|Minimum Stay||28 nights|
Take a look at this light and cheerful turn-of-the-century home, perched on a quiet street atop a tree-lined hill near the center of historic Ipswich. From top to bottom, pine floors cast a golden glow. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the kitchen/dining area overlook a lush hill and a deck where you can relax, read, and dine al fresco. The well-equipped kitchen is open to the dining area and comfortable seating. In the living room, lounge on the overstuffed, modular sofa, which faces a cabinet concealing the pivot-able television and sound system. Additional chairs are right at hand. The second floor has two bedrooms and a full bathroom with combined shower and bathtub. The third-floor penthouse is one bright, semi-divided room which can double as bedroom and studio/office. There are air-conditioners and fans throughout. With a receipt for at least two weeks rental in Ipswich, the town will issue a parking sticker for Crane Beach ($20).
From the penthouse window, get a glimpse through the treetops of quiet, winding streets leading past centuries-old homes, and down to the Ipswich River, Town Wharf, and picturesque paths. Walk to excellent restaurants, shopping, train, library, banks, post-office, museums, galleries, and playgrounds. Relax and enjoy miles of sandy beaches, scenic marshes, woodlands, and river—a feast for sports and wildlife enthusiasts. Visit the Crane Estate, a magnificent setting for picnic concerts throughout July and August. At Russell Orchard and Winery, pick your own fruits, inhale the scent of fresh apple cider, and choose from an array of homemade pies, breads, jams and other delicacies. Venture along the coast to the nearby towns of Gloucester, Newburyport, Rockport, Essex, Salem and Marblehead, where you’ll find world-class music and theatre, antiques centers, galleries, museums, shopping, whale-watch tours, schooner trips, and more. Walk or drive to Ipswich Center, where you can catch the train to Boston (fifty minutes) and Cambridge. Contact the owner for more details.
When I am not traveling, I live in my “tree house” here in Ipswich. As Norwegians would say, the house is made of “honest wood.” It comes by its Scandinavian flavor honestly, as the home where my two daughters grew up—both Norwegian and American citizens. With the arrival of warm weather, I seize the chance to be outdoors—running, swimming, messing around in the “garden”—and here, it is paradise. This summer, I am planning to be away for one month. My dates are flexible, so during a four-week stretch in July and/or August, my house will be available to rent.
Ellen purchased this house in 1987
This house offers the ease and simplicity of a vacation house, with the comforts and little luxuries of home. It is easy to relax, here, and just as easy to find all sorts of interesting things to do nearby or a short trip away. (Refer to places of interest, amenities, and reviews.)
A seven-minute drive to Crane Beach, rated by National Geographic as one of the Top Ten Family Beaches in the U.S. (2011).
This is a highly recommended property with tremendous character! Beautiful vistas, lots of natural lighting, comfortably furnished, elegant artistic touches throughout. We drove out from Boston, and despite being only 45 minutes from home, felt totally transported during this enchanted idyll at Ellen's "Tree house".
The third floor "penthouse" is very spacious and private, with a beautiful skylight that lets in the moonlight - perfect for a romantic getaway. And with two other bedrooms on the second floor, this property is equally well-suited for accommodating families or a group of friends.
When this house is not a rental property it is a home, and as a rental retains the feel of a home in the best possible sense - warm, inviting, comfortable, thoughtfully decorated, and fully equipped with cookware, dishes, appliances, towels, linens, books, internet, TV/Blu-ray/DVD, stereo, music. Aside from the character of the house itself, the lighting is outstanding. The sitting room off the kitchen features floor to ceiling windows, letting natural light pour in from sunrise to twilight and affording vistas onto the trees and sky and the eclectic and historic neighboring houses. We loved drinking morning coffee, listening to Mozart, and reading by the windows so much that it took us great effort to finally get out of the house by noon to see the local sites.
Crane Beach is only a 10 to 15 minute drive from the house and is a truly magical place. The Crane Estate itself was closed when we were there (end of March), but the grounds are open year round and are very beautiful to walk - forest paths, pine bluffs, misty marshes, miles of beaches. We picnicked on the promontory at the base of the Grand Allee - a half mile long, 100-foot grassy corridor delineated by rows of stately trees, where southward in the distance stands the shimmering estate and to the north plum island and eternity. It's one of the most beautiful places in New England.
If you're looking for an enchanting and relaxing getaway that's not as conspicuously on the tourist radar as other locales, and where the rental is more than a place to shower and sleep, we recommend that you come to Ipswich and stay here. The owner, Ellen, is so kind, gracious, and charming, full of interesting stories and positive energy, and is a great resource for local recommendations in the area. We had a wonderful time and met a wonderful friend in Ellen. We're looking forward to our next return.
Hospitable does not even begin to describe our hostess Ellen. She was absolutely delightful, and available every step of the way to make sure our needs were met. The accommodations didn't disappoint. It is very clean with so much charm. The loft bedroom on the third floor was very private, and the perfect master bedroom. The other two guest rooms were perfect as well. My husband and I truly look forward to an opportunity to stay here again. We would highly recommend it!!
We (a family with two little children) spent the whole summer in Ipswich and had the most wonderful time at the "tree-house" with Ellen.
The house was very clean, very charming, individually furnished and offered enough place for us. The whole equipment of the house was just great (kitchen equipment, linnen, beach towels etc.).
Besides, the house is really great located. The beautiful Crane's Beach and the center of Ipswich is just a couple of minutes away.
Ellen (the owner) was just wonderful, very sweet and very supportive from the very beginning until the end of our vacation. The children immediately fell in love with her, as we grownups did.
My family and I plan to come back to this wonderful place again soon.
Heide & family
My 18-year-old daughter and myself spent a week here in early fall just as the leaves were beginning to change. We loved the house; it has a very artistic feel with the white walls and wood floors and beautifully chosen details. Everything is crisp and clean, the beds are comfortable and made with good-quality sheets, blankets and pillows...my daughter claimed the loft space immediately and enjoyed her private aerie very much.
We enjoyed walking around Ipswich, with its remarkable selection of early 17th-century houses and especially liked the museum with its wonderfully preserved historic houses (so you can get an idea of what the insides might be like!). My daughter also particularly liked the Applegate Farm, which has a number of easy hiking trails among big trees and open pasture.
We spent one rainy day in Boston at the Fine Arts Museum, an easy drive as long as you avoid rush-hour! (There is also a train connection from Ipswich.) On a Sunday we drove straight through Boston to the Plimoth Plantation, a re-created 17th-century village which was well worth the hour or so it took to get there! We also drove the coast road near Ipswich, and joined many other families clambering around the huge rock formations at Halibut Point State Park.
We were delighted to find a superb restaurant our first night (Zabaglione Cafe) and breakfasted a couple of times at the Agawam Diner, which is a local institution. The kitchen at the house is well set-up for cooking, so we ate in often.
Ellen is very welcoming and is often available if you need advice about things to do or places to go.
My daughter already wants to go back again! So maybe next year!
Cheers from Ontario Canada Judy R
This was our first journey to the United States. We want to thank Ellen, the owner of this wonderful charming house for the warm welcome she gave to us. We enjoued our stay very much, had wonderful days in Ipswich and the countryside, the nearby crane beach is one of the best we found during our whole journey. Don´t miss to go there!
The house itself has a warm and personal style, it allows you to relax, our both girls really loved "their" rooms which where seated in the second floor whereas we parents feel very comfortable in the sleeping room under the roof. Even in the very hot summer this year we could sleep and relax!
The living room and the kitchen are in the first floor and provide you with everything you need to cook and relax. Our favorite place was the "porch" all around windows with a wonderful view into the woods.
Outside you find a veranda for the evening wine. Just enjouy your stay!
If you have little children you should be aware that this house has a lot of stairs.
We would come back whenever we plan our next trip in this area! Doris, Berlin, Germany
Relax and enjoy miles of sandy beaches, scenic marshes, woodlands, and river—a feast for sports and wildlife enthusiasts. Visit the Crane Estate, a magnificent setting for picnic concerts throughout July and August. At Russell Orchard and Winery, pick your own fruits, inhale the scent of fresh apple cider, and choose from an array of homemade pies, breads, jams and other delicacies. Venture along the coast to the nearby towns of Gloucester, Newburyport, Rockport, Essex, Salem and Marblehead, where you’ll find world-class music and theatre, antique centers, galleries, museums, shopping, whale-watch tours, schooner trips, and more. Hop on the train to historic Boston—only a fifty-minute ride—and Cambridge, home to Harvard and M.I.T..
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
28 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Notes||The house will be available for one month, July through August. The dates are flexible—any one-month span in this time frame, i.e. mid-July to mid-August.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.