Waterfront on a Private Cove- Just About Perfect.Sunday Changeovers. Booking Now

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Last updated: 10/25/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
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  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description


-A beautiful and unique waterfront home on the mainland in coastal Maine with spectacular views and even your own private island just offshore! A peaceful retreat that you will want to return to again and again.

Featherbed Island House in downeast Maine is perfect for:
--WRITERS - it would be a grand space for a writing workshop
--BIRDERS - a true bird-watching paradise

The property is salt waterfront on an estuary where the river greets the ocean, a prime spot to observe eagles and seals and all that nature has to offer.
-PRIVATE ISLAND - Featherbed Island - just offshore - one acre (more or less), uninhabited but a frequent stop for eagles and seals and other shorebirds.

Rumor has it that the pirate, Captain Black Sam Bellamy buried his treasure somewhere in proximity to this very property! (But please, no digging!).

The home itself has plenty of room to spread out.
>three bedrooms with clean and crisp linens and fluffy duvets,
>a great-room with floor to ceiling windows,
>full kitchen and dining area.
> library
>den/tv room.
>The back hall off of the kitchen features a walk-in pantry, well stocked with everything needed to make a gourmet meal.

Machiasport is the idyllic central location as the home base for your bold coast Maine vacation.
Featherbed Island House is perfectly placed for day tripping to:
-- Bar Harbor (90 minutes),
-- Acadia National Park (90 minutes)
-- artsy Eastport and Lubec (45 minutes)
-- Campobello Island (45 minutes)
--Bold Coast Trail in Cutler (30 minutes)
-- St. Stephen, NB - Canada,s chocolate town (90 minutes)
and all of the coves and fishing villages in between.

For the discerning traveler, we have a Tesla charging station.

There is no need to fight the summer crowds in Bar Harbor!
Relax in the casual elegance of the Featherbed Island House in down east Maine - far from the crowds but near enough to everything fantastic.

Changeover day is **Sunday***.

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**Please check out our other rental property in Down East Maine -- search for 774725 in VRBO or Homeaway search. Waterfront on Bucks Harbor & Finn Beach - The Frisky Fish**

At Featherbed Island House, we try to be gentle on the earth that we share with creatures large and small. Our property is:
-- certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a BACKYARD WILDLIFE HABITAT - a perfect spot for birders and all nature lovers.
-- located within a Machiasport significant critical habitat for shorebirds.
-- certified by the American Vacation Rental Owners Association (AVROA).

All of our property is smoke-free (except for the fire-pit, of course).
Please note: Instant quotes generated by the Homeaway system are usually, but not always accurate.

Tesla owners -- we have one of the only Tesla charging stations in the Down East Maine area. There is a $40/week surcharge for Tesla charging during stays between November and April.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Private Chef


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

    25+ . A copy of drivers license MAY be required for renters....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Kids are awesome and this is a great place for exploring! *The house and grounds have not been childproofed and kids must be supervised. PLEASE INQUIRE WHEN BOOKING FOR MORE DETAILS!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Featherbed Island House has a strict no-smoking policy. Absolutely NO Smoking ANYWHERE on the property....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • MASTER: 1 queen

    The queen bed has a gel-memory foam mattress topper....moreless

  • DOUBLE BEDROOM: 1 double

    Watch the eagles soar from the water view dormer....moreless

  • TWIN BEDROOM: 1 twin/ single

    Cozy bedroom with twin bed with gel memory foam topper....moreless

  • All three bedrooms are furnished with crisp, quality sheets, fluffy duvets and boho print quilts. Choose from a variety of pillows of differing softness - fluffy and memory foam. (There is a queen sofa-bed with a memory foam mattress in the great room, as well as a pull-out twin loveseat in the library) ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    This is the upstairs full bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    First floor bath with shower and laundry area...moreless

  • Soft, fluffy towels are provided. We stock the house every spring with liquid soap, a variety of bar soaps, shampoo, and conditioner. The laundry is stocked with ecofriendly laundry detergent and environmentally safe dryer balls....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Besides the great room, there is also a private library and separate tv room/den. Plenty of room for everyone to have their own space. We have a closet FILLED with games and puzzles and books, a vintage record player with vintage oldies records, and a walk-in pantry full to the brim with cooking equipment. For info about Kayak rental:


  • Books:

    A good selection of books for adults and children as well as some books on CD. Also a small cookbook library....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    There is a dvd player with each tv. ...moreless

  • Games:

    Many, many board games, card games and puzzles for rainy days. Outdoor, lawn games, as well!...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Large CD library from many genres - from classical to folk to rock to choose from....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic cable ...moreless

  • Stereo:

    ALSO, a highlight - an antique phonograph w/ 78 records in the library. (Because of the limited availability of replacements parts, we cannot absolutely guarantee it will always be available)....moreless

  • Television:

    There is a television in the tv room (of course). There is also a tv in the master bedroom. Both flatscreen....moreless

  • Toys:

    Legos for rainy days as well as a few toys more tucked away....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Large DVD collection - both childrens and adult video library and nearby Redbox for renting current movies....moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Beautiful view of Featherbed Island, craggy rocks and Sanborn marsh on opposite shore. Bald eagles often hang out on the island and seals meander past the house....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    The house is waterfront - the lawn ends at a low bluff to the water. There is access down to a tidal, grassy area, if you want to access the water for kayaks or exploring. There is NO sandy beach....moreless

  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View:

    Views from almost every room to the mouth of the Machias River where it flows into the bay....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Located at the mouth of the Machias River (estuary) where it meets Machias Bay. It's minutes by (experienced) kayak to open ocean....moreless

  • Rural:

    Situated in Machiasport, a small village of about 1000 residents. Featherbed Island House is the last home on a narrow lane. Shopping, restaurants, etc can be found 4 miles away....moreless

  • Village:

    A rural location but with charming views of the village of Machiasport from the front yard....moreless

  • Water View
  • Waterfront:

    Situated at the bend of the Machias River where the river meets Machias Bay....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Yoga mat...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Broadband WiFi...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    All linens, a variety of pillows, fluffy duvets, blankets and quilts are provided....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Driveway parking for approx 3 cars...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of thirsty towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Ecofriendly washing soap is stocked in the house at the start of the season....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Please check with owner before your stay to check availability of wood stove. It is not always available for use....moreless


  • Dishes & Utensils:

    More than enough dishes and serving utensils for six people. Also, wine glasses, wine goblets, champagne glasses and martini glasses....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Besides the modern kitchen, there is an antique, cigar-box, walk-in pantry. Well equipped with Belgian waffle maker, juicers, slow cooker, lobster pot & more! for list....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Herbs, spices, misc. items like cupcake cups, cheesecloth (for those cheesemakers out there!), popsicle molds and unique little gadgets. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas stove/oven...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    A charming waterfront deck shaded by a pergola. ...moreless

  • Golf:

    Approximately 13 miles from the nearest golf course....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Bring your own or you can rent nearby and launch and moor on our floating dock....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Wonderful waterfront pergola overlooking the property, water and island....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    3 acres of rolling lawn with a small pond - a birder delight. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal grill...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    About a mile from the nearest trail for cross country skiing....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    University of Maine, 4 miles away, has an indoor pool, which day passes can be purchased for a nominal fee....moreless



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from 27 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Fall/Holiday
Nov 13 - Dec 17, 2016
4 night min stay
Dec 18 - Jan 2, 2017
3 night min stay
Jan 3 - Feb 25, 2017
3 night min stay
Early Spring 2017
Apr 2 - May 27, 2017
7 night min stay

Late Spring
May 28 - Jun 24, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Sunday

Summer 2017
Jun 25 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Sunday

Autumn 2017
Sep 3 - Oct 28, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Sunday

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$2,250 $8,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning fee $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9%


**Changeover day is SUNDAY**

Your reservation is confirmed when we receive BOTH 50% deposit & signed rental agreement

The rate INCLUDES a policy for accidental damage insurance. No additional security deposit is necessary in most cases.

We welcome inquiries about the possibility of off-season sabbaticals/retreats

Rates subject to change anytime until booking & deposit

While our cancellation policy is 100% refund with more than 60 days from arrival day notice, the service fee to VRBO/Homeaway is non refundable.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 10/25/2016
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90 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bangor International Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
115 Miles
Nearest Ferry
St. John, NB - Digby, Nova Scotia
13 Miles
Nearest Golf
Barren View
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 1
4.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant

Car: Necessary

Machiasport and downeast Maine is a nature lovers paradise!

We can often arrange services for additional fees such as grocery shopping before arrival, airport pick-up, personal chef, among other things. Just ask.


Owner info

Wicked Awesome Maine Vacation Rentals

About the owner: I own and operate Wicked Awesome Maine Vacation Rentals. Besides Featherbed Island House, I currently own waterfront vacation rental cottages in Bucks Harbor, Maine (The Frisky Fish) and Phinney Cove, Nova Scotia (Saltbrook on the Bay). I LOVE being a host for vacation rental cottages. I've owned vacation rentals since 2003 and love helping to make someone's vacation special, whether it be suggesting a special restaurant, fulfilling a special request, or just being reachable to answer questions. I try to make all of my rental locations full of special touches and personal treasures.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Machiasport is the ideal central location in downeast Maine. We've found that the Bar Harbor and the Acadia area are much too crowded especially in summer and fall, and southern Maine has sadly become suburbia. Machiasport is a idyllic retreat - the REAL Maine - the Maine with character - and it's perfectly located. The central location is perfect for day trips everywhere from the mid-coast to bold-coast without having to deal with the crowds. Featherbed Island House is very private, yet still minutes away from the local wine/cheese/craft beer store, natural food store and cafe, and other restaurants and shops.

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Featherbed Island House -- at the end of the road.  A cottage estate.

    Featherbed Island House -- at the end of the road. A cottage estate.

  • Imagine yourself here. Bonfires, toasted marshmallows, salt air.

    Imagine yourself here. Bonfires, toasted marshmallows, salt air.

  • Downstairs bathroom with carved river rock sink.

    Downstairs bathroom with carved river rock sink.

  • Master bathroom

    Master bathroom

  • Twin bed -- cozy with fluffy pillows and duvets

    Twin bed -- cozy with fluffy pillows and duvets

  • A November sunrise

    A November sunrise

  • Feel the sunshine and the gentle ocean breeze.  Smell the salty air.

    Feel the sunshine and the gentle ocean breeze. Smell the salty air.

  • What a place to sit, sip some wine and watch the eagles swoop and the seals play

    What a place to sit, sip some wine and watch the eagles swoop and the seals play

  • Featherbed Island House from Featherbed Island

    Featherbed Island House from Featherbed Island

  • From Featherbed Island

    From Featherbed Island

  • Gather round and create your gourmet meal together.

    Gather round and create your gourmet meal together.

  • Crisp linens, funky fowl, and a water view dormer in the double bedroom.

    Crisp linens, funky fowl, and a water view dormer in the double bedroom.

  • Looking for adventure? Walk to Featherbed Island during low tide.

    Looking for adventure? Walk to Featherbed Island during low tide.

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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