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Ocean views from wraparound porch: spring, summer or fall getaway!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Our 1857 home is located in a quiet neighborhood on the southern side of Peaks. It has good water views from multiple rooms and from the living room, where two sliding doors open onto a wraparound porch which is ocean-facing. It has three bedrooms and sleeps six people (one queen bedroom and two bedrooms with two twin beds each). There is a full bath on the first floor. Our home was completely renovated in 2012, with refinished wooden floors and fresh paint throughout. Our home is furnished with beds with allergy encasements and designer cotton bedding, some antique furniture and new appliances (washer/dryer, dishwasher, range, espresso machine). It is one lot removed from the ocean, and so you can smell and hear the surf, and see Cushing and Ram Islands and Whitehead Passage. There is a sizable side yard that is great for kids. It is 0.6 miles to the ferry (a 10 minute walk), and less of a walk to the beach. We are around the corner from another beach which is rocky and great for exploring.

We have a very quiet neighborhood which is primarily owner occupied. We ask that guests keep volume to a minimum in keeping with the spirit of the neighborhood. In addition, we do not permit fireworks of any kind.

PLEASE NOTE: We only rent Saturday to Saturday in the high season.

The spring and fall seasons are glorious on Peaks, and we encourage guests to inquire about these "off-seasons".

More Details

Gwen Creswell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 29, 2017

About Gwen Creswell

We are a family with small children and live in the Portland area, just a 20 minute ferry ride from Peaks Island. Although we are relatively new to the island, we have quickly fallen in love with it. We are pleased to offer the Peaks experience to you!

Gwen Creswell purchased this house in 2012

Why Gwen Creswell chose Portland and Casco Bay Area

This is one of the oldest homes on Peaks, with gorgeous water views and a side yard that offers endless possibilities for playing and relaxing. Our neighborhood is peaceful and has more foot traffic than any other kind.

What makes this house unique

We feel so lucky to enjoy proximity to the ocean - just one lot removed from Whitehead Passage. It's a short walk around the corner to a rocky beach with expansive ocean vistas.


Peaks Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Because our children have severe food allergies, we ask that guests leave nuts and nut products at home. Thank you.


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Ocean views from wraparound porch: spring, summer or fall getaway!
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Something Old, Something New

  • 5 of 5

Sometimes the nostalgia of old mixes beautifully with something new. This is a Peaks Island treasure being one of the oldest island houses. Yet, it has been updated to capture all the needs of a spanking clean, new house. Clean, yes so clean! Beds and linens very comfortable, spacious living area and the perfect porch/deck for morning coffee with a view, or a shady relaxing spot later in the day with Cushing Island in view at all times.

Peaks has been a family spot since the late 1950's so here comes the nostalgia! The cottage has a rather steep stairway to the upstairs but without the "trip step" (if you are old enough, you know trip steps were used to warn of intruders!) Personal nostalgia enters my mind; as teenagers rowed to Cushing in a boat we had sunk in the cove overnight to keep it from leaking. Still, we had to bail water all the way over and back. We are long past those days. However, the island still beckons, and the way we enjoyed our stay in this sweet cottage was every bit as pleasing. This is a cottage suitable for people of all ages, and the island is a place for exploring, swimming, learning some civil and WW ll history, and more. We did not turn the TV on so as not to interrupt the charm of island life, but it is there if you want it. Peaks will weave its way into your heart!

We have stayed in many cottages over the years, but this one charmed us from the moment we stepped inside. Gwen was available, though we barely needed to call her. She and Randy are fine hosts. We thank them for sharing this treasure with us.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful hone

  • 5 of 5

The house was absolutely lovely upon arrival, when we walked through the front door we knew we would have a great week there, everything was spotless, and fresh. The water views were impressive, and the deck was nice, the kitchen had everything we needed, everything was very high end for a vacation property, the bedrooms were fresh and the beds were very comfortable,

Gwen was great to work with always got right back to us, loved everything about this property,

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Waynesboro, VA

Great family vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had another wonderful vacation on Peaks and we loved this cottage! Great location near the water and easy bike ride to down front. Gwen was great at responding quickly to our emails/questions. The cottage is beautiful and had everything we needed. Thanks Gwen and Randy! We hope to return to Peaks and really hope we can rent your cottage again!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Spot

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in August for a week around a wedding celebration and couldn't have asked for a more ideal house or location. While we live only a short ferry ride away, we felt like we were vacationing in a different world. The house is perfectly located just a 1/2 mile from the ferry in a quiet neighborhood. We didn't bring a car, but just rode bikes back and forth to the "downtown". Our 9 and 12 year old boys loved heading out on biking adventures by themselves which we felt comfortable with, given the slow island traffic. The house itself is a truly charming historic cottage with built-ins and lovely pine floors. It was exceptionally clean and the kitchen was well stocked with all manner of utensils & pans. We spent a lot of time playing games on the wrap around deck with great ocean views. We arrived at the house in the dark and the next morning, upon seeing the sparkling light-filled interior and porch, our nine year old announced "I love this house".

The boys found a rope swing near the ferry which they loved and we spent time running an biking around the island, building cairns on the nearby beach, and dining at the Peaks Island Inn.

The owners could not have been more accommodating from the welcoming note and bubbles for the kids, to a very organized notebook of each appliance in the house and local attractions.

We'll be back, thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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cheshire, CT< USA

Great vacation place!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in July/August 2012 at Gwen and Randy's cottage and we were very pleased with our stay. Our hosts were very helpful and friendly. They provided all the information we needed as first-time traveleres to Maine (and Peaks Island). They kept in touch the whole time; the communication with them was very easy. The listing description is very accurate, and so are the photos. The cottage itself was very clean and organized. We found everything we needed for comfortable stay. There is lots of books, DVD's and board games at the cottage, for rainy days. Our kids had lots of fun too.

There was a kiddie pool with lots of toys in the shed. My two-and-a-half year old loved it! The beaches are within walking distance. You can easily rent bikes to get you around the island; it's lots of fun.

Peaks Island is beautiful; perfect for a peaceful family vacation. We will be definitely comming back. Thank you Gwen and Randy!!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaks Island is a place where you can relax and choose your own adventure - beachgoing, fishing, bicycling, kayaking, walking, etc.


Rates & Availability

Peaks Island House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
High Summer
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 9 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

PLEASE NOTE: We only rent Saturday to Saturday in the high season.

We ask for half of the rent up front, and the remainder of rent and a security deposit of $500 two months in advance of the check-in date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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