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The Historic 1893 Heights House- Ropeswing, Porch, Yard, 3 Blocks to Beach/Harbo"""

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

6 bedroom, 3 bath close to Falmouth Harbor, Heights Beach, Ferry to MV

***Now renting for the 2018 season!***

Please kindly note that we only rent on a weekly basis - Sat to Sat - during peak summer season. We do not rent partial weeks or weekends. New for 2018: $20k outdoor patio renovation with ample outdoor seating, tables with umbrellas, and a portable fire pit. New carpet, refrigerator and ceiling fans!

Come live the Ralph Lauren life in our family home in Falmouth Heights, Cape Cod! Live like the Kennedys in one of the largest lots in the Historic Falmouth Heights neighborhood.

This quiet neighborhood is a secret in Falmouth, relaxing and quiet while having all the amenities the Cape has to offer! Nestled between the harbor and the beach, you will be lulled to sleep by the sound of the fog horn in the distance.

Our home has a rich history and has been in the Palmer family since being built in 1893. You will see why we love our spacious, breezy, wrap-around porch and enjoy the relaxed mornings. You will appreciate the clean and clutter-free atmosphere and style of the house.

Simplify your vacation! Our Heights house is a 15 minute walk to Main Street shopping, 5 minutes by bike. Walk in 5 minutes to the iconic Martha’s Vineyard Ferry – The Island Queen. The house is a 4 minute walk to the beach. Starbucks, British Beer Company, and Holiday Cycles are all less than 5 minutes away as well.

There is now space and multiple tables for outdoor eating, grilling or a clam bake. Our home is 100% family friendly for (supervised and well behaved) children. Unlike most houses in the Heights, we have space away from the road for children to play safely while being watched by parents on the porch. The 25 foot rope swing is a treat for children and grandchildren each summer. This is what families talk about year after year. We have added a turf mat surface under the swing to prevent dirty feet in the house! It truly is ideal for vacationing with your in-laws or extended family.

The main floor has an open kitchen with dining room and large serving counter with more seating spaces outside. We have serving pieces, dinnerware, flatware, pots, pans, bakeware, etc. Appliances include coffee maker, mixer, blender, microwave, dishwasher, etc. The kitchen is directly next to the bathroom.

Near the kitchen, we also have a family room with cable television and DVD player. The house has Wi-Fi. There is a separate reading room with sitting space and toys. All main floor areas have new carpet for 2018 - please treat it kindly!

The second floor has 4 bedrooms and one full bathroom. The Julius Room has a double bed and is located closest to the bathroom. The Bryce Room has two twin beds. The Andrea Room is the Master Bedroom of the house. It has the most floor space, three windows and a queen bed. The last bedroom on the 2nd floor is The Grace Room. The Grace Room has two twin beds.

The third floor is great for a family. There is a large room (The Joy Room) that opens to a turret. The Joy Room has three twin beds with plenty of floor space. Across the hallway is a room (The Sandra Room) with a queen bed.

The Sandra Room has floor space for a crib or luggage. In between these 2 rooms is a bathroom. The Joy Room is great for families with children. This “widow’s peak” is perfect for reading, relaxing or playing games. Although, this small alcove is too small for a bed, it is perfect for viewing the scenery of the neighborhood and the breathtaking views of the harbor. It is a fun hideout for children!

The house has three bathrooms, one on each floor. The 2nd floor bath has a combination tub/shower. We also have an outdoor shower. The outdoor shower is enclosed and complete private with a lock. Our family finds that the outdoor is refreshing, convenient and preferred over the indoor shower.

All rooms and baths (including the family room and third floor) have doors for privacy – the home would be suitable for separate couples. None of the rooms in the home are connected or have Jack and Jill bathrooms.

The basement has access for renters but is unfinished. We have 2 bikes (suitable for a young tween) available in our basement or they can be rented at Holiday Cycles 300 feet down the street. We have a plastic Radio Flyer wagon, tons of beach toys, beach chairs and umbrellas. We have a washer and dryer also available for use in the basement (please bring your own detergent.) There is a clothes line on the harbor side of the property for towels and bathing suits.

A pack and play is available. We have plenty of private parking with no parking passes needed. THIS IS RARE ON THE HEIGHTS! We have a outdoor grill and the propane is ready to go.

Not always needed on the Cape, but available for your convenience, are two AC units. One is in the main floor TV room while the other is in The Andrea Room on the 2nd floor. Every room has a fan available if needed and ceiling fans for 2018.

No smoking or pets on the property. Contact owner with questions. Please take note of the sizes of the beds - Renters must provide their own sheets. We do have pillows and duvets on the beds. The lawn and landscaping is all handled by a professional weekly and an in-ground sprinkler system waters the lawn in the early mornings.

We offer a generous multi-week discount. We prefer longer term relationships with our renters such as those looking to rent the house for a sabbatical or those returning year after year.

The house is freshly painted white with charming gingerbread details of green. We recently added a $20,000 outdoor patio with ample seating for dinner.

If you want to learn about the rich history of our home, consider purchasing the book "Lucky 13" by Sandy Patterson on Sandy has written this book based on the house and the original owners. She has done countless hours of research on the Falmouth Heights area. You will learn about our bannister, the harbor and the widows watch in her book.

More Details

Andrea Verwys
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Andrea Verwys

Our mom grew up in Falmouth as a 'townie' in a large family and her roots there remain. We have fond memories of our Cape Cod summers with cousins and grandparents and extended family. Our grandfather was born in the house.

Andrea Verwys purchased this house in 1893

Why Andrea Verwys chose Falmouth Heights

This house was built in 1893 by our great, great grandfather and our grandfather was born on the main floor. Our dad completed renovated and refurbished it by hand to keep in it in our family. Our grandparents and parents were married down the street. Now we are excited to share our town with you.

What makes this house unique

We love the rope swing, the large wrap around porch, the sound of the fog horn, the bagpipes from the weddings, 'surries' coming down the street and the large property for playing Ghosts in the Graveyard!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time and fell in love with your house. Love the historic connection the home has to your family. It's a great story! You have a gem of a home.
Jul 2014
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Falmouth Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please care for our house as if it were your own. It is so special to our family.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • 2nd Floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Private with a lock
    3rd Floor Bathroom - toilet
    Main Floor Bath - toilet
  • The house has three bathrooms, one on each floor. The second floor bath has a shower and tub combination unit. The house also has an outdoor private shower.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • The Julius Room - 1 double
    The Bryce Room - 2 twin/ single
    The Andrea Room - 1 queen
    The Grace Room - 2 twin/ single
    The Joy Room - 3 twin/ single
    The Sandra Room - 1 queen
  • Please take note of the sizes of the beds - Renters must provide their own sheets! We update the comforters yearly and mattress pads and pillows are included.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
beach umbrellas--3 bikes--2 (suitable for a 10 year old) kites--2 beach chairs--9 high chairs--2 booster seats--1


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The Historic 1893 Heights House- Ropeswing, Porch, Yard, 3 Blocks to Beach/Harbo
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
Los Angeles, CA

Perfect Cape Cod Experience

  • 5 of 5

The Heights House was the perfect destination location for our annual Girls' Weekend. The home is absolutely charming, with some of the perfect features of a Cape Cod home--the outdoor shower was so cozy, and I loved the view from the Widow's Watch. The house is perfect for lounging inside if it rains, or for sitting on the wraparound porch to enjoy the fall breeze. We enjoyed spreading out throughout the house with its many bedrooms, and making ourselves comfortable in the fully-equipped kitchen. The area is quiet and perfect for evening walks along the harbor. The town of Falmouth is a 5-minute drive and is great to get that small-town experience during the day. We highly recommend this gem!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

A group of friends and I stayed at this house for a weekend in away in October. We had such a wonderful time! The home was spacious (lots of bedrooms) and close to all the sites and amenities that we enjoyed in Falmouth - shopping, dining, beach, harbor, etc. We took daily walks in the charming neighborhood, used the grill for burgers one night, relaxed on the front porch, and enjoyed the cozy family room for long talks. The owners are friendly and easy to work with. I recommend coming here for your next Cape Cod vacation!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Barbara, CA

Great place for families

  • 5 of 5

There is a great wrap around porch and a brand new patio. Walking distance to a couple local restaurants. Walking distance to beach. This is a low-key small town Cape Cod place to go. Very relaxing. I've been coming to Falmouth for years and years.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming with your family. They treated the house like their own! See you next year.
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Falmouth Heights Beach
Ben & Bill's Chocolate EMP
Pickle Jar Kitchen
Dana's Kitchen
Pie In The Sky Bakery & Internet Cafe
Nearest Airport
177 Miles
Providence Airport, TF Green Airport, PVD
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Silver Shores Shanty (four houses down)
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Miles
Island Queen
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Shrubs (four houses down)
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Falmouth Heights Beach
Car: recommended




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

No additional taxes on the property.

We include the cleaning fee in the cost of the rental. We do ask that you leave the house picked up and ready for the cleaning company to come in upon departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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