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Gracious Living by the Sea

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Katama House Rental Photos and Description

Summer, Winter or Holiday fun, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Full Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

Gracious and spacious Katama 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home. Located less than one mile from South Beach and near the Farm Institute.

Our home sits on two acres of flat lawn, great for outdoor games and sports.

The open house plan is a plus for entertaining. The large fully equipped gourmet kitchen with a breakfast bar is any cook's dream. The washer and dryer are off the kitchen. Twelve can comfortably sit in dining room that overlooks the fields toward South Beach. In the Great Room you have a 65 inch flat screen TV with surround sound, cable, HD, and Blue Ray DVD player,and a stereo system. The sofa pulls out to a queen bed. This room also overlooks the fields toward South Beach. There is a bedroom with a large closet and bath on the first floor. The Master bedroom is large and has a walk-in closet. Master bath has dual sinks and dual showerheads. There is a Loft on the second floor with a large flat screen television and a queen size sleep sofa. A large patio in the rear of the house with a gas grill can accommodate 10 comfortably.

The outdoor shower is great after a day at the beach.

The Master Bedroom has a king size bed and has room for a bassinette, crib or toddler bed. The upstairs middle room has a queen size bed. The end room upstairs has two twin beds that can be converted to a king with notice prior to arrival. The loft upstairs has a pull out queen sofa. Downstairs bedroom has a queen size bed. There is a bar off the living room area, complete with barware. The patio has a portable firepit for chilly evenings and roasting marsh mellows. The dual hammocks off the patio are inviting for a rest after a long day at the beach. Take one of the eight bicycles for a ride after dinner, play a game of horse shoes, volleyball or fly kites. We have mulitple outside games as well as baseball bats and balls, frisbees, wiffle bats and balls. There are many indoor board games available also. There is a second full size refrigerator in the garage.

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

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2016
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About Gwenn

I am a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room, my husband is a Civil Engineer. We both lead very full professional lives, and welcome the quiet time we have on Martha's Vineyard. We have a little Brittany named Toffee who is the love of our lives, she is very sweet. We enjoy people and want to share our home and experiences of Martha's Vineyard with all our guests.

Gwenn purchased this house in 1986

Why Gwenn chose Edgartown Area

We are close to the beach, yet far enough away from the crowds.

What makes this house unique

Tranquility, Relaxation, and Stress free are the three words that come to mind when describing our home.


based on 14 traveler reviews

Gracious Living by the Sea
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Best Kept Secret on MV!

  • 5 of 5

This review took me a while to write for two reasons. The first was that I was so relaxed after my vacation here at Gracious Living By The Sea, that it took some time for me to reacclimate to life in the real world. The second, is that it is the best kept secret on MV and I wanted to keep it mine for a while. But, the reason I went with this place in the first place was because of the outstanding reviews, and Gwenn is too amazing not to add to the well-deserved praise. As someone who loves to cook, there is simply nothing you will not find in her kitchen. That is very different than other places we've rented from on the island. The proximity to the Farm Institute was a dream for my son and nanny! Riding bikes to the beach and into town was so cathartic and enjoyable I think about it when the world is moving too fast. What else can I say? Gwenn and Gary truly made us feel welcome and that their home was ours. Available whenever we needed, no request was too small for their immediate attention. I recommend Gracious Living by the Sea without reservation and only hope you don't book your trip the weeks we want to go back. Thanks for an amazing and unforgettable stay, Gwenn!!! With Fondness, The Sterns

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review. It was such a pleasure having you here for three weeks. You are welcome back anytime. Thank you again, Gwenn
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Gracious in every way...

  • 5 of 5

Hands down, this is the best stay that my family and I have had! We came to MV for an intimate, milestone, birthday celebration, and were immediately moved by Gwenn (the owner), who is very friendly and thoughtful. She warmly welcome us into her lovely home with a surprise, phenomenal cheesecake for us to celebrate the milestone birthday. (It was delicious, and we are still talking about it!). Gwenn's kindness and graciousness extended to her house, as we all, immediately felt as though we were in a home... This brings us to the house, it is impeccably beautiful, modern and yet cozy, fully set up to the latest techie gadget, and completely equipped (in the kitchen, fully stocked pantry, outdoor shack, bathrooms and bedrooms) with every imaginable supply. There is absolutely nothing that we needed to bring or get, it was all there - Gwenn thought of everything! Her uber organization and vast supplies made our stay so easy; so just bring yourselves and clothes (you can buy fish/meats/veggies at any nearby market, or eat out locally). The house is big, bright, spacious and comfortable; we spent every evening grilling outdoors and then sitting indoors by the fireplace. We drove all around MV, and can say that the house is also perfectly located, it sits in the middle between the beach and Edgartown (~1 miles in each direction), so we often biked and we walked to both, and got the best of both worlds! The house is also near a farm; so while being in an suburban area, it was also surrounded by open meadows, which made it quiet and truly zen (exactly what we were craving for in this getaway trip). Between Gwenn's warmth and her wonderful home, I had the perfect, zen-filled, birthday trip. Needless to say, it was tough to leave Gwenn's home, which true to its name, was gracious in every way... But we hope to return, and we definitely recommend this home to others seeking a harmonious MV vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. I am so happy you had a wonderful birthday and spent it with us at "Gracious Living By The Sea. It was great to have you here, you are welcome back any time.
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Relaxing, Immaculate, Vacation Dream Home

  • 5 of 5

This is an absolutely perfect vacation home in a great location, 1 mile away from South Beach, with the warmest owners I have ever meet in my life. Gwenn is such a lovely person and it is clear that she is 'paying it forward.' The warm hug upon arrival, freshly baked brownies, and the best bottles of wines from Italy was the best kick-off to the Memorial Day weekend!! The house has every gourmet appliance you could desire for cooking and baking, and the amenities are plentiful...actually more than I can recall. Every spice, oil, and baking ingredients you can image. To the men, Gwenn has body wash, razors, shaving cream, don't worry if you forget anything. The home is so beautiful and comfortable. Sitting in front of the fire place with a glass of wine (wife) and glass of brandy (me) was very romantic and relaxing. The loft was an added plus, which the kids found much pleasure in. Gwenn has all the bases covered with all types of beach gear (umbrellas, towels, sunscreen, beach mats, chairs, etc...) and if you want to explore the area without driving, no worries, there are eight bicycles available, even one with a child seat attached. I feel like I have a new family vacation location on a beautiful island, and got to know a wonderful human-being in Gwenn. This is the right location, right home, right layout, right amenities, owned by the right people!! Simply Perfect!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are welcome to "come home" anytime.
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Fabulously Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Wow-Gwenn has this place decked to the nines! Upon arrival, I was immediately drawn to the upscale beachy décor. The furniture was perfect for lazy afternoon naps and reading. The bedrooms were all well stocked with towels, hangers, and the most comfortable bedding I could have imagined! This house is perfect for travelers of all ages- my son had an excellent time as there is more than enough room to run, throw a ball, ride bikes and play games.! The beach is super close and we loved riding our bikes there-it was so convenient and provided an excellent opportunity to remain active while being on vacation. We were able to cook all of our meals in the awesome kitchen that has everything you could imagine for cooking. We will certainly come back to Gwenn's home and I HIGHLY recommend this home to anyone that is looking for an amazing Martha's Vineyard experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your fantastic review, it was such fun to see your family enjoying lawn games and relaxing in the hammocks after a day at the beach. I am so happy you had a great time.
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Relaxing week at the vineyard

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we walked into the house, I knew it was going to be an awesome vacation. The house was absolutely beautiful and I felt right at home--Gwenn is totally prepared on all fronts. The pantry is stocked, there are at least a dozen bikes and locks ready for a ride to the beach, there are TONS of games in a closet (which was super awesome since we had some bad weather), and so many beach toys which the kids loved having to play with. I also loved where the house is located--literally a two minute drive or five minute bike ride from South Beach. Super convenient. And the road is charming. We took the kids to the farm down the road to see the cows and other farm animals and it was just a short walk! Gwenn was a wonderful host--there to answer questions and recommend a couple of restaurants and hiking trails. She's the best. We can't wait to come back! Thanks Gwenn :)

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Being less than a mile from South Beach is a big advantage, an easy bicycle ride is the best or a very short car ride eliminates the need for a long time to get to the beach. Please join us again for your vacation.
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Very beautiful and yet very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The minute you walk into this property you know that it has been taken care of very well. The kitchen has all the amenities that you could ever need. The open floor plan is great for getting the whole family together in one place. Plenty of bedrooms that are decorated very nicely, then amount of games will keep any family busy if you have rainy days or weeks. The amount of beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers beach mats at your disposal is wonderful. You don't even have to bring sand toys Gwenn has enough to keep the smallest child happy digging in the sand. If you are not a beach person you have your choice of about 10 bikes. This was the best house that I have rented, I would recommend this house to anyone wanting a peaceful and beautiful house to kick back in. Gwenn also has a very lovely bottle of wine and pound cake upon arrival.

Thank you so much Gwenn for a wonderful week we will be back next year

Susan lawrence

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are thrilled you had a great vacation. Please come again next year.
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Martha's Vineyard (MVY)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Wharf Pub
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Steamship Authority
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Farm Neck
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
'The Right Fork'
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
South Beach
Car: recommended

A vacation that will take you back to the simple ways of life without forgoing all the modern luxuries this great home has to offer, The Katama Farm and the Katama Airpark are located at the end of the street. Fresh vegetables are available at the farm stand. Downtown Edgartown is 2.5 miles and South Beach is 3/4 of a mile from the house, both are an easy bicycle ride. A walk in the evenings to visit the farm animals is always a treat, some evening you can just walk to the end of the driveway to see the animals. For those looking for adventure, the bi-plane rides are always a thrill.

Other Activities: Kayaking, Biplane sightseeing, Clamming, Carousel rides, Farm Institute, Lighthouses, Gingerbread Cottages. Bird watching, The Spa at the Mansion House for great massages, facials, manicures and pedicures is a 20 minute ride in Vineyard Haven.

Golf: Farm Neck Golf Course is a 10 minute drive from the house.


Rates & Availability

Katama House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016
Sep 17 2016 - Dec 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 4 2016 - May 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 7 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $500

Security Deposit $1,000.00 per stay.
Cleaning fee $500.00 per stay
Rates include all linens, bicycles, beach equipment and baby equipment.
Check in time is 4pm.
Check out time is 9 am.
Please call or e-mail for more information.

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Katama House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower , Dual Shower Heads
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoors - outdoor shower
  • The Master bath has two sinks and dual shower heads. There are sliding tub enclosures on all the tubs and showers. The outdoor shower is enclosed.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 king , Baby crib, full size or portable or Bassinet can be added.
    Upstairs Middle Bedroom - 1 queen , Toddler bed, portable crib or bassinette can be added.
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , Toddler bed, crib, or bassinette can be added.
    Great Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull out Queen size sleep sofa
    The Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull out queen size sleep sofa
    Upstairs End Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Bed rails available for both beds,Crib can be added
  • We have a bassinet, full size crib, a porta crib and a toddler bed that can be set up in any of the bedrooms. I also have side rails that can be used on any of the beds for a toddler. Upstairs End Bedroom: Twins can be converted to a King, (prior to arrival.)
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Shed
  • Small Cooler
  • Yard
  • 10 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The kitchen has a 5 ring glass cook top. The kitchen is extremely well stocked with small appliances, as well as paper supplies, spices, oils, vinegars etc. We also have baby/toddler equipment. Babysitting is available at extra cost to guest. Daily cleaning and weekly linen changes are available at extra cost to guest.

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