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Stunning Victorian across from Inkwell Beach. Steps to town, ferry. Porch & Lawn

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Inkwell Beach 100 Steps, Waterviews, Big porch, Side Lawn & Outdoor Dining Area

Old vineyard classic full of authentic/rustic cottage charm in perfect location 100 steps to famous inkwell beach.. House has original Victorian cathedral windows, doors and decor. Major renovation in 2016 brings new kitchen, new laundry room and two new bathrooms. Side deck connecting kitchen to outdoor dining area, landscaped lawn and lighted outdoor dining area added in 2016. Perfect in-town location - rare to find an original historic classic that is completely renovated AND across from beach. One of the original and oldest Carpenter Gothic houses in Oak Bluffs. A friendly beach loving neighborhood, great for families that want to spend their days at the beach and communing on the porch/lawn. The porch has ocean/inkwell beach views and outdoor seating - outdoor breakfast nook (4), rocking chairs (2), wicker sofa (2) and wicker chairs (3). The main beach cottage has 5 bedrooms and comfortably sleeps 10 people.

Great family compound possible with a newly constructed 2 story and 2 bedroom guest house being constructed in 2017-2018. Guest cottage available to rent has additional 2 bedrooms. Properties sit on two separate lots and is connected with private side lawn is perfect for family and friends to gather, grill and play. Contact us for information on the guest house. Wedding/events please contact us in advance.

More about the neighborhood...

The renowned inkwell beach is steps away with the charming oak bluffs harbor, ferry and quaint main street (restaurants, shopping) just a 5-6 minute stroll way. The house is on a quiet street in a central location with newly rebuilt Niantic park tennis courts, new playground and basketball courts right down the street. The Big Park (Waban Park) is right behind the house perfect for flying kites on the ocean breeze or kicking around a soccer/football. The spacious house has 5 bedrooms with high speed internet, DVD and Cable TV.

More about the guest house

For larger parties, there is a guest cottage on the property next door available for rental with a separate high-speed wi-fi, shower, kitchen, laundry and outdoor seating and small families who want all the comforts of home in petite victorian retreat. (New construction 2017-2018 underway). Please note if you are planning on hosting an event - yes, we had a wedding here in Summer 2017 - please contact us as an event fee does apply.

Outside Dining & Porch: If your family and friends love living outside and walking back and forth to the beach then look no further. The house is literally 50 steps away from Inkwell beach. We have plenty of lounge areas - our side yard (afternoon sun) includes a large outdoor table (seating for 10) with a large umbrella, lounge chairs, porch breakfast table with morning sun, porch sofa, porch rockers, beach chairs, beach towels and comfy lawn adirondack chairs. The large porch wraps around to allow shade seekers on the porch to easily converse with sunbathers in the garden. There are beds of roses, hydrangeas and rhodendrums to enjoy. In addition, there is a gas grill. In 2016, we have all brand-new appliances in the kitchen include gas stove with electric convection baking oven, extra large double door fridge, extra large washer & dryers. With a brand new on demand hot water heater and new electrical wiring in 2015-2016, everyone can take hot showers while doing laundry and the dishwasher. In addition - TV, DVD and Wi-Fi on the property.

Sleeping Well: While we believe it is the ocean breeze that gives you such a good nights sleep here, we also have high quality mattresses, pillows, blankets and linens in all the bedrooms. In the two master bedrooms, the pillow-top mattress are covered in 600-1000 count cotton sheets for maximum comfort. In addition, each master bedroom has an iPOD/iPHONE *adapters for the new iPhone 6 available* music docking station for those of you who want to hear your favorite tunes while you drift off to sleep or get up early to watch the stunning ocean sunrise.

This is our home and we are happy to invite you to enjoy the house. We ask you to treat this home like your own, with care and appreciation as one of the oldest homes in Oak Bluffs.

More Details

Claudio & Kahina
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian, dutch
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 6, 2018

About Claudio & Kahina

We are a family of four with two young children. I grew up in New England, and the vineyard was always a magical summer place for me. My husband grew up in the mountains of Italy, but once he came to the vineyard, he also fell in love with the island spirit. When we walked into this house, we knew our search for our family summer home was complete. We are pleased to share the laid-back charm the vineyard has to offer with a few select families each year. The Copeland / Inkwell neighborhood has a rich history. It is a friendly neighborhood, with families that have been "summering" for generations. It is a house best suited for families or close groups of friends looking to enjoy a beach holiday with the unique charm of summer vineyard living. A change of pace from busy modern life.

Claudio & Kahina purchased this house in 2011

Why Claudio & Kahina chose Oak Bluffs

We were looking for many years to find a house that had retained it's original charm architecture -- and a place where you could literally smell the ocean. The moment we walked into this house, we knew it was the right place for us. We could feel the warmth of joyful beach days over the generations. We take great pride in keeping the original feel of the place but are happy to make it very comfortable for our family and guests. The kitchen and bathrooms has been completely remodeled in 2016, with all new appliances. All updates were carefully planned with a renowned local architect and approved with the historic commission to ensure a modern update that would respect the original design of the house and the neighborhood. As one of the oldest homes in the district, the house is a living treasure and monument to the seaside charm and the resort days of Victorian New England

The island is a place to refresh, renew and retreat from the modern life and pace of the main land. There are no Starbucks, no chain restaurants, no traffic lights. It reminds us of a slower time when we found the time to connect with each other and the beautiful nature around us. The house has been with only a handful of families since it was built and we consider ourselves proud caretakers of a tradition that will be around for many more generations to come. It is quintessential rustic vineyard cottage living and we hope you love it as much as we do.

What makes this house unique

You can wake up and see/hear the ocean from the master bedroom. The porch is big and welcoming for afternoon chats. The yard big enough for big lunch/BBQ/teatime with your guests. In minutes, walking through the historic district or along the beach, you can fly a kite or get an ice cream or play a game of tennis. The water and sunrise is an important element of the backdrop, as you live your whole day under the blue skies. The location allows for a morning stroll to the harbor along the beach, or a 10K bike ride in between the sand dunes, or a quiet moment to sit on the big rock and watch the ocean horizon. For us, it is the hard to find, perfect in-town location, friendly neighbors and right at the beach. It is quite simply - our favorite place to be.


Oak Bluffs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No open flames, open BBQ, candles, fires on the property. This is a historic wooden home and historic neighborhood.
  • No loud music or noise after 8pm that is audible from the street. Quiet neighborhood in the evenings. Not a good fit for large and loud "party" groups
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bath & Shower - toilet , shower , Upstairs bathroom with a shower
    Downstairs Bath & Shower - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath & shower behind kitchen and laundry room
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Large family size outdoor shower to wash off sand & sports
  • A full bath and shower downstairs. A walk in tiled shower upstairs new in 2016-2016.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Garden Sunrise Bedroom - 1 queen , Delightful cathedral ceilings and ceiling fans
    The Loft Room - 2 twin/ single , In the middle of the house perfect for kids
    Nantucket Park View - 1 queen , Quiet hideaway southern facing back of house with park view
    Master Bedroom w/Balcony - 1 king , Oceanview, walk-in closet, private balcony
    Lower Garden View - 2 twin/ single , Direct garden view, just off the dining area downstairs
  • Main House - 4 Bedrooms upstairs + 1 Bedroom downstairs. The large master bedroom has a King size bed, private balcony, walk in closet with ocean views.The upstairs garden view bedroom has Queen Size Bed, cathedral ceilings, dresser, a full closet and a ceiling fan. The 3rd Loft bedroom upstairs has two single beds suitable for children or single young adults. The 4th bedroom (nantucket park view) upstairs has a queen size bed and is quietly located at the back of the house, with sun all day. The 5th bedroom downstairs has two twin beds, with a ceiling fan and dresser. All bedrooms have in-room air conditioning units. The studio beach cottage (new construction 2017-2018) suitable for up to 4 people for additional rent. The beach studio is on a separate lot, has a private, fenced-in seating area with a gas grill. The house library has a wide selection of children and adult games, books and DVD
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Stunning Victorian across from Inkwell Beach. Steps to town, ferry. Porch & Lawn
average rating of 4.769231 based on 13 reviews

Lovely Victorian Cottage walking distance to The Inkwell beach and shopping

  • 5 of 5

My family first visit to Oak Bluffs On Martha's Vineyard. What a lovely experience all around. Although we arrived way to early for check in, I spoke to the house manager who did her best to accommodate us. When we finally arrived to the house, it was spotless. All we had to do was unpack and go food shopping. The home had such charm unique to the historic Oak Bluffs. We enjoyed the porch every morning as well as the side yard. We took advantage of the beach chairs provided my the owners every opportunity we could. We bought a kite for our 5 year old only to realize that Claudio and Katina already had toys there. One of the conveniences of this home is that if you have elderly parents, there are twin beds with a full bathroom on the first floor. The kitchen appliances are all new and up to date. I can't say enough about our experience or the lovely home. Claudio and Katina answered all our concerns immediately or in a timely fashion. We can now say that MV will be our new family get away every year.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Beautiful home in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this house. We were four adults and four children under 6yo. There was plenty of room for everyone. The house was clean and the kitchen was stocked. We were able to make all our meals home cooked. The yard is lovely and the beach is under one minute walk. The walk to downtown OB is under 10 minutes, and there is a great playground for kids a couple blocks away. Can't say enough about the location.

Again, a beautiful house in a great location. We would happily stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Blissful week

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week in this house. It is fully equipped, clean, and in a perfect location. The TV should be mounted onto the wall. A bike rack..A must is a lock on the downstairs bathroom. Otherwise we had a wonderful stay . Would definitely recommend staying at your home . Thank you

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great location!

  • 4 of 5

Ginger bread house with charm and all amenities .

Loved the yard and the porch.

Thanks again !

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed having you and your guests at the house. Look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Well laid out space for a large family. Beachy Chic

  • 4 of 5

My family has rented this house for the last several years and watched this house go through several renovationa that's transformed the space into a very comfortable spacious and we'll laid out vacation home. The owners have taken great care to make this house feel like a home. Nicely manicured landscape, 2 full bathrooms, outdoor shower and best of all A/C IN EACH BEDROOM! (not many homes in the OB historic district has that luxury). It's certainly appreciated on those really hot nights. We love it, our kids are comfortable and can walk to town r beach without needing us to drive them...another PLUS!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to have you and your family at the house! We look forward to seeing you again next year - it has become a summer tradition to see you every August!
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Spacious, comfortable, convenient!

  • 5 of 5

We spent an early season week here and thoroughly enjoyed it. The location was perfect -- steps from the beach, blocks from town, an easy bike ride to Edgartown, all on a quiet street. All the bedrooms were spacious and comfortable. Beautiful, comfortable front porch! The kitchen and bath were new this year, including high quality applicances. The house was spotless and charming, with thoughtful touches everywhere. The owners were quick to respond to questions and very helpful. My only suggestion: the bedrooms need window shades to keep out the streetlights and sun. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Henry, Thanks so much for your visit and your kind words about the house. We invest a lot of love, energy and time in the house are happy when guests can enjoy their time here. We are looking forward to having you back :) Yes, I am putting blinds in all the upstairs bedroom windows this Fall - great suggestion!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Martha's Vineyard Airport
Nearest Ferry
700 Metres
Woods Hole / Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Car: not necessary

Old Victorian Seaside Charm - Sit on the big porch and gaze at the famous inkwell beach (just steps away!) Wake up in the Master Bedroom (King Size Bed) with direct ocean views from your bed or private balcony. Nestled in the heart of the historic district and just a few minutes walk to town, shops, harbor or the ferry. There are five bedrooms in the Main House with a full bath downstairs, a newly renovated bathroom with tiled shower upstairs, a newly renovated kitchen/laundry room and bathroom. An outdoor shower to wash away a day at the beach. We also have a 2 bedroom cottage next door available for an larger groups which is available for an additional weekly rental fee. The cottage next door is being built in Winter 2017/Spring 2018. Architectural drawings available. The beach bike path starts right at our doorstep - with paddle-boarding, kayaking, clamming all nearby. Two around town bikes available for use (use helmets please!) Just up the street are the neighborhood tennis courts, basketball court and new children's playground. High speed Wi-FI for both properties, as well as extensive book library, DVD and family board games. We welcome you into our home to truly enjoy life at the island pace.

Golf just a few minutes away: Golf the links while overlooking the Nantucket sound. Challenge your swings with the ocean breezes and the incomparable beauty of the the island.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Cleaning & Linens $350

*Special friends and family discount/rates for guests who have stayed with us before, or have excellent rental references in the neighborhood. Notice: Brand new construction complete MAY 2018. NEW Victorian Beach Cottage (2 Story, 2 Balconies, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4) will be available Summer 2018 next door to main house for larger groups. Please ask for availability and rates if you are interested in renting both properties. No events to be held at the house without prior written permission. We will include house bedding, bath and beach towels for a standard weekly linen/laundry fee of $250. We have a laid back beach vibe in this neighborhood and would love to welcome guests looking for a classic friendly vineyard beach vacation.

Owner'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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