3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Mid-century Modern Glass House, 5 Min Drive From Beach
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 30 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 8
The Glass House is Phenomenal!
Everything about this property is special — the architecture, the location, the furnishings, the amenities, the management. It’s more than a vacation, it’s an experience. The house was designed and built by an architect, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s all glass on top of a square raised platform, with an internal open air courtyard and a covered deck on all four sides. Beautiful, clean lines offering spectacular and unobstructed views from all angles of a beautifully landscaped property and sunsets on the Vineyard Sound in the distance. The outside shower is beautifully appointed and feels like you are in a treehouse. The home is beautifully furnished and has a modern kitchen with every possible pot, appliance, tool or serving dish right at your fingertips. The Glass House is located 5 minutes away from the freshest fish you can get, 5 minutes from kayaking on the Menemsha Pond, 5 minutes from three different private beaches — one on the sound and two on the ocean. And, finally, Joe is a pleasure to work with and thinks of every little thing. We highly recommend the Glass House as your next vacation destination!
If unique is what you seek
We have been going to the Vineyard for at least 40 years and stayed in a wide variety of places over the years. NONE compares with this house. It is quintessential Mid-Century but even within that genre, totally unique. Virtually every wall is glass surrounding a beautiful courtyard in the middle. But don't worry, privacy is still possible with curtains on every wall if needed. We went in the end of Oct and happened to catch very good weather. No matter where you were in the house, the fall colors were all around you. Amazing to wake up and look out at the trees and surrounds from the bed! You will feel as though you are in a treehouse. It got a little cool at night outside, but inside was cozy warm in the living area thanks to a wonderful wood stove. The bedrooms have electric heaters and we were never cold. All the modern amenities are there - wireless internet, big screen TV, great kitchen, etc. It also has the best outdoor shower I have ever used built around a tree! You are within walking distance of kayaks, swimming, shops and fish markets in Menemsha - the HomePort and Beach Plum Inn for a meal. Bike riding from the house is great too and you have access to the bike ferry to take you across from Menemsha to Lobsterville and back. We had two other couples stay with us while we were there and everyone had a very memorable 4 days that left us wondering how soon we could return! My only caution is the deck that surrounds the exterior of the house and the interior courtyard has no railing, so small children may be at risk for falling. It wasn't an issue with the adults and frankly, I wouldn't let it stand in the way of coming. This place is such a relaxing, pleasant and unique place to stay you will not regret it.
Paradise is a place called the Glass House.
You don't normally think of the place where you stay on vacation as PART of your vacation. Typically, it's a means to an end. Well, that's simply not true when it comes to the Glass House. It is an extraordinary place, an architectural feat. And above all, a wonderful place to spend a few days or a few weeks. My memories of MV will be related as much to the house, as to all of the beautiful things that we saw and did on the island. Morning coffee with a mother deer and two fawns eating in the garden just few feet away, perfectly visible thanks to the glass walls of the house. Psychedelic sunsets with a drink on the house's wrap around terrace. And all the comforts of home with the attention that has been given by the owners to everything you could possibly need or want when you stay. Absolutely heavenly. My husband and I can't wait to return!
This house is a unique experience. The photos are accurate and the scale drawing correct, but these cannot capture what it is like being inside the house or as one could say, “outside-in” the house: no painted wood, no drywall, all walls are glass, the screened interior courtyard is the interior hallway. Curtains are there for privacy and for blocking the summer sun, but we found we would much rather have the curtains open to enjoy the transparent connection with the surrounding trees.
Photos of the great room show its size but don’t show how well it works for different activities. A member of our group worked weekdays on one couch, children played with legos on the floor near another, and others were in the dining room-kitchen area.
The three bedrooms held comfortably 4 adults and 2 children, ages 7 and 4. We were worried about the glass walls versus the children, but that worked out fine. We all learned pretty quickly to check ahead if a door or screen was opened or closed before entering. Much thought and work have gone into the design and modernization of this home: upgraded electric outlets, new deep mattresses, a beautifully adapted iron bathtub, attractive and private outdoor shower, polished wood floors, plenty of storage, new washer and dryer, new sheets and towels, great lighting and comfortable, well designed furniture.
If staying in the home not in July or August, we recommend bringing a fleece jacket because trips between rooms are through the screened, outside temperature courtyard.
Unique and Private Getaway
The Glasshouse is a remarkable hidden gem on the Vineyard. Nestled amongst the trees, both the building and the landscape provided for a wonderful weekend away.
As an architect, the building itself was a joy to explore. Teeming with beautiful details reminiscent of the high modern but humble in execution, it is a wonderful space to inhabit. Instead of being a cold, mid-century modern home that relies on the landscape to soften the edges, the use of wood complements the glass, bringing the exterior into the building and truly integrating oneself within the landscape.
The layout is rational and functional with all of the rooms opening to an interior courtyard, which provides the interior circulation path amongst trees and a screened-in private garden. The rooms are small and modest, and the kitchen is very basic. We made use of the wrap-around porch frequently, as well as the barbecue. The outdoor shower adjacent to the home is also a uniquely wonderful experience, and highlights the building's integration with the site.
We were a group of three architects, interested in the history of the building and exploring the nearby beaches. The house fit our needs very well and our stay went wonderfully. Aquinnah was a short drive away and had lovely beach with restaurants and a historic lighthouse Whether you are looking for a quiet weekend away, or a home that fits itself into a unique niche within the history of architecture, or simply a nice place to relax and unwind slightly off of the beaten path, I highly recommend this rental.
About Joe Wisniewski
Grew up in Montclair NJ, living in north of shore of MA for past 20 years. Attended University of New Hampshire for undergrad, and Dartmouth College for graduate school (Tuck). The house was designed and built by my father Chet Wisniewski in 1962. Chet was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright from 1946-47 at Talisen West in Arizona. He was an Architect and founding partner at David, Brody and Wisniewski (now Davis, Brody & Bond) in New York. He was also a Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union for twenty-five years. The glasshouse has been a family vacation spot and summer residence since it was built in 1962.
Joe Wisniewski purchased this House in 1959