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Historic House for Lovers of Beach, Water Sports, Golf and Gardens

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Kennebunk House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

The house, originally named 'Blue Roof' by our grandparents, is charming and one of a kind. The house was built during an age where design favored rustic and idiosyncratic elements. From the quiet street, you walk through a flower-filled courtyard and arched front door to an enormous hacienda-styled living room/dining room. This room is furnished with comfy sofas and antiques. It also has a 10 foot long dining room table (designed after one in The Metropolitan Museum of Art) which has hosted innumerable lobsterfests.

House comes with 2 kayaks, 2 SUP (stand up paddle) boards and 2 bikes.

The eat-in kitchen is pine-paneled and, while rustic, has all kitchen appliances and amenities (including garbage disposal). There are four comfortable bedrooms. Two are in the main part of the house: one upstairs with a queen bed and the other on the main floor with a queen bed. Both bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms - one with a claw foot tub and the other with an oversized tiled shower. The other two bedrooms are in a wing off the kitchen, accessed by passage through a 100 year old converted garage, called by us 'the shed' , which functions as a storage room, pantry, laundry, and gallery for interesting historical artifacts from the early 20th century. These bedrooms are pine paneled - one has a bunk bed with a double lower and twin upper bed and the other a double bed. There is a half bath that connects the two rooms and a shower room immediately outside the bedrooms.There is also an outdoor shower with hot water in a private enclosed area off the deck.

There are three lovely places to sit outside - in the courtyard watching the birds play in the birdbath; on the deck off the kitchen eating lunch and watching the golfers hit their approach shots to the first green; or on the 2nd story balcony sipping cocktails while the sun goes down.

Kenneth Roberts (December 8, 1885– July 21, 1957), a native of Maine and best–selling author of such historical novels as “Northwest Passage”, “Arundel”, and “Rabble in Arms”, built Blue Roof in 1924. It was fashioned from the timbers of a nearby barn. Roberts designed it with the help of three friends, one his mentor, the novelist Booth Tarkington (“Penrod”), who summered in Kennebunkport.

Keywords: Former residence of Maine author Kenneth Roberts, located on the first fairway of the Webhannet Golf Course and minutes by foot (two blocks) to the beach. The sound of the breakers on the beach can be heard, especially after dark

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Ellen Brown
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 6, 2016
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About Ellen Brown

The three above siblings own Blue Roof which has been in their family for 4 generations. As children, they learned how to swim and play golf there and used the house for assignations when in college. Over the past 30 years their own children have enjoyed the house but are now blown like leaves across the country, making Blue Roof available for sharing with renters.

Ellen Brown purchased this house in 1927

What makes this house unique

bike riding

exploring the marsh

bird watching

striper fishing

lobster meals with family


based on 5 traveler reviews

Historic House for Lovers of Beach, Water Sports, Golf and Gardens
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

A perfect 3 generation vacation

  • 5 of 5

Maine has been our favorite New England vacation area for the past 47 years. We were able to enjoy our time there with some of our children and grandchildren. Our sons reveled in returning to visit the beaches and the memories made during the vacations of their childhood. Our 6 year old grandson from California was fascinated with the idea of an outdoor shower and his 9 year old sister loved the early morning walks along Kennebunk Beach and, of course, shopping in the village of Kennebunkport. My husband and I simply enjoyed watching them experience the location - on the golf course and a short walk to the beach - and the house which offered places to play, watch the golfers pass by as we ate regularly on the deck, and many areas to 'cozy up' with a book. It gave us more wonderful memories. Thank you to the Brown family, we loved our time.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We arrived with our broad family (kids and grandparents) and everyone seemed to have a splendid time. For a beach house, it is surprisingly well appointed and the living room (great room) is an excellent gathering place. I could go on and on, but it should suffice to say that this is an outstanding house in a wonderful location.


  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not your generic beach cottage

  • 5 of 5

My family spent a great week at "Blue Roof." This is a lovingly maintained family home, filled with history. The great room is beautifully furnished, and the kitchen is well-equipped with an abundance of cutlery, dishes, serving pieces and even sharp knives, which is frequently not the case with rentals. Other amenities include a state of the art washer and dryer and an amazing shower. We also appreciated that linens and towels were provided, and my family made good use of the bicycles that were left for use by renters. In the morning we enjoyed sitting on the patio overlooking the golf course sipping our coffee. The location was perfect for us - close enough to walk to the beach yet off the busy main street.

The owner could not have been easier to work with and was amazingly responsive when a problem with the stove arose (out of propane). She was easy to reach and the situation was resolved that same afternoon. There is also a handyman who is easily reachable and available. The owner also has an instruction/advice manual for the cottage, which was very helpful and delightfully written!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words. This is exactly the way we hoped our house would be appreciated.
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A charming Maine vacation home in a great location

  • 4 of 5

This is an older, unusual home in Kennebunk beach on a golf course and a very short walk to the beach.

The home has 2 bedrooms and baths in the "main" house and 2 more in a connected extension with a shared bath. There is a small but functional kitchen with a good sized eating area. There is a very large great room with large dining table and plenty of sitting space. There is a lovely deck on the first hole of the Webhannet golf course. The house has washer, dryer, dish washer and microwave. The house was very well provided for in terms of what one would need for a week's stay, including a well stocked kitchen. The property was very clean on arrival. The owner was very good to work with in setting up the rental

The property works very well as a vacation home for up to 8 people. Its location allows you to get to Rte 1 without going thru the traffic of Kennebunk.

There definitely is the feel of being in a funky but charming New England home. The one downside is that the mattresses were too old and needed to be replaced.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback. We will be replacing the queen bed including mattress in the downstairs bedroom before the next season (as well as the dryer). At that point, all the mattresses in the house will be less than 5 years old.
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family absolutely loved our visit in your historic beach house in Kennebunk Beach! The home is very cozy and clean, also everything is available that you might need. The location is very close to the beach and to the quaint little town. We all said we would love to stay here again next year! Best family vacation house!! Loved it!!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Portland, ME
Nearest Golf
Webhannet Golf Course
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Mother's Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Kennebunk House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 14 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $175
Tax Rate 9.0%

Payment is by personal check or bank transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Kennebunk House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Shower is not connected to bathroom, but close by.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Classic claw foot deep tub.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Shower is large and tiled with hand and overhead sprays.
  • There is also an outside shower for after the beach.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , bunk bed with full bottom and twin upper
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
One canoe and two kayaks are available for renters to use although they are not meant for open ocean use. Also two SUP Boards.

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