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Parsons Beach Home, Private Beach, Pool, Quiet, 6 or 10; JULY 10-17 WEEK IS OPEN


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Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Parsons Beach Home, Private Beach, Pool, Quiet, 6 or 10; JULY 10-17 WEEK IS OPEN

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Kennebunk Beach House Rental Photos and Description

Contemporary Home, waterviews, screened deck,5 Bedroom,3 Bath, either 6or10, Pet

Please note the two options. For $5,400 you have three bedrooms for six guests or, for $2,500 more, five bedrooms for ten guests. In both instances, you have full use of the pool. No one will be renting the other bedrooms. VRBO is not geared to quoting instant rates for two options, and will always quote the rate for six guests.

Why My Place is so Special

Calling our mile long beach one of the finest anywhere is not an overstatement and perhaps the best part of this expansive beautiful beach is its privacy. Sometimes you may find yourself alone when you take a morning or evening walk.

Crescent Surf Beach is grounded at one end by a turn-of-the century, enormous cottage built by my great-grandfather and at the other by a conservation area for Least Terns and Piping Plovers donated to the contiguous Rachel Carson Preserve by my mother. Beyond the nesting birds, warmer waters of Little River head to the sea twice daily. Fishermen wade out to catch strippers at Little River; they fish from Hart's Rocks in front of the Big House or at neighboring Mousam River.

Five minutes away by foot, The Farm is a unique treasure. Ten open acres include a 100 year old apple orchard, gently rolling hay fields, an expansive tidal marsh, woods to peep through and be amazed by huge oak, maples and high white pine. The Farm offers you an exclusive location for family gatherings, rejuvenation for creative minds and a center for outdoor activities.

Your house is so filled with light that the professional photographer who took the shots for VRBO said, 'This is the only place where I've never had to turn on lights to do a shoot.' The furniture is new, attractive and comfortable. Many guests take delight in the many works of art.

There is an option to have just the main house, or, to sleep 4 more, the Pool House also, at an additional charge of $2,500. No one can rent the Pool House separately. You will always be the only guests at the Farm.

There are 3 bedrooms in the main house. The master bedroom is downstairs, conveniently located off the spacious living room. The downstairs features six, floor to ceiling windows and two double sets of glass doors with views of rolling fields, marsh, some ocean and great sunrises. The sunny kitchen leads into the dining area. Two bedrooms and a bath on the second floor have a hallway that looks onto the cathedral ceiling of the living room.

Through a breezeway, four friends or additional family have their own space with two large bedrooms. One called the Ocean Room, has a gorgeous view of the ocean and the other, the Wood Room, has mesmerizing views of birds, fields and forest. Called the Pool House, it also has its own breakfast nook plus a colorful sun room where you feel you are outdoors...and from it you can go right to the pool. More photos are available of these rooms., upon request.

A mowed area on a flat field adjacent to the west side of the house is ideal for ball games. New this year, within the open field, is a full sized labyrinth surrounded on two sides by walls of breathtaking trees.

It takes five minutes walking over a dirt, tree-lined road and a short grassy path to reach the beach. Another five minute walk on the private beach gets you to the river and large sand dunes.

The in-ground 18 by 30 foot pool with outdoor hot and cold shower provides for real swimming or quick refreshing dips. A solar roll back cover keeps the water ten degrees warmer than normal.

The water source is a 150 year old spring fed well. During dry periods I request your cooperation to limit water use.

From the flower garden, receive or pick some of your favorites.

I use limited chemicals, none on the lawn or flower garden. I recently installed two bat homes and several bird baths, designed to keep insects at bay. New screens, doors and air temperature equipment, keep your home comfortable in all weather.

When leaving your paradise, you're only 2 miles to Kennebunkport, 10 to Ogunquit and 40 to L.L.Bean.

The quiet is ubiquitous. No neighbors in sight. The nearest paved road, Route 9, is so far away little traffic can be heard; you hear only the crashing of surf and birds overhead. Maybe you’ll spot the moose in the marsh. Nature, the beach and ocean, a pool, wildlife, wild flowers, all the delights of summer await you at competitive pricing. Perfect for that family gathering. Book now.

Keywords: Two beautiful private beaches await you. From on a 30 foot hill in your architect designed home, enjoy the best New England offers: acres of nature that would captivate Thoreau himself, along with the great Atlantic Ocean. Every one will love the large, in-ground pool. The water pump works 24/7 to help maintain cleanliness. Lounge outdoors on three decks: one screened in, one on the East and one on the West. One is always perfect.

Outdoor activities abound: walk alone or with your dog on the beach or on the many trails; bird-watch; take nature photographs; kayak from nearby tidal dock on the Mousam River or from the beach; fish for stripped bass at three locations; cycle private roads and star gaze into dark skies.

From the decks see a fantastic view of some ocean, plenty of tidal marsh, an apple orchard, fields and beautiful tree-scapes. Ideal place to bring the family together for a special occasion.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Helen (Owner)
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About Helen

I grew up in Connecticut and Prince Edward Island and studied in Fredericton, New Brunswick. I later lived in Calgary, Alberta where my second son was born and where I taught elementary school. After living abroad for a few years, I moved to this family home in 1978 and have been enjoying it ever since.

Helen purchased this house in 1890

Why Helen chose Kennebunk Beach

My mother's ancestors moved here from Alfred, Maine, back in 1890, to be on the ocean. It is said these two beaches comprise the longest stretch of 'undeveloped' shoreline on the East Coast. Crescent Surf is so isolated the U.S. Military stationed troops here during W.W.II., and they scared my mother once when she came out of the water.

I moved here in 1978 with my two boys after I inherited the Farm with its twenty acres from my mother, Helen Parsons. I wanted my children to enjoy the wonders of country living and be able to attend the excellent schools of Kennebunk.

The whole area, Kennebunk, Lower Village and Kennebunkport have excellent activities for children, including the K.B.I.A. at Kennebunk Beach.

What makes this house unique

You can know you frequented the same beach as George W.H.Bush and Cole Porter. George during the last few years of his administration when he jogged it during the off season and Cole while he and my cousin were roommates at university and vacationed at my Aunt's on the beach.

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Parsons Beach Home, Private Beach, Pool, Quiet, 6 or 10; JULY 10-17 WEEK IS OPEN
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews
Ottawa, Canada

Perfect beach vacation

  • 5 of 5

We rented the main house and the annex for a small family reunion. Our group was comprised of six adults, 3 children. We found the house was perfect for our needs. The bedroom on the ground floor in the main house was perfect for an older couple and the two bedrooms upstairs were great for the kids who felt quite at ease on the spiral staircase. The annex has two bedrooms and the bedroom upstairs has distant waterviews and you can hear the ocean at night. Although the balcony off the bedroom was not accessible, it would be the perfect spot for a quiet breakfast or place to read. The beds were very comfortable.

There were many separate porches where you can have quiet times or gather with a larger group. We loved having our evening cocktails on the front deck. The kitchen is well equipped and we had several of our meals at the house. For lobster I would recommend getting lobsters from the pound in kennebunk port as they will cook them for you. We had dinner at Bandaloop in Kennebunk port which was excellent.

The pool was very clean and perfect for the kids. The greatest part of the trip was having access to a private beach. It is about a 10 minute walk to a perfect spot on a pristine beach near the dunes and the river. It was quiet, beautiful and peaceful.

We had a minor issue with the breaker for one of the appliances and the owner, Helen had someone come and fix it immediately. She is very kind and attentive to your needs. Given an opportunity we wil definitely return.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Pour amants de la nature!

  • 5 of 5

The Great Blue Heron est un endroit très EXCLUSIF: La maison d'Helen est dans un magnifique boisé exlusivement habité par des descendants de la famille Parsons. On y trouve seulement quelques maisons et on peut y voir des animaux et des oiseaux rares qui viennent nidifier au refuge Rachel Carson, qui était la grand-mère d'Helen. La maison est très agréable, confortable et excessivement propre (comme sur les photos et même mieux). On y trouve des oeuvres d'art et TOUT pour cuisiner. La plage, à quelques minutes de marche, est idyllique. Seule plage encore privée sur la côte Est, on peut y marcher des heures, seul. Intéressant aussi de connaître un peu l'histoire de ce Parsons (arrière grand-père d'Helen) qui, tombé amoureux de Kennebunk, a développé un chemin de fer pour s'y rendre après y avoir construit la "Big House", vestige d'une époque révolue (1880 environ). C'est un séjour inoubliable à la mer. Helen est une hotesse idéale, empressée et charmante et même si elle était parfois dans l'annexe à côté, on ne pouvait pas le savoir tant elle est discrète. PS: Nous y étions pour 2 semaines, avons cotoyé des maringouins pendant 2-3 jours, peu surprenant au milieu des bois, et mince inconvénient.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bonjour, my French is limited to what I learned in grammar school on P.E.I. and as much as I would like to respond in French, I am afraid I cannot. Thank you very much for your lovely review. I always am so delighted to hear that my guests enjoy themselves at my home. I was delighted to have you. Your extended family came and went so everyone had some time. It was wonderful your seventeen year old son found such pleasure at the beach as well as your 87 year old mother. I was especially pleased and surprised that one family member returned for just one night! I look forward to your next visit. Helen
New York City

Total Contentment

  • 5 of 5

One of the best, most wonderful, peaceful, delightful rentals ever. The location is secluded but five-ten minutes from Wells, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport (30 minutes from Portland) so there is plenty to see and do and quite a few excellent restaurants (even by New York City standards). The house and grounds were so lovely and the beach so awesome, we spent two weeks mostly just lolling about, although my friends played golf at the numerous golf courses in the area and went kayaking to their hearts' content. My labrador retriever was in dog heaven and spent so much time in the ocean, he actually got "cold tail" and had to take a two day respite from swimming! Did not need the AC at all which was a blessing having been cooped up inside avoiding NYC heat all summer. Helen is a most gracious, unobtrusive landlord. I'd recommend to anyone looking for the perfect place to de-stress and unwind (just don't take my two weeks), although Helen has decorated the house with lots of lovely touches so dogs (and kids) should be well-behaved. For restaurants, try One Dock and On the Marsh (Arrows also if you don't mind complicated, pretentious menus) and Mike's Fish Market for great take out lobster, steamers and cole slaw that you can enjoy on the enclosed back porch while the sun sets! Wish I was still there!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear from you, Laura. You and your friends are so interesting and I enjoyed meeting you all and seeing you experience and love the great contrast to big city life. I look forward to your visit next year! Helen
Kingston, NH

Extremely private, extraordinarily beautiful, and dog friendly - highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and our golden spent a week at Helen’s home – what a gorgeous place. Property is located only a couple of miles from Wells and all the action in Kennebunkport but the house is surrounded by acres & acres of land and the Rachael Carson Wildlife Preserve with absolutely no neighbors. To get there you turn right off of Rt 9 onto a dirt road and meander through the woods for 1-2 mi until you see the house sitting on top of the hill surrounded by pasture with the salt marsh below. The back of the house faces the sun rise where the views from the back porch and pool are the field, marsh, and the ocean in the distance. The front of the house is fields with old apple trees bounded by woods.

There is a constant ocean breeze and at high tide when the marsh is full of sea water the breeze brings refreshingly cool air. The breeze keeps the house cool & we only used the AC on 1 day when it was 98F. When you’re lounging by the pool on the hottest day you get those pleasing puffs of cool ocean air.

There are no people, no cars, no noise, only birds & the sound of the ocean. You're looking over rolling green but only a short stroll to one of the most beautiful private beaches you’ve ever seen. Bluebirds nest in an old bird house 10 yds off the back porch, chickadees live in a birdhouse hanging on the porch, swallows come every day, wrens, a catbird, and many others birds we’d never seen before in NE live there. Saw wild turkeys on 3 of 7 days. A red fox walked by the deck one morning while we were having coffee. Deer can be spotted at the edge of the forest on most days if you’re up early or at dusk.

Amenities: The house has everything including linens, towels, paper products, dish and bath detergents so you don’t need to pack extra stuff. Clean and very comfortable.

Parsons Beach: A short walk down the private dirt rd to Parsons beach. 8 houses in total have access to this beach. During July 4th week we only saw 2 other families all week. The beach is flat, pristine & very expansive. You can walk walk for a very long way – never got to the end.

Fishing: Striped bass ran every day. 1-2 hr prior to low tide. Much success on plugs and salt water wet fly. On one day, in 1/2 hour landed 6+1 keeper.

Dog friendly: Our golden was exhausted every day from running free on the beach. It was awesome to have him with us - no worries - happy dog! Note: Spiral stair keeps him downstairs a plus.

Helen, Thanks for a perfect week, never better!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Peter,Jo and Tyler, I am so glad you appreciated being here so much and many thanks for letting me know. Your beautiful, descriptive narrative will show others what the house, land and water are like from a new perspective. It was wonderful having you here. I look forward to seeing you again. All best, Helen

Relaxation at its best

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Helen’s home for 7 nights this June. I have to say that I believe the home was nicer than the pictures suggest. As indicated in the description, there are two decks, one in the front and one in the back, both have a gorgeous view, but the one in the back was my favorite. Its right next to a gorgeous screened in porch that has a table with 6 comfortable chairs. When we originally planned our trip, we had many different things planned for many different days. That all went out the window once we got to Helen’s property. With the gorgeous pool and beach a short walk away, the back deck with incredibly comfortable lounge chairs and beautiful view, we found ourselves lounging at her property most days and evenings as there was something for everybody. A few things not included in the property description, but that I found very nice, is that Helen has some puzzles available for the children, some cards and even had a pair of very nice binoculars. We traveled with my dad and two sons (12 and 8). One particular evening we sat outside on the lounge chairs after it was dark, put on some music and got out our telescope and her binoculars and everybody took turn looking at the stars and planets. Such an amazing view compared to PA. We saw satellites and shooting stars, absolutely incredible view and dark skies. Its so quiet there, all you can hear is the ocean in the background.

The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed and I found that I had packed so many things I didn’t need, because everything was there. Helen made it clear that she was available to us whenever we needed anything, and was. Without going into detail, out trip dates changed quite a few times. Helen went above and beyond to work with us and our family situation.

The pool has a cover on it and even though we went in June, the water was perfectly warm and probably the cleanest I’ve ever seen. As one reviewer previously indicated, this place is amazing to anybody that stays at it, but being able to bring your dog is what made this vacation so special. Watching our dog run on the beach and jump with waves with our children created a memory that not only will I never forget, but that you’d be hard-pressed to create anywhere else.

If you’re a parent traveling with kids as I was, literally the only thing that caused a very minor inconvenience was that there is only one TV (which is huge and HD) in the living room. Sometimes at night we found it difficult to come u

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Linda, You and your family were wonderful, appreciative guests and left everything just as when you arrived or better. It's great to have such tenants and I thank you very much for all your comments. I am wondering where I might put a small TV for next year. Enjoy the rest of the summer. Best, Helen

Special spot for beach and bird lovers, private and quiet yet close to Portland and Ogunquit.

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I have been coming to Maine for years and are familiar with the downsides - water sometimes too cold for all but the hardiest, blackflies and skeeters aplenty - but vacationing in a place with such natural beauty and serenity more than compensates. Helen's house in Kennebunk enjoys views over a lovely meadow and tidal inlet to the beach and ocean a short walk away. The pool is great for those who want a dip but really can't deal with North Atlantic Ocean temperatures, and is a good size for morning exercise as well as splashing around in the shallow end. We enjoyed fishing and body surfing at the far end of the pristine beach, which is really the surprise of this rental. It's amazing that there's so much private or conservation-protected land available for people who rent this house to wander over! I was astonished at the extent of both the beach and the preserve area - a paradise for birders and beachcombers. The fact that few other people seemed to be there during our stay was an unexpected plus, especially considering it was mid-August. At most beachfront rentals you're cheek-by-jowl with other cottages and seldom have the feeling of enjoying so much space to yourself. That's what made staying here extra special and memorable.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Portsmouth or Portland
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Car: necessary

The Ogunquit Summer Playhouse presents plays organized in NYC just for this theater and they generally excel.

There are beautiful golf courses and many places to kayak, hike or swim. The area is known for a wide-range antiquing experiences.


Rates & Availability

From $629 Per night

Kennebunk Beach House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
June please ask
Jun 26 2015 - Jul 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
Summer 6 people
Jul 3 2015 - Aug 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day for 6
Aug 28 2015 - Sep 1 2015
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning House and Pool $350
Refundable damage deposit $800
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes To occupy the Pool House also, please add an additional $2,500.
In and out day is Friday. Please call or write about the special discount for longer stays. Home cleaning is done by The Maids and the pool by a local cleaner. Other than summer, weekly and long weekend rates vary,depending on the dates. Please ask.
50% is due when completing the agreement; the balance is due 30 days before occupancy. Payment by check or bank-wire.
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Kennebunk Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs, Main House
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Pool House Downstairs Bathroom
  • There is a bathroom on each floor of the Maine House and one downstairs in the Pool House.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Downstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Upstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , upstairs
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , The Wood Room, downstairs.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , The Great Ocean View Room.
  • 2 Queen Beds and 2 Twins, (1) pack crib/play One queen bed is downstairs. There is a bathroom on each floor. In the Pool House, Two bedrooms, with queen beds, and a bathroom with shower downstairs.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Many shore birds and water ones, turkeys, smaller wildlife, foxes and deer. We have beautiful sunrises and partial sunsets seen through enormous white pines across the meadow. Apart from the ocean and an occasional small plane, you won't hear anything. At low tide there is ample room for soccer, baseball or volleyball. Night skies are memorable.

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