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Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

Featherbed Island House

Featherbed Island is incredibly beautiful! The cottage, the surroundings are spectacular. We had everything we needed ! Stress free days surrounded by nature at its finest!

Nature Lover’s Paradise

Featherbed Island House

Peaceful and full of natures surprises. Greeted by eagles and great blue herons every morning and had a special visit by a doe and her two fawns walking on the beach right in front of the lawn… just beautiful. If you are looking to get away from it all, while still being connected (wifi) this is the place. Downtown has all the amenities that you need and is just 10 minutes away.

Perfect little Cabin

Nova Scotia Vacation Rental

Saltbrook on the Bay

“A perfect little cabin on the Bay of Fundy, reminiscent of childhood vacation cabins. There are a ton of games and books to keep you busy, and there is a hard line phone installed as there isnt cell service out there. We had everything we needed…the kitchen is set up nicely and there is plenty of room for cooking. Even has an ice cream maker! We cooked steaks out back over the fire pit, and had dinner while watching the sun sink into the bay. The tide goes way out, and then when it returns there is a strong wine that comes with it. We travelled the western part of the island and then across to visit a vineyard. Great views on the interior as well as along the coast. Its a cute place, totally relaxing with comforable beds and furniture, and the interior finishes and decor is charming. Maria is a great host – provided lots of information for us about how best to get there and where to shop. The closest little town has cute galleries and restauranst so you wont feel too isolated!”

Frisky Fish

Fishing Village Rental Cottage
The Frisky Fish Cottage and Boathouse

We had such a wonderful time at the Frisky Fish! There was a sign in the vacation home saying, “Tonight’s menu.. Lobster and Blueberry Pie.” That set the tone for the week! The home is very clean and comfortable. It is fully stocked with the little extras and we truly felt it was our home away from home.

If you want to get away from the touristy areas and get a taste of the true feel of ‘Down East Maine’ this is the place for you. We enjoyed the relaxed vibe of the area and watching the fishing industry activities. There was an information book in the home full of ideas/pamphlets in case you would like to venture out on a day trip.

Hope to return again!

Linda M

Quaint and Quiet

Nova Scotia Vacation Rental
Saltbrook on the Bay

Nice little getaway only a few minutes from town. Nicely decorated in a seaside theme, comfy Beds and fresh ocean air. A great place to relax and read.

A Little Slice of Heaven

Maine Vacation Rental
The Frisky Fish Cottage and Boathouse

The Frisky Fish Cottage is a beautiful, comfortable, well-appointed, fully outfitted house right at the tip of a piece of land jutting into Bucks Harbor in Machiasport, Maine … way up there in Downeast, surrounded by water on 3 sides. We loved how fully relaxed we became within moments of landing there. We enjoyed campfires outside at night and loved eating at the table right on the harbor. It was lovely watching the lobster fishermen do their thing every day … coming and going on their own schedule. We bought lobsters from the Lobster Trap just around the corner and had everything we needed to cook, crack and eat them at the cottage. The beds were super comfortable. The kitchen was very well-equipped. The shower was great. Laundry right there. Wonderful complimentary coffee. What a dream vacation. We ate at Helen’s a couple of times. Great food and pies. We also loved the Schnitzel Wagon … not your typical Maine fare, but delicious authentic German food. Both in Machias. Everywhere we drove, we saw stunning views of the water. If you are looking to kick back, relax, and take in the beauty, this is the place for you.

Now I Want to Move to Maine

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Featherbed Island House

Quite possibly the most perfect rental on VRBO. The pantry contained LITERALLY every imaginable appliance. Gorgeous, relaxing surroundings. Definitely for groups who can make their own fun & enjoy each other’s company as there’s not a ton to do in Machias / Machiasport but once we checked into the house nobody wanted to leave anyway!

Frisky Fish Cottage

Maine Vacation Rental
Frisky Fish Cottage and Boathouse

We loved the cottage, very airy and bright and clean. We visited the Boat House and loved it, we didn’t stay in it but would if it had a bathroom and kitchen! I loved all the whimsical and different décor in both places. We found the whole atmosphere to be very relaxing, watched sea birds and fishermen and their boats, we kept the television off and read a lot. My favorite room is the one on the second floor of the Cottage. It overall was a wonderful experience! I am quite sure that the rusty barge in the cove is haunted.

Nancy B.

Fantastic Time

Maine Vacation Rental Cottage
Spruce Cottage

Please thank the owners of Spuce Cottage for us.  The description did not do it justice!! We all had a fantastic time and had some great card games, fishing and exploring the area from Acadia up to Camp0bello and further.

Peaceful, disconnected, charming homebase for a week of adventures

Nova Scotia Vacation Rental
Saltbrook on the Bay

The cottage fulfilled our expectations right from the start – it’s in a slightly remote area, neighbors are nearby but not abutting the cottage, the property is very well-maintained, the views of the bay were just what we anticipated (as was the very rocky shoreline), and the cottage itself is homey, comfortable, well-appointed, clean, and just right for a small group of people (we were two). We cooked some wonderful meals in the kitchen, slept peacefully during the quiet nights, enjoyed the view of the bay and a little bit of tidepooling, and headed out on a LOT of trips all over the bay side and even into the interior and once to the eastern shore. This is a great spot to feel a little away from the world but be a reasonable drive away from great seafood, charming towns, whale watches, good hikes, kayak tours, and all kinds of other opportunities. We appreciated how well prepared we were from all the information & instructions shared by the property owner – there were no surprises whatsoever. It was a perfect experience for us and a dream of a vacation!

Chill Time on the Bay of Fundy

Nova Scotia Vacation Rental
Saltbrook on the Bay

This cottage turned out to be ideal for what I had in mind…a simple, comfortable, quiet space where I could be by the water, do a lot of reading, and with quick access to a seafood store to stock up on fresh lobster! I was blessed with great weather, and enjoyed getting out and about to explore the immediate area and beyond. I recommend the cottage to anyone who really wants to get away from the hustle and bustle to recharge batteries and slow down.

Great Family Vacation in DownEast Maine

Fishing Village Rental Cottage
The Frisky Fish Cottage

My wife, and our 2 year old daughter, were looking for a relaxing, beautiful spot to spend time over the 4th of July and wow did we find it with the Frisky Fish Cottage! The home was located in a great spot, right on the water, away from the tourist crowds of Bar Harbor, and yet with ample beauty all around. Maria clearly pays attention to the details – the home was impeccable! Favorite activities had to be grilling each night with a wood fire in the metal pit, hiking at Cutler Bold Coast, swimming at Roque’s, and sitting at Jasper listening to the rocks and the surf at sunset. Thank you Maria!

Slice of Heaven

Fishing Village Rental Cottage
The Frisky Fish Cottage

Maria was a great and very responsive host. The Frisky Fish Cottage on Bucks Harbor at Finn Beach is a little slice of heaven on the Bold Coast of Maine! Enjoying a cup of coffee while looking out over the working Harbor as the fog rolls in and out of the cove is simply one of the best ways to start the day in Machiasport! Breakfast, lunch and/or dinner (we did all three) at Helen’s is also required eating while visiting the area. If you are looking to avoid the crowds of the southern beaches of Maine or other New England coastal vacation destinations check out Wicked Awesome Maine vacation rentals. We travelled with our two young children and were a bit worried that it was too remote of a location for them to really enjoy the trip. We were pleasantly surprised that both of our kids had a blast and despite the quiet, remoteness of the Machiasport location everyone had a blast visiting the local beaches (Jasper Beach is a must; make sure to visit Riverside takeout for a picnic lunch on the beach) and enjoying the local seafood! The Frisky Fish Cottage is just an easy, short ride away for a day trip to Bar Harbor and an excursion of Diver Ed’s Starfish Enterprise.

Wonderful Get-Away

downeast puffin tour
Featherbed Island House

A wonderful location to just relax and unwind and a great base to explore the Bold Coast from Eastport to Lubec to Campobello Island and the hiking trails throughout the region. The cottage was fantastic, the location is beautiful and everything was perfect.

Randy & Margaret K

Fantastic Time!

Maine Vacation Rental - Coastal Cottage

Spruce Cottage

The description did not do it justice!! We all had a fantastic time and had some great card games, fishing and exploring the area from Arcadia up to Campobello and further.

Time to Reconnect

Maine Vacation Rental - Coastal Cottage

Spruce Cottage

We had a excellent time in South Addison. We enjoyed looking for shells, having cookouts, playing games and exploring the area. The cottage was everything we hoped for with the shelves stocked with things we could use. Every morning we watched all the lobster boats pull in their catch for the day. Just a half a mile from the cottage, the kids enjoyed going to the Lobster Trap. They got to see the lobster boats off load. We got to purchase lobster and bring them back for a delicious meal. It was a fun and relaxing vacation. Everything we were looking for.

Perfect Paradise in Magical Maine

Featherbed Island House

When planning a family vacation, idealistic visions often precede your arrival: stunning silent mornings with a cup of coffee and a picture-perfect view; bald eagles diving for fish in pristine water; easy outings to explore wild woods and rugged coastlines; friendly shop keepers selling unique treasures to take home; lazy afternoons playing in the yard with the family while music streams through the open windows; time to read, to cook, to do a puzzle, to nap; laughing through a game of trivial pursuit after a bonfire of marshmallows and guitar….

At Featherbed Island, all these fantasies and more came true. This was a perfect vacation for our family. Maria’s magical spot of land is extraordinary — it is in a perfect location if you want to venture down the road and find an adventure, yet, the peacefulness and beauty of the property will make leaving for the day difficult! We stayed for 12 nights and wished we had it 12 more. I can still smell that perfect blueberry pie baking in the oven, while the perfume of the forest and sea mingle in the breeze.

We HIGHLY recommend booking this magical Maine getaway!

Keya G.

What a great, comfortable and quiet stay!..

Featherbed Island House

We had a wonderful and peaceful time at the Featherbed Island House.

At our arrival, we were impressed how the place looks great, clean and welcoming. No luxury, just comfort!

The place is perfect for a couple looking for a quiet time for reading, writing or just wasting their time around the fire pit!!! Everything was perfect for our needs and I have only good words for that place.

Thanks Maria! We had a great week ! 🙂

Yves C.

Wonderful Owners and Wonderful Locals

Vacation Rental Cottage Maine

Frisky Fish Cottage

My fiancé and I decided to take a surprise vacation for a week, with no prior planning or arrangements. So we drove 28 hours from Atlanta GA to the great state of Maine. On 18 hours notice, Maria supplied us with a beautiful little cottage on the water for the week of thanksgiving!! These southern city folk were blown away by the kindness of Machias, and the wonderful seafood!

T,

Peaceful, Rustic and Perfect!

Nova Scotia Vacation Rental

Saltbrook on the Bay

My wife (who awesomely found and secured the rental) and I and 2 of our children (teenagers) drove to Nova Scotia from our home in Wisconsin, seeing many things on a busy trip out, while also looking forward to the expected peacefulness of Saltbrook. We weren’t disappointed! Saltbrook and it’s beach were exactly what was represented by the owners. In fact, in my mind, the owners went above and beyond, as there were wildfires in the region of the cottage, which Maria notified my wife of shortly before we left, She even kept us updated while we were on the road, in case of closures or a need to possibly make an alternate arrangement. Thankfully, there were no issues.
We relaxed at the house for 3 of the days of our stay, reading and relaxing at the edge of the “beach” and watching a few seals and eagles, and the amazing tide – flowing by hundreds of feet higher and lower on the beach as it went in and out of the Bay of Fundy. It must be seen to be fully appreciated. The lantern lit graveyard tour at Ft Anne is not to be missed, and we were lucky enough to experience a whale watching excursion from Westport – beyond Digby – on what we were told was one of the best excursions of their season, with humpback whales next to the boat! Annapolis Royal was fun to explore, and our son discovered the wonders of the Canadian “delicacy” of poutin” during our stay. A most excellent time was had by all!

Another Awesome Visit to Featherbed Island

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

We had another great visit to Featherbed Island. It’s the perfect house for our visits… Just the right size for the four of us, a fully equipped kitchen and amazing views! We always feel like we’re at home, and love the design of the house. Perhaps our favorite part is the early morning when the sun peeks it’s way over the ocean and into the main bedroom window. Amazing! We’ll keep visiting… No doubt about it!

Special Experience

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

My husband and I have rented quite a few homes via HomeAway and other similar sites, many lovely ones included, but Featherbed Island House is a step above for comfort, cleanliness, attention to detail, setting, and of course the amazing surroundings of downcast Maine and the Bold Coast! We have two mid-size energetic well-behaved dogs and occasionally have run into two things in the past – 1) folks who sometimes accept dogs but decide not to rent to us because the dogs are too big/energetic (I totally get it, 100 pounds of dog is different than 20 pounds!) or 2) a place that accepts dogs has a little more animal-related wear and tear than maybe we would prefer in a perfect world. We understand that we have to be a little more flexible as we like to take the pups on vacation with us and are pretty chill about all of it as long as have a good time, but WOW it was such a pleasant surprise to arrive to such a beautiful home that was ultra clean, well-kept, spacious but cozy. We loved the thoughtful eclectic decor throughout the house too. We hiked and cooked every day, after blissfully peaceful morning coffee time enjoying the view from the front room of the house. We had one rainy day during which we snuggled up in the den watching some of the great movies in the house collection! Last but certainly not least, the owner Maria was super professional and prompt with every single communication before, during and after our stay. I super highly recommend this place for any individual, family or responsible pet owner(s) who are looking for a really special experience.

A True Vacation

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

We arrived under a canopy of stars….The tide was high, splashing patterns on the islands rocky bed. We opened the door..the house was settled for the night, only a radio playing and the glimmer from a partially eclipsed moon greeted us. We tiptoed cautiously, trying light switches and getting a feel for the rooms. My child-like wonder lit up when I saw the “playroom” filled with permission to paint, draw, read, play, learn the congas, and explore! Reading the perfectly designed instruction booklet, opening closets to assure no skeletons lurked, we climbed the center steps to an airy bedroom, comfy bed and settled in for a much needed good nights sleep. The sunlight through the picture window and, what I dubbed “Juliette balcony”, teased us into morning. The finest jewels of light danced on the water. the still bright purple asters waved a hello, bees were busy at task, an apple dropped from the near by tree, a cabbage moth of shimmering white flashed by in welcome. a grind of coffee beans, two mugs found in the amazing stocked kitchen, we stepped out onto the pergola deck and sighed…we were finally on vacation. This piece of land is a treasure, a small pond in the back yard, an explorers path to the water,wild gardens, herbs and apple trees. The house holds a touch of fancy and a touch of old. Furniture comfy for “stretchy pants curl up and read” days…or an evening date night watching DVD’s of old comedy shows. Vintage wall maps encourage dinner time “lessons’ of locations in old Eagles songs. Binoculars and guidebooks beckon, and traces of explorers before you decorate nooks and crannies. There is good water pressure for showers, and quick to warm heat for a chilly night. Effort and care have been put into this haven. From the first internet inquiry…with the best ever communications through to the organization of the house and yard.. and through those efforts you are granted permission. Permission to try a new recipe, play a new game, sit and watch the tide ebb and flow, experience a simplicity lost in a busy world. Experience the comfort and to feel the enchantment of Featherbed Island House.

The view is Fantastic!

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

Our two week stay at Featherbed Island House went by all to fast. We sat and watched the tide come in and go out, saw eagles, herons, kingfishers, crows, peeps (shorebirds), the occasional osprey and countless other birds. The house is clean, well appointed with everything you need for a relaxing stay. The view from the main living area is fantastic! Maria was quick to respond to any of our questions or needs. All in all the best vacation ever! I would love to do it all again!

Great Place to Spend R&R

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

This was a great place to spend some R and R time! I loved the decorating and the gorgeous property and views. The home was very comfortable and relaxing with thoughtful little touches like a spice rack, etc. Made for an enjoyable time for us. Maria was so nice to work with as well! She spent a lot of time answering my questions, etc. and created a little place to call home for a short time.

 

Honeymoon

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

My new husband and I had a wonderful time! This house has everything needed for cooking, cleaning, and a very very relaxing vacation. The view and the location of the home is perfect for a getaway. I highly recommend the featherbed island house!

Everything was Perfect

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

We were so very pleased with our stay at the Featherbed Island House!!! Everything was perfect. The photos don’t even do this location justice. The house is cozy and easily feels like a home right away. You will want to stay and relax for a long time. This was one of our first vacations we never wanted to leave or go out. We ate most meals at the house. Maria has everything you might need to cook or bake with right there. Nadine, at Mother Shucker’s, was so friendly and helpful…we had the best lobsters…so fresh! We cooked them at the house with no problem. Our boys had the best time going off to the island, across the way, at low tide to explore. The bald eagle, we saw everyday, was magestic! Our dog loved being out in the open air and going on our hikes. We cannot wait to visit again and sit on the deck and enjoy the ocean breeze with the sun shining so perfectly in the sky. The view is beautiful and so calming. Our family will miss this getaway until next time!

Magical House

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

Hi Maria, Sadly we left the house last night so we could be home by morning. I want to tell you how much we really enjoyed our stay in your magical house. We were sad to leave…all of us. Everyone in our family had such a beautiful, relaxing time. We will never forget our stay at the Featherbed Island House! Everything was perfect and we felt like home there! Our dog, Katie, loved it too…as there was so much more to sniff! We are back to our reality now… but being there for this past week re-energized us. We will never forget the view, the sun, the breeze and all of nature that was right before our eyes…the bald eagle almost every day, and yesterday was even closer that we got a better picture of him! Thank you for opening your house to us! You have quite a special place there and we hope to visit again soon!

The Owners Have Thought Of Everything

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

We really enjoyed our stay at Featherbed Island House. The owners have thought of everything from the linens, to laundry and paper products, to a fully stocked kitchen (appliances/utensils). The property sit waterfront, where we enjoyed watching the tide everyday. It is in a quiet location, within an hours drive of most tourist attractions. Be sure to check out Jasper Beach, a very short drive from the house. You should book your vacation now!!

We saw Bald Eagles, Deer, Turkey, Loons

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

Just a beautiful location. We saw Bald Eagles nearly daily; deer; turkey, loons. Sitting on the porch and watching the tide come in and go out-restful. The lupines were in bloom too. House is lovely and very artistic. Beds comfortable. If you are big into TV only 20 channels-but then you did not come here for TV, did you ? Lots of places to hike. Dogs gave it 4 paws up ! Jasper Beach just 10 min away. Maria wonderful to deal with. A small repair was dealt with right away.

Delightful Time.

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

We had a delightful time at Featherbed Island House. The location was perfect for our day drips to Campobello, Lubec, and Acadia, and a short jaunt to Jasper Beach and Roque Bluffs state park. We loved the house. It was charming, comfortable, and had everything we needed to cook or entertain ourselves. Mom enjoyed watching seals, eagles and some of her (50 ish year old) children play on and around the island from the main window. Great communication with the owners before, during, and after our stay, and people we met in the area were so friendly! I hope we’re able to return another year!

Incredible time all around

Vacation Rental Cottage Maine

THE FRISKY FISH COTTAGE

Incredible time all around.  Watched the leaves change before our eyes.  Am now experts on the lobster industry.  Watched for countless hours all the activity outside our window.  Beautiful home and so comfortable.  Loved Helen’s downtown for wild blueberry pancakes.  Visit the Schoodic Point.  Best part of the week. Breathtaking.  Will definitely be back!!!

Fall Road Trip – All Girls!

Vacation Rental Cottage Maine

THE FRISKY FISH COTTAGE

We had a fabulous time at the Frisky Fish The four of us take a fall road trip, all girls!  We love Maine and found our way here.  Lovely!  We shopped, we ate, we laughed and we ate.  The area is a perfect place to get away to.  We enjoyed the restaurants in town.  We loved watching the water levels change.  We are from Michigan, New York and Florida.  Make sure you get to Jasper Beach!  It is breathtaking. 

What an Awesome Experience!

Nova Scotia Vacation Rental

SALTBROOK ON THE BAY

What an awesome experience!  Since booking this property the owners have been great and helpful.  The house is beautiful exactly where we wanted to spend our honeymoon.  While here we soaked in the sea, history and food in the valley even visiting Annapolis Royal 4 times over our stay.  One day we went all the way to Westport – what a drive!  And Sandy Cove beach was fantastic for shells and big sea glass.  We spent much time on the beach and by the fire pit just relaxing.

The Fabulous Frisky Fish!

Vacation Rental Cottage Maine

THE FRISKY FISH

The Fabulous Frisky Fish!  A well-stocked oasis of relaxation on this industrious coastline.  Our arrival was bathed in sunshine and salt air, but the sweetness of it all lingers on our tongues still.

We must leave this place now, but, dear reader, may you enjoy your moments for as long memory holds.  Many small treasures you’ll find in Machias — from the thrift shop – Bags O’Rags and the Hardware Store, which has coffee and canning delights not found back home.  A hop, skip and a jump to rocky, resplendent, Jasper Beach will astonish you – the infinite form and color of stones is best seen to be believed!  Each unique, countless…humanity in microcosm… We envy you, dear reader, who takes over place here to continue the adventure.  This Frisky Fish cottage is the perfect ship to sail on.  Oh. Helen’s. Gorge.

Of you’re especially fortunate, you, too, will enjoy roque Bluffs Park completely to yourselves!  So much beauty to behold.  Too little time.

Just Perfect

Nova Scotia Vacation Rental

SALTBROOK ON THE BAY

Thank you so much for the use of your lovely house – just perfect!  Love all the sea-side knick knacks – especially the birds on the stairs.  Enjoyed watching the fabulous sunsets most nights and toasting marshmallows on the fire.  Walked the trail at Delaps Cove – saw some harbor porpoises.  Great views from Fort Anne and lovely dinner at Bistro East in Annapolis Royal – went to Kejimkujik National Park – lovely walks and canoe trip.  Enjoyed Sandy Cove Beach and dinner in the WheelHouse.  Enjoyed the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal and cake in the German Bakehaus – highly recommend.  Boys enjoyed the log flume at Clements Park and the go-Karts.

_highlights so far was the whale watch trip with Ocean Explorations at Tiverton especially since it was so foggy and we thought it would be cancelled.  Turns out Tom lives in the house next door!  Saw about a dozen humpbacks – so close up and a minke, puffins, seals, etc.  Brilliant.  Takes about 1 1/2 hours to get there from here.  Also went to Balancing Rock and did the Fundy Trail.

Learned about the Fishing Industry

Vacation Rental Cottage Maine

THE FRISKY FISH COTTAGE

This is our second visit to Maine and also our second visit to one of Maria’s properties. We had a great time here.  Learned a bit about the fishing industry.  I think we found the last of the fresh blueberries here.  Helen’s always comes highly recommended, but you might also like Tom’s which is the Citgo gas station at the end of town.  Haddock chowder is wonderful.  Enjoyed the pirate festival.

Highly Recommended

Vacation Rental Cottage Maine

THE FRISKY FISH COTTAGE

What a lovely cottage on the water.  We enjoyed watching the gulls and the fishing boats.  So glad for the remote, non-tourist location.  Our first visit to Maine – we tried lobster and fish chowder for the first time and loved it!  Helen’s in Machias is a “must” for breakfast when you stay.  I’ve even found fresh Maine blueberries.  Highly Recommended.

Spectacular Week

Nova Scotia Vacation Rental

SALTBROOK ON THE BAY

We had an amazing time this week!  The tide here is actually so beautiful to watch come in.  It’s amazing to actually walk on the ocean floor and find beach glass in the rocks.  I recommend taking a trip into Digby to go whale watching  The wheelhouse restaurant in Digby has some of the best food in the area.  Their lobster chowder is phenomenal.  Dress warmly for whale watching tours, as it’s cold and windy on the open ocean regardless of how warm it is on land.  We were on the Mariner Cruises and the whales came right up to the boat to look at us  This week has been spectacular and we’ll never forget it!

Lovely and Relaxing Stay

Nova Scotia Vacation Rental

SALTBROOK ON THE BAY

We had a lovely and very relaxing stay.  Our top five:

1)Whale watching (Petite Passage) on Digby Neck

2)Burncoat Head Park at low tide

3)Halifax waterfront – tall ships

4)Peggy’s Cove and Lunnenburg (but quite crowded)

5)Spend time here at the cottage, exploring the each, playing games, picking blackberries, going to Annapolis Royal.

Family Time

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

Great time for myself and three of my daughters, joined later in the week by one son and daughter in law for a couple days. Since they had not brought boots for the journey to the island the girls had a great time making them some from dollar store crocs and duct tape plus plastic bags. Central location for what we wanted to do, Lubec and Bar Harbor. Friendly locals and helpful information provided in the house. Since we were invited to eat whatever we found growing we had dandelion greens in our salad and bought strawberries to go with the rhubarb for a sauce on ice cream. Had a great lobster dinner cooked in the provided pot. Watched the eagles land on the trees on the island and deer nearly every day at the pond. If possible I will get back another year and bring my dog the next time. Believe everything that is written about the house. Owner keeps in touch so if there was a problem we could have let her know..

Loved It!

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

We could not have been more pleased with this wonderful home! The view was outstanding and it felt like “home”. My kids played in the snow, explored the outside, and as a family we enjoyed fun filled game nights. The house itself was clean, the beds comfy and the liens clean. Every interaction with the owner via email was pleasent and informative. This space provided us with a great and memorable vacation that we will always remember.

What a Location!

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

So, we already love Maine, so we didn’t need to be sold on it as a destination. And we love Maine enough that we go there at all times of the year, including the wonderfully named “mud season”. Well, April was no surprise, still snow on the ground, and lots of mud. But the house where we stayed, and the views from the master bedroom and main living room made up for all of the mud outside! What a charming place – clean, just the right size for the four of us, and lots of niches for every member of the family to find a nice spot to read, knit or play. The kitchen was in great shape, and the linens were nice and clean. What a great adventure, and a great, well-located house!

Spectacular

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

We just returned from two weeks at the Featherbed Island House. This is a VERY special place – both the house itself – as well as the amazing setting. The photos as great but truly don’t do it justice. IT IS DRAMATIC! And the house is just lovely. Very comfortable and stylish – with everything you need right there to cook, grill, relax, and just enjoy some down time. And there’s really lots of great things to do in the area if you like to explore. The locals are great fun.. Maria and Gary have done a great job to make a DownEast vacation truly memorable.

Amazing Place

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

We just got back from a week at Featherbed Island and can’t say enough wonderful things! The house itself is beautiful with fantastic views and has everything you could need- the owner had even left birthday candles which she told us about as it was my daughter’s birthday! The property the house sits on is gorgeous. My favorite thing to do was sit out on the adirondack chairs and watch the seals, eagles, hummingbirds and other sea birds go by. It was so peaceful. My family also likes muck so we had a great time exploring the beach at low tide and wading in the water. We brought our kayaks and had fun adventures out with the seals. All around a great vacation!

A Beautiful House in an Almost Impossible Setting

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

It’s been a week since I left the beautiful Featherbed Island house. I’ve been dreading doing this review because I just don’t think I have the capacity to truly capture its beauty with words. We were all tired from the long 9 hour drive from NYC to Machiasport, but I will never forget how magical it was when we first arrived at the house. Nestled at the end of a small winding street, you drive pas a few other houses, some more derelict than others. Just as your expectations are dampened, the trees give way to reveal a beautiful house in an almost impossible setting. Having always stayed exclusively in hotels and resorts for vacations, this city kid could not have stayed at a more polarizing place than that I was used to. The air was clean with a lingering scent of sea, the sky a shade of blue I have rarely seen, and the noise, or rather the lack of was comforting.

And the view, every review should start and end with the view. Aside from the aesthetics of the house from the outside, the inside is equally beautiful. It also came equipped with everything we needed, we were able to cook full meals almost every night and ate our meals on the deck frequently. We made a trip to visit Acadia National Park, and another trip to Bangor during the day Hurricane Arthur hit to do some shopping. Otherwise we travelled mostly around the area, we went to Lubec and Campobello Island, saw a parade on 4th of July at Eastport and had a nice walk at Roque Bluff beach. The location, although a bit far from the big cities (2 hours to Acadia, 3 hours to Portland), did not prove to be too bad as we had plenty to do nearby.

It’s honestly hard to think of anything negative from the trip. Mosquitos were probably the only thing that bothered us, they had a field day with me, perhaps NYC blood was something they haven’t had in a while. We bought a few of those candles and tiki torches and sprayed ourselves to no avail. But what’s a few bites to experience this retreat. All in all this was one of the best vacations I’ve taken. My parents could not stressing how much they loved it there and my sister had a field day instagraming away. The wifi in the house was fast enough to upload pictures and carry about our usual needs. On our last day of the stay, Hurricane Arthur hit and we lost electricity. Maria was extremely helpful, we didn’t mind too much since this is completely out of their control. We ended up playing cards over candle lights and had a blast star gazing.

Surrounded by Views of Water

Featherbed Island Rental Cottage

FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE

This was my first extended stay in Down East Maine, and I definitely will be coming back to Featherbed Island House. From my bed the moment I woke up, until dark, I was surrounded by views of water, the panorama of Machias Bay which can be seen from every room in the front of the house, including two bedrooms- you can actually see the water from the bed! To the rear of the property there is a tranquil pond, one of the best things about this house is the natural beauty of the setting. An apple tree was in full bloom, the yard was full of lupines and poppies, and we saw wildlife every day, from bald eagles to deer to seals playing in the water. At low tide we walked across the estuary to historic Featherbed Island, with its dense forest and rocky bluffs, it’s just beautiful. I have stayed in many rental houses before, but this is easily the best equipped. There was any kind of kitchen item I needed, from fondue pot to blender and everything in between. The house is beautifully decorated with a combination of lovely Maine antiques and comfortable modern furniture. We loved the fire pit overlooking the water , where we made s’mores one night, and after dark and on the occasional rainy day, there were books, games, music to listen to, including an old Victorola complete with records in addition to the TV and wifi. Staying at Featherbed Island House was such a great experience that while I was there I started searching for a house to buy in the area. Let me tell you, every house I looked at paled in comparison to the charm of Featherbed Island House itself, and the amazing water views that are seen from it. I will keep looking for my own home in Maine, but until I find it, I will be back to Featherbed Island House as soon as I can- which will have to be in the fall- it is already booked through September. I can already imagine sitting under the pergola on the deck, enjoying the fall colors and the beautiful water views that never get old.

 

 

 

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