|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
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From this convenient in-town location enjoy restful refinement while also delighting in being part of the Gloucester experience. This 2800 sq ft, easy-to-live-in home is perched above the sparkling waters of Gloucester's inner harbor. Watch the gulls soar and fishing boats return home from the comfort of your enclosed sunporch or adjacent outdoor deck, family room or spacious, fully-equipped kitchen.
Walk an easy five to ten minutes to great restaurants, our favorite whale watch boat, schooner sailing, harbor water shuttle, fun and funky shops, and maritime and art museums. In a five minute drive you can also be at Good Harbor Beach, Niles Beach, Rocky Neck Art Colony or the commuter rail to Boston.
With a peaceful décor and open floor plan guests tell us this is an especially comfortable place to call home. On the main floor all overlooking Gloucester's inner harbor are the sunroom, adjacent outdoor porch, family room and fully-equipped kitchen; plus there is a half bath, formal dining room and living room with baby grand piano.
Upstairs are three bedrooms, two full baths and laundry. The master bedroom with en suite bath overlooks the inner harbor and has a king bed, reading chairs and desk area. Your other two bedrooms will include one with a queen bed, and one with two twins. These rooms share the adjacent hall bath with double vanity sinks.
Zoned Air Conditioning and ceiling fans in all bedrooms and the family room / kitchen area.
Enjoy wireless internet, a 55" Smart TV in the family room, assortment of DVDs, books and games, Bose iPod player (bring your own iPod) and Bose wireless speaker to listen to your favorite music from your Ipod, phone or computer.
Smart TV is loaded with Amazon Prime free movies and music plus ad-free Pandora.
When you arrive, on the kitchen island you’ll find a garage door opener, extra keys, house and travel directions; a list of favorite restaurants, activities, and links to explore local events, plus brochures for fun activities around town and in Boston.
GARAGE & PARKING
The garage under the house holds two carefully parked medium-sized cars or one larger car. There is also easy, free, on-street parking. Beach and barbecue equipment are in the garage for you. (Weber grill – charcoal included; coolers, six beach chairs, boogie boards…)
TURNOVER DAY: Summers: Saturday to Saturday.
If you decide to leave the house ‘next guest ready’ (basically as clean and neat as you will find it), there is no cleaning fee. If you prefer to do only the ‘standard basics’, I will deduct $150 from your deposit. Both options are clearly outlined in the rental agreement. Whichever you prefer is fine. I will return the appropriate amount of your deposit to you within a few days of your departure.
When inquiring please tell me something about yourself and what brings you to Gloucester. Nice people of all races, cultures, religions, sexual preference and political views are welcome here.
CHECK IN & DEPARTURE
Check-in any time after 3PM / Check out by 11 AM.
RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT
Available online via Homeaway. Homeaway will add a 4-9% service fee to your rental fee. If using Homeaway's online service, please pay via E-CHECK, though credit card payment is also an option.
If you prefer to handle your reservation and payment with me directly, please contact me prior to entering your credit card info online. I will send you a rental agreement, and you can then handle payments with me via personal check. As is true online, deposit plus 25% of rent due at time of reservation / 75% due 60 days prior to arrival. There is no Homeaway service fee if you prefer to handle it through me. (I pay Homeaway an annual subscription fee, so they are well cared for. I'm simply offering you an option. Whichever you prefer is fine with me.)
LIABILITY & DAMAGES: You agree that the homeowner is not responsible for any accident, injury or illness that occurs to you or anyone in your party. Only guests or visitors agreed to at the time of your making the reservation are to be on the property. No parties without approval prior to reservation. Any visitors are solely your responsibility. You also agree that you are solely responsible for the safekeeping of your personal belongings. In the unusual event of any damage you cause, you agree to pay for the entire repair.
In the unlikely event of your canceling or defaulting on payment fees, all pre-paid payments are the owner's property. If re-rented, I will deduct a $100 cancellation fee and return the entire balance to you.
I’m happy to answer any questions you may have, and to help you in any way prior to or during your visit to assure your stay is most enjoyable.
Welcome to Gloucester!
I love welcoming guests to our home! I grew up outside of Cleveland and have lived on Cape Ann since 1997 when I purchased this home. My first career was as a senior executive in the retail industry for 24 years. I now provide integrative therapy services for individuals and organizational development services for non-profits.
Kathy Eckles purchased this house in 1997
Cape Ann is inspiring. I love the sea, huge rocks, and rugged, genuine people. Once I knew I wanted to move here, I had a dream in which I saw the exact same view we have overlooking the inner harbor, so the moment I walked into this home, I knew I was in the right place.
Especially love the entire back of the house - kitchen, family room, sunroom, outdoor porch and master bedroom. As they all overlook the inner harbor, there's a peaceful sense of being steeped in the vibrant blend of beauty and everyday life.
My family and I had a wonderful time at WaterViews during the holiday season. The house is even nicer than on the pictures. It offers everything one needs to cook and feel at home. We did day trips to visit the area. So many beaches, museums, and towns to visit and wonderful hikes to do. Kathy is the best hostess you can wish for. She contacted us to make sure everything was going well. Thank you
My mother, sister, and I took a family trip to Gloucester and happened upon this listing as an option for lodging. I am beyond happy that we found it and that we were able to book it for the week we were in the area. This was one of the best experiences I've ever had traveling! I've booked several places from VRBO and airb&b and have had good experiences, but this really blows them all away.
The house: beautiful and cozy. The view is breathtaking. Very spacious and gorgeously decorated. Everything you could possibly want is here. Fully stocked kitchen, fireplace + wood, 3 bedrooms with ample space, did I mention the view? Because as beautiful as the house is, the view is the star of the show. We would sit sometimes for hours watching boats come and go in the harbor while having a cocktail or chatting. The landscaping in the backyard is also lovely. Kathy really keeps this place in top shape. You can tell how much she cares about the house, as well as the comfort and happiness of her guests. It's evident everywhere you look. The location is great, too. It's within walking distance of many fun things to do, and it's easy to hop onto a main road and get to the highways from there. It's a great starting spot for a road trip north OR south.
Kathy is an inimitable host. She leaves an abundance of information about the local attractions/sights/etc. so that the guests don't have to do all the legwork. She truly goes the extra mile, above and beyond anyone from whom I've ever booked a place to stay. You can tell she loves her town. She even came over and visited with us one evening and we had a wonderful time! I've never felt so welcome in the home of someone I hardly know...or even in the homes of some people I DO know!
Bottom line: This was one of the best decisions we've ever made with regards to a vacation rental. If you plan to stay in Gloucester at any time, you should move this home to the top of your list of places to consider. You won't regret it. We had an amazing vacation and have not stopped smiling/talking about it since. We would book again with Kathy in a heartbeat next time we're in the area, and we may even come back to the area just to stay here. It was THAT good of an experience.
Thank you Kathy for sharing your lovely home! I can honestly say you made our vacation even better. :)
What a beautiful, comfortable home - my friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our weekend stay. Kathy is so pleasant to deal with, and her home is full of lovely ammenities. The piano and harbor view are extra delights! Shopping/touring Rockport and Gloucester were fun. The guitar concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center overlooking the Atlantic in Rockport was special treat on Sunday evening. Lobsters from Mortillaro's were deeelicious! - Christy T.
We enjoyed our family reunion in your home in Gloucester. The kitchen and front room were wonderful. The owner has prepared a wonderful "home away from home". The only downfall is lack of AC. The windows and multiple fans were helpful, but during a heat wave in August, sleeping upstairs was unbearable. I would recommend the owner purchase some type of portable AC for her guests to be comfortable on those "extra hot" summer nights.
The home "Had me from Hello!" Between the view and overall loveliness of the home, one cannot ask for more. Every need is met, from the comfort of the beds to the soap in all the bathrooms. Kathy is as wonderful as her home.
This home is spectacular! Lovely view, close to everything and so spacious and comfortable! We enjoyed our vacation in Gloucester and took the whale watch tour (a must see!) It was a short walk to all the fabulous restaurants and only steps away from the famous Crow's Nest where we met the locals and enjoyed the stories and history of this wonderful place! Kathy is great and we couldn't have asked for more in a vacation spot, highly recommended 😀
Gloucester is the oldest working seaport and art colony in America, and prides herself on not being 'touristy'. This is also one of the top five whale watching areas in the world! There's so much to do here: charter fishing, hiking, biking, shopping, kayaking, birding (one of the top areas in the US), sunset schooner cruises, theaters, museums, live music, beautiful beaches, tours, world-class dining. Boston is only 50 minutes away by train or car.
Other Activities: kayaking, deep sea fishing, whale watching, museums, art colonies.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Nov 22 2016 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
TURNOVER DAY: Summers: typically Saturday to Saturday.
INQUIRIES: When inquiring please tell me something about yourself and what brings you to Gloucester. Nice people of all races, cultures, religions, sexual preference and political views are welcome here.
RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT: Available online via Homeaway. Homeaway will add a 4-9% service fee to your rental fee. If using Homeaway's online service, please pay via e-check, though credit card payment is also an option. If you prefer to handle your reservation and payment with me directly, please contact me prior to entering your credit card info online. I will send you a rental agreement, and you can then handle payments with me via personal check. As is true online, deposit plus 25% of rent due at time of reservation / 75% due 60 days prior to arrival. There is no Homeaway service fee if you prefer to handle it this way. (I pay Homeaway an annual subscription fee, so they are well cared for. I'm simply offering you an option. Whichever you prefer is fine with me.)
CHECK IN & DEPARTURE TIMES: Check-in any time after 3PM / Check out by 11 AM.
LIABILITY & DAMAGES: You agree that the homeowner is not responsible for any accident, injury or illness that occurs to you or anyone in your party. Only guests or visitors agreed to at the time of your making the reservation are to be on the property. Any visitors are solely your responsibility. You also agree that you are solely responsible for the safekeeping of your personal belongings. In the unusual event of any damage you cause, you agree to pay for the entire repair.
CANCELLATION POLICY: In the unlikely event of a guest canceling or defaulting on payments, all pre-paid payments are the property of the owner. If re-rented, the owner will deduct a $100 cancellation fee and return the balance to the guest.