GRINDSTONE NECK, WINTER HARBOR – “Far From Wolf,” this grand, shingled, late-19th-century summer cottage is called. The whimsical title was bestowed by its original owner, John Godfrey Moore, a native of nearby Steuben who made his fortune on Wall Street.
This home, one of the finest on the Maine coast, was designed by prominent Philadelphia architect Lindley Johnson, and is among those built in a Gilded Age surge of development that saw Grindstone Neck – so named because a ship carrying grindstones sank off the point, the story goes – become a highly fashionable summer resort in the manner of Bar Harbor, which is 4 miles away across the water.
Here, the 200-guest inn and the casino are long gone, but the tennis courts, yacht club and golf course remain – as do many handsome period homes, and all the essential glories of the quiet, wooded peninsula just outside the village of Winter Harbor.
This secluded, four-plus-acre property has approximately 200 feet of gorgeous pink-granite, deepwater frontage on Frenchman Bay, and enchanting views across the water to the grey cliffs of Ironbound island, and of Cadillac and other mountains of Mount Desert. Whether you look out from the waterfront teahouse, with its stone fireplace; the huge, stone veranda with hot tub; or almost any of the 20 elegant rooms comprising the 8,284-square-foot mansion, every window presents a lovely picture.
Such a home naturally offers plenty of floor-plan flexibility to accommodate 21st-century needs and preferences, but highlights of the main floor include a beautifully paneled formal dining room; turreted living room with window seat and stone fireplace; updated, gourmet, dine-in kitchen with elevated fireplace in a tile surround; music room, staff room, and recreation room with stone pillars.
Each of the 10 bedrooms has an en suite bath, and several have jet soaking tubs. Nine of the 10 face the water; four have fireplaces; and each seems to have its own identity, suggesting that like the home, each should have an appropriate name. In the west-end bedroom, a spiral staircase rises to a carpeted loft, the finished section of the long, angled attic, which has walkup stairs far down the hall.

The Grindstone Neck property is offered by Keenan Auction Company of Scarborough. For more information, please call Keenan Auction at 885-5100 or visit

Price: To be determined
Built: 1892
Rooms/bedrooms: 20/10
Baths: Eleven full, one 1/2
Square feet: 8,284
Garage: Two-vehicle, direct entry
Lot size: Four acres
Taxes: $28,797.33

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