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Historic Sea Captains House in West Tisbury. 2 week minimum in July and August.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Classic historical home , 4 Bedrooms+Sunroom,2 Baths,1 half bathroom.

Beautiful restored 130 year old Sea Captain's House on historic Music Street in the heart of West Tisbury. The home was lovingly restored to it's original splendor by the owners, keeping all the architectural features. The working fireplace is a delight on chilly evenings, the candle light dining room is wonderfully cozy to entertain friends. A spaciou screened in porch allows al freco dinning, a quiet location to read the book you have been meaning to read for the last year but never had time. The bedrooms are bright and airy with shutters and ample closet space. The outdoor shower is great for when you return from the beach. There is a gas barbecue in the backyard and an area for outdoor dining. Ample parking.

Minimum 2 week rental In July and August.

Keywords: 150 year old Traditional Clapboard Sea Captain's House, West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard.

More Details

Bob Gothard
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2018

About Bob Gothard

International fashion photographer moved to the Island in the early 80's after finding the wonderful serenity of Martha's Vineyard. The Isanders are such wonderful creative people, always willing to stop and chat.

Bob Gothard purchased this house in 1984

Why Bob Gothard chose West Tisbury

The Vineyard is a microcosm untouched by the outside world, it still has the old world values sadly disappearing from our lives. The quality of light and scenery are hard to beat, the beaches are magnificent. Not to mention the abundance of fish and bird life.

What makes this house unique

Quaint historical village situated in the center of Martha's Vineyard first settled in 1669. A rural setting, wonderful for country walks, scenic bike trails to most of the down island towns. The biweekly farmer's market, Artisans show and antique market at The Grange Hall are great fun and a fabulous source for the Island's best organic produce and an introductions to the local year round artists. The charming West Tisbury Public library has a marvelous selection of books both for adults and children, DVD of the latest films and documentaries. The pristine Lambert's Cove Beach belongs to the town which allows access to residents and renters for a small fee. Alley's General store in the heart of the village is an institution, first opened for business in 1858 has all the old world charm of another era where one can buy anything from local produce, coffee and pastries, newspapers to drill bits and light bulbs. The village is equidistant from Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Bob's place is a gemstone: a beautiful place with a gorgeous garden and fabulous furniture and knick-knacks and the best plates I've ever seen in a kitchen! As a photographer, Bob has filled his house up with wonderful pieces and books and keeps the place meticulously neat and clean. I came with my 2 small dogs and he couldn't have been more accommodating and sweet. You will love it here. It's peaceful and comfortable. On the weekend you can literally fall out of bed into the farmer's market and there's a strawberry festival in the church. The West Tisbury beach is also to-die-for. Rent this place!
Jun 2011
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West Tisbury House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower , Outside the main house
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Historic Sea Captains House in West Tisbury. 2 week minimum in July and August.
average rating of 4.952381 based on 22 reviews

A Whole Summer Stay on Music Street

  • 5 of 5

This vintage farm house is thoughtfully decorated, well equipped and superbly located in the West Tisbury village. My family lived on the house length screened porch, leaving to walk around the corner for quick meal at 7A, groceries at Alley's General Store and to cross the street for the Farmer's Market. The outdoor shower is sublime and has a seemingly endless supply of hot water. WiFi is remarkably dependable. We entertained guests and family members throughout the summer and the house affords both privacy and wonderful spots to congregate. With the well equipped kitchen and gas grill, we had lovely dinners on a candle lit porch. Bob conscientiously looks after the property and his guests ensuring all was in order and we wanted for nothing. This was our third summer staying at this home and the first that we were there for a full summer. I hesitate to recommend this house only because I want my preferred weeks for the coming summer.


  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Second Summer at Bob's!

  • 5 of 5

We returned a second summer with our family, and once again we had a great time! This summer we visited some new beaches, and one which is our favorite beach (Longpoint) Bob had recommended. He also suggested that we see the sunset at Menemsha Beach, which was spectacular! Some of our best dinners, were barbecuing and eating on his large screened in porch.

This location is our favorite spot on the island, as its centrally located. We love 7A, State Road Restaurant, the Farmers Market and taking long walks on the country road and seeing lots of farms with various animals.

We always enjoy talking to Bob and he guides us in the right direction!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Purcellville VA USA

Comfortable Island Property

  • 5 of 5

Great house for a family. The house, which is nicely decorated with antique furniture and very well maintained, has an interesting history that includes stays by Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller and Saul Bellow. It has a furnished (including a farm table and chairs for dining) screened porch with skylights that runs the length of the side of the house. The porch opens onto a sizable partially fenced yard with grass and flower gardens surrounded by mature trees. The house is not air conditioned, but the porch has ceiling fans and the interior rooms have plenty of windows for ventilation and can, if necessary, be cooled by portable fans. The bedrooms are good sized, and the beds comfortable. There are two and 1/2 baths in the house. The half bath is downstairs off a bedroom; the two full baths are upstairs, both with tubs (but only one of them has a shower; you have to stand in the tub to use it). There is a spacious outdoor shower which we used regularly. The kitchen is small but efficient; it is very well equipped with modern appliances and ample cookware and dishes. The owner lives nearby and he and his wife greeted us on arrival. No doubt that they would be very responsive if there were any problems (we didn't have any). Property location is close (around a corner) to Alley's general store and a sandwich shop, next door to a church, across the street from a playground, and a block from the Grange Hall where events and outdoor markets regularly occur. Although there is daytime traffic on a major road about 1/2 block away that goes up-island, Music Street where the house is located is usually quiet. Both streets are virtually silent by late evening and overnight. This property would be suitable for cold weather stays since it has fireplaces and is furnished to make it the sort of place where you'd like to curl up with a good book (there are plenty to choose from throughout the house).

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Bob's house and he was there to greet us! He is a true gentleman and would be available if you needed him.

The house is very cozy and clean! It's beautifully decorated with spacious rooms. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you can think of! We LOVED the large screened in porch and enjoyed the outdoor shower!

The location is ideal, with Alley's next door and the Farmer's Market across the street. West Tisbury is centrally located to all the towns in Martha's Vineyard.

We can't wait to return real soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vineyard Charm!

  • 5 of 5

Bob's house is fabulous! We had an amazing stay here with our 3 children. We walked to the library, Ally's Market and the playground which is right across the street along with the weekly farmers market...something for everyone! It was also very easy to get to Chilmark and Vineyard Haven. Bob was so helpful and always there if we needed anything. The porch is the BEST...we sat out there every morning and evening and had great dinners on the farm table. The house is spacious, clean and very comfortable and is also decorated so tastefully. It had everything we needed for a our vacation. Bob even had hoola hoops in the playhouse for the children. It was perfect for our family and a true vineyard charm!!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY

Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We rented Bob's house for 2 weeks this August and had a lovely stay. The house is beautiful, well kept, and very comfortable. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. We found everything we needed and more. The screened in porch was fantastic and we spent 80% of our time there. The outdoor shower was wonderful after the beach. Bob and Kate were very nice and even picked me and my daughter up from the airport.

We loved the central location, Ally's general store, 7A, and Tisbury farmers market are all within a block from the house. There is also a playground right across the street which was great because we had a toddler.

We couldn't have asked for anything else. We would definitely rent Bob's house again.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4.2 Miles
Martha's vineyard Airport
Nearest Ferry
7.4 Miles
Vineyard Haven Ferry Terminal
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
State Road Restaurant
Nearest Beach
4.6 Miles
Lambert's Cove
Car: recommended

The Island's famous Farmer's market source for the Vineyard's organic produce is held twice weekly at the Grange Hall which is a few minutes walk from the house.

Also held at the Grange Hall are weekly antique and artisan's shows The Agricultural Hall is just down the road, where there are art shows, horse shows and the Annual Fair mid Aug.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Cleaning approx per week $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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