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The Harborgate 50 feet of the Ocean with Dock and Kayaks

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Harpswell House Rental Photos and Description

Waterfront 4 bedrooms Sleeps 10 (18 w/rental of 2nd home - dock & kayaks!

Location, Location, Location! That is why you want to rent this popular property. It is located just 5.5 miles from Cook's Corner, 6 miles from downtown Brunswick. 15 minutes to Freeport and 30 minutes to Portland. But you may just want to stay at this incredible home and enjoy the views! Quahog Bay is a wonderful spot, enjoy the deep water dock which you can swim or kayak from. Cook lobsters on the deck. Enjoy spectacular sunrises into the many windows in this magnificent home. Every bedroom has a view of the water.

This unique property has two homes, each with four bedrooms. The Port House accommodates 10 people and the Starboard House 8 people. You may rent them both (double the below off season prices) or just one of them. During our high season (late June-early September) we do require that groups rent both homes (High season prices are already set for renting both homes). When renting one of the homes, the other home may be rented by others so the dock would be shared, but when renting both homes the dock is your private dock!

The Port House, just 50 feet off the water, has a lovely wrap around porch looking out right on the water. The Starboard House is set back a little further, but has a wonderful farmer's porch with amazing water views. There is a wonderful yard for the kids to play in. We also have a fire pit (bring your own camp wood) for making the perfect s'mores! We supply two 2-person and two single kayaks, you may also bring your own boat and tie up to the 24' deep water dock. Jumping and swimming right from the dock are a must, and no need to worry, even at low tide the water is 9 feet deep!

During the summer season we only rent Saturday-Saturday, with a one week minimum. During our off season though we will consider shorter rentals, with a three night minimum.

Both homes are beautifully appointed! Stainless steel appliances and beautiful granite counters in the kitchen will entice you to stay and cook every meal at home, especially preparing for a lobster bake, a must for your visit to Maine. There is a lobster pound just two miles away that will cook the lobster for you though, much easier clean up! The area towns have so many restaurants, so if you don't feel like cooking, you are in luck! There are plenty of activities to do including shopping, museums, outdoor activities.....the list goes on and on! Once you've visited Maine, especially the coast, you will want to come back year after year!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Terry and Sarah MacGillivray
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 5, 2016
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About Terry and Sarah MacGillivray

Sarah and I have three children who we are very proud of. We live in Maine year round. I rent Snowmobiles in the winter through our business Northeast Snowmobile Rentals. We have three locations, two in inland Maine, and one on New Hampshire. I enjoy running a marathon each year and Sarah tries to keep up with me. We have a Scottish Terrier.

Terry and Sarah MacGillivray purchased this house in 2011

Why Terry and Sarah MacGillivray chose Portland and Casco Bay Area

We hope to retire to this water front home in 2020 when our youngest graduates from school. We have 15 years experience with weekly rentals. We own the Robinhood Inn on Bailey Island, which we have rented successfully for 15 years. We have learned what our guests want and do not want in a weekly rental. We often stay in other rentals when we travel around the US.

What makes this house unique

There are no steps from the parking lot to the king bedroom with private bath, thanks to a wooden ramp that connects to the wrap around porch. The home is 50 feet off the ocean. Nice yard with fire pit and room for the kids to run around. 24' new clean dock with kayaks.


based on 18 traveler reviews

The Harborgate 50 feet of the Ocean with Dock and Kayaks
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Wonderful time. It was magical

  • 5 of 5

The house was everything it was supposed to be an then some. We could not have been happier. We are looking forward to renting again.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Allen, TExas

Beyond our expectations!!!

  • 5 of 5

We do not think there are enough words to say just how incredible of a place this was! We do not think there is enough words to say thank you enough. We do not think we can ever top this vacation. It was a celebration for my mom's 70th birthday with ALL of her 11 grandchildren, and without this amazing facility, we do not think we could have had such an amazing celebration for such a great honor. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for having such a beautiful getaway for such an occasion like ours. We will never be able to repay you for the memories that you allowed us to create. If you are looking to spend "quality" time with you your friends and family, hands down, this is the place to come. The owners are friendly, understanding and so generous. We wish you had more stars for us to give you!!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Combo of Relaxation and Fun

  • 5 of 5

This was the first vacation that I have planned with my WHOLE family. Wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but Harborgate was the perfect place to have chosen for this event. Waking up to that gorgeous view every day just set the tone for a relaxing week. Both houses were a lovely mix of modern furnishings with the charm of a "rustic" location. Both kitchens were spacious with lots of counter space, updated fridges and ovens, and there were many tools and serveware items to utilize. And, we cooked a lot! The gas grill was key to our family dinners, too. The kayaks and private dock were one of the most used features of this rental - I couldn't have predicted how much the kids in our group (and adults) would take to the water adventures. The owners, Sarah and Terry (along with their son, Ian) were most helpful when we arrived and on the first day when we had some trouble with the house temps they were ready to help us trouble shoot over text and phone. The island and area have so much to offer in the way of excursions such as boat tours, trails to hike, and seafood dinners that you will find yourself very busy yet able to relax when just hanging out at Harborgate. We had a few nights of building a campfire and making s'mores - the mosquitos do come out, so wear bug spray- which just put the icing on our vacation cake. In the end, everyone on the trip said that they would love to come back to this idyllic spot. I think that is a definite thumbs up!!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! We are always so happy to hear when families enjoy the Harborgate as much as we do! We would love to have your family back!
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Wonderful vacation! Everything in both homes was perfect!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at Harborgate last week for my mother's 80th birthday celebration. Everything in both houses was perfect, the view takes your breath away. Both homes were fully stocked with everything you could possibly need. Terry and Sarah were there for any questions we had. Terry took family members out for a three hour sight seeing tour in his boat. All had a blast!!!

We will definitely be back!

Kathy Haskins

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for you kind review, and for the wonderful care your family took with our homes. We're so glad that your family enjoyed themselves while gathering for such a special occasion! Terry had a great time with the boating group too! :) Hope to see you all on your next trip to Maine!
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband booked this trip, so I had no idea what to expect. I was immediately drawn to the water view from every angle at Harborgate and the warm welcome: perfectly heated place with clean towels in every room. It even smelled inviting! It was just the two of us, but we took full advantage of the kitchen and the coffee table binder of local suggestions. Too bad the temperature was too low for swimming or kayaking, but we could not have been happier. Terry called to tell us there will be a plow guy to shovel us out the next morning if it snows, and Sarah checked in to make sure we got home safely at the end of our 4-day trip. We're looking forward to spending our next post-Christmas trip with our extended family next year. Thank you, Terry and Sarah!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so pleased that you and your husband enjoyed the Harborgate. We also want to thank you for taking such good care of our home while you were there and truly look forward to having you stay with us again in the future! Happy New Year!
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Chicago, IL

Peaceful, Relaxing, Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

This was the second property I booked through VRBO and have yet to be disappointed. I researched a number of places for our trip to Portland, ME and this was on the top of our list based on the pictures. I emailed Terry and Sarah, and they were great in responding to my numerous questions. We (myself, my wife, 2 kids under 3, and another couple with a toddler) pleasantly surprised the rental offered two pack n' plays for the kids which came in handy.

When we got there, the pictures were spot on. The view of water was fantastic, and the house was perfect for our group. It was family friendly, with a great kitchen for us to make breakfast. It also had a nice bar area downstairs where we can hang out and have drinks. There was also a booklet with very useful information that we referenced throughout the trip (it's the little things that make a difference).

Throughout the stay, Terry and Sarah answered our numerous questions, including pointing us to a few places where we could get fresh lobster. We ended up going to a location they recommended, and when we brought it back, Terry offered to cook it for us! He had guests over, but he still went out of his way to help us out. That was not necessary, but very much appreciated! It was by far the best lobster we've ever had. They also have a dock with kayaks and canoes for use, but we didn't use it because it was a bit chilly, however the option is very nice.

Shortly after we returned back home, Terry and Sarah mailed us our deposit back. Just great service all around. I highly recommend this place if you want to stay near Portland. It is about a 45 min drive into town, but the place is well worth it.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words! We are always so happy when families enjoy this beautiful property. We also appreciate it when folks take good care of our homes like you all did, so thank you for that too! We hope to see you all again when you head to explore the coast of Maine!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Portland Jet Port
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Several in Brunswick
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Casco Bay Lines
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Brunswick Naval base (now open to public)
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Down Easter Brunswick Station
Nearest Motorway
6.5 Miles
Route 295
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Several in Brunswick and Cooks Corner
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Thomas Point Beach
Car: necessary

We are located on an island in Harpswell, Maine, connected to the mainland by bridge. The closest town in Brunswick. The entire area is beautiful, but the fact that the home is right on the water is a plus! Having a dock is another added bonus. Bring your own boat, or just borrow our small row boat and kayaks and explore the wonderful coves in the area. There is a nesting pair of bald eagles on a nearby island that love doing shows for us while we are out paddling, I'm sure you won't miss them. In addition to boat, there are wonderful nature hikes that would be suitable for the whole family. Restaurants and shopping may be found in Brunswick, Bath and Freeport...the closest of the towns, but a day spent explore the other towns that line Route 1 is another must! Then come back, pick up some lobster caught fresh that day and steam them in the lobster cooker on the deck and watch the boats coming in! Its what we do in Maine.....The way life should be!


Rates & Availability

Harpswell House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Standard Rate - Both Homes
Aug 27 2016 - Jun 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season - Both Homes
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee - 1 house $150
Pet Fee $175
Cleaning Fee - 2 houses $300
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 8.0%

If your group is renting both homes, the Port and the Starboard House, then you will need to double the prices listed.

Cancelation Fee: You are responsible for the full payment of the rental time period. If we are able to resell the time period all funds will be refunded less a $100 cancelation fee. The more time left for us to sell your week the more likely we will be able to sell it. Rates are subject to change until reservation has been confirmed.

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Harpswell House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Master - toilet , shower , Bathroom in Port House - off Master bedroom on main level
    Half bath - toilet , Bathroom in Port House - on main level
    Full 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom in Port House on ground level
    Bathroom - Starboard House - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - Starboard House - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - Starboard House - toilet
  • Towels are available for a fee.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - Port House - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - Port House - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - Port House - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - Port House - 2 twin/ single
    Port House Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Bedroom in Starboard House
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , Bedroom in Starboard House
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen , Bedroom in Starboard House
    Bedroom 9 - 2 twin/ single , Bedroom in Starboard House
  • Each bed will have a comforter and blanket. Bed linens are available for a fee.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Deep water dock, boaters welcome-room to keep your 10 to 40 foot yacht.

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