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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Beach House, 3 Bedrooms (1 semi-private), Loft w/ SofaBed + 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

'Dolce Domenica' (Sweet Sunday) is one of the most beautifully designed and comfortable houses on Plum Island and it is just across the street from a quiet, lovely ocean beach. It has 2 regular bedrooms, 1 semi-private bedroom and a sofabed in the loft. There are two full bathrooms.

Summer visitors love its decks with their expansive, almost 360 degree views of the land and water, the private outdoor shower, the foot shower for sandy feet, the beach chairs, beach towels and umbrellas -- all their for your use.

At every season, Dolce provides a unparallel respite. In spring and fall the cool days are perfect for beach walking, bicycling in the 8 miles of land in the reservation only a few blocks away. Even in the winter, the fireplace and the light make it a comfortable retreat.

But, of course, summer is 'prime time' and if you are interested in all that a New England beach vacation can be, then Dolce is perfect for you.

Dolce has light, air (and air-conditioning)and a beautifully furnished space with art, crafts and antiques from around the world, but Dolce remains at heart a comfortable family vacation place.

Where sand can be swept, beach towels can be hung over the deck and time can be spent relaxing with family and friends. We have two full bedrooms, one semi-private bedroom, 2 full baths, gas fireplace in the open-plan, beautiful, fully outfitted kitchen open to the living and dining areas; and a full laundry. The granite kitchen features Bosch gas range, dishwasher,microwave and (almost) every kitchen gadget ever invented!

This house has a small, second dwelling unit on the south side, occupied by our year-round caretaker. The two units are fully private from each other, each with it's own deck spaces. There is no sense of interference with privacy.

For the non-beach-lovers, or the occasional rainy day, we are a 5 minute drive to Newburyport, a charming ship's captain town with shops, narrow stone streets and lots of shops and restaurants.

Within an hour you can be in Boston (available by a very comfortable train) or at the outlet shops of Kittery, Maine.

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Robert Merchasin
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 27, 2017

About Robert Merchasin

Robert and I are retired lawyers who have been out on Plum Island for many years. We spend part of our year there and part in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We lovingly remodeled the house at 35 Northern Boulevard, now Dolce, taking it from a total disaster to a lovely year-round family home, bathed in light and air. We spend time there in every season and it has become the place where our hearts reside in the US.

Robert Merchasin purchased this house in 2003

Why Robert Merchasin chose North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley

We have always loved Plum Island: for its ocean beaches, for miles of undeveloped dunes, ocean and river landscape in the wildlife reservation, for its quiet and non-commercial quality (one general store, one liquor store, one bait shop and one of the nicest restaurants on the North Shore, the Plum Island Grill)and its authentic New England days.

What makes this house unique

We walk on the beach, ride our bicycles in the reservation, swim in the ocean, shower in the hot and cold outdoor shower, grill dinner on the deck and watch the sun go down with a glass of wine, all to the sounds of the ocean. At the same time, great restaurants and shopping are available just 5 minutes away in Newburyport, a quaint ship captains' town with a lively tourist scene.


Newburyport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 2 semi private areas with double pull out beds
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Hot water outdoor shower, foot shower, view of ocean from upstairs loft, dining table for 10, across the dune from ocean.


4.7/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

The Jewel of Plum Island

  • 4 of 5

There is nothing like walking into a house you have rented for a decompressing vacation and have the pictures you remember actually look like the house...As soon as we walked into the house we knew we were on vacation...The house is comfortable,open, airy,updated,clean and extremely easy to everything....We always enjoy our vacations at the plum but this time it was special...maybe because of the Dolce....even our Westie Zoe thought she was home........We will definetly be comming back to the Dolce ....To the owners...Thank you , for making every detail in and about the house so easy and relaxing....

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Suffield CT

Hard not to keep it a secret.

  • 5 of 5

I think that the reason this property has so few reveiws is that all the people who stay here ,love it so much we don't want to tell anybody about it. I stayed here with my family in 2011 and we are returning again in 2012. I hope Robert and Carol never sell this house and I can visit for many more years.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Newbury, MA, USA

Dolce is a magical place

  • 5 of 5

This is an incredible place- located centrally on the island to take advantage of all it has to offer. The ocean views are incredible, great neighbors and ambiance! The place has karmic energy beyond belief- so wonderfully decorated and equipped- you will be wanting for nothing. I highly recommend this place and hope that others will truly appreciate it's beauty and charm.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Around the corner
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Around the corner
Nearest Beach
Across the street

Ocean swimming, beach walking


Rates & Availability

Newburyport House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Cleaning Fee $80

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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