Our light-filled three story home is perched on a lovely, quiet corner of the historic West End residential neighborhood and is walking distance to all of Portland's finest. It's a great hub from which to explore both the vibrant city life nearby, as well as all the natural glories of Southern Maine. The house is roomy and well-appointed, perfect for families or a few friends traveling together. One of the rare properties right in town with a spacious back deck for meals al fresco, and backyard big enough for the kids to play in. Whether you want to plunge into Portland's world class culinary scene, catch the current show at The Portland Museum of Art, attend the latest event at Space Gallery, take the ferry to Peaks Island, picnic at Kettle Cove, bird watch at the Audubon, or hit the outlets in Freeport and Kittery, you'll find our home a comfortable home base to return to. We are willing to reduce our rate for stays of a month or longer. (Portland Rental License STHR-000351-2018)
5 bedroom historic townhome w/backyard in Portland's best neighborhood
Desi Van Til & Sean Mewshaw
- english, french, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Sep 3, 2018
Why Desi Van Til & Sean Mewshaw chose West End
The West End is the last truly residential neighborhood in the Portland Peninsula and with its beautiful, wide tree-lined streets adorned with remarkable historic buildings and lovely gardens, it seemed like the perfect place to live and play with our daughter, while still being plugged into the vibrant life and amazing restaurants of Portland's downtown. What we love about this home is how it is flooded with light at any time of day, has all the charm and details of an antique home but all the comforts of a modern one.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Feels like home
This is a lovely house filled with light and color and all the welcome of a proper, comfortable family home, not just an anonymous rental. The owners were lovely to deal with and quick to get back to us on any questions we had while we were there as well as while we were booking, and left lots of useful recommendations and instructions at our arrival. Parking was never an issue, and the neighborhood leafy and peaceful yet still with enough local commerce (Tandem Bakery especially) when we did not feel like walking into downtown Portland (about a half hour level walk to the Old Port, though there's plenty on and around Congress Street closer to home). The Saturday farmers' market in Deering Park was a short walk away and well worth a visit- a great opportunity to meet the local growers and return home with armfuls of corn, tomatoes, peaches and blueberries. The kitchen was a pleasure to cook in, the beds were comfy (and we sure did need those cooling units during the heatwave), and the deck and garden outside the kitchen was a great place to have meals- I even loved the little nook at the end of the garden where I could take my coffee and still get a good wifi signal! Because there's so much personal stuff in the house I would hope that every guest would treat that with the appropriate respect- I think it's what makes the house feel so warm and alive.
I have nothing but good things to say about our stay here, and we hope to return again, when it will feel like coming home! Thanks Desi and Sean xxx
Gorgeous home in a ideal location!
This spacious, well-equipped home was an ideal base to discover Portland and the surrounding area. It is located in a friendly, but quiet and safe neighborhood yet still very close to many amenities, restaurants and other venues. We were able to walk or bike to just about everything. The home is very well furnished and, as avid cooks and reading enthusiasts, we enjoyed the kitchen, ample cooking/baking equipment, books and reading areas. Fantastic place for our family of 6 to enjoy our first vacation in Portland!
Beautiful home in a great area
We really enjoyed our week in Portland. The home was perfect and it was in a great location. We walked everywhere in town. Homeowners provided a great list of places to eat and all were great. We loved spending time inside and outside of the home. Beautiful yard. We would stay in this house again for sure and we definitely need more time in Portland. Thank you, Sean and Desi.
Beautiful Home Base for Exploring Portland
The home is beautifully decorated, comfortable, and clean. The neighborhood is a perfect spot from which to explore the City - almost anything is within a 20-minute walk, and the owners left a list of lovely spots to visit. The owners were flexible and accommodating, and we really enjoyed our stay.
This was our first time renting a house, and I feel like we may be spoiled by how wonderful the house was.
The house is wonderfully whimsical, with all the charm of an old house but with all the modern amenities. The neighborhood was quiet and safe for walking at any hour. We stayed in August, and thankfully the bedrooms had small A/C units that made sleeping comfortable for all. We had one car, and parking was a breeze, but I understand that it could be a little tighter in the fall through spring. But really if you want to just explore Portland (about a 5 minute drive to downtown), you could Uber around easily, and save on rentals. The back deck was a favorite, as we had many a meal al fresco, overlooking the cozy back garden. The owners were attentive if we needed anything. Really just a perfect place!
#1 out of many dozens
We rent houses, mostly off of vrbo, approximately 5-7 times a year, and this house has been the best we have ever rented, ever.
Our entire family (parents and 4 children) loved this house. It is spacious - and although many are, the differentiation is that this house is both spacious and well thought out. It is clear that people who love it have furnished it and live in it. The decor is such that I took many photographs of it as inspiration for when we get around to redecorating our own house. (Kitchen is the most pleasant and inspirational I have ever seen.) Bedding is cozy and restful. Details are thoughtful - everything, from the books on the bookshelves to the pictures hanging on the walls. We felt like we were being welcomed as loved houseguests, rather than merely weekend renters. They left fresh blueberries and farm eggs for us in the fridge and tipped us off to a Saturday morning farmer's market the next day!
The neighborhood is wonderful and quiet, though walkable at <10 minutes (with children) to the district with all the good restaurants. Parking was not an issue, though I had worried about this -- on the quiet street in front, you have up to 2 hr parking after 9am, which is perfectly fine if you are a tourist planning on touring! - or you can park 100 feet away around the corner for no charge and no trouble.
Their caretaker (Brendan) left us a note + fresh blueberries and farm fresh eggs in the refrigerator. This place is wonderful. We loved everything about it.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. The security deposit is used to enforce the terms of our rental contract, while damage protection insurance covers any accidental damage to our home.