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Deep Bottom Cove Camp: sparkling, quiet, on Tisbury Great Pond by South Beach

Bedrooms 4
Space 760 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

1926 hunting camp in perfect shape - overwhelmingly tranquil & lovely

The property is located on gentle bluff looking west towards excellent sunsets across Deep Bottom Cove. With 1000' feet of private cove beach, swim, sail, sun, paddle, row or just enjoy the natural stillness and swing in the hammocks. You have 5.7 acres and Long Point Wildlife Refuge is near and accessible. Use any of the boats to sail, kayak, and/or canoe across Tisbury Great Pond to South Beach to catch the waves. Fall asleep with the sound of the ocean.

The property includes a detached studio, shed, and charming 1926 duck-hunting camp with 360' expanse of windows with dutch doors in each room. The camp sleeps 4 and has a cozy brick wood-fireplace for rainy days and reading. The one-room studio in woods has a cove view from its double bed, and a loft. Experience electricity-free living, with candles, oil, solar & battery lamps. Propane gas stove and refrigerator, plus pitcher hand pump drawing fresh well water in the kitchen. Surface-level privy in the shed, and camp-style showers get warm in the sun. Outdoor furniture and 2 picnic tables seat 16 and there is a charcoal grill. Please look at the pictures for more details.


Additional Info about the House Rules:

-Pets: Dogs only. Requires discussion with property manager. Please consider whether your dog can be left in a strange place without pawing and thus destroying the screen doors trying to get out, and without scratching, chewing, biting or otherwise injuring furniture and wooden walls.

-Children: This is camping in a lovely old wooden hunting camp with lots of windows and doors, fresh air in beautiful surroundings. If your children have enjoyed or would enjoy camping, this is a great place for them. If they expect TV or internet or lights that turn on with a switch, this is not for them.There are children's books and toys for various ages, as well as a selection games for families and adults.

More Details

Property Manager
Felicity Russell
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, Spanish is spoken by both our sons
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 2, 2017

About Felicity Russell

I am the youngest of five children who summered on the island with our parents.

During 33 of the last 37 years, my husband and I lived and worked in Northern California, another beautiful part of this country. When we retired we moved here.

Felicity Russell purchased this cottage in 1965

Why Felicity Russell chose West Tisbury

My husband and I were able to keep my parent's camp in the family, and our own sons have come here every year, and still do (now aged 28 and 31).

Because we all love this place, when my husband and I retired, we drove the northern route across country (boy, is that spectacular!) and moved to Martha's Vineyard. We have just finished building our winter house on the same property, about 400 feet to the north of the camp, through the woods.

What makes this cottage unique

The camp is an out-of-time experience. Everything slows down when you get there. There is no busy-busy mind.

I thought I felt this way because my parents brought me here, and that my husband and sons feel this way because of our experiences together, but yesterday an interior designer (for the new house) and a real estate agent took a look, and each gave a deep sigh of contentment as they came around to the cove side of the camp. Both commented about how relaxed they suddenly felt. You can't (and don't want to) do anything in a rush at the camp.

To get water, you must pump; to get light you must fill lamps, light candles and lamps, remember to put the solar chargers out facing east in the morning or west in the afternoon; to get to the ocean you can drive to Trustees of Reservation if you must, but if you want to go to the private Atlantic beach, you must paddle or row or sail, depending on your own strength and patience and the winds. To dry clothes (if you don't insist on going to the Airport Laundramat) you have to let the wind dry them.

The result is great tranquility and serene enjoyment of a changing parade of perfumed air (first lilac, then roses, always salt, sometimes fog, rich grass, autumn leaves, crisp autumn, ....) in a place that seems to hold you and all life in gentle hug.

I don't know how best to explain it, but I've never known any other place like it; our returning renters feel the same.


West Tisbury Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 760 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • NO BATHROOM. Please understand that water is pumped by hand in the kitchen for tooth brushing, and warmed on the stove for face washing, or pumped into camping showers and warmed in the sun for outdoor showers at the end of a day of beach, sun, sailing and swimming. There is a surface-level privy; renters must be oriented by owners for its proper use.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , This is main room with 2 single day beds, 3 doors to outside
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , window + door to outside; for fall, chimney is back wall
    Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single , 3 windows & door to the outside
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 75' from main cabin, 5 windows, 2 doors, bed view cove/ocean
  • Occupancy is 4 maximum for adults. Children can be in the other beds. Note that Bedroom #4 is detached, about 75 feet from the main camp. The main camp is 440 square feet, the detached bedroom is 320 square feet.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Away from It All and Live in Another Century are the themes. Enjoy tranquility could be the motto.


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(7 traveler reviews)

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Deep Bottom Cove Camp: sparkling, quiet, on Tisbury Great Pond by South Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

This is my favorite place in the world.

  • 5 of 5

This darling little house is well equipped to sleep four (single beds) with views from every window, and 6 doors to the outside. The remote bedroom has a sliding glass door 4 feet from the foot of the bed that looks across the cove and Great Pond to the ocean. 2 hammocks, 2 picnic tables, many outdoor chairs, many kayaks, a sailboat, a sandy shore, sunsets, beach plums at this time of year, blueberries on the bush next to the driveway, quiet, quiet, quiet. No electronic lights, no sounds from the refrigerator ice machine, just wind in the leaves. I'm told this time of year there are usually phosphorescent jellies but I didn't kick along the shore or go kayaking at night, so I did not see them. Next time.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great peaceful setting.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin had a beautiful view and was in a nice wooded area away from the hussle and bustle, just what I needed.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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True magic!

  • 5 of 5

This property is magical. You will not regret renting this amazing place, where you will find a peaceful break from the rest of the world and enjoy amazing sunsets over Tisbury Pond.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Any concerns washed away the moment we arrived! Truly a gem we want to keep secret :)

  • 5 of 5

We first planned to stay for 2 weeks, but we had cold feet and eventually decided on just 1 week. For preparations, we purchased battery operated everything - but it was all for 'naught! The owners have been coming here for years and have thought of every detail you can imagine!

Felicity makes sure to speak to each renter before committing, explaining the near outhouse bathroom (not nearly as bad as it might sound, though admittedly easier for men then women!) , use of handpump for water ( we had to use bottled water for drinking, provided by the owners) , and to make sure renters have a vehicle sufficient to make the long trek down dirt roads (our Subaru Outback was fine).

We chose to sleep in the separate bedroom, but there are also 2 twin rooms, as well as 2 day beds in the main room.( the 2 rooms with a twin bed each was not clear to me from the original description. My husband and I each took one as our own for our belongings). We had beautiful sunsets every single night!

One thing I would recommend is to bring your own water shoes (the extras in the shed were mostly men's large it seems). The beach is BEAUTIFUL for walking, kayaking, and sitting, but the bottom is more mucky than sand.

This is not the place for people who plan to be out partying on Circuit Ave every night. But if you want a beautiful, private location to get away, do art or writing, walking and boating, this is ideal. We definitely hope to come back next summer. For two weeks this time.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful review. I am particularly happy that you highlighted THE DRAWBACKS, as I really don't want to ever get any renters who are unhappy in the place I love best. As for the water shoes, you make me feel like Big Foot; several of the existing pairs are too small for me. But guests can only be absolutely sure of the sizing if they bring their own. I'm glad this was good for you. Felicity
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  • 5 of 5

I'm hesitant to write how magical the property is because I would like to keep it for myself but if you're looking for a slice of heaven on the Vineyard look no further.

As your wonderful hostess will tell you when she shows you around the property:

"It has all the modern conveniences of ..... 1929." And she is right and you couldn't ask for anything more. How soon you will forget how unnecessary electricity and plumbing is.

The cottage itself it wonderfully charming and the spot on Deep Bottom Pond is beautiful.

All your water sporting needs are right there.

Who needs the hustle and bustle of the rest of the island. Paddle out to Long Beach, enjoy the pristine beach, come home, cook yourself a delicious meal and read by candlelight. Life gets no better than this.

I'm just sad to be back home.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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a gem!

  • 5 of 5

This summer was our fifth stay at this rustic cabin, and we love it. Because it is rustic -- without electricity or running water, you really do feel like you've gotten away from your own life -- and stepped into another place and time. So there's a feeling of simplicity, but really no sacrifice -- the cabin has everything you need for a comfortable week -- the owners have thought of everything! I highly recommend this place in every way.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Martha's Vineyard
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Multiple, Edgartown & Oak Bluffs
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Steamship Authority, Vineyard Haven
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
4, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
2 = Airport Coffee Shop & Flatbread
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
Deep Bottom Cove shore
Car: necessary

The camp is 1.7 miles down a dirt road on the shore of a cove. Its immediate attractions are its peacefulness and long (> 1,000 feet) cove beach, Tisbury Great Pond and the Atlantic Ocean; it is also within walking, canoeing, kayaking, biking or sailing distance of Long Point Reservation, part of the Trustees of Reservation. A canoe, sailboat and 2 kayaks are included with the rental. And you can swim, float, paddle, row, sail, fish or clam outside your back door.

All the other attractions (golf, surf casting, sound fishing, tennis, Polly Hill Arboretum, Gay Head/Aquinnah Cliffs, the Flying Horses carousel (oldest continuously operating merry-go-round in North America), going to restaurants or bars or theater or films or Martha's Vineyard's many many cultural events) require driving out to the main road and then to on one the six distinctive island towns. None of these attractions are more than 15 miles from the camp; all the down island attractions (Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs) are within 6 to 11 miles on good rural roads, as this part of West Tisbury is pretty much bang in the center of Martha's Vineyard island.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $200

No reservation will be accepted without a phone conversation with the homeowner. Be sure to give your contact information when you ask about the property. Rates are subject to change until confirmation of the booking.
BOOK THURSDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, if possible. This is so you have a chance of getting a ferry reservation. You are responsible for getting your own automobile reservations, unless you have contracted to rent a car for the duration of your stay on the island.
The $200 "damage" deposit is actually a cleaning deposit. If our housekeeper does not have to stay extra time because of the condition in which you leave the camp, the $200 deposit will be returned within 7 days of your vacating the camp. The true damage coverage is the required insurance, costing $59.
Further property description:
This property is an unmodified (but exceptionally well maintained) 1926 duck hunting camp. It has no electricity but has coverage by AT&T and Verizon mobile networks. It has no plumbing but has a hand-operated pitcher water pump in the kitchen for drinking, cooking, and washing and a suface-level privy in a separate structure. To shower, guests pump water into the camping shower bag and place it in the sun to warm, limiting the outdoor showers to afternoon or evening after sailing, swimming, hiking, etc. The camp has a propane stove, oven, and propane refrigerator and is lit at night by oil lamps, candles, and solar lamps. It offers beauty, pond shore line, tranquility, ocean access via boats supplied by the owner (kayaks, canoe, sailboat). If these are not conditions you yearn for, please do not make an inquiry about this property.
PET POLICY: Exceptionally well behaved dogs may be permitted at the discretion of the homeowner; no other pets permitted ever.

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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