Hillside Cottage—Serene, Views, Kayaks, Private Pond/Ocean Access

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house with screened porch, deck, balcony off master bedroom


Last updated: 10/18/2016
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21 Unavailable
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Charming Hillside Cottage is an 8-year-old, custom-built family home. Fine workmanship and materials throughout, 9-foot ceilings, upper deck and screened porch. This house is sun-drenched and has panoramic views of surrounding area with glimpses of Menemsha and Squibnocket ponds, plus the ocean. Quiet, private, secluded setting.

Enjoy a stroll to Menemsha pond beach (5 minutes by foot) or use your key to a shared private beach on the south shore (5 minute drive & no Philbin town beach parking hassle or expense). Bicycles and three sea kayaks (1 double & 2 singles) are included in the rental.

The open living room/dining/kitchen area has a wood-burning fireplace, as well as handsome built-in bookshelves and desk. The kitchen is well-equipped and a pleasure to work in.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has its own full bath and opens onto a private balcony. The lower bedroom is furnished with lovely antique Danish beds that can be set up as two twins or a queen, according to your needs. A comfortable convertible couch turns the study/den into a separate bedroom, next to the main floor bathroom. The living room, too, has a sofa-bed for extra sleeping spaces. Ample storage throughout.

Added features include: gas grill, a large screened porch with eating and lounging areas, a spacious upper deck, and a roomy outdoor shower.

Keywords: light and airy house, private (shared) access to ocean beach and to Menemsha Pond beach, country and water views, seclusion, kayaks/bikes included in rental

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 and older for renters (no age limit if accompanied by adult renter)....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Den with convertible sofa/bed on main floor plus living room sofa that makes into a bed. Both separate bedrooms are only accessible via stairs....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 4-8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Study/bedroom: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Comfortable couch makes into sturdy and comfy bed for two....moreless

  • Queen beds in master and second bedroom. Twin beds can be substituted in second bedroom. Comfortable convertible couch-bed in study/den. Living room sofa also makes into bed....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Renters have use of one double and two single kayaks, as well as access to a shared private Menemsha Pond beach and use of key to shared private Aquinnah ocean beach (south beach). There are also three bikes with helmets that can be used....moreless


  • Games:

    Some basic games, like Monopoly, playing cards...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys:

    A few toys for small children...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Water View:

    Views of two salt water ponds and ocean at a distance....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Table for 6, with leaves table can seat more. Table and chairs for 8 on screened porch. Table for 4-6 on upper deck. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    comfortable propane central heating...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    towels & beach towels, bed linens, table cloths & napkins, etc....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    All appliances are water/energy saving...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    High speed wireless access included in rental....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace


  • Coffee Maker:

    Mr Coffee for 8 French presses, large and small Small filter coffee-maker ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Kitchen well-equipped with plenty of dishes, cooking pots, serving dishes & utensils, French press & electric drip coffee maker, blender, etc....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Well equipped with all you need...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    All appliances are water/energy saving....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    ample oven ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    paper goods, dish and laundry detergent, hand soap, spices, condiments and staples (flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, etc)...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Large upper deck for dining/entertaining or just enjoying the view...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 single kayaks and one double...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Screen porch with dining table/chairs and rockers. There is also an outdoor shower....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lawn and small flower garden by house...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill...moreless



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from 10 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early summer
May 19 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
High Summer
Jul 1 - Sep 4, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • cleaning fee $180
  • Taxes Not included


Off-season rates vary—the ones listed are approximate. We do require a three-night minimum stay. Contact us for terms.

$500 reservation/damage deposit (separate from rent), returned 10 days after stay completed, minus $180 for cleaning.

First half of rent due 2 months in advance of arrival. Second half of rent due two weeks in advance of arrival.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 10/18/2016
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1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Menemsha Pond, also shared access to ocean beach.

Car: Necessary

5 minute walk to private (shared) Menemsha Pond beach for sun-bathing, quahog digging, kayaking. Use of 3 kayaks (1 double, 2 single) and 3 bikes/helmets included in rental. Use of key to (shared) ocean beach also included. House is located 1/2 mile off the main road in a very quiet, secluded area. Only two houses visible from ours.


Owner info

About the owner: Gardner Brown is a semi-retired environmental economist, and Victoria Farr Brown is a writer of fiction and blogger for Whim W'Him dance company in Seattle ( They live in Seattle when not in Martha's Vineyard. Gardner has been coming to Martha's Vineyard all his life, as have our sons. Victoria first visited the island in 1964. While in Aquinnah in the summer, we stay in our old unwinterized cottage or 'camp,' built in 1954. It is 60 yards away from the 'new' house (of this ad) and screened by trees and shrubs. In other seasons, when we visit the island, we stay in the new house.

Why the Owner Chose Aquinnah, MA, USA:
We built the house we are renting because our family was growing, we wanted to be able to visit Aquinnah off-season when our old summer cottage is not habitable, and we had always wanted to participate in the design of a house and life on the island year-round.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Seclusion; being part of the unique community life of Aquinnah; swimming, surfing, and body surfing, in the ocean and Menemsha pond; sailing, kayaking; eating fresh seafood and farm produce, enjoying the beauty, amenities and quirks of island life.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, romanian



  • house with screened porch, deck, balcony off master bedroom

    house with screened porch, deck, balcony off master bedroom

  • side with front entrance

    side with front entrance

  • Dining area/built-in desk

    Dining area/built-in desk

  • Kitchen/island


  • Antique Danish beds—can be 2 twins or a queen

    Antique Danish beds—can be 2 twins or a queen

  • study/bedroom


  • upper deck

    upper deck

  • late autumn view

    late autumn view

  • screen porch and flower bed

    screen porch and flower bed

  • living room

    living room

  • kitchen and hall

    kitchen and hall

  • master bedroom

    master bedroom

  • extra bedroom/study with comfortable couch-bed

    extra bedroom/study with comfortable couch-bed

  • eating area in screened porch

    eating area in screened porch

  • summer view

    summer view

  • winter at Hillside Cottage

    winter at Hillside Cottage

VRBO #174495

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 20, 2016

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