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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Lovely quaint cottage on an island surrounded by the waters of Buzzard Bay

This West Island retreat gives you the opportunity for you to set your own pace and relax here!!! We give discounts to those who stay 7+ days.

Now is a perfect time for quiet, a romantic weekend, a girls' weekend, or a place to stay for an event in the area.

This residential island is located in Buzzard's Bay, north of the Elizabeth Islands and Martha's Vineyard. Approximately half the island is a state conservation with nature trails and wild life viewing that eventually brings you out to the ocean. There is a town beach, with lifeguards, on the south side of the island. Also, on the protected side of the island, is a beach perfect for children, and within walking distance of this cottage. Or go across the street and enjoy the ocean side with sandbars to explore during low tide. It will take you 3 - 5 minutes walk to these two beaches. The town beach is about a mile away and has a fee at this beach

The island is connected by a causeway and has town water and sewer. There is a mariner within a half mile that includes a bar, food, and entertainment Wednesday through Sunday , supermarket, pharmacy, and restaurants are located within four miles.

The cottage is quite charming. The kitchen, with hardwood floors, has been renovated with new counters, backsplash, stove, microwave, refrigerator and ceiling fan. Every item needed for cooking, baking, and planning your meals are provided. Also, dishes, glasses, wine glasses, etc. provided. Linens and towels are provided.

There are 3 bedrooms, one with a queen size bed/TV, one with double bed/TV, and a third with a twin bed. There is ample space for your clothing.

The living room is open spaced with the dining area. There are two areas for eating. The room also has a gas stove for those chilly nights early summer and early fall, which are far and few during the summer.

The bathroom has a full size tub with shower.

A washer/dryer is available in the premise to use. A gas grill and firepit is available. Also, 2 beach chairs, beach towels, beach shoes, and cart to carry it all are provided to bring to the beach.

We have added a new, private outside shower for your use.

There is a firepit for your use and also a table, 4 chairs, and umbrella on outside patio next to screen porch.

The best for last. This cottage is special because it has an 8 x 12 foot screened in porch. It has a table, bench ,with two chairs, two other chairs, a chaise, and a wooden swing. The lighted clam shells at night along the ceiling adds to the ambience. Great for the times you want to be outside yet not in the sun, or covered from the rain. Also, no worry of insects at night. The house is also equipped with a front porch with two adirondack chairs.

We are so fortunate to now have many guests return to this lovely cottage. We begin to offer bookings in January and it is often booked by summer and we have to turn many away. Book your retreat soon.

More Details

Alice & Jim Walczak
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 6, 2018

About Alice & Jim Walczak

I have been coming to this island for over 40 years. My parents lived here during their retirement years. My children have wonderful memories of growing up here during the summer. My husband and I now live here full time, just across the street from this rental.

Alice & Jim Walczak purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Alice & Jim Walczak chose Fairhaven

We bought this home because of the many happy summers I had at my parent's house.

What makes this cottage unique

You can walk to two beaches from this location.It is quite unique because it has a screened in porch with a comfy swing to watch the sunset in the distance. You can eat out here, relax, or just enjoy some quiet time. At night, the clam lights add to the ambiance of the the place. You will fall in love with this place as we did. Beach is within walking distance around the corner, fire pit in the yard, swing attached to the tree limb, and just summer living. Feel free to contact me directly by calling 5082777983 and I will gladly answer any questions.

Thank you.


Fairhaven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • 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
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Private Outdoor Shower


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews

We were quite pleased when we opened the door and saw how nice the property was.

  • 5 of 5

It is a quaint little cottage that had everything you needed to be comfortable and relaxed. Everything worked properly and was neat and clean. We were pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of a washer and dryer and we used it to bring home clean clothes. Cable TV, wifi access, fire pit, gas grill and a very nice screened in porch gave us everything necessary for a pleasant stay. We also had access to an informational binder detailing everything about the property, how to use everything available, and menus from various local restaurants. Over all a very pleasant and rewarding experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We couldn't t have asked for better renters. It was so nice meeting you and hope to see you again in the future.
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Super clean. Super cute. Super close to the beaches. And, super hosts Alice and Jim!!

  • 5 of 5

Great for couples, family of four. Great value.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very good

  • 4 of 5

Everything worked. The backyard porch and BBQ area was great. Rooms were a bit small with limited privacy but ok for me and my two grown sons. Great, quiet location with easy access to beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review of your stay at our cottage. I am glad fishing and other activities were a success for you and your sons. So glad you all enjoyed your stay. We strive to make everyone's vacation a memorable one.
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We had a wonderful time at this cottage.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed a week here. The accommodations are nicely appointed. Plenty of room in the common areas. The bathroom is lovely clean, and well done. There is plenty of storage in the bedrooms, and any kitchen item you could possibly need. The back yard has a good fire pit and a great outdoor shower. The grill is high end and very easy to use. One of the best features is the screened porch. Great place to hang out or watch a storm go by. Two beaches are in close walking distance and the town beach is beautiful. It was generally very relaxing and felt like island life while we were here . Even though it was just the two of us, this would be a great location for a young family. We look forward to going back next summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is perfectly located a short walk to two beaches on either side of the causeway, as well as within walking distance to the island's general store. If looking for a beach with a lifeguard and restrooms, there is the town beach on the island just a short drive down the road which you can pay resident fees for if you just let them know you are renting locally. Alice and Jim added some nice touches to make the trip special, from wood for a fire to a bottle of wine, and even homemade cookies on a dish to keep in memory of the trip. They even hung an infant swing for our son to use. There are restaurants within driving distance, but we did most of our own cooking on the gas grill provided. This is a vacation to relax and enjoy the beach during the day and sea breeze at night- nice family trip.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Island retreat

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleased with our time in Fairhaven. Jim met us at the house and showed us everything we needed to know. We were greeted with fresh flowers, delicious cookies with a keepsake starfish dish as well as a chilled bottle of wine! The home was perfect for our stay - quiet, slightly off the beaten bath but close enough to stores. The house was immaculate and tastefully appointed. The pictures from the listing are accurate and the few questions we had were answered immediately. We enjoyed using the gas grill as well as an evening around the firepit. We were 2 hours from Privincetown and the Falmouth ferry to Martha's Vineyard was only 45 minutes away. We had such a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ferry Service from New Bedford to Martha's Vineyard, leaves multiple times during the day


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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