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Gingerbread cottage; Ideal OB location (town&beach); Ferry tickets may be avail.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths+outdoor shower, sleeps 7

Location, location, location. This cozy 3 bedroom house is located steps from downtown on a family neighborhood side street. Stroll among the Gingerbread houses, or into town for groceries, dining and fun...or pack a tote and stroll to the end of our street to Inkwell beach. Everything is within a walkable distance, including the ferry, playground, fishing pier, Flying Horses carousel, churches and shuttle buses that can take you around the island.

Transferable ferry reservations are available to guests (at cost) for weeks starting July 7, July 14 and August 25, 2018. However, everything is so handy, you don't need a car. If you do want your car on the island, there is off-street parking for two cars in front of the house.

This quaint home features a living room with flat-screen TV, comfy sectional sofa, new (2016) downstairs hardwood flooring, downstairs bathroom, and 3 bedrooms and a half bath upstairs. Queen bed in the master, double bed in the middle room, and 3 twins in the "kid's room". The kid's room also has a TV in case you need to find a space for them to go and entertain themselves while the adults unwind after a day on the beach. There's a private hot/cold outdoor shower too. BBQ on the private back patio or relax on the front porch and say Hi to the neighbors as they stroll by.

Window air conditioners and fans, but for those cooler spring/fall evenings, there is electric heat upstairs and down.

Perfect for a family or a romantic getaway. This is a weekly rental property however 3 night minimum stays will be considered during during parts of June and Sept.-Oct.

More Details

Frank W Barvenik
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Frank W Barvenik

The "Ginger Bread House" is owned by the Barvenik family. Frank's parents built the home with love and attention to detail in 1968. Trina has been coming to Martha's Vineyard since the 1940's, preceded by two generations of islanders. Frank and Trina own another home in Oak Bluffs. They and other family members are usually on the island during most of the rental season, so in case you need anything you have someone local to call. Their daughter Amelie executed several upgrades when the house was converted to a summer rental and there have been improvements to the house and furnishings every year.

Why Frank W Barvenik chose Oak Bluffs

Cozy yet comfortable. Fabulous, convenient location. Family neighborhood. Walk to town, beach, ferry and docks.

What makes this house unique

Walk to the Campground cottages and events at the Tabernacle, historic sites and churches, as well as a bunch of restaurants, including some favorites of presidents. New bowling alley...bistro nearby, New playground with basketball courts, tennis courts and imaginative jungle jims geared for all ages right around the corner. Historic carousel, harborfront boardwalk, Inkwell Beach and the fishing pier within walking distance.


Oak Bluffs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Cancellation: We will put house back on market. If re-rented we will refund up to re-rental amt. minus our addit. expenses & Homeaway Svc. Fee.
  • Steep stairway to 2nd floor bedrooms. May not be suitable for toddlers or those with poor mobility. We have a slide-in child gate for top of stairs.
  • Sheets, pillow cases, towels not provided . Window AC's in LR & 1 BR. Elect. heat. No DW. Shower in bath & enclosed outdoor shower; no tub.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
  • There is one full-bath downstairs that has toilet, sink and shower. Upstairs there is a 1/2 bath in the master which is small but has a toilet and sink. In the back patio-area there is a private hot/cold outdoor shower to rinse off any beach sand.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
  • Cozy but clean and comfy. Master has a brand-new queen bed and a 1/2 bathroom plus a bureau and closet. 2nd BR has a double-bed plus an up-right bureau. Large hallway closet for clothes and suitcases. 3rd BR has 3 twins arranged so that there is some play-space on the floor and beds double as couches for TV viewing so the room can become a space for kids to play as parents relax downstairs. This is a small house, but thoughtfully designed to maximize space. Every room has been freshly painted and redone in classic Martha's Vineyard charm.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Gingerbread cottage; Ideal OB location (town&beach); Ferry tickets may be avail.
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 12 reviews

wonderful week

  • 4 of 5

We had a fabulous week in the Gingerbread cottage. Great location, adorable property. Comfortable with everything needed.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and a treasure!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week. The Gingerbread House is convenient to the adorable Oak Bluffs. Convenient to getting around the entire island. The home is small but very efficient The owner was very attentive before our trip and got a nice welcome call which was lovely. I would return! Everything was comfortable and pristine!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very homey and plenty of room

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our vacation. 3 adults and 2 smaller children and there was still an extra bed. The best thing about this cottage was the location. We literally walked everywhere because it was all within a mile. From the shops, the beach, the restaurants, the bowling alley, and the parks and playgrounds we never found ourselves being bored. Coming back after a busy day we always felt welcome and comfortable. We made dinner 4 out of the 7 nights we stayed and found everything we needed (and more!) in order to prepare each meal. I know we would love the opportunity to stay in this cottage in the future, and dealing with Frank made everything easier. He answered any questions we had and always made sure we were enjoying our stay. I have no complaints what so ever, and highly recommend this home to anyone looking to have a great vacation on the Vineyard.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location, the epitome of a cottage on Martha's Vineyard!

  • 4 of 5

Great little house in a perfect location! When they say walk to town, they mean it, yet it's a bit down the street so it's quiet! This cottage really feels like the Vineyard! The beds are extremely comfortable, the set up of the house is great and we would definitely rent it again!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Franks house was the perfect stay for us. We had easy access to everything.

We had so much fun there and the house was clean and has lots of room.

We like the fact that it has air conditioners both up stairs and down.

We will return to this perfect place again one day. Thanks Frank for everything..

Sandy and Lindy from Fort Worth Texas :)

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location. Unique Design.

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this lovely gingerbread house. Frank, Trina and Amelie were extremely helpful and even checked on us during our stay to make sure we had everything we needed. The location is perfect and although the house is small, it has everything one could possibly need. Six of us stayed there quite comfortably. We brought a car but realized we really did not need one. I have already recommended this property and its friendly owners to a friend!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much - glad you had a good time. Frank and Trina
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Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Steamship Authority/Island Queen/HyLine/Fast Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Several in walking distance, variety of cuisines
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
Oak Bluffs Public Beach/ Inkwell
Car: not necessary

Close to all Oak Bluffs attractions:

- Ocean Park - bandstand

- historic campground cottages and tabernacle,

- kite flying in Ocean and Waban parks,

- updated playground, tennis courts and basketball right around the corner,

- Oak Bluffs harbor-front boardwalk and new fishing pier,

- fishing charters for families,

- short drive to scenic East Chop lighthouse, state beach, Felix Neck nature preserve, and golf course where presidents play


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $170
Refundable damage deposit $300

See Rental Agreement

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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