Westport Mass. Hideaway on Horseneck Beach, Buzzard's Bay
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Westport house description
If you’re looking for a beach about a hour from Boston that hasn’t been found by crowds of summer visitors, this is the place. If you want a quiet, cozy fall or winter weekend getaway, this is the place too.
Our wood-frame, classic beach house, nestled at the edge of the dunes between Horseneck Beach and the Westport River, is perfect for families. It’s a year-round home, comfortable, fully-equipped, clean, and within easy driving distance from Boston, midway between Cape Cod and Newport, R.I. Through eight-foot-high living room windows (or from a bench at the end of our private dock), you can watch the evening sun go down. Out the back door, relax with a magazine on our large sundeck or have lunch at our umbrella-shaded picnic table. Walk 30 feet through the sand up a few wooden steps and you'll find yourself looking at the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.
A three-minute walk through the dunes and you are on a private section of scenic Horseneck Beach, a place that has long been a secret haven for many folks from Boston who dislike the seasonal congestion of Cape Cod. The wide, white sand beach is spacious, gently-sloped and uncrowded. It offers lots of room for sand castles, opportunities for body surfing and boogie boarding, pretty good early morning fishing, long late afternoon walks and always plenty of space to settle in with a sand chair and a good book. Back in the 1930's, Roosevelt summered here, in a house now long gone from a hurricane.
The property includes shared access to a boat dock that’s a short walking distance from the house, where a boat of up to 25' can be moored. From the end of the dock, on the Westport River, look across to the historic town of Westport, a small, charming group of well-preserved Colonial-era homes with pretty summer gardens. A half-mile from the dock is a marina that features a Zagat-rated restaurant, The Back Eddy, with outdoor/indoor fine dining, a congenial bar area and wonderful views of the harbor.
You are 15 minutes away from shops and farm stands that offer simply superb fresh fish and lobster, locally grown fruits and vegetables, wines from two respected nearby wineries and a micro brewery (all offer tours). Grocery staples are available at Lee’s Market, with a gas station, pizza and Greek take-out nearby. There’s a Farmer’s Market on summer weekends and Westport Winery offers outdoor evening concerts and family events.
Our great location makes for easy day trips to many places of interest. It's just an hour to the mansions of Newport or historic Plymouth Rock and the Plantation, 30 minutes to the old Portuguese whaling town of New Bedford, and an hour’s ferry ride to Martha's Vineyard and Cuttyhunk Island. A quick visit to Truro or Chatham on the Cape is also an hour away. If you (or your kids) require a dose of “city” life, Dartmouth, MA, with malls, a cinema multiplex and fast food, is a 15 minute trip. But honestly, we've found that once you get here, the tendency to just put your feet up and relax is irresistible.
Local things to do include biking, golf, canoeing, kayaking, boating, hiking, or as I mentioned, just doing nothing. Children love to explore the sand dunes and ride the ocean waves. Casual lunches and that essential summer food, the double dip ice cream cone, are right around the corner just off the main road, at Handy Hill Creamery. And for many, just having coffee and Sunday papers (Lee’s Market has them) on our deck can turn into an all day affair. Available for your use are a charcoal grill, boogie boards, and several beach chairs.
For indoor entertainment, we provide satellite TV/VCR/DVD, a Bose Wave stereo CD player with eclectic collection of over 60 CDs ranging from Coltrane to Mary Chapin Carpenter to Mozart. There is an extensive collection of classic VHS tapes (your children have probably never seen a Disney tape !) and DVDs, including most Disney children’s films, oldies from the 30's and 40's, and Seinfeld reruns. We’ve got books and board games galore. You may find your video-obsessed child suddenly clamoring for one more game of Monopoly one evening, something we had to see to believe. There is also (finally) Wifi for internet access for those of you who need to stay connected.
Our large, open family space includes a living room and kitchen with an eating area. A sun porch off the living room is quieter for reading or doing jigsaw puzzles. The master bedroom has a comfortable queen size bed and the second bedroom has two sets of bunk beds. To accommodate extra sleepers or accomodate snorers, there are two queen-sized futons in the living room. The fully-equipped kitchen has dishes, glassware, pots and pans, utensils for barbeque and lobster boils, and all the usual appliances (electric range, full-sized refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker) except a dishwasher. There is one full bath with a tub/shower indoors. Outdoors on the deck there is also an enclosed cabana with a shower that we use during the summer months. Our visitors, kids and adults alike, will tell you that stepping out from that shower into the full sun (or into the moonlight) is absolutely grand, and for some, reason enough to return!
This property is not for everyone. It is not fancy yet it's quiet, private, clean and there is a very local feel to the place and the town. Family and friends who have returned many times over the years tell us it is a special place for them as well. We think you’ll agree. Thanks for the visit.
Keywords: Beach House
- 1200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Video Library:
- Music Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Deck / Patio:
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Pier Fishing
- Medical Services
- Surf Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Winery Tours
- Recreation Center
- Outlet Shopping
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
- Eco Tourism
ReviewsWrite a review
Nice and Quiet
Nice and Quiet
We were delighted with our stay. We wanted a quiet, private, relaxing getaway, and that's exactly what we got. The whole experience was fantastic. The property is very clean, the location is perfect, and the owner is extremely helpful. The beach can't be beat- it is a bit of a walk through the dunes, but well worth it. The best part? No fighting a crowd for a place on the sand! No lifeguards either, but the option exists- a walk in either direction will lead to the town beach or the state beach. Party animals may be disappointed there is no crazy night life, but the nearby Lees Market offers a great selection of beer, wine, and spirits. We definitely enjoyed evening hors d'oeuvres and a cocktail out on the deck- made possible by a kitchen with plenty of cooking tools. This is a great little house, definitely a home away from home. Except with the ocean right there.
- Guest J & D (NH)
- Date of stay 08/19/13
- Review Submitted 09/03/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children.
Owner response: We're glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for the kind words about a place we also feel is special.
This place is a great retreat and has plenty of privacy as well as great access to the beach!
- Guest sonny (United States)
- Date of stay 05/24/13
- Review Submitted 06/10/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, adventure seekers.
The Domus of Westport on Edge of Dunes at Cherry and Webb Beach in Westport MA
The Domus of Westport on Edge of Dunes at Cherry and Webb Beach in Westport MA
I had a great time at the house. It was very clean and comfortable. Definitely NOT a beach shack, but a very nice home. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes, pots and pans. So if someone likes purchasing food and cooking on the grill etc, it works out great. The deck, cabana and back yard were so quiet and peaceful, definitely a restful enjoyable place to stay. I enjoyed the beach although it was quite a walk up and down the dunes, but since I am healthy and in good shape I enjoyed the work out. I am sure at other homes for rent that there are many rules and regulations. I obeyed all of the rules, and still had a great, peaceful and restful stay. I respected the owners wishes, and kept the home clean throughout the stay. The area is beautiful, as I knew it would be since I was familiar and had lived there in the past. A very restful and enjoyable vacation. A friend stayed with me, and she enjoyed it also. The listing description stated the beach was 500 feet from a private beach, it was that close to the dunes, but like I said the walk to the beach was a walk for a healthy person. The photos of the location do not do it justice, if you like a woodsy quiet area. The closest restaurant was the Back Eddy. Excellent food, expensive, but EXCELLENT. I had fried scallops and they were cooked to perfection. (AND I am a harsh critic for seafood). The local Westport wine, sparkling included, was also very good. I would recomend the place to a friend, and may get to return again.
- Guest MOMO (Franklin, TN)
- Date of stay 07/30/12
- Review Submitted 08/09/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers.
June-August: weekly rentals only. Monday thru Sunday (6 nights) $2,000/week April,May,Sept,Oct:$1,600/week, $600/weekend(Fri-Sun) 2 night minimum. November-March: $1,300/week,$500/weekend (Fri-Sun) 2 night minimum. All weekly rentals require a $300 damage deposit (refundable) Christmas, New Year's, Easter: $700 (two nights) *Thanksgiving Weekend (Wed.thru Sun.) $1,200 (4 nights) Bed Linens are available for $50 extra. *Damage deposit returned upon satisfactory departure.
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- Nearest Airport: Green Airport, Warwick, RI at 35 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: New Bedford, MA at 22 Miles
- Nearest Train: Providence, RI at 30 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: I-195 at 11 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: The Back Eddy at 1 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: The Back Eddy at 1 Miles
Year Purchased: 1995
Why the Owner Chose Westport:
I bought this house on Horseneck Beach after having rented it from the previous owners for 20 years. They knew how much my family and I loved the beach and the memories we shared renting it so when it came time for them to sell, they gave me the first chance to buy it and I did. I have continued to enjoy it and to share it with many other families over the years that my wife and I have owned it.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The primary appeal for me and from the feedback I've gotten from renters is the peace and quiet one can experience in addition to the proximity to the ocean. It's only a 4 minute walk from our deck through the sand dunes and onto a pristine private sandy beach. Yet if we want a break from the sun or want to grab lunch, we just walk back to the house and enjoy the solitude of the deck. For a change of scenary, guests can also take a walk down to the Westport River (about 500 feet from the house in the opposite direction from the ocean) where you can take a dip in the river off our 180 ft. boat dock. For the more adventurous, one can launch a kayak from the dock and exlore the inland waterways. Good swimmers only since the current can be quite strong off the dock.
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The northern view facing the Westport River.
The view of Horseneck Beach and the Atlantic from the dunes behind our house.
Inside the family room from the kitchen.
Horseneck Beach, Westport, MA.
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2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
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