|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Charming Hillside Cottage is a 7-year-old, custom-built family home. Fine workmanship and materials throughout, 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). Bicycles and 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 can be 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, when we visit the island, 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 participate in the design of a house and life on the island year-round.
Seclusion; being part of the unique community life of Aquinnah; swimming, surfing, and body surfing, in the ocean and Menemsha pond; sailing, kayaking; eating fresh seafood and farm produce, enjoying the beauty, amenities and quirks of island life.
A vacation on the vineyard is great anytime of year but it is even more beautiful in the fall! The hillside cottage was the perfect place to stay! It's obvious that the owners love their home and it is beautifully maintained! The cottage provides everything you would need for a wonderful stay but also has a great homey feel! The pond and beach access was a plus! We took several of the owners recommendations for great hiking trails, dinner and shopping! It was truly difficult to leave and we can't wait to stay there again! The Hillside cottage would be a great place to stay any time of the year!!!
We just returned from an excellent winter stay at the Hillside cottage, and it exceeded our expectations in every way! The house is beautiful inside and out, and is very comfortable even in the middle of winter. It's off the beaten path on a very quiet part of the island, and the views (especially sunrise!) from the master bedroom are spectacular (it's like sleeping in a cupola!). We would love to come back in the future!
We just returned from a 4 day stay at the Hillside Cottage in Aquinnah and had a wonderful time. The cottage is "Up-Island" on Martha's Vineyard, which is a beautiful, peaceful section of the island. Something about the area also seemed to make people really friendly. We met lots of nice people on our walks around the beaches. We even ended up with a dinner invitation. The biggest plus about the house is the 3 kayaks and access to Menemsha Pond. You take a short walk down a beautiful dirt lane and suddenly the world opens to an incredible tidal salt pond. The house also comes with access to a private beach.
The house was recently built, so it is very clean and modern. Beautiful kitchen with nice natural light. The kitchen was well stocked, offering everything you need to concoct a seafood feast (pick up some seafood from Larsen's in Menemsha). The house has a nice screened in porch, perfect for lazing away the afternoon, reading one of the books from the bookshelf or watching goldfinches play in the echinacea bushes. The house also has a fireplace for chilly nights.
Aquinnah has a magical feel to it, and this cottage fits right in. We found our stay to be relaxing and inspiring. We plan to return!!
P.S. The house is steps away from Lobsterville Beach, where we caught numerous bluefish and striped bass. :)
Four of us had a vacation that we enjoyed immensely and hated leaving. The house was perfect, well designed with three different levels, so everyone had their private space. The woodwork throughout the house was beautiful. The kitchen, dining, and living rooms were open-concept, just right for a vacation with friends. Every evening we retreated to the upstairs deck for wine and appetizers and looked out toward the bay and ocean. The sunsets were magnificent. The screened-in porch off the kitchen was another room in which to sit and relax. The house is on a hill with views all around. Very private and quiet. The outdoor shower was a real treat. The kitchen was stocked with every type of utensil you would ever need. There were also some essentials such as balsamic vinegar, olive oil, etc. I would suggest checking in the cabinets at the house before going grocery shopping. We used the bicycles and kayaks supplied by the owners. My email exchanges with the owner were friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this rental.
We absolutely love this house. A most perfect family vacation in every way and the house and environment completely support and encourage that. We have three young kids: ages 11 and under and they were very content here reading on the porch, running around, going to beach, simply enjoying summer life. We feel so lucky to have stayed here.
We absolutely LOVED the Hillside Cottage! House was impecable and had everything you could possibly need to make your stay comfortable. Everything worked and was in great condition. Owners were helpful and made sure to answer any questions we had and even provided reccomendations of what to do, where to go during our stay. I would reccomend this everyone and hope to come back soon myself!
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 7 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
$500 reservation/damage deposit (separate from rent), returned 10 days after stay completed, minus $150 for cleaning.
First half of rent due 2 months in advance of arrival. Second half of rent due two weeks in advance of arrival.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.