Explore Featherbed Island House in Machiasport, Maine

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.

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THE PROPERTY is about 3 acres of salt waterfront, abutting several acres of town owned 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, 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).

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

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THE FARMHOUSE 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 .

FIRST FLOOR

— 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.

—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.

—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

SECOND FLOOR

— MASTER BEDROOM – The master bedroom has a 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 it’s 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.

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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).

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