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Rustic Waterfront Cottage on Harbor with Private Beach, Dogs Ok

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Last updated: 05/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

4BR/1BA Sleeps 8 (2 Double Beds/2 Bunk Beds) Laundry

House is less than 50 yards from ocean with two private beaches less than 100 yards away. Property looks out on Ipswich Bay and has great views of sunsets across the water as well as views of Crane's Beach, Plum Island, the New Hampshire coast and Mount Agamenticus in Maine. The best room in the house is the roofed front porch which looks across the mouth of the harbor onto the ocean. The house sleeps 8 people in 2 double beds and 2 bunk beds, and is at the end of a long private road and nestled into the trees where birds sing all day long. 2 Kayaks come with the house and mooring space can be arranged for long term rentals. Tennis courts available 200 yards from house. The house is not fancy but it is a great and comfortable location with a large and secluded yard. 4 miles to the Gloucester 128 rotary and 45 minutes to Boston.

Points of Interest:: Stripped bass regularly swim along the shore in front of the house and it is not uncommon to see schools of strippers and bluefish chasing small fish on the surface out in Ipswich Bay. Although it is illegal to collect lobsters without a license, you will be tempted to pick up little lobsters at low tide from under the rocks that line the rocky sections of shore in front of the house. It is easy to find starfish in the tidal pools and sand dollars on the beaches. The snorkeling and diving in the area is very good. There are local shops which rent diving equipment. Gloucester has a choice of whale watch boats which go out in search of whales and porpoises. We saw a huge school of porpoises swim by from the front porch of the house during the summer of 2007, so you don't even have to go on a trip to enjoy nature. Bring your binoculars. There are also people who provide fishing adventures that range from catching cod and haddock to chasing strippers and bluefish or pursuing tuna.

In addition to the private sandy beaches by the house, the area has many long sandy beaches to explore. Some of them provide good body surfing, surfing and skim boarding. Plumb Island has huge sections of uninhabited beach and is a great place to go birding. Crane's Beach offers wonderful walks through the sand dunes.
Halibut point is just down the coast a couple of miles from the house and there is a spectacular old granite quarry there in a a state park, which makes a great kayaking destination on a relatively calm day. We like to go there during big storms because the granite shelf that extends into the ocean creates huge waves, which crash onto the ledges. It is often spectacular there during a storm.

The old port city of Gloucester is near by and has many wonderful restaurants and shops. I particularly like the Portuguese restaurant, the Azorian and Virgulio's bakery. Salem has museums and a wonderful old sea fairing feel. I have found some excellent deals on things nautical there. We usually go to to Peabody to see a movies and often combine the trip with a little shopping. The malls there offer a wide range of choices. There are antique shops scattered through the picturesque little coastal towns on the north shore, which can provide hours of interesting poking around and treasures. Please feel free to ask for further suggestions of adventures further afield.
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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 30%
Calendar last updated: 05/15/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 900 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • The house has a fireplace and wood is provided for fires. Please note that this is an uninsulated beach house which is not appropriate for winter use. It is comfortable from May through October and guests will want to build fires on cold nights during May and October....moreless


  • Books
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo


  • Budget
  • Family


  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach:

    This property is adjacent to two beaches. "Sandy Beach" has a band of white sand at high tide and "Mica Beach" provides a wide sandy beach at low tide....moreless

  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront:

    You can walk across the lawn and jump from the rocks into the water at high tide ...moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    The old "Franklin Stove" has doors which open to allow you to watch the fire or close the stove to make a secure cast iron wood stove....moreless


  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:


  • Cooking Utensils:


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Small but servicable...moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat:

    Arrangements can be made for short term access to a mooring in the harbor. We have a guest mooring that will accommodate boats up to 45' long....moreless

  • Boat Dock
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    There are two Kayaks and paddles for renter's use....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis:

    Guests have access to our family's two tennis courts, which are on the other side of the harbor....moreless

  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck


from 5 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Season
May 26 - Jun 17, 2017
2 night min stay
High Season
Jun 18 - Sep 3, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Sunday

Late Season
Sep 4 - Oct 8, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included


Guests are expected to leave the house as they found it. (beds made, towels washed, dishes washed, all rooms swept and/or vacuumed)

Guests are asked to provide 1/2 down when making a reservation (refundable if cancellation is more than 30 days before stay)

and pay the second half of their bill on arrival.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 05/15/2017
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37 Miles
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Rt 128 rotary
80 Metres
Nearest Beach

Car: Recommended

House is on the 'north shore' of Massachusetts [in Gloucester's 'Bay View', and overlooks mouth of a small cove facing the NW so there are views of sunsets across the water and views of MA, NH & Maine coastline


Owner info

About the owner: My great-great grandfather purchased this property in 1865 and built a grand granite house with porches overlooking Ipswich Bay. In 1960 my father and mother built our little beach house overlooking the mouth of the harbor. I grew up spending summers playing in, on and by the ocean with a large pack of cousins who also have houses on what is locally referred to as the "Ames Estate."

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Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 30%
Calendar last updated: 05/15/2017

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