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Ash Cove Oceanfront Cottage with Spectacular Views

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 full baths, waterfront with mooring for your boat

Spectacular views of Ash Cove, islands, and all the way out to the ocean from almost every room. Tall pines and fir trees whisper in the sea breeze.

Our 1905 renovated cottage is very private, 100 yards off the road and right on the water—the perfect setting for the ultimate vacation.

It’s all about the water in Harpswell. You can kayak from the front of the house bring-- your own or use ours (with liability waiver) . Or tie up your boat on our mooring. There is a public launch just across the cove. Harpswell Sound and Casco Bay offer great water for fishing, sailing, motoring, or kayaking, and are easily accessed from Ash Cove.

The wrap-around porch is perfect for watching the sun rise and set, with a great view of wildlife: bald eagles, ospreys, herons, ducks, loons, cormorants, terns, harbor seals, and lobstermen. The yard is perfect for a game of badminton or horseshoes (both provided).

The house has an open floor plan. The family room has 180 degree views of the cove. The dining room is central to the house, between the family room and the kitchen, and also has water views. The kitchen is small, but we are avid cooks, so it is well-appointed. Close to the other living areas, you can cook and still be part of the conversation. Cozy living room is perfect for curling up in a big, comfy chair with a good book. Full bath and laundry are on the main floor.

Bedrooms are upstairs:

Master with king bed and full bath

Bedroom with queen bed

Bedroom with queen bed

Bedroom with bunk beds

Family bath with tub/shower.

The town of Harpswell is a set of fingerlike peninsulas stretching south from Brunswick. It has over 200 miles of shoreline with many miles of hiking trails administered by the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.

Seafood restaurants abound around Harpswell. The Dophin Marina, Erica’s Seafood takeout, and Estes Lobster House are all a few minutes away. You’ll find a wider variety of cuisines in Brunswick. For local brew pubs try Ebenezer’s Brew Pub, in Brunswick, and Sea Dog Brewing, in Topsham.

We want our house to be a real getaway, so there is no TV, only wi-fi for internet access. You can watch movies on your computer, and are welcome to bring your own TV and DVD player, if you wish. On rainy days, there is plenty of shopping in Brunswick, Topsham, and Freeport. Or visit the Maine Maritime Museum, in Bath, and two large multiplex cinemas--one in Brunswick and one in Topsham. All are 20 minutes away. And there is always something going on in Portland, less than an hour away:

Dogs (no more than 2) are welcome with permission of homeowners and a $100/dog non-refundable fee.

Please contact the owner before placing your reservation and initiating a payment online. Your rental fee will depend on the number of people in your party and whether or not you have a dog. We also have rental rules that need to be reviewed and signed prior to occupation.

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Harpswell Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Family Bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , First floor bath
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master Bath
  • Two full baths upstairs and one on the first floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom with 180 degree water views.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Guest bedroom with lovely water views.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Guest bedroom with views of the water through fir trees.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Small bedroom with twin bunk beds and water views.
  • Bedrooms are all on the second floor. Mattresses and linens are new.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Ash Cove Oceanfront Cottage with Spectacular Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Water Front

  • 5 of 5

4 middle aged humans and two dogs spent a fantastic week.

Relaxing at porch and kayaking on quiet sea.

The Kitchen has absolutely everything you need that we even can enjoyed preparing our meals.

We loved "Estes Lobster House Restaurant" is only 5 minutes away by car

or walk to Potts Harbor Lobster to buy local price live lobsters for BBQ.

The wifi working very well in case you are on Worcation!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing week! House was clean and spacious. For the first few days it was 6 adults and 2 toddlers and there was plenty of space for all of us and our gear. The three full bathrooms really helped. The views are incredible and we certainly did not miss having a TV one bit. Keeping two toddlers entertained was shockingly easy! The Owners are so pleasant and were great to deal with. Already looking forward to next August!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting homes up and down the Maine coast for many years now. Ash Cove was by far one of our favorite places yet! The house was super clean, had more than enough room to comfortably fit our combined family of 8 for sleeping and 14 for meals, was full of beautiful views and was well equipped for the chefs in our crowd. We took advantage of the kayaks and spent much time exploring the area waterways, we loved the rocking chairs on the porch, the fact that there was no TV and the puzzles in the living room! And, wow, to wake up with a view like that every morning!!

The owners were incredibly responsive to our questions and we felt that the house was very much loved. We would definitely consider renting this house again for our next family reunion!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a great vacation and were able to take advantage of everything we love best about our home.
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Perfect Vacation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the house for my daughters HS graduation in Yarmouth ME (4 humans and 2 dogs) and it was perfect for us. The sun rises/sun sets were beautiful. The house has everything you need and more - 3 full baths! It is very relaxing and peaceful, but close to all the activities that our teenagers wanted. The cell phone service was spotty, but with the wifi we could email and watch moves, no TV lead to more reading (great book selection - we have since bought 2 of the books that we started). The owner made the whole process very easy and efficient. We definitely will recommend to our family/friends and hope to make this our new family vacation location.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a great vacation. It sounds like the house was perfect for you and your family. You are welcome back anytime! Karen
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Very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We are two semi-retired couples that stayed here in October, off season. There is plenty of room, small but well equipped kitchen, easy access to fresh lobsters. The beds were very comfortable, and plenty of linens and blankets, as the nights were cooler. Beautiful views from living area and 3 bedrooms. Close to the Dolphin restaurant and Erika's for meals.

No televison, which was fine for us, but cell phone service in the house was poor, we had to go up to the road to make calls.

All in all, very nice, would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous Serene Water Front Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend this rental for anyone seeking a peaceful getaway with amazing views. The house was spacious, immaculate and tastefully decorated for an oceanfront cottage rental. The owners were quite friendly and extremely accommodating. We enjoyed relaxing in the large front room and looking at the ocean view especially in the evening with the surrounding lights and boats around the cove. It was very interesting watching a bald eagle fly by the porch and circling the bay amongst other wildlife. There were several nearby restaurants to enjoy. Our favorite was the Dolphin Marina. The food and views at the restaurant were spectacular and memorable. Harpswell is just a short drive from Brunswick. Bailey Island is a must see during your stay in Harpswell. We enjoyed riding our bikes to Bailey Island while taking in the beautiful scenery. There are other activities to enjoy including kayaking, walking trails, gift shop, and of course endless ocean views.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your time on Ash Cove, in Harpswell. We want our guests to relax and feel at home on their vacation.
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Karen Conniff
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

About Karen Conniff

Dick and Karen grew up in New Jersey, and have lived in Connecticut for the past 32 years. Dick is a writer and Karen is a realtor. Their son, Ben, is a restaurateur, and just published a cookbook: "Real Maine Food", which is available in bookstores, on Amazon, and in his restaurants (Luke's Lobster). All the recipes come from Maine chefs and home cooks. There is a copy at the house, along with a copy of a Maine cook book written by a gentleman who used to summer in the house in the early part of the 20th century.

Karen Conniff purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Karen Conniff chose Harpswell

Karen had summered in South Harpswell as a teenager across the cove, at the Auburn Colony. She introduced Dick to the area, and he, too, fell in love with it. They decided to find a house, here, for family get-togethers and quiet time away from busy lives. Their son, Ben, travels to Maine on business, so we wanted to find a place that would be convenient for him to stay in when he is in Maine.

We found our house after a year of searching. The proximity to the water and ability to moor a boat in deep water in front of the house attracted us. But the views are what sold us--incredible! Anyone who walks into the house says, "Wow! What a spot!" Sitting in the family room or in the master bedroom, you feel like you are on the prow of a boat, overlooking the cove.

What makes this cottage unique

The wrap-around porch is the one thing all our guests fall in love with. You can sit with your morning brew and watch the sun rise and the eagles, ospreys and herons fishing, or lounge all day watching the wildlife and reading a good book. As the days grow shorter in the late summer, the sunrises and sunsets get more colorful.


Nearest Airport
43.2 Miles
Portland International Jetport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Dolphin Marina and Restaurant
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Brunswick, Maine
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
Brunswick, Maine
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Dolphin Marina and Restaurant
Nearest Beach
1.7 Miles
George Mitchell Field, Harpswell, Maine
Car: necessary

Brunswick, home of Bowdoin College, is 20 minutes away, and offers summer theater, a farmers market, restaurants, multiplex movie theater, two large supermarkets, and all kinds of shopping.

Mall shopping is in Brunswick and Topsham.

Check out the ships being built or repaired at the Bath Iron Works, in historic Bath, a 30 minute drive. The Maine Maritime Museum, there, is a great spot to visit on a rainy day.

Freeport shopping outlets are 30 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Charge Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning $200
Tax Rate 9.0%

Well behaved pets will be considered. The pet fee is $100 per pet, non-refundable.
Check in is 3:00 pm and check out is 11:00 am.
There is a $200 cleaning fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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