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Beach Front at the Short Sands Beach Gazebo

Bedrooms 2
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Studio efficiency, 1 & 2 bedroom condo, & beach front cottage available now

Short Sands Beach was recently named one of the 10 best beaches for a family vacation by familyvacationcritic, and you are on its doorstep! Relax on your front porch in one of our 10 traditional wooden rockers as you watch the waves roll in or take in the nightly band concert at the gazebo. Park your car and put the keys away. Everything you could want to do is right outside your front door. No need to walk a long way or drive to the beach, step out the door and feel the sand between your toes. YOU CAN'T GET ANY CLOSER TO THE BEACH THAN YORK MANOR!

Historic York Manor is a unique vacation complex, situated directly on Short Sands Beach, with dramatic ocean views of the open ocean, housing 1 & 2 bedroom condos, a charming Victorian-era one bedroom cottage (the only cottage directly on Short Sands Beach) updated this year with all new bedding, linens, and televisions, and a completely remodeled ocean-view studio/efficiency with its own entrance located in the main building. Call for best rates and availability.

Your beachfront condo is located in a historic Victorian home, one of the last vestiges of a time gone by. Recently updated with a new kitchen, new bath, two bedrooms and panoramic views of the beach and bold Atlantic coast your condo is the perfect place to put your feet up and relax. This is Maine; this is “The Way Life Should Be”!

The newly remodeled studio/efficiency has its own entrance and overlooks York Beach. A queen-size bed and sofa sleeper complete the sleeping accommodations. Perfect for a small family or up to four guests. The efficiency-sized galley kitchen has everything you need to feel right at home. Two burner cooktop; no oven, but who wants to cook when you have great restaurants right out the door.

At the rear of the property is a charming Victorian-era one bedroom cottage with ocean views. This is the only free-standing cottage on Short Sands Beach! Sleeps four, with a full-sized bed in the bedroom and two day beds in the living room. The 'Diane' has its own porch for a quiet evening or join the other guests on the front porch of the Manor in one of our classic wooden rockers.

All units are fully equipped with new electronics, high speed Internet, and luxurious linens. All have dramatic ocean views. Our rates are all inclusive, (except state tax). No cleaning fees; just leave it like you found it!

Start your day with a panoramic view of the ocean from your front window as you watch the sun come up over the ocean horizon. If you are like us you might take a stroll on the beach, walk downtown for the morning paper, and come back just in time to head for the beach. Maybe it's lunch at The Goldenrod. After lunch it's back to the beach again, it's only about 100 ft. from your door. After dinner sit on the porch in your favorite rocker, make new friends, share a bottle of wine, relax, and enjoy the serenity of listening to the waves as the sun sets. If you feel like a little night life you might want to walk about 200 ft down Ocean Ave. to Inn on the Blues for some great music.

Short Sands Beach is rated one of the 10 best family beaches by Parents Magazine, and for good reason. This is a clean, environmentally friendly beach, with modern rest rooms, lifeguards, and plenty of great beach toys. Enjoy the beachfront playground or take in a pick-up basketball game while you picnic on the grassy park. Bring your Frisbee and Whiffle Ball & Bat.

Need a break from the beach? Stroll down the street to our quaint Victorian village, eat at the historic Goldenrod and watch their famous salt water kisses being made right in the window. Try your luck at the Fun-O-Rama where you will hear “Honey, win me that big stuffed bear.” Do you have a sweet tooth? Turn the corner and stop at Sweet Josie’s, our favorite candy store with real old-time penny candy, or buy some silver jewelry at the ever popular Bill & Bob's.

One more block and you’re at Maine’s only zoo, York’s Wild Animal Kingdom and Amusement Park where you can even ride an elephant!

Short Sands Beach has the natural beauty of an old fashioned New England Victorian seacoast town, with its sandy beach, two lighthouses, an amusement park and zoo, a bowling alley, penny arcade, boutiques and plenty of history. Great 'Down East' restaurants are within walking distance of your condo, all the lobster you can eat, art galleries, boating, fishing, and plenty of time to relax with your family.

For the art lover and history buff, York is one of the oldest towns in the country with nine historic house tours, and the country’s oldest jail “The Old Goal”. Art galleries abound. Take the Shore Road to Perkins Cove and the quaint village of Ogunquit, Maine’s first artists’ colony. While you’re there stop in at the Ogunquit Art Museum home of some of the best Maine artwork.

We are only one hour north of Boston, and 40 minutes from the historic seaport of Portland. In Portland you can take in a Sea Dogs baseball game or stroll around the historic Old Port for boutique shopping. Did someone say shopping? Kittery’s outlet shopping mecca is just five miles down the road.

For a day on the water try a cruise on the Finestkind and watch an authentic Maine lobster-man haul lobster. Deep sea fishing on the Ugly Anne, out of Perkins Cove, is a York Manor tradition.

And can you think of a better way to top off the day than stopping for a monster ice cream cone and watching the waves break over the rocks at York’s famous “Nubble Light”?

Many of our guests have come back each year for well over 20 years, some for over 40 years! They discovered our secret, you can too. Find out for yourself what they discovered years ago, York Manor is a hidden gem on the Maine Coast.

Every day is like a weekend when you stay at York Manor.


More Details

Donald Giancola
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Donald Giancola

My Great Grammy bought York Manor 45 years ago with the idea this would always remain in our family. Now, after 45 years and four generations, I'm old enough to run on the beach by myself.

I won my first prize at the Fun-O-Rama last year. My dad is teaching me to play Skee Ball.

One of my favorite things, and sort of a family tradition, is going to lunch at The Goldenrod. Its pretty old, 1896, but the salt water kisses are really great. My dad and his brother really like the fudge.

My cousin Lynne loves lobster, she always looks forward to going to one of the nice restaurants for a lobster dinner, there are plenty of those around.

My dad says York Manor will always be a place to come home to, no matter where we live the rest of the year. I come here every year from London, it is worth the trip. I bet you will come back too.

Donald Giancola purchased this condo in 1970

Why Donald Giancola chose York Beach

The location of York Manor can't be duplicated. It sits right at the center of Short Sands Beach, fronting Ellis Park and its Victorian Gazebo. Listening to the band concerts, having a picnic on the grass, or just sitting on our porch in one of our 10 classic wooden rockers will bring you back to a quieter, simpler time; a time to enjoy your family, just as we have done for the last 40 years.

Most of our guests come back every year, some have come for 40 years in a row, through two generations. We have watched their children grow up and have children of their own. This is a family place, a lace you can always come home to. Once you stay here you will call it your own.

You have probably heard this before, 'The old timers picked the best location.' Well, this is it! At the turn of the century York Manor was a dormitory for the chamber maids working at The Ocean House, one of the last remaining old wooden hotels dotting the Maine Coast. Unfortunately they are gone now replaced by cookie cutter condos, but the Victorian tradition lives on at York Manor.

York Manor is close to everything but seems so far away, almost lost in time. We are just an hour from Boston but this is the 'real' Maine.

What makes this condo unique

The porch! Watching the surf roll in or just people watching (you're likely to view one of the many weddings held at the gazebo) with the other guests. Lasting friendships have been made on this porch, most of our guests come back year after year, some for 40 years!


York Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom has two twins that can be made up in King Bed., Queen size Beds (1) Sleeper sofa in livingroom converts to Queen Bed., Double Beds (1) Second bedroom has double bed, Twin or Single Beds (1) Master bedroom has two twins that can be made into King bed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sleeper sofa in living room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Living room has panoramic view of Short Sands Beach, the beachfront gazebo, and the bold Atlantic coastline. On a clear day you can see Boon Island Light, maybe even Portugal!.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Wonderful Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a week at York Manor and had an amazing vacation! The owner was wonderful to work with and the people at the manor were so welcoming. The condo was clean, well equipped, and spacious with absolutely amazing ocean views. Everything you need is provided including linens, cookware, Wifi, and cable. The location can't be beat- walk to everything including the beach, town, restaurants, arcade, and zoo. The front porch was great to sit at night in the rocking chairs and listen to the concerts or ocean waves. I highly recommend York Manor!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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N. Chelmsford, MA

Relaxing family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed here for our 3rd year in a row. The condos are exceptionally clean and spacious and are stocked with everything you could possibly need. The family is very friendly and more than happy to help if needed. You can't beat the walk to downtown and the beach! We park the car and don't have to drive anywhere. We're planning to return every year!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Newton, MA

Amazing House Across from Short Sands

  • 5 of 5

For the second year in a row, we have stayed at York Manor before the end of the summer. Last year we stayed on the first floor and this year we stayed on the second floor - and both times it was great.

If you are looking for an apartment that has all the amenities that you need and is right across from the beach, this is a rental to consider. The views are amazing - either from the rooms or you can sit on one of the numerous rocking chairs on the front porch. We have also been impressed by how clean the rooms are when we arrive and how clean the property is overall.

You are walking distant to the center of town and you can see the playground from York Manor.

This is definitely a rental consider.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nashua, NH

Sandie and Kristina from New Hampshire

  • 5 of 5

This was my second year staying at York Manor and it is the perfect place to stay! It is run by an amazing and close family who treat you like you are part of their family. The condo is beautifully decorated and is immaculately clean! Everything you need is provided to you -including parking, bedding, towels, cookware, pots/pans, Internet, cable TV and much more. The most magnificent part, and our favorite was the huge picture window that provides a gorgeous view of the ocean! We loved the fact that you cross the street and you're at the beach! We actually sat in the famous rocking-chair porch nightly as we listened to and enjoyed the entertainment the town provides in the gazebo-right across the street. This year we watched the annual fireworks from the porch! Our plan is to return to stay at York Manor for many years to come!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First time at York Beach

  • 5 of 5

We rented sight unseen. Couldn'the have been better. Park the car and walk to beach,restaurants ,amusement park , arcades , and shopping . Accommodations were spot on. Literally walk across the road and through the lawn of Ellis Park and you are at the waters edge. You bet we'll come back!!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best vacation spot on York Beach Maine!

  • 5 of 5

We have been enjoying our vacations here since 2010. The location is great, the beach is right across the street. Jazz, German Polka and Brass Bands perform in the gazebo across the street. You can sit on the front porch and enjoy the view and people watching. The accommodations are clean and well maintained. Lots of historic character through out the Manor.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2013
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Boston's Logon Airport
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Ferry to Nova Scotia at Portland, Maine
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Wells, Amtrak to Boston and beyond
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Maine Turnpike
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Short Sands Beach

Try deep sea fishing on the Ugly Anne out of Perkins Cove, a York Manor tradition, or take a cruise on the Finestkind and see lobsters hauled by an authentic Maine lobsterman.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

All rates include cleaning, and all linens. No additional fees are required. Pay by check or credit card.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.