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BEACH COTTAGE Perched Directly on the Harbor in a DownEast Lobstering Village

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Another great house from Wicked Awesome Maine Vacation Rentals!

And the mermaid dreamed that one day, she too could live in a little magical cottage on the harbor. If only for a little while. And then her dreams came true.


Welcome home to the FRISKY FISH COTTAGE!

The Frisky Fish is a small (TWO bedroom) waterfront cottage along with a SEASONAL boathouse/bunkhouse/artist studio/playhouse located in beautiful Bucks Harbor, Maine. It offers a unique vacation experience in the middle a working tidal fishing harbor, surrounded by fishing activity.

It IS the perfect place for those looking for an authentic down east Maine experience and adventure. The lobstering and fishing activity is a fascinating pastime - there is always something to watch right from the property.

++ When we added the bunkhouse last year, we envisioned it as a spot for the little-ones, but were (happily) surprised that, from the feedback we've received, that it is even more popular with 'sister-groups', 'cousin-trips' and even couples.++

***IMPORTANT INFO*** THE BUNKHOUSE IS THE 3RD BEDROOM AND IS ONLY AVAILABLE WARMER MONTHS (usually July and August only). It is a separate building without heat or bathroom. During July and August, the Frisky Fish and Boathouse sleeps SIX total. All other times, the cottage alone sleeps only four.

Watch the lobster boats come and go and unload their catch, directly from the front yard of our tiny cottage.

The Frisky Fish is a unique and whimsical, squeaky-clean, and very comfortable home.


** Great Room - soaring cathedral ceiling and windows on three sides for over-the-water ocean breezes.

** Full kitchen as part of the great room with full size appliances and plenty of cooking tools

** First floor bedroom - small bedroom with queen bed, dresser and closet.

** First floor bathroom - full bath with tub/shower combo and washer and dryer.

** Loft bedroom - king size bed with dresser and reading nook overlooking the cove.

** Small upstairs half-bath.


During warmer months (usually only July/Aug/Sept), the rental includes use of the boathouse should want to use it (however, our total property occupancy can never exceed SIX due to town regulations). There are three twin beds, lots of board games, outdoor games, a television, mini-fridge, and it's just a darn cute place to spend some time. It's been used as a bunkhouse, a music recording retreat, an artist studio, a quilting area. (There is, however, NO plumbing so no bathroom and no heat in the bunkhouse).

The Frisky Fish is approximately 8 miles from the town of Machias with a grocery store, restaurants including the famous, Helens, known for their delicious blueberry pie , The French Cellar - a wine and cheese store, Whole Live Natural Foods & Cafe, etc. The nearest lobster pound is just around the corner and over the hill or visit "Mother Shuckers Lobsters" in Roque Bluffs on your way home from a day at the state park and sandy beach.

All of our property is smoke-free .

The Neighborhood

Bucks Harbor is the tidal working fishing/lobstering village in the town of Machiasport, Maine. You will hear the chug-chug-chug of the boats in the harbor and the caw of the gulls. Both across the water and sometimes, just across the street, you might hear the bahhh of sheep or the moo of a cow (or some fiddle music from across the water).

The Frisky Fish is also just under a mile to the world famous Jasper Beach with it's melodious and unique music from the waves hitting the rocks. A must not miss experience. For swimming, the best bet is Roque Bluffs State Park which is a short drive away and offers both a sandy ocean beach and also a fresh water lake.

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Maria Lamb - Wicked Awesome Maine Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
17 December, 2017

About Maria Lamb - Wicked Awesome Maine Vacation Rentals


Besides THE FRISKY FISH COTTAGE, I currently own waterfront vacation rental cottages in Machiasport Maine (FEATHERBED ISLAND HOUSE) and Phinney Cove, Nova Scotia (SALTBROOK ON THE BAY).

Why Maria Lamb - Wicked Awesome Maine Vacation Rentals chose Machiasport

The Frisky Fish Cottage, although new, has a rich history in the town of Machiasport. The original cottage that stood here was known as the oldest home in town and the summer home of the beloved Machias family doctor (and it was known as Doc Larson's House) who escaped to this cottage during the summer so he could enjoy his boating hobbies.

The new home that was built on the original foundation is grandfathered in to be just feet from the water. The great room has large, tall waterfront windows on three sides. Watching the fishing activity from the great room or the yard is fascinating.

What makes this house unique

The Frisky Fish Cottage is a new and squeaky clean cottage with all modern amenities. As with all of my vacation rentals, I strive to make it a special place to spend your time away -- I am very aware that vacations are precious and few and far between and enjoy doing whatever I can to make yours special.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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!!!
Sep 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Machiasport in Washington County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 09:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • First Floor Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Washer and Dryer are in this bathroom also
    Upstairs bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Small half-bath - toilet/sink only - NO shower in this bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • First floor bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Upstairs loft bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • THIRD BEDROOM (BUNKHOUSE) IS ONLY AVAILABLE WARMER MONTHS (usually July and August only). It is a separate building and has no heat nor bathroom. During July and August, the Frisky Fish and Boathouse sleeps SIX total. All other times, the cottage alone sleeps only four. Crisp linens and fluffy duvets included
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • bay fishing


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BEACH COTTAGE Perched Directly on the Harbor in a DownEast Lobstering Village
average rating of 4.875 based on 14 reviews

A little slice of Heaven ...

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect quiet cottage

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful , peaceful cottage close to everything you need to see!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful owners and wonderful locals!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice, unique place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I recently retired and have long looked forward to a trip to New England in the fall. This rental was a perfect place to relax and also use as a "home base" to tour the local area. We enjoyed watching the daily activities of the lobster fisherman as well as the large variety of birds in the bay. The cabin was very clean and well equipped and the owner was available and very helpful. We highly recommended this unique and enjoyable home to those looking to explore the coast of northern Maine.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superior accommodations and location

  • 5 of 5

Everything is perfect about this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Downeast Maine Experience at its Best

  • 5 of 5

In our 50th anniversary year, my wife and I spent the better part of a month at the Frisky Fish Cottage on Bucks Harbor. This is a truly working harbor for the many fisheries. Many times it was busy with fishing boats being on-loaded and later off-loaded with their day's work. Other times it was peaceful with the time moving in and out and birds galore. The cottage was refreshing decorated and fully supplied for the multi-week visit. We made this our base for venturing out for the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival (August weekend), golf, Canada, Acadia National Park, Scoodic Peninsula, Maine Maritime Academy, Maine Sea Salt Company and many others.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Rt 1
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
Adjacent to property
Car: necessary

We can often arrange services for additional fees such as grocery shopping before arrival, airport pick-up, personal chef, among other things. Just ask.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Machiasport, Maine

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
off season
30 Aug 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 23 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 2018
24 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Autumn 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

No Pets Allowed £0
cleaning £75.05 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. VRBO/HomeAway quotes are usually (but not always) accurate.

Property is considered confirmed when deposit is paid AND rental agreement is signed.

Our cottage sleeps 4 TOTAL. The adjacent bunkhouse is available only during the warmer, summer season (usually July/August). It has 3 twin beds and no plumbing or heat and the total occupancy of the entire property must never be over SIX. However there are lots of games and satellite television with dvd player. It's a great space for kids or teens as long as they are old/mature enough to be able to enjoy themselves responsibly.

In lieu of security deposit, we will purchase a policy for damage insurance - no need to pay the extra fee.

Our cancellation policy is 100% refund if cancelled more than 60 days before arrival date. However service fee paid to VRBO/Homeaway is non-refundable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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