|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
We can offer flexible rentals that are outside of the below weekly schedule.
Experience life on an island off the coast of Maine . ..beaches and bell buoys . . swimming and tennis . this island does not get overcrowded. A unique experience for either a family w kids or couple. Great Diamond Island, in Casco Bay, is a two mile ferry ride from Portland. The Ferry service runs frequently enough to spend the day on the island, and then to be able to leave for a night out of dinner and activities within downtown Portland and still return that night to the island. Explore miles of walking trails through the island’s silent old growth forest and along the water’s edge - you may encounter our elusive moose, a family of wandering deer, herons and osprey, perhaps a few seals. Renter's must bring own bikes..Owner does not provide bikes.
The cottage is available for rentals from a minimum of 3 days and longer,
We can be flexible in regards to dates. Check in is at 3pm or earlier depending on if the cottage was open the night before and check out is noon on day of departure. Once again this can be flexible if we do not have people coming in on that day. Depending on the time of the year we can also have check in and check out times on different days if agreed upon. The house is not built to handle large groups. The house is perfectly set up for small families or couples or families under 8 people as maximum number sleeping in the house comfortably.
This house is not suited for large groups of people. Or group gathering's.
**Weekly rentals only
In order to secure the dates I will need the following, an email confirming your dates and intention to rent, a signed agreement within 5 days of the confirmation email date sent to the following below address and 50% of the total amount paid as a deposit fee. The additional 50% of your rental fee must be paid prior to May 1st 2017.
PO Box 4117
Portland, Maine 04101
Contract Return Due Date Information: Contract Return Due Date: is within 5 days of receiving agreement. Or Reservation can be canceled and owner reserves the right to rent to another renter. This contract and cleaning addendum must both be signed and paragraphs initiated where marked and returned with your deposit.
This property is suited for families that have children or couples that are looking for a slower paced vacation. We do not rent to groups that are planning to use the house for parties on the island, and this is not the place to rent if you are looking to go out all night long. This is a family island, and everything shuts down by 11PM.
Location to Beach, Portland, and island attraction's. Old John Calvin home that has charm.
We had a wonderful time on Great Diamond Island. Once we walked into the house we felt at home. Everything was there that we needed. Water was to cold for swimming the beach is a 1 minute walk from the house. We can't wait to go back next year and use the kayaks.
People were extremely nice on the island. I went running several times which was a great way to explore see both sides of the island.
The house is a 5-10 minute walk from the ferry. Going to and from Portland was easy you just have to plan your day around the ferry schedule. The owner was available to answer questions.
Basically we can't wait to go back next September.
We loved our time at this house. Perfect, comfortable porch, super quick walk down to the beach, friendly and quiet island. Taking the ferry into Portland is easy and so enjoyable. Amazingly comfortable master bed- we slept so well!! We would go back every summer if we could.
Charming island, with lots to do. Great 4 kids! Although the City of Portland is just a 15-minute ferry ride away, you'll have the feeling of being well away from civilization. With very few cars, and lots to explore, it's a safe place to let your kids roam and be independent. Bring their bikes!! Simply stock up for a week at the grocery store, drop it at the freight area for the ferry, and you are set for the week, Kayaking, hiking, island hopping, or sit on the deck and do nothing but gaze at the water. We take the ferry into the city on cloudy days. Wonderful restaurant on opposite side of island. Very considerate and friendly neighbors. Sunset view over Casco Bay, including rustic dining table, comfy couch and Adirondack chairs all on the deck. You'll want to buy a house on the island. This house has all the amenities for comfortable cottage living; romantic for 2, spacious for 4, comfortable for 6. Just go.
We had a lovely lovely stay at Brad’s cottage. There were three of us initially, myself and two friends enjoying ourselves on a mini-girls-getaway. My husband, our dog and four other friends joined us on our last day to celebrate my birthday. Everyone agreed – the house was wonderful with a big veranda in which to occasionally escape the sun and enjoy the view of the water. We relaxed and sat idle, chatting, reading or snoozing. The happiest member of our merry party was certainly our dog, Abby. She seemed positively morose upon leaving the island.
We only brought one bike between the three of us - but were able to manage taking turns to spin around the island and took many walks. We loved the easy accessibility of the beach and met some wonderful people while walking it. We also explored Diamond Cove and felt sorry for their sterile condos and sweeping manses with their overly manicured landscaping. But we thoroughly enjoyed our pizza and conversation with the general store folks.
The house itself was perfect – when the nights turned chilly, we were happy in the living room snuggled up with blankets and comfy sofas. Upstairs we found the bedrooms perfectly outfitted for our needs. Brad was the perfect host, answering a barrage of questions both prior to the trip and while we were on the island. In short, we were charmed by this wonderful home and are already all talking about a return trip, both to Great Diamond and of course Brad’s lovely cottage.
Had a nice relaxing time here in July with 4 others and our dog. The island is the big attraction here with its dirt roads, hand carts, $6 lobsters from Tammy, and keeping time with the pace of the ferry from Portland. It is very quiet, and we spent a lot of time out on the porch enjoying the beautiful weather. This is a great place to relax and do nothing. We enjoyed spending the evening drinking and playing board games, reading, laughing, etc. OH and it has wi-fi and good phone signals which were great for keeping in touch with the world.
The house is not fancy, and you certainly feel like you are living in someone else's home, though for us this was a nice homey feeling. It has everything you might need. It is full of country antiques and lots of odds and ends that you might need but wouldnt have packed. Fly swatter? got two near the washing machine! Short length of rope to practice tying a monkey's fist knot while having a beer? Sure! OH and kayaks. There are two and one canoe, though we only used the kayaks. The beach is right down the hill and it is easy to launch at high tide (you'll be shocked at the change of tides).
Stuff we did: Walks around the island, walk to Little Diamond Island and feel like cavemen crossing from Siberia to Alaska at low tide. Eat lobster. Grill your dinners. Go into the Old Port to shop (there is a Whole Foods there, but it requires some coordination as it is a longer walk). If you have a car, you may be out on side trips (we went to Wiscassett and did not have Reds lobster rolls), and mind the ferry schedule! Last ferry back at 930pm in summer.
ALSO, if you have a dog, your dog will LOVE it here. So much to smell and a nice big porch to hang out on.
Did not play tennis, though I kinda wish I had. Did go swimming. Did paddle to Diamond Cove which is really pretty.
Brad was easy to deal with. It was very simple. And we all came home very relaxed.
We spent a relaxing Memorial Day weekend here 2010 and were captivated by the charm of this friendly island. Local adults offered us a ride with our gear when they saw us coming off the ferry so overpacked. Within minutes of arriving a couple "local" kids offered to show our two - ages 12 and 14 the lay of the land. (Turns out these islanders live two towns away back home) Safe enough to turn them loose and not worry. Strolling around the "other side" to take in the large new waterfront construction was a must for us dreamers.
The home is a gem - well suited for a family and the kitchen was a joy to cook in. Front porch is great for morning coffee and all other meals as well.
All in all a great time - we will stay here again and bring our bikes to get around more efficiently.
Great Diamond Island, a 20-minute ride from Portland on a Casco Bay Lines ferry, was once a military installation and is now known for its summer homes, beaches, and the community of fine homes at Diamond Cove. At Diamond's Edge Restaurant you can dine at the water's edge, with beautiful views of Diamond Cove. The island has a general store (207-766-3087) which sells pizza, sandwiches and ice cream, and also has public restrooms.
The Casco Bay Lines departure point is located at the corner of Commercial Street and Franklin Arterial, Exit 7 off I-295 in downtown Portland.
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Apr 16 2017 - Jun 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 4 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2017 - Nov 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Please see above seasonal rates..
Cleaning fee is $175.00 per stay no matter the length of stay-
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