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Historic-Waterfront:'The Old River House'-In Town, on River .

Bedrooms 10
Separate WC's1
Space 7,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


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.

More Details

Property Manager
Scott Mahoney
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 March, 2018

About Scott Mahoney

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 Marshall 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.

Scott Mahoney purchased this estate in 2011

Why Scott Mahoney chose Kennebunkport

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.

What makes this estate unique

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Kennebunkport in York County

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • TOILET PAPER ONLY. Please NO Tampons, Diapers, Easy-wipes in toilets.
  • WINDOWS: Old windows break easily. Please use Dowels.
  • CHILDREN: No running through house. Please supervise. We have 8 kids. We love them. No running . Thanks.
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • city centre ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Wet Bar
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 9 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 10 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Double Bed
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • luaus
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Historic-Waterfront:'The Old River House'-In Town, on River .
average rating of 4.857143 based on 70 reviews
New York

Perfect for Family Gatherings

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent Labor Day weekend in Kennebunkport to celebrate the life of my grandmother. The Old River House is huge and was the perfect size allowing all 12 of my family members to share a home comfortably. The location was PERFECT! It was great that everyone could go into town whenever they wanted. We had a wonderful brunch Sunday on the porch. The green space and water view across the way was beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good Morning Michelle, We give your large group a strong 5 Star Review. Your group was quiet and left the Old River House very clean. Please come back anytime ! Thanks again, Scott & Cheryl
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our team at work rented the house for an overnight retreat. The place was spotless and well kept. We had everything we needed. The location to the center of town as well as the ocean was incredible. Truly stunning views of the ocean just a short walk away. Scott and Cheryl have an amazing property. We would absolutely stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Mike. We definitely give your group a 5 STAR Review. We love business events. Please come back anytime ! Scott & Cheryl
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Historic charm and seaside views all in one

  • 5 of 5

We were a multigenerational family reunion with adults. We had bedrooms and seats at the table to spare. Even in January there was lots of local flavor. Ocean Ave leads right down the street one way to quaint Kennebunk and the other to a stroll by the Bush compound, all walkable distances. The river is across the street and visible from the sunroom. The inn is an authentic one with all the historical charm you could want. Top that off with the owners Scott and Cheryl who are responsive and obviously proud of their lovely home. This exceeded our expectations.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good Morning Carolyn, We seriously give you and your group not only a 5 Star Review but truly the "Top 1%" of Guests. You were kind, incredibly clean, and treated the Old River House super well. Hope you liked the new Guest basket of local products we provide. Please come back again. We recently doubled our Hot Water supply ! Scott & Cheryl
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Sausalito, California

Great Thanksgiving with the entire family!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the River House, it feels like an old hotel except you are related to all the guests! I had my 4 siblings and their families and my Dad get together to spend Thanksgiving weekend it was awesome. We were able to walk into town, and also to Walker Point it was so nice to never use the car all weekend. The bedrooms are quaint and charming and the first floor hang out spots are big and also so charming thank you to our hosts!!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amy, We give you and family a big 5 Star Review too ! The Old River House was an Inn for 120 years, 1848 to 1968. It was first , Mailings Inn named after the first occupant, John P Mailing in 1848. In the 1880's it was renamed the Old River House and the original sign is still on the house. Please come back again ! Scott & Cheryl
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Perfect Fall Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our large group of friends had such an amazing stay at the Old River House. Scott and Cheryl welcomed us with an amazing basket of treats from all local vendors; there was delicious bread, jam, sweets, and oils. The home was spacious, dotted with antiques, and centrally located. We could see the water and walk right into town. Scott was helpful and quick to respond to any of our questions. We loved our long weekend there and hope to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan and the Boston, team, You were the perfect guests ! Thank you very much for the 5 Star Review and your kind comments. We are now doing the gift basket for all our guests. Thank you for the idea ! Please come back again ! Scott & Cheryl
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Just right for our family wedding

  • 5 of 5

Property is perfect for our family--we were right at home in this well restored 1818 home. The décor is stunning--period furniture with excellent art wherever one looks. Scott and his family are friendly and helpful . The view over the Kennebunk River is beautiful. Bill and Ann



  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bill & Ann, We welcome you back anytime and we definitely give your group a 5 Star Review. A big group and you left the Old River House in great order. Please hurry back ! Scott & Cheryl
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Portland Jetport
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
The Arundel Wharf Restaurant
Nearest Golf
1.3 Miles
Cape Arundel Golf Course
Nearest Train
7.4 Miles
Amtrak Station Wells, Me. 1-800-872-7245
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
The Arundel Wharf Restaurant
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Sunday River
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday estate in Kennebunkport, Maine

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter in Maine
4 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £59 per night, per additional guest
1 Apr 2018 - 27 Jun 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £59 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £62 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £57.05
cleaning fee £209.41 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

CANCELLATION POLICY: No Refund policy. However if your plans change we will make every effort to rebook you to a new available date or re-rent your booking date to another renter. If we are successful, We will give a refund.
PROTECTION: : Homeaway makes available: TRIP CANCELLATION PROTECTION through CSA Insurance(VacatioProtection.com). This is offered to you when you book on Homeaway payment link.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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