About the property
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
House, 6 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)
Spectacular summer house on the Maine coast with 180 degree view of ocean. House has tremendous character and charm, with 6 bedrooms that sleep 10. Located on beautiful Orrs Island, 20 minutes from Brunswick, home of Bowdoin College, and half hour from Freeport, home of outlets and L.L. Bean. The house is located at the end of a gravel road ensuring quiet and privacy. Has large front deck with sweeping view of ocean and an awning for shade when needed. A grassy front lawn connects to a path down to the shore to take a dip in the ocean, launch the kayak, collect sea glass, climb on the rocks, or skip stones. Dining room is designed like the bridge of a ship with view of ocean. Stone fireplace in living room. A unique and very special property to rent.
Keywords: Oceanfront house
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 2, 2018
About Peter Shiras
I am vice president at the International Youth Foundation and live in Baltimore with my wife and two children. My grandfather bought this property in 1957 and it has 10 acres of fields and woods behind it and up the hill with additional spectacular views of the ocean.
Peter Shiras purchased this House in 1957
Why Peter Shiras chose Orr's Island
I inherited the house and land from my parents and it is where I and my children spent time every summer of our lives. It overlooks lobster buoys, sailboats passing by, the islands of Ram, Pond and Ragged, and then the open ocean. A grand house and truly a spectacular spot
What makes this House unique
Sitting on the porch and looking at the ocean. Swimming in the ocean. Exploring the surrounding area.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
My family just returned from a week at this very special home. The lot is extremely private and the views are AMAZING! The home itself is the perfect oceanside Maine home. The inside has all of the charm and warmth that you would want without skimping on the creature comforts you would expect from such a grand home. The enormous fireplace was a huge hit with the kids and adults alike. The kitchen was stocked with every pot, pan, dish, bowl and appliance you could possibly dream of...and more. The home overlooks a rugged coastline with crashing surf and at the same time allows plenty of room to search for sea glass at low tide. My family will remember this special place for years to come. I would highly recommend this home to anyone looking for a private, oceanfront getaway with room for at least 10 people.
Many thanks for your review, Greg. I'm so glad that the house and place was what you wanted. Come back again soon!
The overwhelming beauty of Orr's Island is captured here!
Our family cannot thank Peter enough for providing us the perfect setting for an adult family vacation--the first time all of our kids were together in Maine (including spouses and significant others) since 1993. Having traveled from MO, PA and CA, it was worth every mile of travel to this incredible destination.
Our anticipation built as we took the winding gravel road down to the end of the Lane, where we found our destination, exactly as described and pictured. Actually, pictures cannot capture the inside character, water views, beautiful gardens/lawn area and the soothing sounds of the ocean.
Inside are artifacts, pictures, shelves of books and albums from three generation of family and furniture suited to the period and setting of the home--all of this adds to the magical nature of the location. The views from the living and dining rooms, and bedrooms that face the water are breathtaking. The kitchen, larder, and pantry were well equipped including the large pots that made our lobster cooking easy--especially when we had to fetch the sea water for "the only correct method" by which to boil the lobsters :) The substantial "lobster plates" made serving and eating them a real treat. The griddle accessory for the gas stove was perfect for toasting lobster rolls the next day along with enjoying toasted Anadama bread for breakfast
Coffee every morning on the porch was the routine for most all. (The sun rises to the "left" of and moves parallel to the front porch) Whether watching the cormorants, gulls, and songbirds, the lobstermen pulling traps within 100 yards of the shore, or just watching the tides move were relaxing routines that started every day off right.
The rocky coast and little rock/sand beach were perfect. We launched our kayaks from the beach (rented two others from H2Outfitters by the Cribstone Bridge--of course there is a single person touring kayak on the property that was used every day) and scoured the sand and rocks for sea glass--we found a lot!
Go to Erica's in Harpswell for takeout--recommended by a buddy from Yarmouth who knows how and where to eat, well worth the trip. We also had casual family photos taken by a local Harpswell photographer and were thrilled with how he captured the essence of our family and the beauty of the coast!
Many thanks for your wonderful review. You have truly captured the magic of the house and the location.
Secluded manse on the water
This home is sited on one of the most beautiful spots I have ever seen. Down a long dirt road, and near, but not visible to, any surrounding properties, this early 20th century shingle and stone house looks out on endless blue water dotted with islands. Sailboats and lobster boats make frequent trips in front of the house. To the right, down a beautifully manicured lawn, is a path to the water. Rocks line the shore, so swimming is a challenge, but exploring is not. The front porch wraps around the house providing privacy if one so chooses. Inside is a warm and welcoming environment, replete with history. If looking for modern, this is not the place to come, even though the house is updated with all the modern conveniences: dishwasher, microwave, new stove, washer, dryer. But the feel is of an earlier, slower time.
There were no surprises upon arriving at this vacation spot. It looks exactly as it does in the pictures. It is beautifully maintained with lovely gardens, bursting with flowers. It has every supply necessary (paper towels, cleaning supplies, detergent, toilet paper, linens, towels). The owner is a wonderful man who was very gracious when I informed him that the kite we were flying got caught in the weather vane and refused to budge.
Four generations spent a week in this lovely place and all had a wonderful time. The younger folk took day trips to nearby sand beaches and parks, and caught a boat around Casco Bay. The elderly went to museums in Bath and Brunswick. I sat and read! It was a perfect vacation.
The quintessential Maine experience!
Our stay at this beautiful, rustic home on Orr's Island was everything we wanted it to be, a truly wonderful, memorable experience! Friends and family who came to visit had the same reaction as others have posted in previous reviews: "Wow!". I spent two months wading through hundreds of Maine seacoast rental ads, and the one thing I learned is to identify exactly what you want, in specific words. If an ad didn't say those words, it meant I wouldn't get what I wanted, no matter how upbeat the description was. In our case, our key words were "Oceanfront", "big porch overlooking the ocean", "privacy" and "quiet". This home fulfilled everything I could have asked for, and then some.
Now, if one of your required words is "ultra-modern", this isn't it. If you need everything to be perfect in a modern, sterile, state-of-the-art 2012 home, this isn't it. This is a century-old classic Maine summer home, which is its own kind of perfection. The kitchen doesn't sport granite countertops, and the house doesn't have central air conditioning. Instead there are cutting boards for the kitchen, and screened-in windows that open to allow a sea breeze off the water to cool the house naturally. The house is filled with the photos and books and memories of a family that has lived here (and continues to live here) for generations, and living here for one week was a genuine privilege for us.
A few practical notes: unlike one review here, we did not smell any "musty" smell, not even a hint. We did smell the subtle, lovely woodsmoke aroma of the massive stone fireplace in the living room. There was plenty of firewood available in the toolshed to take the chill off the early morning, or late evening. There is every imaginable dish, pot, pan, and other kitchen accessory imaginable, with the exception of a microwave...but who uses a microwave on vacation anyway? The 2nd floor bathroom has been completely re-done, and is lovely, modern, yet still in keeping with the rustic traditions of the house. There is wifi if you must use your iPhone or computer, and HD TV to watch the Red Sox. Cellphone service is spotty, but the landline phone in the living room was available at any time. Most of all, we loved that massive front porch, watching the lobstermen tend to their traps every day. We saw a wild turkey and a red fox on different days march across the front lawn. This house isn't for everyone, but it is the quintessential rustic Maine ocean experience. We loved it, and we'll be back!
Just a note to add to this wonderful review: there will be a microwave starting in the summer of 2013.
Everything you could ever dream of in a Maine experience!
Our family stayed here for a week, and it was just not long enough. Not only is this house spectacular, so is the setting, the area, and the host. From the moment we walked up to the house, we knew we would have memories to cherish from our time there, and it was so true. My two boys loved exploring the land and the coast. The house is perfect for hide and seek. My favorite was sitting with coffee in the mornings, watching the ocean change, the lobster boats and feeling so tranquil. My husband enjoyed the books in the house, the kayak and the peace. The other thing that makes it perfect is the atmosphere created by the furnishings, the art, the little things that are part of the house and give it so much character. Plus, the location is very convenient to Portland, Freeport, and all the local areas to explore. We feel blessed to have spent some family time here, and left, hoping to return.
This is exactly what Coastal Maine should be. We had our wedding here and our family was able to stay at the house. Tremendous for family get togethers and a real retreat. Would highly recommend this to anyone for a relaxing Maine vacation
10 minute drive or 30-minute kayak paddle to quiet sandy beach ideal for swimming, sandcastles, and sunny relaxation; minor league baseball team Portland Seadogs; proximity to Freeport shopping with outlets and 24 hour L.L. Bean flagship store; 10 minutes to Cook's Lobster Pound and Restaurant; H20 Outfitters offers kayak rental, lessons, and tours around the island