|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
Wildwood cottage sits back in a quiet neighborhood perched above Broad Cove on the
Cumberland foreside. Walk by the private clay tennis court 400 feet en route to the beach stairs.
Open on to a large, beautiful sandy beach with a place for your own kayak or canoe.
Casco Bay is an endless explore of island and coastal communities reached by nearby ferries or
Freeport and L.L. Bean just 20 minutes away. Portland theaters and old port shopping district just 15 minutes.
90 minutes from Boston by train or bus.
This is a cozy, gambrell with added living room in rustic style.
A large, sunny living and dining area will be the center of social activity with a second
Living area for TV and kids play.
Bright tile bath, laundry, cable and gas log fireplaces offer all the comforts.
Upstairs bath serves two double beds and one twin.
A downstairs queen bed for friends and visitors.
This area has it all !!
Portland Area is a Fantastic Summer Playground: This area is rich in adventures and tours.
You can see and walk to half a dozen Maine Lighthouses in an afternoon.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's house can be toured all summer just 15 minutes away.
Maine's narrow gauge railroad runs daily on the Portland waterfront.
Fantastic Audubon preserve nearby.
Sailing, Boating, Swimming
Wildwood Beach is Quiet and Beautiful: Seals bark off Anderson rock in the night.
Kids can catch clams and crabs at low tide.
Mid to high tide is all sandy beach for a mile of warm wading and swimming.
Clean and quiet, sandcastles and beach towels - often all to yourselves.
Bring your own small boats and launch daily off the beach.
We will build you a stowage rack at the top of the beach ( this protects the beach grass)if we know you have a canoe or kayak.
This is a private association beach shared by the neighborhood, but most of the locals work all summer
and use the beach infrequently.
A parking pass lets you drive down if you don't love the walk to the beach and tennis court.
Ben's grandfather, Herman Sweetser had a farm in Cumberland Center, down the Tuttle Road from the cottage. His family still runs an orchard there.
The cottage was built by his Great Aunt Harriet as a carraige house just before the depression years. The houses on either side were never built. It leaves this cottage as the only real summer house
On the largest wooded lot in the Wildwood association.
Ben and Joan Baxter purchased this cottage in 1967
This is an old enclave of family houses devoted to quiet living, a shared park and a beautiful beach.
The beach is amazingly private and the cottage is one of the last of its kind. Ben's parents added on the big Livingroom in the 70's,
building in the exposed wall style of the original carriage house.
Then, in 2012, Ben and Joan upgraded the bathroom, laundry and
Fireplaces, insulating just enough to make the place 3-season cozy.
Besides the beach and tennis court, the access to Falmouth, Yarmouth and Portland offer easy convenience and access to island and inland explores from a quiet and safe retreat.
We arrived to this charming bungalow to find a bottle of wine and nice flowers. The house feels more like a lake cabin than a beach house. It is set back among massive oaks and features a wrap-around porch and exposed joists and beams. The warm wood floors were likely salvaged, as were many of the windows, which open on simple top hinges and are secured by ropes and pulleys.
The addition to the original cabin is a large (at least 16 x 24) dining room/TV room that is really spacious and welcoming. The furniture is old, but it's comfortable. And you can tell this was once a beloved family gathering place. That feeling conveys. Old books and college yearbooks abound.
The owner judiciously allows previous renters to leave behind condiments, spices, extra coffee, etc. We added to the coffers our own spices and teas. It's nice to arrive with some creature comforts. Expect dull knives and mismatched plates. But expect surprises - like muffin tins, sufficient lobster crackers, pitchers for cream on fresh berries - also a few shot glasses for libations.
When the DVD player broke, Ben authorized me to upgrade it - so now the cabin has Blu-Ray and, with the addition of a network cable, access to Netflix. That's a nice touch. WiFi signal was good on the cabin ground floor.
I took one star off because there are no doors separating bedrooms. If you are a couple and want a little privacy, closing the door isn't an option. Curtains separate upstairs bedrooms, and the downstairs "guest bedroom" with the queen bed has parlor-style doors. I'd recommend to the owner a few more rustic doors to remedy.
That's my only reservation, though. The neighborhood is beautiful, the beach quaint, the cabin cozy, and the owners thoughtful. Propane fireplaces remove morning chills. Beds are comfortable. Each bed had at least two pillows. Towels and linens were provided. Blankets are rotated with each guest.
This is the perfect home base for Downeast and Downtown. A town market is nearby. The Rosemont Market in nearby Yarmouth was a trove of eclectic veggies, great cheeses, and fresh fish. We took outings to Boothbay (less than an hour) and Monhegan Island, Portland (10 mins), and Old Orchard beach (20-25 min). Portland is awesome for foodies and art. My wife, daughter, and I very much enjoyed our stay. Thank you, Ben and Joan!
My husband and I spent just under a week at this charming cottage with our two dogs. This was such an amazing find for us because we were by the beach - which our dogs loved and only 15mins to Portland and Freeport. We were easily able to spend time in Portland, enjoying the restaurants, shops and breweries and get back to the dogs to walk and feed them. We couldn't have asked for a better place. The cottage is located in a beautiful neighborhood. We felt very much at home. Ben was very helpful in giving us information about the area. We hope to return soon!
We needed a place to be close to family that would offer accommodation for our grown kids, accept our cat, and be a place to gather for home cooked meals. This was a genuine Maine camp experience. Everything we needed was there, no frills or worries about prissy stuff. Don't expect matched silverware or electric can operners. The gas fireplaces were marvelous on cold mornings and evenings, drying out the ever-present mist from the nearby cove. We hosted 93 year old grandma along with her 20-something grandkids comfortably. Ben was responsive to questions, and if the sun had shone more we would have enjoyed the deck. Just what we needed. It really is a convenient spot for Portland, Falmouth, Yarmouth, Freeport etc. Nice hikes nearby and plenty of activities.
Broad Cove is private swimmer and small boater's playground with all the City amenities of Portland close by.
A mile of protected sand beach with private access, inlets to explore and barking seals at night.
Casco Bay islands all reachable by nearby ferries and some within paddling range.
Sebago Lake nearby and Portland restaurants, shopping and theaters 15 minutes away.
Other Activities: Narrow Guage Railway, Lighthouses, Old Orchard Beach Amusements
Golf: Val Halla Golf course is just six minutes away in Cumberland
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 20 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
Rent plus 9% state lodging tax, $100 cleaning, $50 damage insurance
A $100 fuel deposit in early spring and fall has always been returned in full.
Refundable if fuel use is not unusual.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.