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Unique Waterfront Experience

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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Minimum Stay
6 nights


Harpswell House Rental Photos and Description

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'll have the opportunity to haul traps with Jim on the F/V Huinter James, or enjoy a sunset cruise around Harpswell and Casco Bay.

Unique Waterfont Summer Rental: Nestled above a 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 have the opportunity to haul traps with Jim on his boat, F/V Hunter James. Also included is an evening narrated cruise around Harpswell and Casco Bay. Bring your camera!

Local attrations: Travelling by boat? Stay here! We have a guest mooring available for you. 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!

If the thought of a steamed Maine lobster fresh from the ocean is your idea of a perfect summer treat, then staying here on the shores of Harpswell will delight your tastebuds! Included with your stay are lobsters for your family on the night of your choice.

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  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Sue Nelson
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
August 29, 2016
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About Sue Nelson


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 come to the Farmers' Market or drop by the wharf. I believe in our product, Maine lobster, and strive to make it affordable to any and all who are interested.

Sue Nelson purchased this house in 2010

Why Sue Nelson chose Portland and Casco Bay Area

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. With a full week's stay you have the choice of a sunset cruise around the waters of Harpswell and Casco Bay or hauling traps on my boat sometime during that week.

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.


based on 4 traveler reviews

Unique Waterfront Experience
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
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: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: Aug 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: Jul 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


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Harpswell House Rental Rates

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Early Summer
Jun 2 - Jun 28
6 night minimum stay
Jun 30 - Sep 28
6 night minimum stay
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6 night minimum stay

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Harpswell House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Currently there is one full bath, and by July there should be another. It is still in the planning and materials stage.
  • 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
  • children welcome
  • 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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