Sought-after historic home in fabulous location in the heart of Kennebunkport.
About Heyward Whetsell
What are 2 empty-nest Southerners doing in Maine? Absolutely loving it! The Oliver Davis House is our retreat, and through the years many guests have enjoyed 'the way life should be.' We love gardening, antiqueing, entertaining, picnics on the beach, and walks along the ocean. And spending time with our kids and friends when they come to visit.
Heyward Whetsell purchased this House in 2004
Why Heyward Whetsell chose Kennebunkport
The Oliver Davis House compound is a beautiful small historic home and guest cottage that retains its charm while offering every modern convenience and comfort. Located in the heart of Kennebunkport, it offers something for everyone--an easy walk to Dock Square or the ocean. The house is decorated with antiques, but it's stylish, not frumpy. Luxurious, but not over the top. It's a place where you can get back to basics.
What makes this House unique
The private garden at the Oliver Davis House is a major attraction in summer. Designed in a traditional style that complements the period architecture of the house, the main part of the garden is filled with hydrangeas and offers the perfect spot for afternoon cocktails. There's a separate patio with a fountain for al fresco dining, and a small intimate space reserved for naps in the hammock shielded by espaliered apple trees and woodsy ferns, rhododendrum, lilacs, and Japanese maple. The gently sound of wind chimes blowing in the breeze make the garden even more relaxing. Equipped with gas grill, fire pit, torchieres--the garden at the Oliver Davis House doubles our living space and offers a wonderful seasonal option to enjoy the outdoors in summer and fall.
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
Dogs considered, other pets not allowed.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Pets are sometimes allowed if approved by owner. If approved, an addtional damage deposit ($1,000) is reqired.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Perfect House, Perfect Location, Perfect Host
The Oliver Davis House on Elm Street is in the perfect location to take advantage of walking to Kennebunkport's shops, restaurants, Barbara Bush Gardens and sightseeing events. We are city people, and love to "hoof it" when we can. The house, almost 200 years old, was a classic delight. Appeared to be professionally decorated. Guest Cottage was also well appointed. Both house and cottage were furnished in a fashion that you want for nothing. Backyard was a dream: beautiful gardens surrounding soft, green grass. A lovely shady gathering place, and nice to sit and read. Owner was a great communicator. Immediate response to questions. Couldn't ask for better. In all, a perfect, pleasant place!
Great place to stay in kennebunk
great location within walking distance of everything needed to enjoy your vacation.
My family and I enjoyed a wonderful week in the Oliver Davis House. The owners have taken great care to make this home an amazing experience for all. From the beautiful antiques, comfortable furniture, nice linens, fully stocked kitchen and private garden, no detail has been overlooked. Loved the location and neighborhood. Looking forward to staying again next year!
Lovely house. Great location.
This is a unique house, built in 1827 and decorated with antiques (the beds are firm and 21st century.) The 2 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms allowed for us and our friends to be very private when we wanted to. The master bedroom has little spaces with desks so you can do some work if you want to spoil your vacation.
It is better stocked with supplies than the average Walmart. The owner warns you about the low ceiling in the basement where the washer/dryer are located (as well as beach chairs, etc) and my bald head has the bruises to show his warnings must be taken seriously. There is a very comfortable living room , dining room and useful kitchen.
The location is one minute from Dock Square but quiet, even in the lovely garden. You have to drive to beaches if you are taking chairs, etc but the beaches are great and the owner can give you tips about where to go.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. (warning-not a place for small kids.)
So glad you enjoyed your visit, Michael. We enjoyed having you as our guest!
Charming, immaculate, well-located.
Our stay at the Oliver Davis house was a wonderful experience. The home is historic and set in the historic district, near the harbor, shops, galleries, and restaurants. It is an easy and lovely walk for sight seeing, eating out, or shopping. The home is beautifully decorated, charming and immaculate. The owners provided a booklet of everything we needed to know about the house, nearby restaurants and activities. One sunny afternoon, we walked a few steps to board a sailboat which gives tours of the harbor and beyond. I enjoyed sitting in the secluded garden and reading. We loved walking to the Colony Hotel for drinks on the lawn, overlooking the harbor.
We would most highly recommend this lovely home to friends and family.
Most amazing experience
I write "experience" because that is what this is...you will truly feel as if you have left reality and gone to heaven! The house is gorgeous, and the location is UNBEATABLE. You are literally in the heart of town and hear the horse drawn carriages plip plop outside your bedroom window.
In addition, the owner is kind and so quick in responding to any questions.
I CANNOT recommend this house enough!!!
Kennebunkport: Maine's coast at its finest! Quintessential New England village with charming historic houses, a gorgeous walk along the rocky Atlantic coast, and wonderful sandy beaches. Outstanding antiquing--from elegant shops to flea markets. And fabulous restaurants to suit every palate and price range. Attractions: Walker's Point, home to George and Barbara Bush; the Nott House, an historic sea captain's home; Dock Square shops and restaurants; lobster boats and a lighthouse. Carriage rides, bicycling, sailing and sightseeing cruises, and in winter, sleigh rides. A perfect get away every season that truly lives up to Maine's promise of 'life the way it should be.' Easy day trips to Boston, Portland and Portsmouth.