About the property
- House1472 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
4 bedrooms 1 full bathroom 1 half bathroom 1 outside shower/change room sleeps 8
Open floor plan comfortable living area sun-drenched windows; light, bright and clean; kitchen with everything you need for carefree beach vacation; private setting but very close to bike path and island trolly that both go all over our special island; just down the road are Katama Bay town boat launch (free launch service) and Katama Bay soft shell and quahog clamming (license required from town clerk); at that launch, drop your kayak or boat and venture over to barrier beach or up Katama Bay to Edgartown Harbor; surf fishing great at South Beach; also know as one of world's best beaches, South Beach has lifeguard on duty, bathrooms, change room and parking all free; at South Beach is entrance to trustee's reservation if you have a four wheel vehicle (fee for registration); or you can bike or walk north to Edgartown village for a bite, shopping, a movie or for quick trip over to Chappaquiddick island which is a part of Edgartown.
Accommodations and Amenities: Central vacuum; pine floors throughout and no wall to wall which we believe is key to maintaining a clean environment; window fans and oscillating fans for each room; price includes all utilities and trash removal; internet/WI FI, satellite TV with music stations, DVD and radio; a no pets and no smoking policy are central to keeping our house a clean, “beachy” home; outside water hose next to parking area so you can wash down your car, beach or fishing gear ( or let the kids have a water fight !); kids play yard and tree hut in front; outside swing set and clothes line are both in the back yard; outside post lights and flood lights for nighttime events; picnic table is conveniently located of a grass patio just outside the kitchen door and barbeque deck (you can use our large rustic brick BBQ or one of our gas grills); there’s plenty of lawn furniture to enjoy the sunset from the vantage or the front lawn; and for bikers, we can show you how to use inside bike storage, but most folks just leave their bikes outside.
Location Summary: Beautifully landscaped with large lawn in a private quiet residential neighborhood; clean and well maintained recently renovated 4 bedroom 2 bath gambrel cape cod style home in desirable Katama area just minutes south to public South Beach (lifeguard, restroom and free parking) and Katama Bay( boat ramp, shell fishing and kayaking) and also just minutes north to historic walkable Edgartown village, harbor, and Chappaquiddick 'on-time' ferry all of which are reachable by bike path and island run trolley. Our home offers warmth, peace and fun for young and old alike, your family, guests and friends; all points on the island easily accessible via public bus including hospital, airport, cultural activities and other island towns and beaches.Martha's Vineyard is an island located 8 miles off the Cape Cod peninsula in Massachusetts. Once a whaling center, it has become a favorite summertime haven of many celebrities.
Martha's Vineyard is an island located 8 miles off Cape Cod.
Directions: From Edgartown village, go south towards South Beach, turn onto Crocker Drive and then turn onto Waller Way (look for white post with black letters).
Don and Kathy Welch
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About Don and Kathy Welch
Welcome to our family home! We have been on the Vineyard for over 40 years where we enjoy not only the entire island but also visits from our children and grandchildren. Recently we started wintering in Key West, Florida (where the above picture was taken by Key West's 'parrot man'), but we still spend late Spring, the Summer and late Fall on the Vineyard. Throughout the years we have worked to improve the condition, appearance, cleanliness, amenities of our home with equal emphasis on landscaping which is our passion. We truly believe that you will feel right at home and that you will have a great vacation. Our mission is to let our home be your home away from home! Thanks, Don and Kathy Welch.
Why Don and Kathy Welch chose Katama
Katama is one of the most desirable areas on Martha's Vineyard.The word 'Katama' comes from a Wampanoag word meaning 'crab-fishing place.' The terrain is a flat out-wash plain, characterized by sandy soil and few trees. It is sometimes referred to as the 'Great Plains.' Katama has been a popular summer resort since the late 1800s. Our Katama home is strategically located close to South Beach/Katama Bay and the Village of Edgartown. Better yet, it is located on a private and quiet road, just a short walk to 1) the island-wide biking trails, 2) a trolley stop which will connects in the Village of Edgartown to all island destinations and 3) the Katama Airfield. Just down the road are South Beach ( public beach with summer lifeguards, restrooms and free parking) and Katama Bay, protected by a barrier beach, which is great spot for shell fishing and launching kayaks. It also has a public landing and boat ramp. Or you may want to visit the close by Katama Farm which is owned by the Town of Edgartown and leased to The Farm Institute a nonprofit teaching farm that educates and engages children and adults in sustainable agriculture through the diverse operations of a working farm by providing year-round educational programs offering learning experiences in: Farming (field crops, produce, fruit, hay); Land preservation; The culture and history of Martha's Vineyard farming; Nutritional awareness; and Humane livestock management (cattle, poultry, swine, sheep, goats). Forgot to mentionRight Fork Diner 508-627-5522 (Summer only) at 12 Mattakesett Way (right at Katama Field Airport). Food is served inside or on their deck right in the middle of Katama Airfield so you can watch the private planes take off and land.The bi-plane tours of the island are fun too.
What makes this House unique
Our home has hundreds of feet of gardens and is surrounded by a manicured lawn surrounding the entire home. It is situated in a private quiet residential neighborhood We take great pride in keeping our home clean and healthy. We have an absolute no pet no smoking rule. Having pine floors throughout and no wall to wall helps maintain a healthy environment; and the basement has a dehumidifier. ; window fans and oscillating fans for each room; price includes all utilities and trash removal; WI FI, satellite TV with music stations, DVD and radio; an outside water hose next to parking area is available so you can wash down your car, beach or fishing gear ( or let the kids have a water fight !); kids play yard and special detached kids cottage; outside swing set in the back yard; outside post lights and flood lights for nighttime events; picnic table is conveniently located outside the kitchen door and barbeque deck; and there’s plenty of lawn furniture to enjoy.
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This was a lovely property, exactly as described and welcoming owner! Our three grandchildren, daughter and son in law joined us and they couldn't have been more excited with the outdoor play area and yard. The swing and treehouse were a big hit. We summered on the Vineyard for 9 years when our kids were you and wanted to share with our grandchildren. This was a great location, perfect for walking to town and short drives to South Beach and State Beach. We try different restaurants but usually eat at the home and nightly ritual of Mad Martha's or Dairy Queen to top it off!! Walked to the farm nearby also. The owner offers enjoyable activities also. Love that they respect the island and the recycling. Can't wait for this year!!
Felt like home!
We had such a wonderful vacation at the Welch's home! The house was clean and well-maintained. The location was perfect! We could walk to the Right Fork diner every morning for breakfast, and we were just a short bike ride away from the beach and town. Don and Kathy were incredible hosts! Don gave us great advice on places to visit, let us use the kayaks, and even took us on a boat ride one day. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend this home to any family looking for relaxation as well as fun and adventure!!
Charming home, wonderful people
We have stayed in this charming place for four years in a row and can't imagine not coming back! The setting is lovely, tucked away down a dirt road that makes you feel as if you've really gotten away. Inside is simple, clean and comfortable, plenty of room for our family of 5 and grandma too! My children love to play in Ft. Benjamin (the tree loft) and on the rope swings. Perhaps the best part though is the Welch Family. If you are lucky enough to have Mr. Welch around to show some of the secret spots on the Island or take you for a sail in the Beetle Cat you will be sure to have a vacation unlike any other. I highly recommend this property - just not during the week we want to come :)
Ideal Katama rental
We have stayed at the Gambrel hogue for the past two summers and will be back for a third in 2016. The property is in a fantastic location and has all of the amenities one could want in a vacation rental. The owners are great and very responsive to any questions we have had. Short bike ride to South Beach or Edgartown and a shorter bike or walk to the Right Fork Diner and Katama Airfield. Just a quick drive to access Long Point and up-island towns. Highly recommended!
Wonderful summer vacation in Katama
We had a wonderful vacation at Don and Kathy's Katama Gambrel. The home was lovely, yard amazing and perfect for kids and location could not be beat. We rode our bikes to town and to the beach daily. Don and Kathy made us so very welcome and our kids loved Don's blue beetle car too! Everything was better than we could ever expected and just lots of fun. A great home for young families. We can't wait to go back next year.
Perfection in Katama
Our family has been vacationing on Martha"s Vineyard for thirteen years and this is by far the best house we have rented. Let me start out by stressing how immaculate this house is, which is of utmost importance to me. This is truly a warm, comfortable home which is lovingly taken care of by the owners. The property is beautifully maintained and perfect for families with small children. My four year old had so much fun on the see saw and swing and was thrilled with the tree house. As for location, you can bike so many places including the Right Fork Diner for breakfast, which is just a few minutes away. I can't say enough about this beautiful, clean home away from home. We did not feel like we were staying in a rental property; it was more like being a guest in someone's home.
Thank you for your kind review. It is very important to us that our visitors like and enjoy our home and have a wonderful vacation.
One of the most sought after areas on the Martha's Vineyard, Katama is a great area for family oriented visitors. Katama is not only close to the village of Edgartown, it is also close to fabulous South Beach. Two large, safe and convenient bike paths go to the beach and to town. In addition, just down the road from our house, an island run trolly passes going to the beach and back to town where you can connect to all points on island. (Oak Bluffs,Vineyard Haven, Tisbury,West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah).
Other Activities: shell fishing, lighthouses, playground, Katama Farm Institute, kayaking, boating.
Additional information about rental rates
We rent Saturday to Saturday unless otherwise agreed; check in 3 PM, check out 10 AM Unless otherwise agree, price and payments are in US dollars. Will consider year to year. $300 refundable security deposit and $200 nonrefundable cleaning fee. By special arrangement, we can provide 2 single seat kayaks (one 8' the 12'). Contact owner.