|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This is a large Colonial with attached in-law suite with deeded rights to Stoneledge Beach, a private residents-only beach located just a few hundred yards away. The second floor of the main house has a master suite including full bath and two walk-in closets and three large bedrooms plus an additional full bath. The first floor features a large kitchen, dining room, living room, family room with fireplace, office/spare bedroom, a full bathroom, a half bathroom, a 250 sq. ft. activity room, and a laundry room. There is also an attached 1,000 sq. ft. in-law suite that adds two full bedrooms and a full bathroom bringing the sleeping capacity to 18+ people. All floors are either hardwood or tile and the facility is maintained as a no-pets, hypo-allergenic, fully air-conditioned environment. The main house has a full deck and the in-law suite adds a 400 sq. ft. roof deck.
We spent a wonderful family reunion week at this house. It was very large and accommodating for 18+ people. The kitchen is very well stocked from muffin pans to crock pots to a mixer. There were plenty of clean bath towels and the washer and dryer were life savers for all our beach wear. The in-law suite was wonderful for the grandparents... they were able to have their quiet time when needed. The local, private beach was fantastic but if you want bigger surf, Horseneck beach is a 14 mile drive away. The owner was very helpful and accommodating too. Would definitely recommend this house and would consider coming back in future years.
Admittedly, I have high standards for a vacation rental. I seek out homes that meet or exceed the accommodations I’d find in my own home. If you, like me, have high standards for cleanliness, and have expectations beyond the most basic accommodations I’d suggest this rental isn’t for you.
Portions of the house, especially bathrooms, were not cleaned before our arrival. The lack of cleanliness was apparent throughout the house. Floors/stairwells had not been vacuumed, and cobwebs/dust had accumulated along nearly every ceiling. The washer and dryer were dirty/rusty, bathrooms had missing/broken toilet paper holders/towel racks, the master bedroom door handle was hanging from the door and didn't function properly, windows were missing screens, light fixtures throughout were missing lightbulbs, etc.
The kitchen was poorly stocked, had a malfunctioning cabinet (broken hinge), and outdated appliances. The dishwasher door didn't operate correctly, the stove was dirty and the oven couldn't be used, and the refrigerator doors failed to close/seal. These items fall far short of an expectation set by claims of a gourmet kitchen.
The furnishings in the home were very dated, having significant wear. In one bedroom a shorter “sofabed” mattress was placed atop a regular mattress, dressers had broken drawers, missing knobs, headboards detached from frames and leaned against walls, etc.
We had several safety concerns including an entry door ramp that was prone to collapse and a deck with protruding nails which caused injury to one of our kids.
Internet/cable didn’t work for our first 3 days. Mr. Bolton gave my phone number to Comcast to resolve the problem on my own – I assumed that he would have arranged for this repair himself, or had a property manager available to take care of this in his place.
Little direction was given on the handling of trash beyond being told to use special orange bags, which were to be provided. Only 1 of those bags was provided initially and weren't replenished until several days into our stay. Apparently someone placed trash in the wrong containers. I contend better directions and the availability of the appropriate trash bags may have alleviated this problem.
I could have overlooked any number of these issues on their own, but in total they represent a substantial break from what I'd consider a normal experience with a vacation rental. I think it important to note that I was offered $350 to NOT leave this negative review.
We stayed here for a week with all of our extended family, and also had our wedding on the property. The house itself is great for a big extended family, or multiple families. There is plenty of space for everyone with 5 bathrooms, 3 living rooms and 2 kitchens, plus outdoor space, so we never felt like we were on top of each other. Access to the beach was awesome, and it is so close that you can easily just walk down and go back to the house as needed. There is also a ton to do in the area, and things for people of all ages.
What made our stay really amazing was how helpful and accommodating Rick was! He let us have our wedding on the property, which was amazing, and was available to answer all of my questions well before we ever got to the house. He was extremely helpful every step of the way, and his brother lives very close by, and was on hand to help if anything came up. Overall this was a great place to stay, and was made even better by renting from someone who was so helpful.
What a great place for a family reunion! We had 16 people from 4 to 76 years old, and we all had a great time. The first floor bedroom/bath worked well for my dad, who has mobility issues. My mom opted to skip the trundle bed, but found the couch in the living room very comfortable. (We had extra beds upstairs but she wanted to be close to Dad.) The teens used the in-law suite to escape the younger kids occasionally and, since access to the suite is through the main house, their parents were fine with them having their own space. The kitchen was well equipped—we cooked four nights and the only thing we ran short on were salad bowls.
The beach is wide and well maintained and the swimming area is fine for splashing around and body surfing. The swimming area is shared with another beach club. Be aware that the diving platforms and dock belong to the other beach club. My nephews swam out to the far platform, only to be whistled off the minute their hands touched the platform. Since they were the only ones in the water at that time, it seemed kind of petty but the kids went on to have a great time playing in the water.
The location was ideal for us. The manager gave us some great recommendations on local restaurants and events that made us feel like we knew the community. The Whaling Museum in New Bedford was incredible. We went whale watching out of Plymouth, ate lunch at Wahlburgers in Boston , saw the ships at Battleship Cove—and still had plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beach and the fire pit. The one rainy day we had, we played minigolf and laser tag at Laser Gate in Fall River. My folks are still raving about what a perfect set up it was.
This was our first time staying at this vacation rental. There were many things we liked about the home… it was roomy and comfortable, situated in a good neighborhood, convenient to grocery stores and restaurants, and the wifi worked great. We enjoyed the short walk to the private beach, swimming in the relatively warm water of the bay, and appreciated the use of the many beach chairs and towels. The living rooms/family room were large with comfortable couches; the bedrooms had nice beds and mattresses, and the kitchen was well stocked and had everything we needed, but it was a little care worn. The house definitely needs some TLC, but overall is a good home for a large group or family vacation.
Our family had stayed here a couple of times several years ago and had a satisfactory experience. What we found on this trip was far different. The house has not been kept up and when we arrived, found holes in the walls, a dirty kitchen and bathrooms, and linens that did not smell fresh and clean. At the end of our stay when we tried to negotiate a partial rent reduction with the owner, he was extremely unreasonable to the point of shouting at my 78 year old great aunt. We wouldn't stay here again even if you paid us.
This property has most of the benefits of Cape Cod properties without the hassle of getting there. Deeded rights to a private beach on Buzzards Bay. Easily accessible from Boston, Central Massachusetts and New York. Ferry to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket is only 5 miles away. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is a unique attraction located in nearby historic New Bedford.
Other Activities: Easy ferry access to the Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Whaling Museum
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