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Margy Hall

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Classic Beach Cottage - Short Walk to Kennebunk Beach

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Southern Coast of Maine House Rental Photos and Description

6 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, 1/4 Bath, Sleeps 12

!!! SEPT 10-18 AVAILABLE!!!

Great time to vacation in Maine!

The Bait Can is a wonderful summer refuge for families and groups of friends. Enjoy the southern Maine seacoast, beautiful crescent beaches with the softest sand you'll ever feel, delicious lobsters and seafood, a great getaway for those who want to escape the hot summer. Bring a sweater or sweatshirt for the cool evening temps!

The home was built by the owners' great grandfather who built several beach cottages in Kennebunk Beach during the early 20th century. It has been lovingly maintained and enjoyed by four generations of family.

Built in 1922, the house is in original condition throughout, but with upgraded kitchen and bathrooms. You'll love the enclosed outdoor shower and claw foot tubs! The Bait Can is a charming, informal home, loved by all - a great place to hang out and relax.

Within a short walk, bike or drive the Kennebunk Beach area offers all of the amenities that make for a great vacation. Bring your children, bring your pets, bring your friends and enjoy a great vacation in 'Vacationland.'


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  • Groups
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Margy Hall (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Margy Hall

The Bait Can is owned by five sisters who inherited the property from their parents in 1993. Our summers growing up were spent in this wonderful house. The house was built by our great grandfather in 1922 as a wedding present for his fourth child, our grandmother.

Margy Hall purchased this house in 1922

What makes this house unique

KBIA ( offers a wide variety of children's activities and programs, and is located just a 5-minute walk from the house - next to the beach.

Check out local favorites - Nunan's Lobster Hut and The Wayfarer in nearby Cape Porpoise, Merryfield's for berry picking, the Lobster Company on Rt. 1 in Arundel for fresh (live) lobsters and seafood, Cape Arundel Golf Club (where the Bush's play), Rachel Carson Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, great outlet shopping in nearby Kittery and Freeport (home of L.L. Bean).

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks, Margy. We had a wonderful week in Maine. The house is in the perfect location and filled with all the things we might have needed. We are hoping to return next summer.

We are all looking forward to our family vacation next year! Do you automatically send out your availability list to previous renters?


Jul 2015
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based on 15 traveler reviews

Classic Beach Cottage - Short Walk to Kennebunk Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
The beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts

Great cottage, great location!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the Bait Can. My 3 adult children, 2 spouses and one small dog were very impressed with my choice. The location was so perfect we never went to any other beach and except for 1 very rainy day the weather was perfect. We cooked lobsters and swordfish from Langsford's ( Dan's recommendation) and had a great dinner at the Ramp in Cape Porpoise. After years of lugging linens to cottages on Cape Cod and doing tons of laundry when we (6 of us at the time) got home it was a joy not to have to deal with that. Beds were very comfortable and I loved hearing the waves at night. Just a great vacation. Thanks for sharing The Bait Can.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Bait Can. Your week sounds just like so many we have enjoyed over the years.
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An Amazing Experience!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have vacationed in Kennebunkport every year for 5-6 years, and we absolutely love the area. The beaches are beautiful, and rarely packed, the town is New England Style Cute, the Clam Shack has awesome Lobster Rolls (don't be intimidated by the line, it moves quick). And, on top of all of that, the location of the town, makes it an easy hour or two drive in either direction to see different Maine Attractions. This year, we decided we wanted to share the experience with some friends, thinking it'd be neat to hang out with two other couples in this little heaven...and as things happen, they changed plans and all wanted to bring their children. So we went from 6 people to 12 people quick and I was scrambling to find something that would be affordable for everyone, and still close to my happy vacation spot. The Bait Can was PERFECT. I cannot emphasize how completely happy we were with this place. The beds were comfortable, there was plenty of room for everyone, two fridges really helped when we were cooking and eating in. They provided beach towels, chairs and other beach-going-toys. Margy answered all of my questions beforehand and Dan arrived promptly to give us a run through of the property as soon as we arrived. There is absolutely nothing that could have made this vacation run more smoothly, I would definitely return and I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone looking to take a vacation with a group.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am always so pleased to read reviews such as this. My family feels exactly the same way each time we have the opportunity to enjoy the Bait Can!
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A magical & wonderful rental -- Can't say enough!

  • 5 of 5

I rented Bait Can for a week in August for a reunion of four moms and all of our young children. All together there were 11 of us in the house (4 moms and 7 little kids)! As you can imagine, things could have felt crazy and stressful with this many people in one house but Bait Can accommodated us beautifully and we had a truly wonderful and relaxing vacation. The house is wonderfully equipped for both adults and children. The kitchen has everything to cook and serve a large meal and there's tons of nice glass wear for adults to enjoy a cocktail at the end of the day. From beach toys and boogie boards to board games and coloring supplies, there was lots for the kids. Mother's Beach was absolutely perfect for our group and we went there daily, taking advantage of the swimming and great playground that is right on the beach. Even with several three year olds in tow, it really is only a 5 minute easy walk from the house. We did go to a different beach one day -- which was still within a walkable distance but not so much with the young kids. We drove and used the parking passes supplied by the house and this was also perfect. We loved sitting on the porch at night and it was a perfect spot for the kids during the day.

The owners are also great people. I worked with Margy who gave me thorough answers and recommendations to all my questions. Her niece ended up babysitting for us one night, so that we could have a fun adult dinner out in town, and this worked out wonderfully. I had also asked Margy if she knew anyone who would cook for us and she recommended another family member (cousin?) who made us the most unbelievable traditional lobster dinner on our last night. It was so great that we all wished we had used her services earlier so that we could have had more meals prepared.

Anyhow, I could go on and on! Everything was just awesome from the location to the house to the owners. It was hands down the BEST vacation I've ever had with my kids. It's rare to be able to truly relax when traveling with kids (and in a house with 7 of them) but at Bait Can I really could. It's a magical place that I hope I am lucky enough to return to.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great endorsement of the reason the house is called the Bait Can! It was named a couple of generations ago by a great uncle who walked into a house full of small children having a great time. We're so glad it worked so well for you and your friends all the kids.
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  • 5 of 5

My family(my husband and 3 boys) and our best friends(have 4 children) have been renting the Bait Can for the past 4 years. It is by far my favorite place. The house is so cozy and I love to hear the ocean as we sleep. The yard is big enough for the kids to play and the walk to the beach takes a minute. The outdoor shower is a big hit as well. Everything you need is right there.

Margy is beyond a pleasure to rent from and she is very accommodating. You will LOVE it!!!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for letting us know the Bait Can is your "favorite place." We love to have returning guests who take such good care of the house and enjoy it so much. Keep coming!
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Fantastic cottage with an amazing location

  • 5 of 5

Margy made it extremely easy for all of us to book this week long vacation. Dan the property manager met us promptly at 3 o'clock and quickly went through the ins-and-outs of the cottage. We had 3 couples and 2 small little dogs, and it was absolutely perfect for us. The location to the beach cannot be beat, and the sound of the ocean at night guarantees a great nights sleep. We will be back for sure!!! Thank you again Margy.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your Bait Can stay. September is a great month to vacation in Kennebunk Beach. The crowds are gone and the weather is almost always beautiful. Glad you are planning to come back!
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Quintessential Beach Vacation Cottage

  • 5 of 5

With family coming from Arizona and Germany, we wanted to give everybody the quintessential Maine experience. We got all that and more from our 10 days at the Bait Can. There were 13 of us and 2 toddlers. We filled the place perfectly and even had room at the dinner table for guests!! We loved the quaint summer cottage ambiance and the sound of the surf at night from the open windows. A short walk to the beach was perfect for coming and going at all hours of the day. Don't miss the evenings on the beach!! Several of us walked to town and back and the kids loved the beach walk at bedtime in their stroller! The house was well equipped, comfortable, and spacious, even with our crowd! We would definitely return to the Bait Can and Kennebunk if we need a large house again!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are gratified that you and your family so enjoyed your Bait Can stay.
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Car: recommended

Other Activities: Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Shopping, Kayaking, Miniature golf, Boating, Wildlife Viewing


Rates & Availability

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Summer Season 2016
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 8 2016
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 8.0%

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Southern Coast of Maine House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Wet Bar
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs Master Bath + Laundry Room - Adjacent Kitchen
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs Bath #1
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Privacy screen. Hot and Cold Water. Very pleasant!
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , Upstairs Bath #2 - Check out the claw foot tub.
  • Everyone loves our outdoor shower!
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Downstairs Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upstairs Master
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Upstairs Bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , Upstairs Bedroom
    Bedroom 6 - 1 twin/ single , Upstairs Bedroom
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , Sun Porch w/ Futon
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs Bedroom
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • Groups
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Maid service, prior to and after your stay, is provided as part of the rental charge. For multi-week rentals, maid service can be provided during your stay - extra charge - please notify owner during booking process. Rental includes bed linens, bath towels, beach towels, plus beach chairs and umbrellas. Lots of beach toys, too.

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