The 31 acres encompass a classic Maine landscape of woodland, fields, and shorefront. Natural stonewalls and mature trees contour the property lines, with 990+/- feet of frontage on Route 88/Foreside Road, 600+/- feet of frontage on Old Mill Road, ad 950+/- frontage on the private Thornhurst Road. An expanse of 1,300+/- feet of tidal shoreline on Casco Bay at Mussel Cove complete the periphery, with dock and pebble beach.
In the Rockefeller tradition of land conservation, a portion of the acreage has been placed in a Conservation Trust to ensure its continued preservation. The vision and stewardship of this property is clearly seen in the integration of the structures blending harmoniously with the landscape. As a result of this conservation trust, this is a special coastal Maine property with uncompromised views of Casco Bay in perpetuity.
A conservation easement has been placed on 18+/- acres of the eastern-most acres of fields and shorefront abutting Thornhurst Road and Mussel Cove. The remaining 13+/- acres remain available for owner modifications, and potential subdivision.
Built in 1953
Designed by: Renowned Boston architects Ames Child & Graves who were prominent in Beacon Hill architecture, and other significant properties throughout the Northeast
Built by: The Casburage Co. well-known New England builder, also known for building South Portland’s Public Library in 1967.
The 7,250+/- sf main residence is thoughtfully designed and sitting high on the 31 acres taking full advantage of the dramatic views of the fields and ocean from most rooms. The architecture of the main residence is harmonious with the natural setting and Maine landscape, through the architects’ attentive use of lower rooflines, vast amounts of windows, local woodwork and natural stonework. The expansive bluestone patios surrounding the home have been used for entertaining large and small events with the perennial gardens, fields and ocean providing stunning backdrops to warm summer evenings.
The entrance to the main home opens to a substantial foyer providing a welcoming space for family and friends. The foyer is central to the flow leading to several open areas on the first floor including, a formal dining room, a large entertainment room, a cozy den and a fully remodeled gourmet kitchen that opens into a stunning Great Room. An expanse of fields and sea are framed by the unobstructed views from the numerous windows in all of these spaces.
The large, gourmet kitchen is a state-of-the-art culinary set up with a large range of special features for the casual cook to the experienced chef. Deluxe appliances, granite countertops, a generous center island with a Wolf 6-burner gas cooktop and range, custom made cabinetry and storage, built-in ovens, oversized hidden Liebherr refrigerator, and a butler’s pantry. This kitchen is the heart and gathering place where family and guests can comfortably visit with their hosts.
The kitchen has an unobstructed view to the Great Room and beyond to a wall of glass looking out to the stretch of terraced perennial gardens, the rolling fields and Casco Bay. The North wall of the Great Room has a Gammelin fireplace, a Deer Isle stone structure distinctive in its construction and design to be known by architects and builders for its striking and natural textures and shape. Gammelin fireplaces adorn many island retreats along the coast.
Removed and tucked away behind the kitchen is a comfortable and inviting den with built in bookcases and windows. The ideal place for movie night or a quiet retreat.
The foyer staircase is purposefully designed to bridge the architectural gap between engineering and design. Thoughtfully placed the staircase leads to the 2nd floor gallery with library and sitting area and is a graceful approach to the upstairs.
There are 4 bedrooms that are accessed from the open 2nd floor gallery. Two ocean-side bedrooms share a full bathroom with a walk-in shower with hand painted tiles by a local artist. Ample built-in storage, an ocean-facing window seat, and built-in desk are some of amenities found in these bedrooms. A third bedroom is ideal for guests with its own ensuite full bathroom.
The Master Suite is a comfortable, private retreat with sitting space, and a private entrance onto an upper patio with a Zen Garden that overlooks the entire landscape of the property including gardens, fields and Casco Bay. A spiral staircase from the Zen Garden leads to a personal hot tub on a lower terrace patio encircled by perennial gardens.
The ensuite Master Bath hosts a dressing area with many built-in closet and accessory feature to keep organized and functional, leading to a generous, double sink bathroom and shower enclosure.
The NE wing of the 2nd floor leads to a generous 1000+/- sf office space. The space includes a full bath, custom built-in bookcases and storage, a wood burning fireplace, and property views. The main office area of approximately 700 sf, and the adjacent administrative office is nearly 400 sf with a sunny expanse of windows.
Complete with its own breathtaking views, the accessible one-story Guest House is located off the main driveway near the Main House. It is nestled amongst mature fir trees, and features its own landscaped gardens and patio. A full modern, eat-in kitchen overlooks gardens and ocean and the large cathedral living room has plenty of room for guests to gather. The two roomy bedrooms, full bathroom, w/d utility area make this a more than comfortable second home on the property.
Adjacent to the in-ground pool is the Tea House. This charming, inviting space has entertained many casual gatherings, and is complete with kitchen, full bathroom, and a lovely windowed sitting room with view of Casco Bay. Beautiful gardens and sculpted ornamental trees frame this unique House.
All of the property’s utility buildings are located to the northwest side of the property, and are accessible via an independent entrance and parking area off Old Mill Rd. This area of the compound features:
This building is fully heated and includes a comfortable office, and a large workshop space with overhead doors for easy access to equipment and storage. The second floor houses a spacious caretaker’s quarters, full bath, and open studio area.
The Barn has a three-bay series of sliding entrance doors making vehicle entry and storage easy. A generous upper loft is ideal for storing the off-season recreational and sports equipment. The attached chicken coop, with an enclosed coop area, is used currently for feathered friends whose eggs are enjoyed by the owners and staff.
The original greenhouse on the property, this lovely out-building is a picturesque “potting shed”, sensibly designed with a small overhead door for motorized grounds equipment, and roomy enough to house garden implements, and potting supplies. Ample shelving and a potting bench finish off this active gardening headquarters.
A newer greenhouse is utilized year-round to keep the house and seasonal-plants healthy, as well as start the annual vegetable seedlings that provide the owners with organic vegetables all season long. Just outside the formal greenhouse is a series of cold frames, trellised and espaliered fruit bushes, and a large raised-bed, organic vegetable garden actively producing this season.