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

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Susan and Tony

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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

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

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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

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!

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.

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

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Property Reviews

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The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
average rating of 4.878788 based on 34 reviews
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The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
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South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area
5

Perfect Home away from Home

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
The listing for this property is accurate but it is even better once there! Nothing is missing and it is well arranged - anything I wanted I could find. The owners are genuinely concerned for the comfort of their guests and take pride in their home.
I prepared most of our meals in the well equipped kitchen but we got take out from Thai Taste on Cottage road, a couple of minutes away. Great food!
This trip we did nothing but walk on the beach with our two dogs where they- and we! - met many happy dogs and their humans. Willard's Beach is perfect or dogs out of season as they are allowed off leash all day long. There is lots to do close by, but this trip we just relaxed and the Birdhouse made that easy!
Great home in a great area. Definitely recommend!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Helpful votes: 1/1
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The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p953622
+1 3603843119
South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area
5

Perfect Home-away-from-home.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
The listing for this property is accurate but it is even better once there! Nothing is missing and it is well arranged - anything I wanted I could find. The owners are genuinely concerned for the comfort of their guests and take pride in their home.
I prepared most of our meals in the well equipped kitchen but we got take out from Thai Taste on Cottage road, a couple of minutes away. Great food!
This trip we did nothing but walk on the beach with our two dogs where they- and we! - met many happy dogs and their humans. Willard's Beach is perfect or dogs out of season as they are allowed off leash all day long. There is lots to do close by, but this trip we just relaxed and the Birdhouse made that easy!
Great home in a great area. Definitely recommend!
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The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p953622
+1 3603843119
South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area
5

Very cosy and close to beautiful Willard Beach

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
My wife Lauren and I needed to leave our home in Portland in a hurry to allow roofers to do work on our roof. Susan and Tony were able to accommodate us at the Birdhouse at very short notice. We did not know what to expect as we had done little homework basically deciding on the first property that would accept our little dog.
The Birdhouse turned out to be a very sweet little cottage just yards from beautiful Willard Beach. It is cosy, comfortable and everything you would want from a vacation rental. It was close to our home so we could go back and forth as required but when we stepped into the Birdhouse we felt we could leave our worries and stresses at the door and truly relax.
Susan and Tony could not have been more helpful and accommodating. We would thoroughly recommend a stay at the Birdhouse and if you need any more persuasion then the best baker for miles is along the road and David388 is a superb restaurant well withing walking distance.
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The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
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South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area
3

The Birdhouse

  • 3 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
The Birdhouse is a comfortable cottage a half minute away from the fantastic Willard Beach. I stayed there with my two dogs in Nov and Dec, and we had many great walks on the beach, as well as in nearby Fort Williams. Very comfortable queen bed, amazingly equipped kitchen - everything you need and more, and nice living room to read or watch tv in. The owners are extremely responsive, warm and friendly, as is the local caretaker, Nancy. The place is clean and pleasant. It has an interesting history - a retired lobsterman lived there, and made bird houses out of recycled materials. Replicas of lobster boats, and other marina and fishing buildings he encountered in his long life as a Maine coast fisherman.
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The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
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South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area
5

Birdhouse stay

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
Overall very happy with the birdhouse! It was very convenient and adorable on our first trip to Maine. We loved how close it was to portland and Freeport outlets. Additionally the beach was a great place to walk our Bernese and have the kids run around. We hope to be back soon!

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 Beach
Willard Beach
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
David's 388
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

South Portland Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Winter/Spring 2014
Mar 1 2014 - Apr 30 2014
$180
$180
$975
3 nights
 
extra night: $180    
 
Spring Shoulder season 2014
May 1 2014 - Jun 13 2014
$185
$185
$1,050
3 nights
 
extra night: $185    
 
Peak Season 2014
Jun 14 2014 - Sep 5 2014
$1,200
7 nights
 
Notes: Weeks run from Saturday to Saturday. Successive weeks @ $50 discount   
 
Fall Shoulder season 2014
Sep 6 2014 - Oct 31 2014
$185
$185
$1,050
3 nights
 
extra night: $185    
 
Fall/Winter 2014
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
$180
$180
$975
3 nights
 
extra night: $180    
 
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 2 2015
$1,200
7 nights
 
Notes: Christmas and New Year's - one week minimum rental   

Additional information about rental rates

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 View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Beach ...
  • Town ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Parking ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Living Room
  • Ducted Heating
  • Living Area
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • 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 ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVR
  • Video Library ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
Outside:
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Yard
  • Deck Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • recreation center
  • bay/sound
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • library
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • laundromat
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • pier fishing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming