7 Bedrooms, 6-1/2 Baths with private ocean, garden, and forest views.
About Bruce Warren
Our family rented the estate for several years from the prior owners. When it went up for sale, we purchased it as our family home, and raised our children here.
Bruce Warren purchased this Estate in 1962
Why Bruce Warren chose Manchester-by-the-Sea
The family maintains this property for both visitor and personal use as it is the home we grew up in and return to several times a year. The beach, gardens, and privacy make Grafton a unique and memorable destination.
What makes this Estate unique
Pictures will do a better job describing the benefits of the property. The views from every window are unique to Grafton, and are especially dramatic from any room on the ocean and garden side of the home. EVENTS AT GRAFTON: The maximum number of guests at any event is 30, including 12 overnight guests. Tents are not allowed on the grounds.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Max. Event: 50. Must use our tent/caterer vendors
Smoking is not permitted on the grounds or beach.
For safety, children must always be supervised.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Grafton Lease: Guest must agree to terms of the Grafton specific lease.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Breathtaking views, comfortable house! Property is so beautiful. Convenient to downtown Manchester. Had a wonderful visit!
Perfect home for wedding weekend
The Grafton Estate exceeded our expectations. Perfect for a group of our size in a stunning location. Main bedrooms were lovely, even down to the bedding! Grateful for Bruce and easy check-in/out instructions. Will definitely book again! Jut need an occasion! :)
Thank you for your kind words. What a it was pleasure to have you stay at Grafton! We hope to see you again.
Unforgettable week at Manchester by the Sea
Grafton at Manchester by the Sea was great.The pictures do not do it justice.The garden area is spectacular.You can't ask for anything more than a private beach in your back yard.You can walk to the island about 400yards away at low tide.Bring bug spray for the nights though.There was plenty of room for the 11 of us.The newly remodeled bath rooms were very nice.During our stay it was 90 degrees all week.There was only 1night it got a little uncomfortable.We asked Bruce (who takes care of Grafton) for more fans and 3 new fans arrived with in hours.Bruce was very helpful with our questions and needs.I asked my family would you do this again and from every one I got a resounding yes!The week of July 4th 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and your family. Will look forward to seeing you again next year!
Incredible location directly on the beach. Very homey and comfy
Lovely having your family at the Estate! Looking forward to seeing you again next year!
Perfect thanksgiving spot for all ages !
Amazing property complete with gorgeous beach and lawns . We had a great huge 3 family Thanksgiving . Kids played soccer, we sat by roaring fires and enjoyed many walks on beach . Bruce was so helpful and restocked our firewood promptly:) when we asked .
So happy you enjoyed Grafton with your family! It was a pleasure to have you and your family as guests!
Stunning location, gracious home, beautiful garden
This is a beautiful place. The house is gracious, charming and secluded. The garden is spectacular and the beach access is wonderful. I cannot recommend it highly enough. We will definitely return for another perfect summer's sojourn. Martin and Nicola
So glad you were able to enjoy Grafton. Thanks for sharing!
EVENTS AT GRAFTON - MAXIMUM NUMBER OF GUESTS: 30
The maximum number of guests at any event is 30, including 12 overnight guests. Tents are not allowed on the grounds.
ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATIONS
With seven unique bedrooms and six and a half baths, Grafton affords beautiful coastal, garden and woodland views from every room. From the formal living and dining rooms, family room, library, breakfast room, and two outdoor terraces at the house, to the ocean terrace, expansive manicured lawns and gardens, and a beautiful walk to the private association beach, you’re sure to find a space to compliment any moment of your day. Whether you seek quiet solace or a unique location to celebrate a family event, the exclusive views from Grafton make any moment special and memorable.
Once you arrive at Grafton, you might find it difficult to venture away. Should you decide to immerse yourself in the charm of Cape Ann, the beauty the of the North Shore, the unique neighborhoods of Boston, and the history of New England, they are only a short drive from your home.
If you do choose to explore away from Grafton scroll down to read about local attractions.
LOCATION AND ATTRACTIONS
Located in the small coastal town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, you are minutes away from unique local shops, award winning restaurants and artisan galleries. Explore the vast antique shops of neighboring Essex, the historic seaport of Gloucester, and the art colonies of Rockport. Then return to Grafton where you can reflect on your experiences and show off the spoils of your stroll down Bearskin Neck.
World-class theater can be found locally at The Shalin Liu Performance Center and North Shore Music Theater. In Boston, the Theater District is alive with Broadway shows, concerts and performing arts from around the world.
Many Cape Ann restaurants feature locally sourced seafood and seasonal produce. From casual dining to formal catered affairs, it’s easy to custom design your culinary experience. Grafton offers a fully appointed kitchen for those who prefer to self-cater. We encourage you to explore the seasonal local farmers markets. Or better yet discover a local, private chef and bring a personal restaurant experience to Grafton.
GETTING AROUND CAPE ANN AND GREATER BOSTON
Traveling by car to all that Cape Ann has to offer is the best way to enjoy the area. If you are visiting the city of Boston and choose not to drive, there is a commuter rail station (The T) with limited free parking in Manchester (5 minute drive).