“This is a True Gem”
This turned out to be the perfect venue for a wonderful, memorable, nostalgic family reunion. The accommodations are exquisite. The owner has put considerable thought and work into retaining Orchard Cottage as an exceptional destination. The ambiance of a stately, 100 year old Maine house has been successfully retained in the upgrade to remarkably modern appliances, conveniences and amenities. Ample space for a large family, comfortable beds, eclectic showers, coastal décor and multiple niches for privacy make for an outstanding down-east experience. The home is accurately and honestly depicted on the web site; it is exactly as advertised. The owner and the caretaker are both easily available for questions and guidance. The amenities are remarkably complete for a vacation; all one need bring is a suitcase with a bathing suit and a change of clothing. The side yard is quite ample; our grandkids used it for soccer, lacrosse, Frisbee, croquet and bocce with ease. The beach is quite proximate and welcoming. The location has a comfortable quietness and the York Harbor setting is inviting to the visitor while avoiding the honky-tonk, touristy distractions. Without doubt, this place invites multiple return visits.
“A Beautiful House, Clean, Warm, Very Comfortable.”
Our extended family (10 people) celebrated 2015 Christmas at Orchard Cottage. Within minutes of our arrival, we felt at home. The spotless house is both roomy and cozy. The kitchen is well laid out and had everything we needed to make big holiday meals for our crowd. The bedrooms are charming and bright. We loved staying here and would go again in a heartbeat.
— Molly B.
“Great Vacation House for Big Group”
The house was super clean and easy to find. Right across the from a great beach, and close to town. The house was great for our extended family of 15 - 8 adults and 7 kids. The kids loved playing in the yard, lounging on the hammock and with all of the outdoor toys supplied - croquet, horseshoes... the outdoor seating was lovely for evening cocktails and made eating lobster dinner carefree and easy cleanup. Kitchen is very well equipped and easy to maneuver around. We especially liked the photos inside the cabinets reminding you where everything belongs! Thank you!!
— Stephanie G.
“Perfect Rental in York Harbor, Maine”
Great property, perfect location, well appointed, clean, well maintained, no complaints! Used house for 10 adults in town for a wedding. Definitely would rent again!
— Marie S.
“Charming, Comfortable House in Great Location!”
We enjoyed the house! It was perfect for our family of 13: 9 adults, 4 grandchildren and a dog! Enjoyed the yard! Played games and had dinner on the patio. We went to the beach every day! It is beautiful and very safe for children. Enjoyed the area! It is quiet, but close to nice inns and restaurants. Enjoyed dinner at York Harbor Inn. Thank you for having us!
— Carol D.
“A Summer's Best Day”
Laura's lovely home wrapped itself around our family and treated us like relatives for our 50th Anniversary Week with our six G-kids and their parents! If you want a TRUE taste of Maine, you can't beat this spot! The listing is very accurate and Laura provided much help via emails regarding golf courses etc. The spacious home was as clean as my house (possibly cleaner) when we arrived....All and all, a "Best Vacation" week in Maine!
“My family of 13, ages 7 to 70+ loved every minute.”
Beautiful, huge comfortable well-preserved house with every amenity thinkable. We 13 used every inch of the propertiy and went to the beach daily, hiked, even looked at a home for sale. Other family members even drove to see us and were just as enamored. The house has 1913 charm yet convenience of internet access, washer and 2 driers, up-to-date kitchen, large pantries, extra tables for family dinners, plenty of room to gather to make a jigsaw puzzle after dark; beach was close, clean, safe. It was a dream come true, and we wil be back.
— Judy W.
"The house was immaculate and beautifully decorated. Warm home with plenty of room for everyone. Great back yard for kids and very easy walk to the beach. We had a wonderful time!"
“Great House especially for Big Families”
The house was immaculate and beautifully decorated. Warm home with plenty of room for everyone. Great back yard for kids and very easy walk to the beach. We had a wonderful time!
“Loved Every Minute at Your Home”
We loved every minute of our time at your beautiful home. Everything was super clean when we arrived! The kitchen area was a joy - lots of utensils! The huge fenced yard was great for our dogs, and the water was only a short walk away. Hope you will have us again!!
— Randall E.
“Perfect Family Gathering Spot!!”
Our family rented this Seaside Cottage to allow our family to gather together for our son's college graduation. It was a very convenient location for family coming from the North and the South. The home was PERFECT. It is a lovely older home that has been renovated while maintaining the charm of its original origins. The many bedrooms gave everyone their private space, while the yard, games, porch, kitchen, living room, and patio allowed for lots of togetherness. The home is very well equipped with not only linens and towels, but the kitchen and butlers pantry were well stocked to make us feel at home. The location was also amazing...it was a very short walk to the beach, which we enjoyed pretty much every day. We had a very memorable time at this home and Laura was so welcoming and accommodating. You won't be disappointed if you have the opportunity to rent this lovely home.
“A Beachside Gem!”
What a beautiful home! Clean, spacious, well appointed. Everything from the kitchen to the garden games. The plumbing was a little noisy and there were not many beach towels (no problem because we brought our own) but those are tiny things. Really convenient to the beach and the York Harbor Inn (great bar). We particularly enjoyed the screened in porch. Laura was great to deal with - very efficient and clear. We would definitely stay here again. Thank you!!
Our extended family had a great vacation in Orchard Cottage. it is a terrific house for a multigenerational holiday. It is a lovely older home with a lot of original detail, but has been updated with every modern amenity. Plenty of room, comfortable and charming furnishings, and a well appointed kitchen. Our grandchildren loved the fenced in yard, short walk to the beach and the great stock of books and games. We look forward to our return.
— Mary Beth B.
“Excellent Family Vacation”
The Orchard Cottage was a perfect place for a family vacation. The house layout worked very well for us, plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs with generous common rooms downstairs for folks to gather to eat, talk, read, and play cards/games. The garden and patio provided additional space to play games and sunbathe. York Harbor is one of the tidiest villages I've ever seen, we appreciated the beach at the end of the road, the park above the beach where we watched the fireworks, and the York Harbor Inn where we had an excellent dinner. From the cottage's central location, family members set out everyday to swim, golf, sail, shop or sightsee. Overall, an excellent summer vacation.
— Janet J.
“Nice weekend in beautiful area”
The home was exactly as advertised and the photos gave us an excellent look at the rooms. We were a group of six women. Two of us were willing to share a bedroom and thus everyone else had their own room without using the 3rd floor. The living room area was great and bright, as was the porch, so it was a great place for us to assemble and work on our crafts. We didn't use the kitchen very much as there are so many good places to eat in the neighborhood. We recommend this to large groups and will certainly look at it for our next weekend.
“Weekend with the Girls”
We just had a wonderful "reunion weekend" with my 6 high school girl friends. We stayed at your beautiful home. On the first night we used the well appointed kitchen to make a nice dinner. We all slept so comfortably in our own bedrooms. On Saturday we explored the outlets in Kittery and Portsmouth and took a long walk to the beach and the Wiggly Bridge. We had dinner at the York Harbor Inn Pub and walked back to the house for late night cocktails. The house is spacious, beautifully appointed and so well situated. It is a perfect spot for a family or group of friends!
“We'll be Back”
House: Obviously, lovingly cared for. What a beautiful old house. Well-appointed kitchen, dining areas, and living areas. Bedrooms are very comfortable. Bathrooms are well appointed. Take your pick of several areas, inside and out the house, to lounge, relax and enjoy the surroundings. On a dead-end street. So you have both solitude and access. Beach: A short walk across the main road you will find a relatively small, family-oriented, spectacular cove beach. Life guard on duty during the day when we were there. Soft, smooth sand. Kids have a blast. Town: York Harbor, and Old York are old historic Maine towns. You will find abundant history in the York Historical Center. You will also find modern amenities. Airport: We used Manchester, NH, one hour and fifteen minutes away on major highways. Easy in – easy out. Much better than Boston airport. Internet access: Yes, but you might want to ignore it. Leave the world behind. One of the best vacations we have had in years.
— Connie & Joel
The house is beautiful and cozy. We had a wonderful winter getaway playing games by the fire and cooking, cooking, cooking in the welcoming and well appointed kitchen. The walks out the door and along the water were the best! Thank you so much Laura!
We stayed at this cottage while attending a wedding in York Harbor. It was perfect! The house is huge! Everyone had their own space but we were all were together. We had a wonderful reunion with friends and enjoyed the weekend in York. The location was perfect, close to the town and restaurants. The house was very clean and well maintained. Laura was very nice to work with. Fun times!
— Jane W.
“The Perfect Family Reunion”
From the second we moved in we felt at home. It was the perfect setting for our family reunion of 9 adults and 5 children. The house was as it was described on the website although the pictures do not do the rooms justice! We spent a long time exploring all the nooks and crannies of the beautiful three story home.The kitchen was massive, perfect for cooking large family dinners. The dining room sat everyone comfortably (plenty of extra chairs are provided). Everything you could need was provided- kitchen utensils, appliances, extra blankets even beach toys, beach chairs and board games. There is a nice flat screen TV that we moved into the small sitting room for the children. We enjoyed sitting outside in the spacious backyard watching the butterflies and walking to the beach five minutes down the hill. The owner provided great customer service when there was an issue with the toilet which a plummer fixed immediately. No visit is complete without a trip to Foster's (within walking distance), Brown's ice cream by the Nubble Lighthouse and the outlets.
“Perfect family getaway - amazing!”
This house is simply AMAZING!!! The location is perfect, the neighborhood is quiet, the beach is 2 mins walking distance…even the neighbors are super friendly. We enjoyed everyday the garden area, beach and walks in the area. Kitchen has everything you need. The owner is super nice. She made sure everything was alright! 5 stars treatment. The fact that they accept dogs for us was a treat! We will go back soon I hope! Thanks Laura for everything, this is a family vacation I will remember.
— Mary Pierre B.
“Wonderful Family Vacation”
We were 3 families with young children and we absolutely loved our week in this beautiful home. It was on a quiet street with fenced in back yard, which was perfect for the kids. The beach is very close (2 min walk max!) and allowed us to go back and forth very quickly. Not having to drive to the beach, look for parking is priceless! The house was huge, very clean and all bedrooms had adjoining bathrooms. What else to say other than I highly recommend this rental for anybody that wants to enjoy Maine, its beaches and nice scenery!
— Adriana P.
“Great vacation home!”
Our family had a wonderful stay at this rental. It was spacious, well maintained and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The beach was easy to walk to (even while carrying our beach items). We had 3 rainy days during our vacation, but we kept busy at York Beach where we found indoor bowling, miniature golf and other fun activities. We spent a lot of time at the beach on sunny days. The neighbors were very friendly too. Our stay was great and we'd definitely do it again!