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Visiting the Stone House – Kennebunkport



The last time we talked, we were taking a peek in some of the adorable Cottages at Cabot Cove.  Since we are all enjoying our virtual stay here in Kennebunkport, I thought it would be nice to tour one of the landmark houses along Ocean Avenue.  If you are a house lover like I am, Kennebunkport’s  Ocean Avenue is one of those streets that make you yell, “Slow down!” to your husband as he is driving along and you are getting whiplash from craning your neck  to see the houses on both sides.  Everywhere you look on Ocean Avenue there is another gorgeous home. 🙂

Most tourists (and many of the locals) call this home The Stone House, but it was actually named Bayberry Cove Cottage by its architect. It sits on a jut out of stone, and the stone continues right up the house in its columns and very tall chimney. Mr. James Harrison commissioned Boston architect, Henry Patson Clark to build the home in 1915.

There have been many stories about the house – including ones about it being haunted.  At one point, there were rumors that it was the house shown in the opening scene of the old vampire show Dark Shadows, but that has been proven to be untrue.  (Do you remember Barnabas?)

The Harrison family sold the house in 1931 to William and Esther Pierce.  It has stayed in the Pierce family since that time and is presently owned by their grandson, Pierce O’Neil.  Around 2006, Pierce and his wife Ashley wanted to update the interiors some, so they hired Linda Banks to do the design work.  She has been doing classic New England architecture and interiors for decades.  You might know her work from House Beautiful, Traditional Home, and many other magazines.  She and her associate, James Light were a perfect fit for the project.

As you enter the foyer this is what you see.  The wall paneling is beautiful to me.

The living room also has that same paneling along with a wonderful fireplace wall surround.

They kept many of the family pieces and updated them to make them work for a family with children – still respecting the history of the house.

This is what the sunroom used to look like….

And now after Banks Design Associates refreshed it.  How do you like the view??

Here is the porch…

It seems to be a bit more modern in feel than the rest of the house.

And this is your view off the porch…

It’s almost like being on a boat out in the middle of the water, isn’t it?  Although the O’Neil family lives in New York, they have spent every summer here in Kennebunkport.  The home is available for rent at other times of the year.  It has six bedrooms (all with water views) and 4 1/2 bathrooms.  According to one of the rental sites, it was completely restored in 2011.  If you are interested, the listing is here.

It IS a beautiful and unique home, and it certainly lends itself to extended family vacations.  Unfortunately, I don’t think a week’s stay at The Stone House is within my budget.  So I will just be quite content with my little rooms at The Cottages at Cabot Cove.

Hope you enjoyed seeing The Stone House. 🙂

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Billie Anne Lawlor - July 12, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Hi Kelly,

The Stone House has been my favorite house since 1981 when my husband,(now deceased) and I use to stay at The Colony!! We spent our short honeymoon there and continued going for years! I met Vice President Bush on his way out after breakfast one morning! My husband took photos but was so excited they all came out blurred! We would bike ride pass Walkers Point and The Stone House and fantasize living there!! I’m alone now and have not been back for years!I MISS Kennebunkport, The Colony and especially my beloved Stone House!! I noticed they have added an addition/Guest House! Please don’t think me MAD, BUT do they need a caretaker?? I have an impeccable personal resume plus even a PERFECT driving record! One of the items on my bucket list is to stay at The Stone House a few nights! Well Kelly, I can dream can’t it???? Please throw a kiss the next time you go by “my” Stone House! Blessings!! Billie Ann Lawlor, Enfield CT

ASHLEY O'NEIL - June 9, 2015 - 8:51 pm

Hi Kelly,
I just stumbled on your feature of our home, The Stonehouse in Kennebunkport, Maine. So glad you like it! I would love to talk with you by phone when you have a minute so I can ask you a couple of questions and can verify that our home WAS completely restored in 2011- 2012! Just leave me a message with your number and a good time to call if you miss me.
Wow Ashley! You are so lucky to own the Stonehouse! Just being in Kennebunkport is wonderful enough, but that house…oh my goodness! I will be glad to answer any questions you might have (and I will go back and verify the restoration in 2011 now) but I would prefer to do it using email. A blog is quite public enough, but I try to maintain some privacy here since I have a teenage daughter. Hope you understand that.

kim porter - June 4, 2012 - 9:07 pm

It simply boggles my mind that (certain) people can have this beautiful of a house for just a summer house! I simply would never want to leave! thanks for the pictures, Kelly! Probably all said and done though, I would be quite content in those cute cottages!
Kim – I wouldn’t want to leave that gorgeous place either, but I bet it is freezing cold there in the winter. I could certainly handle living in one of the cute cottages at Cabot Cove too.

the farmer's wife - June 4, 2012 - 4:25 pm

I think Phyllis has it right…If wall could talk, indeed! While it is out of budget for me, I love to see what’s out there in every price range.

The new sunroom furniture is so much better. Isn’t it funny how more substantial furniture makes a room look bigger than the same room with small furniture?
Julianna – it IS strange that rooms look bigger with bigger furniture. Guess our eyes deceive us!

susan@avintagefarmwife - June 4, 2012 - 4:23 pm

PRETTTTY! That view is unbelievable. Love the sunroom best of all. Wonder if that couch is comfy because is sure is cute.
Susan- That sunroom has definitely improved, but it doesn’t look like they changed the carpet in there, does it? The cushions on the sofa look thick so I would think it would be comfy.

Aimee - June 4, 2012 - 6:43 am

That is stunning! I love the trimwork in the entry, and that porch is just unbelievable. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Aimee – So happy you liked the house. That trimwork (all painted white) is really beautiful. Can you imagine being out on that porch during a storm??

phyllis - June 4, 2012 - 4:32 am

If walls could talk! Don’t you know this home would have
some stories to tell?!
I LOVE it. Reminds me of the movie Nights in Rodanthe.
Well, I can’t afford it either but maybe that is only
today and not tomorrow, right? 🙂
Those cottages in the post below are so precious!
I like the one you stayed in.
It would be awesome to have sixteen of them and get to decorate.
Phyllis – Built in 1915, I would bet this home has “seen” it all. Its height (and being on the water) reminded me of Nights in Rodanthe too. Glad you liked the cottages. Sixteen to decorate WOULD be fun!!

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