PLEASE NOTE: Due to the recent prohibition by South Portland of non-owner occupied short-term rentals in residential zones, we are no longer able to accept reservations for short-term (e.g., less than 30 days) rentals. Please contact us for further information if you are interested in a long-term rental.
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.