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Historic Oceanfront Estate "Sharksmouth" - The Stone House

Bedrooms 10
Half Baths1
Space 10,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Oceanfront Home on 40-acre, Woodland Estate, 10 Bedrooms, 6.5 Baths, Sleeps 18

"The Gilded Age in America was an era when the riches amassed during the Industrial Revolution were being spent enjoying the 'Good Life'… trips abroad, yachts and private railroad cars, lavish entertaining, servants at your beck and call and grandiose 'summer cottages!'" -- The Manchester Historical Museum

Step back in time in this Great Summer Stone House, built c. 1868 on a Private Family Owned 40-acre Woodland Estate, up on a Bluff overlooking the Ocean and large Lawn below, with a 1/3 of a Mile of Shoreline, Tidal Pools, miles of Paths and Trails, an Apple Orchard, there is plenty to explore. Play Tennis on the Clay Tennis Court, swim from Rocky Shore below or walk to Public Beaches. Located just 2 miles outside of Downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea. It is easily accessible by Water, Train or Car.

Great for Family Reunions with its 10 Bedrooms, 6 1/2 Baths, large Living Room, Dining Room, Study, Eat-in Kitchen with Dish Pantry, Pot Pantry, 2 Refigerators, 2 Dishwahsers, 5-Burner Stove, Cover Porch and upper Lawn overlooking Ocean and lower Lawn. Upstairs Play Room with Ping Pong Table and much history to explore within the walls, books and drawers of this Great Old Family Home.

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More Details

Property Manager
Marianne Coons
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2018

About Marianne Coons

From the Manchester Historical Museum!

"Sharksmouth was built in 1868 on 40+ acres fronting Dana’s Beach, a property formerly owned by Jacob Kitfield of Kettle Cove. The house was built for a prominent Boston family, General Greeley Stevenson Curtis and his wife, Harriot Appleton Curtis. The Curtis Family had been introduced to the dramatic Manchester coastline by friend Richard Henry Dana, the town’s first summer resident whose home was nearby.

Architects for Sharksmouth were Ware and Von Brunt. The exterior is made of Rockport granite, the pink course is from Quincy, and the interior carved stairway was salvaged from the John Hancock House in Boston. They named their property Sharksmouth because of the distinctive rock formation at the edge of their waterfront property.

Shortly after construction, the Curtis Family added a stable, barns, cottage and caretaker’s house, where Edward Payson Hooper resided for his 52 years of service. Orchards and gardens enhanced the property. In 1883 a third story was added to accommodate the growing family of five daughters and five sons.

Daughter Elinor married the well-known painter Charles Hopkinson in 1903, and they built a house next door to Sharksmouth. Two other daughters, Harriot and Margaret, were pioneers in women’s golf, each winning a National Championship, and established the Curtis Cup Golf Tournament between the top amateur women golfers of the United States and Great Britain.

Many famous guests have visited the estate, among them Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Singer Sergeant and the English astronomer, Sir Robert Ball.

Sharksmouth is preserved by a trust to keep it for all the descendants of the family. It is occasionally rented for weddings, reunions and small conferences."

Marianne Coons purchased this estate in 1867

Why Marianne Coons chose Manchester-by-the-Sea

Find your own little piece of paradise among the 40 acres of private woodland and 1/3 mile of oceanfront. Explore here, there and everywhere! Built as a summer home during the Gilded Age ("Grand Houses & Gracious Living"), this house is perfect for Vacations, Weddings and Events.

What makes this estate unique

Whether you need to just relax or work off some energy, there is lots to do or not do...Let the house and property speak for itself! Contact us for a tour today.


Manchester-by-the-Sea Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Half Bathroom -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub
  • Be in nature when taking a shower in this outside shower!
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Master - 1 king , Private bathroom and deck with view of ocean.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 8 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 9 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 10 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
  • Books
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Whale watching, Antiques your desire, a ride down the Essex River, there is so much more just minutes away. Need a City fix...Boston is just 30 miles away, a easy train ride or hop on the highway.


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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Logan International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Cape Ann Golf Course
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 128
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Car: recommended

Besides just relaxing, fishing, swimming, playing tennis, a game of volleyball or croquet on the

lower lawn, going to the beach, exploring the tidal pools, hiking through the woods here on the estate. Cape Ann has many things to do - Whale Watching, Kayaking, Museums and Antiquing to name just a few.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $500
Property Damage Protection $99
Events and Weddings Call $0
Pet Fee $150

To inquire about Wedding and Event availability and rates, call 978-526-4010 or email
Wedding and Events with up to 150 Guests and Sleep 18 Guests

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.