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

Gloucester, MA, USA
  • Estate4800 sqft
  • Bedrooms6
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay6 nights

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
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Mar 30, 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.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, bidet
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 3
      • Bathroom 4
        outdoor shower

        Location Type

          • Beach View
          • Ocean View


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Linens Provided
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Fireplace
                  • 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
                          • comfy seating for 12 people


                              • Books
                              • DVD Player
                              • Games
                              • Satellite / Cable
                              • Television
                              • Toys


                                  • Deck / Patio
                                  • Golf
                                  • Kayak / Canoe
                                  • Lawn / Garden
                                  • Outdoor Grill
                                  • Tennis


                                      • 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.

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            2 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Elegant, Lovely, Peaceful

                                                            Andrew D.

                                                            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.

                                                            This home is for made for making family memories together!

                                                            Deb H.Massachusetts

                                                            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 area...you 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.


                                                            Gloucester, MA, USA

                                                            Rates & Availability

                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            Cleaning Fee

                                                            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.

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                                                            For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

                                                            Property # 450619vb