Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Waterfront Directly on Rockport's Old Harbor&Sandy Bay

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Excellent for travelers who love the sea, panoramic views & beachfront patio

This historical, 19th-century waterfront house is located in the heart of Rockport directly on Rockport's quiet Old Harbor. Exposed beams and hardwood floors throughout with panoramic views of Sandy Bay and The Old Harbor. The living room, dining room and deck all face the sea.

Enjoy spectacular sunsets and ocean breezes from our 2nd floor pied a terre. One bedroom, full bath and kitchen complete this idyllic retreat. The village galleries, shops, and restaurants, are all within walking distance in the heart of Rockport's Cultural District. From our cozy harbor front deck with bistro table, enjoy the panorama of seaside comings and goings, the quaint buildings on Bearskin Neck and Motif #1 along with the boating activities of the Old Harbor. You can launch your kayak from our property. At sea level, you will enjoy another private small patio for dining and sitting with steps leading to the water and sandy beach. Across the bay, hear the music of the Sunday summer evening's concerts or walk a short distance to bandstand concerts at Back Beach. We are just a minute walk from Rockport’s stunning new Shalin Liu Performance Center and The Rockport Art Assn.

The commuter train to Boston is a 10 minute walk. Back and Front beach are only two minutes away and granite steps lead to the Old Harbor from the property. Boston and Logan Airport are 40 miles. Taxi service is available.

Keywords: Waterfront, Harbor Front, Ocean Views, Rockport, Fully furnished

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About The Owner

We are a retired couple who have lived in Rockport for decades. We enjoy family,kayaking, sailing,gardening and traveling.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1973

Why The Owner chose Rockport

We purchased this property for it's waterfront location directly on Rockport's quiet Old Harbor.

What makes this apartment unique

The setting amidst quaint Bearskin Neck is spectacular in Rockport's Cultural District. The property overlooking The Old Harbor offers panoramic views and is within walking distance to the gems of Rockport.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have now been in your lovely Rockport hideaway for almost 24 hours and love it! We couldn't be happier. It feels like home. Ian commented this morning that if it had been done just for us it would be exactly the way it is. And as for the view, every time the light changes I want to take another picture! We do want to thank you for letting us have it.

Much as we enjoyed stayng in Annisquam it is wonderful to be in the heart of Rockport and to be able to walk to so many places.
Jul 2010
  • 1 of 1


Rockport Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathtub with shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

100% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Waterfront Directly on Rockport's Old Harbor&Sandy Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Seaside Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of being greeted by John on our arrival, Peggy was busy with family so we hope to meet her on perhaps another visit. We were more than impressed by the spectacular views of the bay! We found the kitchen well equipped with more than we could have possibly used on our week stay & the bathroom amenities were lovely products that we didn't need to pack for our trip, absolutely perfect! John & Peggy's apartment was such a blessing and very well cared for. Although they were available if there was anything that we may have needed, we didn't, there is all sorts of brochures and maps as well... If the weather were warmer we would have taken the kayaks out! We did however see a few seals on the beach in front of the apt on the beach resting, very cute. Market Basket has wonderful prices for groceries, live lobster and wine/beer. Roy Moores was a few doors down and don't forget to buy some coffee downstairs for the coffee press or coffee maker! Or just have The Bean & Leaf make your coffee & pastries, yum! The gas fireplace was warm and inviting in the evenings at sunset. The bed was very comfortable & there is plenty of storage for all your personal belongings. We must say we were truly blessed with our stay and will choose this gem again!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and lovely review. Everyone has loved our place by the sea and we are glad you had a wonderful stay. We agree our harborfront apartment is a gem. We look forward to your return.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Totally Relaxed

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a wonderful Labor Day weekend in this lovely apartment. After having read the previous reviews, there is little more for me to add. The other reviews quite eloquently describe our stay, as well. It was great being right in the middle of all that's happening in Rockport. The harbor views and cool breezes made for a tranquil, almost mesmerizing, setting in the living room. As for parking, John and Peggy suggested we park a short walk away on Atlantic Avenue, which we did, and we left our car there the entire weekend free of charge. We had such a pleasant stay that we would definitely return. Thanks Peggy and John!!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. Everyone enjoys our waterfront village location and mesmerizing harbor views. Glad you folks had a great time in Rockport and were comfortable relaxing at our pied a terre by the sea. Happy our parking hint worked well for you. We welcome your return when the sea is calling you once more.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

a lovely visit

  • 5 of 5

This apartment has the most perfect location in Rockport - perfect if you want to be right on the water, steps away from shops, above great coffee, next door to fabulous ice cream, up the street from fantastic lobster... Comfortable, with a great washing machine and dryer, dishwasher, all kitchen equipment you could want and a bright and airy feel. Even the shower does not disappoint - great water pressure! The only challenge is parking. On street parking is sometimes available but not always at the height of the season. We rented a parking place at the Peg Leg Inn and that solved that problem. We had a wonderful stay and would love to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Guests love our waterfront village location and we are glad you found everything to your satisfaction and comfort. We will suggest your parking idea to future guests. Happy that you found the recipe you had been looking for in my cookbook collection. Looking forward to your next stay.
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0

Wonderful, relaxing week

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week in this apartment in July. It was just great. The view from the apartment is even better than the photographs. We took the train from Boston and didn't have a car for the week and managed perfectly. The train to Gloucester only takes 10 minutes and there is a large supermarket just beside the station. If you don't want to wait for the next train back to Rockport there is a taxi rank just by the station and a taxi back to Rockport is inexpensive. Roy Moore's lobster shack cooks lobsters which you can take home and also sells a good variety of fresh fish. We went whale watching from Gloucester which was wonderful, walked to Halibut Point and also walked down to the further away beaches which were lovely and very quiet. The apartment itself has everything you might need, including beach towels and chairs and a very well equipped kitchen. It is an ideal place to sit and watch the world go by, read, listen to music, relax, do nothing.............We felt very chilled after our week here! Rockport is a delightful place to spend a holiday - and the apartment was an ideal place to stay - top marks from us!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Couple's delight

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Rockport for 1 week at the end of June. We were looking for a place very close to the water where we could relax and not have "an agenda" of things to do. The apartment is above a coffee shop right in the port, so there is a lot of activity, but yet it is quiet, entertaining, and the view is superb. The apartment comes with everything you will need to be comfortable and it is decorated very nicely with great details. We never watched TV, but listen to classical music CDs (provided) and read while watching the boats and the tides come and go. We did rent a car and stopped at Trader Joe's on the way in from Logan airport (in Peabody) since there is really not a market in Rockport. There are markets in Gloucester a short drive away. The breezes from the ocean keep the apartment cool most of the time, but there is no a/c. We love watching the squalls come and weather developing around us. We did go to Gloucester and ate in a couple of restaurants recommended by the owners. Restaurants close early in Rockport so this is a place perfect for mature couples wanting to get away, no bar scenes or clubs in town. Many local merchants live and stay even as winter arrives. Parking is away from the property, about 10 minutes walk in a nearby street and we never, even on the weekend, had trouble finding a place to park in the streets the owners recommended for parking. No problem unloading your luggage and groceries by the house and then parking. We love Halibut Point for a day's outing and walking to Granite Point daily exploring the town and the shops.We had a great time it was just what we were looking for.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Marta for your comprehensive overview of our waterfront pied a terre. We are always glad to know how much folks enjoy our perch by the sea. Rockport is delightful and we are happy you enjoyed your week and look forward to welcoming you again. Our list of recommendations for restaurants and activities seems to be a hit with guests who like dining out and exploring Cape Ann. We now have ac in the bedroom in case the sea breeze isn't working. I am happy that you were comfortable and the location provided a quiet place to unwind and take in the views and activities.
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0
Redwood City, CA

Oasis on Bearskin Neck

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a week this past spring, and am happy to report that my incredibly high standards for lodging were met -- and then some. Not only is the place gorgeous, but it's thoughtfully tended and perfectly outfitted. There is a full kitchen, a full bath, washer & dryer (which, when you're staying in what used to be known as Sandy Bay is worth its weight in gold), lovely bedroom, and a sitting room of unparalleled beauty -- a wall of windows facing the gorgeous sea. Peggy and John are warm and welcoming, but the furthest thing from obtrusive. This property is right above the best ice cream store in Rockport, too, and the Bean & Leaf cafe downstairs carries delectable pastries, great coffee, and lovely salads. There is a small amount of noise coming into the property from the cafe when it opens in the morning -- mostly just light music, which is actually a lovely way to wake up -- but light sleepers might be awoken. I found it extraordinary, though, that for a property that is literally on Bearskin neck, that this was the only noise to reach my little hideaway.

At the end of the week, I was sorry to leave. This place earns my highest recommendation. If I can get a reservation slot, I will be back ASAP!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2012
  • Stayed: April 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Liza, I like your description of our living room"a sitting room of unparalleled beauty" we enjoy sitting there by the sea and the spectacular sunsets. Thank you for your kind words and we are glad to earn your highest recommendation. We look forward to your return to your "quiet oasis by the sea." Warmly, John and Peggy
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Logan International
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Rockport's restaurants serve liquor
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Pleasant ten minute walk to train
Car: not necessary

Cape Ann one hour north of Boston is a gem. Essex County is brimming with historical and cultural events throughout the year. The coast is stunning and the villages are classic New England. Rockport is known for it's authentic character and beauty.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125

Our property is directly on Rockport's Old Harbor with waterfront access and second patio on the lower level.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

You might like these similar properties