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Beautiful WILLARD BEACH Cottage with OCEAN VIEWS ~ 100 yds to beach. Pet friend

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


Willard Beach House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 1.5+ Bathrooms, Sleeps 7-9 ~ 100 yds to Willard Beach! Pet Friendly


PLEASE NOTE: If your desired dates are reserved or if you have a larger party, please inquire about our beautiful BRAND NEW fully-renovated vacation home in Willard Beach! 4-5 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps 12-16, only 4-5 mins to downtown Portland. Please request photos/information! Next availability early October. Pricing similar to this home.

We also own a beautiful 3 BR, 1 BA ocean view home in Falmouth-Foreside, 10-12 minutes to downtown Portland. See listing #132471.

Beautifully renovated 3 Bedroom, 1.5+ bath seaside home features beautiful views of the Portland shipping channel and the islands of Casco Bay and is just 100 yards to Willard Beach. Sleeps 7-10.

This quintessential year-round Maine cottage is fully-renovated and is surrounded by stunningly beautiful English gardens and stone patios, with the patios and most rooms in the house enjoying lovely ocean views of the Portland shipping channel and the islands of Casco Bay.

This home is located in the very popular Willard Beach area of South Portland, and is also situated just 3 blocks from beautiful Cape Elizabeth, with easy access to even more beaches and coastal scenery.

The friendliness and walkability of our neighborhood and the easy access to Willard Beach has made this destination the most popular vacation destination in the entire Greater Portland area, as well as the "hottest" neighborhood for young families to reside in. Within a short walking distance of our cottage, you will find Willard Square, home to Scratch Bakery, featured in the New York Times, Bon Appetit, and ranked in the "Top 10 Bread Bakeries in the United States" and Willard Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe. Local residents make daily visits to Scratch for their famous handmade sourdough bagels and delectable breakfast pastries, desserts, breads and so much more. Also within a short walking distance from the cottage are several restaurants and ice cream shops, including the locally-owned but nationally recognized Otto's Pizza.

This home is beautifully furnished and luxuriously appointed with high-end designer furnishings, high-quality new mattresses, three flat screen TVs and high-end linens and designer bedding.

The bedrooms sleep 7-9 guests on high-quality mattresses. The house features two master bedrooms, both featuring Beautyrest mattresses, Samsung flat screens, ceiling fans, window a/cs and beautiful ocean views, Both are outfitted with 100% Egyptian Cotton percale sheets and custom-designed bed linens. The third bedroom features a double bed and a twin bed, both with brand new mattresses and outfitted in high-end nautical bedding ensembles from Restoration Hardware. This bedroom has a ceiling fan and a window A/C. An additional twin bed with a good mattress and a headboard/footboard is stored in the basement and can be be moved to the blue/orange room for an extra guest (it's a regular twin bed). Two high-quality inflatable mattresses also available. With the 3 extra beds, the house can sleep up to 9-10 guests.

The sunny living room with ocean views was just renovated in 2016 with creamy white-painted shiplapped walls and bead board and beamed ceilings. This spacious room features a nautical-themed combination of creamy-white furniture, dressed with a beautiful array of navy and cream throw pillows, a unique designer coffee table made of a French antique basket on casters, a 40" samsung flatscreen and a Bose speaker system for iPhone 5s.

Adjacent and open to the living room is the sun room, with beautiful views of the ocean and the islands so close to the cottage. This room has a small dining table with two chairs from Maine Cottage and doubles as a delightful breakfast nook for up to 4 guests.

The dining room features a gorgeous 96" long designer dining table from Restoration Hardware with a rusted metal base and a reclaimed wooden top. Eight comfortable Pottery Barn chairs make for long and memorable dinners with family and friends.

The gourmet kitchen features a new SS Bosch gas range and dishwasher and

is very generously appointed with service for 18 dining and silverware service and service for 18 glassware, in addition to an abundance of new pots and pans, bakeware, casserole dishes and every small appliance you would expect in a generously appointed kitchen. A large stainless steel gas grill is just outside the kitchen on it's own small stone patio in the back yard.

The stunningly beautiful English gardens and patios on this property are absolutely incredible and offer a delightful scent of flowers combined with the salty sea air. You will enjoy beautiful ocean views from the patio and memorable evenings and dinners outside, with a large patio set featuring 10 very comfortable chairs.

We also provide retro-style beach cruisers for exploring the delightful neighborhood, in addition to two kayaks for our guests to enjoy, as the water's edge is only 100 yards away.

We request that you please contact us for the many additional photographs and detailed information on the home and the neighborhood, as there is limited space available in this ad for featuring all the benefits of this lovely home and area. Pets considered with prior approval and pet fee.

Also, if your dates are reserved, please contact us about our beautiful beach cottage in Falmouth-Foreside (property #132471).

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Marilys Scheindel
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Marilys Scheindel

I have enjoyed owning and operating our other two furnished vacation rental homes for over 10 years now (one is Homeaway property #132471) and have been looking for the perfect third vacation rental home to offer our guests for over three years! We wanted to find a home that we could downsize into when our kids leave for college and make that home available as a vacation home for the next 10 years until that time. We finally found our dream retirement home and are pleased to offer it to you as our guests!

Marilys Scheindel purchased this house in 2015

Why Marilys Scheindel chose South Portland

This property was described to us months before it went on the market, at a time when we were considering placing offers on other neighborhood homes. Based on what we had heard abut this property, we reluctantly passed on other beautiful homes, holding out for this one to finally come to market. We have been so thankful every day since buying it and can not believe our good fortune in being the party selected to buy this special home among the many other offers the buyers received within two days of the home being listed for sale.

We fell in love with this home the minute we turned the corner and saw it from the outside. There is a very magical quality about this home that immediately cast a spell among us as we walked down the long stone path and through the lush and beautiful English gardens towards the cottage. It is difficult to describe the special feeling you have when you approach this home through the beautiful "secret gardens" that you walk thru to reach the cottage. Once inside, we could see why the former owners had described the property as their "slice of heaven", and knew we had to make this home our own.

What makes this house unique

There is a special "magical", happy vibe (good energy is what most people say) that everyone notices as they enter this home. You just don't want to leave! Although the happy feeling of this house is happy to pinpoint, exactly, there are certain elements that don't come through in the ad that do contribute to this. The views are better than they appear in the photos and you can see the ocean from more places in the house than what is depicted in the ad. There us is a sunny quality about the home that is not particularly reflected, as taking photos of a sunny room can be quite a challenge. The floor plan is very welcoming--it's one of those homes that gives you a hug when you walk in. Taking a bath underneath the huge window is amazing! My teenage daughter likes that you can actually get a suntan while taking a bath--the sun streams in that brightly. All I can say is that it is the "happiest" house I have ever owned and we will never part with this house. It will be in our family forever. It's a house that you never, ever want to leave or part with.

This home also has a stone path adjacent to it which leads you to Willard Beach and Fisherman's Point--a gorgeous grassy knoll which we had been visiting for years. From Fisherman's Point, you can see while away the hours and enjoy the ever-changing scene of the Portland Shipping Channel and the Islands of Casco Bay. In any given hour, you may see cruise ships, freighters, tug boats, ferry boats, schooners and every other type of vessel pass by. It's a very special spot, from where you can enjoy interesting and beautiful views of the islands across the narrow shipping channel, in addition to two WWII forts and beautiful Willard Beach.


based on 14 traveler reviews

Beautiful WILLARD BEACH Cottage with OCEAN VIEWS ~ 100 yds to beach. Pet friend
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews
Hurst, TX USA

A True Gem!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 4 nights at this beautiful place. When we arrived the lights were on, the fireplace was lit, and we were greeted with a wonderful note and a delicious poppy seed cake from the owner. Everything about this place is just as advertised and more. The owner also gave us a very well documented guide to Portland and the surrounding area. She covered it all! We affectionately called it the "The Book of Life"! The beds were very comfortable, the kitchen had more than everything needed, and the house was white-glove clean! We had an extraordinary time in the Portland area, all made even better by staying in this lovely home. A true gem and highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Willard Beach Cottage-home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We had a party of four; myself, my husband, and one other couple. The home is in a beautiful quiet residential area. We enjoyed our walks in and around the neighborhood as well as traveling by car in both S. Portland and Portland. This cottage is a vacationer's dream come true in S. Portland; it is beautifully appointed with comfortable beds, a very well equipped kitchen, comfortable slip-covered couches, a gorgeous garden/outdoor sitting area, & it is spotlessly clean - all in a very welcoming setting. This home boosts great detail to design in both structure & decor while catering to the comfort of it's guests. The owner goes out-of-her-way to make sure your stay will be memorable-you will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Trip!

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay at the Beach Cottage. I have no complaints at all of this cottage. All the comforts of home while away. We had everthing we needed to cook a great Maine Lobster dinner and then had a short walk down to the beach to walk it off. When I travel back to the area I will look to stay at this cottage or one of the others that the owner has in the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint Cottage by the Sea

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I booked this last minute getaway to attend a fundraising walk. I have stayed in the Old Port section of Portland but not South Portland; it was quite the contrast. The cottage is tucked between a few other homes in a nice neighborhood. The walkway leading up to the home passes through very lovely landscaping where there is a patio area with outdoor dining and a fire pit, which is great for chilly fall afternoons and evenings. The owner left us a nice welcome note and delicious treats from Scratch Bakery(what a nice touch). The cottage has some great views of the ocean; we saw a cruise ship pass through unexpectedly. Even though the cottage is older, it is like brand new; it is a nice example of a very tasteful renovation and is beautifully decorated. There is a cozy gas fireplace in the living room which is great this time of year. The linens and towels that were provided were plush and luxurious; everything that we needed was there.

So close and right outside the front door of the cottage is a path which leads to the street that goes to the beach. We loved exploring the area: we went to the Portland Head Lighthouse and Cape Elizabeth. We found a great barbecue restaurant down the street and some great pastry shops in the area. Our only regret is that we didn't have more time there since we arrived on Friday at 7pm, had a fundraising walk Saturday in Saco, and had to check out Sunday at 10:30am. I would recommend to anyone to book a minimum of 4 days to take in everything that this cottage and area has to offer.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Beach Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

The Beach Cottage is the perfect place for friends and family to settle in and feel right at home. Anything we could have needed was already thought through on our behalf and available. The owner pays special attention to details and home comforts ... excellent sleeping accommodations a big plus. The garden and patio area is an extra bonus where you can comfortably sit with your morning coffee with an ocean breeze and water views. Guests commented that this house is "a very special place" more than once. We'll be back and have recommended to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful South Portland Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

This South Portland home was the perfect place for our first family vacation in Maine. It was well appointed, with amazingly comfortable beds, and captured a New England beach home experience. The proximity to Willard Beach was perfect for our young children and the water views made it a very relaxing stay. Marilys is a very detailed oriented host and thought of every need, including providing a highchair and toys for our kids, in addition to the other amenities she provides for all of her guests. We also found that her guide on things to do, places to go and eat was extremely helpful for us, especially for rainy day activities. We would happily recommend this home to anyone!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Portland International Jetport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Casco Bay Lines
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Ellsemere BBQ
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Willard Beach
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Willard Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak Color
Oct 18 2016 - Oct 24 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Oct 25 2016 - Nov 3 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Nov 4 2016 - Nov 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Pre-Holiday (non-holiday)
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 17 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
December Holidays
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Post Holidays
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Winter
Feb 17 2017 - Mar 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2017
Mar 19 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - May 24 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day Holiday
May 25 2017 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer/Early Fall
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Linens Fee $225 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $195 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

Pets considered with pre-approval and $195 pet fee.

Winter Holiday Rate: $2875/week.

Flexible Winter Leases with one-month minimum lease term are priced as follows:

January: $3300 (inclusive of utils)
February: $4300 (inclusive of utils)
March: $5500 (inclusive of utils)
April: $7500 (inclusive of utils)

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Willard Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Sunny bath features picture window and new glass-wall shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Stunning garden views with a huge window and a skylight!
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Basement toilet/sink accessible thru exterior door in summer
  • Main bathroom is delightfully cottagey and wonderfully renovated with the original claw foot tub and a separate new glass-wall shower. A gorgeous cathedral ceiling with the original beadboard and beams painted white, an antique chandelier and a huge picture window with plantation shutters add to the room's sunny atmosphere and shabby chic charm. Powder room is adorable with it's slanted v-board ceiling, beadboard walls and window facing the gardens, a skylight, and a gorgeous leaded-glass window offers beautiful garden views. There is a toilet and a sink in the basement laundry area that is accessible either thru an exterior door that leads into the walk-out basement from the side yard or thru the staircase under the trap door in the kitchen. It's really only convenient for "emergencies" but it's also nice to have there while doing laundry or after putting the kayaks or bikes away in the basement after use (or when coming in from the beach with sandy toes!).
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , New Beautyrest Black mattress, ocean views, flatscreen, A/C.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , King bed, two great inflatables + extra twin in frame avail
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Ceiling fan, A/C, new quality mattresses, high-end bedding.
  • Three Bedrooms sleep up to 9 in beds: Master Bedroom features a brand new KING-SIZE Beautryrest Black mattress, gorgeous ocean views (including a lighthouse!), beamed bead board ceiling, a 32" Samsung Flatscreen, a ceiling fan and room A/C, Mary Kaiser designer bedding ensemble with matching Loveseat and gorgeous iron bed from Restoration Hardware. Brand new 100% Egyptian Cotton Percale sheets and two fluffy comforters. 2nd Master Bedroom also features a KING-SIZE Beautyrest mattress, a twin bed with headboard/footboard (can be moved into room), ocean views, a 32" Samsung flatscreen, a ceiling fan, a comfy reading chair with beautiful ocean views and a room A/C. Brand new Egyptian Cotton Percale sheets and fluffy, custom designed bedding ensemble. 3rd Bedroom features super comfy double and twin beds (plus an extra twin bed and two hi-end inflatable beds upon request), features all new quality mattresses, a ceiling fan and room A/C and high-end bedding from Restoration Hardware.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The Willard Beach neighborhood is the hottest and most in-demand vacation destination (and place to live) in the entire greater Portland area and is prized for it's "walkability". There is a locally-owned but nationally recognized bakery within an 8-minute walk of the cottage that has been featured in Bon Appetit and the New York Times and was awarded the distinction of one of the "Top 10 bread bakeries in the United States". Scratch Bakery is famous for their individually handmade bagels and has a vast array of breads to choose from, a huge assortment of individual-sized desserts, incredible coffees, breads, cookies, soups, sandwiches, salads, fine cheeses, fine wines, etc. It is a huge draw in the area and our guests (and most locals) often make daily trips to Scratch for the bagels and breakfast pastries and coffees in the morning and later in the day for bread for dinner and desserts (we do!). Also within walking distance of the cottage are several great restaurants!

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