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Beautiful Oceanfront Home in Estate Setting in Gloucester, near Annisquam"""

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

A spacious, beautiful contemporary home on a private oceanfront estate near Gloucester's coveted Annisquam district, with access to two private sandy beaches (shared by a lucky few), boating and a fresh water pond just outside the door. This fully furnished, newly renovated home has four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, hardwood floors, central air conditioning, a large deck with magnificent water views, an outdoor shower and a large yard. Only 150 yards away from two private sandy beaches, this sunny bright house also has access to two tennis courts that overlook the ocean, a play and swing area and acres of land to explore--allowing for lots of fun and relaxation for all!

The house opens to an open plan living room with fifteen foot ceilings, a huge brick fireplace and cozy furnishings with a flat screen TV and dining area surrounded by glass patio doors that lead to a wraparound deck. The open kitchen has two separate sinks (great for more than one cook), granite counters and a breakfast bar. Two bedrooms are on this level: one master king with glorious views on the water side and a flat screen TV, and a second room with two twin beds, as well as a full deluxe bath. On the ground floor there are two twin bedded rooms, a full bath and laundry room, and a young adult/children's play area with full size Stiga ping pong table, a flat screen TV, and a door leading to the yard, two hanging swings, hammock and outdoor shower. The house has high speed internet access, three flat screen TVs, gas grill, charcoal grill, ping pong table and a fully appointed kitchen with every amenity. Tennis on private courts is available free of charge. Four new kayaks available for use as well: Ocean Kayak Malibu Two (two seater), Ocean Kayak Frenzy (single) & two Lifetime Wave Youth Kayak with paddles and life vests. Two brand new Wavestorm paddle boards available, too.

Last but not least, this contemporary home is part of a 50+ acre family estate that dates back to the 1860s. The house looks out onto Ipswich Bay and has great views of sunsets across the water as well as views of Crane's Beach, Plum Island, the New Hampshire coast and Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region in Maine. In addition to the private sandy beaches on the estate, the Gloucester area has many long sandy beaches to explore--some of which are great for surfing, skim boarding, scuba diving, snorkeling and nighttime fishing or stargazing. There are nearby quarries, including one in Halibut Point State Park, which makes for a great kayaking destination on calm days. Finally, downtown Gloucester and Rockport are close at hand with their many wonderful restaurants, boutiques, nautical history and antique stores.

The views and beauty of this oceanside estate are memorable and extraordinary, and difficult to capture in words. It is a place to rebuild, refresh and discover deep pleasure among the flora, fauna and surrounding oceanic habitat. Just a peaceful paradise, and never a dull moment.

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 5, 2018

About Karen

We are extremely customer-driven owners and will always strive to make your stay at our home comfortable, peaceful and carefree.

Karen purchased this house in 1995

Why Karen chose Gloucester

Our location has an incredible and intimate yet panoramic view of Ipswich Bay. The setting of our contemporary home is very private although it is part of a large family estate (complete with rocky shoreline, woods, fields and nature trails), which dates back to the 1860s.

Gloucester is known for its beautiful ocean views, artist colonies, quaint villages and local shopping. There are many restaurants, galleries, museums, shops and bakeries to explore along with whale watches, hiking, boating and swimming. In addition, Gloucester is only an hour train ride to the sophisticated city life of Boston and all that it offers. It is easily accessible to other historic New England locales...Rockport, Portsmouth, Kennebunkport, Portland and the Casco Bay Islands, Ogunquit, Acadia National Park, Newburyport/Plum Island, the Mystic Seaport, the Cog Railway, Kancamagus Highway, Stowe, the National Seashore Park on Cape Cod, Provincetown, Providence, etc. Finally, Gloucester is not a sleepy summer resort town; its scenic beauty, active fishing industry and renowned arts community are always humming beneath the surface which makes for a vibrant, eclectic and memorable experience any time of year.

What makes this house unique

We strive to always keep things ship-shape, comfortable and in great working order. We do our best to provide lots of pleasant diversions such as kayaks, paddle boards, beach chairs, umbrellas, beach and yard games, books and board games, every kitchen utensil possibly needed for a joyous gastronomic experience, alongside all the major modern conveniences.

Our house is well set up for active people, with two adult kayaks, two child kayaks, two paddle boards, plus many coves and much coastline to discover. The two private beaches are a three minute walk from our door with super easy access for all. One beach has lots of white sand and many areas to investigate, and the other beach is a tidal flat with warm water, perfect for lounging. There are acres of land around the 50+ acre estate which is dotted with houses, a swing set and play area, two tennis courts overlooking the ocean and lots of vantage points to explore, including a pier and an outer island attached by a granite causeway with lots of grassy, beachside trails. We have found that most everyone is delighted with the surroundings because of the openness of the land with its oceanside trails and the tremendous natural beauty it affords, allowing for peace and quiet and as much recreation as desired.


Gloucester House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Upstairs bathroom has a walk-in glass-enclosed shower with luxury shower fittings.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom with water view; full bath outside door.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Next to Master Bedroom; full bath outside door.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Downstairs next to Bedroom 3; full bath outside door.
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single , Downstairs w/ water view; rollaway twin; bath outside door.
  • King size bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (6), Baby Crib (1) + Rollaway Twin Bed (1). All twin beds can be pushed together easily to make a king bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • 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
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Beautiful Oceanfront Home in Estate Setting in Gloucester, near Annisquam
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Peaceful, comfortable and well stocked

  • 5 of 5

Karen and Ames were so accommodating to our individual needs. They could not have been more helpful. The home is lovely with beautiful views. The house is extremely well stocked, you want for nothing. We enjoyed the private beach and walks along the grounds.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

If you read through all the wonderful reviews of this rental property and looked at the pictures on this site, you can clearly see that it is a special spot. The house itself and the features within are wonderful. Hard to imagine a better set-up for relaxing on vacation. We especially liked the kitchen since we like to make meal preparation a central part of our family vacation experience. It is superbly equipped. The highlight of the house however is the wrap around deck which affords wonderful views of the pond and the Atlantic ocean beyond. We saw a number of Green and Blue Herons during our stay along with countless other birds. One of the great things about renting in the Butler/Ames Estate is that one has access to two of the most wonderful beaches around that are not open to general public access. In all the years that we have vacationed on the estate, we have never seen a busy day at the beach. Many days during the week, even at high summer, you might be one of only a few people there. There are rafts at each beach that are perfect for jumping off and are great for younger children. Cape Ann and the Ipswich Bay area are special places indeed. There are lots of great places to eat and local sites to see that are only minutes from the house.

The owners have been great to deal with. Our family will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

we really enjoyed our stay at this wonderful house ilocated in a very beautiful area of Gloucester. Thoroughly enjoyed just sitting on the deck with a nice glass of wine soaking in both the excellent view and the salty air. The two private beaches are really a blessing when you have young childre( grandchildren) and you don't have to make a major move to take them to a beach 5 miles away.this house has a well equipped kitchen and toy room.most impressive was the wide array of options for having fun on the water. We certainly created some fantastic memories during our week here.highly recommend staying here

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Oceanfront Home to please everyone!

  • 5 of 5

Every time I step into this bright and cheery house, I feel welcomed and immediately at home. We have been coming here for years and the owners have gone out of their way to make their home a place to share and love together—from the liquid refreshments and fresh strawberries they leave as welcome gifts, to the handcrafted soaps and amenity kits.

Every year there is something new—and all is meticulously maintained—so each time we arrive there is something to discover. Last year there were four new paddle boards and a new outdoor umbrella with lights, the year before some new garden developments to enhance the views from the house. This year, two new couches, a charcoal grill, new beach toys and garden plantings.

With high ceilings and a sunny, open floor plan that combines the kitchen, dining and living area, it is ideal space for an extended family gathering. And there is something in this house for everyone! Besides making multiple daily trips to the beach and playing ball in the large yard, I couldn’t get my nephews out of the game room, replete with a ping pong table, building structures and multiple board games. My brother and his wife went kayaking (there are kayaks, too) and my mother-in-law couldn’t get enough of the extensive collection of art books.

The secret beauty to this house is that even when the weather doesn’t cooperate, it’s a great place to hang out—with a working fireplace, three large flat screen tvs, every kind of cooking implement to make a gastronomic feast, and enough books and comfortable couches to make any day relaxing and fun. With so much to see outside through the large glass windows and doors, you almost feel like you’re outside even when you’re inside!

The two bedrooms on the top level share their own bathroom complete with a luxurious shower with water jets that were a huge source of curiosity for my nephews. The two bedrooms on the bottom level are private, light and nicely decorated. All the beds were firm and comfortable with soft sheets and fluffy duvets. Almost every room in the house has ocean views (three unique vantage points) and of the quiet little pond which attracts egrets, great blue herons, goldfinches, chickadees, cedar waxwings, woodpeckers and, of course, beavers! There were bunnies and a fox one night, and lots of nesting birds which made for a very peaceful environment. We never like to leave, that’s the only problem!

Needless to say, I have already booked this house again for next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Week!

  • 5 of 5

My extended family and I just completed our wonderful week at this beautiful property. My family resides in Boston and we day trip to Cape Ann numerous times throughout the summer and fall. This year we decided to spend a week in Cape Ann and invited the extended family to spend time with us, we could not have chosen a better property! The house hosted several adults and college age youth very comfortably. My parents who are both in their 80's easily managed the short flights of stairs and easy walk to the private beach with its calm waters. We all enjoyed the views whether they were early morning sunrises or sunsets over the ocean. We even toasted the sunset with champagne on our last night of the stay.

Our host provided everything we could have ever wanted for our vacation week, there was something for everyone. The setting was ideal and perfect. The house overlooks a pond, which provided a backdrop of all kinds of small wildlife; bullfrogs, herons, birds and rabbits. Along with the sea creatures found in the ocean, our biology minded relatives loved the location.

For those in my family who love shopping, the quaint village of Rockport and downtown Gloucester along with Rocky Neck were only about a 15 drive minute away. The college aged youth had fun with the SUP's, kayaks and ping pong table. I appreciated having access to the beach chairs, beach towels, beach toys and umbrellas. My husband aka The Chef appreciated the kitchen. He was able to set up shop and prepare delicious chowder, spaghetti, grill burgers & dogs, muffins, scones and waffles.

The house was immaculate and so comfortable, we settled right in. I felt we were staying at a good friend's house and not a rental property.

A big thank you to our hosts for sharing their home with us. We plan on returning to this little oasis next year. I can’t say enough on how wonderful this spot is, I would prefer to keep it a secret so I can be sure to have a place to return next year, but that would be a disservice to our wonderful hosts. They have a beautiful property and anyone would find himself or herself lucky to stay there.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful ocean home on quiet estate

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for us who range in age from 3 to 64. Very clean and comfortable home with beautiful views off the large rear deck and from all the rear facing windows. Easy short walk to beach and water fun. The ever changing tide makes for great shoreline exploration. Thoughtful and well equipped kitchen to enjoy! Yard with bunnies an occasional fox, and a marsh with all sorts of birds, frogs and lilly pads. We are always delighted to stay here!!! The owners are very responsive and wonderful to communicate with.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Logan International Airport (BOS), Boston, MA
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Gloucester, MA
Nearest Ferry
37 Miles
60 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Rockport Golf Club, Country Club Rd, Rockport, MA
Nearest Train
4 Miles
75 Railroad Avenue, Gloucester, MA
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Route 128
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Annisquam location
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Pats Peak, Henniker, NH
Nearest Beach
120 Metres
Two private beaches
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Our home is not available for weddings, receptions, after wedding parties or large functions.

We do not allow pets (or smoking) since some members of our family have severe allergies.

Labor Day rental is always a 9-day minimum.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Special rates are available for long-term winter rentals; please contact owner for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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