3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, sleeps 7
About ALISON MURPHY
For a number of years before we bought Marshview, the Murphy/Brown family came to Moody Beach on vacation. Our time here was a delightful respite from our stressful lives. When we would drive over the Portsmouth Bridge, we could feel the stress leave our body, smell the sea air and experience a sense of well-being. Our family loved coming here; we made friends with whom we still maintain ties. In 1988, we purchased Marshview and that’s when the work began. That first year, every weekend from Thanksgiving to May on Thursday or Friday afternoon, we left New York drove 4-5 hours to Maine to work on the house. Most of the work we did was invisible: we stripped the rooms of layers-upon-layers of wallpaper; rewired the electric; cleaned, cleaned, cleaned; de-cluttered and more; we threw out broken and old furniture; and we never thought our home would be ready to open to guests. The house was dark inside so we began by painting it light colors to bring the outside—in. Our painting projects have gone through many changes throughout the years as we try to attain the perfect “Cottage Style”. Decorating has always been more fun than putting on a new roof, rebuilding the subfloor, installing hardwood floors in the living rooms and new kitchen floors, remodeling and replacing everything in bathrooms on both sides of the house—including the floors, walls, ceilings. But these things had to be done, so during the years we’ve done all of these things also. We love being the owners of Marshview. We’ve met such lovely people and welcomed them and their families to our home and lives. We appreciate hearing about their stays. We hope you will join us too. The Murphy/Brown Family
ALISON MURPHY purchased this House in 1988
Why ALISON MURPHY chose Wells
WHY STAY AT MARSHVIEW? In addition to being a lovely, comfortable home only 500 yds. from the beach. Marshview is in a great location. We’re only a trolley ride from Ogunquit with its boutiques, specialty shops, restaurants for all tastes and clubs to enjoy dancing and singing. (Don’t forget to stop at the fabulous & unique “Spoiled Rotten” on Beach St.) There are concerts at Ogunquit harbor. Take Shore RD. (at the crazy intersection in Ogunquit) toward Perkins Cove, and in addition to tempting eateries there are many art galleries. In Perkins Cove seafood restaurants abound and it’s a port for sight-seeing cruises, deep sea fishing and other activities. There are jewelry designers, potters and other interesting shops. Drive further south on Route 1, stop in York at the amusement park, the game farm, the taffy store and its historic village. Or travel south for another 30 minutes, you’ll find the Kittery outlets which line both sides of the road. Many people enjoy shopping at the Kittery Trading Post. North from our house on Route 1 is the Village of Kennebunk and to the northeast is Kennebunkport—two great places to visit. In addition to the beauty of nature and the summer home of George H. Bush, there are art galleries, boutiques, novelty and clothes stores, designer jewelry, potters, and of course—restaurants. Further north the meandering roads take you through quaint fishing villages, where you antique shops abound. In about 30-40 min., you arrive in Freeport, the home of L.L. Bean and other high-end outlets. It’s an easy town in which to walk around, with lots of rest stops, sidewalk or restaurant food and great shopping. Don’t miss having lobster at Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Company, located on the beautiful South Freeport waterfront in South Freeport, Maine. It’s a local landmark for natives and visitors alike. This is a “must” for us; we sit outside or inside, enjoy the food and relax with views of the beautiful harbor and watch the boats.
What makes this House unique
It’s nice to have all the benefits of home without the hassle. Each year, our family tries to make sure we provide new amenities—both large and small—to add to your enjoyment. We've just added a new bath and dishwasher. We've written about all the great area restaurants, but our kitchen is spacious and a great gathering place for family meals. If you’d like to eat breakfast out, try the Egg & I, Bintliff’s (both on Rt. 1 south toward Ogunquit) or Merriland Farms. Located off Rt. 1 north going toward Kennebunk on Coles Hill Road in Wells, the food is a treat, as is the jam we always leave for our guests as a gift. (There’s also a nice executive golf course there.) It’s an easy, short walk--only 500 yds.--to the beach—and what a beach it is! It’s private, sandy, family friendly and a gathering center for the neighbors, but there’s always room to find a quiet spot for you and family. The beach is the scene of football, baseball and bocce other games, horseshoes, kit flying, Frisbee contests. There are sand castles, mermaids of all kinds, sand toys and sea shells. (If you don't find the type of shells you want, there are shops in Kennebunkport that have a marvelous assortments of real shells that are sure to satisfy you.) Just looking at the ocean is a source of respite. Lobster boats, yachts, pleasure crafts, lobster traps, Nubble Lighthouse, Kennebunkport, Ogunquit and Perkins Cove are all visible. (On the Fourth of July, fireworks can be seen from Ogunquit and from Kennebunkport.) Standing in, dodging or riding the waves, surfing, tubing, kayaking, canoeing are some of the activities people enjoy. Others love walking, looking for shells, bike riding, searching for hermit crabs or other ocean treasures. Walking at dusk on the beach is lovely and peaceful, as well as a great place for a picnic. Take the beach buggy and your chairs--Indulge, extend your day. Finish with a warm outdoor shower and then sleep to the sound of the waves breaking against the shore.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Only 2 cars are allowed to park in driveway. Additional cars will have to find alternate parking in the area
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A nice family getaway
Property is very close to the beach and was described accurately in the listing. Kitchen and some of the kid’s stuff (highchair) weren’t cleaned well. Neighborhood is nice and view of marsh was lovely. Bring bug spray. Only other complaint was that the house is missing a lot of basic amenities like new pots/ pans, grill utensils, etc. We ended up borrowing supplies from a very generous neighbor.
We liked this house. It clean and you have all you want in the kitchen except a stove hood. The bedroom, kitchen and living room are spacious. It’s very good if you have many persons with you. The house is near the beach. We appreciate that.
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Nice beach getaway
This home was very clean and welcoming and situated on a very quiet street off the main beach road with beautiful views of the marsh. The kitchen was very well stocked. Don't expect to put together a gourmet meal, but you'll have the essentials for lobsters and summertime fare. Having a high chair was a nice plus for us for the little one. The home was just a few blocks walk to the entryway to the beach. Our hosts were very responsive and helpful both leading up to our stay and for questions after we checked in. The only drawback is the fact that this rental is a part of a duplex - depending on who the guests are on the other side - you may or may not experience noise (sound travels and you can hear people walking around the home) and there is little privacy outside the home. Hints: check the tide charts for the time of your stay if you're looking to spend a lot of time at the beach and park at a slight diagonal so that the four cars (total) for both units can get in and out easily. Overall, I would recommend this rental for a peaceful time in Maine.
Lovely Beach House
Ideally located beach house at beautiful Moody Beach. Very comfortable, clean and well equipped with everything we needed. The owner was terrific to work with! Highly recommend
We enjoyed having you as our guests. Thank you for taking care of our home as if it were your own. Please come again. Barbara & Michael
Great beach get-away!
We had a great week at Marshview North. So convenient to be a short walk to the beach. The house was clean and had everything we needed. Beautiful views of the marsh. A bonus was having a pack n play for kids and also beach cart and boogie boards. Would definitely stay again at this property. Thank you!
Great Trip with the family
Great place to stay! Clean, quiet, cute decorations, and very comfortable. Central to many Maine attractions and restaurants. The owner is very helpful and always available to answer questions. We stayed with 7 people and had plenty of room. Beach is just a walk away. I would recommend to anyone and hope to stay there again. Thank you for pleasant place to stay!
North of Ogunquit; turn off Route 1 on Bourne Avenue, turn left on Ocean Ave., right on Marsh St. House is on the northwest corner of Marsh and South Tibbetts Ave.
Other Activities: surfing, bird watching, shopping, crabbing, semi-pro baseball
Golf: There are several competitive 18-hole golf courses near by in Sanford, Wells and Cape Arundel.
There's information on the web at 'Golfing in Maine'.