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Quiet, Cozy, Sleep Great. Yard+Deck. Great Value. Family-Friendly.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,440 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Sunny and well cared for. Parking. Great space for families - feels like home.

Immaculate, cozy, comfy, lovingly cared for home with a colorful flair in a convenient residential location 15 minutes from downtown Portland. Check out our great reviews!

We have been told repeatedly by our guests that this vacation home finds itself in an ideal location for a Portland getaway AND that it feels like home.

Features include:

*Eco-Friendly Bath & Cleaning Products

*Pool Table

*Off-Street Parking for Several Cars

*Quiet & Safe Family-Oriented Neighborhood

*BBQ Grill & Outdoor Dining

*Washer/Dryer

*Well-Supplied Kitchen

*Pet-Friendly (see very last paragraph for important details)

*REALLY CLEAN

Simple, chic, and well-appointed with plenty of room to spread out.

Avoid the crazy parking and noise of Portland and stay just over the border in Westbrook in our peaceful residential home. It's an easy hop on the freeway to LL Bean 20 minutes away. Or perhaps you'd like to hit the beaches - you have your choice of several within a 25 minute drive. You'll find two groceries stores within a mile and many restaurant options nearby.

Your favorite parts of the house will be the outrageously comfy beds, the sunny rooms, the awesome back deck for morning coffee and evening wine and entertaining, spacious bathroom with great shower head and unlimited hot water, shiny hardware floors, crown molding, and quiet residential street.

You'll also enjoy the Ikea kitchen and bathroom, teak dining room set, Crate & Barrel living room couch, and, for chilly fall & winter nights, a gas fired fireplace. In summer, enjoy the fire pit with 4 Adirondack chairs out back.

We have provided many kitchen appliances - rice cooker, Ninja blender, food processor, ice tea maker, large slow cooker, waffle iron, immersion blender, toaster oven, 12-cup auto drip coffee maker with filters, and even a fondue set. And of course, the kitchen is fully stocked with pots, pans, dishes, gadgets, utensils, sheet trays, and lots more. If you like to cook, you'll enjoy the kitchen and being able to cook dinner and watch the news at the same time on the 26" TV.

Enjoy reliable WiFi and a 42" TV with Apple TV with basic channels in the sun room, which is a favorite room in the house. It's a cozy space to relax and play board games. PLEASE NOTE: there is no cable TV at this home and we do not have TV's in the bedrooms. We offer the basic channels - NBC, CBS, and ABC - on our two TV's, so if watching cable in your bedroom on your vacation is important to you, this may not be the right home for you.

The crème de la crème is the back yard. You'll love to put your feet up and lounge on the back deck. And don't forget the gas grill for dining al fresco. If you like flowers, there is a full perennial garden out back. Whatever you choose, the air is fresh, and life is good!

We have put a lot of thought into making this house feel like a home for our guests with much of the house having been updated. If you have an appreciation for the European way (quality, simplicity, design), this is a nice place to rest while in town.

You'll enjoy parking in the driveway and not having to worry about living in the city where street parking is no fun. You'll also love the neighborhood - it's so quiet and safe on the dead-end street, and the neighbors are very friendly.

The airport and bus stations are also very close by. About 10 minutes, each, by taxi.

You will note that the house sleeps 5, even through we say it sleeps 4. This is because most parties that book our house are 4 or less, and with the new Best Match system, we must appeal to most. But we do have a small 3rd bedroom with a futon, which is perfect for a couple of small children, a teen, or a 5th adult who doesn't mind the smaller space. Keep in mind there is only 1 bathroom, so if you are staying for an extended trip, you may want a larger space than what we can offer.

Providing you with responsive, reliable, and friendly service is what we're all about. I'm the owner and my very handy partner is Mike. He fixes anything that goes wrong and mows the lawn, while I make sure that the house is clean and comfortable.

Our pet policy: small to medium-sized dogs are allowed with permission and a $50 nonrefundable pet deposit. Dogs pets must be treated for fleas and ticks. Please clean up in the yard after your pet. Most importantly, DOGS MAY NOT BE LEFT ALONE WITHOUT A CRATE and are HIGHLY encouraged to be attended at all times. A report of barking dogs by neighbors or the police is grounds for IMMEDIATE termination of stay at this property with no refund for days remaining or for any security deposit. Do not ask if your dog(s) may come with you if you cannot follow these rules.

Chris & Mike

More Details

Owner
Chris
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Chris

Mike & I are both Mainahs! Mike is from Peaks Island and I'm from Cape Elizabeth, so living near the water is in our blood. Mike is a 3-generation woodworker turned private yacht captain and I'm a corporate finance professional. We both love travel! I can't wait to take Mike to Europe and he wants to take me to St. John. We're also thinking of WWoofing in Costa Rica and doing volunteer work all over the world.

I have lived and worked in New Zealand, Australia, Paris, and London, along with domestic locations in Arizona and North Carolina. I moved back to Maine in 2005 to be close to my family and actually love the winters here. I attended college in North Carolina and grad school in Arizona and am currently taking courses in Humane Education and Herbs. I have a professional chef's certification in Plant-Based Cuisine and owned my own personal chef and meal delivery business for nearly 5 years.

Mike is a grandfather and father of two grown girls, and I'm a lifelong bachelorette. Together, we have a great time dancing (how we met), singing karaoke, gardening, traveling, and cooking. We love to entertain and also to spend quiet evenings cuddled on the couch.

Your comfort is important to us, and we live locally to assist you in making sure you are taking care of.

I turned this home into a vacation rental after a month-long trip to California, when renting it was a necessity. While away, the rental requests kept coming at a furious pace, and I kept accepting. Upon returning home, I needed a place to live, so Mike & I purchased a small condo!

Turning my home into a vacation rental has been the most fun. Upgrades are continual and my attention never waivers from making my home a home for you.

Chris purchased this house in 2009

Why Chris chose Maine

I looked at around 60 properties before I purchased this one. It was the only one that had all of my requirements: hardwood floors, high ceilings, built in 1900, of Colonial design, fireplace, and strong bones. I LOVE this house.

What makes this house unique

This property has been renovated over the last 6 years to include new siding, bathroom, kitchen, lighting, paint, decks, and landscaping. Our lifestyle approach is very much a sustainable one, with chemical use at a minimum, recycled products at a maximum, and the overall tone of our house being one of European design.

Amenities

Westbrook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1440 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Very nice new bathroom with deluxe showerhead.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , HUGE closet plus armoire
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Adequate closet plus 2 side tables
  • There is a very small 3rd bedroom that has been converted into a bedroom. It's 8 x 10 and fits a very comfortable futon. There is a closet and two windows - very sunny. We recommend this bedroom for a child or teen who enjoys its coziness.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Vegan personal chef available for your dining needs. Please inquire.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)

Quiet, Cozy, Sleep Great. Yard+Deck. Great Value. Family-Friendly.
average rating of 4.9 based on 40 reviews
Stuyvesant, NY
5

Very Nice Place

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were first time users of VRBO and we found Chris' location in Westbrook, Maine while planning a trip to visit our son and his family in Portland. The house was great. We shared it with my daughter and her boyfriend. Everything was great. The house was beautiful. There was a book of directions and information that was useful. Very comfortable for the 4 of us. Spacious living room, a small TV room that could be closed off if necessary. the kitchen had everything we needed and it very functional. The off street parking was a special treat especially since we got 8 inches of snow while we were there. This rental was less per night than what we would have spent in hotel and we didn't have to get dressed to have coffee. We are planning on using this location again for future visits to Portland. It is not far from local restaurants and shopping and only a 10-15 minute straight drive to downtown Portland and port.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The property is just as discribed......spotlessly clean, and very convenient to down town Portland.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time at this house. The kitchen was well equipped and served us well. We had a snow storm one day and just relaxed curled up by the fire. The owners even came to shovel us out once the storm passed. It doesn't get much better than this people.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Very comfortable and Clean

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time and loved the house! had some issues with a lot of the electrical outlets not working to plug in phones and baby equipment but other than that, no complaints! Great house and nice quiet street. close to downtown Portland too, that was definitely a plus :)

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alicia and thank you for letting us know about the outlets. While I believe they all work, it does seem that a few are loose. We are looking into replacing 3 of the older outlets this winter. Thank you for helping us to improve this rental experience for everyone.
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5

Beautiful, clean house in a quiet neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at this property for 5 days and loved it! It had all the amenities of home and was plenty of space for 5 guests. We enjoyed the pool table in the basement and the ample sitting areas inside and outside. The owner of the house was easy to contact and very helpful with restaurant suggestions and helping with general questions. Easy to access Portland and other towns due to proximity to the highway. Only downfalls are there is only one bathroom and limited cable t.v. but this was easy to work around. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

beautiful house, with outstanding comms

  • 5 of 5

Well, what a beautiful house. Set in a pleasant suburban area of Portland, with the city just a few miles away. This house is beautifully furnished and decorated. With excellent communications from Chris and Mike, this is highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We found this home to be our "home away from home" vacation stay.

  • 5 of 5

The house is in a residential neighborhood with friendly neighbors. It is very private and quiet which we enjoyed after visiting the hustle and bustle of the many easily accessed points of interests. This home had everything we needed and the owners were in constant contact to ensure everything was going well. I enjoyed sitting on the front porch enjoying tea and a magazine in the morning as well as sitting by the fire pit roasting marshmallows for smores in the backyard in the evening. I would easily stay here again when in the Portland, ME area! Thanks Chris & Mike!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Map

Car: recommended

There is so much to do in Portland that you may want to stay for a week, and at least 2 days, to get a feel for the place. You can't get a bad meal in town, and with a plethora of local breweries, you could just eat and drink your way around. The lighthouses are a real treat, too.

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Rates & Availability

Westbrook House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring
Mar 22 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
$75
From
$125
Fri,Sat
$525
$1,850
 
 
Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Sep 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
$145
From
$160
Fri,Sat
$975
$3,350
 
 
Fall 2017
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
$135
From
$150
Fri,Sat
$875
$2,650
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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