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220 ft of Waterfront , 2+ acres, private cove, dock & float, great water views

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths (Sleeps 7-9)

Custom built home on Great Island with lots of beautiful woodworking, built in kitchen eating nook with water views, 2 balconies on water side so you can dine alfresco or enjoy cocktails while breathing in the salt air and looking out over Harpswell Sound. Easy access to Brunswick. Swing in the hammock overlooking the shore, shoot hoops in the basketball court on the side of the house, or play badminton under tall trees. Sit on the dock and watch the sun light play on the water all afternoon. Use the float to swim or kayak in the warm tidal waters of the sound (check tide times, swimming and canoeing and kayaking are good for 2-3 hours either side of high tide). If you have a boat, free public launch is available at nearby Lookout Point, and the driveway is long and large enough to accommodate a boat with trailer. Enjoy hiking trails on the other side of the road that lead up to a spectacular cliff walk overlooking inlets or take a drive over to Wolf Neck State Park in Freeport for additional hiking opportunities. Explore the gorgeous sandy beaches of nearby Popham or Reid State Park. Shop LL Bean and the outlets in nearby Freeport, take in a musical at the Maine State Theater on the Bowdoin campus or concerts in neighboring Bath. Discover Maine's history at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath or take in the majestic beauty of Pemaquid Lighhouse and its rocky shore or sail in a schooner out of Bailey Island or nearby Boothbay Harbor , Taste a shore dinner at the Dolphin Marina Restaurant or one of the local lobster pounds or sample some of the many diverse eateries in Brunswick, Bath and Freeport. Don't forget to check out the Farmer's Market on Saturday on Pleasant Hill Road on the way to Freeport. Explore the nooks and crannies of Orr's and Bailey Island, including the Giant Stairs on Bailey's Eastern shore.

Master bedroom on main floor with double bed and full bath. Two spacious bedrooms on upper level with bunk beds in each (double bed below and single bed above). Pull out sleep sofa in lower level. Three full baths, one on each level. Laundry room on main level. All linens, towels provided. Kitchen is fully equipped.

Septic system is designed for 4-6. Parties larger than 6 will be considered by request and subject to terms and conditions.

Keywords: Private cove, dock/float/ramp in water April to October, giving you convenient water access for boating and swimming. Custom built home, open and airy, views from every room, 2nd and 3rd floor balconies to water, granite cooking island, cozy kitchen nook, 2+ acre semi-wooded lot, 200+ feet waterfront, private cove for swimming, fishing, boating, finished family room in walk-out basement to patio, spacious rooms, designed for easy living.

More Details

Property Manager
Ellen Glew, owner
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2017

About Ellen Glew, owner

Having vacationed for many summers in coastal Maine, I decided to build a permanent home there, where I can enjoy weekends and summer vacations with my daughters and their friends (for now) and where I plan to live during retirement. I fell in love with the natural beauty of Harpswell - with its many fingers and islands, and I love the fact that it is 'off the beaten tourist track.' Everywhere you look there are water views that change with every turn in the road. Harpswell is peaceful, yet so convenient to the amenities of Brunswick, Freeport, Bath and even Portland (just 40 minutes away).

Ellen Glew, owner purchased this house in 2002

Why Ellen Glew, owner chose Portland and Casco Bay Area

It is easy to get to -- just over 2 hours from my primary home in Massachusetts -- and it is situated in one of the most beautiful coastal communities in Maine or anywhere in the U,S. Harpswell has more coastline than any community in the United States -- some 230 miles of shoreline and dozens of islands.

What makes this house unique

It is a wonderful place to just relax, sit on the float and read a book and watch the last rays of the sun playing on the water. I love eating breakfast out on the balcony, watching the lobster boats and all the wildlife on the water, hiking along trails with spectacular water views; enjoying the warm waters of Harpswell Sound, either swimming or just floating on an inner tube. It is also a great base location from which to explore the many attractions of mid-Coast Maine. For the more adventuresome, it is also a do-able day trip to Acadia National Park and Mt. Desert Island.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We absolutely loved our stay at your house. The local lobsters and clams are to die for. The layout of your home is so open and airy, and we loved dining on the balcony. The kitchen nook and furnishings are cozy. And the waters of Harpswell Sound are warm -- you can actually stay in the water! Good family fun hiking up the Fairy House trail across the street up to that spectacular cliff walk. Lots to do with nearby shopping at Bean's and the outlets in Freeport, as well as the shops of Bath. Wolf's Neck State Park in Freeport also great for hiking. And for sand and surf, excursions to Reid State Park and Popham Beach are terrific. It's fun to explore the entire mid-coast region -- with trips to Boothbay, Pemquid Light and farther up to Camden and Rockland - best to do that on weekdays to avoid the Route 1 weekend traffic. Movie theaters, mini golf, and bowling in nearby Four Corners also good for family fun.
Jul 2010
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Harpswell House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - main level, oversized shower with built in bench seat
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , upper level
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , located in lower level off family room
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , double bed lower bunk; single bed upper bunk
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , double bed lower bunk; single bed upper bunk
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , pull out queen sofa bed in finished walk out basement
  • Double Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) pull out queen size sleep sofa in basement family room, Bunk Beds (1) is above the double bed in both of the upper level bedrooms
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
This is a permanent, year round home, not a summer cottage. So it comes fully equipped with everything one needs - fully loaded kitchen, linens, games, DVD and video library, two TVs with cable, Smart TV in family room. Internet hook up in central study/library area on top floor, router with WiFi throughout the house. Two balconies towards the water; lower one for eating out; upper one for private sunbathing. Baskeball court on side; badminton set and hammock set up at top of hill, headed down towards water; canoe and life jackets available.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

220 ft of Waterfront , 2+ acres, private cove, dock & float, great water views
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 11 reviews

Beautiful house, great spot in Maine

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this house. The location was an easy drive to Freeport, Brunswick and Bath, with some beautiful trails nearby.

The house and view of the water are just as lovely as the pictures. We loved being able to see the water from the kitchen, living room, one upstairs bedroom and the upstairs office nook.

We appreciated the thoughtful amenities available in the house (a well-stocked kitchen, boats and life jackets, a board game library, a folder with tons of information on the local area). The house layout was great for a multi-generational family (grandparents can sleep on the first floor with a private bathroom, kids have plenty of space to play upstairs or in the basement).

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Am so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay and that the floorplan/layout with all "necessities" on the main floor made the accommodations work for the senior member of your family.
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Anna & Jim

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have enjoyed our vacations at your home for the past five years and this past summer was no exception! I always found the home clean and comfortable. Bitsy greets us like a old friend. We have never found the rules to be a problem. After all, you are staying in someone's home. The house is so well appointed, we lacked for nothing. We always find ourselves down on the dock where we sit and enjoy a glass of wine or watch the grandkids fish or even better, take the canoe out.

Yes there is some road noise, but there is also a rooster crowing (we look forward to hearing him each year!) and the sound of the breeze in the trees. That same road gives us access to church and the farmers market and many other wonderful things.

The best review I can give, is we keep coming back ---five years and more to come! Thank you Ellen for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have added two single-person kayaks to give another option to guests who like to get out on the water and explore Harpswell's extensive shoreline. We thoroughly enjoy welcoming repeat guests!
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A Lovely August Stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had a wonderful stay in this beautiful and well-maintained waterfront home. The house is absolutely lovely. Furnishings are interesting, charming, and thoughtful. Floors are gorgeous. The kitchen is well-equipped. Even the dishes are pretty. Beds were great. Everything feels new, clean, and tidy. The amenities were plentiful (an outdoor hot and cold shower for rinsing off, 2 brand-new kayaks plus an old canoe that was perfectly seaworthy although the seats were a bit worn out). There was great internet (we wouldn't have noticed TV screens as they don't interest us, especially when the view out most windows--the water, light, sky-- is far superior). And accessibility to food shopping, to excellent hikes, to ice cream and tourist sites was very, very good. My husband swam in the cove, we kayaked and canoed with seals popping up around us, and we rarely glimpsed any powerboats in the area, leaving it feeling bucolic and private. Most days we had the cove entirely to ourselves. Yes, as a previous reviewer noted, the rules given at the start are a bit daunting, but admittedly most of them make the place better for all. And the tides, as they do in so many houses we have stayed at in Maine, do mean that you have to time boating and swimming to the rhythms of the ocean. Finally, although the house is located on one of the few roads that joins two Harpswell peninsulas and, thus, does have cars on it during the day, the house is situated for living toward the rear and is buffered by trees on both sides, so you have a great sense of privacy -- a rarity for waterfront property. Plus, it's also fantastically located for cyclists who don't want to struggle up a long dirt road every day for their daily ride and makes zipping into Brunswick -- a lovely college town --- a quick and easy excursion. You do hear cars passing during the day, but it did not detract from our enjoyment of the house ands its glorious view. All in all, we highly recommend this house and would gladly return.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. Look forward to your return sometime in the future.
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Such a disappointment..Peter from Vermont.

  • 1 of 5

This rental was very much of a disappointment. We have vacationed in this area of Maine for 25 years..and have rented through VRBO all over the least 30 times. To begin you had to meet a person to get the key and drop off the key..rather an inconvenience. On arrival the caretaker spent at least 45 minutes telling us everything we were not to do and a huge list of what to do. Including if I had lobster remnants on the weekend I needed to take them to the dump myself. We were also required to wash all towels, fold and dry them before we left at 10am and empty the clean dishwasher. The bed is hard as a rock and the sheets were old and polyester. The two TVs are so small, about the size of a computer screen..maybe 14 inch. But the two worse aspects were that the house sits about 50 yards from a highly trafficked road where the speed limit is 45mph. The road noise was constant and very loud..even down at the dock. Living in quiet Vermont I was undone by the constant traffic noise. Finally the beautiful dock and float for kayaking swimming etc. sat on the mud flats at lower our case from 9 am until about 5 pm. We were not able to use the dock for kayaking, or swimming, unless it was 7 am or 7pm. The middle of the day was super hot, and you would be sitting on the mud. The pictures are very misleading and the description of a private swimming cove is as well. I do understand tides..but this should have been well as the road. We basically left the house everyday to get away from the road noise and to go swimming at a beach 6 miles away. We left early the last day to spend the day on lovely Ogunquit beach...the best part of our vacation. I would not recommend anyone stay here if they don't like road noise and if the tides are against you,

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The caretaker is there to meet and greet guests upon their arrival to deliver the keys and also explain some basic information about the house. Guests have responded very positively to the assistance provided by our caretaker, who - as a long-time local resident - is also a wealth of information on the area, offering tips on sights to see, where to dine, shop etc. In addition, many of our guests are not accustomed to dealing with a home with septic, well and water treatment (which is the norm in Harpswell), and so it is important to explain the systems to the guests, so that they are comfortable with the functioning of the house. And the caretaker informs them that should they have any issues whatsoever, she is on call 24/7 to provide immediate assistance. Guests are asked to wash, dry, and put away towels as they are used, so that the amount of towels needing to be laundered and dried during the turnover is not excessive for the short time between renters. All other cleaning, including remaining laundry, is done by the cleaner in the hours between departure of one party and arrival of the next. The TVS are brand new flat screens. The one in the living room is 22 inches, as listed, and the SMART TV in the family room is 36 inches, allowing people to use their Netflix account, if they have one. The mattress in the master bedroom is a custom-made firm mattress, due to the health requirements of the owner. And there are a total of 4 larger beds (3 full, one queen) with varying degrees of firmness to accommodate anyone's preference. The description mentions the fact that the waters are tidal, and the description has now been expanded to indicate that swimming and boating is possible 2-3 hours either side of high tide. Guests can bring their own boat/trailer, as a public launch is nearby, and the driveway also easily accommodates a boat/trailer. The house is on a crossroad from Harpswell Neck across Great Island to the road that leads to the additional major islands of Harpswell (Orr's and Bailey). The cove is very quiet, private and peaceful, yet the home's location offers ready access to all of the major tourist points in Harpswell and also convenient access to Brunswick and Bath.
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Beautiful location and home

  • 5 of 5

Lovely long weekend in this well-appointed home. Easy access to the first floor bedroom for my elderly mother-in-law and to the front lawn to enjoy the amazing view of the private cove. Kitchen was well equipped, house nicely decorated and furnished. Close to local amenities yet felt away from it all!

Owner and caretaker a pleasure to work with and we look forward to an opportunity to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a beautiful long weekend in this well-equipped home. The view was amazing, access to the front lawn was easy for sitting and enjoying the view too! The kitchen had everything we needed and more. Easy, quick access to amenities. Both the owner and caretaker were wonderful to work with. I would recommend this rental!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bailey Island Cribstone Bridge
Morse's Cribstone Grill
Giant Stairs
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Portland Airport
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Route 1 and Route 295
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Dolphin Marina
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Shawnee Peak
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Reid State Park
Car: necessary

kayaking, hiking, sandy beaches at Reid State Park and Popham Beach, Pemaquid Lighthouse, ferries to islands, botanical gardens at Boothbay


Rates & Availability

Harpswell House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Graduations and Reunions
May 13 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 9.0%

If you will be having children/grandchildren visit you during your stay, please let the homeowner know when making your reservation. We kindly ask that you give us your cell number when making your reservation so that we can arrange for caretaker to give you keys upon your arrival and pick them up from you at departure.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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