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: Oct 19, 2014
3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 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
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels 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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Guestbook comments from the owner

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
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South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area

Our third wonderful year at The Birdhouse

  • 5 of 5
....and the home and the area never disappoint. If you ever have the chance to rent this home, you should do it. Quiet neighborhood, dogs allowed in this cottage, steps from the beach, and near so many wonderful things in Maine. We hope to be back again. Owners are wonderful, not just landlords but nice, kind, caring, friendly people. Enjoy!
  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
-+1 3603843119
South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area

My son calls the Birdhouse HIS "beach house".

My son calls the Birdhouse HIS "beach house".
  • 5 of 5
We returned to the Birdhouse for the third year running this summer (and chose dates for next summer, too). The location and feel of the house continue to be a mix between convenient and cozy that makes a perfect balance for a temporary home away from home. Susan, Tony and their caretaker are not only very welcoming, but they keep track of all of the details so that you can walk right in and begin relaxing. Plus, with two small kids, being this close to a family-friendly beach (not to mention a bakery and ice cream shop) covers most of our everyday needs without needing to get in the car. Perfect.
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
-+1 3603843119
South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area

Another great vacation at the Birdhouse

  • 5 of 5
This was our second year staying at the Birdhouse and we had another enjoyable week. Our son didn't want to go home he enjoyed the beach, Scratch Bakery and of course Willard Scoops. The cottage is a perfect place to kick back and relax. The location of the cottage is also great if you are interested in day trips. This year we went hiking by Cape Elizabeth, flew a kite at Bug Light Park and also took a trip up to The Maine Wildlife Park. We recommend the Birdhouse as it is well maintained and offers anything you might need for a week at the beach.
  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
-+1 3603843119
South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area
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Best Week Ever at The Birdhouse

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I have three young girls, and were looking for a place to rest, but also make memories for our family. The Birdhouse was everything advertised and more! It’s comfortable and we immediately felt at home here. South Portland is a laid-back, restful place to be, but only a few minutes drive into downtown Portland, with incredible restaurants, cool shops and places to visit. Every day we walked just a few steps to Willard Beach, which our girls loved. Almost every morning we walked to the bakery and ice cream shop, which only took a few minutes and would have been worth a 45 minute drive! The front porch is a relaxing place to read or play games. We had a lot of fun around the dining room table as well. The neighborhood is extremely quaint and peaceful - we have three kids and slept with the windows open for naps and at night, and never had any problems with people being too loud. If you are looking for a comfortable cottage feel, with a close walk to the beach and a short drive into a great city, this is your place.
  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
-+1 3603843119
South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area

The Birdhouse is awesome

  • 5 of 5
The Birdhouse exceeded our expectations. The cottage is clean with nice ammenities. The owners go out of their way to have everything you need at your fingertips. Quiet neighbordhood 100 steps from the beach. Perfect place to relax and enjoy what the Portland area has to offer. We'll go back.
  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
The Birdhouse at Willard Beach ~ a Maine cottage at the beach
-+1 3603843119
South Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area

A wonderful vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5
My family and I had an amazing time at the Birdhouse. We enjoyed the location and walked to the beach each day. Susan and Tony were great and the house was just as described. Willard Scoops has the best ice cream ever!
  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: May 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.


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Updated: Oct 19, 2014

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall Shoulder season 2014
Sep 6 2014 - Oct 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
extra night: $185    
Fall/Winter 2014
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
3 night minimum stay
extra night: $180    
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Christmas and New Year's - one week minimum rental   

Additional information about rental rates

  • Tax Rate 8.0%


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


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
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower, on the first 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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