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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
1 - 7 nights

About the property

2 bedroom, 1bathroom cottage with ocean views



Formerly Seaward Inn, "The Seaward" continues to offer a spectacular setting and charming accommodations. Here you can fully relax while listening to the ocean waves. Experience the charm, serenity, and unspoiled beauty that is The Seaward.

Spruce Cottage is a quaint and cozy two bedroom cottage with ocean views & fireplace. It has a private queen bed in one room and two twin beds in the other. The living room has a kitchenette and fireplace. Wake up in this tranquil setting, 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. It's a little piece of heaven!


- 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)


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. Again, last minute, shorter nightly rentals are possible. Please contact us for more details.

We receive inquiries daily about availability. Reservations are confirmed by paid deposits only and not emails with inquiries to reserve dates. Please don't delay in booking your stay with us to ensure you receive the dates you desire. Rentals are arranged on a first paid, first reserved basis.


"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.

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Nancy Cameron-Gilsey
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
November 6, 2016

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 North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley

I purchased the property from my sisters after my parents passed away. 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.

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.


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(5 traveler reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: Aug 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: Aug 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: Aug 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: Jun 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

Rockport Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 14 2017 - Sep 30 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.7%

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.
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Rockport Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 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
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • 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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