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Beautiful Home, Peaceful Setting, Walk to the Beach!

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, sleeps 8

This spacious, light-filled post and beam home is located in a private wooded area with a pond view, and a 5 min. walk to Lobsterville beach. The fully equipped kitchen has stainless appliances. There is a seperate dining area. The living room has a custom fieldstone fireplace, built by renowned stone artisan Eben Armer of 'Contact Stone' and featured in 'Vineyard Style' magazine spring edition 2008. Tranquil bathrooms are tiled and have Kohler fixtures. The house is decorated in a mix of modern, vintage and traditional styles. The entryway porch, kitchen and dining overlook a large, natural pond. Two decks and an expansive yard have southern exposure, perfect for an afternoon BBQ. Special permit parking is provided for secluded West Basin and Lobsterville beaches (gentle swimming spots perfect for watching the sunset and fishing for bass/bluefish, minus the crowds) and Menemsha pond (a shallow and warm swimming area ideal for families with small children). Access to private Philbin beach (surfing, colorful clay cliffs and a near-by clothing-optional section) is available with the purchase of a sticker from the Aquinnah town hall….For large groups of more than 8 people: There are two other rental houses available on the same driveway. Both houses are listed on homeaway, property #378125 and property #3723890. Please feel free to look at the details at HomeAway 378125 and HomeAway 3723890. This would be a great solution for large families or groups of friends who would like to rent in close proximity to each other.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Leah Bassett
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016


based on 8 traveler reviews

Beautiful Home, Peaceful Setting, Walk to the Beach!
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Gorgeous house, Perfectly Equipped for an Amazing Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Our recent stay at Leah's house in Aquinnah was delightful. The thought, detail and planning in this house is superb. Tranquility and peacefulness immediately greets you here. The home is situated on a quiet dead end street a short walk to Lobsterville beach, which is on the bay side and perfect for kids. We had no difficulty parking at the beach or obtaining a pass to nearby Philbin beach, which is also spectacular but more difficult lugging the stuff required for a day at the beach with the kids.

The floor plan in the house is large and open with amazing trees, great landscaping and a unique lovely outdoor shower situated 40 feet from the house under another beautiful tree. Oh and by the way look out the kitchen window for a great view of the frog pond, sit on the second story deck for some morning coffee or peep the perfectly placed clothesline. All wonderful!

Kitchen was equipped with everything you need to create fabulous meals from nearby Menemsha fish market including great mussels, and fresh lobsta. Upstairs are two baths and two great three bedrooms. Fight your friends over the porch or master bedroom with whirlpool master bath. The beds were also very comfortable and spacious. No complaints with anything. Plenty of fresh linens.

Definitely a bit away from the craziness of the island making it more peaceful. Other highlights included enjoying a breakfast sandwich and coffee on the front porch of the Chilmark Country Store, going to dinner at the Outermost Inn and catching amazing sunsets at the cliffs. Massachusetts is where it's at and this spot is a gem.

Leah was very accommodating and even found a unicorn we left behind and sent it to us. Thank you for all the love you put into this house and for allowing us to stay there!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Brendan. It was a pleasure to have your family and friends stay at the house. And we were happy to return the items left behind...I can imagine a child's heartache from losing a favorite toy. All the best, Leah
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Home Sweet Home!

  • 5 of 5

I can honestly say I wish I could live in this house full time! It was exactly as advertised and even more. Very comfortable, spacious, sunny and so quiet. It was the most relaxing holiday our family took for a long time. Minutes away from the beach and Menemsha, home of Larsen's fish market and it's amazing selection of fresh seafood. The owner was very welcoming and full of great recommendations. Do not hesitate to book this house, you will also feel at home :)

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Home in a Peaceful Setting

  • 5 of 5

After spending a lively and chaotic week with extended family in Vineyard Haven, we were looking forward to a more peaceful week in Aquinnah with our immediate family. All of our expectations were fulfilled. The house was exactly as advertised, charming with a well-stocked kitchen and comfortable beds. We easily walked to Lobsterville Beach and biked to Philbin and Menemsha. We definitely plan to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful summer retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is a very comfortable, well-maintained, spotless, spacious house with an extremely well-equipped kitchen and wonderful art in a very quiet setting. Our only regret was that we booked it for only one week.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Perfect Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

When my fiance and I were planning our wedding, we wanted to have something small, intimate and special. We chose Martha's Vineyard, a place we had made many fond memories. It was important to bring our families together somewhere that was beautiful and comfortable, so this Aquinnah home was perfect. Nestled in the woods across from a peaceful little pond, it was the ideal way to introduce our families to each other and to the Island. We were even able to rent the next house up the road so that everyone was close by. It was the perfect setting! The house is light filled, spacious, and tastefully decorated. The beds and linens are comfortable and the kitchen equipped with everything you could think of for making a gourmet meal. Lobsterville Beach is a quick walk, and an even quicker bike ride, down the road. Leah, the owner, is an absolute pleasure and really went above and beyond in creating a gorgeous home. She even helped us by suggesting the perfect location for our lobster bake rehearsal dinner, the beach at West Basin. We enjoyed with the most amazing sunset views and once the sun went down, it was only a five minute car ride back to the house. We loved our time at the house so much we are making this our annual rental on MV! I highly recommend this home and think you will love it too!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

Such a beautiful home! After many visits to the Vineyard staying in the Katama area, we decided to try Aquinnah for a change of pace. We're so happy we did. We found plenty to see and do 'up island', found the beaches fantastic, but the home we stayed in was the icing on the cake. The bedrooms were luxurious and comfortable, all ammenities were well though out, and the owner was a pleasure to work with. We felt as though we were staying in a top-notch resort with all the comforts of home - and more! We didn't want our week to end. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
West Tisbury
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
The Outermost Inn
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Vineyard Haven
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
The Outermost Inn
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Lobsterville Beach
Car: necessary

Experience the peaceful seclusion found only in Aquinnah, with easy access to the rest that MV has to offer. The prettiest beaches in the world and many ocean activities: sailing/excursions to Cuttyhunk island, kayaking, windsurfing, surfing, fishing are all at your doorstep. Visit the stunning cliffs of Aquinnah, its restaurants, Wampanoag gift shops and cultural center. Across from our driveway there is a MV Landbank trail. Quiet roads with breathtaking views are perfect for a safe bikeride. The 2 min. bike ferry from West Basin brings you to the picturesque fishing village of Menemsha, its restaurants and shops. Near-by (10 min.), The Chilmark Community Center offers a day camp and activities for kids. With morning coffee and newspaper in hand, rub shoulders with celebrities on the porch of the Chilmark Store and watch the world go by. Or relax in our private location and get away from it all. In Aquinnah, you will escape the traffic and crowds of MV and find your dream vacation.

Other Activities: kayaking, shopping, Wampanoag cultural center


Rates & Availability

Gay Head House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid Summer
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Summer
Jul 29 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $275

Refundable security deposit: $1000

50% of the rental fee is due at lease signing. Rent balance, cleaning fee and security deposit are due one month prior to occupancy.

Accepted forms of payment: certified bank check, money order, eCheck, credit card. Credit card payment is processed through HomeAway/VRBO, renter pays 2.5% processing fee.

Please inquire about the availability of ferry tickets.

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Gay Head House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake View
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , upstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , downstairs
    outdoor shower - outdoor shower , privately located outside
  • Master bathroom has a two-person, extra deep whirlpool bath, very romantic/luxurious. All bathrooms are full of light and tiled beautifully.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , upstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , upstairs
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , downstairs
  • Three bedrooms located upstairs: Bedroom 1:Master bedroom has a queen bed and a private bathroom with a two-person whirlpool bathtub. Bedroom 2:Has a queen bed, a second-floor private deck and a view of the pond. Bedroom 3:Has two twin beds and a view of the pond. Bedrooms 2 and 3 share an upstairs bathroom. One bedroom located downstairs: Bedroom 4:Has a queen bed and private bathroom with a shower.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck Furniture
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 9 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This is our home, not a generic rental. We hope you will find it as comfortable as your own. It is supplied with all of the basics, so your vacation will be as seamless as possible. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call. We welcome you and your family...Please inquire about the availability of ferry tickets….For large groups of more than 8 people: There are two other rental houses available on the same driveway. Both houses are listed on, property #378125 and property #3723890. Please feel free to look at the details at and This would be a great solution for large families or groups of friends who would like to rent in close proximity to each other.

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