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My family and I stayed there the last week of June and I couldn't be happier. What a comfortable home with gorgeous views. This fully stocked home was most definitely turn key. The owner was extremely pleasant and very accommodating. I loved the little touches such as restaurant menus, reviews and tons of maps of so many great areas of Maine. I found them invaluable on our trips to Freeport, Boothbay Harbor and Portland. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. The views and serene setting were wonderful.
-- 2011 renter from Kansas
We so enjoyed staying at your house this summer. We had many wonderful nights as a family there. Special memories for us include walking down to the community dock, walking on all the rocks there, going for ice cream on the road toward Bailey Island, and barbecuing at your place.  It was such a nice place.  
 -- 2007 renter
The house was GREAT -- clean, well supplied, plenty of room, peace and quiet, and relaxed atmosphere; as described. An easy drive to sights and good restaurants in Brunswick, Bath, and Harpswell. We especially enjoyed Maine Maritime Museum, Holbrooks in Cundy's Harbor, shopping in Freeport, and Reid State Park. We give this house our "thumbs up."
 -- 2009 renter
Recent Stay at the end of August with my wife and 2 teenage children. Very comfortable clean home in a private setting with a fabulous deck looking out on the water. Easy access into Brunswick and the midcoast of Maine. Unbeatable combination! Highly Recommend
-- 2011 renter from NY
Great proximity to Brunswick (Bowdoin College), Bath, Booth Bay and Portland. House had everything we needed, everything worked fine; very comfortable and clean. Thanks for a memorable vacation.
-- 2011 renter from CT
We were in Maine for my brother-in-laws wedding and this proved to be a great place for a group of couples to stay! The two bathrooms were a huge help for getting ready for the big day. The front yard and it's beautiful views was the perfect backdrop for all the pre-wedding groomsmen photos. But at the end of the day, the deck really made it for us. Sitting out there with your morning coffee or your late night cocktail - perfection! My other brother-in-law even got engaged on the deck just down from the house - like I said, beautiful views!!!
-- 2010 renter from Kansas
This comfortable Cundy's Harbor home is a great getaway location for a family seeking a comfortable, pet-friendly vacation in an incomparable setting with all the comforts of home. Perfect for the Bowdoin family who wants to be close to campus (about 15 minutes away), but also wants to enjoy the beauty of the Maine coastline. The accommodating owner and property manager make the rental and stay easy. Have stayed there in early fall, late fall and spring, and found the home comfortable in all seasons and the setting amazing every time.
-- 2010 renter from Conn.
If you're looking for...

A private, peaceful Maine summer vacation rental on ocean waterfront, yet very convenient for day trips and the amenities of the quaint towns of Brunswick, Bath, and Freeport -- still less than 3 hours from Boston?  
An alternative Maine rental to Brunswick hotels or Bath hotels for Bowdoin College Commencement, Reunion, Homecoming or Parents weekends?
Weekly Maine oceanfront rentals in the summer or long weekend (or weekly) rentals for spring or fall?  
A Harpswell rental that is a nearby place for the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival in September?
A pet friendly Maine oceanfront vacation rental property?


Then we hope you'll consider our Cundy's Harbor vacation rental home.  Click here to contact us. Our Harpswell Maine rental is available for weekly summer vacation house rentals, off-season long weekend rentals, and longer-term off-season rental during the winter months, ideal for people moving to Maine who want to rent in a beautiful spot while house hunting.  

The Appeal: Peaceful, Beautiful, Yet Convenient. Our Maine coastal vacation home rental in East Harpswell lies less then 3 miles from the working fishing village of Cundy's Harbor where you can dine on the freshest seafood at Holbrook's restaurant with a view that can't be matched. Cundy's Harbor, while the lesser known of the Harpswell villages (and thus far more peaceful), is the most convenient village in Harpswell, located 10 to 15 minutes from Route 1 and I-295, respectively, for easy day-tripping and quick jaunts into Bath and Brunswick, which are delightful towns full of interesting shops, museums, and excellent restaurants. Our extensive House Guide -- our "concierge in a document" -- provides local information and ideas to help you plan your visit, along with a list of local restaurants -- with our first-hand reviews.

Of course, you can just stay in our house and relax while enjoying the views! At our house you will definitely feel "away from it all." Right out your door you can dig your own clam dinner -- after getting a permit from the town -- or rent a kayak to explore the coves along the coast.  

The Location. The seaside rental property location is on Sebascodegan Island in the town of Harpswell, also known as Great Island -- much easier to pronounce -- which includes Cundy's Harbor. Our 2-acre oceanfront property is in a quiet, private location with a couple of year-round resident homes along a private road.

Harpswell is located in mid-coastal Maine, in the Bath-Brunswick area, less than 3 hours from Boston and about 45 minutes north of Portland. For those flying in, Portland's airport (PWM) is the most convenient.  Manchester, NH (MHT) and Boston's Logan airport (BOS) are 2-3 hours away and may offer better flight schedules and prices. The former Brunswick naval airstation in Brunswick is now Brunswick Executive Airport ( BXM).

About Harpswell. Great Island is one of three islands, along with Orr's Island and Bailey Island, that form one "arm" of Harpswell.  Don't worry. You don't need to boat to get here. All these islands are connected by bridges, including the unique and famed cribstone bridge. But you could take a boat trip to Admiral Peary's Eagle Island as one of your day trips.

The other half of Harpswell features South Harpswell and Harpswell Neck. The town, which has several town beaches, has the longest shoreland of any town in Maine with its numerous inlets, coves, and islands. Drives through Harpswell are a delight by themselves, and the town features many fine restaurants and crafts and art galleries, .

About Brunswick. A very easy 10 minutes (6 miles) drive from our house brings you to from Cooks Corner in Brunswick at the junction of US Route 1.
Cook's Corner is loaded with shopping -- Shaws supermarket, CVS pharmacy, AAA, a 24-hour Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Sears, Big Lots,TJ Maxx, Starbucks, McD's, Applebees, and lots more. Cooks Corner area also has Thomas Point Beach, which hosts a Bluegrass Festival every Labor Day weekend.

Another 5 minutes farther is downtown Brunswick, which has boutique shops, an antique mall, and some truly excellent but casual restaurants along Maine Street -- yes, Maine, not Main -- and has become known as a restaurant haven. Maine Magazine and Chronicle, a Boston TV show, have featured the area in recent stories.

Check out our YouTube video that will walk you through our Maine vacation rental house.


Downtown Brunswick is complemented with historic, handsome Bowdoin College at one end of downtown. (Full disclosure: the house owner is a Bowdoin alum.) In summer, the Bowdoin campus features its Maine State Music Theatre and International Music Festival. Yes, you can do a night on the town in Brunswick. Bowdoin has two fine museums -- Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and newly renovated Art Museum. For civil war history buffs, the Joshua Chamberlain Museum is located across the street near his new statue, and town has its own historical museums. While you may not come to Maine for museums, they're great for a rainy day. Our location is perfect for those coming up for one of Bowdoin's special event weekends. We do rent for long weekend rentals to accommodate people coming for those Bowdoin events.

This is a wonderful place on the Maine coast. Cozy house with excellent views of classic Maine coast. Location location location! We felt as though we were in the best part of Maine. Convenient to every place we wanted to visit and when we wanted to stay home it was cozy as could be.
        -- Chris M, a guest in 2011

South of Brunswick. Another 10 minutes south from Brunswick brings you to Freeport with LL Beans and extensive outlet shopping. Since LL Beans is open 24-hours a day, it's an interesting place to visit at odd hours.  Portland, a delightful small city, features its Old Port Exchange and many fine restaurants, several of whose chefs now run restaurants in Brunswick, along with the Sea Dogs, the Red Sox AA affiliate. The city is an easy 45-minute drive in total from the house.  

About Bath and Points North. Heading north on Route 1 from Cook's Corner brings you quickly to Bath, an historic shipbuilding city, perhaps best known for its Bath Iron Works (BIW). As with Brunswick, Bath is known for its quaint downtown. The Maine Maritime Museum is located there, which runs daily boat rides on historic Kennebec River and trolley tours of BIW. If you're lucky as we were in 2012, you may get to see a Navy frigate get launched and take its maiden voyage out to open ocean.

From Bath you can head to the coast to Reid State Park in Georgetown or to Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg, both great places with beaches. Fort Popham is a civil war era fort, located near the first colonial site in New England, established in 1607.

Beyond Bath lies all of Mid Coastal Maine -- Boothbay Harbor (with lovely Maine Botanical Gardens), Wiscasset, Damriscotta, Thomaston, Cushing, Pemaquid, Rockport, Camden, etc. These are comfortable day trips from our house.

If a relaxing, peaceful oceanfront vacation is your goal, great!  Please contact us or submit your information through our secure form.  You'll greatly enjoy our home.

See our calendar of availability. Keep reading for details about the house's features, loads of photos, a map showing the general location of the house, and rental details for the property, including pricing). See our YouTube video that will walk you through the house.

 
Key features of the Maine seaside rental property
1500 sq feet of living space.  
Over 300 feet of ocean waterfront on a tidal basin of the broad New Meadows River, which is an "embayment" or a very large oceanic cove, only a few miles to the open ocean of Casco Bay.   
Association dock and common property about 500 feet from the property.  There's not what we would call a beach, but you could swim off the dock when the tide is in. (A late afternoon high tide means the water won't be totally "Maine cold".) Renters do not have "docking privileges."  That is, you cannot dock a motor boat. But you're welcome to enjoy the dock or launch a kayak from it, at your own risk.  Seaspray Kayaking is located on Route 1 where it crosses the New Meadows River, less than 15 minutes drive from the house.  
Full water views from the house and deck.  Lobster boats are frequently in view.
Stunning sun rises (though they're best in the fall and winter).  
Lots of bird life at the shore and in the yard in good part due to the nature of the water frontage.  Pileated woodpeckers, wild turkeys, bald eagles, and osprey are visitors to our yard, and the shore birds feature herons, egrets, and many others.  
3 bedrooms.  Sleeps 6 comfortably.  Can accommodate slightly more.
1 3/4 baths. (one bathroom has tub w/shower, the other shower only)
Bedroom and bath on the first floor, making the home comfortable for those for whom stairs are a challenge.  Our YouTube video will show you the 4 steps to get onto the deck which is on the same level as the first floor.
Open-floor concept with cathedral ceiling over the living and dining room areas.  
Large wrap-around deck.
Gas stove in living room.
Very large yard.  Partially wooded, 2 acre lot.  Very private. Only one neighbor's house can be seen.
Washer & dryer in basement.
Detached oversized 2-car garage.
Wireless internet access via cable modem.  20 mbs download speed. (Bring your own laptop.)  Cable TV (roughly 50 channels). Two TVs.  One DVD.  Stereo with iPod cradles.  
Comcast phone service with free US phone calls.
Pet friendly.  See our pet policy below.
Linen service (which is use of our linens) and at least a starter supply of other basic household consumables - e.g., dish soap, laundry detergent, paper goods.  (We've rented homes where we immediately had to go shopping for basic, but critical goods.  We don't want you to have that experience; it's such a bad first impression.  Given the short turnover time for our cleaner to ready the house, we can't be 100% certain everything will be stocked, but we do try.)
Automatic backup generator all wired in and waiting for a power outage. This is a real nice-to-have in coastal Maine.

We Love mid-Cost Maine and this house location was great for a home base to explore and relax. The house had all the comforts of home: Complete and Full Kitchen, Entertainment - Movies, Games, TV and Internet, comfortable bedding, Great View from the living room and front deck!.
        -- G&B, guests in 2011

Photos of the property and the house are below.  Please note that photos of interior rooms are difficult to take even with a 28 mm lens!  We're not trying to hide anything. Really. Our YouTube video helps show the rooms.
 
The House front, which faces southeast.
Note the large yard and extensive wrap-around deck.
Views of the water from the deck.
Photo taken from the main entry door area.
Note the two deck tables with umbrellas.
You'll spend lots of time on our deck!  (We do.)
View of the deck along front of the house. Note the gas grill.
Water views from the deck and house.
Association Dock near high tide
with low morning fog obscuring Three Islands.
Waterfrontage near the dock looking toward the property's waterfrontage. Lots of tidal pools to explore.
Holbrook's Seafood Restaurant in nearby Cundy's Harbor,
a classic eat-in-the-rough BYOB seafood restaurant.
 A view of Cundy's Harbor from Holbrook's deck.  
See why you'll want to eat there?
November Sunrise from the Living Room
Outhouse near the Association Dock.
Moonrise at the dock
Water views from the end of the driveway, yes, in winter.
Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom
Second Bedroom
Second Bedroom
Den with Sleeper Couch
Den with Sleeper Couch
The photo to the left is the small bedroom on the 2nd floor.  
We have a twin bed in there, which is a trundle bed.  
That is, a 2nd twin bed rolls out from under the single bed.  
To the left as you enter is a small closet.  
If a pair of kids use this room, they should be good friends!
Below are wild turkeys in our front yard
(hopefully feasting on ticks).
Living Room, looking toward the garage.
Living Room, looking towards garage.
Living Room -
looking over the back of the couch out to the water
Living Room & Gas Stove -
looking toward back of the house
Dining Area -- kitchen is to the left.
Photo taken from the living room area.

Kitchen.  Photo taken from the dining area.
Water views from the dining room table.
A kayaker in Laurel Cove.
Alvin enjoys the water views from the living room too!
(left photo)...

And the views from the 2nd floor hallway looking
down on the living room
A pair of pileated woodpeckers on a tree near the garage.  The 2nd one is behind some leaves.
Two pileated woodpecker chicks in a tree on the edge of the property, waiting for a meal.
A heron in flight in the tidal basin at mid tide.
Egrets feeding as the tide recedes.
Egret coming in for a landing.
A raptor in flight over our property.
A heron in flight over our property.
 
House Location in Harpswell
An aerial map...
The bigger view of our location...
Bowdoin College Chapel at Sunset.
Osprey nest at Bowdoin Coastal Studies Ctr on Orr's Island


 
Property & Rental Details -- Got more questions?
Rental Fees
for 2014
January to May 22.......$1000/week           15% discount for multiple week rental.
May 22 to June 27..........$1400/week           20% discount for rental of 4+ weeks.
June 28 to Sept.6.......... $1600/week
Sept. 7 to Oct. 3............$1400/week            Includes linens & at least starter supplies of other
Oct. 4 to December........$1000/week              basic household consumables.

Above fees for a rental party of 6 or fewer.  Additional people are $25 per person per week.
Maine sales tax of 8% will be added to rental total.
Rental period in peak summer season is from Saturday 3 pm to Saturday 10 am.
Long weekend rentals are available off season, including Bowdoin event weekends.  Minimum stay is 3 nights. We prorate the weekly rate and add a $25/night weekend premium.
Rentals of a week or more have the $100 cleaning fee waived.
For long-term rentals from October to May, please contact us.  
Pets policy below.  
Payment Terms
50% deposit required at time of contract to hold the rental period.
Balance due 1 month prior to rental.
We accept personal checks and MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and Amex.  
4% surcharge for credit card use.  
Damage Security Deposit
$500 security damage deposit due with final rental payment.  This may be paid with a check or credit card.  
Security deposit refunded pending review of premises upon departure.  
Cancellation Policy
Refund of deposit in full if cancellation 60 days prior to rental period. Cancellation less than 60 days prior to rental period will be refunded, less 10%, if we can rent the house for the rental period. However, credit card surcharge fees would not be refunded (if applicable).
Pet Policy
We will consider having your pets as our guest, but we do ask for an extra $100 damage security deposit per pet and a $50 rental fee per week per pet for the extra wear & tear and cleaning requirements. (We're pet lovers -- our cats, Alvin & Simon, are visitors to the house -- but we know that pets can do damage.)  Tell us about your pets, please!

If you have serious pet allergies, this may not be the house for you.  (We have relatives with mild pet allergies, and they've been fine.)  The house is professionally cleaned between visits, and we shampoo the rugs spring and fall.  But some pet dander is likely to linger.  We can tell you the time -- and thus number of cleanings -- since the last pet guest.
Amenities
Washer & Dryer in basement
2 car detached garage
Propane stove in living room
Large wrap around deck with gas & charcoal grills
2 deck tables with umbrellas and chairs.  
Automatic backup electric generator all wired up and waiting for a power failure.  
We try to stock at least starter supplies of basic consumables, e.g., paper towels, tp, dish soap, laundry detergent.
Bedding
1 Queen -- with 4" memory foam cover
1 Double -- with 4" memory foam cover
1 Twin with trundle bed beneath, so it's 2 twin beds
1 Sleeper couch with 4" memory foam cover.  (We can vouch for it.  What a difference from the typical sleeper couch experience.)
1 Futon couch that folds down into a Full size bed, though the futon "mattress" can easily be moved by itself for use as a bed.
Linen service included (which means we provide clean bedsheets and towels at the start of your stay for your use)
Entertainment
Cable TV -- about a 50 channel package -- with DVD player in living room.  2nd TV also in master bedroom.  
Cable broadband internet with WiFi.  No computer or printer provided. Bring your own laptop please.
Stereo with iPod cradle.
Kitchen
All appliances: oven, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, blender, cookware, dishes, glassware, pancake/waffle iron, mixing bowls, all utensils, lobster pot (of course) and lobster picks & crackers.  If we're missing something, please tell us.  
View & Location
315 feet of ocean frontage on the New Meadows River, an "embayment" or large cove of Casco Bay.  Full water views from the east-facing house as shown in the photos.  Our frontage is a tidal basin.  This makes for changing scenery with the tides and lots of bird life.   It is not beachfront. (You won't find many beachfront rentals north of Portland.)  But you can swim off the dock at high to mid tide.
Communications
Cell phone coverage varies with network.  Verizon, T-Mobile, and ATT coverage is very good according to friends, neighbors, and past renters.  We have Sprint & ATT.  We get an acceptable Sprint signal on the deck, but not in the house.  Sprint signal is pretty good at the dock.  Cell coverage way down the peninsulas is poor for all services due to the hills.  

We now have Comcast digital phone service at the house, which includes nationwide free calls (excluding directory assistance) and voicemail.  
Other Amenities
Very large yard, good for a challenging croquet game.  It has a slight slope that makes volleyball or soccer game a little tougher.  
Association dock very close by, maybe 500 feet.  A great spot just to watch the world go by or launch a kayak.  
Very private, quiet location, yet an easy 10-15 minutes to shopping and highways for day trips.
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