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Lovely Waterfront Home- on Buzzards Bay. Private Deepwater Pier, Floats, Beach,

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Last updated: 03/09/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-14 nights
  • Sleeps:9
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2200 Sq.ft. Marion Waterfront, 4-5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Outdoor Shower

Wonderful waterfront summerhouse in prime Marion location offers beautiful views from Blankenship Cove out to Buzzards Bay and Cape Cod beyond. Enjoy morning tea/coffee, watch light move across the water, and ponder the day’s activities: picnic, golf, bike, sail, kayak or read a book on the beach, build sandcastles, swim in perfect temperature water, collect oysters off the pier, row to the sandbar on Meadow Island, play croquet, fly a kite, shop in Town, take a nap or take your boat across the bay for lunch.

Built in the middle of the 1800s, the house sits on a slight hill 200' from the beach, pier and floats. It’s at the very end of a long, wooded driveway on a ten-acre estate with two other houses both owned by cousins who share the water facilities with us. It’s a quiet place – both welcoming and private in feel. A bluestone path leads across the lawn between the gravel parking area and the front door. A hedge of roses, large pots of flowers and window boxes are colorful and festive.

Inside, the house is immaculate. Furnished with comfortable and inviting white-slipcovered sofas, painted wood floors, and brightly colored pillows - it’s the quintessential New England summerhouse. The reliable southwest breeze and over thirty windows keep the house cool through out.

Just in front of the house, the new gazebo creates a wonderful outdoor sitting/lounging area facing the water. Enclosed with landscaping, it provides a completely private setting for reading (the NYT and WSJ are delivered to the top of the driveway every morning), playing bocce, talking with friends and family, taking a nap, having drinks and a meal, and watching the sun set over the end of the cove.

Land Trust Woods, just opposite our driveway, offer peaceful walks or choose to bike along country roads. Explore the shops in the quaint New England village of Marion and find fresh groceries at the General Store, which offers the best selection from local farms.

Golfers have two courses with in a couple of miles of the house. A lovely, nine-hole public course and the Kittansett Club’s eighteen-hole course, one of the top 100 golf facilities in the country.

Sailors of all abilities celebrate Marion because of its protected shores and it’s steady, prevailing southwest breeze. Bring your own boat - up to 35’, and use the deep-water float and guest mooring. Enjoy exploring islands and harbors both near and far.
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 60%
Calendar last updated: 03/09/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2100 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 9
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Activities around the water require supervision depending on age. Also toddlers venturing to the second floor need help with the steep stairs. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children are extremely welcome and enjoy the property enormously....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    The place handles multiple generations very well, but at the moment, we do not have a wheelchair ramp....moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9

  • Upstair Bedroom #1 Master: 1 king

    Spectacular View Out to Bay; Windows on three sides....moreless

  • Southeast Downstairs Bedroom # 4. Views over lawns: 1 queen, 1 child bed

    Morning light & Bay breeze. Next to downstairs bathroom...moreless

  • Upstairs Bedroom #2 Bay and Lawn Views: 2 twin/ single

    Large. 2-3 Twins for kids; Two Twins together for King...moreless

  • Southwest Upstairs Bedroom # 3. Views to bay and end of Cove: 2 twin/ single

    Smaller. Early evening light - off-water - can be magical....moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 bunk bed

    Sleeping porch. Great for kids or the unexpected guest...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Downstair Bathroom #1: toilet, shower


  • Upstairs Bathroom #2: toilet, tub

    Both have their own rooms with views over the lawns...moreless

  • Bathroom #3: shower, outdoor shower

    Very enjoyable, private outdoor shower...moreless

  • There are two bathrooms and an outdoor shower. -- First floor bathroom: Sink, toilet, shower -- Second Floor bathroom is divided into two rooms: One half has the sink and toilet. The other has a claw footed bathtub. All bathrooms are very simple. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The house is best set up for a single family with perhaps a parent, cousin or other guest in toe. ...moreless


  • Books:

    There are a great many books, and enough different types of books to suit all adult members of the family. ...moreless

  • Games:

    Cards, pickup sticks, scrabble, etc...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    There is Apple TV/Internet Access....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Various Blue-Tooth speakers to connect to....moreless

  • Television:

    In the living room, there's a medium size flat screen with Apple TV for watching Netflix, Hulu, HBO and the like....moreless

  • Toys:

    There are two sets of brightly colored wooden blocks in the living room, as well as various beach toys kept in the wicker chest by the water. ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Approximately, three dozen DVDs. Eclectic group including Shrek, Unzipped, Seinfeld, Twin Peaks, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Reservoir Dogs, The Alps....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    In the living room/dining room there is a long table for 10- 12 . There is also a four person table in front of the sea-side windows - perfect for small breakfasts as well as afternoon card games...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    There are two window air conditioners installed. However, because of the thirty plus windows and the predictable southwest breeze, these are rarely needed....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    The clothes dryer is on the second floor and is part of a stacked set. ...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    It is not safe to use the living room fireplace at this time. ...moreless

  • Heating:

    Central heating on the first floor takes the chill off a cool morning or evening....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless internet provided....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    The linens are good-- the same ones we use for ourselves....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living/dining room (20'x30') has windows on three sides. Front windows look out to the bay; right side to cove. Three comfy sofas. Chairs for children & grown-ups. Card table. Lots of books....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is outdoor parking for three to four cars. If you bring your own boat(s), launch facilities are available at Burr Brothers Boat Yard. Please ask me about the best approach....moreless

  • Telephone:

    A landline with free local calling...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Both bath towels and beech towels are provided. We are aware that families go through a great many during the course of the day, and a great many are provided. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    A front loading washing machine on the second foor....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    There are different types available including two french press and a single-cup Keurig (pod) Coffee Maker. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    There is service for up to 12. Grilling tools. All the same ones we'd use for ourselves. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Older, but works perfectly...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Table for two, comfortable sofa, deep double sink, natural wood countertops, beautiful sunsets. Old fashion, simple. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Casserole dishes, antique mixing bowls, boiling pot for corn, lobster pot, cookie sheets & muffin tins, general use pots and pans. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Ice Maker...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    There are many nearby country roads to explore and enjoy. Please let me know if you think you might like to bicycle so I can make sure our two (somewhat-less-than-new) bikes are in good working order....moreless

  • Boat:

    Kayaks are very easily rented, and the cove is perfect for them. Also you're welcome to bring your own small boat (up to 10-12') to tie on the dock & a larger boat (up to 35') for the guest mooring....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    We have a gazebo with sofa and chairs in front of the house overlooking the water. Also, the teek furniture on the lawn by the beach provides a second outdoor spot perfect for picnics. ...moreless

  • Golf:

    Two courses within two miles of the house. Please see description for more detail. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayaks and canoes can be easily rented and delivered if desired....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There are sweeping lawns throughout the property and lots of flowers. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas Grill and utensils ...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    There are two fishing poles for casting off the docks. Please be sure to bringing life jackets for children to ensure they fit correctly. ...moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 - Jun 17, 2017
14 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Labor Day & Fall
Sep 2 - Oct 28, 2017
14 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Peak Summer Season
Jun 18 - Aug 31, 2018
14 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Cleaning fee $250
  • Taxes Not included


A standard Vacation Lease will be sent to guests for signature at the time of their first payment.

To allow time for the cleaning crew, guests are asked to arrive no earlier than 3:30 pm on the day their rental begins and to leave no later than 10:00 am on the day their rental ends.

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.

All payments are non-refundable.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 03/09/2017
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Boston; Providence
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Wave
25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
New Bedford to Martha's Vineyard
1.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Marion Golf Course
50 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Sippican

Car: Necessary

Swim, kayak, picnic, explore. This place is great for all sorts of activities- and for doing nothing at all.

One pleasure that's often overlooked is blueberry picking, visiting local farms, or stopping at roadside stands for fruits, flowers, and vegetables. One such stand is less than a mile down Point Road from our driveway.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: I’ve spent a good part of most every summer of my life in this house. It was the first to be built in the cove and originally belonged to the Blankenship family after whom the cove was named. In 1888 my ancestor Ama Shepley decided that Buzzards Bay - specifically the western part of Blankenship Cove with its steady cooling southwest breeze - would be the perfect spot for her to bring her three grown daughters and their children together in summertime. And so it was. Today - 125 years later - my cousins and I still enjoy the same pleasures my mother and my mother’s mother enjoyed here - on what we have all come to call “The Place”. I trust you will enjoy them as well. My husband is an architect, and I’m a filmmaker. We’ve both taught for many years. We like very much being out on the water. Whether it’s in a dingy, sail or powerboat, being on the water in itself gives us both great pleasure. Please note that we share our driveway and waterfront with two of the ten families (cousins) who have houses on the compound. Both of these families spend their lives abroad and spend part of the summer in Marion. So, while the beach and pier are private to the outside world, they will be shared with these very gracious cousins.

Why the Owner Chose Marion, MA, USA:
There are many reasons to choose Marion. The town of Marion is extremely charming and thoroughly New England. Like the cove, it is a safe, quiet, and generous place, which has always valued multi-generational gatherings and the waterfront. And, while there are plenty of attractions quite near Marion - such as a Whaling Museum in Historic New Bedford, the mansions and music festivals in Newport, high speed ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and even Plymouth Rock - Marion itself remains pristine, undeveloped, and very quiet. Much the same as it’s always been. Very few Cape Cod destinations or New England coastal communities can say the same. Also, getting there is easy. One arrives from Boston or Providence in a little over an hour having missed the inevitable, and potentially horrific, Cape traffic.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Once at the house you may not feel the need of venturing very far. It’s an ideal spot for a wide variety of activities - and lots of relaxing. Our immediate Point Road neighborhood is wooded and country in feel with long winding driveways opening up to lawns, houses, and the water. Children and grown-ups alike have told me that they think this is their all-time favorite house. And perhaps it’s most important quality is its ability to give guests the feeling that they’ve been transported to a magical summer place, while at the same time making them feel completely welcome and at home.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 60%
Calendar last updated: 03/09/2017

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  • View of the Pier

    View of the Pier

  • View of house as it faces the water

    View of house as it faces the water

  • Great Room showing sofas, Dining table in back and, on right, a table for 2-4

    Great Room showing sofas, Dining table in back and, on right, a table for 2-4

  • Small Dining Table in Great Room at Dusk.

    Small Dining Table in Great Room at Dusk.

  • Kitchen with Sofa and Breakfast Table looking toward the Entry/Study

    Kitchen with Sofa and Breakfast Table looking toward the Entry/Study

  • View from Second Foor

    View from Second Foor

  • "Tub Room" on 2nd floor

    "Tub Room" on 2nd floor

  • Master Bedroom looking out to the Bay

    Master Bedroom looking out to the Bay

  • Swimmers on the beach in front of house.

    Swimmers on the beach in front of house.

  • Great Room Main Sitting Area's two sofas. Beyond, Dining Table for ten by window

    Great Room Main Sitting Area's two sofas. Beyond, Dining Table for ten by window

  • Dining table for 10 in Great Room

    Dining table for 10 in Great Room

  •  Calm Water in Early Morning. Escorting nephews down to the pier.

    Calm Water in Early Morning. Escorting nephews down to the pier.

  • Kitchen with old fashion sink on the left

    Kitchen with old fashion sink on the left

  • Entry/Study looking toward Living/Dining Room.

    Entry/Study looking toward Living/Dining Room.

  • Downstairs Queen Bedroom

    Downstairs Queen Bedroom

  • Upstairs Twin Bedroom with views out to the bay (Can be made up as a king)

    Upstairs Twin Bedroom with views out to the bay (Can be made up as a king)

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 23, 2017

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