Great Diamond Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
There are several beaches at Diamond Cove for you to enjoy searching for beautiful sea glass or that treasured seashell.
The Diamond Cove General store serves all kinds of goodies including sandwiches, wraps and burgers, as well as live lobsters which are cooked to order. You can also purchase beer, wine and grocery items including everything from ice cream to cereal. The lobster roll at the General Store got rave reviews in a recent GQ article. There's also free Wi-Fi there.
Next door to the General Store is the 5 star Diamond's Edge restaurant which offers fine dining on the cove with either indoor, porch or lawn seating. They catered our wedding reception beautifully!
You also have the option of having groceries shipped to the island from some of the supermarkets in Portland including Whole Foods.
The house features historic touches, a beautiful eat-in kitchen, a living room, a covered front porch and a back(screened) porch, 3 bedrooms and a TV/media room in the finished basement.
The historic bowling alley is a short walk and it features a two lane duckpin bowling alley, pool table, wii console and arcade games. The kids can enjoy watching a movie. There's also free Wi-Fi.
Next door to the bowling alley is the gym with indoor basketball, a workout room and a lounge with free Wi-Fi in the Administration Building.
The heated pool is on the parade grounds a few minutes walk away!
It's a great place to take pictures of everything from sailboats gliding by to precious wildlife nestled in the wooded forests. There's plenty of trails to explore on foot or by bike. The beautiful white tent for weddings and events is a step away from the fresh water pond. There are many birds to be found for birdwatchers! Flowers in gardens and wildflowers all call to the photographer and artist. Many wonderful events are held on the island, both planned and impromptu, You can enjoy reading a book, sitting in adirondack chairs and looking out onto breathtaking Casco Bay. You can book a sailboat ride, whale watching tour or take the kids on a lobster boat to learn how lobsterman catch lobsters. It's all a short ferry ride away in Portland. Plus Portland is known for its renowned restaurants and shopping. You can enjoy staying on the island your entire trip or go in town to see all Portland has to offer. Freeport with all its outlet shopping and L.L.Bean are about 25 minutes from Portland. You can even go watch a Portland Sea Dogs game. The AA team of the Boston Red Sox. There's plenty to see and experience. Click on the 'Diamond Cove Cottage' link in the left margin, just below the calendar, to see many more photos. When you arrive, a Resident Assistant will help you get your belongings on the van and drive you right to the house! No worries about transporting items from the dock to the house.
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- non smoking only
- children welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- pets not allowed
About The Owner
We've been vacationing in Maine for nearly 25 years. We love the rocky coast, eating lobster and spending quality time together in vacationland. When you enter Maine from New Hampshire the sign reads 'Maine...The way life should be.' We think you'll be happy you decided to experience this too!
The Owner purchased this cottage in 2009
Why The Owner chose Great Diamond Island
We had our wedding reception at Diamond Cove more than a decade ago just as it was being developed into a private community. We visited often and finally rented this house in 2005 . The caring owners who restored #54 to it's former glory in 'This Old House ' fashion, rented to us again in July 2009. We found out it was for sale and by October we were able to call it our own. When we first visited in the early 90's we began dreaming of having a place on the island. We visit often and now have decided to share our special place!
Diamond Cove has it's own pier and marina. When you arrive, you'll be met by a Resident Assistant (RA) and they will take you and your belongings to our home. The RA's will be available to assist you anytime you wish to leave or return to the island.
We have been blessed to experience travel to many diverse places, but we always return to Maine because it always warms our hearts!
What makes this cottage unique
The short ferry ride from the wonderful city of Portland is a half hour of catching up with nature, seeing the lighthouses and listening to fog horns and the waves. The ferry might drop passengers at one or two other docks before you get to Diamond Cove. Enjoy the ride and the view. Some captains will point out significant landmarks. You may see seals and sea birds. When you arrive at the Diamond Cove dock you will be greeted by an RA who will help you load your things onto the Diamond Cove bus. You will then be taken to our house where an RA will help you unload. If you are not old enough to remember the fifties you will get a taste without any inconvenience. There is almost no traffic...just a few necessary working vehicles, bicycles and golf carts. You can find a conversation at the pool, the General Store or the classy bar at Diamonds Edge restaurant. More importantly you can find peace and quiet on the many beaches, numerous walking paths, and especially on our screened-in porch which faces an old growth forest. If you love history you'll notice it surrounds you everywhere. There are the many original red brick military buildings of Fort McKinley built 1890-1910. There is a small museum and an art gallery at Diamond Cove. The General store and Diamonds Edge restaurant offer great food morning to night. And our house has a beautiful well appointed kitchen where it's a pleasure to cook and bake. You can eat at the kitchen table or at the table on the screened porch. Click on the 'Diamond Cove Cottage' link in the left margin, just below the calendar, to see many more photos.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We had a wonderful relaxing vacation staying at your place on Diamond Cove Island. The house is beautifully furnished and clean. It was very quiet and peaceful and we enjoyed taking long walks and checking out the island. Trips to the General Store for lobster rolls or ice cream were a fun part of our routine. The kids also enjoyed the pool, gym and bowling alley. Everyone on the island was very friendly and helpful. It was easy to catch the ferry if we wanted to go into the city of Portland and check out the shops and restaurants or tour some of the other awesome sights in Maine. Most of the time, though, we were just content to stay and enjoy the beauty of the Island. Thanks for opening your home - we expect to return in the future!