LANDMARK HOUSE. EXCEPTIONAL HILLTOP AND OCEAN VIEWS, 2 PRIVATE BEACHES.

Robert Schmidt

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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LANDMARK HOUSE. EXCEPTIONAL HILLTOP AND OCEAN VIEWS, 2 PRIVATE BEACHES.

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5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 1 half bath. Sleeps 10.

Sunrises and sunsets grace this outstanding hilltop home boasting wrap-around views over fields, ponds, sea, far islands, and ocean beyond. Linger over breakfast in the bright, eat-in kitchen, or savor the panorama first-hand from a lounge chair on the sunny back deck. Walk through the fields (or drive) to our intimate, private Beach #1, perfect for young and old (no surf), where you can also secure your kayak or small sailboat. Visit 2 local town beaches, or access our pristine, key-member Beach #2 for surf or quieter pursuits in the big adjacent pond. Back home, relax in 2 comfortable living rooms (one casual), or watch the sunset from deep chairs on the front porch. Seafood dinners get merry around the gracious dining table, followed by drinks or cards in the tower living room. Your master bedroom is upstairs in the same lovely tower, or choose the 1st floor master with joining handicap bathroom. All bedrooms have ocean views, art, comfortable details. A handicap-friendly home.

A stand-out home, with an outstanding history. The hilltop Tower House estate is an up-island landmark for its yellow-painted Queen Anne main house with red roof, and ball-topped tower. The grounds include a meadow-sized lawn beyond the main house, perfect for weddings and large, tented parties or celebrations. The grounds also include the property's well-kept, original horse barn, and a charming, newly-renovated guest house (see description below). The Tower House estate property has changed hands only once since beginning as a multi-acre farm in the early 1800's. It has been in our family for over 50 years now -- and is now cared for by a third generation.

Access to two private beaches has also been part of this property's special character, for a half-century or more.

Enjoy the use of one house -- or two!: The Tower House can be rented two ways: as a gracious single residence, or together with its fully-equipped guest house, which is located close by on the estate grounds. The 2-story guest house -- Lovey's Cottage -- sleeps 5 people in 3 bedrooms, and has its own entrance, private deck and walled garden. Like the Tower House, Lovey's Cottage provides the same outstanding fields-to-ocean view, and is also handicap-accessible with 1st floor sleeping capacity and handicap bathroom with shower. Combined, the Tower House and Lovey's Cottage sleep 15 guests -- an arrangement which works very well for weddings... for large groups of friends... or for large families with varying needs and ages (ie. grandparents favoring quiet time, in-laws valuing their personal space, or a young family with children's separate nap or early-bedtime requirements). Note: Lovey's is designed to be its own private, independent rental residence on the estate grounds, when not rented in unison with the Tower House.

A wealth of activities nearby...: Countless memorable enjoyments are within close reach of the Tower House -- besides our lovely beaches! Sample wonderful restaurants, good casual eateries, an active community center, public library, and lively grocery store within 3 miles. Menemsha village is just across the pond, with charming shops, fishing charters, and just-caught seafood arriving off traditional trawlers each afternoon. A brisk bike-ride from the house takes you to Lobsterville for 'insider' shoreline fishing, or to Aquinnah's beaches and magnificently colored cliffs. Farmer's markets, art galleries, craft and antique fairs start at West Tisbury mid-island, with exceptional shopping boutiques, good live theater, bookstores and ever-changing movies just beyond in 3 bustling towns. Nature walks and bike trails criss-cross the island, 3 golf courses offer tee-times, and history comes alive in charming byways and museums. Or simply relax at home, with croquet, internet, good books, puzzles & games, shady nap-spots!

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the owner
The house is a genuine holiday home, New England Style. Nothing overly pretentious, but with loads of charm, space and very well appointed.

The house and its position make for some of the best views on the Island. Never a dull moment as they can be viewed from the deck or from cozy inside...sun, sunsets and dawns, thunder, rain, lightning, fog, brilliant clear skies. etc We saw everything.

The house is light and airy and most of all, spacious. There were lots of places to escape to, to write, or read in comfortable chairs.

The furnishings are exactly what I would expect in a nice holiday home. Good, bright colors and serviceable so one is not always in a panic with small children. I also appreciated the huge amount of pretty china, glass and cutlery and dishes and towels and sheets!

The kitchen has lots of room for many people to cook in, or just sit around in and chat.

The proximity and ease of access to the deck means that the deck really becomes an extension of the kitchen. Wonderful. The ramps are marvelous. The two youngest children rolled balls, cars and themselves up and down them in endless games.

I loved all the paintings...who is the artist in the family?

We didn't do anything really special. Just enjoyed the atmosphere, the remarkable water views, the birds, the chance to read and wind down and then go out to make the most of the beaches. The cousins all got to know each other and the spouses got to know the family they had married into. We also got to re acquaint ourselves with delicious lobster and clams and swordfish!

Paddle Boards at your private beach at Menemsha Pond below the house were an endless amusement for all the kids, and it was so calm, safe and shallow there that adults watching them could relax.

We were not looking for a sophisticated holiday (who does on the Vineyard?) and were very content to just enjoy being all together. Meanwhile, we knew that information on everything beyond the immediate environment was well described in your master guest book, if we had wanted many more activities, farther afield. It was just all a marvelous 2 weeks!
Jul 2013
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Robert Schmidt

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Speaks english
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Landmark house. Exceptional hilltop and ocean views, 2 private beaches.
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
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Landmark house. Exceptional hilltop and ocean views, 2 private beaches.
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perfect for a wedding

  • 5 of 5
We rented the house the Wednesday before our wedding through the Wednesday after. Our wedding party used the house and the cottage next door leading up to our Saturday wedding and our parents and families used the houses after the big day to wind down. Everybody only had wonderful things to say about these beautiful beach cottages. We had our wedding reception in a tent on the lawn and our cocktail hour near the deck overlooking Mememsha pond. Not a lot of people who come to the Vineyard for a weekend get to see the beauty of up island and it was amazing to have our own little piece of this paradise for the week to show our guests. I look forward to hopefully renting again with our family someday!
  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our warm Congratulations on your wedding! We're delighted you so enjoyed our property, its widespread lawns, extensive views and its ability to accommodate you, your parents and many of your close family members for the week -- as your party combined the use of the big main house and the on-site guest cottage also!
Quick question though -- we weren't sure about the 'beach cottages' you mentioned, as our property with its two houses crowns a hill (though it overlooks several beaches -- and offers private access to 2 others!). Regardless, we're certainly appreciative that you chose to celebrate your wedding surrounded by the real beauty of up-island, and in "our own little piece of paradise" -- which you made your own, and were able to show and share with guests in your wonderful wedding week!
We welcome you back with your family, in years to come!
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Landmark house. Exceptional hilltop and ocean views, 2 private beaches.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p293730
Chilmark Martha's Vineyard
5

A perfect place to stay, year after year ...

  • 5 of 5
Time spent at The Tower House is like taking a step back in time where I feel transported to a more leisurely gracious pace of life. I instantly feel at ease in the spacious rambling Victorian house surrounded by a big expanse of lawn (ideal for croquet or just about any sport). I love the feel of the airy, cheery rooms (lovingly decorated with artwork and beautiful bedding). The light is spectacular in and out. The front porch is perfect for afternoon tea bathed in sunset light. The back deck is perfect for just about anything … outdoor meals, reading, napping, bird watching … but one of my favorite pastimes is simply soaking up the breathtaking unobstructed vista and expansive view of Menemsha Pond. The updated kitchen is cook and company friendly and a great place to gather a large group in the morning and end of day. I’ve slept in almost all of the bedrooms and each one is welcoming.

If we can tear ourselves away from the house … the choice of private beaches is an especially cherished perk of the house. Lovey’s Beach is walking distance from the house, and a favorite place for an early morning or sunset walk. The access to Hancock Beach is one of the most anticipated repeat experiences. It rates as one of the top beaches I’ve ever visited – as good for walking along the water’s edge as swimming. A majestic setting that leaves an indelible imprint.

It’s been fun to see the local food movement develop over recent years … and there are any number of small farms where you can pick up fresh vegetables, cheeses, and meats either directly at the farms or at the farmers markets.

This is a place that I look forward to visiting again and again – both for the familiar pleasures as well as exploring and discovering new ones. It’s a little piece of heaven. And it seems to get better each time I visit.
  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
Owner's Response: We're delighted that you and your family enjoy so many of the welcoming elements that make the Tower House and its hilltop location a place where guests feel simultaneously special and at home!
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Chilmark House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Rate 2
Jun 21 2014 - Aug 30 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$7,500
 
 
Rate 3
Aug 31 2014 - Sep 30 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
 
 
Summer 2015
Jun 20 2015 - Aug 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
$7,500
 
 
Fall 2015
Aug 30 2015 - Oct 14 2015
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 

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Cleaning $350
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Amenities

Amenities

Chilmark House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Local Maps
  • Basic Soaps
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Handicap, first floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • Bathroom #3 is on the main floor level and has full wheelchair access.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 270 degree views from tower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , sunrise and sunset views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , handicap bath, water views
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , water views
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , sunset view
Entertainment:
  • Games for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Small Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • arboretum
  • forests
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • antiquing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • surfing
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • roller blading
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • pier fishing
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • golf privileges optional
Notes:
The house is wheelchair accessible, with ramp entry to deck, and first-floor bedroom and joining wheelchair-friendly bathroom with roll-up sink and roll-in shower. Security deposit. A $500.00 fully refundable security deposit is required.
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