About the property
- Cottage2000 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Accomodations include 3 Bed/2 Bath Main House and 2 1 Bed Cottages, sleeps 6-10
Everyone's favorite rental! We recently completed a significant renovation of the house with many improvements and updates. Charming, quintessential Martha's Vineyard house situated on a spectacular private pond on 8.5 secluded acres in Lambert's Cove. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of conservation lands (Land Bank, Nature Conservancy, and Vineyard Open Land Foundation properties). Close to north shore beach (walk-on beach access included with rental) and Seth's Pond - approximately one mile down Lambert's Cove Road. Three miles to shopping in both Vineyard Haven center and West Tisbury center. Three bedroom main house and two one-bedroom studio cottages available. Ferry reservations available for some summer weeks - early bookings are a must. Please see our personal website (see link at bottom of page).
Conservation Lands: The house is literally surrounded by extensive conservation lands that are wonderful for hiking, walking, and even some fishing. The Land Bank's Ripley's Field is on our street and is approximately 60 acres of a mixture of woodland trails and open fields. It connects to two more Land Bank properties - Tisbury Meadown Preserve and Wompesket, both with extensive acreage. The house is part of the Vineyard Open Land Foundation's Cranberry Acres which includes a 25-acre series of kettle ponds (which include Flat Bottom Pond behind the house, Duarte's Ponds, and Seth's Pond) and cranberry bogs. The VOLF is in the process of rehabilitating the old cranberry bogs and had its first harvest in the fall of 2005. Connecting to Cranberry Acres is the Hoft Farm, a very large (more than 100 acres) working farm owned by The Nature Conservancy which has large fields and ponds that are great for wandering. The Land Bank's Duarte's Pond is also in walking distance and has a stocked pond for fishing.
A Brief History : The house was built almost single-handedly by an artist and his family. Dubbed 'Woods House' because of its seclusion in the beautiful woodlands of Lambert's Cove, the central part of the house was built in 1965. The family was among a group of talented Vineyard artisans, craftsmen, and musicians, who came to the island in the '60's. He is an accomplished sculptor and, inspired by the work of Wharton Esherick, took great pleasure in imagining and creating the house in his own studio (a barn also on the property). The style can best be described as Craftsman. Particularly interesting details include the handmade doors, door fixtures, kitchen, cabinets, woodshed, decks, and numerous interior details. The barn and two cottages on the property were built in the '70's to house a growing family and creative output. To preserve his legacy, we have found a carpenter who worked with the artist in the '60's. He has worked on the house both refurbishing existing features and creating new ones.
The artist was influenced by Japanese art, which is evident in the house and the many unique trees planted 40 years ago which have grown into a mature grove. According to an experienced island arborist, the quality and variety of the trees are second only to the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury. In 2003, we acquired 2.2 acres of vacant land which was once part of Duarte's Campground and is now part of the Vineyard Open Land Foundation's Cranberry Acres and includes 25 acres of common land, 3 ponds, and a cranberry bog. In 2006, we acquired the 3.5 acre lot adjacent to the main house which includes most of Flat Bottom Pond and extensive woodlands in order to preserve our privacy and to expand the arboretum of unique and beautiful trees and plants. Our guests have universally remarked upon the terrific feel of the house - the comfortable yet simple layout, the bright and cozy rooms, the wonderful outdoor spaces overlooking the pond, and the incredible collection of trees.
For larger groups that need a second house, our next-door neighbors rent their house too. See the 'Links' page for their Homeaway lising (#3484385).
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- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 15, 2017
About Ben Spencer
Ben and Georgia are physicians in private practice in Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties specializing in Urology and Gastroenterology.
Ben Spencer purchased this Cottage in 1999
Why Ben Spencer chose Vineyard Haven
I visited the island as a kid many times, spent summers during college working on the island, and when I found myself in Boston for my medical residency during the 1990's, I had the opportunity of pursuing my dream of having a Vineyard retreat of my own. To us, the house and property represent all that makes the Vineyard so special: hand-built house is a piece of artwork itself, gorgeous physical setting, close proximity to conservation lands with ponds and beaches, and an overall otherwordly feeling make one feel transported from our more hectic lives at home.
What makes this Cottage unique
Gorgeous setting, Land Bank properties and conservation lands in walking distance, Seth's Pond, multiple outbuildings allow for expanding to larger groups, each with their own private and quiet spot.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
7th year in a row!
We love it, time and time again. A magical place.
Great stay at an excellent place!
Wonderful quite spot on the island. Nice clean house with an awesome, peaceful setting on the pond. House had everything we needed and proximity to both down and up island was great. Would certainly stay here again and Ben was most helpful with any and all information. Looking forward to another chance to stay at Flat Bottom Pond.
Great property with lots of beautiful details. Felt like a human sized hobbit home!
Very comfortable and well designed. There were minor things that could be improved but nothing worth mentioning. Ben was really great to work with, very responsive and thoughtful.
Wonderful break in a beautiful place
The home was everything you expect and see on the site and more. We had a wonderful stay and Ben the host was very helpful when we had a few questions. I'd love to go back one day.
Perfect place to wake up Christmas morning.
Just as described
The house and property are lovely and isolated. It's a wonderful place to say if you want peace and quiet. It was a bit more rustic than I expected but nothing that should put anyone off it.
My only complaint was working with the owner. He asked us to move our plans and stay for only 4 nights after we had paid for 5 days. He did offer to give refund us for 2 nights instead of just one night. However, at this point (nearly 11 days later) we have yet to receive that refund. I'm not sure if this delay is because we mistakenly checked out later (11am instead of 9:30am). Regardless, it is a bit frustrating and I'm not sure if I have any chance at getting my money back.
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Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
We never use wire transfers. Please be aware that there have been attempted scams involving intercepted emails and requests to wire money to the perpetrator. If you ever have any concerns, please call the phone numbers listed to speak with the property owner (Ben) directly. The cleaning fee will be determined after your visit when the cleaning service comes. The difference between the cleaning deposit and the cleaning fee will be returned to you within 30 days.