|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Enjoy the sun all day from this Katama South facing house right near South Beach and the wonderful waves. Walk to the beach or stay home and enjoy the Bocce court in your private back yard or tan on the large two story deck with new furniture.
This house has four bedrooms each with new mattresses - three queen and two twin beds to comfortably sleep 8. Living room is an open floor plan that gets lots of light. Gas fireplace for an occasional cool evening or romantic ambiance.
Oversized new deck has gas grill with endless gas as the grill is connected to the house gas hookup.
New appliances in updated kitchen with granite countertops and new cabinets. Refrigerator has a special drawer just to keep the drinks cold and ice maker for the frozen adult beverages. New ultra quite dishwasher and powerful microwave.
Half bath and main bath were fully renovated in 2012 with beachy feel.
Brand new oversized outdoor shower on the second floor to shower in privacy while enjoying the afternoon sun. Second outdoor shower available. Brand new tankless hot water system allows endless hot water for multiple showers after a day at the beach.
This was our first visit to Martha's Vineyard, and not knowing any of the towns on the island, we're feeling exceedingly lucky that we chose The Blue Whale in Katama.
Laura and David are easy to work with. The house and yard are very well-maintained and the location couldn't be better.
My husband and I invited our two daughters and their guys to stay with us. There was plenty of room for everyone to spread out and a spacious dining table and family room for gathering together. We rented bicycles and rode the nearby bike path to the beach and/or Edgartown every day. So convenient! No need to take the car.
The kids loved the gas fireplace in the evening after playing rounds and rounds of bocce. Nice amenities that added to our enjoyment.
Some highlights included dinner at Red Cat Kitchen in Oak Bluffs (make a reservation!) and taking our bikes on the ferry from Edgartown over to Chappaquidick.
So, thank you Laura and David, for opening your lovely home to our happy family!
A great place for the Vineyard vacation of your dreams. Beautifully equipped kitchen, crisp decor, and all the modern conveniences: pod coffee maker and a Ninja for smoothies and margaritas. Lovely, very private setting close to the ocean. And to top it off, a bocce court!
We stayed at this beach house this last summer and will he returning summer 2015. The owners were very responsive, have renovated the perfect house and equipped it with everything. A family hit was the Bocce court. We brought lots of activities, but that was our go to after a day at the beach. The upside down living and sprawling deck made it a real entertaining feature. We couldn't have asked for a better location. We would highly recommend it to anyone.
We loved our time at the Whale house- it is hard to imagine a better place we could have taken our families. We were a party of 4 adults and 3 children, and found the house was perfect for our needs. It is it beautiful, sunny and well maintained, but my favorite thing was how there was always somewhere new and interesting for the kids to explore and the adults to enjoy-the large upstairs deck (with a beautiful open view), the shady downstairs deck, stone patio off the master bedroom, lawn with hammock, outdoor shower, plants to water, bird feeder to refill and watch (finches, cardinals, bluejays and a family of wild turkeys!) and, of course, the bocce court. The location was also excellent for us, a 1 minute drive to the beach, right near the bike path and very near the katama airfield and diner, and the farm institute, all really fun activities with kids. On our first day we had some problems with the hot water, but with one email to the owner a handyman was there within an hour and the water fixed. The owners throughout the renting experience were friendly and responsive and really seemed to enjoy sharing their house with other families. The only drawbacks were no tub (since we have small children) and the grill could have been a bit cleaner when we arrived, but overall a truly wonderful experience. We all agreed that vacations like these are the kind of memories you want for your children. We definitely plan to return!
This is our second stay in this home and we just love it! It is beautiful decorator but also comfortable and relaxing. The owners, David and Laura, have carefully thought out every detail to make sure their guests fully maximize their enjoyment in the home. We appreciated the high-end appliances, well-stocked kitchen, flawless landscaping, balcony furnishings, board games...everything was in place for us to feel at home. The bathrooms are updated and the beds are so comfy. We hate going on vacation and coming home with sore backs!! We highly recommend this home and hope to return very soon!
There were 3 couples, 2 infants and a babysitter on our week long stay at "The Blue Whale" and the home met and exceeded all of our needs. Location is in Katama section of MV. We were a 1 minute drive from South Beach, and about 5-10 minutes from the main drag in Edgartown. Newly updated kitchen and baths, the place was beautiful on the inside. The porches were recently redone and it appears that owners David and Laura are making updates to the outside.
The highlights include the following-
- hard-plumbed gas line to a large stainless steel grill. No need to refill gas tanks, which was nice.
- two very nice decks. Upper had uninterrupted sun for tanning and great furniture including table with a large umbrella. Lower had perfect setup for watching bocce games.
- bocce court. An unexpectedly awesome feature, many days and nights were spent playing games on the large regulation court.
- Great outdoor shower.
- iPod docks and stereos in each and every bedroom.
Perceived Negatives- we had very few if any but I would not be intellectually honest if I didn't share negatives that others might perceive as such.
- Mosquitos- nature of location and wet weather, Mosquitos were bad this year on the island. I can't blame the owners and house but it was the only big negative of the trip.
- while not typically an issue, given the ocean breezes, know that this house has fans in every bedroom and main living area but does not have central air. If it did, it would have truly been the perfect house. The lack of central AC was only felt on two particularly humid evenings.
Aside from that, no real negatives for us.
Special kudos to owners Laura and Dave. When we had questions throughout the process they quickly answered them and when we had additional questions while on the island they were equally as responsive. They also were fantastic in that they allowed us to do a Thursday-Thursday rental given our obligations at a friend's wedding. They were also great in returning our deposit promptly as well as mailing back some little toys we inadvertantly left. We'd definitely rent from them again in a heartbeat and plan on doing so in the future if they let us!!!!
Close to the bike paths that provide miles and miles of safe family biking, walking and rollerblading.
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|