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Aquinnah: serenity, views, free bikes & kayaks, private pond/ocean access

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-8)

Charming Hillside Cottage is an 8-year-old, custom-built family home. Fine workmanship and materials throughout, 9-foot ceilings, upper deck and screened porch. This house is sun-drenched and has panoramic views of surrounding area with glimpses of Menemsha and Squibnocket ponds, plus the ocean. Quiet, private, secluded setting.

Enjoy a stroll to Menemsha pond beach (5 minutes by foot) or use your key to a shared private beach on the south shore (5 minute drive & no Philbin town beach parking hassle or expense). Bicycles and three sea kayaks (1 double & 2 singles) are included in the rental.

The open living room/dining/kitchen area has a wood-burning fireplace, as well as handsome built-in bookshelves and desk. The kitchen is well-equipped and a pleasure to work in.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has its own full bath and opens onto a private balcony. The lower bedroom is furnished with lovely antique Danish beds that can be set up as two twins or a queen, according to your needs. A comfortable convertible couch turns the study/den into a separate bedroom, next to the main floor bathroom. The living room, too, has a sofa-bed for extra sleeping spaces. Ample storage throughout.

Added features include: gas grill, a large screened porch with eating and lounging areas, a spacious upper deck, and a roomy outdoor shower.

Keywords: light and airy house, private (shared) access to ocean beach and to Menemsha Pond beach, country and water views, seclusion, kayaks/bikes included in rental

More Details

Gardner or Victoria Brown
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, Romanian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2017

About Gardner or Victoria Brown

Gardner Brown is a semi-retired environmental economist, and Victoria Farr Brown is a writer of fiction and blogger for Whim W'Him dance company in Seattle ( They live in Seattle when not in Martha's Vineyard. Gardner has been coming to Martha's Vineyard all his life, as have our sons. Victoria first visited the island in 1964. While in Aquinnah in the summer, we stay in our old unwinterized cottage or 'camp,' built in 1954. It is 60 yards away from the 'new' house (of this ad) and screened by trees and shrubs. In other seasons, when we visit the island, we stay in the new house.

Why Gardner or Victoria Brown chose Martha's Vineyard

We built the house we are renting because our family was growing, we wanted to be able to visit Aquinnah off-season when our old summer cottage is not habitable, and we had always wanted to participate in the design of a house and life on the island year-round.

What makes this house unique

Seclusion; being part of the unique community life of Aquinnah; swimming, surfing, and body surfing, in the ocean and Menemsha pond; biking and kayaking; eating fresh seafood and farm produce, enjoying the beauty, amenities and quirks of island life.


Aquinnah House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 full bathrooms, each with tub/shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Study/bedroom - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Comfortable couch makes into sturdy and comfy bed for two.
  • Queen beds in master and second bedroom. Twin beds can be substituted in 2nd bedroom. Comfortable convertible couch-bed in study/den. Living room sofa also makes into a bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Renters have use of one double and two single kayaks, as well as access to a shared private Menemsha Pond beach and use of key to shared private Aquinnah ocean beach (south beach). There are also three bikes with helmets that can be used.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Aquinnah: serenity, views, free bikes & kayaks, private pond/ocean access
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Columbus, Ohio

Our Favorite Place to stay ....

  • 5 of 5

Our family loves visiting MVY, and our favorite area Up Island is Aquinnah. We love the relaxed atmosphere here on the Hilltop and this house is a hidden gem! We have stayed here multiple times and hope to return again! The owners are so nice and always very responsive. They take wonderful care of their home and want others to enjoy it as well. We find we love spending time on the screened porch, or taking in the views from the roof-top deck. After spending a day kayaking from Menemsha pond to Squibnocket and back, its fun to play down on the beach then clean up in the Outdoor Shower. We love cooking seafood and the well equipped kitchen is great. The location is also very close to other great dining places should you not feel like cooking. We also value the Private Beach access that comes along with this house. It's so close and easy to get to that we would run out quickly every evening to view the Absolute best Sunset!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House!!!

  • 5 of 5

Terrific layout, screened porch off the kitchen a delight, 2nd floor bedroom and deck a super view, nice breezes. Very quiet, little in sight but trees, sky and water. Kitchen well equipped. Nice, quality workmanship in the house. Walk down to private dock and kayaks a plus. Good value for price. Owners are lovely and really helpful. I recommend without reservation!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rhode island

Escape from the world

  • 5 of 5

The hillside cottage was the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the most peaceful area of the island. the house itself was wonderful and well maintained. dinners on the rooftop deck with the view of Menemsha Pond and the ocean beyond were priceless. the easy access to a spectacular private beach and to kayaks on pond added to the unique character of this vacation hideaway. If you get the chance, stay here.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA

Fall Getaway

  • 5 of 5

A vacation on the vineyard is great anytime of year but it is even more beautiful in the fall! The hillside cottage was the perfect place to stay! It's obvious that the owners love their home and it is beautifully maintained! The cottage provides everything you would need for a wonderful stay but also has a great homey feel! The pond and beach access was a plus! We took several of the owners recommendations for great hiking trails, dinner and shopping! It was truly difficult to leave and we can't wait to stay there again! The Hillside cottage would be a great place to stay any time of the year!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, BC

Fantastic winter getaway

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from an excellent winter stay at the Hillside cottage, and it exceeded our expectations in every way! The house is beautiful inside and out, and is very comfortable even in the middle of winter. It's off the beaten path on a very quiet part of the island, and the views (especially sunrise!) from the master bedroom are spectacular (it's like sleeping in a cupola!). We would love to come back in the future!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Modern, peaceful home with private access to beautiful tidal pond (and kayaks!) and beach

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a 4 day stay at the Hillside Cottage in Aquinnah and had a wonderful time. The cottage is "Up-Island" on Martha's Vineyard, which is a beautiful, peaceful section of the island. Something about the area also seemed to make people really friendly. We met lots of nice people on our walks around the beaches. We even ended up with a dinner invitation. The biggest plus about the house is the 3 kayaks and access to Menemsha Pond. You take a short walk down a beautiful dirt lane and suddenly the world opens to an incredible tidal salt pond. The house also comes with access to a private beach.

The house was recently built, so it is very clean and modern. Beautiful kitchen with nice natural light. The kitchen was well stocked, offering everything you need to concoct a seafood feast (pick up some seafood from Larsen's in Menemsha). The house has a nice screened in porch, perfect for lazing away the afternoon, reading one of the books from the bookshelf or watching goldfinches play in the echinacea bushes. The house also has a fireplace for chilly nights.

Aquinnah has a magical feel to it, and this cottage fits right in. We found our stay to be relaxing and inspiring. We plan to return!!

P.S. The house is steps away from Lobsterville Beach, where we caught numerous bluefish and striped bass. :)

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Aquinnah House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early summer
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Summer
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $180
Refundable damage deposit $500

Payment schedule:
•$500 damage/security deposit on booking to be returned (assuming no damage) minus $150 cleaning fee
•First I/2 of rent due 60 days before check-in
•Second 1/2 of rent due 15 before check-in
Off-season rates vary—the ones listed are approximate. We do require a 3-night minimum low-season stay.
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Menemsha Pond, also shared access to ocean beach.
Nearest Point of Interest
pond access
Car: necessary

5 minute walk to private (shared) Menemsha Pond beach for sun-bathing, quahog digging, kayaking. Use of 3 kayaks (1 double, 2 single) and 3 bikes/helmets included in rental. Use of key to (shared) ocean beach also included. House is located 1/2 mile off the main road in a very quiet, secluded area. Only two houses visible from ours.


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