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Spacious Estate with pool, min. to Singing Beach

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautifully landscaped, 1790's large colonial, modern kitchen, quiet

Looking for the perfect summer family vacation home with a pool near the ocean? Lovely large home (approximately 7000 square feet) set on 4 private acres with a swimming pool and gazebo- beautifully landscaped lawns, trees and flowers in quaint New England seaside town. The charm of a historic house which has been updated for modern ease. Fully furnished with four bedrooms. The master bedroom suite is self enclosed and has two fireplaces, a king bed, dressing room and bath. The second bedroom has a king bed and fireplace. The third bedroom has a queen bed overlooking the grounds and gazebo. The fourth has a full size bed and also overlooks the gazebo. Three upstairs bathrooms. One full and one half bath downstairs. The second floor is accessible by elevator and stairs.

Downstairs- A large eat-in country kitchen with a window seat. The living room is large, light and cheerful with down-filled sofas and chairs and a fireplace. The family room has a large flat screen TV, games, books and a desk area. The formal dining room has a fireplace and seats 12.

Beautiful large pool and pool area with gardens, available Memorial Day-Labor Day. Exclusive pool use for an extra $1275 per week. Or share the pool by the week with the owner's who reside next door on their 3.5 acres adjacent property for an additional $100 per week per person

Washer/dryer. Wireless internet and cable t.v. Outdoor grill and seating area. Permits for Singing Beach available ($50 per week). Beach chairs and umbrella provided. Cranes beach is also nearby.

Available for rental by week or longer term. Check calendar for rates which vary by season and number of guests. The commuter rail runs through Manchester providing easy access into Boston.

The house is ideally situated for out-of-town Essex County Club members- tennis in your back yard, walk home from dinners on the deck.

More Details

Mary Minott
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 7, 2018

About Mary Minott

Mary Minott has worked for the Brookline Public Health Department for the past 18 years. Married to Owen Minott, an administrator for the Brookline Public School system, they have two grown children, a golden retriever and a rescue dog. Favorite activities include early morning runs on Cranes Beach and afternoon walks around black and white beach with our dogs. Our family also enjoys kayaking up the Essex river to the back side of Crane's beach, and paddle boarding off Manchester town docks.

Mary Minott purchased this house in 1965

Why Mary Minott chose Manchester-by-the-Sea

This property is perfect for enjoying the ocean and nature. With 7, 000 square feet and four landscaped acres, the home is both spacious and private. Some of the most beautiful beaches in New England are close by.

Manchester is in the heart of Cape Ann, the more relaxed, less harried Cape. Cape Ann's beauty is recognized by many of America's best painters who chose to paint here including Winslow Homer, Milton Avery and Edward Hopper. The area still has a thriving artist community and art galleries. Some of the best seafood in the U.S comes from here. Local farms and farm stands are minutes from the house. Excellent restaurants are close by.

Manchester has a superb public school system, excellent library, tennis and basketball courts.

We are just over 30 minutes outside of Boston with its rich cultural heritage and its first class arts institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts. Boston is also easily accessible by train from Manchester Center.

Boston is just 3 and 1/2 hours from New York by Acela. You can avoid traffic and get to our house from New York for less time than it would take you to get to Montauk on a busy weekend. Once here, you can truly relax with life in a beautiful seaside town.

What makes this house unique

This historic home was built in 1790 and has the charm and details of a historic colonial home including 6 fireplaces with carved wood mantels including one with sailing ships, fitting to this seaside town. Our home has been updated with modern conveniences- the kitchen has top-of-the line appliances including a sub-zero refrigerator and granite counter tops. A unique blend of the charm of the old and the ease and convenience of the new. Many of the sofa's and chairs are down filled and the recliner is leather- comfort is yours!

The house's four acres have gorgeous gardens, lovely trees and large lawns for kids to play on. The large, established trees provide for shade and cool breezes throughout the summer. Many birds live on the property - from hummingbirds to a pair of wild turkeys with their young.


Manchester-by-the-Sea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please furnish names of all occupants for house lease needed to acquire beach permit.
  • Payment: echeck or check if possible
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , master bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , middle upstairs bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , upstairs back hall
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , downstairs off living room
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , downstairs back hall
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom suite with dressing room and full bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Large bedroom with with king size bed and fireplace
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Lovely french windows overlooking gardens and gazebo
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , smaller bedroom overlooking garden and gazebo. Sleeps 1-2
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Beautiful, historic home in ideal setting

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property for a family vacation. The house is elegant, comfortable, and filled with books. Each bedroom is distinctive and attractive, the living areas are charming, and the kitchen is perfect for gathering and cooking big meals. Manchester-by-the-Sea is an easy walk from the house and it was our favorite town in the area. Our family of six all enjoyed the town library, wonderful bookstore, harbor, sandy beach, and good restaurants. Dana made sure we knew she was available if we needed anything at all.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great North Shore Option

  • 5 of 5

From a stone's throw away (literally) from the renowned Essex County Club to the 2 minute drive to Singing Beach, this historically significant estate is a spectacular, serene and secluded gem. Owners are always available and super accommodating (even to the point of picking up fresh fish for us while they shopped for their own at the local market--wonderfully thoughtful). Great place for kids and extended family getaways. Nowhere up and down the North Shore is more than 30 minutes away (Newburyport, Lockport, Gloucester, etc.)--all very easily accessed via freeways. Downtown Boston, even in heavy traffic, is no more than a 40 minute drive away. Daily trips into Boston were very easy and stress-free.

We had a great time exploring the local Manchester-by-the-sea scenes: Captain Dusty's Ice Cream (a must), Manchester-by-the-book (a must for any bookworm--great local used bookstore), Singing Sand beach (highly recommend purchasing the local "resident" weekly parking and beach pass for $50--well worth it instead of the daily fee (purchase from City Hall (2 min drive from the house) during city office hours for the application and purchase--takes no more than 5 minutes).

Overall, Dana and Mary are wonderful hosts, extremely knowledgeable about the local customs and things to do, and wonderfully accommodating to your every need and expectation.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Chad for your great review! It was a pleasure meeting you, Natalie, your sons and Natalie’s parents. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and we hope you will visit again next year!
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A great old stately home in an ideal location in the best town on the North Shore

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay immensely because the house had everything one would need for gracious living .The location to surrounding towns is also ideal because the easy access to 128. We will stay again when we head back to the north shore.The owners could not have been more nice in attending to our every need. Wonderful spot....

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Peter, Thank you for your lovely review. We hope you and your charming family will visit again next summer- you were great guests! Best Dana
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Fantastic property and owners!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I were honored to stay at this property for 6 weeks while relocating to the area. (We're a family of five with three small children and a golden retriever). Needless to say, we got to know the property, and it's owners, quite well! We would highly recommend this property for families looking to stay in the Manchester area (no brainer for National Members of Essex County Club). The home exudes a distinct charm and "family" feel. The grounds are fantastic and well groomed. We honestly can't say enough great things about our stay, the property, and the owners. Their care, attention and responsiveness made our stay all the more special.

You'll love this property and the owners will certainly make you feel right at home!

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved every minute of our stay

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for anything more wonderful. Lovely old home elegantly decorated yet completely comfortable. Our hosts were gracious and most accommodating; we hated to leave.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure to meet you and you were a great guest! Please come back again.
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Regal House, Excellent Location

  • 5 of 5

I had a great time staying in this tasteful house. When I was in the house, it was spacious and organized, but I spent most of my time either on the beach or relaxing on the lawns. The beach was a bike ride away, and was quiet and clean. While I was visiting, there was a charming fair, which was nice to drop in on. Overall, a great spot to vacation, as long as you don't mind unwinding for a couple of days.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Landing
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Foreign Affairs,
Nearest Beach
1.6 Miles
Singing Beach
Car: necessary

Situated between two of New England's most beautiful beaches- Singing Beach and Crane's Beach. Enjoy paddle boarding around Manchester-by-the Sea harbor and outer islands, boards available in the center of town, or try the scenic bike route around Cape Ann, out to Halibut Point State Park.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee per week $150
Property Damage Protection $99
Refundable damage deposit $750

The cleaning fee listed on the web site is based on a one week stay. There is an additional cleaning fee of $150 for each additional or partial week. For stays of more than week, renters are responsible for washing their own sheets and towels after the first week.

Memorial Day through Labor Day there is an option of sharing a pool with the adjoining carriage house (on it's own 3.5 acres) for an additional $70 per week ($10 per day) per person. Or exclusive pool use for an extra $1000 per week for up to 6 people and an additional $70 per week ($70 per day) for each additional person.

Anyone not in reservation party cannot stay overnight without prior authorization.

Check in time is 4:00 p.m. Check out time is 10:00 am.

No parties are allowed without explicit consent of the owners.

The school year: Post Labor Day- memorial day, we prefer at least a 3 month rental. After September the monthly rate is $4000 plus utilities and cleaning (see above).

If paying by credit card, please include an extra 2.75%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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