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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 180 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 - 180 nights

About the property

Spacious 2-BR house, 2 baths, 2nd fl. deck, tidal basin water views, sleeps 4-6

** Contemporary 2-floor home with full-length windows up and down to enjoy the sunset and water views. 2nd floor wrap-around deck. Across the street from a tidal basin (and kayak launch area). Only two blocks to the Atlantic Ocean beach. Fenced in garden with BBQ area and grill. Off-street parking for three cars.

** Furnished with bedding, towels, dishes, utensils, grill, 3 kayaks, sailboard & canoe

** Flat screen TV, cable, Wifi, CD stereo, extra 2-level trundle bed & living room sofa bed

** Plum Island is a VERY special place -- a wonderful area in which to relax and get away from the rest of the world. It has been written up in Forbes magazine & the New York Times. It is an 11-mile long barrier reef island (2 miles residential, 9 miles wildlife refuge especially well-known to bird-watchers), surrounded by lovely beaches, rivers, a tidal basin and the Atlantic Ocean. Outstanding place to bike ride, walk, hike, fish, sunbathe, swim and do any kind of boating. Only 3 miles from well-known quaint Newburyport with lots of great restaurants, antique shops, visual and performing arts, and weekend activities.

** The house is between The Basin (literally just a few steps away) and the Atlantic Ocean (2 short blocks). You can kayak in The Basin or enjoy the power of the waves on the sandy Atlantic Ocean beach. The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a short bicycle ride away.

** Normally, the rent is $1,995/week from July through Labor Day week, with a 10% discount for multi-week rentals. There is also a cleaning fee of $150 and a required refundable security deposit of $500. Half of the total initial payment (weekly rentals plus cleaning fee plus security deposit divided by 2) and signing of the lease is required as a deposit at the time of leasing, with the balance to be paid at least two weeks before the start date. In case of cancellation, 90% of payments will be refunded if the property is re-rented, 50% if it is not.

** Off-season rental is $1650/month (November through April), with a preference for a single rental for the full off-season period. A one-month security deposit is required. The rental is not available for the months of May, June, and October.

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Property Manager
Barbara Hopkinson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
January 7, 2017

About Barbara Hopkinson

I retired three years ago as an administrator at a small college and had lived in the Boston area for many years. I've always considered myself a lover of the ocean and sea. I enjoy kayaking, swimming, sunsets, and barefoot walks on the beach.

Barbara Hopkinson purchased this house in 2000

Why Barbara Hopkinson chose Newburyport

I originally bought this house to live in, and I lived there year-round. I found Plum Island to be magical and a great place for rejuvenation. The ocean is literally only five minutes away, and there is a wonderful 45-minute walk you can take at low tide from The Basin adjacent to the house around the tip of Plum Island and back along the Atlantic Ocean shore. You can't help but be affected by the beauty of the island and the power of the ocean. Even though Plum Island is less than an hour from Boston, the beaches are not crowded even in high season, and you can feel relaxed and reflective while in the presence of natural beauty.

What makes this house unique

Plum Island is a paradise for those who love the beach and boating. Entry points to the The Basin for kayaking, sailing, and canoeing are steps away from the house. Beach activities abound on the Atlantic Ocean side. Or you can just relax on the balcony, sipping wine and watching breath-taking sunsets or lounging in the hammock. There are also many other activities nearby. Newburyport is less than ten minutes away by car. It is an old whaling town with restaurants, speciality shops, a playhouse, and a genuine New England quaintness. At the other end of Plum Island from the house is the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. I have bicycled there many times. There are numerous walking paths for hiking. The Refuge is known nationally as a major New England center for its diverse bird population and the many people who come there for bird watching and other wildlife observation.



Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Logan International
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Newburyport, Newbury, Ipswich
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Newburyport META
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Plum Island Grille, many others in Newburyport
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
MA, NH, and Maine
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Atlantic Ocean (Plum Island)
Nearest Point of Interest
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Nearest Point of Interest
Atlantic Ocean beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Kayak entry to The Basin
Nearest Point of Interest
Plum Island Lighthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
Historic Newburyport
Car: recommended

Plum Island is an 11-mile long barrier island just off the shore of Newburyport and Newbury, MA. The island faces the Atlantic Ocean and is linked to the mainland by a causeway/bridge that crosses spectacular tidal marshes and the Parker and Merrimac Rivers. Most of Plum Island is part of the 4,600 acre Parker River Wildlife Refuge and is on a major migratory path for many birds. An Audubon Center for bird-watching is just off-island. The island also has three restaurants, two convenience stores, a liquor store, deep sea fishing and party cruises, a lighthouse, and extensive beautiful sandy beaches. It is a little reminiscent of the movie "The Summer of '42."

Plum Island is conveniently located 10 minutes from the center of Newburyport, with its numerous shops, restaurants, arts, events, and other activities. It is only 45 minutes from Boston and 15 minutes from the New Hampshire border. New York City is about 4 1/2 hours away.


Rates & Availability

Plum Island House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
180 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Off-season 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
180 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $150

There are no daily rates. Rental is by the week in the summer and early fall, by the month in the off-season. There is a 10% discount for multiple-week rentals and for renting this property in conjunction with the separately-rented attached 1-BR apartment (VRBO #665263). For weekly rentals, there is a $150 cleaning fee and a $500 refundable security deposit. 50% of the total payment (rent plus cleaning fee plus security deposit) and signing of the rental agreement is required to hold the unit. The balance is due at least 14 days before the start date. In case of cancellation, 90% of payments will be refunded if the property is re-rented, 50% if it is not. The house is not available for rental during the months of May, June, and October.

Off-season rental is from October through April. Rentals must be for at least two months, with a strong preference for a single rental for the full six-month off-season period. The rent for that period is $1,650 per month, with a one-month security deposit.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Plum Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1st floor bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Recently remodeled.
    2nd floor bathroom - toilet , tub , Tub is extra-large soaking tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Living room sofa opens into a double bed.
    Master bedroom - 1 queen , A 2-level Trundle bed can be used for 1 or 2 children
    Guest bedroom - 1 queen
  • The living room sofa can be used for short-term guests, but the living room is not intended for week-long use for primary renters.
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Easy access to The Basin for kayaking, short distance to Atlantic Ocean beach.

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