House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)
Valancy and Steve Harlow
About Valancy and Steve Harlow
Steve is a Chartered Financial Consultant and Valancy is a dental hygienist and a certified group exercise /aqua fitness instructor. Steve is a native Mainer and Valancy grew up in New Brunswick, Canada. We have one son, who is a recent college graduate in Civil Engineering. Our son has played hockey since age 4 so these are our first winters in a long time, not spent living at the rink! We love skiing and we love the beach.
Valancy and Steve Harlow purchased this House in 1985
Why Valancy and Steve Harlow chose Old Orchard Beach
Steve's connection to Old Orchard Beach began before he was even born. His parents met and fell in love at the end of the old world famous Old Orchard Beach pier dancing the night away to the sounds of Benny Goodman. Growing up, Steve and his large extended French Canadian family from Lewiston, Maine did day trips to Old Orchard nearly ever summer weekend. When the opportunity to purchase a beach house here came up it was an easy decision. He has owned the property at Beachwalk Four since 1985 and, with Valancy's help, continues to improve it every year.
What makes this House unique
Our beach house is located on a section of the 7 mile beach called 'Grand Beach'. It is thought by all of the real estate gurus to be the most desirable location because of the fine sand, the gentle slope with no steep drop off and the wide expanse of beach available at low and high tide. The roof top deck addition is our favorite place to enjoy morning coffee and happy hour. It's always 5 o'clock somewhere!
Parties, large gatherings prohibited
Evidence of smoking forfeits security deposit
Ins co does not allow renters any pets
50 steps to beach on oceanside lg grass courtyard
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
If cancellation necessary, sorry but no return of any monies unless we are able to re rent your week/s for the same rate.Travel insurance recommended
Parking on site for ONE vehicle. Additional parking at public lots nearby for a nominal fee.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Great weekend stay
Great cottage, very clean with excellent views and easy access to everything.
The owners were very attentive, we loved our weekend gateway!
Wonderful Family Location
The Old Orchard Beach rental was fantastic! The rental was in a great location to fun summer time events, and the hosts were more than generous with additional activity information. Or family would definitely stay again when we are in the area.
The beach is extraordinarily close and was never overly populated while we were present.
Cute, but too small for my family
The positives are the location because it's near the beach. The beds were soft, but we thought they were comfortable. The kitchen has been updated so that was nice. The negatives for us personally, were the low ceilings. They even have pads stapled on the beams for your protection. My son is 6'3" and had to duck just to walk around. I'm short, and it was right above my head. The one shower on the first floor is like an RV shower (tiny), but the temperature and water pressure were good. The floors creak alot! Every time one of us had to potty in the middle of the night, the creaking floors were loud and woke everyone up. There's a train that runs fairly close so if you're a light sleeper that might bother you. To get on the rooftop deck, you need to be comfortable climbing a ladder which I'm not. We could never get any of the three TV's to work with cable/satellite. There are directions for everything except for how to get the cable or satellite to work. We're not big TV people, but it would have been nice to watch a little. We did get the DVD player to work so we watched a movie once. I originally asked for a slightly earlier check-in because after flying into Boston at 4am and then driving 2 hours to the area, then having to find things to do until 3pm when we were exhausted took a huge toll. The beach was very cold and windy. Nothing on the pier was open. I'm sure the town gets busy in the summer, but not at the beginning of October. It was a ghost town.
Charming and cozy
Could not have asked for a better getaway vacation. From the welcoming beautiful flower boxes to the amazing rooftop deck, we had everything at our fingertips to spend our days exploring the endless amazing places to see and then return to a comfortable and clean homey base to relax. Truly a dream vacation, wish it were longer!!
A wonderful getaway place steps from the beach. Old Orchard beach has great restaurants including live music ! Wonderful property owners and everything they said on the posting was accurate!
Another Great Stay
This was our second time here, would be #3 but they were booked up when we decided to go last year much to my dismay. Wonderful as always and the kitchen upgrades made for a nice refresh of the property and the addition of a dishwasher made eating in easier. Valancy was a pleasure to deal with and when a very minor issue came up Steve was there in a flash to take care of it. I look forward to staying with them again.
Amusement and Water Parks, Whale Watching, Stock Car Racing, Live Harness Racing, NEW Monkey Junk Ropes Course. Fireworks on the beach every Thursday.