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Tidal Cove- Informal Charming Cottage Rebuilt to Passive Cozy

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,150 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Open sunny cottage at head of Basin Cove where the tide ebbs and flows inviting herons and egrets to scavage along the water's edge. Swimming, canoeing, and kayaking from the front dock at high tide. Peaceful to view the scene via a wall of windows while sitting by the wood stove on a rainy day, or from the surrounding deck in the afternoon sun or evening shade.

Enjoy a bike ride to the nearby Dolphin Marina Restaurant for their homemade fish chowder and blueberry muffins. Fresh lobsters and summer corn available for Maine summer dining. For those inclined to venture out - concerts at The Bowdoin College Summer Music Festival, musicals at The Maine State Theater in Brunswick, The Walker Museum at Bowdoin, The Wyeth Center in Rockland, The Portland Museum of Art, shopping at L.L. Bean and outlet stores in Freeport (30 minutes) plus many area gift shops... or stay put and hang out in the hammock with a good book.

Guest's comments:

'Truly restorative time...a peaceful, glorious spot.' Linda W.

'I awakened happily to the simplicity of 'Spartina'.' Deborah L.

'All the birds were here at 7am for a feeding frenzy as the tide came in.' Jim R

'Amazing that swimming was a possibility and extremely refreshing. The rhythm of the

tides and the light are particularly stunning.' Deborah and James D.

'Different mood and changes in the water with the tides and weather conditions were

fascinating. We especially appreciated how clean everything was and having a house

with so many great books and a well stocked kitchen.' Ron and family

'Beautiful surroundings. So many memories to take home...a true respite from our city

life in Houston. No smog, no sirens, no air-conditioning (how nice!). we breathed

easier here.' The W family

We had a great time canoeing, swimming, playing Monopoly and Risk. The cove was a

nice backdrop to look at and we spent lots of time reading. All in all, it was a

wonderful vacation.' brothers Sam and Harry

'Without 'Spartina' our week in Maine would have passed without much of a sense of

'Maineness'.' Mike and Katherine

Nine nights and ten days - it's just not enough. There is no substitute for the Maine

coast and South Harpswell in particular. We love it here!' Gene and Marilyn

Keywords: Charming Cottage

More Details

Susan Myer Riley
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Susan Myer Riley

I was born and raised in Maine. After 15 years away, living in Germany and Seattle, I returned to enjoy the changing seasons, green forests, open ocean, downeast personalities, and of course my family.

Susan Myer Riley purchased this cottage in 1988

Why Susan Myer Riley chose Harpswell

I bought 'Spartina' in 1988 as an investment and began making improvements. Spartina is a type of dune grass and it is the title of a book by John Casey. In 2010 my husband and I raised the old 'Spartina' and built a new passive solar cottage that has a nautical nordic look and feel.

What makes this cottage unique

It is astounding to read renter's comments in the cottage journal. I have been fortunate to attract people who, like us, enjoy this cozy simple spot right on Basin who appreciate unrushed time to watch birds along the changing tides, catch up on their reading, visit nearby places of interest, or simply stay home, cook a good meal and watch the sunset across the cove.

In 2009-10 we tore down the original building and designed a new passive solar cottage that is also comfortable and cozy. We have stayed there during all four seasons now and love to watch the change of tides and weather from inside and out.


Harpswell Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Tidal Cove- Informal Charming Cottage Rebuilt to Passive Cozy
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Wonderful Oceanfront Home

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of spending a week at Spartina and absolutely loved it. The home is beautiful and gets wonderful natural sunshine all day. The outdoor areas are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the ocean. The kitchen is well equipped and had everything we needed. Our daughter loved the home, especially the "Nest" area where she was able to play and look out over the house and water. The location is excellent with the Dolphin Restaurant and Erica's right down the road, and Bailey Island, Brunswick, Freeport and even Portland not a far drive away. We would highly recommend this house to any family looking for a relaxing home on the water in Maine.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for great feedback B and Family. So glad it was all you expected and that you enjoyed your stay. Would only add that the cottage is on the edge of a tidal cove rather than the open ocean. At high tide it looks like a lake. Susan
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A wonderfully designed, cozy house, on beautiful bay

  • 5 of 5

A wonderfully designed cozy house, right on the edge of the cove. Watching the tide is mezmering. This liovely home had everything we needed.

Close to a number of Harpswell Heritage Preserve walks so we saw the coast from many sites. Erica’s Lobster is nearby and a gem.

Although close to the road, the fence and landscaping shield you from any noise and intrusions.

We had a perfect 5 day get away at Spartina and Harpswell.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A clean, neat, beautiful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We love this house. It is clean, modern, and it has a beautiful water view and gigantic amounts of glass that made us feel a part of nature. We parked the car, and we cooked in the awesome kitchen, and we walked to a restaurant that was the perfect distance away. A minor (like we did not really notice) housekeeping issue had both the housekeeper and the owner in touch with us within hours of our arrival. They were concerned ( we were not) and just as nice as could be. We did not want to leave, and we want to come back. We spent a little more than we might ordinarily, and we felt that Spartina was an exceptional value.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful view from an amazing house

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stay at Spartina and it was one of the nicest we've had. This was the first trip to Maine for our children and Harpswell was the perfect spot to take them and relax. The tidal cove was always busy with wildlife and the huge glass windows in the house allowed us to watch the fisherman and birds all day. Susan was attentive in making sure we had everything we needed before and during our stay. We also loved reading about the 20+ year transformation of this home and how efficient it has become. We can't wait to book another trip.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place to completely unwind and our stay at Spartina accomplished that objective. Thank you Susan for a wonderful week!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Great place to unwind and unplug. View of cove right out your front door. Sit on the end of the dock and meditate. Cook great meals in the fully outfitted kitchen as you watch the tides come and go. Sip coffee on the deck and take an outdoor shower while watching the birds on the shoreline.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee $60

Owner will email all pertinent information prior to your arrival.....directions, key combination, cottage details, etc.

Check payable to owner. Half by end of January - balance by end of April.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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