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Sea Glass House: Tranquil retreat or base for adventure

Rockport, MA, USA
  • Apartment900 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

Sunny, private 1 BR unit on entire 1st floor of carriage house

The Property

Whether you seek a tranquil seaside retreat or a base for launching into your adventure, this spacious, light-filled 1-bedroom apartment on the entire 1st floor of an 1850s carriage house in the heart of Rockport village has everything you need--private front and rear entrances, private courtyard/patio, off-street parking, washer/dryer in unit, cable TV/wifi, pets considered.

Features large sunny bedroom, full bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen, open living room and dining area, hardwood floors, dishwasher, washer/dryer in unit. Private rear patio/courtyard w/ gas grill, tables and patio furniture. One parking space in driveway, other parking available on street. Quick stroll to Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center for world-class music with splendid Sandy Bay as backdrop; historic Main Street with its many colorful art galleries; pristine beaches with the clearest, cleanest water in New England; sea kayak rental to tour the magnificent Cape Ann coast; or rugged single track mountain bike trails in ancient Dogtown forest.

The Location

Rockport is a microcosm of all the best features of coastal New England--pristine sandy beaches and crystal clear water; a vibrant arts scene with many working artists and a world class performing arts center; colorful galleries, shops and restaurants; and a village that has carefully preserved its many 18th and 19th century homes and buildings. It is just a five minute drive from historic Gloucester, which offers even more restaurants and attractions and one of the few remaining commercial waterfronts in New England. The area offers an endless array of activities for lovers of art, music, history and the outdoors.

Wake up and take your coffee on the private courtyard patio at the rear, stroll out the door to drop a postcard at the post office, walk a couple more blocks to Front Beach to watch terns and plovers wheel overhead as the sun rises over Sandy Bay and you gather colorful bits of 200-year old sea glass and crockery. Later, amble along Main Street to the shops and restaurants of Dock Square and Bearskin Neck and watch the lobster boats depart from Tuna Wharf for the catch you will eat later that night.

The active visitor can rent a kayak and paddle out to Thatcher Island to visit the Twin Lights, one of the few double lighthouses still in operation and a national landmark; or walk the massive granite outcroppings at Halibut Point State Park, where the sea breeze freshens even the hottest summer day. For those seeking more action, you can explore hundreds of acres of hiking and biking trails in Dogtown, the vast and rocky woodlands containing the original settlement of Gloucester from the early 1600s; surf the waves off Long Beach in Rockport or Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, or scuba dive the rocky bays and coves along the coastline that are renowned for their clarity and accessibility.


Carson Berglund

Member Since 2012
Response rate:
Response time:
within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 11, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • Two rollaway twin beds available in unit


        • 1 Bathroom
          • Fully accessible shower

          Location Type

            • Downtown
            • Near The Ocean
            • Village


                • Away From It All


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                        • Air Conditioning
                          free-standing AC unit in living room
                        • Clothes Dryer
                          in unit
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                          Wifi provided
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Basic Soaps
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking
                          1 space in driveway
                        • Parking Off Street
                          Ample off street parking
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                          in unit


                            • Microwave
                            • 4 Ring Stove
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                            • Coffee Maker
                              Drip, basket
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                              Full size
                            • Stove
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  separate dining nook
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Television


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          patio tables and chairs
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Gas grill and charcoal grill


                                            • bay/sound
                                            • churches
                                            • forests
                                            • library
                                            • marina
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • beachcombing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • Babysitter
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • sailing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • surf fishing
                                                        • surfing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • wind-surfing

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          7 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Convenient, quiet, well kept location

                                                          Charming location

                                                          Spacious apartment in convenient location

                                                          Judith M.

                                                          We've been coming to Rockport for 17 years and this rental was our favorite, so far! Rooms are spacious with a large kitchen, roomy bathroom, comfortable living/dining area, and a lovely, completely enclosed patio that was perfect for our small dog. Also had an impressive collection of books! Apartment was very clean and the queen-sized bed quite comfortable. Location was just close enough to town to enjoy frequent walks to shops, restaurants, and the beach. Well-stocked with paper products (except tissues!), towels and soaps. Instructions for checking out and what to do with garbage, recyclables, key, linens, etc. would have been helpful. Definitely plan to rent this carriage house apartment again on our next visit to Rockport.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thanks Judy for your kind review and it was a pleasure to host you and Robert. I'll try to be a little better organized for your next visit and be sure it's well stocked with the essentials :).



                                                          Top Notch.

                                                          Martin R.

                                                          a little paradise @2 steps from the Rockport Downtown and Pier. Loved my stay. Beautiful all-inclusive apartment. Difficult to find better

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          thanks Martin, it was good to meet you and you've inspired me to make sure we check out the cyclocross race next year. Look forward to seeing you again. best, Carson

                                                          We loved our stay!

                                                          Damien M.

                                                          Our time at Carson's place was perfect. The house was very comfortable & had everything we needed. The town of Rockport is very much a hidden gem. One could spend a whole day there, if they wanted. However, all of the towns in & around the area were terrific & Boston is just a short train ride away. We hope to visit again soon.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          thanks Damien, glad you both had a good visit and always a pleasure to host a fellow fan of the Steel City! Hope to see you again next year.



                                                          Week in Rockport, MA

                                                          Trish S.

                                                          My family loved our stay in Rockport, MA. Rockport is a quaint little beach town. Our house on Broadway Avenue was a short walk to the ocean, which was my favorite part. The beauty there in this part of our country is positively breathtaking and we plan to return. Our landlord lived right next door to our unit we stayed in, so that was convenient due to we had a few questions /concerns with the house. So our concerns were taken care of almost immediately. Awesome Vacation. Trish S

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          It was our pleasure Trish and glad we were able to help make it a great stay. It was good to meet you and I hope we see you again next summer.



                                                          great location and everything we were looking for - home away from home

                                                          Jon L.

                                                          We had a fabulous 2-week stay in Rockport! Carson and his family were extremely friendly and accommodating (including the family dog, Coco) and were available any time we needed anything. One evening at 9pm or so, one of our kids needed a pencil sharpener. We texted Carson and two of his kids immediately brought it over - it's the small things that count!

                                                          The location couldn't have been better - 2 blocks to downtown Rockport, 2 blocks to Front Beach, and 10min by foot to the commuter rail station (if you need to get into Boston). For the two weeks, it became our outpost for exploring Cape Ann (Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea), the coast of north eastern Massachusetts, and even south eastern Maine (Kittery, Kennebunkport, Ogunquit). Because you're north of the city, traffic is never really an issue (except maybe on weekend mornings near the public beaches). Even on rainy/cloudy days, there is plenty to do other than the beach.

                                                          My wife and I were traveling with two young children and the apartment was more than enough space for the four of us. Plenty of closets/storage, a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, laundry (a huge plus on a long stay), plenty of extra linens, a great patio with grill in the back, a dining area, large living room with two comfortable couches and ample parking in the driveway (although street parking didn't look like it would have posed any issues). A friend stayed with us one night and used one of the two rollaway beds that were provided. Wifi was great too and plenty fast for Netflix, etc.

                                                          I tried to think of anything that could have been improved, but couldn't really come up with anything.

                                                          Some highlights from our trip and potential places to visit:

                                                          -Hammond Castle

                                                          -Halibut Point State Park

                                                          -Wingaersheek Beach (especially at low tide)

                                                          -Good Harbor Beach

                                                          -Singing Beach

                                                          -Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle and Rocky Neck

                                                          -Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick

                                                          -The Lobster Pool restaurant at sunset

                                                          -Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier

                                                          -Portsmouth Harbor

                                                          -Fort McClary State Park

                                                          -Rafes Chasm

                                                          -Newburyport & Plum Island

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          thanks Jon for all your kind remarks and so glad you had a good visit. We very much enjoyed meeting and hosting you and your family and I'm glad our boys could help out your boys with the pencil sharpener :).

                                                          Hope to see you again sometime and enjoy the rest of your summer.




                                                          Rockport, MA, USA

                                                          Rockport has Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center, offering world-class music with splendid Sandy Bay as backdrop; active art colony with numerous colorful art galleries; pristine beaches with the clearest water in New England; sea kayak rental to tour the beautiful rocky Cape Ann coast; rugged single track mountain bike trails in ancient Dogtown forest; train to all the attractions in historic Boston.

                                                          Rates & Availability

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                                                          For pets (dogs), we require a $150 refundable deposit

                                                          7 Reviews
                                                          Excellent 4.4/5
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