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Waterfront on a Private Cove. Island Views. Just About Perfect. 🌅

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-6 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property



Welcome to Featherbed Island House

-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***.

We invite you to LIKE our Facebook page. We try to keep it updated with all of the information relevant to the down east Maine area.

**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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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • 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:

    We are sorry, but we are no longer pet friendly. We acknowledge that your dog companion is perfect and no trouble at all, but, unfortunately we've had too many bad experiences and had too much damage caused to our home by furry companions....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • TWIN BEDROOM: 1 twin/ single

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




    A cozy room with a queen bed tucked under the eves....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 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/music room and a 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. (Because our vintage record player is now an antique, we unfortunately can't make any guarantee that it will always be in working order, as getting parts to repair it if it breaks are almost impossible and can take weeks to special order. But, if and when it ever needs repair, we'll try our darnest to get it repaired because we've been told by past guests that it's been a very popular 'treat' for our visitors). 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 board games, card games and puzzles for rainy days. Outdoor lawn games, as well!...moreless

  • Music Library:

    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) and a small tv in the master bedroom. ...moreless

  • Toys:

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

  • Video Library:

    Large DVD collection - all age 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! ...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....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



Write a review 4.9
from 30 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 - May 31, 2017
4 night min stay
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2017
5 night min stay
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2017
6 night min stay
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2017
5 night min stay
Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2017
2 night min stay
Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2018
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
6 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • No Pets Allowed $0
  • 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: 04/25/2017
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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
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Master Bedroom with water views.

    Master Bedroom with water views.

  • The library/music room - French doors can be closed for more privacy.

    The library/music room - French doors can be closed for more privacy.

  • The dining room (at Harvest time)

    The dining room (at Harvest time)

  • 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.

  • One bath has a travertine trough vessel sink and the other a carved river rock.

    One bath has a travertine trough vessel sink and the other a carved river rock.

  • Photo taken by guest...

    Photo taken by guest...

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

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

  • Cocktails at high tide.

    Cocktails at high tide.

  • Living room with it's wall of windows overlooking the water.

    Living room with it's wall of windows overlooking the water.

  • Sunny kitchen nook of the great room -  antique walk-in pantry around the corner

    Sunny kitchen nook of the great room - antique walk-in pantry around the corner

  • The tiny TV room at the back of the house is a fun retreat.

    The tiny TV room at the back of the house is a fun retreat.

  • Cozy and bright twin bedroom.

    Cozy and bright twin bedroom.

  • 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

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

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

  • Island exploring at low tide - Featherbed Island, Machiasport Maine

    Island exploring at low tide - Featherbed Island, Machiasport Maine

  • Local Area Day Trips - Lubec, Eastport, Jonespboro, Beals Island to name a few.

    Local Area Day Trips - Lubec, Eastport, Jonespboro, Beals Island to name a few.

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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