KITTERY, Maine — In a quaint and whimsical lobby hangs an old print of Kittery village, situated next to various antique dishes and ceramics stored in a glass cupboard.
A magnificent sofa, the focal piece of the room, is sprawling with an emerald green bird and foliage print; a jungle-like touch. Large plants and fresh flowers grace the corners of the space, and there’s some velvet and leather, too.
In Jay and Amanda McSharry’s second lodging venture, they’ve renovated and rebranded a longtime historic inn overlooking the Piscataqua River just next to John Paul Jones Memorial Park. The Water Street Inn, formerly the Portsmouth Harbor Inn and Spa, is now modern Victorian-style, with secrets and tastes of history around each corner.
The three-floor brick house was built in 1879 by George Trefethen, who belonged to a prominent family in Kittery. His signature is preserved in one of the inn’s third-floor rooms with panoramic views of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Saving some of the house’s historic touches, most of the rooms also have their own gundalow plaques.
“We just love the property,” Amanda said. “We fell in love with the house and location. It was hard to resist.”