Bold Coast hiking, beach combing & exploring, leisure drives, historic touring, and many more adventures. Yet each day we found ourselves returning earlier and earlier to Heron View. The cottage really is charming, filled with antiques and Americana. All that we needed to make our stay comfortable was there - and the town of Machias had all stores and amenities.

The sunrise is spectacular, especially when viewed from the enclosed porch overlooking the bay. Within a couple days, even my 9 year-old was up to join us for this early morning ritual. We used the cottage's kayak and ventured out on the bay a couple times, warmed up by the fireplace after a few rainy outings, and even kicked back with some board games. I was even overruled one day when planning a day trip, & was told that they preferred spending the day at the cottage - thus we each kicked backed in our own spaces reading and relaxing - the ultimate R & R. Heron View Cottage had that strong a pull on us. And, yes, we are returning this summer. It's a bit of a long drive for us to get there, but it certainly is worth it!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Edward Stanley
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Edward Stanley

I'm a "dyed in the wool" enthusiast of all things Maine - especially the Down East Coast. Of course, Machiasport - home of wonderful Heron View Cottage - holds a special place in my heart. As I love the outdoors, I hike the nearby spectacular coastal trails as much as possible when I'm there. For my livelihood, I'm a fine art and antiques appraiser, and I've thoughtfully outfitted the cottage with comfortable and fascinating country antiques. And as I'm also a historic preservationist, it's been a treat to restore and upgrade the charming, ca. 1800 Heron View Cottage! I know you will enjoy the cottage as much as I do!

Edward Stanley purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Edward Stanley chose Machiasport

The minute I laid my eyes on Heron View Cottage, I was smitten. A charming half-cape style house, it was built ca. 1800, and the location cannot be beat - it's close to the bay shore so that the views are absolutely spectacular! There are so many great things about the cottage and the area - the warmth, comfortableness and character of the cottage itself, the breath-taking views, the bird-watching right out the back, watching the sun rise and set - and watching the tides rise and fall! It's all good!


Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Bar Harbor-Hancock County Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Thirsty Moose (Clean pub atmosphere)
Nearest Ferry
57 Miles
Winter Harbor to Bar Harbor
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Great Cove Golf in Roque Bluffs
Nearest Train
210 Miles
Portland, ME Amtrack
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Route 1 Coastal Highway
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Helen's, Bluebird, Riverside Inn (5-star)
Nearest Ski
140 Miles
Camden, Maine
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Roque Bluffs State Park Beach
Car: necessary

Located at the edge of historic Machiasport village, there are many interesting activities and adventures nearby and farther afield. A short drive down Machiasport peninsula leads you to spectacular Jasper Beach and hikes on the Point of Maine – and you can pick up lobsters on the way in Bucks Harbor. Just up the coast is the Bold Coast Trail with hikes on the dramatic rockbound bluffs. Other nearby excursions include boat trips to view puffins on Machias Seal Island, Campobello Island in Canada with FDR’s summer home, the beautiful sand beach at Roque Bluffs, Schoodic Peninsula in Gouldsboro, the Bartlett Winery Estate for wine tasting, historic Burnham Tavern in Machias and the Ruggles House in Columbia Falls, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec and quaint Eastport. Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are a scenic 1 1/2 hour drive away. Bicycling, golfing and fishing are possibilities. And in back of the cottage there's great bird-watching and kayaking and canoeing on the bay!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rentals are Saturday to Saturday. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. Check-out time is by 10:00 a.m.

Payment terms: Onsite or personal check. $250 refundable security deposit.

There is a comprehensive, informational binder at the cottage which contains useful guidelines for the use of the cottage as well as tips and recommendations on the surrounding areas. On payment of the full rental fee, information on the key will be given.

Cancellation Policy: 100% of deposit will be refunded if reservation is canceled 60 days or more prior to Check-in Date; 50% of deposit will be refunded if reservation is canceled less than 60 days prior to the Check-in Date. No refunds of rental fee if reservation is canceled 30 days or less prior to Check-in Date, unless cottage can be rented to another party within those 30 days.

Travel insurance is strongly advised for protection of your reservation investment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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