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Gingerbread cottage; Ideal OB location; ferry reservations available June 17-24

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 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 key weeks in the summer. 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 few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

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 Martha's Vineyard

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 and new playground geared for all ages nearby. Historic carousel 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:
  • Max. occupancy 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • 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


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Gingerbread cottage; Ideal OB location; ferry reservations available June 17-24
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 9 reviews

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: Aug 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: Jul 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: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much - glad you had a good time. Frank and Trina
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Quaint and Intimate

  • 5 of 5

This sweet little gingerbread house is steps away from Circuit Ave. and a hop away from the beach ~ You can't ask for a better location!!!! Frank was just a call away for any needs and Amelie was like lightening on any email questions I had. This vacation was for my 40th birthday and it couldn't have been any better!!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sweet Gingerbread House

  • 5 of 5

Great location. House well stocked. Owner very friendly and welcoming. It rained for two days but we enjoyed the boared games and DVD player. Only negative is we didn't get to stay longer.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, comfortable and well located

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay at the Gingerbread House. It's cozy, comfortable and well located. Having a parking spot, WiFi/Cable, Washer/Dryer and a Pharmacy steps away from the door are not requirements for an island vacation but they help. We had great neighbors right across the street (you should be so lucky).

The owner is a gentleman and his daughter managed the rental in a friendly, responsive and very professional manner.

There are things that could use updating and sprucing up but I'd both recommend it and rent it again. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Oak Bluffs House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 2017
May 12 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
June 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late June 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
July 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Aug 2017
Jul 29 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Illumination 2017
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
late Aug 2017
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sept 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $300
midstay clean 2wk rental $100

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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


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