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Cozy Shabby Chic Plum Island Cottage Just 75 Steps To Basin Beach!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

1 1/2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Just 75 Steps To The Beach

Sea La Vie is a charming 1900 fisherman's cottage on the north side of Plum Island, immersed in white oyster shells, boasting two decks for your grilling and entertaining pleasure. The cottage is comfortable, fully stocked, and includes TV, DVD, cable, WiFi, propane stove, towels, linens, and an end of stay cleaning service. The first floor of the cottage has a kitchen/small dining area, living room, play room, full bath and 1/2 bedroom with a single bed. The second floor has a large open bedroom with 1 full bed and 2 single beds. There is a wonderful patio in the backyard with a big table and 6 cushioned chairs for al fresco dining and sunsets (or small tables and stools inside for those rare rainy days). Best of all, the cottage is only 75 steps to the beach!

Plum Island has lots to offer... a New England barrier island with 10 square miles of untapped natural beauty, speckled with vacation cottages and its very own lighthouse! The south side of the island boasts the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, with miles of beaches, walking trails, and reservation land great for viewing all kinds of wildlife including birds, butterflies, deer, and owls. It is also home to the endangered piping plovers who nest in the refuge each year. There is also paddle boarding in the basin and harbor and fishing cruises leave from the island each day.

A short bike ride or drive over the bridge is the postcard-pretty New England seaport town of Newburyport, with its stately Federalist-style homes, lively downtown, and sunset cruises. Its downtown is filled with small arts and crafts shops with nautical and New England themes, and great restaurants. As you walk along the brick sidewalks, you'll see historic mansions, gardens, and old mill buildings converted into shops. There are very popular catamaran cruises from the harbor and summer concerts and events are often held at the park along the Merrimack River. You will also find many family-friendly festivals in downtown Newburyport during both summer and fall.

Plum Island and Newburyport are just 45 minutes north of Boston, and centrally located for touring quaint North Shore towns, southern New Hampshire and Maine.

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Gretchen Moxcey
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About Gretchen Moxcey

A native New Englander, passionate about island life, our family has summered here for many years.

Why Gretchen Moxcey chose Newburyport

This is an outstanding property because of its close proximity to the beach. Its location is tucked away off the main road, great for walking, biking and children.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Cozy Shabby Chic Plum Island Cottage Just 75 Steps To Basin Beach!
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews

Lovely Escape to the Beach

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Sea La Vie for the entire month of December and had a wonderful time. The cottage is absolutely adorable and just what a beach cottage should be. Forget cookie-cutter stays at motels where you could be Anywhere, USA - at Sea La Vie, it never for a moment escapes your attention that you are at the beach! We were very comfortable during our stay and had everything we could possibly have wanted. The owner was prompt with her responses to all of our questions and was a pleasure to work with.

Two things to note, which probably won't affect most travelers:

1. The road that the cottage is on is very narrow. We were in a minivan pulling a UHaul trailer and while we were able to negotiate the road and fit into the driveway, it was a bit nerve-wracking. I imagine most in-season vistors won't be pulling a trailer, though, so definitely not a big deal.

2. The stairs to get to the bedroom upstairs are not traditional stairs. They're more like the stairs/ladder that drops from the ceiling to access an attic, but permanent and sturdier. However, it was a problem for my mother and father who visited us, as they are both older and on the larger side, and unable to climb the stairs (they manage normal stairs just fine). Probably not a big deal for most visitors, but it could be a problem for older people and/or people of size. Also, my dog was scared of them and refused to go up the entire time we were there.

Despite these two minor issues, we absolutely loved our stay at Sea La Vie and would definitely recommend it to anyone! For a winter stay, the propane stove alone kept the cottage warm enough on all but one or two days when it was in single digits (then the space heater picked up the slack). Walking the beach is still fun in the winter! Downtown Newburyport is just beautiful any time of year, but is especially lovely decorated for Christmas! I would love to stay during the summer sometime, as it really is just a short walk to beaches on both sides of the island.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback and for staying at Sea la Vie! December is always one of the most charming months of the year with snowy drifts and brisk walks on the beach. We are definitely in a private little neighborhood, and the road can be tricky to navigate! Similarly, with a 1900 cottage, the steps to the upstairs can be a challenge. Thank you for embracing all that makes Sea la Vie such a special cottage! We hope to see you again soon! Best, Gretchen
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Great relaxing winter stay!

  • 5 of 5

I had a great time at the cottage. Gretchen is great to correspond with. Cottage has everything you need. Great location on the island as you can get to both sides of the beach quickly. Flat screen tv with hdmi ports and wifi great for streaming. AC and Heaters available. All you need to bring is food. Stairs to upstairs are steep for elderly and dogs but there is a bed downstairs so wasn't a problem.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful week at Plum Island!

  • 5 of 5

Once again, we had a wonderful week at Sea La Vie. Gretchen is such a great host. Improvements and enhancements were made from last year, including a new dining room set indoors for those chilly or rainy days and new beds upstairs. 5 star review!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Liz, it was great to have you back again. Working on more improvements as we speak! Hope to see you again next year! Cheers, Gretchen
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  • 4 of 5

We had a great week on Plum Island at Sea La Vie. The cottage is close to the amenities of the island and even closer to the magnificent beaches. 75 steps is no lie and the sunsets on the bay beach are beautiful.

The house is shabby-chic but well appointed. All you need for a week is at hand. Furniture inside and out is comfortable. Big driveway and friendly neighbours…ask Tom about what you should do!!

There’s not much in which to be disappointed. It was very hot when we stayed – so an outdoor umbrella would be a plus. The AC was fantastic and cooled the whole cottage. The double bed is small – so 4 comfortably in the summer.

We loved Metzy’s Taco Truck – and Newburyport and environs were awesome….Take a sail on The 9th Wave and go to the Farmers’ Market on Sunday morning.

If you’re into cycling - it’s flat as a pancake and superfast. I had some great rides up to Salisbury and thereabouts….

We’ll be back…

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: George, Thank you for your feedback, we look forward to your next stay! Our neighbors ARE is a special little neighborhood. The umbrella is coming, definitely needed, thank you for the reminder! Cheers, Gretchen
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Cozy and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We spent a blissful winter month at Sea la Vie cottage. We enjoyed everything from sunny beach walking days to a beautiful snowy wonderland. Be sure to check out the nearby Parker River National Wildlife Refuge if you are here. It has so many great places to explore. As for the cottage, it was cozy and clean. The kitchen had nice dishes and a great coffee maker! The beds were comfortable with quality linens, and we slept well. Gretchen is a wonderful host who checked in on us regularly to ensure we were comfortable. We were very happy with our stay and grateful to Gretchen and family for the incredible experience. We will always remember our time on Plum Island.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathy, I actually think you had one of the most special visits with all the snow! Rare to see the island that way. Thank you for the pictures, everyone enjoyed them! We hope you will come back again soon. Best, Gretchen
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Great winter rental

  • 4 of 5

Great little cottage on Plum Island with a beautiful view right across the street from the water. Gretchen and Rob were both great and pretty much everything was included when we got there (dishes, silverware, etc.) and the cottage was very clean. Would definitely come back! Beautiful home and location.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ashley, so glad you enjoyed your stay, come back soon!
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Boston Logan Airport
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Newburyport - Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US Route 95
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Plum Island Beaches
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Plum Island Cottage Rental Rates

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Off Season
Oct 30 2016 - May 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Plum Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 760 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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