Spectacular estate setting on Marion Harbor's Blankenship Cove. Easy, gracious, and enjoyable for all ages. As welcoming and cozy for two as it is for ten.
1:15 min. from Boston. There’s wonderfully warm water, a small sandy beach, nooks for reading and napping, a row boat for exploring, large lawns for kites and games, a clay court for tennis, miles of wooded paths for walking, a pier for fishing, a dock for swimming, a inlets for kayaks, and an island for picnics.
There's plenty of room to bring your own boat(s) up to 37'. Buzzards Bay and Martha's Vineyard are wonderful for a day picnic or overnight cruise. Marion Harbor also has a very well regarded SAILING DAY CAMP with two week sessions throughout July and August.Open to 5-15 yr.olds.
Please understand that while the beach and pier are private, they may be shared for part of the summer with Alex and Chantal Biner, my cousins from switzerland who own the large house in back of mine.
The gazebo area - just in front of the great room- is the center of outdoor life. A beautiful, comfy place to gather with friends and family for food and drinks throughout the day. From here one can watch the changing light on the water, follow the varying wind directions and see the sun set over the Cove.
The house is immaculate, simple and extremely charming. There are lots of comfy slipcovered sofas, original beadboard, painted floors, white bedspreads, chintz pillows, and and lots and lots of books. A reliable southwest breeze and over thirty windows (many needing a push to open) keep the house cool throughout. All bedrooms have air conditioners that can be used if needed.
LIVING ROOM/ DINING ROOM:
This is a large room (30' x 25') with windows on three sides. The down sofas and chairs are slipcovered in easy-to-wash white cotton duck. There are colored blocks and games for children, and a table for four facing the bay that's great for breakfast or afternoon cards. The dining table can seideat ten comfortably.
Though the kitchen is intentionally old-fashioned in look, it is outfitted very well. The dishes and flatware are what we use ourselves, the pots and pans are excellent, and we have the usual list of small appliances from microwave to Quissinards. The larger appliances are older but are clean and work fine. There's a breakfast table that overlooks the field and Cove, and there is a wonderful sofa for hanging out and visiting.
There are four bedrooms and a sleeping porch. Upstairs, there’s the master bedroom, two additional bedrooms and a bath. Downstairs, there's a queen bedroom and bath.The sleeping porch is off the kitchen and has a double decker bed for children and unexpected guests. The enclosed outdoor shower is sheltered by an apple tree and faces the fields.
The house is intentionally very flexible and particularly welcoming to children and their pals. For example, In the past the left upstair bedroom served very successfully as a kind of nursery with five single beds neatly lined up in a row and the other upstairs rooms serving as ‘parent rooms” with a king in front and a queen on the side. My husband and I often happily retreat to the first floor bedroom and turn the upstairs over to children and grandchildren. Renting cots or blow up beds for little ones is relatively inexpensive, and I’m happy to help facilitate this.
BRINGING BOATS -Some more Information
As mentioned, we can accommodate boats up to 36-37'. Boats this size are kept on moorings just off the pier and accessed by skiff. At medium to high tide they can tie up to the main dock. You are also welcome to bring smaller boats 8-11' that can be tied up to the smaller docks. There's a relatively small fee ($125wk) for larger boats to help with maintenance, but none for smaller ones. I'd be glad to answer any questions. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SAILING SCHOOL: There's a very well regarded sailing program given at the Beverly Yacht Club. (It's open to all children 6-15 and has two week sessions throughout July and August. While children are enrolled, parents may enjoy many of the benefits of the club membership themselves. Those interested should call the club directly. They are eager for students.
MISC. OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT DOING
Whale watch, visit Cape Cod dunes or bicycle along the Canal, visit the village Art Center, watch the 4th fireworks from the beach, find oysters off the pier.