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Secluded, Off-Grid, Dog-Friendly Cabin on Pristine Lake

Bedrooms Studio
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, Studio + Loft, No Conventional Bathroom (Sleeps 2-5)

This charming, rustic cabin is on Six Mile Lake near Machias, Maine, approximately 7 miles from the ocean. It's perfect for a quiet retreat away from people, traffic, pollution, and many of the trappings of modern life.

Please note that this is a completely off-grid, seasonal cabin (April - November). It does not have indoor plumbing, running water, or electricity. It does have a fairly well-equipped kitchen with an old-style sink basin, a propane-powered refrigerator, and a conventional, propane-powered oven and stove. It's most appealing to hikers, campers, and people who love the peace and solitude of the outdoors. It has 250 feet of (private) shore frontage, and when you are sitting on the dock, you'll have almost complete privacy.

We are a bit "old-school" when it comes to reserving our cabin. We like to have contact with prospective guests by phone or email before accepting a reservation. This is to help ensure that there are no misunderstandings regarding the cabin's rustic features and lack of conventional amenities. Please note that mid-June through mid-September (our high season), we normally rent by the week only, with Saturday being the changeover day. For weekly rentals off-season, dates are flexible.

Dogs of any size or type are welcome at the cabin and will have plenty of space to roam off-leash. There is only one other cabin located anywhere near ours, however it's barely visible from our place, and it is rarely used.

We don't charge any additional fees for dogs, for firewood, or for the use of our canoe. (Please note -- if you would like to pay by check (bank check or personal check), you can save considerable $ vs. using VRBO's online payment system. Paying by check also saves the owners considerable $. That said, we are happy to accept online payments via VRBO's online system for those more comfortable with this method.)

Please note that Saturday is the changeover date for weekly rentals. For shorter stays, this is flexible. Though we normally have a 3-day minimum, 2-day stays are also possible depending on the dates.

Keywords: Cabin, Off-Grid, Secluded, Dog-Friendly, Lake-Front, Down East Maine

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About Anne

Owners: Anne Golden and Nathan Neorr

Current Residence: Cincinnati, Ohio

Anne is originally from Manchester, Maine, and Nathan is originally from Houghton Lake, Michigan. Anne taught English as a Second Language at Xavier University for 18 years but has recently joined the Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati as the Executive Director. She was in Japan as a teacher on the JET Programme for 3 years before moving to Cincinnati in 1997. She also has a business as an intercultural trainer and communication skills coach. Nathan is a professional actor (stage and film, as well as television and radio commercials.) They live in Cincinnati with their two big dogs -- Greta, a Bernese Mountain Dog, and Sophie, a Newfoundland.

Anne purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Anne chose Maine

We love the Maine Coast, and we also love lakes. This region of Maine is often overlooked because it is remote and not as developed as other coastal areas to the south. We consider its remoteness to be a plus -- there is very little traffic, noise, air, or light pollution anywhere around. Our end of the lake is almost completely uninhabited, and the use of power boats on the lake is restricted. The cabin is completely off-grid, and we like it that way.

What makes this cabin unique

The cabin is very private and is located at the north end of Six Mile Lake in the town of Marshfield, Maine, approximately 10 minutes from Machias (pop. 2,500). When you're at the cabin, you normally won't see anyone all week long. It's quiet and clean, and there is absolutely no air or light pollution.

The cabin is very rustic and completely off-grid. The fact that it lacks conveniences including electricity, running water, and indoor plumbing means that it's not for everyone.

At night it's incredibly peaceful and relaxing. Often the only sounds you will hear after dark are from the loons.

There are no neighbors anywhere near the cabin, so it's an especially good place for dogs to be off-leash.

There is excellent hiking along wooded, coastal trails approximately 30 minutes north of the cabin. This part of the coast is known as the "Bold Coast." It's relatively undeveloped and usually uncrowded, even in peak summer months. You can download a free map from a local non-profit organization (see address below), or pick up a paper copy at several Machias shops including Woodwind Custom Framers and Gallery (23 Main St. Machias, 04654). The shop also sells colorful and quirky t-shirts that feature Down East Maine artwork and humor -- well worth checking out.

Trail Map at:

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an awesome time staying at your cabin last week. It was exactly what we hoped for. Thanks for making it available and taking such good care of it. It is a very special place, and we loved being there.
Jul 2011
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Marshfield Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • Studio, Sleeps 5
  • There is a double bed on the first floor (this is a studio-type cabin). There is also space for three more people in the loft, where we have a double-bed mattress and also a single-bed mattress on the floor.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming


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Secluded, Off-Grid, Dog-Friendly Cabin on Pristine Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Great Place To Stay

  • 5 of 5

The dog and I had a great time at this cabin. I like to find out of the way – off grid places to escape to for some quiet time, and this place was a good one. There is a good-sized dock down in front of the house to sit on in the morning sun and read. There was ample good firewood supplied and a good working stove that warmed the place up nicely on the colder nights, the facilities were also good. The owners are great and very responsive to any problems, I woke up one morning to find the refrigerator not functioning, by 10:00am the property manager had brought by a block of ice and put it in the fridge and by and by 2:00pm the repair service, in about 5 minutes, had it running normal again! The deck on the front has two very comfortable wooden Adirondack chairs and a gas grill, of these I made good use. The canoe is nice and the lake was quiet for a paddle. The find the Machias area very desirable with lots to do and explore. We found a trail map on the table with some hiking recommendations and did a hike with a great view about 20 minutes away. I plan to visit again!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying at the cabin. It's very private, as advertised. We canoed around the whole lake and didn't see a single person. It was very peaceful. The house really is fully stocked, more than advertised. You truly don't have to bring a single kitchen item. There's extra toilet paper, trash bags, soap. Heck, there was even tin foil. Every day we found something else we didn't have to pack. They supply water jugs too. Honestly, we overpacked! The little touches are nice, especially not having to go buy wood and lug it in. Huge bonus! Short drive to Machias and other great places to explore. We will definitely come back again some day!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Maine vacation

  • 5 of 5

Exactly as advertised. The cabin was so reasonable we were able to book it for 2 weeks even though we could only stay 9 days. 9 days wasn't enough, we hated to leave. We only left the cabin to grocery shop and one day went to Cutler nature preserve on Rt. 191 along the bold coast. The ocean was very foggy and we could see much but I would still recommend the hike.

We ate at Helen's in Machias on the way back and it was wonderful. I had the clams and it is the 1st time since I left Massachusetts 40 years ago that I have had clams the way nature intended, with whole clam and not just strips.

The weather was glorious only rained twice, once at night! Cool nights perfect for sleeping. Hardly saw any people and then only if we left our end of the lake. Loons were the perfect entertainment and the lake is perfect. Thank you Anne and Nathan for sharing your wonderful cabin.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun Camping Experience Had By All - Including the Dog

  • 5 of 5

We rented the cabin for a long-weekend getaway with our golden retriever pup. We had an absolutely wonderful time - by the first night we were already talking about what we'd do the "next time" we stay! The cabin was perfect - we had fun using the coffee percolator for the first time, and enjoyed tasty sausages, hot dogs, and peppers on the grill.

The location was just pristine - we spent most of the time outside reading on the Adirondack chairs by the water, fishing off the dock, and canoeing around the lake. Our pup enjoyed swimming in the water, listening to the loons, and snoozing by the campfire.

We went to Quoddy Head on Saturday - not that far of a drive and we'd definitely recommend the loop hike to anyone who wants to see quintessential Maine without the crowds.

Thank you again - we had a such a great experience and we can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Time Off-The-Grid!

  • 5 of 5

My 14 y.o. son wanted try an off-grid experience during his April vacation, and after a quick search on VRBO, I came across this listing. Sounded like it fit the bill because it was off-the-grid, but not "too" off-grid for me. The owner Anne got right back to us and was very pleasant, flexible and accomadating to deal with, even though we wanted to come off-season. I definitely was not disappointed. The cabin has everything you need to be comfortable, so I actually wound up overpacking. The propane fridge and stove worked great. The kitchen area was well stocked with every utensil and cookware you could need. The caretaker had the taken care of everything prior to our arrival and left us a nice welcome note. There was a small supply of firewood when we got there, but on our second day there while we were out hiking at the local State park, the firewood fairy must have visited because there was a large pile of fresh, dry firewood waiting for us when we got back. The lake is absolutely gorgeous, Bit of a steep hill down to the dock, but I needed the exercise anyway. What struck me most about the location was the absolute dead silence. Not a creature was stirring. They must be waiting for tourist season. My son and I slept in the loft, and my sister and brother-in-law slept downstairs for the first two nights with a black lab and a shepard mix and aside from my snoring, we were all very comfortable and had enough room. We did a day trip to Acadia the second day, but found the drive a bit lengthy. Probably would explore more locally next time. We were luckily blessed with nice, unseasonably warm weather, but the wood stove (an old down-drafter type) kept us warm at night. All-in-all an excellent experience. Thank you Anne!!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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fantastic, serene, free, fresh air, secluded, off grid!!!!! great for dogs!!!

  • 5 of 5

I rented from Anne for a week in Sept 2015. From the add I was excited from the get go. Very reasonable rates and everything I asked for in the vacation!!! We had wonderful weather, so were out on the lake everyday in our kayaks and in the lake everyday for a good swim! Living without electricity was I found enjoyable! The fires at night were delightful. Watching the wildlife, esp birds and squirrels was my activity along with reading down on the lower deck having my am coffee. Large piece of property, accessible to many gorgeous sites, hikes, ocean, etc. If you are an outdoors person, like to chill with some peach and quiet, this is the place for you. Much hiking around the lake too!!! We saw one person on the lake the whole week at our end!!! 5 star for sure!!! I will be returning for a long time!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
86 Miles
Bangor International Airport
Car: necessary

There are boat tours nearby that offer whale watching -- please go to the Machias Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Lake and rainbow trout that are most easily caught in the spring and early summer months. The lake is spring-fed and 22 feet at its deepest. Fishing license required (though not needed for ocean fishing).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Please check the calendar before inquiring about specific dates. We keep the calendar updated. Dates marked as "tentative" reflect bookings that are in progress, pending a deposit.

During late June, July, August and September, we normally rent by the week only (Saturday to Saturday), but exceptions may be possible. The 2017 weekly rate is $600 including all fees. Other times of the year we have a 3-night minimum ($95/night including taxes). The 3-night minimum is negotiable. We currently don't accept payments through the VRBO system, but in addition to accepting personal or bank checks, we do have a PayPal account. PayPal can be used without additional fees if you link it to your checking account.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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