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


Property Details

Updated: Oct 14, 2016
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 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 considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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, 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.

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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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73 Reviews

based on 73 traveler reviews


As comfortable as home

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the birdhouse, the first stay with our dogs. This home is one that I would return to again and again as many people do .

The location is fantastic. Morning walks to Willard beach and Scratch bakery, close to Portland for all the wonderful city has to offer. The best thing for us was how easy it was to care for our dogs. The back yard is fenced in and there is a dispenser on the back deck for doggie waste. If you stay here please clean up , I want this house to always stay pet friendly. The house is very comfortable, it appears several renovations have been done since our previous trip.The day we left we headed to Boothbay and got a call from the caretaker Lisa. We had left our prescriptions at the house. She went out of her way to make sure we got them back. The Birdhouse is essential Maine.


  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Convenient,well appointed

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year and it was as satisfying as the first. We are looking forward to next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place to experience life as a Mainah your

  • 5 of 5

This place is fantastic. Everything went as smooth as can be from booking to check-in to check-out. Susan and Tony are very responsive and informative, they even send you a cute little packet of information about the house in the mail 2 months in advance. They have thought of absolutely everything, any questions that arise there are answers either in the booklet in the house or labeled somewhere. It's wonderful! They allowed my mother and I to split up the week so we could both enjoy it separately and so we could split the bill, which was a huge relief. Now onto the fun part, the house is literally steps from Willard Beach! It's also a short walk to the Scratch Bakery, Willard Scoops and the Whole Dog Market. We took full advantage of all three every day. Coming from a city it was wonderful to be able to let our dog explore the backyard knowing she couldn't escape. Humans who have trouble walking might want to be careful not to trip on the apples in the yard from the beautiful apple tree. What a refreshing scent to wake up to...salt air and apples!:) You can walk the dog on the beach in the mornings and evenings, we had to keep ours leashed because she isn't the friendliest with other dogs and there are a lot of other dogs off leash on the beach. Luckily other people and dogs were respectful of our space. Willard Beach is beautiful and not that crowded. There's even a grassy area where yoga classes were being held with a spectacular view. This location in South Portland is 10 minutes from Portland and 5 minutes to Fort Williams Park which I highly recommend...great to take the dog and get the most delicious Lobster rolls at the Bite Into Maine food truck. We had plans to eat out in Portland but actually favoured staying at the house and cooking some nights because it was so peaceful and pleasant. There is even a gas grill to use on the deck! The kitchen is equipped with everything you could need. The house itself is very comfortable and cozy and there is even cable with DVR capability! And WiFi! It all worked really well too. I love the remote for the TV, high tech but easy to use...just remember to turn on the speakers below the TV if they don't turn on automatically, really enhances the sound. There are 3 bedrooms all a decent size, master is quite large. There's even a second half bath upstairs. There is no central air but we didn't need it at all. There's a wonderful breeze and nights are cool. I really can't wait to go back! It's the best of Maine!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic property

  • 5 of 5

We keep coming back to this wonderful house that is 1 minute walk from a beautiful sand beach. The property is well-kept, the neighborhood quiet and peaceful, and close to good shops and restaurants. Fantastic kitchen, we also grilled on the deck, and took advantage of being 5 minutes from downtown Portland (Old Port). Can't speak highly enough: clean, well equipped, got notes and calls from the owners making sure everything was just right. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy house, great location, very responsive owner

  • 4 of 5

This house is cute, cozy, very well equipped and has the best location. The famous Scratch Baking co. is about 5min walk away (get the sea salt bagel). Dog friendly beach is right around the corner. If you drive for 10min, you will get to Portland downtown area, which has plenty of bar and restaurants. I highly recommend Eventide Oysters and Street & Co., both are amazing but may have long waits.

Susan has been very responsive. She checked on use via call/email when we arrived, and wanted to make sure our stay was comfortable. The reason I’m giving this a 4, not a 5, is because there’s some miscommunication between the cleaner and the owners. I always follow instructions for “check out” from vacation homes, and it’s no exception this time. We cleaned dishes (didn’t dry but put them on drying rack), and also washed a rug that our dog had an accident on. Apparently the cleaner told the owners that there were dirty dishes and rug was dirty, and the condition was less than acceptable. It’s disappointing to hear such comments when we did everything we could before we left the house. I communicated what happened to Susan and she was very understanding.

Additionally, some reviews said there’s a view of ocean from the front porch. Unfortunately we didn’t have any view because the house in front of us had a big RV parked on their lawn and completely blocked any view that we would’ve had. But I think the beach is soooooo close that you can just walk there instead of trying to get a glimpse of it. Also the backyard was cute and had lawn that our dog loved to run on. Overall great experience and we will definitely try to come back.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Birdhouse is Cozy-Comfortable! 6 Stars

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained property in a great location. A stone's throw to the beach, we had a great time (including the dogs). Property owners are very friendly and made our stay feel as if we were right at home. Thank You (Susan & Tony) for everything! We are hoping to come back in the near future.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall shoulder 2016
Sep 17 2016 - Oct 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Fall/Winter 2016
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
Holiday season 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 8 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Shoulder 2017
May 1 2017 - Jun 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 15 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall shoulder 2017
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall/Winter 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Holiday 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 6 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
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.
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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.


  • 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


  • Grocery shopping, catering, dog walking & sitting and babysitting available on request.

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