USA Maine Midcoast Maine Harpswell Listing #7236

Harpswell Bay House - Harpswell, ME

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Max. occupancy: 6 3 Double Bed 3 bedrooms 1 bathroom No pets 

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Charming bayview cottage with wood stove, deck, garden, 200 feet from the water!

Surround yourself with tranquil country charm at this three-bedroom Harpswell cottage, an atmospheric Midcoast Maine retreat with a private deck, lovely views of an inlet of Casco Bay, and a wonderful position only 200 feet from the water.

Beautifully situated on the eastern shores of Sebascodegan Island (or Great Island as it is locally known), this two-level home is located just across the water from Long Island. You'll be a short sail, paddle, or drive from greater Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, 10 miles south of Brunswick, 12 miles south of Bath, and 35 miles east of downtown Portland.

The open living space is full of light and casual comfort, creating an ideal destination for couples' trips or summer vacations with friends and family. Step inside to admire hardwood floors, knotty pine walls and ceilings, and large windows that frame the verdant, tree-lined property.

Use the WiFi to post photos of your hiking, kayaking, and sailing adventures, or curl up on the sofa with a good book from the shelves. Sit down at the desk by the window to finish an afternoon journal entry, or choose from a collection of movies to watch on the cable TV and DVD player.

Begin each morning in the charming kitchen, a wrap-around space that offers modern appliances and plentiful storage for goods from the Brunswick Farmers Market. Brew coffee as you gaze at the bay, set the kitchen table or the window-side dining table for breakfast.

In the sparkling months of summer, you can open the deck doors to let in the coastal breezes, walk 200 feet to the water's edge, or light the gas grill for a fresh seafood lunch on the lawn. And if you choose to kayak, hike, or lounge on a nearby beach, you'll even come home to a refreshing outdoor shower. There's also a detached meditation room for contemplative mornings and a wood stove for the colder winter months.

With three bedrooms and one full bathroom, the Harpswell Bay House will accommodate a total of six guests. The bedrooms are full of character, each offering a double bed with a quilted coverlet. The bathroom features an antique claw-foot bathtub with a showerhead for your convenience.

Whether you're a first-time visitor to Harpswell or making an annual visit to Maine, you'll be enchanted by the natural beauty of this peaceful peninsula and its nearby islands. Stop by ALERT Windjammer Cruises or H2Outfitters to spend a day sailing or kayaking in Casco Bay, or take an easy but spectacular hike along the Giant's Stairs Trail or the Cliff Trail that overlooks Long Reach.

Drive a quick 13 miles north to explore the region's rich seafaring history at the Maine Maritime Museum, or head 27 miles east to stroll on the wide sand beach at the beloved Popham Beach State Park. You'll also be a quick day trip from downtown Portland - Maine's largest city and the home of such culinary gems as Fore Street, The Honey Paw, and Eventide Oyster Co.

The glorious shores of Midcoast Maine will be just outside your door - reserve your stay at this Harpswell cottage today!

*Please note that the wood for the wood stove is not provided A damage waiver, covering up to $2,000 of accidental damage to the property or its contents, is included in the cost of your reservation.
This rental is located on floor 2.

Parking Notes: Please note that the driveway is very small. Do not park on the lawn.

Water Access: Although the home is on the water, the nearest beach access would be Popham Beach and Reid State Park. Both very nice beaches and both approximately 40min drive about 26mi away from this home.

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.


Heating & cooling

Central AC
Partial AC

Wood stove

Kitchen & dining





Water view





DVD library

DVD player

Wireless router


Gas grill : Private



16 reviews

Martin S. Jun 2021
Perfect location, nice small town with good shopping close. Less than an hour from Portland and from New Habour where the PUFFINS are, clean and bright. Great experience all around.
Cherie L. Nov 2019
Needed a quite last minute place to stay after attending a work conference to get some work done and catch up with a friend. This place was perfect! The location, cast iron tub, woodstove, and setup of the home was exactly what I needed.
Kyle D. Oct 2019
Location, solitude, coziness
Raymond P G. Sep 2019
A lot of privacy. Nice location really enjoyed our stay
Anna G. Nov 2018
We stayed four days over thanksgiving in this snug little cottage in Harpswell. Rustic, yet warm and spacious, with gorgeous light pouring views of the tidal New Meadows river. Neat as a pin, with comfy beds, (sleeps 6 comfortably) a homey, well-appointed kitchen, and shabby chic decor. As already commented on by previous renters, the cottage is not for those that are sticklers for their privacy or like to sleep late, as there are no curtains. We early risers didn’t find this a problem, in fact we saw eagles and kingfishers with our coffee. Bring binoculars!
Katie G. Oct 2018
We loved being here and were very grateful for the beauty, charm, and cleanliness of the house. It was very welcoming, and very true to the photos on line.
Things to know: there is a wonderful separate small building for "yoga and meditation. "
There is a long gorgeous wall of windows, but no curtains or blinds, so if you want nighttime privacy, you will need to problem solve!
The water is very sulphuric so it will have a strong smell and you will want to bring bottled water for drinking.
It is a beautiful neighborhood. If you are looking for more outdoor activity than a short walk, you will need to drive.
People in the neighborhood seemed very kind, though there were not that many around! (Which, for us, was nice.)
Erin K. Sep 2018
The Harpswell Bay house was a wonderful accommodation for our weekend getaway. Homier and more polished than the average Maine camp, it was easy to relax and enjoy the incredible setting without having to rough it. The house had plenty of space, was well stocked, clean and comfortable. It was a real pleasure for us and two friends.

Keep in mind its location on the New Meadows River means you should bring potable water for your stay. The water is naturally sulfuric but it's a small thing to work around. The outdoor shower was a nice added amenity, and there's good water access at the nearby cove. Highly recommend this house!
michael n. Aug 2018
Cottage was great. Clean interior, and well equipped. Great location.
Elizabeth N. Oct 2017
This house is great in so many ways - but it is NOT suitable for people with air-born allergies. Anyone allergic to dust/mites, animal hair and mold will not be happy here. It is a lovely house, old and cozy, but with that comes dust and moisture (the house is located close to the water). So I and my brother - we both have allergies - had to move out of the house within 24 hours because our allergies were going through the roof! My parents, however, had no trouble at all and stayed in the house. So I personally wouldn't rent the house again but I would recommend it to anyone who has absolutely no allergies. It's great value for money and the house is located in a lovely spot, with a view of the ocean. The interior is lovely, too, a perfect cottage with three bedrooms, all very nicely furnished.
Manager response:
We're sorry some of the guests had allergies and had to leave. It must be made clear that the home doesn't have mold or animal hair--it is non-pet friendly. Also, the housekeepers use only "green" cleaning supplies. Thank you.
Larry H. Sep 2017
If you want a location that is very quiet, beautiful and filled with rustic charm, this is the place for you. The many windows made the cottage feel bigger & very open. There wasn't much privacy though because there weren't any curtains or blinds except in the downstairs bedroom & bath. We felt safe. A couple of days were warm but I made it fine w the windows & doors open & used the provided fan. The cottage is a little ill arranged w the bathroom on the opposite side of the bedroom/living area but we made it just fine. If watching TV is a big deal to you, they have a small one w satellite service & DVD. We loved the quaintness of the cottage & wondered it's history. The twinkle lights added a nice ambience to the quaintness but we were a little disappointed that half of them were burned out. My husband, an experienced traveler & I are giving this cottage 4 stars based on the following suggestions: the screen on the back door needs attention (Opening this door on the warm days would have been helpful but the mosquitoes were bad & the screen is detached. There were newly purchased kitchen dish towels but no kitchen dish cloths. They would have been nice to have to use instead of the 1 sponge. Some of the cooking utensils (egg turner) needs to be replaced due to rust. Some of the light bulbs (other than twinkle lights) were also burned out. It would have been nice if the dishwasher was working but I used it as a dish drying rack instead. The freezer in the refrigerator needs to be defrosted (the refrigerator was freezing some of our fresh produce & I could barely get the freezer door open to put my ice in because of the buildup). We brought our own drinking water so I'm not sure how the water tastes. The water in shower/bath has a funny smell.
Overall The cottage is full of rustic charm w an antique tub and furnishings. During the week, It has been very very quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We had a pleasant experience & loved the island. We highly recommend The Dolphin Marina for a place to eat. Vacasa was easy to work with & answered questions about the cottage as needed.
Manager response:
The dishwasher will be soon be permanently removed; we apologize if it was a disappointment to not be able to use it. We will also soon have the screen door back to perfect working order. Thank you!
James N. Aug 2017
Remote and isolated, but picturesque, location
Suzanne A. Jul 2017
Such a quaint and lovely little home! Quite comfortable and beautiful surroundings. We would definitely love to rent it again.