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Classic Shingle Style Beach House, Stunning Ocean View

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Newly Renovated Kitchen And Baths, Porch.

Our Classic New England Gambrel roofed house perches on its landscaped lot in the South End of Rockport with the most incredible view of the ocean and the twin lights of Thacher Island. It was one of the original houses built in around 1907. There are many protected places to sit outside as well as a wrap around covered porch overlooking the water. The sound and the smell of the sea envelop you.

The first floor has an open living/ dining room with huge windows onto the view. We now have a little english wood burning stove tucked into the original fireplace, which makes it very cozy in the winter time. There is a separate study/TV room with a convertible couch and pocket doors. The large kitchen with its scrubbed pine farm table has the same amazing view and has been completely renovated in a classical style. There is one full bath with a tiled shower on the first floor.

The second floor has four comfortable bedrooms, each with an ocean view, and two full baths, one with a clawfoot tub and one with a large tiled shower. Both are newly renovated.

There is an outdoor gas grille and outdoor table and chairs.

More Details

kate johns shaw
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, italian
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About kate johns shaw

I am a preservation architect and my husband is a lawyer. We live full time in upstate New York. We have two grown children.

kate johns shaw purchased this house in 2013

Why kate johns shaw chose North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley

This house is a dream house to us. We had owned an adorable beach cottage just down the road from Arbory House for ten years after having fallen in love with Rockport and the south end of Rockport in particular.

We love the authentic yet unpretentious New England feeling of Cape Ann, its charming architecture, beautiful, friendly family beaches and unsurpassed views of the ocean. This house has all the charm of a 1907 vintage beach house, plenty of room for extended family to spread out and just simply the most exquisite and expansive view of the sea and Thacher Island.

What makes this house unique

Without a doubt, Arbory House is in one of the premier locations in Rockport. It is on a high ridge, called Paradise Cliff, with 270 degree views of the ocean. The neighboring houses are classic lovely old rambling Shingle Style beach houses. Several have been in the same families for generations. Houses like these have been described as 'The Architecture of the American Summer' by architectural historian Vincent Scully.

Our house does truly represent all that is best about summer, it is relaxed but beautiful with a mix of family Antiques and new wicker and comfortable upholstered furniture. my great grandfather's nautical art work adorns the walls. It has all the mod cons but also a great feeling of the past. To sit with a drink on that porch with friends and family is one of the great joys.


Rockport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , first floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , second floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms are newly renovated and all are accessible from hallways.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , twin with pullout/popup trundle twin additional
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • all bedrooms have ocean views. All cotton sheets and down duvets.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(14 traveler reviews)

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Classic Shingle Style Beach House, Stunning Ocean View
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews


  • 5 of 5

What a lovely spot in which to be with one's family, winter or summer! Beautiful vistas, interesting shops and streets in Rockport. Quiet streets and unexpected views of the ocean made for perfect walking conditions! The owners took pains to make sure we were comfortable, and had everything with which to enjoy a lazy time.The house was warm, and quiet. The kitchen was easy to use and well stocked. So glad we decided to stay here!!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The loveliest seaside home there ever was

  • 5 of 5

This house is the stuff that sleepy, serene, salty, perfect New England dreams are made of. My family and I spent a week watching the sunrise over the ocean as we cuddled under quilts on the back deck, meandering through the charming villages, shopping for local art and scooping up fresh bread and cheese and lobster and wine and heading back to the house to enjoy them there, because there's not a restaurant around that could top the absolutely stunning view of our temporary home. The house is not only beautiful, but functional, immaculate, and warm. The neighborhood is quiet and full of paths that will take you to sandy beaches, pebble beaches, and the most dramatic rocky coastlines. The owners took every conceivable step to make sure we were happy, comfortable, and had all the resources we needed. If you are planning a visit to Cape Ann, and you have the opportunity to book this house for your stay, consider yourself very, very lucky. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your beautifully written review. Your poetic terms describe exactly how we ourselves feel about the house and its location. Thank you also for being such charming guests. I am so happy you and your family had a good time!!
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Arbory House

  • 5 of 5

This was our third year spending a few weeks in August at Arbory House. Kate and Jason re wonderful hosts. Each year, they have made improvements to an already wonderful place to stay and nice additions to the kitchen supplies. Our family cherishes every minute spent together sitting on the porch, swimming at Cape Hedge Beach and exploring Cape Ann.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so honored to have you come back each year and very happy to share our special home with you. Even though we have never met, you feel like family to us! We thank you for always taking such good care of our house and, speaking of kitchen equipment, etc., thank YOU for the welcome additions of useful items, like a food processor and more lawn chairs, that always so generously greet us after you have stayed with us!!!!
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The property (Arbory House) was everything promised and more.

  • 5 of 5

Our family has vacationed in Rockport for 45 summers. Since 1972 we have progressed from a flat, to cottages, to a large house to hold us all. After our last rental was no longer offered we were in despair of finding another home suitable for us. Well, it would seem we saved the best for last. I cannot describe the awe we felt, walking in and through to the wrap-around porch, and viewing our beloved Twin Lighthouses. The home was immaculate with amazing high end appliances, beautifully appointed, and equipped with touches one just doesn't expect from a summer rental. From the beginning dealing with Kate was a joy. She is warm and so accommodating. We returned home today from two "perfect Rockport" weeks. We are very thankful.

Marion and Don Cook

July 30, 2016

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It makes us happy when our guests are happy! The view of the twin lighthouses is indeed breathtaking and so distinctive. I know you have many years of happy memories of Rockport and I am very glad Arbory House could be part of them for you and your family.
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Peaceful Beach House

  • 5 of 5

We had a very special vacation at Kate Shaw's house in Rockport. I knew the area because I had grown up spending summers there. The area hasn't changed much and has the same quaint feel to it that it had 50 years ago. I brought some girlfriends with me to experience the "East Coast". Kate's house was part of that experience. It's a beautiful, clean, charming beach house. I loved the peacefulness of the location. To awaken to the sounds of the waves and the birds was heavenly.

If you're looking for a quiet, rustic beach vacation, this is the place to go. Kate's house had all the basics that you would need. There's plenty of towels, sheets, and kitchen necessities. Kate is very organized and gives great suggestions for anything that you would want to do in Rockport and Gloucester. I would absolutely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your wonderful review and are so happy our house contributed to your peaceful get away with friends. We agree, the sound, and sight, of the waves and birds is one of the most blissful aspects of the house. Please do come back!
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Spectacular house with views from every window

  • 5 of 5

A friend and I spent a week here in the middle of February and were blown away by the beauty of the location -- dramatic ocean views from every window -- and the perfection of the house itself: incredible kitchen, cozy bedrooms, beautiful bathrooms. If it was this magical in the dead of winter; we can only imagine what it must be like in the high season of summer. Lovely and generous owners made it a perfect stay. Highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review! Summer is wonderful in Rockport but the winter is very special too with the ever changing ocean view and complete privacy and quiet contemplation of nature augmenting the coziness of the house. I am glad you had the opportunity to stay in the winter and hope you will come back to experience the Spring, Summer or Fall!
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Boston, Logan
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Franklin Street Cafe, Gloucester
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Rockport Golf Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Rockport commuter train to Boston
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
I 90
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Franklin Street Cafe, Gloucester
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Cape Hedge, Rockport, within walking distance
Car: necessary

Rockport and Gloucester have their own historic houses, art galleries, restaurants and museums (In addition to great beaches, sailing and fishing!) If you want even more culture, it is a one hour trip either by car or commuter train to down town Boston. There are antiquing, sunset sails and great fried clams in Essex. Historic Salem, Ma. is less than an hour away. Buy your fresh lobster from the lobsterman down the road and cook it in our big lobster pots! Or you can buy fresh cooked lobster at Roy Moores in downtown Rockport, a five minute drive from the house. Hike the old granite stone Quarries with fabulous ocean views at Halibut Point State Park. 10 minute drive from house.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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