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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

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

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 Marshfield

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 23 reviews

Wonderful, private retreat!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my dog and we both enjoyed it so much. I loved the privacy of the cabin while only being 10 minutes away from the grocery store/town. My dog loved running around off leash chasing the red squirrels. I brought my kayak and didn't see another person on the lake my whole stay.

My only negative is that I could hear the cars on the road but it wasn't bad since it's not a very populated location. My time was very quiet and peaceful. It was an excellent way to rest, relax and unplug from the world for a while.

It's only a 35 minute drive to the Bold Coast trailhead in Cutler, which was one of the main reasons I booked here. If you're into hiking- go there and you won't be disappointed! Anne is very responsive and easy to work with. Thank you so much for this gem!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy cabin, gorgeous location, lovely getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband, dog, and I enjoyed three nights during peak leaf-peeping season in this lovely little cabin. We enjoying kayaking on the lake, sitting by the fire outside, and enjoying the warmth of the wood stove on chilly fall nights. Everything was so well prepared, we brought too much! Everything you really need is right there, toilet paper, paper towels, tin foil, cooking equipment. We didn't want for anything.

The place is so peaceful and serene. We're already talking about going back again and bringing family with us.

If you're looking to unplug and get away from it all for a while, this is the perfect little escape!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Albany, New York

Highly recommended for solo women travelers

  • 5 of 5

I, along with my German Shepherd Kody, rented Anne and Nathan's cabin during the first week of September. It was perfect in every way. Everything was exactly as described in the listing. The wood stove was amazing and easy to use, and the endless woodpile (dry) was much appreciated. My dog was in heaven, being able to run around off-lead (although I kept close watch due to the possibility of skunk or porcupine encounters!).

Everything you could possible need is stocked in the cabin. The array of reading material is fantastic. Your non-electric radio will clearly pick up Maine Public Radio. Anne is lovely to deal with.

What more can I say? Only that I hope to return in Sumner 2018!

Thank you, Anne and Nathan.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beverly, MA

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: October 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: October 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: July 2016
  • 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 usually 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 2018 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 can accept payments via PayPal and by check (personal checks are ok).

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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