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Panoramic Waterviews From This Grand Home With Private Beach

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Mattapoisett Center Estate Rental Photos and Description

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms With Deeded Beach

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, 1 has 2 full and 1 has (1) fulll; 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, one with a queen/ full and the other with a queen/queen 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!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Owner/Property Manager: Jay Mello & Maureen Mello
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 11, 2016
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About Owner/Property Manager: Jay Mello & Maureen Mello

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

Why Owner/Property Manager: Jay Mello & Maureen Mello chose Mattapoisett

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.

What makes this estate unique

Private beach shared with one other family; 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 ocean; walking block from spa, restaurant/bar; general store; liquor store; ATM; upscale gift shop; post office; nail salon; sushi /seafood restaurant.


based on 14 traveler reviews

Panoramic Waterviews From This Grand Home With Private Beach
average rating of 4.571429 based on 14 reviews

Enjoyed this Historic Home!

  • 4 of 5

This large home was perfect for our group of 8 family members.. It was spacious, comfortable and contained most of the amenities that we needed..

We loved the front poarch that overlooked the bay. It was perfect for our 90 year old mother.. We also enjoyed the back yard, the outdoor shower and the kayaks. Thank you for allowing us to use your home.

The only reason for the 4 stars is that we had to pay an extra 200.00 to bring a dog for two nights.. This on top of paying 550.00 a night.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Family Stay By the Sea

  • 5 of 5

This is a quintessential summer vacation home located on scenic Mattapoisett Harbor. The spacious, historic and airy house is the perfect gathering spot for an extended family to be together while also having enough space to spread out when needed. Ten of us (adults) stayed here for five nights and would definitely do it again. We particularly appreciated the well stocked kitchen, front porch with its harbor views, the upper porch deck with its privacy and views, and the back porch with its expansive fenced in yard, grill and propane firepit. The weather was perfect while we were there so we had no need to take advantage of the awesome living room with comfy couches, a large screen TV and dozens of movies from which to choose. The bedrooms are large and comfortable. The number of outdoor activities are almost too many to mention. Within walking distance are the Inn on Shipyard Park, the wharfs, Ned's Point Lighthouse, the Library (wonderful small town library which lends more than books!), a beautiful bike trail, the Town Beach and much more. The Mellos were exceptionally gracious hosts, communicative and available 24/7 for any questions we had. If you are looking for the perfect summer family rental this is it!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for being such wonderful guests! It does our heart good to hear how much you enjoyed our home and village! Hope you'll return next year!!
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A beautiful, roomy, well-equipped house. The views and outdoor spaces were wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

The Mellos were very welcoming hosts.

The house is beautiful, very comfortable and very well-furnished. Mattapoisett is a lovely small town located on Buzzards Bay. You can walk everywhere.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you had a wonderful time. You were awesome guests!
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A Perfect Summer Vacation Week

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so so pleased you loved our homestead and thank you so much for being wonderful, thoughtful guests! Delighted you had such a marvelous vacation!! Come back and see us again!
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Pretty location

  • 4 of 5

Thank you so much, we had a great reunion for our son's HS graduation!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrible experience

  • 1 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry for these young men and how they feel about their rental experience. If they had been honest with us at time of booking, we would have said this home wasn't what they were looking for. They needed a frat house environment for 20 or more college reunion friends rather than a village setting historic home where excessive loud parties are not respectful of close by neighbors and rough housing and dragging chairs and furniture across hard wood floors is not acceptable. Had they really only had 6 adults (our max occupancy is 10) as their booking claimed and honored the rules of the house for no loud parties and didn't trepass on another private beach twice, even after being told by that property owner for all 20 to please leave, their experience would have been like all our other guests - wonderful. We are on-property owners (in a separate apartment) but we so honor our guests privacy. The only reason the boys think we entered without warning is they couldn't hear our knocking over their excessively loud music. Each night they needed to be asked to turn down their boom box as they didn't respect the original request nor the written rules of the house. Our beach is private and lovely at medium to low tide as we describe in our listing. It does adjoin another private beach and we are very clear about the boundaries. This home is meant for family vacations not animal house style college reunions. Respectfully, The Owners
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Ned's Lighthouse
"Best wind surfing in the area and lovely park for picnicing, kite flying. Tour the light ho..."
Turk's Seafood Market & Sushi
"Best of the best!"
Oxford Creamery
"Traditional favorite!"
Nick's Homemade Pizza House
"For pizza, one of the best in the southcoast."
UNCLE John's Java House
"Not quite a Starbucks, but locally a favorite!"
The Inn on Shipyard Park
"Great food, music, porch bar with ocean view!"
The Bay Club
"Private country club with residences."
Dunkin' Donuts
"Located on Route 6 combined with Tedeschi's Food Mart."
Emma Marie's Groom & Daycare
"Wonderful dog grooming, boarding and day care; just a 3 block walk from Willis Munro Homestead."
The Town Warf General Store
"Just opened Memorial Day Weekend; only a block from the Willis Munro Homestead. "
Capeway Veterinary Hospital
"This is the only animal hospital that we let treat our 4 legged children!"
Panino's -- CLOSED
"On Route 6 at the Ropewalk; gourmet bistro"
"Lovely gift shop at the Ropewalk!"
"High end woman's clothing store at the Ropewalk!"
No Kidding
"Boutique Toy Store at the Ropewalk!"
Ying Dynasty 2
"Great take out or eat-in."
Spa Mairead LLC
"Relaxing, rejuvenating by-appointment only Spa; 1 block from Willis Munro Homestead."
Sisters Hair & Skin Care - a Mattapoisett Hair Salon
"Great Stylists!"
Reservation Golf Club
"Well maintained 9 hole course with water views."
Seahorse Wine & Spirits
"Great selection!"
Village Package Store
"Small but friendly and within walking distance of the Homestead."
Murray F De Coffe Auto Services
"Within in walking distance from the Homestead. Only place we take our cars to be serviced! "
Exotic Nail & Spa
"Modern, clean and excellent service!"
US Post Office
"Friendly, local PO within walking distance from the Homestead."
Mail Box Services
"Great for packaging and mailing any size package. "
Mattapoisett Town Beach
"Local, sandy town beach; only 4 blocks from the Homestead with life guards and swing sets. ..."
Mattapoisett Congregational Church
"Within walking distance from the Homestead."
Saint Anthonys Church
"Within walking distance of the Homestead."
Center School
"Within walking distance of the Homestead and has a wonderful playground for children."
Phoenix Rail-Trail
"Wonderful bike/walking trail! Access it from Brand Island Road."
Mike's Restaurant
"Best surf and turf in the area!"
Bowlmor Lanes
"Fun, family vintage alley within walking distance from the Homestead"
Mattapoisett Library
"Well stocked town library"
Mattapoisett Museum
"Fun Town Museum steeped in town's history"
Mattapoisett Laundromat
"Clean and well kept. "
Tedeschi Food Shops
"Town convenience store "
Shipyard Park
"Wonderful waterfront and wharf front public park; hosts Wednesday evening band concerts duri..."
On The Go
"Great place for prepared meals for the beach or boat!"
How on Earth
"Straight from local farms and growers!"
Mattapoisett Chowder House -- CLOSED
"Comfortable, local seafood restaurant."
Matt's Blackboard
Shipyard Galley
"Wonderful, newer cozy 'in' place!"
Marion Antique Shop
"Well respected antique dealer!"
Riccardi's Restaurant
Nearest Airport
50 Miles
T F Green, Providence, RI
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The Inn at Shipyard Park
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
New Bedford Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Reservation Golf Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Middleboro, MA
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 195
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Turks Seafood and Sushi Bar
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Munro Private Beach deeded to the estate
Car: necessary

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!


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Changeover Day: Sunday
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

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Pet Fee $250

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 un-cashed if there is no damage to cover. Please also know that this is not a party house and no functions small or large are permitted. Maximum occupancy is 10.

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Mattapoisett Center Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , claw foot tub with surround shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , sweet half bath
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shared half bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2nd flr, waterview, ceiling fan, adjoining half bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2nd flr, water view,fireplace, adjoining half bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2nd flr, fireplace,waterview, shared full bath,tub shower
    Bedroom 1 - 2 double , ground floor bedroom with water view, half bath, fireplace,
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 2nd floor, waterview; shared full bath, tub shower
  • All bedrooms have hard wood floors;linens provided (including pillows). 1 Inflatable toddler bed with bed linens is available upon request.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This historic home is located in the heart of the village within walking distance of restaurants, general store, spa, liquor store, sushi bar, town wharf, town beach, town tennis courts. This is a walking, biking town, in fact, there is a beautiful bike path that stretches from Mattapoisett to Fairhaven. There are many public parks in town: Munro waterfront; Shipyard Park with a gazebo and band concerts every Wednesday evening during the summer; Ned's Point Light House where wind surfers flock from all over the world as do kite enthusiasts. One of the best parts of the Munro homestead is her shared private beach with granite stairs to the water and a launch pad for small boats. Best at medium to low tide for sunbathing and at all tides for floating, swimming and water sports. The town beach is only 4 blocks away with lifeguard, swim dock, playground and sandy sunbathing.

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