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The Balsams at West Island

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage


About the property


Welcome to The Balsams, a delightful family home for decades, has undergone some wonderful updates. There is a full kitchen, washer and dryer, air-conditioning, cable TV and WiFi. There are are two sitting rooms, a computer nook, and two bedrooms. A wonderful covered porch is perfect for getting out of the sun or enjoying the outdoors on a misty day.

Two bedrooms, one with Queen bed the other with two twin beds are on opposite sides of the home. Additional sleeping can be found on the full-sized sofa.

Additional amenities include TV and high-speed wireless internet access. We also have a variety of games and books for your enjoyment.


A little information about the area:

West Island is one of the South Coast's best kept secrets. Located in Buzzard's bay, this small residential-only Island offers the visitor and resident peace and quiet or access to any number of action-packed pursuits.

Over half the island is State Conservation land offering many nature trails, wildlife viewing and truly impressive vistas. There are several choices for ocean access; the protected water (bayside) beach or the Buzzard's Bay beach (voted the #3 town beach in all of New England).

Originally farmland, the past two centuries have seen West Island gradually change to a vacation destination for locals who know what a gem they have so close to home. It is not uncommon to meet others during your stay who have been vacationing here for decades or who's family has owned the same home for nearly a century.

While maintaining its charm, West Island has also kept pace with technology. City Water and Sewer, high-speed internet, satellite television are just some of the amenities you will find while on our island.

Within 4 miles you will find two large supermarket chains, department stores as well as other well-known chain establishments. West Island is a mere 60 minutes from Boston, 45 minutes from Newport and under half an hour from the Bourne or Sagamore bridges.

More Details

Property Manager
Tim Evans
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017



Fairhaven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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The Balsams at West Island
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 6 reviews

Needs thorough and deep cleaning.

  • 2 of 5

First impression on entering was, "This smells bad." We cleaned the refrigerator, microwave and any dishes or utensils before using them. Towels smelled, so we washed them as well. We also cleaned a heavy deposit from the toilet. Some furnishings were not as shown in the photos. The washer and dryer worked but not well. (Dryer did not shut off when clothes were dry.) The building and layout would have been wonderful if it had been clean. Very quiet and peaceful setting with convenient beaches and bikes and water toys in the garage.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome West Island cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was great. Had everything we needed. Very comfortable and cozy. Would definitely stay again. Great location and surprisingly enough, the weather cooperated. We had a fabulous two week stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Balsams

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful week we had at The Balsams! I would highly recommend this rental property. This is a very comfortable house for our family of four, consisting of two young boys, ages 9 and 2. It is in a great location, a very nice area for long walks and bike rides. This house is fully stocked with any kitchen/house supply you might need and more! There are even two nice bicycles in the garage ready for your use. The managers are fantastic; they definitely took great care of us with wonderful customer service! Would highly recommend dinner at Turks Seafood for some fabulous sushi and a trip to Water Wizz if you have kids or are just a kid at heart! We will definitely be back soon :)

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Acton, MA

Cozy Island Cottage

  • 4 of 5

On a whim, and with a week of vacation, I decide to try West Island. It is a quiet and tranquil community and perfect for a low-key get-away. The cottage was centrally located so that I was steps from swimming in the ocean, a 5 minute bike ride from the beautiful and calm West Island beach, and a 2 minute ride to Earl's Marina, where I kept my boat, and where I also found some unique and entertaining nightlife.

The cottage itself has everything you need and is wonderfully comfortable. My favorite place to hang out was on the side porch, where I could enjoy the pleasant ocean breeze. In the end, I did not give this rental 5 stars because during my week stay construction was going on next door, which detracted from the overall experience. However, I would definitely consider renting the same spot again.

Give the Balsams at West Island a try. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Easton, PA

Awesome Summer Rental

  • 5 of 5

This house was immaculate and stocked with everything you could ever need! Comfortable and close to the beach, this rental was a wonderful choice for myself and my two children. Lots of room and all the advantages of home, I would rent this house again next summer. The person in charge of the property was wonderful to deal with, a great resource to the area and responded quickly to any question. All is all a wonderful experience worth repeating.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review of the Balsams. We are delighted you found the home to be comfortable and suitable for your family. We wish you a pleasant autumn and hope to see you again next year.
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Burlington, Vermont

Wonderful week on West Island

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at the Balsams and on West Island! The house was very warm and comfortable (we felt instantly at home), and was a great blend of the original cottage with an updated new addition (the original space with the knotty pine paneling brought back great memories of a cottage our family had on the Connecticut shore in the 1960's and 1970's). The floor plan was perfect for our family of four and little dog, and we loved the covered porch! The house was well appointed - there wasn't anything that we needed that wasn't there for us already - and we really appreciated the air conditioning, wifi service, and high definition cable TV, as we were there during the 2012 Summer Olympics :-) We also very much appreciate the great communication and customer service throughout our booking and stay. We really enjoyed our stay, and are planning a return visit to West Island. Thanks very much for a truly wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you had a good vacation here on West Island at the Balsams. We hope to be able to host you again if your travels bring you back to West Island. Enjoy the remainder of your year.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Cleaning $100

If you wish to book multiple weeks, send an inquiry and we will send you a modified quote. 10% discount for two or more weeks, 15% discount for 4 or more weeks. If you must cancel, please do so 60 days prior to scheduled arrival. Initial deposit is not refundable, but you will be eligible for a refund of your damage waiver and will not be responsible for any further payments.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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