Located near the charming village of Christmas Cove, on Poorhouse Cove with excellent views across the cove to High Island and the upper branch of Johns Bay, this exceptional saltwater farm in South Bristol offers a historic residence on 66± acres with 7,922± feet of waterfront. The Colonial house, built circa 1810, overlooks lawn and fields that roll dramatically to the water, and has appealing original features such as hand-carved rope and scallop motif wood trim in the living room, fireplaces and wide-board wood floors. The property has several outbuildings, the highlight being a spacious pegged, post-and-beam barn with stall headers that provide extra headroom. Expertly designed and well-maintained perennial gardens define outdoor living areas, an in-ground heated pool is also beautifully landscaped and there is a tidal dock on the southern end of the property. The land directly across the cove is included with the property, ensuring that a portion of the views are permanently protected.

  • Four-bedroom house with two-and-a-half baths, including a spacious master suite
  • Traditional layout, with front parlor, dining room, kitchen, and stairs to the second floor
  • Recent addition includes a spacious living room and a sunroom/studio with a woodstove; glass doors open to the back patio and windows flood the room with light
  • The kitchen offers a cozy eating area with a woodstove
  • The barn, built circa 1815 in Sumner, Maine, was carefully disassembled and reconstructed on the site by John C. Libby
  • Two-room seasonal guest cottage
  • Detached two-car garage with space for storage
  • The shorefront is easily accessible, with a tidal dock, and a trail along the shore leads through the woods to the mouth of the cove
  • Outbuildings and acreage present the opportunity to return to full-scale farming

Property Details

Joseph Sortwell
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