Biddeford Cottage Rental Photos and Description
2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 6
Waterfront cottage on sheltered cove--rocks, sand, sea glass!
Wonderful views of rocky coast from open deck and sitting room with huge windows!
Watch Lobster Boats come into cove to tend their traps!
Best of both worlds: beside Short Beach plus short walk to Long Public Beach for surfing or running with the sea at your feet and wind in your hair!
Water in every direction.
Character: delightful diamond-pane old windows and antiques.
House on the same property also has incredible ocean views, in case other family members or friends want to be nearby. See HomeAway #961056.
Internet, Cable TV, Books.
Size: 660 sq ft + deck 10x12 + screened porch 8x12.
The beautiful white sand beaches of Biddeford offer a getaway vacation that you will want to return to every summer--and this cottage offers the perfect spot. Enjoy watching sparkling water and waves breaking on the rocks, from the comfort of your living room or deck. Wade in the sheltered waters on the small beach just a few steps away, or stroll down to jump in the waves on the 3-mile-long beach just over the hill--Fortunes Rocks is known for its beaches, and surfers visit all year!
The quiet small beach and the splashing public beach are as different as night and day, and this house is one of the very few giving you the best of both.
Stroll out into the yard and enjoy the flowers, then step onto the beach to explore rock pools at the edge of the sea. Sit on the beach with the light breeze and the sand between your toes--the kids can make sand castles in the fresh salty air.
Town is only a few minutes away, where you can discover that the historic districts of Biddeford and Saco provide delightful walks. New development has brought cafes (including Panera Bread!) and ethnic restaurants. The mills have been transformed by artisans, woodworkers and many small businesses in the new loft spaces on the island in the Saco River. History and architecture buffs will enjoy the “Museum on the Streets” self-guided walking tour. Scenic river views may be enjoyed from trails, a gazebo and benches.
Funtown, aquaboggin & shopping malls are nearby: To the north, there is Old Orchard (15 minutes), Portland (a half hour), and Freeport's LL Bean store just beyond. To the south, Boston is an hour and a half, Kennebunkport just 15 minutes, and the shopping at Kittery Outlet Malls in between.
Boater's paradise: there is a boat launch on the Saco River; kayak rentals for the river/salt marshes to the north/the ocean! There are lobster boats, fishing boats, boats to whale-watch!
Artists paint islands and lighthouses at Biddeford Pool, and visit galleries from Perkins Cove to Kennebunkport.
Naturalists can walk the beach, the salt marshes, woods, and fields, watching for birds, chipmunk, woodchuck, beaver, fox, wild turkey, deer, moose, ... Bigfoot?!!? Well, what's a summer without a little adventure? Maine is Vacationland, and the 'Palace' at Fortunes Rocks has the best location of all.
Near shopping, arts, theatre, antiques, book sales, whale watch, fishing, kayaking, lobster!
Perfect for just resting and rejuvenating in the salty air!
Getting there: Apart from driving, or flying to Boston (BOS) or Porland (PWM), you could even come by train! The new Amtrak station, opened in 2009, is notable for being the first green design train station in the U.S., featuring a wind turbine for electricity, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and a roof made from recycled soda bottles.
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
In the summer of 1990 my wife Pat and I had stopped on the way to Nova Scotia to visit old friends at Goose Rocks Beach, ME. Being an inveterate biker, I set off to explore the sea coast to the north and found my way to Fortunes Rocks Road in Biddeford. After turning a corner at a small cove I noticed a summer rental sign for a cottage on a rise overlooking the water. It looked inviting and I noted the telephone number.
The next day we toured the place with a rental agent who referred to it as "The Palace." Well, that was a stretch! It had two small bedrooms, a larger comfortable looking living room, kitchen, porch off the kitchen, and one bath room. But it also had a marvelous view of rock-studded Horseshoe Cove with Hoyt Neck and the ocean beyond. We thought it would make for a good vacation spot the next summer at a reasonable rent.
Since then we have spent at least two sometimes three weeks almost every August at the Palace. And it has become part of our family life -- relaxing on the deck, kayaking in the cove, climbing on the rocks, watching the cormorants dropping their shells on the island rocks further out, and just enjoying the view. For surf swimming, Grandson Ben and I go to the magnificent Fortunes Rocks beach a short bike ride away and swimmable at any tide.
The Palace has natural air conditioning. You open the wide door to the deck and a few windows and the sea breeze eliminates the summer heat, which on the Maine coast is very rarely oppressive anyway.
We got to know the owner of the Palace, Joan Byrne, whose considerably larger summer home, "Sea Haven," was next door. She was a very gracious lady who would always bring us freshly baked muffins and goodies when we arrived for our stay. Joan passed away a few years ago and both Sea Haven and the Palace are now owned by her daughter, Suzanne Sen. (The larger Sea Haven is now also available for summer rental.)
The Palace is quite near the fashionable resort village of Biddeford Pool with a small general store. The IGA store in nearby Cape Porpoise will serve almost all your grocery and other shopping needs. There are major chain stores in Kennebunk and Biddeford. Our favorite restaurants nearby are Buffleheads at Hills Beach (which doesn't take reservations) and Lucas on 9 (Route 9 that is, which does). Also, in Kennebunkport, about 10 miles away, we like the Hurricane.