CHARMING AND ARCHITECTURAL COTTAGES ON SECLUDED PRIVATE POND

Ben Spencer

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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CHARMING AND ARCHITECTURAL COTTAGES ON SECLUDED PRIVATE POND

Vineyard Haven Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Accomodations include 3 Bed/2 Bath Main House and 2 1 Bed Cottages, sleeps 6-10

Everyone's favorite rental! We recently completed a significant renovation of the house with many improvements and updates. Charming, quintessential Martha's Vineyard house situated on a spectacular private pond on 8.5 secluded acres in Lambert's Cove. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of conservation lands (Land Bank, Nature Conservancy, and Vineyard Open Land Foundation properties). Close to north shore beach (beach pass included with rental) and Seth's Pond - approximately one mile down Lambert's Cove Road. Three miles to shopping in both Vineyard Haven center and West Tisbury center. Three bedroom main house and two one-bedroom studio cottages available. Ferry reservations available for some summer weeks - early bookings are a must. Please see our personal website (see link at bottom of page).

Conservation Lands: The house is literally surrounded by extensive conservation lands that are wonderful for hiking, walking, and even some fishing. The Land Bank's Ripley's Field is on our street and is approximately 60 acres of a mixture of woodland trails and open fields. It connects to two more Land Bank properties - Tisbury Meadown Preserve and Wompesket, both with extensive acreage. The house is part of the Vineyard Open Land Foundation's Cranberry Acres which includes a 25-acre series of kettle ponds (which include Flat Bottom Pond behind the house, Duarte's Ponds, and Seth's Pond) and cranberry bogs. The VOLF is in the process of rehabilitating the old cranberry bogs and had its first harvest in the fall of 2005. Connecting to Cranberry Acres is the Hoft Farm, a very large (more than 100 acres) working farm owned by The Nature Conservancy which has large fields and ponds that are great for wandering. The Land Bank's Duarte's Pond is also in walking distance and has a stocked pond for fishing.

A Brief History : The house was built almost single-handedly by an artist and his family. Dubbed 'Woods House' because of its seclusion in the beautiful woodlands of Lambert's Cove, the central part of the house was built in 1965. The family was among a group of talented Vineyard artisans, craftsmen, and musicians, who came to the island in the '60's. He is an accomplished sculptor and, inspired by the work of Wharton Esherick, took great pleasure in imagining and creating the house in his own studio (a barn also on the property). The style can best be described as Craftsman. Particularly interesting details include the handmade doors, door fixtures, kitchen, cabinets, woodshed, decks, and numerous interior details. The barn and two cottages on the property were built in the '70's to house a growing family and creative output. To preserve his legacy, we have found a carpenter who worked with the artist in the '60's. He has worked on the house both refurbishing existing features and creating new ones.

The artist was influenced by Japanese art, which is evident in the house and the many unique trees planted 40 years ago which have grown into a mature grove. According to an experienced island arborist, the quality and variety of the trees are second only to the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury. In 2003, we acquired 2.2 acres of vacant land which was once part of Duarte's Campground and is now part of the Vineyard Open Land Foundation's Cranberry Acres and includes 25 acres of common land, 3 ponds, and a cranberry bog. In 2006, we acquired the 3.5 acre lot adjacent to the main house which includes most of Flat Bottom Pond and extensive woodlands in order to preserve our privacy and to expand the arboretum of unique and beautiful trees and plants. Our guests have universally remarked upon the terrific feel of the house - the comfortable yet simple layout, the bright and cozy rooms, the wonderful outdoor spaces overlooking the pond, and the incredible collection of trees.

For larger groups that need a second house, our next-door neighbors rent their house too. See the 'Links' page for their Homeaway lising (#3484385).

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
Hi Ben,

We're sadly home from your magical house...[the door knobs! the hidden doors! the wisteria vine! the fireplace with a heart!] We had great weather and the yard looked amazing. The gardener did a great job trimming and everything looked lovely. The house was perfect for the dinner, candle light everywhere, no bugs, warm air and lots of love floating around. The next day the breeze was out of the south and we had a wonderful sail and wedding aboard the Shenandoah. Your house provided the needed respite from the craziness and a place for the family to be together. Thanks so much. I'll forward shots of the yard as soon as I download them. It was quite beautiful.

Thanks again, everyone wants to return next year.
Sep 2006
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Ben Spencer

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Ben is a physician at Columbia University Medical Center specializing in the treatment of patients with urologic cancers and doing health outcomes research for these cancers, with a focus on racial disparities.

Georgia is a physician in private practice in Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties specializing in Gastroenterology.

Ben Spencer purchased this cottage in 1999

I visited the island as a kid many times, spent summers during college working on the island, and when I found myself in Boston for my medical residency during the 1990's, I had the opportunity of pursuing my dream of having a Vineyard retreat of my own. To us, the house and property represent all that makes the Vineyard so special: hand-built house is a piece of artwork itself, gorgeous physical setting, close proximity to conservation lands with ponds and beaches, and an overall otherwordly feeling make one feel transported from our more hectic lives at home.

Gorgeous setting, Land Bank properties and conservation lands in walking distance, Seth's Pond, multiple outbuildings allow for expanding to larger groups, each with their own private and quiet spot.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Vineyard Haven Martha's Vineyard
Plainsboro, NJ
5

Full of character and charm!

  • 5 of 5
This charming and beautiful cottage makes you feel instantly at home. Tucked away and overlooking a pond with wild flowers blooming, it was truly a fairy tale experience. The kitchen is stocked with every appliance you need, the linen closet full, and the wood stove worked like a charm for a surprisingly chilly April night. Ideally located near grocery stores, main street, and the ferry, one can still leave behind all hub bub and chaos, either secluded back at home or when walking on a nearby trail. We were pleasantly surprised to be met with a stellar book and magazine collection, a wide variety of board games, and high speed internet (for those few moments you do want to connect with the outside world!) Ben was attentive, always accessible by phone, even checking in to see how our everything was after we first arrived and reminding us to bring a flashlight. It was a truly wonderful experience, sure to be enjoyed by all.

Do note however that we received almost zero cellphone reception at the cottage and other parts of the island. The land line was available for local and long distance calls, but those tethered to their blackberry's should watch out - you truly get away from it all here!


We enjoyed the cottage immensely as well as its immediate surroundings and we were able to take walks and small hikes nearby. While it took us a while to find the house on Friday night when it was dark, we quickly became familiar with the area.
  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
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Vineyard Haven Martha's Vineyard
washington, dc
5

Yum

  • 5 of 5
We loved our stay here. The house exceeded our expectations of a beautiful and interesting old-fashioned new england cottage. (It's better than the photos, always a pleasant surprise.) The surroundings are a nature-lover's dream, especially the wisteria-covered trellises in back. How peaceful to wake up and look out at tendrils, and osprey over the pond, and to hear bull frogs at night. We adults loved it, and our children loved it with its various mysteries and nooks. It's walkable to the beach, and other nearby beaches are terrific too after hours. There are also two great swimming holes (ponds) nearby. Nearby, albeit a short drive, is the excellent State Street Restaurant, and Fiddlehead Market and Allie's General Store for food. Definitely clean. Frankly, I'd like to move the whole house to our property in Maine, sans perhaps the other outdoor structures which we didn't use. If you want old-fashioned Vineyard (with all the modern amenities), go for this.
  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
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Vineyard Haven Martha's Vineyard
Ohio
2

Beautiful cottage, however...

  • 2 of 5
The house was as described for the most part and does look like the pictures, a beautiful cottage. You can not beat the location, if you enjoy seclusion. We did enjoy exploring the island and the owner was very pleasant to deal with.

The house is very private, overlooks a gorgeous pond that teams with life; water lilies, dragon flies and you will hear bull frogs at night.

If you choose to stay here I would definitely recommend bringing a car to the island, the house is quite a distance off a dirt/sand road, in the woods.

With that being said, some things you need to know about the house is that it does not have air conditioning and could use some cleaning and maintenance.
There was some kind of fungus growing in the kitchen window screen. We found garbage outside on the deck that we cleaned up ourselves. There were ants in the kitchen. When we arrived there was hair in the sheets and we had to wash the linens. There were dirty towels stowed in the bottom of the linen closet that we also had to wash. I guess the house cleaner missed the sheets and dirty towels. It might not have been his regular cleaning person that cleaned before our visit, which may have contributed to some of our difficulties. Also, there was only one washcloth, so you may want to bring extras or you have to do laundry every day, like we did. There are two washcloths there now, as I bought one and left it there. The bathrooms were lacking toilet paper on arrival, which the owner did quickly resolved. My biggest complaint was the beds were very uncomfortable and hard, and the linens had holes in them, not quite as advertised.

The owner also needs to update the information that the house includes a beach pass to Pilot Hill Beach and not Lamberts Cove.

We ended up leaving a day early as our time was not comfortable there, due to the record heat and the hard beds. Most of these issues were minor bumps in the road, but in retrospect, I think I would have preferred to stay at a nice hotel in Edgartown and given up a bit of seclusion.

But overall, we are glad we went, it was our first time to Martha's Vineyard and we did enjoy our time on the island.
  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
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Vineyard Haven Martha's Vineyard
Washington, DC
5

Wonderful property with tons of character

  • 5 of 5
We recently had the pleasure of staying at this wonderful property for two weeks this summer. The location is great -- you feel a world away (all the cottages are very private), but are a quick car or bike ride to town. The owner is one of the easiest people I have ever dealt with when renting a house and went above and beyond to make sure our stay was truly special. The house itself has tons of charm -- we loved all the special touches, especially the wood carvings, and it is very well thought out. The property also has flexibility if you are not sure how many will be in your party -- the owner doesn't rent out the other cottages and they are there if you need them (but you are not paying for them if you don't). We would definitely rent it again -- it is really a unique and special place.
  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
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Vineyard Haven Martha's Vineyard
West Springfield, MA
5

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Hi Ben, Your house was the perfect getaway for us teachers during the winter break. We slept late (such a luxury), ate on the back deck because ...
  • 5 of 5
Hi Ben,
Your house was the perfect getaway for us teachers during the winter break. We slept late (such a luxury), ate on the back deck because it was that nice out, hung out by the fire, and took long walks on the beaches and surrounding trails. It looked magical one night when it started to softly snow. We were all around the fire playing a board game and we flicked on the light to the back deck only to notice huge snowflakes in the light. It was so peaceful! It was a perfect trip. We all appreciated the wonderful accommodations. We hope to return next winter!
  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
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Vineyard Haven Martha's Vineyard
Baltimore MD
5

Loved every detail!!

  • 5 of 5
We were lucky enough to rent the main house on this property for a few days in April at the last minute. The owner was incredibly friendly, helpful, and very responsive via email. This is an amazing house and location for anyone who wants some peace and quiet, while still being close to the action of Vineyard Haven. Set down a long winding road, it feels very isolated, yet it's just a five minute drive to downtown, and the ferry. The house itself, and the history of it, were captivating. There are such amazing details throughout that it was hard to ever want to leave! The kitchen was fantastic and totally well equipped. The bathrooms looked like they were out of a magazine with the wood walls and claw foot tubs. Beds were comfortable and the linens were great. The living room has a great wood burning stove, and very nice furnishings, and you can sit and look at the pond all day (we were there when it was cold!). The deck off of the living room looked seemed fantastic for al fresco dining when it's warmer. I am trying to figure out when we could bring our children back here, because between the pond, the rec barn, and the sleeping loft, they would love it there. It is a really beautiful property, and I can't wait to go back.
  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Martha's Vineyard Airport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Steamship Authority
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
North Shore
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Mink Meadows
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Black Dog Cafe, Lambert's Cove Inn
Car: recommended

Swimming

Tennis

Art Galleries

Sailing

Jet-skiing

Kayaking

Movies

Bookstore

Video Store

Extensive walking trails

Bicycling

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Vineyard Haven Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
Jun 29 2014 - Aug 30 2014
7 night minimum stay
$3,950
 
 
Labor Day
Aug 31 2014 - Sep 6 2014
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
 
September 7-14
Sep 7 2014 - Sep 13 2014
7 night minimum stay
$3,250
 
 
September 14-21
Sep 14 2014 - Sep 20 2014
3 night minimum stay
$600
$2,950
 
 
September 21-28
Sep 21 2014 - Sep 27 2014
3 night minimum stay
$500
$2,750
 
 
September 28-October 4
Sep 28 2014 - Oct 4 2014
3 night minimum stay
$450
$2,250
 
 
Fall Offseason
Oct 5 2014 - Dec 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
$400
$1,750
 
 
Winter Offseason
Jan 1 2015 - Mar 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,200
 
 
Spring Offseason
Apr 1 2015 - May 23 2015
3 night minimum stay
$300
From
$350
Fri,Sat
$1,750
 
 
Memorial Day
May 24 2015 - May 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
$500
$2,250
 
 
Early June
May 31 2015 - Jun 6 2015
3 night minimum stay
$500
$2,250
 
 
June 7-14
Jun 7 2015 - Jun 13 2015
3 night minimum stay
$600
$2,750
 
 
June 14-21
Jun 14 2015 - Jun 20 2015
3 night minimum stay
$700
$2,950
 
 
June 21-28
Jun 21 2015 - Jun 27 2015
3 night minimum stay
$800
$3,500
 
 
Summer 2015
Jun 28 2015 - Aug 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
$3,950
 
 
Labor Day
Aug 30 2015 - Sep 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
 
September 6-13
Sep 6 2015 - Sep 12 2015
3 night minimum stay
$750
$3,250
 
 
September 13-20
Sep 13 2015 - Sep 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
$700
$2,950
 
 
September 20-27
Sep 20 2015 - Sep 26 2015
3 night minimum stay
$500
$2,750
 
 
September 27-October 3
Sep 27 2015 - Oct 3 2015
3 night minimum stay
$450
$2,250
 
 
Fall Offseason
Oct 4 2015 - Jan 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
$400
$1,750
 
 
Winter Offseason
Jan 3 2016 - Apr 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,200
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$300
From
$350
Fri,Sat
$1,750
$5,000
 

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Notes We never use wire transfers. Please be aware that there have been attempted scams involving intercepted emails and requests to wire money to the perpetrator. If you ever have any concerns, please call the phone numbers listed to speak with the property owner (Ben) directly.
50% due upon booking the rental
Balance due 60 days prior to start date of rental
Security/Cleaning deposit due 60 days prior to start date of rental
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Amenities

Amenities

Vineyard Haven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Lake
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Broadband Access
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Iron & Board
  • Alarm Clock
  • Laundry Soap
  • Basic Soaps
  • Telephone
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Heating
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master - toilet , shower , Claw foot Tub
    2nd Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Claw foot Tub
    Outdoor - outdoor shower , Behind Main House
    Hill Camp - outdoor shower
    Pond Camp - outdoor shower , toilet , Composting toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 queen
    2nd Downstairs - 1 queen
    Upstairs - 2 twin/ single
    Writer's Studio - 1 queen
    Cottage - 2 twin/ single
  • All of the beds in the main house were replaced in 2013. The second downstairs bedrooms also has a small sleeping loft with a twin size futon. The two twins in one of the cottages can be brought together to create a 'queen-equivalent.'
Entertainment:
  • Stereo ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • DVD Player
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Wood Deck
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Small Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • children welcome ...
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • live theater
Leisure Activities:
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • fitness center
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • kayaking
  • surfing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • cycling
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • surf fishing
Notes:
There is a large Activity Barn on the property that is available to guests. It is particularly useful on rainy days for children. It is a single large room with high ceilings and about 1,000 square feet. It has a ping pong table, TV with cable (including HBO and Showtime) and VCR, and basic furniture. We also have a mooring on Lake Tashmoo which we can make available to you if desired.
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