|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Long weekends in May and October! Fri., Sat., and Sun. night for $650 including tax and cleaning!!
The Fish House is a unique vacation spot. Originally a work shed for fishermen, it was turned into a guest cottage about 40 years ago. Much of the old character remains. This is a compact but 'full service' cottage with two bedrooms (one king, one full), a kitchen and full bath. Of course the views are amazing, since you are perched over the harbor. The cottage has its own wrap-around deck for sunning, lunching or lounging, and its own gas grill.
The setting is better described by photos. Slide a kayak off the dock for a buzz around the harbor, jump in for a swim on a hot afternoon. Many of Kennebunkport's most popular restaurants are a short stroll away, including 'The Ramp,' which gets more mentions in food magazines than Wolfgang Puck.
Our guests find the Fish House incredibly charming. It has low ceilings and the kitchen and bath are extremely clean, but dated (think early '70s). People who are willing to sacrifice a few luxuries are repaid in full with a truly reinvigorating vacation experience!
We will be fixing the house up to serve as our year-round home. Until then we are renting for fun and profit!
Chuck McLaughlin purchased this cottage in 2013
The main house will be our year-round home once it's finished. We have lived in a few different neighborhoods around Kennebunkport and this village is by far our favorite spot. Cape Porpoise is separate from the crowds in Dock Square, but it has a grocery of its own and several restaurants within walking distance.
Cape Porpoise is the adorable fishing village with the working harbor that you have seen in the postcards. What you haven't seen is the way the light changes over the course of the day, and how the rising tide floods into the marsh grasses on the edges. What you can't hear in the postcard are the lobster boats steaming in after a day hauling traps, or the seagulls' response to their arrival, or the salty accents coming from over by the mailboxes in Bradbury's Market. We won't talk about the smells. Let's just say sections of Cape Porpoise are still pretty authentic in that regard. All joking aside, there are very few opportunities in Kennebunkport to stay in such a great spot. There is not much lodging in Cape Porpoise itself, so they tend to book up quickly. We hope our Fish House can provide you and you family with a memorable stay in our little town.
Just returned very grudgingly from our delightful, restful week at the Fish House. What a fantastic vacation spot! The house is completely charming and the deck is really the highlight. We spent many hours on the deck, doing the arduous job of watching the tide come in right underneath us. It was also an awesome spot for nighttime meteor-gazing.
The bedrooms are, indeed, cozy ... the smaller room (and the stairway) was a little tight for our 6' tall teenager, but my husband and I were delighted with our room. Beds and linens were top-notch and very comfortable. The kitchen is ... yes, small. So, eat your breakfast on the deck and then go eat lobster rolls and seafood chowder at the chowder house down the street. :)
I was a little wary of the "rustic" bathroom, but was pleasantly surprised. It's clean, the shower's good, no worries there.
The town of Cape Porpoise is tiny, quiet and charming - quite a relief after our traffic-clogged arrival trip through Kennebunkport. The short trip to beautiful Goose Rocks beach was always a treat. The market in town is walking distance and very well-supplied - and not crazy expensive, either.
After 2 days my husband was ready to re-book for many consecutive summers ... I'm sure we'll be back!
Cape Porpoise is a fishing village within the town of Kennebunkport. Local lobstermen still moor their boats in the harbor and unload at Cape Porpoise Pier. The village has escaped the touristy nature of the ‘Port to a large extent. The houses are modest and there is a charming, authentic feeling. The streets are very walkable and there are lots of wonderful views along Pier Road and Langsford Road (if you get tired of the view from our dock out to the harbor islands!) Several restaurants in Cape Porpoise Square and at the Pier are within easy walking distance of 49 Pier Road -- The Wayfarer and The Captain's in the square for family-style, and Nunan's Lobster House for 'lobster in the rough,' just outside the square. On the Pier are Pier 77 for fine dining, The Ramp for excellent pub-style fare and a take-out shack for picnic-style lobster rolls, fried clams, burgers and dogs. Also in the square are Bradbury’s Market, where you can grab an early morning coffee and the paper, and Cape Porpoise Kitchen, owned by our friend Peggy, which has baked goods and all kinds of gourmet takeout for lunch and dinner (and better coffee!!)
Goose Rocks Beach (permit parking only) is a pretty 7-minute drive east on Route 9. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern Maine. You will be spellbound. Further up Route 9 are Biddeford Pool and Hill’s Beach – a beautiful bike ride away!
Dock Square, Kennebunkport is 5 minutes down Route 9 in the other direction. Shops, galleries, restaurants and excursions can be found in the ‘Port. Just across the Kennebunk River bridge is Kennebunk’s charming Lower Village. From there you can walk down to Kennebunk Beach, where turn-of-the-century “cottages” command open ocean views. A long seawall makes a brisk walk easy and safe.
Golf and tennis can be found a short drive away. The Cape Arundel Golf Course has public tee times and is famous as George Bush's home course when he's in Maine. Well maintained public tennis courts, along with a playground and basketball court, are just minutes away as well.
Cape Arundel, home to the Bush family, is an enclave of wonderful shingle-style homes. Ocean Avenue winds through this neighborhood and affords stunning views of the rocky coast and the open Atlantic. Geological curiosities such as Spouting Rock are interesting for the kids. The hilly side streets make a nice walk, especially for those interested in architecture.
Numerous saltwater marshes in the area are owned by the Rachel Carson federal conservation agency. Birdwatching is popular and Route 9 affords sweeping views across the marshes in many places throughout the Kennebunks, Wells and Biddeford. It's not uncommon to see artists set up for some plein-air work right along the road.
A well-regarded summer stock theater is located in Arundel, about 10 minutes away, and there's a very active flea market in Arundel also along with other antique shops.
South of us are Wells (known for its beaches, but Goose Rocks is your best bet) and Ogunquit, a great little town known for crowds, traffic jams, the beautiful footpath of Marginal Way, and the shops, galleries and restaurants of Perkins Cove. Ogunquit was an artists’ colony in the 19th century and a there’s fine little museum of American Art on Shore Road.
Local excursions include sailboat rides, charter fishing and whale watching tours. Daytrips could include a 35-minute drive to Portland's charming Old Port for shopping and dining, or a trip on the Casco Bay Ferries out to Portland's inhabited islands. Freeport is another 25 minutes north of Portland and is best known for L.L. Bean's flagship store. Dozens of other well-known outlets can also be found.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$25 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$50|
|Notes||We require a signed copy of our rental agreement to book.|
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