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The Willow House - New, & Steps from the Ocean & Rocky Neck

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Living room with french doors to private deck


Last updated: 12/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Gloucester apartment description

A secluded retreat in Gloucester's historic Rocky Neck Cultural District, this is a great vacation getaway- ideal for a single person, couple or small family. Visitors have appreciated the peaceful atmosphere which lends itself perfectly to those who not only want downtime, but maybe some focused work or creative time as well.

Completed in 2013, this second story apartment is located at the entrance to one of America’s oldest working Art Colonies. Just steps away you'll find Wonson and Smith Coves, The Gloucester Stage Company Theater, the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, galleries, shops and restaurants. Enjoy regular musical events, bike Gloucester's beautiful coastline, kayak its large, protected harbor or just have a relaxing stroll down Rocky Neck. Niles Beach is a 10-minute walk away, Good Harbor Beach and downtown Gloucester are 5-minutes by car.

Windows on all four sides provide a steady sea breeze and lots of light. Grill and dine on the deck overlooking the garden with seasonal brook, large willow tree and many flowers and herbs. Cooks will find a well-equipped kitchen and staple pantry items.

If you are an artist, you can paint plein air in the garden, or make your stay more memorable and schedule a painting lesson with owner/artist Rokhaya Waring.

Fridge, gas range/oven, dishwasher, microwave; deck w/gas grill; toaster, electric coffee-maker, french press, tea kettle, filtered drinking water; queen size Sleep Number bed, armoire, A/C (in bedroom only); 32' TV w/Blu-Ray player; front-loading washer and dryer, ironing board and iron, hairdryer; lobster pot and utensils; linens including beach towels; 2 folding beach chairs, umbrella. Options for sleeping children in living room: 1 queen-size air mattress, or the living room couch converts to a full-size bed. One car off-street parking provided.


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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 550 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome:

            For sleeping children: IN LIVING ROOM, queen-size, double-height, auto-inflating air mattress (with 3 firmness levels), or living room couch converts to full-size bed....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            Queen Bed is a Sleep Number®...moreless

          • 1 Queen Sleep Number® bed; armoire, washer and dryer, built-in ironing board. Please note: air mattress or convertible couch must be set up in living room....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Other Amenities

              • The CATA bus does a circuit of Cape Ann which includes stops at beaches, the train station, supermarkets etc., and has a stop just outside our house. Bring your bikes or rent nearby (Big Mike's Bikes)....moreless


              • Satellite / Cable:

                Hi-Def Cable, 40 channels....moreless

              • Stereo:

                Tivoli stereo with auxiliary jack for mp3 players and including iPhones....moreless

              • Television


              • Away From It All
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants

              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
              • Paddle Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shelling
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Ocean View

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Roller Blading
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 5 people


              • Air Conditioning:

                Bedroom A/C only...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating
              • Internet
              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room


              • Coffee Maker:

                12 cup programmable drip, and french press...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher
              • Pantry Items
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove:


              • Toaster


              • Deck / Patio
              • Lawn / Garden


              Write a review 5
              from 12 traveler reviews
              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Off Season 2014
              Nov 1 - May 1, 2015
              3 night min stay
              Spring 2015
              May 2 - Jun 26, 2015
              3 night min stay
              Summer 2015
              Jun 27 - Sep 11, 2015
              7 night min stay


              Changeover Day: Saturday

              Fall 2015
              Sep 12 - Oct 31, 2015
              3 night min stay
              Off Season 2015
              Nov 1 - Apr 30, 2016
              3 night min stay
              Spring 2016
              May 1 - Jun 24, 2016
              3 night min stay

              Additional information about rental rates


              • One-time Cleaning Fee $75
              • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
              • Taxes Not included


              Weekly Summer Changeover Day: Saturday

              check-in: 3:00 PM; check out: 11:00 AM

              Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice

              For first time & guests with children: a $200 refundable Damage Deposit will be required


              60 days prior to check-in: 100%, minus processing fees

              30-60 days: 50%, minus processing fees

              Less than 30 days: no refund

              Cancellation policy:

              Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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              Last updated: 12/17/2014
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              36 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Logan International Airport, Boston, MA
              0.4 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              The Studio
              1.2 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Bass Rocks Golf Club
              2.7 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Gloucester Station, Rockport line of the MBTA
              1.3 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              route 128
              0.4 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              The Rudder
              0.6 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              Niles Beach

              Car: Recommended


              Owner info

              About the owner: I am a working artist and member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony. My studio is situated between our house and The Willow House, tying the two structures together. You are welcome to visit my studio during your stay, or sign up for a private lesson or group workshop. For more info, please visit my website:, or on FaceBook: Rokhaya Waring Art

              Why the Owner Chose Gloucester:
              We are in a quiet garden setting, but at the same time so close to a bustling small city, rich with history, places to visit and things to do. We have beaches, wildlife, and sunsets over the ocean, a wealth of cultural events and restaurants- all within an incredibly friendly community. This area of Gloucester feels like a village, with everything one needs or desires close by, and we often feel that we are on vacation- right here at home.

              The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
              My husband and I love living in this area that has inspired so many artists: Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, John Sloan, and Marsden Hartley- to name just a few. We cherish being able to walk to Rocky Neck for breakfast at Sailor Stan's, dinner at The Rudder, or for a freshly baked muffin and a newspaper at The Last Stop. We love to stroll to the end of the Neck to see the old Copper Paint Factory (now the headquarters for Ocean Alliance), and through America's oldest shipyard (Gloucester Marine Railways) to see the boats being worked on. The beauty here is intense and genuine.

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              Speaks: english, french


              • Living room with french doors to private deck

                Living room with french doors to private deck

              • Bedroom with queen bed

                Bedroom with queen bed

              • Frameless glass shower

                Frameless glass shower

              • Private deck

                Private deck

              • Entrance from deck

                Entrance from deck

              • The Willow House from the garden. Deck side entrance.

                The Willow House from the garden. Deck side entrance.

              • Schooner at Eastern Point, 2 miles down the road. All photos taken by owners.

                Schooner at Eastern Point, 2 miles down the road. All photos taken by owners.

              • Washer and dryer in bedroom

                Washer and dryer in bedroom

              • Private deck with gas grill

                Private deck with gas grill

              • Summer garden view

                Summer garden view

              • View of Smith Cove in the Spring from down the street

                View of Smith Cove in the Spring from down the street

              VRBO #486304

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              This listing was first published here in 2013.

              Date last modified - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

              $135 - $193 per night (USD)

              1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
              Sleeps 4

              View calendar: Updated 12/17/14
              Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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              Speaks: english, french
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