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THE BIRDHOUSE AT WILLARD BEACH ~ A MAINE COTTAGE AT THE BEACH

Susan and Tony

Advertiser since: 2011
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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THE BIRDHOUSE AT WILLARD BEACH ~ A MAINE COTTAGE AT THE BEACH

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

South Portland Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, sleeps 5

Located 60 steps from Willard Beach in South Portland, Maine, the Birdhouse at Willard Beach is the perfect place to kick back and relax. A comfortable seashore cottage, the Birdhouse has three bedrooms (a queen and a single downstairs and two twins upstairs) and one bath. Furnished in eclectic and informal cottage style, you will find all of the comforts of home.

Willard Beach is a little known gem – a mile long sandy beach just minutes from downtown Portland. With a seasonal beach house with restrooms, snack bar, showers and a playground it is the perfect place to spend a summer’s day. From the house as well as the beach you can enjoy a great view of the islands, Casco Bay and the ship channel. The Birdhouse at Willard Beach is a short walk not only to the beach, but also Willard Square – home of Scratch Bakery and Willard Scoops, a homemade ice cream shop. Also within walking distance are several restaurants, lighthouses, parks and a live theater, and it’s no more than a 10-minute drive across the bridge to downtown Portland.

The Birdhouse at Willard Beach is a fun and informal house with three bedrooms, one bath, and all the amenities you could wish for: Flat screen TV, DVD, Wireless Internet, W&D, gas grill, an outside deck and fenced in yard. We invite you to bring your well behaved dog (with deposit), but must regretfully ask that you leave your cats at home.

The Birdhouse at Willard Beach is available by the week during the summer, and during other times of year with a 3-night minimum. Longer term rentals during the off-season considered by special arrangement.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Susan and Tony (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english

About Susan and Tony

While we live most of the year in Washington state, we love to spend as much time as we can in Maine, where our sons both live. We frequently drive from coast to coast so our basset hound, Nika, can come with us. Since we cannot be in Maine all the time, we really enjoy sharing our cottage with others when we cannot be there~ and love hearing about what they enjoyed while at the house.

Susan and Tony purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Susan and Tony chose South Portland

We used to own a house on Peaks Island, and while it was great, we find that we love being on the mainland and watching the ferry go by without having to try to catch it in order to get home! The Willard Beach neighborhood has always been special. We used to bring the boys to the beach when they were small and we lived in Portland (many years ago) - and now they get to come visit it as adults ~ and Nika gets to walk on the best dog beach in southern Maine!

What makes this cottage unique

How can you not love a house that is steps away from the beach, one of the best bakeries in New England AND a homemade ice cream shop? Previously owned by a lobsterman whose hobby was making unique birdhouses, we fell in love with the cottage as soon as we saw it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a most memorable Thanksgiving week at the Birdhouse. It was perfect for us. Empty nester Mom, Dad and a 20 lb. cockapoo needed a place to stay to meet and spend Thanksgiving with our daughter's fiancé’s family. The fenced back yard provided secure outdoor space for the pooch for short trips out to relieve himself. This was especially appreciated for the last trip before bed. (no leash, no walk after dark required). The beach provided all the entertainment and exercise all three of us needed. What a place for dogs and what a dog show! (If you are a dog lover who enjoys watching well behaved dogs play, the show we saw should not be missed) Even for non-dog lovers the beach provides plenty for the eye to feast on. Freighters, tugs, ferries etc. headed into/out of Portland pass right in front of the beach a mile or so out. We were able to watch lobsterman haul pots just off the beach. (take binoculars for that). The seascape panorama is magnificent. The house is all that is represented in the publicity and more. We were charmed and looking forward to our next visit. The Birdhouse provided us with a most memorable week in Maine. Susan and Tony run a classy operation! Sign us up again please!
Nov 2012
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 49 traveler reviews

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The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
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Absolutely Amazing and So Relaxing

  • 5 of 5
Where do we begin? Bruce and I ( and our two Old English Sheepdogs) found a little piece of heaven on Willard Beach. We absolutely LOVED The Birdhouse and felt at home and totally relaxed the moment we walked through the door. We are originally from Maine and this was the first time we opted to rent a place of our own for the Holidays instead of staying with family. Our family enjoyed it as much as we did. Susan and Tony have made their beach cottage very comfortable and we found everything we needed, especially when it came to my making my traditional Christmas Pork Pies and all my Christmas Cookies. When they say well equipped kitchen, they mean well equipped kitchen, right down to pie plates, rolling pin and pastry blender! Oh - and sharp knives :) ( I am a fanatic over having sharp knives in a kitchen)

Our pups thoroughly enjoyed the fenced in yard and the back deck as well as walks on the beach. I enjoyed getting up every morning and heading out to the point to experience some of the most spectacular sunrises. We made several trips to the Old Port in Portland, but also stayed close by to enjoy some of the local food. We ate at Ottos and had some crazy combination pizzas with friends. We also had a fabulous dinner and David's 388. Of course a visit to the area isn't complete unless you visit Scratch Bakery ( bagels and english muffins) and the Cookie Jar for chocolate coconut donuts! We also had a great lunch at Joe's Boathouse. Oh ya and the pups got to visit The Whole Dog Market.

The Cottage was clean when we arrived and is well maintained. We enjoyed the gas "fireplace" on some very chilly nights.

I will definitely rent The Birdhouse again and would highly recommend it to friends and family.

Great job Susan and Tony along with Nancy ( caretaker) for making our Christmas and New Years a very memorable one and one that I am sure we will talk about for years to come!

Lynda, Bruce, Zoe and Cruiser
  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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Our Vacation at The Birdhouse at Willard Beach

  • 5 of 5
Our family of four stayed at the Birdhouse during the week of Thanksgiving. The house was everything you would want during a vacation. The house was immaculate and the kitchen was fully equiped with everything you would need to cook a Thanksgiving Dinner. You can see the ocean from the house and the path to the ocean is out the front door. The owners were absolutely wonderful from the initial booking through our departure. I would highly recommend the Birdhouse for a wonderful stay in South Portland, Maine.
  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Ideal Maine Beach Location & Amenities

Ideal Maine Beach Location & Amenities
  • 5 of 5
We booked the Birdhouse based on location - close proximity to our daughter's family in South Portland and the Willard Beach neighborhood which we know to be ideal. The Birdhouse is everything a cozy beach cottage should be; easy access to activities during the day, and warm comfort at night. The home was furnished with very satisfactory amenities. Since we like to cook ourselves we were delighted with a very well appointed kitchen, from the large modern range to the top-quality knives & cookware. We did take advantage of local dining more than once; at the not-to-be-missed and walking distance Scratch Bakery, at Otto Pizza nearby. Also we dined at Boone's in Portland on the pier next to the excellent purveyor at HarborFish, where we purchased seafood to prepare at the Birdhouse. Our daughter, son-in-law & grandchildren enjoyed meeting up with us at "the Beach house" to take walks on Willard Beach, and go on excursions to Ft. Williams & the Portland Headlight, a trip to Randall's Apple Farm, as well as a hike around Mackworth Island, a short 20 minute drive near Yarmouth. We had a week full of memories with family yet appreciated having our own comfortable abode at the Birdhouse to getaway and relax as a couple. We definitely recommend this property and hope to return ourselves.
  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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The Birdhouse

  • 5 of 5
Lovely place that was well supplied with essentials. Its very near the beach and our dog loved to romp and run there. Our grand kids came over to visit and stayed overnight (they live in SoPo) and had a great time too. Walked to Scratch Bakery for morning treats! We would recommend it highly.
  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Quiet Neighborhood and Great Accomodations

  • 5 of 5
We had a great stay at The Birdhouse. The location is terrific, it is quiet, peaceful, close to many amenities and the beach is just steps away. Tony and Susan provided all the information we needed to make the most of our stay. The rental process was simple and completed quickly. They were also very welcoming to our four legged family member, our Golden Retriever Agent Scully, who enjoyed the beach to the max! The house has all the necessary features, including solid wi-fi, that made us feel right at home and we enjoyed a very comfortable stay. We enjoyed it so much, even though the fall weather didn't always cooperate, that we've booked it again for next summer. And the people in the Portland-South Portland area are incredibly friendly!!
  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Perfectly located at a reasonable price

  • 5 of 5
Tony and Susan are the nicest people you can possibly rent from and their property manager, Nancy, made our second visit so enjoyable we are already planning out third trip for next year. We made day trips to Bethel and Grafton Notch to check out the foliage and then one day to Richmond, Winslow, Augusta and Hallowell on a preliminary exploration of the Benedict Arnold route to Quebec in 1775. Would love to buy in that neighborhood but am content to stay in the Birdhouse. Excellent visit!!
  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Portland Jetport
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Casco Bay Lines
Nearest Train
5.5 Miles
Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Rte. 295
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
David's 388
Nearest Beach
Willard Beach
Car: not necessary

Looking for something to do while you stay at the Birdhouse at Willard Beach? Walk or bike the Greenbelt Trail and the Spring Point Shoreway, take a picnic to Fisherman’s Point or the breakwater at Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, explore Fort Preble or Bug Light park and Cushing’s House Museum, bike or walk to Fort Williams Park and the Portland Head Light, buy fresh lobsters and have a feast, go out to breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at one of the great restaurants in the area, walk to Willard Scoops for an ice cream cone, watch a sunset from the beach, visit artist’s studios, see a play at Portland Players, go into Portland and visit the world class Portland Art Museum, shop in the Old Port, or take a ride to the islands on the Casco Bay Ferry. Or stay home, curl up on the couch in front of the fireplace and watch the ships go by on Casco Bay, play a game of Clue, do a jigsaw puzzle, read a book (which you can take with you when you leave if you haven’t finished it yet) or cook a gourmet meal in the well equipped kitchen.

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Availability & Rates

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South Portland Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter/Spring 2015
Jan 3 2015 - May 1 2015
3 night minimum stay
$180
$975
 
 
Spring Shoulder season 2015
May 2 2015 - Jun 12 2015
3 night minimum stay
$185
$1,050
 
 
Peak Season 2015
Jun 13 2015 - Sep 11 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,200
 
 
Fall shoulder season
Sep 12 2015 - Oct 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
$185
$1,050
 
 
Fall/Winter 2015
Oct 31 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
$180
$975
 
 
Christmas/New Year's 2015
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,200
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes Pet fee: $50 per dog.;
Longer term off-season rentals by arrangement ~ please inquire;

Amenities

South Portland Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Town ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Heating
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , on the first floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1st floor
    Under the Eaves - 2 twin/ single , 2nd floor
    Guest room - 1 twin/ single , 1st floor
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming

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