Traditional Beach Camps on Ocean Next to Markey's Beach, Matinicus(6 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-6 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
3 Bedrooms, large central living area, not-quite-full bath, sleeps 6-10.
Matinicus Island, the most remote island in Penobscot Bay is rarely visited by tourists, and is considered a working island, not a tourist island, but this beach camp, right on the ocean’s edge, has for 33 years been available for individuals and families seeking a place off-the-beaten-track who understand that in trade for the occasional shortage and uncertain timetables that island living imposes they will experience remote solitude, secluded sand beaches and an intimate look at the Atlantic ocean.
If you are considering Matinicus Island, you are already familiar with key Matinicus internet bullet points:
* Matinicus is the most seaward remote island community in Maine,
* Matinicus has a reputation, possibly mixing truth and fiction, as a pirate island with a smuggling history
* Matinicus has an undertone of past violence (that does NOT involve visitors) in defense of lobstering territory
* Matinicus is remote and you can’t always get what you want when you want it out there
* Matinicus feels special to the visitor and resident, and unlike almost anyplace except Matinicus.
You, as a visitor, will become part of that specialness, part of a type of traveller who can, as islanders say, 'make it at Matinicus'.
Beach camps are a dying housing type, but we attempt to keep the tradition: location at the edge of the beach and directly on the ocean, open kitchen shelving, basic indoor bathroom but the outdoor shower is popular, too. The three bedrooms are furnished with twin beds (2 rooms) and a queen bed (1 room), and futonr in the open living area that can expand sleeping capacity to if you bring children. The thread-count of the sheets is what you decide to bring, as sheets and towels are an item the guests are asked to supply for themselves.
Matinicus, with rare sand beaches, and its remaining beach camps has been favorably compared to Nantucket Island in the 1950’s, that quiet period at Nantucket long before the billionaires pushed out the millionaires. (Money at Matinicus is only good to buy baked goods at the island bakery and lobster in the harbor) Kohls is not precisely rustic, as the interior finish approaches, but does not quite achieve, a suburban feeling. The closeness to the ocean creates some challenges for maintenance: metal rusts quickly, for example.
Some people are naturally drawn to islands, and they bother with them because it removes you from the way that the automobile and roads and commerce define physical space and your agenda. While Matinicus has a few cars and some roads, many of which are more jeep trails than roads, it's a walking island, mainly. There are many remote beaches only accessible by foot, and rarely visited, unless you go see and comb the beaches there. Most people at Matinicus work harvesting lobster, a hard labor which begins before dawn, so that by 5:00 p.m. the island quiets down, and by dark, the day has ended. There is something comforting about being set up with your family group next to the ocean as this occurs, and the sense of closeness, remove, and privacy is something that you can't quite achieve on the mainland. Matinicus' sand beaches are nearly unique in rocky Maine, and the camp location right on the ocean is prime, the real essence of the experience, and why it can be successful, is the pleasure of being alone with your group with the vast ocean in front of you and little to interfere with your family plans. So visitors get to spend more and better time together.
We've rented since 1983, to probably 300++ guests/families, via our own website matinicusisland and have been with Homeaway since 2010 but Matinicus isn't 'home-away-from-home', it's different from home. We'd like potential guests to think less in terms of 'amenities' and more in terms of what Matinicus does NOT offer, as it is the absence of commercial distractions (and many conventional amenities) that makes a visit to the island memorable. I
A beach camp: for one thing, the furniture is mis-matched, comfy, and old-fashioned. If you bring a pet, you won’t likely harm anything in the house. The well water is heavily filtered, but contains an iron content that will stain white laundry, so don’t bring white laundry or linens to wash in the washing machine provided, please bring colors. The kitchen sink is an antique large single bowl cast iron farmhouse sink. Indeed, some of the metal on the base of floor lamps reveal oxidation from the salt air, which is no surprise given the beating the camp can receive in a winter storm, not an issue during the summer season. The mattresses including the queen-size are mostly dated post-2000.
A FEW CAVEATS: The well water sometimes has iron that will stain white clothing in the washing machine. Kohls has a dryer, both camps have washing machines. Buoys guests have collected hang in the rafters. The floor is uneven in places. There is no store on the island (but you can fax orders to the mainland Shaw’s Supermarket who will pack and deliver and fly over the groceries for you at reasonable cost) Cell phones don’t work well until you wander nearer the beach, but there’s WI-FI internet. The outdoor lighting is poor, but it’s easy to see the Milky Way. Lobster is the most fresh quality. Young men who work on the boats have been known to ride ATV’s on the wide sand on the beach, which is against Maine law. Other Maine laws are broken at various times around the island. Island residents mostly like it this way. You are on your own at Matinicus, and this is an attraction for many. However, in a medical emergency, the flying service can have you at a hospital quickly.
The concept is “housekeeping cottage” or as the British say, “self-catering” and you are on your own and may find you have to improvise. For example: one guest, not locating a spatula in the kitchen since it had migrated down to the beach as a child’s toy, fashioned his own spatula using a flattened aluminum can and a driftwood handle. (The lost spatula has since been replaced, but we kept the guest's improvisation as a memento in the rafters). Self-reliance like this is essential if you choose to go out to Matinicus Island.
The simplicity of the beach camp concept is that you can put a broom to the place and in quick order whatever mess the kids or the dogs made will be remedied. Guests are asked to remove/recycle their trash and leave the place 'Broom Clean' as turnovers on Saturdays are tightly scheduled, and in-between cleaning service can't be 100% guaranteed.
You have to do some menu planning as there is no store, just a bakery and lobster available, but the mainland Shaw’s Supermarket will accept your grocery order by FAX in the morning and have the boxes flown out in the afternoon. This is how Matinicus Islanders live: never having to drive to the super market or hassle the parking, but having selection available anyway.
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Member since: 2010
- 1200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Games For Kids
- Away From It All
- Nude Beach
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Paddle Boating
- Whale Watching
From the cottage west side deck, you can see the far end of the sand beach through the spruce, and watch your kids climb the rocks. Low tide opens ups the so-called hidden sand beaches of Matinicus....moreless
Matinicus, with rare sand beaches, and its few remaining on the beach camps has been favorably compared to Nantucket Island in the 1950’s, that quiet period at Nantucket before the billionaires came....moreless
Kohls Cottage is an open concept beach camp dwelling with four large picture windows that display unobstructed view of open ocean 50' from the house and glimpses of the sand beach from the deck...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Lobster Pot
- Beach Chairs
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Walkway To Water
- Wood Deck
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 13 - Jun 24, 2017
3 night min stay
September 2016 Indian Summer
Sep 2 - Oct 21, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
6 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Tax Rate 9%
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Car: Not Necessary
Matinicus is an unspoiled, unpretentious island 22 miles off the coast of Rockland. It has two beautiful sandy beaches, a one room school house, playground, post office, gift shop, bakery, a harbor full of lobster boats, some artists, some writers, a handful of summer residents and few tourists. Visitors enjoy hiking, birding, beach combing, eating lobster, biking, fishing, and a slow-pace. Island can be reached by boat or Penobscot Island Air from Owl's Head. Your own car is not needed on the island. There is an island taxi service for help with luggage, etc.
Year Purchased: 1981
About the owner: We love Monhegan and Isle Au Haut, but liked the remoteness and remove and away-from-it-all feeling at Matinicus better and had an opportunity or two in the 1980's. It has been a great place to be with our families: no distractions. Recently,(Dec. 2013) we visited the Crystal Cover State Park Historic District (California State Park, see: http://www.crystalcovebeachcottages.org/ to view the restoration of beach camps there from the 1940's and felt deep connection with that effort and hope Matinicus can retain much of that spirit. In our past we have completed two historic renovations that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places (Amos Chase Mill and House, Weare, NH, This is our frame of reference: history, original building uses and historically respectful adaptations, preservation of setting and original building materials. Matinicus offers great opportunity if you have similar interests, as it has NOT been widely damaged by generic development.
Why the Owner Chose Matinicus, ME, USA:
The view. The feel of Matinicus, unlikely anyplace else. Right on the water, right next to the beach, Private. View of the boat traffic entering the harbor channel. Arguably the best ocean view cottage on Matinicus, but who's arguing? Matinicus has excellent beach combing, since there are few tourists, and most never bother with the remote beaches (many!) which can be full of interesting flotsam and jetsam. You often feel like the first person to be there. They really ought to make a park out of the island, since the remote location will tend to protect it from commercialization, we hope forever. We are State Park and National Park type of people, basically, and Matinicus is sort of like a park in its remote areas, but needs your help to remain so. But come see for yourself.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Sound and sight of the ocean and little else. Sense of isolation, which is a way to bring the family closer together. No commercial distractions for anybody in the group, which means, if you bring children, they are all yours for a few days. Matinicus has many remote beaches for picking up a great variety of unusual items cast off from boats from all over the world. There's something special about being so far offshore and off-the beaten-track and away-from-it-all that after a few days you'll experience and may like very much. This feeling is hard to find anywhere anymore, for reasons we all know.
- Primary: +1 6164225423 Call anytime.
- Secondary: +52 4431416450 this is my Mexican cell phone which I often carry
Links to more information:
- CLICK HERE - our own Matinicus website which has tons of description and photos
- CLICK HERE - This is a historic district of preserved beach camps in California that is like what we have tried to keep going at Matinicus
- CLICK HERE - an accurate, senstive account of fishermen and summer residents
- CLICK HERE - from a nice guest who really shows the place properly, especially for dog owners
- Click Here to see All My Rental Listings
living area window, lobster boat in distance, offshore islands in view
open kitchen area, camp feeling, new fridge 2013, nothing fancy, but easy to work a big group dinner
family friends from Bangor with our family, beach at sunset, campfire set
Rockin' with a view of the ocean. Note the open concept, beach camp feel
Sunrise, Kohl's cottage. The cottage faces due east so summer sunrise is full on. This is about 5:00 a.m.
a plate of berries gathered, waiting here to walk to the bakery, wicker backpack useful for beachcombing the rarely visited remote beaches of Matinicus: good stuff!!
Sunrise from Kohls Cottage entry deck at about 5:00 a.m. in any July
Kohl's cottage in the distance, returning from the 'secret' beaches
the way we hope guests will leave the place for the next people coming in :)
informal dinner and games with a fine Connecticut family, frequent and excellent guests, who probably have spent more summer days in the house than the owners have!
daughter taking the sun, along with sheets pulled from the washer, we have no dryer at Norris Camp
Kohl's, cottage interior, home-made driftwood flotsam swing, game tables, futons for extra guests, ocean view out all windows
you can make a beach fire (below the tide line) and self-regulate. Don't try this at your home beach without a permit
Kohls bedroom (queen). Not the Marriott, but the view out the window is to ocean. Decent mattress, and a wall of decent books, out of view
arriving Matinicus via Penobscot Island Air service, 12 minutes flight from Rockland. Dogs and bikes board easily
a sample of the flotsam on the many hidden/remote beaches at Matinicus
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