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Attractive, Traditional Family House with Private Beach and Ocean Views

Bedrooms 11
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

11 Bedrooms,6 Baths,2 Half Baths with option of 3rd fl.of main house with3 B.R

We offer the three rental options. Rental Prices available upon request. 1st option:. to take the whole house with 11 bedrooms for 21 or 27 people. 2nd option: rent only the main house - the Big House with 6 bedrooms for 11 or 17 people (1 king and 1 double bed + 3 twin bedrooms + 1 single). Optional 3rd floor with 3 bedrooms for 6 more people (1 double + 2 twin bedrooms and 1 bathroom) available upon request. 3rd option: Choose the wing called The Little House , which has 5 bedrooms for 9 people (1 king, 3 twin + 1 single bedroom). Both sections have complete kitchens and laundry facilities. It is ideal for multiple family occupancy. A private beach is for the use of everyone.

The Big House is suitable for the summer months from the end of May until after Labor Day in September, and The Little House can be rented from May through September.

This property has been in the family for 5 generations, who continue to enjoy a simple, down to earth style of living in a quiet community. Our house is in a tranquil, residential area of Mattapoisett, good for family gatherings or for relaxing summer pleasures. We do not allow any type of large party in the house or outside. Tents and other large structures are strictly forbidden. Disregard of these rules wil result in a heavy penalty. There are plenty of attractive places for such festivities in Mattapoisett, Fairhaven and New Bedford.

Mattapoisett is situated between the towns of New Bedford, Fairhaven and Marion, Wareham.

Day excursions in the Buzzard's Bay area are easy. Accesses to ferry services to Cuttyhunk, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are nearby. Other amenities include golf, tennis, sailing, wind surfing or just relaxing on our property with its private beach, the garden or on the porch of The Big House and the deck of The Little House..

There are public golf courses near Mattapoisett and there are public tennis courts in the town or at a public tennis club in Marion, which is a five minute drive on route 6.

Marion and New Bedford have charters for fishing and sightseeing.

If you own a boat, you can make arrangements with the Mattapoisett Boatyard for a guest mooring. No boats are allowed to be launched from our beach except for kayaks, canoes or a rowboat. No boats can be parked on our road.

Windsurfing can be done off the beach at Ned's Point Lighthouse nearby...

Further information upon inquiry.

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More Details

Property Manager
Caroline Whitney, Trustee and Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2017

About Caroline Whitney, Trustee and Manager

Our family has enjoyed coming to Mattapoisett for 5 generations. With family and friends, sailing, tennis, swimming and excursions to the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket have been some of our favorite activities. Most of us came from Boston, New York and New Jersey to spend the entire summer here. We sailed Beetle Cats and Herreshoff 12's for fun and twice a week in races, often competing with other clubs around Buzzard's Bay. The family still has local roots in Massachusetts, but we connect with others who live in California, Montana, Georgia, and as far away as Argentina.

Caroline Whitney, Trustee and Manager purchased this house in 1953

Why Caroline Whitney, Trustee and Manager chose Mattapoisett Center

There is something that continues to draw all of us to Mattapoisett, particularly Bow Mansion, our house. The intimate community of the town and the tranquil surroundings immediately attracts friends, who return many times over for over 60 years, although family has summered in Mattapoisett for much, much longer. The house is simply furnished, comfortable and functional, with no pretensions of being anything but a family summer house with some amusing old-fashioned touches. We gather together to enjoy each others' company and are not concerned about fancy, modern furniture and equipment, etc. only that it is functional.

What makes this house unique

This property is not. suitable for any type of events nor can there be structures or other equipment set up in the garden. The neighborhood is a quiet and unpretentious where neighbors are friends going back a few generations. Our house is not on a busy street, so it is reasonably safe for children. Bicycling is popular. The garden is great for games and on rainy days there is plenty of room indoors for activities.. The porch of the Big House is always a favorite place to eat and chat, while enjoying the views of the harbor and all of its activities. The Little House balcony off the Master Bedroom is equally pleasant for viewing the harbor and bay. Cool breezes in the evenings waft through the trees. Conclusively, it is a great place for all ages to relax, play, go off on day excursions or just find a quiet corner to read and write.

Large festivities or loud noise such as boom boxes which interfere with our neighbors pleasures, most especially in the evenings is not allowed. Large groups with extra guests must be held elsewhere in the immediate area. Tents and any other such structure may not be erected in the garden at any time. Penalties will be imposed for disregard of the above.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This was our second year and again we had a wonderful time. It is an ideal location for a family, where you want to be near the Cape without Cape traffic. The house is terrific for a large family who want to spend time with each other, with a large lawn and private beach. The house is not modernized in decor or amenities, but for a summer stay, it is works. There are plenty of tableware, linens, fans, and porch furniture. It is obvious that the owners are making improvements whenever it is possible.
Jul 2013
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Mattapoisett Center House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 27
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 26 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Shared with Master B.R.2 and adjacent twin B.R 1, Big House
    Bathroom 2 Big House - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared with Bedrooms 3 & 6
    Bathroom 3 Big House - combination tub/shower , Shared with Bedrooms 4 & 5
    Bathroom 4 Big House - toilet , Half bath on main floor of Big House with sink & toilet
    Bathroom 5 Little House - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master Bedroom Little House bathroom
    Bathroom 6 Little House - toilet , tub , Shared with Little House Bedrooms 6 & 7
    Bathroom 7 Little House - toilet , shower , Shared with Little House bedrooms 10 & 11
    Bathroom 8 Little House - toilet , Half bathroom, main floor of Little House with sink & toilet
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 27
  • Bedroom 2 Big House - 1 double , Master B.R. with water view, Big House
    Bedroom 3 Big House - 2 twin/ single , Water view
    Bedroom 4 Big House - 1 king , Water View
    Bedroom 5 Big House - 2 twin/ single , Garden view
    Bedroom 6 Big House - 2 twin/ single , Garden View
    Bedroom 7 Little House - 1 king , Master Bedroom with balcony, water view
    Bedroom 8 Little House - 2 twin/ single , Water view
    Bedroom 9 Little House - 1 twin/ single , Water view
    Bedroom 10 Little House - 2 twin/ single , Garden View
    Bedroom 11 Little House - 2 twin/ single , Water view
    Bedroom 1 Big House off of Master Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , Small B.R. off Master in Big House with garden & water view
  • Both houses together have a total of King size beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin Beds (14) Single (2). Big House Double (1), King (1), Twins (8) Option of additional double with 1 single bed and 2 twin bedrooms. Little House King (1), Twins (6), Single (1)
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Local activities guide, Local maps, beach towels, Security system, Garden shared by both houses, unscreened porch at Big House and deck at Little House, Walk down to end of the garden to the private beach shared by the whole house.. More details and photographs are available upon inquiry if you are seriously considering a rental. The house is comfortable, functional, not fancy. No tents or other structures may be erected in the garden without consultation with the manager.


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Attractive, Traditional Family House with Private Beach and Ocean Views
average rating of 4.1 based on 12 reviews

Great Location for Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying at Bow mansion during July of 2017. It was a family reunion bringing together over 25 people. The location is simply amazing, beautiful, quiet neighborhood, a large house with a wonderful porch (where all the family would congregate at) and an expansive yard big enough for many different outdoor games that is adjacent to a small private beach. All in all, our whole family simply loved it and would recommend it to others looking for an affordable home that can house this many people.

A few details to note. Some parts of the home were constructed in the 1700's and that is really evident in the structure - tilted windows, floors, odd shaped rooms etc. We though it added character, but if you are looking for a luxury experience this probably isn't your place. Overall the house was clean, but a bit run-down - once again owing the age of the home and proximity to the ocean. The nice thing is that if you have lots of younger children you don't have to be constantly on guard of something getting damaged. The porch overlooking the water is one of the best features. Plenty of outdoor chairs, a swing, etc for the whole family to gather and enjoy the cool breeze coming in off the bay to help keep everyone cool. It is a great communal gathering spot to catch up with friends/family.

Another thing to be aware of, this home is in a quiet neighborhood and the landlord is very adamant about keeping noise levels down and respecting the neighbors - this isn't the place to go to have a huge large party.

Mattapoisett inlet off Buzzard's bay where the house is located is stunning. Very tranquil, lots of sailboats in their moorings and VERY quiet and low activity. I didn't hear a motorized boat once the whole week we were there. No jet ski's, very little traffic on the water, just peaceful and a great backdrop. We felt comfortable letting our younger children take the paddle boards the 1/2 mile across the bay and back through all the boats.

I would recommend this home to anyone looking for a quaint place with "character" on a simply stunning piece of property to gather with friends and family.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace and beauty everywhere!

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful setting for our multi-generational family vacation. The house, part of which was built in 1799, is welcoming and furnished with many antiques, curiosities, and old books. The bathrooms and kitchen facilities are older but adequate and functional. The beds were comfortable and the dining room table accommodated all of us (14). Because all of the bedrooms are on the second and third floors, I would not consider it handicapped-accessible. We spent a lot of time on the front porch and yard playing games, reading, and chatting. The beach is just at the bottom of the property, and swimming and kayaking conditions were great. Bicycling over gentle terrain was a favorite activity to and from town and Ned's lighthouse . The town of Mattapoisett is a lovely seacoast town with access to a variety of activities within an easy ride. We would definitely consider renting this property for a future vacation. It was hard to leave behind the peace, beauty, and good times of the past week.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind thoughts about a house our family has loved for now going into the 5th generation. We attempt to keep abreast of maintenance and some improvements each year, although those are not always seen by our renters.
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Like staying at Grandma's House

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the Bow Mansion for a week for a family reunion of 21 adults and 2 children. Half of us were from the U.S. and half from Switzerland. This house was one of very few that could accommodate such a large crew! IT turned out to be the perfect place for us. The house is huge with many interesting nooks and crannies, "secret" stairways and interesting family photos of the former owner's family. The house is well-used and holds no pretense which was perfect for our group. It reminded us all of a grandmother's cottage with comfy couches, the smell of old wood, and a huge dining table that nearly fit all of us. The kitchen was well equipped and we shared meal-making every night, filling the house with wonderful smells. It was not fancy, but clean and comfortable. The ocean-side porch provided respite from the heat as it nearly always was blessed with ocean breezes. The beach was small but perfect for swimming, even for the children: not too deep, no big waves. We spent a lot of time playing games on the huge lawn, and just relaxing with a book on the porch was a favored activity. Our only complaint had to do with the clean-up at the end. We were required to put on clean sheets, which were provided and we were happy to do, but we also had to take the used sheets and towels to the laundry, and pay for getting them washed ($90) , in addition to the $600 cleaning fee. This seemed a little expensive, given the cost of the rental. This was really our only complaint. We would definitely stay here again. Next time we'd bring a kayak or a canoe!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, which so reflects the pleasures our family enjoy in a house that has known five generations of gatherings, fast coming up to six. The ability to spread everyone out among 14 bedrooms and more than ample living room spaces (6 in all), 2 dining rooms, 2 kitchens and laundries plus a porch and a deck allow for many different activities as well as quiet corners to suit everyone. It is a big house to maintain, yet the happiness of being together offsets the necessities of cleaning fees for a large house and constant maintenance costs. Bow Mansion is a house full of family memories and those of visitors who have returned for more than one summer.
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Coastal Southeastern New England charm at its best

  • 5 of 5

This year, while planning our annual August get together with friends, we decided we wanted a place near our roots in Southeastern Massachusetts, as many of us had grown up in nearby New Bedford. As we all live in different places now, we were looking for a house large enough for 10 adults and 10+ kids where we could just hang out and spend some great bonding time together. We couldn't have found a better spot than the Bow Mansion, nestled in the small village of Mattapoisett. The house, built many decades ago by a former ship builder, has unbelievable charm, with a maze like floor plan of rooms and architectural history that just keeps surprising you with every corner you turn. Each of us, adults and kids alike, were just amazed with all the new discoveries as we walked the house for the first time. So while the house may not have the amenities of new construction (no AC, old style windows, etc), the spacious common areas and historic charm make you forget all that.

Waking up each morning and soaking in the Mattapoisett harbor with its variety of sail and speed boats along the calm water, was a lasting memory. We spent allot of time, morning and night, chatting and relaxing on the large, outside covered porch which became our favorite meeting spot; the 2 person swing on the porch was always occupied. And while there was ample room for that many people to congregate inside, the peaceful view of the harbor was too good to pass. The private beach directly in front of the house made kayaking and other water games easy and memorable, while the large yard allowed ample space for volleyball, football, wiffleball and soccer games. While the nearby area has some quaint restaurants and site seeing, we stayed almost exclusively on the property, with grocery and beverage stores very conveniently closeby. The property owner was very pleasant and helpful throughout the entire process, answering questions and providing details about the house. So while we have traditionally gone to a different location each year, we've most likely found our annual get away. Everyone had an amazing experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind response about our family property. You expressed very well what our house and grounds are all about and the area in which it is located. It certainly exudes a certain spirit that many people sense, which stimulates relaxation and happiness for all ages, despite the eccentricities of the house itself.
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Perfect house for a multi-generational Vacation

  • 4 of 5

The house is both elegant and easy going, with a very well-equipted kitchen for meal preparation. Love the large family dining room for home dinners and the delightful huge veranda overlooking the bay. Mattapoisett is a wonderfully historic maritime village/town. Renters who desire luxurious, modern appointments would be disappointed.The house is a time wharp as is the town, no night life, trendy shops, or hotels, but all essentials within a short drive.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mattapoiset is a small village near New Bedford. For night life of any sort, it would be our advice to explore New Bedford, which must have a variety of entertainment, let alone museums and other places to visit during the day.
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Magical times in Mattapoisett

  • 5 of 5

I planned a big family reunion for the summer of 2014 and found Bow Mansion to be perfect for such an occasion. The house was spacious, well kept, and had lots of bedrooms. All the listed amenities were in good working order and we wanted for nothing during our stay. My brother took advantage of the well-stocked kitchens when he prepared eight roasted chickens and four strawberry rhubarb pies for the Sunday night dinner. We also got a lot of use out of the washers/dryers during the last two days of our stay since we opted to wash all the sheets and towels ourselves.

The living and dining rooms were fine (especially for the more reserved in our group) but the grounds and private beach were my favorite features of the property. The weather was warm and sunny with cool nights so we spent most of our time on the front porch singing songs and telling stories. Occasionally, someone would wonder off to stroll the gardens, paddle around the harbor, or stop by the creamy for a lobster roll and some ice cream. Who could ask for a better week? Our excursions took us to various museums, breweries and ball parks. In other words, we enjoyed all the benefits of the Cape without actually being stranded out there in the traffic. This was also a critical factor for those in my family who traveled from afar and needed quick access to the train stations and airports in Providence and Boston.

In planning this reunion, I had lots of questions but the owner was very helpful and was easily reached by email or cell phone. I would highly recommend this house and the Mattapoisett area. I can't wait until our next visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We do so like sharing our house with those of you who appreciate the location and of a house which has seen the changes of 5 generations of family history.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
TF Green, Providence R.I. or Logan, Boston,MA
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Route 6
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
New Bedford or Woods Hole for the islands
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
New Bedford/Mattapoisett/Marion
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Providence, Rhode Island
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Route 195
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Various: New Bedford & Wareham
Nearest Ski
water skiing, with own boat or hired boat
Nearest Beach
Own swimming beach
Car: necessary

Buzzards Bay is excellent for sailing and motor cruising, There is nearly always a good south west wind by mid-day, if not before. The harbor is good for small boat sailing. Fishing charters can be found in New Bedford and Marion. On a good day one can make a round trip across Buzzards Bay to Woodshole and back in a motor boat.

For sightseeing, it is worth visiting the Whaling Museum and historic district, the zoo and Botanical Gardens in New Bedford, Edaville Railroad Park, Carver MA. is fun for young children. Bird watching, walking, bicycle routes and scenic drives abound.

Trips to Rhode Island are short, and worth it, to visit the Blithewold house and botanical garden in Bristol, or to go to Newport, Rhode Island, as well as to vineyards in the area.

In the other direction, it is easy to drive to Cape Cod for the day. There are ferries to Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and Cuttyhunk in New Bedford. Other ferries go to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket from Woodshole or Hyannis, Massachusetts, should you want to explore those areas.

Sports: For golfers there are public courses in Mattapoisett and the surrounding towns - best found in the local telephone directory or online to suit what you are looking for. Public tennis courts are on route 6 in Marion.

Sailing or power boating is a must. Rentals can be found in New Bedford and Marion and some in Mattapoisett. If you bring your own craft bigger than a rowboat, kayak or laser, you will have to make arrangements to dock it at the Mattapoisett Boatyard or make arrangements with the Mattapoisett Harbor Master.

ATM/banks, Post Office, Laundromat, are in town and some local places for groceries. The super markets we use are not far away in Fairhaven, and New Bedford.

If you need to get to a hospital you would go either to New Bedford or Wareham, which are both about a twenty minute drive from Mattapoisett.




Additional information about rental rates

cleaning of Big House $400
Refundable damage deposit $2,200
Pet Fee $300
cleaning of whole house $650
cleaning of Little House $300

Please note the option to rent the Big House section for $4,300 or Little House for $3,200 per week with a discount of $200 per week if rented for 2 weeks.. I require 3 payments to be made in advance + a security fee and a cleaning fee, both of which shall be paid two weeks before the start of the rental. We will send lease form after reviewing our standard questionnaire we ask all of our potential guests to fill out. (Please note that Homeaway and VRBO do not provide other options for payments therefore it is noted here.)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.