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Stately Intown 1843 Sea Captain's House

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 5,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful Sea Captain's House - VIneyard Haven

Spectacular 7 bedroom 6.5 bath home sleeps 14 comfortably. This former Sea Captain's Home, built in 1843 has been completely renovated and expanded. This gracious home features a professional eat in chef's kitchen, large family room with fireplace, formal living room with a fireplace, formal dining room with seating for 12, second floor TV room (great for kids!), and 7 bedrooms - six of which have either a private or connected/shared bathroom. This home is a few short steps to restaurants, movies, health club, galleries and boutiques found on Main Street, and yet, remarkably private and serene.

This home features an enormous private master suite on the third floor featuring a sitting area with gas fireplace, huge walk in cedar closet and spa like master bath with heated floors, 2 person whirlpool tub, rain forest open shower, his and her antique vanities, and private toilet area. There is also a small bedroom connected to the master - perfect for infants or toddlers.

This home has a lovely wrap around covered porch great for people watching or settling down with a good book. There is also a large, beautifully furnished side patio which is surrounded by lovely mature hydrangea bushes, and other flowering plants and trees. Ideally located on the edge of town, you can walk to restaurants, shopping, movies, art galleries and beaches.

This spacious home is PERFECT for large families, extended families or multiple couples, including wedding parties!!



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Catherine Urban
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About Catherine Urban

The gracious house is my home and I love sharing it with other families. It is a very happy home filled with memories, some I'm sure dating back to the 1800's!

This home was built in 1843 as a Sea Captain's home, and has also been a boarding house in the 1960's, as well as a Bed and Breakfast. My husband and I did an extensive renovation/addition is 2002, converting this gracious house to our home. My husband and I both graduated from Cornell University. We have four children - two sons out of college, our #3 son Cornell Univeristy Class of 2015, and daughter will be entering Ithaca College this fall - 2013. Renting out my lovely home is helping to make these tuition payments!

Catherine Urban purchased this house in 2002

Why Catherine Urban chose Tisbury

I love old homes with a history. This home has a story to tell. Walking into this home, you can feel it's warmth and blessings.

What makes this house unique

Since this home was originally built in 1843 - it is very unique! Even with the approx 3000 sq ft addition, there is plenty of the 'old house' remaining - with original wide plank flooring, original fireplaces, and beautiful molding. Many old materials were used in the new construction: ceiling tins as backspalsh in the kitchen, an old soapstone double sink in the laundry room, and antique chandeliers and wall sconces. The front porch is a lovely place to sit and watch the world walk by, the side patio is lush, and lovely and a great place to sit and enjoy a book or a nap. There are peek a boo water views from the front bedroom on the second floor, and from the third floor front bedroom and master bedroom you can see the ferry coming arriving in Vineyard Haven Harbor, as well as all the way to Cape Cod!

Guestbook comments from the owner

8/22/2009 New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, California, Balcombe, U.K. My family absolutely loved staying at Catherine's house in Vineyard Haven the week of August 15. The house was beautiful and had everything that we needed to feed and entertain all 16 of us (9 adults; 7 children, including an infant). We mostly used the enormous eat-in kitchen (2 shifts – for children and then adults) and den attached, the second floor TV room (where the older children spent most of their time), and every bedroom in the house. We barely went into the formal dining room, the parlor and the front living room, yet we always felt that there was enough space. We were thrilled that there were two pack and plays for the infant and one of the toddlers to sleep in. The house worked well for both my parents who are in their 70's and the younger 2 & 4 yr olds and everyone in between. There were books and games that could engage everyone. Luckily, we had gorgeous weather so we could easily walk to the many ice cream shops, Stop& Shop, the park/beach and a cool bookstore, which were all within 5 short blocks. The house was a great starting point for 4-5 mile runs up to the West Chop lighthouse or to the beach at Lake Tashmoo. Several times we used the MV Transit bus to go to Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and Katama. We never felt that we needed more than two cars for all of us. If we choose to have our family reunion on Martha’s Vineyard again, we would definitely want to return. Thank you, Catherine & Russell!
Aug 2009
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Tisbury House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath - including urinal - off kitchen
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Second Floor - Queen Bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub , Jack and Jill Style Bathroom - Second Floor
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Private Bath - Third Floor - Double Bedroom
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Master Bath
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Third Floor - Private Bath for queen bedroom
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , First Floor
  • 6 Full Baths, plus 1 Half Bath ALso, an outdoor shower!
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom with Private Bath, Third Floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Private Bath, Third Floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Private Bath, Third Floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Third Floor
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Private bath with tub/shower, Second Floor
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Shares large Jack and Jill style bathroom, Second Floor
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king , Or 2 Twins, shares bathroom
  • There are 4 bedrooms on the THIRD floor: Master bedroom with King bed and large private bath, Queen bedroom with private bath, Double bedroom with private bath, and double bedroom. There are 3 bedrooms on the SECOND floor: Queen bedroom with private bath, and two king bedrooms (or twins) that share a large Jack and Jill style bathroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Stately Intown 1843 Sea Captain's House
average rating of 4.923077 based on 53 reviews

Perfect house and location!

  • 5 of 5

House was tremendous and Catherine was very accommodating.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you John! Perfect guests as well! Catherine
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Very helpful owner; beautiful old home

  • 5 of 5

The home worked perfectly for our 60th high school friends reunion--10 of us from Salt Lake City. Catherine could not have been more helpful. The weather could have been better but the house was perfect.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular vacation

  • 5 of 5

For almost two years I worked with Catherine planning my family vacation for my children and grandchildren. She was wonderful and the house far surpassed my expectations. Everything was perfect and ready when we arrived. There was not one item missing and we just had to bring ourselves and our suitcases. We make a week of special memories which will last us a lifetime. Thank you Catherine

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best rental ever.

  • 5 of 5

You will never find a better, more complete, immaculate, gorgeous rental anywhere. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I have been vacationing on the island for many years now!! 92 Main is by far our favorite spot!!!! From its spectacular location, gorgeous property, extremely spacious and immaculate home , to its overly generous couldn't ask for better accommodations!!! We hope to spend lots more time here, making many more foever lasting memories!! Thank you Catherine

Straight from the mouth our 10 year old...."Best vacation house everrrr!!!"

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We converged on this spectacular home, again, for a reunion weekend. It couldn't have been more perfect. The comfortable, spotless rooms with cozy bedding, are just the beginning. The entire home has beautiful furnishings, superb conveniences and a perfect location. The wrap around porch, lovely patio and second story deck provide great outdoor spaces to compliment the fabulous interiors. I have recommended this property to others and can't wait for our next visit.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $500
Pet Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $1,000

Exit cleaning fee of $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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