The Sandcastle is just that, a 'castle' (5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths) perched on the dunes of its own peninsula, with water on three sides, and direct access to a private beach ('Twopenny Loaf Beach') that only the guests of Sand Castle and a few other lucky neighbors have use of. Situated on four acres with the beach and ocean surrounding (and not a neighbor in sight!) the house is adjacent to protected greenbelt reservation land, guaranteeing your privacy and serenity. The sun sets over the Bay and and the view from the deck and beach is unsurpassed. From the East deck wake up to a magnificent sunrise over the marsh. From almost every window in the house the view is of the Essex River, the marsh, Hog Island and the Crane Estate in Ipswich, all undeveloped land which reinforces the feeling that you are in an untouched, incomparably beautiful place. Built in 2009 the house boasts every modern amenity but is designed with the classic Cape Cod style intact with high ceilings, plentiful windows and lots of natural light, beautiful woodwork accents and moldings, all en-suite bedrooms, central air conditioning (in the bedroom on the main floor and the entire second floor) and high end, but not ostentatious, furnishings and fittings.?Enter into the center of the house with a grand staircase that takes you up to the main level of the house. The huge and open living and dining areas have a wall of windows and sliders which lead to the massive wraparound deck overlooking the dunes and beach. The kitchen is an 'ell' off of the dining/living and is a very large with a very large island with a stainless-steel trough sink (to put your chilled edibles and wines) in the center and granite counter tops. Kitchen amenities include all stainless appliances, 4 sinks, a 6-burner commercial-grade Blue Star stove with two ovens w/broilers, plus grill and griddle, two dishwashers, a wine refrigerator, separate ice making machine and more. Off of the kitchen to the east is a breakfast area and more relaxed seating,and a “morning deck” equipped with a large propane-fired stainless barbeque. There is also a separate and comfortable sitting room/den with wood-burning fireplace for quieter pursuits, also with a large flat-screen when the mood to watch strikes. A lovely tiled half-bath with marble sink is just down the hall. Also on this floor is a queen bedroom with a sparkling white tile and marble bathroom with a shower and of course views of the dunes and salt marshes of Farm Creek. ?The second floor has two more bedrooms called the Sunrise and Sunset rooms (you can guess why) with amazing views and lovely en-suite baths with double sinks and tubs and showers. One bedroom is a queen and the other is a king and both bedrooms have two over sized window ledges that accommodate a twin mattress each, so could sleep two more people if necessary. The lower level of the house is less formal and more fun with a large center room with a ping pong table, a 'beach' bathroom (just outside is the path to the beach) with whimsical Brazilian blue granite double sinks, a shower and a sauna and separate steam room. There are also two bedrooms (two doubles in one and a king in the other) with en-suite baths and finally the laundry room and a mini kitchen to supply the necessary refreshments for your day of fun and sun on your own beach! In order to reserve this property, please call us
- Villa6500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay4 - 7 nights
5 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 21, 2018
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
This place is a treasure
This is a beautifully appointed, roomy, light-filled, comfortable home situated on a private waterfront with stunning views in every direction. The kitchen is a chef’s nirvana, equipped with everything you could possibly want. The house has plenty of spaces to play, read, socialize — perfect for a large family group. Strongly recommend!
Thank you so much for your review! It's especially good considering that the temperature was way below freezing your whole stay and you couldn't go outside much, let alone swimming!
Please come back when you can at least open a window or even walk the beach, we'd love to have you!
Great stay with entire family during 4th July week with exception of greenhead flies at beach
Great stay with entire family during 4th July week with exception of greenhead flies at the beach (not at the house). Eight adults and three young children used 4 of the 5 bedrooms. Property is near a marsh and greenhead flies are generally out after the first full moon at end of June or early July for several weeks.
Strengths for us:
o House about 500ft to its own private beach -- very short walk
o large bedrooms, 4 air conditioned if needed
o Great views of ocean, sunrise, and sunset
o Large living room and kitchen
o Outdoor hot water shower to rinse off after beach
o Free wifi with good bandwidth
o Separate ice maker makes plenty of ice
o Has washer and dryer
o Owner/agent very responsive to questions, needs, and concerns
Opportunities for owner to consider:
o Very expensive rental
o Living room and kitchen not air conditioned, stifling heat on sunny 85-90 degree days since no shades/awnings on windows, specifically west windows
o Gas range and gas grill both require manual lighting
o No shades on any windows except one bedroom and by TV next to kitchen
o No shades on any of the 5 bedroom bathrooms
o Integrated smoke/CO detector house system not working -- temporary individual smoke detectors installed upon request
o Could not figure out on how to get Direct TV to display local network stations
Unbelievably beautiful place. There are very few places I’ve been that rival these views and sunsets
Kim Thayer was so helpful with everything we needed and her stunning landscape oil paintings in the house are amazing. The only bummer about this house is leaving. Seriously. Once you get there you want to be on the beach all the time or decks and up for every sunrise. We caught stripers right off the beach, dug our own clams and the kids had a blast on the swim float. We had people over and all of us cooked in that fabulous kitchen. Every morning we can walked all the way down the beach. There were sand dollars and the sand is really pink. Down by the rocks it looks like the Mediterranean. The house has every amenity and the beach bathroom with outdoor shower and steam room and sauna is so fun. We shut the kids down in the rec room with the air hockey and ping pong so they were happy having their own space, and us ours. They even had the New York Times delivered!
Amazing property. Incredibly friendly owners. A secret gem of a location on the North Shore.
Perfect Wedding Venue
This house is a dream. My husband and I were married here this Fall and I cannot believe we found such a perfect, romantic spot for our ceremony. The owners are beyond accommodating and friendly. We had the ease/convenience of getting ready for the ceremony on separate floors with the most amazing views of the sunrise, and then the beach/ocean. Once we were ready, there was a perfect hidden spot of sand dunes for us to have our "first look" without being seen by the arriving guests. And then the actual ceremony location was right on the ocean with the unparalleled backdrop of Choate Island and Crane Beach! After the ceremony, we had a champagne toast with our guests in the kitchen/on the deck and the kitchen is so impressive. The center island that holds ice/champagne is gorgeous, and there is plenty of space for people to mingle. I would highly recommend this property to anyone for any occasion. The location truly lends itself to a dreamy, private getaway!
The most amazing house
This house is, by far, the most amazing house I've ever rented. And I've rented quite a few. It is spectacular, while still being completely comfortable. There are amazing views from every room, and particularly from the master bedrooms. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need - and even has two dishwashers and two refrigerators. Kids LOVED the downstairs rec room with ping pong and air hockey, and thoroughly enjoyed going from the steam room to the ocean, over and over. Speaking of the ocean, the private beach is fabulous. There wasn't another soul around our entire week, and the water was wonderful. I can't say enough about this house. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great getaway. My one suggestion - get all your groceries on your first day, because you won't want to leave.
Cape Ann and the town of Gloucester is a picturesque and beautiful old fishing town with lots of excellent restaurants, and a large artist community with museums and galleries. Many famous artists paint here. Must go visit: The Crane Estate and Beach, The Beauport House Museum, the North Shore Art Association, The Cape Ann Museum, Halibut Point State Park and the quarries, the Gloucester Marina and fish pier, State Fort Park, Essex Shipbuilding Museum. Activities: Boating, swimming, beach combing, shelling, bicycling, roller blading, fishing, clam digging, kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing. There is a local movie theater, bowling alley and great restaurants. You can rent a boat or go on a guided fishing tour in Essex Bay or Ipswich Bay, or deep sea fishing off shore. The neighboring town of Essex on the Essex River is renowned for numerous antique shops. Most of our guests spend nearly all their time at the house and on the beach since the setting is so spectacular. The sunsets over Essex Bay are not to be missed. The sunrise over the Farm Creek Marsh is worth waking up early to see.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Long weekends with a three night minimum stay are available off season. Most weekends in warm weather (May, Sept. Oct.) rent for $8000.