Listed: A Maine mansion fit for a governor and nature lovers

Buying Luxury
The property is on the National Register of Historic Places. Kate Sfeir

Maine isn’t always associated with Gothic Revival architecture, so it’s all the more unusual when a historic property in this architectural style hits the market here. The Governor William King House was the first Gothic Revival property in Maine and once belonged to the state’s first governor, William King, according to documents filed with the National Register of Historic Places.

Located in the picturesque town of Bath, 40 Whiskeag Road is tucked beside where the Androscoggin and Kennebec rivers flow into Merrymeeting Bay. The historically significant estate, which is set on 38.39 acres, is one of the earliest known examples of Gothic Revival architecture in New England and the first in Maine, according to the registry, which added the home in 1976. It traces the stone home to 1812 (the for-sale listing dates it to 1796), noting that it was built as a hunting lodge for King. It has undergone significant transformations over the years.

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The living room boasts cathedral ceilings and Gothic-inspired windows with stained glass, as well as a brick fireplace. Continue into the stunning wood-paneled den, where beamed ceiling and a fireplace add historic charm.

The kitchen offers stainless steel appliances and a dining area, but there’s also a formal dining room with its own fireplace, a space that is filled with natural light.

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One of the most unique features of the home is the chapel the current owners added. It boasts custom woodwork and stained-glass windows.

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On the second floor, the primary bedroom features towering ceilings and wide windows overhead. A custom sitting area features extensive storage, and a beautiful Gothic window overlooks the lush landscape. There’s an additional bedroom on the second floor, while the remaining two are on the third. There is also a charming art studio, a peaceful oasis with a myriad of windows and stone features.

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“When you’re in the house, you truly feel like you’re in Provence,” said Kathy Leeman of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, the listing agent.

Outside, manicured gardens adorned with statues provide a dramatic setting. A sprawling patio and long swimming pool are ideal for entertaining, and the stunning view over the west field isn’t to be missed. For those who love the outdoors, the property is surrounded by Thorne Head Preserve and Sewell Woods Preserve. For buyers who love animals, there are barns and fields of Timothy hay.

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“The woods have a lovely walk through it. The fields are lovely, and it’s a real four-season property because in the winter you can go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing,” Leeman said.

The property is listed at $1 million for the house and the surrounding 38.39 acres, but the house and the 1.33 acres that it sits on can bought alone for $825,000.

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