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Charming Beach Bungalow - Willard Beach

(24 Reviews)

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Located at Willard Beach / Simonton Cove (arrow points to cottage location).


Last updated: 05/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

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

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.


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    The cottage is not child-friendly....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1 / Guest Bedroom: 1 double

    On 1st Floor...moreless

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Master bedroom on 2nd floor - accessible via spiral stairs....moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Full bathroom on 1st floor with clawfoot tub and shower...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    1/2-bath en suite master on 2nd floor...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Long-term/monthly rentals are welcome -- please inquire.


  • Books
  • Games:

    There are some board games located in a drawer of the sideboard in the dining area....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    2 minute walk to Willard Beach...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Enjoy views of Casco Bay and its islands from Willard Beach. ...moreless

  • Village:

    A 5 minute walk to Willard Square, including Scratch Bakery and Willard Scoops Ice Cream....moreless

  • Water View:

    Enjoy views of Casco Bay, its islands, and Portland Head Light from the point at Willard Beach....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    There is also outdoor dining on the small deck (off of the kitchen), which is perfect for coffee/breakfast, and also on the larger deck off of the dining area....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    A window A/C unit is placed in a window of each of the bedrooms in the summer, to assist with cooling if needed....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Stacked washer & dryer on 2nd floor (same floor as master bedroom/bath) -- please follow the instructions....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Primary heating is via a natural gas-fired hot water baseboard radiator system. There is also a natural gas-fired Rinnai heater for supplemental heat -- primarily for sending heat upstairs....moreless

  • Internet:

    Broadband / high-speed WiFi Internet...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Off street parking in driveway accommodates 2 cars...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Stacked washer & dryer on 2nd floor (same floor as master bedroom/bath) -- please follow the instructions....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher


  • Balcony:

    'Juliet' balcony, accessed from the 2nd floor sitting room....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Two decks -- a smaller one, off of the kitchen, and a larger one off of the dining area....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


from 24 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Peak - 2017
Jun 10 - Sep 16, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Fantastic Fall - 2017
Sep 17 - Oct 28, 2017
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning Fee $85
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Pet Fee $25
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 9%


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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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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6.7 Miles
Nearest Airport
Portland International Jetport
0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill
3.7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Casco Bay Line
3.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Purpooduck Club
4.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
David's 388 Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: 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!

Why the Owner Chose Willard Beach, South Portland, ME, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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!

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

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  • Located at Willard Beach / Simonton Cove (arrow points to cottage location).

    Located at Willard Beach / Simonton Cove (arrow points to cottage location).

  • Front entrance

    Front entrance

  • Larger deck and 'Juliet' balcony off of upstairs sitting room.

    Larger deck and 'Juliet' balcony off of upstairs sitting room.

  • Front Entrance Vestibule

    Front Entrance Vestibule

  • Living Area

    Living Area

  • Dining Area

    Dining Area

  • Full Bathroom (1st Floor)

    Full Bathroom (1st Floor)

  • Kitchen


  • Spiral staircase to 2nd floor, and entrance to guest bedroom

    Spiral staircase to 2nd floor, and entrance to guest bedroom

  • Laundry (in sitting room closet - top of stairs)

    Laundry (in sitting room closet - top of stairs)

  • Sitting Room; Top of Spiral Stairs; Entrance to Master Bedroom

    Sitting Room; Top of Spiral Stairs; Entrance to Master Bedroom

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Willard Beach - a short walk away.

    Willard Beach - a short walk away.

  • Back garden area

    Back garden area

  • Back yard and deck.

    Back yard and deck.

  • Front Vestibule

    Front Vestibule

  • Living Area

    Living Area

  • Full Bathroom (1st Floor)

    Full Bathroom (1st Floor)

  • Kitchen


  • Kitchen


  • Guest Bedroom (first floor, off kitchen)

    Guest Bedroom (first floor, off kitchen)

  • Sitting Room (top of spiral stairs)

    Sitting Room (top of spiral stairs)

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Ensuite master 1/2-bath

    Ensuite master 1/2-bath

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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