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Herb Nolan

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Elegant summer home with two beaches steps away. One week left! July 6-14

3 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Portland and Casco Bay Area House Rental Photos and Description

Historic summer home perched at the edge of the bay with acers of land & beaches

Edgemere is a century-old shingle style summer home on a private island in Casco Bay. Cushings Island is a twenty minute boat ride from Portland, Maine. The house has a wrap around veranda overlooking two acres of lawn, woods and wildflower meadows fronting on Casco Bay. Chairs on the veranda and perched on the lawn’s edge have sweeping views of the bay, the islands, and the sunset. There is ample room to set up the provided lawn games (croquet, bocci, badminton, frisbee, soccer). A sandy beach at the end of the lawn and two other large deserted beaches a short walk away provide endless opportunities for swimming and beach combing.

Edgemere has plenty of room for extended families and guests. A large living room with a piano, wicker chairs and a large fireplace has multi-paned windows facing the bay. The paneled dining room seats 12 to 14 people. A fully equipped eat-in kitchen with walk-in pantry and a large Weber gas grill just outside on the veranda makes cooking fun. The laundry includes a washer/dryer set, traditional set tubs, and an outdoor drying yard for those who appreciate air dried sheets. Wifi is provided throughout the house and on the veranda.

The house sleeps twelve comfortably. A master bedroom with a large balcony and window seat faces the water. There other upstairs wood-paneled bedrooms each have their own charm and water view. There is a full bath with claw foot tub, two ½ baths, and a large cedar-enclosed outdoor shower in a latticed yard. The property includes a summer cabin with a loft filled with air and light. It has a king size bed and window seats as well as slung hammocks and is situated on the edge of the woods with water views in the distance.

Cushings Island offers the peace and beauty of a bygone era. It was laid out by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead in the late 19th century and has many historic homes (including ours) designed during that period. by Maine’s great architect John Calvin Stevens. You will find no cars, stores, or streetlights on this rustic island. Cushings is a pedestrian experience with its miles of grassy roads and woodland paths leading over fields and through woods to coves and rugged cliffs overlooking the open Atlantic. The island is a great place for tennis (with several clay courts), sailing, kayaking, and rock fishing.

Despite its feeling of rustic seclusion, Cushing Island is only a 20 minute ride by private ferry or water taxi to downtown Portland with its restaurants, summer festivals, art galleries and shops. Stores like Harbor fish, Whole Foods Market and Rosemont Market deliver phoned orders to the Cushings ferry for delivery to the island. The island caretaker and crew meet every boat and transport baggage and groceries to the island homes.

For those who wish to get away from it all yet be close enough to get back to civilization when need be this is a wonderful place.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Herb Nolan (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Herb Nolan

Four generations have grown up in this house built for our grandparents in 1913. When we arrived as kids we would kick off out shoes and run barefoot all summer long exploring the woods and coast line and making up games. Forty families make this island their home during the summer. Cushings Island with its winding paths and historic homes has retained much of its 19th century charm.

Herb Nolan purchased this house in 1913

Why Herb Nolan chose Portland and Casco Bay Area

Cushings is a private island with many acres of protected woodland, five broad beaches and a rocky coast line facing the open ocean. One can wander at will along miles of paths anywhere on the island. It is a world apart yet easily accessible from Portland with its international airport.

What makes this house unique

SETTING: The west shore of Cushings Island, where our home is located, is one of the few places on the coast where one can sit and watch the sunset across a glistening bay. Two acres of lawn and meadow along the shore offer ample room to play games, relaxing in the Adirondack chairs set along the shore or hanging out in the hammock. A sandy beach at the foot of the lawn offers great swimming and boating opportunities and two other crescent beaches just down the path provide quiet solitude. You may be the only person on these beaches much of the time.

ACCESS: Cushings Island is served by private ferry which operates three times a day and is a short ride from downtown Portland with its shops and restaurants. An on-call water taxi service is available. One could fly into the Portland airport and be on the island within an hour's time. The island is a rustic get away with no stores or cars. One truck is used by the island crew for delivering groceries and luggage from the dock to the houses. Several stores in town will bag up and delivered grocery orders to the ferry for delivery to the island with prior notice so there is no need to return to the city to go shopping. For those who want a night on the town, however, Portland’s 'Old Port' with its charming restaurants and bars is a twenty minute taxi boat ride away.


based on 3 traveler reviews

Elegant summer home with two beaches steps away. One week left! July 6-14
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Wonderful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely amazing trip! We couldn't have loved your house or the island more. We made very special memories exploring the island and sitting together on the porch watching the boats on the water. We are already trying to figure out when we can come back again! So grateful you all share your house with others and we feel lucky to have rented it.

We had no issues whatsoever with the house; everything worked perfectly and the house was fully stocked. Highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing peaceful get-away-from-it all!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has enjoyed many wonderful summer weeks in this beautiful house on this wonderful island. Cushing's Island is a unique place and this house is a jewel. The children spent many hours roaming the island and playing on the wonderful beaches. The adults spent many hours doing much the same thing! As the city of Portland is just a short ferry or sea cab ride away, when you want activity, it is very easy to enjoy the fabulous restaurants and shopping that Portland has to offer. It is even fun to take in a Sea Dogs baseball game! However, the rest and relaxation of the island and the beauty and comfort of this beautiful house, will probably mean you will never leave the property, much less the island!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't wait to come back!

  • 5 of 5

We found Cushing's because we were looking for an "island" experience close to home. We wanted to feel like we got away from it all. Boy did we find it. Cushing Island is a true treasure. A short 15 minute ferry transports you to a different world. Tree lined paths and friendly neighbors greeted us and we instantly felt like we stepped back in time. Gorgeous views no matter where you walk. The house is a short walk from the ferry and the island's caretaker ships all your gear to your doorstep so you don't have to worry about a thing. The house is so charming and homey. You really feel as if you are one of the family. We went with our two young boys (7 and 11) and their grandfather. THe island is so safe (no cars) that the kids could really be free. We joked that they just went feral for the week. We thought we would want to go explore Portland more but the island was so charming that we found we really didn't want to leave. Lots of trails and beaches to explore. We still talk about it and hope to return soon. THank you again! One of our best vacations yet!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Portland International Jetport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Portland bars
Nearest Ferry
0.3 Miles
Island ferry
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Downeaster - Amtrak from Boston
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Portland restaurants
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Clam & Little
Car: not necessary

Two sandy beaches are just steps away from the wrap around veranda and two acer lawn overlooking the ocean. The island has several miles of walking trails leading to coves, rocky cliffs, and a rugged coast line towards the open ocean. Several clay tennis courts are available for communal use by the 40 households on the island. One can kayak directly from the shore in front of the house to visit other nearby islands. Cushing is a rustic get away with no stores or cars. However, Portland’s Old Port with its charming shops, restaurants, and movie theatre is a short 20 minute water taxi ride away.


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Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 9.0%

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Portland and Casco Bay Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
    Bathroom - toilet , tub
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower , cedar enclosure with bench
  • Includes outdoor shower in cedar enclosure and trellised yard for hanging beach towels. Great for rinsing off after coming back from the beach
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Back Bedroom - Overlooks woods - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Master Bedroom - Full Bay View - 1 king , 1 child bed , Opens onto balcony porch. Child bed is a wide window seat
    Peaks Island Room - 1 king
    Front Yard Room - 2 twin/ single
    Woodland room and loft - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
  • Most bedrooms have a view of the bay from their windows
  • Books ...
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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