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

Gloucester, MA, USA
  • Apartment550 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights

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, Keurig, electric drip, 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.


Rokhaya Waring

Member Since 2013
Premier Partner
This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.
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Response time:
within a few hours
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 07, 2018
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.

Why Rokhaya Waring chose Gloucester

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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Bed #1 is a Sleep Number®. Bedroom has washer/dryer.
      • Please NOTE
        Options for Bed #2 in Living Room are: -Full-size convertible sofa with foam topper -Queen size air mattress -Twin-size fold-up cot


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • No bathtub.

      Location Type

        • Ocean View
        • Village
          Rocky Neck, East Gloucester


            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Air Conditioning
                      In all rooms
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      Xfinity high-speed internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Parking
                      Off street parking for 1 vehicle. Free public parking lot across the street. Free parking on our street.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath and Beach Towels provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Front-Loading high-efficiency (he) Washer, Dryer, laundry detergent provided, drying rack, iron & ironing board.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Keurig, Drip, French Press, Grinder
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          A generous selection of pots, pans, cooking utensils, lobster pot, and if you need to borrow something we've forgotten, please ask!
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          blender, hand mixer
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Spices, oil & vinegar, Keurig coffees, creamer, drip coffee filters, assorted teas, paper products, plastic wrap & tin foil.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 5 people


                                • DVD Player
                                  Blu-Ray/DVD player
                                • Games
                                  A few family board games (Scrabble, Pictionary, MasterMind...) provided.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Hi-Def Cable, more than 40 channels! Option to set up your laptop to play your Netflix, Prime, or other subscriptions on the TV
                                • Stereo
                                  Tivoli stereo with auxiliary jack for mp3 players, including iPhones.
                                • Television
                                  32" flat screen HD TV
                                • Video Library
                                  We have a small DVD collection.


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      with sun umbrella
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Please ask for details
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Adirondacks & hammock in garden for your use!
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Charbroil gas grill


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • scenic drives
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • 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

                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • cross country skiing
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • 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. http://canntran.com/routes.html

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              28 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Absolutely a perfect place to stay!

                                                              Martha G.

                                                              We loved this beautiful place and look forward to coming back next year! The home has everything you need and was immaculate. We have rented 3 other homes in Gloucester in the past and this was by far the most well cared for and equipped place. I highly recommend staying at Willow House!

                                                              Immaculate Property

                                                              Willow House is a peaceful and beautiful property in an amazing location. Everything in the apartment is of the best quality and the garden is an extra special treat to enjoy. It has all the comforts of home and the charming owners are easy to reach for helpful suggestions and anything you might need during your stay. We really loved being within walking distance to the water, the galleries and good restaurants. It is easy to imagine returning here! Five stars does not do this perfect property justice. We are so happy we found this gem. A truly memorable stay!

                                                              The unit and the gardens in the back are perfect. We had a wonderful time in Rocky Neck!

                                                              Tom Y.

                                                              Everything we needed was in the unit. The unit is a short walk to galleries, restaurants, and many beautiful landscapes. It's easy to see why artists love this area!

                                                              This place just gets better!

                                                              Paul F.Keene, NH

                                                              My wife and stayed at The Willow House the first week in June and was our second visit. We were not disappointed with this visit either. What a wonderful and relaxing place this is. Close to everything you might want to do in the Gloucester area but private and extremely quiet. It was a wonderful place to come home to after a busy day of being out and about. Our hosts were extremely helpful in helping us finds things to do and suggesting places to see, eat and just visit. I would heartily recommend The Willow House to anyone looking for a clean, comfortable and quiet setting to seek peace, serenity and solace during a vacation stay. Keep up the great work and thanks for your wonderful generosity. Best regards, Paul & Kathleen Fagley Keene, NH.

                                                              Another amazing visit

                                                              Kyle C.Toronto

                                                              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.

                                                              Neat, clean and well furnished.

                                                              Charles H. M.Washington, NC

                                                              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.


                                                              Gloucester, MA, USA


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Weekly Summer Changeover Day: Saturday Must be 21 yrs of age to book *1 month or more Vacation Rentals require a cleaning fee of $200 and a non-refundable deposit of $250. Please inquire regarding Winter Rentals. Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

                                                              28 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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