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House is less than 50 yards from ocean with two private beaches less than 100 yards away. Property looks out on Ipswich Bay and has great views of sunsets across the water as well as views of Crane's Beach, Plum Island, the New Hampshire coast and Mount Agamenticus in Maine. The best room in the house is the roofed front porch which looks across the mouth of the harbor onto the ocean. The house sleeps 8 people in 2 double beds and 2 bunk beds, and is at the end of a long private road and nestled into the trees where birds sing all day long. 2 Kayaks come with the house and mooring space can be arranged for long term rentals. Tennis courts available 200 yards from house. The house is not fancy but it is a great and comfortable location with a large and secluded yard. 4 miles to the Gloucester 128 rotary and 45 minutes to Boston.
Points of Interest:: Stripped bass regularly swim along the shore in front of the house and it is not uncommon to see schools of strippers and bluefish chasing small fish on the surface out in Ipswich Bay. Although it is illegal to collect lobsters without a license, you will be tempted to pick up little lobsters at low tide from under the rocks that line the rocky sections of shore in front of the house. It is easy to find starfish in the tidal pools and sand dollars on the beaches. The snorkeling and diving in the area is very good. There are local shops which rent diving equipment. Gloucester has a choice of whale watch boats which go out in search of whales and porpoises. We saw a huge school of porpoises swim by from the front porch of the house during the summer of 2007, so you don't even have to go on a trip to enjoy nature. Bring your binoculars. There are also people who provide fishing adventures that range from catching cod and haddock to chasing strippers and bluefish or pursuing tuna.
In addition to the private sandy beaches by the house, the area has many long sandy beaches to explore. Some of them provide good body surfing, surfing and skim boarding. Plumb Island has huge sections of uninhabited beach and is a great place to go birding. Crane's Beach offers wonderful walks through the sand dunes.
Halibut point is just down the coast a couple of miles from the house and there is a spectacular old granite quarry there in a a state park, which makes a great kayaking destination on a relatively calm day. We like to go there during big storms because the granite shelf that extends into the ocean creates huge waves, which crash onto the ledges. It is often spectacular there during a storm.
The old port city of Gloucester is near by and has many wonderful restaurants and shops. I particularly like the Portuguese restaurant, the Azorian and Virgulio's bakery. Salem has museums and a wonderful old sea fairing feel. I have found some excellent deals on things nautical there. We usually go to to Peabody to see a movies and often combine the trip with a little shopping. The malls there offer a wide range of choices. There are antique shops scattered through the picturesque little coastal towns on the north shore, which can provide hours of interesting poking around and treasures. Please feel free to ask for further suggestions of adventures further afield.
We LOVE the cottage. I can't imagine a better location! There is a magnificent view of the ocean right in the front. The sunset and sunrise are breathtaking. The yard is well kept and has a lot of picnic shades. The porch is a great spot for breakfast and dinner. We counted stars and had colorful conversations around the fire pit after dinner. With few minutes walk, we gained accesses to 2 beaches. The kitchen has all the necessities to make good meals. The sleeping rooms are basic and comfortable. The living room has a fire place to keep warm on cold nights. There is no TV or Internet to distract us. We played cardboard games, read books and have conversations. Linens and towels are provided. There are also washer and dryer. We had a wonderful family vacation here and would recommend it.
my wife and two children and daughters friend stayed a week in this perfectly appointed cottage . the property and the two beaches here were perfect we hardly left the property only to eat at some of the yummy seafood ,fished every day found sand dollars and shells . it was surreal we would recommend this cottage to anybody . the Owners were very helpful and extremely nice folk looking forward to returning
The prior two reviews are accurate. I would add that this is a classic simple summer house, very private (except for the occasional member of the owner's extended family coming by to jump off the rocks at high tide), clean and comfortable. The owner is friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. Although other family members were more active (including kayaking and swimming) on our recent stay, I must admit that I spent hours on the front porch either reading or just staring at the water and listening to the water, cleansing my mind, relaxing and recharging. Many pleasant picnic dinners on front lawn.
Perfect family getaway, lots of privacy, wonderful views, great swimming, quiet & peaceful. Great for adventuring shells, & sea glass. Kids enjoyed climbing rocks, kyaking, & even jumping off the rocks at high tide into the clean crisp water! Best part of this vacation was no t.v. no internet & most of all no Ice Cream Trucks!!!! Looking forward to doing this again next year!
If you want to live simply in a magnificent natural setting, this is the haven for you. As the description states, it is a rustic summer cottage, designed for those who love the outdoors rather than for luxury seekers, but the bathroom is modern and spotless. The little bedrooms are traditional bare-bones camp-style; but we found the beds very comfortable and the air is wonderful for sleeping. It is a small house with a large view: the beauty of the surrounding rocks and water is indescribable. Children and dogs are in heaven scrambling about. To sit and read with your back against a sun-warmed rock while the gulls glide overhead couldn't be nicer. The owner is kind and accommodating, the restaurants and sights of Gloucester and Rockport are close at hand.
House is on the 'north shore' of Massachusetts [in Gloucester's 'Bay View', and overlooks mouth of a small cove facing the NW so there are views of sunsets across the water and views of MA, NH & Maine coastline
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Guests are expected to leave the house as they found it. (beds made, towels washed, dishes washed, all rooms swept and/or vacuumed)
1/2 down when making reservation (refundable if cancellation is more than 30 days before stay)
1/2 on arrival