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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, sleeps 7


Our lovely home is a short, 500-yard walk to beautiful, private Moody Beach-- voted one of the best beaches on the East Coast. Marshview, is a large, two-story duplex, located on a quiet, private road. The Northside Cottage sleeps 7, as does the Southside cottage. (See rental #228516.) For large gatherings or groups of more than 7, rent the entire house. With all the amenities it's a great place for vacations, family reunions, wedding stays and so much more. CONTACT US FOR 2018 SUMMER RATES!


Each year, we update and redecorate. This year, we've employed a nationally known firm to install a new tub and surround in dazzling white with new, hi-tech shower doors. It makes the bath looks fantastic.

A new kitchen stove and microwave complete upgrades for 2016. We think you'll enjoy these new additions to our cottage. It's important to us that you're happy and comfortable when you're staying at Marshview and reluctant to leave. New living room chairs and a new dishwasher to make your stay more care free.


Since we purchased MARSHVIEW in the late 1980s, we updated, renovated & redecorated. We remodeled our large, fully-equipped kitchen with new countertops and tile backsplashes, as well as painted it in soothing, cool shades of blue. The half bath on the first floor has been completely rebuilt with new fixtures and tile floors.

In the spacious living room, you can hear the waves, catch the smell of the sea, and be lulled by the ever-changing light. We hope this adds to your beach experience. This area is furnished with comfortable furniture, lots of pillows, games, TV, DVD, and internet.


On the second floor, there are three bedrooms and a full bath. Last year, we installed new flooring throughout the upstairs, making it easier to keep this area sand free. The refreshing blue walls combined with the mutating light give each room a unique feel.

In the front of the house, there is a large bedroom with three single beds. It’s a prime location to hear the waves crashing against the sea wall one street away. By keeping the windows open it's usually cool enough to need the quilts on the beds or even the blankets that are stored in each closet. On those atypical days when it’s HOT in Maine, there are fans in each closet. The middle bedroom contains two twin beds. The master bedroom is in the back of the house overlooking the lovely Rachel Carson Preserve. Wake up to the sights and sounds of various birds and other wildlife.


The back deck is a lovely area. It’s a “cool” place to drink your morning coffee or the perfect spot to view the spectacular sunsets. It overlooks the Rachel Carson Sanctuary and Preserve, a thriving habitat for many species migratory birds. So you’ll want to bring your binoculars, camera or your paint/sketch pad. The Preserve is also a great place for canoeing and kayaking.

In Marshview’s large backyard, you have your own charcoal grill and picnic table. There is a fire pit and hot & cold outdoor shower that are shared by both sides. The front yard is pleasant, oversized and perfect for playing—but not for parking!


To make it easier for our guests when you first arrive, there is a roll of toilet paper in each bathroom, a dish towel and dish cloth, as well as a roll of paper towels. There is also olive oil & vinegar, vegetable spray, salt & pepper, kitchen garbage bags, dish detergent & hand soap. (The only thing I ask is that you leave a note for my housekeeper if you run out, as a courtesy to the next guests.) There are 4 low-slung, sand chairs for your use. We bought a Beach Buggy for you to transport your belongings to beach. Blankets & pillows are provided, but guests must provide their own sheets, towels, etc. and we ask that you respect what's ours!


Spectacular Moody Beach is a private, sandy beach that provides something for people of all ages and all tastes. It’s a place for surfers and walkers, body surfers, surf casters, kayaker, or for those who just want to enjoy the sun and sea. Its tidal pools are spots where the young can enjoy the water and build their sand creations.

In the evening and the moon is full, the scene of the moon of the ocean is breathtaking. Regardless, the beach is usually lit by bonfires and flood lights to enhance the ocean’s stunning views


The beach is a great place to walk anytime—day or night. Just north to of our public right-of-way is a rock jetty. Our grandchildren amuse themselves for hours finding treasures in those “hidden caves that might have been left by pirates long ago”. At low tide, you can take a 4-5 mile walk on the beach south, to Ogunquit, the Marginal Way or Perkins Cove.


Go out to Ocean Avenue; turn left—i.e. north: Walk or ride your bike and take a 3+mile ride along Ocean Avenue with its breath-taking views of the sea. (Bring your camera.) You might catch sight of the seals basking in the sun on the rocks near Wells Beach. You won’t be disappointed as the sea crashes against the sea wall or draws back to reveal the rock formations that the sea gradually transforms from one summer to the next.


In the house, we’ve collected pamphlets about emergency services, churches, art galleries, museums, tourist attractions, historical sites, deep sea fishing and whale watch cruises and more. There are golf courses in Wells, York, Kennebunkport and Kennebunk which can accommodate all skill levels of golfers. The Ogunquit Playhouse has been producing professional theatre since 1933 featuring show business and TV legends. It’s an opportunity to see quality, Broadway productions at prices you can afford.

All this information is in a basket on the bottom shelf of the table next to the front door. Relax on the back deck and plan what you like to do next.



There’s much to do in addition to going to the beach. Take a ride alone Maine’s beautiful coastline, through its historic fishing villages and towns, meandering roads, antique shops, or art galleries. There are books at the house about the history of Moody Beach and Wells. They weave the history of the Coast, trace it and makes some conclusions about the emergence of the area today. The Destination Guides, that are in the basket near the door, also have activities for children, trolley rides, day trips, deep-sea fishing, whale watching, cruises, lectures, and much more.

There are high-end outlets in Kittery and Freeport--the home of LL Bean--selling everything from housewares to family apparel and accessories. Interesting boutiques feature one-of-a-kind gifts, hand-crafted items, as well as designer jewelry, leather goods and more. You can’t leave Maine without bringing something home with you.


Right up on Route 1, in the same plaza as Hannaford's Supermarket, go to Naviina Day Spa, a full service salon and day spa. (Naviina is derived from Sanskrit meaning new, fresh and modern.) Schedule a massage or facial with Jen. (Tell her Barbara sent you.) She is exceptional. I literally come up to Maine just for Jen’s massage. Call first--even before you arrive--to ensure you get the appointment you want.


Who would think of coming to Maine without eating a lobster dinner? One of my favorite places for lobster, clam chowder or fish dinners is Fisherman’s Catch, a rustic, friendly, family-owned restaurant off Route 1N on Harbor Rd. on the way to Wells Harbor. (If I don’t eat there several times a season, I go into withdrawal.) There are places where you can buy your lobster already cooked or raw and bring it home to cook or eat. Sometimes, there are festivals in Wells, Ogunquit or surrounding towns which often feature fish fries, lobster bakes, etc. Check in the basket I've left, on the bottom shelf of the table right inside the front door, there’s a schedule of events in the front. Find the free Tourist News weekly newspaper which is full of everything that's going on.


From the ever-crowded Egg & I to the Old Village Inn, That Place in Ogunquit and Barnacle Billy’s in Perkins Cove, Clay Hill, Varano’s, Federal’s and Fisherman’s Catch are just a few of the restaurants we like. Merriland Farm Café offers a fantastic breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner. (This is where the homemade jam we given you is from.) Check the ever-expanding basket. Some people are good enough to leave notes in the sign-in book or cards, menus that give you their picks for great places to eat. There are just too many great places to eat to begin to do them justice here; so, you'll just have to decide for yourself.


Our home is open from May to November—depending on Nature’s cooperation. July is almost full; JUNE, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER have vacancies. See the calendar.

Spring and Autumn are lovely times of the year. It’s quiet; there are no lines or short wait times. The color of the landscape and sea are different than in the summer, but they are striking and breathtaking. We love being here at all times of the year.

Being in Maine enriches your body, mind and spirit. We hope you'll spend your vacation at our lovely, seaside home!

We try to make Marshview seem as if, as one of our guests says, “your own summer home”. Come and make it yours for a week or two. As I said before, it's important to us that you're happy and comfortable when you're staying at Marshview and reluctant to leave.

Thanks so much,


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For a number of years before we bought Marshview, my husband and I came to Moody Beach on vacation. Our time here was a delightful respite from our stressful lives. When we would drive over the Portsmouth Bridge, I could feel the stress leave my body, smell the sea air and experience a sense of well-being. Our children loved coming here; they made friends with whom they still maintain ties.

In 1988, we purchased Marshview and that’s when the work began. That first year, every weekend from Thanksgiving to May on Thursday or Friday afternoon, we left New York drove 4-5 hours to Maine to work on the house. Most of the work we did was invisible: we stripped the rooms of layers-upon-layers of wallpaper; rewired the electric; cleaned, cleaned, cleaned; de-cluttered and more; we threw out broken and old furniture; and we never thought our home would be ready to open to guests.

The house was dark inside so we began by painting it light colors to bring the outside—in. Our painting projects have gone through many changes throughout the years as we try to attain the perfect “Cottage Style”.

Decorating has always been more fun than putting on a new roof, rebuilding the subfloor, installing hardwood floors in the living rooms and new kitchen floors, remodeling and replacing everything in bathrooms on both sides of the house—including the floors, walls, ceilings. But these things had to be done, so during the years we’ve done all of these things also.

We love being the owners of Marshview. We’ve met such lovely people and welcomed them and their families to our home and lives. We appreciate hearing about their stays. We hope you will join us too.

Barbara & Michael

BARBARA MURPHY purchased this house in 1988

Why BARBARA MURPHY chose Southern Coast of Maine

WHY STAY AT MARSHVIEW? In addition to being a lovely, comfortable home only 500 yds. from the beach. Marshview is in a great location. We’re only a trolley ride from Ogunquit with its boutiques, specialty shops, restaurants for all tastes and clubs to enjoy dancing and singing. (Don’t forget to stop at the fabulous & unique “Spoiled Rotten” on Beach St.) There are concerts at Ogunquit harbor.

Take Shore RD. (at the crazy intersection in Ogunquit) toward Perkins Cove, and in addition to tempting eateries there are many art galleries. In Perkins Cove seafood restaurants abound and it’s a port for sight-seeing cruises, deep sea fishing and other activities. There are jewelry designers, potters and other interesting shops.

Drive further south on Route 1, stop in York at the amusement park, the game farm, the taffy store and its historic village. Or travel south for another 30 minutes, you’ll find the Kittery outlets which line both sides of the road. Many people enjoy shopping at the Kittery Trading Post.

North from our house on Route 1 is the Village of Kennebunk and to the northeast is Kennebunkport—two great places to visit. In addition to the beauty of nature and the summer home of George H. Bush, there are art galleries, boutiques, novelty and clothes stores, designer jewelry, potters, and of course—restaurants.

Further north the meandering roads take you through quaint fishing villages, where you antique shops abound. In about 30-40 min., you arrive in Freeport, the home of L.L. Bean and other high-end outlets. It’s an easy town in which to walk around, with lots of rest stops, sidewalk or restaurant food and great shopping. Don’t miss having lobster at Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Company, located on the beautiful South Freeport waterfront in South Freeport, Maine. It’s a local landmark for natives and visitors alike. This is a “must” for us; we sit outside or inside, enjoy the food and relax with views of the beautiful harbor and watch the boats.

What makes this house unique

It’s nice to have all the benefits of home without the hassle. Each year, Mike and I try to make sure we provide the amenities—both large and small—to add to your enjoyment. We've just added a new bath. We've written about all the great area restaurants, but our kitchen is spacious and a great gathering place for family meals. If you’d like to eat breakfast out, try the Egg & I, Bintliff’s (both on Rt. 1 south toward Ogunquit) or Merriland Farms. Located off Rt. 1 north going toward Kennebunk on Coles Hill Road in Wells, the food is a treat, as is the jam we always leave for our guests as a gift. (There’s also a nice executive golf course there.)

It’s an easy, short walk--only 500 yds.--to the beach—and what a beach it is! It’s private, sandy, family friendly and a gathering center for the neighbors, but there’s always room to find a quiet spot for you and family. The beach is the scene of football, baseball and bocce other games, horseshoes, kit flying, Frisbee contests. There are sand castles, mermaids of all kinds, sand toys and sea shells. (If you don't find the type of shells you want, there are shops in Kennebunkport that have a marvelous assortments of real shells that are sure to satisfy you.)

Just looking at the ocean is a source of respite. Lobster boats, yachts, pleasure crafts, lobster traps, Nubble Lighthouse, Kennebunkport, Ogunquit and Perkins Cove are all visible. (On the Fourth of July, fireworks can be seen from Ogunquit and from Kennebunkport.) Standing in, dodging or riding the waves, surfing, tubing, kayaking, canoeing are some of the activities people enjoy. Others love walking, looking for shells, bike riding, searching for hermit crabs or other ocean treasures.

Walking at dusk on the beach is lovely and peaceful, as well as a great place for a picnic. Take the beach buggy and your chairs--Indulge, extend your day. Finish with a warm outdoor shower and then sleep to the sound of the waves breaking against the shore.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We rented both sides of your house so our entire family could get together. Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed staying there. We stayed there before, and we loved the changes and updates that you've made. We found the place very comfortable and pleasant. In fact, we loved it so much we're coming back again next summer.
Jul 2011
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Casco Bay
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
There are many competitive-level
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Wells Amtrack, Downeaster Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I 95
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Varona's,Billy's Chowder House, Jake's, Egg & I
Nearest Beach
Moody Beach
Car: recommended

North of Ogunquit; turn off Route 1 on Bourne Avenue, turn left on Ocean Ave., right on Marsh St. House is on the northwest corner of Marsh and South Tibbetts Ave.

Other Activities: surfing, bird watching, shopping, crabbing, semi-pro baseball

Golf: There are several competitive 18-hole golf courses near by in Sanford, Wells and Cape Arundel.

There's information on the web at 'Golfing in Maine'.


Wells House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , H & C whole house
  • New bathtub, shower, shower surround and shower doors! It's beautiful. New Instant Hot Water Heater installed.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
  • BLANKETS ARE PROVIDED; should not be brought to the beach as courtesy to other guests. Guests MUST BRING their own sheets, towels, etc. Pac-N-Play Provided. Window Fans are also provided.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
House has individual electric heat in each room for your comfort. Please make sure you turn the heat off, when you're not home. Thanks. Our home is fine for an elderly person, but when considering bring an infirm individual, think carefully or call me. Smoking NOT ALLOWED INSIDE; outside only. PETS NOT ALLOWED. NEW: If you'd like to have house cleaning service daily, please contact me for information and prices Fans are provided.


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Lovely Beach House

  • 5 of 5

Ideally located beach house at beautiful Moody Beach. Very comfortable, clean and well equipped with everything we needed. The owner was terrific to work with! Highly recommend

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you as our guests. Thank you for taking care of our home as if it were your own. Please come again. Barbara & Michael
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Nice beach getaway

  • 4 of 5

This home was very clean and welcoming and situated on a very quiet street off the main beach road with beautiful views of the marsh. The kitchen was very well stocked. Don't expect to put together a gourmet meal, but you'll have the essentials for lobsters and summertime fare. Having a high chair was a nice plus for us for the little one. The home was just a few blocks walk to the entryway to the beach. Our hosts were very responsive and helpful both leading up to our stay and for questions after we checked in. The only drawback is the fact that this rental is a part of a duplex - depending on who the guests are on the other side - you may or may not experience noise (sound travels and you can hear people walking around the home) and there is little privacy outside the home. Hints: check the tide charts for the time of your stay if you're looking to spend a lot of time at the beach and park at a slight diagonal so that the four cars (total) for both units can get in and out easily. Overall, I would recommend this rental for a peaceful time in Maine.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great beach get-away!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at Marshview North. So convenient to be a short walk to the beach. The house was clean and had everything we needed. Beautiful views of the marsh. A bonus was having a pack n play for kids and also beach cart and boogie boards. Would definitely stay again at this property. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is the perfect summer beach house

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting from Barbara for years now and can't imagine a better place to be. The home is comfortable and has EVERYTHING you would need but all the details that are there make it feel like a true beach house. The back deck has a beautiful view and at night you can hear the ocean when upstairs in the front bedroom. It is clean and kept updated every year...Perfect place for family vacations!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Home by the Sea

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect vacation spot. The house is very well maintained and updated frequently. The owners are accommodating and easy to work with. I would highly recommend this lovely home for a relaxing family retreat. We have been coming here for several years and will continue to do so.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Home by the Sea

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect vacation home! It's very well maintained with frequent updates. The owners are very accommodating and easy to work with. We have been staying here for several years and will continue in the future. I would highly recommend this home!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning: $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.0%



All payments must be in US Dollars only. A non refundable deposit of $500.00 is due with your signed contract to be received by the owner within 7 business days. The balance is due in full, as defined in contract. Thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.