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Peace and Quiet in West Tisbury Woods

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights

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 3000 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 State 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 sitting 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, 1.5 bathrooms, and an additional private semi-outdoor shower.

The house is less than five minute's walk to the 3000 acre State Forest with bike paths connecting to all 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. Various kids' games and some outdoor toys.

The owner has chickens and a rooster at the far edge of the property and you will hear, among the various neighborhood animal noises, the distant crowing of a rooster starting good and early. The pay off: fresh eggs that you yourself collect direct from the nest, so long as you promise to close the chicken coop door!

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 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.

More Details

Alice Kyburg
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About Alice Kyburg

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.

Alice Kyburg purchased this house in 2012

Why Alice Kyburg chose Martha's Vineyard

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


4.6/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Peace and Quiet in West Tisbury Woods
average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews

An amazing beautiful private and comfortable home.

  • 4 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time in this house. Nice, cozy and woody located! They was an abundance of amenities and beds are comfortable. The owner ( Alice ) is very nice and understanding. We had a wonderful trips and loves this place. Thank u Alice kyburg.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chester Springs

Our Lovely Stay in West Tisbury

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd year renting the home and we enjoyed it even more than the first. The property is private and very quiet. It's conveniently located mid-island which affords easy access to bike trails to Edgartown and Oaks Bluff. The home has all amenities and Alice provided fresh eggs from the chickens in the back of the property. Property provides a step towards nature while providing all modern amenities. We hope to make renting this home an annual summer tradition visiting Martha's Vineyard.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY

Our August Week in West Tisbury

  • 5 of 5

I hope to come back to this house hopefully next summer. The location was ideally located in middle island and also near the forest giving us easy access to the bike lanes and privacy.The house was neat and clean when we arrived and furnished nicely with all the amenities like a grill, cable, etc. Each room had a fan, but some of us didn't even use them since it was cool enough in the evening. Alice made herself accessible to us if we needed her while we were there, but all went well. I'd recommend this house for a stay on a wonderful island.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy the house worked out well for our guest. We aim for repeat renters, so please do come back to us next summer!
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Centerville, MA

Truly felt like home!

  • 5 of 5

I had a last minute work trip to Martha's Vineyard and was looking for somewhere on VRBO.

From the moment I saw this house on the website, I knew it was going to be amazing! From the first phone conversation with the owner, the whole experience was beyond perfect! We rented the house for two weeks for a work trip to the island. Not only did the owner allow us to check in at 8am, but she was beyond accomodating throughout our entire trip!

The house is located down a long dirt driveway off a road that has very little activity. Looking at a map, I didn't realize how isolated the property would be and expected airport noise. The only noise I heard was the sound of roosters on a neighboring property! The location could not have been more perfect! The yard features are endless, from the bench swing in the yard to the little bridges over rock gardens. I spent so much time just taking pictures of the beautiful yard!

The house goes on forever! We didn't rent the rear apartment because there was already so much house but loved that we felt that we were just alone in the middle of the woods, yet so close to everywhere we wanted to go on the island.

From the minute we walked in the door, the house truly felt like home! It didn't have the typical signs for renters posted all around to remind us someone else had just rented. It was so relaxing! Upstairs has two bedrooms and is a great escape from the main living area. It is much larger than I expected for a 3-bedroom. The layout makes it feel even larger. The screen porch with vaulted ceilings was perfect for morning coffee, evening wine and lounging!

The living room has vaulted ceilings and a huge wall of windows. The knotty pine details throughout the house were great. Outside off of the open porch is a door to the shower room, which has a skylight and dramatically high ceilings as well. It was perfect!

After a week and a half, we decided to extend our stay and added a third week. The owner was more than accomodating! She was always available if needed, yet never present like some owners are....There were so many features, we didn't even use one of the decks in the three weeks we were there! We plan to come back again next year and hopefully rent for a month so book your weeks in advance before we steal them! As building inspectors, we see hundreds of houses on-island each year and this is the one that we will choose every year! Great house, great owner and amazingly relaxing experience!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to hear that we're doing thing right! We are certainly trying. Two small "corrections" might help future renters, however: 1. The house is not as huge as the reviewer makes it sound -- it is a modest three bedroom house. It has various outdoor areas to discover, however, and that is probably what the reviewer was referring to when she said the house "goes on and on." 2. While there is a rooster who lives on the next street over who can be heard faintly most mornings, he is far enough away that there is no chance of anyone being woken up by him. He is merely a distant reminder that you are in a very quiet, peaceful area of the island.
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Portland Maine

Great Time!!

  • 4 of 5

We just returned from our vaction 8/10/12-8/17/12 I have to say it was one of the best vacations we have had in many years. This is a great house to relax, very quiet and secluded from the busy traffic of OB and Edgartown. It has a great yard, great decks very nice to relax after a long day at the beach. It has a great central location easy ride to vineyard haven very easy ride to my new favorite restaurant called state road witch I highly recommend if you plan on visiting the island just make sure you book a reservation a few days in advance. The owners were super super nice always got right back to me with answers to any questions I had. Thanks again Alice

I recommend this house I know we will be back next year

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you liked the house and the location. We hope to see you again this coming season!
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Car: recommended

Peaceful and Quiet. Filled with wildlife. Toward end of paved road. Less than 5 minute walk to 3000 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.


Rates & Availability

West Tisbury House Rental Rates

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July and August
Jul 2 2017 - Sep 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay

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

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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West Tisbury House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , First floor.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Upstairs. Second shower located in 'outdoor' changing room.
    Outdoor Shower Room - shower , This 'outdoor shower' is an enclosed room with changing area
  • Upstairs half bathroom, first floor full bathroom, and attached outdoor room with shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , First Floor, private.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , Sleeps 4 children or two adults (on bottom bunks)
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • 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
  • 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
Good cell phone reception for AT&T and Verizon. Piano (for piano players only).

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