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Inviting Hillside Cottage. Private Access to Beach & Pond. Kayaks Included.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Inviting 3 Bed, 2 Bath Custom Family Home on 7 Acres. Includes 2 Sea Kayaks.

Inviting Hillside Cottage is an 11-year-old, custom-built family home. This house is sun-drenched and has panoramic views of surrounding area with enticing glimpses of Menemsha & Squibnocket ponds and the ocean. Quiet, private, serene setting.

Enjoy a stroll to Menemsha pond beach (5 minutes by foot) or use your own 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 concept living area has a wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen is large, well-equipped and a pleasure to work in.

Three Bedrooms

•Upstairs Bedroom: The master bedroom has its own full bath and private balcony with views. Sleeps 2.

•Lower Bedroom: Furnished with lovely antique Danish beds that can be set up as two twins or a queen, depending on your needs. Sleeps 2.

•Main-floor Bedroom: This flexible space has a comfortable convertible couch and is conveniently located next to the bathroom. Sleeps 2.

•The living room has a sleeper sofa with extra sleeping spaces. Sleeps 2.

Ample storage throughout.

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

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

More Details

Gardner or Victoria Brown
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, Romanian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Gardner or Victoria Brown

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, built in 2207) and screened by trees and shrubs. In other seasons, when we visit the island, we stay in the new house.

Why Gardner or Victoria Brown chose Aquinnah

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.

What makes this house unique

Seclusion; being part of the unique community life of Aquinnah; swimming, surfing, and body surfing, in the ocean and Menemsha pond; biking and kayaking; eating fresh seafood and farm produce, enjoying the beauty, amenities and quirks of island life.


Aquinnah House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 full bathrooms, each with tub/shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , With private bathroom & balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Antique Danish beds can be 2 twins or a queen as you wish.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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 two adult bikes with helmets and a couple of kids' bikes.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Lovely, secluded, location !

  • 5 of 5

This perfect house is well appointed with all the things you will need for a trip to the wonderful private beach or down to the pond to go kayaking. The house itself is roomy and filled with light. Sleeping areas are comfortable. The house exudes warmth and coziness.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hillside Cottage Stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved every aspect of our stay at the Hillside Cottage. Victoria and Gardner were wonderful hosts, and the Cottage was spectacular. Menemsha Pond was a treat, especially kayaking; and the private beach was beautiful. A fantastic vacation spot--we highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay. This part of the island feels more natural than the rest. There are farms near by for purchasing fresh veggies or eggs. At night all you can hear are crickets, the fresh sea breeze, and the distant sound of the waves. We enjoyed paddling around the salt pond in the kayaks. The gated beach is perfect and the type of place you typically have to battle crowds for but when we were there there were few if any people. The house was super clean and felt like home. Can't wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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W Hempstead NY


  • 5 of 5

We spent an amazing long weekend celebrating my parents 55th anniversary. The property is beautiful, clean and as advertised. Quiet and secluded. We enjoyed the quiet time and family time together. Plenty of space to hang out together with friends and family. Great perks , the access to the private beach, which was beautiful and a very short drive. Additionally, we enjoyed the Kayaks and the beautiful pond which is only a short walk from the house. Nearby Aquinas cliffs and lighthouse which was very nice.The owners are a pleasure to deal with. Always responsive, accommodating and available to answer any questions. It was a great weekend and we look forward to visiting again. We highly recommend this property without any hesitation.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks to everyone for the lovely reviews. Much appreciated! Victoria & Gardner Brown
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Columbus, Ohio

Our Favorite Place to stay ....

  • 5 of 5

Our family loves visiting MVY, and our favorite area Up Island is Aquinnah. We love the relaxed atmosphere here on the Hilltop and this house is a hidden gem! We have stayed here multiple times and hope to return again! The owners are so nice and always very responsive. They take wonderful care of their home and want others to enjoy it as well. We find we love spending time on the screened porch, or taking in the views from the roof-top deck. After spending a day kayaking from Menemsha pond to Squibnocket and back, its fun to play down on the beach then clean up in the Outdoor Shower. We love cooking seafood and the well equipped kitchen is great. The location is also very close to other great dining places should you not feel like cooking. We also value the Private Beach access that comes along with this house. It's so close and easy to get to that we would run out quickly every evening to view the Absolute best Sunset!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House!!!

  • 5 of 5

Terrific layout, screened porch off the kitchen a delight, 2nd floor bedroom and deck a super view, nice breezes. Very quiet, little in sight but trees, sky and water. Kitchen well equipped. Nice, quality workmanship in the house. Walk down to private dock and kayaks a plus. Good value for price. Owners are lovely and really helpful. I recommend without reservation!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Menemsha Pond, also shared access to ocean beach.
Nearest Point of Interest
pond access
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.

5 minute drive to private gated parking for ocean beach.




Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $180
Refundable damage deposit $500

Off-season rates vary—those listed are approximate.
In general Off-Season rates are $350/night or below.
High Season (mid-June through Labor Day) $3000/week.
We do require:
A 4-night minimum for Off-Season stays
1-week minimum stay in High Season.
Contact us for exact terms.

•$500 damage/security deposit on booking to be returned (assuming no damage) minus $180 cleaning fee.
•First I/2 of rent due 60 days before check-in.
•Second 1/2 of rent due 15 days before check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.