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Quirky Arts & Crafts Style by the Sea

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Our beach at night is visual poetry.


Last updated: 01/19/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

A warm, peaceful, art-filled authentic 1904 cottage in a quiet neighborhood.

A cabin in the woods + a cottage at the beach + a cutting-edge art gallery = the happily factory. With interior designs by a regular in Boston Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, New England Real Estate Journal, HGTV and more, this 106-year-old cottage/cabin is exciting And comforting. Just outside Boston (30-45 min), near Quincy Center, w/public transport access, free parking, 10 minutes' drive to the freeway. It feels like Boston & Cape Cod combined.

It’s a special treat - IF you like antiques, weird cool things, and see beauty in imperfection. But it's not for everyone - so please read on to see if it's right for you...

On the plus side:
- half block walk to the beach
- reading in the hammock on the porch watching birds & squirrels
- grilling steaks or boiling lobster to eat on the farm tables inside or out
- fans, shade, ocean breeze, gentle weather
- flat screen with Netflix & DVDs in the living room
- ping pong, toys, games, & art materials to play with, books to read
- self-serve coffee/tea & Light breakfast included your first night
- loaners like beach stuff, umbrella, sunglasses, stuff you maybe forgot
- cute furry wild animals in the yard who won't bother you (really!)
- naturally clean indoor air, avoiding chemicals
- It's exotic! Stay in the home of a real Bohemian!
- super safe neighborhood, quiet, peaceful
- witty, playful art like the best contemporary museum, in a range of media
- charming! unique! full of life!
- cheaper than a hotel!

On the minus side (for some folks):
- no AC, no TV
- the yard outside is a wild-life preserve, not a croquet court
- inside you may see a spider or something with wings (it's ok! it won't get you!)
- something is always not quite finished being renovated
- sound travels thru wood walls & ceilings more than thru modern ones
- some of that art is related to sex! or bodies! or (gasp) feminism!
- it's not a familiar perfect chain hotel or McMansion
- it's not the cheapest thing imaginable!

But what are the bedrooms like?
- 3 main, 'cute' bedrooms: 1st w/queen bed, 2nd w/twin, 3rd w/full: each w/memory foam-topped bed, mirror, desk, chair, hooks or closet, fan
- 2 'storage' (not for being cute) rooms with twin floor mattresses
And if we have 8-12people?
- queen air mattress, queen sofa bed, in living room; feather bed pallete there or in third bedroom

Other things to note:
1. Kids: art is within reach, it's not too fragile but active youngsters should be supervised. There's lots of toys and games kids get to play with too!
2. Dis/abilities: 1 full flight of Imperfect stairs outside, squirrels who like to throw walnuts on walk paths & such, & 1 full flight of wood stairs inside.
3. Upstairs balcony: off-limits currently.
4. Yard: not off-limits, but not conventionally landscaped.
5. LGBT friendly, welcoming all, regardless of race, language, nationality, etc.
6. Art: Some of our often playful, witty contemporary art references a bit of nudity & the existence of a concept called sex!

In 4 years I've had 100's of vacation rental guests, including children and adults of every age - 98% of guests were content (often overjoyed) with the decor. There are over 100 works of contemporary art. Many are abstract paintings, but others are more unusual sculptures or imagery.

House Rules:
1. Pets: well behaved pets ok, w/negotiation. 10$/night/pet fee. No pets live here now.
2. Smoking outdoors only, porch ok, 420 ok.
3. Style: Here you make yourself at home like a trusted friend.
4. Information: I've got a ton of info about the house, neighborhood, & Boston public transport in manuals in the house! If it's not in there, i can answer more questions too!
5. Communication: I prefer texting! I don't check email every day, don't do voicemail much, and 'find the app is unreliable for notifications.

Come and enjoy the best sky, the freshest sweetest air, and the most relaxing walks in the Boston area!


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, french, german, Alsation
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 01/19/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    Children must be of an age and temperment not to play with appealing art objects. Some actual toys are provided. Parents must also accept that some art contains mild references to nudity and sex. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pets must be of temperment to be guaranteed no accidents or chewing on art objects at floor level. Pets must be discussed. Dogs must be scooped after. ...moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    outside only, porch is fine...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    two flights of stairs, one from street to house, one from first to second floor (bedrooms and full bath on second floor)....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 9-12

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 5: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    not a 'pretty room', a storage area with fold-out sleeper...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    not a 'pretty room', a storage area with fold-out sleeper...moreless

  • Living Room: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    1 queen sleeper sofa and 1 queen high air mattress...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

    plus 1 optional feather-bed pallette...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    also features washer and dryer...moreless


  • Music Library:

    a couple hundred CDs...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo:

    6 disk CD player in living room. radios and cd players also in most bedrooms....moreless

  • Television:

    instead of television we have netflix streaming to a TV in the living room...moreless

  • Toys:

    a selection of toys is made available for children. adults can handle and 'play' with tons of unique decor and art objects around the house...moreless

  • Video Library:

    a selection of dvds plus netflix streaming...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Swimming


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    front loader...moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    central heat plus individual space heaters in bedrooms (do not leave space heaters on when not in room; please ensure All windows in house are closed first)...moreless

  • Internet:

    wireless high speed...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    all bed linens including extra blankets...moreless

  • Living Room:

    large room approx 15' x 20'...moreless

  • Parking:

    free parking, 'semi off street' for up to several cars (easily 4)...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    all towels including beachtowels, plus dishtowels, cloth napkins...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    front loader...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    coffee, teas, and light continental breakfast (self serve) provided...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    full setup...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped including microwave, convection oven (and regular oven), dishwasher, filtered water, all cook and serveware, many spices. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    both conventional and smaller convection oven (/microwave combo), newer...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    large wraparound porch with Multiple seating alcoves and dining table...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    charcoal grill under awning so can even be used in rain...moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$1,575 $5,900

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $49
  • Pet Fee $10
  • Taxes Not included


Some pets are allowed, but must be discussed. Smoking outdoors only.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 01/19/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: I'm an artist living in a giant gallery & adult summer camp. I've got tons of cool stuff here you can look at & play with. And i've got tons of work fixing a 100-yr-old house, too, so something's always half-done. I was an interior designer for 14 years, and put the really amazing & bold stuff in my house, for pure pleasure, and for PR & portfolio. I'm kind of a hippy, & definitely a humanist pinko leftycrat, yet am driven - an entrepreneur who works a LOT. in my art organization, American Family Happily Institute, i collaborate with about 100 volunteers & interact with thousands of people each year. our work is about empowering people to be happier and more at peace, and working together to build a better world. I grew up in the the middle of america but know and love boston well now, and can share tips/cool stuff to do. i speak a little french badly. My housemate, Jean-luc, is a french pastry chef, who speaks French, German, & Alsatian.

Why the Owner Chose Weymouth, MA, USA:
the easy access to the city oombined with a sense of quiet, peace, and privacy unheard of this close to the city, and even a feeling of proximity to and oneness with nature with the ocean, trees, little animals and birds, made me fall in love. the sense of spirit, uniqueness, warmth, and artisanry of the house made me addicted.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
This house has many nooks & spaces for people to feel free & easy while working or relaxing separately, as well as places to come together for socializing.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, german, Alsation
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 01/19/2017

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  • Our beach at night is visual poetry.

    Our beach at night is visual poetry.

  • A sample of our in-house art gallery.

    A sample of our in-house art gallery.

  • Go back in time, the water is fine.

    Go back in time, the water is fine.

  • The cottage room is charming simplicity.

    The cottage room is charming simplicity.

  • The Treehouse Room is like sleeping in the clouds (for 4+ guests).

    The Treehouse Room is like sleeping in the clouds (for 4+ guests).

  • welcome, cowboy!

    welcome, cowboy!

  • Culture is the 4th secret to Happily.

    Culture is the 4th secret to Happily.

  • The living room in one of many incarnations.

    The living room in one of many incarnations.

  • The Yellow Room is luxurious rusticity!

    The Yellow Room is luxurious rusticity!

  • Get some writing done at your desk.

    Get some writing done at your desk.

  • Relax in peace and contemplate the universe.

    Relax in peace and contemplate the universe.

  • Quirky quaint - it's the new black.

    Quirky quaint - it's the new black.

  • Mr. Sketchy welcomes you.

    Mr. Sketchy welcomes you.

  • The bunnies are waiting!

    The bunnies are waiting!

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Thursday, January 19, 2017

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