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Blissful paradise on 11 acres with lovely views, private beach and tennis court

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

8 bdrms, 4 full baths (one w shower), big hot water outdoor shower, sleeps 10

The Bourne Cottage provides a perfect vacation spot for families and friends who want to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. It has three distinct wings with 8 bedrooms.

Built in 1783, the Bourne Cottage is on eleven acres on Indian Neck at the head of Buzzard's Bay. The Indian Neck area is very private --few houses on much land.

The property is waterfront to Bourne Cove, a salt water bay with oysters, clams and fish. There is a private dock there for swimming and launching non-motorized boats. A leisurely ten-minute stroll along a narrow country lane brings one to the beach on Buzzard's Bay. Tenants have access to the private beach there.

Windsurfing, canoeing, sailing, swimming, kayaking and tennis are popular ways to spend the days. Both beaches slope gently into the water and are ideal for babies and old people alike. The water in Buzzards Bay is pleasantly warm for swimming and there is no dangerous surf or undertow.

Please note: the house has four full bathrooms. One of the bathrooms has a shower. The other three have the original claw foot tubs with shower hose attachments. There is also a large, outdoor shower with hot water.

This is a low key, get your feet wet and sandy family place.

If you want air conditioning and big screen tv, this place is not for you.

If you are afraid of a few bugs and want the beaches raked and free of seaweed, this place is not for you.

If you love natural beauty, quiet neighbors, kayaking and exploring warm waters, and a place where kids are safe riding around on have found Heaven. This place is for you!

More Details

Property Manager
Hannah White
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a great time!  The house was great.

Thank you for all of your attention to detail, and for sharing your home with us.
Jul 2012
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Wareham House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
    Bathroom 6 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 - 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Boat Dock
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis Court
  • 8 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • library
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Blissful paradise on 11 acres with lovely views, private beach and tennis court
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 9 reviews

A hidden gem of a spot!

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed a delightful two weeks at Bourne Cottage in August at this fascinating, rambling house. Dating back to the 1700's, it has historic charm yet has been updated to meet the needs of today. A quiet, tranquil setting with a gorgeous view made for total relaxation! We thoroughly enjoyed walking the winding paths to 'Club Mud' and launching the canoe and our own kayaks from the dock, though we only actually experienced the 'mud' part at one low tide - and only if you let your feet touch bottom. Swimming in Bourne Cove is divine, whether from the dock or down at Cove Beach at the point. Water was pristine, thanks to the oyster farm activity in the cove. The oysters cleanse the water as they grow, and they are also delicious.

We were thrilled to have bikes available for our rides down to Cove Beach or to Bay Beach on Indian Neck. Every beach was great for swimming, walking and exploring. We even took advantage of the tennis court on the property.

Our grandchildren loved exploring Bourne Cottage, especially the secret passage way, which they managed to navigate in its entirety. The many rooms are comfortable, as are the beds. The outdoor shower is a bonus.

Owner Louisa was extremely helpful in showing us around the property and suggesting nearby markets and attractions. We would loved to have stayed longer. It was paradise.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I just returned from a family vacation at this beautiful property. The home is charming and comfortable and is exactly as described in the listing (including photos). The property was clean and well-maintained. Every room in the house affords a lovely gentle breeze and encourages relaxation. We are a large family and everyone slept comfortably in a bed (most times when we vacation at rental home, one or two people are relegated to a sleeper sofa or daybed.) The beach is indeed private and often times, I found myself to be alone on this lovely beach. There are a few rocks, so do bring water shoes. The swimming at the dock was wonderful (especially at high tide) and again, the area is very private. The owner was extremely gracious and was very helpful in providing excellent customer service. I would definitely recommend this property for a very relaxing summer vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Serene Private Home in Wareham Mass

  • 5 of 5

From the moment you arrive you are enveloped in breath-taking beauty! Bourne Cottage is extremely private and peaceful, with honeysuckle and stately Linden trees that whisper in the breeze. The path through the woods along the cove to the private dock is magical, with sun dappling through the trees and the smell of sun-baked pine needles. We also loved riding bikes or strolling down the quiet lane to the private bay beach, a lovely sandy stretch of ocean front, where large sandbars appear at low tide. The bird life is abundant – we saw majestic osprey swoop and glide over the water. During the days we leisurely enjoyed reading books laying in the hammock under the Linden trees while the kids explored the paths and ran around on the spacious lawn or played tennis on the court that is right there. The cottage itself is beautifully maintained and clean and there is ample space for a large family to spread out. My kids loved to play hide and seek in the nooks and crannies of the house. The kitchen is large and fully appointed – and we couldn't have been happier there gathering around the hearth and cooking dinner for my family and evening guests. One evening we gathered mussels in the cove and followed the recipe provided by the owner for an incredible meal. The bedrooms were comfortable and quiet, and there was always a light cooling ocean breeze. We will be sure to be back next year! I am very thankful for this wonderful opportunity to vacation in this lovely, pristine spot. See you next year!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mac, It was a pleasure to share my family's home with your family. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again next year -- L. Benton
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There's no place on earth like Bourne Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Every year on the first day of spring, my kids ask: "How many more weeks until we go to Bourne Cottage?!" They are chomping at the bit to go back to Wareham, our summer haven for two weeks EVERY summer for the last twelve years. We love the beauty of Indian Neck (the house has views of a private saltwater cove), the sweet breezes across your face as you nap in the hammock, the winding path down to the dock, the expansive lawn that is perfect for games of "Red Light, Green Light," and the understated elegance of this one-of-a-kind house. The house has several wings that work perfectly to accommodate our large family. (Each branch of the family gets its own bathroom: the key to vacation harmony!) The owners are very responsive and recently did a major renovation to the kitchen which looks gorgeous. We can't wait to be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We love sharing this treasured spot with you!
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Gorgeous, private and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

My mom rented this antique cottage for the entire family because it was close to her brother's house in onset. It is truly beautiful and you really feel like you are stepping back in time as soon as you pull up to the house. The house dates back a few hundred years so it is full of history. It was fun trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B!! Looks are very deceiving. This house looks small from the pictures, but it actually has several staircases and "wings" of bedrooms. There is a wonderful, large screened in porch, a nice sunporch, the parlor and a dining room that fits the whole crew! The kitchen is nice and big with everything you need. There is even a separate laundry room and storage porch for all of your outdoor gear. The house is impeccably maintained with comfortable beds and plenty of bathrooms. The outdoor shower is wonderful!!

The property is simply beautiful. A rolling lawn leads to the water. It is very quiet and there are thousands of birds chirping away...especially first thing in the morning. The house is at the beginning of two points with a cove in between so there are nice walking routes. "Club Mud" is a short walk from the house, It is a charming little clearing on the cove with adirondack chairs, a hammock and boat dock. We loved setting up our beach chairs on the dock and floating with the tide.

All in all, it was a house big enough for our crew but with lots of options (I didn't even get to the tennis court!!) for fun and relaxation. A perfect family reunion house!!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place for a large family!

  • 4 of 5

We chose this place to celebrate my inlaws 40th anniversary. We needed room for four couples, two toddlers and two teenagers. The Bourne Cottage was affordable and more than accommodated our crowd! We loved being able to eat at the large table for our meals.

The house was very clean and well equipped and Louisa went above and beyond at every step of the way to make us feel welcome and to answer questions or provide suggestions. The only issue we had was that there is in fact only one indoor shower, not 4 as the description says. But we made good use of the outdoor shower since the weather was fantastic. Had there been bad weather, we might have experienced a bit of a log jam for the shower!

We found the beach/dock not terribly conducive to small children, and opted to drive the 5 miles to Onset - gorgeous beaches, shallow, clean water, ice cream shops and pizza joints - something to please everyone!

We loved the charm of the house and the expansive grounds - no one ever worried if the kids wandered out into the yard to play. We would absolutely return!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The house is indeed wonderful for large extended families. What's nice is there are several wings so it is possible to have privacy even when the house is full. There are four indoor bathrooms: one with a shower; the rest with the original clawfoot tubs with shower hose attachments. And of course the spacious outdoor shower. (The website for some reason will not count bathrooms with only tubs, thus the source of confusion. Moving forward, I have been sure to make it clear upon the first inquiry that 3 out of the 4 bathrooms are tub only.) Also, there are two private dock areas for swimming in the cove, and one private beach area for swimming in the bay. Two of those areas are wonderful for babies and small children as generations of family and friends will attest! The beach slopes gently into the water, and is great for babies and the elderly alike. At low tide, lovely soft sandbars are great for playing and exploring. But, there are also many other wonderful beaches all around for every taste!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Many in town
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
New Bedford, MA
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Great Neck
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Route 195 to Boston or 25 to Cape Cod Canal
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Many in town
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Private beach
Car: necessary

The property is only one hour by car from Boston, and before the bridges, so you reach the quiet of Indian Neck before the traffic jams to the Cape begin. The town of Wareham is five miles away. The vacation town of Onset, with active beach life, ice cream, clam shacks and restaurants, etc. is five miles in the other direction.


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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $175
Refundable damage deposit $750

There is a fully refundable security deposit of $750

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