Suzanne Sen

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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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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.

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  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Suzanne Sen (Owner)
Advertiser since 2012
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Speaks french, english

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.
Aug 2012
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'Palace' 2 BR Oceanfront
average rating of 2.0 based on 1 reviews
'Palace' 2 BR Oceanfront
+1 4048227843
Biddeford Southern Coast of Maine

Great location but cottage is in poor shape

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My family and I were excited for this two-week vacation. We have a small daughter nearly one year old who is a crawler and we consequently wanted a place that’s safe, clean and adequate. Biddeford’s pool area and the ocean are wonderful! However, upon arriving to The Palace, we were quickly disappointed by its external look. Its rundown windows are not as delightful as outlined in the description of the place: they are old and paint is pealing everywhere; derelict patio furniture (other than picnic table) which actually collapsed under me when I sat down with my baby in my arms weren’t a good start to our stay. The cushions have been overused and should be replaced. Inside The Palace, we quickly noticed that it was once again in great need of renovations. Kitchen appliances were clean but the floors were dirty in the corners (our daughter’s pants were always full of dirt) and a few items not cleaned in the kitchen (some pots and pans, as well as cutlery). We actually had to a make a batch of dishes before cooking any meals. Although there are 3 BBQs to be found on the yard none were functional. This was a disappointing feature of the cottage! As there is no laundry done by the housekeeping staff, the blankets and comforters provided were dirty and lots of hair visible throughout. We purchased our own blankets and pillows for our 2 weeks there for more comfort. Pillows provided were ok but most were stained. Although bathroom is said to be “remodelled”, we had quite a surprise to notice a dozen spiders lurking around the bathroom walls and ceiling at our arrival. The spider-web was an issue when we first arrived and we had to clean it around the bathroom mirror. Humidity bugs were found by the dozens. I probably killed a total of 200+ bugs during our stay there. We don’t mind a few spiders of course, but when they’re found everywhere accompanied by all kinds of different bugs, you get a feeling that the place is quite infested and that there is an important humidity problem. Again, we believe it’s a matter of maintaining the cottage, which is not done properly of course. However, we are surprised no one else has written a similar review before. We felt we needed to share this for others to know. We have rented numerous cottages throughout the years and aren’t difficult usually. If you don’t mind the inside of the place you are looking to rent and just want to enjoy the outside in a beautiful location, then this is still a good place for you.
  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
PWM (Portland International Jetport)
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Casco Bay Lines, Portland Maine
Nearest Train
7.7 Miles
Amtrak Downeaster, Saco Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Property on quiet beach; also public FortunesRocks
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Champion Sports Bar, Pop's Tavern
Nearest Ski
58 Miles
Lost Valley
Nearest Golf
2.4 Miles
Abenakee Club
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Buffleheads Restaurant, Hills Beach
Car: necessary
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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Biddeford Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 2015
May 9 2015 - May 29 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Early June 2015
May 30 2015 - Jun 12 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Late June 2015
Jun 13 2015 - Jul 3 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
July - Aug 2015
Jul 4 2015 - Sep 4 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Sept 2015
Sep 5 2015 - Sep 18 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Sept - Oct 2015
Sep 19 2015 - Oct 9 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes $900-$1200/wk

Weekly rentals only in July and August.
Weekend rentals available other months.
Long-term rentals welcome, ask for rate.

Checks in advance please.
1 dog allowed, additional $100.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Biddeford Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 660 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Lobster Pot
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , curved shower rod
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Sitting room has pull-out couch if needed (not for everyday use because of space).
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Beach Chairs
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Deck Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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