About the property
- House1500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 nights
3 BR, 1 BA, sleeps 6-7
Beautiful Ocean Views and 2 minute walk to the beach!
PLEASE NOTE: If your desired dates are reserved or if you have a larger party, please inquire about our two Willard Beach vacation homes! One has 3 BR and 1.5 BA and sleeps 7-9 (Property #4019326) and the other has 4-5 BR, 2 full baths (Property #903832)!
Bright, Sunny and spotlessly clean, this quintessential Maine beach cottage features beautiful ocean views and a perfect location. Located in the beautiful and historic Town Landing neighborhood of Falmouth-Foreside, rated 'Maine's most prestigious neighborhood', it's just 10 mins to downtown Portland and 15 mins to the charming town of Freeport with the famous Freeport outlets and the huge LL Bean Campus of stores. The location feels away from it all, yet it's only 1-2 miles to restaurants, coffee shops & shopping! Wake up to see the sailboats in the harbor. Enjoy your morning coffee or evening cocktails on the expansive deck with beautiful views of the sailboats in the harbor and huge adirondack chairs.
Walk to the private beach or the Town Landing Market, both just steps away. The historic Town Landing Market features the best (and most affordable) lobster rolls around, plus shrimp rolls and crab rolls around plus delicious made-to order sandwiches and pizza.
The cottage sleeps 6 comfortably in great beds with high quality mattresses and can accommodate one extra guests in a very high-quality twin air mattress. The Master bedroom features ocean views, a new very high-end Beautyrest Black King-sized mattress (and a new wrought iron king bed and new bedding not yet photographed), brand new blackout drapes, a new 40" Samsung Flatscreen and new bedroom furniture, a room AC and hand-painted diamond-patterned floors.
The 2nd bedroom features a verdigris iron queen bed with a thick memory foam topper, a room AC and whimsically hand-painted polka-dot bordered floors. The 3rd bedroom its very small and cozy with twin beds, a room AC, hand painted floors, a set of shelves for clothing (no closet) and a Tommy Hilfiger nautical theme.
Cheerful and sunny living room with ocean views was just renovated (2016) with creamy-white shiplapped walls and bead board ceilings. It is open to dining room and home-office area (not shown) with a brand new sofa and new comfy chair, 42' Samsung Flatscreen and AC.
Dining room seats six comfortably and is open to the living room. Living room with wood stove features comfortable sofa, loveseat, comfy reading chair and plenty of additional seating including lots of special children's furniture throughout, plus a home-office area. Home has wireless high speed internet throughout, 200+ channels, a new 42' Samsung HDTV and land line with unlimited domestic long-distance and unlimited calls to Canada.
Spacious kitchen with sunroom is extremely well-equipped with everything you need for large family meals and entertaining, plus two sets of service-for-8 dishes, a heavy-guage Ralph Lauren stainless silverware set for 12, and glassware in every category.
Deck is outfitted with 4 of the highest-quality oversized adirondack chairs sold in the US, plus side tables and and two additional comfy patio chairs for casual ocean-view dining.
For our winter and longer-term guests, we encourage you to use our cozy wood stove fireplace insert. Also, our new efficient boiler/heat system was added in 2009, along with a new roof. New energy efficient windows throughout were added in 2010 and 2014 to the living room, kitchen and dining room plus the two smaller bedrooms. The exterior was fully remodeled and repainted in 2010.
Personal owner-provided Concierge Services available upon request.
There's something for Everyone!: A truly unique vacation setting, with something to satisfy all interests! Whether it's outdoor recreation or fine dining and shopping, this area offers it all, and it's all just minutes from your doorstep.
You're just 10 minutes to Portland's historic Old Port Exchange, filled with interesting boutiques, coffee shops and award-winning dining. Even less distance to the Arts District.
Within 15 minutes, you are in Freeport, home to the famous outlets and the fabulous LL Bean 'campus'. LL Bean offers daily adventure programs worth exploring, as they are very reasonably priced and professionally guided.
Within a 20-30 minute radius, you can explore lakes, the ocean, and many of the famous area beaches. You can go hiking one day, antiquing the next, whale-watching the third, 'boutiquing' and gallery-hopping the fourth, visit historic areas the next day, dress up for a fine-dining experience on one night and picnic on the beach the next afternoon.
Read what the travel publications have written: Travel and Leisure ranked Portland, ME as the 3rd best city in the united States to take a summer vacation and the 4th best city in the US to visit in the fall.
Frommer's Magazine Rated Portland as a 'Top 12 World Travel Destination' in their 2007 review.
Bon Appetit rated Portland as the 'Foodiest Small City in the Nation'.
Falmouth, Maine was rated by Forbes Magazine in April 2011 as having the best public school system in the entire nation. See article:
How Portland Stacks Up: See how Portland ranks among other US Cities:
1. Portland is rated “One of America's Best Towns 2010”. (Outside Magazine, 2010)
2. Portland named one of the coolest small cities in America. (GQ Magazine, November 2010).
3. Portland named among the top twelve surprising, thriving and emerging world travel destinations for 2007 by Frommer’s Travel Guides.
4. Portland ranked #2 in Self Magazine’s 2006 Healthiest Cities for Women.
5. Portland ranked #7 on the 2005 list of the 100 Best Art Towns in America.
6. Portland named “One of the 10 Great Adventure Towns”. (National Geographic Adventure Magazine, August 2004).
7. Portland named #6 as one of the ten safest, culturally most fascinating U.S. Cities. (Travel Smart Consumer Newsletter, January 2004)
8. Portland, Maine named One of American’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations (National Trust for Historic Preservation, April 2003) for the city’s remarkable collection of historic buildings, its outstand
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About Marilys Scheindel
My family of four (plus our pooch) fell in love with the Portland area during a vacation in the year 2001 and we knew that we would someday find a way to move here. We made a lifestyle move in 2005, moving here with no family, no friends, no jobs anywhere on the East Coast, leaving behind our entire universe in the midwest. I knew that I wanted to make a professional career change to own and manage vacation rental properties because it combines my passions for houses, decorating and hosting people--something I have done my whole adult life. I love my career and have since purchased two other homes in the area that I own and operate as furnished rental homes. One is on this website--Property #4019326.
Marilys Scheindel purchased this House in 2005
Why Marilys Scheindel chose Falmouth Foreside
Our realtor started looking for homes for us and stubbled across a "for Sale by Owner" ad. She called me immediately and said I needed to take a look--that this house wouldn't last long. We saw it the next day and absolutely fell in love with the house, the views and the neighborhood and purchased the house that night. Our realtor still tells me she is jealous that we got this house and not her! We knew that this was a house we would keep in our family forever and my kids still debate who will get this house "someday". We purchased it in 2005 and hope to keep it in our family forever.
What makes this House unique
The house has a very magical "treehouse" feeling to it and a very happy vibe and feeling about it that most of my guests comment on. It's really cheerful and the views are incredible! I always feel good when I am in this house and when it's vacant, which is rare, I go to this house for a quiet day of work. I just feel good and happy when I am in this house and the neighborhood is so quiet and peaceful--I love it and so do my guests!
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Winter Getaway--A Family Tradition
My wife and I and our (now) teenage children have been staying at this charming home for a couple of long winter weekends each year, usually in December and then sometimes again in February. I originally discovered this home a few years ago and surprised my wife with a Valentines getaway. We enjoyed our time in the Portland (and Freeport) area, as well as our evenings in the home, so thoroughly that we decided we needed to share it with our kids. Since that initial stay, it has become a special tradition for our family and we try to reserve a Christmas shopping stay each year in December; and then, when the home is available, we will often return in February to break up the winter (and my wife and girls enjoy the post-Christmas bargains in Freeport). We truly can’t say enough about the comforts of this home and the special extras provided by the owners, Marilys and Robert. The home is so welcoming and inviting in every way. We usually arrive in the evening and the heat is always set to our ideal temperature upon arrival; the fireplace often has a fire going, the lights are on; there are flowers, chocolates, etc. It’s quite a cozy home, very warm, has comfortable furniture for gathering by the fire at night, and very good mattresses, something we have not always encountered in other rental homes. We also find the location to be perfect for our needs. The area is unusually peaceful and quiet, which is a nice retreat from our fast-paced Boston life, but there are theaters and coffee shops nearby that our kids really appreciate when my wife and I want some quiet time at the house. We always look forward to our favorite Portland restaurants and the breakfast places in Falmouth are the best we’ve found in the area. We just reserved our December stay and look forward to seeing all of the changes the owners made to the house this past summer. We truly need to thank you both for helping us create a special family tradition that we all look forward to each year. Thanks again for everything and we look forward to seeing you very soon.
An exceptional rental, sure to impress any visitor
With parents visiting, I spent a lot of time looking for a place close by where family could all easily visit. This wonderful cottage was perfect in every way. The owner responed quickly to numerous emails, and was beyond helpful in making this a truly unique experience. She put a ready light log in the fire and had the cottage immaculate upon arrival. The views from the living room, dining room and upstairs master bedroom look right onto the ocean. The expectionaly comfortable living room is arranged to entertain a large group, and the adirondack chairs in the backyard and upstairs porch are wonderful ways to enjoy the view. We grilled outside one night for dinner, and Marilys conveniently had a large bag of charcoal to use.
Her amazing attention to detail is exceptional, from the beautiful floor designs to painted antiques. She clearly had a lot of fun decorating this cottage and we all spent a good deal of time admiring her artwork and designs. My favorite was her coffee table: a handcrafted Maine lobster trap, with an antique painted door over the top. She also filled the house with brightly painted lobster buoys, starfish and seashells.
We had a wonderful walk around the town, stoping at the Town Landing store for local gossip on the weather and a good cup of coffee. We drove to Mackworth Island, a few miles down the road, and had a wonderful hike. We were close enough to Freeport for shopping and enjoyed an excellent dinner at Fore Street in downtown Portland. Everything was close by, but we could have stayed at the house and been completely happy.
I recommend this to visitors, and to local families who want a house close by for friends and family. We all truly enjoyed our stay.
Sunny, bright and wonderful location
Beautiful cottage with wonderful character and what tremendous views in the morning of the sun coming up over the sea. Quite and delightful weekend getaway. Wood burning stove provided a cozy winter atmosphere. If coastal Maine is your thing and you don't like the hustle and bustle of tourists, this is a great location. Portland is short drive for all the restaurants and shopping you can imagine. Our hostess made sure everything was perfect. We had a late arrival, she made sure the cottage was warm and lights were on! Highly recommend this cottage.
Great home by the Sea!
We had a wonderful stay at this cottage by the sea. Comfy, clean & convenient. The owner is thorough and thoughtful (brought us a Christmas tree & gifts for my girls!) Perfect spot.
Best Experience Possible!
I cannot express enough how much I loved this home and our experience. My fiance was deployed when he gave me the go to begin planning for our vacation once he returned. We knew we wanted to do a New England vacation as he is from Maine and has family around that area. However, we wanted to experience Maine the true vacation way! When I found this beach cottage, I was blown away from the pictures. Once I contacted that owner, I was even more blown away. She was kind, helpful, and responsive during the planning process. When we arrived to the home, there were no surprises...well, actually if even possible, the home looked even better than in the pics! It was fully stocked. It was comfortable yet still very nice. We cooked dinner most nights at the house and the kitchen was excellent! We even cooked up lobsters. My fiance used the grill often! The walk to the ocean is literally 2 minutes and the walk to the cute store is just about the same distance. The neighborhood is beautiful. We drove to Portland, Saco, York Beach, Old Orchard Beach, and Freeport. The owners have great beach supplies that we took full advantage of and are very appreciative of. We are a blended family with children of all ages and all of our kids enjoyed it! A couple nights, extended family drove down to have dinner with us and they were impressed too!!
A happy cottage
Location was enough to make this house a no brainer… but when walked in the house was nothing short of immaculately clean, happy and bright. And the views! On top of all of this the owner is a delight. Warm, friendly, knowledgable, and she made us a cake. Five stars across the board.
The house comfortably sleeps 6, but the two sleeping in the twin bed room had to keep their suitcases downstairs, because it is a tight squeeze. It worked for us, would be perfect for a family traveling with kids, but worth noting for groups of adults.
Overall, we strongly recommend this happy cottage - we loved our time there.
Steps away from classic vacation fun and minutes to many of Maine's best spots! Stay close to home and dine, picnic, swim, canoe, kayak, sail, hike, golf or cycle or venture minutes away to discover more of Maine's treasures. Just 10 minutes to DT Portland, famous for its restaurants, boutiques, museums and galleries, and named by Frommer's a 'Top 12 World Travel Destination' in 2007 and ranked 'Top Foodie City in the US' by Bon Appetit in 2009. Wander the cobblestone streets in Portland's famous Old Port--its historic waterfront warehouse district, and shop the fabulous boutiques and galleries for unique treasures. Enjoy whale watching, deep-sea fishing, lobstering excursions, Duck boat tours and sunset dinner cruises or discover the nearby islands and famous lighthouses. Drive 15 minutes north to the famous Freeport outlets and LL Bean or continue further north to discover the charming villages along Maine's unspoiled coastline. Other Activities: theatres, museums, galleries, theme parks, hiking, shopping, dining
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Pets welcome with prior approval and pet fee. Winter Leases: Mid/Late Oct, 2016-April 2017. $3950/mo. plus utils, with 6 month minimum lease term. Shorter-term or longer-term winter lease available at premium pricing. Cleaning Fee $195.