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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, A little Italian, a bit of Portuguese

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

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Merrimack Valley & Essex County Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
VickyKass (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, A little Italian, a bit of Portuguese

About VickyKass

One day after being homesick for the ocean for years, I went to Marblehead having never seen it before, and looked at several houses and figured ok, no house.. The person who was showing me around took me to the beach and said: 'This is why I love Marblehead.' I 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.


based on 13 traveler reviews

Almost a Houseboat, spectacular views, chef 'skitchen, walk to shops and dine
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

The house is a perfect warm embrace

  • 5 of 5

The house is the perfect place to spend time by the sea. The house is like a warm embrace. I cannot thank the family enough for sharing their beautifully seaside home with me. The space is perfectly laid out and every inch is designed for the pleasure and convince of those staying at the cottage. It truly is just like a house boat no space is wasted. Everything is perfect from the charm of the entrance way, to the perfectly appointed bedrooms and the open kitchen & great room that overlooks the changing ocean vista. There is a complete wall of glass that allows you full view of Gas House Beach and the Sea. Located in the heart of the Marblehead historic district it is easy to enjoy all the town has to offer. But the house is so wonderful and appointed with all that you need there is really no need to leave. The owners have thoughtfully provided for all of your needs and explained everything in an instruction folder. It was a bittersweet week for me as I had returned to Marblehead to bring my husbands ashes home to the sea. But the charm of the house provided me all that I needed throughout the week. Quiet and solitude as I watched the morning sunrise, a welcoming venue when friends and family stopped by to express their sympathies. The house and they way it is appointed makes you feel right at home. You cannot find a better place to stay. Thank you again for allowing me this time.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind and thought filled review. We never ask for any as we believe it is our guests retreat time. (It is especially amazing that you even thought to do this review given your reason for being in the cottage.) We are deeply glad that our home took such good care of you. Our highest goal is to have made it a haven for everyone who comes. I have traveled to many "home away homes" over the years: ours is one of the best. It is because, you are right; ours is filled with everything anyone could need in a home. All the bedrooms are beautiful and unique, the living room is just right for reading or playing, talking, and the dining table seats eight easily, "second living room nook" has two couches, barstool table seats two up high overlooking the ocean. There is great privacy and yet easy togetherness. With three bathrooms, one up and two down, it is masterfully designed. It is also a fully supplied kitchen, including herbs, spices, oils, salts (often flour, sugar, misc food supplies) and all pans, pots, baking trays, bowls, serving dishes, that are needed for gourmet cooking. (My partner is the chef.) Our home has games, tv, books, cd's, bose radio cd player, writing desk in a crow's nest, upper and lower decks. It is good for everyone. Thank you again
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Loved it!!!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to be for a winter getaway! Close to town, kids have an easy walk to shops and restaurants. Close to Boston. We went into Boston twice. Ice skating, hikes and a beautiful YMCA close by which was perfect for our kids that can't seem ton miss a workout. The cottage is cozy and warm with a gas fireplace, gorgeous views and a well stocked kitchen that turned out some fabulous meals. Loved it!!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Excellent location in historic Marblehead, beautiful home! Spectacular ocean views from nearly every room, comfortable furnishings, and artistic decor make this a truly special place. Exceeded our expectations in every way. So much to see and do nearby, but you won't want to leave this wonderful home base. We enjoyed the nearly perfect weather with beach time, kayaking, hikes to the little island, shopping in quaint Marblehead historic district (a short stroll from the property), and trips into nearby Salem where we took the ferry into Boston for a day. Wish our stay had been longer just to have more time to spend on the little private beach and amazing deck! Thanks, Vicky, for sharing this gem of a home with us. We'll treasure the memories of our time together in the beach house for a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Welcome Home!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home is now on my GPS. There isn't a more convenient & lovely beach front rental in Marblehead. Step down to the beach, walk to the island at low tide, walk into town to grab a bite to eat or to shop, and back home to enjoy the magnificent sunset out on the balcony. It's simply heaven. There's nothing to want for in the beach house. This will be where my family will join together every year, or hopefully more frequently. And Vicky, the owner, I now feel is an official member of my family through her generosity & love.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nevada City, California, USA

Second year in a row!

  • 5 of 5

This was the second year in a row we rented this wonderful home in Marblehead. We live in California but have a daughter attending school in Boston and a niece in New Hampshire so finding the perfect place for our Thanksgiving Holiday is important. This home has everything you need. It is beautiful, sitting right on a small beach with gorgeous views and incredibly comfortable. It is walking distance to the adorable downtown, 45 minutes to Boston and perfectly located for side trips to Concord or Salem. We have stayed a week both times and always wish we were staying longer. The owner is helpful, leaving a notebook with everything you need to know. The house is very clean and the furnishings are perfect. I can't say enough about this property but I am sure we will be back again next year!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Naples, Fl. & Boston, Mass.


  • 5 of 5

Can't imagine a more perfect spot! We ranged in age from 1 week to sweet 70, & spent three glorious weeks in September.

The charming entry courtyard led to a wonderfully spacious waterside treasure. Upper level had the perfect open floor plan; beautifully outfitted & equipped large kitchen, generous wood farm table (sat 8) overlooking Little Harbor, & most comfortable lounging area with plenty of seating & big, stone, gas fireplace. So welcoming & family friendly!

We spent much of each day exploring Marblehead on foot, checking out all the fabulous parks, Marblehead Harbor, & of course, the charming town, with it's family-owned shops & restaurants. The flavor is truly special. Heading back to our beautiful beach cottage, we would enjoy the beach, the water, the fabulous deck that stretched all across the front. It just doesn't get better than this!!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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, The Muffin Shop
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.


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Merrimack Valley & Essex County Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • 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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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
  • pier fishing
  • 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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