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Spacious Home, 9BR/5BA, Pool, Walk to beach and town.

Bedrooms 9
Space 7,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

3 Master Bedrooms, many amenities

Enjoy a wonderful vacation in Manchester-by-the-Sea in Cape Ann, the North Shore’s crown jewel (as featured in the prize-winning movie, Manchester-by-the-Sea), combining small town feel and a beach atmosphere. This spacious home is conveniently located on Smiths Point, just steps from famous Singing Beach and a 10-minute walk to downtown Manchester, where you can find parks, restaurants, the town’s grocery store, and Captain Dusty’s ice cream shop! This home is the perfect spot for vacationing families, large groups, or reunions. The home’s location and amenities provide countless options for guests. The home is also perfect for families attending a wedding. Inquire about events on the property.

This 9 BR/5 BA home sleeps up to 19 people and has 3 master suites in 3 wings. It was recently outfitted with large air conditioners in the common areas, and all bedrooms have window units.

Every bathroom has a hair dryer.

The 2 acre plot includes a large yard with a pool (open Memorial Day weekend through October 1) and adjoining bowling green enveloped by large pine trees, affording privacy for you and your guests. The bowling green and pool include a croquet set, floaties, beach chairs, umbrellas, and countless toys for pool and beach users. (The pool is shared with two of my cousin's families). There is a basketball hoop in the driveway.

The driveway and garage accommodates up to 6 cars for parking. (NO PARKING is allowed on ANY of the streets).

The home has a gas grill, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, 2 cooktops, 3 sinks, 3 ovens and 2 microwaves. There is both a Keurig coffeemaker and a regular multi-cup coffeemaker. The large kitchen area is perfect for big groups, with an open dining room that can seat your entire party. There is also a patio on the main level and a deck on the upstairs level, both with outdoor furniture. Finally, there is a stairlift for the handicapped.

Enjoy downtime with two TV rooms, and a large living room/sitting room on the upstairs level with a big wood-burning fireplace and a magnificent cathedral ceiling with wood beams. The lower level has a ping pong room/playroom, a bumper pool table, and countless other toys. There is a pull-out couch in the downstairs TV room. The house is wired for cable and WiFi.

The house also has a laundry room with washer and dryer. There are two high chairs, and baby gates are available. Ample linens and towels are also available.

There is an easy 10 minutes walk to a train from Manchester directly to downtown Boston. There is also an easy 5 minute walk to the beach; the beach has a parking lot.

Summer is perfect, but foliage season, Spring and Winter are also beautiful!

More Details

Elizabeth Auchincloss
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Elizabeth Auchincloss

I am an M.D. with Weill Cornell Medical College in NYC. I currently live in NYC. I grew up going to Manchester-by-the-Sea where my Grandmother was a child. Now my brother's family and my family share this house.

Elizabeth Auchincloss purchased this house in 1983

Why Elizabeth Auchincloss chose Manchester-by-the-Sea

We live in the home in August and we love it! My mother built this house as a multi-family residence. We love Manchester!! It is so private, yet close to so many wonderful things.

What makes this house unique

The unique features of this home is that it fits MANY people comfortably. It has a semi-private pool and a beautiful bowling green. It is within a 2 minute walk to the beach.


Manchester-by-the-Sea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 19
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • 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 22 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • Master Bedrooms #1 and #2 have their own bathrooms. There is also a bathroom in the hall outside Master Bedrooms #1 and #2. Master Bedroom #3 shares a bathroom with a small single bedroom.
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Beautiful Master Bedroom #1 on Upstairs level
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Master Bedroom #2 on the lower level
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , in the hallway outside of Master Bedroom #2
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , In the hallway outside of Master Bedroom #2
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king , Master Bedroom #3 off the kitchen on upstairs level
    Bedroom 8 - 1 twin/ single , Small room in the hallway outside of Master Bedroom #3
    Bedroom 9 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , On the hallways outside of Master Bedroom #1
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , On the hallway outside of Master Bedroom #1
  • There are three wings, each with a Master Bedroom. Two are on the upstairs level, and one is on the lower level. There is fold-out double couch in the downstairs TV room
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Spacious Home, 9BR/5BA, Pool, Walk to beach and town.
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

An excellent home, in an excellent location, with excellent hosts, and a very attentive caretaker!

  • 5 of 5

As others have noted, some portions of the house are a little tired around the edges, but this actually enhances the experience — a bit like comfort food. Expansive common spaces, and private corners if wanted. We’ll be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, perfect for large groups

  • 4 of 5

We had a family reunion here in June with many wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. The house is in a prime location close to Singing Beach and an easy walk to downtown Manchester-by-the-sea. The house is in a peaceful and picturesque area, surrounded by beautiful greenery.

We had 16 people staying on the property and we all fit perfectly in the house. The house is large enough that we all had enough space and never felt crowded. The large dining area served as a great place for meals as well as nightly games for the whole family.

The kitchen was well-stocked with all cooking utensils and gear that we needed.

The pool was wonderful, it is very private and well-kept by the maintenance staff.

The house is a bit dated and did show some wear and tear, especially in the downstairs play area.

The owner was a delight to work with and very accommodating to our needs.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location in picture perfect town

  • 5 of 5

This is the 2nd time we have stayed at this home and again, we had a wonderful week. If you haven't been to Manchester-by-the-sea, MA, you have missed one of the most picture perfect towns in New England. The harbor, the town and Singing Beach are spectacular. We've been coming here for years. The house itself is a little dated, but it's huge, clean and perfectly located. The pictures offer a true depiction of this comfortable home. It's a wonderful house for large groups and the owner and caretaker are responsive and accommodating. We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable for large groups, great location

  • 5 of 5

My family has rented large houses in vacation spots all over the country for extended family vacations for 30 years (we had 18 people this year), and this is one of the best places we have stayed. It was very comfortable for all of us. The description and photos in the listing are accurate and the property was clean and well maintained. The owner was very easy to work with and the local manager was very responsive to the one small issue that came up when we were there. We cooked most all meals in the well stocked kitchen (and on the grill) and everything we needed was there and worked well. The large pool area was very nice, and being surrounded by grass and trees, was very comfortable and private. The town of Manchester and the harbor and the nearby Singing Beach are all an easy walk from the house and are all very attractive. This is a very beautiful spot in a very beautiful part of the country. The neighborhood the house is in is made up of well maintained very large properties, and lots of large trees. Beautiful! We took the train on day trips to Boston and Salem, and went on a whale-watching trip out of Gloucester - all very fun and easy to do. I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a very quiet, relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great for large groups!

  • 4 of 5

This was a wonderful place, in a peaceful setting, for our extended family reunion. We had a large group of 16-18 people (a couple with jobs came for just a few days) aged 2 years to 67. It was great to have ample bedrooms and bathrooms for one and all and never run out of hot water for showers or laundry! The kitchen was well equipped and easy to work in; we ended up eating breakfast and dinner at “home” most days. We enjoyed eating together at the long dining room table that also accommodated our bananagram and card games late into the night. There are spaces for gathering en masse, as well as quiet getaways to relax with a book. The young ones made use of the clean and inviting pool and the well stocked playroom. The elders enjoyed daily walks through the peaceful neighborhood filled with palatial homes and their grounds.

My family has a tradition of enjoying interesting homes, inside and out, and this house and the surrounding neighborhood more than met the approval of the architects in our group. Both Manchester’s town center and lovely Singing Sands beach are an easy pleasant walk or drive away. Darrell, the person who manages the property, was attentive and responsive to concerns, when they arose. The owners are also implementing a few suggestions to make it an even more enjoyable experience for future renters.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Well-equipped large house with heated pool, short walk to beach and to town

  • 5 of 5

Good layout for multi-generational groups with different wings of bedrooms and downstairs playrooms for everyone from toddlers to teens. Easy walks to a great beach and a secluded cove. Easy walk to town and the train to Boston. Nice touches like hair dryers in every bathroom, full working laundry room, A/C pretty much throughout the house, two high chairs for toddlers. Nicely equipped kitchen complete with several coffee makers, electric kettle, etc., and large dining table at which we accommodated 14. Clean, large heated pool and large yard with dedicated croquet lawn, shared with other family member's homes but essentially very private; had it to ourselves most of the week. Very quiet, peaceful, beautiful neighborhood. Driveway accommodated 6 cars easily. Property manager was local and responded promptly to our few questions and needs.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Logan and Beverly Airports
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Cape Ann Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Rte. 128
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Singing Beach
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $500
Damage Deposit $500

See VRBO cancellation policy-firm

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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