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The Willow House - Garden Setting, Ocean View, Steps to Rocky Neck!

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Quiet, 1-Bedroom Apartment With Private Deck Overlooking Garden

A secluded retreat in Gloucester's historic Rocky Neck Cultural District, this is a great vacation getaway- ideal for a single person or couple. Visitors have appreciated the peaceful atmosphere which lends itself perfectly to those who not only want downtime, but maybe some focused work or creative time as well.

Completed in 2013, this second story apartment is located at the entrance to one of America’s oldest working Art Colonies. Just steps away you'll find Wonson and Smith Coves, The Gloucester Stage Company Theater, the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, galleries, shops and restaurants. Enjoy regular musical events, bike Gloucester's beautiful coastline, kayak its large, protected harbor or just have a relaxing stroll down Rocky Neck. Niles Beach is a 10-minute walk away, Good Harbor Beach and downtown Gloucester are 5-minutes by car.

Windows on all four sides provide a steady sea breeze and lots of light. Grill and dine on the deck overlooking the garden with seasonal brook, large willow tree and many flowers and herbs. Cooks will find a well-equipped kitchen, staple pantry items, and are invited to use fresh herbs from the garden!

If you are an artist, you can paint plein air in the garden, or visit owner/artist Rokhaya Waring's studio/gallery also on the property.


Fridge, gas range/oven, dishwasher, microwave; deck w/gas grill; toaster, Keurig, electric drip, french press, tea kettle, filtered drinking water; queen size Sleep Number bed, armoire, A/C; 32' Hi-Def TV w/Blu-Ray player; front-loading washer and dryer, ironing board and iron, hairdryer; lobster pot and utensils; linens including beach towels; 2 folding beach chairs. Living room sleeping options are air mattresses: we have 1 queen and 2 twin. One car off-street parking provided. Free public parking lot across the street.

More Details

Rokhaya Waring
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

About Rokhaya Waring

I am a working artist and member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony. My studio is situated between our house and The Willow House. You are welcome to visit my studio during your stay. To see my artwork and for more info please visit my website.

Why Rokhaya Waring chose Gloucester

We are in a quiet garden setting, but at the same time so close to a bustling small city, rich with history, places to visit and things to do. We have beaches, wildlife, and sunsets over the ocean, a wealth of cultural events and restaurants- all within an incredibly friendly community. This area of Gloucester feels like a village, with everything one needs or desires close by, and we often feel that we are on vacation- right here at home.

What makes this apartment unique

My husband and I love living in this area that has inspired so many artists: Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, John Sloan, and Marsden Hartley- to name just a few.

We cherish being able to walk to Rocky Neck for breakfast at Sailor Stan's, dinner at The Rudder, or for a freshly baked muffin and a newspaper at The Last Stop. We love to stroll to the end of the Neck to see the old Copper Paint Factory (now the headquarters for Ocean Alliance), and through America's oldest shipyard (Gloucester Marine Railways) to see the boats being worked on. The beauty here is intense and genuine.


Gloucester Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • -PARKING: is limited to 1 vehicle
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • No bathtub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Bed #1 is a Sleep Number®. Bedroom has washer/dryer.
  • Extra beds for set up in living room are air mattresses. Choice of: -1 Queen size or -2 Twin-size These are top-rated Serta NeverFlat dual height (18") air mattresses. Internal coils for extra comfort. Pump monitors and maintains air pressure. Easily and quickly inflatable and deflatable.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The CATA bus does a circuit of Cape Ann which includes stops at beaches, the train station, supermarkets etc., and has a stop just outside our house.


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The Willow House - Garden Setting, Ocean View, Steps to Rocky Neck!
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

A home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a great week at Willow House. It is bright, clean, charming, comfortable and very well appointed (lacking nothing!). We loved the many places to sit - dining and living area, table outside on the large balcony with water views and big wooden chairs in the picture perfect garden. Rokhaya and Alex had everything laid out and explained so it was easy to slip into ‘home mode’ right away. And, while they were easily reachable (and very helpful if needed), the space is set up for maximum privacy. They are among the best vacation rental hosts we have had and we hope very much to return in the not-too-distant future!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Orlando, FL

Lovely place and amazing location

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful piece of heaven. I met my cousin here for a reunion after not seeing one another for ten years. We couldn’t have chosen a better place to call home for our stay. The owners of the home were so kind and accommodating to us during our stay. The home itself was perfect and left nothing to be desired. It was fully stocked with everything we needed. It was so peaceful to sit on the deck and enjoy the grounds. The location was perfect to everything as well. I would love to come back with my husband for a romantic getaway in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Absolutely a perfect place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this beautiful place and look forward to coming back next year! The home has everything you need and was immaculate. We have rented 3 other homes in Gloucester in the past and this was by far the most well cared for and equipped place. I highly recommend staying at Willow House!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Immaculate Property

  • 5 of 5

Willow House is a peaceful and beautiful property in an amazing location. Everything in the apartment is of the best quality and the garden is an extra special treat to enjoy. It has all the comforts of home and the charming owners are easy to reach for helpful suggestions and anything you might need during your stay. We really loved being within walking distance to the water, the galleries and good restaurants. It is easy to imagine returning here! Five stars does not do this perfect property justice. We are so happy we found this gem. A truly memorable stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The unit and the gardens in the back are perfect. We had a wonderful time in Rocky Neck!

  • 5 of 5

Everything we needed was in the unit. The unit is a short walk to galleries, restaurants, and many beautiful landscapes. It's easy to see why artists love this area!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Keene, NH

This place just gets better!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and stayed at The Willow House the first week in June and was our second visit. We were not disappointed with this visit either. What a wonderful and relaxing place this is. Close to everything you might want to do in the Gloucester area but private and extremely quiet. It was a wonderful place to come home to after a busy day of being out and about. Our hosts were extremely helpful in helping us finds things to do and suggesting places to see, eat and just visit. I would heartily recommend The Willow House to anyone looking for a clean, comfortable and quiet setting to seek peace, serenity and solace during a vacation stay. Keep up the great work and thanks for your wonderful generosity. Best regards, Paul & Kathleen Fagley Keene, NH.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
36 Miles
Logan International Airport, Boston, MA
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
The Studio
Nearest Golf
1.2 Miles
Bass Rocks Golf Club
Nearest Train
2.7 Miles
Gloucester Station, Rockport line of the MBTA
Nearest Motorway
1.3 Miles
route 128
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
The Rudder
Nearest Beach
0.6 Miles
Niles Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Regular Cleaning $100

Weekly Summer Changeover Day: Saturday
Must be 21 yrs of age to book
*1 month or more Vacation Rentals require a cleaning fee of $200 and a non-refundable deposit of $250.
Please inquire regarding WINTER RENTALS.
Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.