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Lakefront summer cottage: Last-Minute Specials: -30% July 4 - 8! -20% July 8-22!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Charming summer home on Oyster Pond, sleeps 9, boating, fishing, very private

Sitting directly on Oyster Pond with a view of Vineyard Sound, tucked away on a private wooded peninsula, this 1930s summer home radiates charm and comfort with its own dock, two rowboats (with sails), a large canoe, and a kayak. Oyster Pond (actually a half-mile-wide deep water lake) is ideal for swimming and fishing -- the water is warmer than the nearby ocean, and many a kid has caught his or her first fish from the dock.

The lake and yard are filled with wildlife from hummingbirds to turtles, while water fowl swim and fly by -- osprey, swans, ducks, geese, gulls, cormorants, and heron. The lake-side living room windows swing up to the porch ceiling, opening the house wide, embracing the afternoon sea breeze. For cool evenings enjoy a roaring fire in the huge fieldstone fireplace -- we supply firewood.

There are four bedrooms: three off the living room, one with full bed and private bath, the second with full bed and single bunk, the third with two twins. A breezeway from the screened porch leads to the master bedroom (queen bed) with elegant private bath, and a wall of windows overlooking the lake and the dock. A daybed in the screened porch accommodates one more person -- wake up to sunrise and birdsong.

The three full bathrooms include two bathtubs and two showers -- but the favorite place to wash up is the private outdoor hot shower with a view of the lake and the Vineyard in the distance.

The home is located midway between Woods Hole and Falmouth, providing easy access to the adjacent conservation land, including woods trails through Zinn Memorial Park and Spohr Gardens. Minutes away is the stunning Shining Sea Bikeway, running along the shore between the towns. A fifteen minute walk (or row) takes you to ocean beaches on Vineyard Sound. A seven minute drive leads to Woods Hole, a world renowned center for marine science, which also has the terminal for ferries to Martha's Vineyard. Five minutes in the other direction lands you in Falmouth, with shops, restaurants, and theaters. This is a unique property in an enchanting, natural setting with great swimming and boating just outside the door.

The house was first built as a hunting cabin in the middle of undeveloped woods, consisting of just the living room, 2 bedrooms, a bath, and the large stone fireplace. Additions over the years have added space and modern conveniences, but the essential old-time charm has been retained throughout. The interior is still the original knotty-pine bead-board, and the rooms are full of nooks and crannies, studs and beams, and windows that each seems to have a different system for opening! Being the last house on a dead end road provides complete privacy and quiet, where you can fall asleep to the sound of crickets and bullfrogs, and the most likely sounds to wake you are birds. The lake does not allow power boats, so it is at all times peaceful and safe for swimmers. The half mile swim across the lake is a great challenge for anyone who is up for it.

The main place to hang out and eat meals is the large screened porch, just a few feet from lake's edge. The house is about eight feet above the water (up a steep slope covered with low bushes, roses, and ferns). Heading out the porch door towards the dock takes you to a natural stone patio area, with a small table and comfortable chairs. The dock itself is perfect for sunbathing or stargazing. Behind the dock (below the master BR) is a lawn, a mix of grass and moss, shaded by trees. The gas grill is in the front of the house, so it's out of the way of the view, but you can roll it around to the water side if you wish.

The lake is excellent for swimming. There is some "duck weed" growing from the bottom near the edges, which we rake away in front of the dock so you can walk on sand until it's deep enough to swim, about twelve feet out. The middle of the lake is very deep, so people who don't want any contact with "organic stuff" will love swimming off the rowboats. The water gets quite warm by mid to late summer -- above 80 F -- and in June and September it is still comfortable.

Woods Hole is a mecca for scientists, kids, and an artsy, cultured community. The landscape is different from the outer Cape -- a bit more rugged, and the ocean is much warmer because in the summer the Gulf Stream warms the Woods Hole and the Islands surface water to 75 degrees by the end of July! Here is a spectacular live map of ocean currents and temperatures:

Adjacent conservation land:

-- Zinn Park:

-- Spohr Gardens:

Shining Sea Bikeway: and

Beaches directly across the lake on Vineyard Sound:

-- Quissett Beach:

-- Trunk River Beach:

Other nearby beaches:

-- Nobska Beach (by the lighthouse):

-- Stoney Beach (very close to Woods Hole village):

-- Wood Neck (Sippewissett) Beach:

WHOIKI, an excellent guide to Woods Hole resources from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute:

-- Fitness, recreation, trails, beaches, events, libraries, etc:

-- Restaurants:

-- Shopping:

Visiting the Marine Biological Laboratory:

About Woods Hole and Falmouth:


More Details

The Davis Family
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german, russian, italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2017

About The Davis Family

We three siblings grew up spending every summer in this house, going to the 'science school' in Woods Hole, fishing in the lake, exploring the woods, and enjoying the heavenly location. We love it more than anyplace in the world, and spend what time we can there. Whenever it stands empty, we'd like to offer you a chance to enjoy this unique and beautiful spot.

The Davis Family purchased this cottage in 1956

Why The Davis Family chose Woods Hole

When our parents bought the property in 1956 it had all its current charm and beauty, but was very rustic. The interior walls and ceilings are still original knotty-pine bead-board, particularly dramatic in the living room with its vaulted ceiling complete with rafters, a huge fieldstone fireplace, elegant but simple furnishings, and comfy bedrooms to either side. Over the years we have added a bit of space (expanded the kitchen and added a master BR wing), and added amenities such as internet, dishwasher, and laundry -- but still no TV! (For entertainment, we invite you to explore the many games and books.)

It feels timeless, and you can imagine yourself 100 years ago sitting by the fireplace, looking out over the lake, watching schooners as they navigate Vineyard Sound. In fact, sometimes we still do see a schooner or two!

What makes this cottage unique

When you first walk into the large living room, your jaw will drop when you see the spectacular view out four large windows, through the screened porch. The windows swing completely up to the porch ceiling, opening the whole house to the sea breeze and an incredible view of the lake and the ocean beyond. You can see Martha's Vineyard in the distance (about 4 miles away), watch the ferries and sailboats ply Vineyard Sound, and at night, faraway West Chop lighthouse is mesmerizing, warning ships of that treacherous point -- 3 seconds on, one second off -- while bullfrogs and green frogs croak from the cove at the side of the property, fireflies blink in the lower field, and crickets sing all around.

When the moon is near full, the lake lights up with a silvery path of dancing moonlight. Mornings greet you with sparkling diamonds of sunshine on the water, especially cozy curled up in a kitchen chair over breakfast. On foggy nights, the distant hooting of the foghorn completes the magical seaside feel. This house and its location are truly magical.


Woods Hole Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • You must notify us of cancellation in writing. See details in Rental Agreement.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , Serves as the master bathroom, but is small.
    Kids bathroom - toilet , tub , Outfitted with original vintage fixtures, claw-foot tub.
    Front Bath - toilet , shower , Direct access from Front bedroom.
    Enclosed outdoor shower w/ hot water - outdoor shower , The favorite, with a water view, trees & sky overhead
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master suite - 1 queen , Separate wing, priv. bath w/ tub+shower, laundry, lake view.
    Front bedroom - 1 double , Private bath with shower.
    Twin room - 2 twin/ single , Shares bath (with tub) with bunk room.
    Bunk room - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , Lake view. Bunk fits smaller person, above double bed.
  • 'Cot' size bed on the screened porch (serving as a couch during the day) is comfortable for sleeping -- perfect if you like sleeping outdoors (without bugs, and dry).
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


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Lakefront summer cottage: Last-Minute Specials: -30% July 4 - 8! -20% July 8-22!
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This was exactly as described -- rustic, simple, private, surrounded by nature, beautiful.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

It's a beautiful place.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Timeless Cottage on the Water

  • 4 of 5

My family and my sister's family recently spent a long July 4th weekend at this rustic cottage. Located at the end of a quiet street on the way to Woods Hole, we enjoyed stunning views of Oyster Pond and Vineyard Sound beyond. The kids could fish and swim off the small dock and there were several boats to take out onto the water. It was only a 15 minute walk to Quisset Beach. The cottage has been lovingly maintained by its original owners and is perfect in all kinds of New England weather - beachy with a big screen porch and plenty of breeze and cozy in the rustic living room with a big stone fireplace. Two bedrooms have their own bathroom - great for two families or two couples. One master bedroom is new with a queen bed (the rest are twins or doubles) and is attached to the house by a small breezeway. There is a third bathroom in between two bedrooms for kids. Fantastic view from the outdoor shower. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay June 2017

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed for a week in mid June 2017 and loved the place! The location is perfect - very private, serene, beautiful. We walked and biked to the ocean but also swam and kayaked in Oyster Pond. The new master bedroom addition is awesome -- you see nothing but the lake while laying in bed and the shower is quite nice. The rest of the house is dated and small but this is part of its charm. We sat in the big screened-in porch at night and played card games. NOTE: This home is very close to Woods Hole and the ferry to Martha's Vineyard where we spent one day. Since there's no parking at the ferry, we dropped everyone at the ferry and then the driver drove back to the house to leave the car and biked to the ferry using one of the bikes that the owners have at the house. The owners were very nice and responsive the one time we had an issue. We would definitely return again.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A gem of a place!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the cottage for two weeks at the end of July and into August. Our children joined us for the second week. The listing description was very accurate and the property is clean and well maintained. The cottage is very special! It is right on Oyster Pond and I found myself very often watching and listening to the Ospreys and geese and turtles and other birds going about their business of soaring and fishing and foraging. In fact, it was difficult not to constantly stare at the Pond there is so much interesting stuff happening! I didn't get a chance to take a boat out but there are several to choose from. My son took the kayak out and really enjoyed himself. We all loved the outdoor shower, the convenient trail through the woods that gets you to Fells Road and right near the Bike trail on Surf Drive running towards Woods Hole or in the opposite direction towards Falmouth for 10 miles. Of course swimming off of surf drive or in the Pond is a must! We also really enjoyed the Woods Hole Film Festival, Ben and Bill's ice cream in Falmouth, Pie in the Sky (popovers!), Jimmy's ice cream in Woods Hole, the Glass Onion restaurant (not cheap but delicious!), Quicks Hole, and the new Water Street Kitchen in Woods Hole, and much more! We highly recommend the cottage! It is magical! And the location can't be beat!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful location and charming, authentic family home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had our most relaxing vacation ever at the Davis cottage. Despite the fact that I had to work much of the time, I was doing so sitting on the screened porch, looking over the water, with birds chirping in my ears. The peace of the house and property were only interrupted by occasional bike rides, swims, kayak explorations, and dog walks.

We'd never been to woods hole or Falmouth before, and while we missed the ocean beaches at the national seashore, we completely enjoyed exploring the beaches, winding lanes, and downtown areas of this part of the cape.

The Davis cottage is very well stocked with anything we could possibly have needed to make our stay pleasant. Having gas burners on the stove was a wonderful treat for me (as every other rental we've had has electric). And it was a joy not to have to find and pack sheets and towels! The Davis family was generous with their time and help in getting us acclimated to both the house and the area. We hope to be back in the near future!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ferry
2.8 Miles
Woods Hole & Martha's Vineyard Steamship Authority
Nearest Beach
0.9 Miles
Quissett Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $100

We are sharing our home with you, and offer the use of bikes, boats, kitchen staples, firewood, etc. In return we ask that you treat it as you would your own home, and enjoy its quirks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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