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BIG OLE SGL Family Cozy B&B Ambiance Walk 2 River&Dwntown/Backyard Picnics

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bdrm/2.5 Baths/Den/Sunroom, Sleeps 14 in beds

Our house is located in the middle of an old tree-lined, family neighborhood with the Merrimac River and a launching dock at the bottom of the street. Up until this summer, the house has been owner occupied and is fully furnished with all the necessities and then some. The backyard is shaded with large trees and can be enjoyed from the first floor deck off the kitchen or the second floor balcony off the den.

A 15 minute walk through a family and dog friendly neighborhood or along the river will lead you to the historic seaport village of Newburyport. There, one will find countless fine specialty and antique stores, restaurants, an old movie theatre, a live performance theater, a boat dock, river walk and a park on the river with live outdoor entertainment. There is also a bike and walking trail and the ocean is a four mile drive or bike ride away. Whale watching tours and deep sea-fishing excursions are offered from downtown locations and there is a Maritime Museum as well as many other historic buildings and homes.

Within a couple of blocks from home there are two public parks with playgrounds, a baseball and a soccer field and tennis courts. One park sits on the river and has a public docking ramp. Plum Island Beach, Salisbury State Beach and the Parker River Natural Wildlife Refuge are all just a few miles away as is the Plum Island Airport.

Two miles in the opposite direction of town there are two large grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, a K-mart, the C and J bus service to Logan Airport and South Station and direct access to Interstate 95. And two miles south is the train station that offers service to Boston's North Station where you can arrive in downtown Boston within an hour and avoid the driving and parking hassles of the city.

Keywords: BEACH River DOWNTOWN kayaking BOSTON outlets MAINE Whalewatching BIKES beach RESTAURANTS theater OCEAN pubs MUSEUMS history (4BDR/2.5BA Early American 4-Square In Family Friendly Neighborhood. Sleeps 11).

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lisa emerson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About lisa emerson

We are flight attendants and travel extensively during the summer months so we thought it would be nice to share our home and town while we are seeing other parts of the world.

lisa emerson purchased this house in 1998

Why lisa emerson chose North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley

This has been our primary home for the past eighteen years, the house in which we raised our daughter who is now off to college. We decided to employ this house to help off college tuition. Our location is ideal, being less than a mile from the lovely downtown of Newburyport with all its shops and restaurants and bars. In addition we have within a two mile radius everything essential and, drug and liquor store, local hospital, Marshall's and KMart, Interstate 95, the Merrimac River...

What makes this house unique

Newburyport is a wonderful city live in and raise a family but the bonus is it is just as wonderful to visit. Situated at the cross section of the Merrimac River and the Atlantic Ocean, the historic seaport village offers delightful specialties shops and numerous dining venues.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank-you for your kind review. I was delighted to meet and host you and your sister and group for her bachelorette week-end. Newburyport IS a charming town and you even found the winery, a new place to recommend! Happy Wedding!!
Jul 2016
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Newburyport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 20 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Soaking Tub, Spa like ambiance
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Master suite bathrm, Claw foot tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , First floor, toilet and sink
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Calif King, with TV/DVR/cable
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Tempurapedic bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Master suite on third floor, TV/DVR/cable
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Heavy curtains enclose space Queen tempurapedic mattress TV
  • King size beds (1) On 2nd FLR w/TV, Queen size Beds (1) 3rd FLR w/full bath/TV, Double Beds (1) On 2nd FLR, Twin or Single Beds (1) 3rd FLR in attic suite with QB, Baby Cribs (1) Portable crib/playpen, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 2nd FLR Den Posturpedic Sofa Bed
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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BIG OLE SGL Family Cozy B&B Ambiance Walk 2 River&Dwntown/Backyard Picnics
average rating of 4.869565 based on 25 reviews

terrific house--but was not fully ready for renters

  • 4 of 5

loved the house

loved the location

loved all the different areas of house for privacy when desired

back deck comfortable and great spot


problem with shower water temperature--eventually righted itself

a/c on two floors were not yet in place

bbq grill was unusable

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mike, I am so sorry to read that you were not 100% pleased with your stay. My goal is always 5 stars!! This is my ONLY property, my personal home and I am VERY earnest in attending to my guests and their needs. So again... my apologies for not hitting the mark with you. When you made me aware of the excessive heat with the shower, we addressed it right away. Since I don't live in the house, I rely on my guests to let me know when there I issues and I do make every effort to address them immediately, as with the shower. A new heat valve had recently been installed and no guests prior to you had had any problems. My plumber ordered another replacement part and has attended to it. A/C...In my property description, I purposefully DO NOT say that the property has A/C, although the master suite on the 3rd floor has its own permanently installed unit. The bedrooms and main living spaces have ceiling fans and I also have several floors fans throughout. Even so, I do install window units every summer season. Unfortunately, my handyman had injured his back and was not able to put them in until after your week-end stay. They ARE in now.:) I'm sorry you felt the Weber gas grill was unusable...I'm not sure why? The grates, though well used are scraped off regularly and I provide heavy duty aluminum foil in the kitchen drawers. I also attend to the propane tank regularly and have a back up tank on the deck. I DO appreciate your comments...pros and cons. I cannot fix or improve my property for the next guests if I don't know that issues are present. Your three but comments were then or have now been remedied. Thank-you for your review and I hope I will earn a 5 star rating on your next visit!! Sincerely, Lisa
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Comfortable and Family Friendly

  • 5 of 5

We rented this wonderful house as a place for my out-of-town family to stay for Christmas and my wedding in December. Lisa was very quick to respond to my questions and was very accommodating. Lisa put up a Christmas tree for us and left a box of child-friendly ornaments for us to decorate. My young nephew loved getting to decorate the tree! The house is very spacious and has multiple gathering spaces for our group of 8 adults and 2 children. The kitchen is very well stocked with cooking and baking supplies and is very convenient to downtown and the water. We lived every minute of our stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our group of 10 "mature" ladies, all friends from our high school years, pick a different spot every year for our reunion and this house was perfect. A nice walk to downtown for shopping and restaurants and a good place to kick off our shoes and just relax.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded Expectations

  • 5 of 5

Great property that is close to everything. We had 10 of us stay in the house and an even larger group for a family reunion. Plenty of room for everyone. Close enough to walk to the park and to downtown for shopping. Everyone had a great time!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girls' weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend in Newburyport! The house had plenty of space for the 12 of us celebrating a bachelorette party. The house also has great outdoor space- we spent a lot of time out on the deck. It's an easy drive to the beach, and a quick walk to the downtown shops and restaurants. Lisa is a great host and gave us helpful recommendations.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Erin, The week-end before yours I had a similar group of young ladies that loved the Newburyport area just like your group. It is a great pleasure as a host to read happy reviews and know that my guests had a terrific time in the house and it met or exceeded expectations. I hope all the wedding plans continue with great success. Happy summer!
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Perfect home to host a "friends" reunion in New England!

  • 5 of 5

I rented Lisa's home for a weekend (Thursday-Saturday) in July to host 9 of my sister's friends for the weekend leading up to her Bridal Shower (on Sunday). She had friends visiting from all across the country (North Carolina, Wisconsin, Utah, Kentucky, Ohio, and Washington to name a few!) and most of these girls had never even been to Massachusetts before! I was looking for a home on the Northshore near the beach that would comfortably sleep 10 girls, and this house was PERFECT! I had never really been to Newburyport before, so I loved exploring the area with our group of friends for the weekend. We walked downtown and did some shopping and had dinner at a wonderful restaurant called The Poynt, and we also checked out a great vineyard a few miles away in Rowley called the Mill River Winery. We also went to the Plum Island Beach on our last day. There is so much to do in the area, and we all had such a fun time all weekend! Lisa was so accommodating and so helpful throughout the entire process. She was easily reachable by cell phone if we had any questions during our stay. The home is exactly how it is described: a large charming home with plenty of space to spread out! It was the perfect size for the 10 of us. We are all still talking about how much fun we had! I will definitely recommend this home to anyone I know looking for a week/weekend vacation on the Northshore! I loved everything about our weekend here and I hope we can stay here again someday in the future! :)

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Logan International and Manchester NH
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Downtown Newburyport
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Newburyport Train Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Downtown Newburyport
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Plum Island, Salisbury State Reservation
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $30 per person per night
Pet Fee $100
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $150

The rates listed on VRBO are a guide and are flexible depending on your party size, length of stay, my please contact me and we can determine what is available for your reservation request. I can also lock off the third floor for a smaller party and a lower rate. All rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed with a deposit.
CANCELATION: Full Refund 90 days or more. 50% refund 45 - 89 days or or in FULL if re-rented. 25% less than 45 days or in full if re-rented.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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