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Charming Beach Bungalow - Willard Beach

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights


About the property

Charming Cottage With 2 Bedrooms, 1 1/2 Baths, and 2 Decks: 2 Minutes To Beach

** PLEASE NOTE -- the city of South Portland recently enacted an ordinance that bans short-term non-owner occupied rentals in residentially-zoned areas. As a result, we can no longer rent on a weekly basis and can only accept rentals for 30 days or longer.

Charming cottage bungalow, well-stocked and cozy, with wide pine floors, open floor plan, private decks and yard, renovated kitchen, washer/ dryer. With short-walk access to Willard Beach / Simonton Cove, walking distance to nearby Willard Square, and ready access to the urban amenities of greater Portland, as well as southern and mid-coastal Maine, this home offers the ideal jumping-off spot for your Maine vacation.

Everyone who walks through the door of this bungalow falls in love with its charm. There are two decks -- one off of the kitchen (great for morning coffee) with a gas grill, and a larger one off of the living/dining room -- and a large private yard that abuts a protected lot.

There are new windows throughout the cottage, as well as French doors to the larger deck, to open for that fresh Maine sea breeze. Willard Cottage is within walking distance of Scratch Bakery (fantastic baked goods and sandwiches), local handmade ice cream shops, the area's best neighborhood beach, and one of the Portland area's most popular restaurants. Bring your walking shoes and your bikes, as you'll be walking and riding all over the area for the local eats!

The kitchen is fully stocked with every kitchen utensil and appliance a chef could want, including coffee maker, toaster, microwave, blender, pots for cooking lobster, chef-quality gas range/oven, etc. If you are curious about something specific, please feel free to ask.

The cottage has been thoughtfully furnished with a warm and stylish mix of antiques and more contemporary furniture. The artwork has been thoughtfully chosen and placed, and the house is stocked with fresh, new bed linens and towels.

The first floor has an entrance vestibule, an open living/dining area (with access to the large deck), a full bath, the kitchen (with access to the smaller deck), and a guest bedroom with a full-size bed.

Please note: The first floor is a bit, "wonky", due to the age of the cottage and settling of the foundation over time. We consider this to be part of the charm of the cottage, but it can be a bit unsettling, initially, until you become accustomed to it and get some "sea legs" under you.

Access to the second floor is via a spiral staircase from the kitchen to the upstairs sitting room, which has a sofa and TV, and where the closet for the stacked washer/dryer unit is located. There is a delightful 'Juliet' balcony off of the sitting room that overlooks the yard and the protected lot, and from which you can see Casco Bay / Simonton Cove in the late fall and winter months. The master bedroom, which has a queen-size bed and an ensuite 1/2-bath, is also on the second floor and is accessed from the sitting room.

Please let us know if you are curious about any particular details of the house, or need further information or clarification. While this is not a 5-Star luxury hotel, it is a remarkably comfortable place to stay in a wonderful location.

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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About James

Hello! My name is James, and welcome to Willard Cottage. I began traveling to Maine about 20 years ago to visit some of my dearest friends, and I fell in love with Portland and the surrounding area and developed a dream to buy a summer vacation and retirement home on/near Casco Bay. In 2013, that dream was suddenly realized when my partner/husband and I purchased Willard Cottage. I say, 'suddenly realized' because we had no notion that we would be buying a property during yet another vacation to visit our friends in, 'SoPo', who also live in the Willard Beach neighborhood -- but, like going to the SPCA, 'just to look', we came home with a new addition!

James purchased this cottage in 2013

Why James chose Willard

Although not a luxury choice in lodging, this cottage is one of the most comfortable and charming bungalows you will ever experience. It has character in spades (including a 'wonky' first floor, due to the age of the cottage), is perfectly located, and immediately makes you feel at home from the moment that you walk in the door. Those are the reasons why we bought it, and why we want to share it with you.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is one of the most private and charming homes in the Willard Beach neighborhood. It is tucked-in behind 2 other homes that front the street -- so it is off of the street -- and one side of the property abuts a nature reserve lot that is owned by the city (not build-able). The yard and garden is also beautiful, with pea-gravel and blue slate walkways, and private decks that overlook the yard. The proximity to Willard Beach / Simonton Cove is remarkable, and the location and ease-of-access to neighborhood eateries and the urban amenities of the Portland area make this home a perfect location for a vacation with variety. This cottage is a perfect spot at which to unwind and relax -- and its warm and welcoming character will leave you with fond memories of a vacation well-spent!


Willard Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bathroom on 1st floor with clawfoot tub and shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , 1/2-bath en suite master on 2nd floor
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 / Guest Bedroom - 1 double , On 1st Floor
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Master bedroom on 2nd floor - accessible via spiral stairs.
  • Cozy guest bedroom on first floor off of kitchen, with full/double bed. Master bedroom is on second floor (accessible via spiral staircase) and has en suite 1/2-bath. The cottage sleeps 3-4 adults comfortably.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Long-term/monthly rentals are welcome -- please inquire.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.909091 based on 33 reviews

Very well taken care of, beautifully designed, everything that you need!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is adorable and well-maintained and James, our host was attentive and thoughtful and always responsive. He has kept his house at a very high-level: clean pretty and well stocked! We will come back!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. You were wonderful guests, and we'd love to have you return in the future!
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Cozy, comfortable cottage with all amenities. Fabulous kitchen with all necessary tools.

  • 5 of 5

Great location to see Sothern Maine and all of its charm.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, and please come back any time -- we love having you as a guest!
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Perfect beachside get away

  • 5 of 5

This was exactly what my husband and I wanted to experience South Portland like a local. James was thoughtful and attentive to our needs. We couldn't ask for a better host. The cottage had everything we needed and was just as advertised. James had great suggestions and we followed all of them! We highly recommend this cozy bungalow for your stay.


  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review and for your kind words. You were wonderful guests and we hope you will consider the cottage, again, if and when you visit the Portland area in the future!
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Charming indeed!

  • 5 of 5

Adorably eclectic, this little cottage is perfectly located less than a block from Willard Beach where we found sea glass, agates and friendly folks exercising their dogs (only during certain hours). The cottage had everything we needed and the owners' recommendations were on point. Great stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to be a part of your family's "bucket list" trip! If you're ever back in the Portland area, we'd love to have you stay at the cottage, again!
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quirky but lovely

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house, great to be in. Close to beach and walk to lighthouse.

Close to good restaurants.

Very quiet and pleasant neighbourhood.

Would happily return.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you as guests -- would love to host you, again, when you return back to this side of the "pond"!
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Return visit to relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

This was my second visit to the cottage. It was a wonderful visit. The location is perfect, I could walk to anything I needed and hired and Uber for Portland city dining. The neighborhood is friendly and inviting. What a great place to spend a long weekend! I love the new couch, it's gorgeous! I can't wait to return. Thanks James!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having you as a guest at the cottage -- do come back when you can!
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Nearest Airport
6.7 Miles
Portland International Jetport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill
Nearest Ferry
3.7 Miles
Casco Bay Line
Nearest Golf
3.1 Miles
Purpooduck Club
Nearest Motorway
4.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
David's 388 Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Willard Beach
Car: recommended

This absolutely charming cottage bungalow, located in the Willard Beach area of South Portland, is only a 2 minute walk from the beach (6 houses away) and only a 5 minute walk from Willard Square -- home of Scratch Bakery and Willard Scoops ice cream store. In addition, David's 388 Restaurant, one of the best and highest-rated in the Portland area, is only a 1/2 mile away -- and major groceries (Hannaford and Shaw's) are only a 5-minute drive away.

The beach is absolutely lovely and is easily accessed at the end of the street -- and the views from the Willard Beach / Simonton Cove point are simply stunning.

Downtown Portland and the Old Port area are only a 10 minute drive away -- with access to museums, shopping, restaurants, and ferries to the islands.

In addition, Freeport, ME -- home to LL Bean and incredible outlet shopping -- is only a 30 minute drive from the cottage, and there are many day trip options available up and down the beautiful Maine coast.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $25
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

Please contact me directly for more information, if needed. Long-term/monthly rentals are available, particularly during the off-season (fall, winter, spring) -- please inquire.
$250 refundable security deposit is required, or you can use HomeAway's $59 non-refundable coverage, which covers $1,500 in damage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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