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

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Overview

Property Details

Updated: Feb 23, 2017
  • 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

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, 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.

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Recent Review

About the Owner

Susan and Tony
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 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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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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77 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(77 traveler reviews)

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Very nice!

  • 5 of 5

I have rented this property previously and enjoyed it both times. It was clean and everything we needed was available. I liked the changes they have made with installing a bathroom upstairs. We also enjoyed the gas stove because it was very cold.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Easy access to beach Easy drive from Boston

  • 5 of 5

Cosy home with beach views and easy access to beach. House nicely maintained with all that's needed for a cosy family getaway with a fenced in yard for your favorite dog!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect in every way.

  • 5 of 5

This is a very well appointed, comfortable home. The seating in the living room has comfortable furniture, and the bed in the master is very comfortable - complete with flannel sheets and down blanket! All the sheets are 100% cotton, and there is scent free laundry soap. There are more acutraments in the kitchen than you could ever use. This is more like a home than a rental. 5 minute walk to the beach. Many of the basic cooking and baking needs are provided. Lots of spices - alphabetized. We had 6 inches of snow, and the owner had even hired someone to shovel the driveway! The beautiful blue enameled gas stove in the living room is delightful. Thanks for letting us stay here.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Christmas Stay

  • 5 of 5

We consider the Birdhouse our home away from home. This was our second stay at the cottage for the Holidays. We love being close to the beach, having a fenced in yard for our Old English Sheepdogs and being close to some really great restaurants without having to go into downtown Portland. The kitchen is well equipped and I was able to make my traditional Pork Pies and Christmas Cookings without having to bring anything from home. Our family and friends enjoyed coming to visit us at the cottage. We are looking forward to Christmas 2018!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great place!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay, the house was perfect! We visited for a girls getaway, and we were welcomed with treats and a lovely note! We used uber for the evenings that we were out for dinner and drinks, but we also rented a car and were able to drive to a couple of the towns nearby during the day. The house was quiet, clean, and comfortable. Few steps away from beach. We absolutely loved it! Thank you Susan and Tony for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay st the birdhouse. The owners thought of everything, even providing food and water bowls for our dog. Enjoyed Willard Beach and Scratch Bakery. Our friends were right around the corner so we could walk everywhere. Haven't been that relaxed in a long time. Can't wait to come back

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Location

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.

Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter 2017
Jan 8 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$185
$1,050
 
 
Spring Shoulder 2017
May 1 2017 - Jun 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
$200
$1,250
 
 
Peak Season 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 15 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,650
 
 
Fall shoulder 2017
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$200
$1,250
 
 
Fall/Winter 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$185
$1,050
 
 
Holiday 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 6 2018
5 night minimum stay
$200
$1,250
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,650
 

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.
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Amenities

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

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
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Room

Entertainment

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

Suitability

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

Location Type

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

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

Floor Area

  • 1200 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • 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

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

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Notes:

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

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