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Property Details

Updated: Apr 10, 2015
Wonderful design 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Walk to the beach!

"Sandy Toes" Cottage in Willard Beach Neighborhood--The Best Kept Secret in Maine!

Newly renovated in 2011, this 1931 Willard Beach bungalow is filled with character, charm and convenience. It sleeps 8, with 4 comfortable bedrooms and two full baths. All rooms are delightfully furnished in Maine Cottage style, including the open living room and dining room, with a table that seats up to 8. The attractive, well-stocked kitchen features a breakfast nook that overlooks the lovely fenced-in backyard and deck—a great space for grilling, dining, lounging, or playing with the kids. The newly landscaped gardens are delightful and raspberries are ready to be picked in summer.

The well-designed layout works well for families, with a queen bedroom, and full bath with tub on the first floor, and 3 bedrooms and full bath on the second floor. You’ll also appreciate the two charming nooks for private relaxation (or heaven forbid, a call to the office…), and the ping-pong table in the partially finished basement (there’s a washer and dryer there too). The lay out also works extremely well for a couple, with one queen bedroom and bath on the first floor.

Now add in location, location, and location to these attractive features and you have a truly memorable vacation rental. You can walk from our quiet residential street to an amazing bakery and sandwich shop (written up in NYTimes), and the yummy homemade ice cream shop—all on your way to or from Willard Beach—our small neighborhood beach with snack bar, restrooms, and playground. (Free and easy parking is available if you choose to drive to the beach). It's a 3 minute drive and 12 minute walk to the beach. And you won't want to miss dining at our gourmet restaurant, David's, also in the neighborhood and within easy walking distance. Check out more activities and attractions below.

"Sandy Toes" is the perfect spot for a memorable vacation--all of our visitors agree with us!

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

My husband, David and I met in Maine in the late seventies. We fell in love with each other AND Maine and lived on Sandy Hill Road (the other side of So Portland) until 1991 when we moved to North Carolina. We love North Carolina, but a part of our hearts is always in Maine!

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June Special 2015 at Willard Beach Favorite !!
South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area
Marco Island Fl

Family vacation

  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed a wonderful week at Sandy Toes cottage with our children and grandchildren. The cottage was roomy and airy and most importantly pristine clean. The fenced in yard was perfect for our grandchildren, ranging in age from 4-10, as was the pingpong table in the game room. The kitchen was well-equipped and I was able to cook everyone's favorite meals.
There was lots to see and do. We visited the many beaches in the area; Prout's Neck, Crescent Beach, Kettle Cove and Old Orchard Beach which brought back many memories of spending summers in Maine when my children were young. We visited the various lighthouses in the area and explored the fort at Fort Williams,again and again!
A perfect spot for a family vacation. We will certainly be back!
We will certainly be back.
  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments, Staci. We are so glad that Sandy Toes was the right spot for you and glad you will be coming back sometime! David and Vicki


From the Owner

After living in NC for 20 years, and returning to Maine for summer vacations, we knew we had to find a way to come back on a more permanent basis during retirement. We particularly loved the up -and -coming Willard Beach area and were lucky enough to find the perfect home! Our kids love the house and love coming back with their families during the summer. The renovation we did just expanded the space and gave us a feeling of being a new home. David and I are truly grateful for the opportunity to be here over summer with wonderful renters sharing our love of Sandy Toes to make that feasible.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Portland Jetport at 10 Miles

So Much to See and Do in This Location!

Take some time to explore any one of the five lighthouses that are within a 10-mile radius of the house, including the famous Portland Head Light and museum in next door Cape Elizabeth. Or take a morning run, or bike ride, along some of the most beautiful paths ever, including the nearby Greenbelt bike path that stretches for miles. Or stay close to home with an easy walk from the house to several parks with dazzling views overlooking either Casco Bay or Portland Harbor. Here you can find a private spot to relax and read, or relish the wide-open vistas to fly a kite or enjoy a picnic.

Also close by are: Fort Williams Park (home to the famous Portland Head Light), restaurants, bakeries, art galleries, an artist’s studio with classes, and a day spa. There are endless beaches and rocky coves to explore.

Head into Portland (3.5 miles) to enjoy a truly enchanting city with nationally acclaimed local restaurants,(ranked"Top Foodie City" by Bon Appetit magazine) shops, music, a super art museum, children’s museum, many art galleries, and one of the country’s last working waterfronts where you can pick up just-caught fish and lobster at one of the colorful fish markets that dot the harbor. Play golf close by, or take an evening to join the locals as they cheer on their hometown baseball team, the Seadogs.

From Portland’s Old Port District, you can head out on a sailboat, a ferryboat, a kayak, the Duck Boat, or a sightseeing boat to cruise around the islands of Casco Bay-- one of the highlights of any trip to Maine. And don’t forget a visit to LL Bean and the outlets in Freeport—just a 20-minute drive up the road.


From $1,600 Per week

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
Jun 6 2015 - Jun 13 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Tax Rate 8.0%

A deposit of $500 is required to secure your reservation. The balance of payment will be due on May 1st.
Checks can be sent by mail.

Weekly Rate: $1600

Plus 7% Maine State Tax. ($112.00)
Please inquire about off-season rates and winter rentals.

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Updated: Apr 10, 2015


From the Owner

We have a litany of things we LOVE about Sandy Toes. The design is open and spacious, yet every room has a cozy, comfortable feel to it. The front porch is a favorite spot for reading. The kitchen is new--I love the granite and great cabinets. We've enjoyed many a lobster dinner in our open dining room and outside on the back deck. The garden has become our pride and joy--lovely to see from our kitchen table window. Folks love the build-in beds in the kids' room--feels like being in a tree house! As great as our home is, what lies outside our door makes this a real paradise! We love walks to Willard beach and Fisherman's Point; traveling such a short distance to Fort Williams park, beaches, Spring Point Light, Bug Light Park, greenway paths, AND downtown Portland--a hopping spot for a range of great restaurants

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed


  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • 4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 8 * Bedroom 1 - First Floor - Queen bed (all the mattresses are super comfy) * Bedroom 2 - Second Floor - Queen bed * Bedroom 3 - Second Floor - Queen bed * Bedroom 4 - Second Floor - 2 Twin beds 2 Full Bathrooms * Bathroom 1 - First Floor (with tub and shower) * Bathroom 2 - Second Floor (with new glass enclosed shower, double sinks with granite counter top and plenty of attractive space to store your stuff) The house is fully furnished and equipped: Large Open Living and Dining Room (table seats up to 8). Cozy enclosed front porch with original wainscoting and gliding couch and chair. Office nook with desk. WiFi Cable TV Renovated kitchen; granite countertops; beadboard cabinets and full appliances. Breaksfast nook overlooking backyard gardens. Open deck with gas grill and dining table/chairs. Fenced-in backyard with lounging chairs. New Washer/Dryer. Off-street parking. Ping Pong Table.

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