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Historic-Waterfront:'the Old River House'-in Town, on River .

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Last updated: 03/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Sleeps:18
  • Bedrooms:10
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:Estate
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Estate, 10 Bedrooms, 4 Baths (Sleeps 18)

Old world elegance. Built in 1848, this fully restored, approximately 7500 sq ft. (entire house including 'The Old Rigging Loft') sits just 0.2 of a mile from the beautiful Dock Square, Kennebunkport. Located on the world famous Ocean Avenue, this house has 10 bedrooms, each with their own sink, 4 baths and two fireplaces.

The 'Old River House', sits on the Kennebunk River next to the Arundel Yacht Club. Two public parks sit in front of and along side the house.

'The Old River House,' and 'The Old Rigging Loft' are nestled among the many old Captain's Mansions of the 18th Century. An almost $800,000 renovation in 2010 brings this grand old Captain's mansion back to its original grandeur. Antiques throughout the many rooms and the frequent passing of the Kennebunkport horse drawn carriage brings one back to that slower, more quaint part of American history. Morning coffee and evening drinks on the porch are just perfect for watching the river boat traffic and the children taking sailboat lessons at the 'Arundel Yacht Club' next door.

'The Old Rigging loft', according to historical data, was one of the more popular 'Riggers' for the 'Clipper Ships' built in Kennebunkport during her heyday as one of Americas largest builders of Clipper Sail Boats. Today, 'The Old Rigging Loft'( Barn) is now, a separate apartment, with Care-takers, and owner / operators, Scott & Cheryl Mahoney available 24 hours for the convenience and comfort of 'Old River House' Guests. We make every effort to assure your 5 Star vacation stay. Just ask !

If you don't walk to town for the many award winning restaurants for lobster, scallops, fried clams, fresh fish, oysters, hand-churned ice cream, or home-made chocolate, you have a fully renovated (2010) Kitchen with Top of the line 'Medallion Cabinets' and rare and unique 'Blue-sparkle South African Granite Tops'(only place in the world that produces Blue Granite). New GE Profile, and Amana Appliances can help make you the families best chef when you cook fresh seafood from, 'Port Lobster Pound' right down the road on Ocean Ave, next to the famous 'Mables Restaurant.'

There are four stair cases, and three levels of living space. New rugs, new bed mattresses, new curtains, new furniture, custom gardening, newly added european and american antique furniture throughout, is a hallmark of the Old River House.
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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/24/2017

Property Type

  • Estate
  • 7000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 18
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    Children are always welcome. We have many very old antiques throughout the Old River House. Please do supervise Children Many Homeaway properties dont allow kids. We love them. We have 8 ! Please supervise them.Thanks...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    NO SMOKING inside house. NO candles. No Fireworks. This is a wood 175+ year Estate. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Sorry. New policy. shedding dogs changed our policy....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 18

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 1 double


  • Bedroom 5: 1 double


  • Bedroom 6: 1 double


  • Bedroom 7: 1 double


  • Bedroom 9: 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 10: 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 8: 1 double


  • All ten bedrooms have their own antique sink with hot and cold running water. They do leak a bit, as they are 170 years old but we really dont want to replace them with new sinks for historical reasons. We have also added chairs in most bedrooms, night stands, etc....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • You are at the Old River House now, Rest and Relax. We have taken great care to make sure your stay is a fabulous one and that you will return !...Our Maid service is 5 Star. Everything is very clean. All linens, towels are fresh and clean. The cabinets are packed with just about every spice ( and if we don't have it just knock on our door in the Old Rigging Loft, and we will go out and get what you need !) Owner/Operators, Scott & Cheryl, are the Caretakers of the Old River House, and are always available on site convenience. Please note; Back driveway (Green St) is for on site Caretaker. Green St allows FREE parking when available....moreless


  • Books:

    Various historic books, and New England Magazines....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Top of the Line, remote control in family room attached to 40' Flat Screen TV....moreless

  • Games:

    Puzzles, Games in Living room under the Grand Breakfront antique....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    (2) Watch hundreds of channels, many of which are HD, on Time Warner....moreless

  • Stereo:

    I-HOME Stero system ...moreless

  • Television:

    (2) A 40' flat screen HDTV sits above the fireplace in the living room. The second TV sits in the master bedroom and is a Samsung 20'....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Luaus
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach:

    Right up the street is the Colony Beach. Walk on sidewalks or drive a car, free parking....moreless

  • Beach View:

    Enjoy River views of the Lobster boats going out to sea, with Seagulls following. Leter on in the day, see children taking sailing lesson at the Arundel Yaught Club across the street....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    The 'Old River House' has panoramic views of the Historic 'Kennebunk River' (Centuries ago, one of the largest ship-building ports in the USA) and is surrounded by the 'Kennebunkport Village Green', and the 'Silas Perkins Park', great for kids and adults....moreless

  • Downtown:

    The Old River House of 1848 is nestled downtown among the large Captains mansions, across from the Arundel Yacht Club, surrounded by two Parks....moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    Walk on the sidewalk or drive to the beach. We are on the Kennebunk river which goes to the mouth of the ocean anout 3/8 mile away. There are granite stairs going into the river....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    See the ships coming in from the Atlantic Ocean to the Kennebunk river, as it has been seen since ...1848 in this, The Old River House, and The Old Rigging Loft. Fully restored....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The Old River House is on the river. Our front lawn , now Silas Perkins Park, was donated years ago by then owner (of the Old River House) owner, Mr. Milligan....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    On The Kennebunk River... The Old River House, and ' The Old Rigging Loft....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Very large Dining room with 14 foot French antique mahogany table, and antique chairs ....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Broadband Access:

    wireless internet by Time Warner with Netgear Wifi....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Whirlpool Premier, Heavy-Duty 'Super-Capacity Plus' Dryer with 4 Temperature settings....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Remote controlled Gas Fireplaces in the Living room, and the Master Bedroom on 2nd floor....moreless

  • Garage:

    Please bring garbage out to street on MONDAY NIGHT. Thank you....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Two Remote-control Gas-Fireplaces, in Living Room, and Master Bedroom. Please DO NOT OPEN Fireplaces..They don't open....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Time Warner provided, and Commercial grade Wi-fi and Booster amplifier....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    We gratefully provide minimum 300 count, linen Sheets. Please attempt to start washing machine to help our maid service before you depart. Thank you. 3 Queen beds, 5 Full size, 2twins. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    2 living rooms, one formal with 200 year old antiques, and one less formal with 40' Flat screen TV, Fireplace, 2 new couches....moreless

  • Parking:

    Free In Town Parking. The Old River House at 52 Ocean Ave. will accommodate 6 cars. Additionally; Green street public, no cost parking is usually available....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Driveway on Ocean Avenue will accomodate 6 regular-size cars, side by side....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    We are glad to provide high quality 100% heavy cotton towels. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Kenmore Heavy-Duty, 'Super-Capacity Plus' with Quiet-Pak....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Time warner Wireless. WIFI : OldRiverHouse, Code is on Butcher block on Kitchen wall. Signal Modem Booster is in; 'Captains Wood Room.'on 2nd floor. PLEASE DON'T MOVE IT. Signal will be lost....moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available:

    Many caterer are with in a mile. 'Kitchen-Chics' are very popular. Local Pizza is delivered by 'Atlantic-Pizza'....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Mr. Coffee: 12 Cup Automatic drip....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    This is a fully operational culinary kitchen. All new top of the line appliances, and all commercial quality pots, pans, cutlery, and all other kitchen essentials. All spices included....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:


  • Dishwasher:

    Maytag Legacy Quiet Series 300....moreless

  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    If you don't walk to town for the many award winning restaurants for lobster, scallops, fried clams, fresh fish, oysters, hand-churned ice cream, , you have a fully renovated Kitchen to impress all !...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Ge Profile Microwave...moreless

  • Oven:

    GE Premier...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Spices, sugar, flour. Everything you need to cook is here!...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Amana Premier. Series, with ice-maker...moreless

  • Stove:

    GE Premier Glass Surface ...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Thick slice, 4 slot toaster...moreless

  • Wet Bar


  • Bicycles:

    Available for rent a walk away in town...moreless

  • Boat:

    Available for rent a walk away in town, or across the street at the three available Marinas....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Garden Patio-Deck measuring 21' x 15' overlooking the 'Kennebunk River' and, beautiful green 'Silas Perkins Park', Rock in our heavy duty White Birch Rocking Chairs....moreless

  • Golf:

    The Arundel Golf resort is open to public and about 1 miles away....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available for rent and delivery. Posted on kitchen cork board....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    This property is bordered by two beautiful public parks. It is also maintained for your pleasure....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    New" NexGrill" Stainless steel, 4 Burner Gas , Electric start, Grill. We always have a full spare propane tank for you....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Available for rent a walk away in town. Also available to be delivered. See cork board in kitchen...moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 56 traveler reviews
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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 - Jun 27, 2017
1 night min stay

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $90 per night, per additional guest

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2 night min stay

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $99 per night, per additional guest

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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • cleaning fee $290 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9%


Flexible & Affordable: We try to accommodate everyone and specialize in large gatherings, and business events.

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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Portland Jetport
0.01 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Arundel Wharf Restaurant
1.3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Cape Arundel Golf Course
7.4 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak Station Wells, Me. 1-800-872-7245
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.01 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Arundel Wharf Restaurant
70 Miles
Nearest Ski
Sunday River
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Silas Perkins Park

Car: Not Necessary

Maine is dramatic; cool evening air, windows open at nite. A huge 13' tide, means run in when the tide comes in. That also means the ocean has a 'sea smell'...because the sun bakes the seaweed on the rocky coast, when the tide is 'out.' The restaurants are all within walking distance. and state their 'award winning' status... for 'Lobster Rolls', or 'Fried Clams', or 'Clam Chowder', etc.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2011

About: Inkeepers, Scott and Cheryl Mahoney have 8 wonderful children from 25 down to 5. 5 boys and 3 girls means they are very busy all the time. They have been married 27 years. Scott grew up in Lexington, Ma, and Cheryl in Farmington, CT. Scott moved to South Glastonbury, CT at age 8 and meet Cheryl at a 'Mixer' (dance) Senior year at her private school. Cheryl became best friends with Scotts mother (Gloria), so when they broke up, Scott would come home and hear Cheryl laughing with Gloria, her best friend. Cheryl, a year behind Scott, transferred to Scotts College, Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ) . They went out with other people, grew up, and realized that they should be together and 27 years later, they still are. They have lived in Atlanta for 20 years. Scotts brother, Chris, worked at the Colony Hotel as a Busboy during College. Scott worked at the grand old 'Marshall House' in York Harbor, Me as an Elevator Boy one summer, and as a Bellman the next summer. The Marshal House was been torn down several decades ago. The Mahoneys vacationed here and in York Harbor, Me. Cheryl vacationed at her familys vacation home in Old Saybrook, CT.

Why Kennebunkport, Kennebunkport, ME, USA:
The Old River House is in the very heart of Kennebunkport, in town elegance and ease. No hassle finding parking in the 'Port,' just walk. Walk or drive to the beach. The adjacent Town Parks are very well maintained and used by locals and vacationeers. Kennebunkport really is Fun and Happiness. Its a great place for Adults and Kids.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
Breakfast in the morning, by the wall of windows, looking at the Lobster boats going out to sea and the Sea Gulls following. You can smell the ocean when the tide goes out (approximately a 13 foot tide!) and the sun bakes the sea weed. In the evening, sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch, with a glass of your favorite beverage, makes for a great and relaxed day. Finally, when going to sleep, the evening breeze temperatures get into the 50's to 60's, making for the best sleep you will have.

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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/24/2017

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  • Old River House - water view

    Old River House - water view

  • Dock Square - "Prelude Season"

    Dock Square - "Prelude Season"

  • Old River House  restored to original grandeur 2015

    Old River House restored to original grandeur 2015

  • Kennebunk River view from porch.

    Kennebunk River view from porch.

  • Kitchen


  • Breakfast by the Window room

    Breakfast by the Window room

  • Living room and Sitting rooms

    Living room and Sitting rooms

  • Captains Bedroom with Fireplace

    Captains Bedroom with Fireplace

  • Bathroom 2nd floor

    Bathroom 2nd floor

  • Antique twin bed Old River House

    Antique twin bed Old River House

  • 1848 Old River Stairwell 2nd floor

    1848 Old River Stairwell 2nd floor

  • Horse Carriage rides at the Old River House.

    Horse Carriage rides at the Old River House.

  • In town on the Kennebunk River with 13' tide

    In town on the Kennebunk River with 13' tide

  • Kitchen


  • Dinning room

    Dinning room

  • Living room

    Living room

  • 2nd floor river room bedroom

    2nd floor river room bedroom

  • Admirals room of antique wood. 2nd floor

    Admirals room of antique wood. 2nd floor

  • Bathroom 3rd floor. Antique claw tub and shower

    Bathroom 3rd floor. Antique claw tub and shower

  • Good friends, always welcome at Old River House !

    Good friends, always welcome at Old River House !

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Friday, March 24, 2017

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