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New listing - BEST value - huge home/yard, harbor views, steps to beach & parks

Bedrooms 10
Space 7,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

10 Bedroom/7 Baths - beautifully decorated home, gorgeous grounds, walk to beach

The Varrell House is located in the heart of York Harbor, Maine and a 3 minute walk to the family friendly York Harbor beach. Listen to the fishing boats as they depart the Harbor each morning, smell the salty air and feel the gentle ocean breeze. The home was originally built as a guest house (Varrell House -- Annex) in the early 20 Century and served as a Bed & Breakfast (Canterbury House) in the latter part of the 20th Century. You’ll have plenty of room for gathering with family and friends -- including a newly renovated kitchen (winter 2017-18) - two large sitting areas, a large front porch and a new lawn and fire pit shaded by gorgeous old trees. Some of the rooms and grounds offer partial views of the harbor where time will slowly pass as you watch the boats come and go. 10 bedrooms with 7 bathrooms means plenty of room for the whole family without long wait times to take a shower! The charming home was renovated in 2017-18 to include a new kitchen, 2 new bathrooms and brand new furnishings to ensure you have a very comfortable stay. As this is a new property listing, we are offering the best per room/per night fees or per person/per night of any large rental in York Harbor. Please see our "sister" property - The Briars at Homeaway - #4035882 and read all the great reviews. Be the first to have the same experience at the Varrell House -- we promise not to disappoint.

Our home is in an ideal spot to enjoy the sought after environs of York Harbor. Guests can easily walk to the Harbor Beach known for its family friendly atmosphere. The Cliff Walk starts at the Harbor Beach and offers spectacular views of the rocky Maine coast and stunning Victorian mansions. The Hartley Mason estate is a beautiful public park overlooking the Harbor Beach with flower gardens and plenty of shade from the summer sun. Moulton Park is two doors down the street from us with a fantastic space for any outdoor activity with lots of sun and shade. The Fisherman’s Walk is steps away where you stroll along the river and enjoy views of the boats coming in and out of the harbor – including lobsterman with their fresh catch of the day. Fisherman’s walk brings you to the Wiggly Bridge-Steadman Woods where you can take a loop through the forest or continue walking to the historic York Village. York Village (less than five minutes away by car in case you lost track of how long you’ve been walking) was settled in 1624 (3 years after Plymouth Plantation!) and offers a rich array of historical buildings (e.g Old Gaol – one of the oldest jails in America; a one room school house; Jefferds Tavern; The Old Burying Ground featuring 18th-19th century carved tombstones; and the John Hancock Warehouse etc.).

The Harbor is rich in culture and fine dining. The York Art Association is located a few houses down the street from us. George Marshall store gallery is located through the Steadman Woods and has a series of art exhibits during the year (the curator lives down the street from our house). There are other small galleries and shops in the Village. York Harbor Inn, Stage Neck Inn, and Chapman Cottage each offer award winning dining and are all a five minute walk from our home. The Dockside Restaurant is located across the harbor (five minute drive away) and is a great spot to view the marina and have a great meal. The marina offers boat and kayak rentals for those wishing to experience some “ocean” culture.

The York area and surrounding towns offer a never ending list of things to do. Visit lighthouses. Go whale watching. Explore forts and historical sights. Enjoy the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Hike Mt. Agamenticus for breathtaking views of the ocean to the east and forest/mountains to the west (you can also drive to the top if you are feeling lazy and visit the nature exhibit in the old ski lodge). Shop at the Kittery Outlets (save this for those rainy days). Visit the York Beach boardwalk with an amusement park, bowling, arcade, shops, live entertainment, salt water taffy and more. Hiking-Biking-Boating-Sunbathing…or just reading a book in the many nooks of our beautiful home. You will love the relaxed pace of Maine. There is a reason our state motto is "Maine, the way life should be".

Looking to accommodate an even bigger group? Ask us about The Briars, our 8 bedroom home, located just a few doors away -- homeaway # 4035882. We also have a third property, with 6 bedrooms in very close proximity.

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About Lance

I was born in York and raised just down the street from this beautiful home. I spent countless hours/days playing in the neighborhood -- exploring fun spots such as the Harbor Beach, Cliff Walk, Fisherman's Walk, Wiggly Bridge-Steedman Woods, Moulton Park just to name a few! As a boy I delivered newspapers and mowed lawns in the neighborhood (including mowing this lawn when it was the Canterbury House!). In my late teens/early college years, I worked in Stage Neck Inn which is a five minute walk away. I was married at the Dockside Guest Quarters located at the mouth of the harbor where the river meets the ocean. Two of my three kids were born in York Hospital. Needless to say, my heart, soul and spirit are woven into this area.

I understand the needs of families/groups who are looking to rent a home. I've been renting homes to tourists in York and other towns for nearly twenty years. I've lived abroad three times and travelled to over 60 countries on six continents. I have three young kids and we've stayed in rental properties all over the world and we know how to make a home a great experience for visitors!

I'm happy to help as you plan your trip. I've got 40+ years of experience in the area -- I know all the popular stuff as well as plenty of "off the beaten" path and local spots.

Lance purchased this house in 2017

Why Lance chose York Harbor

This property was originally built to cater to visitors coming from all over the world to enjoy York Harbor and the surrounding area. The home was been a guest house and bed/breakfast over the years. During the winter of 2017 -- we are renovating the entire kitchen and two bathrooms, painting many rooms and furnishing the entire house with beautiful pieces. The home sits on one of the largest lots in the harbor and we putting in a new/enlarged lawn for our guests to enjoy.

What makes this house unique

You will love the charm of this century old home -- plenty of gathering space for your group. A beautiful living room with adjoining sitting room separated by French doors giving you the flexibility to spend time together as one big group or give kids/adults their own space. Great front porch to watch the beachgoers come and go. Great yard for playing games and a fire pit for evening fun.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in York Harbor in York

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq ft
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 2nd Floor - large shared bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , 2nd floor shared bathroom
    3rd floor - Harbor View room with private bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 3rd floor private bath
    2nd Floor - Private Harbor View Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 2nd Floor - Harbor View - private bath
    3rd Floor - private bath in garden view room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Very private room with it's own bathroom
    3rd Floor - Shared bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shared bathroom for 3rd floor
    1st Floor - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , 1st floor - full bathroom
    2nd floor - private garden view bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Small private bathroom with shower
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • 3rd Floor - back garden view - 1 Large Double Bed , Nice views of back garden - shared bath
    3rd Floor - Front view - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Spacious room with shared bath
    3rd Floor - Garden view - 1 Large Double Bed , View of gardens and shared bath
    2nd Floor - King with garden view - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Spacious room with garden views and shared bath
    2nd Floor - garden view with private bath - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen room with private bath including shower
    2nd Floor - Front of House - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Spacious room with King Size bed and shared bath
    2nd Floor - private room set apart from other bedrooms - 1 Double Bed , View of gardens and convenient back stairs to kitchen
    3rd Floor - Harbor View - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Lots of beds with private bath & distant harbor views
    3rd Floor - Very private room away from others: private bath - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Newly renovated in 2018 - all new including private bath
    2nd floor - Harbor View - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Distant harbor views w/private bath; Dbl bed has a trundle
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Fantastic house- great for a large group

  • 5 of 5

As a veteran of renting houses all over New England, this house was tops for our group of 14.

The house was spacious and ultra clean, with plenty of bathrooms to satisfy a large group of women. The furnishings were comfortable and tasteful- gorgeous really.

The owners have stocked this house for any activity that renters would care to undertake, with an especial attention to children who might be along with their families.

We were able to walk to many parks, restaurants, and a bit of shopping- it was a great central location.

The owners were very responsive to requests and questions we had even before our trip and when we couldn't figure out the TV setup, they bent over backwards to straighten us out.

We will definitely be returning here next year- thank you for a wonderful long weekend.

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house, great location, wonderful host

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay in York. The house is recently and beautifully renovated, and is spacious and perfect for groups with lovely bedrooms and great outdoor and common spaces. A short walk from the harbor, beach, and cliff walk, the location is great for days spent outdoors and on the water. Lance was a very helpful and communicative host. Would love to stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Erika - I'm glad that you and all your friends loved the house. You had amazing weather for a wedding weekend -- looks like you all had tons of fun with different events each day. It was fun to see so many folks from all over the country enjoying our home. Hope that you'll come back to visit us again.
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Varrell house was awesome!

  • 5 of 5

We were one of the first groups to stay in the newly renovated Varrell house. We were there for a wedding and the groomsmen and their significant others stayed here for 4 nights. The accommodations were wonderful; literally perfect! Very clean and well maintained. The professional photographer used the lovely yard for photos of the groom's family and groomsmen. Very picturesque. Owner Lance was very easy to work from when we booked (9 months earlier) up through and including the last day of our stay. Highly recommend the property.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Immaculate, spacious and fully stocked!!

  • 5 of 5

I rented this house from Lance for a post wedding celebration weekend for my daughters wedding. We had 18 people in the house including aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. The home was impeccable and spacious. The kitchen was fully stocked with anything you need to prepare and serve a meal. The house is located directly across the street from the Harbor with beautiful views. Our family is very active and the location was perfect for nice walks to the harbor or to long sands beach. Lance was phenomenal to deal with and also included sheets, paper products (toilet paper and paper towels) and basic toiletries. We certainly plan on another stay in his beautiful home.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

We’ve stayed at multiple rental properties owned by Lance and were thrilled to get an early experience with this new property! This house has ample room for large groups, is beautifully decorated and located in the center of everything York has to offer! Walk to York harbor beach, fishermans walk, wiggly bridge & Fosters! We will definitely be back for another wonderful vacation soon!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen - thanks for experiencing the different homes that we offer in York Harbor. Glad that you loved the new property. Looking forward to having you back again next year - -I'm curious to see which one you will choose! :)
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We had such an amazing time

  • 5 of 5

The property is immaculate. Beautifully decorated. Loved exploring all of the rooms. Plenty of space- indoor and outdoor- to spread out, relax and play. If you enjoy morning and night walks to the beach, this is a perfect location. York Maine is the perfect place to get away. It was so fun and so memorable. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Claire - glad that you enjoyed our home and that you had a great experience in York Harbor. It was great to meet you and I look forward to having you back again next year.
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Portland Jetport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
York Harbor Inn
Nearest Golf
1.3 Miles
York Golf and Tennis Club
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Stage Neck Inn
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
York Harbor Beach


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £417.56
Damage Deposit £379.6

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Rentals in July/August are only from Sunday to Sunday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.