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Cliff-perched: stunning ocean views, private hiking trails, complete seclusion

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 4 Sleeps

Designed to evoke a ship, this stylish 2BD home overlooks the ocean and is surrounded by 50 acres of woods, wildlife, and area beaches. Complete privacy but only 17 min from town. Hike, kayak, BBQ, explore Downeast harbors, or just relax on the deck.

The Prowhouse was designed by Machiasport poet and sea captain Phil Rose to evoke the prow of a ship. The home's distinctive, angular 'prow' and its floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Howards Cove, a lovely crescent of ocean water and woodlands cupped in the north by unique Jasper Beach. In addition to the remarkable view, our guests enjoy complete solitude — there's only one other home remotely visible and it's across the cove about a mile away.

The Prowhouse fits 4 people comfortably. The master bedroom has large windows with a dizzying view over the cliff to the ocean floor below. The second bedroom is smaller but is very cozy; it's walls are covered with blue and gold-colored nautical maps of New England. The downstairs has a handsome living room, dining area, kitchen and bathroom.

The style of the home's decor is a mix of mid-century modern and nautical aesthetic, i.e. lots vintage furnishings in teak and brass. While the Prowhouse is newly renovated with all modern amenities, you'll feel as if you've stepped into the 50s or 60s when you walk through the door. For instance, you'll find furniture, art, and design by mid-century Modernists Paul McCobb, Norman Cherner, Percival Lafer, and Curtis Jere. A library corner contains a Danish desk, vintage books, an old rotary phone, an Olivetti typewriter, and a classic Thorens turntable. Most of the paintings and photographs throughout the house are unconventional takes on natural and nautical themes. (Don't expect twee paintings of sea captains and lighthouses when the real deal is just outdoors.)

When the sun is out and the weather warm, enjoy the Prowhouse's spacious deck and picnic table at the cliff's edge. The Prowhouse grounds are fun to explore with small paths threading through the trees, along the cliff's edge, up stone steps and into small gorges.

House Details: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

Guests have access to the entire home, except the cellar. Amenities include a new washer, dryer, and gas stove as well as a coffee maker, grinder, blender, microwave, waffle iron, lobster pot, and all kitchen essentials. You'll find a BBQ grill out on the deck along with chairs and loungers.

The bathroom is on the first floor and has a shower (no tub). All linens are included as well as bathroom amenities.

Please note: the smaller bedroom, which is right next to the master bed upstairs, doesn't have its own door due to the home's quirky architecture, but when the master bedroom door is shut, the second bedroom becomes private by default. Hope that makes some sense.

About the area:

Machiasport, according to the popular travel guide Lonely Planet, is the 'real Downeast.' So if you stay here, don't expect crowds of camera-toting tourists ( you'll find those 1.5 hours south of us in Bar Harbor.) Machiasport, instead, is for those seeking an intimate and authentic experience of Maine coast culture. The experience first unfolds from the seat of your car; Port Road, leading from the town of Machias to Machiasport, is quiet and unassuming but full of character. The road meanders past marshes, woods, and mudflats; passes stacks of lobster traps, lopsided barns and lobster boats, and resident homes of varying repair and personality. We love trips in and out of town. So will you.

Just off the end of Port Road, and down Rose Lane (a quarter mile dirt road through the trees), you'll find the Prowhouse perched atop Rose Ledge. While the home's location is wonderfully idyllic surrounded by acres of trees and wildlife — it's hardly idle; Howards Cove will serve as your own private seaside-theater, presenting you daily with a small parade of lobster boats, seabirds, seals, kayakers, and dramatically expressive clouds. Looking out our windows or standing on Rose Ledge, you'll also see Cutler's distant radio towers that twinkle at night; you'll catch the silhouette of salmon farms against the sea, and, a little farther afield, you'll discover Libby Island Lighthouse whose intermittent flash and foghorn add ambiance to your stay. (Did I say foghorn? Yes, indeed I did. The price we Mainers pay for such traditional New England iconography is, of course, the existence of fog. However, if you're a fan of the Scottish Highlands or misty, medieval forests carpeted in thick mosses and dark tree trunks, you'll find the foggy days an authentic part of the Downeast package.

The Prowhouse is surrounded by 50 acres of woods and wildlife, including some rocky beaches complete with caves and vertiginous cliffs. Wildlife seen around the property include bald eagles, seals, deer, porcupine, harbor porpoises, foxes, and even moose. As mentioned before, the Prowhouse is perched upon one such cliff called Rose Ledge (named, like Rose Lane, after the Rose family.) Perhaps 'Blueberry Ledge' would be more fitting since in August the ledge is hued in swaths of blueberries. Pick some in the morning and have blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

The Prowhouse faces the east so the sunrise is truly spectacular. A clear night sky showcases the Milky Way — or a full moon mirrored by the sea.

Beaches: there's a traditional white sand beach 15 minutes away at Roque Bluffs state park. But Howards Cove features more distinctive Downeast geography including a brown sand beach and a cave (melodramatically named Devil's Oven), as well as dozens of shaggy, seaweed-strewn tidal pools and impressive Acadia-esque rock formations — all within walking distance of the Prowhouse. The real gem of our area is, however, Jasper Beach. One of two beaches in the world consisting entirely of polished stones, this surreal beach is just 2+ minutes drive up the road. Feel free to go to Jasper Beach and collect a couple of these handsome stones for souvenirs or explore the cove with your kayak. Bring a picnic lunch and listen to the strange, burbling sound of the surf as it crashes over the stones.

Beyond Howards Cove are the following areas of interest:

Starboard Cove: a sleepy, former shipyard good for a morning stroll. Walking distance or short drive from the house.

Point of Maine: a slightly longer walk beyond Starboard. More beaches. Quiet and unassuming residential area. More views of the sea.

Bucks Harbor: working harbor where you can buy fresh lobster at BBS lobster pound. 5 minutes drive up Port Road.

Yurts: search online for The Yurt Foundation for info.

A 7 minute drive + 2 mile walk through the woods to a small yurt community. Your hosts can provide directions.

Petroglyphs on Clarks Point: ask your hosts about where to search for these historic glyphs made by Passamaquoddy Indians.

Roque Bluffs: state park and beach (swimming, kayaking, picnics and hikes)

Machias: for restaurants, kayak rentals, local entertainment, and supplies (17 minutes up Port Rd.) Hosts the famed Blueberry Festival in August.

Daytrips:

- Cutler (for access to the spectacular Bold Coast hiking trails and Puffin tours)

- Gardner Lake (fresh water swimming)

- Lubec and Campobello Island (This is Canada so bring a Passport! 2800 acre Roosevelt Campobello International Park for FDR's summer home, birding, biking, hiking, boat tours, East Quoddy Lighthouse, and the Bay of Fundy. Fabulous day trip.)

- Eastport (charming Easternmost city in the U.S.)

- Jonesport and Beals Island (working harbor and nature reserve, golfing)

- Moosehorn Nature Reserve (bald eagles and hiking trails)

Getting Around:

No public transport.

Ways to explore: feet, car, boat. There are bike trails locally so you can bring a bike.

Things to note:

Please be aware of the following:

Due to it's location on a ledge, the Prowhouse is not wheelchair accessible or easily accessible for the elderly or infirm.

Howards Cove is a deep water cove meaning there are no stinky mud flats or eternally low tides! But deep water also means strong currents, freezing cold water, and dangerously steep cliffs — one of which the Prowhouse is built upon.

If you're an experienced kayaker, this may be an ideal area to explore. But please take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety. Kayaking is entirely at your own risk.

We do not recommend swimming in Howards Cove due to the unpredictable currents and cold water.

Because of the cold water and steep cliffs, we discourage renters with small children or pets.

Also note: while we don't have a TV set we do have wireless internet, lots of books and games and, again, lots of nature and beautiful views. The aforementioned is the reason we passed on the boob tube.

More Details

Owner
owner/property manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
17 December, 2017

About owner/property manager

Rich and Julie live in Pawtucket, RI. Rich is a graphic designer/teacher and Julie is an architectural lighting designer. They live in the city but love to retreat to the Prowhouse for some real relaxation.

owner/property manager purchased this house in 2012

Why owner/property manager chose Machiasport

The Prowhouse was designed and built by Rich's late father Phil, a retired school teacher and local poet, on family land. The home was in great disrepair when we acquired it, and we lovingly restored it to its full potential. Rich grew up spending summers in the area and had a great deal of nostalgia for Machiasport and wanted to maintain the home his father had been so passionate about.

What makes this house unique

The location and views are simply stunning. The sounds of the foghorn, the view of the sunrise, morning coffee on the deck, the occasional glimpse of a soaring bald eagle, fresh blueberries from the ledge in August...

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Machiasport in Washington County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Towels, soaps, and toilet paper are provided. Hair dryer provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , This room has a cathedral ceiling and spectacular ocean view
    Guest bedroom - 1 Double Bed , This room is decorated with beautiful old maps.
  • We have 2 beautiful bedrooms. While one has a spectacular ocean view the other, smaller guest bedroom is decorated with old nautical maps. PLEASE NOTE: the smaller guest bedroom does not have its own door. When the master bedroom door is closed, the guest bedroom has privacy by default.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • festivals
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
5

Everything we had hoped for and more!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a quiet get away spot and we found the perfect place! The Prowhouse was what we had hoped for and much more. The setting is amazing --- along the coast with spectacular views and far from the city lights for lovely star gazing. Rich was the perfect host, attentive to all our needs, great information about the area and things to do to make our trip exactly what we had hoped for (even the offer of a blueberry pie to celebrate my husbands birthday!). The house was perfect - attention paid to every detail, from the furnishings to the well stocked kitchen. We arrived late on a Saturday, having taken Rich's suggestion and drove from Boston to Machias along Rt. 1 - just incredible. The house was welcoming and quickly became our "home" away from home. We visited Campobella, cycling to the light house and enjoyed lobster rolls on Beals Island. The area was perfect to get away and unplug! We finished our week cooking lobster at the Prowhouse while listening to Ella on the vintage stereo. We have memories for a lifetime and thank Rich for his gracious hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharing our cottage with D and J was so much fun, the kind of experience that makes all the effort managing and maintaining a second home worthwhile. they were perfect guests: enthusiastic, energetic and appreciative of our efforts. Thanks again, guys!
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5

Words can not describe

  • 5 of 5

So stunning...everything was just perfect...will be back

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The house has been restored with a great deal of love and attention to detail.

  • 5 of 5

The location is quite dramatic and very private. And the deck space is perfect for yoga. I wish that I had my mat with me.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Even better than expected

  • 5 of 5

The Prowhouse exceeded my expectations. The cabin and the property are exactly as described online, but the attention to detail in the accommodations and the incredible location of the property were more than I could have hoped for. The owner, Rich, provided terrific information and suggestions in advance, and was available to answer any questions I had during the stay. Machiasport is close to many Downeast activities—in my case, hiking and restaurants. The beauty and comfort of the Prowhouse made it a difficult place to leave at the end of the week!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Soul Soothing!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived until the moment we had to say goodbye our week was exactly what our family needed. Prowhouse is everything it is described as being! The views are spectacular at any time of day. The sounds are soothing. The house is a perfect blend of art and necessity that sets the mood just right for a relaxing day of quiet reading or outdoor adventures. Rich is an enthusiastic host full of information galore. The area is perfect for those looking for special locations off the beaten path. Jasper Beach is a must see. For the more adventurous ask about the Yurts! There is plenty of history to learn for those who love history. Our family also enjoyed eating at Helen's several times during our week. If you are ready to be still and unplug in a gorgeous area, Prowhouse is for you!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

One of the best vacations ever! The Prowhouse is unique but comfortable. The views are breathtaking--from Jasper Beach to the lobstermen in their boats to the Libby Island lighthouse! And we enjoyed these views from the living room and the master bedroom! My husband and I visited Maine for a week and were truly able to relax at the Prowhouse. Rich is full of information about the area and is always available to answer questions or offer suggestions for places to eat or things to see. The highlight for me was wine and cheese at the Prowhouse along with Frank Sinatra on the turntable. Perfection!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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Location

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Bar Harbor
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Thirsty Moose, Pat's Pizza in Machias, 17 minutes
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Jonesboro
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
17 minutes to Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Helen's restaurant (famous for pie), Machias
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Jasper Beach (there are several more in the area)
Car: necessary

Machiasport, according to the popular travel guide Lonely Planet,ghost is the 'real Downeast.' So if you stay here, don't expect crowds of camera-toting tourists g( you'll find those 1.5 hours south of us in Bar Harbor.) Machiasport, instead, is for those seeking an intimate and authentic experience of Maine coast culture. The experience first unfolds from the seat of your car; Port Road, leading from the town of Machias to Machiasport, is quiet and unassuming but full of character. The road meanders past marshes, woods, and mudflats; passes stacks of lobster traps, lopsided barns and lobster boats, and resident homes of varying repair and personality. We love trips in and out of town. So will you.

Just off the end of Port Road, and down Rose Lane (a quarter mile dirt road through the trees), you'll find the Prowhouse perched atop Rose Ledge. While the home's location is wonderfully idyllic surrounded by acres of trees and wildlife — it's hardly idle; Howards Cove will serve as your own private seaside-theater, presenting you daily with a small parade of lobster boats, seabirds, kayakers, and dramatically expressive clouds. Looking out our windows or standing on Rose Ledge, you'll also see Cutler's distant radio towers that twinkle at night; you'll catch the silhouette of salmon farms against the sea, and, a little farther afield, you'll discover Libby Island Lighthouse whose intermittent flash and foghorn add ambiance to your stay. (Did I say foghorn? Yes, indeed I did. The price we Mainers pay for such traditional New England iconography is, of course, the existence of fog. However, if you're a fan of the Scottish Highlands or misty, medieval forests carpeted in thick mosses and dark tree trunks, you'll find the foggy days an authentic part of the Downeast package.

The Prowhouse is surrounded by 50 acres of woods and wildlife, including some rocky beaches complete with caves and vertiginous cliffs. As mentioned before, the Prowhouse is perched upon one such cliff called Rose Ledge (named, like Rose Lane, after the Rose family.) Perhaps 'Blueberry Ledge' would be more fitting since in August the ledge is hued in swaths of blueberries. Pick some in the morning and have blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

The Prowhouse faces the east so the sunrise is truly spectacular. A clear night sky showcases the Milky Way — or a full moon mirrored by the sea.

Beaches: there's a traditional white sand beach 15 minutes away at Roque Bluffs state park. But Howards Cove features more distinctive Downeast geography including a brown sand beach and a cave (melodramatically named Devil's Oven), as well as dozens of shaggy, seaweed-strewn tidal pools and impressive Acadia-esque rock formations — all within walking distance of the Prowhouse. The real gem of our area is, however, Jasper Beach. One of two beaches in the world consisting entirely of polished jasper stones, this surreal beach is just 3+ minutes drive up the road. Feel free to go to Jasper Beach and collect a couple of these handsome stones for souvenirs. Bring a picnic lunch and listen to the strange, burbling sound of the surf as it crashes over the stones.

Beyond Howards Cove are the following areas of interest:

Starboard Cove: a sleepy, former shipyard good for a morning stroll. Walking distance or short drive from the house.

Point of Maine: a slightly longer walk beyond Starboard. More beaches. Quiet and unassuming residential area. More views of the sea.

Bucks Harbor: working harbor where you can buy fresh lobster at BBS lobster pound. 5 minutes drive up Port Road.

Yurts: search online for The Yurt Foundation for info.

A 7 minute drive + 2 mile walk through the woods to a small yurt community. Your hosts can provide directions.

Petroglyphs on Clarks Point: ask your hosts about where to search for these historic glyphs made by Passamaquoddy Indians.

Roque Bluffs: state park and beach (swimming, kayaking, picnics and hikes)

Machias: for restaurants, kayak rentals, local entertainment, and supplies (17 minutes up Port Rd.) Hosts the famed Blueberry Festival in August.

Daytrips:

- Cutler (for access to the spectacular Bold Coast hiking trails and Puffin tours)

- Gardner Lake (fresh water swimming)

- Lubec and Campobello Island (This is Canada so bring a Passport! 2800 acre Roosevelt Campobello International Park for FDR's summer home, birding, biking, hiking, boat tours, East Quoddy Lighthouse, and the Bay of Fundy. Fabulous day trip.)

- Eastport (charming Easternmost city in the U.S.)

- Jonesport and Beals Island (working harbor and nature reserve, golfing)

- Moosehorn Nature Reserve (bald eagles and hiking trails)

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Machiasport, Maine

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
May - June
1 Apr 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,135
for 7 nights
From
£162
 
 
June - July
3 Jun 2018 - 1 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,248
for 7 nights
From
£178
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£689
for 5 nights
From
£138
 

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 8.0%

There is an info binder at the house containing a lot of useful info on the house and the surrounding area. We will arrange for you to get the key after you reserve.

Rentals are Saturday to Saturday. Check in after 3:00. Check out by 10:00

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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