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Fantastic ocean views and only steps to Long and Cape Hedge Beaches

29 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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3 - 7 nights


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5 bedrooms, 2 bath + outdoor shower, sleeps 10+

Ocean Crag has gorgeous ocean views and is located steps away from Cape Hedge and Long Beaches. Enjoy breathtaking views of Milk Island, diving reef, and Atlantic Ocean from the master bedrooms and oversized deck.

The house is completely renovated on the inside and well thought out. All furniture is brand new and high quality, purchased in the spring of 2013. The home is spotless and meticulously maintained.

Located 2 miles from historic downtown Rockport and Bearskin Neck.

NEW in 2014: High Efficiency Washer and Dryer

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Bruce Kirkland
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 10, 2016
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About Bruce Kirkland

I have enjoyed Rockport my entire life summering hear until 1983 when the house was converted from a cottage to a home. At this point my family moved to Rockport full time and I attended Rockport Jr. and Sr. High so I know the area very well.

Bruce Kirkland purchased this house in 1968

Why Bruce Kirkland chose Merrimack Valley & Essex County

This property is one of a very few homes on Cape Hedge and Long Beaches. You are literally steps from both to enjoy a wonderful beach vacation. The views are outstanding and the summer walks are breathtaking. Enjoy your coffee on the deck or while taking a leisurely walk on Long Beach.

What makes this house unique

BEACH Location, Location, Location!!! you will not find a better spot for enjoying two of Rockports great beaches. The home is spacious with 5 bedrooms enough for a great family gathering. If a beach vacation is what you desire, you will not be dissappointed.


based on 29 traveler reviews

Fantastic ocean views and only steps to Long and Cape Hedge Beaches
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 29 reviews

A spacious, beautifully decorated retreat for one and all!

  • 5 of 5

This house was conveniently located near the towns of Rockport and Gloucester with just a short drive to each. The beach is just a pleasant walk away. We were continuously amazed at how well stocked this house was. A tremendous supply of pots, pans, dishes etc! The bedrooms are large and tastefully decorated! Our favorite time was when we would all meet up on the deck to enjoy a beverage and a beautiful view! We would finish the night off with a gathering around the fire pit and then fall asleep to the sound of the crashing waves! What more could one ask for? Thank you Bruce for sharing your lovely home!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!!
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Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

I just came back from two glorious weeks at Ocean Crag with friends and family. This is our second year renting this lovely house and we'll most certainly be back next year. The house is clean, spacious, and well-equipped. The upstairs deck has a nice view of the water. I enjoyed sitting there each morning while drinking my coffee and stargazing at night.

Long Beach is just a short walk away through the resident's parking lot. This has to be one of THE best beaches in New England. The sand is clean and soft, the water is clear, and there are places for the kids to look for crabs and critters. We lucked out with calm water some of the days and huge waves on other days. When the surf is up, the surfing and boogie boarding is a blast!

I was a little worried that we would be bored after two weeks at the beach, but we found plenty to do. Downtown Rockport is just a couple miles down the road. We drove there and easily found parking on several occassions. One day, we all rode our bikes into town (with 6 kids in tow) taking all of the side roads that snake along the coast. The views were amazing!

On one of the drizzly days, we all went on a Lobster Boat Tour of Gloucestor Harbor with Cape Ann Harbor Tours. This turned out to be really fun. The guides were very knowledgeable, telling us all about every nook and cranny of Gloucester Harbor. That night we capped off the day by renting The Perfect Storm.

I highly recommend staying at Ocean Crag!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Awesome!! Thank you so much for the great review.
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Fabulous rental - Everything you need and more

  • 5 of 5

Our family just returned from spending a delightful week in this house, and I am happy to recommend it to anyone else as a very welcoming and comfortable space.

We have been coming to Rockport since 1968 but have never stayed close to a beach before, and I have to say, it was wonderful to be there. Our sons and their families loved being able to go back and forth to the beach for "adventures" without having to get into a car, and the outdoor shower made it easy to clean our grandchildren up before bringing them back into the house. Since the house is close to Gloucester, it was easy to hop in the car and run to a grocery store or pharmacy whenever we needed to. It was also very easy to drive to downtown Rockport and poke around there.

The kitchen is fully equipped with plenty of dishes, glasses, pots and pans and even lobster-eating plates, small butter bowls, and utensils. Bedrooms are large with lots of closet and drawer space in each one. Our four older grandchildren enjoyed sleeping together in a room with two sets of bunk beds, and their parents enjoyed beautiful views of the ocean from their rooms. The downstairs bedroom where my husband and I stayed was comfortable and separate from the upstairs quarters, giving anyone sleeping there a bit more privacy. All of the bedspreads and blankets were cheerful and fresh. We chose to pay the extra fee and rent sheets and towels, and they were all good quality linens. The house is not air-conditioned, but we were comfortable with the ocean breezes, since we did not have any extremely hot days. There are ceiling fans in the front two bedrooms and a few other fans in the house. Outside there were a lot of beach chairs and sand toys for children to use, a yard to play in, and even a tall basketball goal for some friendly family games.

It would be nice if the house had a third bathroom, but we managed fine with the two that were there. It was only a week.

Bruce, the owner, was gracious and helpful, both when we booked the house and when we arrived. He called us when the house had been cleaned to tell us we could check in early if we liked and connected with us later that day to make sure everything was as it should be.

We have rented many houses over the years, and this is one of the best we have seen. We would be happy to rent it again.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review!
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Wonderful vacation - highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

Both my husband and I, plus two married daughters and four children, could not have had a more wonderful vacation in Rockport! This delightful rental home was charming, spacious, and fully appointed with all the needed amenities....and it was spotless. The outdoor grill and basketball set-up were put to good use...and for those times we cooked indoors, the kitchen was large and fully equipped. The location was great...close to the beaches....also a great location for talking long walks in charming neighborhoods. We highly recommend this wonderful property and look forward to coming back again! Definitely five stars!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed your time in Rockport. Thank you for the great review.
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Great house near the beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a large group of about 10 people stay at the house over a long wedding weekend and had a great time. The open layout downstairs was perfect for socializing without feeling crowded and the upstairs deck was fantastic with perfect ocean views in the nice weather. The house is a short walk to the ocean, both a sandy beach for swimming and a rocky coast for climbing and exploring. The driveway was large and easy to park our group of cars and the neighbors were very friendly, as well. Although the yard is on the smaller side, the hosts provided perfect yard games for the size and so we found ourselves out front just as much as anywhere else in the house.

Overall, our stay was great, everyone felt comfortable with their own rooms and the house never felt crowded.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review.
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Absolutely spectacular

  • 5 of 5

We were 10 women, coming together to celebrate a friend's upcoming wedding. We are all busy professionals and finding one place where we could all get away from the stress of work and truly be present was essential to us. Ocean Crag made that possible. This house is perfectly located on the Rockport/Gloucester line: it's easy to drive to restaurants, get to downtown Rockport, and access the commuter rail station. It's minutes away from a supermarket and liquor store and equally close to the sandy beach at Good Harbor. At the house itself, the views from the porch are spectacular; calming ocean and rocky beach. The street is sweet and quiet with friendly neighbors. It hearkens to a time long ago. Once we entered the home we all felt an instant calm. Bruce has truly made this a home away from home for anyone who enters. There are soft comfortable couches, a big open dining space and table, and plenty of beautiful white knit blankets to keep you warm if you open the windows to let the sea air flow in. A downstairs bedroom guarantees access to anyone in your party who may have difficulty with steps. The washer dryer can come in handy after a long beach day. We were particularly excited by the grille which meant that, as such a large group, we didn't have to stress about pots or pans, worry about overheating the kitchen with cooking or spend excess money going out to eat. The kitchen is perfectly equipped with anything you need (cooking oil, vinegar, coffee filters, tongs, trash bags, paper towels and napkins). Beds are extremely comfortable and two of the rooms have spectacular ocean views with ceiling fans. TVs are equipped with cable, but I suggest keeping them off and letting the ocean be your view! This house is perfect for large families trying to do a cousins getaway or for anyone who needs a break from stressful city life. You'll awake each morning to the sound of the ocean breaking on the sand. We couldn't have asked for a more peaceful, well equipped place. And couldn't have dreamed of a better owner! Thank you for such an incredible stay, Bruce. I'm crossing my fingers I have an excuse to get back there very soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. So glad you had a good time. I look forward to renting to you again in the future.
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Logan International Airport, Boston, MA
Nearest Golf
1.9 Miles
Rockport Golf Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Nearest Motorway
4.7 Miles
Massachusetts Route 128
Nearest Restaurant
2.4 Miles
Downtown Rockport
Nearest Beach
Cape Hedge and Long Beach (steps away)
Car: recommended

Rockport is a picturesque New England coastal town located 38 miles north of Boston on beautiful Cape Ann Massachusetts. Enjoy stunning coastlines, relaxing beaches, quaint shops, one of kind lighthouses, art galleries, and dining in historic Rockport the home of Motif #1 and Bearskin Neck.

Cape Hedge Island - While Cape Hedge is a well known Rockport beach, the island between it and Long Beach is a miniature treasure for exploring or snuggling with a special someone at sunset and a bottle of red. Accessible from the parking lot at the end of Seaview St.


Rates & Availability

Rockport House Rental Rates

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Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500

Important notes:
1. Rental agreement should be read in its entirety prior to booking.
• Please do not rent from us unless you agree to all terms included.
2. Summer has a minimum stay of 7 nights with change over day is on Saturday.
• Check in time is 2 pm and check out time is 10 am
3. Echeck must be used for payment (Free service to the tenant and landlord). I do not accept credit cards.
4. Quiet hours are between 10 pm and 9 am so everyone can enjoy the quiet tranquility of the property and area.
5. At any time before, during, or after your stay, your information may be shared with
6. Cancellation policy: No refunds - once payment reaches us it is non-refundable unless the landlord can re rent the property for the same dates.

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Rockport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1st floor bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Master bedroom w/water views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Master bedroom w/water views
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Twin over full
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , 2 sets of bunk beds (sleeps 4 children)
  • The first floor bedroom is perfect for members of your family that may have difficulty climbing stairs.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

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