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Heyward Whetsell

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

HISTORIC CHARM, GREAT LOCATION Gorgeous 2BR House, w/optional 2 BR Guest House

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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PERFECT FOR COUPLES OR SMALL FAMILIES. Sleeps 4 (or 6-8 w/Optional guest house)

The Oliver Davis House, c. 1827. Beautifully decorated year-round home with all conveniences. MAIN HOUSE SLEEPS 4. For an additional $1000/week, rent the COZY CARRIAGE HOUSE which 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 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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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Heyward Whetsell (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

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 is a beautiful small historic home 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.


based on 15 traveler reviews

HISTORIC CHARM, GREAT LOCATION Gorgeous 2BR House, w/optional 2 BR Guest House
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Beautiful, comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and spacious historic home. Super clean. Has all the amenities one could ask for. The kitchen is well equipped with every gadget imaginable. Conveniently located for walking into town for shopping and dining. Enjoyed the delicious lobster rolls at Alisson's Restaurant, and the fresh lobsters from the Port Lobster Co. Very reasonable. Would definitely recommend this home to friends and relatives.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Excellent property, great location

  • 5 of 5

This is a gorgeous 18th century house in a great location. Period furniture throughout with all modern amenities. Everything we needed to make meals was readily available. The garden area is delightful. A short walk to restaurants and shops in the village of Kennebunkport. The perfect place to enjoy all that southeastern Maine has to offer. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Our Maine delight

  • 5 of 5

Our week at the Oliver Davis House was one of the best vacations our family has ever had, and the second time we have stayed there. The house is perfectly situated within walking distance of shops and restaurants in one direction and historic neighborhoods in the other, so we rarely drove our car anywhere, preferring to walk. The house is absolutely charming, comfortable, totally updated and so thoughtfully furnished throughout. No detail has been overlooked, and we felt totally at home, whether we were savoring lobster around the dining room table, catching up on a book in the reading room/study or sipping wine at sunset on the patio or in the backyard garden. A bonus is the carriage house in back, which has two bedrooms and additional living space. That’s where our adult children stayed, so we had privacy and space to spread out. Honestly, if you’re looking for a classic Maine cottage that blends historic charm and elegance with modern amenities and comfort, look no further. Can’t wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Charming Home in Excellent Location

  • 5 of 5

This was my second time staying at the Oliver Davis house and it was every bit as memorable as the first. The house is located a short walk away from shops and restaurants, but still quiet and peaceful enough to spend the day relaxing in the beautiful back yard. If you're a fan of historic homes, you will love this property.

To see the surrounding area, rent mopeds from one of the stores in town. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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A Perfect Week

  • 5 of 5

The home captures everything wonderful about Kennebunkport, from the historic charm to the quaint and timeless beauty of the town. The home, itself, is immaculately decorated--tasteful, yet charming. The carriage house is a wonderful addition, with 2 extra bedrooms, a wet bar, and a beautiful wood-paneled reading room. The rear of the home has an immaculately maintained garden and seating area, perfect for sipping a glass of wine and enjoying a good book. Located a block away from downtown Kennebunkport, everything is within walking distance. We throughly enjoyed our time here and will definitely return when we have another opportunity. Overall, a lovely, memorable weekend.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Amazing and Charming !!

  • 5 of 5

I have had the pleasure of staying in this charming home before, and just the like the first stay, the house was warm and ready for our arrival. The house was immaculate, and recommendations for activities and restaurants were placed on the dining room table. The location was absolutely perfect, just a short walk to shops and dining. I would definitely return to the Oliver Davis House!!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I-95 (Maine Turnpike)
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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
In Season-Main House
Apr 30 2016 - Oct 22 2016
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2016
Oct 23 2016 - Nov 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
In Season-Main House 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 30 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 $150
Tax Rate 8.5%

ADDITIONAL COST TO ADD ADJACENT 2 BEDROOM COTTAGE: $800/week off Season $1,000/week in Season

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Kennebunkport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • 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. Optional 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 ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • 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 is a unique property with an elegant main house, and a charming optional "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.

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