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Downeast House 385 Ft Shore, Deep Ocean Frontage

Bedrooms 2
Property type house


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Don't settle for a cove or low tide mud flat. Traveling this far you want deep water, open ocean as your view and beach.

A nature lover's paradise, this secluded house has breathtaking views overlooking deep ocean and islands of Little Kennebec Bay.

A minute down the beach path to the ocean, no mud flats during low tide here. Nothing but ocean, ocean, ocean.

Eleven miles from the college town of Machias, where theater and concerts provide a summer evening's entertainment, the short drive through Machiasport and Starboard offers the charm of Down East Maine's communities. Stop at the BBS Lobster Co. in Bucks Harbor for the catch of the day and don't forget to make a blueberry pie, or buy one at Helen's Restaurant.

Relax on the spacious deck to enjoy the birds, watch an eagle soaring overhead or paint the colorful sunset. Stroll down the pine and birch laden path to the nearly 400 feet of bold ocean shore to see the lobster boats, spot a seal or bask in the sun with a picnic.

44 acres of mixed forest provide seclusion for peaceful days and relaxing nights.

The spacious, sunlit rooms offer quiet comfort to our guests. The skylights in master bedroom and living room provide sundrenched mornings and romantic starry nights! Queen bed room with comfortable sitting area and skylights. Twin bed room with spaceous closets that hold extra cots. Chair and a half opens up to a comfortable twin bed. Natural wood floors enhance the brightness of this seaside home.

Fully equipted kitchen has everything from coffee grinder to basic food items to get you started in meal making.(Help yourself!) Glasses, dishes, pots, pans and all you'll need to boil your lobsters and pick them apart. Delicious!

To the North: Eastport - quaint fishing village with antique shops, galleries, and the famous Raye's Mustard House. Have lunch and remember to bring some goodies back home.

Lubec - cross to Canada on Campobello Island (don't forget your passports or photo ID), summer home of FDR, and visit the other side of the Island to the East Quoddy lighthouse. You may see pods of whales from the shore.

West Quoddy State Park - picnic and hike along the high cliffs of the coast. Great views of Grand Mannan Island (Canada).

Cutler - working harbor village with several Maine Coast Heritage Trails to hike along the Bold Coast. Make a reservation for a boat trip to see arctic terns and puffins in their nesting habitates on Machias Seal Island. Seals and whales are likely to join you as you travel.

Machias - annual Wild Blueberry Festival in August complete with children's parade, craft fair, 5K run, and blueberry pie eating contest that fills this week long event. Starboard Community Club's annual lobster roll/fish chowder dinner the end of July. Machiasport Historical Society Museum, Margaretta's Days that celebrate winning the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War right in the Michias River.Their lobster lunch is a MUST.

Milbridge - movie theater and ice cream parlor open in summer.

Jonesport, Beals Island - hike the Maine Coast Conservancy of the Great Waas Island. Drive further south to Frenchman's Bay and visit Winter Harbor, Corea and Schoodic Point (part of Acadia National Park).

And of course the most visited national park in the East, Acadia a 2 hour drive south. Take a mail boat ride to the Cranberry Islands or Swans Island, visit Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor. Carriage paths to bike, horse trails to ride, and mountains to hike for all abilities.

So much to do... more to check out in the notebook at the house.

Cleaning services available upon request.

Rental fees will be identified when the lease is emailed and may differ from what VRBO is suggesting. All rentals have a $100 refundable security deposit, and 9% ME state tax.

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Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Guest book entries:“Most powerful moment this week? Standing out on the deck at night with my son looking up at the night sky, seeing so many stars so clearly right down to the horizon.The Bold Coast hike ranks right up there with the most striking landscapes I have seen.” S. Family, Quebec, Canada“ I must talk about the house. It has been fantastic, elegant, tasteful and beautiful!! Our kids want to move here. Couldn’t have asked for better!!” V. Family, Colorado“We enjoyed your house tremendously. The views were fantastic, both in the daytime and at night when the clear skies revealed more stars than we’ve ever seen. You’ve made our visit here quite memorable.”M. Family, Pennsylvania“ I love Maine and this place made me love it even more! What a spectacular place – the house, the deck, the view, the beach – WOW!!!B. Family, Florida“A home at the end of a 2 mile dirt road – what solitude! We especially enjoyed the deck and walks to the magnificent beach.”S. Family, Florida“The beach was beautiful and we enjoyed the drastic tide changes. We bought live lobsters and cooked them for the first time – what an experience! “ K. Family, Kansas
Apr 2007
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Machiasport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dialup Access ...
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 twin beds, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) double chair converts to twin bed & additional cots
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
skylights, beautiful hardwood floors


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Downeast House 385 Ft Shore, Deep Ocean Frontage
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

peace , quiet, and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place. The house is gorgeous, much better than the pictures show, and very cozy. The ocean views from the deck are to die for. This is what post cards are made from. Having morning coffee watching the lobster boats and listening to all the birds and squirrels is heavenly. The rocky coast is a great hike, and holds all sorts of treasures to find. Easy day trip to Acadia and Canada, plus wonderful people in town as well. Did I mention quiet? It is very secluded but easy to find. We have been here a week, and havent heard anything other than ocean and wildlife yet. Lots to see, lots to do. And if you're lucky you can see Eagles, deer, chipmunks, badger, and a whole host of other creatures. We will definitely be back as long as the gracious hosts keep renting it out. They are quick to respond, and very friendly and helpful.

Thanks for a perfect vacation.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Parkton, Maryland

Fourth Visit--As Good As It Gets!

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth vacation at this property and our two-week stay was perfect. We took full advantage of local events (Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, Machiasport Lobster Lunch, etc) and the hospitality of the community. The secluded location is a plus for us--quality time on the deck overlooking the water, beautiful views, wildlife and birds (bald eagles!), and great hiking trails within a few miles of the house. The property is well-cared-for and complete with everything we needed for a great break from the usual hustle and bustle. A big "thank you" to our hosts for making us want to return again and again.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edwardsville, IL

Doesn't get much better than this...

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible experience! The miles of rocky beach was our favorite destination every day. We went to many beaches in the area, but none compared to this one! Great house...perfect for what we needed.

The owners are extremely nice and honest. I would recommend this place to anyone!!

We had a blast searching for sea glass, exploring the nearby communities, driving up to Campobello Island, and driving down to Acadia.

If you want a true Maine experience, look no further! This place has it all.

It was a great feeling driving 2 miles on the dirt road to an extremely secluded house. If you want to get away, then this is the place for you!

Cannot say enough great things about this house and location. A truly amazing experience!!!

Thank you!!!!!! We cannot wait to come back to Wayyyyyy Down East!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chris & Katie, Thanks for the kind sentiments. We are fortunate to have such a special spot and are so pleased others find it just as enjoyable. Glad it was a memorable visit.
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Baltimore, MD

amazing vacation

  • 5 of 5

amazing vacation. Beautiful house and property. Enjoyed relaxing on the beach and on the patio and watching the fog roll in and out of the bay. An absolute must for outdoor lovers! Now I want to go back in the fall/ winter!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2010
  • Stayed: June 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Take Me Back!

  • 5 of 5

We've rented from VRBO for years, and never had a complaint or problem. This house in Machiasport was the best ever. It is comfortable, has everything you need, remote enough to give you real relaxation and privacy, yet close enough to town when you need it.

The view, the beach, the entire area is beautiful. The house is lovely, very open and attractive, with a big kitchen. We found plenty to do in the area, but spent a lot of time just relaxing on the deck. We had several days of bad weather. The house a a good selection of DVD's, plus the grocery store has 2 days rentals.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Parkton, Maryland

This was our second stay ...

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at this rental in Machiasport and was even better than our first back in 2007. The location, views, quality of the rental, ease of making arrangements were all positives. Our stay was a pleasure and a delight. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2009
  • Stayed: August 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

To the NORTH:

Campobello Island (Canada) - FDR House & Lighthouse,

St, Andrews, St. Stephens, birth certificates, passports, photo ID required.

Pleasant Point Indian Reservation - Perry, ME;Baxter State Park - Mt, Katahdin

Cutler - Hiking trails along the Bold Coast,take nature boat tours to Machias Seal Island nature conservancy to observe puffin and arctic tern habitates, see whales and seals as you travel. Thousand-year-old Indian petroglyphs, working harbor.

Eastport - Old Sow Whirlpool, Passamaquoddy Indian Festival in August, Eastport Wind Jammer's whale watching and sunset cruises, Salmon Festival in September and the largest 4th of July celebration in Maine. Get to town early for best views along Main Street!

Don't miss a visit to RAYE'S Mustard House for lunch and some gifts!

Calais - St. Croix Island Historic Site, State Cinema International Festival 1st week in August, Downeast Heritage Museum and Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge on Rt. 1.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.