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Cliff-Perched: Stunning Ocean Views, Private Hiking Trails, Complete Seclusion

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The Prowhouse overlooks Howard Cove and is surrounded by 40+ acres of forest.

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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 4 Sleeps

Designed to evoke a ship, this stylish 2BD home overlooks the ocean and is surrounded by 50 acres of woods, wildlife, and area beaches. Complete privacy but only 17 min from town. Hike, kayak, BBQ, explore Downeast harbors, or just relax on the deck.

The Prowhouse was designed by Machiasport poet and sea captain Phil Rose to evoke the prow of a ship. The home's distinctive, angular 'prow' and its floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Howards Cove, a lovely crescent of ocean water and woodlands cupped in the north by unique Jasper Beach. In addition to the remarkable view, our guests enjoy complete solitude — there's only one other home remotely visible and it's across the cove about a mile away.

The Prowhouse fits 4 people comfortably. The master bedroom has large windows with a dizzying view over the cliff to the ocean floor below. The second bedroom is smaller but is very cozy; it's walls are covered with blue and gold-colored nautical maps of New England. The downstairs has a handsome living room, dining area, kitchen and bathroom.

The style of the home's decor is a mix of mid-century modern and nautical aesthetic, i.e. lots vintage furnishings in teak and brass. While the Prowhouse is newly renovated with all modern amenities, you'll feel as if you've stepped into the 50s or 60s when you walk through the door. For instance, you'll find furniture, art, and design by mid-century Modernists Paul McCobb, Norman Cherner, Percival Lafer, and Curtis Jere. A library corner contains a Danish desk, vintage books, an old rotary phone, an Olivetti typewriter, and a classic Thorens turntable. Most of the paintings and photographs throughout the house are unconventional takes on natural and nautical themes. (Don't expect twee paintings of sea captains and lighthouses when the real deal is just outdoors.)

When the sun is out and the weather warm, enjoy the Prowhouse's spacious deck and picnic table at the cliff's edge. The Prowhouse grounds are fun to explore with small paths threading through the trees, along the cliff's edge, up stone steps and into small gorges.

House Details: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

Guests have access to the entire home, except the cellar. Amenities include a new washer, dryer, and gas stove as well as a coffee maker, grinder, blender, microwave, waffle iron, lobster pot, and all kitchen essentials. You'll find a BBQ grill out on the deck along with chairs and loungers.

The bathroom is on the first floor and has a shower (no tub). All linens are included as well as bathroom amenities.

Please note: the smaller bedroom, which is right next to the master bed upstairs, doesn't have its own door due to the home's quirky architecture, but when the master bedroom door is shut, the second bedroom becomes private by default. Hope that makes some sense.

About the area:

Machiasport, according to the popular travel guide Lonely Planet, is the 'real Downeast.' So if you stay here, don't expect crowds of camera-toting tourists ( you'll find those 1.5 hours south of us in Bar Harbor.) Machiasport, instead, is for those seeking an intimate and authentic experience of Maine coast culture. The experience first unfolds from the seat of your car; Port Road, leading from the town of Machias to Machiasport, is quiet and unassuming but full of character. The road meanders past marshes, woods, and mudflats; passes stacks of lobster traps, lopsided barns and lobster boats, and resident homes of varying repair and personality. We love trips in and out of town. So will you.

Just off the end of Port Road, and down Rose Lane (a quarter mile dirt road through the trees), you'll find the Prowhouse perched atop Rose Ledge. While the home's location is wonderfully idyllic surrounded by acres of trees and wildlife — it's hardly idle; Howards Cove will serve as your own private seaside-theater, presenting you daily with a small parade of lobster boats, seabirds, seals, kayakers, and dramatically expressive clouds. Looking out our windows or standing on Rose Ledge, you'll also see Cutler's distant radio towers that twinkle at night; you'll catch the silhouette of salmon farms against the sea, and, a little farther afield, you'll discover Libby Island Lighthouse whose intermittent flash and foghorn add ambiance to your stay. (Did I say foghorn? Yes, indeed I did. The price we Mainers pay for such traditional New England iconography is, of course, the existence of fog. However, if you're a fan of the Scottish Highlands or misty, medieval forests carpeted in thick mosses and dark tree trunks, you'll find the foggy days an authentic part of the Downeast package.

The Prowhouse is surrounded by 50 acres of woods and wildlife, including some rocky beaches complete with caves and vertiginous cliffs. Wildlife seen around the property include bald eagles, seals, deer, porcupine, harbor porpoises, foxes, and even moose. As mentioned before, the Prowhouse is perched upon one such cliff called Rose Ledge (named, like Rose Lane, after the Rose family.) Perhaps 'Blueberry Ledge' would be more fitting since in August the ledge is hued in swaths of blueberries. Pick some in the morning and have blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

The Prowhouse faces the east so the sunrise is truly spectacular. A clear night sky showcases the Milky Way — or a full moon mirrored by the sea.

Beaches: there's a traditional white sand beach 15 minutes away at Roque Bluffs state park. But Howards Cove features more distinctive Downeast geography including a brown sand beach and a cave (melodramatically named Devil's Oven), as well as dozens of shaggy, seaweed-strewn tidal pools and impressive Acadia-esque rock formations — all within walking distance of the Prowhouse. The real gem of our area is, however, Jasper Beach. One of two beaches in the world consisting entirely of polished stones, this surreal beach is just 2+ minutes drive up the road. Feel free to go to Jasper Beach and collect a couple of these handsome stones for souvenirs or explore the cove with your kayak. Bring a picnic lunch and listen to the strange, burbling sound of the surf as it crashes over the stones.

Beyond Howards Cove are the following areas of interest:

Starboard Cove: a sleepy, former shipyard good for a morning stroll. Walking distance or short drive from the house.

Point of Maine: a slightly longer walk beyond Starboard. More beaches. Quiet and unassuming residential area. More views of the sea.

Bucks Harbor: working harbor where you can buy fresh lobster at BBS lobster pound. 5 minutes drive up Port Road.

Yurts: search online for The Yurt Foundation for info.
A 7 minute drive + 2 mile walk through the woods to a small yurt community. Your hosts can provide directions.

Petroglyphs on Clarks Point: ask your hosts about where to search for these historic glyphs made by Passamaquoddy Indians.

Roque Bluffs: state park and beach (swimming, kayaking, picnics and hikes)

Machias: for restaurants, kayak rentals, local entertainment, and supplies (17 minutes up Port Rd.) Hosts the famed Blueberry Festival in August.

Daytrips:
- Cutler (for access to the spectacular Bold Coast hiking trails and Puffin tours)
- Gardner Lake (fresh water swimming)
- Lubec and Campobello Island (This is Canada so bring a Passport! 2800 acre Roosevelt Campobello International Park for FDR's summer home, birding, biking, hiking, boat tours, East Quoddy Lighthouse, and the Bay of Fundy. Fabulous day trip.)
- Eastport (charming Easternmost city in the U.S.)
- Jonesport and Beals Island (working harbor and nature reserve, golfing)
- Moosehorn Nature Reserve (bald eagles and hiking trails)

Getting Around:

No public transport.
Ways to explore: feet, car, boat. There are bike trails locally so you can bring a bike.

Things to note:

Please be aware of the following:

Due to it's location on a ledge, the Prowhouse is not wheelchair accessible or easily accessible for the elderly or infirm.

Howards Cove is a deep water cove meaning there are no stinky mud flats or eternally low tides! But deep water also means strong currents, freezing cold water, and dangerously steep cliffs — one of which the Prowhouse is built upon.

If you're an experienced kayaker, this may be an ideal area to explore. But please take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety. Kayaking is entirely at your own risk.

We do not recommend swimming in Howards Cove due to the unpredictable currents and cold water.

Because of the cold water and steep cliffs, we discourage renters with small children or pets.

Also note: while we don't have a TV set we do have wireless internet, lots of books and games and, again, lots of nature and beautiful views. The aforementioned is the reason we passed on the boob tube.

Owner

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/17/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 or older...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking in the house. If smoking outdoors, take care to put out cigarettes and properly dispose of butts. There are no fire hydrants in Machiasport, and the closest fire department is 5 miles away and volunteer. Please be cautious. ...moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    The Prowhouse is perched high up on a cliff. Older children or immobile infants are welcome so long as parents take full responsibility for their actions and welfare....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Master bedroom: 1 queen

    This room has a cathedral ceiling and spectacular ocean view...moreless

  • Guest bedroom: 1 double

    This room is decorated with beautiful old maps. ...moreless

  • We have 2 beautiful bedrooms. While one has a spectacular ocean view the other, smaller guest bedroom is decorated with old nautical maps. PLEASE NOTE: the smaller guest bedroom does not have its own door. When the master bedroom door is closed, the guest bedroom has privacy by default....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Towels, soaps, and toilet paper are provided. Hair dryer provided.

Entertainment

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Caves
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    Panoramic view of Howards Cove, islands, distant lighthouses, and working lobster boats. ...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    The home is perched atop a cliff over the ocean and is walking or driving distance from area beaches. Many are rocky beaches but some are sand....moreless

  • Rural:

    Buried in the woods with no neighbors in sight. Peaceful and private location approx 17 minutes from town. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    We have 2 additional folding chairs for guests. Or dine on the picnic table outside. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    We have a gas stove that simulates a fireplace...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Propane radiators. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, duvet covers, twin air mattress with sheets, extra pillows and blankets. ...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Plenty....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Yes, but no long distance plan, so please use conservatively....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Kitchen and bath...moreless

  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    And coffee grinder...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully equipped with dishes, utensils, lobster pot, BBQ tools, plastic outdoor dishes, pots and pans. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    With 4 lounge chairs and 2 chaise loungers. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    There are places nearby to kaiak...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Please only use if you are familiar with grilling. Always ensure the gas valve is turned off when finished grilling and that the grease can under the grill is empty. ...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 2017
Apr 29 - May 26, 2017
5 night min stay
$170
May/memorial
May 27 - Jun 2, 2017
7 night min stay
$195
June 2017
Jun 3 - Jul 1, 2017
7 night min stay
$190
July 2017
Jul 2 - Jul 8, 2017
7 night min stay
$200
August - October 2017
Jul 29 - Nov 4, 2017
7 night min stay
$200

Changeover Day: Saturday

My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$170

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 8%

Notes:

There is an info binder at the house containing a lot of useful info on the house and the surrounding area. We will arrange for you to get the key after you reserve.

Rentals are Saturday to Saturday. Check in after 3:00. Check out by 10:00


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

70 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bar Harbor
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Thirsty Moose, Pat's Pizza in Machias, 17 minutes
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
Jonesboro
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
17 minutes to Route 1
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Helen's restaurant (famous for pie), Machias
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Jasper Beach (there are several more in the area)

Car: Necessary

Machiasport, according to the popular travel guide Lonely Planet,ghost is the 'real Downeast.' So if you stay here, don't expect crowds of camera-toting tourists g( you'll find those 1.5 hours south of us in Bar Harbor.) Machiasport, instead, is for those seeking an intimate and authentic experience of Maine coast culture. The experience first unfolds from the seat of your car; Port Road, leading from the town of Machias to Machiasport, is quiet and unassuming but full of character. The road meanders past marshes, woods, and mudflats; passes stacks of lobster traps, lopsided barns and lobster boats, and resident homes of varying repair and personality. We love trips in and out of town. So will you.

Just off the end of Port Road, and down Rose Lane (a quarter mile dirt road through the trees), you'll find the Prowhouse perched atop Rose Ledge. While the home's location is wonderfully idyllic surrounded by acres of trees and wildlife — it's hardly idle; Howards Cove will serve as your own private seaside-theater, presenting you daily with a small parade of lobster boats, seabirds, kayakers, and dramatically expressive clouds. Looking out our windows or standing on Rose Ledge, you'll also see Cutler's distant radio towers that twinkle at night; you'll catch the silhouette of salmon farms against the sea, and, a little farther afield, you'll discover Libby Island Lighthouse whose intermittent flash and foghorn add ambiance to your stay. (Did I say foghorn? Yes, indeed I did. The price we Mainers pay for such traditional New England iconography is, of course, the existence of fog. However, if you're a fan of the Scottish Highlands or misty, medieval forests carpeted in thick mosses and dark tree trunks, you'll find the foggy days an authentic part of the Downeast package.

The Prowhouse is surrounded by 50 acres of woods and wildlife, including some rocky beaches complete with caves and vertiginous cliffs. As mentioned before, the Prowhouse is perched upon one such cliff called Rose Ledge (named, like Rose Lane, after the Rose family.) Perhaps 'Blueberry Ledge' would be more fitting since in August the ledge is hued in swaths of blueberries. Pick some in the morning and have blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

The Prowhouse faces the east so the sunrise is truly spectacular. A clear night sky showcases the Milky Way — or a full moon mirrored by the sea.

Beaches: there's a traditional white sand beach 15 minutes away at Roque Bluffs state park. But Howards Cove features more distinctive Downeast geography including a brown sand beach and a cave (melodramatically named Devil's Oven), as well as dozens of shaggy, seaweed-strewn tidal pools and impressive Acadia-esque rock formations — all within walking distance of the Prowhouse. The real gem of our area is, however, Jasper Beach. One of two beaches in the world consisting entirely of polished jasper stones, this surreal beach is just 3+ minutes drive up the road. Feel free to go to Jasper Beach and collect a couple of these handsome stones for souvenirs. Bring a picnic lunch and listen to the strange, burbling sound of the surf as it crashes over the stones.

Beyond Howards Cove are the following areas of interest:

Starboard Cove: a sleepy, former shipyard good for a morning stroll. Walking distance or short drive from the house.

Point of Maine: a slightly longer walk beyond Starboard. More beaches. Quiet and unassuming residential area. More views of the sea.

Bucks Harbor: working harbor where you can buy fresh lobster at BBS lobster pound. 5 minutes drive up Port Road.

Yurts: search online for The Yurt Foundation for info.

A 7 minute drive + 2 mile walk through the woods to a small yurt community. Your hosts can provide directions.

Petroglyphs on Clarks Point: ask your hosts about where to search for these historic glyphs made by Passamaquoddy Indians.

Roque Bluffs: state park and beach (swimming, kayaking, picnics and hikes)

Machias: for restaurants, kayak rentals, local entertainment, and supplies (17 minutes up Port Rd.) Hosts the famed Blueberry Festival in August.

Daytrips:

- Cutler (for access to the spectacular Bold Coast hiking trails and Puffin tours)

- Gardner Lake (fresh water swimming)

- Lubec and Campobello Island (This is Canada so bring a Passport! 2800 acre Roosevelt Campobello International Park for FDR's summer home, birding, biking, hiking, boat tours, East Quoddy Lighthouse, and the Bay of Fundy. Fabulous day trip.)

- Eastport (charming Easternmost city in the U.S.)

- Jonesport and Beals Island (working harbor and nature reserve, golfing)

- Moosehorn Nature Reserve (bald eagles and hiking trails)

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: Rich and Julie live in Pawtucket, RI. Rich is a graphic designer/teacher and Julie is an architectural lighting designer. They live in the city but love to retreat to the Prowhouse for some real relaxation.

Why the Owner Chose Machiasport, ME, USA:
The Prowhouse was designed and built by Rich's late father Phil, a retired school teacher and local poet, on family land. The home was in great disrepair when we acquired it, and we lovingly restored it to its full potential. Rich grew up spending summers in the area and had a great deal of nostalgia for Machiasport and wanted to maintain the home his father had been so passionate about.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The location and views are simply stunning. The sounds of the foghorn, the view of the sunrise, morning coffee on the deck, the occasional glimpse of a soaring bald eagle, fresh blueberries from the ledge in August...


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/17/2017

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Photos

  • The Prowhouse overlooks Howard Cove and is surrounded by 40+ acres of forest.

    The Prowhouse overlooks Howard Cove and is surrounded by 40+ acres of forest.

  • Guest photo of house from a kayak (left); lounge chairs on the deck (right).

    Guest photo of house from a kayak (left); lounge chairs on the deck (right).

  • On a clear night, you can see the Milky Way.

    On a clear night, you can see the Milky Way.

  • On our trails you'll discover gorges, caves, verdant mosses and striking views.

    On our trails you'll discover gorges, caves, verdant mosses and striking views.

  • Lets go upstairs: Maple steps and metal typography lead to the  bedrooms.

    Lets go upstairs: Maple steps and metal typography lead to the bedrooms.

  • Here's the guest room (full-sized bed) decorated with vintage nautical maps.

    Here's the guest room (full-sized bed) decorated with vintage nautical maps.

  • Collage of a nearby working harbor (2 miles): buy fresh lobster or just explore.

    Collage of a nearby working harbor (2 miles): buy fresh lobster or just explore.

  • In October: see foliage, carve pumpkins, pick apples, tour blueberry barrens.

    In October: see foliage, carve pumpkins, pick apples, tour blueberry barrens.

  • In November: roast a turkey, light a (faux) wood fire, curl up with a good book.

    In November: roast a turkey, light a (faux) wood fire, curl up with a good book.

  • Area tours: puffins, whales, lighthouses, sunset cruises, kayaking and fishing.

    Area tours: puffins, whales, lighthouses, sunset cruises, kayaking and fishing.

  • Guest photos of a moose, woodpecker, seal, Luna moth, and deer.

    Guest photos of a moose, woodpecker, seal, Luna moth, and deer.

  • Just 1.5 miles away: a beautiful, easy hike to a secluded coastal yurt colony.

    Just 1.5 miles away: a beautiful, easy hike to a secluded coastal yurt colony.

  • Hike our trails, relax on our deck, bath in the sun and cool ocean breeze.

    Hike our trails, relax on our deck, bath in the sun and cool ocean breeze.

  • The editor of "maine" enjoyed the house so much she wrote a cover story about it

    The editor of "maine" enjoyed the house so much she wrote a cover story about it

  • Our property abuts Jasper Beach, one of Maine's most geologically unique beaches

    Our property abuts Jasper Beach, one of Maine's most geologically unique beaches

  • Welcome inside: the mid-century Mod livingroom has panoramic views of the ocean.

    Welcome inside: the mid-century Mod livingroom has panoramic views of the ocean.

  • The master bed (queen) with cathedral ceiling and breathtaking water views.

    The master bed (queen) with cathedral ceiling and breathtaking water views.

  • For a downeast dinner, buy fresh lobster from the dock down the road. (kitchen)

    For a downeast dinner, buy fresh lobster from the dock down the road. (kitchen)

  • View of the Prowhouse and property from a local lobsterman's boat.

    View of the Prowhouse and property from a local lobsterman's boat.

  • In August: pick blueberries on our ledge and make breakfast.

    In August: pick blueberries on our ledge and make breakfast.

  • Guest photos taken from  bedroom windows and deck.

    Guest photos taken from bedroom windows and deck.

  • Most of these beautiful beach photos were taken on — or near — our property.

    Most of these beautiful beach photos were taken on — or near — our property.

  • Drive to Acadia, Lubec, Eastport, Campobello, Great Wass Island, or Canada.

    Drive to Acadia, Lubec, Eastport, Campobello, Great Wass Island, or Canada.

  • Inquire about our 2 week special: Machiasport and Beals Island. Nature + culture

    Inquire about our 2 week special: Machiasport and Beals Island. Nature + culture

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