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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1 bathroom cottage steps from the beach

"The Seaward" is located in a spectacular setting, (known by some as "the golden road of Rockport") and boasts 5 charming cottage style accommodations.

Spruce Cottage is a quaint and cozy two bedroom cottage with ocean views & working wood burning fireplace. It has a private queen bed in one room and two twin beds in the other. The living room has a kitchen, dining table, tv and fireplace. Waking up in this tranquil setting is such a pleasure! Enjoy your coffee on the adirondack chairs just outside your door while listening to the gulls, the sea breezes and watching the boats come and go. No worries except to ponder the fun you are planning for the day. It's a little piece of heaven!

You will experience the charm, serenity, and unspoiled beauty that is The Seaward.


- Ocean View

- 2 Bedrooms (1 Queen, 2 Twins)

- Sleeps 4 guests

- 1 Bathroom with hairdryer and tub/shower

-Linens, blankets and bath towels

- Kitchenette equipped with microwave, toaster, stove, refrigerator and coffee maker. Dishes, eating utensils, drinking glasses, wine opener, can opener, pots, pans, and cooking utensils are also provided.

- Air conditioning and heat

- Fireplace

- DirectTV

- Free wireless internet

- Dining area

- Beach cruiser bikes

- Gas grill (shared)

-Picnic table

- Ping pong (shared)

-Laundry facility


Also view our listings for Loblolly Cove (VRBO 680229), Gully Point (VRBO 606535) and Lover's Cove (VRBO 631459). Each of our units has a private bathroom, hairdryer, Direct TV, free wireless internet, air conditioning, kitchenette (with coffee maker, microwave, toaster oven, refrigerator), ocean views and plenty of free parking for you and your visitors. We also offer bicycles to enjoy the winding rocky coastal roads and pathways with stunning vistas and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.


During the peak season RENTALS RUN WEEKLY SUNDAY TO SUNDAY. Last minute, shorter nightly rentals are possible. Please contact us for more details.

Please don't delay in booking your stay with us to ensure you receive the dates you desire.


"The Seaward" is located on Marmion Way, a quiet residential street, known for its lovely homes, gardens and views. We are a short & scenic mile to downtown Rockport which can be accessed along an seaside path. Along the way you’ll pass Old Garden Beach; a good spot for a dip, and 'Headlands' for an outstanding view of Sandy Bay Harbor. If you prefer, take the car or borrow one of our bikes and explore the art galleries, shops and restaurants of downtown Rockport. In town, one can also rent sea kayaks or bikes with gears to tour the magnificent Cape Ann coast.

Rockport is rich with history, art and culture. Dogtown, considered a ghost town, is a large wooded area between Rockport and Gloucester. Most suitable for the adventurous, it affords rich recreation opportunities to hikers and mountain bikers, dog-walkers, nature lovers, geologists and historians.

Halibut Point State Park, and the Atlantic Path are two other treasures which will delight the outdoor enthusiast. Whether you prefer the rocky coastline, a quiet beach, reading a good book, artistic endeavors, biking, birding, kayaking, ocean front dining, theater or music at the renowned Shalin liu, Cape Ann has it all...and more.


- Rockport beaches

- Golf

- Shalin Liu Performance Center (concerts and shows)

- Art galleries, theaters, museums

- Kayaking and sailing

- Snorkeling and scuba diving

- Whale watching

- Hiking

- Fishing

- Cycling

- Tennis


We are about 1.25 miles to Rockport Train Station, by which one can conveniently get to historic Salem or Boston. Trolleys and buses are also available in Rockport as well as a Gloucester Taxi company. Want to come to Rockport by train? Let us know, we might be able to pick you up at the station.

More Details

Nancy Cameron-Gilsey
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2018

About Nancy Cameron-Gilsey

I'm a licences independent clinical social worker. In 2003, I took a respite from working with troubled children and families. With a leap of faith and a sizable mortgage, I took over my families Inn business. Until the main inn and restaurant sold in Dec. 2013, I ran this 24 unit bed and breakfast, hosting weddings/events and, as some of you may remember, our Sunday Morning Live Brunches.

Since the sale I have refurbishing rooms in the building known as GullsNest for weekly rentals.

I have a husband, Peter, two grown children (Kai and Maya), and Little Dipper, my canine side kick.

Nancy Cameron-Gilsey purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Nancy Cameron-Gilsey chose Rockport

I purchased the property from my sisters after my parents passed away (2003 – 2013). They started the Seaward Inn in 1945 when it was only considered a cottage. They built and added until it became a 36 unit, highly acclaimed resort.

Although sad to sell “the heart” of Seaward Inn (my childhood home), a new beginning, The Seaward, has emerged.

"Drop a pebble in the water:

Just a splash, and it is gone;

But there’s half-a-hundred ripples

circling on and on and on,

Spreading, spreading from the center

flowing out to the sea.

And there is no way of telling

where the end is going to be".

By James W. Foley

What makes this cottage unique

Both young and older guests love the peace, solitude and high standard of cleanliness (not to mention the ocean views) that is The Seaward.


Rockport Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub/shower, sink toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • One bedroom has a queen bed, the other has two twins
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Spruces is located in a peaceful residential neighborhood. Take the seaside bath to Old Garden Beach, the Headlands and on to Bearskin Neck, downtown shops, galleries, and the Shalin Liu, all within a short mile walk. Along the way you'll pass lovely homes, gardens and views of Rockport's coast and harbor. A short walk in the other direction (up Marmion) will bring you to a working farm and stand, running track, tennis courts and kids playground.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Pefect spot in Rockport

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful spot across from the ocean. This quaint 2-bedroom cottage is on a quiet street a 5-minute drive from downtown, but quiet and removed from the tourist scene. Beautiful coastal path just up the street, but beautiful strolls in all directions. The front lawn is the perfect place for reading or napping. One of the very few places with ocean views that allows well-behaved dogs. Our pup gives it 5 stars also! Nancy was the perfect host!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I'm so glad you all enjoyed Spruce cottage and the little reunion with your dad and brother. It was a pleasure meeting you all.
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little cottage. Simple and sweet. We were cozy as could be.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ramsey, New Jersey

Beautiful place to stay in Rockport, MA

  • 5 of 5

Another wonderful summer trip to Rockport, MA and stay at The Seaward, a trip I have been making for over 30 years. Nancy's inn is the perfect spot for a peaceful getaway, located on the quiet side of Rockport situated along the Atlantic coast and surrounded by beautiful sea side homes. There is a wonderful view of the ocean from most of the rooms at the inn and from property on both sides of the inn. The town of Rockport is a nice walk away with portions along a coastal path and through "the headlands" where you find the best view of the Rockport harbor and Bearskin Neck.

Nancy is a wonderful host and inn-keeper, a passion past down from her parents who founded the Inn back in the late 1940's. Although a lot has changed with the inn over the years, the consistent hospitality, clean rooms and peaceful surroundings remain unchanged. Nancy has just the right touch between making sure you have what you need but creating space to make you feel as if you are in your own home. This is the place to stay in Rockport...

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful stay at Spruce cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We have truly loved coming to the Seaward for many, many years and consider it our home away from home. Our most recent stay at Spruce cottage was no exception. Following the hustle and bustle of our daughter's wedding we were in need of a little "rand r", and a week at the Seaward fit the bill. The ocean view from the front lawn was amazing, the cottage was extremely comfortable and well equipped to meet all of our needs. As usual, Nancy welcomed us back and took great care of us!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Helen Marie and Bruce, You've made the transition from Seaward Inn to The Seaward...Yay! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy lives to write a review. You are, indeed, family here at the Seaward. Please give my love to your mom and Elizabeth. See you next year for our annual cocktail party!
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perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location and accommodations for our vacation. Could hear the ocean from my bed at high tide. A bike ride from beaches and Bearskin Neck. The borrowed beach pass and air conditioning (a necessity that week!) were a bonus! Nancy was very accommodating and took great care of us.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Gina, This is kind of a late "thank you" but 'better late than never'! I really appreciate your taking the time to write such a nice review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and hope we'll see you again in the not too distant future.
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Good thing in a small package!

  • 5 of 5

Spruce Cottage was not tiny, but small, quaint and fit the bill for the three ladies (and pooch) who made a recent week's stay here. It made a perfect base for roaming through Rockport. We loved the ocean view and especially the sunrises from the front yard - even the street was wonderful for just a quick and easy walk along this part of the Atlantic coast. Nancy was fabulous for taking care of our needs - what we mostly missed was not seeing more of Little Dipper, the canine lady of the property! The reliable, working fireplace topped it all off. It was sad to come to the last day!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Boston Logan International
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.25 Miles
Rockport Country Club
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
128 AKA 95
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Fish Shack
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Old Garden Beach


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Pet Fee $30
Damage Deposit $500

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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