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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 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 9, 2018

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 Rockport

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 15 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: July 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful home!

  • 5 of 5

The photos of the home, while accurate, really don't do it justice. I'm not sure how a house can manage to feel both spacious and cozy at the same time, but this one does. Every room is utterly charming, filled with wonderful old books, paintings, and memorabilia. We visited in the fall, and made great use of the two working wood-burning fireplaces. The one "modern" room in the house was the beautiful kitchen, which had absolutely everything you could possibly need to make and serve a large Thanksgiving dinner in the gorgeous dining room. The location--within walking distance of the ocean and the town center--is perfect, and we enjoyed our daily viewings of turkeys wandering through the yard!

Penny could not have been more friendly and helpful as I was making the arrangements for our stay. We were so grateful to have had the chance to stay in such a beautiful, comfortable, and well-loved historic home, and hope we'll have a chance to return.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful home! Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at this lovely home! We recently rented the house for our family for our wedding in late September that was up on the North Shore - it was the perfect choice! The house had everything we could ever need, was incredibly spacious, and was the perfect place to make these memories. The ladies all got ready the day of the wedding at the house and it was the perfect spot for hair and makeup along with pre-wedding photography and videography! We also hosted a small brunch the day after the wedding and there was plenty of room for our guests to sit and eat comfortably. We definitely recommend and would love to stay again!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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West Cornwall, Connecticut

Incredible home!! Thank you for sharing it!

  • 5 of 5

We just came back home from our stay and I'm already thinking about booking again! It's that good! Plenty of room to stretch out, every room is so comfortable and the kitchen is fantastic! I loved trying to figure out how the home had changed over the years. Location is fantastic too, very quiet and peaceful! The owners and the caretaker were very responsive with a minor door handle issue we experienced. It's an honor to be able to stay at this home, so much history and family memorabilia. Absolutely perfect!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We love our family home and are so happy when others see its beauty and history as well!
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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: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! We are so pleased when we are able to share our family home with those who appreciate its history and beauty!
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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: September 2016
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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.