Sunrises, sunsets and all-day sunlight grace this welcoming, elegant and beautifully-kept hilltop home. Its glorious wrap-around views extend over fields, meadows, ponds, far-islands and many miles of ocean -- rare indeed for the Vineyard.
Linger over breakfast in the bright, eat-in kitchen, or savor the panorama first-hand from the large dining table on the spacious, sunny deck, where lounge chairs also encourage lingering. Relax in 2 well-furnished and comfortable living rooms (one casual). Watch frisbee on the lawn, or savor the sunset from deep chairs on the front porch. Seafood meals 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.
Accessible daily: just down the hill is 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.
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 HomeAway #293733.
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!