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Waterfront in Cape Porpoise; Pier, Tennis Court, Kayaking Paradise

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

- 5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 4 BRs have private sinks, 10 person maximum

The Wahwa Cottage is situated on a prominent point of land, over looking the five islands of Cape Porpoise. The owners of the Oriental Tea Company built this cottage in 1900. The house features a 10 person formal dining room; a comfortable living room and a large eat in kitchen. There is a clay tennis court for your use. A private pier provides the center for water activities such as swimming and kayaking and access to the broad stretch of sandy flats for walking, playing and island adventuring. A spacious wrap-around porch has areas for shady reading and sun bathing. There are large lawns for out door games such as softball or Badminton. A 10-minute walk takes you to the bustling Cape Porpoise fish pier or the quaint village of Cape Porpoise. The tidal change is 8-10 feet in front of the house making a landscape that is always changing. At low tide, the sand flats are accessible for one half mile in all directions. In the evening, relax on the porch to watch the sun set reflecting on the islands.

The lobster boats of Cape Porpoise motor slowly by the end of our pier on the to and from the fishing grounds in the ocean outside the island barrier.

Beautiful Vistas: unique environment: The sea coast of Cape Porpoise is surrounded by a protective island boundary. These islands form a barrier from the Atlantic ocean's waves and wind, creating an ideal area for kayaking, paddlel boarding and any other type of recreational boating. The islands provide a multitude of inlets, coves and beaches to explore or make shore. The six islands directly in front of the house are Stage, Fort, Cape, Trotts, Redins and Goat. All of these islands are owned by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, and are open to the public for picnicking and touring. Please visit their web site for a web cam view of the area from the light house situated on Goat Island. The exact coordinates of the house are: 43.369918,-70.429709. These can be used in Google Earth 'Fly To' tab.

Tennis Court: An clay tennis court is available for your use. The surface of this court is very easy on the knees.

More Details

Alexander Bowe
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Alexander Bowe

My Great Grandfather Herbert Allen built the North House in 1898. His father Frank Allen built South House in 1900. Father and son were partners in the Oriental Tea Company out of Boston. The large brass kettle in Government Center Plaza in front of the Starbucks was originally hanging in front of the Oriental Tea Company on India Street.


Cape Porpoise House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Second Floor 1 - toilet , shower
    Second Floor 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , No sink
    First Floor - toilet , outdoor shower
  • The second floor bathroom #1 features a large, modern walk in shower. The second floor bathroom #2 has a large claw foot tub with a shower fixture.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • West (library) - 2 twin/ single
    South East (Light House Room) - 1 double , Sink, waterfront
    South West (Tennis Court Room) - 1 queen , Sink, window seat
    North East (Stage Is Room) - 1 queen , 1 child bed , Sink, waterfront, child bed is in a room just off this one
    North West (Kiosk Room) - 2 twin/ single , Sink
  • All of the bedrooms except the 'West (library)' room have a sink and mirror. The east rooms have windows facing the water and offer marvelous sunrise views. The room furnishings are original, except for the mattresses! All rooms have at least 3 large windows with shades. The Northeast bedroom (see photo) has a small bedroom connected with a twin bed.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This area provides private grounds with no traffic. A safe area for kids to play on the large lawns. The tide change in this area can be up to 12'. At high tide, water sports are done off the end of the pier. Swimming, canoing, kayaking and many more are enjoyed. At low tide the sand flats are excellent for walking and exploring the 5 islands that surround this protected harbor. An invigorating walk around the rocky coast line of one of these islands is a great way to work off a large lunch. Sea life can be found such as clams, hermit crabs, sand dollars and moon snails. As the tide comes back in over the warm sand it creates warm swimming pools and washes over the days sand castles. A boat trip to Goat Island light house is rewarding because the friendly hosts from Kennebunkport Conservation Trust will take you for a tour up to the top of the light house. July and August offer challenging Striped Bass fishing, you may find yourself competing for fish with our 41st president


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Waterfront in Cape Porpoise; Pier, Tennis Court, Kayaking Paradise
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Such a special spot!! Eight feet of water during high tide then walking to the islands at low tide!

  • 5 of 5

Our parents rented this property back in the 80s and to return with our children was so special. We were welcomed by Amy and Louise upon our arrival and they were able to share stories of the property with us throughout the week-so very interesting to learn more about this special place! It was very nostalgic being there, as my brother, sister, parents and I walked through the house so much had remained the same-all in a good way!!

We lucked out weather-wise-rarely left the property other than a quick trip to Bradbury's Market, or an easy path walk to the pier for lunch or a fantastic dinner at Pier 77! There is just so much you can do at Wahwa-crabbing, hunting for sea glass, kayaking and paddle boarding (rented for a few days), tennis across the driveway (note- if you lose a ball over the fence-let it be-the swamp that saved the houses from a fire decades ago can keep all the balls it gets!) or as many of us did- just read or relax on the deck and enjoy the beautiful scenery! We did have about a 2 hour window of a thunderstorm which my sister-in-law and I took as an opportunity to enjoy the lightning show from the wonderful reading nook in one of bedrooms!

Kudos to Cape Porpoise for putting on a fireworks show just off Goat Island. No one felt like driving to Kennebunkport to see the show there, and luckily we didn't have to go anywhere but the deck to get our July 4th show in!

We all thoroughly enjoyed being back at this very special place!! One suggestion... offer those great Wahwa glasses to the renters-many of us were tempted to take one as a momento! ;)

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 9, 4 adults and 5 kids, spent a week in this special place. It's large and comfortable with plenty of space so no one feels cramped. Right on the water and the kids swam and used kayaks and paddle boards every day. Easy kayak trip to Goose Island lighthouse. Easy walk to cafe and smaller grocery store for essentials. Cafe has wonderful deli with fresh foods. Would recommend to anyone looking for some peaceful times.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We rented this wonderful property years ago when our children were younger. This year we rented with our children and grandchildren. This is the perfect location for families because of the gentle water for tiny tots, significant tide changes for kayaking, and plenty of room for walking on the flats. The turn-of-the-20th century house is immaculate, absolutely charming, and has everything a vacationing family would want - its within close driving to crashing waves of pristine beaches, walking distance from the charming village of Cape Porpoise and its good, down-home family restaurants, close to the tourist haven of Kennebunkport, and self-contained luxury. Don't you dare rent here -- we want it for ourselves forever!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
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Perfect cottage, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

I rented Wahwa Cottage for a family get-a-way with my adult children and adult grandchildren.. It was like going back in time. The house is beautiful with the charm of years ago. The cottage is well maintained and very clean. The view is spectacular and relaxing on the wrap around porch was wonderful. We never went out to eat because we wanted to stay right there. When the tide was out, we played bocce ball and walked to the island. When the tide was in, we swam and kyacked. What fun! We had a tennis tournament on the tennis court and played games such as ladder ball and bean bag toss which we brought with us. It's a short walk to the little down town and we went to Bradbury's Market for freshly made muffins and donuts.

It's a short walk to the Chowder House on the pier if you feel like some good seafood and you eat at the picnic tables on the pier. We couldn't have found a more perfect place for the family to all get together and hope to return again.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
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Excellent New England Experience

  • 5 of 5

We hosted a 50th birthday party for family and friends. This was the second of two houses we rented for the weekend and by far the favorite. We couldn't stop talking about how peaceful it was and how beautiful the views were from the house. It worked perfectly for the Sunday afternoon Lobster Bake on the lawn.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
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Beautiful, private, and fun!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here in September and it is the BEST time of year in southern Maine! The weather is perfect, with crystal-clear, quiet days. Hardly any tourists although the shops are still open. The house and the location can't be beat. An amazing Victorian still owned by the descendants of the family that built it in the late 1890s. The kitchen was probably remodeled in the 50s. You will love sitting on the porch, or walking on the islands(bring a picnic!), and we especially loved walking up to the pier for fried clams! We bring our kayaks every year because the protected waters in front of the house (the islands offer a ring of protection from the open ocean) are so still in September.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2013
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
The Ramp, under Pier 77
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Cape Arundel Golf Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Wells Me Transportation Center
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Wells Me exit from 95 N.
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
The Ramp, Wayfarer, Nunan's, Pier77, Cape Lobster
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Gooserocks Beach and Kennbunk Beach
Car: recommended

The town of Cape Porpoise supports an active lobster fishing industry. About 30 lobster boats call Cape Porpoise their home port and they can be seen plying the waters from early morning to the afternoon. The center of town is a 10 minute scenic walk around the head of the harbor. Cape Porpoise offers several restaurants, lobster pounds and a grocery/beverage store. Nunan's Lobster Hut, (A NY Times Best Choice) is a classic New England Lobster eatery. A few galleries and shops round out the small town. The fish pier, also about a 10 minute walk, features scenic views of Cape Porpoise harbor and Goat Island light house. Large sandy beaches are a 10 minute drive to Kennebunk beach to the south or Goose Rocks beach to the north. Kennebunkport has many upscale shops and galleries as well as access to day sail charters, deep sea fishing and whale watching tours. The coordinates of the house are: '43.369918,-70.429709'.

Other Activities: kayaking & canoeing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $185
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 9.0%

June and September are offered at a reduced rate. However, September offers some of the most pleasant weather on the coast of Maine. The days are warm and clear. This provides beautiful days for walking and sight seeing. As the colors start to change in October, the sharp contrast of the blue water against the islands are photogenic.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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