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Cagasa Cottage: Oceanview, Handicap Friendly, on Seashore Ave

Peaks Island, Portland, ME, USA
  • Cottage1600 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 - 6 nights

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7+)

Cagasa Cottage is a friendly place originally designed for an inter-generational family with mobility issues and a dog. It is a sunny cottage with bright east and south light, ocean views from most rooms, centrally located and very joyful comfortable place to stay.

There are two bedrooms outfitted with queen beds, and a 'bunk room' that has a double bed with a twin upper bunk, a free-standing twin bed and a trundle bed underneath it. The cottage is appropriate for no more than 7 adults, but you can reach ten because there is room for three kids: on the trundle, in the 'Harry Potter Room', and the upper twin bunk. There is also a port-a-crib available.

Downstairs is a fully-outfitted kitchen with views of the ocean from the sink. Next to that is the enclosed sunroom with the dining area and a reading nook with a couch.

The 'Maine Room' behind that has a conversation area, card table for puzzles or games, a bar, a fireplace, and the special 'Harry Potter Room' under the stairs, outfitted with a twin mattress and bunches of pillows.

To the north of this room is a downstairs master bedroom with a queen bed. The adjoining bathroom has a 3'x5' step-in shower alcove with a bath chair and/or a wash tub for bathing sticky children.

Upstairs is a beadboard paneled bathroom with a shower stall. The ocean-view upstairs south bedroom has a queen bed and a writing desk overlooking the water. The east-facing "bunkroom" has three twin beds (including the trundle and top bunk) and a full (double) bed.

We've set up the place to be handicap friendly: there is a 30' metal ramp up to the front door. The downstairs bathroom has a step-in alcove shower and chair-height toilet. (Be aware, though, that there are some elevation changes between rooms of up to 2' in one place and doors are not ADA compliant.)

Dogs are allowed with an extra non-refundable $100 cleaning fee. We provide food and water dishes, a crate suitable for a dog up to 90 pounds, and tie-outs in case you wish to secure your pet while you're away from the cottage. We clean carefully after pets, but people who are allergic to pet fur should look elsewhere.

Please no smoking in the house, but there's a an ash bucket and seating on both the east and west decks for smoking outside.

A main attraction of Peaks Island is to walk or bike or rollerblade the four mile loop around the island. It goes through the village but also around the back shore with views of other islands and the nothingness of the ocean. The south windows at Cagasa Cottage all look out onto the Seashore Road and you can make a sport of watching people even if you're not into doing the loop yourself.

There are a couple of sandy beaches and a lot of rocky ones within a five minute walk. Be sure to check out the 'sculpture beach' where people make rock towers that are quite ambitious sometimes... way better than sand castles.

There are two decks: the east deck is larger and acts as the front porch. We often take a cup of coffee out and sit on the steps enjoying the air in the morning. It's also a nice place to find shade in the afternoon. The west deck is in the small enclosed garden and has nice views of the ocean, including breakers off of Cushing Island. It has a round table with an umbrella for shade that seats five and a rectangular table that can seat six, so that's where we have our lobster feasts.

The special surprise deck, however, is kitty corner across the street on the back porch of 5th Maine Museum. We often bring a tablecloth and a picnic and eat lunch over there, hanging over the ocean with breathtaking views. It's 10 degrees colder there, so bring a sweater and please port your trash home and clean up after yourself. The museum is staffed by volunteers and runs by donations.

Amenities: wifi, gas grill, microwave, full-size oven range, dishwasher, toaster, Keurig coffee-maker, a drip coffee maker that uses #4 cone filters, pancake griddle, crock pot, cooking and baking utensils, bath towels, first aid kit, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, handicap ramp, first-floor step-in shower, ground-level washer/dryer, central heat, air conditioner in one bedroom (and fans in the rest), parking for one easily and more if crowded.

Linens - nice ones - are available for a separate $75 linen service fee which includes making the beds and doing the laundry afterwards. Or you can bring your own - let me know when you book.

Things it does NOT have: no TV (though we can set up a monitor for you to watch using your computer if you want), no phone (there is cell service), no bathtub (although there's a wash-tub for bathing sticky sun-blocked small children in the shower alcove.) We usually don't stock paper products like paper towels, plates and napkins, but there may be some left here.

Things you'll find stocked at the cottage: spices, soap, at least four rolls of toilet paper, gas for the gas grill, bedspreads and pillows (blankets and linens are available for a separate charge), the tools to make a lobster dinner, a dozen or so decaf and regular K-cups for the Keurig, tea bags, sugar, whatever condiments were left by the owner or previous tenants in the fridge (it's cleared out each spring), cleaning supplies, soaps, detergents, some first aid supplies (ibuprofen, aloe, band-aids), some beach gear (chairs), at least one mountain-bike, probably a few flashlights for exploring Battery Steele: this is a well-equipped family's vacation home we open up to guests for the summer months.

Other notes: The ferry costs about $62 to go over with your car and a driver on Mondays (higher on week-ends) and roughly $8/person although you can buy a commuter five-pack at a discount. There's a store on the island that sells basic groceries and beer and wine, but you will probably want to do some menu planning and bring some of your own groceries. There is a Whole Foods Market and a Schwan truck that deliver on the island but you'd want to order ahead for Schwan.

WE HAVE A SIX NIGHT MINIMUM: we want this to be a place families could come back to each year so we try to keep the place open for people who love the island and seek to return. Please do not inquire about nightly rates for week-ends: we drive 3 hours each way to clean between guests. We will occasionally doa 4 night minimum in the off season, but in July and August we have a SIX NIGHT MINIMUM.

We generally prefer to start the week on Sunday or Monday: the highways and ferry are really hard on Saturdays. If you stay two weeks you get a night free.

Please feel free to ask if you have any other questions.

Keywords: 3 bedroom, sleeps 7+ in bedrooms, ground floor master bedroom, handicap friendly, dog friendly, ocean view


Wendy Marsden

Member Since 2011
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About Wendy Marsden

Cagasa Cottage is owned by Ben and Wendy Marsden. Ben works in Information Technology at Smith College in Northampton, MA and Wendy is a Certified Financial Planner and CPA in Greenfield, MA. We bought the cottage as a place to vacation during our April post-tax-season vacations and as a handicapped friendly place to stay with our elderly parents on the island for ourselves each summer. Along the way we discovered that we love it in the shoulder seasons, too! The Cottage is named after our three children. Caroline works at B.U. in Boston and is in graduate school, too; Gary works summer in the National Park Service and winters at ski resorts (currently at Copper Mountain in Colorado) and Sammy is graduating from high school in 2017. We hope to retire to this cottage someday, but for now we're renting it out a couple of weeks each summer. We figure all the stuff we're doing to make it lovely for renters, as well as elder-friendly, will be helpful to us one day, too! We are happy to share this wonderful place with people who appreciate the island the way we do. You'll find you are very welcome here.

Wendy Marsden purchased this Cottage in 2011

Why Wendy Marsden chose Peaks Island

Peaks Island is the perfect combination of friendly small New England village, breath-taking views of the rocky coast, and access to the hustle and bustle and culture and amenities of a major city a short ferry ride away. It's just not a commercial place: there are three restaurants (no chains), and a family-run grocery store. There are family movies on Saturday nights at the library's community room and concerts at the church and 5th Maine Museum, and sailing and tennis at TEIA, but mostly this is a sleepy New England village that just happened to be surrounded by ocean on one side and harbor on the other. It is blissfully friendly. If you ever tire of walking the four mile loop around the island then you can explore the interior. There are freshly laid paths through conservation areas that hikers and horses both appreciate. You'll run across deer, but no squirrels on this island. One of the benefits of being so close to Portland is that you can get into town for the evening: go to Old Port, take a cab or a bus to the Maine Mall, or visit the museums, performing arts venues or take a cruise. We've had a really good experience with getting help from visiting nurses while we were there for a month with our elderly parents. The village has an EMT or paramedic on duty at all times and Maine Medical Center is just a short ambulance boat ride away. There is a health clinic on the island as well that is staffed by excellent caregivers.

What makes this Cottage unique

This is a very sunny home with bright east and south light filling the rooms. The water views are peeking through everywhere. Even the basement workshop has water views! There is a large grassy yard good for playing (watch for a badminton net) and two smaller garden yards good for sitting around outside on a pleasant day. The house comes outfitted with a keurig coffee maker that makes individual cups of coffee or instant hot water for tea or cocoa. There's also a bar with colorful wine glasses. There are several good reading spots and a desk overlooking the water in case you want to sit and write. There is no TV in this house and VRBO makes that sound like a BAD thing. I'd call it an amenity, but we can add a large monitor for you to watch using your computer if you would like. Children have their own nook, with a special 'Harry Potter Room' under the stairs stocked with jigsaw puzzles and games and a few books (some for grown-ups, too.) There's a kayak rental place on the island and there are various harbor cruises and you can take sailing lessons at TEIA. There's a place to buy lobster straight off the boat. (There's all the gear you need for a lobster dinner for 9 at the cottage.) But there's more than just the ocean: there is also quite a bit of interior wooded trails and a WWII bunker that used to house two 16' guns to protect the Portland shipyards. There are also a few lookout towers still around the island from that period. It's fun to explore the interior on foot, mountain-bike or rent a horse for a trail ride. It's a nice size to give the children the run of the island. There's culture, too. There's a Civil War museum (this was a favorite vacation spot for Civil War veterans) and there are movies on Saturday nights in the library. The library allows summer people to borrow books. There are two nice restaurants with seating right over the harbor and a Pub at the Inn. There's take-out pizza from Hannigan's as well.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Ground Floor Yellow Queen Bedroom
        1 queen, Ground floor with accessible bathroom and air conditioner.
      • Ocean Bedroom
        1 queen, Second floor, ocean view, shares bathroom with east bunkroom
      • East Bunk room
        1 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed, Also baby crib and trundle if you crowd it.
      • This is a three bedroom house that sleeps two couples and a bunch of kids comfortably, or three couples. If you have more adults than that then someone is sleeping on the short twin bed in the bunkroom along with the people on the double bed. SPECIAL FOR KIDS
        The Harry Potter room is a twin bed under the stairs with its own light and Hedwig. Kids also like the top bunk in the bunkroom, and pulling out the trundle means you lose the bedside table and have no floor space but wall-to-wall beds can be fun. OVERFLOW SLEEPING (not suitable for more than one night): There is a folding rollaway twin bed available. In a pinch you could sleep on the futon couch or fold-out love seat, but you'd all be unhappy about it. (The furniture is uncomfortable to sleep on, hard to wrangle into beds, and crowds the room.) Don't plan on doing this to people you like, but it's there if someone misses the ferry. Read about our optional linen service for $80, below.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Downstairs with alcove spa shower
        Newly renovated, handicap-friendly, changing table.
      • Upstairs small 3/4
        toilet, shower, Rustic wooden paneling gives this small bathroom a camp feel
      • Downstairs bathroom is accessible with bath chair and step-in spa shower.

      Location Type

        • Ocean View
          Nice views of Whitehead Passage and Ryefield Cove, peeks of the breakers off of Whitehead through the trees. An easy stroll to the Back Shore or Long Point.
        • Village
          Downfront is half a mile away, and easy walk to the grocery store, coffee shop/bakery, post office, library and community room.
        • Water View
          What's special about this cottage is that there are views from most rooms and the west deck of the water. It won't take your breath away, but they will leave you happy.


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      Bathroom towels provided, but bring your own beach towels. Linen service provided for extra charge of $25/bed, max of $80. Includes making up beds for you with nice sheets we hang out to dry.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      There is a small room conditioner suitable for cooling one bedroom that is currently installed in the downstairs master suite. There are also fans, and windows open to catch ocean breezes. Air conditioning is not typically necessary at any time of the year in Coastal Maine, but we were fine when it hit a record 100 degrees in July!
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Brand new high efficiency dryer with steam sanitizing added in September, 2014. We also commonly use a clothes line and drying racks.
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      Bench press in walk-out basement, and feel free to borrow any bikes you find down there.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Broadband Access
                      Cable internet with wifi
                    • Living Room
                      We don't have a TV, but we have a computer table that we put in front of the fireplace where we put a monitor on it for people to hook up to their computers. There are Bose speakers on the mantle.
                    • Mobile Phone
                      There is decent cell service on the island for all major providers. (Recall that's it's just a nautical mile away from Portland.)
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Room for one in the driveway, room for another at the end of the dead-end street we're on. Possible to park on Seashore, too, but that might be taken.
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                    • Towels Provided
                      Best to bring your own beach towels, but bath towels are plentiful.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Brand new high-efficiency front loader added in Sept. 2014.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      We will give you the code when we give you the code to the front door lock.


                        • Microwave
                          also keurig coffee maker, toaster, crock pot, and pancake griddle. There is also a gas grill on the east deck.
                        • Catering Available
                          Besides three restaurants and a cafe, there's takeout pizza on Thursdays, Family Dinners at the Pub on Wednesdays, and caterers available for functions on the island.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Everything you need for a lobster feast, including a lobster pan, bucket for shells, and lobster cracking/picking utensils. All the dishes and serving utensils you'd expect to find in someone's home.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Baking tools, pots and pans (including lobster pot) and table service for at least 9. Dining table has pull-out leaf and rounded edges. There are 8 wooden chairs and two folding chairs.
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Takes #4 cone filter. There's a coffee grinder, too, or a keurig if you just want a single cup.
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          You'll find staples like sugar, tea, spices, some cooking oil, vinegar, salt and pepper on site.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Six chairs come with the set, the table expands to make room for two more folding chairs (near the fireplace) and drag the wooden chair from the downstairs bedroom in to make a ninth captain's chair.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 9 people


                                • Books
                                  The shelves are stocked with books and games.
                                • Game Room
                                  We leave board games and puzzles in the Harry Potter Room for guests to discover.
                                • Games
                                  We have a variety of classic games: Yahtzee, Cribbage, Backgammon, Chess, as well as some more recent ones that may revolve: RummiKube, Sequence, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, etc.
                                • Music Library
                                  Bring your own MP3 Player and hook into our Bose speakers on the mantle: they work on any device with a headset jack.
                                • Stereo
                                  Bose speakers hook up to your iPod, computer or smartphone.
                                • Television
                                  We do not currently have a TV in the cottage. We watch TV on computers and for big games we go down to the Pub for a big screen. Let us know if you want the table and monitor in the livingroom (above)
                                • Video Games
                                  No videos, just games: Sequence, RummiKube, Yahtzee, Cribbage, Backgammon, Chess, Settlers of Catan. Also jigsaw puzzles and a card table to do them on.


                                    • Bicycles
                                      We usually have at least one men's mountain-bike in the walk-out basement.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      (2) There is a deck on the east side at the entrance with a grill: it's a nice place to have your coffee on the step. The west side deck, although smaller, has a pleasant view and is in an enclosed garden. It is outfitted with a round table and umbrella and seats four easily. (A folding banquet table seats an additional six in a pinch, with room for more on the lawn.) There is also a nice south lawn appropriate for sunning and/or games.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Gas grill with extra tank in the walk-out basement.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          There is a ramp into the house but the doors are not ADA compliant width. There is a lip on the shower that keeps it from being a roll-in, but is suitable for someone with a walker. There are grab bars and a wheelchair turning radius in the bathroom. There are various small elevation changes between rooms with thresholds at entrances that are about 1/2' high.


                                            • churches
                                            • library
                                            • museums
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • beachcombing
                                                • boating
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shelling
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • cross country skiing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • surf fishing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis


                                                            • Overlooking Seashore Ave near 5th Maine. Watch the water OR the parade of people go by! Handicap friendly with ramp into the house and ground floor bedroom with attached bath with step-in shower alcove with room for shower chair. A ten minute 1/2 mile walk from the ferry (less if you do a hilly short cut!) It has two bathrooms, three good bedrooms and overflow sleeping if someone misses the ferry. The diningroom table fits nine happily. There is a view of the water from most rooms, including views from the kitchen sink, diningroom table, reading nook and the upstairs bedroom with a queen bed. If the downstairs bedroom doors are open you can see the water when you sit up in bed in the downstairs bedroom, too.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

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

                                                              9 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

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                                                              NANCY D.HAVERFORD, PA

                                                              This was a lovely home adequately equipped and furnished for a disabled person. The setting was perfect and made our vacation perfect in every way.

                                                              Fantastic Stay On Peaks

                                                              judith w.

                                                              Wendy and her family have created a perfect home away from home environment. There are labels, signs and tips posted everywhere in the house to help you settle in quickly. The house is clearly lovingly cared for and is both comfortable and well supplied. The location is fabulous! A quick walk up from the ferry but just far enough toward the back side of the island to feel friendly yet quiet. There are constant light breezes floating through the house that keep it cool and fresh feeling all the time.

                                                              We were a group of six. We all felt there was ample room for group hang out space as well as multiple options for quiet reading. One evening we had friends over for dinner and even with expanding to 12 people it all worked out perfectly. Everyone in our family loved staying at Cagasa Cottage.


                                                              Julie P.

                                                              The home was great for our stay. The owners left the place sparkling clean before we arrived. The home was very comfortable and airy. It had a great view of the back shore and the yard in front to play in.

                                                              There was an issue with a sink leaking and the dishwasher but Wendy had the plumber there the next day and it was fixed.

                                                              We loved every minute... thank you!

                                                              Great house, great location

                                                              Jim B.

                                                              We stayed for a week in this adorable house and it perfectly matches the simple, inviting character of Peaks Island. We were just a family of four (plus our dog), but easily could have fit six or seven. Wendy and Ben were very responsive and accessible owners and everything in the home was exactly as they described. It isn't centrally located on the island, but is right in the middle of everything you'd want to do as a vacationer - short walking distance to both rocky and sandy beaches, all the shops and restaurants, and the ferry. We would absolutely stay here again on our next visit, and would recommend Cagasa Cottage to anyone looking to rent a cool place from good people.

                                                              Cagasa Cottage, a home away from home.

                                                              Jose C.

                                                              We rented the house, and since the beginning I felt really good about it Wendy Marsden treated me like family and open the doors of her beautiful house on the Island. The house had everything that we needed and more for the stayed, I can wait to go back!!!

                                                              best vacation I've had in decades

                                                              KatMichiganDetroit, Michigan

                                                              This is the second time I've been to this cottage. It has a warm and homey lived-in atmosphere. It's comfortable, friendly, clean, homey. I love the amenities: it has a full size refrigerator, a great washer and dryer, a clothes line, outdoor lounging space, comfortable furniture, a Keurig coffee maker, and handicap friendly entrance, first floor bedroom, and bathroom. Portland is just a few minutes by a charming ferry ride for city nightlife.I highly recommend you go to the Fifth Maine museum and do the island tour. The golf cart tour is done by a person who knows the island extremely well and there is a lot of interesting history that you would otherwise never know about. The grass tennis courts are world famous. We love this cottage and feel at home here. I couldn't ask for a better vacation rental.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Hi, I'm glad you enjoyed it. We strive to excel in multi-generational family reunions.

                                                              I'm not sure you're right about the tennis courts, though: the ones on the other side of the island are clay I believe.

                                                              I'm glad you felt it was homey. We have actually never lived there, but I sewed the curtains and decorated it myself and we go to great lengths to outfit it with everything you'd want for a pleasant vacation home.


                                                              Peaks Island, Portland, ME, USA

                                                              What is there to do on the island? The main attraction is walking around the island: a four mile loop that goes through the village but also around the back shore with views of other islands and the nothingness of the ocean. That's the main attraction. People walk it, rollerblade it, ride rented bikes around it... but if you're not into moving you can make a sport of watching people even if you're not into doing the loop yourself as this house looks straight down onto Seashore Ave. Of course there is the ocean: there are a couple of sandy beaches and a lot of rocky ones, including a 'sculpture beach' where people make rock towers that are quite ambitious sometimes... way better than sand castles. There is horseback riding and a kayak rental place on the island and there are various harbor cruises from the ferry terminal. But there's more than just the ocean: there is also Portland! Take the 20 minute ferry ride to Old Port and catch a cab to anywhere in the city!

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              Pet Fee

                                                              6 night minimum mid-June- mid-September = $1680 plus linens and dog fee. Stay two weeks and get one night free, so 14 nights = $3640. Pay by check and skip the transaction fees. We take 1/3 in advance, and the rest 30 days before your stay (or by June 30 for August rentals.) $1020 minimum in mid-May to Mid-June and mid-September through Mid-October for long week-ends, linens provided but you have to launder them yourself. We call it a "four night" minimum but it's really a $1020 whether or not you need all four nights. If you don't want to launder linens add $80 and we'll make up beds ahead of time and do all the laundry, too.

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