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Coastal Island Retreat - Privacy and Convenience. Boat rental available.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

High On Point Overlooking Ocean - Enjoy solitude AND welcoming community

Bird's Nest sits high on a secluded ledge immediately on the rocky shore of the mouth of the Sheepscot River. Fall is the best time of year here, with crisp mornings, burning afternoons, and cozy evenings by the fire.

This house boasts spectacular views of the Sheepscot River and out to sea. With 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, 2 family areas, screened in breezeway/breakfast area, full kitchen and expansive outdoor space, this house can fit 6. Also, fireplace and new W/D. Includes dock. Ferry service on lobster boat available 3 times daily in July and August. Immediate access to rocky point and Cory Cove Beach.

There is a parking lot to leave your car. It costs $5/night, on honor system, payable at the lodge/candy store/post office on the island. You can drive right to the dock, unload, then backtrack about 100 yards to the parking lot to park. The ferry takes you across the Little Sheepscot River to the public float. From there, it is a 10 minute golf cart ride across the island to the house, which looks out across the Big Sheepscot River to the sea. Also, rent a whaler for the week and dock it near the house and have your own transportation to, from and around the island. Walking is very popular on the island. Most houses are on just the southernmost end of the island, leaving the majority of the island beautifully wooded, with well-kept paths for wandering.

15' or 19' boat rental by day or week makes this unique and gorgeous spot accessible to all, through mid-October.

More Details

Owner/Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About Owner/Property Manager

I grew up spending summers on MacMahan Island in the house bought by my great grandfather in the early 1900s. It was my love of MacMahan that caused me to settle in Maine and raise my family here, and to finally purchase my own MacMahan house in 2015. Now my children will grow up with the freedom that an island and close knit community affords, a love of the sound of the wind and the waves and the birds, and the smell of the balsam fir and sea that permeates this secluded and quiet and welcoming island.

Owner/Property Manager purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Owner/Property Manager chose Georgetown

There truly is no place like MacMahan, and Bird's Nest is my favorite spot on the island. Bird's Nest is immediately on the ocean and is unique among the island cottages in that it offers a separate sleeping cabin (great for your pre-teen or teen!), longitudinal floor plan that allows family to spread out if they like, and island location that is private and quiet, yet close enough to the bustle of the "south end" if desired. See for more information.

What makes this cottage unique

See the following document for more information about MacMahan Island visits!


Georgetown Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , This bedroom faces the ocean
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , This is a separate building - ideal for guest or older child
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(3 traveler reviews)

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Coastal Island Retreat - Privacy and Convenience. Boat rental available.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Beautiful views and rustic charm on the Maine coast!

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Bird's Nest is like stepping back in time 50 years to a simpler life. Beautiful views from almost every window and wonderful island trails to explore. We loved watching the lobster boats every morning as well as the seals playing in the river. This is a wonderful place to enjoy time with family and relax in peaceful quiet.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burlington, VT

Exactly what we needed

  • 5 of 5

We had a great vacation at this place! The rustic cottage served as a perfect home-base for lots of walks and fun on the water, and the views were beautiful. Seeing/hearing porpoises and seals from the living room and deck was a unique treat.

The paths on the island are speckled with mica and while we were there were lined with fascinating looking mushrooms. Our family ended up walking through the woods for many hours a day exploring the island, and had a great time doing it. The island has an interesting history and there is no shortage of surprises to be discovered while exploring.

I would recommend this cottage and Macmahan in general to anyone looking to really get away from the real world for a while.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Maine coast getaway--emphasis on "away"

  • 5 of 5

"Birdsnest" is a big, beautiful house right on the water. It's clean and comfortable, but keeps a real vacation-house feel. It's a great place to walk, kayak, or just do nothing for a while. The air smells good. We spent many hours just sitting and watching the clouds, the lobster boats, and the stars at night, on some folding outdoor recliners. We saw porpoises most evenings. If your kids get tired of playing cards, MacMahon is a safe place to let them roam free--nice people, no cars.

It is quite isolated, and some (especially some kids) might find it boring, though that wasn't a problem for us. Getting yourself and your stuff on and off the island is a bit of an operation, so make your grocery list carefully and don't plan on a lot of side trips.

Owner Elizabeth responded quickly to emails and took good care of us.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles

MacMahan Island ( is a unique island, with no cars or paved roads, and just 42 houses nestled along the coast or among the ledges. A full 2/3 is set aside for conservation, and trails, private beaches, isolated rocky coast abound. A friendly community welcomes newcomers, and round robin tennis, Saturday cocktail hour at the "yacht club", and activities for kids promises to fill any social desires. Or, hang out on the North End at Bird's Nest and just listen to the birds and lobster boats all day.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning service $100
Property Damage Protection $99
water usage $100
Refundable damage deposit $1,300

A flat fee is included for water usage, which is expensive because it is made in a desalinator on the island. This island is a very special place, with no cars/trucks, just a small number of golf carts. Sunday service in the chapel is open to all. The post-office doubles as a penny candy store (honor system). The community is friendly with a lovely mix of owners and renters.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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