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The Big House | by Bud in Wells, Maine
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The Big House

I can't resist shooting this building almost every time I walk down to this end of Parson's Beach. Every time it looks different.


"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."

- Bruce Irving, Long-time Executive Producer of "This Old House"


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 14 bedrooms, a recently modernized kitchen, an elegant library overlooking the ocean,Private Mile Long Beach 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.

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Taken on October 22, 2016