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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property


Built in 1918, The Gills is an original summer cottage perched above the sea at the very end of Bailey Island. Secluded far from the road, nestled in a grove of pine and spruce, the house is pure tranquility. Each beautifully appointed room is both comfortable and authentic.

Enjoy naps on the porch swing or walk to nearby beaches, restaurants and shops. Explore tide pools along the rocky coastline. Go sailing or kayaking. Fish for striped bass from the rocks, just steps from the porch. Enjoy fresh lobster pulled from the ocean that morning by one of the local lobstermen.

Whatever you choose to do, it all comes back to the view. Clear and calm one day, misty and grey the next. Sit back and watch the sea and sky change with the weather. Hour by hour. Minute by minute. Always beautiful. Always different.

The Gills will give you the opportunity to slow down, and remember how good it feels to do nothing at all, surrounded by friends and family.

The Gills is a part of THE GILLS GROUP - a collection of oceanfront cottages that can be rented together for larger groups or intimate events. The cottages are on adjacent lots, each with its own spectacular ocean view. The other properties that make up THE GILLS GROUP are Jaquish Lane which sleeps 12 (property # 733483 on VRBO) and The Red House which sleeps 4 (property # 1063510 on VRBO).

20 minutes from Brunswick and Bowdoin College. 30 minutes from Freeport and L.L.Bean. 45 minutes from Portland. Free wifi.

Keywords: Private, Oceanfront, Family, Cottage

More Details

Property Manager
Dave Johnson
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

About Dave Johnson

I'm a photographer and filmmaker who splits my time between New York City and Maine.

Dave Johnson purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Dave Johnson chose Bailey Island

Spending time at The Gills is like stepping back in time - when life was simpler and moved at a much slower pace. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean and waking to that magnificent sunrise is like medicine for the soul. Sounds corny but it's absolutely true.

What makes this cottage unique

The property manager Dave Johnson is a local lobsterman who can drop off fresh lobsters at your door!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We've enjoyed Harry Potter and Monopoly and bubbles on the front porch; wine on the back porch; fires every night; s'mores and barbecues; ice cream at Tiffins; breakfast at The Giant Stairs and shopping for precious souvenirs at Land's End; Popham beach; the Art Museum in Portland; kayaking in Boothbay...not to mention lots of fun with our cousins in Brunswick. Our eighth summer on Bailey Island - the first (hopefully of many) at The Gills! Thanks for making us feel so at home!
Aug 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bailey Island in Harpswell

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Downstairs bathroom has a clawfoot tub with an ocean view. Upstairs bathroom has a built in tiled shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , ocean view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , ocean view
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Racquetball
  • sailing
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(27 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 4.814815 based on 29 reviews

Step back in time

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at The Gills. It's a wonderful turn of the century Maine cottage where you can unplug and relax. We started each day on the porch drinking coffee, watching the lobster boats, sea birds and the changing colors. We were also lucky enough to be on a monarch butterfly migration path and saw large numbers of them each day. The cottage is eclectically decorated with antiques connecting you to the past. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quintessential Maine Experience!

  • 5 of 5

This home is truly the quintessential Maine cottage that made our time here so memorable. We loved exploring everything around the house - lots of history, art, and special touches that are reminders of the past. The views - the sounds - the smells - all this we will take back home with us. Thank you for sharing this home and preserving such a special place.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Josua Tree, CA

First time in Maine- Did not want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

The Gills could not be anymore charming and comfortable, and the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing week with family & friends. The attention to detail was amazing and found myself roaming the house just looking at everything which really pulled in the essence of Maine and Bailey's Island. The ocean views are spectacular and were especially enjoyed from the large deck around the house, with swinging chair. Their is a secret swimming hole right out front of the house where we spent our afternoons jumping from rocks. The house was very clean, the beds super comfortable and I think the upstairs shower is now one of my favorites ever. Staying at the Gills really made our vacation one of the best ever and can not wait to comeback!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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return to the gills

  • 5 of 5

this was our second year renting the gills for a week, and it was just as magical and special as the first time...

the gills is a true blue maine home, and every room feels like it can tell a story. on a rainy foggy day, we used the (real wood burning) fire place in the main room - for sunny days we jumped off the rocks out front and spent the days swimming.

looking forward to a third summer at the gills already!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise found

  • 5 of 5

There is no place in the world like the gills. It was my first time there, but felt like coming home. There is above and beyond any amenity you could wish for in a rental property, no corners cut. Was one of the best vacations we've shared - and wonderful for sharing with friends. the best was mornings on the swing on the great porch, and laying out on the private rocks out front on the water. Already looking forward to returning. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Yarmouth, Maine

Beyond words!

  • 5 of 5

I wanted to take a moment and tell you how wonderful our stay was at The Gills. We are Mainer's and can experience the coast anytime, we chose the Gills because of it's wonderful setting and unique atmosphere. Chris, my partner and love of my life and I are old souls who find great comfort in the ocean. We had planned our getaway for nearly a year. Sadly, in July, Chris lost both his mothers in 5 days. During this awful time for us we just counted the days until we could arrive at the cottage and decompress from all the stress of life. You have created a beautiful retreat that captures a time when life was slower and the focus was on what was truly important, those we love. Our morning coffee was enjoyed sitting on the swing your Dad made on the porch overlooking the ocean. We spent our days watching the boats go by from the porch or on the rocks, and our evenings with a fire sometimes playing cards or reading from your library. It was so wonderful to fall asleep listening to the waves and wake to the boats going by. The cottage was just perfect for us and helped heal our souls. I am counting the days until our next trip to the Gills.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed your time at The Gills. The power of having the ocean so close is truly magical and restorative. Yes, it's great to have so many "things to do" so close by - but when I'm at The Gills I find what I enjoy most is doing nothing at all! I hope to have you back again soon.
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Fore Street
Just plain delicious. Reservations are taken up to a month in advance.
Salt Cod Cafe
Amazing homemade pies, scones and muffins. Try the 'Cribstone Crunch" (basically a lobster ...
Bailey Island Tiffins Ice Cream -- CLOSED
Giant Stairs
Great place for breakfast. Try the "Favorite" omelette.
L.L. Bean Flagship Store
24 Hours. 365 days a year.
Bowdoin College
Trattoria Athena
Delicious blend of traditional Greek and Italian. Be sure to make a reservation
Street and Co.
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine
Standard Baking Co.
from the team at Fore Street upstairs, this place has a huge selection of delicious breads a...
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
El Camino Restaurant
DELICIOUS Mexican made with fresh local ingredients. The Jalapeño margaritas are a must! (...
Bailey Island Cribstone Bridge
It's worth getting out of your car and taking a closer look at this amazing bridge ( the onl...
Frontier Restaurant and Theatre
Great food with a wonderful view of the river. They also play art house films in the adjace...
Farnsworth Art Museum
Portland Museum of Art
Cook's Lobster House
overpriced with spectacular views
Portland head lighthouse
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Bailey Island, Maine

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Apr 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Jun 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

DAMAGE WAIVER £71.05 + Tax
Pet Fee £251.19
Changeover / Cleaning £161.48 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

All reservations using "Online Booking" are NOT considerd CONFIRMED until you communicate with the property manager.

Rates are subject to change until the booking is confirmed/paid in full.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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