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

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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

The Nezinscott is located on the southerly portion of picturesque Bailey Island, Maine. The property borders and overlooks Little Harbor, with ocean views to the east and to the west.

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 gas-fired (propane) 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, utility room, 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: Comcast services at the cottage include television, wireless internet, and phone.

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 information: Call or e-mail to check on last minute cancellations or any possible off-season discounts. Rental agreement available upon request. Please email at

PLEASE NOTE: The Cancellation Policy has been set at 'Non-Refundable' after considering the choices offered by HomeAway. In reality, refunds for cancellations are made to the monetary extent that another reservation is obtained for the timeline that was cancelled.

More Details

George Johnson, Jr. or Debbie Johnson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

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, and for the last 7 years she has worked as a realtor. She works at Rob Williams Real Estate on Bailey Island for most of the year. During the winter months she works alongside her mother fo Starlink Realty in Naples Florida. George has worked at Bath Iron Works for 37 years, primarily in structural design.

They have four children and two grandchildren.

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) Access to the beach area known as Little Harbor. (2) The property borders and overlooks Little Harbor. (3) There are sunrise to sunset ocean views from the east and west. (4) The only access to the Nezinscott Cottage is through turning off 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 location of the cottage is above and set back from the main road.

In short, the Nezinscott Cottage is a rustic cottage located in a manner that offers beach access, ocean views, and a greater degree of both privacy and yard space than many other rental locations in this area.


Bailey Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • 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
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Clothes Washer/Dryer located in this bathroom.
  • 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
  • Upstairs North Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Upstairs South Bedroom - 1 twin/ single
    Upstairs West Bedroom - 1 twin/ single
    Upstairs East Bedroom - 1 queen
    Downstairs East Bedroom - 1 queen
  • One queen sized bed is in an upstairs bedroom. One queen sized bed is in the downstairs bedroom. Blankets and pillows are provided. 3/4 bath upstairs. Full bath with laundry downstairs. Please bring your own bath and bed linens.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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:
  • ATM/bank
  • 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. 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 gas-fired fireplace insert installed new in 2017. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, and a bathroom with shower enclosure. Downstairs there is a utility/storage room, an open kitchen/dining area, a living room, one bedroom, and one bathroom. The downstairs bathroom has a 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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Charming rustic cottage on the ocean, with semi-private beach
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews
Barnhart, MO

This was the best rental ever!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was so perfect! We lived on the wrap around porch. There was always the best breeze from the ocean in back. We watched the tide come in and out, fog roll in and out, as well as lobster men hard at work. There was plenty of room for my husband and I and our 7yr old daughter. As well as our 22yr old son, his fiancé, and their 3yr old daughter. We never felt on top of each other.

Everyone on the island, including the owners, were SO NICE! We met great people all happy to give great tips for hiking and sight seeing. Basically do and see everything anyone suggests and you will not be disappointed.

Lastly, for never having been to in Maine, we felt like we got to see the best of it. We also were just 30min to 1hr tops away from Freeport, Portland, Biddeford, Booth Bay, and Cape Elizabeth. Awesome day excursions that ended back at our sleepy and good 10 degrees cooler cottage.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great little spot in a wonderful area.

  • 4 of 5

Had a wonderful time here. The cottage was cozy, well appointed, and near tons of interesting stuff including some fun hiking on Bailey Island and nearby Freeport and Portland. And be sure to tune the radio to the Memories Station!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great long-weekend getaway for two

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at the Nezinscott Cottage and will definitely be back! George was a very attentive and personable host, making a fire in the stove for us before we arrived and advising us on the different restaurants nearby. But he was also unobtrusive - there is a lot of privacy at the cottage, which we appreciated. He let us stay a bit later on our departure day since there were no new guests arriving that day, which was a pleasant surprise.

The main floor of the cottage is very nicely appointed - the kitchen has everything you could possibly want, and the living room is cozy with plenty of games and puzzles. Both rooms are nicely decorated. We especially appreciated the large amount of dry firewood kept in a room off the kitchen! We were there over Columbus Day weekend and kept the woodstove going pretty much nonstop. It rained one day and we were so glad we didn't need to rely on getting wet wood lit (the cottage is heated only by the woodstove). The upstairs is pretty rustic - not a lot of privacy if you're there with a bunch of people - but for the two of us it was perfect. The full-sized bed in the bedroom upstairs was so comfortable! My husband and I are used to a Tempurpedic at home so we're super picky about beds in places we stay, and we both slept soundly and comfortably every night here.

The location is perfect - the photos honestly don't do it justice. The view from the Adirondack chairs on the deck was fantastic - we sat for hours in the sun watching the tide come in. On our last morning a group of turkeys came up the hill from the beach and went right past us. Bailey Island is very laid back while still having several restaurants to choose from - a couple of nights we dined in Brunswick which has lots of options. The binder full of restaurant info in the cottage was super-helpful - on our last night we ate at a German restaurant in Brunswick that we agreed was one of the best meals we've had in a long time!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for the blessing of your very kind review!
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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: July 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: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: June 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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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
17 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.0%

(1)Tentative reservations are not shown, please call or email for updated reservation information. (2) We do offer monthly rates for June and September upon request. (3) Prices are based on 6 person occupancy. The maximum occupancy is 8 persons, with prior agreement from owners for any occupancy over 6 persons. Note: There is a $25.00 per night per person charge, plus applicable state taxes, for a seventh and eighth occupant. (4) No pets policy. (5) No smoking. (6) Please inquire for possible off-season discounts. (7) Deposit required at time of signed contract is equal to one half of the total amount, including taxes, but excluding the security deposit. Remaining amounts are due June 1st, or at a minimum of 30 days before arrival. (8) REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS. HomeAway dashboard options do not include our long-held policy, so it is stated here. REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS will be given to the extent that another rental is obtained for the timeline that was cancelled, but never for more than the amount originally paid.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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