Beautiful Family Summer Home with Private Beach. Mattapoisett / Buzzards Bay

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View from the private beach path


Last updated: 08/21/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

'Fairwinds' is a year round / summer residence located in Mattapoisett, MA. It is on a dead-end street leading to the Ned’s Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse and park is a major attraction for sailboarding with steady winds, free parking and water access. It's also a wonderful spot for picnics and kite flying! Mattapoisett is on Buzzard's Bay between Fairhaven and Marion. There are nine bedrooms, two baths upstairs and one downstairs. There is also an outdoor, enclosed, hot & cold shower for rinsing after a day at the beach. You'll have direct water access with a private sandy beach (below high tide can be a little rocky, but that's Mattapoisett). There is a spacious back yard and a closet full of yard games for the kids and the adults too. Once you get settled in you will not want to leave the property. We just know you'll fall in love with Fairwinds and want to come back year after year, like so many of our loyal tenants.

History and General Information: Mattapoisett was settled in 1750 and officially incorporated in 1857. Originally a part of Rochester, the area had most likely been visited by European traders and sailors. There is also evidence of prior Wampanoag Indian settlements, including burial grounds, throughout the town. In fact, the word Mattapoisett is Wampanoag for 'a place of resting.'

Early industry included logging and farming, but Mattapoisett became best known as a center for shipbuilding and whaling. Some 400 ships were built in the town's shipyards from 1740 until the 1870s, including the Acushnet, the ship that Moby-Dick author Herman Melville sailed on and later deserted. The town supplied many of the whalers used on the East Coast in the first half of the nineteenth century. The last one, the Wanderer, was built in 1878, shortly after the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania.

With the decline of whaling and associated shipbuilding, Mattapoisett transitioned into a popular summer vacation spot for prominent New York and Boston residents, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Today, the town is largely a suburban community, with most residents commuting to jobs in greater New Bedford, Providence or Boston, or operating businesses targeting summer tourism.

A fictitious future Mattapoisett features largely into the 1976 novel Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy. Mattapoisett, Massachusetts is the only known town in the world with the name Mattapoisett.

'Fairwinds' ~ A Brief History: The house was built in 1928 by Dr. James K. Stoddard. A shingle style summer cottage with dark green shutters. The waterside of the house was shaded by a two story porch, open at ground level and screened above for sleeping. It was sited originally at the edge of the beach, where the lawn ends today.
The 'Great Hurricane' of 1938 damaged the house significantly, as did Hurricane Carol in 1954. The front porch was swept away, landing on the Trumble property beyond the boatyard where it became their front deck. Water inside the house was 4'-5' deep. You can still see the marks on the wall inside the entry.
Before the summer of 1955 my grandfather, Arthur Rotch, who had purchased the house in 1952, had it raised up and moved back from the water to its present location.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 3548 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17, Beds for 17

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Downstairs Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Upstairs Bathroom 2: toilet, tub

    Claw foot tub...moreless

  • Upstairs Bathroom 2: toilet, tub

    Claw foot tub...moreless

  • Outdoor shower: outdoor shower

    Hot & cold water...moreless

  • The two upstairs bathrooms have a clawfoot tub only with no shower adaptor....moreless

Other Amenities

  • There are two refrigerator / freezers available. There is also a small breakfast table that seats 4 in the kitchen....moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic


  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Coin Laundry
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Non working...moreless

  • Heating:

    Forced hot water...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2016
Jul 10 - Sep 4, 2016
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Sunday

June 2017
Jun 4 - Jun 25, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Sunday

Summer 2017
Jul 9 - Sep 10, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Sunday

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Cleaning $300
  • Taxes Not included


Laundry service, for linens only, is provided at no additional charge. All towels must be washed, dried and folded prior to departure. Home is fully furnished. Weekly rentals only. Arrival is at 3 PM on Sunday and departure is at 10 AM the following Sunday. If paying with a credit card a 2.5% fee will be passed on. Unfortunately we do not rent for weddings / receptions

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Last updated: 08/21/2016
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
TF Green Airport, Providence, RI
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
New Bedford to MV, Cuttyhunk, Nantucket
40 Miles
Nearest Train
Providence Amtrak Station

Car: Recommended

Mattapoisett is a pleasant New England coastal town with a large harbor on Buzzards Bay whose name is said to come from an old Indian word meaning 'a place of resting'. Settled about 1750, Mattapoisett was part of Rochester until 1857, when it was incorporated into a separate town. Historians believe that the sheltered harbor may have been used by European explorers long before any settlements in the community. There are, also, some Indian burial sites in the town. Shipbuilding was established around 1740 and before the Civil War the principal businesses in the town were shipbuilding and whaling. The old village offers a glimpse into the past with its many historic homes. Plaques on the old houses remind one of names made famous in bygone days. Many ships, including famous New Bedford whaling vessels, were built in the shipyards on our shores. Among the ships built here were the Acushnet, on which Herman Melville sailed. Ship Yard Park is the site of Jonathan Holmes’s shipyard.


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  • View from the private beach path

    View from the private beach path

  • View from back porch looking towards private beach

    View from back porch looking towards private beach

  • Private beach from path

    Private beach from path

  • View from private beach looking South

    View from private beach looking South

  • Another second floor water facing bedroom

    Another second floor water facing bedroom

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Neds Point Light   Buzzards Bay

    Neds Point Light Buzzards Bay

  • Back side of house from driveway

    Back side of house from driveway

  • Looking from back porch

    Looking from back porch

  • Beach pano

    Beach pano

  • Second floor with water facing bedroom

    Second floor with water facing bedroom

  • Dining room

    Dining room

  • Looking from beach up private pathway

    Looking from beach up private pathway

  • Kitchen


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