Gingerbread Cottage - the Tabernacle in Front
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Oak Bluffs cottage description
Our lovely gingerbread cottage called 'Hartsease' (c. 1879) is on Trinity Park Circle in the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting. 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 campground...you'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 considered...you'll have to be friendly!
Keywords: Gingerbread Cottage, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, In-Town, Near Beaches, The 'Campground'.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
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
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
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- Linens Provided:
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Outdoor Grill
- Basketball Court
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Fitness Center
- Jet Skiing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
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Best House Ever
Best House Ever
Love it! This was our first time using "The Hartsease" cottage, and it was everything we hoped it would be. The house was spotless, spacious, and equipped with everything needed for a relaxing week on the Vineyard. It was beautiful! Nice kitchen and dining area. The bedrooms were spacious, of which one had skylights, and both beautifully furnished. It was great to have a bathroom downstairs and another one upstairs. Cannot forget the patio. We enjoyed sitting outback at the patio table and enjoying the summer breezes. We also loved sitting on the porch, drinking tea, playing games, and listening to the music at the Tabernacle. We even joined in some of the Tabernacle activities! The location was ideal, walking distance to everything, Circuit Ave, the beach, restaurants and shopping. Thank you for welcoming us in your home. We love the Hartsease, and cannot wait to use it again!
- Guest SUPRA (Fort Washington)
- Date of stay 07/27/13
- Review Submitted 08/24/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, sightseeing, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Terrific! Loved sharing our little piece of paradise with you and your family. Come back any time...you'll be enthusiastically welcomed.
Wish I was still at Hartsease!
Wish I was still at Hartsease!
We spent a week at Hartsease (7/13-7/20/13). This was our second time staying in a gingerbread cottage, but our first at Hartsease. We HIGHLY recommend this cottage! It is clean and bright and not as small as the first cottage in which we stayed. First of all, the location is perfect. Each morning we would walk over to Mocha Motts to grab coffee and breakfast sandwiches to enjoy on our front porch. There is a lot of activity at the Tabernacle and we tried to experience most (choir practice Sunday morning was a lovely way to gently wake). Circuit Ave is a hop, skip and a jump away so whether you need a late night snack from Back Door donuts, something at the Reliable Supermarket, or just a walk, all of OB is nearby. Parking was no issue for us. We kept the car on the circle in front of the cottage during the day and just moved it to the spot at night. Find the your designated spot during the day if you can. The maps leave a lot to be desired and we did struggle the first night in the dark finding our space. After that zero issue. The cottage highlights: immaculately clean, huge back bedroom with 3 large skylights. Great closet space throughout. Outdoor shower was AWESOME. We never used the indoor shower. The back patio with a table, chairs, umbrella and a grill was a nice amenity. We ate several dinners back there. The cottage is stocked with pretty much everything you'll need. I like the many shelves and nooks for storage. Four of us, with enough stuff for at least 8, fit quite comfortably in this cottage. It was not cramped. The combined kitchen, living room and dining room are very comfortable and open. Loved the furniture in the cottage. TV was small but we never turned it on once. The upstairs bathroom doesn't have a shower, but as I said, we showered outside. It was so nice to have that bathroom upstairs, though. It's big and bright. Plenty of clean and fresh linens and towels in there, too. The stairs are tough but manageable. I did fall down once but I was rushing. After that I learned to take them slow and hang on. No one else in the house seemed to have an issue with them. One note is there is no air conditioning in the house. We were there when it was almost 100 degrees and it was very hot. That said, it was just plain hot everywhere. I'd still rather be in that cottage in a heatwave than here at work in AC. But that could be a factor if you expect AC. Jonathan is great to deal with! Love Hartsease!
- Guest Paige (Massachusetts)
- Date of stay 07/13/13
- Review Submitted 08/15/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: X-cellent! We are delighted that you and your family had a wonderful vacation in Hartsease and loved your island experiences. That week was a scorcher...even ocean breezes were hot. Important caution: the stairs are steep and to be respected! Good to hear about the MVCMA map to our parking spot. The scale is odd...I'll make another one. Kind thanks for the kudos! We hope you'll come back again and again.
We stayed at Hartsease for a week in July 2011, and found just what we were promised: a newly renovated gingerbread cottage close to the Tabernacle and the shops and beaches of Oak Bluffs. The house is pretty, clean and neat, the neighbors friendly and the Hart family pragmatic, welcoming and service minded. The cottage is not big, but it is flexible, and the furniture and colors are tasty. Unlike most cottages in Oak Bluffs, Hartsease seems to be free from mold and there were no problems on water, sewer, shutters, doors, and such. We did not have a car during our stay, but used bikes and buses to get around. Our kids played tennis in Niantic Park and soccer in the Tabernacle Park, and all shopping was done in nearby Circuit Avenue. The only we missed was high speed WIFI, more plates, and a parasol for the back yard table. We highly recommend this place to other small families or couples for weekends and holidays!
- Guest Njal (Norway)
- Date of stay 07/09/11
- Review Submitted 07/28/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, sightseeing, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Ahhhhh...a parasol for the backyard table....WONDERFUL IDEA!!! Consider it done for everyone's future enjoyment and outdoor dining. High speed WIFI...another great idea. Some folks can't live without it, others are happy to get away from it during their vacation. Hmmmmmm...a dilemma. If the majority of future renters want it, we'll get it. FYI - WIFI currently available at the MVCMA office just a few steps away. What a delight to hear everyone's stories and experiences at Hartsease cottage. Stay a week for a life-time of memories.
Heart to Hart
Heart to Hart
The cottage was everything we had hoped for: clean, close to everything, transportation available, back door donuts! at the bakery. It is across from the Tabernacle that had many activities: movie night, community sing, a lecture one evening, a children's event on Sat. morning. Everything we needed was in the house. My children and their families were in a house nearby so the grandchildren were able to go back and forth like the "old days". Also went to Aquinnah, Chappaquidic, 2nd bridge for a jump, Menemsha and Vineyard Haven. Make sur to take the Campground tour. Recommend? Yes!!
- Guest Grandma's Vacation (Lunenburg, MA)
- Date of stay 07/16/11
- Review Submitted 07/24/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, sightseeing, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Dear Heart ~ I'm delighted this vacation and stay in Hartsease cottage was all it was expected to be. Share a week on the island with your children and grandchildren. Take advantage of the many sights and sounds of the island. They sink in and have a long-lasting affect. Luvlie!
June, July and September..............................................$2600 / week August (Except 8/16/14-8/23/14).......................................$2800 / week August 16-23, 2014 Grand Illumination, Fair, Fireworks................$3000 / week $150 Cleaning Fee added. $500 Non-refundable deposit will be applied to rent. $500 Security Deposit returned after cleaning and visual check. We gladly accept personal checks.
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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 year...you just have to!
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Our 'Hartsease' Cottage
Large Back Bedroom - Sleeps 3 with Aero-Bed (very comfy air mattress)
The Tabernacle (pictured just a few feet away from our porch!)
Master Bedroom Overlooking Tabernacle
Front Room - Has new seagrass rug and sleep-sofa on right.
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