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Steps from Sandy Beach-Drift Inn Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms , 2 Baths (Sleeps 6)

Cedar-shingled cottage on over an acre of land across a small country road from sandy beach on the ocean. Sweeping views to the south out to the open Atlantic. Beach only 150 feet away from the front porch with hammock, deck chairs and Atlantic views. 15 minute walk into Port Clyde's restaurants, galleries (less than a mile) an ice cream shop, general store and ferry for nature cruises. 20 minute walk to Marshall Point Lighthouse.

Drift Inn Cottage was built in 2000. The Interior is light, crafted from wood throughout. Great room with sea views. Well-equipped kitchen and first-floor bedroom with Queen bed and full bath. Up the carpeted stairway to master suite (King-size bed) with luxury bath with tiled shower, and computer nook with broadband internet access and wi-fi.

Up a few steps to the sea view cupola/study. Good sleeping on futon for anyone who wants to be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves. Note: no door on cupola, therefore, not an enclosed room.

Included is a separate 14x20 rustic bunkhouse with a sea view, a cheery wood stove and twin beds.

The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens with a variety of flowers and trees. There are special spots throughout the property where you can tuck in and read a book while looking up at open ocean.

More Details

Marnie Dean
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 13, 2017

About Marnie Dean

My husband and I live in Southern Maine with our two daughters. We love living in Maine and while our work

keeps us closer to Portland our hearts are in Port Clyde.

Marnie Dean purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Marnie Dean chose MidCoast and Penobscot Bay

Tom grew up vacationing on the St. George peninsula.

I first found Port Clyde as a TV reporter covering fishing stories. When my career took me to other parts of the country I always knew I would end up back in Maine and I even said on air that 'there was a little piece of property in Port Clyde with my name on it!' We found that special place in Drift Inn Cottage. We've been renters for years and feel very lucky to now be owners of this lovely house.

What makes this cottage unique

There is something so decadent about being able to

take your morning cup of coffee and walk just a few steps to a sandy beach to watch the sunrise over the ocean.

So many times over the years people on the beach would watch us walk back to the house and say how lucky we were to be staying in that house. We certainly feel lucky.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband, our two boys (7 and 11) and my mother spent an amazing week in this perfect place. The cottage is everything it claims to be and more. I called it our own little piece of heaven! The view from the cottage is incredible. You can literally walk off the porch, and across the yard and you are at the beach. There are many charming places in town to eat and to see. Marshall Lighthouse is within walking distance. There is also plenty to do in the neighboring villages and towns. We had one rainy day but the cottage is so well stocked with games and movies we enjoyed a quiet day in and didn't even mind. Marnie is incredibly easy to work with. Her cottage helped to make sure our first Maine vacation was the most memorable we've ever had. I only hope we will be able to return one day!
Jun 2016
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Port Clyde Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Master bath has a luxury tiled shower with glass door, dual shower heads, and seat in shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk House
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Enter from the back of the house into open great room with beechwood floors and ocean views. Well-equipped kitchen off entry door. Small sea view 'relaxing' nook to left of great room. First-floor bedroom with Queen bed and full bath (T/S). Up the carpeted stairway to master (King bed) and luxury bath with tiled shower. Small 'morning' balcony and computer nook with internet access. Go up a few steps to the sea view cupola/study with a desk and a futon. This is good sleeping for anyone who wants to be lulled to sleep by the sound of lapping waves. Note: no door on cupola, therefore, not an enclosed room. There is a separate 14x20 rustic bunk house with an ocean view, a cheery wood stove and twin beds.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Crow's Nest
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Monhegan Island Excursions, Art Galleries, Scenic Flights. Our cottage was featured in the New York Times 'Escapes' page at:


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I don't think that we've ever had a more wonderful time with our family!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Drift-Inn Cottage mid August. Included in our party were six adults and three little cousin munchkins, all six years old. There was plenty of room for each of us to have our own space. The kids had bunking parties in the cupola, on the beanbag bed and futon--I don't know if adults would be comfortable in this sleeping space but the little ones had a ball. My husband and I stayed in the guest house and felt that it could pose some difficulty for older folks (we are!) due to the fact that there is no bathroom. Other than that, it was peaceful and comfortable.

The cottage was clean, and the premises beautiful. The kitchen was well supplied with utensils and pots and pans.In one bedroom closet there is a big washer and dryer, with plenty of towels including those for the beach. There are chairs, inner tubes and plenty of pails and shovels for the beach. There are grills and charcoal, lobster pots, and everything one would need for a complete experience.

Drift Inn Cottage was perfect for three generations. We loved the big dining room table, not only to use for eating but for plenty of game playing and putting together puzzles. The beach is glorious and it was fascinating to watch the tides move in and out. We rented a flat board and took that out quite a bit. The kids loved hunting for hermit crabs, painting rocks and playing pingpong in the outbuilding. We had great gatherings on the front porch.

Normally we would try to plan some sightseeing activities during our vacation but this time, everyone was more than content to stay put. My son, who is a world traveler, said this is the only time he never wanted to was all here! But if one is inclined, there is plenty to do. Over our past several years in Port Clyde, we've taken the puffin tour, visited all of the nearby lighthouses, climbed Mt Battie, stumbled on blueberry festivals and antique shows, enjoyed the Farnsworth museum in Rockland and the beautiful botanical garden in Booth Bay Harbor.

Our favorite places to have seafood, besides the Yardbird next door, are at Claws in Rockland and at Miller's Landing. You can get your own lobsters right off the dock in Port Clyde and this year we found fresh scallops at the Fish Co-op on the road to the lighthouse. Jesse's in Rockland is a great place to find fresh seafood at a reason price.

Thank you Deans for sharing your beautiful home--and for giving us the opportunity to make memories for our family.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were 2 couples and 3 children traveling together last August and enjoyed every minute of our stay in this beautiful, very comfortable, clean and well equiped Port Clyde cottage.

The size of the place was just perfect for us but I would not recommend more than 6 people if everyone is adult size. We had an 8 year old sleeping on the small futon in the cuppola but I think an adult would have been uncomfortable there. Our daughters absolutely loved the little house with the 2 single beds by the cottage, so cute!

The place was very well equipped and really had everything we needed. We had one rainy day during our week there but there was lots to keep everyone busy from board games, books, cds to ping pong tournaments and lots of space for anyone to read quietly if they wanted.

The best part of course was that spectacular and quiet beach right in front of the cottage where the kids spent their afternoons collecting and releasing Hermit crabs and flying their kites.

My favorite was kayaking to the little bay just north of us where there was a nest with 2 bald eagles...Wow! Oh, and did I mention watching the shooting stars (perséides) at night lying down on the beach? Magnificent!

And the other best thing, according to the rest of the group(I'm allergic :-( ) was the daily fresh lobster and fish from the canteen right next door. It was everybody's best ever apparently!

Visiting Camden and hiking Mount Battie was another fun thing to do for all of us. We had a good giggle after getting to the top climbing some really steep

areas especially for the kids and then realizing that some people were getting up there in their cars form the other side of the mountain. The view up there was certainly worth every effort!

The only sad or negative thing for us about the cottage was leaving our labrador behind, the beach and environment would have been paradise for her too...but we understand (because we ran into some of those...)that not all dog owners are responsible.

Finally, we could not recommend this place enough and we were all really sad to leave a place I could easily call Paradise. We hope to come back again soon.

Thank you Marnie and family for everything,

France, Xuan, Sylvie and Mathieu + kids

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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The Drift Inn Cottage, a wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The Drift Inn Cottage was a beautiful place to stay. The ocean view was amazing and right out the back door! We spent every morning and many afternoons sitting on the large porch watching the water while relaxing. The cottage is clean, has every amenity and the owner was so very helpful with tips on where to eat and activities to do. We took advantage of the close proximity of the cottage to the Monhegan boat line and enjoyed both the "puffin tour" and "Monhegan Island" tour. We had one of our best meals at the Yardbird Canteen- simply fabulous!

We would highly recommend the Drift Inn Cottage in Port Clyde, Maine. The grounds are gorgeous. The home is relaxing and very private, yet is close proximity to food and other activities.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Lovely, private cottage in tranquil setting

  • 4 of 5

We were very pleased with the cottage. It had a great floor plan offering communal and private space and sits on a wooded lot that is steps from the ocean. We spent a few days sea kayaking, each time launching from the beach in front of the house. The kayaking was great. In normal weather conditions, the surf was very manageable. Particularly in mid-October, this house is in a quiet area with limited restaurants/stores, etc., but that suited us just fine.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Great place. great time.

  • 5 of 5

The Drift Inn Cottage met and exceeded our expectations. Drift Inn beach is an absolute jewel with its constantly changing tides and weather and the house and grounds are beautiful. The pictures are nice, but the views and accommodations once you arrive are better than you could've imagined. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting interesting and friendly beachgoers; walking to the Marshall Pt. Lighthouse and hanging out at the Port Clyde general store and the entire waterfront area in general. I find Port Clyde to be incredibly charming and picturesque. We had hoped to travel out to Camden and Rockland etc., but everything we really wanted or needed was right at our front porch so we were more than content to enjoy the wonderful convenience of our very own beach.

This place is gorgeous, comfortable, well designed and fun. The place sells itself.

We enjoyed our stay thoroughly

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Vacation Cottage...

  • 5 of 5

We recently enjoyed a long weekend in this charming vacation cottage and it was absolutely perfect! It is simply beautiful inside and out as well as immaculate and fully equipped with everything needed for a comfortable vacation. The beach is just a few steps away and we spent much of our time sitting on the inviting and well furnished porch enjoying the ocean view. We highly recommend this home to anyone looking for the ideal vacation will not be disappointed! Gail and Bob Ruberti

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Port Clyde (to Monhegan Island)
Nearest Train
90 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Drift Inn
Car: necessary

Port Clyde is a picturesque fishing and lobstering village at the southern tip of the St. George Peninsula. The village has art galleries, two restaurants, and a lobster co-op where you can buy fresh lobster directly from the fishermen. The village has the remote quality of an island, with the convenience of being able to drive to active towns like Rockland (15 miles) and Camden (20 miles) where there are shops, museums, movies, and many restaurants. You can also take the ferry from Port Clyde to Monhegan Island, a haven for artists and hikers Monhegan is a great day trip. Marshall Point Lighthouse is about a mile walk from the cottage. This lighthouse was featured in the movie 'Forrest Gump' and is a must see stop during your stay.

The best burger in Maine is a short drive away at the Owl's Head General Store--try the 7 napkin burger!


Rates & Availability

Port Clyde Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2017 - Nov 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 9.0%

One half weekly rental required as deposit at time of booking.
Eight people maximum; No Pets & No Smoking.

Inquire about lower weekly rates in off season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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