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Gingerbread Cottage - the Tabernacle in Front

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Our 'Hartsease' Cottage


Last updated: 03/10/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Our lovely gingerbread cottage (center) called 'Hartsease' c. 1867 is on Trinity Park Circle in the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting.

Follow the Wikipedia link below to learn more about our 34-acre National Historic Landmark District in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.

The area is fondly referred to as the 'Campground'. The Tabernacle and park are directly across from our front porch. Enjoy concerts, lectures, Sunday services, Grand Illumination Night and fireworks in August.

It's all happening right in front of you! Kick back in a rocking chair or walk a few steps to town for ice-creams, restaurants, shopping, beaches and Oak Bluffs Harbor. Don't forget to buy your Black Dog T-shirt!

Hartsease is immaculately clean with a freshly painted interior. Photos of our iconic cottage appear on many calendars, postcards and advertisements about the Campground.

There are two bedrooms upstairs. The master bedroom overlooks the Tabernacle. Furniture includes queen-size bed, chair, a large bureau and desk. Full-length doors open to balcony and gentle breezes. The large back bedroom is drenched with sunlight cascading thru skylights. Furniture includes 2 twin beds, bookcase, 2 bureaus and blanket chests. A very clean bathroom with toilet, linen closet and sink is between the bedrooms.

Downstairs is a large front room with brand new double-size sleep sofa, antique secretary desk, wireless internet, TV w/ DVD and cable. Off the kitchen and front room is a our dining table that comfortably seats 6 people. The kitchen is small but fully equipped with everything you'll need (see amenities) to make excellent island meals. Floors throughout the cottage are newly sanded and stained oak.

There's a full-size bathroom with shower off the kitchen. An additional private outdoor shower can be used after a swim in Nantucket Sound or any of the fine island beaches. Step out to our back patio to grill your lobstah and tuna steaks.

We've been told we have the narrowest stairs in the've got to climb 'em to know. Our grandparents went up and down into their mid-90's. You should be so lucky!

Hartsease is perfect for a couple, parties of 4, or a family with 1-3 grown children. The cottage sleeps 2-4 very well. Parties with 5-6 people (max.) can be'll have to be friendly!

Keywords: Gingerbread Cottage, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, In-Town, Near Beaches, The 'Campground'.


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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Young children...due to steep stairs. We worry that little kids could fall down the stairs. If parents assure us that they will monitor their children and not allow play on the stairs, it's a wonderful cottage for families with children....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We are very sorry, but dogs are NOT allowed in the Campground per MVCMA rules and regulations. Although we wish it wasn't a rule, this policy is STRICTLY ENFORCED....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Queen-size bed (1) with new mattress in Master Bedroom. Twin beds (2) with new mattresses in back upstairs large bedroom. Also, a brand new and very comfortable twin-size Aero-Bed (electric air mattress)., Sleep Sofa (1) new double-size downstairs in the main / front room....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Front porch has awesome views of the Tabernacle. Enjoy concerts & events from the cottage. Backyard patio for BBQ's. Outdoor shower! Fantastic location!...moreless


  • Books:

    Take-a-book leave-a-book (paperbacks)....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Many favorites including Parcheesi, Sorry, Monopoly, Chess, Jango, Scrabble, Tri-Ominos, Yatzee and more....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Wireless internet....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Great table and chairs in dining area comfortably seats 6. Outside (back patio) dining with plastic table and chairs with umbrella. Outdoor gas grill for cooking your steak and lobstah's....moreless

  • Dining Area


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Brand new full-size dryer in shed....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Plenty of brand new bed linens, blankets and comforters for cool island nights....moreless

  • Living Room:

    With sleep-sofa (double)....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    You MUST park in assigned space during the summer. NO overnight parking on street. Read our Welcome information for off-season parking....moreless


  • Dishwasher:

    New small (apartment-size)....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    New toaster oven, blender for drinks and fruit smoothies, full-size gas stove....moreless

  • Microwave:



  • Balcony:

    Small balcony in front of house off the Master Bedroom. Fine views, but NOT safe or big enough to hang out due to low railings....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 20 - Jul 31, 2015
7 night min stay

Aug 1 - Aug 14, 2015
7 night min stay

Grand Illumination Week
Aug 15 - Aug 21, 2015
7 night min stay

Aug 22 - Aug 28, 2015
7 night min stay

Aug 29 - Sep 30, 2015
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • House cleaning $175
  • Taxes Not included


$500 Non-refundable Booking Deposit RESERVES rental period.

Booking Deposit will be applied to rent.

August 15-22, 2015 is the week of Grand Illumination, fair and fireworks.


Rates vary.

We gladly accept personal checks.

Checks must be sent to Peter Hart, 56 Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970

Sorry, NO PETS per MVCMA Rules

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Last updated: 03/10/2015
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Flying Horses Carousel is the oldest (c. 1876) Platform Carousel in the country, ice-cream, Community sing-a-longs in Tabernacle, Grand Illumination Night & fireworks in August!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1976

About the owner: My parents and grandparents bought 'Hartsease' in 1976. Seven generations of Hart families have lived on the island and in the Campground dating back to the 1700's. I'm a 30-year advertising photographer and create beautiful scenes of Vermont for notecards. My sister, Joanne, lives in Vermont and enjoys making crafts. My brother, Peter, lives in Salem, MA and enjoys traveling to P'Town on Cape Cod. Our mother, Virginia (Debbie) lives in Orleans on the Cape. My dad 'Pete' didn't get to realize his life-long dream to live in the cottage. We all miss him.

Why the Owner Chose Oak Bluffs:
Martha's Vineyard is a beautiful get-away vacation island off Cape Cod. The 'Campground' has a uniquely indescribable pull. I remember coming to the island on the ferry as a little boy. There's a special spirit here. We come to swim, bike, play and chill out. There are quaint towns and villages, locally grown produce at farmers' markets, daily catch for supper at the cottage or a fine restaurant, picnics at one of the fabulous beaches, and history...tons of stories everywhere and people eager to tell them! Stay at 'Hartsease' and you'll be sure to learn about our Granddad, 'Al', who lived to be almost 102! We live and vacation here, so please treat our cottage as if it were your own.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The smell of salt air as you board the ferry. Seeing the gulls and rip-tide as you cross Nantucket Sound. The comings and goings of the Campground unfolding right in front of the cottage. Walking to beaches on hot pavement. The hustle and bustle of mid-summer. Grand Illumination Night - a sight to behold (with a few thousand of your new best friends). Fireworks in August...some of the best you've ever seen! Sitting on the front porch for breakfast with the morning paper. Cold drinks on the porch on a hot summer afternoon. Chatting with passersby all wishing they were you! A deep sense of knowing that you'll come back again and again, year after just have to!

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  • Our 'Hartsease' Cottage

    Our 'Hartsease' Cottage

  • Large Back Bedroom - Sleeps 3 with Aero-Bed (very comfy air mattress)

    Large Back Bedroom - Sleeps 3 with Aero-Bed (very comfy air mattress)

  • The Tabernacle (pictured just a few feet away from our porch!)

    The Tabernacle (pictured just a few feet away from our porch!)

  • Master Bedroom Overlooking Tabernacle

    Master Bedroom Overlooking Tabernacle

  • Front Room - Has new seagrass rug and sleep-sofa on right.

    Front Room - Has new seagrass rug and sleep-sofa on right.

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