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Helen

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Large Parsons Beach Home with a certain luxury. GREAT LABOR DAY SPECIAL NOW.

14 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Kennebunk House Rental Photos and Description

Panoramic views, a stunning private beach, a large pool, comfortable home.

Why My Place is so Special

Calling our mile long sandy beach one of the finest anywhere is not an overstatement and perhaps the best part of this expansive beautiful beach is its privacy.

Crescent Surf Beach is grounded at one end by a turn-of-the century, enormous cottage built by my great-grandfather and at the other by Rachel Carson. Beyond the nesting birds there, warmer waters of Little River head to the sea twice daily. Fishermen's haven. It takes but five minutes walking on a dirt, tree-lined road and a short grassy path to reach the shore.

The twenty-acre Farm is a unique treasure. It includes a 100 year old apple orchard, gently rolling fields with colorful wild flowers, an ever changing tidal marsh, surrounded by amazing oak, maple and high white pine.

Modern and carefully upgraded in 2016, your house is so filled with light that the professional photographer who took the shots for VRBO said, 'This is the only place where I've never had to turn on lights to do a shoot.' The furniture is mostly new, attractive and comfortable. Several guests enjoy the many works of art. With huge decks, the architect brings the outdoors in. From the front you see all the JULY 4th FIREWORKS from the Kennebunks. Visit also for Labor Day Weekend when the ocean has warmed up.

The Farm is perfect for both small families or larger ones: rent the Main House that sleeps six or both it and the Pool House to accommodate up to ten. Sit on the enormous comfortable living room couch and see bird shows.

There are 3 bedrooms in the main house, the downstairs master bedroom with bath and two upstairs. The open living area features many large new windows with views of rolling fields, marsh, some ocean and great sunrises. The just painted and appointed colorful kitchen adjoins the dining area. Two bedrooms and a bath on the second floor have a hallway that looks onto the cathedral ceiling of the living room.

Through a breezeway, and into the Pool House, four friends or additional family have their own space with two large bedrooms. The upstairs Ocean Bedroom has a gorgeous view of the ocean and the other, the Wood Bedroom has mesmerizing views of hummingbirds, fields and forest. Have coffee in bed and watch hummingbirds. The Pool House has its own bathroom, breakfast nook plus a colorful sun room where you feel you are outdoors...and from it, you go right to the pool. The sunroom is ideal for small children.

A huge mowed area on a flat field adjacent to the west side of the house is ideal for outdoor games.

The in-ground 18 by 30 foot pool, under full sun, provides for real swimming and for refreshing dips. It is 9' deep at one end and 3' at the other. An optional solar cover keeps the water several degrees warmer than normal. A hot and cold water shower is adjacent.

When leaving your paradise, you're only 2 miles to the fantastic resort town of Kennebunkport, 10 to Ogunquit and 40 to L.L.Bean and Freeport's outlet stores.

Quiet is ubiquitous. No neighbors in sight. The nearest paved road, Route 9, is so far away little traffic can be heard; you only hear surf and geese. Maybe you’ll spot the moose in the marsh. Nature, the beach and ocean, the pool, wildlife, wild flowers, all the delights of summer await you at competitive pricing. Book now.

Keywords: Two beautiful private beaches. From on a 30 foot hill in your architect designed home, enjoy the best New England offers: acres of nature that would captivate Thoreau himself, along with the great Atlantic Ocean. Every one will love the large, in-ground pool. The water pump works 24/7 to maintain cleanliness. Lounge outdoors on three decks: one screened in, one on the East and one on the West. One is always perfect.

Outdoor activities abound: walk alone or with your dog on the beach or on the many trails; bird-watch; take nature photographs; kayak from nearby dock on the Mousam River or from the beach; fish for stripped bass at three locations; cycle private roads and star gaze into dark skies.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Helen (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Helen

Love the USA, Canada, Mexico, Spain and England.

Helen purchased this house in 1890

Why Helen chose Southern Coast of Maine

My mother's ancestors moved here from Alfred, Maine, back in 1890, to be on the ocean. It is said these two beaches comprise the longest stretch of 'undeveloped' shoreline on the East Coast. Crescent Surf is so isolated, the U.S. Military stationed troops here during W.W.II., and once they scared my mother once when she came out of the water.

I moved here in 1978 with my two boys after I inherited the Farm with its twenty acres from my mother, Helen Parsons. I wanted my children to enjoy the wonders of country living and be able to attend the excellent schools of Kennebunk.

The Kennebunks have excellent activities for children, including the K.B.I.A. at Kennebunk Beach.

What makes this house unique

You can know you frequented the same beach as George W.H.Bush and Cole Porter. George during the last few years of his administration when he jogged it during the off season and Cole while he and my cousin were roommates at university and vacationed at my Aunt's.

Walk a labyrinth.

Reviews

4.9
based on 14 traveler reviews

Large Parsons Beach Home with a certain luxury. GREAT LABOR DAY SPECIAL NOW.
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews
5

LOVED IT!

  • 5 of 5

We were an extended family group of nine, including two children ages 9 and 6. The two houses were well equipped and accommodated us quite well and the combination of the pool and the nearby beach was everything we hoped for. You really can't beat a seaside walk in the morning followed by a dip in the pool and then a full beach day after that. Not to mention great attractions nearby such as rare book store in Wells and Rachel Carson wildlife sanctuary.

Appliances were all good, everything worked, and the beauty of the surroundings and the quiet were all very pleasing.

We were charmed by the area and especially liked the sea roses everywhere near the water. We have great photographs.

Helen the owner was most helpful and we appreciated her input. She even left bug spray for us on the front porch!

It was a memorable vacation for all of us and we definitely plan to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Mary, I love having three generations being able to enjoy my place and am so glad you, your children and two granddaughters were all able to stay. Thank you for your well written, creative and thoughtful review: you hiked the local trails and visited antique shops on the coldish days and enjoyed the pool, beach and surroundings on all the good days. Plus had a great lobster meal at Captain Hooks! I do look forward to your return. Helen
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5

Wonderful Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Our family of grandparents, parents and young children gathered from far and wide for two weeks at the end of June. We really enjoyed the peaceful location, the roominess of the house, the excellent pool AND great weather.

The walk to the beach was a few steps too long for toddlers, who preferred to travel in the (provided) little red wagon. But the walk was worth it to enjoy the two lovely beaches accessible from the house.

When a couple of issues arose, Helen was extremely helpful and responded with same-day resolution. She was also most helpful during the booking process.

If we ever manage to gather everybody together again in the future, we would not hesitate to return here.

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  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Ed and your lovely family of three generations for staying here. I am so glad everything went well for you and you are most welcome anytime to return!!! And thanks too for the review.
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Sudbury, Ma.
5

Beautiful Comfortable Home and Great Land

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stopped here for a week on our way down from Blue Hill where we visited with my sister. He's a writer and wanted to enjoy being quiet surrounded by nature before we went back to New York City. I shopped at the numerous antique shops in Wells and Arundel while he wrote.

We loved this home and all its comforts. The helpful owner pointed out the new windows, new refrigerator and redone kitchen and several other upgrades.

We both loved watching the birds preparing for winter, especially the ducks and geese in the marsh and overhead. The moose did not appear and the deer were elusive as hunting season had begun. We walked on the private roads and the beach everyday where we watched seals sleep on the rocks out in the ocean. I would recommend this home to anyone wanting a beautiful and comfortable place to enjoy some quiet time. Everything was very clean and well arranged. The queen bed was delightful and we saw a beautiful sunrise from it reflected on the woods. We plan to return next year and will recommend this home to our friends. B.K.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

I spent a very pleasant week in this peaceful location with my family, parents and sister's family. Helen was very accommodating when I was trying to plan this vacation, also giving suggestions for things to do and where to get things like groceries from. The house is in a beautiful setting, well away from other houses with plenty of space to play outside for the kids. The pool was a wonderful addition, clean and a good size. The beach is a short walk down a dirt road and small path. Our children aged 9-12 could navigate this on their own. The beach itself is very small at high tide but widens out to a great flat play area when the tide goes out. We enjoyed many games of beach soccer, ultimate frisbee, and beach tennis. The water was cool, but delightful and the kids loved hunting in the rock pools for crabs. The house has many decks and nooks to find a sunny or shady spot to sit in to enjoy the peace, views and wildlife. We saw humming birds but the moose remained illusive. The screened porch was a great place to eat to avoid the mosquitos that emerged at dusk. We explored the nearby towns and beaches and a a fishing trip from Perkins Cove were a highlight, despite no fish to bring home. The house is definitely older, but comfortable and we really enjoyed the beautiful art hung around the house walls. Thank you Helen for a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being the ultimate guests....leaving my place almost the way you found it including the linens....AND leaving a bit of your creative spirits here 'n there. ( I had to dismantle the lovely tea table setting for your children.) Do hope you'll come again. Helen
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London/Chicago/Boston
5

Wonderful Maine coast getaway

  • 5 of 5

This house could not be in a better location. It is wonderfully placed and beautifully secluded (you cannot see another house), up a track from a private road that runs by two beaches. You are far away from crowds, yet only 10 driving minutes from the summer hum of Kennebunkport. The open view from the windows is of countryside surrounded by woods, and there is part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge beyond.

The highlight is the two long and sandy private beaches, with access 10 minutes’ walk away. There was rarely anyone on them but us and the many busy birds. Helen leaves beach chairs at the top of the stairs, which saves a lot of fetching and carrying. We had to get used to the waxing and waning of the width of the beach but Helen had a chart on the fridge showing high and low tides. Our weather was variable (we had a spectacular hour and a half storm one evening) and there was often sea mist but we enjoyed walking on the beach even when it was cool.

The pool was a great advantage, especially for the kids (we were 6 adults and 6 children aged from 7 to babies), when a beach excursion felt like too much effort. And the newish barbecue played a major role. The several porches were appreciated.

Helen had kindly picked us a jugful of raspberries from the canes in the garden to welcome us and we continued to pick and enjoy them all week.

The house is accommodating and well equipped but needs some updating. We would have appreciated having the beds made for our arrival and some swimming towels.

We enjoyed eating at Earth, Pier 77 and the Cape Pier Chowder House at Cape Porpoise.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello London, Chicago and Boston, Thank you for your thoughtful review and I am so pleased you had a great vacation. Sorry about the bedding: I have just asked the cleaners to make all the beds for next year, so they will be ready for you. I am also working at upgrades and each year do some to keep my place as attractive as possible. Do hope you will visit again! Helen
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Family vacation

  • 4 of 5

We spent a week with our family in the main house and rented the pool house for my two sisters and husbands.The private location is best selling feature of the house. The house needs some upgrades but works fine overall. The master bedroom is small but bedrooms in pool house are spacious. The fenced pool was very clean and perfect for the relaxing after the beach and great for the dogs to hang out with us. The greatest part of the house is access to a private beach - we rarely ran into other people. It's a 10 minute walk to a beautiful spot on a pristine beach near the dunes and the river. We rented paddle boards and a kayak which were a bit tough to get down to the beach but great fun. Location is close to both Kennebunk and Kennebunkport so good access to restaurants and shops.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Portland
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Kennebunkport
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Portsmouth or Portland
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Kennebunkport
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Wells
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Turnpike
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Kennebunkport
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Crescent Surf Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Crescent Surf Drive
Nearest Point of Interest
Parsons Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Crescent Surf Beach
Car: necessary

The Ogunquit Summer Playhouse presents plays organized in NYC just for this theater and they generally excel.

There are beautiful golf courses and many places to kayak, hike or swim. The area is known for a wide-range of antiquing experiences and, in Kittery and Freeport, discount shopping centers.

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Rates & Availability

Kennebunk House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
2016 Summer
Jul 6 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$7,900
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$7,900
$32,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning House and Pool $450
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 9.0%

Minimum stay is 3 days. Please call or write about the special discount for longer stays. Home cleaning is done by The Maids and the pool by a local cleaner. Other than summer, weekly and long weekend rates vary, depending on the dates. Please ask for details.

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Amenities

Kennebunk House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs, Main House
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Pool House Downstairs Bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs, Main House. Shower is a sit down one.
  • There is a bathroom on each floor of the Maine House and one downstairs in the Pool House.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Downstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Upstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , upstairs
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , The Wood Room, downstairs.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , The Ocean Bedroom.
  • 2 Queen Beds and 2 Twins, (1) pack crib/play One queen bed is downstairs. There is a bathroom on each floor. In the Pool House, Two bedrooms, with queen beds, and a bathroom with shower downstairs.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Many shore birds and water ones, turkeys, smaller wildlife, foxes and deer. We have beautiful sunrises and partial sunsets seen through enormous white pines across the meadow. Apart from the ocean and an occasional small plane, you won't hear anything. At low tide there is ample room on the beach for soccer, baseball or volleyball. Night skies are memorable.

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