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Upscale, Spacious Home Close to 5 Up-Island Beaches--FERRY TICKETS AVAILABLE

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

4+ bedrooms on 3 levels, 3.5 baths plus outdoor shower. Sleeps10.

This 3000 square foot, post & beam home is only 11 years old. Five stunning ocean and sound beaches are within biking distance or a short car ride of this beautiful three-story house, situated on 2 acres of beetlebung groves and oak trees.

The house melds modern conveniences with traditional farmhouse style: great room with flat screen TV and fireplace; fully-equipped modern kitchen with wood-fired bread and pizza oven; sprawling master bedroom suite with cathedral ceilings and cast-iron whirlpool tub embedded in a platform of hand-picked Aquinnah sea stones. French doors off the master bedroom lead to a private balcony in the trees.

In addition to two other guest bedrooms, the house features a walk-out lower level with two semi-private sleeping areas, a separate kitchen, family room, full bath and patio. A second family, guests or help can have privacy as well as room to spread out.

For ultimate convenience, the home is equipped with wireless high-speed internet service, cable with DVR, and cell reception booster.

More Features: The fully-equipped kitchen has all the modern conveniences and was designed with function in mind. Lots of counter space for preparing quick meals or elaborate dinners. A large deck off the great room overlooks a completely private yard consisting of native island trees and features Adirondack chairs and side tables, a Weber grill and an inviting chaise lounge.

Cooking spices, linens, bath & beach towels, beach chairs and toys, and laundry detergent are just a few of the things you won't need to bring, as every detail is attended to.

You can sleep up to 10 comfortably with three queen-sized and four twin beds. In addition to four bedrooms, there is a semi-private loft overlooking one of the bedrooms with a separate entrance. Each of the three levels of the house has a full bath, plus an additional half-bath powder room on the main floor and an outdoor shower with hot and cold water.

Radiant floor heating, a wood-burning stove, and two fireplaces make for a magical winter getaway as well.

Beaches: The house is just a mile and a half from exclusive Philbin Beach, one of the few places on the east coast you can see the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean. Walk from Philbin to adjoining Moshup Beach and the world-famous Gay Head Cliffs, named one of the world's best beaches by the Travel Channel. Lobsterville and West Basin beaches are on the Vineyard Sound side of Aquinnah and offer swimming, sunsets and fabulous fishing. Red Beach offers a gentle surf for kids, a kayak launching point and tide pools galore. Access to these three beaches is included with the rental. Philbin Beach is open to Aquinnah residents and renters only, with purchase of a weekly parking permit from the town (no permit needed for bikes).

Even closer: Take a stroll to the Sargent Gallery (formerly Gayhead Gallery) for a wine and cheese reception, or walk to the Orange Peel Bakery for coffee, baked goods or their famed Pizza Night. The Aquinnah Public Library and town playground are also a short walk from the house.

Aquinnah: For those looking to completely escape, the night sky in Aquinnah is truly amazing. Situated on the tip of the Island, the band of the Milky Way is visible on any clear night. Aquinnah, formerly known as Gay Head of Moby Dick fame, is one of the few truly rural escapes remaining on Martha's Vineyard.

More Details

Doris Freedman
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 13, 2018


Aquinnah House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Rental subject to terms of lease, attached below.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master bedroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    2nd Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lower level - toilet , combination tub/shower
    1st Floor - toilet
    Outdoor - outdoor shower , Hot and Cold
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , queen bed has memory foam mattress
    Bedroom 4 + loft - 2 twin/ single , Main floor bedroom has twin and second-floor loft has twin.
  • Main floor Master Bedroom has a queen bed. Upstairs bedroom has a queen. Main floor guest bedroom has a twin bed. Loft overlooking this bedroom has separate entrance on second floor and has a twin bed. Walk-out lower-level has a large bedroom with a half-wall divider. One half has a queen memory foam mattress and the other half has two twins. Lower level features its own kitchen, family room with tv and x-box, full bath with tub and shower, patio, fireplace and private entrance, perfect for a second family, guests or help.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Smoking is permitted outside only. Air conditioning in Master Bedroom. Aquinnah breezes, skylights and ceiling fans keep rest of house cool. Changeover day is flexible.


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Upscale, Spacious Home Close to 5 Up-Island Beaches--FERRY TICKETS AVAILABLE
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Perfect Beach Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Just perfect for a beach getaway!! We arrived on Sunday for a 7-night stay. The place was spotless, well-furnished and appointed and exactly as pictured. Communication with Doris was very easy and we had no arrival / departure issues. She is well-organized and her directions, suggestions and arrangements were very clear (we especially appreciated her "guidebook" of personal suggestions of things to do in the area). We found breakfast on the sunny deck in the morning and BBQing in the evening very relaxing. Philbin Beach is simply spectacular and just a short drive (or bike ride) away with easy parking (permit required) and access. We were able to find pretty much everything we needed in nearby Chilmark and recommend the Chilmark Tavern for dinner and Menemsha for that lobster / fried clam fix. All-in-all, just what we needed for a wonderful stay on the Vineyard!!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this home with my family of 4, my sister's family of 4, and our parents. My aunt joined us for a few days too. It is a perfect layout for multiple families as there is a separate living quarters in the lower level, complete with kitchette, full bath, living room and two adjoining / semi-private sleeping areas (a queen for the parents on one side, separated by a half-wall, with twin beds for the kids on the other side). The lower level is a walkout basement, so you have good daylight and a door, which leads to the backyard.

The rest of the home is a beautiful post and beam home as pictured, and is very well-kept, nicely decorated and detailed very comfortable. The deck off the dining area was great for grilling and hanging out. The home is in a private location, surrounded by trees, and on a dirt road that is very quiet.

The location is superb, and is in an area that is one of my favorite areas of the island. Aquinnah beach is very close, and visiting Lobsterville beach at the end of West Basin Road gives you a great view of the sunset each night, without the crowds that can gather across the jetty at Menemsha Beach. If you are into paddle sports, a great trip is to put in at West Basin Beach, paddle across Menemsha Pond to Nashaquitsa Pond, and have someone pick you up at the boat ramp on State Road.

Nearby Menemsha village is a great place to get a fishing charter, visit the beach, or pick up some fresh seafood. It is a classic fishing port that is the real deal.

There is so much to do in close proximity and the house is a welcomed place to relax and come back to each day. Doris was also a real pleasure to deal with. She has a book for visitors stocked with good maps, and island info, and menus, which is very appreciated and well used.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful House as Expected and More

  • 5 of 5

Our week was simply fabulous. The house is as pictured but more roomy and has rustic and inviting charm with really comfy beds. The fully stocked kitchen was a pleasure. We enjoyed the three levels with separate spaces for the three small nuclear families in our group.

The location is perfect in my view with easy proximity to cliffs of Aquinnah and to Chilmark, and a bit away from the crowds. We visited all the beaches in our neck of the literal woods! We also visited the all the MV towns that are just 35 minutes away.

The book with maps, recommendations, menus, etc. etc. was very helpful. There were so many fun things to do it is hard to write about them all. BONUS new finds this trip:

1. If there is an oyster enthusiast in your group, we recommend Sweet Neck Farm Oysters, a wholesaler in Edgartown. They are one of a dozen or more oyster farmers in and around Katama Bay helping the environment and delighting us oyster fans! It is run by Jim and Sue Blake. We picked up 3 dozen oysters for $30 at their home where they can keep oysters that they harvested in a special shed out back. Just be prepared with a good oyster shucking knife and any toppings you like on your oysters. (check out article about them on web publication "In a Half Shell").

2. Orange Peel bakery less than 5 minutes from the has delicious and so fresh baked goods and "bring your own toppings" pizza night on Wednesdays which the kids and adults loved.

Occasional creaking and moaning of the house felt like we were visiting with an old friend!

We HIGHLY recommend the house! Thank you Doris!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Week!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fabulous week in August here-- great location, and good layout for 2 families to share.

Close to beach.

House was very clean and as pictured.

Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Jewel in the woods

  • 5 of 5

My wife, parents, in-laws and I stayed recently at this lovely house in the woods in Aquinnah and could not have been more pleased with the house and all the wonderful touches the owner, Doris, has put into it. The house has three levels, including a basement with full apartment amenities, and can comfortably sleep up to 10 people. The kitchen is completely stocked with everything you could want and Doris has very thoughtfully included a lot of the things (beach chairs, bath towels, sheets, laundry detergent, soap, olive oil, spices, etc.) that make it seem like home when you are here. The house is beautifully deocrated, with alot of personal touches, that also make it real easy to immediately relax abd enjoy your vacation. The property is expansive and has a real "in the woods setting" that makes it incredibly peaceful and tranquil. It is located very close to the famous Gay head cliffs/lighthouse, the awesome Orange Peel bakery, and incredible Philbin beach. If you're looking to get away from it all, you will love this house and this location on the island.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hope to return time and time again!

  • 5 of 5

After staying in several houses on the Vineyard for the past 13 years, we found ourselves in a position of starting from scratch to search for the vacation house that we could return to for the coming years. We were looking for an upisland location at this point, and this house was the perfect location just three minutes from Gayhead beach and on a sleepy road.

I was there with my three children, my husband, my parents, and sister and her partner. There were plenty of rooms, beds, and bathrooms to accommodate everyone, including a separate living room and kitchen area in the basement to offer a little more privacy for part of the family. This included a separate entrance with private patio.

The master suite was large with skylights and gorgeous tub with jets that my kids fought over after returning from the beach! The master bathroom also featured a heat lamp on the ceiling to step out under once done showering.

Of course, one of our many requirements when looking for our perfect place is an outdoor shower! To give you a sense of the attention to detail, citrus scented body soap and lotion were provided. It's the little things that count, and Doris has thought of them all.

This is a quick run down of what separates it from the pack:

great DVD movies to choose from for all ages

many games, puzzles, and a book exchange shelf!

quality pots and pans for cooking, along with all other utensils you would ever need

paper products, plastic wraps, towels, beach towels and sheets all provided (very nice after a long trip there to not have to make up all the beds upon arrival!)

sturdy patio furniture with a working umbrella for shade

fans (we usually have to find a way to pack these, which is quite awkward typically with space!)

plenty of seating for meals both at island countertop and kitchen table

living room furniture that is home worthy-not camp worthy

spare propane tank at grill

storage area housing beach chairs, boogie boards, beach umbrellas, beach toys

easy parking for three cars

clothes line to dry towels from the beach

washer and dryer (with laundry soap provided)

town resident pass (which is not always provided and is often left up to the tenants to find the appropriate town hall, etc, to allow for free parking and access to resident beaches)

guest book with every question you may have answered

Doris was very quick to respond to any questions I had while preparing for our trip. A pleasure to work with. Can't say enough!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Martha's Vineyard
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Vineyard Haven
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Aquinnah Restaurant, Outermost Inn
Nearest Beach
1.2 Miles
Moshup, Philbin, Lobsterville, W. Basin, Red Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $175
Refundable damage deposit $350

50% rent deposit due at lease signing (for summer leases signed prior to 5/1). Rent balance, cleaning fee and $350 refundable security deposit due MAY 1st. Personal checks, PayPal and online credit cards/e-checks through HomeAway/VRBO accepted (renter pays payment processing fee charged by PayPal or Homeaway/VRBO).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund