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Historic Estate with Sweeping, Ocean Views, Beautiful Gardens, and Private Beach

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms6
Half Baths1
Space 7,800 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

7 Bedrooms, 6-1/2 Baths with private ocean, garden, and forest views.

There are few destinations that afford sweeping ocean views, a sandy, privately owned association beach, formal gardens and a sense of privacy like Grafton.

This historic estate offers a rare blend of luxury and relaxation. The formal gardens are classically designed and meticulously maintained, inviting a stroll through the arbor that arouses the senses and rejuvenates the soul.

With seven unique bedrooms and six and a half baths, Grafton affords beautiful coastal, garden and woodland views from every room. From the formal living and dining rooms, family room/library, breakfast room, and two outdoor terraces at the house, to the ocean terrace, expansive manicured lawns and gardens, and a beautiful walk to the private beach, you’re sure to find a space to complement any moment of your day. Whether you seek quiet solace or a unique location to celebrate a family event, the exclusive views from Grafton make any occasion special and memorable.

Events at Grafton: The maximum number of guests at any event is 30, including 12 overnight guests. Tents are not allowed on the grounds.

BEDROOM CONFIGURATIONS

King Master Bedroom – 1 King Bed

Trundle Bedroom – 1 Trundle Bed-sleeps 2 (adjoins King Master Bedroom)

Twin Bedroom – 2 Twin Beds

Green Guest Room – 1 King or 2 Twins

Yellow Guest Room – 1 Queen Bed

Twin Bedrooms (2) – 1 Twin Bed Each

A fully appointed kitchen and adjacent pantry kitchen make it easy for you to plan and execute a simple breakfast or a celebration feast for your family.

More Details

Property Manager
Bruce Warren
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 15, 2017

About Bruce Warren

Our family rented the estate for several years from the prior owners. When it went up for sale, we purchased it as our family home, and raised our children here.

Bruce Warren purchased this estate in 1962

Why Bruce Warren chose Manchester-by-the-Sea

The family maintains this property for both visitor and personal use as it is the home we grew up in and return to several times a year. The beach, gardens, and privacy make Grafton a unique and memorable destination.

What makes this estate unique

Pictures will do a better job describing the benefits of the property. The views from every window are unique to Grafton, and are especially dramatic from any room on the ocean and garden side of the home.

EVENTS AT GRAFTON: The maximum number of guests at any event is 30, including 12 overnight guests. Tents are not allowed on the grounds.

Amenities

Manchester-by-the-Sea Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 7800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , En-suite
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , En-suite
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , En-suite
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 1 - Main Level - toilet , shower , Walk in shower
    Bathroom 7 - Main Level - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • In addition to the en-suite and shared baths upstairs, the main level includes a bath with walk in shower. There is a separate powder room as well.
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • The Yellow Room - 1 queen , En-suite bath.
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Adjoins the Trundle Bedroom, en-suite bath.
    The Green Room - 1 king , Can be converted to two twin beds, en-suite bath
    Bedroom 7 - 2 twin/ single , Bath located across the hall.
    The Twin Rooms #1 - 1 twin/ single , The Twin Rooms have a shared bath.
    The Twin Rooms #2 - 1 twin/ single , The Twin Rooms have a shared bath.
    Trundle Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Adjoins the Master Bedroom, sleeps 2 with pullout
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The house will be professionally cleaned prior to your arrival, and upon departure. Mid-stay housekeeping is available upon request. Please ask us for a quote.

Reviews

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Historic Estate with Sweeping, Ocean Views, Beautiful Gardens, and Private Beach
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5

Perfect thanksgiving spot for all ages !

  • 5 of 5

Amazing property complete with gorgeous beach and lawns . We had a great huge 3 family Thanksgiving . Kids played soccer, we sat by roaring fires and enjoyed many walks on beach . Bruce was so helpful and restocked our firewood promptly:) when we asked .

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed Grafton with your family! It was a pleasure to have you and your family as guests!
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5

Stunning location, gracious home, beautiful garden

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful place. The house is gracious, charming and secluded. The garden is spectacular and the beach access is wonderful. I cannot recommend it highly enough. We will definitely return for another perfect summer's sojourn. Martin and Nicola

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you were able to enjoy Grafton. Thanks for sharing! Bruce
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5

A great house, and a great property.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Grafton was better than we hoped it would be. The house is very comfortable, the grounds are spectacular, and the beach is great. We will be back. GH

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you were able to enjoy and celebrate at Grafton. We'll look forward to seeing you again!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Boston Logan International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Cala's Restaurant, Manchester
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Gloucester, MA
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Bass Rocks Golf Club, Gloucester, MA
Nearest Train
1.7 Miles
Manchester, MA MBTA
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 128
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Cala's Restaurant
Nearest Beach
On property
Car: necessary

EVENTS AT GRAFTON

The maximum number of guests at any event is 30, including 12 overnight guests. Tents are not allowed on the grounds.

ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATIONS

With seven unique bedrooms and six and a half baths, Grafton affords beautiful coastal, garden and woodland views from every room. From the formal living and dining rooms, family room, library, breakfast room, and two outdoor terraces at the house, to the ocean terrace, expansive manicured lawns and gardens, and a beautiful walk to the private association beach, you’re sure to find a space to compliment any moment of your day. Whether you seek quiet solace or a unique location to celebrate a family event, the exclusive views from Grafton make any moment special and memorable.

Once you arrive at Grafton, you might find it difficult to venture away. Should you decide to immerse yourself in the charm of Cape Ann, the beauty the of the North Shore, the unique neighborhoods of Boston, and the history of New England, they are only a short drive from your home.

If you do choose to explore away from Grafton scroll down to read about local attractions.

LOCATION AND ATTRACTIONS

Located in the small coastal town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, you are minutes away from unique local shops, award winning restaurants and artisan galleries. Explore the vast antique shops of neighboring Essex, the historic seaport of Gloucester, and the art colonies of Rockport. Then return to Grafton where you can reflect on your experiences and show off the spoils of your stroll down Bearskin Neck.

World-class theater can be found locally at The Shalin Liu Performance Center and North Shore Music Theater. In Boston, the Theater District is alive with Broadway shows, concerts and performing arts from around the world.

DINING

Many Cape Ann restaurants feature locally sourced seafood and seasonal produce. From casual dining to formal catered affairs, it’s easy to custom design your culinary experience. Grafton offers a fully appointed kitchen for those who prefer to self-cater. We encourage you to explore the seasonal local farmers markets. Or better yet discover a local, private chef and bring a personal restaurant experience to Grafton.

GETTING AROUND CAPE ANN AND GREATER BOSTON

Traveling by car to all that Cape Ann has to offer is the best way to enjoy the area. If you are visiting the city of Boston and choose not to drive, there is a commuter rail station (The T) with limited free parking in Manchester (5 minute drive).

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Departure Cleaning Fee $500
Property Damage Protection $99

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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