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Debbie Davis

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Bay Vista, Harpswell Maine Beautiful Sunsets

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Portland and Casco Bay Area Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Sleeps 6

With water all around you as you stand in the living room of this completely renovated cottage, you feel as though you are standing on the bridge of a ship--water, water everywhere. The cottage is directly on Middle Bay (Casco Bay area) with stair access to approximately one hundred feet of private sand/rock/calm-water beach with mooring. Enjoy the new deck for cooking and eating outside, a separate yard for ball or badminton games and privacy without isolation. Families will love the ability to swim, fish or investigate tidal pools without leaving the property. Mom and Dad will enjoy quiet time on the deck as the setting sun provides a gorgeous show. Despite its quiet location and relative privacy, it's still close to wonderful restaurants and other local amenities. It's also only 15 minutes from Brunswick for shopping and supplies. Owner has put a high end water purification system as well.

If you're looking for beachfront living at its finest--with updated interiors, 180-degree views of the water and a small beach community--this is your new favorite vacation spot!

Activities Nearby:: Bowdoin College activities,

Maine State Music Theatre,

Restaurants and cafes,

Swimming, boating, fishing, hiking,

Casco Bay Line cruises,

LL Bean & outlet shops in Freeport,


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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Debbie Davis (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english


based on 8 traveler reviews

Bay Vista, Harpswell Maine Beautiful Sunsets
average rating of 4.0 based on 8 reviews

Great home base for a beautiful vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent three nights at Bay Vista and had a fantastic time. The house has everything you need and was a very comfortable place to wake up and come home to after exploring the area during the days. You can't beat the gorgeous views of the water from the master bedroom and living room. The amenities were all in working order and everything was nice and clean.

The nearby SchoolHouse Cafe deserves special mention and immediately became our favorite way to start our days - delicious coffee and breakfast. Each day started there, included a couple of beautiful hikes (they are everywhere and well marked), walks along coves and beaches, and delicious dinners in the Harpswell area or Brunswick (loved El Camino).

We highly recommend Bay Vista. Hope to get back there someday...

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for saying such nice things about Bay Vista and the surrounding area. We hope to see you return. Debbie MaineStay Vacations
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House with all the amenities on the water...

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed in Bay Vista. When we arrived the house was clean and well stocked with toiletries and the basics for cooking. Everything worked well and it was very comfortable for 5 adults and 2 children. Nice deck over looking the bay with a big gas grill.

We would recommend this property highly.

Places to eat...Five Islands, The Dolphin, Schoolhouse Café, Erica's, and for dessert Gelato Fiasco in Brunswick.

Things to do...Portland Seadogs baseball, a schooner sail out of Portland, hiking, kayaking, and driving around visiting the small towns and lighthouses. There is also a bike ride in Portland of lighthouses which we heard about. And watching the sunset over the islands across the bay.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your response, we are happy that you enjoyed your stay at Bay Vista. Thank you for the information about the area as well. This is helpful for future guests. Best regards MaineStay Vacations
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Overpriced for level if accommodation

  • 3 of 5

Cottage is nicely updated and appointed.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your response and constructive feedback. I am sorry that you felt we were overpriced, our pricing is in line with other properties in the area. Thank you and we hope to see you again.
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We highly recommend a stay at Bay Vista

  • 5 of 5

In fact, I just recommended Bay Vista to my brother for his upcoming Maine

trip. As the other reviewers note, the view is second to none - whether sitting on

the deck or looking out from any of the many bay-facing windows in the

house. We were often out and about exploring the area from Harpswell

to Portland, but Bay Vista was a lovely gathering spot for our family.

We have stayed in other rentals over the years and after we arrive we realize that the online pictures were clearly outdated; however, Bay Vista looks just like it does in the photos. The house has updates throughout, including new appliances, fixtures, and flooring; yet, the updates don't take away and even enhance the Maine cottage feel that we were hoping for on our trip.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Serene stay in your lovely vacation home

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for a wonderful stay in your serene vacation home. My family and I enjoyed visiting many of the local spots you suggested like the Dolphin Restaurant and getting take out from Erica's Seafood in Harpswell. Brunswick and Bath were fun to explore, we like the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. We used the house as a base for great day trips to Portland, biking Peaks Island, hiking at Wolf's Neck Woods State Park & Camden Hills State Park. My teens enjoyed shopping in Freeport.

The house was clean and comfortable. My in laws loved the privacy of the basement bedroom. The view from the master was so beautiful my husband and I didn't want to get out of bed each morning. We are returning to your home this summer, Maine in May is not crowded which we enjoyed, this year we want to experience the summer season in Maine. Can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Christine for your kind words about Bay Vista, your experience here and the surrounding area. Debbie Davis, MaineStay Vacations
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Thank you for a wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

I just logged on in hopes of booking a week this fall at Bay Vista (will be our 3rd vacation there), saw these two negative reviews and felt I had to post our experience, which has been nearly perfect every time. We adore this place. The deck is just heaven - perfect sunsets, propane grill, and a staircase down to the water with a peaceful little landing that's great for reading.

I'm guessing housekeeping is not able to check every dish/utensil every week as this would be prohibitively expensive, so the dish issue seems more like slobby previous renters than a management issue. I'm pretty OCD about cleanliness and this is one reason we love this place - everything seems new and very clean. I have slept in all of the beds at one time or another, and they are all very comfortable. We did email the owner once about an issue with the grill, and they responded immediately (fixed the next day) and thanked us for letting them know.

The bottom line is there are a lot of questionable rentals out there and this is NOT one of them. Perfect location, great amenities, clean and well-appointed. We wouldn’t go anywhere else!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Stephanie for this positive review. I am glad that you added this because Bay Vista is a wonderful family vacation spot. I hope to see you again this fall. You are correct with the housekeeping, sometimes dishes and utensils get missed when renters put away dirty. Thanks for your understanding. Debbie MaineStay Vacations
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Nearest Airport
41 Miles
PWM- portland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Dolphin Marina & Restaurant
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Brunswick Golf Course
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Amtrak Downeaster
Nearest Motorway
21 Miles
Interstate 295
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Estes Lobster House
Nearest Beach
32 Miles
Popham beach State Park
Car: recommended

Bowdoin College activities;

Maine State Music Theatre;

Restaurants and cafes;

Swimming, boating, fishing, hiking;

Casco Bay Line cruises;

LL Bean & outlet shops in Freeport;



Rates & Availability

Harpswell Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 2 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Dec 31 2016
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $650
Admin Fee (approx) $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $170 + Tax
Trash Disposal per week $20 + Tax
Linens (optional) $90 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

All properties are supplied with pillows and blankets or comforters, they do not come with sheets and towels. You have the option to either bring your own or rent our linen service. This service provides bed sheets, towel sets for the maximum number of guests allowed, bath mats and kitchen towels. Towel sets consist of a bath towel, hand towel and face cloth. You have the option to rent more towel sets if needed. The linens are professionally cleaned and sanitized between use.

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Portland and Casco Bay Area Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1620 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Full bath on upper level and full bath on middle level. Both bathrooms have showers only
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • 2 upstairs: master with king bed and 2nd with twin beds; 1 with queen in brightly lit and finished basement with windows.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Located on Harpswell Neck, Yard, Kid-friendly, Pet-friendly, Kayak-friendly, Water View, Sunset Views, Waterfront, Panoramic water views, Private, family-friendly beach accessible by stairs, Newly renovated, Deck, Dishwater, Washer-Dryer, Flat-screen TV with cable or satellite, Internet, Microwave, Gas grill.

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