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

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 111 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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 located in a quiet, family neighborhood; the Birdhouse is a dog friendly (sorry, no cats) cottage with three bedrooms (a queen and a single downstairs and two twins upstairs) and one and a half baths. 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 and a half baths, and all the amenities you could wish for: Flat screen TV, DVD, Wireless Internet, W&D, dishwasher, 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

Owner
Susan and Tony
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2017

About Susan and Tony

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, Ernie, 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.

Susan and Tony purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Susan and Tony chose South Portland

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!

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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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Map

Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Portland Jetport
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Casco Bay Lines
Nearest Train
5.5 Miles
Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Rte. 295
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
David's 388
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.

Amenities

Willard Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 111 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Town ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , on the first floor.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , on the 2nd floor
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • 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
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Grocery shopping, catering, dog walking & sitting and babysitting available on request.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.902174 based on 93 reviews
5

A Cozy and Welcoming Beach Cottage Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The warmth and cozy feel of the cottage upon arrival was like an embracing hug inviting us in to let go and relax and that's exactly what we did. Only steps away from the beach welcomed daily morning and evening walks along a pristine coastline from which you could see a skyline of boats and two lighthouses. The location was also ideal for a morning walk to get a cup or two of coffee and a breakfast goodie from Scratch Bakery; those I met walking in the neighborhood each day were genuinely friendly. A couple of mornings we ate at a unique crepe suzette eatery called Flip that served delicious and hearty breakfast crepes and also sweet and decadent crepes. The Willard Beach location was perfect for our stay to celebrate Mom's 75th birthday and we were only a mile away from where my son lives. The location in particular is in close proximity to (3) lighthouses, one of which was just a short walk North from Willard Beach. There are delightful eateries nearby and we enjoyed outings to Wolf Neck Woods, Macworth Island and also picked apples at an apple orchard. My homemade apple pie was a must to make from our basket of picked apples! The birdhouse was a sanctuary retreat to return to at the end of each day of sightseeing...a true "Welcome Home" was felt and we enjoyed a comforting night's sleep each night! Although we didn't utilize Lisa's concierge services it was reassuring to know that she was just a phone call away if we needed anything. The kitchen was fully equipped; the only item we had to borrow was a blender for Mom's protein shakes. We experienced beautiful sunny and cool Fall weather and the colors peaked during the week of our stay...it was truly magical! As long as my son lives in South Portland I hope that the Birdhouse at Willard Beach will continue to embrace us with it's warmth and charm upon each returning visit. The Birdhouse is a Gem and I treasured the memories made and will look forward to making many more. Thank you, Susan and Tony for the warmth of your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway for our family!

  • 4 of 5

The beach was very close and there is a playground right there which our kids loved! The house had everything we needed and more. Would definitely come back to visit!!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

The Birdhouse was every thing I had hoped for more.... my little family had the most wonderful vacation. Perfect in every way.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

Love the new more open concept. This is a great place to entertain friends and family. It is very convenient to any needs you might have. Loved watching the giant cruise ship pass by.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect beach vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is a very comfortable beach cottage with everything you need for a relaxing stay at the beach. The location is ideal, being only steps away from the beach and a 10 minute drive from Portland. The area has lots of gorgeous parks. We visited a different park daily. The beach is wonderful and if you are a dog owner, the fenced in yard and daily pup hours on Willard beach make for a happy vacation for two legged and four legged visitors. This house is part of a friendly community as well. We met and chatted with many locals. We leave reluctantly but we'll return for sure.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome!

  • 5 of 5

I've been vacationing at The Birdhouse for several years. This place is AWESOME! It's a rustic beach house 100 steps from Willard Beach. The house has an atmosphere that just works if you want a beach house type vacation. The owners has been making constant improvements and the amenities are great (updated kitchen and bathrooms). The kitchen is so good we rarely go out for dinner anymore. The beach is close, clean and kid friendly. A highlight of every day is when they "release the hounds" at 7:00 every night . I recommend bringing your beach chairs and enjoy watching the dogs have fun. South Portland has a nice laid back vibe and the city is a short ride for all the entertainment that Portland offers. Rent this place!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.0%

Pet fee: $50 per dog. No cats allowed.
Longer term off-season rentals by arrangement ~ please inquire;

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.