ELEGANT FAMILY ESTATE ON VERY PRIVATE TWO MILE BEACH.

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Audrey Zahares

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Sleeps16
Bedrooms 15
Bathrooms9
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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ELEGANT FAMILY ESTATE ON VERY PRIVATE TWO MILE BEACH.

Kennebunk Beach Estate Rental Photos and Description

14 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, sleeps 16

See www.bighousekennebunk.com for more information.

The Big House is located in the center of Parsons Beach, a two mile private beach and perhaps the most dramatic stretch of beautiful sandy beaches in southern Maine. Parsons Beach – a private family enclave – has been in the Parsons family for hundreds of years and remains unspoiled to this day – and yet is only 90 minutes from Boston and 40 minutes from Portland, Maine.

Casual elegance, timeless architecture, a superb location, make this magnificiant home the ideal choice for a relaxing getaway, active vacation, family celebration or business retreat. Whether you enjoy sports, shopping, historical adventures or just plain adventure, the Kennebunk Coastal area abounds with something for everyone

Rentals are available by referral by friends and family. The Big House on Parsons Beach has 14 bedrooms – all of which have spectacular ocean views.

Long-time Executive Producer of 'This Old House' - Bruce Irving - states:

“The Big House is, in my opinion, one of the finest examples of seaside architecture on the East Coast. An act of defiance on its exposed, wind- and spray-swept point, it's the quintessential weathered New England house paired with an equally hardy lone pine. It's an icon that captures man's complex relationship with the land and ocean.”

Perched on a rock-bound promontory overlooking the ocean on the private acreage of Parsons Beach in Kennebunk, The Big House may very well be the most picturesque—and probably the grandest— house on the East Coast: With 15 bedrooms, a recently modernized kitchen, an elegant library overlooking the ocean, an immense wood-paneled dining room that seats 20, and an Annex with a private entrance and private living quarters to accommodate a family of 8, The Big House provides a luxurious setting. Interior details such as its hand-crafted wood floors (inlay designs) and exquisite carved crown moldings further underscore its grandeur. Because it offers one mile of private beach on either side of its promontory, called Hart’s Rocks, it is unique among coastal dwellings.

The Big House also has a proud but little-known history. Built in its present location in the 1888 by Charles Parsons, the house has remained in the family through several generations. It has also provided summertime shelter and beach recreation to American presidents, business leaders, and celebrities: Cole Porter and Humphrey Parsons, classmates at Yale, vacationed there, staying in what is now the Annex. (Most recently, former President George Bush enjoys fishing near Hart’s Rock because the Mousam River flows into the ocean there. Through the decades, children, sunbathers, joggers, fishermen, pleasure boats skirting the shore, seals sunbathing on rock outcrops, and guests have all brought the summer scene to life for the family.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Audrey Zahares

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Parsons Beach is one of the finest beaches in Maine. The sand is soft, white and plentiful. The surf comes and goes with beautiful breaking waves that it keeps you mindful, but perhaps the best part of this mile long beach is privacy. Sometimes you may even find yourself alone when you take a morning or evening walk.

At the far end of Crescent Surf Beach is a conservation area for Least Terns and Piping Plovers donated to the Rachel Carson Preserve. Beyond the nesting birds, warmer waters of Little River head to the sea twice daily. Fishermen cast off the shore or wade out to catch strippers at Little River; they fish from Hart's Rocks in front of the Big House or at neighboring Mousam River.

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 15
Bathrooms9
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Elegant Family Estate on Very Private Two Mile Beach.
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
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Elegant Family Estate on Very Private Two Mile Beach.
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Kennebunk Beach Southern Coast of Maine
5

PARADISE FOUND!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
We just returned from a few days at the Big House in Kennebunk, ME and we already miss the amazing sunrises on the porch with our coffee, early walks on Crescent Beach, the surf lulling us to sleep and awake. We love all the special touches...great table books, family photos, lovely antiques, comfy beds and so many other things that make the Big House the perfect, comfortable home away. The cozy fire pit, outside dining table, lounge chairs and large kitchen table encourage family conversation early and late into the night, the puzzle crowd and game players enjoyed flowing in and out of the great room and other sitting rooms. I adore the floor border, the reading nook and imagining how generations have enjoyed that fantastic, historic room since the 1890's. The view from the dining room is spectacular....every where one roams the view is awe inspiring.. Even with our large family there were always quiet places where one could get lost in a good book. We explored every venue and could not choose which one we loved best. The teens, young kids and the young at heart all enjoyed playing sand soccer, football, making sand structures, surfing, running, beach walking and sighting a beached baby seal returning to his family. We collected memories in a few days that will last for the rest of our lives. We are grateful to have been able to enjoy this paradise found.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Elegant Family Estate on Very Private Two Mile Beach.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p270479
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Kennebunk Beach Southern Coast of Maine
Boston
5

The Greater Gatsby

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
The Big House is what F. Scott Fitzgerald would have envisioned had his novel been set on the Maine Coast. Even the road leading to the property felt as special as Augusta's Magnolia Lane. Newly renovated, with old-world charm and views from every room; The BIg House transported me to a place I never wanted to leave. Crashing waves helped me sleep like a child, and the hosts made me feel like it was my home. I thought places like this only existed in movies until now.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/3
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Elegant Family Estate on Very Private Two Mile Beach.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p270479
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Kennebunk Beach Southern Coast of Maine
United States
5

The most beautiful home in Maine

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
I am lucky enough to have been to this iconic Maine home on Parsons Beach a couple of times. The views are beyond breath taking and it is the perfect sanctuary to spend time with family and friends. There is nothing more amazing than waking up here and enjoying a cup of coffee on the spectacular front lawn over looking the beach. The house itself is so beautifully decorated with panoramic views of the water, beach, and sunset. There is a fireplace in the living room that just makes for the perfect setting for cocktails in the evening while you watch the tide roll in. Did i mention the awesome fire pit outside as well? I cant say enough wonderful things about this home, its beyond amazing!:):):)
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Elegant Family Estate on Very Private Two Mile Beach.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p270479
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Kennebunk Beach Southern Coast of Maine
Boston
5

A Seaside Blockbuster

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
If Scarlett O'Hara moved to Maine, she'd live here. This seaside Tara blends state-of-the-art amenities with old world majesty. A stone's throw from hipster Kennebunkport, the real magic of this uber private estate lies in the crashing waves just outside your master suite. Simply priceless.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/3
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Elegant Family Estate on Very Private Two Mile Beach.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p270479
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Kennebunk Beach Southern Coast of Maine
Rumson New Jersey
5

"The Big House " is a gem at the sea.

"The Big House " is a gem at the sea.
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
My family and I had the extraordinary opportunity to stay at this fabulous estate on the beach. The home has beautiful "original" hardwood floors dating back more than 100yrs , coffered ceilings, and fantastic ocean views. Tons of windows invite morning sun and spectacular sunsets. This home is truly special ! The pictures (as nice as they are) do not do this home justice.
This Big House is ideal for those who seek privacy but don't want to sacrifice convenience. Ideal for family and friend gatherings. We can't wait to go back.
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 4/5
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Portland International Jet Port
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Wells Maine
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Maine Turnpike 95
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Kennebunkport Village
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Webhannet
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Kennebunkport Village
Car: recommended

Just 90 miles north of Boston, there's a glorious little corner of Maine where lobstermen still command the sea, where shop owners greet their visitors like long-lost friends and where the time-warp charm of New England's old-world fishing villages takes us back to simpler times – back when leisurely summer evenings were spent on front porches enjoying soft ocean breezes. Welcome to the pristine seaside community of Kennebunk– worlds away from the stress of everyday living. Recapture childhood memories of sun-drenched days spent at the beach. Renew your sense of adventure by cruising out of Cape Porpoise on a working lobster boat, fly-fishing on the Mousam River or shopping at the wonderful little stores in the village. Let our small-town community spirit become part of the fabric of your life – for a day or for a lifetime.

Other Activities: Kayaking

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Amenities

Kennebunk Beach Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Floor Area:
  • 15000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Gym
  • Linens Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Security System
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
Kitchen:
  • Grill
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , First Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , First Floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , Second Floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , Second Floor
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , Second Foor
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , Second Floor
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , tub , Third Floor
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , tub , Third Floor
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , tub , 2nd Floor Front
    Bathroom 14 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 3rd Floor Front
    Bathroom 17 - outside shower
  • One of the favorite ammenities of the Big House Guests is the out door shower. Steaming water rains down--in this most eclectic of outdoor showers. The air is fragrant with the scent of the ocean, warmth lacing the breeze. You close the spigot for a moment, listening to miles of waves crashing. This is no ordinary shower. The indoor baths will bring you back in time with marble vanities and antique footed soaking tub. The modern showers and pristine details will accommodate even the most discerning guest.
Bedrooms:
  • 15 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 6 - 4 twin/ single , 2nd Floor Annex
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , 2nd Floor Annex
    Bedroom 8 - 1 double , 3rd Floor
    Bedroom 9 - 2 twin/ single , 3rd Floor
    Bedroom 10 - 1 queen , 3rd Floor
    Bedroom 11 - 1 double , 3rd Floor
    Bedroom 12 - 2 double , 3rd Floor
    Bedroom 13 - 2 twin/ single , 3rd Floor
    Bedroom 14 - 1 king , 3rd Floor Annex
    Bedroom 15 - 1 double , 3rd Floor Annex
  • Absorb feelings of serenity as you gaze upon the sails of the boats passing by your window; the charm of the deserted beach and seagulls soaring playfully. All the rooms feature a mix of the original antique furniture to modern amenities and bedding. Experience the fresh sea air, natural sounds of the sea and beautiful water views from every bedroom. Simple and elegant; these rooms are all very light and airy, all with several windows, refinished hard wood floors. All rooms are beautifully appointed.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Games for Kids
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • water parks
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • forests
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • whale watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
Notes:
A warm night and the sounds of laughter will take you on a journey when you dine outside under the stars on the newly landscaped extensive patio and grill area right out the dining room doors. Grand stones cut from the cliffs of Maine are carefully placed to extend the home into the landscape extending to the edge of the sea. A one of a kind area you won’t' want to leave. A cool night, a warm blanket wrapped around you … and the crackling fire pops and hisses, sending its swirling smoke straight up to the stars. The perfect outdoor gas fire pit experience waits for you. So plan on spending a quiet night around the fire, swap a few stories, toast marshmallows, sip on a glass of wine or simply enjoy the sounds of the evenings, the fire and the waves crashing on the beach next to you. We do offer private chefs, maid service, concierge services for additional fees.
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