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'Schooner Landing' Cottage- Your Peaceful Respite

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,025 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Welcome to Schooner Landing! This four bedroom, waterfront home is situated in a sparsely populated, quiet location with a spectacular view of Harpswell Harbor and Casco Bay. The home sits on a cozy lot that overlooks wide panoramic views of Harpswell Harbor, Stover's Cove, the Cribstone Bridge and the famous Cook's Lobster House. From the expansive private deck enjoy the birds, an occasional seal, and other forms of coastal wildlife. On Saturdays in August watch for the sailboat races in the harbor. Celebrate the 4th of July from the perfect location where you can view the fireworks across the harbor from the deck!

The most attractive feature of Schooner Landing is its gentle shoreline. Beach access is via a set of steps that lead to a pebbly waterfront shore, perfect for swimming, walking, exploring, and launching a canoe or kayak. This is probably the most kid friendly beach area in Harpswell. Cottage rental includes the use of two adult and one children's kayak. The large yards in the front and back are well-groomed and conducive to family games and cookouts. The deck in front extends around the entire house. Useful for meals, cocktails, or an evening card game while enjoying the view.

The first floor features a sun filled living room with full height window walls that face the ocean, a cozy open dining area, and fully-equipped kitchen. New for 2015 is a covered porch on the ocean side deck and new flooring on the second floor. The living room has large windows for enjoying the ocean scenes. Also on the first floor is a full bath with jacuzzi tub, washer, and dryer. A small sitting room has a queen-size futon and TV/DVD, perfect for the kids to rest and watch TV after a long day on the coast.

The second floor has four bedrooms. One with two twins and one with a twin trundle. The other two bedrooms have one queen-size bed each and water views. There is also a full bath on the second floor. The paved driveway leads to an attached two-car garage.

Summer activities can include canoing or kayaking, walks on the beach or short trips to sites like Stover's Cove, the Giant Steps, Bailey Island, Dolphin Marina, Bath and Brunswick. Best of all you are only 40 minutes from Portland and 30 minutes to Freeport.

A new wraparound deck gives ample room to relax outdoors regardless of where the sun might be shining. The TV /family room has been remodeled and features a cathedral ceiling and sunken living space. Best of all the old siding is gone in favor of lovely cedar shakes. New fotos are now available. To see all the fotos just click on the link below.

Please e mail with any questions. Reserve your preferred dates now!

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.

Thank you for your interest.

John and Karen



John and Karen,

Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Schooner

Landing. The house was perfectly suited to our needs. We visited some old

favorite sites and found some new ones. The grandkids loved the ocean and

spent a lot of time down on the beach. I think the lobster stew at the

Dolphin was the best I've eaten. All and all, it was a great week.

I hope we left everything in satisfactory order.

Thank you.


Just wanted to let you know we very much enjoyed our stay. Its a great, peaceful location...... exactly what we all needed.

PS. I've been having some problems with leg cramps while sleeping at night. They miraculously disappeared after my first bowl of Dolphin lobster stew and have not recurred. Apparently, I need to eat fresh Maine sea food on a regular basis. I told my wife we might have to move to Maine if thats what it takes for me to stay cured.




We had a wonderful time in our week at your house. The weather was gorgeous and we loved that because the wind was coming from the right direction, the water in the harbor was very calm. It made for excellent paddling. And the area itself has such a good variety of areas to paddle.

On one trip, we left from the house and paddled all the way up to and under the bridge on Mountain Road. A nice older man up there told us all about the little boat access where you can leave a vehicle parked on the hard-packed sand beach right up to two hours on either side of high tide. It seems the local clam diggers know all about it - there must have been 1/2 dozen trucks parked there that day.

We made our traditional one day trip to Popham Beach. It was sad to see how much erosion had taken place over the winter and the number of scrub pines that died because they're now on the water side of the dunes. But, on the other hand, and we don't know how this happened, the water was warmer than any other summer we've visited Popham in over the last 20-years. We spent quite a bit of time (right at low tide) way out at the surf's edge riding the waves in on boogie boards and crashing the surf. We also found quite a few sand dollars larger than the size of silver dollars. When the rhythm of the waves was at it quietest, if we walked around in about 2 - 3' of water, we could see sand dollars lying right on top of the sand on the ocean floor.

The week went by quickly. Much too quickly. And we were more than happy with the house - its location, the beach, the easy access to our kayaks for paddling in the area, the beautiful views from the front lawn (although we do think that big tree in the middle needs to go), the size of the house and number of bedrooms which easily accommodated our adult children. Even Bean, our Maine Coon cat, loved the house.

Thank you for everything. And we hope to be contacting you later this year about reservations for next summer.

P.S. Thanks for providing such good tasting blackberries. We made waffles for breakfast almost every morning and each morning, my niece would pick a big bowl of them and we'd stir them into our waffle batter.

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More Details

John and Karen
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About John and Karen

This is me! Actually us...we hope you enjoy your vacation...let us know if we can help.

John and Karen purchased this cottage in 2003

Why John and Karen chose Harpswell

Incredible shorefront and views, our kids love it!

What makes this cottage unique

Swimming, playing on the beach and fireworks on the 4th of July!

Guestbook comments from the owner

It has been an excellent vacation. We love the house, the location, the people we have seen about, the food (oh-my-goodness) and the weather. It was more than expected. Thank you for your generous hospitality.

Aug 2014
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Harpswell Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2025 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Mooring use available for additional fee and only with prior arrangements. NO dock available. Use of 2 kayaks included.


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'Schooner Landing' Cottage- Your Peaceful Respite
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Wonderful trip!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Schooner Landing. Loved the peace and tranquility with a wonderful view. We saw as much of Maine as we could fit in and loved coming back in the evenings to rest and relax. I hope to make it back some day.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home with an amazing view

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our " retired girls" get together. It was spacious, beautifully furnished, and equipped with everything you need. The location is close to the Portland airport and to many of the tourist sights we wanted to visit. We were able to take walks along the beach and the surrounding area. We enjoyed the spectacular view and S'Mores at night over the fire pit. Our only regret is that we did not have enough time to enjoy the kayak. The owners were extremely helpful and very quick to answer any questions or concerns. We all said that we would like to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

This was our third summer at Schooner Landing. If you love to kayak, this is the place to be. We bring our kayaks and paddle out to the sea. Seals often check us out as we paddle or you can sometimes watch them from the deck. There are a ton of interesting things to do in the area, and local restaurants are the BEST! The house is very nicely decorated and well kept. You wake up to fabulous water views from your bedroom every morning.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Leah!!! We are so happy that you and your family have stayed at Schooner for 3 years!!!! We appreciate returning guests. Have a wonderful Fall! John and Karen
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Wonderful Spacious beach family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleased with our stay at schooner landing! As we pulled into the driveway, we were so overcome by the view that we all ran to the front of the house to take it in before we ever went inside! The house had plenty of room for three generations, and had everything we could have a needed during our stay, including plenty of towels, pillows and blankets. There was even a supply of outdoor toys for the littles, which they loved! Beach access was easy down the stairwell, and we greatly enjoyed rhe pebbly beach, Stover's point Cook's lobster and Ale house, popham beach, The Black Sheep wine shop, and so many other things. Sunrises over the harbor are spectacular, and we saw many butterflies, hummingbirds, and even a bald eagle!! John was so hospitable in our contact with him, and their caretaker was charming, the kind of guy you want to sit around and spin tales with. We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home located in quaint Harpswell. Perfect for family fun!

  • 4 of 5

We truly enjoyed our time at Schooner Landing. The house was fully equipped for cooking and relaxation! The porch was AMAZING. Fantastic views from all spots. We enjoyed having coffee on the porch swing while watching the sunrise and family dinners on the picnic table while watching the boats. The kids had a blast playing during high and low tide. Lots to see and explore. We brought our own kayaks and SUP's. We went up and down casco bay, checking out the cribstone bridge and eagles nests, stover's cove and even paddled out to open ocean. Many places to hike and eat right in Haprswell or a short drive to BOI. On the island- land's end, giant steps and devils back ( where we saw a TON of seals) are all great short walks along the water. John and Karen are very quick to respond with any questions or concerns. Thank you so much for sharing your home!!! Overall a wonderful family vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time in Harpswell!

  • 5 of 5

My family had such a wonderful time at Schooner Landing. The location was beautiful and the house had plenty of room for six adults and two children. We used the fire pit almost every night, we cooked lots of meals, and thoroughly enjoyed some down time. Visited some of the local restaurants, close to Freeport for the 'girls' shopping day! Thank you for a great vacation.


  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Linens $90 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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