Lakefront Summer Cottage: Check Back in November for 2017 Calendar & Rates(6 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Charming summer home on Oyster Pond, sleeps 10, 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: http://is.gd/3IxRuT.
Adjacent conservation land: http://is.gd/4L6KKD
-- Zinn Park: http://is.gd/9EGLCO
-- Spohr Gardens: http://is.gd/VkpO69
Shining Sea Bikeway: http://is.gd/gIuKlu and http://is.gd/3vPnT7
Beaches directly across the lake on Vineyard Sound:
-- Quissett Beach: http://is.gd/tOcYvt
-- Trunk River Beach: http://is.gd/UiOtEv
Other nearby beaches:
-- Nobska Beach (by the lighthouse): http://is.gd/kABMP4
-- Stoney Beach (very close to Woods Hole village): http://is.gd/SVt3Wb
-- Wood Neck (Sippewissett) Beach: http://is.gd/je5daZ
WHOIKI, an excellent guide to Woods Hole resources from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute:
-- Fitness, recreation, trails, beaches, events, libraries, etc: http://is.gd/6VPpQe
-- Restaurants: http://is.gd/cikEeA
-- Shopping: http://is.gd/pfOGqn
Visiting the Marine Biological Laboratory: http://is.gd/0EdFZ0
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- 1700 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- Game Room:
- Music Library:
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Lake View
Expansive view of the lake, and beyond it you see Vineyard Sound, with ships, sails and an occasional schooner, then Martha's Vineyard. At night, West Chop lighthouse on the Vineyard is mesmerizing....moreless
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 14 people
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
Greatroom has vaulted ceiling with rafters and 2 skylights, fantastic air circulation with the whole wall of windows open, and an incredible stone fireplace. Comfortable seating plus table for 10+...moreless
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun 17 - Jun 30, 2017
4 night min stay
Jul 1 - Sep 4, 2017
7 night min stay
Sep 5 - Sep 17, 2017
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning fee $100
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Taxes Not included
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 for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Year Purchased: 1956
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA, USA:
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!
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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.
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Spectacular lakefront view!
Side view from the dock.
Arriving at the house
The porch is next. When you enter you look through big windows, through porch...
The sun and the moon rise from this direction, painting paths of light on water.
Sitting at the kitchen table you feel like you're outside
Master bedroom. Private bath. Breezeway separates it from the main house.
"Twin room", to the right as you enter the living room, door right of fireplace.
Spacious outdoor shower, with hot water! Enjoy the view while showering.
Sunny in the morning, shady in the afternoon
Entering living room from the right, can't miss huge fieldstone fireplace
...to this view. Impossible to capture its richness in a photo - have to see it!
Kitchen is simple, bright, warm with 3 doors for breezes. Modern amenities.
Morning golden light
Bedroom to the left as you walk into living room. Private entrance to bathroom.
Another view of Twin room. Photo doesn't do it justice -- it's bright and rustic
The old, trusty dock. Boats available, + kayak and canoe. Excellent swimming!
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Thursday, February 23, 2017
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