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Location, charm, and more

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property


Experience Kennebunkport at the Oliver Davis House compound--a unique historic property (circa 1827) with a fabulous main house and a detached guest cottage. Beautifully decorated year-round home with all conveniences. MAIN HOUSE SLEEPS 4. The COZY CARRIAGE HOUSE SLEEPS 2-4 MORE--great for extra guests or older kids. Comfortable elegance, antiques, pumpkin pine floors, original moldings. Lovely garden, patio--perfect for outdoor dining. Gourmet kitchen/breakfast nook, and formal DR that seats 8. Large LR with wood-burning F/P + small library. Master BR suite with AC, fireplace, dressing room, en suite bath + guest room w/ AC and private bath. Near Colony, Nonantum hotels--perfect if you are attending a wedding in Kennebunkport, Ogunquit or Southern ME. Rental includes linens, W/D, gas grill, picnic basket, lobster pots, and beach chairs--everything for an ideal Maine vacation. Enjoy a relaxing retreat from 'the real world' any season.

The Oliver Davis House compound is a delightful place for friends and family to gather and share all the good things Maine has to offer.

Want to learn more about the Oliver Davis House and Kennebunkport? Call Heyward Whetsell at 727-539-9742.

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Heyward Whetsell
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 5, 2017

About Heyward Whetsell

What are 2 empty-nest Southerners doing in Maine? Absolutely loving it! The Oliver Davis House is our retreat, and through the years many guests have enjoyed 'the way life should be.' We love gardening, antiqueing, entertaining, picnics on the beach, and walks along the ocean. And spending time with our kids and friends when they come to visit.

Heyward Whetsell purchased this house in 2004

Why Heyward Whetsell chose Kennebunkport

The Oliver Davis House compound is a beautiful small historic home and guest cottage that retains its charm while offering every modern convenience and comfort. Located in the heart of Kennebunkport, it offers something for everyone--an easy walk to Dock Square or the ocean. The house is decorated with antiques, but it's stylish, not frumpy. Luxurious, but not over the top. It's a place where you can get back to basics.

What makes this house unique

The private garden at the Oliver Davis House is a major attraction in summer. Designed in a traditional style that complements the period architecture of the house, the main part of the garden is filled with hydrangeas and offers the perfect spot for afternoon cocktails. There's a separate patio with a fountain for al fresco dining, and a small intimate space reserved for naps in the hammock shielded by espaliered apple trees and woodsy ferns, rhododendrum, lilacs, and Japanese maple. The gently sound of wind chimes blowing in the breeze make the garden even more relaxing. Equipped with gas grill, fire pit, torchieres--the garden at the Oliver Davis House doubles our living space and offers a wonderful seasonal option to enjoy the outdoors in summer and fall.


Kennebunkport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main House Powder Room - toilet , Downstairs bath adjacent to kitchen
    Carriage House Bath - toilet , shower
    Master Bedroom Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Room Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private bath for Main House guest room
  • All baths renovated with high-end fixtures selected to blend with the historic character of the house.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Main House - Master Bedroom Suite - Lovely master suite w/fireplace, dressing room, private bath
    Main House - Guest Bedroom - 1 queen , Comfortable guest room with queen size bed and en suite bath
    Carriage House - Bunk Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Great for kids! Can also accomodate a crib
    Carriage House Guest Room - 1 double , Cozy bedroom for 1-2 extra guests. Attractive cottage style.
  • Rental includes all linens. Main House sleeps 4 in style and comfort. Carriage House is great for extra guests (a couple, a small family with young kids, or older kids who want a place of their own).
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The Oliver Davis House compound is a unique property with an elegant main house, and a charming "Maine Cottage" guest house. The main house is wonderful for one or two couples that enjoy traditional design, walking, and relaxing outdoors. The guest house offers space for another couple, a small family, or several older kids.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Location, charm, and more
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Charming, immaculate, well-located.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Oliver Davis house was a wonderful experience. The home is historic and set in the historic district, near the harbor, shops, galleries, and restaurants. It is an easy and lovely walk for sight seeing, eating out, or shopping. The home is beautifully decorated, charming and immaculate. The owners provided a booklet of everything we needed to know about the house, nearby restaurants and activities. One sunny afternoon, we walked a few steps to board a sailboat which gives tours of the harbor and beyond. I enjoyed sitting in the secluded garden and reading. We loved walking to the Colony Hotel for drinks on the lawn, overlooking the harbor.

We would most highly recommend this lovely home to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Most amazing experience

  • 5 of 5

I write "experience" because that is what this will truly feel as if you have left reality and gone to heaven! The house is gorgeous, and the location is UNBEATABLE. You are literally in the heart of town and hear the horse drawn carriages plip plop outside your bedroom window.

In addition, the owner is kind and so quick in responding to any questions.

I CANNOT recommend this house enough!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is the place to stay if you are in kennebunkport. Quick access to the town and other emenitues

  • 5 of 5

Loved the house. Great history. Great library of books. All 8 of us read a number of the art and history books. Walked to town every night for ice cream or lobster roll! We went whale watching, sailing and fishing. The house had everything we needed ... Thanks Heyward. The owner was always accessible and wiling to make sure we had whatever we needed.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Another wonderful stay at the Oliver Davis House

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful property- beautifully maintained and decorated, with amenities that one would expect and need. The owners have done an excellent job of making this feel like one's own vacation home. They are extremely responsive and attentive. Kennebunkport offers many activities- the beach, antiquing, great restaurants, etc.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location and beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 4 (2 adults-2 toddlers) so this place fit our needs perfectly . Great location, you could walk to everything in town. The neighbors were helpful and friendly too! A small beach-Colony Beach, is in walking distance, under a mile. A few other beach areas are close by too but we preferred to drive to those due to the kids. The inside of the home was well appointed. You really didn't need to bring a thing! We did not rent the guest house because we didn't need the room, but what a great idea for those that need a little extra space. Overall the property was clean and well maintained. The owners were very easy to work with and provided a wealth of information prior to our stay. Inside the house everything is labeled so no guessing on how to turn on lights, operate TV's etc. The kitchen had every tool, pot, dish, glass you would ever need! There is a small nook in the kitchen if you would like to sit there for meals but also a larger dining area-dining room if you have more guests. The home is almost 200 hundred years old, so keep that in mind. The home in not an open concept type home if that is what you are looking for. But plenty of rooms to relax in. The upstairs has two large bedrooms with very nice furniture and linens. Each bedroom has its own bathroom with tub/shower combo. The master bedroom has a sitting/dressing room as well. Very large space overall. The property is beautiful. Very cute backyard and sitting areas. At night the lights come on and accent the beautiful pergola. We look to rent a house each summer for vacation and this is a place we would return to! Can’t beat the location! Thanks so much for the great vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect family vacation property for all seasons

  • 5 of 5

Fall, winter, summer or spring - the Oliver Davis House is special. Immaculate, comfortable beds, spotless bathrooms, and beautiful gardens keep us going back with family and friends again and again. This is a home that is clearly loved by its owners who want to share its beauty and comfortable elegance with others. Perfectly located, it offers historic charm, every ammenity, and room to spread out between the house and its lovely carriage house. Although only a two minute walk to village shops, or to restaurants in historic Dock Square, it is quiet and private under stately Elm trees with only the clip-clop of the horse and carriage passing by. The hydrangea garden is open and spectacular or you can retreat with a book to the hammock in a hidden rock garden boarded by espalier dwarf apple trees. The hydrangea garden lends itself to casual summer cookouts on the grill or you can pick up your steamed lobsters at Port Lobster down the way for a lobster dinner. In winter, have your cocktails in front of the fire before a seated dinner party and watch it snow. The kitchen is equipped for the most particular foodies.

If you are into antiques the shops are endless but don't miss the flea market every Saturday on Log Cabin Road. In summer spend the day on the nearby beach with a picnic and return home for a nap in sheer comfort then go have a cocktail on the porch at the Colony Hotel and watch the sun set. The choices for dinner are endless. In Fall the house offers a cozy warm retreat after crisp days at New England fairs, historic house tours, and maybe even kayaking out to Goat Isand.

Our guess - if you go once, you'll go back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
David's at the Boathouse
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I-95 (Maine Turnpike)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Arundel Wharf
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: recommended

Kennebunkport: Maine's coast at its finest! Quintessential New England village with charming historic houses, a gorgeous walk along the rocky Atlantic coast, and wonderful sandy beaches. Outstanding antiquing--from elegant shops to flea markets. And fabulous restaurants to suit every palate and price range. Attractions: Walker's Point, home to George and Barbara Bush; the Nott House, an historic sea captain's home; Dock Square shops and restaurants; lobster boats and a lighthouse. Carriage rides, bicycling, sailing and sightseeing cruises, and in winter, sleigh rides. A perfect get away every season that truly lives up to Maine's promise of 'life the way it should be.' Easy day trips to Boston, Portland and Portsmouth.


Rates & Availability

Kennebunkport House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Feb 18 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 30 2017 - Nov 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning - Carriage House $50
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning - Main House $100
Tax Rate 9.0%

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