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Peter Coughlan

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Ship Captain's Home at Head of Lowell's Cove

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Portland and Casco Bay Area House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 1 shower, 1 half bath, 1st Fl laundry, sleeps 7

Toadhall enjoys expansive southerly views of Lowell's Cove. Located on a crest of the hill, this stately home with large, covered waterside porch overlooks the boat-filled harbor just a couple 100 yards a way. Walk along the cove, bike to the Cribstone Bridge, sun in the sand at Crescent Beach, or simply enjoy the aroma of freshly cut lawns and the seabreeze. Whether you kayak, canoe, sail, motorboat, swim, fish, walk, bike, run or simply wander, Casco Bay's multitude of islands, quiet coves, hushed forests, nature trails, waving sea marshes and rocky shores will delight the senses. Orr's Island is part of the Town of Harpswell, just 12 miles from Brunswick and Bowdoin College. It is convenient to Bath (home of the Maine Maritime Museum), Freeport (LL Bean), and just an hour from Portland. Easy day trips to Reid State Park, Popham Beach, Boothbay Harbor, Wiscasset's 40+ antique shops and the many area restaurants, galleries and farmer's markets make each day of your visit a pleasure.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Peter Coughlan (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Six adults stayed here and had a wonderful time. Location is quiet, with a beautiful view from the back porch (our favorite hangout). Owners were nearby and helpful if we needed anything. Cottage is not on the water, but near enough to hear the lapping of the water at night, and a nice easy walk down to a small beach area (lots of nice walking areas on Orr's Island).

My sister brought her dogs, and the house is set up nicely to accomodate pets. There aren't pricey antiques around that we had to worry about the dogs knocking over, and the backyard has two dog runs which made it possible to let them be outdoors on their own. The bedrooms were comfy with nice dormer windows which let in the sea breezes. Stairs are a little steep, so if you are travelling with someone who has a disability you should take up the offer to set up a bedroom downstairs. Otherwise everything was perfect!!

Kitchen was supplied with all you could need. We brought most of our own stuff, but there were spices available, and a gas grill on the back porch, too...oh, yeah...and of course the lobster pot!

As for nearby activities - we found a golf course about 5 miles away, a cinema about 10 miles away, and we were also close enough to Portland to go there. Lots of great restaurants, too. All in all it was a fantastic vacation.

Thank you Peter and family!

Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Jul 2009
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based on 9 traveler reviews

Ship Captain's Home at Head of Lowell's Cove
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Quintessential Maine vacation with Kids

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at toad hall with my parents and four boys (10, 7, 5 & 1)! The bed arrangements were perfect for our family. Peter was a wonderful host. The house was central to all restaurants and surrounding islands. There was a short walk across lawns to a small beach that we went to several times a day to hunt hermit crabs and collect sea glass and shells. Our only regret is we couldn't stay longer!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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We had a great time at toad hall!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at toad hall with our 4 boys (ages 10, 7, 5, and 1) and my parents. The house had everything we needed for a perfect stay. Peter was a great host. The location was exactly what we wanted - great front porch, central to town and just a short walk down to a small beach area. The boys hunted hermit crabs, shells and beach glass. We even had our family portrait taken here we loved the location so much! I highly recommend toad hall!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Another Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed my stay in Cottage Aerie so much this summer that I came back to stay at the Ship Captain's Home, owned by the same family. I thoroughly enjoyed my two and a half weeks here as well and would highly recommend it as a perfect place for writers. I was here in early September when it was quieter on the island than in the summer. Every morning I would write and then go out for seafood, either at Morse's Cribstone Grill, Estes Lobster House or Cooke's Restaurant. Sometimes I brought hard copies of my writing to Morse's and did revisions on the dock in the afternoon sun. It was great! I also recommend buying great seafood at Allen's Seafood for cooking at home. I found the Captain's house to be well maintained and outfitted for cooking. Once again, Peter, the owner was a great host and always available for recommendations.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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Maine Week at Toad Hall

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved our stay at Toad Hall. It is bright, cheerful and colorful, and very comfortable, with spaces for different ages to enjoy different levels of activity. The children (ages 10 to 15) could play in the yard, fish in the cove, or huddle over their books or iPhones indoors, although they found plenty else to do. The adults could enjoy the activity from the comfortable porch or join in the games. We especially appreciated the spacious and thoroughly equipped kitchen, so we could all pitch in with the cooking and clean-up, and having all the supplies and staples for cooking as well as cleaning already on hand. The first floor walk-in shower helped keep sandy feet from tracking in on the beautiful original floorboards. We’ve been coming to Orr’s for years, so we know many of the good places, but this year discovered yet another new hike and picnic spot: the Devil’s Back Trail, just off the road at the northern end of the Island. Special food favorites, after lobster, of course, include Cote’s Ice Cream in Brunswick and The Cabin just across the street from the Bath Iron Works for pizza after our late afternoon, low-tide beach walk at Fort Popham.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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Perfect place in mid-coast Maine

  • 5 of 5

Toadhall was beautiful and extremely comfortable. Six of us, including two children, stayed there, and the house was well-maintained, spacious, and very well-equipped. The kitchen even had a lobster pot, in case we wanted to cook our own.

We enjoyed being able to stay at a house with a wonderful view of Lowell Cove, and we walked down to the beach every day with our dog, who had her best vacation ever. The house was an easy drive to some wonderful restaurants, and also to Brunswick, Freeport, and Portland.

A friendly, gracious, and accommodating host, Peter gave us lots of information about Orr's Island beaches and restaurants, and also responded quickly when we had questions. He also pointed us to where we could rent kayaks, so two of us had a first sea kayaking lesson, which was super.

The week was incredibly relaxing, in no small part due to Peter's efforts to provide everything we would need in a setting that was absolutely beautiful. Sad to leave, we hope we'll be able to return next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Lovely large home on airy ocean side hill

  • 5 of 5

It was our privilege to stay in Toadhall for a late July vacation. While the weather in Boston was sweltering the breezy airy setting of Orr's Island was as crisp as a fall day. We watched our car thermometer drop 10 degrees from Brunswick (12 miles inland) to Toadhall. The house is clean, comfortable and has every convenience our family of two teens and a dog might want.

The owner, Peter, was a fabulous host who greeted us and went out of his way to make sure our stay was comfortable and our questions about the area were answered. He provided a map of the area, trips about hidden beaches and local history. The house was equipped with staples like: Paper towels, laundry soap, water cooler w/bottled water and dish washing soap that we have never had offered in other rentals. Peter, checked in but never intruded and was even attentive to our little dog.

The kitchen has it all; coffee maker, lobster pot, toaster, pans and even some spices. The house is large enough to give everyone space but also has a nice cozy feel to it.

The beds were comfortable and linens were clean and crisp. As other reviewers have mentioned the porch is amazing for watching the slow activity of the cove beyond, or staring at the night sky (you should see the night sky here it is remarkable!!!)

We loved Orr's. From the house you can take a 1.5 mile walk to the famous Cribstone bridge or a shorter jaunt up the hill to the library or town candy/ice cream parlor. We took a 1.45 tour of the area of the bay with Casco cruise lines and I highly recommend it. The beach is amazing esp. at low tide, and sea glass and beach treasures are abundant. The water was shallow and warm in the cove.

I m an artist and brought my paints but was so busy taking in the local sights I never picked up a brush. But the scenery is fantastically inspiring!

This is a perfect setting for people who love nature, quiet and exploring the outdoors. But if you need a quick internet fix or shopping excursion you are just 15 minutes away from a movie theater, shopping mall, and even a WalMart.

We were glad we didn't bring our bikes because the terrain on Orr's is very hilly and the streets are narrow and the locals drive very quickly on the main road. So this is not ideal for biking and walkers/joggers should be cautious.

Thanks to Peter for his kindness and sharing his remarkable home with us. We have cherished memories of Orr's that will last a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Car: necessary

Other Activities: kayaking, beach combing, walking, restaurants, theater,


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Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

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Portland and Casco Bay Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Second Fl
    Bathroom 2 - shower , 1st fl w/laundry
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , 1st fl
  • First floor laundry room with clothes washer, dryer and separate tiled shower.  Ideal for rinsing sandy kids and soggy dogs after a swim at the shore. Separate half bath with pocket door and pedestal sink.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Waterside
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Waterside
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Western Exp
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Eastern Exp
  • Each bedroom features deep dormered window sills and generous closets. First floor bedroom is another possibility with advance notice.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Additional two bedroom cottage, the 'Tadpool' #227664 available for guest/family overflow. Wheelchair ramp, possible first floor bedroom, and wheel-in first floor shower and toilet.

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