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Breathtaking Oceanfront Historic 'House by the Sea' Rare

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
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Plymouth House Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms- 3 oceanfront berms, oceanview bunk room, oceanview double



Oct 15-21 SOLD

Nov 01-21

Nov 21-28 SOLD (thanksgiving)

Dec 01-27.




July 02-09 SOLD

July. 09-16. SOLD

July. 16- 23.

July. 23-30

July. 30-06

Aug. 06-13

Aug. 13-20

Aug. 20-27

Aug 27-03

(Please note, rate quoted is for "High Season" - other weeks are based on time of year, holiday (or not) number of guests and length of stay. The longer the stay, the lower the nightly rate. Please let us know about your desired dates and number of people on your guest list.)


This is one of the most rare and wonderful oceanfront vacation homes on the New England sea coast. 'House by the Sea' is a home of substance and supersized-cottage style from a bygone era. Restored yester-year charm (with modern upgrades for comfort, such as central air conditioning, Sub Zero refrigerator, modern antique-replica plumbing, a Bosch dishwasher, six-burner 4-oven English Aga cooker), this home is idyllic and ideal for unforgettable family vacations. The broad oceanfront porches invite you to decompress by gazing at the incomparable view. Or spread out your lobster dinner on the big screened oceanfront porch, or nap to the sounds of the surf, check your email w Wi-Fi on the lawn, cold drink on your wide Adiorndack chair armrest, seeing the water beyond. This amazing house has 5 bedrooms (all w ocean views) 3 bathrooms, beamed living room and dining rm, wraparound oceanfront porch, glowing maple floors, antique window glass. Impressive (but not pretentious), large (but still intimate), this is your place for romping at the beach, taking in the panoramic ocean , or maybe hanging out at the curved window seat overlooking the water, after preparing a mug in the coffee bar. With all the great seafood around, you'll want to create lively seafood fests in the modern vintage kitchen, choose between dining in the handsome wainscoted dining room with three sides flanked by windows or semi-alfresco on the screen porch. Imagine drinks at sunset on the porch, needlepoint or napping, writing memoirs (or memos or code) or painting watercolors, swimming and sunning on the sandy beach (stairs go down from the property), and rejuvenating in an incomparable and memorable spot. If you can bear to leave the house, explore nearby historic Plymouth, Sandwich, the Cape and Islands or farther beyond to Newport or Boston.

House by the Sea is decorated in restrained Nantucket style. Its oceanfront living room has wainscoting, beams, paintings, and books. A gas old-fashioned looking fireplace is dreamy in the 'shoulder seasons,' warming the adventurous soul in the colder weeks, contrasting with the drama of the crashing waves below. The intimate living room opens to the beamed dining room with ocean views and a marvelous craftsman quality bay window seat. The pantry has wine glasses in racks, Keurig coffee maker, filter coffee maker, french press, a stainless-steel two-drawer refrigerator for wine, ale, and seltzer, and a view onto a deck. The well-equipped kitchen has the iconic Aga cooker (Americanized with conveniences such as convection), stainless steel Sub Zero refrigerator, and honed granite countertops. Adirondack chairs line up on the lawn or around a fire pit, where you can watch a sunrise over coffee or catch a glimpse of the big dipper on a mild summer night. You would think that all East Coast oceanfront homes have dramatic moon rises and sun rises, but not so… You have to be in the right spot, facing the right way, to get these glorious spectacles of nature. Is this the right spot? Yes! There is a stone patio with a gas grill and patio table, umbrella and chairs. There is something special about seeing the ocean surf, bluffs, and beach through 100-year-old wavy glass. Also: vintage lilacs, happy birds, butterflies, and (depending on the season) seals frolicking offshore.

FIVE bedrooms: You'll enjoy three private couples bedrooms (a queen, another queen, and a king made of 2 singles, since we can't get a real king up the stairs.) A "loft" bedroom on the same floor, with ocean view, is open (railing) on one side, and has a double (full) antique bed. The fifth bedroom has two bunk beds plus a single bed (so the room sleeps 5 kids, or an adult and 4 kids, or all adults nutty enough to sleep in bunk beds. (Please note: Based on visitor feedback in 2016, we might be changing the bunk room into a room with fewer beds but more comfort based. Check with us.) The first-floor bathroom has a step-up (it's an antique house) and contains a 4-foot shower plus the laundry stacking washer dryer. The second floor has two bathrooms. One has a subway tile shower with octagon tile floor and replica antique plumbing with exposed thermostatic valve. The other bathroom has an original small footed tub with optional shower and antique replica to-code plumbing.

From the vantage of House by the Sea sits, the arc of beach and bluff looks like a scene from Hawaii. There are 100 steps down to the beach, but the destination is worth it. The stairs are sturdy and there are two landings with catch-your-breath benches. On July 3, with magnificent fireworks rising from the beach, this is possibly the most spectacular place to be within 2000 miles.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

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About Robin

It seemed this house was always 'for sale.' Old, un-rennovated, spectacular oceanfront. The Jackie-O-beautiful elderly owner kept a permanent sign on the old garage with a price (hand) painted asking triple $$S the current market or what anyone wanted to pay. (It was way beyond my scope.) Years went by. The house was still 'for sale,' sign on the garage... but not for $425k like in the 1990s, now our petite titan wanted twice that. Knowing I could never afford it, I still thought I could suggest to her (now on speaking terms) how this dear lady might wrangle some tax advantage by moving in full time, staying, and saving the (gi-normous) gain. Never did I imagine I could figure out how to own this house at her astronomical price. But the Boston RE market was surging; we sold our JP condo, cashed in my Keogh plan and bought it: rough, unrenovated, unheated, uninsulated, homosote dropped ceilings hiding the gorgeous original big-lumber framing from 1914. Every year has seen a big transfusion of green, lovingly upgrading this incredible, authentic Cape Cod from the past house, in a way that maintains its old charm. Year after year, better and better every year. Last year, the great old house got her 36" Sub Zero TCI and a new improved outdoor shower. We are grateful for the precious families who have fallen in love with it, and come back every year. We want to surprise them by making it just a bit more magnificent each year they return.

Robin purchased this house in 2005

Why Robin chose South Shore Massachusetts

This incredible 1910 oceanfront 'cottage' was one of the first few built on these famously beautiful bluffs. If you see the antique postcards, this was an almost uninhabited coastline. Back then, you could choose the best spot. As a few homes grew up around this gracious lady of a home, they were of the time and are now vintage, nostalgic, yesteryear. The seller knew her stuff, and wanted much more than the market would bear, and it was way beyond my means. I bought a lesser house in the neighborhood. Then sold it. Then tried to help the seller with her sale to another buyer. It fell through. Then there we stood, she and I, with this house between us, and a shockingly high price I never thought a mere mortal could deal with. Then, with owner financing, some sacrifices, savings, and lots of sweat equity, House by the Sea became ours, at a staggering price, but with improvements long overdue. The house was very 'original' and, in some areas, not in a good way. But optimism was easy -- this is nirvana. Each year, our investments in the home have brought it closer and closer to perfection. One of these days, we may even go beyond it! We've just added a powerful heating system, improved central a/c, and now the Sub Zero. So it's not just for summer anymore--now you can come for long contemplative winter beach walks, and get cozy by the fire when you return, with your English pudding in the Aga. Not only are summers a dream-come-true, but now fall and winter (as long as it's not a blizzardy winter), too.

What makes this house unique

White sugar-sand beach, Hawaii-like views, authentic 1910 architecture, incomparable spot, beach stairs, broad lawn, precious neighborhood with lots of amenities -- just an amazing, wonderful place to be any time of year.

Guestbook comments from the manager

(from an email received after the vacation) "hi robin, just a note to let you know our family and friends all

enjoyed your wonderful house by the sea in manomet. the fireworks

display was unbelievable, and the view from the house was lovely. we

all got our workouts in with the hikes up and down the stairs! thanks

again for making everything so comfortable for us." K+L
Jul 2011
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Breathtaking Oceanfront Historic 'House by the Sea' Rare
average rating of 5.0 based on 52 reviews
Austin, Texas


  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 3-week stay here, with friends and family. Perfect in every way. Wish we had had a 4th week! We're looking forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Johnston RI

Heavenly House by the Sea

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful house ,should be renamed Heavenly HOUSE BY the SEA . ROBIN just wonderful ,so attentive and easy to work with .She is committed to seeing you have the best possible vacation. This house has every amenity you can think of ,wonderful furniture, outstanding deck , views to die for all over the house, fantastic linens, and wonderful neighbors and neighborhood. Located in a very central location no traffic to deal with. You will fall in love with this house , if possible definitely rent this heavenly vacation property. Helen, Nancy ,PATSY

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a better house or location! House is very clean and Robin has modernized it without taking away from it's charm. House sits on the bluff with great views of the ocean, from the porch to the bedrooms. House has games for the kids, swing, firepit and a great outdoor shower. We could not have asked for more. I would highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place for Families!

  • 5 of 5

I am late writing this review and was hoping to see an opening this summer but we're too late. We live in Texas and stayed there last summer with my family, my sister's family and our mother, a total of 11 of which 6 were children. This was a coming home reunion for us as I spent many summers there at my grandparents home and where my father/mother grew up. The home was absolutely perfect! Plenty of space, nicely decorated and great views. The weather was great and the beach was fabulous. Even swam out to House Rock like the good old days! The water was cold but whatever! The neighbors embraced us and we had cocktails on the bluff many nights. Highly recommend for your family. Robin was great to work with making our arrangements and answering all our questions. Hopefully, we can make it back next summer!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Boston, MA

Another wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We just came back from another wonderful stay at The House by the Sea. As in prior years, the house was very comfortable for a multi-generational group (grandparents through grandchildren ranging from 2 to 12), providing everything needed to make all ages happy - very clean, comfortable furniture, good wi-fi, upgraded bathrooms (with good water pressure and enough hot water to handle large post-beach groups), new and well-stocked kitchen, and of course the porch swing! The kitchen is fully stocked with a wide range of pots, pans and utensils (including oyster shucking knives and lobster crackers) and more than enough plates, glasses and flatware to handle dinner for a 17-plus person crowd one night. The patio outside the kitchen has both a gas grill and a charcoal grill, for grill purists. The house maintains its charm along with its modern comforts and the long front porch and big windows can't be improved on for catching the ocean breezes and beautiful views, with the added benefit of a screened side porch. We did not need it this year, but the air conditioning is a nice option to have in case of really hot, still weather. We appreciated the well-stocked beach gear, with umbrellas, beach chairs, buckets and shovels for the little children, boogie boards for the older children and a kayak. For people looking at the house with little children, we have been in the house with children as young as 1 and had no problems - even the stairs to the beach are fine, as there are several landings for breaks if you are carrying a young child up and down. The neighborhood is quiet and friendly and lovely for runs and walks. The beach is really wonderful, and similar to the bay-side Cape beaches, has a long shallow stretch at low tide that is perfect for young children, while it is more than deep enough at high tide for tall adults to swim comfortably. There is a farm a short drive away for fresh herbs and vegetables, a good grocery store about a 10 minute drive away in the Pinehills, and lots of local ice cream places a short walk away. We will be back again next year and dreaming about it - the swing, the porch, the beach and everything - until we arrive!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly Special

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful house, with soul, charm, and whatever you need for comfortable living. Thoughtfully furnished and stocked. We loved the idyllic porch to watch the changing sky, water, and just talk. A lovely place to spend time with old friends. A week none of us will ever forget. Thanks, Robin.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Boston Logan OR Providence TF Green Airport
Nearest Beach
Car: necessary

House by the Sea is located on a verdant stretch of coastline with awesome views and a sugar-sand beach about 50 miles south of Boston, 10 miles north of Sandwich, and 5 miles south of Plymouth Rock in downtown Plymouth. Logan Airport and Providence's TF Green airport are about equally convenient. Day trips to the Cape and Islands: A quick 15 minutes to the Sagamore Bridge, and from there 20 minutes to the ferry to Martha's Vineyard in Falmouth. The hamlet of Manomet is an old summering area with many old shingle style homes, cottages, all spread nicely apart with lovely lawns and well tended gardens. The neighborhood is serene and there are unpaved roads along the ocean and up to the Manomet Center for Conservation, for long walks with beautiful scenery. The town includes a good wine shop, small eateries, a library, CVS, a Stop N Shop, salon, pizzeria, banks. At Manomet Point: the Lobster Pound (a destination in itself) for crab cakes, lobster, oysters, and exquisite fish.

Other Activities: Historic areas, golf galore, Plymouth Rock, Mayflower

There are three bathrooms; two have modern showers, one has a footed tub updated with high-tech, vintage looking, pressure balanced/up-to-code scald protector shower valves. A hammock invites you to check out how your toes look with nothing but ocean-blue behind them. From lawn, porch, and house, you have 180-degree ocean views in an awesome coastal setting. (One person told us it looks like Hawaii.) Sturdy steps (quite a few steps, we must disclose!) descend to a private beach where white sand offers a soft landing. When the tide goes out, pristine sandbars appear, with little tide pools for even the youngest waders and hunters of sea stars (starfish), sand dollars, and the amusing, tiny hermit crabs.

You can walk to the Manomet Library or the nicely provisioned wine shop (which looked nicer when it was an old 1920s gambrell home but wasn't quite as popular.) Stroll a little farther to the local grocery store. A two-mile car (or bike) ride arrives at the picturesque Lobster Pound way out on Manomet Point, with surf lapping two sides. Lobsters can be steamed to order (less mess than cooking at home) and they sell delicious reinvented gourmet crab cakes (more eggy than bread-y, a real treat) along with clam chowder and lobster bisque. Helps keep you out of the kitchen and in your chaise.


Rates & Availability

Plymouth House Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Pet fee (shedding) $175
Cleaning (normal, not ex $325
Pet fee (non shedding) $95

HIGH SEASON RATE OF $6450 COVERS 12 GUESTS. Includes 11% state and local tax and a VAST array of amenities. OFF SEASON RENTALS are priced based on number of guests, time of year and length of stay.

Personal checks accepted for rental fees. First 50% is due within 5 days of receiving agreement email. Balance due 3 wks before you arrive. Cleaning payment -separate check: if you decide to leave the home in sparkling clean, check-in condition, your check will be mailed back to you (we UBER-clean between guests regardless.) Visa/MasterCard serves as damage deposit (or purchase damage insurance.)

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Plymouth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main second floor BATHROOM - toilet , shower , New subway tile shower w skylight, granite top vanity
    1910 Bathroom with leg-tub - toilet , combination tub/shower , Smaller bathroom, marble top vanity, footed tub w shower
    First floor Bathroom w laundry - toilet , shower , 4' modern shower, vanity, laundry in 'ice house' addition
  • Upstairs bathrooms retain their vintage charm: wood floors, an antique tub, replica plumbing, beamed ceilings, bead board walls. Downstairs bathroom has modern acrylic shower, grohe shower valve, modern front loading washer dryer stack pack laundry.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • North Oceanfront Queen room - 1 queen , Awesome ocean views, 3 windows, antiques, RL bedding
    East Oceanfront Queen bedroom - 1 queen , 1 child bed , Expansive ocean views, bay window, queen, RL bedding,
    South Oceanfront KING bedroom - 1 king , Due to 1910 staircase, king is 2 singles, topped as king
    South Ocean view Bunk Room - 5 twin/ single , 2 bunk beds sleeping 4, one single bed, ocean views
    Northwest Oceanview Double bed, semi-private - 1 twin/ single , Made nicer/less private railing wall, antique rope bed doubl
  • Bedrooms all have ocean views, beamed ceilings, bead board walls, hundred-year-old wavy window glass, restrained Nantucket decor.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming

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