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Seaside Village Retreat – a Luxurious Victorian Condominium Near the Beach!

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Last updated: 04/21/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Park Cottage is a very large Victorian house that was originally part of the famous Emerson Hotel in the village of York Harbor, Maine. Guests rented suites of rooms for their family and servants during the Golden Era that began in the late 19th Century. Today Park Cottage is a classic example of interpretive historic preservation, blending modern conveniences and materials with timeless architectural detail, both inside and out. Set in a beautiful neighborhood close by the sea, with an outstanding beach, it is as perfect for a vacation as it was when guests arrived in horse drawn carriages. Our luxury condominium in Park Cottage can be rented as a 3 BR configuration with 2-1/2 baths, sleeping six.

Sea, Sun and Sand: We have a great beach a short walk down Fishermen's Path that becomes a wonderful expanse of hard sand at low tide. We play bocce ball on it, fly kites and generally run the grandchildren ragged. The water slopes out gently and there is rarely much surf. Since parking is very limited, there is never a great crowd either.

For more adventurous souls, you can surf on a section of Long Beach, a short ride up Route 1A. This is the next beach up the coast in York and it is about 2 miles long. Sometimes we go there for a walk up and back, stopping at the Sea and Surf for breakfast. Although busy, it is a lovely strand of sand and salt water.

A hop over the Nubble (where the famous lighthouse is) you will find York's third beach, Short Sands, complete with an arcade, salt water taffy and the York Wild Kingdom Park with its carnival rides and animal attractions.

Walking Around the Neighborhood: In addition to our fabulous Harbor Beach, there are great walks out the back door. By stepping down to the Fishermen's Path, you can go 'upriver or downriver.' Upriver takes you along the Harbor, up by the 'Wiggly Bridge,' a footbridge that connects to the Steedman's Woods, a wildlife reservation with beautiful paths. You can continue out the other side of the Steedman Woods to the George Marshall Store at the edge of the York River, next to John Hancock's Wharf. This historic location now houses a terrific gallery featuring regional artists in rotating collections, managed by the York Historical Society. To complete the walk, you can go by the golf course and back up to York Village for lunch and some tours of historic buildings before returning.

If you walk downriver, you skirt the Harbor and can either cross to the beach or visit one of several great restaurants. There is a very pretty walk along the Cliff Path above the ocean if you need to build up your appetite.

A Few Other Things We Do: On the walk down to our beach, you can stop at Bill Coite's house and buy some lobsters or ask him to take you fishing for stripers on his boat. He runs small charters and can take you spin casting or fly fishing for striped bass in and around the York River, one of the best locations in the world for this sportfish.

Across the street from us or in a number of other places nearby, you can have friends come to stay for a night or two at a bed and breakfast. Sometimes we play softball in the park next door to our neighbor, St. Georges Church. On the other side of the street from the park is the York Art Association building.

There are lots of church suppers, clambakes and festivals nearby in the summer, plus a variety of music and professional theater. Reservations for golf, fishing, kayaking, clambakes, boating and other attractions can made easily. York Harbor has been a summer resort destination for over 150 years for good reason. You have plenty of options.


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Property Type

  • Condo
  • On floor 1
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    private full bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    private full bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    1/2 bath...moreless

  • Two bedrooms have full, private baths. The third bedroom has access to the 1/2 bath. Original Victorian trim and detailing have been retained. Rooms are very comfortable with multiple windows for excellent cross ventilation. The bedrooms with full baths are furnished very attractively, with luxury linens, and are air conditioned. The third bedroom faces northwest and can be opened to cool evening breezes (its large windows do not accept room air conditioners). Air conditioning is rarely needed in coastal Maine....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    en suite...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub

    en suite...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet

    Toilet & Sink...moreless

  • Sets of towels are included.

Other Amenities

  • The unit is a condominium on the first floor of Park Cottage. It has a large covered open porch, an open sundeck and a large glass conservatory on the southwest. The conservatory opens to allow full ventilation and very comfortable living conditions for relaxing and dining in an al fresco environment. This is a nice, casual option to using the formal living room and dining room. The kitchen is high-end with Miele and Sub Zero appliances, custom cabinetry, a cozy fireplace and island seating. A separate laundry room and 1/2 bath also has European appliances and custom cabinetry. There is a separate, fireplaced den with projection Cable TV. Air conditioning is very rarely needed in York Harbor because of the proximity to the ocean. However, we do provide air conditioning in the two ensuite bedrooms. We supply starting consumables such as toilet paper, soap and paper towels but rely on renters to replenish them for their needs....moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library:

    CD library...moreless

  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Time Warner cable....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Several, including 45 inch in den/library....moreless

  • VCR


  • Family


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Village
  • Water View:

    There are limited views of the Harbor, which is about 200 feet away. Large Victorian era homes and landscaping predominate in the area. The beach is a short stroll away....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Two ensuite bedrooms are air conditioned. The third opens to night breezes on the north side....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer:

    In laundry room in unit....moreless

  • Dialup Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Two spaces assigned in private lot....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    By special arrangement...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Asko, in laundry room in unit....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Linksys wireless connected to Broadband....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Three fireplaces, one each in LR, Den/Library and Kitchen...moreless


  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    Many resources available...moreless

  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully equipped to the corkscrew,...moreless

  • Dishwasher:


  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    High end kitchen with Sub Zero, Miele appliances. Custom cabinetry, island with seating, fireplace....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:

    In kitchen garage enclosure....moreless

  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Large sub zero with freezer and small sub zero bar refrigerator....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio:

    Raised, furnished sundeck off conservatory. Multiple plantings....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    There is a large, covered front porch on the front of the unit with appropriate seating....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off season
Sep 6 - Jun 26, 2015
3 night min stay
Peak season
Jun 27 - Sep 5, 2015
7 night min stay


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  • Cleaning $200 + tax
  • Tax Rate 8%


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York Harbor is a beautiful Maine vacation destination with access to excellent Atlantic beaches, art, history, boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, surfing, antiquing, discount shopping and all the charms of New England. It is centrally located and within an hour's drive of Boston, Portland and everything in between -- and that's a lot. Portsmouth, New Hampshire is 15 minutes south and Ogunquit is 15 minutes north. An hour's drive to the north and west takes you into the mountains and the lakes of Maine and New Hampshire. Best of all, cool ocean breezes flow through the quiet Victorian seaside neighborhood as your imagination takes you back 100 years.

Other Activities: Old fashion arcades, rides, salt water taffy, restaurants nearby.

Golf: There are several excellent public courses in the area, including The Ledges, one of the top courses in Maine.

Ski: Both alpine and cross-country skiing can be found nearby from November through March.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1981

About: We are retired professionals, splitting our time between Maine and Florida. We spend much of our time in Maine aboard our cruising boat, M/V Moonbeam, exploring the coast between Long Island Sound and the Canadian Border. We're alway in touch by cellphone and Internet if we are not in the immediate area.

Why York Harbor:
We are New Englanders and always knew where the best places were. You can't beat York Harbor.

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  • Park Cottage in Early Spring

    Park Cottage in Early Spring

  • Our fabulous Harbor Beach -- 5 minute walk down Fisherman's Path

    Our fabulous Harbor Beach -- 5 minute walk down Fisherman's Path

  • LR opens onto Conservatory

    LR opens onto Conservatory

  • Comfy, air conditioned bedrooms, baths ensuite

    Comfy, air conditioned bedrooms, baths ensuite

  • DR table has leaves to seat eight. Can seat another 6 in the conservatory.

    DR table has leaves to seat eight. Can seat another 6 in the conservatory.

  • Sundeck


  • Conservatory with open sundeck.

    Conservatory with open sundeck.

  • An Elegant Entrance

    An Elegant Entrance

  • A park like setting with wonderful gardens

    A park like setting with wonderful gardens

  • Interesting nature walks out the back door

    Interesting nature walks out the back door

  • Down a short path to the Fisherman's and Cliff Walks

    Down a short path to the Fisherman's and Cliff Walks

  • The shed

    The shed

  • Living room with fireplace and grand piano

    Living room with fireplace and grand piano

  • Fireplaced library and home theater

    Fireplaced library and home theater

  • Stunning Kitchen with European Appliances and Fireplace

    Stunning Kitchen with European Appliances and Fireplace

  • Bright and breezy spaces.

    Bright and breezy spaces.

  • Nooks abound

    Nooks abound

  • BBQ nook near kitchen

    BBQ nook near kitchen

  • Covered front porch

    Covered front porch

  • Picking Gardens

    Picking Gardens

  • A beach, a harbor and a 7 mile estuary

    A beach, a harbor and a 7 mile estuary

  • “Seaside Village Retreat – A Luxurious Victorian Condominium Near the Beach!

    “Seaside Village Retreat – A Luxurious Victorian Condominium Near the Beach!

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