Moody Beach House Rental Photos and Description
3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, sleeps 7
Our lovely home is less than 100 yards “as the crow flies” and a short 350 yard walk to beautiful, private Moody Beach, voted one of the best beaches on the East Coast. It's a large, two-story duplex. The cottage sleeps 7 and is located on a quiet, private road.
For family gatherings or larger groups, people rent the entire house. With all the amenities it's a great place for your special holiday! See rental #229259.
We take pride in our home, so since we purchased MARSHVIEW we've updated, renovated & decorated. In 2013, we redid the kitchens with new countertops and tile, painted the inside, & modernized the bathrooms. The house looks great. We love our restful, family friendly, seaside home and hope you will also.
The sound of the waves, the smell of the sea, the changing light adds to your beach experience. The back deck provides a perfect view of the spectacular sunsets, as well as the Rachel Carson Sanctuary and Preserve, a thriving habitat for many species migratory birds. So you may want to bring your binoculars, camera or your paint- or sketch pad. The Preserve is also a great place for canoeing and kayaking.
On the first floor there is a spacious LR with hardwood floors, comfortable furniture, a flat-screen TV, DVD, internet; a large EIK is a great gathering place for family meals & a new ½ bath; the 3 bedrooms & newly renovated full bath are on the 2nd floor.
Marshview also features a large backyard, a new, fire pit and hot & cold outdoor shower, as well a charcoal grill, picnic table for each side.
To make it easier for our guests when they first arrive, each bathroom has 1 roll of toilet paper and the kitchen a roll of paper towels. There is also olive oil & vinegar, vegetable spray, salt & pepper, kitchen garbage bags, dish detergent & hand soap. (The only thing I ask is that you leave a note for my housekeeper if you run out, as a courtesy to the next guests.) There are 4 sand chairs for your use. Blankets & pillows are provided, but guests must provide their own sheets, towels, etc.
In the house, we’ve made an information binder containing pamphlets: emergency services, churches, museums, tourist attractions, historical sites, deep sea fishing and whale watch cruises and more. There are golf courses in Wells, York, Kennebunkport and Kennebunk have many great courses which can accommodate all skill-level of golfers. The Ogunquit Playhouse features live theatre where known actors grace the stage at prices you can afford.
Spectacular Moody Beach is a private, sandy beach that provides something for people of all ages and all tastes. It’s a place for surfers and walkers, body surfers, surf casters, kayaker, or for those who just want to enjoy the sun and sea. Its tidal pools are spots where the young where the young can enjoy the water and build their sand creations. Take a walk on the beach at night; if the moon is full, the scene of the moon of the ocean is breathtaking. Regardless, the beach at night is lit by bonfires and flood lights to enhance the ocean’s stunning views.
And who would think of coming to Maine without thinking of eating LOBSTA? One of my favorite places for lobster, clam chowder and fish dinners is Fisherman’s Catch, a rustic, friendly, family-owned restaurant off Route 1N on Harbor Rd. on the way to Wells Harbor. (If I don’t eat there several times a season, I go into withdrawal.) There are places where you can buy your lobster already cooked or raw and bring it home to eat or cook. Sometimes, there are festivals in Wells, Ogunquit or surrounding towns which often feature fish frys, lobster bakes, etc. Check in the book I’ve made in the living room, as there’s a schedule of events in the front.
Restaurants cater to all tastes and pocket books—from the ever crowded Egg & I for breakfast or lunch or the Old Village Inn, That Place in Ogunquit and Barnacle Billy’s. Another of my favorites, which is open year round, is Varano’s; it has great Italian food and is less than 3 miles from our house.
The beach is a great place to walk from the rock jetty—just north of our public right-of-way—to Ogunquit, the Marginal Way or Perkins Cove—a 4-5 mile walk on the beach. Bring your bike and take a 3+mile ride along Ocean Ave with its breath-taking views of the sea. You might catch sight of the seals basking in the sun on the rocks near Wells Beach.
With Maine’s beautiful coastline, historic fishing villages and towns, meandering roads, antique shops, art galleries, activities for children, trolley rides, day trips, deep-sea fishing & whale watching, there’s much to do in addition to going to the beach.
They’re high-end outlets in Kittery and Freeport--the home of LL Bean--selling everything from housewares to family apparel, accessories, etc. Interesting boutiques feature one-of-a-kind gifts, hand-crafted items, as well as designer jewelry, leather goods and more.
Any season is enriched by spending time in Maine! We hope you'll spend your vacation at our lovely, seaside home!
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About BARBARA MURPHY
For a number of years before we bought Marshview, my husband and I came to Moody Beach on vacation. Our time here was a delightful respite from our stressful lives. When we would drive over the Portsmouth Bridge, I could feel the stress leave my body, smell the sea air and experience a sense of well-being. Our children loved coming here; they made friends with whom they still maintain ties.
In 1988, we purchased Marshview and that’s when the work began. That first year, every weekend from Thanksgiving to May on Thursday or Friday afternoon, we left New York drove 4-5 hours to Maine to work on the house. Most of the work we did was invisible: we stripped the rooms of layers-upon-layers of wallpaper; rewired the electric; cleaned, cleaned, cleaned; de-cluttered and more; we threw out broken and old furniture; and we never thought our home would be ready to open to guests.
The house was dark inside so we began by painting it light colors to bring the outside—in. Our painting projects have gone through many changes throughout the years as we try to attain the perfect “Cottage Style”.
Decorating has always been more fun than putting on a new roof, rebuilding the subfloor, installing hardwood floors in the living rooms and new kitchen floors, remodeling and replacing everything in bathrooms on both sides of the house—including the floors, walls, ceilings. But these things had to be done, so during the years we’ve done all of these things also.
We love being the owners of Marshview. We’ve met such lovely people and welcomed them and their families to our home. We appreciate hearing about their stays. We hope you will join us too.
Barbara & Michael
BARBARA MURPHY purchased this house in 1988
Why BARBARA MURPHY chose Moody Beach
WHY STAY AT MARSHVIEW? In addition to being a lovely, comfortable home only 350 yds. from the beach, Marshview is in a great location. We’re only a trolley ride from Ogunquit with its boutiques, specialty shops, restaurants for all tastes and clubs to enjoy dancing and singing. (Don’t stopping at the fabulous & unique “Spoiled Rotten” on Beach St.) There are concerts at Ogunquit harbor.
Take Shore RD. (at the crazy intersection in Ogunquit) toward Perkins Cove, and in addition to tempting eateries there are many art galleries. In Perkins Cove seafood restaurants abound and it’s a port for sight-seeing cruises, deep sea fishing and other activities. There are jewelry designers, potters and other interesting shops.
Drive further south on Route 1, stop in York at the amusement park, the game farm, the taffy store and its historic village. Or travel south for another 30 minutes, you’ll find the Kittery outlets which line both sides of the road. Many people enjoy shopping at the Kittery Trading Post.
North from our house on Route 1 is the Village of Kennebunk and to the northeast is Kennebunkport—two great places to visit. In addition to the beauty of nature and the summer home of George H. Bush, there are art galleries, boutiques, novelty and clothes stores, designer jewelry, potters, and of course—restaurants.
Further north the meandering roads take you through quaint fishing villages, where you antique shops abound. In about 30-40 min., you arrive in Freeport, the home of L.L. Bean and other high-end outlets. It’s an easy town in which to walk around, with lots of rest stops, sidewalk or restaurant food and great shopping. Don’t miss having lobster at Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Company, located on the beautiful South Freeport waterfront in South Freeport, Maine. It’s a local landmark for natives and visitors alike. This is a “must” for us; we sit outside or inside, enjoy the food and relax with views of the beautiful harbor and watch the boats.
What makes this house unique
It’s nice to have all the benefits of home without the hassle. Each year, Mike and I try to make sure we provide the amenities—both large and small—to add to your enjoyment. For the summer of 2013, we are adding an outdoor fire pit to be shared by our guests.
I’ve written about all the great area restaurants, but our kitchen is spacious and a great gathering place for family meals. If you’d like to eat breakfast out, try the Egg & I, Bintliff’s (both on Rt. 1 south toward Ogunquit) or Merriland Farms. Located off Rt. 1 north going toward Kennebunk on Coles Hill Road in Wells, the food is a treat, as is the jam we always leave for our guests as a gift. (There’s also a nice executive golf course there.)
It’s an easy, short walk--only 350 yds.--to the beach—and what a beach it is! It’s private, sandy, family friendly and a gathering center for the neighbors, but there’s always room to find a quiet spot for you and family. The beach is the scene of football, baseball and bocce other games, horseshoes, kit flying, Frisbee contests. There are sand castles, mermaids of all kinds, sand toys and sea shells.
Just looking at the ocean is a source of respite. Lobster boats, yachts, pleasure crafts, lobster traps, Nubble Lighthouse, Kennebunkport, Ogunquit and Perkins Cove are all visible. (On the Fourth of July, fireworks can be seen from Ogunquit and from Kennebunkport.) Standing in, dodging or riding the waves, surfing, tubing, kayaking, canoeing are some of the activities people enjoy. Others love walking, looking for shells, bike riding, searching for hermit crabs or other ocean treasures.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed staying there. We stayed there before, and we loved the changes and updates that you've made. We found the place very comfortable and pleasant. In fact, we loved it so much we're coming back again next summer. Thanks so much.