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Elegant And Expansive Victorian Home -- Weekly Summer, Thanksgiving or Christmas

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 4,800 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

Waterview, 6 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths, Private Estate Setting NO WEDDINGS

Front house sleeps 12. Bdrm 1 & 2 kings, bdrm 3 queen, bdrm 4, 5 & 6 two twins each. Laundry room, dishwasher, grill, two private beaches and tennis courts overlooking Ipswich bay. Sheets, bath and beach towels provided. 2 kayaks available for tenant use.

The main house is also available for rental over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday weeks. See additional information about rental rates below.

Winter rental available.

Polly Rutherford
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

Why Polly Rutherford chose Gloucester

This home was built in 1866 by General Benjamin Franklin Butler as his summer residence. It is still owned by his descendants and is now available for rent.

What makes this estate unique

With 14 ft ceilings throughout, the main ballroom/living room in this home overlooks the sea and boasts 11 sets of french doors which open out onto to a wraparound front porch with sweeping views of Ipswich bay. Original woodwork throughout. Fireplaces in both the living and dining rooms. We think this is the most relaxing place on earth. You'll never want to leave. The Main house sleeps 12. The Maid's quarters (separate charge) sleeps 3-4. Bdrm 1 king, bdrm 2 two twins. Full bath and outdoor shower.


Gloucester Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Do not leave any food in the refrigerator at the end of your stay, and be sure to dispose of any trash and recycling.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
  • The main house sleeps up to 12 people. There is also another unit called the maid's quarters which sleeps 3 to 4 people and is an additional cost.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • 9 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
The Homestead is NOT available for weddings or receptions.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Elegant, Lovely, Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I live just on the other side of Cape Ann and rented this lovely home for her special birthday week. The surroundings were so sweet and beautiful, our friends that stayed over were thoroughly charmed with some of the best surroundings the Cape has to offer. The day it rained, we spent in the grand room, in front of the fireplace (hardwood provided), reading and listening to the tall clock and drinking in the light. The late afternoon light on this coast is something not to be missed. We hope to stay there again. - Great communication with the owners all went flawlessly.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This home is for made for making family memories together!

  • 5 of 5

The view of the ocean is breathtaking and the sunsets you'll see will be ones that stay with you forever. Our family takes 1 week a summer to vacation together and relax....we are able to have cookouts, play tennis, kayak, have lawn games, enjoy the beach and never leave the property! The porch is such a great sitting can sit in the sun, shade or sit out of the wind - a wonderful spot to catch up with family (ours range from 83 yrs down to 2). We rent both homes so have 8 bedrooms. We will be returning for our 5th year in '16. You can enjoy shopping in both Gloucester center and the quaint town of nearby Rockport. Halibut Point Reservation is also a wonderful spot to walk, view the ocean and picnic. You'll find all the kitchen utilities you'll need (pots, pans, dishes, coffee makers, etc.). History and charm are what makes an old home ... this home has it all - together with creaking floor boards! If a large kitchen is important to you, this one is small but adequate and gets the job done. The dining room and living room are charming and certainly fit our whole family comfortably. The owners are pleasant and communication is easy. This home doesn't sit right next to another home so you don't feel crowded in between other homes - plenty of parking as well.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $300
Refundable damage deposit $300

The Homestead is not available for weddings, receptions or large functions.
The front house sleeps 12. The maid's quarters sleeps 3-4. The rates quoted are for rental of the front house. The maid's quarters are an additional charge.
Maid's quarters are unheated, and so unavailable during winter months.
Winter Rental available. October to June. $2500 (negotiable) per month plus gas, electric. Landlord pays for snow plowing.

$500 deposit to hold reservations.
1/2 due 60 days prior
Balance due on arrival.

Security deposit also required.

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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