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'Schooner Landing' Cottage- Your Peaceful Respite

John and Karen

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

John and Karen

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2015
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'Schooner Landing' Cottage- Your Peaceful Respite

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Harpswell Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Welcome to Schooner Landing! This four bedroom, waterfront home is situated in a sparsely populated, quiet location with a spectacular view of Harpswell Harbor and Casco Bay. The home sits on a cozy lot that overlooks wide panoramic views of Harpswell Harbor, Stover's Cove, the Cribstone Bridge and the famous Cook's Lobster House. From the expansive private deck enjoy the birds, an occasional seal, and other forms of coastal wildlife. On Saturdays in August watch for the sailboat races in the harbor. Celebrate the 4th of July from the perfect location where you can view the fireworks across the harbor from the deck!

The most attractive feature of Schooner Landing is its gentle shoreline. Beach access is via a set of steps that lead to a pebbly waterfront shore, perfect for swimming, walking, exploring, and launching a canoe or kayak. This is probably the most kid friendly beach area in Harpswell. Cottage rental includes the use of two adult and one children's kayak. The large yards in the front and back are well-groomed and conducive to family games and cookouts. The deck in front extends around the entire house. Useful for meals, cocktails, or an evening card game while enjoying the view.

The first floor features a sun filled living room with full height window walls that face the ocean, a cozy open dining area, and fully-equipped kitchen. New for 2015 is a covered porch on the ocean side deck and new flooring on the second floor. The living room has large windows for enjoying the ocean scenes. Also on the first floor is a full bath with jacuzzi tub, washer, and dryer. A small sitting room has a queen-size futon and TV/DVD, perfect for the kids to rest and watch TV after a long day on the coast.

The second floor has four bedrooms. One with two twins and one with a twin trundle. The other two bedrooms have one queen-size bed each and water views. There is also a full bath on the second floor. The paved driveway leads to an attached two-car garage.

Summer activities can include canoing or kayaking, walks on the beach or short trips to sites like Stover's Cove, the Giant Steps, Bailey Island, Dolphin Marina, Bath and Brunswick. Best of all you are only 40 minutes from Portland and 30 minutes to Freeport.

A new wraparound deck gives ample room to relax outdoors regardless of where the sun might be shining. The TV /family room has been remodeled and features a cathedral ceiling and sunken living space. Best of all the old siding is gone in favor of lovely cedar shakes. New fotos are now available. To see all the fotos just click on the link below.

Please e mail with any questions. Reserve your preferred dates now!

Thank you for your interest.

John and Karen



John and Karen,

Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Schooner

Landing. The house was perfectly suited to our needs. We visited some old

favorite sites and found some new ones. The grandkids loved the ocean and

spent a lot of time down on the beach. I think the lobster stew at the

Dolphin was the best I've eaten. All and all, it was a great week.

I hope we left everything in satisfactory order.

Thank you.


Just wanted to let you know we very much enjoyed our stay. Its a great, peaceful location...... exactly what we all needed.

PS. I've been having some problems with leg cramps while sleeping at night. They miraculously disappeared after my first bowl of Dolphin lobster stew and have not recurred. Apparently, I need to eat fresh Maine sea food on a regular basis. I told my wife we might have to move to Maine if thats what it takes for me to stay cured.




We had a wonderful time in our week at your house. The weather was gorgeous and we loved that because the wind was coming from the right direction, the water in the harbor was very calm. It made for excellent paddling. And the area itself has such a good variety of areas to paddle.

On one trip, we left from the house and paddled all the way up to and under the bridge on Mountain Road. A nice older man up there told us all about the little boat access where you can leave a vehicle parked on the hard-packed sand beach right up to two hours on either side of high tide. It seems the local clam diggers know all about it - there must have been 1/2 dozen trucks parked there that day.

We made our traditional one day trip to Popham Beach. It was sad to see how much erosion had taken place over the winter and the number of scrub pines that died because they're now on the water side of the dunes. But, on the other hand, and we don't know how this happened, the water was warmer than any other summer we've visited Popham in over the last 20-years. We spent quite a bit of time (right at low tide) way out at the surf's edge riding the waves in on boogie boards and crashing the surf. We also found quite a few sand dollars larger than the size of silver dollars. When the rhythm of the waves was at it quietest, if we walked around in about 2 - 3' of water, we could see sand dollars lying right on top of the sand on the ocean floor.

The week went by quickly. Much too quickly. And we were more than happy with the house - its location, the beach, the easy access to our kayaks for paddling in the area, the beautiful views from the front lawn (although we do think that big tree in the middle needs to go), the size of the house and number of bedrooms which easily accommodated our adult children. Even Bean, our Maine Coon cat, loved the house.

Thank you for everything. And we hope to be contacting you later this year about reservations for next summer.

P.S. Thanks for providing such good tasting blackberries. We made waffles for breakfast almost every morning and each morning, my niece would pick a big bowl of them and we'd stir them into our waffle batter.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
John and Karen (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2015

About John and Karen

This is me! Actually us...we hope you enjoy your vacation...let us know if we can help.

John and Karen purchased this cottage in 2003

Why John and Karen chose Harpswell

Incredible shorefront and views, our kids love it!

What makes this cottage unique

Swimming, playing on the beach and fireworks on the 4th of July!

Guestbook comments from the owner

It has been an excellent vacation. We love the house, the location, the people we have seen about, the food (oh-my-goodness) and the weather. It was more than expected. Thank you for your generous hospitality.

Aug 2014
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Bedrooms 4
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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'Schooner Landing' Cottage- Your Peaceful Respite
average rating of 4.857143 based on 18 reviews
Madison, Mississippi

Beautiful Place

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Schooner Landing was amazing. The house was more than advertised. The location spectacular and so very peaceful. We took in most of what Harpswell had to offer - excellent seafood at Cook's, Erica's, The Dolphin; trip to Ash Cove Pottery, the Cribstone Bridge, Land's End and more plus some adventures in Freeport and Portland.

We loved it all. Thanks for offering your home to us.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Great location for vacation

  • 5 of 5

Schooner Landing is the place to be! For outdoor adventurists you can kayak right from the shore or go to Erica's Seafood and pay to park then explore the islands near by. Bring your bicycle and ride the neighborhood to find Stovers Cove for exploring at low tide for Egrets. Close to Popham Beach to experience some of Maine's waves, Freeport and Brunswick for shopping and of course Erica's for great seafood. Lobsters brought in fresh everyday which they will steam or bring some back to the house to cook. You will find the kitchen is full of everything you need to cook daily meals and a few lobster pots. Deck is spacious and the view one of kind while having your morning coffee. Wifi for those rainy or foggy days. Owners are easy to reach if you have any questions and prompt to reply.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Hollie, Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Glad the weather held up nicely during your stay. We hope that you and your family can return in the future and see the future improvements to the cottage. Best Regards, John and Karen

Location, location, location

  • 5 of 5

This spacious cottage overlooks Harpswell Harbor, where you can watch the sailing classes or hop into one of the 2 kayaks provides and paddle over to the Cribstone Bridge for breakfast or lunch. Or hop on the bike you brought and ride out to Estes or Dolphin or pick up some lobsters at Dick's, as far out on Harpwell as you can go. Or just walk the beach at low tide. The cottage is roomy and the kitchen well-equipped, and the area peaceful and quiet. The owners, John and Karen, are attentive and local, if you have a problem, but are not intrusive. We had a great stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear William Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate it greatly. We hope you and your family return and stay with us again in the future. We will continue to just improve the cottage and grounds for next year! Have a wonderful summer and it was a pleasure meeting you!' Best regards, John and karen
Cambridge, MA

Even better than described

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week stay at Schooner Landing. The private beach, large yard and ocean access and views were all fabulous and so relaxing. The location is perfect - convenient enough to Brunswick for getting groceries and to the lobster restaurants further along the shore for going out yet set off the main road enough so that it’s quite and secluded. We enjoyed using the charcoal grill and fire pit most nights (s’mores!) after which we retreated in to the large living area to turn on the gas fireplace and get cozy (we were there pre-season) while watching Netflix over the wifi. The homes on either side are close, but high hedges and fences give you some privacy from them. Overall, the photos only begin to help you see how wonderful this home is for a vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ashley Karen and I were so happy that you and your family had a good relaxed vacation. We greatly appreciate the feedback! We are always happy to hear about what guests liked about their stay. We also appreciate hearing what we could do better for next time and we take it to heart. We cordially invite you back next year to see the improvements for 2015! Have a wonderful summer. John and Karen
Ithaca, NY

Schooner Landing is the Perfect Autumn Getaway

  • 4 of 5

Schooner Landing was exactly as described and we had a week of absolutely incredible weather to top it all off! We were pleasantly surprised to discover that Erica's Seafood and Lobster Shop was just around the corner from the cottage (super nice folks and very tasty lobstah!), and Brunswick is long on New England charm.

Our week at Schooner Landing was outstanding and we're looking forward to future family reunions in Harpswell! Thanks for the memories!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dawn Thank you for leaving a review. We greatly appreciate the feedback. If there was something we could have done better please let us know. We plan on improvements yearly...more landscaping, new bedding, etc. We hope you and your family can visit with us again. Stay well and have a happy holiday season. John and Karen

Review for Schooner Landing for the week of September 7-14th, 2013

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time staying at Schooner Landing for the week of September 7-14th, 2013. It's a beautiful house, beautiful views from the bedrooms windows. The house included everything you need in everyday life. We enjoyed kayaking in the calm water, fishing from the shore which is steps away from the house, the evening fire and the BBQ. The house provides WiFi if you want to connect to the internet from your personal computer or your mobile device. We recommend this house for anyone who wants to spend their vacation relaxing and enjoy the peaceful getaway. Thank you John and Karen for giving us this opportunity.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Dmitry! We greatly appreciate your feedback and comments. It was a pleasure having your family stay at our cottage. Glad you had a good vacation. We wish the weather had been better for you. You will have to come back next year and we will make sure the weather is perfect all week. Stay well and best regards John and Karen


Car: recommended

The Town of Harpswell, located on Casco Bay, Is a short scenic ride from Portland, Freeport, Bath and Boothbay Maine. Harpswell is the unspoiled coastal community that is accessible by way of the beautiful Bowdoin College town of Brunswick. Harpswell is a unique coastal community which recently celebrated its 250th birthday. For over 100 years Harpswell has been a mecca for vacationers seeking a saltwater environment, a serene way of life, and an abundance of natural beauty. Its 216 miles of coastline consists of Harpswell Neck, the three large islands of

Sebascodegan (Great Island), Orr’s, and Bailey, which are connected by bridges, the most notable being The Cribstone Bridge, and a scattering of over 200 smaller islands accessible only by boat. With some of the few remaining working harbors on the Maine coast, it offers an authenticity of which we are proud.

Harpswell has it all! Light houses, Ocean views, walking trails, beaches, Historical sites, working lobster harbors and marinas all here in the Mid Coast Maine region.


Rates & Availability

From $1,495 Per week

Harpswell Cottage Rental Rates

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May 1 - May 30
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Jun 1 - Jun 29
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Sep 1 - Nov 29
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Additional information about rental rates

Linens $90.00 + Tax
Pet Fee $75.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes Rates are subject to change without notice. Rentals run Saturday to Saturday unless otherwise noted. Please ask questions before reserving. Accepting the rental agreement means you have read and understood the terms and agreed to abide by them. If you have special requirements or expectations please ask in advance. We cannot take responsibility for unreasonable guest expectations or assumptions.

Cancellation Policy

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Harpswell Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Mooring use available for additional fee and only with prior arrangements. NO dock available. Use of 2 kayaks included.

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