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Spacious Captain's House on Machias Bay

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-6 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

4 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bathroom On The Ocean

Our traditional Maine seaside cape house is on 6 Acres at the end of a peninsula overlooking the mouth of the Machias River on one side and Machias Bay on the other side. Originally built in 1832 as the house of Captain Benjamin Clark, this home has been expanded and fully updated and renovated over the years to provide now over 4000 sq. ft of comfortable living space. A retreat for easy living, the space is a perfect mix of tradition, charm and comfort.

This is the 5th year that we have rented the house with and so we have several reviews to share with you. The reviews assure you that this is a wonderful place to stay and you will want to return year after year.

Capturing 360 degrees of lovely views, if you look east and west , you will enjoy colorful sunrises over Machias Bay and fabulous sunsets over the river. During the day you can relax on the large deck overlooking the fields and the sea, walk the labyrinth spirit path on the point, pass by the final resting place of Captain Clark and his wife, the couple who originally built the house in 1832, or contemplate life while sitting on the teak bench under the shade of our massive maple tree. If you watch carefully you will see eagles and blue heron fly north along the shore and field edge every morning and see them return in the afternoon. In the yard you may enjoy croquet on the lawn, play shuffle board, or simply enjoy the gorgeous gardens and water view on three sides of the house.

Enjoy this large home featuring magnificent detail in its 'East Room', where you can listen to music, watch TV, play games or simply enjoy the spanning Ocean view before you. Upstairs over the East Room you will find the spacious fully skylit Master Bedroom with its own skylit bathroom. Watch the sunrise in the morning from your bed and dream under millions of stars at night as you look up and see the Milky Way. When was the last time you could see that in all its glory without any light pollution? Then wake up and see the romance of lobster boats and clammers on distant shores and plan on having some for your dinner.

Let your day unfold with breakfast in the Morning Room, the formal dining room, or on the deck. During the day or evening entertain yourselves or your guests with a game of pool on the professional sized pool table. Or sit quietly and write or paint and contemplate the beauty of the unspoiled old-world coast of Maine. The view has not changed much since the early 1800's. If you like to feast on a delicious spread of local organic food, move into the formal Dining Room where the large table easily seats 8 people. The large custom built kitchen is fully equipped to create any type of gourmet meal. Equipped with lobster pots to boil your lobster and the tools to open them!.. or steam your clams in a variety of sizes as well as an espresso maker; it’s a complete gourmet kitchen for you to enjoy.

The West Wing has 2 quaint bedrooms upstairs furnished with antiques and offering a ½ bath in between. One of the upstairs bedrooms has a double bed and the other two twin beds. Downstairs you will find another charming bedroom with a double bed, a full bathroom, a functioning wood paneled office, and a complete library offering lots of beautiful books, TV and/or music. Wireless internet is available throughout the house. A washer/dryer is available for your laundry. The available amenities and activities make this house a perfect location for a family reunion.

In the immediate vicinity, visit nearby Jasper Beach where you can walk a mile on unspoiled beach and search and find the semi-precious Jasper stones or stop at the working harbor at Bucks Harbor where you can buy fresh lobster at BBS. Or drive to the end of the road at Starboard (aka. Point of Maine). You can even go 'lobstering' with a local lobsterman in a nearby bay and witness the unique wonderful work of these hardy Downeasters and then take home the lobsters caught to make your own delicious lobster dinner to remember! Our 'Welcome Book' sent to you in advance of your stay tells you all about the details and how to reach and book our friendly local lobsterman and make other plans for wonderful day trips, even to Canada for the day!.

In nearby Machias you find stores offering organic foods and lots of choice local and regional foods and a full complement of restaurants. Helen’s Restaurant offers their world famous blueberry, strawberry and raspberry pie. The summer's offerings include the Machias Bay Chamber Concert Series featuring famous artists and ensembles weekly, hailing from California to New York. The Blueberry Festival held in August, and Margaretta Days (in June), which celebrates the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War fought in Machias Bay, bring people from all over the country to Machias.

Short trips to closeby attractions:
• Cutler fishing harbor: From here you can book a boat trip to Machias Seal Island to visit the Puffins and Arctic Terns in June and to mid-July.
• The stunning Bold Coast Hikes.
• Lubec : Features a charming fishing town and many nights of wonderful concerts offered by ‘Summer Keys’ that attract pianists, and other musicians from around the world.
• West Quoddy Head Lighthouse: The easternmost point in US offering a fantastic flat level hike with stunning views from the cliffs .
• Campobello Island: (in Canada, so bring passports!) Offering tours of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s summer family cottage. And round out the day with a fun series of ferry rides as you island-hop around Passamaquoddy Bay.
• Eastport: A charming revitalized town and artist colony offering many galleries and lovely shops and a music festival every year.
• Saint Andrews (Canada): About 1.5 hours north is very worthwhile for shopping, golf, gardens and fine dining.
• Acadia National Park: A 2 hour drive south (if you don’t stop at the blueberry wineries along the way!). Be the first person in the US any day you are here to see the sun rise on top of Cadillac Mountain. Visit the charming towns of Bar Harbor (shopping), South West Harbor and North East Harbor.

Or simply relax and enjoy the peace, gardens and sea breezes from our beautiful deck at the Captain's House.


Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, dutch, danish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 4000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Master, upstairs East...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    Downstairs, West...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    Upstairs, West...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

    Upstairs, east...moreless

  • Private Master Bedroom with wonderful skylights and sunrise views above the East Room featuring master bathroom Suite....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2 West, downstairs: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 3, West, upstairs: toilet

    and sink! and skylight!...moreless

  • Master Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

    and skylight!...moreless

Other Amenities

  • There is a shuffleboard Court and Croquet set for family games and lovely gardens to browse as well as a labyrinth to walk throughout the field while contemplating the beauty of Machias Bay and this historic house!...moreless


  • Books:

    an extensive library to accommodate a variety of tastes...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games:

    checkers, chess, Probe, Scrabble, Monopoly, puzzles, cards, etc. outside traditional shuffleboard court, croquet set...moreless

  • Music Library:

    an extensive CD library...moreless

  • Pool Table:

    a professional slate table...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys:

    outdoor shuffleboard court! Croquet set!...moreless

  • Video Library:

    DVD collection...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront:

    Where the Machias River joins Machias Bay....moreless

  • Rural
  • Village:

    Drive just 5 miles to the town of East Machias for ' old world' New England and pick up a few fresh lobsters from a local lobster fisherman! Or Machias proper for groceries or a wine and cheese shop!...moreless

  • Water View:

    With a 180 degree view of the waters of the Machias River where it feeds into Machias Bay, look out at the sweet little village of Machiasport in the distance and the many islands dotted on the Bay....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The Captain's house is on a beautiful peninsula looking out over Machias Bay and a great spot for hopping or sitting on the rocks that surround it!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    Local calls only....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    fully equipped gourmet kitchen with lots of counterspace, pass through to Morning Room and breakfast nook....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    Boat rentals available in Machias....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    This beautiful deck opens to the Bay views and up the Machias river as well. Enjoy breakfast as you watch the eagles pass....moreless

  • Golf:

    In Jonesboro...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    In the Machias area there are a number of lovely lakes to swim, canoe and kayak. Only 15 minutes away from the house and there are rentals available in Machias....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    A beautiful perennial garden surrounds the house to make lovely cut flower bouquets for the dinner table!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal Weber grill...moreless

  • Tennis:

    There are tennis courts at the University of Maine Machias Campus only 5 miles away....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    There is an Olympic indoor heated pool available to the public on the University of Maine Campus in Machias only 5 miles away....moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 15 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Special
May 10 - Jun 18, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,150 $4,300
Fall Special
Sep 10 - Nov 5, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,150 $4,500
My Standard Rate
6 night min stay
$1,850 $7,200
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $225 + tax
  • Tax Rate 8%


ONLY Monthly Renters will be responsible and will be billed for oil and propane heating costs during the period of their stay. Every monthly rental period will begin with a full tank of oil and propane gas. Thank you!! (and the house is well insulated!!!)

Check in is 4:00 PM and check out is 10 AM !

Please treat our house and our neighbors as you would treat your own. Thank you and enjoy.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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90 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bangor or Bar Harbor
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 1
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Jasper Beach

Car: Necessary

Whale watching in Eastport, Bar Harbor or St. Andrews.

Puffin tours from Cutler.

Lobster boat tour in nearby Pleasant Bay.

Shopping between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor.

Stunning Coastal hiking trails.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1962

About the owner: My wife Ann and I and our family cherish this house and its beautiful surroundings. We have lived here full time for a number of years, but currently visit Machiasport in the 'off season'.

Why the Owner Chose Machiasport, ME, USA:
Our family has enjoyed this house and its unique location for many years. The view is unmatched. It's located at the end of the road so it is very quiet with a spectacular view from any room and all the best features in our gourmet kitchen very comfortable living and playing areas. .

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The house is large, giving you lots of room. Tastefully decorated with a gourmet kitchen and three dining areas, including the large deck. There are stunning gardens that surround the house and 180 degree views of the water. The house has all the modern comforts, but gives you the rich sense of tradition and history. The ocean breezes keep the house cool and fresh providing a reprieve from the hot summers the East Coast has coped with the last number of years. Walk on our labyrinth too to enjoy a meditation walk!

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, dutch, danish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

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  • Aerial OVerview

    Aerial OVerview

  • East Room and upstairs Master Bedroom facing the Ocean

    East Room and upstairs Master Bedroom facing the Ocean

  • Entrance


  • East Room with stairs to Master Bedroom

    East Room with stairs to Master Bedroom

  • Ocean View from East Room

    Ocean View from East Room

  • View from Master Bedroom

    View from Master Bedroom

  • Large, fully equipped Kitchen

    Large, fully equipped Kitchen

  • Library


  • Upstairs Bedroom 2

    Upstairs Bedroom 2

  • Dinner served in the Morning Room

    Dinner served in the Morning Room

  • Kick back after a hard game of pool

    Kick back after a hard game of pool

  • Moonrise over the Bay

    Moonrise over the Bay

  • Captain's House on Machias Bay

    Captain's House on Machias Bay

  • Morning Room and Shuffle Board

    Morning Room and Shuffle Board

  • Relax on Deck, overlooking the river and bay

    Relax on Deck, overlooking the river and bay

  • East Room reading nook

    East Room reading nook

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Formal Dining Room

    Formal Dining Room

  • Downstairs Bedroom

    Downstairs Bedroom

  • Upstairs Bedroom 1

    Upstairs Bedroom 1

  • Office


  • Pool table in the Morning Room

    Pool table in the Morning Room

  • Sunset over the river

    Sunset over the river

  • Fresh from the field

    Fresh from the field

VRBO #447575

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 22, 2017

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