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Steps from Sandy Beach-Drift Inn Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms , 2 Baths (Sleeps 6)

Cedar-shingled cottage on over an acre of land across a small country road from sandy beach on the ocean. Sweeping views to the south out to the open Atlantic. Beach only 150 feet away from the front porch with hammock, deck chairs and Atlantic views. 15 minute walk into Port Clyde's restaurants, galleries (less than a mile) an ice cream shop, general store and ferry for nature cruises. 20 minute walk to Marshall Point Lighthouse.

Drift Inn Cottage was built in 2000. The Interior is light, crafted from wood throughout. Great room with sea views. Well-equipped kitchen and first-floor bedroom with Queen bed and full bath. Up the carpeted stairway to master suite (King-size bed) with luxury bath with tiled shower, and computer nook with broadband internet access and wi-fi.

Up a few steps to the sea view cupola/study. Good sleeping on futon for anyone who wants to be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves. Note: no door on cupola, therefore, not an enclosed room.

Included is a separate 14x20 rustic bunkhouse with a sea view, a cheery wood stove and twin beds.

The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens with a variety of flowers and trees. There are special spots throughout the property where you can tuck in and read a book while looking up at open ocean.

More Details

Marnie Dean
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
6 June, 2018

About Marnie Dean

My husband and I live in Southern Maine with our two daughters. We love living in Maine and while our work

keeps us closer to Portland our hearts are in Port Clyde.

Marnie Dean purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Marnie Dean chose Port Clyde

Tom grew up vacationing on the St. George peninsula.

I first found Port Clyde as a TV reporter covering fishing stories. When my career took me to other parts of the country I always knew I would end up back in Maine and I even said on air that 'there was a little piece of property in Port Clyde with my name on it!' We found that special place in Drift Inn Cottage. We've been renters for years and feel very lucky to now be owners of this lovely house.

What makes this cottage unique

There is something so decadent about being able to

take your morning cup of coffee and walk just a few steps to a sandy beach to watch the sunrise over the ocean.

So many times over the years people on the beach would watch us walk back to the house and say how lucky we were to be staying in that house. We certainly feel lucky.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed here for the third year in a row this summer. The house supplies everything anyone would need for a wonderful Maine-stay. The library, game stock, and beach equipment is ample -- you needn't leave! The house and the grounds are decorated with whimsy. I strolled through the yard daily just to look at the flowers, trees, and sculptures. The location at the public beach allows mingling with some great folks and supplies playmates for grandkids. We walked to town daily for ice cream or to have a drink and watch the sunset. The host has provided everything needed to take advantage of this wonderful location.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Port Clyde, Maine

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower
  • Master bath has a luxury tiled shower with glass door, dual shower heads, and seat in shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , Bunk House
    Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • Enter from the back of the house into open great room with beechwood floors and ocean views. Well-equipped kitchen off entry door. Small sea view 'relaxing' nook to left of great room. First-floor bedroom with Queen bed and full bath (T/S). Up the carpeted stairway to master (King bed) and luxury bath with tiled shower. Small 'morning' balcony and computer nook with internet access. Go up a few steps to the sea view cupola/study with a desk and a futon. This is good sleeping for anyone who wants to be lulled to sleep by the sound of lapping waves. Note: no door on cupola, therefore, not an enclosed room. There is a separate 14x20 rustic bunk house with an ocean view, a cheery wood stove and twin beds.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Crow's Nest
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • wooden decking
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
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average rating of 4.928571 based on 17 reviews
Meredith, NH

Best Equipped Rental We've Encountered

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Drift Inn Cottage in late August and found it to have everything we needed for a relaxing time at the ocean. My daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters shared the space (granddaughters chose the bunk house), and we were all impressed with the thoughtful additions that made our stay so simple. It was a real convenience to have basics (some sugar, flour, oil, vinegar, spices, etc.) available at the cottage. All of us enjoy board games, and we brought a few with us. Such a pleasant surprise to find so many others there. The little girls had never played Pictionary and wanted to give it a try. My husband started cutting up bits of paper, brown paper bags, etc. to draw on, only to discover pads of paper clearly marked for Pictionary. The owners seemed to have thought of everything!

Beds were comfortable, the kitchen was well equipped, the hot water worked, and we enjoyed the television, sound system, availability of a computer and Wifi. Having rented a fair number of vacation homes in this country and abroad, I have to say that Drift Inn Cottage was the best equipped we've encountered. I loved the stunning gardens; looking out at the moonshine over the water and ducks swimming in formation was a real treat. While we didn't have any rain during our week on the Maine coast, some days were cool, and we used them to visit Monhegan Island, the Farnsworth Museum, climb Mt. Battie, and eat a few lobster rolls along the way. A great week in every way!

  • Review Submitted: 06/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything I wanted out of my Maine vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The other five star reviews all have it right! My boyfriend and I stayed for a week in late August. We had two friends with us for the first two nights and my parents with me for the last two nights when my boyfriend had to return to work. What a luxury to borrow a wonderful vacation home and share it with guests of our own!

We all enjoyed tons of time on the deck. My parents noted that the railing looks custom-designed to be slightly higher than normal so that it does not obstruct your view when sitting! Soft lighting comes on under the eaves around the deck in the evening and gives the whole deck a truly comforting, luxury feel. I honestly spent much less time at the beach than I thought I would because the deck was such a nice place to enjoy the view from!

This house is the only one situated directly across from the best beach access point. It's such a treat to be able to wander to and from the beach on a whim.

I really appreciated the gardens and sculptures in the yard. The owners have done a wonderful job of landscaping in a "Maine beach" style.

I'm not quite sure how to put this final point, but it was an important one for me and maybe you will relate! The owners have struck a perfect balance: they made the home inviting, cozy, personalized, and well-equipped while avoiding a common pitfall of rental houses -- the guests feeling like they are invading someone else's personal space. At Drift Inn Cottage, you can tell that the owners have a strong connection to the place and that they want you to have the space and clarity to create your own connections.

  • Review Submitted: 27/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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never want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for the third year in a row this summer. The house supplies everything anyone would need for a wonderful Maine-stay. The library, game stock, and beach equipment is ample -- you needn't leave! The house and the grounds are decorated with whimsy. I strolled through the yard daily just to look at the flowers, trees, and sculptures. The location at the public beach allows mingling with some great folks and supplies playmates for grandkids. We walked to town daily for ice cream or to have a drink and watch the sunset. The host has provided everything needed to take advantage of this wonderful location.

  • Review Submitted: 21/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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I don't think that we've ever had a more wonderful time with our family!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Drift-Inn Cottage mid August. Included in our party were six adults and three little cousin munchkins, all six years old. There was plenty of room for each of us to have our own space. The kids had bunking parties in the cupola, on the beanbag bed and futon--I don't know if adults would be comfortable in this sleeping space but the little ones had a ball. My husband and I stayed in the guest house and felt that it could pose some difficulty for older folks (we are!) due to the fact that there is no bathroom. Other than that, it was peaceful and comfortable.

The cottage was clean, and the premises beautiful. The kitchen was well supplied with utensils and pots and pans.In one bedroom closet there is a big washer and dryer, with plenty of towels including those for the beach. There are chairs, inner tubes and plenty of pails and shovels for the beach. There are grills and charcoal, lobster pots, and everything one would need for a complete experience.

Drift Inn Cottage was perfect for three generations. We loved the big dining room table, not only to use for eating but for plenty of game playing and putting together puzzles. The beach is glorious and it was fascinating to watch the tides move in and out. We rented a flat board and took that out quite a bit. The kids loved hunting for hermit crabs, painting rocks and playing pingpong in the outbuilding. We had great gatherings on the front porch.

Normally we would try to plan some sightseeing activities during our vacation but this time, everyone was more than content to stay put. My son, who is a world traveler, said this is the only time he never wanted to was all here! But if one is inclined, there is plenty to do. Over our past several years in Port Clyde, we've taken the puffin tour, visited all of the nearby lighthouses, climbed Mt Battie, stumbled on blueberry festivals and antique shows, enjoyed the Farnsworth museum in Rockland and the beautiful botanical garden in Booth Bay Harbor.

Our favorite places to have seafood, besides the Yardbird next door, are at Claws in Rockland and at Miller's Landing. You can get your own lobsters right off the dock in Port Clyde and this year we found fresh scallops at the Fish Co-op on the road to the lighthouse. Jesse's in Rockland is a great place to find fresh seafood at a reason price.

Thank you Deans for sharing your beautiful home--and for giving us the opportunity to make memories for our family.

  • Review Submitted: 31/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were 2 couples and 3 children traveling together last August and enjoyed every minute of our stay in this beautiful, very comfortable, clean and well equiped Port Clyde cottage.

The size of the place was just perfect for us but I would not recommend more than 6 people if everyone is adult size. We had an 8 year old sleeping on the small futon in the cuppola but I think an adult would have been uncomfortable there. Our daughters absolutely loved the little house with the 2 single beds by the cottage, so cute!

The place was very well equipped and really had everything we needed. We had one rainy day during our week there but there was lots to keep everyone busy from board games, books, cds to ping pong tournaments and lots of space for anyone to read quietly if they wanted.

The best part of course was that spectacular and quiet beach right in front of the cottage where the kids spent their afternoons collecting and releasing Hermit crabs and flying their kites.

My favorite was kayaking to the little bay just north of us where there was a nest with 2 bald eagles...Wow! Oh, and did I mention watching the shooting stars (perséides) at night lying down on the beach? Magnificent!

And the other best thing, according to the rest of the group(I'm allergic :-( ) was the daily fresh lobster and fish from the canteen right next door. It was everybody's best ever apparently!

Visiting Camden and hiking Mount Battie was another fun thing to do for all of us. We had a good giggle after getting to the top climbing some really steep

areas especially for the kids and then realizing that some people were getting up there in their cars form the other side of the mountain. The view up there was certainly worth every effort!

The only sad or negative thing for us about the cottage was leaving our labrador behind, the beach and environment would have been paradise for her too...but we understand (because we ran into some of those...)that not all dog owners are responsible.

Finally, we could not recommend this place enough and we were all really sad to leave a place I could easily call Paradise. We hope to come back again soon.

Thank you Marnie and family for everything,

France, Xuan, Sylvie and Mathieu + kids

  • Review Submitted: 20/01/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Drift Inn Cottage, a wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The Drift Inn Cottage was a beautiful place to stay. The ocean view was amazing and right out the back door! We spent every morning and many afternoons sitting on the large porch watching the water while relaxing. The cottage is clean, has every amenity and the owner was so very helpful with tips on where to eat and activities to do. We took advantage of the close proximity of the cottage to the Monhegan boat line and enjoyed both the "puffin tour" and "Monhegan Island" tour. We had one of our best meals at the Yardbird Canteen- simply fabulous!

We would highly recommend the Drift Inn Cottage in Port Clyde, Maine. The grounds are gorgeous. The home is relaxing and very private, yet is close proximity to food and other activities.

  • Review Submitted: 27/07/2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Port Clyde (to Monhegan Island)
Nearest Train
90 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Drift Inn
Car: necessary

Port Clyde is a picturesque fishing and lobstering village at the southern tip of the St. George Peninsula. The village has art galleries, two restaurants, and a lobster co-op where you can buy fresh lobster directly from the fishermen. The village has the remote quality of an island, with the convenience of being able to drive to active towns like Rockland (15 miles) and Camden (20 miles) where there are shops, museums, movies, and many restaurants. You can also take the ferry from Port Clyde to Monhegan Island, a haven for artists and hikers Monhegan is a great day trip. Marshall Point Lighthouse is about a mile walk from the cottage. This lighthouse was featured in the movie 'Forrest Gump' and is a must see stop during your stay.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Port Clyde, Maine

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
June 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee AU$203.26
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$677.55

One half weekly rental required as deposit at time of booking.
Eight people maximum; No Pets & No Smoking.

Inquire about lower weekly rates in off season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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