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Waterfront 1730 Historic Home & Guest House Lovingly Restored, 4 Blocks to Town

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Main House (rear view from Lower Terrace) Shows Guest House & Upper & Lower Decks

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
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  • Pets considered:No
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Portsmouth house description

Available for the first time this summer, The Lady of the Tides, a lovingly restored and recently renovated waterfront private home with guest house, tastefully updated with all the conveniences of modern living, is situated in Portsmouth's historic district. Built by Ephraim Dennett, circa 1730, it is the oldest house on its street. Just a short 4 block walk to downtown Portsmouth with its abundant boutiques, shops, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants, this historic gem is located on the North Mill Pond, once known for its extensive shipbuilding.

Turn back the hands of time to envision the tall masts of the Witch of the Wave, or Sea Serpent, sleek clippers long ago moored in the shipyard along the North Mill Pond. The white-hulled Paul Jones, built at the North Mill Pond, was the last square-rigged three-masted ship launched from the Piscataqua River when set to sea in 1878. Shipbuilding was the primary industry of Portsmouth for over a century, starting as early as pre-Revolutionary times, and Portsmouth remains a bustling working harbor.

The Main House: Experience the salt air while viewing the ebb and flow of the tides, as well as the comings and goings of the many different seabirds from the two decks off the main house. The first floor deck, draped in honeysuckle cascading down to the stone patio is frequented by hummingbirds at dusk and dawn in summer. This deck also sports a new weber gas-grill and is easily accessed from both kitchen and family rooms. The Master bedroom suite has its own private deck accessed through the room's double French doors. Relax on this deck's outdoor chaises, a perfect place to put up your feet and enjoy a tranquil early morning coffee, or look at the stars while enjoying an evening nightcap after a day at the beach, or a night on the town. Open-air dine on the lower deck, or on one of the two stone garden terraces each framed with authentic 17th century cobblestones that were salvaged during the repaving of downtown Portsmouth. In all there is an abundance of outdoor seating including three alfresco dining areas. The coastal gardens are spectacular and were 1 of 12 featured in summer 2013 as part of Portsmouth’s 24th annual garden tour.

Once inside the main house, relax in the sunlit family room. Look through the double French doors to soak up the view of the North Mill Pond and Portsmouth’s skyline that lies beyond. At the end of the day gather around the family room piano to join together in a sing-along. On a cool day, fire up the family room’s gas fireplace, or the original 18th century wood fireplace in the formal living room, for fireside comfort. Both the family room and dining room open to the fully equipped kitchen with all new high-end stainless steel appliances. The separate bar, complete with a wine cooler and bar refrigerator, is perfect for mixing a refreshing beverage. Both the kitchen and bar have new granite counter tops. The 1st floor powder room boasts a beautiful Mermaid stained glass window (The Lady of the Tides), designed and crafted by a talented New Hampshire artist. This artwork serves as both a conversation piece and a privacy window providing lots of natural light.

The main house sleeps 6. There are 3 beautifully furnished bedrooms (each bedroom has a queen bed and private bath -- two have water views). The family room has a queen sleeper. Two period bedrooms have attractive authentic fireplaces (not operational). The Country French themed master bath features a custom-designed marble top double vanity. The 3rd bedroom, affectionately named the “captain’s quarters” located on the third floor, is it's own private suite featuring a lovely custom built-in queen size bed, exposed beams, and a separate full bathroom.

Beautifully refinished original wide board pine floors can be found throughout most of the main house, while a few rooms have attractively refinished hardwood floors. There is also a full sized new laundry on the first floor.

Guest House: The separate 'guest house' has a queen bed that sleeps two. This Guest House's dramatic octagonal contemporary architecture with a high cathedral ceiling, and huge over-sized windows, has breathtaking views of the gardens and tidal pond. The Guest House's newly renovated kitchen/bar includes new kitchen cabinets, granite counter top, and stainless steel appliances (with a full-sized refrigerator and self-cleaning gas range). The Guest House bathroom is also newly renovated with a contemporary, custom marble vanity top and all new bathroom fixtures.

The Lady of the Tides property is within easy reach of ocean beaches, water parks, golf courses, movie theaters, and other attractions—most of which are within a 10 minute drive. For those who want to shop beyond town limits, the well-known outlet malls in Kittery are just five minutes away—across any one of three bridges that connect Portsmouth to the state of Maine.

The location, history, and cultural strength of the area make Portsmouth a frequently cited “best place to live.” It is a popular tourist attraction during all seasons—a place where you can enjoy fine dining, theater, historic homes, or simply stroll the streets of Strawberry Banke or downtown at any time, day or night. A favorite evening pastime is music at one of the local lounges, coffee at a sidewalk cafe in the beautiful town square, or a walk around Prescott Park, home of outdoor summer theater and other weekly shows.

More About The City of Portsmouth: Settled in 1623 it is the nation’s third-oldest city. Possessing one of the deepest harbors in the United States, it served as a major seaport well into the late 1800’s and continues to thrive as a working harbor hosting a regular array of merchant vessels along with picturesque tugboats and lobster and fishing boats. By the mid-1800’s it was also the country’s largest ship-building center. John Paul Jones oversaw the construction of his famous warship, The Ranger, in Portsmouth and his home at that time currently houses the city’s Historical Society. This is one of many historical properties that welcome visitors. Perhaps the most famous section of the city is the Strawberry Banke historical site. Much like Williamsburg, it is a “museum” of dozens of revolutionary and pre-revolutionary homes and shops.

Property Type

  • House
  • 2250 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

          • Captain's Quarters Bedroom Suite (3rd floor): 1 queen

            Water views complete full bath and shower. ...moreless

          • 'Swimming Against The Tide' Bedroom : 1 queen

            Original fireplace and newly updated full bathroom....moreless

          • Lady of the Tides Master Suite: 1 queen

            Country French themed bedroom & bath, fireplace, deck w view...moreless

          • Separate & Private 'Tidewatch Guest House': 1 queen

            Spectacular water views & newly updated bath & full kitchen...moreless

          • Each bedroom has its own private full bath and has been recently renovated. Master Bath has double vanity. 2 Main House bathrooms have tub/shower combos. Other Main House & Guest House full baths have new spacious showers....moreless

          Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Master Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Country French custom vanity, marble & double vessel sinks....moreless

          • Captain's Quarter's Bathroom : toilet, combination tub/shower

            ...moreless

          • Guest House Bathroom: toilet, shower

            Recently updated bathroom, contemporary theme, marble vanity...moreless

          • Powder Room: dramatic custom mermaid stained Glass window: toilet

            ...moreless

          • 'Swimming Against The Tide' Bathroom: toilet, shower

            Recently updated oversized shower. ...moreless

          • 4 full + 1 half bath. Each bathroom has been updated and/or creatively renovated to complement and honor each building's specific architecture. Half bath features a novel fountain sink and stained glass mermaid window....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            2 Kitchens with Granite countertops! Main House: Natural light pours in 2 skylights - opens to: separate bar area with wine cooler, family & dining rooms. Guest House: All new stainless appliances...moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Main House: Antique cupboards and recently painted kitchen cabinets provide space for visitors pantry items. Guest House: All new wood kitchen cabinets provide ample storage for pantry items....moreless

          • Dining:

            Main House: A designer interior features original working fireplace and wide pine floors, antiques, & painted furniture. This inviting space is perfect for dining or gathering....moreless

          • Stove:

            Main house: new state-of-the-art gas range (6 burner) and oven combination; and additional electric oven. Guest house: new stainless combination gas stove and oven. ...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Both the Main House & Guest House are Main house and guest house: fully equipped with attractive dishes, glassware, pots & pans, eating and cooking utensils....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            2 large, new Samsung stainless refrigerators (Main House & Guest House) with ice makers, door water and ice dispensers....moreless

          • Oven:

            All new upscale stainless appliances. Main House: Gas range with oven, electric oven; Guest house: gas range with oven....moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Main House: Keurig single cup coffee maker....moreless

          • Toaster:

            Main House: New Cuisinart 4 slice toaster....moreless

          • Microwave:

            Main House: New large stainless microwave....moreless

          • Dishwasher:

            Main House: New dishwasher....moreless

          • Child's Highchair
          • Seating for 10 people

          Amenities

          • Living Room:

            Main House: Living Room with original working fireplace & desk opens to family room with Piano, water views (a separate sitting room with gas fireplace). Guest House: Fabulous water views, TV & sofa....moreless

          • Fireplace:

            Main House: 5 fireplaces. Family Room: new gas fireplace (easy on off). 4 Original wood fireplaces in the living & dining rooms have been restored and are safe to use on chilly evenings....moreless

          • Heating:

            Gas and electric heating in both Main House and Guest House keeps visitors cozy year round....moreless

          • Air Conditioning:

            Main House: Air conditioners throughout house. Guest House: Large wall air conditioner....moreless

          • Parking:

            Three cars in Driveway & overflow parking about a block away. ...moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Main House: New full size washer on first floor....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Main House: New full size dryer on first floor....moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            Main House & Guest House...moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Main House & Guest House...moreless

          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          Entertainment

          • Television:

            Main House: 4 HD TV's (one in each bedroom plus large wall mounted HD TV in family room). Family room HD TV has DVD/CD player with surround sound. Guest House: 1 HD TV ...moreless

          • Books:

            Explore some of the many book shelves & discover reading for a variety of interests and books for all ages....moreless

          • Satellite / Cable:

            Cable/WiFi in Main House & Guest House....moreless

          • DVD Player:

            Main House DVD with Surround Sound...moreless

          Communications

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                2 Decks with seating for dining & relaxing. Also 2 stone terraces surrounded by featured gardens with seating for dining. Lower stone terrace is at water's edge & a great spot for seabird watching!...moreless

              • Bicycles:

                No bicycles available at the house BUT bring your own and enjoy bike trails both locally and in the surrounding areas. ...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Bring your Kayak or Canoe and launch at high tide from the lower terrace....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                English gardens featured on Portsmouth's 2013 garden tour. ...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                New large stainless Weber Grill on deck....moreless

              Theme

              • Historic
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions

              Location & View

              • Water View:

                2 outdoor decks overlooking the water offer space for dining alfresco. Gardens also have two stone terraces providing dramatic seating areas -- one on the water's edge. See photos....moreless

              • Waterfront:

                Located on a tidal pond (North Mill Pond) in the historic district. Launch your kayak and/or canoe from the property's lower stone terrace. ...moreless

              Activities

              • Churches
              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Medical Services
              • Fitness Center
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Pier Fishing
              • Miniature Golf
              • Roller Blading
              • Golf
              • Tennis
              • Kayaking
              • Sailing
              • Jet Skiing
              • Swimming
              • Cycling
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Snorkeling
              • Antiquing
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Boating
              • Library
              • Marina
              • Playground
              • Recreation Center
              • Synagogues
              • Water Parks
              • Restaurants
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Cinemas
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Fishing
              • Basketball Court
               

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              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Summer/Fall
              May 15 - Oct 27, 2014
              2 night min stay
              $700 $750
              Fri, Sat
              $4,725

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees and Rental Conditions:

              • Property Damage Protection $89
              • Cleaning $250
              • Tax Rate 9%

              Notes:

              RATE: Main House & Guest House 7 night package (minimum stay) $4,725. Please inquire if interested in rental of main house only. 50% non-refundable deposit due at booking. Non-refundable balance due 60 days before stay. Cancelation Protection Policy recommended. Phone number, email & mailing address required at booking. NOTE:Rates subject to change without notice until reservation is confirmed.


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              Location

              47.8 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Logan (BOS) 54.7 miles; closest Manchester (MHT)
              15 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Exeter, NH
              1 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              I-95, Rt. 1
              4.9 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              Wallis Sands State Beach, Rye, NH
              0.6 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              British Beer Company
              50 Miles
              Nearest Ski
              Gunstock (one of 18 ski areas in NH)
              3 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Only 3 miles -- bring your clubs
              0.5 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Bridge Street Bistrot and Wine Bar

              Car: Recommended

              Too many fine restaurants to name, but suffice it to say some of the best in the world are in walking distance. Surf, Jumpin' Jays, Martingale's Wharf are a few of our seafood favs! Great Brazilian at Brazo, probably the best restaurant in town. Upscale Mexican at Agave. Gourmet with a view at the Wellington Room, great steaks at the Library, and it goes on and on.

               

              Manager info

              Year Purchased: 2009

              About: This professional couple met in New York back in the late 1980's. Along with their 5 children, they, in essence, became their own 'Brady Bunch'. Today their ever growing family includes 5 grandchildren.

              Why Portsmouth:
              Our love of art and architecture has inspired us to restore and renovate a number of historic homes in New England and New York over the last few decades. Lady of the Tides, built by Ephraim Dennett in 1730, is our 'piece de resistance'. Our increasing passion for travel frees us to share our lovely private home, and its special waterfront location, with visitors who have a similar fondness for the seacoast & historic homes. Many of our friends have commented on our 'little piece of heaven' and our good fortune in having found such a wonderful property.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              Second to our love of vintage homes, is our love of waterfront property. The Ephraim Dennett House, nestled on a tidal pond at the harbor's edge, called to us. We have given it the attention and creativity needed to make it what it is today. As you enter through the formal square picket gates of the stone driveway you'll discover that what appears from the street to be a modest eighteen century house gives way to a very special compound. Passing the commissioned Mermaid window, crafted by a talented stained glass NH artist, you'll fall in love with this unique seacoast property. Framed by English gardens (showcased on the 2013 garden tour) you'll be pleasantly surprised by an octagonal guest house, an architecturally exquisite contemporary structure that complements the property's historic theme. As you enter the gardens you'll be welcomed by two stone terraces. There at the water's edge your attention will be summoned from every angle. The property has many moods that ebb & flow with the change of the tides and sea breezes. Many of the features of the main house are original to the period. However, since the owners purchased this property in 2009, they have updated every aspect of the property making it a showcase home. Most of the rooms have water views, and/or distant views of downtown Portsmouth. Let your imagination go wild and you can envision early families stoking the 4 original fireplaces.


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              Photos

              • Main House (rear view from Lower Terrace) Shows Guest House & Upper & Lower Decks

                Main House (rear view from Lower Terrace) Shows Guest House & Upper & Lower Decks

              • Bring your kayak or canoe and launch at high tide from our lower stone terrace!

                Bring your kayak or canoe and launch at high tide from our lower stone terrace!

              • Family Room  View #1: Bright & Airy Artfully Painted Working Piano In Background.

                Family Room View #1: Bright & Airy Artfully Painted Working Piano In Background.

              • Dining Room With Original Working Fireplace & Window with Water View.

                Dining Room With Original Working Fireplace & Window with Water View.

              • Main House Kitchen View 2: Archway Opens To Bar.

                Main House Kitchen View 2: Archway Opens To Bar.

              • Country French Themed Master Bedroom View #1: Custom Built-in Vintage Headboard

                Country French Themed Master Bedroom View #1: Custom Built-in Vintage Headboard

              • Country French Master Bath with Double Sink Vanity & Marble Top

                Country French Master Bath with Double Sink Vanity & Marble Top

              • Queen Bedroom Theme 'Swimming Against the Tide' Woodcut Print Over Fireplace

                Queen Bedroom Theme 'Swimming Against the Tide' Woodcut Print Over Fireplace

              • Captain's Quarter View #2 Featuring Skylight New Wood Floors.

                Captain's Quarter View #2 Featuring Skylight New Wood Floors.

              • Guest House Tower With Dynamic Architectural Lines & Water Views

                Guest House Tower With Dynamic Architectural Lines & Water Views

              • The Secret Garden At Water's Edge Offers 1 Of The Many Alfresco Dining Spaces

                The Secret Garden At Water's Edge Offers 1 Of The Many Alfresco Dining Spaces

              • Our Grand-daughter & Seal Pup Discover Each Other At Lady Of The Tides

                Our Grand-daughter & Seal Pup Discover Each Other At Lady Of The Tides

              • Lower Stone Terrace at Water's Edge.

                Lower Stone Terrace at Water's Edge.

              • Living Room, Original Working Fireplace, Opens To Family Room.

                Living Room, Original Working Fireplace, Opens To Family Room.

              • Renovated Family Rm View 2 HDTV/DVD Over Gas Fireplace & Water View Off Deck

                Renovated Family Rm View 2 HDTV/DVD Over Gas Fireplace & Water View Off Deck

              • Kitchen View #1: Skylights, New Gas Range, 2 Ovens & Granite Counter Tops.

                Kitchen View #1: Skylights, New Gas Range, 2 Ovens & Granite Counter Tops.

              • New Separate Bar, Wine Cooler & Refrigerator, Bar Sink, & Granite Counter Top

                New Separate Bar, Wine Cooler & Refrigerator, Bar Sink, & Granite Counter Top

              • Master Bedroom View#2: Features Original Fireplace, French Doors To Private Deck

                Master Bedroom View#2: Features Original Fireplace, French Doors To Private Deck

              • View 1 of 'Swimming Against the Tide' Queen Bedroom with Full Bathroom.

                View 1 of 'Swimming Against the Tide' Queen Bedroom with Full Bathroom.

              • Captains Quarters:Suite With Built-in Queen Bed, Private Bath & Great Water View

                Captains Quarters:Suite With Built-in Queen Bed, Private Bath & Great Water View

              • Guest Cottage: New Kitchen & Bar With Gas Range, Cabinets & Granite Countertops

                Guest Cottage: New Kitchen & Bar With Gas Range, Cabinets & Granite Countertops

              • Powder Room Mermaid Window: Custom Designed Stained Glass Window By NH Artist.

                Powder Room Mermaid Window: Custom Designed Stained Glass Window By NH Artist.

              • Upper Stone Terrace With  Dining for 6+ & Additional Seating For Conversation

                Upper Stone Terrace With Dining for 6+ & Additional Seating For Conversation

              • Sea Birds Abound -- Here Swans Visit The Lady of the Tides

                Sea Birds Abound -- Here Swans Visit The Lady of the Tides

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