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Unique and Charming Home In Portsmouth's Historic District.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Authentic Features Make This A Delightful Vacation Rental. Walk, Bike, Enjoy

The epitome and true essence of Portsmouth and all it represents awaits your arrival at our beautifully renovated seacoast home conveniently nestled in Portsmouth’s Historic South End.

The original 12’ x 33’ section was a “Fish House” in Strawbery Banke in the 18th century, and was moved to its current location in 1820. We carefully doubled the size of the house while maintaining the character and integrity of the original building. All of the door hardware, nails in the floor boards, coat racks, fireplace tools, goose necks and hand rails were made by a local blacksmith. The wide pine, hand-hewn boards that dress out the living room belonged to our builder’s Great Grandfather. The reclaimed bricks in our traditional Rumford fireplace are from a local mill building that was razed years ago. All of the windows are new and wood. You’ll need to strike a match to light the burners on our original 1927 Glenwood stove… yes it’s real and we've used it to serve thousands of meals to guests over the years. Between the skylights and windows, every room is filled with sunshine and bright light even on a cloudy day. The floors are soft pine. The kitchen cabinets, cherry bar, shaker style table and chairs are all handmade giving the house a very warm and cozy feeling reminiscent of days gone by but with an upbeat modern flair. The master bedroom furnishings are hand made of cherry from the earlier Pompanoosuc Mills collection and the second bedroom is from the LLBean Cottage Collection. Pillows and bed linens are new. There is a full size laundry room upstairs. The upstairs bathroom also boasts a fantastic walk in shower with Barber Wilson fixtures and excellent water pressure and also a claw foot tub for bubble baths with epsom salts to relax in after a stressful day! The driveway accommodates two cars and there is additional free parking on the adjoining main street.

In the summer our tiny back yard is a real treat with a beautiful lawn and flower gardens. You are invited to help us water and tend to the gardens as needed and also enjoy the vegetables from the two raised-beds and herbs in the herb path along the west side of the house. The gas grill is plumbed inline so propane tanks are not necessary. Hop onto the bikes and ride across the new Memorial Bridge into Kittery, ME., ride out to New Castle, or pack a lunch and ride out to the beaches of Rye and Wallis Sands. The road to New Castle, the New Castle Commons and the Wentworth By The Sea Hotel are legendary... hundreds of people walk, run, bike and drive the route every day year round with cameras in tow to capture the memories. The downtown working waterfront of Historic Portsmouth with its tug boats, ships, water views, restaurants, shops, etc., is nothing short of spectacular even in the off season.

This is our personal home of twenty-five years which is pretty much fully stocked, very clean and without clutter. In the pantries, cupboards and drawers you'll find everything you'll need to cook and dine. Help yourself to anything, replace it in kind as you see necessary and make our house your own.

The house is a sixty second walk to the water where you will find Sander’s Lobster Pound. Sanders will boil lobsters for you to take back to the house and enjoy. It’s a four minute walk to the Sanders Fish Market and South St & Vine boutique wine & cheese shop next door! If you don’t feel like cooking or eating in, stroll on into charming downtown Portsmouth where there are ninety plus restaurants, pubs, bars, bakeries, coffee shops, galleries, and gift shops. You will also find indoor and outdoor concerts, theaters, museums, harbor tours and special events held in the beautiful, flower-lined waterfront parks. With the exception of a few day trips to other really special places and 'must do's' in the area if time permits, you can leave your car in our driveway for a week and walk or bike to everything.

While this listing was new to VRBO and the online community in 2015 the property has been successfully rented over the years with rave reviews but only been offered via word of mouth and referral until last year. Since we've had great experiences using VRBO to find vacation spots to rent, we thought we'd use VRBO to share our unique home with you. Based on our guests past experiences including past great reviews, we think you will be pleasantly surprised and never regret your decision to stay with us.

We're happy to help you plan, answer any questions and accommodate in any way we can. Call or email with any questions, concerns, special requests, etc!

While our daily rate is $550 per night with a four night minimum, we encourage folks to take advantage of our weekly rate of $3,150. We are happy to accommodate mid-week changeovers when possible so you can enjoy Portsmouth on the weekend and not be caught up in traffic going to and from Maine during the usual Saturday rental changeovers.

IMPORTANT NOTES: PLEASE no shoes, no pets, no smoking and no roller suitcases rolling around. While this is and has always been a really excellent place for large family get-together's (which we encourage you to do), it is definitely NOT a place for loud noise, music and late night parties given our close proximity to our fantastic neighbors who we have a tremendous amount of respect for. Please allow no more than six persons, including children, for overnight accommodations. Two is absolutely perfect, four is great BUT any more than four is tough as the sleeper couch is open to the entire first floor and is not private at all.

Thanks for your interest.

A Harborside Holdings, LLC. Property.

More Details

Rob Morin
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 5, 2017

About Rob Morin

We absolutely love Portsmouth, love our home and the surrounding towns. We have sailed and traveled extensively to other parts of the world and have realized what a special gem we have here! We have owned and cared for this home for 25 years and are intimately familiar with the neighborhood, the local attractions, etc., and we will be happy to make recommendations, offer suggestions and accommodate in any way we can to make your stay as wonderful as possible.

Why Rob Morin chose Seacoast New Hampshire

A unique, renovated home full of character and integrity.

What makes this house unique

The location is perfect! The features in this house are authentic and unique: 1927 Glenwood stove, Rumford fireplace, soft pine floors, hand-made hardware and a lot more! We offer 2 bikes for your use, beach chairs and coolers for the parks or beaches. Kayak rental is a couple of blocks away. Our vegetable and herb gardens are well maintained and available for your enjoyment!


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Boston, MA., Portland, ME., Manchester, NH.
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Wentworth Country Club, Newcastle, NH.
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
90 Restaurants within walking distance
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Newcastle, NH & Rye Beach, NH
Car: not necessary


Portsmouth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Claw foot tub, walk in shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Located on first floor
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
If there are any special requests or interests, please ask! With a bit of notice we will probably be able to accommodate your request to make your stay as enjoyable as possible! Please note, we ask that you respect our beautiful soft pine floors by removing shoes inside the house and being careful when moving chairs and furniture. Thank you.


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Unique and Charming Home In Portsmouth's Historic District.
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Perfect for Our Trip

  • 5 of 5

Rob and Joyce have represented this house perfectly. It is charming, unique, historic but with modern amenities , clean, meticulous, well appointed, and very comfortable. Three sisters and our mom spent 4 days there in July 2017 and could not have chosen a better location to explore Portsmouth and surrounding area. We walked and biked into town several times, spent time relaxing in the beautiful yard and enjoyed the peaceful area where the house is located. Rob and Joyce we so accommodating and gave us loads of helpful information to make our trip enjoyable and easy. We highly recommend it for a group of 4 adults.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jody! Thanks so much for your great review and glad you all had a wonderful time. Love the idea of a girls get away with Mom... how awesome is that? Thanks for being such great guests... hope you can come back again one day! Best, JAR
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North Carolina

Perfect Summer Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in this house! Rob and Joyce were wonderful and the house is so cheerful and perfectly located for a short stroll into the historic town of Portsmouth or for a bike ride along the coast! We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: R! Thanks for your review, we appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed your stay! Beautiful day here and reading your review prompted us to get the bikes out of the shed and ride around New Castle this morning... great idea! Thanks for choosing us to host you! Best, JAR
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Palmer, Alaska

Relaxing retreat for busy work/fun trip.

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible gem!! This was my first visit to Portsmouth, it most certainly won't be my last. I had business to attend to in the area and was happy to discover this wonderful, comfortable, and cozy home. Attention to detail was evident throughout this beautiful home. I have a very strong appreciation for "real" and was impressed by every aspect of this historic home down to the handmade nails in the flooring. It was so easy to relax at the end of the day in a place that felt more like home to me than the place that I live. I also loved the location of the home on a quiet little lane that offered access to the entirety of Portsmouth with a short and easy walk. I took in a wonderful concert in a local park and enjoyed several of the dozens and dozens of first class restaurants. All right out your front door!

If you are looking for quiet, classy, authentic, comfortable, easy, and great access to Portsmouth look no further! You will be glad you did!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: M! Many thanks for your gracious review! So glad you got to enjoy the house, spend some time in our great town and check out all it has to offer all while managing to squeak a little work in too! Hope you can come back again one day, our neighbors and friends would love to see you, apparently you left your mark on them!! Best, Joyce and Rob
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Peaceful Sanctuary During a Busy Wedding Week

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I rented this property the week of our wedding. The house has old world charm with modern amenities that have clearly been lovingly maintained. The location couldn't be more ideal for people seeking convenient walking distance to everything downtown yet still being tucked away in peaceful Strawberry Banke. What we are most stuck by is the extent to which Rob & Joyce made sure we had a seamless experience. As a result it became our sanctuary during a whirlwind week of wedding events. We will never forget it. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magic from the moment we arrived!

  • 5 of 5

This was an absolutely incredible vacation from start to finish. The historic home is beautiful, clean and very charming. We immediately felt "at home." The property is in a historic district which sets the scene for a picturesque getaway. Everything is within walking distance- beautiful gardens, delicious restaurants, we even stumbled upon an outdoor concert at the nearby park. Most importantly the hosts Rob & Joyce are very friendly and accommodating with great recommendations for your visit. Can't wait for our next trip back to beautiful Portsmouth!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I absolutely loved this place! The house itself was immaculately maintained. It had beautiful wood floors that added to the open airy feeling both upstairs and down. Everything appeared to be freshly painted. The house was situated on a very quiet side street with almost no traffic. We found it to be the perfect walking distance to the many downtown restaurants and shops. The only day we used the car was for a short ride to Wallis Sands Beach for a day in the sun. We were able to take a harbor cruise, shop a bit, hit the local farmers market and just sit in the backyard and relax with a glass of wine. Lots of history to see at Strawbery Banke and lots of beautiful old architecture as you weave through the side streets to and from town. Owners Rob and Joyce are top notch adventurers and gracious hosts who made sure we had everything we needed . Absolutely worth a visit, hated to leave!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karyn... Better late than never?!?! Just wanted to thank you for your review. It was great to host you folks and glad you had a great time. We are going to heed your advice today "take a harbor cruise, shop a bit, hit the local farmers market and just sit in the backyard and relax with a glass of wine..." but what should we do tomorrow... encore?? :-) Thanks again! Best JAR
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 9.0%

PLEASE RESPECT HOUSE RULES... no shoes, no smoking, no pets.
For flexible rental dates please contact us.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund