⚓WATERFRONT. Private Cove and Island Views. Just About Perfect
1800 Sqft Vacation Home hosted by Maria
6 Guests . 3 Bedrooms . 2 Bathrooms


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).

Tesla owners -- we have one of the only Tesla charging stations in the Down East Maine area. There is a $40/week surcharge off-season
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Sleeping Configuration

1 king bed
1 queen bed
1 single bed


Family/Kid Friendly
Children's books and toys
High chair
Parking Included
No Pets Allowed
Not Wheelchair Accessible
Not Suitable for Events
Please ask for a rate sheet for small events and parties. No events or parties can be held without additional fee and terms and conditions.


Washing Machine
Iron & Board
Clothes Dryer
Hair Dryer
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
Ceiling Fan
What we supply
At the beginning of the season, we stock the house with soaps and shampoos, dish soap/sponge, dishwasher soap, laundry detergent, trash bags, etc.
Charcoal Grill
High Speed Internet
Laptop friendly workspace
Cable TV
Stereo/DVD Player
Full Kitchen
Ice Maker
Water Purifier
Coffee Maker
Cooking Utensils
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher


Deepsea fishing
Cross country skiing
Ice skating
Mountain biking
Rock climbing

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Reviews (37)

Excellent based on 37 Reviews

Getting around

Featherbed Island House is approximately:
4 miles from Machias Maine
2 hours from Bangor
90 min - 2 hours from Bar Harbor/Acadia Nat'l Park
1 hour from the Canadian Border


These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route.
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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.

I've been involved in the hospitality industry for years and enjoy making guests feel welcome and at home. I currently own a vacation rental booking business called Wicked Awesome Maine Vacation Rentals.

Currently I live in Cape Cod with my musician hubby, two teens, two dogs, two cats and a diaper-wearing chicken.
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Places to shop for unique treasures in Maine, particularly the DownEast coast.
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Policies and Rules

Check In 4PM - Flexible
Check Out9AM

Entry is via electronic lock

House Rules
No smoking Guests must be over 25 to sign rental agreement No parties or events without agreeing to additional fees, terms and conditions.
Payment Policy
PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION ON PAYMENT AND THE MOST CURRENT RATES (we occasionally can offer special rates via our website).

Space is confirmed when we receive BOTH deposit and signed rental agreement.
Refundable Damage Deposit
In lieu of a damage deposit, we will purchase a policy for accidental damage insurance on your behalf at no additional charge to you.
Cancellation Policy
Notify us in writing at least 60 days before arrival for full refund.
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Featherbed Island House is a Vacation Home located in Machiasport, Maine, United States. This Vacation Home is available for short term lodging and accommodates 6 guests
Featherbed Island House has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and was listed on Houfy on Nov 2017

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