About the property
- House2450 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
3+ bedroom 3 bath in a terrific location. Close to the beach, museums, shops.
You must know the history behind this house. In the early 1920s, Grace Merrill (a local painter) bought a small strip of land along a rocky ledge on Shore Road near Perkins Cove. Before a structure was built—even before she had a design for her new studio—she named the future home “Stonecrop” after the hardy flower that “clothes the rocks with starlike yellow bloom.”
Miss Merrill built Stonecrop with salvaged materials from an old barn and other local structures. She reclaimed the barn’s hand-hewn pine timbers to construct a 24-foot high great room, while a damaged 18th century dwelling supplied a stone fireplace and a unique staircase. As construction proceeded, she scoured the surrounding towns for wood, doors, windows—whatever she could find that fit her vision for the home. “From all sides, old materials seemed to pour in,” Merrill wrote. “All summer, my long-suffering car was adorned with bags of cement, old brick, and iron in varied shapes.”
The result of her vision is this unique house with a special history. Stonecrop has been a home to artists for much of the past century. Two previous owners, painter Ruth Seeger and printmaker Beverly Hallam, are still active in the Perkins Cove area. Current owner and photographer Dana Berenson welcomes you to Stonecrop. Dana is proud to inherit the creative legacy of Miss Merrill, and invites you to enjoy the house.
Dana Berenson and Gabriel Coleman
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- May 21, 2018
About Dana Berenson and Gabriel Coleman
Hi, my name is Dana and I am from "away." That is what people who were born in Maine call people who were not. "You gotta be born in Maine to be from Maine. " I hope by the time I am 90 they will call me one of their own. I currently live in Portland Maine with my husband, his 2 kids and our dog Millie. Portland is a fantastic city and you must visit during your vacation. It is a BIG foodie city. We can give you lots of suggestions of where to eat. I am a portrait photographer and until recently I owned an art gallery called StoneCrop Gallery. Yup, the gallery was located in the house you are looking at. There was a working gallery here since the 1930's. I have moved my portrait business to Portland and I plan on photographing every family from here to Boston. I grew up in Boston and I am a city gal through and through. When I was a kid to escape the heat of the summer we would spend time in the Cape, in the Berkshires, and also along the coast of Maine. All three places are near and dear to my heart.
Dana Berenson and Gabriel Coleman purchased this House in 2005
Why Dana Berenson and Gabriel Coleman chose Cape Neddick
Why did I buy this house? Well I almost didn't. I knew that i wanted to live in Maine. That was a given. And i knew that i wanted to be in York or Ogunquit. I literally viewed tons of houses but nothing really jumped out at me. My realtor kept telling me that i should look at StoneCrop and that it was a unique and special home. When he told me that the house had an art gallery attached to it that was owned primarily by women, my interest was piqued. I was intrigued. So we set up an appointment to see the house. I walked into the main room of the house and i knew it was mine. It was love at first sight. I first lived in this house part time while managing the gallery, then in 2011 I moved in full time. I LOVE this house. Due to the craziness of life, i have moved to Portland Maine full time. This house needs to be lived in and shared. You will understand what i mean if you plan your vacation at StoneCrop. You will not want to leave. Before you ask, nope, it is not for sale : )
What makes this House unique
Stonecrop's greatest feature is the great room with its 22 ft floor to ceiling windows. This is where you and your family will hang out after a fabulous day at the beach or shopping in town. While the adults are hanging out downstairs, kids can go upstairs and play games or watch TV. I have a good sized television with cable, with comfy sofa and giant lounge chair. Off the den is a bedroom with charming built in drawers, armoire, and queen sized bed. Who ever gets the upstairs bedroom will be a happy camper because the guest bathroom is off the hook. It has a volcano shower that everyone will fight to use. So keep it your secret and take that room. The master bedroom suite...let's just say whoever booked this vacation gets the master bedroom suite! Can you say jacuzzi tub, private veranda, and giant walk-in closet? Downstairs... dining room... deck... bedroom and open kitchen for lots of great meals... I made sure that you have a great place to sit and relax in front of the house. There is teak furniture with an umbrella and we have a fire pit that you can use. I say at the end of the day you should have a BBQ, a nice bottle of wine, and you can relax on this comfy furniture. Have a little fire and make some Smores! Did i forget to mention the screened in patio? There have been many summer cocktail parties and dinners in this room. The twinkle lights, the sound of the ocean... corn on the cob and lobster. Need i say more? Finally, you need a fun place for the kids to have as their own, right? Look no further than the charming summer cabin dubbed "le shed-teau." What was built as a quaint Maine summer camp cabin but relegated for years as a storage shed, has been restored to its original glory. Screened windows and a bunk bed! One last thing... did i mention that i am a photographer? A portrait photographer! If you book a week at the house and would like a family portrait, let me know and we can plan a time to photograph your whole crew.
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Loved Stonecrop House and the owner, Dana.
We stayed at Stonecrop for a week and I can't say enough great things about this house, the
property and about the owner, Dana.
All of us in my party fell in love with this house. This property has so much character and it just seemed as though everything was so well thought out that all of our wants and needs were provided for.
There are so many nooks and crannies and porches and decks for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves and never get in each other's way. But there are also wonderful gathering
spots indoors and out for large groups to gather together.
The kids loved all of the games and balls that were provided.
The adults loved the proximity to Perkins Cove, Ogunquit center, the Museum, beaches,
restaurants, and the attractions at York.
What a wonderful property. We will cherish the memories made here.
Thank you so much Dana!
We loved you staying at the house too. It was so great meeting you and your family. I am glad that I got to tell you the history of the house. We hope that we will see you in the years to come.
Take care and have a great winter!
Fair to Good
We had a great time in Maine. We loved the location of the house and the accomodations met our needs. The house itself was not in great condition for the money we paid. Several of the door handles were broken, one of the kids got locked in the bathroom for 30 minutes and the lock was broken, the stove was slanted so cooking was a nightmare and one of the adults severly burnt their finger trying to catch a frying pan. A toilet and the diswasher was broken. We took a couple trips to the hardware store to fix a broken hinge on the door. A lot of little nuisance items. However, the house is in a great location and had plenty of room for our two families.
I am a glad that you and your family had a great vacation in Maine
My house is not perfect that is true. It is a great old house full of character and charm. Old houses including our own constantly need love and attention. When something goes wrong such as a doorknob that may need a tweak or two we try and repair these issues asap. Thanks for letting us know what was going on with the door and we appreciate you taking a trip to the hardware store.
We feel terrible that a child got locked into the bathroom. We take issue like that seriously and that lock has been removed. We have decided that the downstairs bathroom will no longer have a lock so that never happens again. The broken knob on the outdoor screen door. has also been repaired. The stove, we are trying to figure that one out. It seems okay to us. We do feel badly that someone burned their hand in our house.
Old houses are charming and there is always something that needs care, doors will need to be repaired, old parts need to be replaced and some rooms need repainted. In the past 10 years we have a brand new kitchen, 2 new bathrooms, and we did tons of updates to all the rooms. We want the house to be modern but to keep its old charm. We do try and keep on top of everything but over the summer it can be hard as we are not there.. It's during the winter when we have the our good friend and amazing contractor come over and look at my HoneyDo List. A new garage door is on the top of the list!
Again, thanks for your feedback. We hope you return to Maine next summer..
Some things are best discovered .......
You will be absolutely mesmerized by this property from the setting to the comfort to the decor and the peaceful, calmness it all brings. Discover for yourself. You will want for nothing. A seriously wonderful place.
Thanks so much for the kind review. You were great guests and we are glad you had such a great time. Take Care, Dana-
Lovely, attention to detail and the owners truly want you to enjoy their beautiful home.
We cannot thank you enough for sharing your home with us. We were in awe at every detail during our stay...from the "bubbly" that we used to celebrate our move out of state and a couple retirements to the flowers, recommendations for places to eat, games, to the easiest way to get to Marginal Way..perfect location to enjoy so much...OgunquitFest, Kittery, Kennebunkport and just relaxing in the great room. We go away yearly with two other couples and this is by far our favorite home. You were so kind and attentive to our needs and questions. We enjoyed many of the recommended restaurants, Frankie and Johnnys, Ogunquit lobster pound, Lapizzerria and when pigs Fly. All were fantastic. The only place I would recommend people stay away from is the Backyard coffee house. Very rude and inattentive staff. We hope to visit Ogunquit again and stay at Stone crop. Thank you for making us feel at home. Your art around the home is beautiful and we had fun walking to each and discussing them. Thank you
Wonderful stay in the most extraordinary house!
Stonecrop may be one of the most beautiful and unusual homes in all of Maine, certainly in Ogunquit. I remembered its unique half-timber exterior from my long-ago summers there as a teenager, so was delighted to discover we could rent it for my first trip back in a quarter-century. I was not disappointed!
Dana and Gabriel's lovely home has been restored to the most exacting standards. The massive wall of windows (and every other window and door) has been retrofitted with airtight double-paned glass. The wood throughout the house is reclaimed, and beautifully burnished. The bathrooms are also wonderful -- new, top-drawer plumbing and hardware -- and beautifully decorated with unusual tile. If you like to cook, although in Ogunquit, you'll never have to, the kitchen is immaculate and equipped with excellent appliances for the serious cook.
Most important, there are any number of excellent places to flop and read or daydream. Plenty of books and DVDs and games for children. In other words, it's a real home, not just a "rental." Should we return to Ogunquit, cannot imagine staying anywhere else.
P.S. Dana is a great host. We arrived to fresh flowers, chilled white wine, a gift card to her favorite coffee joint and a large bowl of Nespresso capsules. Communication was friendly and helpful.
Beautiful, unique, comfortable home!
We had such a wonderful stay at Stone Crop. When we arrived there was a bottle of wine and flowers waiting for us! The house is incredibly comfortable and beautiful. We had family staying with us and with three bedrooms and three baths we had plenty of space and privacy. The location was very convenient. The experience was the best! Thanks, Dana and Gabriel!
There is so much to do here. For must-see and places to go i suggest. * The Beach... everyday! *York Village. A great beach and honky tonk town. Kids LOVE it. There are Arcades, pizza, shops an amusement park and zoo. *Nubble Light House. Everyone goes. It is a must see. (Near York Village.) Marginal Way. Walk it every morning with your coffee from Breaking Grounds. If it rains... a day trip to Portsmouth or Portland. Portland is a tremendous foodie city. Mt A for a day hike. Rent surf boards or SUB from Wheels and Waves or Liquid Dreams. Take a lesson. There is surfing camp for kids. The Scoop Deck in Wells. There is a lot of controversy about who has the best ice cream. TSD has my vote Barnacle Billy's for a lobster dinner and rum punch. EARTH Restaurant in Kennybunk. May be the best meal of your entire life. Book a message with the Beachmere Hotel or Dragon Fly Calluna is my favorite shop for gifts, clothes, flowers and more.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Summer season rental is minimum of 7 nights, check in/out on Saturdays. 50% deposit is non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, we will endeavor to re-rent the property and if a new guest is secured, we shall refund the reservation deposit, less a service charge, to the canceling guest.