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Charming rustic cottage on the ocean, with semi-private beach

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Bailey Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms, 1-3/4 bath, cottage sleeps 6

The Nezinscott is located on a bluff on the southerly portion of picturesque Bailey Island, Maine. Access to the cottage is through use of a private driveway that turns off from Route 24. Note the location of the cottage is both above and set back from the main road.

A covered, wrap-around 'Farmers Porch' has chairs and end tables placed on it for those people desiring to sit and enjoy the beautiful easterly and westerly ocean views. Inside, the downstairs wood-fired fireplace insert adds warmth and ambiance to a large open space that is effectively a combined living/dining room. One bedroom, a kitchen/dining area, sink room, wood shed, and a full bathroom are also downstairs. There is a washer and dryer in the downstairs bathroom. Upstairs there are four additional bedrooms and one bathroom. The upstairs bathroom has a toilet, sink, shower, cabinet, and dresser.

Your stay includes access to Little Harbor, a semi-private beach. Note the water temperature in Little Harbor tends to be several degrees warmer than the open ocean in the summer.

Please note: Both internet reception and cell phone reception have been enhanced significantly at the Nezinscott by the use of signal boosters.

Some features of Bailey Island include Mackeral Cove, Cedar Beach, the Giant Staircase, Lands End Gift Shop, three local restaurants, a general store and eatery , post office, and churches. Come and enjoy the beach, the island, and the breath-taking sunrises and sunsets of the Maine coast!

Rental disclosure: Call to check on last minute cancelations. Rental agreement available upon request. Please email at

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

George Johnson, Jr. or Debbie Johnson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016
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About George Johnson, Jr. or Debbie Johnson

Debbie and George Johnson are year-round residents who work locally. George is a life-long resident of Bailey Island.

Debbie worked as a teacher for 26 years. For the last 5 years she has worked as a realtor, and now works at Rob Williams Real Estate on Bailey Island.

George has worked at Bath Iron Works for 34 years, primarily in structural design.

They have four children.

What makes this cottage unique

For people wanting to stay in a ocean-side rustic cottage, the location of the Nezinscott offers a combination of benefits: (1) Beach access to Little Harbor less than 100 feet from the cottage. (2) Sunrise to sunset ocean views from the east and west. (3) Access to the cottage is along a split from a driveway that is private to the owners and their family. No one drives by the east, south, or west sides of the cottage. The cottage is above and set back from the main road.

In short, the Nezinscott location offers a package of beach access, ocean views, and a greater degree of privacy and yard space than many other locations in this area.


based on 13 traveler reviews

Charming rustic cottage on the ocean, with semi-private beach
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

The perfect family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We've returned to this magical spot owned by the Johnson family on the edge of the private cove called Little Harbor for more than 40 years. This year our grandchildren did what our kids did a generation ago - play Uno at the big kitchen table, have breakfast on the "east" porch watching the lobster boats in the Atlantic as the adults drank their coffee, head down the stairs to the cove at low tide to catch the crabs that scoot between clumps of seaweed, then swim in with the incoming tide, hunt for sea glass, float, giggle, swim some more and tease the reluctant adults into the cold Casco Bay water until everybody's hungry and then head up the stairs for lunch. (Almost always lobster salad left from the lobster's delivered the night before by George Johnson's lobsterman brother, David.) The big kitchen invites special requests for deserts to be made that afternoon and a determination of how many lobsters to order for supper and how many people want steaks on the grill. Inevitably the kids initiate card games, puzzles, crafts or practice for a "presentation" of a gymnastics routine for the adults at cocktail hour later that afternoon. Usually we end up back in the cove for swimming etc, mid afternoon. About 4:30 we wander back to the cottage for showers, hors d'oeuvres and drinks (always with a word game, Trivia or Family Feud or Camp before the lobsters are delivered and dinner gets prepared. The sunsets on the "west porch" are stunning every night just as the sunrises are every morning. This is a place to relax, have fun and take in the absolute beauty all around. The rustic simplicity of this perfectly outfitted cottage is perfectly attuned with the magnificence of its hilltop position on the narrowest portion of Bailey Island - with the Atlantic and the cove on the East side and overlooking the busy and beautiful Mackeral Cove on the West. George and Debbie Johnson are incredibly gracious hosts who live next door. There is no other cottage on Bailey that can match the location, the privacy and proximity to cove swimming. Of course, we're going back next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The real Maine experience!

  • 5 of 5

What a great week we had at Nezinscott! Our foodie family took full advantage of abundant local seafood, and the spacious kitchen provided space for multiple cooks. And then, the porches!! Much time was spent enjoying the views.

The Harpswell/Orr's Island/Bailey Island area invites exploration, with water views around every curve. We could not get enough of the view and waves at the Giant's Stairs, a short walk from Nezinscott.

Our host, George, was attentive to our needs and a pleasure to talk to. The house was immaculately clean and well maintained, with charming original features throughout. One can feel the history of vacationing families going back to 1896.

If you are looking for the authentic old-time Maine cottage experience, this is the place!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Wonderful place to stay. Beautiful views.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Watched deer and turkeys in the yard, explored the beach and relaxed by the fireplace in the evening. Nice and quiet. Owners are the perfect hosts making sure we knew how everything worked and answered any questions we might have had. We would definitely stay again. Five stars are not enough!!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words and review! We hope you have a chance to travel some more this summer, and we certainly hope to see you again in the future.
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  • 5 of 5

Nice, quiet island (1000ft from end or road), owners very helpful and lobsters easily available. Sea can be seen from both sides of the house. Very interesting house.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Absolutely perfect family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely love this cottage. We stayed there in 2008 and we had been trying to get back ever since (We live in San Diego so getting to Maine with our 6 kids is an effort!). We could not get the dates we wanted last summer so we suggested we go to another cottage, but our kids said, "No way!" It was the Nezinscott or nothing! So waited until this summer to go back. We love the cottage - it's a bit rustic, but still has all the necessities. The view of the cove is lovely - I must've spent half my time in one of those adirondack chairs on the porch. My husband and kids loved snorkeling around the cove - they saw lots of lobsters, crabs, and fish. The island is so fun to walk around and the fresh lobster from Hays Lobsters were delicious. All my kids agree - BEST VACATION EVER!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nezinscott Cottage Review

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house, property and the views!! The bay view was spectacular and the wraparound porch was amazing to watch watch the high and low tides change. Debbie and George were awesome!! I miss the house and views already!!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
46 Miles
Portland International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Morse's Restaurant, Cook's Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Casco Bay Ferry Line
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
Cooks Corner, Brunswick
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Giant Staircase Cafe
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Little Harbor
Car: recommended

The Nezinscott is approximately 500 yards from the south end of Bailey Island. Bailey Island is the last in a series of picturesque islands connected to the mainland by three bridges, the last of which is the 'Cribstone Bridge'. Bailey Island about a twenty minute drive from Cook's Corner in Brunswick. People considering staying on Bailey Island, but unfamiliar with the area may wish to note the following: There are grocery stores, laundromats, banks, shopping malls, a cinema, restaurants, retail outlets, fitness centers, medical services and facilities (2 hospitals), 2 golf courses, mini-golf, Bowdoin College, art museums, local historic museums, Bath Maritime Museum, and other attractions in the towns of Brunswick, Topsham, and Bath. Facilities in Brunswick, Topsham, and Bath are within a range of twenty to thirty minutes from the Nezinscott Cottage. Freeport (home of L.L.Bean, Inc.) is about a forty-five minute drive. Portland is about a one-hour drive away. In essence, the region offers an array of sights, activities, and resources for our guests, in addition to enjoying the unique natural beauty of rugged ocean shorelines.

Other Activities: There are local art galleries and displays on Bailey, Orrs and Great Islands. Both the Town of Harpswell and Bowdoin College have marked hiking trails on Bailey Island, Orrs Island, Great Ilsnad, and West Harpswell,


Rates & Availability

Bailey Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late spring
May 19 2017 - Jun 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 16 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
late summer
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 22 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Sep 23 2017 - Oct 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Cleaning $120 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

Tentative reservations are not shown, please call or email for updated reservation information. We do offer monthly rates for June and September upon request.

Half the rental fee is due with the reservation contract, the other half, along with the security deposit is due by June 1st or or three weeks before the reservation whichever occurs first.

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Bailey Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , downstairs
  • One bathroom is located upstairs. There is a toilet, sink, shower enclosure, cabinet with mirror, small dresser with mirror, towel holders, outlets for hair dryer/accessories. One bathroom is located downstairs. There is a toilet, sink, tub/shower combination, cabinet with mirror, towel holders, outlets for hair dryer/accessories. Note the clothes washer/dryer unit is an apartment-sized combination, and is located in the downstairs bathroom.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
  • One double sized bed is in an upstairs bedroom. One double-sized bed is in the downstairs bedroom. Blankets and pillows are provided. 3/4 bath upstairs and full bath with laudry downstairs. Please bring your own bath and bed linens.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
This is a rustic Maine cottage built in 1896. Various significant infrastructure upgrades have been made to the cottage during the past several years. Note the heat source for the cottage is through a high efficiency wood-fired fireplace insert. Wood is supplied as part of the rental. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, and a bathroom with shower enclosure. Downstairs there is a woodshed/utility room, a sink room for dish washing/food preparation, a kitchen with dining area, a large combined living room/dining area (with 3 tables, plenty of chairs, 2 couches), one bedroom, one bathroom with shower/tub enclosure, and a normal capacity clothes washer/dryer unit. Weather permitting, the semi-private beach is sometimes used by guests as an access point for kayaking along the rugged coastline. Guests must bring their own kayaks and/or their own flotation devices such as rafts.

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