|Minimum Stay||7 - 180 nights|
The panoramic views of Plum Island, the ocean, and the sunsets are breathtaking from the mahogany roof-top deck on this delightful 3 bedroom beach house. Located on a quiet side street on the southern portion of Plum Island, it is a short 2 minute walk to the beach. The sunny first floor is open concept living, dining and kitchen areas; one bedroom (queen bed); and a full bathroom. A French door leads down to the cozy, finished basement where the second bedroom (2 twin beds) and third sleeping area (queen bed with closet) are located. Additional features include a five foot high completely fenced-in back yard (well-behaved pets considered with owner's prior permission), many decks (front, back, top), off-street parking for four cars, laundry facilities, 50' LCD HDTV, Bose surround sound and wireless speakers for you iPod/Phone, wireless internet service, Webber gas grill, and an outside hot/cold shower. This house is turn key, everything you could think of is included - just bring food & beverages! More importantly, our rates are inclusive of cleaning. There is no smoking permitted anywhere on the premises.
We enjoy walking our two dogs on the beach and all around the small streets of the island. We love the proximity of the house to the Parker River Wildlife Refuge and to Newburyport for shopping, dining, and other activities. We enjoy cooking, so having Tendercrop Farm just down the road provides us with a great variety of gourmet meats and produce. In town we love the Sunday Farmer’s market at the Tannery; it’s a great place to pick up dinner and peruse the local bookstore and shops. Best of all when we don’t feel like cooking we can walk to the Plum Island Grille, Plum Island Provision, The Cottage, Mad Martha’s or the Beach Coma
After renting this house for two winters we fell in love with it and Plum Island. In fact, we liked it so much here that we bought the house. Now we’ve made this place our getaway. In the summer we retreat to our lake house so we really have the best of both worlds.
The most distinct feature about the beach house is the roof-top deck with its breath-taking views of the island. Additionally, the house is located on a quiet side street (open at both ends), so there is very little traffic/noise and the yard is completely fenced-in which is ideal for families with small children or pets. It's a short two-minute walk to the closest beach path where the beach is rarely crowded.
Our family has vacationed at this lovely cottage for six years, and will return again in 2017. Some of the many things we love about John & Paula's cottage are:
- The photos of the cottage are accurate yet don't show how easy it is to stay there. The open layout allows easy interaction between the kitchen, dining and the comfortable seating area
- Everything you need for your stay is at the house (plenty of beach towels, beach chairs, grilling implements, cooking staples like oil, vinegar, and basic spices, sugar, teabags, coffee bean grinder, filters, etc.). Kids will find the variety of beach items appealing (pails, shovels, molds, boogie boards, hula hoops)
- The roomy deck off the back of the house has an umbrella table with chairs for 4-6, plus a grille with all the utensils you'll need
- The roof top deck has wonderful views of the ocean and marsh. My favorite morning pastime is taking a book and a cup of coffee to the roof to enjoy the fresh air, the calls of the birds, and the sounds of the ocean
- The location on the south side of the island is one street away from the beach. It's also within walking distance of the Parker River National Refuge
- From the cottage you can walk to three restaurants (Mad Martha's, the Plum Island Grille, and the Beachcoma). A small general store is also nearby
- Bob Lobster, just off the island, has fabulous seafood (and ice cream for a hot day)
- Newburyport, a 10 minute drive away, has numerous restaurants, shops and water possibilities such as going on a whale watch or renting kayaks. Bike rentals are available at The Tannery
- Paula and John, the owners, are very welcoming and helpful. They go out of their way to ensure their renters enjoy their stay.
With all there is to do and see a week passes all too quickly! We can't wait for next summer.
Plum Island is truly a New England gem, and Paula & John's charming island cottage makes our stays there that much more enjoyable. This was our second year on the island, and in this beautiful and tastefully appointed cottage near the sea, with all of the comforts of home and an abundance of amenities. From the modern seaside décor and top of the line appliances, to the fenced yard and deck for dogs, to the captivating views from the rooftop deck, we just love everything about this place! And, that's just the house! Aside from the gorgeous beaches with easy access, the picturesque island village itself is a great place to stroll. You can walk to the Beachcoma for a bowl of some of the best homemade Clam Chowder in New England or to the Plum Island Grille for their mouthwatering Scallop & Crab Stuffed Haddock, enjoy cocktails on the deck at the Sunset Bar while watching a magnificent sunset over the Joppa Flats, or take a morning walk to Mad Martha's for an Old Man's Omelet. You can bring bikes and ride through the beautiful Parker River Refuge, or head over the bridge and peruse the quaint shops in Newburyport. At the end of each day you'll look forward to returning to this cozy little home away from home, where Paula & John are the most gracious of hosts, and have thought of every detail to help ensure a comfortable and relaxing vacation. Looking forward to next year!
Date of arrival
July 9, 2016
My family had the most wonderful vacation at Paula and John's home this past June. Their house had everything we needed to stay for the week. There are great appliances in the kitchen and we often ate outside on the large deck. The outdoor shower was very convenient after a long day at the beach, which is just a short walk from the house. The fenced yard was perfect for our dog - he felt right at home. The main floor is light and bright and all of the bedrooms have extra sheets. Our two kids (14 and 11) had their own space in the downstairs bedrooms. There are games, books, and beach items as well. Our favorite part of the house is the roof top deck - AMAZING views! The house is clean, comfy and just what we were looking for. Paula and John are very easy to work with and we have already booked this home for next year!
We have already reserved this house for a week in June of 2017. I have lost track but I believe we have rented this property for the past four years. You couldn't ask for a better place to stay. All you need to bring on your vacation are your clothes and food if you plan to cook your meals. See my previous review for our June 2015 vacation. My grandsons who are now 15 and 16 still want to continue this tradition each year. We go kayaking each summer through Plum Island Kayaking which is located in Newburyport. Last year and this year the boys have used paddle boards. What fun.
We have had such a wonderful experience in the past, we rented this home again for our June 2015 family vacation. The beach is only a few minutes walk so that we can easily come back for lunch, and then return to the beach for the rest of the afternoon. This was our third year renting this home and before our week was up we reserved it for a week in June 2016. My teenage grandchildren (two boys ages 14 and 15) say they want to come year each year forever. There is a basketball court at one end of the island and a wild life sanctuary at the other end. There are a couple of restaurants on the island, a general store and another restaurant on the way into Newburyport. Of course Newburyport has plenty going on to entertain you. Paula and John are always available if you need to reach them, but we have never had to contact them. The house is nicely furnished and you are provided with everything you could possibly need during your vacation including beach towels, beach chairs, and beach umbrellas. Our family is looking forward to next summer's vacation.
Plum Island has got to be one of New England's best kept secrets, and this charming cottage is the perfect place to enjoy it. The owners, Paula and John, have done an absolutely outstanding job in seeing to it that their guests enjoy all the comforts of home. The cottage is spotless and well-appointed with tasteful and stylish furnishings, and offers great outdoor space with the roof deck and rear deck, as well as a nice fenced area for your family pet. The owners were very hospitable and a pleasure to deal with, even checking in with us upon our arrival to make sure we had found everything alright. The only time we were disappointed was when our vacation came to an end and we had to leave. We've already booked for next year! Thank you Paula and John for allowing us to rent your peaceful little getaway.
Plum Island is a wonderful vacation spot for couples and families! The 9 mile stretch of beach is one of the most beautiful in the country. We take great pride in ensuring our beach house is idyllic and your vacation there is memorable.
On Plum Island itself, there are fishing, harbor, and whale watching expeditions (northern side of island); the Parker River Wildlife Refuge for bird watching (southern side of island); the Plum Island Grill (dinner); Beach Coma (casual lunch/dinner); Mad Martha's Beach Cafe (breakfast/lunch); and a convenience and package store. The Plum Island Airport, on the causeway leading to the Island, provides aerial plane tours.
Newburyport is a just 3.5 miles away, where there are quaint shops, art galleries, outdoor concerts, live theatre, many restaurants, ample activities and special summer events. Great day trips include Boston, Gloucester, Rockport or historic Portsmouth, NH. There's something for everyone!
|Property Damage Protection||$79|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
We love having people enjoy our beach house and provide everything you need to enjoy the week. Our rental rates are inclusive of cleaning. If we can answer any questions, about our home or the area, please feel free to give us a call. Winter rates are inclusive of cable, water, sewer, trash pickup, recycling and a monthly cleaning. Renter to pay electric and heat (average heating cost for the last two years has been about $700 for the season).