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Enjoy Sweeping Waterfront View, Watch Lobster Boats from Porch

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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


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

More Details

Woody Halsey
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, mandarin, Some Spanish and Italian
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2017

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 Portland and Casco Bay Area

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.


Peaks Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
    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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • 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.


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(4 traveler reviews)

Enjoy Sweeping Waterfront View, Watch Lobster Boats from Porch
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Rustic Cottage in a Spectacular Location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect vacation, Incredible view

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manchester, Michigan, USA

Great Views, Perfect House

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So. Portland, ME

Perfect Maine vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tennis and sailing lessons are available for an additional fee payable directly to the Trefethen Evergreen Improvement Association. Bikes and kayaks are available for rent.


Rates & Availability

Peaks Island Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 15- June 30
May 15 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
High season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2017 - Oct 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

To ensure good communication of dates and terms we ask all guests to sign a simple contract.

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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