"This is a quirky old Cape Cod house, very cool architecture and neighborhood, and perfect for certain groups, perhaps less so for others. The views are to die for, across a salt marsh to the Atlantic. The wrap-around porch is fabulous, and there's a great dinner seating area for 10 or 12 people. The house itself is a charmer, I'm guessing two older houses cobbled together. It's a pleasant 15 minute walk to Oak Bluffs downtown, and only 5 or 6 minutes to some swimmable beaches.
It's probably perfect for two couples and several children. But be aware that it's really a 3-BR, with extra sleeping areas. The futon outside one bedroom, the day bed in the dining room, and the cellar room are fine to park some kids in, or if a visitor misses the last ferry, and needs a place to crash, but they are not suitable "bedrooms" for grown-ups. You can sleep 12, yes, but only 6 of those 12 will be in a pleasant bedroom, and all six of those must be willing to share a full-sized bed.
That being said, if your group matches that criterion, it's a fun funky place, with a great deal of charm.
I also liked the pay-it-forward VRBO style, where the spice cabinet was full, and there was olive oil, and some butter in the fridge, etc. I can't stand VRBOs where you have to hit the market for oil or salt or filters just to fry an egg or brew some coffee. There were beers in the fridge when we arrived, we left behind some wine and rum, everybody's happy.
It is a bit of a schlep from the ferry, so if you've got luggage and are older, you might want to hail a cab. There is also a market with liquor and a rib joint (over-rated and over-priced, but hey, you're stuck on an island) on the far side of the property, slightly closer than Oak Bluffs downtown, so if you're feeling lazy, you can find some victuals and grog with a 9 or 10 minute walk rather than a 16 or 18 minute walk.
It's a cool house, but be aware that the sleeping arrangements require some flexibility."
Guest: Albert D.
Date of Stay: May 2015
Review Submitted: August 6, 2015