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Recent North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley reviews

  • 3 generations

    "We had a great time staying in this lovely beach house! We were greeted by Richard who made us feel so welcome, provided us with absolutely everything we could possibly want or need, and came over immediately when something needed to be replaced. The hammock swing in the sunroom was wonderful, providing a much needed place to 'swing' our little 9 mo. old who had trouble sleeping. The beach itself was very nearby and relatively private. This is a great place to be and I look forward to returning one day."
    Guest: Nancy W. Date of Stay: September 2015 Review Submitted: September 28, 2015
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  • Comfortable, clean and convenient family house

    "We try to spend a week on Plum Island every summer to be close to my parents, who live in Newburyport and have a beach vacation at the same time. This was by far the family's favorite of all our rentals! With 3 adult children and a couple of their friends, we have decided that 2 bathrooms is a must, and the outdoor shower was a delightful added bonus. This year, my extended family was all in town for a family celebration and we were able to have several big family gatherings at the house. The kitchen is spacious, extremely well equipped, a pleasure to cook in and perfect for a big family. I loved having the family gather around the breakfast bar and nibble on appetizers as I prepared the meal. There are plenty of options for everyone to sit and eat or relax; there is a big table on the deck with a view of the harbor and for those who prefer, the screened in front porch is another perfect gathering place with its deep, comfy wicker furniture. The upper deck is great for watching sunsets or having morning coffee. This house truly does sleep 8 adults. All the beds are really comfortable, even the trundle bed in the 4th room, (which my full-grown son really appreciated after being stuck in a bunk bed or a rickety pull-out couch in other houses). Arlene was a pleasure to work with, responsive and accommodating. We also appreciated all the little extras Arlene adds to make sure her guests are comfortable such as candles, soap and even shampoo in the bathrooms, plenty of towels and nice linens, everything you could possibly need in the kitchen including supplies of paper goods, coffee and condiments. The outside grill is huge and works well and there is even beach gear; chairs, umbrellas and bags for your convenience. The only negative about this house was that we had to leave! We can't wait to come back!"
    Guest: Suzanne H. Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: July 20, 2016
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  • Comfortable house, great location.

    "This was our first time at The Harpoon and may not be our last. We have been in some newer and higher-end houses on Plum Island and after a week this summer The Harpoon ranks high on our list. There is nothing fancy about the house -- just good character -- and that is just fine. Compared to other homes this one is prepared for vacation renters. It is not crowded with personal items, nor are most closets and cupboards off-limits, both of which can make you feel like you are intruding in someone's home. The main floor is open. Comfortable living room, good kitchen and eating area, good-sized bath. A plus is a separate room -- call it a reading room -- which is a nice feature if you want to have a place to sit quietly and look at a book or to play games, which we did. The downstairs (ground level) is partially finished and fully adequate as a third sleeping area (with bath and laundry). The upstairs (second floor) consists of two bedrooms and plenty of room and closets. The only thing I would note about the upstairs is the flooring, which is also is the ceiling for the first floor. Without carpeting and the usual air separation between floor and ceiling squeaks and other sounds travel easily between the floors. If that is a downside (a minor one) there also is a big upside about the house: the big deck. There is plenty of room to relax and recreate with the kids. Plenty of comfortable chairs and a nice outdoor dining table set that easily accommodated eight. Umbrellas were there for our use but we didn't feel the need to use them. And if the deck is nice, the location is even better. From that deck we can see water to the west (tidal area) and north (the Merrimack as it nears the ocean). The walk to the beach on the estuary takes less than a minute. If we wanted to walk to the ocean side it would have taken 5 minutes. To the playground even less. And with the Plum Island Lighthouse immediately on the south side of the property, we had an element of privacy as well as nice sight. Last, the very pleasant owner of the home was responsive to our questions and attentive to details at the house. We thank her for our week at The Harpoon and hope to return."
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 21, 2016
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  • One of the best weeks ever for our family!

    "This home is just amazing and ever so charming. Deborah, the owner was the sweetest and so fortunate to have such lovely properties. She even allowed our 'puppy', "Luna" to have her first Rockport adventure. We have been to Rockport many times but this by far was the coziest, fully stocked, beautifully decorated and whimsical home of all the places we stayed, ever! Deborah was there if we needed her but allowed us to feel independent. The location is just perfect as it is on a side street with not much traffic and just a minute or two walk to the town square, the ocean, Motif #1 and Bearskin. Parking was super and able to accommodate 2 cars per unit. My daughter loved the short walk to the Red Skiff for breakfast in the morning! The back yard is so quaint and sitting on the deck offered such a peaceful vibe. Honestly, there is nothing negative to say as everything was just perfect, peaceful and happy! We had one of the most relaxing Rockport vacations ever and will rent from her again next summer for sure. I'm already planning so we don't miss out on the month we hope to stay next year. Do not hesitate on this home for a second. Also, for those who may be afraid of the pets allowed, I can tell you there was not even a hint that any pet has stayed in the past. The place was pristine and the only smell was of the stunning gardens that surround the home! Rockport was just made more special to us because of Deborah and her beautiful home. Thank you so, so much and see you next year ! We will be in touch soon! =) PS. If any reader is planning a trip during the 4th of July, DONT MISS THE BONFIRE! It was the largest, most incredible bonfire I could even comprehend! The parade in both Gloucester and Rockport were just as quaint as one could imagine being in New England for such a celebration!"
    Guest: Lorraine K. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: July 31, 2016
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