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'Cozy' Retreat at the Water's Edge

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

This is your Maine getaway, the one you have been searching for! Perfect for the couple who want to experience the coast of Maine from the water's edge and not a cramped hotel room. The cottage sits on a large lot with its larger 2 bedroom sister cottage 'Lofty' (VRBO# 165589) about 200 feet away. Rent one or if you prefer rent both and have the grounds and dock all to yourself...sort of your own family vacation compound.

Just a few steps outside the cottage and down a gently sloping path is A HUGE DEEP WATER dock (not tidal) with large deck/landing and open ocean views. The dock is shared with Lofty Cottage. The is the BEST part of the cottage and a lot of fun. There is a nice picnic table on the landing so you can enjoy a quiet meal and gaze at the beautiful views. The dock is shared with Lofty (VRBO 165589). Kayak and or swim and enjoy your fresh Maine lobster on your own dock! (Kayaks are not provided) Kids and adults alike will enjoy pulling up the lobster trap and seeing what sea treasures are inside.

Water views from every room. Located on a dead end gravel road typical of Harpswell, a mix of local color, cottages and fisherman. This cute one bedroom cottage is perfect for relaxing on the ocean and enjoying the outdoors. Private yet only minutes from downtown Brunswick including Bowdoin College, the Maine State Music Theater, restaurants and shops. Fully renovated in 2007 and further updated 2017 this cottage features a knotty pine interior, new appliances and a full bath with large shower. In response to guest feedback we have added additional kitchen storage and work space. The bedroom was also redecorated!

The cottage has a comfy knotty pine living room with cathedral ceiling that opens into a small deck just feet from the waters edge. Enjoy your morning coffee or evening drink as you watch the ospreys dive and the seals swim. The living room has a small color TV with DVD player for leisure time as well as mini stereo with mp3 player plug in capability. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the necessities including a big lobster pot.

Kayak to Little Snow island or interior Quahog Bay (see link below for more information on the island). This is a very neat kayak trip. (Kayaks not provided, bring your own or rent at nearby facilities)

If you like hikes and are looking for a wonderful one, Karen and I recommend Morse Mountain Preserve owned by Bates College in Phippsburg.. It's a 4 mile loop that leads to Seawall Beach, the views are incredible and the hike is doable even with kids. For more information see the link below.

Attention Boaters....there is a mooring available that will handle up to a 30' boat, if you need to arrive by boat or moor at the house for the week. We are getting many inquiries from sailors who want to arrive by boat. The mooring and dock are available with prior arrangements and a small additional fee for use of the mooring.

Cozy is the perfect place for a quiet retreat. Compared to a hotel this is a wonderful value and a great way to experience the coast of Maine. To get a bird's eye view use google earth. Just click on the 'See All My Rental Listings'. Please e mail us with any specific questions about any of our listings.

Renting a private home is different than staying at a hotel. It is important to ask questions before you reserve and to have realistic expectations. We have done our best to describe our properties, however, guest expectations vary. If you have special requests or needs please ask before you reserve. We want to avoid renter's remorse or the old "this was not what I thought it was going to be like". In most cases guests never asked any questions!!!! Refunds at the time of check in are not permitted.

PS. Ask about our long term rentals...maybe stay the summer!


John and Karen

Keywords: Cottage

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John and Karen
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About John and Karen

Cozy is a comfy spot to rest and enjoy the Maine coast.

Why John and Karen chose Portland & Casco Bay

Harpswell is a wonderful place to use as home base and explore the Maine coast from Portland to Boothbay.

What makes this cottage unique

Views, dock, kayaks, quiet, that Oh so close to the ocean feel.


Harpswell Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Over-sized deep water dock with waterfront landing Dining area/deck with picnic table on oceanfront.(shared with Lofty)


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'Cozy' Retreat at the Water's Edge
average rating of 4.775 based on 40 reviews

Very Serene And Cozy !

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage on the water is perfect for the couple who want to get away from it all !! You can sit out on the deck to just relax and enjoy the boats going by and you can do some fishing on the shared dock. We highly recommended going to Gurnet's for the best whole bellied clams and lobster ❤ , It's only 4 miles from the cottage plus there are a few restaurants in downtown Brunswick ! Now, back to the really is cozy and cute and we certainly would consider spending another peaceful vacation week here 👍�

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you had a good stay. We hope you return to visit Cozy soon! Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Warm regards John and Karen
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Everything about our stay was a perfect 10!

  • 5 of 5

"Cozy" was even more charming in person than online! The owners thought of everything - fully stocked kitchen, wifi, cable tv, towels, linens etc. We lacked for nothing. The view from every room was stunning and the dock provided ample space for reading, putting in our kayaks - just hanging out. In just 20 minutes you can be in Brunswick for a movie and shopping OR on Bailey's Island exploring the Giant Stairs, having lunch at Cooks OR taking a drive down 123 to the Dolphin Marina for a beautiful dinner. We LOVED this vacation spot and will definitely make a return trip. Thank-you!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Better and better each time we visit

  • 5 of 5

This was my fourth year staying at Cozy Cottage in early August. My husband and I plan to keep coming back year after year into the foreseeable future for the true R&R we get here. What could be better than falling asleep at night to the gentle sound of the water lapping the rocks just feet away from the cottage and waking up to stunning sunrises over the bay?

Cozy Cottage is small, but the space is very well used and the large yard and dock make up for the small interior of the cottage. I'm so impressed with the work the owners have done to improve the property. Each year, we've arrived to find improvements, whether it's new furniture or--this year--a big renovation to the kitchen and bedroom to make those spaces more functional. They provide all the essentials you need and it is a very comfortable place to spend a week.

This truly is an away-from-it-all vacation spot. Harpswell is a quiet place where you never feel like you're caught up in a swell of tourists, but there are some very good restaurants in town, too, for nights when you want to get out. There are many conservation areas with walking paths, and you can kayak all around Quahog Bay, stopping at islands and bird watching. We never fail to see some bald eagles when we're here. Be sure to bring some good binoculars!

Some tips for visiting Harpswell:

*Bring bug spray (those Maine mosquitos!)

*Bring some warm clothes. Even in late July or early August, nights and mornings are cool.

*Plan to eat breakfast at the cottage, unless you're okay with a 20 min drive for breakfast.

*On a clear, sunny evening, go to the Dolphin Marina Restaurant for dinner and watch the sunset.

*For lunch on a lovely deck over the water with a close-up view of the Cribstone Bridge, try Morse's Cribstone Grill and ask for at table outside.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The property is perfect for two absolutely no more just too small.

  • 4 of 5

The patio furniture not suitable for enjoying outside.....enlarge the deck. No instructions on dock usage did not feel comfortable utilizing the dock because of neighbors. Flatware needs to be replaced. Also, a nice addition would be a crockpot. We installed new shower head, non-stick cooking skillet and additional key so both parties have access to cottage. We appreciate so much that our rescue lab was allowed in Cottage. We kept her on lead and picked up her waste.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Hayden, Thank you for your review and feedback. So just to make sure other guests understand your review I wanted to clarify and comment on some of the observations. Cozy is advertised for a max occupancy of two persons. A floor plan and square footage is on the VRBO site so future guests understand that it's a "cozy" cabin. We always encourage guests to let us know if there is something that needs attention, repair, replacement immediately so we can take care of it as soon as possible. Not much we can do when the information is received in a review after checkout. The patio has a small circular table with chairs for two, perfect for drinks on the deck. We would love to "enlarge the deck" however, it is 12 feet from the waters edge and waterfront zoning does not permit this. There are clear instructions on our dock location and usage on VRBO's hospitality manager. There is also a wooden sign right in front of the cottage with an arrow pointing to the dock. The dock is not shared with the neighbors it is shared with "Lofty" which we own and is "Cozy's" sister cottage. Our guests know the dock is shared and it has never been a problem. Many lifelong friendships have been made on that dock. It is one of the largest dock and floats on Quahog Bay. As far as outdoor furniture we have Adirondack chairs in the shed, folding chairs, a large picnic table on the dock deck, a camp fire pit and the furniture on the deck.Wondering what else we could add? If there was an issue with the kitchen flatware or other kitchen accessories we would have been more than happy to replace or bring over whatever was needed. Over the years we have had every request imaginable from guests including but not limited to waffle makers, crock pots, special pans, knives, salad spinners, ice cream makers, cookie sheets, hand held blenders, you name it and we have done our best to oblige. There were spare keys available upon request just needed to ask. Thank you for installing the hand held shower head. That was a great idea! It is a lot more convenient than the fixed shower head. Thanks for staying with us Warm regards John and Karen
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A ittle cozy place and a great time.

  • 5 of 5

The "cozy" cottage by the bay was perfect for relaxing and exploring the area. We enjoyed the dock, fishing, kayaking and unwinding. Very clean comfy and just what we needed. The owners were helpful and respond quickly. This is a nice area for hiking with many trails and areas to explore. We will dream about waking to the water in the cozy cottage by the bay.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nancy! We hope you can return in the future!!!!! We made some updates to the decor, master bedroom and kitchen....we hope you can see them. Have a great summer Warm regards John and Karen
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Comfortable & Attractive Cottage In A Spectacular Location

  • 5 of 5

The moment we pulled up to the cottage, we knew that we had found a place that we were going to love. The cottage is well appointed and a perfect getaway. Whether you're in the comfortable living room or on the deck, it's a great spot for watching seals, waterfowl and lobster boats pulling traps. If the deck was any closer to the water, you might get splashed at high tide.

While situated in a peaceful and private location, you are only a short car ride to great local restaurants and to interesting shops in the pretty college town of Brunswick.

We were there in mid-June and enjoyed great weather and colorful sunsets over the bay. The congenial owners have done a marvelous job with the property and are driven to make sure that your stay is perfect.

That we've already made a reservation to return this Fall probably says it all.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Portland Jetport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Pink Lady
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Downeaster (Brunswick)
Car: recommended

The Town of Harpswell, located on Casco Bay, Is a short scenic ride from Portland, Freeport, Bath and Boothbay Maine. Harpswell is the unspoiled coastal community that is accessible by way of the beautiful Bowdoin College town of Brunswick. Harpswell is a unique coastal community which recently celebrated its 250th birthday. For over 100 years Harpswell has been a mecca for vacationers seeking a saltwater environment, a serene way of life, and an abundance of natural beauty. Its 216 miles of coastline consists of Harpswell Neck, the three large islands of

Sebascodegan (Great Island), Orr’s, and Bailey, which are connected by bridges, the most notable being The Cribstone Bridge, and a scattering of over 200 smaller islands accessible only by boat. With some of the few remaining working harbors on the Maine coast, it offers an authenticity of which we are proud.

Harpswell has it all! Light houses, Ocean views, walking trails, beaches, Historical sites, working lobster harbors and marinas all here in the Mid Coast Maine region.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $45
Pet Fee $35
Damage Deposit $100

Rates are subject to change without notice. Rentals run Saturday to Saturday unless otherwise noted. Please ask questions before reserving. Accepting the rental agreement means you have read and understood the terms and agreed to abide by them. If you have special requirements or expectations please ask in advance. We cannot take responsibility for unreasonable guest expectations or assumptions

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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