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Last updated: 10/19/2016
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Property description

Oct 15-21 SOLD
Nov 01-21
Nov 21-28 SOLD (thanksgiving)
Dec 01-27.

July 02-09 SOLD
July. 09-16. SOLD
July. 16- 23.
July. 23-30
July. 30-06
Aug. 06-13
Aug. 13-20
Aug. 20-27
Aug 27-03

(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, seeing 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 seafood fests 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 on the porch, needlepoint or napping, writing memoirs (or memos or code) or painting watercolors, 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 (Americanized with conveniences such as convection), stainless steel Sub Zero refrigerator, and honed granite countertops. Adirondack chairs line up on the lawn or around a fire pit, 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 with 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. (Please note: Based on visitor feedback in 2016, we might be changing the bunk room into a room with fewer beds but more comfort based. Check with us.) 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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Property Type

  • House
  • 2400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Children Welcome:

    What home wouldn't be KID friendly? However we do have a lot of white, off-white and pale grey upholstery, so kids get some help with nice quilts to cover things....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    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

  • North Oceanfront Queen room: 1 queen

    Awesome ocean views, 3 windows, antiques, RL bedding...moreless

  • East Oceanfront Queen bedroom: 1 queen, 1 child bed

    Expansive ocean views, bay window, queen, RL bedding, ...moreless

  • South Oceanfront KING bedroom: 1 king

    Due to 1910 staircase, king is 2 singles, topped as king...moreless

  • South Ocean view Bunk Room: 5 twin/ single

    2 bunk beds sleeping 4, one single bed, ocean views ...moreless

  • Northwest Oceanview Double bed, semi-private: 1 twin/ single

    Made nicer/less private railing wall, antique rope bed doubl...moreless

  • Bedrooms all have ocean views, beamed ceilings, bead board walls, hundred-year-old wavy window glass, restrained Nantucket decor....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Main second floor BATHROOM: toilet, shower

    New subway tile shower w skylight, granite top vanity...moreless

  • 1910 Bathroom with leg-tub: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Smaller bathroom, marble top vanity, footed tub w shower...moreless

  • First floor Bathroom w laundry: toilet, shower

    4' modern shower, vanity, laundry in 'ice house' addition...moreless

  • Upstairs bathrooms retain their vintage charm: wood floors, an antique tub, replica plumbing, beamed ceilings, bead board walls. Downstairs bathroom has modern acrylic shower, grohe shower valve, modern front loading washer dryer stack pack laundry....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    You'll want to bring your own music. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Verizon FiOS....moreless

  • Stereo:

    It's a small CD/MP3 player. Check with us, we update/change things from year to year...moreless

  • Television:

    FiOS supplied by Verizon. Usually the service is very dependable. Verizon is responsible should an outage occur....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beachfront:

    DIRECT OCEANFRONT W STAIRS TO BEACH (plz be wary that some vrbo homes are not actually oceanfront but imply that they are.)...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    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

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    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:

    Central air, but when it's 95 outside, the central air can often only cool the house to 78 degrees. Thankfully, that is only a few days each summer. ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Compact stacking washer dryer in first floor bathroom. Handles normal sized loads....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    Gas fireplace...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Actually, the 100 steps down to the beach make it un-necessary to go to the gym...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    US long distance included, please ask for International calling plan if you need to make these calls $35...moreless

  • Garage:

    Un-parkable 100 year old garage acts as a pavilion to store beach chairs and umbrellas and hammocks. Street-side space in front of garage is reserved for owner and help....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central forced air heating with computerized damper controls. However, home has little insulation, so we close the house in the coldest months....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Top quality bedding, ample beach towels, fresh white towels, navy towels, wash cloths, hand towels, kitchen dish towels, quilts to cover sofa if needed....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Gracious beamed living room with expanse of oceanfront windows, 96' sofa with Sea Gull Sumbrella upholstery, Victorian chairs with same upholstery, wool flat weave striped rugs...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street:

    Depending on how you park, there is room for 3-4 cars....moreless

  • Telephone:

    We keep a land-line because cell signal on the ocean is spotty. So far, Verizon and ATT have poor service here...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Compact stacking washer dryer in first floor bathroom. Handles normal sized loads. Be sure to align the prongs of the porthole door with the prong-holes of the machine when closing door....moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    It's a handsome antique-looking gas fireplace and there is a large fire pit right on the bluff in the huge ocean view. Outdoor fires: Check to ensure no "red-flag" prohibition....moreless


  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    We can recommend reliable professionals for simple luncheons, easygoing dinners, or extravagant seafood parties or romantic trouble free suppers...moreless

  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Just a Mr Coffee, but also a Keurig, a French Press, and a Melitta (flat cone filter) drip pot with filter cone...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    All the pots and pans you need...moreless

  • 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

  • Dishwasher:

    Bosch 24' dishwasher...moreless

  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    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

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    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

  • Refrigerator:


  • Stove:

    English 4-oven Aga, (American version: convection oven, roasting oven, simmering oven, broiler-salamander oven) ...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Don't forget to knock out your crumbs before you go...moreless


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    We do not supply bikes, but we can tell you where to rent one (or 8.) Each year we will update info on who and where you can rent bikes precisely suited to your size and style....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Wrap around antique porch from which you see an exciting expanse of ocean, and on a clear day, you can see the monument in Provincetown across the sea...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Broad expanse of lawn, fire pit, and lots of colorful Adirondack chairs to position where you'd like to see the awesome view....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Top quality Weber gas grill PLUS Weber charcoal grill. 1 propane tank, charcoal, tools, lighters....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Likely there will be noodles, sand buckets, boogie boards (please ask, these things get destroyed year to year so check with us first.)...moreless

  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 5
from 18 traveler reviews
$3500.00 - $ 6150 June, July, Aug, September Cleaning Fee Refunded If House is 'Left as It was Found
High Season $ 6150 week  (house sleeps 11 in beds +1 in sofa+ 2 in camp cots)
Spring rates upon request
Fall rates upon request
Wedding and special event rates upon request

August 27 available
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Last updated: 10/19/2016
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55 Miles
Nearest Airport
Boston Logan OR Providence TF Green Airport
Plymouth, MA, USA
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

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.


Manager info

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.

    Lush landscape, delightfully verdant sand, sea, and sky.

  • Sea out most every window

    Sea out most every window

  • Night view of the beamed living room

    Night view of the beamed living room

  • Granite main bathroom, subway shower w skylight and replica plumbing

    Granite main bathroom, subway shower w skylight and replica plumbing

  • Oceanfront king bedroom window look out on panorama of ocean beach and lawn

    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

    Ocean view bedroom has railing on side along stairs, less private for couples

  • Screened porch for dining, reading, relaxing

    Screened porch for dining, reading, relaxing

  • 36" SubZero refrigerator,  and beyond, oceanfront barbecue patio

    36" SubZero refrigerator, and beyond, oceanfront barbecue patio

  • House by the Sea  glories in amazing sunrise and moonrise

    House by the Sea glories in amazing sunrise and moonrise

  • Morning sunlight

    Morning sunlight

  • In 1915, the view might have been just the same

    In 1915, the view might have been just the same

  • Middle oceanfront bedroom w original beams and bay window and expanse of ocean.

    Middle oceanfront bedroom w original beams and bay window and expanse of ocean.

  • Stone fireplace, wood floors, wool rugs, stone, history, comfort

    Stone fireplace, wood floors, wool rugs, stone, history, comfort

  • Our beautiful English Aga range with six burners and 4 ovens

    Our beautiful English Aga range with six burners and 4 ovens

  • Queen bedroom with its ocean views to the North and East

    Queen bedroom with its ocean views to the North and East

  • colorful adirondack chairs can be pulled up to the oceanfront fire pit

    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

    Old pantry is now the wine-coffee bar with 2-drawer fridge and wood countertops

  • Looking out your bedroom window

    Looking out your bedroom window

  • Ocean view bunk rooms sleeps 5 people (little people, we expect)

    Ocean view bunk rooms sleeps 5 people (little people, we expect)

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This listing was first published here in 2003.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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