Breathtaking Oceanfront Historic 'House by the Sea' Rare
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- Minimum stay:1-7 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
2016 RESERVATION UPDATE
Aug 07-14 SOLD (jul)
Aug 14-21 SOLD (pad)
Aug 21-28 SOLD (lw)
Aug 28-03 SOLD (sb)
Sep 11-18 SOLD (t)
Sept 18-25 SOLD (t)
Nov 21-28 RESERTION PENDING (thanksgiving)
(Please note, rate quoted is for "High Season" - other weeks are based on time of year, holiday (or not) number of guests and length of stay. The longer the stay, the lower the nightly rate. Please let us know about your desired dates and number of people on your guest list.)
This is one of the most rare and wonderful oceanfront vacation homes on the New England sea coast. 'House by the Sea' is a home of substance and supersized-cottage style from a bygone era. Restored yester-year charm (with modern upgrades for comfort, such as central air conditioning, Sub Zero refrigerator, modern antique-replica plumbing, a Bosch dishwasher, six-burner 4-oven English Aga cooker), this home is idyllic and ideal for unforgettable family vacations. The broad oceanfront porches invite you to decompress by gazing at the incomparable view. Or spread out your lobster dinner on the big screened oceanfront porch, or nap to the sounds of the surf, check your email w Wi-Fi on the lawn, cold drink on your wide Adiorndack chair armrest, or loll in the hammock under the shade tree, seeing only your toes and the water beyond. This amazing house has 5 bedrooms (all w ocean views) 3 bathrooms, beamed living room and dining rm, wraparound oceanfront porch, glowing maple floors, antique window glass. Impressive (but not pretentious), large (but still intimate), this is your place for romping at the beach, taking in the panoramic ocean , or maybe hanging out at the curved window seat overlooking the water, after preparing a mug in the coffee bar. With all the great seafood around, you'll want to create lively seafoodfests in the modern vintage kitchen, choose between dining in the handsome wainscoted dining room with three sides flanked by windows or semi-alfresco on the screen porch. Imagine drinks at sunset in the porch swing, needlepoint or napping, writing memoirs or painting watercolors, (or writing code for a great new App) swimming and sunning on the sandy beach (stairs go down from the property), and rejuvenating in an incomparable and memorable spot. If you can bear to leave the house, explore nearby historic Plymouth, Sandwich, the Cape and Islands or farther beyond to Newport or Boston.
House by the Sea is decorated in restrained Nantucket style. Its oceanfront living room has wainscoting, beams, paintings, and books. A gas old-fashioned looking fireplace is dreamy in the 'shoulder seasons,' warming the adventurous soul in the colder weeks, contrasting with the drama of the crashing waves below. The intimate living room opens to the beamed dining room with ocean views and a marvelous craftsman quality bay window seat. The pantry has wine glasses in racks, Keurig coffee maker, filter coffee maker, french press, a stainless-steel two-drawer refrigerator for wine, ale, and seltzer, and a view onto a deck. The well-equipped kitchen has the iconic Aga cooker, stainless steel Sub Zero refrigerator, and honed granite countertops. Adirondack chairs line up on the lawn where you can watch a sunrise over coffee or catch a glimpse of the big dipper on a mild summer night. You would think that all East Coast oceanfront homes have dramatic moon rises and sun rises, but not so… You have to be in the right spot, facing the right way, to get these glorious spectacles of nature. Is this the right spot? Yes! There is a stone patio which has a gas grill and patio table, umbrella and chairs. There is something special about seeing the ocean surf, bluffs, and beach through 100-year-old wavy glass. Also: vintage lilacs, happy birds, butterflies, and (depending on the season) seals frolicking offshore.
FIVE bedrooms: You'll enjoy three private couples bedrooms (a queen, another queen, and a king made of 2 singles, since we can't get a real king up the stairs.) A "loft" bedroom on the same floor, with ocean view, is open (railing) on one side, and has a double (full) antique bed. The fifth bedroom has two bunk beds plus a single bed (so the room sleeps 5 kids, or an adult and 4 kids, or all adults nutty enough to sleep in bunk beds. The first floor bathroom has a step-up (it's an antique house) and contains a 4-foot shower plus the laundry stacking washer dryer. The second floor has two bathrooms. One has a subway tile shower with octagon tile floor and replica antique plumbing with exposed thermostatic valve. The other bathroom has an original small footed tub with optional shower and antique replica to-code plumbing.
From the vantage of House by the Sea sits, the arc of beach and bluff looks like a scene from Hawaii. There are 100 steps down to the beach, but the destination is worth it. The stairs are sturdy and there are two landings with catch-your-breath benches. On July 3, with magnificent fireworks rising from the beach, this is possibly the most spectacular place to be within 2000 miles.
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- 2400 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
Please ask about pets. We are careful that our Guests without pets have a pristine stay with no evidence that there has ever been a pet in the home. Our motto is 'no hair left behind' so we work mindfully with our guests who are trying to accommodate a lab, pug, golden, husky, and ask that they take their entire coat home with them....moreless
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
Just imagine, it is 1908 and you can choose any spot on the seacoast. Naturally, you will choose the best spot -- because there is only one other house around. This is the view, the curve of the coast, the rising of the moon over the ocean in front of you, the rising of the sun like a glowing red cherry on the edge of the ocean... this is the spot....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Sound/Bay Fishing
Dining room-standard size table seating 6-8, (or squeeze in more) plus ocean view window seat with table to seat 5. Dining screen porch -4 sq tables (each seats 4) combine into banquet shape for 12...moreless
- Dining Room
- Seating for 10 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Filtered Water
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Free Long Distance:
- Gas Fireplace
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street:
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet
- Wood Fireplace:
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
Dishes & Utensils:
An abundant array of cooking and dining provisions, lots of white dishes and serving bowls, ample good glassware, flatware and serving utensils. Special requests? We can almost certainly help....moreless
Charmingly renovated, painted maple cabinets, English AGA cooker 6-burner/ 4 ovens, pro-hood, honed granite countertps/undermount sink, coffee/ wine pantry w wood countertps+2 drawer ss refrigerator, large fridge, garb-dispsl, Bosch dwasher, BBQ patio/Weber gas grill...moreless
Tea, coffee filters, SPICES, condiments, usually there's sugar, flour, baking powder, straws, handi-wrap, aluminum foil, baggies, trash bags, laundry soap and bleach, bar soap, Miele vac filter bags. ...moreless
- Beach Chairs
- Beach Towels
- Child's Swing
- Deck / Patio:
Kayak / Canoe:
We do not officially supply kayaks (carrying up and down the beach stairs is a bit of a workout.) There likely will be kayaks (use at your own risk) but you're responsible for putting back in garage...moreless
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill:
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Screen Porch / Veranda
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun 25 - Sep 4, 2016
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet fee (shedding) $175
- Cleaning (normal, not ex $325
- Pet fee (non shedding) $95
HIGH SEASON RATE OF $6450 COVERS 12 GUESTS. Includes 11% state and local tax and a VAST array of amenities. OFF SEASON RENTALS are priced based on number of guests, time of year and length of stay.
Personal checks accepted for rental fees. First 50% is due within 5 days of receiving agreement email. Balance due 3 wks before you arrive. Cleaning payment -separate check: if you decide to leave the home in sparkling clean, check-in condition, your check will be mailed back to you (we UBER-clean between guests regardless.) Visa/MasterCard serves as damage deposit (or purchase damage insurance.)
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House by the Sea is located on a verdant stretch of coastline with awesome views and a sugar-sand beach about 50 miles south of Boston, 10 miles north of Sandwich, and 5 miles south of Plymouth Rock in downtown Plymouth. Logan Airport and Providence's TF Green airport are about equally convenient. Day trips to the Cape and Islands: A quick 15 minutes to the Sagamore Bridge, and from there 20 minutes to the ferry to Martha's Vineyard in Falmouth. The hamlet of Manomet is an old summering area with many old shingle style homes, cottages, all spread nicely apart with lovely lawns and well tended gardens. The neighborhood is serene and there are unpaved roads along the ocean and up to the Manomet Center for Conservation, for long walks with beautiful scenery. The town includes a good wine shop, small eateries, a library, CVS, a Stop N Shop, salon, pizzeria, banks. At Manomet Point: the Lobster Pound (a destination in itself) for crab cakes, lobster, oysters, and exquisite fish.
Other Activities: Historic areas, golf galore, Plymouth Rock, Mayflower
There are three bathrooms; two have modern showers, one has a footed tub updated with high-tech, vintage looking, pressure balanced/up-to-code scald protector shower valves. A hammock invites you to check out how your toes look with nothing but ocean-blue behind them. From lawn, porch, and house, you have 180-degree ocean views in an awesome coastal setting. (One person told us it looks like Hawaii.) Sturdy steps (quite a few steps, we must disclose!) descend to a private beach where white sand offers a soft landing. When the tide goes out, pristine sandbars appear, with little tide pools for even the youngest waders and hunters of sea stars (starfish), sand dollars, and the amusing, tiny hermit crabs.
You can walk to the Manomet Library or the nicely provisioned wine shop (which looked nicer when it was an old 1920s gambrell home but wasn't quite as popular.) Stroll a little farther to the local grocery store. A two-mile car (or bike) ride arrives at the picturesque Lobster Pound way out on Manomet Point, with surf lapping two sides. Lobsters can be steamed to order (less mess than cooking at home) and they sell delicious reinvented gourmet crab cakes (more eggy than bread-y, a real treat) along with clam chowder and lobster bisque. Helps keep you out of the kitchen and in your chaise.
Year Purchased: 2005
About: It seemed this house was always 'for sale.' Old, un-rennovated, spectacular oceanfront. The Jackie-O-beautiful elderly owner kept a permanent sign on the old garage with a price (hand) painted asking triple $$S the current market or what anyone wanted to pay. (It was way beyond my scope.) Years went by, the house was still 'for sale,' sign on the garage... but not for $425k like in the 1990s, now our petite titan wanted twice that. Knowing I could never afford it, I still thought I could suggest to her (now on speaking terms) how this dear lady might wrangle some tax advantage by moving in full time, staying, and saving the (gi-normous) gain. Never did I imagine I could figure out how to own this house at her astronomical price. But the Boston RE market was surging; we sold our JP condo, cashed in my Keogh plan and bought it: rough, unrenovated, unheated, uninsulated, homosote dropped ceilings hiding the gorgeous original big-lumber framing from 1914. Every year has seen a big transfusion of green, lovingly upgrading this incredible, authentic Cape Cod from the past house, in a way that maintains its old charm. Year after year, better and better every year. Last year, the great old house got her 36" Sub Zero TCI and a new improved outdoor shower. We are grateful for the precious families who have fallen in love with it, and come back every year. We want to surprise them by making it just a bit more magnificent each year they return.
Why Plymouth, MA, USA:
This incredible 1910 oceanfront 'cottage' was one of the first few built on these famously beautiful bluffs. If you see the antique postcards, this was an almost uninhabited coastline. Back then, you could choose the best spot. As a few homes grew up around this gracious lady of a home, they were of the time and are now vintage, nostalgic, yesteryear. The seller knew her stuff, and wanted much more than the market would bear, and it was way beyond my means. I bought a lesser house in the neighborhood. Then sold it. Then tried to help the seller with her sale to another buyer. It fell through. Then there we stood, she and I, with this house between us, and a shockingly high price I never thought a mere mortal could deal with. Then, with owner financing, some sacrifices, savings, and lots of sweat equity, House by the Sea became ours, at a staggering price, but with improvements long overdue. The house was very 'original' and, in some areas, not in a good way. But optimism was easy -- this is nirvana. Each year, our investments in the home have brought it closer and closer to perfection. One of these days, we may even go beyond it! We've just added a powerful heating system, improved central a/c, and now the Sub Zero. So it's not just for summer anymore--now you can come for long contemplative winter beach walks, and get cozy by the fire when you return, with your English pudding in the Aga. Not only are summers a dream-come-true, but now fall and winter (as long as it's not a blizzardy winter), too.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
White sugar-sand beach, Hawaii-like views, authentic 1910 architecture, incomparable spot, beach stairs, broad lawn, precious neighborhood with lots of amenities -- just an amazing, wonderful place to be any time of year.
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Lush landscape, delightfully verdant sand, sea, and sky.
Sea out most every window
Night view of the beamed living room
Granite main bathroom, subway shower w skylight and replica plumbing
Oceanfront king bedroom window look out on panorama of ocean beach and lawn
Ocean view bedroom has railing on side along stairs, less private for couples
Screened porch for dining, reading, relaxing
36" SubZero refrigerator, and beyond, oceanfront barbecue patio
House by the Sea glories in amazing sunrise and moonrise
In 1915, the view might have been just the same
Middle oceanfront bedroom w original beams and bay window and expanse of ocean.
Stone fireplace, wood floors, wool rugs, stone, history, comfort
Our beautiful English Aga range with six burners and 4 ovens
Queen bedroom with its ocean views to the North and East
colorful adirondack chairs can be pulled up to the oceanfront fire pit
Old pantry is now the wine-coffee bar with 2-drawer fridge and wood countertops
Looking out your bedroom window
Ocean view bunk rooms sleeps 5 people (little people, we expect)
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Date last modified - Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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