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Lovely Manchester Carriage House

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3-Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

The Cottage is at the end of a long driveway on a former estate in the heart of Smith's Point and is within walking distance of 3 beaches, including a private beach. "The Cottage" is a separate building attached to a Carriage House and was built about 1920 but modernized in 2014. It sleeps 6 comfortably and can expand to sleep 8. A large kitchen with living space and dining space as well as a large living room/library make entertaining easy. A patio and a lawn offer the chance to expand outdoors. Its an easy walk to public beaches, and you have access to a private beach.

Property Manager
Carol Bundy
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2018

About Carol Bundy

In 2007 I inherited the Carriage House. It's been in my family over 100 years, the land for longer. So I feel a deep connection. All my childhood summers were spent here.

Carol Bundy purchased this cottage in 1900

Why Carol Bundy chose Manchester-by-the-Sea

Fully modernized in 2014, this rental has tons of charm. It's at the end of a long driveway so it has lots of privacy and is very safe. Easy walking distance to superb beaches, public and private, as well as being in easy reach of the town of Manchester means this rental is both convenient and offers a great sense of "getting away."

What makes this cottage unique

We are in a superb location convenient to Boston, near great beaches and a wonderful harbor, but we are also secluded and private. It's the best of both worlds!


Manchester-by-the-Sea Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , ground floor bathroom with large walk-in shower
  • Ground floor bathroom has a large walk-in shower. Upstairs bathroom has double sinks, and a tub/shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , master bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , the bunk room is a perfect kid's room
  • A sofa bed in the far end of the large living room works well for short-term guests.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • 9 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Lovely Manchester Carriage House
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Perfect vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Hidden gem! We had a wonderful time staying at the "Carriage House." Manchester by the Sea is one of the loveliest towns in the area. Singing beach is spectacular and the town has everything you could want while on vacation. There is a beautiful private beach that is walkable from the rental. The rental itself was very family-friendly with a fantastic kitchen, wonderfully renovated bathrooms, and access to a large, private yard. Our kids loved running around on the lawn, and we enjoyed dinners outside, too. It was well set up with outdoor table and chairs. The interior decorations were perfect. And we were delighted with the owner's warmth and thoughtful attention during our visit. We'd love the chance to visit again sometime soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. You were wonderful renters and of course you are welcome back any time!!
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Fantastic location and great property

  • 5 of 5

Our family had an absolutely wonderful stay The Cottage. It really is a special place and what is particularly unique is that it feels secluded and peaceful and has easy access to beaches (3 choices within 15min walk) but at the same time is only a 15 minute walk into the town center, which is a great small town that has quite a lot to offer. Our twin toddlers loved running around on the grassy lawn and taking advantage of the nearby beaches, as well as the Masconomo Park and playground. The private beach is the perfect beach for young kids as it is sandy, very gentle sloping, and perfectly still water. The owner was also very thoughtful – she even checked with us prior to mowing the lawn and offered to arrange it around the boys nap time so as not to interfere with their nap. The space itself was also perfect - it was clean, comfortable, and well appointed with everything we needed but was not cluttered with stuff we didn't need. We would have loved to stay longer and hope to have the opportunity to return there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful house, perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5

This lovely house was perfect for our family of 5 adults and 2 small children: the furnishings are attractive and comfortable; the bathrooms are modern; the kitchen is beautifully updated and had everything we needed; the layout of the first floor lends itself nicely to multiple users (adults can read in the living room while children play in the nice open kitchen-dining-sitting area); and the house was super-clean. Carol was extremely helpful and patient (we had many questions in advance of our visit) and provides a thorough guide to the house (tips on using the grill, e.g.). The location is amazing -- the property is quiet and well-maintained, surrounded by gorgeous homes, and an easy walk to three beaches, the grocery store, the train station, ice cream shop, harbor, restaurants, and shops. In MBTS, don't miss Superfine restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Manchester-by-the-Book second-hand bookshop; the Trask House, MBTS's historical society; the views at Coolidge Reservation's Ocean Lawn. Singing Beach is spectacular – clean water, clean sand, enough waves for our avid swimmers, but gentle enough for the toddlers. If the weather isn't beach-friendly, Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Newburyport, and other charming towns are nearby, and Boston is a 45-minute drive (or train-ride) away. In Gloucester, we enjoyed Beauport, the Cape Ann Museum, Maritime Gloucester museum/mini-aquarium, and bread from Virgilio's Italian bakery. In Essex, we loved the Essex River Cruise and many antique shops. This area offers enough places to explore and things to do to keep people of all ages busy and happy for months, without crowds and traffic. A perfect house for us and a perfect vacation -- we can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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charming vacation home in great location

  • 5 of 5

Our two week stay went flawlessly. The Cottage is charming and well-organized. It's been recently renovated and is very attractive. The grandchildren loved the garden and it was fantastic being so near beaches. The landlord is very cooperative and helpful. My son-in-law took the train into Boston. That was great. Looking forward to coming back next summer!!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Cottage - Charm, Comfort and Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We've just completed our second year at The Cottage. It is perfectly located in Manchester with privacy, yet short walks to the beach (we can hear the waves), town, and the harbor. The setting is beautiful with walking trails through the surrounding woods that are relaxing to explore and for us that means almost always with our golden retriever leading the way. He knows them as the shortest paths to the nearby coves and beaches for swimming and playing! If you enjoy architecture, the homes in the area are beautiful, interesting and historic. The Cottage has been recently renovated with light and comfortable colors and fabrics that make it just right for relaxing on your own or with family and friends. We have loved our stay at The Cottage and know you will as well.

Jeff and Joan Grady

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous Vacation at "The Cottage"

  • 5 of 5

Our week at "The Cottage", was, bar none the most relaxing enjoyable vacation my family has had in a very long time. The manager, Carol was welcoming and helpful in orienting us to the local places we might wish to explore. Don't be deceived by it's name, "The Cottage" is spacious, light, and every room was unique, comfortable and charming. Everything was clean and pleasant. The kitchen was well designed with great new appliances. The setting is private, surrounded by lawns, shrubs and trees and a place to grill. The beach is nearby. There are lovely quiet walks to enjoy and the town of Manchester has great shops and an ice cream place the kids loved. My whole family was able to relax. I wished we could have stayed another week, next summer we hope to!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for writing this! We look foward to your return. All best.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Logan International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
several in the village of Manchester
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
several courses
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Manchester Commuter Rail
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Exit 16, Rte 128
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
several in the village of Manchester
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Singing Beach, Lobster Cove, Long Beach
Car: not necessary

Smith Point, Manchester is a lovely enclave along the North Shore. We are within walking distance of three beaches. The Harbor is also within walking distance. The town itself is under a mile away. It has great shopping, restaurants, all the conveniences, and the commuter rail into Boston. By car we are within an easy drive of countless historic sites, world class museums, golf, tennis, whale washing, fishing, kayaking.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $500
beach pass $55
FinalCleaning $135
weekly clean $85
Refundable damage deposit $500

Special Rates for Thanksgiving and Christmas
summer rental includes wireless internet and TV and utilities. However there may be a small surcharge if there is an heavy use of AC
winter rental includes wireless internet and TV. Utilities are separate, but reasonably calculated.
optional weekly cleaning of $80
optional pass $50 for Singing Beach and downtown parking
Pets taken only after a conversation with the owner and the deposit is doubled

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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