|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
When you book through the HomeAway checkout, your booking is backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee™ offering comprehensive payment protection.Learn more
The Willis Munro Homestead is a grand home, warm, livable, with a rich legacy where family fun and exquisite entertaining go hand in hand. Enjoy this stately part of the historic whaling and shipbuilding Mattapoisett and feel the ease and luxury that accompanies the spoils of success. Relax on any one of its 3 prominent porches with lovely views of magnificent sunsets and sunrises over Mattapoisett Harbor. This 5 bedroom, 4 bath waterside home is ideal for the beach enjoying family with deeded beach, fenced in yard, out door shower, hammock, grill, kayak.
3 Bedrooms have queen-size beds, 2 have full; all have water-views, air-conditioning and fans. One bedroom is on the first floor with a private half bath and 2 full size beds; on the second floor 4 bedrooms are set up in a 2 bedroom suite arrangement with shared baths, each with a queen/ full bed set up; and the last full bath is down the hall. We supply an inflatable toddler bed when young children want/need to sleep in their parent's room.
The home has a third floor reached by a circular stairway to a monitor room with 360 view of the water and town, a telescope and sitting area.
With 9 rooms, 3 porches, sizable fenced side yard, this home has ample room for family gatherings as well as quiet nooks for alone time.
The fully fenced-in side yard is great for young children and we supply yard games.
The deeded beach has a small boat ramp and granite stairs into the water and is perfect at low to half tide for sun bathing and at all tides for floating, boating, and swimming. Additionally, there is a town beach 4 blocks away with life guards, swing sets, swimming dock and tons of sand. Our guests receive a beach pass as part of their stay with us.
This is a walking village where people are out and about on foot or bike. Within a 10 block radius there are delicious restaurants, spas, general store, ocean-view bar, churches, local grocery store, liquor store, high end boutiques, toy store, coffee shop, post office, nail salon, diner, and banks, playground, town tennis court, school basketball court, parks, waterside park with gazebo where outdoor concerts are held every Wednesday night in the summer. The town wharves bustle with boating activity and the favorite ice cream slip fills a corner of one wharf and opens early and closes late. This is a quintessential New England town where favorite summer vacation memories are made to last a lifetime!
We discovered this magical village when we were pregnant with our daughter and have enjoyed the serenity and magic of this historic town whose name means 'place of rest'. We can't imagine living elsewhere. The symbol of our town is a seahorse and it has become the spirit of our family. The male seahorse raises the child and that resembles our family. My husband was Mr. Mom as I pursued the salary sustaining career so that one of us could raise our daughter. Yeah, Seahorse!!
Owner/Property Manager: Jay Mello & Maureen Mello purchased this estate in 1995
This property was in disrepair when we moved to town in 1987 and we'd walk by and feel such pain that such a town landmark was in such a state. As luck would have it, we purchased her in 1995 and began our labor of love to restore her to her grand stature when she was the queen of the town in 1809. We feel one with this historic home only owned by two families in her 200 + years. We have restored her yet kept her true to her character. So when you visit, you will experience modern conveniences within the context of her 1800 architecture.
Private beach; town beach with life guard .5 miles; outside cold/hot shower; fenced in yard; 3 porches to enjoy waterviews; first floor bedroom with half bath; kayak with launch area; granite steps to beach; walking block from spa, restaurant/bar; general store; liquor store; ATM; upscale gift shop; post office; nail salon; sushi /seafood restaurant.
How many places can comfortably accommodate 10 people, are just steps away from great dining (and ice cream), are a short walk from both a private and public beach (with warm Buzzards Bay water), are an easy drive to New Bedford, Providence, or Boston on a rainy day (if you need to keep kids happy)--and survived the War of 1812?! The Willis Munro house is one of the iconic homes of Mattapoisett Village yet features all the amenities required for 21st-century vacation life. Highlights of our week included seeing five different fireworks shows from the second story porch, watching 1,000 runners pass by on July 4th as we sipped coffee on the veranda, having a number of perfect beach days, and even being able to crank up air conditioning for the 30 or so humid hours we lost the usually dependable Mattapoisett Harbor breeze. The Mellos are gracious, respectful hosts but nearby if we needed anything (Jay reset the wifi, for example, which at one point was laboring under 8 or 9 new devices). We had a 3-year-old with us, so having a large, fenced-in backyard was a real plus. The outdoor picnic table, protected from the weather, was our choice for at-home dining. Parking for four cars was easy. It was a fantastic week all around, and we are grateful to have found this location and such pleasant, helpful owners. And--even if you never get to stay in the W-M home, the majestic American Elm in the backyard alone is worth the visit.
Thank you so much, we had a great reunion for our son's HS graduation!
Our group rented out the Mello's house for a wedding weekend June 17-19. When we walked in I noticed the hard wood floors were scratched, and even commented to them saying they were before our stay began. After leaving, the Mello's claimed we had scratched the floors more than they already were and charged us 300 dollars to buff the floors that were already scratched. On top of that, the Mello's entered the house we we're staying in on multiple occasions without knocking or notifying us ahead. In the listing, it says they have a private beach which you are able to use, but that is not the case. The beach is actually public and not really a beach it is just rocks that go into the water. There is a private beach near the house that we found out the Mello's are not allowed to use like they claim in the house ammenities. They were not friendly renters and have never encountered such an unpleasant experience while renting from someone on home away.
This house is beautiful. We had a wonderful time. The front and back porches were amazing, I'm sure we will be back.
My friends and I planned a small reunion for 5 couples and two toddler aged kids. The location was perfect. The ocean views were beautiful and peaceful. Our favorite thing to do was sit out on the front porches catching up and watching the boats go by. The fire pit was amazing and the kitchen had all of the amenities that we needed. The town beach is just a short walk away and was enjoyed by all. This is definitely a place worth staying! Thank you to the Mellos for their kind hospitality!
Jay and Maureen,
Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home with us. We could not have asked for a more relaxing quintessential New England vacation spot. When you combine your massive beautiful home, the private beach, the supplied kayaks, and the fun of "Harbor Days" with your warmth and hospitality - it is a vacation that can not be beat.
My favorite memory was sitting on the front porch overlooking the ocean with wine and apps - and talking to people as they walked by (most of which said to say hi to you).
Thanks again for a wonderful vacation.
This quaint seaport village hosts band concerts on Wednesday evenings in the summer and 2 festivals, Harbor Days in July and Heritage Days in August. The harbor is repleat with sailing and power yachts with 2 marinas to support the demand. A general store, spa, liquor store, playground, town beach, library, 3 churches, public tennis courts, are all within a few blocks of the Homestead. Our tiny town supports delicious restaurants of varying cuisines including sushi, seafood, Chinese, an authentic diner, the oldest seaport Inn in the nation serving up creative American fare.We have a town creamery as well as an ice cream slip on the wharf. Additionally, we have a sweet grouping of boutique stores known as the Rope walk; 3 banks in town with ATMs; multiple parks either town supported or publicly accessible through the Mattapoisett Land Trust; a modern, paved bike path stretching to the adjoining town. There are 2 hair salons and one full service nail salon. Our newest retail addition is the Town Wharf General Store, only a block away and serving as our local specialty grocery, home decor and hardware store. Our town village is a walking and biking village where precious rest and relaxation can be had anytime of year!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee - Required||$300|
Inquire about availability for stays less than 7 days as depending on reservations, those may be available. Also know that we take a damage deposit of $1000 in the form of a check at Check-in and return it uncashed if there is no damage to cover.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.