|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This unique estate is a recently constructed classic cape cod cape featuring complete privacy. Situated on 4 1/2 acres of lovely property including a gunite in ground swimming pool. Tenents will enjoy swimming in the warm water of buzzards bay at our private beach which is only a short walk. Wind-surfing, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, tennis, and golf are also popular ways to spend the days.
USCG Licensed Capt. Arthur Stout is now offering day trips to Martha's Vineyard aboard our boat 'Charlotte Rose'.
We rented this house for a reunion, and it was beyond fantastic. From the first step in the house (where Arthur had generously left us a bottle of wine!) with a nice note to the first dip in the pool to the first walk to the beach, our experience was wonderful.
The house has an enormous living area, which is perfect for gatherings, as is the pool area and front yard (though wear shoes/sandals, there are pointy holly leaves around!). We also made liberal use of the grill.
Neighbors are far enough away (and through woods) that we didn't feel worried about distracting them with the sounds of many people together.
The bedrooms are all huge, and easily fit everyone.
All in all, it was a perfect stay, and we're incredibly happy with the week we spent there. We will definitely be looking in again for our 20th!
I have to agree with a number of the comments made in the other 3 star review.
We booked this at the back end of last year to dovetail in with a driving holiday. Our flights to and from London were non-refundable. To get an email a few weeks before we're due to arrive to say that the rental dates have changed is unacceptable.
Frankly, had we got the email earlier in the year, it would still have been unacceptable. The fact that the owner has a problem with their housekeeper is not something that should be made the problem of the people renting. It meant we had to find somewhere to stay for one extra night in place we didn't want to be in, at a time when most hotels were fully booked. We only got 6 days in the house rather than 7.
The description of the house says it has a hot tub, so again, it's not our issue that the owner decides it's inconvenient to service it.
And ripped screens? In the height of summer, when a walk to the pool can leave you bitten head to toe? You can't do those sorts of repairs out of season.
The fact is, it is a lovely house. It has a lot of space and it well equipped. The rooms are a bit light, lacking proper blinds on the velux windows. The pool is too cold to spend too much time in, but there is a firepit which is great for sitting around in the evening.
The major problem is the owner's lack of experience in renting. We had a few other problems: On arrival, there was no wifi password, and the owner didn't know what it was. We ended up downloading the router's manual onto a phone, and resetting to the default settings. Who wants to have to do that on vacation?
For several hours one night (at 2 in the morning), all of the smoke alarms in the house went off, wrecking our sleep. An earlier reviewer describes them all being disconnected, and putting the batteries back in. They've obviously been disconnected because they go off randomly. I did tell the owner who said they "beep" occasionally. It's a lot worse than that.
It's a great house, perfect for a family, with a ping pong table to keep everyone entertained. But you have to hope that nothing goes wrong as Arthur doesn't yet seem to really understand how to be a proper landlord. Sorry Arthur.
From the moment you arrive you know you are somewhere special. Towhee Cottage is extremely private and peaceful. Tucked away from the road and out of sight from any neighbors the pool and grounds offer a completely secluded oasis. The evening sky is brimming with bright stars and the private beach on Buzzards bay is equally fresh and beautiful. The stroll down the quiet lane and across a grassy meadow leads you to this magical sandy stretch of ocean front. With sea birds and abundant wildlife free to swoop and roam unimpeded by human intrusion. Our week slipped by as we leisurely enjoyed the peace and quiet of this place. The tennis court is also a short stroll down the lane and the few other folks we met there were friendly and pleasant. The cottage itself is immaculately clean and flooded with light in every room. There is ample space for a large family to spread out. With a large fully appointed kitchen complete with granite counter tops- I couldn't have been happier cooking dinner for my family and evening guests. The bedrooms were very large and the beds and linens were exceptionally comfortable. After a long day at the beach and some tennis I couldn't have slept more soundly. We have been vacationing in this region for many years and I will say without hesitation that this is by far the best we have rented. In future years I will be sure to revisit Towhee Cottage on an annual basis. I want to thank Arthur with my deepest gratitude for this wonderful opportunity to share this lovely property. See you next year!
BE AWARE: the owner may renege on your contract.
We booked this property 6 months ahead with a 50% deposit. The owner contacted us just a month before our reservation to say we couldn't have the 1st night of our stay because he "had a scheduling conflict with his house cleaner" and he hoped it wasn't a problem. However, it was a very BIG problem because a family was getting off a plane from Europe expecting to have a place to sleep that night. We suggested we might even need to take it dirty for that first night because of the big inconvenience to our international travelers, but he said that actually, we couldn't because he'd already given our first night away to the previous week’s renters. So we were stuck. We missed the first night of our vacation and our friends had to stay their first night at a hotel, pack up again and then move into the house. The owner refunded us the cost of the missed night and would have let us stay an extra night, but no one was able to change their other plans. We were really appalled to be treated this way. We are landlords ourselves and would have done whatever was necessary, anything, to honor our contract with our renters, including getting to the house and cleaning it ourselves.
As far as the house goes, it was generally very nice. The rooms are indeed very large, but it does has some condition issues.
ANTS: There is an infestation of carpenter ants. They are all through the inside of the house, and a large part of the porch ceiling has been pulled down, probably in an effort to eradicate them.
POOL: The pool now has a very ugly wire fence around it which really makes the whole thing quite an eyesore. Photos should be updated.
HOT TUB: Prominently featured in the photos, the hot tub is broken and we were informed there were no plans to repair it, so it is just uncirculating, stagnant water.
POOL LIGHTS: Are permanently turned off and the manager was really quite rude when we called her to see if we could have access to the switch.
SMOKE DETECTORS: All the hardwire smoke detectors in this house have been taken down. I put batteries in one and reinstalled it myself for at least a bit of safety.
SCREENS: Missing on both the patio doors; one upstairs bedroom is missing the screen from its only window; most of the porch screens have sizable tears that let mosquitoes in.
We did enjoy our time here, it’s a nice walk to a pretty beach, but being treated so badly, I would never rent it again
The house is beautiful, well laid out and BIG!! Even with seven adults and four children there was plenty of room to spread out and engage in different activities at the same time.
The owner couldn't be nicer or more cooperative and we exchanged several calls and e-mails leading up to the vacation (because I had lots of questions which were all fully and accurately answered.)
The pool was a really nice feature and very clean and the yard was big enough for the children to have lots of room to play.
Everything shown in the property description was available as described and was all well maintained.
We had occasion to call the property managers with questions and they were easy to reach, very friendly and helpful.
We were so pleased with everything about this vacation rental that we've already booked for a return next year even though it's eleven months away!
Thanks, Arthur, for a very satisfying vacation at your beautiful house. I'll bet we'll be back many times in the future.
This unique estate is a recently constructed classic cape cod cape featuring complete privacy. Situated on 4 1/2 acres of lovely property including a gunite in ground swimming pool with hot tub. Tenents will enjoy swimming in the warm water of buzzards bay at a private beach which is only a short walk. Wind-surfing, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, tennis, and golf are also popular ways to spend the days.