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Speaks: english

Home by Audubon close to Plum Island.

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Merrimack Valley & Essex County House Rental Photos and Description

Romantic getaway - spectacular 2-story master w/private deck. Two full baths

The Joppa House is perched on stilts within the Merrimack River. Our home abuts Mass Audubon and enjoys a natural habitat for birds. The lower and upper observation decks overlooking a salt pan offer great vantage points for viewing wildlife as well as outdoor retreats for relaxing on the river. This architecturally stunning home has panoramic views over marsh and river yet remains private from the easily accessed city of Newburyport and the beautiful beaches of Plum Island. Kayaks can be launched from the site at high tide.

Enjoy all that Newburyport has to offer as well as the beaches of Plum Island, the Sandy Point State Reservation and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during your stay at this enchanting property.

Rates are $300/night (4 night minimum) from September 15th through May 15th. Summer rate details are reflected on our calendar and range from $400 to $425 per night (4 night minimum).

  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
patricia (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english


based on 11 traveler reviews

Home by Audubon close to Plum Island.
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Great views, spotless, nice house

  • 5 of 5

Writing from the Joppa house right now. Have been here for a week and love it. Enjoy watching the water fowl and tides. House was spotless with fresh flowers and pastry. Thank you Julie for all the help and keeping the house so perfect. The house is just as nice as the picture describe. Don't hesitate to rent you will love it.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect honeymoon location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I chose to stay at the Joppa House on our honeymoon. Staying here far and away exceeded our expectations.

We arrived to a very clean and well kept house, which was absolutely gorgeous, and met the owner who gave us a rundown on the property and its history, and offered recommendations regarding restaurants, markets, and other attractions in nearby Newburyport, and brought a few provisions to share with us to get us started. She was as delightful as the house, and very easy to work with. We particularly liked the fact that the house was available for a midweek-to-midweek rental, unlike many properties on VRBO that are only available for full Saturday-Saturday stays or similar.

Watching sunrises and tides from the gorgeous bedroom were outstanding -- though by the third day we made up some makeshift curtains because sunrise was around 5 AM in July and we wanted to get a little extra shuteye. We made frequent use of the grill on the deck as well as the well-equipped and decently stocked kitchen. We also took full advantage of the clothes washer and dryer, as well as the amenities such as binoculars and beach towels that were provided. The wireless Internet service was speedy enough for streaming some movies, but we didn't get around to checking out the satellite TV which was generously provided.

On top of all that the house is in an excellent and convenient location, not just as you can see from the beautiful online pictures, but as far as reaching activities. Plum Island is just down the road one direction, and downtown Newburyport the other, just a couple of minutes to each. Reaching further afield it was easy to reach beaches near Hampton Beach, NH, and to scoot down to Gloucester for a schooner ride one evening.

Both my bride and I would definitely recommend the Joppa House to others, and in fact have already done so. We'd kind of like to try it again in the spring or winter when the weather is a little cooler, but everything was so gorgeous in the middle of the summer that we might just be back again at that time of year.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little Piece of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 3 nights in this beautiful home and absolutely loved every minute. The views were phenomenal, the house clean and nicely decorated, the kitchen had everything a cook could need. The furniture was so comfortable and the claw tub a bonus! We enjoyed watching the same family of ducks come close to the home every high tide. We watched egrets fly by and osprey and terns hunting. Sailboats and kayaks and fishing boats were always on the horizon. Sunrise and sunsets were spectacular. The location was perfect for either heading to town for shopping and lunch or heading to the Parker River Refuge to walk on the beach and check out the piper plovers and herons and egrets. We hope we can make it back to htis special home again.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magnificent Sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

Our vacation travels have taken us to many lovely rental properties but none have captured our hearts quite like 'Joppa House'.

Ideally located in a beautiful tranquil setting on the Merrimac River between Plum Island beaches and the quaint town of Newburyport, this magnificent sanctuary never ceases to amaze with its wonderful vistas from every window....the breathtaking sunrises over Plum Island, the many mallards splashing in the ever-changing tidal pools of the river, and the egret and heron hiding in the lush tall grasses.

This little gem is tastefully decorated, tenderly cared for, and thoughtfully furnished with everything one could possibly need for a perfect stay.

Thank you, Gillian, for your many kindnesses and gracious hospitality. We look forward to our return.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Birders' Heaven and an Architectural Gem

  • 5 of 5

A magical location with a spellbinding view of the bay, Joppa Flats House is perfect for a couple. Watch ducks, geese, eagles, seals, otters, muskrat and shorebirds from the comfort of your designer easy chair. Proximity to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Mass Audubon Education Centre makes it birders’ heaven! It’s an easy 30 minute walk to Newburyport’s restaurants and shops and a superb base for exploring the North Shore.

The gracious owner has anticipated your every need in a well stocked kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, comfortable seating with good lighting, high speed internet access and satellite TV, and a quality king bed accessed up a stainless spiral stair. The house reflects sensitivity to its environment and a wealth of architectural details that make you smile. And oh, the view! Stayed for a month and delighted in the ever changing panorama every day. Truly hard to leave such an exquisite gem.

Many thanks Gillian.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
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It's perfect

  • 5 of 5

This is the house that you always hope that you'll find but never do. It's awesome. Awesome location, amazing and unique house, fabulously equipped, very clean, great owner.

My wife and I live less than a mile from the house and had walked by it for years admiring it. Finally we got to rent it one weekend. It was just as nice on the inside as it was from the outside. The house has interesting tasteful furniture, a great, well equipped kitchen (with great appliances), and fun artistic and architectural touches to discover and explore. Normally when you come to Newburyport/Plum Island you want to spend all your time going outside (great beaches, kayaking, bicycling, boating, great restaurants) but the house is so nice you almost can't do better by leaving it. Then again with all the windows and the two decks, being at the house is like being outside – with luxury.

We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Newburyport / Boston
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Interstate I 95
Nearest Beach
2.1 Miles

Other Activities: Birding flyway . Adjacent to Audabon and National Park Service headquarters for Plum Island. Historic Seaport town in Historic Essex County Mass.


Rates & Availability

Newburyport House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 9 2016 - Jul 29 2016
4 night minimum stay
Yankee Homecoming
Jul 30 2016 - Aug 7 2016
4 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 8 2016 - Sep 15 2016
4 night minimum stay
Sep 16 2016 - Oct 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 17 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
July 4th Holiday
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jul 9 2017 - Jul 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
Yankee Homecoming
Jul 29 2017 - Aug 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 7 2017 - Sep 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $0
Refundable damage deposit $500


Check-in Time - 3:00 pm
Check-out Time - 11:00 am
PLEASE - No smoking in our home or anywhere on the premises; No Pets; and No parties/functions

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Merrimack Valley & Essex County House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1580 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Wet Bar
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
  • One bathroom on each level. Upper bath has a tub with river view when in the tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Looking for couples. Bedroom is up a circular staircase inappropriate for young children.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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