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The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach

The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach


Property Details

Updated: May 22, 2015
3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, sleeps 5

Located 60 steps from Willard Beach in South Portland, Maine, the Birdhouse at Willard Beach is the perfect place to kick back and relax. A comfortable seashore cottage, the Birdhouse has three bedrooms (a queen and a single downstairs and two twins upstairs) and one bath. Furnished in eclectic and informal cottage style, you will find all of the comforts of home.

Willard Beach is a little known gem – a mile long sandy beach just minutes from downtown Portland. With a seasonal beach house with restrooms, snack bar, showers and a playground it is the perfect place to spend a summer’s day. From the house as well as the beach you can enjoy a great view of the islands, Casco Bay and the ship channel. The Birdhouse at Willard Beach is a short walk not only to the beach, but also Willard Square – home of Scratch Bakery and Willard Scoops, a homemade ice cream shop. Also within walking distance are several restaurants, lighthouses, parks and a live theater, and it’s no more than a 10-minute drive across the bridge to downtown Portland.

The Birdhouse at Willard Beach is a fun and informal house with three bedrooms, one bath, and all the amenities you could wish for: Flat screen TV, DVD, Wireless Internet, W&D, gas grill, an outside deck and fenced in yard. We invite you to bring your well behaved dog (with deposit), but must regretfully ask that you leave your cats at home.

The Birdhouse at Willard Beach is available by the week during the summer, and during other times of year with a 3-night minimum. Longer term rentals during the off-season considered by special arrangement.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Recent Review

About the Owner

While we live most of the year in Washington state, we love to spend as much time as we can in Maine, where our sons both live. We frequently drive from coast to coast so our basset hound, Nika, can come with us. Since we cannot be in Maine all the time, we really enjoy sharing our cottage with others when we cannot be there~ and love hearing about what they enjoyed while at the house.

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We had a most memorable Thanksgiving week at the Birdhouse. It was perfect for us. Empty nester Mom, Dad and a 20 lb. cockapoo needed a place to stay to meet and spend Thanksgiving with our daughter's fiancé’s family. The fenced back yard provided secure outdoor space for the pooch for short trips out to relieve himself. This was especially appreciated for the last trip before bed. (no leash, no walk after dark required). The beach provided all the entertainment and exercise all three of us needed. What a place for dogs and what a dog show! (If you are a dog lover who enjoys watching well behaved dogs play, the show we saw should not be missed) Even for non-dog lovers the beach provides plenty for the eye to feast on. Freighters, tugs, ferries etc. headed into/out of Portland pass right in front of the beach a mile or so out. We were able to watch lobsterman haul pots just off the beach. (take binoculars for that). The seascape panorama is magnificent. The house is all that is represented in the publicity and more. We were charmed and looking forward to our next visit. The Birdhouse provided us with a most memorable week in Maine. Susan and Tony run a classy operation! Sign us up again please!
Nov 2012
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The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
-+1 3603843119
South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area
Mound, MN

Perfect Home Base for Portland area!

  • 5 of 5
My family and I (my husband and 2-year-old son) just got back from a fantastic stay at the Birdhouse. It was perfect for us! The location is unbeatable (just steps from Willard Beach and within walking distance to Scratch Baking Co., which we went to every morning!) and the house was great. Very clean and felt like home. I felt like I was staying at my Grandmother's home - and I mean that as a HUGE compliment! We felt very welcome and cozy at the Birdhouse. We enjoyed spending evenings and mornings there, eating our fresh bagels on the porch overlooking the water, then heading out to enjoy Portland area activities during the day. The kitchen has everything you would need; one night we went to Terra Cotta Pasta and picked up some (delicious) meals to cook at home, which worked out great with the (very nice!) stove we had available.

The owners are great to work with; they were extremely accommodating and kept communication open at all times before and after our stay.

If you are looking for a great place to stay with your dog - this is it!! I wish we could have brought our dog along (we flew in from Minnesota); every day from 7:00-9:00 am and 7:00-9:00 pm Willard Beach offers off-leash dog hours. It was so cool to see all of the locals up there with their dogs; people there were so friendly and just had a great sense of community. It felt like home. Our son loved the playground on the beach and seeing all of the fun Doggies playing in the water. You can also see Portland Head Light from the point at Willard Beach - how cool!

There are many great restaurants in the area, to name a few:
Scratch Baking Co: Seriously, the best bagels we have ever had. Get there early.
Dock's: Great family-friendly place with inexpensive seafood
Saltwater Grille: On the water with a fantastic view of downtown Portland
Terra Cotta Pasta: Excellent takeout; would be great to take as a picnic to the beach!

The only disappointment we had was eating at The Good Table in Cape Elizabeth. Unfortunately the food was not great and prices were very high in contrast. Would not recommend that one.

If you are looking for a cozy, wonderful, homey place to stay in Portland - this is it! SO glad we stayed here and not some stuffy, cold hotel room that would probably cost more than what we payed here. We can't wait to return to the Birdhouse!!! We are already talking about coming back.
  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
-+1 3603843119
South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area

Great location, Cute Cottage

  • 5 of 5
The property was just as expected. It was very homey, with plenty of amenities. It has everything you need to spend your vacation comfortably. I love how dog friendly the house is. They even have dog bowls in case you forgot yours.
The cottage is a two minute walk to the beach entrance and a ten minute drive to downtown Portland. South Portland is a super cute town and everyone we met were so friendly.
The only downside was that you have to clean before you leave. I rather pay a cleaning fee than have to do it myself (I'm on vacation), but it is still more than worth the hassle.
  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad that you enjoyed the cottage. We are sorry if you found the cleaning to be a downside... As there is limited time between guests departing and new guests arriving, we do ask that our guests leave the house in broom clean condition, so our cleaners can do the hard core cleaning in the short turn around time. (Charging cleaning fees vs. not charging them seems to be a difference in philosophy. It seems to us that charging a cleaning fee is really just a disingenuous way to charge more rent, and honestly, we are doing our best to keep the costs as reasonable as possible. In the many years that we have been renting out our home, our policy seems to have worked quite well for most of our guests.)
We hope that you and your pups will return to the Birdhouse again.
The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
-+1 3603843119
South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area

Excellent stay. Clean/cozy/warm. Well stocked.

  • 5 of 5
Kitchen very well stocked with all tools and spices needed for excellent meal preparation. As the outside temperature was betweent +6 and +35F during our stay, heat was necessary. The house Heat was perfect. Always warm and comfortable. This was very nice especially after taking the dog for a walk on the beach! Super clean. Washer and dryer are new and worked great. The vacuum worked well and had new bags and filter in the vacuum closet. Very impressed. Next time we are in the Portland Maine area, we will stay at the Bird House again. Thanks very much, Russ, Julie and Molly.
  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
-+1 3603843119
South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area

Cozy and comfortable cottage by the beach

  • 5 of 5
The cottage is very cute and cozy. We had a comfortable stay and the location in South Portland can't be beat - you are one block from the beach! Susan and Tony were very responsive and helpful, especially since we arrived during a blizzard! There are games to play and tons of books to read, and pretty much any cooking utensil you could ever need. I would highly recommend this rental.
  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
-+1 3603843119
South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area

Absolutely Amazing and So Relaxing

  • 5 of 5
Where do we begin? Bruce and I ( and our two Old English Sheepdogs) found a little piece of heaven on Willard Beach. We absolutely LOVED The Birdhouse and felt at home and totally relaxed the moment we walked through the door. We are originally from Maine and this was the first time we opted to rent a place of our own for the Holidays instead of staying with family. Our family enjoyed it as much as we did. Susan and Tony have made their beach cottage very comfortable and we found everything we needed, especially when it came to my making my traditional Christmas Pork Pies and all my Christmas Cookies. When they say well equipped kitchen, they mean well equipped kitchen, right down to pie plates, rolling pin and pastry blender! Oh - and sharp knives :) ( I am a fanatic over having sharp knives in a kitchen)

Our pups thoroughly enjoyed the fenced in yard and the back deck as well as walks on the beach. I enjoyed getting up every morning and heading out to the point to experience some of the most spectacular sunrises. We made several trips to the Old Port in Portland, but also stayed close by to enjoy some of the local food. We ate at Ottos and had some crazy combination pizzas with friends. We also had a fabulous dinner and David's 388. Of course a visit to the area isn't complete unless you visit Scratch Bakery ( bagels and english muffins) and the Cookie Jar for chocolate coconut donuts! We also had a great lunch at Joe's Boathouse. Oh ya and the pups got to visit The Whole Dog Market.

The Cottage was clean when we arrived and is well maintained. We enjoyed the gas "fireplace" on some very chilly nights.

I will definitely rent The Birdhouse again and would highly recommend it to friends and family.

Great job Susan and Tony along with Nancy ( caretaker) for making our Christmas and New Years a very memorable one and one that I am sure we will talk about for years to come!

Lynda, Bruce, Zoe and Cruiser
  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
-+1 3603843119
South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area

Our Vacation at The Birdhouse at Willard Beach

  • 5 of 5
Our family of four stayed at the Birdhouse during the week of Thanksgiving. The house was everything you would want during a vacation. The house was immaculate and the kitchen was fully equiped with everything you would need to cook a Thanksgiving Dinner. You can see the ocean from the house and the path to the ocean is out the front door. The owners were absolutely wonderful from the initial booking through our departure. I would highly recommend the Birdhouse for a wonderful stay in South Portland, Maine.
  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


From the Owner

We used to own a house on Peaks Island, and while it was great, we find that we love being on the mainland and watching the ferry go by without having to try to catch it in order to get home! The Willard Beach neighborhood has always been special. We used to bring the boys to the beach when they were small and we lived in Portland (many years ago) - and now they get to come visit it as adults ~ and Nika gets to walk on the best dog beach in southern Maine!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Portland Jetport at 8 Miles Nearest Ferry : Casco Bay Lines at 4 Miles Nearest Train : Amtrak at 5.5 Miles Nearest Motorway : Rte. 295 at 5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : David's 388 at 0.7 Miles Nearest Beach : Willard Beach Car: not necessary

Looking for something to do while you stay at the Birdhouse at Willard Beach? Walk or bike the Greenbelt Trail and the Spring Point Shoreway, take a picnic to Fisherman’s Point or the breakwater at Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, explore Fort Preble or Bug Light park and Cushing’s House Museum, bike or walk to Fort Williams Park and the Portland Head Light, buy fresh lobsters and have a feast, go out to breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at one of the great restaurants in the area, walk to Willard Scoops for an ice cream cone, watch a sunset from the beach, visit artist’s studios, see a play at Portland Players, go into Portland and visit the world class Portland Art Museum, shop in the Old Port, or take a ride to the islands on the Casco Bay Ferry. Or stay home, curl up on the couch in front of the fireplace and watch the ships go by on Casco Bay, play a game of Clue, do a jigsaw puzzle, read a book (which you can take with you when you leave if you haven’t finished it yet) or cook a gourmet meal in the well equipped kitchen.


From $171 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Shoulder season 2015
May 2 2015 - Jun 12 2015
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season 2015
Jun 13 2015 - Sep 11 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall shoulder season
Sep 12 2015 - Oct 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Fall/Winter 2015
Oct 31 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year's 2015
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 2 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Pet Fee $50.00 + Tax
  • Refundable damage deposit $200.00
  • Tax Rate 8.0%

Pet fee: $50 per dog.;
Longer term off-season rentals by arrangement ~ please inquire;

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Updated: May 22, 2015


From the Owner

How can you not love a house that is steps away from the beach, one of the best bakeries in New England AND a homemade ice cream shop? Previously owned by a lobsterman whose hobby was making unique birdhouses, we fell in love with the cottage as soon as we saw it.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Heating
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Room


  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Town


  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 1200 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower, on the first floor.
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, on the 2nd floor


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen, 1st floor
  • Under the Eaves - 2 twin/ single, 2nd floor
  • Guest room - 1 twin/ single, 1st floor


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals

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