Cabin, Studio + Loft, No Conventional Bathroom (Sleeps 2-5)
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, film, television and radio) 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. The North Coast region of Maine is sometimes overlooked because it is remote and not as developed as other coastal areas to the south (around Bar Harbor, for example). We consider the area's remoteness 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, providing a peaceful break from the real world.
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. There are no visible neighbors. 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: https://www.cobscooktrails.org
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Smoking is ok on the deck.
House-trained dogs of any size are welcome.
Bring life jackets for children if using canoe.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
We don't allow the use of candles in the cabin. Please use our oil lamps instead (we supply the oil). It is a good idea to bring flashlights as well.
Please bring in drinking water. Water for showering and washing dishes can be drawn from the lake or rain barrels.
Please be extremely careful when using the fire pit and keep a container of water nearby at all times to douse the fire if necessary.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Thank you so much! Just what we needed!
Private & Peaceful
There were enough comforts with the lanterns, refrigerator, rain barrels, well kept outhouse and solar shower that we didn't feel pained without electricity or running water. My children enjoyed their stay so much they said they would like to go back even though they didn't have wifi! Really appreciated the supplied basics (TP, dish soap, tinfoil) as well as books, games, camp chairs!
Peace and Tranquility
Unbelievable seclusion and quiet. Like owning your own lake-saw no one , heard no one. Cabin is a classic w/ cold propane frig and gas stove. Really styling outhouse! Not what you may have experienced in the past. (no outhouse odor) Lake is crystal clear. Great launching point for touring Downeast. I missed Campabello so will return in future for that. Can't wait.
The cottage is just as advertised, cozy with all your basic needs met inside. Outside, it rivals any 5 star establishment for views and ambiance. The lake is clean and clear, fun to swim or boat in or just look at from one of several decks on the property or from the dock. We brought kayaks and loved trying to spot the resident loons as we paddled. The town is close enough to make it no big deal if you need to go there for anything, and Helen's Restaurant is a good place for a meal with a view. We did a day trip to Campobello which was fun and informative. Mostly we just loved the solitude and the quiet augmented by abundant birdsong. We will definitely be going back.
Six mile smile on six mile lake!!
This adorable little cabin set on the lake was the perfect place for our family to unwind, slow down and take in all the beauty around us. My hardy native Maine boys fit right in. The late night swimming was so refreshing. The shining star of this rental was the absolute privacy, it can’t be beat. Swimming, boating, fishing, sunsets, day trips to the ocean, what more could you ask for? To top it off, Anne was such a wonderful host with great communication. It was the best vacation we ever had as a family. So painful to leave.
Where the wild men are...
If you have never heard of it, it's a BBC documentary about people living off-grid.
"Adventurer Ben Fogle meets more people who have turned their backs on the trappings of Western society and set up home in some of the most isolated locations on Earth"
This is how I felt staying here for 6 nights at the end of October and into November 2018... and I loved every minute of it.
My job is global and hectic to say the least, but when I can, I come to Maine to slow down and remember that the stress is really not so important in the great scheme of things - This cabin was the ideal place to do that in.
It was also the ideal base for my house-hunting and beach-combing trips to Pembroke, Machiasport and Rogue Bluffs, to name but a few.
Not to forget the fall colours that were still tinging every horizon golden.
Before I arrived, Anne seemed a little concerned that it might be too basic (or cold) at this time of year. One night there was frost on the car and it was a little chilly, but then daytime sunshine and rain helped warm everything up. The wood burner kept the cabin comfortable at night and hot tea was quickly prepared on the stove.
The fridge was so efficient, it froze the milk!!
Unfortunately, the weather was not conducive to swimming or paddling, which was a little disappointing, but this was made up for by the squirrel parade outside the windows, the clean air of the woods, and the breath-taking vistas of fog rolling across the lake in the mornings.
All-told, not the place I could have vacationed with my teen sons, but ideal for what I needed... to switch off and power down!
Thank you for a wonderful week with no emails or phone calls!
Chris (British ex-pat in Germany)
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.