Charming Hillside Cottage is a 5-year-old, custom-built family home. Fine workmanship and materials, 9-foot ceilings, deck and screened porch. This house is sun-drenched and has panoramic views of surrounding area with glimpses of Menemsha and Squibnocket ponds, plus the ocean. Quiet, private, secluded setting.
Enjoy a stroll to Menemsha pond beach (5 minutes by foot). or use your key to a shared private beach on the south shore (5 minute drive & no Philbin town beach parking hassle or expense). Three sea kayaks (1 double & 2 singles) are included in the rental.
The open living room/dining/kitchen area has a wood-burning fireplace, as well as handsome built-in bookshelves and desk. The kitchen is well-equipped and a pleasure to work in.
Upstairs, the master bedroom has its own full bath and opens onto a private balcony. The lower bedroom is furnished with lovely antique Danish beds that we can set up as two twins or a queen, according to your needs. A comfortable convertible couch turns the study/den into a separate bedroom, next to the main floor bathroom. The living room, too, has a sofa-bed for extra sleeping spaces. Ample storage throughout.
Added features include: gas grill, a large screened porch with eating and lounging areas, a spacious upper deck, and a roomy outdoor shower.
Keywords: light and airy house, private (shared) access to ocean beach and to Menemsha Pond beach, country and water views, seclusion, kayaks/bikes included in rental
Gardner Brown is a semi-retired environmental economist, and Victoria Farr Brown is a writer of fiction and blogger for Whim W'Him dance company in Seattle (whimwhim.org/blog). They live in Seattle when not in Martha's Vineyard. Gardner has been coming to Martha's Vineyard all his life, as have our sons. Victoria first visited the island in 1964. While in Aquinnah in the summer, we stay in our old unwinterized cottage or 'camp,' built in 1954. It is 60 yards away from the new house (of this ad) and screened by trees and shrubs. In other seasons we stay in the new house.
We built the house we are renting because our family was growing, we wanted to be able to visit Aquinnah off-season when our old summer cottage is not habitable, and we had always wanted to particiate in the design of a house and life on the island year-round.
Seclusion, being part of the unique community life of Aquinnah, swimming in the ocean and Menemsha pond, sailing, kayaking, eating fresh seafood, enjoying the beauty, amenities and quirks of island life.
5 minute walk to private (shared) Menemsha Pond beach for sun-bathing, quahog digging, kayaking. Use of 3 kayaks (1 double, 2 single) and 3 bikes/helmets included in rental. Use of key to (shared) ocean beach also included. House is located 1/2 mile off the main road in a very quiet, secluded area. Only two houses visible from ours.