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MID-ISLAND COMPOSER'S HOME WITH LARGE BACKYARD AND TREES

Marcel and Ose Schwab

Advertiser since: 2012
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Speaks: english, swedish
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Marcel and Ose Schwab

Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks: english, swedish
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MID-ISLAND COMPOSER'S HOME WITH LARGE BACKYARD AND TREES

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Overview

West Tisbury House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath (Sleeps 7)

The Manheim House sits away from the crowds on a 1-acre plot of land in the middle of Martha's Vineyard. It was built in the early 1900s, and in the early 1950's Ernest Manheim and his wife Ann purchased the summer home at the urging of their close friends, Thomas Hart and Rita Benton.

From the house, one can walk to the famous Alley's General Store. At this small country store, you can purchase basic food essentials, newspapers, books, household items, and coffee. You can also catch the Island bus there.

The house has three bedrooms (all with a full size bed at least) and a loft that easily serves as a kids' bedroom. The living room is large and accommodates lots of guests. A futon in the living room will sleep a fourth couple, if needed.

The house still retains a few hand-made furniture pieces, lamps, end tables, and a coffee table. While alive, Ernest Manheim did all his own repairs on and in the house.

Although small, the kitchen contains the essentials: refrigerator, microwave, oven/stove, washing machine, and a dryer.

The master bedroom contains two closets and a fireplace. For those who enjoy the colder months, this fireplace may come in handy.

One of the small bedrooms boasts of being the room where Ernest Manheim composed many of his compositions. Sit at the small desk and gaze out at the rose bushes for creative inspiration.

The opposite bedroom has a feminine feeling and can house a couple - even with bad backs, as the mattress is the famous Swedish foam.

Enjoy the large yard and throw the Frisbee or play croquet, volleyball, badminton, or other yard sports.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Marcel and Ose Schwab (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2012
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Speaks: english, swedish

About Marcel and Ose Schwab

The original owner, Ernest Manheim, was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1900. School interests were in chemistry. His remarkable gifts in music were discovered by his sister’s piano teacher, who would later become a renowned American conductor, Fritz Reiner. In 1914 World War I broke out. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was aligned with Germany against the allied powers, Britain, France, Italy, and later the United States. Manheim volunteered as a cadet officer in the Hungarian Army at age 17 and saw combat on the Italian front. He volunteered again to an army mobilized in 1920 to defend against Czech and Romanian forces attempting to carve off pieces of the defeated Hungary.

Dismayed by the strange human behaviors that had toppled the 400-uyear old Austro-Hungarian monarchy and cost millions of lives. Ernest went to Germany to study sociology. He participated in the famous Sunday Circle, led by the Hungarian writer and leftist philosopher Gyorgy Lukacs. The circle included Ernest’s more famous older cousin, Karl Mannheim, Bela Bartok, Bela Balasz, and Tibor Polanyi.

At Leipzig University, where he would complete his PhD dissertation, Ernest met and married a fellow student, Anna Vitters – a blonde descendant of the Vidukind Saxons from north Germany. They moved to England, where Ernest’s better known older cousin, Karl Mannheim (a well known pioneer in sociology) had become established at the University of London. In 1936 Ernest moved to the University of Chicago, later followed by wife and young son Frank. In 1938 he took up his post at the University of Kansas City. Later, he quipped to friends: “ I lost two wars before I was 21. I determined that in the next war I’d be on the winning side!” (and he was).

Marcel and Ose Schwab purchased this house in 1952

Why Marcel and Ose Schwab chose West Tisbury

The Ernest Manheim House began as a modest bungalow purchased in 1952. It was picked out for the Manheim family of Kansas City by Rita Benton, wife of regionalist painter and longtime Chilmark summer resident, Thomas Hart Benton. The Benton and Manheim families were friends from Kansas City. During the academic year Benton worked at the KC Conservatory of the Arts. Ernest Manheim was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Sociology at Kansas City University. Manheim, an avid music lover and composer, and Benton were drawn to each other by interest in folk music and both families’ mutual interest in culture and politics.

The Bentons had become legendary on the Vineyard in the 1930s and 40s for Saturday night parties featuring folk music and flowing booze. Though he never published his collections, Benton was a pioneer along with the Lomax’s in discovering the riches of American folk music in the early 1930s. At this time prominent musicologists claimed that American folk music did not exist. Benton had become a skilled harmonica player and also entrained students like Jackson Pollock to learn harmonica and play in his band.

The modest house reflects Ernest Manheim’s unassuming, renaissance man personality He was not only one of the most broadly informed intellectuals in America, but had but had been a superb athlete who might have qualified for the 1920 Olympics had not Hungary been torn by conflict after World War II. He made much of the furniture in the house. His wife Ann, taught French and ceramics at a prep school in Kansas City, and contributed to joint effort in lamp making – as can be seen. After the death of Ann Manheim Ernest – at age 91 – married again. The new Dr. Sheelagh Manheim was 45 years Ernest’s junior! Now the house is owned by Frank Manheim and managed by Ose and Marcel Schwab, Ernest’s granddaughter and grandson-in law.

What makes this house unique

This house reflects its owners spirit - of intellectual curiosity, love of nature, music appreciation, and a love of books. The book collection reflects the breadth of interests of the Manheim household. Music is a major item. Guests can follow recordings of all Mozart symphonies on Dover edition miniature scores. Those who have never listened to classical music with scores might be surprised at what a fascinating treat this can turn out to be. The variety of books in the large living room and the bedrooms defies simple description. The symphony scores contrast with a coffee table history of the Rolling Stones; there are natural history handbooks (mushrooms, trees, etc.), books by Dionne Riggs and Vineyard mysteries by her daughter, Cynthia; books by and about Tom Benton, novels, biographies, and Mao Tse Tung’s Little Red Book.

The newly renovated bathroom offers a welcome modern touch, and new landscaping along Edgartown road includes tall European elderberry bushes that will reach 30’. To connoisseurs the spring flowers of the elderberries provide exhilarating drink and jellies, and the ripe dark purple berries are among the highest in vitamin C and antioxidants of any fruit or berry.

The Manheim and Schwab family welcomes you. We hope that the Ernest Manheim house will provide you with a friendly home and base for enjoying Martha’s Vineyard.

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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.7
based on 6 traveler reviews

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Mid-Island Composer's Home with Large Backyard and Trees
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Perfect place to stay in West Tinsbury

  • 5 of 5
Great place to stay on the Vineyard. Very neat and clean accommodations. Furnished with everything you need for a great vacation. Location was perfect, we were able to see the entire island. We will be back.
  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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A lovely vacation house!

  • 5 of 5
I can't thank Marcel and Ose enough for opening their lovely house during my family's stay in Marth's Vineyard! Not only was the house cosy with unique decor, it was well equipped with great care. Each room had characters filled with inspiring book collections and lovely display items. The owners were super helpful sharing sightseeing information with us! We couldn't ask for more!
  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Nice house, great location

  • 4 of 5
We booked this house on a very short notice, and the owner was very accommodating and easy to communicate with. The house is very nice and spacious, with a large and private back yard. The location is ideal - a short drive from everything. There were four bikes in good working condition - no need to bring your own. The only drawback is that the house is on a very busy road.
  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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amherst, MA
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Manheim House

  • 5 of 5
We have been spending a week at the Manheim house off and on since our kids (now 20 and 24) were middle schoolers. Being musicians ourselves, what drew us to the house initally was that it had been inhabited by a composer, and indeed, the house and yard have a peaceful, and sweet spirit that is alive and well. The Manheim House is warm, generous, well stocked and inviting. It is perfect in its simplicity, and function, yet aesthetically very pleasing with all of its hand carved furniture. We love its location near our favorite places, the Farmer's Market and the Field Gallery, and an easy drive to Aquinnah and Lambert's Cove, and kayaking around the corner down New Lane.
Some houses ask something of its inhabitants. The Manheim House invites you to be yourself and relax completely.
  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Great location, sweet house!

  • 4 of 5
You couldn't ask for a more convenient location. This house is no more than 20 minutes' drive from anything on the Vineyard, and it's so easy to get around using the Island Bus. The house is nicely maintained, and the yard is a delight. We had one small problem and the owner took care of it immediately. The only minus is that the house is very close to a busy road, so didn't offer as much restful silence as we might have wished. Other than that it provided a great week of beach, fishing, biking, walking, shopping, etc. Would happily return!
  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback Nina. We are planning to build a fence this spring to reduce the noise.
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  • 5 of 5
It is a lovely home and the renting experience was very easy and personable. It is a classic Vineyard house, making for a very enjoyable experience.
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children

Map

Map

Car: recommended

The house is close to a bike trail and bus transportation to the rest of the island.

Photos

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From $125 Per night

West Tisbury House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
$125
$700
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $100

Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Amenities

West Tisbury House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Town
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Loft - 1 twin/ single , Kid's bedroom
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The house has three bedrooms (all with a full size bed at least) and a loft that easily serves as a kids' bedroom. The living room is large and accommodates lots of guests. A futon in the living room will sleep a fourth couple, if needed. Consider that you will be sitting in hand-made furniture designed and built by Ernest Manheim himself. The master bedroom contains two closets and a fireplace. For those who enjoy the colder months, this fireplace may come in handy.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Toys
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
The charm of this house is the large wood-paneled living room with loft. It is modest but charming. Great thinkers, musicians, scholars, scientists, sociologists have visited this home.

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