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Beautiful Waterfront Cottage W/Dock on Island Accessible by Ferry or Your Boat

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Last updated: 08/12/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Features Include: Oceanfront, West facing, fantastic views and sunsets, 4 bedrooms, one bathroom, private well on property, pump water, full kitchen with two refrigerators, propane gas stove, propane and/or kerosene lamps, fire place in living room, wood stove in kitchen, and so much more.

Return to a time and place that allows you to relax and offers lots of old fashioned play for your children of all ages. Sit on the deck with a cocktail and watch the sun set or take a nap in the hammock.

This cottage is generational and has been enjoyed by many families since it was built in 1906 and updated every year with 'modern' conveniences while not sacrificing the beauty of the idea of a waterfront cottage in the woods.

Bustins Island is located in Casco Bay, off the coast of Freeport, and is self-governing. Other than collecting the taxes the town of Freeport has deferred the rules and regulations and the governing of the Island to the Bustins Island Village Corporation. A complete list of the elected and appointed officials, along with maps of the Island and the most current ferry schedule and rates can be found at The Lily B essentially runs from Memorial Day to Columbus Day and is available off its regular schedule for a reasonable fee.

Many of the cottages on the island were built around the turn of the century (1900+-) and living there today remains much as it was then. There is no electricity on the island although some cottages are now powered by solar or small generators. Propane gas is used for most refrigeration and lighting and is provided by a licensed distributor.

The Island has a Post Office, a Library, a Community House, and even a small golf course! Much more information can be found at the above website.

This particular cottage was built in 1906 and is a waterfront cottage facing west toward Freeport. The sunsets are magnificent. The cottage itself is in excellent condition with 4 bedrooms upstairs and a kitchen, living/dining room, and fully equipped bathroom on the first floor. There are 2 propane refrigerators, gas lights throughout, a flush toilet, and even a bathtub! The water is from a dug well and a hand pump in the sink draws it to the cottage. All of the windows and doors have been replaced within the past two years, and the roof was re-shingled in 2007. A woodstove in the kitchen and a fireplace in the living room are used to warm the occasional cool evening.

Several years ago the owner went thru the laborious process of obtaining the proper permits and built a wonderful private runway, ramp, and dock. Just a short run from South Freeport, this gives flexibility to coming and going by private boat rather than relying on the ferry. There are many great restaurants in Casco Bay which are accessible by boat including DiMillo’s in Portland, Falmouth Sea Grill at Handy Boat in Falmouth, Harraseekett Lunch and Lobster in Freeport, the Chebeague Inn on Chebeague Island, and Waters Edge on Great Diamond Island – and many more!

When not used by the family (new to VRBO) the cottage has a successful rental history.


Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be 25 yrs old or older ...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered:

    Let owner know details first - let's talk...moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    Outside/Outdoors only - You may not smoke in the cottage under any circumstances....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 9-10

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub

    No 'running' water-Flush toilet w/bucket of water-Sun Shower...moreless

  • Shower or bathe in tub using water pumped from kitchen. Flush toilet using a bucket of water pumped from kitchen....moreless


  • Books:

    Some books - there is a library on the island...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Fireplace
  • Heating:

    Fireplace and wood stove...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Parking:

    You can pay to park at Strout's Marina or Brewer's Marina or park for free at the top of the hill in the French School Parking Lot in designated spaces....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Cell phone coverage is excellent on the island - no problems whatsoever - phones can be recharged at the 'community house' found at the center of the island....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker:

    Make coffee on the stove using an old fashioned perk coffee pot provided or drip hot water through melita filter...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:


  • Kitchen


  • Boat:

    Bring your own: dock, mooring, dinghy provided. We will provide transportation to the island & pick you up at the end of your stay-or you can use the ferry that leaves from South Freeport Public Dock...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    6 hole golf course on the island...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Bring your own and launch from the dock...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    Clay tennis courts on the island...moreless



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  • Refundable Damage Deposit $350
  • Taxes Not included


Please be aware that there is no electricity and no running water. Stove, refrigerators, and lamps are run by propane. Water is pumped into the kitchen sink or a bucket and heated on the stove for dishes and/or personal care and a bucket of water flushes the toilet into a septic system. The bathroom has a tub, toilet, and sink and we either heat water for a bath or use a "sun shower" in the tub.

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Last updated: 08/12/2015
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12 Miles
Nearest Airport
Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Ferry
Public Landing, Main Street, South Freeport, Maine
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Freeport Golf Course
2 Miles
Nearest Train
Downeaster, Freeport, Maine
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Rt 95, Rt 295, and Rt1
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
75 Miles
Nearest Ski
Sunday River
12 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

Once off the island you are near all that Freeport, Maine has to offer including restaurants, outlets, cinema, Downeaster Railroad, lobster rolls, beaches, parks, and so much more.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: She: Born and raised in Lexington, MA. He: Born and raised in Lisbon Falls, ME. They: Met in 1997 and married in 1999 She: Moved to Maine to be with him. They: Bought a house in Freeport, ME in 1998 and is currently where we live - a stone's throw to the marina where our boat is in a slip and ready to transport you over to our fabulous cottage.

Why the Owner Chose Freeport:
5 Generations have enjoyed this island and this location - My siblings and I inherited it when my father passed and I bought my siblings out around 1998.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
This has been our 'happy place' for 5 generations and now we would like to share it with others to help pay for our annual expenses.

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Speaks: english





  • High Tide

    High Tide

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • More Living Room

    More Living Room

  • Bedroom 3 sleeps 2

    Bedroom 3 sleeps 2

  • Watch the sunset from the front deck facing west

    Watch the sunset from the front deck facing west

  • Sun rising over the cottage

    Sun rising over the cottage

  • Bathroom


  • Master Bedroom sleeps 2 - wake up to view of the dock and water

    Master Bedroom sleeps 2 - wake up to view of the dock and water

  • Bedroom 2 sleeps 2

    Bedroom 2 sleeps 2

  • Bedroom 4 sleeps 3 - see mattress under bed that can be pulled out for one more.

    Bedroom 4 sleeps 3 - see mattress under bed that can be pulled out for one more.

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