If you are looking to escape the summer heat, this 48 acre historic estate – set privately at the north end of Islesboro island off the coast of Maine – is for sale. Actor John Travolta and his late wife, actress Kelly Preston, purchased the property shortly after their marriage in 1991 and embarked upon an extensive restoration. Designer Christopher B. Boshears was commissioned to transform the 10,830 Tudor Revival into a cozy English Country inspired home. “Fortunately, the house was already full of English antiques,” Travolta told Architectural Digest in 1999, “thirty percent of which we refurbished and still use.”
The Drexel Estate, also known as Gripsholm Manor, was built in 1903 by architects Peabody and Stearns for George W. Drexel, son of banker Anthony J. Drexel and a regional innovator in the design and engineering of high-speed power boats. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The land, which is partially in conservation with the Islesboro Island Trust, includes wonderful open fields with ocean views, walking paths through the woods down to the shorefront, beach and open ocean access, garden areas, and a majestic approach up a tree covered winding gravel road.
The home was designed to accommodate large groups of friends and family, yet it is cozy enough for single family living. “What we wanted was a feeling of complete comfort and warmth, for it not to seem like a really large home,” Preston told AD. Let’s take a peek via Sotheby’s International Realty!