About this listing
Classic New England Family Home with Privacy, Nature, & Proximity to the Water.
This 3 bedroom home is convenient to both Portland and Freeport in a quiet coastal neighborhood. Explore the area from your own dock with the rowboat, pair of kayaks or bikes. A nice walking trail leads you around the secluded cove. Picnic table and hammock for family time.
5 miles from downtown Portland is this oasis with woods, paths, and a tidal cove with dock. Very quiet and peaceful and connected to nature, yet close to everything. Nearby Falmouth shopping plaza with grocery store is within a mile.
Your comfortable and cozy home away from home offers fabulous amenities. Here are a few things you should know about this home:
The house set-up is as follows:
*Exceptionally supplied kitchen with numerous appliances
*Sunken family room with large, very comfortable L-shaped couch (also suitable for sleeping)
*Formal dining room
*Formal living room with piano and a several other musical instruments for music night.
*Half bathroom with toilet/sink
*Good-sized outdoor deck with furniture and bbq grill
*Large and sunny master bedroomwith cathedral ceiling and ensuite bathroom with tub/shower combo
*Recently renovated second bedroom with full bed plus two twin loft beds
*Small third bedroom with single bed, perfect for the teen who wants his/her privacy
*Full bathroom with shower
*Laundry room with washer/dryer and iron/board
*Owner-occupied legal apartment (please see guest access for more details)
Everything you need for a comfortable stay: bed & bath linens; well-supplied kitchen; separate laundry room; large yard and deck with bbq grill; and plenty of space for the whole family.
Cable TV, Netflix, Wi-Fi, board games. Even a homemade birdhouse that pipes jazz music upon demand.
This home offers an outstanding location for exploring nature. For anyone looking to scoot into Portland but wanting a quiet retreat away from the city, this is the place. The solitude one finds at the ocean's edge is beyond words: a moment in time and salty air entwined with Maine pines. Take one of the two kayaks out into the ocean. Or perhaps the rowboat? Take in a moonlight hammock under the trees in the large backyard. In the fall, pick an apple from one of the yard's trees. Tall trees, chirping birds and a cove a few hundred feet away make it a perfect place to relax.
Note: While this is an oceanfront home, there are no expansive water views like you may be expecting of a coastal Maine home. The property abuts a waterfront cove, which is not the same as the open ocean. There is no swimming permitted in the cove. Please pay close attention to the photos and the associated captions to gain a sense of the proximity and access to the water.
This rental is for the entire home - approximately 2400 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths.
The first and second floors of this home are entirely yours for the duration of your stay. Please note that the basement is a legal apartment occupied by the owners. You will each have your own privacy, including your own entrances and outside spaces. It is your choice how much contact you have with the owners. They are available for emergencies and upon invite.
Interaction with guests
This home is managed by a local boutique vacation rental company. Chris is available 9am to 9pm and will check in with you at least once during your stay. She lives just a stone's throw away in downtown Portland, so don’t be shy about contacting her about:
*Fixing/looking into anything that doesn’t work or isn’t working optimally
*Directions and sightseeing/dinner/local recommendations
*How things work (i.e. parking, anything to do with the house or yard)
Other things to note
The house is situated north of Portland in a quiet, peaceful nook along the water. It feels remote but is only ten minutes from Portland and very close to 295, the main artery for travel up the coast. A short hiking trail near the backyard will take you to a viewpoint and rock for sunning.
*Dogs are also welcome into this home for a nonrefundable $50 per pet. Please let us know you are considering bringing your dog(s) before you place your booking.
The maximum occupancy for this home is 6 and may not be exceeded without express permission from your host.
This rental home is fully equipped with bedding and bath towels, cooking pots and utensils, dishware and starter paper products. During the course of your stay you may need to replenish paper products and soaps.
Well-behaved dogs are allowed with permission and a $50 nonrefundable pet deposit per pet. Pets must be treated for fleas and ticks. Please clean up in the yard after your pet. Try to keep them out of the vegetable garden that runs along the outside deck.
There is access to a cove at high tide from a set of floating docks for kayaking and rowing in a small row boat. Guests must wear life jackets at all times while using the watercraft and are not permitted to travel beyond Mussel Cove. The use of the kayaks, row boat and docks are entirely at the discretion of the Guests and Guests must agree to use the docks at their own risk, and will not hold the home owner or their insurance company responsible in any way for any injury or damage, regardless of fault, or disrepair of docks and or water craft.
Swimming is not permitted from the docks or from anywhere on the property or private areas of the neighborhood. Public access where there are rocks for fishing and swimming are found by taking the path on the property, crossing the wooden bridge, and following the path to the left along the water’s edge until you come to a grassy area and rocks that jut into the water where there are views of the cove and Casco Bay. Please note that the access to the water for swimming and fishing is entirely dependent on tides. There is a tide chart on the bulletin board in the kitchen. Guests are not permitted to access or otherwise use the private beach at the end of Edgewater Drive. That is for members only.
Two bicycles and two helmets are available for the Guests to use. Guests must wear the helmets at all times while riding the bicycles. Guests must agree to use the bicycles at their own risk, and must agree that they will not hold the home owner or their insurance company responsible in any way for any injury or damage while using the bicycles, regardless of fault or disrepair of the bicycles.
We also expect that you'll be respectful of the neighbors in this quiet neighborhood. No events or parties without our explicit permission.
It is very rare that we ever have to ask for any part of a security deposit from our guests but we do ask for $200 to be held in case of any accidental damage. Any expenses incurred during your stay that are over and above what is included in your rental will be deducted from the security deposit. Expenses over this amount are still your responsibility and will be invoiced to you above and beyond the security deposit. After inspection of the property and any related invoices for services related to any damage, monies will be collected by whatever payment you initially made no later than 10 days after your departure date - and most of the time within 7 days.
Our rental home is meticulously cleaned in preparation for your visit, and we ask that you leave the residence clean and in good order per the rental agreement and departure guidelines. Renters are asked to remove all trash from the home and place in receptacles, clear the refrigerator, strip the beds and leave linens for the cleaners, and launder a load of towels prior to the cleaners’ arrival to turn over the property.
We expect you to behave reasonably and responsibly while staying at this House. Any conduct that is considered unreasonable is grounds for expulsion from this property and possibly loss of security deposit. Examples of unreasonable behavior include drawing attention to yourself while in the yard, playing recklessly on the docks, taking the watercraft past the cove and into the open ocean, jumping off of the deck, performing any stunts within the bounds of the property or while on the watercraft, engaging in excessive drinking, holding a party, inviting strangers into the home, or otherwise doing anything that would be considered unsafe or unwise. Any damages or injuries to yourself, others, the home, grounds, or watercraft while engaging in unreasonable behavior are not the responsibility of the home owners or their insurance company.
Our aim is to help you enjoy the best vacation you can have during your stay in Maine. We are not liable or responsible for acts of nature or guarantee peaceful and quiet enjoyment. Noises generated by construction, people or pets outside the property are not a common occurrence but they do not warrant a refund of any kind.
Please have a wonderful stay, make lots of great memories, and contact us if we can help make your stay more comfortable.
Kind regards, Chris & Mike
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
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Mike & I are both Mainahs! Mike is from Peaks Island and I'm from Cape Elizabeth, so living near the water is in our blood. Mike is a 3-generation woodworker turned private yacht captain and I'm a reformed chef, and we both love travel!
Mike is a grandfather and father of two grown girls, and I'm a lifelong bachelorette. Together, we have a great time dancing (how we met), singing karaoke, gardening, traveling, and cooking. We love to entertain and also to spend quiet evenings cuddled on the couch. Your comfort is important to us, and we live locally to assist you in making sure you are taking care of.