|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
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This house is a great setting for hosting gatherings of family and friends. With seven bedrooms, 3.5 baths, two kitchens, two living rooms, a large sun room and dining room, two decks, a veranda and balcony, parking for ten cars and spacious, well landscaped grounds, guests have all the room they need to relax and enjoy themselves!
This classic Second Empire mansard mansion, built by Biddeford's mayor in 1927, abounds in charm, with crystal chandeliers, built-in cabinets, hardwood floors with patterned inlays, and sparkling French doors. Walk under the columned entrance of the grand parlor, through the living room with its working brick fireplace and into the inviting sun room lined with built-in benches. The first floor also includes a dining room that seats 12, a well equipped kitchen with an outside deck for grilling, a half-bath, plus a private master bedroom suite with a full bath.
The second floor has three sizable bedrooms, a full bath with laundry, a second full kitchen with a large outside deck and a balcony overlooking the yard. A spectacular cupola crowns the third floor, which has two bedrooms, a full bath and an expansive sleeping/lounge area with two more beds.
The master bedroom has a king (1) and all other bedrooms have queen sized beds (7). In addition, there are two pull-out sofas on the first floor in the living room (double) and sun room (queen). The comfortable beds are outfitted with cotton blend sheets. All bathrooms and the second-floor kitchen are new.
This location is a six-minute drive from the beautiful Fortunes Rocks and Biddeford Pool beaches, half an hour to Portland or Ogunquit, and 15 minutes to Old Orchard Beach or Kennebunkport. Across the street is scenic Clifford Park, with views of the White Mountains and hiking and biking trails, some traversing old granite quarries.
Our group of 10 friends had a lovely stay at the mansion. We had plenty of room for sleeping and table space to play games and eat communal meals. The house was also large enough that we could all have our space to get away if we wanted, watching TV or relaxing on the deck. The beds were comfortable and there were enough bathrooms for all of us (although hot water was a little in demand in the mornings) The second kitchen was especially helpful for storing snacks and making drinks, and even the washer and dryer came in handy! The house is about a mile from the nearest grocery store and the beach is a short car ride away which was nice. Craig was friendly and helpful, we would recommend the house to friends and family.
We rented this beautiful home for a family get together to celebrate our child’s graduation from UNE.
We had 16 people (2 children) and everyone slept in a bed. We did not even use the pull out couches. There are 6 separate bedrooms. There are also 3 beds in a big open area on the third floor and 2 pull out couches on the first floor. If privacy is an issue I would say cap it at 12 (2 per bedroom), if not you can sleep almost 20. All sheets and pillows provided.
There are 2 kitchens (1st and 2nd floor) each with a couple of stools. They are not huge but big enough for a few people to work or a small gathering. However since there are 2 kitchens, both of which are wll equiped, you won’t have any problem storing or preparing food. It also had a gas bbq grill on the back porch. There is a large dining room. I don’t remember how many it seats but it was big. I would say at least 12 probably more.
Besides the aforementioned kitchens, dining room and bedrooms there are also 2 sitting rooms. One off the dining room and one (sun room) off the entryway. The sun room was beautiful. We spent most of out time there. It was bright and had a lot of seats. We had a great time socializing in this area. Another great spot was the front porch. It is long, had plenty of seating and the children could play in the front yard (along with toys provided in the boot tray in the entryway – great touch).
1st floor – one full in the bedroom and a half bath. One on each the 2nd and 3rd floor. Plenty of towels. We had 16 people and there were plenty. Bring your own shampoo.
We found it charming. All the artwork, nick knacks and decorations were eclectic and interesting. It is an old house so if you are looking for modern and sparkle you should look elsewhere, but if you want charm and space this is a dream.
Craig stopped by (on our request) to pick up the last payment. He doesn’t have to as you can get him that payment other ways, however we were glad he did. We were able to ask him questions about the house and get a rundown of its history and the work he has done to make it a wonderful home to stay in. He was charming and you could tell loved this home. We were careful to treat it the same way.
We have come away from this house with wonderful memories. It was plenty big and beautiful if you like Victorian homes. The energy in the home was awesome. Craig was wonderful to work with. It has been a couple weeks and we are still talking about it . we highly recommend this home.
My husband and I really enjoyed our stay. The home was well appointed and we had everything we needed for hosting a party.
If you read all the reviews, you will have a good understanding of the appeal of this property. For our family reunion, most members of our five families (15 people in all) enjoyed a week's stay. The spaciousness can't be emphasized enough: A group watched the FIFA women's finals on the huge flat-panel TV in the sunroom while others played board games in the parlor near the fireplace, and others ate at the lovely table in the dining room, where we could look through the inviting space and watch it all happening. The beds are indeed comfy, and with bedrooms on all three floors (master and bath on the first), everyone had enough privacy and comfort while enjoying togetherness. The additional kitchen (on the second floor) turned out to be a blessing. Adults made coffee there in the morning and spent leisurely hours on the two patios at that level. The kids (ages 11 - 22) took over the third floor and declared it paradise. TV's everywhere, good sound systems for music, a lawn out front where we conducted badminton and ladderball tournaments. No one wanted to leave!
Our crew had been used to renting two modern condos for previous reunions, but EVERYONE was pleased with this comfortable yet grand abode, so "New England", which allowed us to be all together.
The property was very clean and very well-appointed: Bathrooms and kitchens have been updated, new wider central stairwell to upper floors - we had all the kitchen utensils (including a lobster pot and crackers) that we needed, plenty of linens - we simply walked in and began our vacation.
The beaches at Biddeford Pool were great - quiet, beautiful. Surprisingly, our younger crew preferred that area to the more active Old Orchard Beach. We played volleyball on a sand court on the UNE campus and then cooled off in the ocean, bought lobsters at the gas station/deli across from the campus entrance, played tennis on the court in the park across the street from the house, and enjoyed the $12 Monday at Aquaboggan north on Route 1.
Great fare at the Palace Diner in Biddeford, and excellent catered meals from Pantry Chef and Catering. Supermarkets are just a few minutes' drive away.
Finally, there's Craig. He offers his own home and is genuinely interested in his guests' pleasure and comfort. He did not hover - we would have liked for him to join us for a meal or just some porch time but couldn't persuade him. He's a gem - don't miss the opportunity to get to know him!
Hosted my entire family for UNE Graduation. We all agreed that the house was indeed something very special. Clean! Organized! Spacious! Versatile! Great Value very well maintained , with a gracious owner who cares about you enjoying yourself while you are in Maine. We will return to Sealander in the future.
Across the street is Clifford Park for viewing the White Mountains, the ocean with miles of gorgeous hiking/biking trails through granite quarries, and cascading waterfalls. Located 30 minutes from Portland or Ogunquit, 15 minutes from Old Orchard Beach or Kennebunkport, and six minutes from beaches of Fortunes Rocks or Biddeford Pool. The nature conservancy at Biddeford Pool is a terrific vantage point for offshore islands, a lighthouse, and the White Mountains hovering above Old Orchard Beach. The Saco River public boat launch is a mile away, as are kayak rentals for exploring the spectacular Saco River. Boston is a one-and-one-half-hour drive or can be reached via the Amtrak Downeaster. The downtown historic districts of Biddeford or Saco and the train terminal are a delightful ten-minute walk. A recent influx of development has spawned new cafes and ethnic restaurants. The “Museum on the Streets” self-guided walking tour provides background on area history and architecture.
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jul 3 2016 - Aug 27 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning||$150 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,200|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.