Portsmouth is a beautiful waterfront city that enjoys an abundance of wonderful restaurants, art, and history. Come enjoy our special ranch style family home built in 1960 and located on a half acre of land, two short miles from downtown Portsmouth. Separated from neighboring condominiums by a splendid row of Aphrodite trees, the house provides an air of privacy for both business and family travelers.
Just off the last I-95 exit in New Hampshire before entering the state of Maine and ideally located one hour north of Boston and one hour south of Portland, Maine, this home is the ideal New England vacation destination. Conveniently located 25 minutes from beaches in both New Hampshire and Maine, you will also be an hour from mountainous destinations known for hiking, boating and nature exploration.
The house is a split Level 2000+ sq ft ranch style structure cradled between the historic Atlantic Heights and picturesque and historic downtown Portsmouth. 3 private bedrooms are fully furnished with 2 king size beds and one double bed. A single utility bed is also available. While discounts are available for long-term rentals, the home is also available for short-term bookings.
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Please wash linen and towels before departure.
No excessively loud social events. Please respect my neighbors!
The owner, Scott, was very helpful to us. He provided us with a lot of useful information for an enjoyable stay.
We (group of 4) had the benefit of staying in the house right after the owner's stay so cleanliness was not an issue. The house is spacious. It is not very well maintained so the shelves in the cabinets look dirty. In the master bedroom, an unused piece of furniture (a cocktail table) is stored between the wall and the bed, leaving about 1 foot of space along the king size bed to walk. You have to walk sideway when you get out of the bed on that side and you'll have to be very careful doing so in the dark if you don't want to bump into the table.
The hot water in the upstairs bathtub was an annoying issue. The water was hot but very little of it came out from the shower upstairs after one person took a shower downstairs. We had to wait about 15 minutes for hot water to come out again for the next person. The owner said hot water pressure has always been an issue in the house.
I found one of the house rules really ridiculous. It requires guests to wash the linen before leaving. We rent the house with everything in it for a period of time. We paid the rent. We paid the cleaning fee separately. Why do we have to wash the linen for them? I have never seen a requirement like this anywhere I stay.
This house is beautifully preserved. It was like walking into and through my childhood in the 1960s. It has many seating areas and comfortable bedrooms--and you can't hear the noise from one room to another. It's a charming house with a good feel to it and convenient to all that Portsmouth has to offer.
As you can see in the photos, this house is so interesting. If you like mid-century architecture, you'll love this place. I felt like I was in an Elliot Gould movie from the '70s. Like all the reviewers said, it is huge and not far from downtown Portsmouth (although there is nothing really walking distance). Scott was easy to work with and very responsive. But I am kind of a clean freak, and the house really could use a thorough cleaning. The floors were indeed dusty, the bathtub was clogged, the kitchen faucet leaked, and there's a broken window and a broken dining chair. It just feels like the house needs a little TLC. Some updated bed linens would be nice too. Like another reviewer said, this could all be easily remedied. Overall we enjoyed our stay!
We had a wonderful time staying at Scott's house (while attending a wedding up in Maine) and he was great at communicating prior to our arrival. We did not notice any of the issues cited by an earlier guest (dust, ants). I suppose some of the floors were dusty, but whose aren't?! The house is huge and the location near the freeway (95) is convenient. Thanks, Scott!
Overall I had a very positive experience staying with Scott. I would highly recommend him, as working with him was simple and he was very responsive. The unit itself was spacious, but could be improved.
-excellent communication (responses literally within minutes to questions about WiFi, etc.)
-easy to access home itself (had a realtor box for us, otherwise would have had key dropped off by neighbor)
-location is great (very close to downtown Portsmouth)
-very spacious (3 living rooms, 3 bedrooms with 4 beds total, 1 bed in the basement)
-easy to find off the highway
-no dishwasher (and no garbage disposal)
-place could have used a thorough cleaning before we got there (very dusty, etc.)
-saw a few ant colonies throughout the house (nothing to be overly concerned with, but something I would want to know in advance)
-place was quite warm (one window AC unit for the whole place)
-house is very dim (lighting is lacking a bit)
Given the choice, I would definitely stay with Scott again. All of the Cons can easily be remedied and are worked through, and Scott was great to work with.
Even though we only spoke briefly with Scott, he was very responsive and flexible which made our vacation time in his home terrific. The house is an experience within itself. As you can see from the pictures, the 60's decor takes you right back in time. While it could use some updating and cleaning, it is a huge space and our two children had plenty of space, which made it relaxing for us. The location is ideal for getting to the beach or Portsmouth.
I was born and raised in Portsmouth and I currently live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area. My New Hampshire home was designed and built by my father who is a talented architect/builder. I am still passionate about Portsmouth and New England as a great place to live and visit.