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Spacious, Comfortable Family Home with Gorgeous Gardens near Ocean and Downtown

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 8

Faer Sith House is an charming, spacious and comfortable family home in the heart of Rockport with lush and beautiful gardens and a short drive to the beautiful beaches of Rockport and Gloucester. It is the perfect place for a family gathering or quiet escape and is minutes from charming downtown Rockport.

Built in 1908 by General George Forsyth, and owned by our family since 1926, Faer Sith House combines the best of old world charm and beauty with modern features and renovations. The house has a beautiful newly renovated eat-in kitchen, mudroom, outdoor shower to wash off after a trip to a nearby beach, formal dining room that seats 12, living room, family room with flat screen TV and a large library of DVDs, sun porch stocked with board games and puzzles, wet bar and broadband wireless-ready office.

The new kitchen is a perfect place to gather with family and cook a gourmet meal. It features a large walnut island which seats 8, all new high-end appliances, including two dishwashers, a 6 burner gas GE Monogram stove, large fridge, microwave/convection oven and flat screen TV.

Enjoy coffee or cocktails on the comfortable front porch with an ocean breeze, barbecues and lobsters on the back deck and gathering around the outdoor fire pit, lazing in the hammock, or exploring the beautifully landscaped grounds. Take a picturesque walk along the shore or play 9 holes at the Rockport public golf course less than a mile from the house, or enjoy kayaking, tennis, biking, whale watching, shopping and excellent restaurants in Gloucester and Rockport. The nearby Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center offers world class artists performing against the stunning backdrop of Rockport Harbor.

Long-term fall/winter rental welcome. We are happy to share the history of our family home and advice about Cape Ann.

More Details

Penny Catterall
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2017

About Penny Catterall

We are a family of three sisters who inherited this beautiful home from our parents. Faer Sith House has been in our family since 1926 and is where our father grew up. We made wonderful memories coming here each summer here as children and now three generations of our family and dogs all enjoy Faer Sith every year! We hope you will love our home as much as we do and will make your own special memories here too.

Penny Catterall purchased this house in 1926

Why Penny Catterall chose Merrimack Valley & Essex County

Faer Sith House was built in 1908 by General George Alexander Forsyth and our family is only the second owner of the property. Faer Sith, named by General Forsyth, means both ''beautiful site" in Welsh and also is a play on the General's last name. It is indeed a beautiful site. Set on a hill overlooking lovely gardens and serene woods, the house is filled with beautiful antiques, old books and photographs, and a wonderful collection of fine landscape and portrait paintings by our grandfather Wallace Bryant, who was a well known artist in the late 1800's. However, the house also has the latest in 21st century amenities, including a new kitchen and comfortable beds and furniture, modern appliances, wireless internet, flat screen TVs, and more, making it a unique and very special place for a family vacation.

What makes this house unique

From the gorgeous and expansive gardens, to the relaxing front porch where you can enjoy your coffee and the best home made donuts on Cape Ann (from Brother's Brew in Rockport) or cocktails in the evening, to the wonderful old books, family antiques, and jars of local sea glass, Faer Sith House is a place unlike any other. There are woodlands and great rocks for children to explore and climb, a tree swing to enjoy, a comfortable double hammock to relax in, a quiet little cove beach for hunting sea glass just a 5 minute walk away, vistas everywhere you look and always a serene feeling that you have left the real world completely behind you.


Rockport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • All bathrooms have been updated in the last few years.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2nd Floor - ocean view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2nd Floor - ocean view
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2nd Floor - garden view
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2nd Floor - garden view
  • There are four bedrooms on the 2nd floor - two with ocean views.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Spacious, Comfortable Family Home with Gorgeous Gardens near Ocean and Downtown
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
New York, NY

Wonderful house, great experience

  • 5 of 5

Some friends and I recently rented this house for a wedding weekend in town.

The house is beautiful and interesting, is convenient to town, and the owners were a pleasure to deal with.

If you're staying in the area, you should certainly try to rent here.

We couldn't be happier with our renting experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Idyllic setting layered with family history

  • 5 of 5

Wow; what a spectacular house where we hosted family & friends during the week of my daughters wedding in Gloucester. Warm and comfortable where one could feel the generations of family history and imagine of the times that they enjoyed in this house. We will also have memories of our time that will last for decades. Great new kitchen, stately dining room and well groomed grounds & many beautiful perennials. I could spend days on the front porch.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fells like home.

  • 5 of 5

Six adults, one 7 year old and an infant. No problem. Spacious, very comfortable and relaxing. Kid friendly with a swing out front and hidden passages throughout the yard. Wrap around porches open and enclosed allow enjoying the ocean air in any weather condition. Beautiful kitchen fully equipped. Grille and eat outdoors. Walk to town center in 15 minutes. Description and pictures are 100% accurate. No one can ask for a better place for a family gathering.

Less than 1 hour drive from Boston Logan International Airport.

When we return to Rockport this is the place.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great vacation!

  • 5 of 5

With our grown children living around the world, we were looking for a holiday rental close to an international airport, that could accommodate 8 adults comfortably and that was located in a cute New England town. What a great find - this charming house was located just a short 10 minute walk to downtown Rockport with Logan Airport less than 1 hour south. The house is large with lots of room to spread out. Large bedrooms with lots of windows. All amenities in the kitchen for cooking everything from breakfast to lobster dinners. Large dining room to eat, sit and talk. Two living rooms to watch tv or work on puzzles/play games. Large porch, and since the weather was unseasonably warm we actually sat outside the first few days. So many great pictures hanging on the walls, it felt more like a home than a rental. Owners were quick to respond to all questions and requests. Plus, Rockport is a great town, dog friendly and close to Gloucester, where there are more restaurants open during the christmas holiday; although Rockport does a nice New Year's Eve celebration. Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your wonderful review! Hope you can come back next year when the kitchen will be completely renovated!
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Perfect dream thanksgiving retreat

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this beautiful house. We rented for a family thanksgiving & could not be happier. Penny & Dave were available for questions but also provided privacy for our stay. We had coffee on the covered porch each morning- in November! The kitchen is spacious and was roomie enough for us to cook together without knocking elbows. We brought a few utensils we knew we needed but found everything to cook with in the kitchen. Each bedroom is sunlit and spacious, with pictuesque views of New England. The bathrooms were great. We played croquette and board games from the game room. We kept a fire going- couldn't have been a more perfect Thanksgiving. Rockport town center is a couple blocks away. There is a scenic cliff walk close by & we ran the Salem 5 mile Turkey Trot thanksgiving morning. The house is also decorated with historical relics and beautiful paintings. We had fun learning about the house's history. Wild turkeys visited the yard daily. We loved our stay at this estate.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy when our guests appreciate our unique historic family home and the charming town of Rockport as much as we do and are glad that your Thanksgiving stay was so special! Penny
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Glorious Family Wedding Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family convened at Faer Sith for our daughter's fall wedding at Moraine Farm in Beverly on October 24th. The setting and grounds of this lovely property was perfect in every way. Our daughter and bridal party stayed at nearby B&B, within walking distance of Faer Sith. We all loved the charm and ambience afforded by a home that has been loved and well cared for over the past century. Our three grandchildren loved to explore the games in the sunroom, the rocks on the grounds, the wild turkeys waddling across the lawn, and the tree swing. We all enjoyed a beautiful autumn walk along neighboring Marmion Way and on our last night, pizza delivery from Atlantic Pizza---delicious! We hosted a catered brunch the day after the wedding, which continued into the early afternoon as guests lingered on the porch. The customer service is excellent, with prompt responses from Debbie, Penny, and Alexi from beginning to end of the inquiry and planning process, including an interior tour to help us plan our family logistics. We all agreed it was a magical experience to enter a past era and dwell in a refined and spacious home replete with beautiful antiques and historical memorabilia---a significant enhancement of the wedding weekend!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Faer SIth House! We would love to have you back as guests again soon!
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Logan Airport
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Rockport Public Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Rockport Commuter Station
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Rt 128
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Old Garden Beach
Car: necessary

Historic Rockport, located on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, is a picturesque New England fishing village and artists' colony which has retained its small town charm. An hour drive from Boston, the town boasts miles of pristine beaches, outdoor recreation, historic attractions and cultural activities, including the newly built and extremely popular Shalin Lui Performance Center in downtown Rockport featuring world class musicians. Nearby you'll also find historic Essex, Salem and Newburyport, Halibut Point State Park, fine-dining in local restaurants, and antique and art galleries.

Other Activities: kayaking and public tennis courts nearby.

Golf: Rockport Public Golf Course is just five minutes drive away. Nice 9 hole course.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Pet Fee $25
Damage Deposit $500

Long-term rental is available - $4,000 a month plus utilities

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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