Relax at the scenic New England coastline in Diamond Cove. Access 2 member beaches within walking distance. And the most breathtaking sunsets on the East Coast just steps away on Ipswich Bay. This newer Victorian vacation home offers a comfortable open floor plan. The living/dining/kitchen has 2 separate seating areas, a large dining table for up to 10 and plenty of counter space - great for entertaining, cooking, or sprawling out to watch the 55" tv. The 1st floor bedroom and separate full bath offer peace & privacy. The 2nd floor guest bdrm w/ contrasting views of woods & glimpses of the bay defines serenity. The master bedroom features a beautiful 4 post queen bed and a private deck with ocean views (you can hear the bell bouy). 2nd floor marble bath has lg built in tub & stall shower. For your convenience the full laundry is on the 2nd floor. The wrap around farmer’s porch overlooks a lovely rock garden & has a gas grill w/ patio table & chairs.
- House2200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay2 - 7 nights
- 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
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Utter bliss in a haven of peace and quiet!
The home itself is way prettier than it appears on the web and well-maintained, well-equipped and comfortable - a true home-from-home. Actually almost too pleasant, we didn´t really want to leave at all.
The owner and her family made every effort to help us find our feet quickly in our new environs and our 9 short nights left us so refreshed we felt we´d been away for months.
Boston is easily reached by commuter train in around an hour from the small local station so there´s no need to drive in and fight to park and it´s an easy day out and a relief to return the the peace of the house and have a sundowner on the deck whilst enjoying watching the red and grey squirrels play in the trees.
We enjoyed the local seafood and grilling perfect lobsters on the deck by the light of the fireflies....almost a shame to leave and go to restaurants, although plenty are available locally. We even picked fresh herbs form the rock garden to use in cooking and drinks!
We have done nothing but talk about coming back since we got back home since the combination of comfortable house and quiet, shady surroundings (we get too much sun in Spain) proximity to the sea and pretty local area made for a perfect holiday. The locals are very welcoming and don´t appear to be suffering from tourist fatigue - or don´t show it - in stark contrast to many areas internationally.
Our only regret is that we couldn´t manage to stay longer didn´t arrange to take our two miniature dachshunds with us. Travelling all the way from Spain with them is complicated. The owners have two delightful basset hounds who kept us company for part of the stay and even welcomed us home one evening!
The downstairs bedroom and bath is handy for anyone who doesn´t want to tackle the wooden staircase every day. It´s worth remembering the washing machine and drier are upstairs as are the main bedroom and twin bedroom so you would have to go upstairs if you needed to wash clothes or use the other bedrooms.
This was our first trip to this area of the US and we will return soon, not only to the Gloucester area, but to this very spot.
Thanks again to the owner and all her family and friends for making our holiday the best in years.
Visitors from Spain,
Thank you for your wonderful description of my home and family. I am delighted you had such an enjoyable stay. It gives me great pleasure to have my guests completely embrace and appreciate their surroundings.
I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Professional owner, lovely house, but not a beach house.
The house is listed as a "Pristine New England Beach House." If you read the entire listing, the owner states that "breathtaking sunsets" are "steps away on Ipswich Bay." This is not a beach house. The house is located in a forest. The nearby beaches and sunsets are not "steps away." When you spend more than six thousand dollars for 15 days at a "beach house," you notice these things. While the owner--who happens to live next door--is a competent, professional manager with excellent attention to detail, her description of the property and its proximity to Ipswich Bay and Diamond Cove is, at best, technically correct. The house itself is clean, pet-friendly, roomy, well-appointed, and practical for families with children. The granite steps leading up from the driveway to the front door would be difficult for older people, or for anyone with a disability or an injury. There are beach houses for rent in the area. If you want to see the water, this may not be the best place for you. If waterfront views are not important, this house is a good choice.
Perfect rental for our Thanksgiving family reunion!
The house was perfect for me, my husband, three sons (18, 16, & 13) and my 80 year old mother. The house is very clean with an open living plan that accommodated our crew. The house is well stocked and Carol was available for any questions. Locale was terrific....walking distance to a number of beaches and a short drive into the quaint Annisquam village. I would highly recommend this rental!
So glad the house was perfect for you & your family.
I look forward to having you all back again soon.
The layout of this home is perfect for a small family. There were six of us plus our grand daughter. The porch is a great spot and the neighborhood is quiet and friendly. The nearest beach is rocky and the further beach gets smaller with the tide-not much sand space left- still a beautiful spot.
The owner was very responsive when the TV went on us. We had a new one the same day.
Spacious and clean house in a quiet and friendly neighborhood
We stayed at Carol's beach house over Memorial Day weekend, and would absolutely stay there again. The house is new, spacious, clean, and easy to live in. We were only four adults and a baby, but there was plenty of additional room. The house is arranged perfectly for a large or extended family, with a bathroom on both the main and second floor, and plenty of beds and privacy. The kitchen was well equipped and stocked with some staples - spices, condiments, etc.. The house is located in a quiet neighborhood, and while there isn't immediate beach access, it's within walking distance. It is a lovely area to walk in, the neighbors are friendly, and it's close to everything without being in the thick of it.
Beautiful, comfortable home lacking nothing!
We spent a family vacation the week of July 18th in this beautiful home, fully equipped with every amenity. The kitchen lacked nothing and there were plenty of toys and games for our grandchildren.
We were four adults and four year old twins. There was ample room for all of us to spread out and we all enjoyed the space provided by the wrap around porch.
We were in walking distance to the beach and found wonderful restaurants in the area.
The home was very close to Rockport and we spent a full day exploring and shopping there.
The property owner Carol was always available and truly invested in making certain our stay was special. It was!
Thank you Carol!
35 miles north of Boston you'll find Cape Ann, the East Coasts best kept secret (no traffic jams). Gloucester is the oldest working seaport and art colony in America, one of the top whale watching ports in the world and home to some of the best beaches in New England. Local activities include: Harbor cruises, charter fishing, sunset cruises around the Cape, chowder & seafood festivals, the Blessing of the fleet @ St Peter's Fiesta, (last wk in June). 'Motif #1', the world's most photographed landmark located on Rockport's, Bearskin Neck is less than 3 mi's from Annisquam. Famous Fenway Park, The Childrens Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, The Boston Pops on the Esplanade, The Aquarium, The Museum of Science, & The Historic 'Freedom Trail' & North End are just a 45 min car ride or a 55 min. train ride (3 mi's to commuter rail). The best activity this property offers is watching sunset from the cove, relaxing on the porch, or walking to scenic Annisquam Lighthouse & beach, 5 minutes away Other Activities: Kayaking, mussel picking, clam digging, shell seeking
Additional information about rental rates
$2,000 - $2,500/week $7,000 - $9,000/month May 15 to June 1 $2000/week $7000/month. June 1 to September 30 $2500/week $9000/month. A $500 per week deposit upon booking will act as a security deposit. Half the rent is due 8 weeks prior to occupancy; remainder of rent is due two weeks prior to check-in. A cleaning service fee of $150 will be deducted from the security deposit. A pet fee of $50 per pet will be added to the booking/security deposit.