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Peace and Quiet in West Tisbury Woods

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Watch birds, explore state forest, from 'up-island' feeling home on paved road.


Last updated: 04/03/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 BR house, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

This centrally located glassed-in house in the woods is a 15 minute drive or less to nearly anywhere on Martha's Vineyard. It is located in the middle of our 2 acres of woods on a paved road, right next to 4000 acres of state forest. Permits are available to two beautiful beaches: Lambert's Cove Beach on the north side of the island and Long Beach on the south side. There are many public beaches all within 15 to 20 minutes drive as well, including Owen Park, Eastville Beach, and South Beach, which is a popular 'wave' beach. Or drive up-island to the beautiful clay cliff beach of Aquinnah or the fishing village of Menemsha.

The house is designed so that the summer sun is kept out despite having a two story wall of glass in the main area of the house. The effect is that your eyes naturally drift off into the woods, where you come to recognize various birds and squirrels and where they live. It is very peaceful. The screened-in porch is a favorite for reading and bird watching. Two patios, a porch, a breakfast bar, and a regular sit-down table in the house provide many dining locations. There is a fully equipped, newly renovated, full-sized kitchen, 1 full bathroom, a half bathroom, and an additional private shower. (We add that up to a total of two full bathrooms.)

The house is less than five minute's walk to the 4000 acre State Forest with bike paths connecting to most other bike paths on the island. Nearby places to bike (mostly on paths) include the State Forest, Tiah's Cove, the YMCA, Vineyard Youth Tennis, West Tisbury school playground and town tennis courts, Alley's and the Field Gallery, and just a bit further along are Long Beach, Lambert's Cove Beach and the town of Vineyard Haven. A 2 minute walk takes the kids to a terrific neighborhood baseball diamond, and a 10 minute bike ride gets you to a frisbie golf course in the State Forest.

We may allow a dog. The area is perfect for it, with the State Forest next door. Please inquire.

We provide 100% cotton linens.

We will be living aboard our sailboat 'Aurora' in Vineyard Haven Harbor during the summer and will be usually available by cell phone should the renter require anything. Or, what might be more fun, come find us by water taxi and say hello!

Keywords: Centrally located home in woods along bike path, with beach passes for purchase (from the town of West Tisbury) to Lambert's Cove beach and Long Beach. Ball diamond & State Forest bike paths just yards away.
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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/03/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome:

    This is a terrific kids house with lots of outdoor space. Located three houses from end of a long, paved, quiet road, making bicycling safe for children. Ball park just yards away. Woods as well as grassy yard and wooden walkways to play outdoors on. Handmade swing for bigger kids. Some toys too. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    We may conditionally permit certain dogs. Two months Frontline prior to visit required. We do not allow cats....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    First Floor, private....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • Bedroom 3: 2 bunk bed

    Sleeps 4 children or two adults (on bottom bunks)...moreless

  • Bedroom on first floor offers added privacy with first floor bathroom. Double Bed upstairs is perfect for a couple, and room is very bright sunny. The upstairs kids room has TWO sets of bunk beds, easily sleeping four kids. Adults comfortably sleep in the lower bunks only. A playpen is available for an infant to sleep in, if needed....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    First floor....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    Upstairs. ...moreless

  • Shower Room: shower

    Not quite outdoors, not quite indoors. Great 2nd shower....moreless

  • Upstairs half bathroom, first floor full bathroom, and attached room off front porch with shower....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Good cell phone reception for AT&T and Verizon. Piano (for piano players only)....moreless


  • Books:

    A wide range of pleasure reading, including lots of children's books....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Scrabble, Monoply, Chess and Checkers, Cards, and other games....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic cable provided....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Two Sonos speakers. You must download the free Sonos app and then you can play music off your smart phone....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat Screen 'Smart' TV connected to Netflix (free to renters), Hulu, Amazon. Netflix provides a large selection of TV shows, movies, and specialty shows. ...moreless

  • Toys:

    Stuffed animals and a small selection of outdoor children's toys....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Netflix provided....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    The house is easy walking distance (less than 1/4 mile) to 4000 acres of state forest, and is surrounded by woods. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Seat six at the antique mission oak table, 3 or 4 at the kitchen bar. Also, there is a table in the screened in porch that seats six. Please let us know if you require a high chair....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Broadband Access:

    Broadband supplied through Comcast....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric heat if needed. Fans in every room for cooling....moreless

  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All sheets are 100% cotton. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Cathedral ceilings. Three-person couch and one large upholstered chair, one country chair with ottoman, children's chair. Piano (for piano players only please). Continuous with dining area....moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of off street parking is provided in driveway. No garage....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Plenty of off-street parking is provided. No garage....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Beach towels, bathroom towels, and kitchen towels provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless supplied through Comcast. Completely reliable....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Not in use during Spring, Summer and Fall....moreless


  • Kitchen:

    Full, renovated chefs kitchen, with blender, Cuisinart, cutting boards, good knives, fancy gas convection oven, and a decent array of pots and pans. Renovation done by a boat carpenter. Very nice....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Gas convection oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:



  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Herb Garden. New lawn, just planted this Spring....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.6
from 5 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
July and August
Jul 2 - Sep 3, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Sunday

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $150
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500


Cleaning fee is for a normal cleaning. Extra cleaning time is charged at $35/hour. (Very rare)

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/03/2017
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Peaceful and Quiet. Filled with wildlife. Toward end of paved road. Less than 5 minute walk to 4000 acres of State Forest with a huge network of bicycle paths, hiking trails, and a frisbee golf course. Access to residents only Lambert's Cove Beach and Long Beach. Short drive to all public beaches. Perfect central location on the island makes it easy to get anywhere.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: Brad is a partner at Gannon and Benjamin Marine Railway, the wooden boat and schooner builders on the island. Alice teaches philosophy at an off-island University and is the owner of The Center for New Learning, a local Vineyard tutoring and test prep business. Our family lives aboard our yawl 'Aurora' in Vineyard Haven Harbor during the summers and returns to land in the Fall.

Why the Owner Chose West Tisbury, MA, USA:
We like peace and quiet and we like the outdoors. In this house we can get to know the wildlife we watch through the large glass windows and we can take daily walks in the nearby State Forest. We also appreciate having access to Lambert's Cove Beach, one of the nicest beaches on the island.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Access to Lambert's Cove beach, one of the nicest beaches on Martha's Vineyard. Fresh eggs, gathered by you directly from the nest (optional). Easy access to a house centrally located on the island that offers privacy and immersion in nature.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/03/2017

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  • Watch birds, explore state forest, from 'up-island' feeling home on paved road.

    Watch birds, explore state forest, from 'up-island' feeling home on paved road.

  • Fully equipped kitchen.

    Fully equipped kitchen.

  • Living room, with screened porch in background.

    Living room, with screened porch in background.

  • 1st floor bathroom.  (2nd floor half bath not shown.)

    1st floor bathroom. (2nd floor half bath not shown.)

  • Full Bedroom, 2nd floor. Two sets of windows for a bright cheery room.

    Full Bedroom, 2nd floor. Two sets of windows for a bright cheery room.

  • Front patio with excellent grill.

    Front patio with excellent grill.

  • Outdoor walkway to back patio.

    Outdoor walkway to back patio.

  • Yard (part shade, part sun)

    Yard (part shade, part sun)

  • Dining room table easily seats 6.

    Dining room table easily seats 6.

  • Peace and Quiet in West Tisbury!

    Peace and Quiet in West Tisbury!

  • Kitchen, with breakfast bar.

    Kitchen, with breakfast bar.

  • Screened porch

    Screened porch

  • Queen Bedroom, first floor. Plenty of light!

    Queen Bedroom, first floor. Plenty of light!

  • Two sets of bunk beds, 2nd floor. Easily sleeps 4 kids (or two adults).

    Two sets of bunk beds, 2nd floor. Easily sleeps 4 kids (or two adults).

  • Outdoor shower and changing room.

    Outdoor shower and changing room.

  • Another outdoor sitting area.

    Another outdoor sitting area.

  • Swing chair.

    Swing chair.

  • View of living room from bedroom area above (over stairway railing).

    View of living room from bedroom area above (over stairway railing).

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 23, 2017

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