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Beautiful family summer home with private beach. Mattapoisett / Buzzards Bay

Bedrooms 10
Space 3,548 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Mattapoisett rental house, 9 bedrooms, sleeps 17, 3 bathrooms, private beach

'Fairwinds' is a year round / summer residence located in Mattapoisett, MA. It is on a dead-end street leading to the Ned’s Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse and park is a major attraction for sailboarding with steady winds, free parking and water access. It's also a wonderful spot for picnics and kite flying! Mattapoisett is on Buzzard's Bay between Fairhaven and Marion. There are nine bedrooms, two baths upstairs and one downstairs. There is also an outdoor, enclosed, hot & cold shower for rinsing after a day at the beach. You'll have direct water access with a private sandy beach (below high tide can be a little rocky, but that's Mattapoisett). There is a spacious back yard and a closet full of yard games for the kids and the adults too. Once you get settled in you will not want to leave the property. We just know you'll fall in love with Fairwinds and want to come back year after year, like so many of our loyal tenants.

History and General Information: Mattapoisett was settled in 1750 and officially incorporated in 1857. Originally a part of Rochester, the area had most likely been visited by European traders and sailors. There is also evidence of prior Wampanoag Indian settlements, including burial grounds, throughout the town. In fact, the word Mattapoisett is Wampanoag for 'a place of resting.'

Early industry included logging and farming, but Mattapoisett became best known as a center for shipbuilding and whaling. Some 400 ships were built in the town's shipyards from 1740 until the 1870s, including the Acushnet, the ship that Moby-Dick author Herman Melville sailed on and later deserted. The town supplied many of the whalers used on the East Coast in the first half of the nineteenth century. The last one, the Wanderer, was built in 1878, shortly after the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania.

With the decline of whaling and associated shipbuilding, Mattapoisett transitioned into a popular summer vacation spot for prominent New York and Boston residents, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Today, the town is largely a suburban community, with most residents commuting to jobs in greater New Bedford, Providence or Boston, or operating businesses targeting summer tourism.

A fictitious future Mattapoisett features largely into the 1976 novel Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy. Mattapoisett, Massachusetts is the only known town in the world with the name Mattapoisett.

'Fairwinds' ~ A Brief History: The house was built in 1928 by Dr. James K. Stoddard. A shingle style summer cottage with dark green shutters. The waterside of the house was shaded by a two story porch, open at ground level and screened above for sleeping. It was sited originally at the edge of the beach, where the lawn ends today.

The 'Great Hurricane' of 1938 damaged the house significantly, as did Hurricane Carol in 1954. The front porch was swept away, landing on the Trumble property beyond the boatyard where it became their front deck. Water inside the house was 4'-5' deep. You can still see the marks on the wall inside the entry.

Before the summer of 1955 my grandfather, Arthur Rotch, who had purchased the house in 1952, had it raised up and moved back from the water to its present location.

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Mattapoisett Center House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3548 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 17
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Claw foot tub
    Upstairs Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Claw foot tub
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower , Hot & cold water
  • The two upstairs bathrooms have a clawfoot tub only with no shower adaptor.
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Downstairs - 1 king , Water facing
    Elisa's - 2 twin/ single , 2nd floor porch access
    Emily & Larry's - 1 queen , Water facing
    Ann's - 1 queen , Water facing
    Nick's - 2 twin/ single , Trundle
    Chris's - 1 twin/ single
    Arthur's - 1 twin/ single , Water facing
    Eric's - 1 twin/ single
    Andy's - 2 twin/ single
    Nana's - 1 queen , 2nd floor porch access & water facing
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
There are two refrigerator / freezers available. There is also a small breakfast table that seats 3 in the kitchen.


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Beautiful family summer home with private beach. Mattapoisett / Buzzards Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Wonderful, vintage beachfront vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our group of families loved this property, with its huge, level yard for games and sports, its private beach, and the huge assortment of bedrooms, from very spacious to small, private twins. The living room is very large with many windows for a breeze and a big picture window to the yard and ocean. It was like staying in a piece of Buzzards Bay / Cape history. The walk or drive to both the village and the Oxford Creamery, for a great seafood lunch with many picnic tables, was less than a mile. The owner of the house was responsive and considerate. And our stay was made easy by plenty of instructions and recommendations. We plan to rent here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting this house for several years now. We have made so many wonderful memories as a family on our vacations to Mattapoisett. This house works great for us because there is so much room. The kids enjoy playing in the very large backyard and then the beach is right there for all of us to enjoy. The large dining room table turns into a board game room each evening providing lots of entertainment and laughter for everyone. We often all gather on the beach to watch the sunset over the water...beautiful. If you are looking for a large house with plenty of bedrooms, bathrooms, large kitchen and plenty of living space this is the house for you. Enjoy!!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2013
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
TF Green Airport, Providence, RI
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
New Bedford to MV, Cuttyhunk, Nantucket
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Providence Amtrak Station
Car: recommended

Mattapoisett is a pleasant New England coastal town with a large harbor on Buzzards Bay whose name is said to come from an old Indian word meaning 'a place of resting'. Settled about 1750, Mattapoisett was part of Rochester until 1857, when it was incorporated into a separate town. Historians believe that the sheltered harbor may have been used by European explorers long before any settlements in the community. There are, also, some Indian burial sites in the town. Shipbuilding was established around 1740 and before the Civil War the principal businesses in the town were shipbuilding and whaling. The old village offers a glimpse into the past with its many historic homes. Plaques on the old houses remind one of names made famous in bygone days. Many ships, including famous New Bedford whaling vessels, were built in the shipyards on our shores. Among the ships built here were the Acushnet, on which Herman Melville sailed. Ship Yard Park is the site of Jonathan Holmes’s shipyard.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $300

Laundry service, for linens only, is provided at no additional charge. All towels must be washed, dried and folded prior to departure. Home is fully furnished. Weekly rentals only. Arrival is at 3 PM on Sunday and departure is at 10 AM the following Sunday. If paying with a credit card a 2.5% fee will be passed on. Unfortunately we do not rent for weddings / receptions

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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