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Featherbed Island House

| | 6 Guests| 3 Bedrooms| 2 Baths

Property Description

What are YOU looking for in a vacation rental?

You want more than a hotel.

You want a home. It should be inviting and warm.

It should be comfortable, clean, with just enough amenities and special touches to feel pampered during your stay. You want a place to remember and want to return to long after your vacation is over.

Welcome to Featherbed Island House


-A beautiful and unique WATERFRONT home on the mainland in coastal Maine with spectacular views and, yes, 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.

Welcome to Featherbed Island House. Our home is named after the tiny island just off-shore. At low tide, do your own mud-dash and bring your picnic to the island. The views are amazing. Our neighbors told us that it was once a summer camp location for Native Americans back in the day.


THE PROPERTY is salt waterfront, abutting acres of forest. The 200+ feet of shorefront is on the estuary where the river greets the ocean. Much of the yard is rolling lawn - the house is one of the rare homes that have unobstructed views of the water. The yard is filled with blueberry and raspberry bushes, and apple trees (with several different varieties of apples).

On the side of the house is a tiny fresh-water pond which is a watering hole for all sorts of wildlife (keep your camera ready).


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 YELLOW HOUSE is very well designed to be both open, yet with plenty of private spaces - recently built, but using architectural salvage wherever possible from the cottage that once was on this very property .


-- GREAT ROOM - The highlight of the great room is it’s two story wall of windows overlooking Machias Bay and Featherbed Island. Our newest fun addition is a vintage stereo and selection of records which, we’ve been told, have been the highlight of the space. There is a comfortable sofa, mid-century Thonet chairs and a coffee table made of local beach driftwood -- perfect for putting up your feet.

—KITCHEN - the compact kitchen houses new Slate appliances (2017) - a fridge/freezer with ice maker, five-burner gas (propane) stove, dishwasher and over-the-range microwave. In early 2018, we will be adding new quartz countertops, as well as a custom made slate farmer’s sink.

—PANTRY - Besides the kitchen, off of the back hallway is an antique ‘cigar-box’ pantry that holds almost every small appliance that you can think of. Our selection does change as appliances wear out, but just to give you an idea — currently we have a blender, Kitchen Aid stand mixer, Margaritaville margarita maker, electric kettle, ice cream maker, Belgian waffle maker, shave-ice maker, citrus juicer, molcajete, lobster pot (of course) with lobster bibs and crackers. We also have pie plates, rolling pins, baking dishes, aprons and cookbooks!

—DINING ROOM - The dining area is another corner of the great room. There is a large farmhouse table that seats six comfortably under the soft glow of the antique chandelier. There are dishes and glassware for eight. Besides regular drinking glasses, we have an assortment of barware — martini, wine and margarita glasses.

-- THE MUSIC ROOM has french doors - left open to expand the living space of the great room, or closed for more separation. The music room holds a vintage wooden phonograph with a selection of 78 records (Dancing anyone? Waltz or perhaps a fox trot?). It also has several bookshelves with steamy (or not-so-steamy) novels, magazines and children’s books (and, of course several bird identification books) and a closet filled to the brim with board games and puzzles. There are several musical instruments if you have the talent (or even if you don’t). There is a loveseat that pulls out into a twin bed. There is also a radio/cd player and an assortment of cd’s.

-- COZY DEN in the back of the house has a flat screen television with a mid-level cable package and dvd player and library of about 100 DVD movies for kids and grownups. There is a sofa that seats 3 and a vintage, turn-of-the-century Morris chair.

—FIRST FLOOR BATHROOM - The first floor bathroom has a stall shower with a Speakman Reaction shower head and unique river-rock sink. It also houses the washer and dryer


-- MASTER BEDROOM - The master bedroom has an open window overlooking the great room to take advantage of the water views (there is black-out drapery for privacy). The bed is KING size and there are two closets, two small dressers and a comfy chair overlooking the pond. There is a SMART television (2018) . Note: this television does not currently get the full cable channel package.

QUEEN BEDROOM - This bedroom is in the front of the house, with its queen bed tucked under the eves. There is just enough room for a dresser and closet, with a little writing nook overlooking the bay.

TWIN BEDROOM - The final bedroom is also small - just enough room for a twin bed, dresser, chair and small closet.

UPSTAIRS BATHROOM - This bathroom has a shower/tub combination and a travertine, trough sink. The shower has a Speakman hotel shower head.

OTHER AMENITIES - wifi (as high-speed as we can possibly get in the area), hairdryer, iron and board, sewing kit, telescope, outdoor games - bocci, badminton, croquet, scavenger hunts, an art easel, quality sheets, fluffy duvets, boho quilts, pillow assortment, thirsty towels, soaps and shower amenities, eco-friendly laundry detergent (when available), rainy day activities for the itty-bitties - legos, indoor bowling, high-chair, charcoal ‘park-style’ outdoor grill, firepit and adirondack chairs, outdoor picnic table.

(*not every amenity can be guaranteed to be available every second; unfortunately, as with everything in life, things break unexpectedly and getting replacements isn't instantaneous).


Our property is a CERTIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER IN HOSPITALITY; and also certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a BACKYARD WILDLIFE HABITAT - a perfect spot for birders and all nature lovers. We are also located within a Machiasport significant critical habitat for shorebirds. . We are also certified by the American Vacation Rental Owners Association (AVROA).


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Weekly Rates (Subject to change. Weeks that span two seasons may have a 'hybrid' rate from both seasons).

Jan/Feb/March - $750

April and May - $850

June - $1200

July and August - $2100

Sept and Oct - $1450

Nov - mid Dec - $750

Holiday - $1250

Property Features
Free Parking on Premises
Wireless Internet
Family/Kid Friendly
Non Smoking
Phone (booth/lines)

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From from $175 per night
Maria received degrees in both business and psychology and had worked as both a travel professional and a real estate agent when she realized that she could combine both of her passions — travel and residential real estate and design. Managing vacation rental properties since 2003, she has spent countless hours obsessively networking with other vacation rental professionals. Her love for residential architecture and beautiful landscapes has led Maria to collect houses around the globe, including one purchased sight unseen on the Bay of Fundy in Canada. She’s also been lucky to live in some really cool locales – an 18th century carriage house on Beacon Hill in Boston, a medieval castle in Europe, several resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, and a historic Spanish-eclectic Pacific view home in southern California. Maria currently divides her time between an artsy farmhouse in Machiasport, Maine, a quintessential cape house on Cape Cod and a beach cottage in tiny Phinney Cove, Nova Scotia. Oh, and her, oh-so-chaotic, home life consists of a musician hubby, two teenagers, four cats, two dogs and a diaper-wearing house-chicken.
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