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Laura Barr

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, italian

Spacious Seaside Cottage Charm 2 min walk York Harbor Beach, Quiet, Yard/Garden

27 Reviews
Sleeps15
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

York Harbor House Rental Photos and Description

8 Bedrooms, 5 full Baths with Harbor View, Sleeps 14-15 Comfortably Year Round

Come to Orchard Cottage for the Quintessential Maine Seaside Cottage Vacation Rental. You'll be enchanted.

Orchard Cottage offers year round vacation rentals, weekend getaways, family reunions and retreats in York Harbor, Maine. Our spacious, charmingly appointed, eight bedroom home with five bathrooms is ideally located for seaside activities, enjoys harbor views and ocean breezes and is just a two minute walk to the beach.The house sleeps up to 15. We also have an option to rent only the first and second floors at a reduced rate. Please inquire.

The "cottage" is in a quiet neighborhood with close proximity to other neighbors, yet is very private and has a terrace, fenced in yard and gardens. You can enjoy this comfortable, spacious and gracious, renovated 1913 home in any season! There is plenty of space for family gatherings and entertaining, as well as nooks for privacy. Authentic old fashioned charm combines with modern convenience to make for a charming and comfortable stay.

Relax on the porch with a harbor view or enjoy the large yard and gardens while lying in the hammock. Walk to beach to swim in the pristine Ocean. Explore the "cliff walk" with spectacular Ocean views. Or stroll along the York River, across the "Wiggly Bridge", a tiny suspension bridge, through trails in a nature preserve. Buy lobster on the dock. Enjoy evenings on the terrace while children play. Cook in a fully equipped cook's kitchen or enjoy eating out at a local restaurant, such as the York Harbor Inn and Stage Neck Inn which are just a few minutes' walk away. Enjoy boating, kayaking, fishing, running, biking, golfing, & dining in York, Kittery, Cape Neddick, Ogunquit or Portsmouth, NH. Enjoy movies, live theatre, concerts, duck pin bowling, mini golf. Watch salt water taffy being made in York Beach. Go Whale Watching, Explore local Forts, View Lighthouses. Climb the rocks, Explore Tidal Pools, Body Surf & Boogie Board. Visit Historic York, Galleries, Isles of Shoals, Cliff Walk, Children's Museums, Portland. Shop at Kittery Outlets & Stonewall Kitchens. Or just breathe the ocean air and relax with a good book!

HOUSE INFO AND MORE DETAIL

There are lots of common spaces to dine and relax: an outdoor terrace, outdoor porch, interior all seasons porch, office/game room as well as the living and dining rooms which are elegant, comfortable and spacious. Living room seats eight comfortably and additional chairs can be brought in from other rooms to seat at least twelve. Dining table seats eight. Dining room side table can seat an additional four, or six with table topper, to accommodate twelve to fourteen.

Kitchen table seats four and the kitchen Island seats two with stools. There are also two comfortable wicker chairs for relaxing with a cup of coffee. Gas stove has five burners and two ovens. "Cook's Kitchen" is fully equipped. Pantry adjoining kitchen provides lots of storage space. Bar pantry allows for gracious and easy entertaining. First floor bedroom suite provides space and privacy. Beautiful staircase leads to large hall and upstairs bedrooms. Back porch/mudroom provides more space for storage. Back staircase allows for great flow. There is a quiet alcove for reading in the upstairs hall. We have Cable TV and Wireless Internet. The Third Floor Bedrooms have Air Conditioning.

Bedroom 1:

2nd floor, has king size bed and own bathroom with clawfoot tub/shower.

Bedroom 2:

2nd floor, has king size bed and extra twin bed and its own ensuite extra large bathroom with bath/shower.

Bedroom 3:

1st floor, has a queen size bed, its own bathroom with clawfoot tub/shower and adjoining office/game room.

Bedroom 4:

2nd floor, has double bed. Bathroom with clawfoot tub/shower is shared with other bedroom across the hall.

Bedroom 5:

2nd floor, has twin bed. Bathroom with clawfoot tub/shower is shared with other bedroom across the hall.

Bedroom 6:

3rd floor, has twin bed and AC. Bathroom with clawfoot tub is shared with other bedrooms across the hall.

Bedroom 7:

3rd floor, has two twin beds and AC. Bathroom with clawfoot tub is shared with other bedrooms across the hall.

Bedroom 8:

3rd floor, has double bed and AC. Bathroom with clawfoot tub is shared with other bedrooms across the hall. NOT AVAILABLE IN THE WINTER

YORK HARBOR AND SURROUNDINGS

Just a two minute walk from the house you'll find York Harbor's lovely crescent beach. The ocean water is clear and pristine and perfect for a swim or just to cool your feet. The beach has fine, soft sand which is perfect for building sandcastles or taking a moonlight stroll. The surf is usually gentle and body surfing and boogie boarding are popular.

There's a cliff walk which takes you along the water's edge and provides spectacular views. Magnificent homes and dramatic rocky bluffs dot the coastline.

Just across from the property there's a beautiful park that sits on a bluff overlooking the ocean. There are 3 restaurants within walking distance of the house and two inns. There are many other wonderful restaurants in York as well as in Ogunquit and Portsmouth, N.H., which are both just 15-20 minutes away. There is a binder in the house filled with brochures and menus from many of the surrounding restaurants and attractions.

York Harbor boasts a varied and unique natural beauty. The York River empties into a peacefully protected harbor and then into the wide Atlantic. Just upriver from the harbor are inlets and grassy wetlands perfect for kayaking. The York River is tidal and its swift current and accompanying eddies make for a fun ride.Walks along the river's edge provide some stunning vistas. Boat lovers can see many of the classic boats, typical of the Maine coast, that are moored along the river. You can stroll through the Steedman Woods by crossing over the "Wiggly Bridge", a short walk up the river and just north of Route 103. Between Steadman Woods and Sewell's Bridge you can explore Hancock Wharf. Once owned and operated by John Hancock, the barn which housed the operation has been preserved and is open to the public. Stop in next door to see exhibits of New England artists at the George Marshall Store Gallery. Just up the river is Sewell's Bridge where you can fish or stop to pick up fresh lobster, right off the boats.

The back roads and trails around York Harbor are perfect for walking, running or biking. You can enjoy live theatre at the Ogunquit Playhouse, and concerts or movies at the Portsmouth Music Hall. Charter a boat and go fishing or lobstering. Go whale watching. Go shopping at the Kittery Outlets or drive to LL Bean in Freeport. Visit York's Wild Kingdom the museums of Portland York Beach Amusement Park, Ogunquit galleries or spend an afternoon at the historic village of Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth.

Spend the day in York Harbor: Take an early morning stroll on the beach. Take Fisherman's Walk along the river to the Wiggly Bridge. Pick up lobsters for dinner at Sewell's Bridge. Visit John Hancock Wharf and George Marshall Store Gallery. Spend the afternoon at the beach and enjoy the Cliff Walk.

Spend the day in York Village: Have Breakfast at the Bagel Basket. Visit Historic York including the Olde Goal (Jail), a one room Schoolhouse,

John Hancock Wharf and the old George Marshall Store Gallery. Visit the local shops, the Farmer's Market, and Stonewall Kitchens for lunch and shopping.

Spend the day in York Beach: Walk along Long Sands and Short Sands Beaches. Visit the famous Nubble Lighthouse. Go duck pin bowling, and watch salt water taffy being made in York Beach after lunch at Goldenrod's old fashioned soda fountain restaurant. Visit the playground, the zoo and the amusement park. Get ice cream at Brown's homemade ice cream shop. Drive up to Cape Neddick Beach. Stop at Pie in the Sky Bakery on Route One on the way home for a wild Maine blueberry pie for supper.

Spend the day in Kittery: Explore Fort Foster, on Gerrish Island, and Fort McClary, and view the lighthouses. Have lunch at Chauncey Creek Lobster Pound. Shop at the Kittery Outlets. Don't miss Kittery Trading Post. Visit “When Pigs Fly” bakery on the way home for some fabulous breads.

Spend the day in Ogunquit: Explore the shops, restaurants, and galleries. Walk along the “Marginal Way” a paved pathway along the ocean's edge. Enjoy breathtaking views. Go for a swim at the Ogunquit beach. Have lunch at Barnacle Billy's in Perkins Cove. Don't miss the Harbor Candy Shop.

Spend the day in Portsmouth, New Hamshire, just 15 minutes away: Stroll the cobblestone streets. Explore the shops and many restaurants. Visit the historic village at Strawbery Banke. Watch the boats go by on the river from Prescott Park. Enjoy an outdoor concert. Check out the tugboats. Go whale watching or visit the Isles of Shoals by boat.

Spend the day in Portland, just 45 minutes away: Visit the Old Wharf area and its shops and restaurants. Visit the Art Museum, the Children's Museum and the Firehouse Museum.

Originally named Kelly Cottage, Frank D. Marshall built the house in 1913. During the boom of 1880-1890, many summer mansions and cottages were built in York Harbor while the town joined Newport and Bar Harbor as fashionable East Coast summer destinations.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Laura Barr (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, italian

About Laura Barr

I have an eye for quality, cleanliness, design and detail which is evident in our rental home.

Laura Barr purchased this house in 2009

Why Laura Barr chose Southern Coast of Maine

We've enjoyed family vacations in this area for many years. The house has been in the family since 1949! Being so close to one of the most beautiful pristine beaches we've ever encountered is truly a marvelous treasure. The Maine air is crisp and the Atlantic ocean clear. Whatever the season, there's always so much to enjoy in the area. York Harbor has been a destination, particularly in the summer, since the late 1800's. It's easy to understand why.

What makes this house unique

A unique benefit our our home is being so close to the beach and yet being on a quiet side street away from the hustle and bustle. Also, being able to walk to the beach and not having to get in the car and park, is ideal. Spectacular natural beauty and restaurants, within walking distance, are wonderful, too.

Reviews

4.9
based on 27 traveler reviews

Spacious Seaside Cottage Charm 2 min walk York Harbor Beach, Quiet, Yard/Garden
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 27 reviews
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Great Maine Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We are a large family that gets together for a week long summer vacation every year. It is difficult to find a house to comfortably fit us all. Orchard Cottage was a perfect fit. We had a wonderful stay. The house is beautiful and very well kept. Everyone loved the many rooms and the large well equipped kitchen. Eating dinner together at the dining room table was a huge plus. We loved the short walk to the beach and swimming in the ocean. The Cliff Walk and the walk to Wiggley Bridge were fun for all. Should the family decide on another trip to Maine we would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Owner's Response: We hope you all will choose another trip to Maine!
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5

Wow! Excellent!

  • 5 of 5

I hosted a family vacation with our children and their children whom are all under 4 years old. This home could not have been more perfect. Very spacious, immaculate and had most everything we needed. With all of the children we very much appreciated the fenced yard so all could run and have fun and the fact that this is an older home with doors between rooms we could corral them as well. With the kids in mind the beach which is about a block away was gorgeous! Very gradual incline and gentle waves, super fun! I highly recommend this home for families with small children!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Great family vacation

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our needs. We hosted my daughter and two sons with their children and spouses and my grand daughter's Aunt,Uncle and Cousin. The house with its 8 bed rooms and 5 bath rooms fit our various family units well. York is an ideal location with more than enough to do for all ages.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again!
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5

A beautiful house, clean, warm, very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family (10 people) celebrated 2015 Christmas at Orchard Cottage. Within minutes of our arrival, we felt at home. The spotless house is both roomy and cozy. The kitchen is well laid out and had everything we needed to make big holiday meals for our crowd. The bedrooms are charming and bright. We loved staying here and would go again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. We'd love to have you all stay again!
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Perfect rental York Harbor, Maine

  • 5 of 5

Great property, perfect location, well appointed, clean, well maintained, no complaints!

Used house for 10 adults in town for a wedding. Definitely would rent again!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. Hope you'll rent again!
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GREAT VACATION HOUSE FOR BIG GROUP!

  • 5 of 5

The house was super clean and easy to find. Right across the from a great beach, and close to town. The house was great for our extended family of 15 - 8 adults and 7 kids. The kids loved playing in the yard, lounging on the hammock and with all of the outdoor toys supplied - croquet, horseshoes... the outdoor seating was lovely for evening cocktails and made eating lobster dinner carefree and easy cleanup. Kitchen is very well equipped and easy to maneuver around. We especially liked the photos inside the cabinets reminding you where everything belongs! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your Labor Day Weekend with family. Thanks for the review and we hope you'll consider staying again sometime.
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Car: not necessary

Wonderful location affords privacy on a dead end street, at the same time being just a few minutes walk to the beach and ocean. We are also within walking distance of restaurants, the river and the harbor. A longer walk or a short drive brings you to York Village. We are also a short drive from York Beaches and the village of York Beach, Nubble Light and Cape Neddick. Ogunquit, Kittery, Portsmouth, NH and Portland are other favorite day trips.

Other Activities: York Harbor Beach:

Booging Boarding

Body Surfing

Sunbathing

Sand Castle Building

Hunting for Starfish and Seashells

Playing Bocci on the beach

Fishing & Lobstering (in chartered boats you’ll find in the harbor)

Dining (lots of great restaurants in York, Kittery, Cape Neddick, Ogunquit, Portsmouth, NH and Portland, ME only 45 minutes away.)

Cooking Lobster at home. Buy lobster at the dock and produce at the Farmer's Market

Shopping Kittery Outlets and Stonewall Kitchens or LLBean in Freeport

Walking along the cliff walk on the ocean and river walk along the harbor and river.

Visiting York Beach:

Amusement Park

Zoo

Duck Pin Bowling

Watching Salt Water Taffy made at Goldenrod's

Playground

Visiting York Village:

Visit Old Jail, Old School and Museum of Old York

Visiting Portsmouth, NH:

Stawbery Banke Historic Village

Strolling the streets of the charming cobblestone town

Exploring Fort Foster on Gerrish Island:

Playground

Beach

Pier

Exploring Fort McClary:

Breathtaking views of Kittery Harbor

Wander inside the old fort

Ski: Ski Gunstock or Sunday River.

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Rates & Availability

York Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall 2016
Sep 5 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$1,000
$5,500
 
 
Winter/Spring 2017
Jan 1 2017 - May 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
$1,000
$5,500
 
 
Early Summer 2017
May 28 2017 - Jun 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
$1,000
$6,500
 
 
Summer 2017
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
$8,000
 
 
Fall 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Jan 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
$1,000
$5,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$850
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning $350
Tax Rate 9.0%

If you pay via check, which is our preferred method, I can divide your payment into two. 1st payment is due 60 days prior to arrival and the 2nd is due 30 days prior to arrival. If you pay via credit card, the total payment is due 60 days prior to arrival.

Check in at 3:00 pm. Check out at 10:00 am. We have a 7 night minimum during the summer.

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Amenities

York Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Study Room
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , claw foot tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , claw foot tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , claw foot tub
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , claw foot tub, no shower
  • 4 of 5 bathrooms have claw foot tubs. 5th bathroom has modern tub/shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , New King & twin in 2012
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 - 1 double , available only in spring, summer & fall
  • Bedroom 1 is upstairs, 2nd floor, and has king size bed and own bathroom. Bedroom 2 is upstairs, 2nd floor, has king size bed and extra twin. Has its own large bathroom. Bedroom 3 is downstairs, 1st floor, has a queen size bed, has its own bathroom and a sitting room on the other side. Bedroom 4 is upstairs, 2nd floor, has double bed. Bathroom is shared with other bedroom across the hall. Bedroom 5 is upstairs, 2nd floor, has one twin bed. Bathroom is shared with other bedroom across the hall. Bedroom 6 is upstairs, 3rd floor, has one twin bed. Bathroom is shared with other bedrooms across the hall. Bedroom 7 is upstairs, 3rd floor, has two twin beds. Bathroom is shared with other bedrooms across the hall. Bedroom 8 is upstairs, 3rd floor, has one double. Bathroom is shared with other bedrooms across the hall. ALL THIRD FLOOR BEDROOMS HAVE AIR CONDITIONING. We have a bed guard available for kids just learning to sleep in a bed.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 15 garden chairs
  • 9 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Notes:
There are lots of spaces to dine, relax and enjoy, including our outdoor terrace, outdoor porch, interior all seasons porch with game table, and sitting room/office/tv room. Living room and Dining room are elegant and spacious. Dining table seats 8 plus side table can seat an additional 4 to 6. Additional chairs from enclosed porch or office/sitting room can be used in spacious livingroom for more seating. Kitchen table seats 4. Kitchen Island seats 2 on stools. Gas stove has 6 burners and 2 ovens. 'Cook's' Kitchen is fully equipped with food processor, blenders, pots & pans, etc. Pantry adjoining kitchen provides lots of storage space. Bar pantry allows for gracious and easy entertaining. Downstairs bedroom suite provides space and privacy. Beautiful staircase leads to large hall and upstairs bedrooms. Back porch/mudroom provides more space for storage. Back staircase allows for great flow. Quiet alcove for reading in upstairs hall.

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