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Breathtaking Oceanfront Historic 'House by the Sea' Rare

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,401 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms- 3 oceanfront bdrms, oceanview bunk room, oceanview double


Discounts given for March-April (email for pricing)

June 05-12 SOLD (don)...June 13-20 SOLD (mar)

June 20-30 available

July 01-08 SOLD (cas),...8-15 SOLD (lav)

July 15-22 available

July 22-29 SOLD (sho) July 29-05 SOLD (beg)

Aug 05-12 SOLD (oli) Aug 12-19 SOLD (eil)

Aug 19-31 available

Dear Guests: THE 5-STAR REVIEWS say it all. 'House by the Sea' a rare 1915 oceanfront home with incomparable Hawaii-like views, sugar sand beach, beach stairs from our land, carefully and captivatingly renovated in a yesteryear charming neighborhood of vintage homes and verdant lawns and gardens. Sub Zero refrigerator, 6-burner 4-oven English Aga cooker, Central air conditioning, this home is idyllic and ideal for unforgettable family vacations. Notice the broad oceanfront porches, with incomparable view? Big screened oceanfront dining porch for your fresh seafood dinners, nap to the sounds of the surf, check email w Wi-Fi on the lawn, s'mores at the oceanfront fire pit with colorful Adiorndack chairs circling the fire. This amazing house has 5 bedrooms (all with ocean views) 3 bathrooms, beamed living room and dining rm, wraparound oceanfront porch, glowing maple floors, antique wavy window glass, panoramic bay window seat overlooking the water, cocktail+coffee pantry with 2 drawer drinks fridge (pardon the repetition, will edit this after Thanksgiving!)

House by the Sea is decorated in restrained Nantucket style. Its oceanfront living room has fireplace, wainscotting, beams, paintings, and books. The living room opens to the beamed dining room with ocean views and charming Oceanview bay window seats. Wine/coffee pantry has wine glasses, Keurig coffee maker +automatic drip (Mr Coffee)+ French Press, stainless-steel 2-drawer drinks refrigerator. The well-equipped kitchen has the iconic Aga cooker (4 ovens, 6 burners, custom paneled exhaust hood), 36" stainless steel Sub Zero refrigerator, and honed granite countertops. Ample quality cookware, dishes, flatware, small appliances, glassware, table linens, kitchen linens, spices, condiments, paper goods, and laundry supplies. 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. (Starter supply of firewood provided.) 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, it most certainly is.

There is a crushed stone patio with a gas grill and teak English patio benches umbrella and chairs. There is something special about seeing the ocean surf, bluffs, and beach through 100-year-old wavy glass.

You'll enjoy three private couples bedrooms 1) a queen, 2) another queen, 3) a king made of 2 singles, since we can't get a real king up the stairs.) 4) A "loft" full-bed bedroom on the same floor, with ocean view, railing on one side,and 5) bunk room w two bunk beds+ 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 full shower-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 Antique-style exposed thermostatic valve. The other bathroom has an original small footed tub-shower and antique style modern 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, two landings with catch-your-breath built-in 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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Member since: 2002
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Calendar last updated:
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About Robin

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 but everybody wanted it. (It was way beyond my means as a young graphic designer and illustrator.) Years went by, for sale, sign on the garage... but now our petite titan wanted twice that. Knowing I could never afford it, I suggested to her (now on speaking terms) how this lovely elderly lady might wrangle some tax advantage by moving in full time, staying, and saving her large 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+IRA and bought it in its shockingly rough, unrenovated, unheated, uninsulated state, with homosote dropped-ceilings hiding the gorgeous original 1914 framing. Every year has seen a big transfusion of green, lovingly upgrading this incredible, authentic Cape Cod "cottage" in a way that maintains its old charm.(in Newport, they call mansions "cottages.") Year after year, better and better every year. Two years ago, the great old house got her 36" Sub Zero TCI and this year all new 15-light custom insulated Andersen French doors. We are grateful for the families who have come back every year supporting our transformation effort while we give 150% to support their vacation visions. We want to surprise them by making it just a bit more magnificent each year they return.

Robin purchased this house in 2005

Why Robin chose Plymouth

This incredible 1915 oceanfront 'mega-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. And back then, you could choose the best spot. Nobody else was around. As a few homes were built over the decades, they were 'of the time' vintage New England style and are now part of this charming, casual-upscale walking neighborhood with lawns and gardens, children on bikes, the occasional couple strolling the quiet oceanfront roads with a four-legged best friend. And it's not just for summer anymore--now you can come for cool weather ocean winter beach walks, cozy by the fire when you return, toddy or tea with your English pudding in the Aga. Not only are summers a dream-come-true, but now fall and winter can be the best months of the year.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

(from an email received after the vacation) "hi robin, just a note to let you know our family and friends all

enjoyed your wonderful house by the sea in manomet. the fireworks

display was unbelievable, and the view from the house was lovely. we

all got our workouts in with the hikes up and down the stairs! thanks

again for making everything so comfortable for us." K+L
Jul 2011
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Plymouth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2401 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • REFUND FOR emergency CANCELLATION comes from your trip insurance.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main second floor BATHROOM - toilet , shower , New subway tile shower w skylight, granite top vanity
    1910 Bathroom with leg-tub - toilet , combination tub/shower , Smaller bathroom, marble top vanity, footed tub w shower
    First floor Bathroom w laundry - toilet , shower , 4' modern shower, vanity, laundry in 'ice house' addition
  • 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.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • North Oceanfront Queen room - 1 queen , Awesome ocean views, 3 windows, antiques, RL bedding
    East Oceanfront Queen bedroom - 1 queen , 1 child bed , Expansive ocean views, bay window, queen, RL bedding,
    South Oceanfront KING bedroom - 1 king , Due to 1910 staircase, king is 2 singles, topped as king
    South Ocean view Bunk Room - 5 twin/ single , 2 bunk beds sleeping 4, one single bed, ocean views
    Northwest Oceanview Double bed, semi-private - 1 twin/ single , Made nicer/less private railing wall, antique rope bed doubl
  • Bedrooms all have ocean views, beamed ceilings, bead board walls, hundred-year-old wavy window glass, restrained Nantucket decor.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Breathtaking Oceanfront Historic 'House by the Sea' Rare
average rating of 5.0 based on 56 reviews
Manteca california

Perfect New England setting on Cape Cod bay.

  • 5 of 5

Loved this historic home and beautiful location. Can only hope I can come back again someday. It had everything you needed and Robin and husband were so helpful to us with any question we had.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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You know its great when nobody wants to leave

  • 5 of 5

Toward the end of his stay at the House by the Sea our five year old grandson told his parents to buy the house. When we asked him why he said, "So many doors, so many rooms." Meanwhile our three year old grand daughter couldn't seem to stop running and smiling. In their way they were expressing how we all felt- so much space for us all, all generations, to come together and have fun without feeling crowded. We noticed how all the adults would ask each morning why we felt so wonderfully rested. Was it the beds, the sea air, the rhythm of breaking surf? All of it. And as a waking bonus each morning starts with birdsong. (I actually looked at one bed to find out its secret and found TWO mattress toppers fitted over the mattress and thought that's something to try at home!).

We knew that arriving on June 3 would be pushing it for a summertime experience but we learned in the Cape area the sun pops out more often than the forecasts predict. When it rained we enjoyed sitting with a book by the fire and looking up now and then to watch the color of the sea change beyond the bluff.

We like to cook and got to use an Aga stove! You know its great when nobody wants to leave.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chester Springs, PA

Always a wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5

I have rented several of Robin's properties and I must say that I find it very difficult to select a favorite. House by the Sea is no exception. This property is perfectly located by the sea - great for hanging out on the beach in the summer and perfect for walking on the beach in the winter. All places are beautifully decorated, and comfortably furnished. Every amenity that you need is included . I love to cook so I certainly appreciate the completeness of the kitchen - from appliances and cooking utensils to dinnerware and stemware - always top notch and high end. Location is perfect too for side trips to Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and all over beautiful Cape Cod. Thank you for another wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marietta, GA

House by the Sea

  • 5 of 5

House by the Sea was perfect! It was exactly what my mom would have loved! Unfortunately we stayed in the house for my mother's funeral but it was a perfect set up for my family and the owners could not have been more accommodating. The view was amazing, the beds were comfortable, the kitchen and nook area were our favorite. And cannot forget the fire pit that over looked the ocean and one night viewed the blood moon...We had everything we needed and could not have been more happy during this difficult time. We plan to come back! Thank you Robin for making us feel at home.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, Texas


  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 3-week stay here, with friends and family. Perfect in every way. Wish we had had a 4th week! We're looking forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Johnston RI

Heavenly House by the Sea

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful house ,should be renamed Heavenly HOUSE BY the SEA . ROBIN just wonderful ,so attentive and easy to work with .She is committed to seeing you have the best possible vacation. This house has every amenity you can think of ,wonderful furniture, outstanding deck , views to die for all over the house, fantastic linens, and wonderful neighbors and neighborhood. Located in a very central location no traffic to deal with. You will fall in love with this house , if possible definitely rent this heavenly vacation property. Helen, Nancy ,PATSY

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Boston Logan OR Providence TF Green Airport
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/Cape Cod, and 8 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 tended gardens. The neighborhood is serene and there are unpaved roads along the ocean up to the Manomet Center for Conservation, (long known as the Manomet Bird Observatory) for long walks with beautiful waterfront 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 (but lots of them, 110 to be exact) 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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $180
Cleaning $345

We prefer payment by personal checks. Bank wire transfers accepted. Text 508.317.4359. First payment due within 4 days of booking. Final payment plus credit card info is due 60 weeks before you arrive. Your visa/mastercard serves as placeholder security/damage "deposit" and stays in your file like at a hotel. You may pay with your visa or mastercard (our own WorldPay processor) but your rate is adjusted 5% to compensate as personal checks are the cost effective alternative. You may use ONLINE BOOKING and HOMEAWAY credit card processor, and the 3% adjustment will be added to your rate. HIGH SEASON RATE OF $6550 COVERS 10 GUESTS. Includes 13% 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. We encourage guests to call us first before clicking "reserve" in online booking, as we prefer our old fashioned booking, where you email us with "Yes we will take week_____" and we write back "Thank you, here is our friendly one page rental agreement, with first payment due within 4 days." You will receive our friendly one page rental agreement by email (If you don't have a rental agreement, you don't have a completed booking.)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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