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Almost a Houseboat, spectacular views, chef 'skitchen, walk to shops and dine

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrm,ocean views/ 3 full bathrms/ study/ sleeps 6-8. 2 decks upper, & lowe

Private beach, 180 degree ocean views, southeast facing living room,oceanside upper and lower decks, front patio. Elegant, romantic, newly renovated home, 4 bedrooms, 3 with ocean views, 3 full bathrooms, superb Chef's kitchen: Wolf 48 inch, 6 burner/grill, two ovens, maple countertops, wide pine floors. Legerstone fireplace in living room, oriental rugs. Eclectic art & antiques, interior stained glass windows, crows nest off private study with 32 inch cable TV, wi-fi, stone tiled bathrooms, laundry room. French door terraced bedroom with small fireplace. Master bedroom with private bath, japanese soaking tub, separate shower, ocean views. Your own private beach, outdoor shower, shaded lower deck, hammock, outdoor couch and chairs.

Swim, sail, paddle-board, kayak, row (Little Harbor Boat House adjacent to beach: rentals, lessons.) Bike rentals, historic tours, dining, theater & music within walking distance. Superb 5Corners Kitchen Restaurant, 10 minute walk. Nearby Salem, fine cuisine, museums, (Peabody Essex) Salem Witch house, art, shops. Boston by ferry or car. North Shore: famed antiques & beautiful beaches. Family friendly.

Marblehead, MA. Sailing capital of New England, truly gorgeous ocean and sheltered sailing, boats with captains for hire, whale watching up the coast, Wednesday night races, paddle boarding, fishing, kayaking, picnicking, island exploring, five or six small beaches open to locals, larger Devereaux Beach facing Boston has mild surfing, boggie boarding, swimming.

Historic graveyards,(1600's) museums, sites, ponds, scale model sail boat races, everything within walking or biking distances, safe, friendly, easy.

Nearby: Downtown Salem can be reached by boat, car, or bike. Filled with restaurants, art, things to do and see, of course Witches, and folklore, Peabody Essex Museum. Further north lie Rockport and Gloucester both artist communities with Classical Music Concerts, Poetry Festivals, Art Festivals, Crafts, fairs, horseback riding and yes, more beaches, glorious miles long beaches, private estates, some open to the public, amazing fish restaurants, and more.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, A little Italian, a bit of Portuguese
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About VickyKass

One day after being homesick for the ocean for years, I went to Marblehead having never seen it before, saw the small beach,the cove, the islands, and burst into tears. It looked just like the view in our childhood home. It was almost identical. There was no house for sale there, but oddly fate intervened, and this house that you may choose to rent is the one I saw as I turned around on that beach, my heart turning over, as I saw its beautiful self tucked into the cliff.

VickyKass purchased this cottage in 2007

Why VickyKass chose Merrimack Valley & Essex County

This is one of the most beautiful ocean spots, and one of the warmest, most welcoming of homes. ( 3 of 4 bed-rooms are oceanside, the 4th has its own working electric fireplace, and private terrace with french doors) When the tide is high ALL YOU SEE IS OCEAN. Feels like being on a boat, with more protection, and no drawbacks.The house is an upside down model where the living area is upstairs, as this has the most extensive view and breezes. The upper deck has an automatic extending canopy giving good shade both outside and inside when desired. During cooler times there is a beautiful stone fireplace fueled by gas.

It is secluded, and yet only a few minutes into town. Great privacy, easy to get to, quick from airport, or Boston downtown, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, or Maine. (Not a bad drive from NYC, New Jersey, Vermont, Maryland, Delaware.) Nearby Salem is a great town/small city to noodle around in with interesting stores, restaurants and the beautiful Peabody Essex Museum. Salem has its own harbor, and a very fast Ferry to downtown Boston.

What makes this cottage unique

This house enfolds people in its heart. It is fully our home, we love sharing it with other people. Many people tell us it is magical. Most everyone says it makes them feel welcomed as friends of the family.

It has almost everything anyone wants and more: all the pots and pans goblets, glasses, plates (probably 60 of them all kinds, antique and regular use) silverware, fish forks, lobster paraphernalia, bowls of every size and shape, coffee maker, every kitchen gadget for good cooking, and plenty of herbs, spices, etc etc.

There are so many places to sit and nest in this house that you can't do them all. Each bedroom has its own cosiness and character. Upstairs there are five to six different areas in which to convene. The kitchen breezily seats four and eight more people can cook easily together, while four to six can hover around the counters closer to the dining area. Then there is the two couch nook, the bar chair and small table for cards and drinks, the dining table seating eight easily, ten tightly.

Then the living room seats eight, and finally the study off the living area seats four, with a crows nest study off of it for one.

The lower deck has its own beach, outdoor shower, couch, chairs, hammock, bistro table and chairs. (Two large pseudo-bronze lions rest in the garden and on the sea wall, giving a sense of embrace.)

The side deck/cobble stone area has a large round table with umbrella for four to six.

The front of the house has a patio with seating for 6 to 8 with two distinct areas, one peeking at the ocean and sheltered by trees, the other a private tiny terrace off the cliff side french bedroom.


Marblehead Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Stone shower, washer dryer, maple counter and sink
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs simple shower, tub, privacy, light.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower , Private ocean views, japanese soaking tub, oriental rug
  • This home has 3 full bathrooms: 2 downstairs, 1 upstairs. Home runs on a Rennai ever ready water heater which means the hot water never stops. Thank God. Beautiful, newly renovated, stone, pebble stairs to master tub, built in mahogany sink, oriental rug, sweet views of island and ocean. (Master bath) 2nd guest bathroom has stone and pebble shower, small ships sink, mahogany console, all built to suit, efficient large, blue stacked washer dryer, with deep sink and maple counter for folding/ironing. 3rd bathroom is upstairs, tub shower combo, wide pine floors, window onto cliff, simple, classic.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Ocean and cliff views, private bath,
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , full beach and ocean views
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , small but beautiful ocean views
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , french door, private terrace, small fireplace, cliff views
    Study - Upstairs, ocean view, couch, crows nest
  • This elegant, artistic home easily sleeps eight, or nine. Smallest bedroom has ocean views and trundle bed, tight fit, but beautiful, with 1800's British stained glass windows on interior wall. Great light. Other bedrooms (3) have ocean views, one with private bath, separate stone and pebble shower, Japanese soaking tub, overlooking beach, and cliff. The other, full bed with wall of east and south windows, beach and ocean views, upstairs study with private crow's nest, french door, full bath down the hall., 4th bedroom french terrace,two old English antique beds twin, small fireplace, full guest bath adjacent.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Sand Box
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 7 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Beach, you are on it. Home is located in historic old town, houses built primarily between 1630 and 1740...historic museums, walks, sites, whale watches, fishing, sailing for hire (large vessels), eco rowing sculls instruction on local beach in front of house, child friendly, adult friendly, park adjacent for small games, bocci, volleyball, improv base ball, etc.


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I have spent the weak in a wonderful Dream. I could not have been happier or felt more welcomed.

  • 5 of 5

The house is like coming home to the warm embrace of a dear friend whether it is your first visit or your third. The open floor plan of the second floor with its wall of windows provides you with spectacular views of the sea and the picturesque neighboring cottages. The waves of the ocean will sing you to sleep each night, but I highly encourage you to arouse yourself early enough to view the sunrise each morning the view from the deck is spectacular - no matter the weather. The cottage is just steps from the shops and restaurants of old town Marblehead and there are lovely Walks to Fort Sewall, Burial Hill and along front street or simply through the streets of historic old town Marblehead. For the stout of heart and limb ther is a lovely 5 mile hike through town across the Causeway and around the neck to The Audobon Sanctury, Castle Rock and the Marblehead light house. No matter the weather this home is the perfect pace to watch the wild beauty of a nor'easter snug inside by the fireplace or to step out to sea to cool yourself on a brute and hot day. Enjoy your time here,

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh, thank you so much! We do want everyone to feel as welcome as you did and to be able to soak up all the warmth in the house and its views. We love all those walks too. And some of our favorite times are off season, to be tucked in during a storm, safe and amidst nature. I am so happy our home welcomed you so deeply!
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We love this house, and love it's location in charming Marblehead. This was our first time vacationing in the area and we were very happy with our choice. The home is very comfortable, has everything needed and has tons of character. Loved the calmer, protected waters in this spot and the visual interest that the sailboats and islands provide. We also walked a lot of the nearby streets and really enjoyed all the old historic homes. We kind of missed the soft sands and long beaches of Maine where we usually go, but really enjoyed the atmosphere here. We'd definitely love to come again!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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OCEAN EVERYWHERE: More beautiful by far than the pictures can even convey

  • 5 of 5

This is a home in the best sense of that word. Everything you could want inside is here: the kitchen is fully stocked with most every tool and anything you could ever want to cook or bake with. It is beautifully designed and the views from it are all ocean and islands. Everything is well designed, all the rooms, all the touches, all the warmth and care.

The bedrooms are lovely and blended with antiques and whimsy. The three full bathrooms are generous, especially the master bath with a deep tub and ocean view. The living room is gorgeous with built in cherry bookshelves, and a stone fireplace which is gas fired and easy to use. The views from it, and the dining area are lovely and made us not want to go outside, although we spent a lot of our time on the private beach that belongs to the family. It has a swing that our teenagers loved, a lower deck with couch and chairs, a table for card playing or just eating. The outdoor shower was very private, amazing view, and may be the best shower we have ever used.

It is also in a great location, quiet, right in the historic old town. We walked to everything, groceries, bank, homemade ice cream, restaurants and there are many of them, (three really good ones, the best, we think, is 5Corner Kitchen.) And when we wanted to cook, we got really great produce and desserts at the Saturday farmer's market and Whole foods.

We went into Salem which is a really an interesting small city, with all kinds of stores to poke around in, great cheese shop and really good museum.

We have traveled all over America and Europe with Home Away and this is the best one: the most equipped, generous, well laid out, welcoming. It feels as if everything has been thought about and planned for your ease and comfort. It is as if you are staying in a dear friends house, or a loved relative. It is an understated treasure. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is now our 4th stay in this piece of paradise. We feel so fortunate to have found this gem.

Our stay at 2 Gashouse Lane is the pinnacle of our summer. Our family gathers from work, school, and retirement to spend a restful, breathtaking week here.

We walk, sing, swim, paddle, hunt for sea glass, laugh, put puzzles together, cook, eat, talk, read and enjoy the togetherness and the aesthetic splendor that Vicky has created.

Each year the views from several areas in the house take our breath away multiple times each day. The space provides togetherness and privacy at the same time, with both large gathering areas and many nooks and crannies to quietly read. The house is truly fabulous.

The home and the town are welcoming and spectacular. Everything is within walking distance. We didn't get into our cars once the entire week.

Vicky is the consummate host. We can't thank her enough for giving us this perfect venue to enjoy our family.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Almost My Home

  • 5 of 5

Almost a Houseboat has become Almost My Home. We know the kitchen by heart, we know the town, we finally know all the one-way streets & my husband has backing down the driveway set to perfection. We know when the trash goes out. Now all we want to know is when we can move in permanently! We love the new awnings!!! With a press of the remote the upstairs deck transforms into the perfectly shaded paradise. And we love watching the first floor outside area evolve. This year we watched beach roses added to the landscaping. Gorgeous!! It's such a joy to share this home with family & friends. We love gathering around the kitchen table or the fireplace. Some of us are reading, others are working on a 1,000 piece puzzle & you can be sure that a least a few of us are walking out to the island during low tide. My husband has now mastered the art of diving into the cold water in the spring time. He loves it, says it revitalizes him. I prefer to sip a cool beverage on the deck & watch him dive like a child into the Atlantic. I can't imagine myself anywhere else during the little time we have off each year. This year we did a comparison study on who makes the best lobster roll. The Landing still holds the number one slot. Our favorite dining establishments remain Cafe Italia & Turtle Cove (you have to try the Blue Champagne). I was proud of the fact that I only gained 5 pounds during this stay (I've done much worse). My husband refuses to disclose what he has gained. I believe this indicates that he "ate his way through Marblehead". Ladies, a day of shopping in downtown Marblehead requires a stop at She, Mahri & Bobbles & Lace. And as touristy as it sounds, we never leave town without a Marblehead sweatshirt or T-shirt. Arizona thinks we have a summer home in Marblehead as they perpetually see us in clothing marked with the name of the town. I only wish it were true. Perhaps one day Suri will tell us the correct way to the Car Return Rental. Don't listen to her, follow the signs. Shout out to Boston. As much as I love you, I still hate your Airport Blue Bus system. But you can't stop us from getting to our destination. Almost a Home/Houseboat beach home. Thank you Vicky. You are a wonderful friend.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful place to stay. The house was very nice. Well equipped with everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

The owner's were pleasant and easy to communicate with. Enjoyed the town of Marblehead. So much history.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you had everything you needed. That's what we hope for everyone. I'm so glad it was welcoming and that all the help we gave you about where to go and how to get there was easy and timely. And what a sweet time you got to have for such a special occasion: celebrating your son's graduation from Harvard graduate school; what an accomplishment! And thank you again for keeping the gathering small it's very important in our neighborhood to be quiet and caring of everyone who lives close by, sound travels on the water so loudly!
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Logan Airport, Boston, MA
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Barnacle
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Salem Ferry
Nearest Golf
3.1 Miles
Tedesco Country Club
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10.8 Miles
Route 128
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Barnacle, Five Corner Kitchen
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Nashoba Ski Area
Car: not necessary

Fantastic private home, in historic old town, on small personal beach, nestled in a cove for swimming, 2 islands, (good swimmers can swim around them about 45 mins each). Friendly, open, interesting people and places to visit, 3 to 5 min walk to stores, groceries, restaurants, historic places, tours, parks, child friendly, secluded but easily accessible, quiet. (parking for two cars, off street parking april to october)

Other Activities: All ocean activities: swimming, surfboarding, kayaking, paddle boarding, rowing sculls,sailing (small and large boat rentals available) whale watching, motor-boating, fishing: pier and deep sea, ocean cliff rock climbing,(beginner level) island swimming and exploring, campfires, sea glass finding, bird watching, kind, interesting people, sweet neighborhood.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $240
Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.