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Bailey Island, Harpswell, ME, USA
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights


Built in 1918, The Gills is an original summer cottage perched above the sea at the very end of Bailey Island. Secluded far from the road, nestled in a grove of pine and spruce, the house is pure tranquility. Each beautifully appointed room is both comfortable and authentic.

Enjoy naps on the porch swing or walk to nearby beaches, restaurants and shops. Explore tide pools along the rocky coastline. Go sailing or kayaking. Fish for striped bass from the rocks, just steps from the porch. Enjoy fresh lobster pulled from the ocean that morning by one of the local lobstermen.

Whatever you choose to do, it all comes back to the view. Clear and calm one day, misty and grey the next. Sit back and watch the sea and sky change with the weather. Hour by hour. Minute by minute. Always beautiful. Always different.

The Gills will give you the opportunity to slow down, and remember how good it feels to do nothing at all, surrounded by friends and family.

The Gills is a part of THE GILLS GROUP - a collection of oceanfront cottages that can be rented together for larger groups or intimate events. The cottages are on adjacent lots, each with its own spectacular ocean view. The other properties that make up THE GILLS GROUP are Jaquish Lane which sleeps 12 (property # 733483 on VRBO) and The Red House which sleeps 4 (property # 1063510 on VRBO).

20 minutes from Brunswick and Bowdoin College. 30 minutes from Freeport and L.L.Bean. 45 minutes from Portland. Free wifi.

Keywords: Private, Oceanfront, Family, Cottage

Property Manager

Dave Johnson

Member Since 2010
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Dave Johnson

I'm a photographer and filmmaker who splits my time between New York City and Maine.

Dave Johnson purchased this Cottage in 2001

Why Dave Johnson chose Bailey Island

Spending time at The Gills is like stepping back in time - when life was simpler and moved at a much slower pace. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean and waking to that magnificent sunrise is like medicine for the soul. Sounds corny but it's absolutely true.

What makes this Cottage unique

The property manager Dave Johnson is a local lobsterman who can drop off fresh lobsters at your door!


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, ocean view
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, ocean view
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single
      • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)


      • 2 Bathrooms
        • Downstairs bathroom has a clawfoot tub with an ocean view. Upstairs bathroom has a built in tiled shower.

        Location Type

          • Ocean View
          • Oceanfront
          • Water View
          • Waterfront


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Parking
                      • Fireplace
                      • Heating
                        electric baseboard heating
                      • Internet
                        high speed wireless
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        luxury linens
                      • Living Room
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Wireless Internet
                        high speed wireless
                      • Wood Fireplace
                        firewood provided
                      • Free Wifi


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Poland Spring drinking water is provided
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Books
                                    wide selection of local guidebooks and literature
                                  • DVD Player
                                    There is no broadcast television at The Gills. The television is for watching movies only.
                                  • Games
                                  • Stereo
                                    w/ ipod connection
                                  • Video Library
                                    wide selection of movies for kids as well as adults


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • botanical garden
                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • festivals
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • restaurants

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • photography
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • outlet shopping
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • whale watching
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • cross country skiing
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • racquetball
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • skiing
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • surfing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            27 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Step back in time

                                                            Kelly B.

                                                            This was our second stay at The Gills. It's a wonderful turn of the century Maine cottage where you can unplug and relax. We started each day on the porch drinking coffee, watching the lobster boats, sea birds and the changing colors. We were also lucky enough to be on a monarch butterfly migration path and saw large numbers of them each day. The cottage is eclectically decorated with antiques connecting you to the past. Highly recommend.

                                                            Quintessential Maine Experience!

                                                            Andea W.

                                                            This home is truly the quintessential Maine cottage that made our time here so memorable. We loved exploring everything around the house - lots of history, art, and special touches that are reminders of the past. The views - the sounds - the smells - all this we will take back home with us. Thank you for sharing this home and preserving such a special place.

                                                            First time in Maine- Did not want to leave!

                                                            Glen S.Josua Tree, CA

                                                            The Gills could not be anymore charming and comfortable, and the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing week with family & friends. The attention to detail was amazing and found myself roaming the house just looking at everything which really pulled in the essence of Maine and Bailey's Island. The ocean views are spectacular and were especially enjoyed from the large deck around the house, with swinging chair. Their is a secret swimming hole right out front of the house where we spent our afternoons jumping from rocks. The house was very clean, the beds super comfortable and I think the upstairs shower is now one of my favorites ever. Staying at the Gills really made our vacation one of the best ever and can not wait to comeback!

                                                            return to the gills

                                                            alison c.

                                                            this was our second year renting the gills for a week, and it was just as magical and special as the first time...

                                                            the gills is a true blue maine home, and every room feels like it can tell a story. on a rainy foggy day, we used the (real wood burning) fire place in the main room - for sunny days we jumped off the rocks out front and spent the days swimming.

                                                            looking forward to a third summer at the gills already!

                                                            Paradise found

                                                            alison c.

                                                            There is no place in the world like the gills. It was my first time there, but felt like coming home. There is above and beyond any amenity you could wish for in a rental property, no corners cut. Was one of the best vacations we've shared - and wonderful for sharing with friends. the best was mornings on the swing on the great porch, and laying out on the private rocks out front on the water. Already looking forward to returning. Thank you!

                                                            Beyond words!

                                                            Cynthia MYarmouth, Maine

                                                            I wanted to take a moment and tell you how wonderful our stay was at The Gills. We are Mainer's and can experience the coast anytime, we chose the Gills because of it's wonderful setting and unique atmosphere. Chris, my partner and love of my life and I are old souls who find great comfort in the ocean. We had planned our getaway for nearly a year. Sadly, in July, Chris lost both his mothers in 5 days. During this awful time for us we just counted the days until we could arrive at the cottage and decompress from all the stress of life. You have created a beautiful retreat that captures a time when life was slower and the focus was on what was truly important, those we love. Our morning coffee was enjoyed sitting on the swing your Dad made on the porch overlooking the ocean. We spent our days watching the boats go by from the porch or on the rocks, and our evenings with a fire sometimes playing cards or reading from your library. It was so wonderful to fall asleep listening to the waves and wake to the boats going by. The cottage was just perfect for us and helped heal our souls. I am counting the days until our next trip to the Gills.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            I'm so happy you enjoyed your time at The Gills. The power of having the ocean so close is truly magical and restorative. Yes, it's great to have so many "things to do" so close by - but when I'm at The Gills I find what I enjoy most is doing nothing at all! I hope to have you back again soon.


                                                            Bailey Island, Harpswell, ME, USA


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                                                            27 Reviews
                                                            Wonderful 4.8/5
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