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The Willow House - Garden Setting, Ocean View, Steps to Rocky Neck!

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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Quiet, 1-Bedroom Apartment With Private Deck Overlooking Garden

A secluded retreat in Gloucester's historic Rocky Neck Cultural District, this is a great vacation getaway- ideal for a single person or couple. Visitors have appreciated the peaceful atmosphere which lends itself perfectly to those who not only want downtime, but maybe some focused work or creative time as well.

Completed in 2013, this second story apartment is located at the entrance to one of America’s oldest working Art Colonies. Just steps away you'll find Wonson and Smith Coves, The Gloucester Stage Company Theater, the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, galleries, shops and restaurants. Enjoy regular musical events, bike Gloucester's beautiful coastline, kayak its large, protected harbor or just have a relaxing stroll down Rocky Neck. Niles Beach is a 10-minute walk away, Good Harbor Beach and downtown Gloucester are 5-minutes by car.

Windows on all four sides provide a steady sea breeze and lots of light. Grill and dine on the deck overlooking the garden with seasonal brook, large willow tree and many flowers and herbs. Cooks will find a well-equipped kitchen, staple pantry items, and are invited to use fresh herbs from the garden!

If you are an artist, you can paint plein air in the garden, or visit owner/artist Rokhaya Waring's studio/gallery also on the property.


Fridge, gas range/oven, dishwasher, microwave; deck w/gas grill; toaster, electric coffee-maker, french press, tea kettle, filtered drinking water; queen size Sleep Number bed, armoire, A/C; 32' Hi-Def TV w/Blu-Ray player; front-loading washer and dryer, ironing board and iron, hairdryer; lobster pot and utensils; linens including beach towels; 2 folding beach chairs. Living room sleeping options: 1 queen-size air mattress, or the living room couch converts to a full-size bed. One car off-street parking provided. Free public parking lot across the street.

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Rokhaya Waring
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2017

About Rokhaya Waring

I am a working artist and member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony. My studio is situated between our house and The Willow House. You are welcome to visit my studio during your stay. To see my artwork and for more info please visit my website or FaceBook: Rokhaya Waring Art

Why Rokhaya Waring chose North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley

We are in a quiet garden setting, but at the same time so close to a bustling small city, rich with history, places to visit and things to do. We have beaches, wildlife, and sunsets over the ocean, a wealth of cultural events and restaurants- all within an incredibly friendly community. This area of Gloucester feels like a village, with everything one needs or desires close by, and we often feel that we are on vacation- right here at home.

What makes this apartment unique

My husband and I love living in this area that has inspired so many artists: Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, John Sloan, and Marsden Hartley- to name just a few.

We cherish being able to walk to Rocky Neck for breakfast at Sailor Stan's, dinner at The Rudder, or for a freshly baked muffin and a newspaper at The Last Stop. We love to stroll to the end of the Neck to see the old Copper Paint Factory (now the headquarters for Ocean Alliance), and through America's oldest shipyard (Gloucester Marine Railways) to see the boats being worked on. The beauty here is intense and genuine.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

The Willow House - Garden Setting, Ocean View, Steps to Rocky Neck!
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews

Another amazing visit

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough about this property. Beautiful unit, beautiful grounds and an amazing place to walk around and see everything Gloucester has to offer. Can't recommend this place enough. Rokhaya is a fantastic host and always makes sure everything is looked after and you're well taken care of. We'll see you again soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Excellent clean well located. Perfect and was exactly as advertised

  • 5 of 5

Great property and perfect for our needs

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Neat, clean and well furnished.

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with the accommodations. It truly felt as if all of the details and comforts of home were available. We will be returning soon. Owners were very hospitable. Nice place and nice people.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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perfect vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We just spent one week in the Willow House and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. It was the perfect escape from NYC. First the house itself is lovely, quiet and peacful, with beautiful original artwork on the walls, a well stocked kitchen, a great shower, a deck overlooking a lovely garden, and a view of a little cove. Rokhaya and Alex are also very gracious responsive hosts, who welcomed us with delicious cookies and wine and gave us great suggestions for places to eat, visit and walk to. Finally the house is in a perfect location, within walking distance of restaurants, galleries, an ice parlor and a little cafe, but it is also a very convenient base to explore all of the delightful Cape Ann. We just wish we could have stayed longer and we look forward to coming back there again in the not too distant future. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Wonderful!! 5 stars!!!

  • 5 of 5

Rokhaya & Alex --and their home--were wonderful!!! The garden is beautifully landscaped and the apartment is bright, sunny & a lovely renovation. Rokhaya & Alex were friendly, helpful and such lovely hosts. I was traveling with two toddlers and it was a tremendous help that Rokhaya & Alex were so accommodating. This is the best experience I've ever had on VRBO!! Highly recommended!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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1 week is not enough!

  • 5 of 5

We don't get to vacation as much as we'd like, so when we do go, we want it to be wonderful. This latest vacation was exactly that; it was relaxing, fun and thoroughly enjoyable. There was only one issue, it was too short.

We went for 1 week in June, and the weather was great. The apartment is just blocks away from the Gloucester stage, so we went to an amazing show called 'Albatross.' It's right across the street from the art colony 'Rocky Neck' so we went gallery browsing. It's right on the water so we went to a local 'by the dock' restaurant and had some seafood, and finally, it's literally 5 minutes from the beach, so we went there every day!

It was a great holiday and we loved every minute of it, but it was too short.

Next year, we're going for 2 weeks!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
36 Miles
Logan International Airport, Boston, MA
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
The Studio
Nearest Golf
1.2 Miles
Bass Rocks Golf Club
Nearest Train
2.7 Miles
Gloucester Station, Rockport line of the MBTA
Nearest Motorway
1.3 Miles
route 128
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
The Rudder
Nearest Beach
0.6 Miles
Niles Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Gloucester Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2016
Jan 6 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2016
May 1 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 23 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Regular Cleaning $75

Weekly Summer Changeover Day: Saturday
Must be 21 yrs of age to book
*2-4 week Rentals require a cleaning fee of $100
*Winter Rentals: Monthly rate is for 3 months minimum, between November 1 and May 1.
*Winter Rentals require 1 month security deposit and a cleaning fee of $200
• 100% refund up until 30 days prior to arrival, minus processing fees.
• 50% refund up until 1 week prior to arrival, minus processing fees.
• Less than 1 week prior to check-in: NO REFUND
Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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Gloucester Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • No bathtub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen Bed is a Sleep Number®
  • 1 Queen Sleep Number® bed; armoire, washer and dryer, built-in ironing board. Please note: air mattress or convertible couch must be set up in living room.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The CATA bus does a circuit of Cape Ann which includes stops at beaches, the train station, supermarkets etc., and has a stop just outside our house.

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