Oceanfront Home on 40-acre, Woodland Estate, 10 Bedrooms, 6.5 Baths, Sleeps 18
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 family reunions.
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, and Family Reunions.
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!
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
At an additional fee call for pricing
Call for approval...Pet Fee $150
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A lovely experience
Staying at the Stone House in late August was a wonderful experience. We were immersed in the architecture and furnishings of a time gone by. Even the fireplaces were visually interesting. Entering the entrance hall for the first time was awesome. The view to the ocean was lovely and could be seen from several of the bedrooms as well as from the terrace. There is a large grassy meadow below the house that you pass through on your way to the rocky shore line. It is thrilling to stand there and watch the waves breaking when the tide comes in. Marianne was very helpful and made information available on the history of the house, the families that lived there, etc. We would love to return to this peaceful setting in the future.
Smooth, no problems at all
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.