Quaint cozy pre-Revolutionary house with priceless view of picturesque Rockport village and Atlantic Ocean. Located on quiet dead-end lane next to tranquil pond and small town park. Two-minute walk to beach and town's attractive Main street with shops, art galleries and restaurants.The new Performance Center offering a variety of
Musical programs which has received national acclaim is just 5 minutes away on foot. A short distance to train for Boston and several of North Shore's historic towns including Gloucester, Manchester and Salem. Charming fireplaced living and dining rooms (which appeared in the Hollywood movie-The Love Letter). Small private backyard for lounging with same ocean view. Pets possible - please ask.
We enjoyed a month at The Little Red House, and it was just what we needed. It was compact but comfortable, and we loved having the fenced in yard and charming back yard to enjoy with our two small dogs. Likewise, its proximity to the small park next door made for nice privacy and easy walks with our canine companions. One Saturday we enjoyed an entire day of a free acoustic music festival at the park. The house has a small dining area, but we often ate our dinner meals at a table under the front window overlooking the ocean. We enjoyed the weekly Rockport Farmer's Market and also the one in Gloucester, making meals of smoked fish and cheese and bread from the markets. We found a very nice dog park in Gloucester as well as a wonderful little coffee shop and bakery called La Sicilia. We took daily walks from the house to various stretches of coastal scenery or through neighborhoods where yards were filled with summer blooms. We also walked to the annual Lobstafest, which is a charity event where lobster, corn, chowder, and watermelon are supplied along with live music. Our trip to Wolf Hollow followed by ice cream at the nearby Down River Ice Cream were also very memorable. The house manager was wonderful and helped us even before we knew we needed help! She showed us the paper house (!) and a quarry in an absolutely beautiful setting. We would recommend this property to anyone as long as they can negotiate the spiral stairs, which are steep and could be a challenge for some. If you enjoy simplicity and are looking for walkable access to Rockport, then this may be the house for you. It certainly worked for us!
We just got home from one of the best vacations we've taken. We stayed at "The Little Red House" for a week and it was exactly what we had hoped for. The home was built in 1720 and has so much character. We had gorgeous ocean views from the living room and our bedroom upstairs. Our 4 year old son was with us and didn't have a problem with the steep stairs. The house is in an amazing location. You can walk to the beach or downtown in less than 5 minutes. There are several shops and restaurants downtown to keep you busy when you're not at the beach. On rainy days, we explored Hammond Castle and the Historical Museum in Wenham. When the weather was sunny, we went to Halibut State Park and some of the many local beaches.
But the best part of our visit was our tour guide, Judy. She made sure that we had everything we needed in the house and knew where all of the best places in town were. Judy has a lot of pride in Rockport and "The Red House" that she watches over. As Judy mentions, the house is not for everyone. It does not have granite in the kitchen or modern ammenities. But, if you're looking for a charming home with loads of character and in a superb location - the "Little Red House" is perfect! We will definitely return.
My mother, sister and I stayed here for 5 days. We've visited Cape Ann several times over, staying briefly at inns or motels, but never actually lived in one of the charming historic cottages we so admired and dreamed about as we walked around the area. The cottage was everything we hoped for and more - a cute little kitchen with all necessities; a comfy, sunny dining room where we enjoyed our breakfasts, and a beamed-ceiling living room complete with working fireplace for cozy evenings. The 2 upstairs bedrooms were well furnished and cozy as well, and the serene view from the front bedroom and the living room: over the historic cemetery to the ocean, was as inspiring as it was beautiful. The small staircase to the bedrooms is steep, but it was no problem even for my 70 year old mom. The location couldn't be more perfect for walks into town, local day trips and jogging along the coast. Judy, who co-manages the cottage, knows everyone and everything around, is totally helpful, informative and charming. We definitely look forward to staying here again.
My husband, 2 sons and I spent 2 weeks at this house this summer for the first time and loved it! It is in a wonderful spot, especially for a family like us that wants to be very close to the beach and park, but not on the main road itself. Having a dedicated parking space (just down the road, not at the house itself) in Rockport is also a great bonus, as parking can be tricky, especially over 4th of July when we were there. The house itself is old, creaky and very charming. We loved the private backyard for sitting in the evenings. Having some creature comforts like tv, wifi, and a window a/c unit were great when the weather was hot or too rainy for our usual Rockport fun. The quirky kitchen is extremely tiny, so don't plan any all day cooking marathons, but is very functional with a fridge, small oven, and microwave all there. If you want slick modern place, then this isn't for you. BUT, if you are looking for a place that reflects all the charm of Rockport and it's history, then you will love it here. We can't wait to come back in 2013!
We stayed at the,"Little Red House" in September, 2011. The house is a historical gem. I felt privileged to stay in a house that is such a real piece of history in the Cape Ann area.
The house is small and feels wonderfully cozy. Although an old building, the house has all the conveniences one needs - a nice bathroom (although you have to go through the second bedroom to get to it) with claw-footed tub, a (quite) small kitchen, a nice dining room and a good-sized sitting room from which you can see the beach.
The furnishings are not "ritzy" but they fit the house very well. Nothing looked out of place. In keeping with this, if one is looking for a "polished" rental, this is not for you, but if you are looking for cozy, warm, and comfortable, this is a great place.
I liked that the house is surrounded by a fence; I could let my dog outside without worrying about her. As well as being very centrally located, the house is also next door to a town park which was a nice place to take my dog and to walk in the early a.m.
Judy, who tends to the property for the owner, was extremely helpful and very accommodating. When I had to stay an extra night, she could not have been nicer or more helpful.
One day the owner, Clif, came by to mow the lawn, and he was very nice - he brought along a pie and some lovely freshly baked bread. I got the sense that he truly loves his, "Little Red House".
What a splendid 2 weeks we had in "our" unique Little Red House with its little green yard: we enjoyed being able to walk to galleries and shops, the memorable Lobster shack and informal restaurants, and the stunning new Performance Arts Centre. We found hidden walks and surprising old quarry pools, and local bus and train services took us to many nearby historic towns. But we were always happy to get back to relax in our characterful 1720 home. It was perfect for 2 wrinklies [but because of the guestroom/bathroom arrangement, you must invite only your closest friends/family to stay!]. The unforgettable, ever-helpful Judy was a gem.
Rockport is known as a very scenic artist colony with fascinating shops and galleries on Bearskin Neck. Many bathing beaches and scenic walks including state park on ocean. Relaxing one-hour train ride to Boston and Logan Airport. Nearby famous fishing capital Gloucester offers variety of cruises including whale watching and Essex for antiquing.
Other Activities: Art galleries, historic fishing port, whale watches