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11 REVIEWS !! Spectacular 270 Degree Waterfront Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-6)

The 'Gray Gull' cottage sits at a location on Plum Island that is unsurpassed for its beauty and tranquility. With its south west exposure it affords some of the most spectacular unobstructed sunsets and moonlit views over 'joppa flats' towards Newburyport that you will ever see.

Sitting on a very large lot for Plum Island, there is lots of parking and only one abutter, a feature very unique to the island. Built in 1960, we are the second owner. After purchasing the property in Aug of 2009 we began a complete renovation while maintaining all the original charm of the cottage. It is now a seaside cottage worthy of its amazing location.

We just finished a complete bathroom renovation for those rare days when an outdoor shower can't be enjoyed.



Keywords: beachfront, sunsets, beach house, flats fishing, striper fishing, birding, ranch, deck, dunes,boat mooring

More Details

Rick Gariepy
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 4, 2017

About Rick Gariepy

We fell in love with this property 15 yrs ago when it was unavailable for rent or purchase. That changed in the summer of 2009 when we were able to purchase it. We live 35 miles away and both work full time with kids in college and high school. We have enjoyed every minute of the considerable time spent renovating the 'Gray Gull' and look forward to someday retiring here.

Rick Gariepy purchased this house in 2009

Why Rick Gariepy chose Plum Island

Having rented for years on the Cape and the islands as well as Maine we really knew what we wanted in a property on the shore. Some places have some of the things we love (Good fishing ,great sunsets, natural beauty, a unique or inviting village or town, culture accessibility) but this place has it all !! We have been coming to this area for 30 years its #1 for us.

What makes this house unique

This place is relaxing, casual, inspiring. We enjoy fishing, photography, boating, exercise, reading and long walks on the beach, The wildlife refuge is just a mile away. Newburyport is full of great shops, restaurants, and activities. The outdoor shower is on the South side of the house, it is one of my favorite features.


Plum Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
"I Pod Dock", "Outdoor Shower", "Boat Mooring"


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11 REVIEWS !! Spectacular 270 Degree Waterfront Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Fantastic Plum Island Vacation !!

  • 5 of 5

What a great stay we had at this house. The location could not be better, the views

and sunsets spectacular and ever changing. The house is comfortable casual and inviting.

We just loved it and will be returning.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gray Gull - Best Location on Plum Island

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented the Gray Gull for a week in August. I have to say, I think it's situated on the best lot on Plum Island. There are great water views from three sides of the house. The house is located at the end of a road, and you truly are ten steps from the beach. This beach on this area of the island is great for children, as the water is calmer. We had front-row seats each night on the deck to unobstructed water and sunset views. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the furniture and some of the finishings were actually MORE updated that what is depicted in the pictures on this site. The cottage is tastefully furnished with a decorating style that's part Pottery Barn, part Mid-Century Modern. The kitchen had everything we needed, and the bathroom appeared to have been recently renovated. I'd highly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a great week. Thanks for taking great care of the house.
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Newburyport, MA

Hands Down - - The best view on Plum Island

  • 5 of 5

I had an extended stay at Gray Gull - - long enough to enjoy a change of seasons. There is NO better location on the island - - None. Direct waterfront with stunning water views to the south, the west and the north. The welcoming deck looks west and across the harbor to the city and steeples of Newburyport. Every sunset is different and often stunning. The house is cosy and flooded with sunshine. The owners have furnished the house well and tastefully. It is a " feel good house". The location affords privacy but is close to everything including all the many sights and activities of Newburyport. It is clear that the owners take great pride in there property and make every effort to accommodate their guests. I highly recommend Gray Gull with qualification.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Merrimac, MA.

Best vacation ever !

  • 5 of 5

Our vacation at this little cottage was everything I had hoped for. The cottage was spotless and very tastefully decorated. The owner seems very pleasant and was very willing to answer any questions or help if any problems should arise.

The back deck was our favorite spot to enjoy the awesome weather, spectacular views, breathtaking sunsets and most important of all, quiet time with family. There is a nice little sandy beach which is suiteable for children just steps away from the back yard. There is also a lot to do in the area including restaurants, nature walks at the Parker River Wildlife, etc., and downtown Newburyport is a treasure chest of things to do. Our visit to the Gray Gull went by much too fast, but we came away with some really fabulous memories. I would definately recommend this property to anyone looking for some relaxation and fun and I hope to do this again in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear that you enjoyed your stay. THANKS FOR TAKING GREAT CARE OF THE HOUSE.
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Columbus, Ohio

Absolutely wonderful cottage & location

  • 5 of 5

My grown daughter and I rented this property and found it wonderful - the pictures don't do it justice. The owners did a fantastic job of refurbishing the property. The owner was great - the cottage doesn't have air conditioning but he brought a window unit for the bedroom after finding out my daughter had medical issues with the heat. Being on a marsh the wildlife was wonderful to behold. We enjoyed sitting on the deck every morning & evening just watching the water. It is located very close to Newburyport with plenty of shopping & restuarants. The seafood in the area is great. Being fromthat area, it was close to my family and they came to visit us. They were impressed with the finishes and updates to the property. I told the owners I don't see how they could rent it out. I would want to live there year round. We hope to go again next year in October when it's a bit cooler and enjoy the fall foliage of New England. I would highly recommend this property to anyone who wants to really relax and enjoy the water views and ocean.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sally, You were a pleasure to have as guest's. Thanks for taking great care of the place!
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Pepperell, MA


  • 5 of 5

We had one of the best vacations staying at the Gray Gull. This house has been meticulously renovated and decorated. The view not only from inside the house but also from out on the deck are spectacular. Super fun kayaking just steps from the house. It is a little slice of heaven and we hated to leave. The owner was always available to answer questions. I highly recommend this rental to anyone looking to have a wonderful vacation on PI. We look forward to going back next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the place. You left it in perfect condition. Thanks!
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Nearest Point of Interest
Quiet beach with great sunsets!!
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captains fishing charters
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wildlife refuge
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sandy point
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Plum Island Light House
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Downtown Newburyport
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Plum Island Airport
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Boat mooring


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

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