About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights
BEACH HOUSE CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 8 GUESTS/ADD THE COTTAGE/BOTH ACCOMMODATE 14
******* VACATION PROPERTY********WELCOME TO OUR 13TH SEASON********
DRIFTWOOD AT NILES BEACH ACCOMMODATES UP TO 8 GUESTS IF MORE SPACE IS NEEDED YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER DRIFTWOOD'S BACKBAY (COTTAGE, LISTING NUMBER 859550) DRIFTWOOD'S BACKBAY CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 6 GUESTS...... CONTACT US TODAY TO SEE IF YOUR DATES ARE AVAILABLE.............WE JUST MAY HAVE AVAILABILITY FOR YOU AND YOUR GUESTS........ THANKS FOR CONSIDERING DRIFTWOOD WHERE MEMORIES ARE MADE TO LAST A LIFETIME!!! WHY RENT A HOTEL ROOM WHEN YOU CAN ENJOY AN ENTIRE HOME WITH ALL OF THE AMENITIES FOR LESS! GUESTS LOVE THE LOCATION BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE AND SO MUCH TO DO 'ALL' WITHIN MINUTES OF THIS VACATION HOME PLUS YOU HAVE THE BEACH NEXT DOOR. GRAB A CHAIR AND BE ON THE BEACH IN LESS THAN 60 SECONDS!!!!!!!
TAKE A SCENIC STROLL ALONG EASTERN POINT BLVD. AND CAPTURE THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF EAST GLOUCESTER. VISIT ONE OF THE MANY FINE RESTAURANTS WHERE SEAFOOD IS COOKED ANY WAY YOU LIKE IT! ROCKPORT, JUST A 5-7 MINUTE DRIVE FROM DRIFTWOOD IS HOME TO 'BEARSKIN NECK', A TOURIST AND SHOPPER'S PARADISE.
*****SCUBA DIVER'S DREAM vacation getaway spot....easy access to beach next door.......ocean floor is alive with an abundant variety of East Coast sea life......********
LIFE Magazine states that Gloucester is one of the top 10 most under rated BEACH towns in America... they call it 'The hidden GEM!!!!' Coastal Living Magazine refers to Gloucester as a 'Coastal Dream Town.' Driftwood's Beach house is nestled between Historical Rocky Neck Art Colony and Eastern Point Lighthouse.... within walking distance to North Shore Art Association, Gloucester Stage Company (live theatre), and outdoor dining with nightly entertainment on Rocky Neck...take a short walk to Rocky Neck's ice cream shop, bike or stroll to the scenic Backshore or spend the day at Niles Beach which is within 100 steps to Driftwood (a favorite sight for scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing and paddle boarding) and has lifeguard on duty 7 days a week from 9:00AM-5:00PM..no need to pay for parking when the car is in the driveway. Niles Beach looks directly out to Gloucester Harbor...whether you want a relaxing day on the beach reading your favorite book, swimming in the ocean, taking your kayak for a tour of Gloucester Harbor or watching the assortment of boaters (sailboats, fishing fleet, windsurfers and even kite surfers) Niles Beach has something for everyone..................................................................................... It's the number one beach for 'young' swimmers with very little surf. Cape Ann is full of fun things to do: Kayak up the Annisquam River, sail aboard the Thomas E. Lannon, a 65ft. schooner for a harbor cruise, or walk down Eastern Point Boulevard and tour Beauport, The Sleeper McCann House, a property of Historic New England. While in Gloucester, America's oldest seaport, visit CAPE ANN MUSEUM and marvel at the world's best collection of maritime paintings by Fitz Henry Lane (1804-65), Cape Ann scenes by Winslow Homer, and a whole slew of seascapes and shore images by Stuart Davis, John Sloan, and other American Modernists. Take a ride along Stacey Boulevard to 'The Fishermen's Statue also known as 'The Man At The Wheel' or picnic at Stage Fort Park. Spend the day aboard one of Gloucester's Whale Watch boats and travel to Stellwagen Bank to view the 'gentle giants of the ocean', deep sea fish for haddock and cod or sport fish for tuna. Good Harbor Beach (one of many local beaches, voted 2nd best in the Northeast) is just a 5 minute drive from Driftwood. Be prepared to pay for parking. Visit Hammond's Castle, tours daily. If biking is your thing, Driftwood is it. This home is on the scenic route called 'Around the Cape.' Your 20 mile biking trip will take you through Gloucester and Rockport where the scenery is ENDLESS!!
How about a spending an afternoon in Rockport, just a 5-7 minute drive away...Visit picturesque Motif #1 (artists come from all over the world to paint it) or shop on Bearskin Neck known for it's many unique shops, boutiques, and art galleries. Travel Rt. 133 up the coast, through Essex, Ipswich,(fine antiques) Newburyport (plenty of boutiques and restaurants) to Portsmouth (Water Country/Water Park) and spend the day in search of your favorite treasures.
Driftwood is only 1 hour from some of the finest ski mountains in the Northeast. Kittery, Maine shopping outlets are less than 1 hour's drive. If Boston is someplace that you would like to visit...the train station is located within a 5 minute drive and will take you to North Station. Driving to Boston by car is approximately 40 minutes unless, of course, you are traveling during rush hour. That can be a challenge. The train is a wonderful alternative. Please check schedules for times.
Driftwood has 4 bedrooms and sleeps 8 comfortably with beautiful wood flooring throughout. There is one bedroom on the 1st floor level making it easier for those who have difficulty with stairs, a large family room with two dining tables so everyone can enjoy their favorite meal together. If outdoor dining is your choice, there is a deck with views of the beach and harbor. We also provide a gas grill for your convenience....Driftwood also has a stainless steel fully-applianced kitchen with washer, dryer and dishwasher, living room with views of the beach and Gloucester Harbor, 1/2 bath on 1st level, 3 more bedrooms on the 2nd floor with walk-in tile shower bathroom and yard for relaxing after a fun-filled day. We provide all that one would need for an enjoyable vacation, even the 'outdoor' rinsing shower....All linens included, as well as beach accessories, such as beach chairs, umbrellas and beach toys...Wake up each morning and take a stroll along the beach with your favorite cup of coffee or go to sleep at night after viewing the most incredible sunsets... *********For larger parties Driftwood's cottage listing #859550 sleeps 6. Perfect for family reunions, the in-laws or friends..... On the first level there is a fully-applianced stainless steel kitchen with pennisula, large cathedral living room, bedroom with a queen bed (small tv in bedroom), walk-in tile shower bathroom, washer and dryer. Second level loft has two twin beds and TV, and pull-out sofa in the main living. There is also a small deck, parking and grill. PLEASE NOTE: Driftwood is located at 75 Eastern Point Road, Gloucester, MA..... NOT Eastern Point Boulevard.
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About MARY ANN
Steve and Mary Ann Boucher have owned and operated Driftwood since their purchase in 2004. They are natives to the area. After working with a local rental company and having great success, they have decided to try VRBO's website as it offers more information to the customer and gives them even more exposure. They are very passionate about offering a vacation rental to 'build memories that will last a lifetime.'
MARY ANN purchased this House in 2004
Why MARY ANN chose Gloucester
Driftwood was owned by a family friend of Steve's parents who approached Steve and Mary Ann after living there for 54 years...with Steve being a general contractor the previous owner knew that Steve would bring it back to it's original state and use....Steve and Mary Ann purchased the home in September of 2004 and in the summer of 2005 opened Driftwood as a weekly/monthly rental property...they learned just after their purchase that Mary Ann's great aunt had once owned the home..so there were connections on both sides. With Steve growing up at the Eastern Point Lighthouse and Mary Ann in the Rocky Neck area they knew that this house was the perfect setting for vacationers looking for a New England style vacation. With all that Gloucester has to offer this home was perfectly nestled for just that....
What makes this House unique
Driftwood has all that one would need for an enjoyable and relaxing vacation...STEPS TO THE BEACH..WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE TO RESTAURANTS WITH OUTDOOR DINING ON SMITH'S COVE, UNIQUE SHOPS, ICE CREAM,LIVE THEATRE, NORTH SHORE ART ASSOCIATION, MUSEUM, EASTERN POINT LIGHTHOUSE, KAYAKING AND SO SO MUCH MORE...unpack your suitcase, fill the fridge and you are ready to enjoy Cape Ann.....
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
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.
Great location for a beach vacation
Our stay at the house was fantastic and it met our expectations based on the description. We were there with 8 people for three weeks in the summer; the time flew by, and we never felt crowded. The house is very well-equipped with all you need in the kitchen as well as plenty of room for meals and for relaxing together. The location can't be beat - a five minute walk to a practically resident-only beach - and the deck and yard were a big plus in the summer. MaryAnn was a great hostess and glad to answer any questions we had, and although we didn't need any tips for the area there were plenty of materials in the house. We would highly recommend this house - there are not many comparable properties for a stay in Gloucester or anywhere on Cape Ann.
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Steve and I work hard to make our guests feel comfortable and welcomed. We are happy that our home met all of your needs and expectations. Best to you all and thanks again!
Perfect weekend retreat!
The home was well cared for and supplied with everything we needed. The location was great - too chilly for the beach, but it is right next to it. The owner was so nice, both prior to our visit and after arrival. All questions were answered promptly and completely. We loved having room to spread out. Would definitely stay here again when in the area!
Thank you for the lovely review and so happy that you enjoyed the home. Regards,
A nice property, suited us fine
I recently stayed in Driftwood with a few friends whilst in Gloucester for a wedding. We received a warm welcome from Mary Ann and she gave us a brief tour. The property was clean and had everything we needed, with a nice location near Niles Beach.
A 15-20min walk away towards downtown Gloucester is Zeke's Place which did a great breakfast, I heartily recommend the fishcakes benedict.
We did our own washing and cleaning to save on the $150 cleaning fee, wasn't a problem and didn't take long.
Thank you Simon...So happy that you found Driftwood at Niles Beach a relaxing and enjoyable home. Please visit again!
Beautiful home in Gloucester
This is a lovely and homey place to stay, centrally located, with all the amenities you could ask for. Just beautiful!
Perfect cottage for family of 4
Our family visited Gloucester for the first time and stayed in this lovely cottage. It was a great location, just up the road from the beautiful beach. Our boys (11 & 12 yrs old) loved digging for hermit crabs (using the buckets and shovels provided at the cottage) and wading in the cool water- they could just walk there from the house. Mary Ann was just lovely and so personable and helpful with directions, what to do, check-in, and any questions! She had great recommendations for whale watching (Cape Ann), shopping and scenic drives and walks. The loft was perfect for the boys. They had their own tv and space to relax. The stairs up to the loft would be challenging for young children or older folks. The kitchen was well stocked, clean and spacious and having the washer/dryer was a plus! The main floor bedroom had plenty of closet and drawer space, extra blankets, and privacy. The cottage is attached to the larger house, which was vacant during our stay. It may have been a little "too close" if we had to share parking and outside space w/ people we didn't know. It would be perfect for 2 families or groups traveling together to rent both cottage and house, since they are attached. Wi-Fi was not always working or a strong signal, but they quickly came out to correct it. Would definitely recommend this rental and working with MaryAnn and Steve. Very friendly and helpful and proud of their lovely town of Gloucester.
Lovely home. great location.
This is a lovely home in a lovely location. Comfortable beds, well stocked kitchens, everything one could want. Cottage was perfect for my granddaughter and her family. Everyone could be together, but also apart when needed. Beach was perfect for the little kids...no big waves, sandy and just steps away. Very nice neighborhood.
Within walking distance to live theatre, historical art colony, variety of restaurants, eat inside or out, shops, scenic mansion walks/tours, lighthouse tours, deep sea fishing, sport fishing, harbor tours, whale watching, lobster bakes, and much more...to view our lovely city visit out webpage.
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SUMMER RENTAL: PLEASE NOTE: ANY RENTALS THAT ARE NOT WEEKLY RENTALS MUST START ON SATURDAY OR END ON A FRIDAY...OUR WEEKS RUN FROM SATURDAY TO SATURDAY AND THEY CAN NOT OVERLAP ONE ANOTHER. PLEASE NOTE: FOR LARGER GROUPS DRIFTWOOD AT NILES BEACH HAS A COTTAGE THAT IS PERFECT FOR LARGER GROUPS UP TO 14 GUESTS TOTAL BETWEEN THE MAIN HOUSE AND COTTAGE. PLEASE SEE LISTING NUMBER #859550.