|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Sunrises and sunsets grace this welcoming and well-kept hilltop home boasting wrap-around views over fields, ponds, sea, far islands, and ocean beyond. Linger over breakfast in the bright, eat-in kitchen, or savor the panorama first-hand from a lounge chair on the sunny back deck. Zip down the hill to our intimate, private Beach #1, perfect for young and old (no surf), where you can also secure your kayak or small sailboat. Visit 2 local town beaches, or access our pristine, key-member Beach #2 for surf or quieter pursuits in the big adjacent pond. Back home, relax in 2 cleanly-comfortable living rooms (one casual), or watch the sunset from deep chairs on the front porch. Seafood dinners get merry around the gracious dining table, followed by drinks or cards in the tower living room. Your master bedroom is upstairs in the same lovely tower, or choose the 1st floor master with joining handicap-accessible bathroom. Each bedroom has ocean views, art, and comfortable beds.
A stand-out home, with an outstanding history, the house is an up-island landmark for its yellow-painted Queen Anne main house with red roof, and ball-topped tower. The grounds include a meadow-sized lawn beyond the main house, perfect for weddings and large, tented parties or celebrations (see Weddings heading, below). The grounds also include the property's large, original barn, and a charming guest house (see Lovey's Cottage heading, below). The Tower House estate property has changed hands only once since beginning as a multi-acre farm in the early 1800's. It has been in our family for over 50 years now -- and is now actively cared for by a third generation.
Access to two private beaches has also been part of this property's special character, for a half-century or more.
Enjoy the use of one house -- or two!: The Tower House can be rented two ways: as a gracious single residence, or together with its fully-equipped guest house, which is located close by on the estate grounds.
LOVEY'S COTTAGE --a 2-story guest house -- sleeps 5 people in 3 bedrooms, and has its own entrance, private deck and walled garden. Like the Tower House, Lovey's Cottage provides an outstanding fields-to-ocean view, and is also handicap-accessible with 1st floor sleeping capacity and handicap bathroom with shower. See more about the cottage at _________
Combined, the Tower House and Lovey's Cottage sleep 15 guests -- an arrangement which works very well for weddings... for large groups of friends... or for large families with varying needs and ages (ie. grandparents favoring quiet time, in-laws valuing their personal space, or a young family with children's separate nap or early-bedtime requirements). Note: Lovey's is designed to be its own private, independent rental residence on the estate grounds, when not rented in unison with the Tower House.
A wealth of activities nearby...: Countless memorable enjoyments are within close reach of the Tower House -- besides our lovely beaches! Sample wonderful restaurants, good casual eateries, an active community center, public library, and lively grocery store within 3 miles. Menemsha village is just across the pond, with charming shops, fishing charters, and just-caught seafood arriving off traditional trawlers as they dock. A brisk bike-ride from the house takes you to Lobsterville for 'insider' shoreline fishing, or to Aquinnah's beaches and magnificently colored cliffs. Farmer's markets, art galleries, craft and antique fairs start at West Tisbury mid-island, with exceptional shopping boutiques, good live theater, bookstores and ever-changing movies just beyond in 3 bustling towns. Nature walks and bike trails criss-cross the island, 3 golf courses offer tee-times, and history comes alive in charming byways and museums. Or simply relax at home, with ball games on the lawn, internet, good books, puzzles & games, shady nap-spots!
September is the month of weddings at the property. During this month, weekly rentals run Wed. to Wed., allowing for wedding event set-up/breakdown and a wonderful weekend celebration in-between!
Both the Tower House and guest house (Lovey's Cottage) are rented as a combined unit for weddings, to allow up to 15 guests to stay on-property, and to assure privacy for your event. The expansive, level field adjoining the main house accommodates large dining, dancing and kitchen tents as well as additional bar stations, lounge areas, etc. The marriage ceremony most often takes place overlooking the water-and-islands view, on a side lawn complete with guest seating. The property's vine-trimmed stone walls, planting beds, arched garden arbor and gingerbread-trimmed porches add further areas for exceptional family and wedding party photography.
Our guest book attests to our many wedding families' joyful memories made here!
This place (your beautiful home) is the most spectacular place I've ever been to. My family and I come and stay here every summer for a week. We all love it!!!
We’ve long been enjoying our time at this property as repeat summer guests. A much-loved family tradition!
We take the big main house as well as the smaller guest house (Lovey’s Cottage), which allows our 3-generation family a lot of flexibility.
Here’s what we enjoy about the Tower House, specifically:
- The house is beautifully kept – well-furnished and maintained. And we love being part of its special history!
- Such a spacious feel – and lots of light -- in all the rooms (comfortable beds in the bedrooms!)
- The kitchen’s big and sunny, very inviting. And the huge back hang-out deck…sublime.
- Fabulous view: all the way to Menemsha fishing village, and past the islands beyond.
- The property’s big, private grounds. Great for kids running around, exploring, and just having fun.
- Having Lovey’s Cottage guest house on the property, which we also really enjoy renting, for smaller family groups, and our guests.
- The 2 private beaches are a big deal for us… Lovey’s beach (fantastic for small kids), and Hancock beach (wow, no crowds!).
- 3 other public beaches only minutes from the house: Squibnocket, Lucy Vincent, and Aquinnah.
- Wonderful restaurants within a 5-10 minute drive: Outermost, Chilmark Tavern, HomePort, Beach Plum.
- A lot of nice island walking trails in close range of the house.
- Grocery stores, gas, library, community center (with kids’ programs), farm stands and fish markets all in Chilmark and nearby Menemsha..
These are some of the best weeks of every summer for us.
The house has great views and delightful sea breezes. It is always relaxing to enjoy the slower pace of life, the farmers market twice a week in West Tisbury, the wonderful fresh fish from the fish market in Menemsha, a trip into Vineyard Haven or Edgartown to walk along the main street and enjoy the shops, and to wander down along the harbor and watch the boats. There is always something going on around the Island, or you can just sit on the back porch and enjoy the view of Menemsha Pond and Vineyard Sound. There are good restaurants in all the towns to discover, sample, and enjoy. We always look forward to our time every summer at the house!
What a gem! The solemn stateliness of this historic home's exterior is matched by tasteful and modern comforts inside-- wifi, well-equipped kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and tons of spacious, yet cozy common areas. The entire house is styled w/ great original paintings and an artist's eye for color and style. As for the hilltop grounds, and the NONSTOP VIEWS --simply as good as it gets. For us, Chilmark is the perfect location; we revel in its tranquility and natural beauty, and we can always hop in the car for a short drive when we're jones-ing for some (commercial) Vineyard action. Manager was helpful and attentive.
We rented the house the Wednesday before our wedding through the Wednesday after. Our wedding party used the house and the cottage next door leading up to our Saturday wedding and our parents and families used the houses after the big day to wind down. Everybody only had wonderful things to say about these beautiful beach cottages. We had our wedding reception in a tent on the lawn and our cocktail hour near the deck overlooking Mememsha pond. Not a lot of people who come to the Vineyard for a weekend get to see the beauty of up island and it was amazing to have our own little piece of this paradise for the week to show our guests. I look forward to hopefully renting again with our family someday!
Time spent at The Tower House is like taking a step back in time where I feel transported to a more leisurely gracious pace of life. I instantly feel at ease in the spacious rambling Victorian house surrounded by a big expanse of lawn (ideal for croquet or just about any sport). I love the feel of the airy, cheery rooms (lovingly decorated with artwork and beautiful bedding). The light is spectacular in and out. The front porch is perfect for afternoon tea bathed in sunset light. The back deck is perfect for just about anything … outdoor meals, reading, napping, bird watching … but one of my favorite pastimes is simply soaking up the breathtaking unobstructed vista and expansive view of Menemsha Pond. The updated kitchen is cook and company friendly and a great place to gather a large group in the morning and end of day. I’ve slept in almost all of the bedrooms and each one is welcoming.
If we can tear ourselves away from the house … the choice of private beaches is an especially cherished perk of the house. Lovey’s Beach is walking distance from the house, and a favorite place for an early morning or sunset walk. The access to Hancock Beach is one of the most anticipated repeat experiences. It rates as one of the top beaches I’ve ever visited – as good for walking along the water’s edge as swimming. A majestic setting that leaves an indelible imprint.
It’s been fun to see the local food movement develop over recent years … and there are any number of small farms where you can pick up fresh vegetables, cheeses, and meats either directly at the farms or at the farmers markets.
This is a place that I look forward to visiting again and again – both for the familiar pleasures as well as exploring and discovering new ones. It’s a little piece of heaven. And it seems to get better each time I visit.
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