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Charming Cottage, Walk to Short Sands in under 5 minutes!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-9)

Lilac Haven is an early American, post and beam farmhouse that dates back to 1750. Our location is in the heart of all the excitement of the beach area, yet remains private and secluded as it is nestled back from the main road and tucked in among glorious flower gardens.

While relaxing on the private porch having early morning coffee, you can listen to the birds singing in the trees and enjoy the gorgeous butterflies as they meander throughout the garden. The serenity and peacefulness of the area allows you to plan your day for a trip to the beach (about a 3 minute walk), hiking, golfing, antiquing, or shopping at nearby outlet malls.

There are three bedrooms. On the first floor is the Master Bedroom/bathroom and a sleep sofa in the living room. The second floor has two bedrooms - 2 twin beds in one room and 2 double beds in the other bedroom, and a full bathroom. The porch is equipped with a gas grill and a large table with seating for 6.

While visiting York explore the quaint coastal villages, antique shops, restaurants & pubs. Enjoy the luxurious tree lined park beginning the York Harbor Cliff walk or, a stroll in the woods leading to the Wiggley Bridge, the ending at the York River to admire a multitude of boats that include sailboats, cruisers, motorboats and lobster boats.

More Details

Darryl Van Tassell
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Darryl Van Tassell

In 1996, our beloved mother and grandmother retired from her job as a public school teacher in Boston and moved to York Beach. When she bought this house, it had been neglected for years and was in a very sad state. It was definitely a labor of love, but after months and months of hard work, we helped her to turn it back into the wonderful, charming home it is today. Unfortunately, we lost Sarah in January 2015, but we as a family have taken on the property and are devoted to making sure it is kept up to her fabulous standards!

Darryl Van Tassell purchased this house in 1996

Why Darryl Van Tassell chose Southern Coast

Taking old, run down homes and bringing them back to life is a passion that runs in the family. Many people thought Sarah was crazy for buying this house in its dilapidated state, but we saw the potential, and after months and months of hard work, the house was restored to its natural beauty. Sarah loved to garden and took great pride in her beautiful landscaping. The whole family gets involved in caring for the big yard and gardens, making sure it is ready for our guests to enjoy.

What makes this house unique

This is a unique house with lots of historic charm, but updated amenities. It has a private porch overlooking a beautiful garden- perfect for a barbecue! At night, the lights of the amusement park light up next door and you can watch the ferris wheel spin. The location can't be beat as the shops, restaurants, arcade, and beach are just steps away. Being just a 3-5 minute walk to Short Sands Beach is truly a luxury when considering the cost and limited availability of parking.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My apologies for not getting back to you sooner--I've been meaning to email you & thank you for the lovely gift basket you left for us. Thank you again for all of your help coordinating our rental, and again for the nice gift basket when we got there! Best wishes,
Jul 2012
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York Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Located off first floor bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located on second floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , private bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double
    Convertible bed(s) - Sofa bed located in living room
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) double size sleep sofa
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Charming Cottage, Walk to Short Sands in under 5 minutes!
average rating of 4.888889 based on 17 reviews
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Convenient, clean, comfortable, close to everything

  • 5 of 5

Older home, but Darryl has made it very comfortable. The house is close to York Beach shops, Short Sands, and easily accessed. Darryl was very easy to work with!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family trip. Excellent location. A+ for the owner

  • 5 of 5

My family and I recently stayed and Lilac Haven and it was such a treat! We're 6 adults ranging from 26 - 78 and this was the perfect location for us.

Lilac Haven is a two minute walk into town, a five minute walk to Short Sands Beach and a ten minute walk to Long Sands beach.

The 300 year-old farmhouse is kept in very good condition. We had no electrical or plumbing problems at all (though the WiFi was a bit spotty) and any little issue that did arise was quickly addressed by the owner.

The garden is lovely, the porch is spacious enough for a group of 10 (we had a few friends come by for dinner), and the bedrooms are well sized.

The living room is a little small (our group of 6 had trouble all fitting comfortably) but since we spent most of our time on the beach or the porch that really didn't bother us.

One thing we were not prepared for while traveling with an 78 year-old were the stairs to the second floor, which I must warn you are extremely steep and narrow. We altered our sleeping arrangements so they could stay in the master bedroom on the first floor (which has it's own bathroom attached) and all was fine, but I would not recommend planning to put anyone on the second floor who might have an issue with such an assent/descent.

This is really a fantastic place to stay in York, and our family will definitely book Lilac Haven again for our next trip to Maine!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Needham, MA

Best of both worlds! LOCATION LOCATION

  • 5 of 5

It is rare to find a vacation spot that offers the opportunity to find BOTH quiet relaxation and boardwalk style entertainment without having to get in a car! The outside has a gorgeous green lawn and gardens while restaurants, music and cocktails are just steps away. I agree with other reviewers about how clean the place is and proximity to beach - great not to think about parking (place has lots of spaces available tho!) Bedrooms are really good size, too...plenty of room for suitcases etc. Rt 1 shopping is very close by- be sure to check out antique shops along that road.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA


  • 5 of 5

Lilac Haven is a gem! It is so close to the beach and shops and restaurants, yet tucked away amongst a lovely peaceful garden. A great spot to really experince York Beach and surrounding areas. The house is cozy and quaint, and immaculate! I miss sitting on that amazing porch, so--we will be back this summer!

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I have stayed at Lilac Haven for the past few summers and I cannot say enough nice things about it. It's a 5 minute walk to the beach, shops, restaurants, great little breakfast places. All rooms are air-conditioned, which you don't always find. The yard is awesome for relaxing and a new deck has been added. When you visit, it feels like home.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pompano Beach, FL

Nice place....

  • 4 of 5

Overall, GREAT place and location.

Few complaints....COMMUNICATION (email, text, phone calls) were horrible.

Wifi was HORRIBLE. Wasn't working when we checked in and repaired days later. Not a solid signal and could only access internet sitting on the porch. It really needs some sort of booster signal to access wifi in the living room or bedrooms.

Other than that the house was VERY clean and we had a wonderful time in York Beach for our 1 week stay.

FYI, the stairs are VERY steep going up to 2nd floor bedroom and my 77 year old parents were UNABLE to use them.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Damage Deposit $500

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