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Unique Waterfront Experience

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 30 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms,2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Nestled above the only solar-powered, working waterfront, lobster wharf, this rental offers you a one of a kind experience. Not only will you see the lobstermen off load their catch at the end of the day, you will also have the opportunity to be a part of the end of the day activities at the wharf. You will also have a chance to take a sun set cruise around Casco Bay with Jim on the fishing vessel Hunter James.

Water access is available for smaller boats and kayaks as well. While there you can paddle through the Reversing Falls into Basin Cove. Harpswell has a rocky coastline providing tidepools for exploration. There are coves and beaches for relaxing and taking in nature's beauty. Within 2 miles are two different seafood restaurants that offer great food and views of Casco Bay. OR bring your fishing pole and catch your own fish-dish. You can cast your line from the docks or from your boat. Yes, bring your boat along with you!

More Details

Property Manager
Sara Merryman
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Sara Merryman


My name is Jim Merryman. I have been hauling traps since the ripe ol' age of 8. I started with a rowing skiff, determined to make my own way. Now I'm a commercial fisherman with 800 traps and fish them year round. Lobsters are my life.

I don't just catch them. I deliver them to fine restaurants, markets, and customers who drop by the wharf. I believe in our product, Maine lobster, and strive to make it affordable to any and all who are interested.

Sara Merryman purchased this house in 2010

Why Sara Merryman chose Harpswell

I bought this property from a fishing family in 2010. It's protected location is ideal for the boats and the fishermen. I sold a covenant to the State of Maine protecting this property and forever keeping a commercial working waterfront. In doing so, I have helped preserve and protect a piece of the fishing industry for future generations.

What makes this house unique

The wharf came complete with a house that I didn't need. I decided to offer it as a vacation rental for anyone who wanted a real and unique Maine experience. By staying here you are witness to the lobster industry and all of the hard working people that make the industry successful. You have the opportunity to enjoy lobsters fresh off the boat while admiring the view from the deck.

We here at Potts Harbor Lobster and Reversing Falls have worked hard to make the house as comfortable as possible for a relaxing and enjoyable visit.

Come. Stay. Relax...Return.


Harpswell House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • There is a master bedroom with a queen size bed, and an adjoining room with a full size and a bunk. A set of bunk beds are in another room and in the extra room there is a 3/4 full.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Unique Waterfront Experience
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

One of a kind experience

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have been coming here for 3 years. The house is perfect, overlooking the ocean just 20 feet away. The reversing falls is something you'll never forget. If your an early riser; being able to watch the lobstermen prepare for the day and watching the boats leave is simply wonderful. The house is always clean and there is a washer and dryer which makes any vacation so much easier.

The owners boat is the highlight, a beautiful sunset cruise, seeing the seals, smelling the salt air,,,, perfect. The opportunity to eat lobster caught the same day is something you don't get to experience normally, the taste is amazing. Our two dogs love swimming in the ocean every morning.

For activitys, lands end is a short drive away, dolphin marina has the most amazing bacon wrapped Scallops, 5 star dining in a relaxed environment. Brunswick is a 20 minute drive and has a lot to do for adults as well as young ones. If your up for a drive bath and the maritime museum is the place to head to, and of course a 40 minute drive puts you at the doors of the famous L.L. Bean!!

The owners Jim and Sarah have become good friends and the manager has been a good friend for longer than I can remember. We've grown to call this place our second home, because that's what it feels like, HOME.

You will not regret this rental!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Diego

Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Great place! Clean comfortable and great view of the lobster wharf and reversing falls. The house is close to great restaurants and places to explore. The boat trip to pull up lobster traps and catch a couple fish was amazing. Jim and Sue were extremely friendly and happy to share the lobstering culture.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fairfield Connecticut

Lobster Pound for Pound this Rental Rocks

  • 5 of 5

If you want a real taste of what it is like to be a Maine Lobsterman you have to stay here. Jim Merryman and his crew are the real deal and you watch it all from a spacious second floor well maintained rental. Sue Nelson makes every effort to assure this place is immaculate and comfortable for the guests. The rental is well stocked right down to the lobster pot to boil the days catch fresh off the F/V Hunter James.

The Ship and Shore store is just up the street to get your essential dry goods and libations ( the pizza is really good) also check out Vegetable Corner for the freshest produce, meats and baked goods(cash only). My favorite was the bowl of Fish Chowder and Maine Blueberry Muffin at the Dolphin Marina

The view from the large deck is second to none. You overlook the Reversing Falls of Potts Harbor into Basin Cove as the sun sets behind a tall stand of pines. As you take in the view you see the Lobster fleet return from a long day of Buggin' and really appreciate the hard work it takes to harvest fresh Maine lobster that goes on your plate. We enjoyed walking down to the docks and see the offload of the days catch.

Jim's wharf crew are extremely friendly and helpful in answering any of your questions. They are easily distinguished as Harpswell Locals by their footwear (rubber boots).

Make sure you take a boat ride to really see the beautiful islands of the area and the signature rocky coast of Maine.

Our family had a great week here and wanted to stay longer. We will definitely be back in the future...

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fairfield Connecticut

Lobster Pound for Pound Worth the Stay

  • 5 of 5

Hands down this rental rocks! The house is large and spacious. The deck overlooks the amazing Potts Harbor Reversing Falls at Basin Cove. Jim and his family have developed a unique rental right above a working Lobster Wharf. After spending a week here you will really appreciate how much hard work and time it takes to put a lobster on the table. Sue was very helpful in making sure everything was perfect for our family. The lobsters were delicious , sweet and plentiful down at the pound. The scenery is amazing rocky tree lined shores meet cool clear salt water. This is God's Country. Lifelong Harpswell resident Jim Merryman will take you on a short Lobster haul or a narrated tour of the area aboard the F/V Hunter James. I chose to haul lobster pots and it was well worth it. My family will be back in the future for sure

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you!
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Savannah, GA

Great Place & Great People

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with our stay here. The home is nicely laid out and well maintained. The listing on vrbo was very accurate and the 4 bedrooms and 2 baths were just what we needed for our stay. Our group enjoyed the harbor and lobster pound views and nothing could beat the fresh lobster that Jim (the owner) provided for us. Jim stopped by to check on us and Sue (the manager) also checked in to say hi and to be sure that all of our needs were being met. We loved the house, the views, and the people. We loved staying here and We truly hope to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were happy to have you! Please consider us for your next Maine vacation. Sincerely, Sue Jim
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Nearest Barpub
14 Miles
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Dolphin Marina
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $300

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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