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Enjoy Sweeping Waterfront View, Watch Lobster Boats from Porch

Peaks Island, Portland, ME, USA
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Non-smoking waterfront Cottage, 4 Bedrooms (Sleeps 8), 1.5 Baths +outside shower

We close up the cottage during the winter months. Available May 1 - Columbus Day. One-week minimum July 1 - Labor Day. Three-day minimum otherwise.

Our spacious but cozy family cottage is located on a quiet shorefront road, just a few yards from the water with an uninterrupted view of Josiah's Cove and then across the sparkling sea 'all the way to Portugal.' It retains the charm of its 100-year history even though we've lovingly restored and equipped it with up-to-date appliances, numerous sky-lights, new mattresses and wireless internet service.

The cottage is perfectly suited for a quiet family holiday. It is not appropriate for large groups or noisy parties. Absolute maximum occupancy is 8.

We are sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

The top floor includes the master bedroom with water views, double bed, adjoining full bath with clawfoot tub, and a children's bedroom with two twin beds. The main level includes two double bedrooms with a half-bath between, along with the kitchen, dining room and living room.

A brick fireplace defines the cathedral-ceilinged living room. But most guests prefer sitting on the front porch to watch the sun rising at dawn, the lobster boats pulling their traps in the early morning, the sail boats passing all day long and the lights of the giant tankers twinkling in the distance at night.

There is a wonderful outdoor shower at the back of the house.

Peaks Island is a safe and quiet family paradise offering beaches, tennis courts, kayaking, fishing (including from the rocks in front of the cottage) and great walking and bike-riding. Bikes and kayaks are available for rent. And it's all just a 20-minute car ferry ride from the shopping, excellent restaurants, movies and first-class art museum of Portland.

The cottage is normally open from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Please inquire about early May and late October.

Keywords: ocean front, water view, charming, cozy, family friendly, relaxing, fireplace, quiet, unspoiled,classic Maine cottage, fishing, sailing, tennis, lobster, biking


Woody Halsey

Member Since 2012
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english, french, spanish, italian, mandarin, Some Spanish and Italian
Calendar last updated:
Apr 04, 2018
About Woody Halsey

Recently retired, I hope to spend at least a couple of weeks each summer at the Peaks Island cottage. It's the place to which my children and grandchildren cannot wait to return!

Woody Halsey purchased this Cottage in 1981

Why Woody Halsey chose Peaks Island

We chose Peaks Island because it offered the peace and quiet of a country location only minutes from the restaurants and cultural life of the city of Portland. And we chose our cottage because of its unbeatable ocean view. My mother used to say that gazing out over an expanse of water was good for the soul. She was right.

What makes this Cottage unique

Total relaxation and summer family fun the way it used to be. Peaks Island is a family summer paradise offering beaches, sailing, fishing, tennis and bicycling on safe roads. You'll see very few cars, but will enjoy stunning ocean views as you pedal or walk around the island. Visitors can shop at the local market or lobster shack and enjoy home-made meals on the porch, eat out at one of three restaurants on the island or sample the broad range of fare offered by chefs (some nationally known) in the city of Portland. Car and passenger ferries make the 20-minute crossing back and forth between mainland and island approximately every hour. Guided tours of the island via golf cart are available, and a visit to the museum dedicated to the Fifth Maine Civil War regiment is a must for history buffs.


    • Internet
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double
      • Bedroom 4
        2 twin/ single
      • Double Beds (3) The master bedroom on the second floor and the two bedrooms linked by a half bath on the main floor all have full sized double beds. Twin or Single Beds (2) There are two singles in the room adjoining the master bedroom on the second floor, appropriate for children. Baby Cribs (1) One can be supplied. Please inquire.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, toilet and sink, in between main floor bedrooms
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, tub, The tub is an original claw-foot with new faucets.
      • Bathroom 3
        outdoor shower

        Location Type

          • Near The Ocean
            The island is of course surrounded by water. There is always something to watch. Get into the action by renting a kayak or swimming from one of several beautiful beaches.
          • Ocean View
            The unforgettable view from the front porch is the most spectacular feature of the cottage.
          • Oceanfront
            The cottage is perched just a few yards from the rocky coast of Maine.
          • Village
            You'll find everything you need "Down Front."
          • Water View
            Only an ocean liner can offer a better view of the Atlantic.


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                        Parking is strictly limited to two cars, including guests.
                      • Fireplace
                        There is a working fireplace, but we do not provide firewood.
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Telephone
                        Local service is free, long distance calls deducted from the security deposit.
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                        High speed internet included in rent.
                      • Wood Fireplace


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Drip coffee maker and single espresso machine.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Pots, pans, coffee maker, toaster, food processor etc, etc.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Plenty of everything.
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            New counter space and cupboards, new gas range and plenty of pots and pans (including lobster pots), utensils, sharp knives, plates, bowls and glasses.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                            Full sized, non-frost.
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining Room
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Books
                                    Lots of books!
                                  • DVD Player
                                    There is a modest flat screen monitor with built-in DVD player for movies, but no TV service.
                                  • Games
                                    Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit etc.


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        There are porches on two sides on the main level, and a deck on the ground level at the back of the cottage.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Kayaks and bicycles are available for rent on the island.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Behind the house. Good for croquet.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Tennis
                                        Available for extra fee paid directly to Trefethen Evergreen Improvement Association.


                                          • churches
                                          • cinemas
                                          • library
                                          • marina
                                          • museums
                                          • playground
                                          • restaurants

                                            Leisure Activities

                                              • antiquing
                                              • boating
                                              • horseback riding
                                              • shelling
                                              • shopping
                                              • sight seeing
                                              • walking
                                              • whale watching

                                                Local Services & Businesses

                                                  • groceries
                                                  • laundromat

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • pier fishing
                                                      • basketball court
                                                      • deepsea fishing
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • kayaking
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • roller blading
                                                      • sailing
                                                      • sound/bay fishing
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • tennis


                                                          • Cook happily in the well-equipped kitchen with new cabinets and windows installed in 2011. Watch the boats go by from the gorgeous front porch. Fish for stripers from the rocks in front of the house. Walk or bike to a sandy beach. Buy fresh lobster at the ferry dock. Enjoy one of the three restaurants on the island, or take the ferry to town and find out why Portland has made a name for itself as one of America's premier restaurant destinations.

                                                            5 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Beautiful quiet spot overlooking ocean

                                                            Lorissa S.

                                                            Our family of 5, together with friends with a family of 3, had a great time at Woody's cottage on Peak's. It's at the end of a dead end road (2 more quiet houses beyond), and over looking the ocean. When seated on the porch, you feel you are on a boat in the water, and we fell asleep to the sounds of waves at night. Our kids bicycled on the gravel road in front of the house. Woody was very easy to work with, and very responsive. We used Diane's linen & towel service, which we also recommend. We biked from the house to the beach, just over the hill, and to the restaurants and shops on the front side of the island. We hope to return soon!

                                                            Rustic Cottage in a Spectacular Location

                                                            Todd V.

                                                            Our family really enjoyed our stay at this Peaks Island property. Plenty of space. Wonderful views. Quiet side of the island. Easy access to everything. About a 30min walk to "town" but wonderful kitchen, grill, internet access so no need really. This is a quiet place for relaxation and we would definitely go back.

                                                            Perfect vacation, Incredible view

                                                            Mark W.

                                                            The views from this cottage are some of the best on the island. We got up early every day to watch the sun rise and the early morning Lobster boat parade across the bay. On the day of our arrival we watched a sailing race pass right in front of the cottage with over 50 boats! The cottage was great as well with a wrap around porch and a beautiful fireplace. We stayed in the early fall and so enjoyed a fire with breakfast and dinner almost every day. We have already booked for next year and can't wait to return and make more memories.

                                                            Great Views, Perfect House

                                                            Roddy228Manchester, Michigan, USA

                                                            The views of this house were just amazing. We rented this house and the owners other property to use for our bridal party members housing while we got married on the island. It worked out really well. We were a little worried about the handheld shower and outdoor shower option at this house but it all turned out just fine! The bridesmaids and I got ready at this home and took amazing pictures on the porch overlooking the water, just stunning! Thank you for the great rental, it will always hold a special place in my heart!

                                                            Perfect Maine vacation spot

                                                            MeghanSo. Portland, ME

                                                            Our family (2 adults, 3 children) enjoyed a wonderful week on Peaks Island staying in this delightful, classic Maine cottage. Great location…on a quiet road you feel away from it all…while still an easy, quick bike ride to town. The ocean views from the front porch are truly fantastic. A unique and fun feature of this house is the wonderful outdoor shower. The house is well cared for and has all the amenities for an easy, enjoyable vacation. We hope to be back!


                                                            Peaks Island, Portland, ME, USA

                                                            Tennis and sailing lessons are available for an additional fee payable directly to the Trefethen Evergreen Improvement Association. www.teiaclub.org Bikes and kayaks are available for rent.


                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            Tax Rate

                                                            To ensure good communication of dates and terms we ask all guests to sign a simple contract. Full payment is due 60 days before beginning of rental. After that payment rent is refunded only if owner finds another guest for the period reserved. High season rent is $2,800/ week July 1 - through Labor Day. Rent is $2,300/week during low season periods: mid-May to June 30, then between Labor Day and Columbus Day. Minimum stay is three days in low season, and one full Saturday-Saturday week in July and August. The cottage has no central heat and is closed during the winter and early spring.

                                                            5 Reviews
                                                            Exceptional 5/5
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