3 Bedrooms, 1.5+ Baths, Sleeps 8 ~ 100 yds to Willard Beach! Pet Friendly
Marilys, owner of MS Properties
About Marilys, owner of MS Properties
I have enjoyed owning and operating our other furnished vacation rental homes for over 14 years now (one is Homeaway property #132471) and two newer homes are #1112052 and #903832. After buying our first and second vacation homes, we began looking for the perfect third vacation rental home to offer our guests and we searched for the perfect home for over 3 years! We wanted to find a home that we could downsize into when our kids are on their own 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, our guests!
Marilys, owner of MS Properties purchased this House in 2015
Why Marilys, owner of MS Properties chose Willard
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 upon us as we walked down the 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, seeing the ocean on the other side. I love watching my guests experience this. Once inside, you can immediately 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
This property has the most amazing energy. There is a special "magical", happy vibe that everyone notices as they enter this home. You just don't want to leave! Although the happy feeling of this house is hard 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. The ocean is also closer to the house than appears in the photos. There us is a sunny quality about the home that is not particularly reflected in the photos, 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.
Check-in: 4:30 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
Pets accepted with PRIOR APPROVAL and PET FEE.
Lots of kids' furniture/toys/suppies!
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Please respect the quietude of the neighborhood and observe quiet hours while outdoors from 10 pm to 9 am.
Please use the driveway for up to 3 cars and ask about street parking if there will be more than 3 cars.
All pets must be approved prior to booking, including pets belonging to visitors to your home, even if the visitors/pets are not staying overnight.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
My husband and I spent three wonderful weeks at this property during October 2018. We love Maine and we try to visit every year. Last year we discovered South Portland and Willard Beach. We fell in love with this property last year from its description and the many raving guest reviews, however our schedule did not work out to rent the property. This year we were determined to inquire early in order to rent the home and we are so fortunate we did. The house is charming and well furnished. The owner, Marilys, has tastefully decorated the rooms with a variety of collectibles and comfortable furniture. Marilys, is excellent in communicating and insuring that all our questions were answered in advance and during our stay. She provides very detailed information about the house and surrounding area.
The day we arrived, a freshly baked Bundt cake was waiting for us. Marilys toured us around the house pointing out features and important information. Each room in the house is beautifully decorated, and the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. The linens and towels are luxurious. The house is impeccably clean, and the kitchen is well equipped for cooks of all skill levels. Marilys has toys and games for children and baby items available for families with young children.
Sipping coffee in the morning or enjoying a glass of wine in the afternoon while sitting outside on the beautiful patio watching the lobster boats, sailboats and even cruise boats pass by is a real treat. The sea breezes are refreshing and calming. A gas burning fireplace inside the home takes the chill off a cold day.
We can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed our stay. Even our rescue boxer, Buddy, had a great time. There are plenty of doggie day care facilities in the Portland area if you need your pet to have play time. Our favorite was Roscoe’s Bed and Bark and we also liked Mutty Paws. Willard Beach is also pet friendly but certain restrictions do apply (leash laws) at certain times of the year. The neighborhood is quiet, and the neighbors are very friendly.
The home is convenient for walking to the beach. There is also a walking/bike path called the Greenbelt Walkway. There are wonderful restaurants in South Portland and Portland. Marilys has provided a comprehensive guide of where to eat and many things to do during your stay.
Please note, this guest, Susan, who stayed at the house with her husband for most of October, 2018, asked me to post this review for her because she was having issues with the system kicking her out and not allowing her to post it. She sent me a PDF of the review she had written and asked me if I could somehow post it for her. I tried something after tinkering on VRBO for quite a while, not expecting it to work, and it posted her review with my name attached to it.
Lovely Maine cottage
My husband and I spent a week at the lovely cottage. The owner, Marilys met us on our arrival to show us the house which was very helpful.
She also left a wonderful chocolate cake from our favorite stop, The Scratch Bakery.
The house had everything we needed and the most wonderful king size bed
It was a very short walk from the house to beach
We loved all the added touches, the fresh cut flowers in the rooms
Beautiful week, beautiful home
Wonderful Vacation Rental
The cottage in South Portland is really great. The owners go out of their way to make your stay the best. The house is very clean, has all the amenities, and the owners are quick to remedy any issues. The setting is beautiful and the location is close to downtown Portland, with easy access to the beach in a quiet and friendly neighborhood. Highly recommend!
A true Maine cottage in great location
Simple elegance, in a quiet neighborhood that's very close to Portland & other destinations (must go to Higgins Beach). My family of 4 stayed only a few days, but could have easily stayed longer.
The pictures are true & correct, and the house shows very well. All bedrooms are reasonably spacious, and the one full bath is fully updated. Both the kitchen & half bath on 1st fl are also fully updated. Marilys, our host, was an excellent communicator and took care of all our needs - she even had a wonderful bunt cake fresh from the oven for us when we arrived. There are also kayaks & bikes available, all in very good condition. And plenty of beach chairs are available, so no need to bring your own. Willard beach is just down the street, and there's plenty of food options very close by (including the requisite ice cream shop!) - though Portland (with nearly unlimited food options) is a 5 min car ride. I think our favorite spot was the patio, with the flowers all in bloom and the nice sea breeze reminding you where you are.
This is a thoughtfully decorated and well cared for house that invites you to make yourself at home immediately. Nicely done, Marilys & Robert!
If you're looking for a true Maine cottage experience, that's not so far from civilization that you must drive everywhere, this is your place. We'll be back.
The perfect home away from home
The owner’s communication before we booked the property was extremely helpful: she sent more pictures, informed us about baby items, and in general we knew she was/is passionate about her rental.
We stayed 2 weeks at this property. Home called, but we didnt want to leave.
If location is your hearts desire for a beach and water vacation, this property is definitely for your family: sunbathe, read, collect seaglass, toss balls in the water for your dog, walk, climb on the playground, wade in the tidal pools or watch the ships come and go from Fisherman’s Point.
The cottage was perfect for 3 adults and 3 small children. Why? Because we were up and down to and from the beach a lot!! You can almost hear the Willard Beach waves at high tide...almost. The bedrooms are a generous size with a king in 2 of the bedrooms and a double and twin in the 3rd. There’s only one bathroom upstairs which was just fine because one adult used the powder room , except to shower. The kitchen is stocked with everything you might need, want, or dream of wanting.
The patio is delightful for meals, hors d’oeuvres, conversation and watching the sail boats in the channel. The dining room table is huge for large parties. It’s a cottage with lots of charm, modern conveniences, and wonderful ocean views.
The property was very clean upon arrival. The owner greeted us and answered all of our questions . Willard Beach is close to Ferry Beach, Higgins and Crescent Beaches.
We highly recommend this cottage.
Lovely beach cottage!
Really enjoyed our stay here! Our group consisted of my husband and me, our daughter and her husband, two very small children, and a small dog. Marilyn had everything ready for us including two high chairs, two pack n plays, and even dog towels!
The house is cutely decorated, like a remodeled beach house you might see on HGTV. Very comfortable with TWO king size beds. The best part was the quick walk to Willard Beach, which various ones of us would visit multiple times per day. Also nearby and an easy walk was the fabulous Scratch Bakery and Scoops ice cream.
Marilyn provided us a guide to the whole Portland/Cape Elizabeth area, including supermarkets, restaurants, and nearby attractions. Her suggestions were spot-on. We also texted her with questions a couple of times and she replied immediately. Very responsive host; she obviously takes pride in the property and keeping her guests happy. Thank you, Marilyn! We hope to return.