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Good Harbor Beach House

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
1 - 7 nights

About the property

Quintessential beach house with short walk to pristine Good Harbor Beach

A quaint 4 bedroom family cottage sits on the edge of the salt marsh and dunes of Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts - the oldest fishing port in the United States. This rare location offers privacy as well as desirable proximity to Gloucester's most famous beach. Listen to the surf, smell the sea and enjoy the breeze!

You can enjoy a quaint front deck, full length covered porch and spacious back deck. The deck allows for comfortable lounging as well as outdoor dining for 6+ (Pictures to follow, currently being painted.)

An outside shower allows for convenient clean up and a large private back yard for children to play. Loads of gardens and bird watching.

Four bedrooms allow for ample sleeping arrangements for up to 8 quests: (2) twins, (2) full and (1) queen.

Gloucester offers minutes drive to world class seafood, ice cream just down the street, golf, state parks for hiking, whale watching, sport fishing, live theater, music, art and so much more!

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Laura Howard
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Laura Howard

Hi! I was born in Gloucester and grew up on Cape Ann! I am thrilled to be able to share my family beach cottage with you. We had been looking for over 10 years to find the perfect beach cottage and found this diamond in the rough and bought this home in 2007. At the time, it was a summer only camp with no heat! We renovated the home to a year around, cozy cottage, with many of today's modern amenities!

Laura Howard purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Laura Howard chose North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley

This home is uniquely situated on the marsh and dune systems of Good Harbor beach. It is one of only 7 homes with this highly desirable proximity to the beach with a large lot and privacy.

It is accessed by a quiet, private road and nestled between the woods and marsh/dunes. I hope you will enjoy my gardens as much as I do!

Sitting on the back deck or side covered porch, it is a pleasure to bird watch! We have numerous books to help you identify the many species. There is also an abundance of rabbits that are adorable to watch, but can be frustrating when the eat all my beautiful flowers :-)

The home still has the feel of a early turn of the century summer cottage with original hardwood floors, fireplace (non-functioning), built in hutch in the dining room and cozy layout. We were careful to not detract from the feel when we updated the home.

What makes this cottage unique

Privacy and close proximity to Good Harbor beach.

Highly functional layout - cozy, but sleeps 8 comfortably.

Amazing deck with both lounging and dining areas with spectacular views across the salt march to the Atlantic ocean.

Short drive to both downtown Gloucester and Rockport where there are numerous galleries, shops, restaurants and so many things to do!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Good Harbor Beach House
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Wonderful cozy beach cottage!

  • 4 of 5

Had a wonderful long weekend. We had seven people staying and were very comfortable. Nice views and a short walk to the beach! Very quiet neighborhood.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just loved this home!! Will stay again!

  • 5 of 5

Myself and 6 sisters rented this house in October for a Sisters Retreat! The house is just beautiful! It was so homey and clean. There was enough room for all 7 of us and there are 2 full bathrooms which is awesome! The kitchen is just perfect, there is everything you would want or need. All the little extra's are what I personally appreciated, candles, extra blankets, comforters, board games, books, etc! We spent a lot of time on the deck that overlooks the marsh! Again there was ample space for all of us! This house is decorated just perfect! You are walking distance from Good Harbor beach which is just beautiful! We will stay here again, no doubt about it!!!! Laura (owner) had called just to make sure we had everything we needed! I recommend her home 100%! My sisters all felt the same way I did!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Castleton, New York

Howards Cottage is FABULOUS!!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year we have stayed at Howards Cottage. The cottages is PERFECT in every way. The location is ideal we can view the beach from the deck and the Salt Marsh is so lovely. We are within walking distance of Good Harbor yet in a quiet, secluded location. The cottage itself is beautifully decorated. the chairs and couch are super comfortable. The beds are great and everything is stocked in the kitchen that you need. We love to sit on the deck and just visit. We are two couples that have been friends for years and this long weekend is our chance to catch up with each other. The cottage has become our home away from home. We cant imagine going any where else. We are already looking forward to our visit next year.

Thank You Laura for sharing this lovely home with us!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Spot For A Family Beach Trip

  • 5 of 5

Though September beach weather is rather diverse (86F one day, 66F the next), this cottage ensures a perfect beach get-away; any time of year. An easy walk to the beach, this beach cottage is nicely situated to provide beautiful views and a yard for the kids to play in as well. The cottage is beautifully decorated and maintained, and has plenty of room for many configurations of friends and/or family staying together. It's clean, simple design allows for enjoying the indoor space and the gorgeous deck and outdoors seamlessly. It's decor is so appropriate and comfortable, it feels like home as soon as you unpack your bag. Everything you need to enjoy this property and the beach is at your finger tips, including an owner who is very accessible and makes it very easy to enjoy your stay. I would definitely recommend this property to family and friends, but more importantly, I would love to return and stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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asheville, nc

Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at this home. Easy walk to the beach, quick ride to Gloucester and Rockport. Very sunny, quiet, comfortable, well appointed. At night we sat on the deck overlooking the marsh and watched the stars. And Laura was a dear. Hope to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Gloucester Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous location! Access to the beach, on a quiet road and those little bunnys everywhere. Spent a week at this charming cottage and had a wonderful time. The owner has thought of everything.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Boston, Logan
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Rockport Public
Nearest Train
4 Miles
To Boston's North Station
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Route 128
Nearest Beach
0.03 Miles
Good Harbor
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Gloucester Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter & Spring 2017
Jan 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
1 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 11 2017 - Oct 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $150

Check-in is 3:30 p.m.
Check-out 12:00 p.m.

Payments can be made via PayPal (from bank account, not credit card or e-check) or by personal check or bank check.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1560 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - shower , Outdoor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

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