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Susanna Linfield

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Luminous rural retreat with spectacular ocean views.

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Five bedrooms/Three bathrooms/ Two outside showers Sleeps 9-11

Tucked into the woods, this elegant house offers a panoramic view of the full sweep of the Vineyard Sound from Woods Hole to Cuttyhunk -- by day, sailboats and the Elizabeth Islands and beyond, followed by magnificent sunsets and then the mainland coast sparkling with lights at night. A short walk brings you to one of the island’s most beautiful private beaches, the historic Brickyard where the original kiln chimney-tower stands as a landmark. One can drive part way down or walk (10-15 minutes).

The house overlooks and provides easy access to the extensive trails on the 200 acre Menemsha Hills Reservation, including resplendent views from the top of Prospect Hill (the highest point on the island), which affords a glorious vista of the western end of the Vineyard.

With your lease you are able to purchase beach stickers to both private town beaches - Lucy Vincent and Squibnocket.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Susanna Linfield (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)
Luminous rural retreat with spectacular ocean views.
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Lovely home in spectacular, secluded location

  • 5 of 5

This review is late in coming but my memories of this magical property are still fresh because I've thought about it so often since.

I'll start with what was my biggest criterion: the location. The house is nestled in the Menemsha Hills Reservation, which is my favorite part of Martha's Vineyard, which in turn is my favorite place in the world (and I've explored nearly all of the vineyard, including almost the entire coastline). Menemsha Hills combines staggering natural beauty of great variety (panoramic vantage points, lush forest, gorgeous beaches) with a surprising but welcome lack of people. Even at the height of the season, one rarely sees more than two or three other people in this vast reservation. I've never found anyplace more beautiful, anywhere.

Aside from MHR, the house is located near all the best parts of the island. It's close enough to South Shore beaches that you can actually hear the crashing waves on windless nights, very near to Menemsha village if you desire a touch of civilization, and also near Aquinnah and the phenomenal beaches there.

The house itself is the most secluded I've stayed at on the island. You can neither see nor hear any neighbors, or any signs of humanity at all. Well, except for the twinkling lights of the Elizabeth islands and the mainland beyond. That's right, the house is at such a high elevation that you can actually see over the Elizabeths. The views are exceptional from the deck, all the living areas, and even some of the bedrooms. And entire house is extremely comfortable, roomy and tranquil. I was there alone, but I'd imagine it could accommodate a large group comfortably. The bed in the master is among the most comfortable I've ever slept on. Oh, and it has heat. I didn't think this would be necessary, and usually, at the time of year I visited, it wouldn't be, but I happened to hit a stretch of severe weather (downpours every day for a solid week, very unusual) which brought nightime temps into the upper 40s. So the heat was a godsend.

The owner was a pleasure to work with - very responsive and helpful.

All in all, a great house in a spectacular location. Stay here if you can.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Chilmark Paridise

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. The house is well equipped with everything you need to have a great time. Nice kitchen and grill made our cookouts fantastic. Loved the outdoor showers. The view of the sunsets over the Elizabeth islands were priceless. Nice path from the house to the beach was like a having our own private paradise. Can't say enough good things about our stay and we thank Susanna for sharing her home with us. Would love to go back right now!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Special Views Delightful house!

  • 4 of 5

Lovely spot and airy comfortable easy house. Great place to relax and recharge the property has an almost Zen like quality. It's a little like staying in a friend's home, you can feel at ease and find everything you need. The views are amazing, beds comfortable, cooking indoors or out a delight. The house has a great outdoor shower. It's roomy so members of our family could each find private space as well as gathering for meals and game night. Wifi friendly.

We would definitely recommend this home. The owner is helpful and responsive if you need something.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Just as described- Luminous rural retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time staying on Martha's Vineyard and didn't know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful island and the tucked away house. The views from the deck were spectacular. We also enjoyed late afternoon sitting by the pond watching the hummingbirds. Susanna was great at getting back to us with answers to questions.

The private beach was beautiful and we rarely saw anybody else. I would recommend getting water shoes as the beach is rocky. A four wheeled drive vehicle is needed if you choose to drive to the beach instead of walking.

If you are looking for a complete getaway and a place to recharge- this is it! We had plenty of room in the house for my adult children, and really loved the unique outdoor showers!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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A place of unique tranquillity

  • 5 of 5

This is a very special house in a magnificent setting. Even by high Vineyard standards, it has extraordinarily vast water views from the expansive deck. And at the same time its wooded setting offers complete privacy: there is no other residence in sight, only treetops. The house itself is elegant and very personal, furnished with treasures from all over the world. It is also robust and proved perfect for our large family group ranging in age from 12 to 84. We loved walking the meandering wooded trail to the Brickyard beach and were often the only people there. We will certainly return and would heartily recommend a stay here to anyone who treasures tranquillity.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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A relaxing, serene retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful, relaxing two weeks here with another family in late August. Altogether there were four adults, two three-year- olds, and a one-year-old. (The house is great for two families because the bedrooms are at opposite ends of the house.) The downstairs rooms are great for kids, particularly kids a little older than ours, who would have fun having that part of the house to themselves… Highlights of our stay: walking (or taking the quick drive) down the hill to the beach, which we had entirely to ourselves every time we visited, and where the kids loved collecting rocks; going out to the deck at night to look at the stars; watching the sunset from the deck in the evening and staring out at the water during the day from the dining table... The house is atop a hill and there is not another house in sight-- days and nights alike are very quiet and peaceful! Beautiful. We also hiked around the reservation trails, which are just a few steps down the road. Our preschoolers and toddler loved watching the goldfish in the pond, and wandering around collecting acorns. You do have to be careful with young kids around the pond and deck, but we managed. (The house might be a little better for families with slightly older kids-- less vigilance, although like I said, we managed.) The location is very good-- a quick (5-10 minute) drive down to Menemsha for dinner or sunset, or to the Chilmark store for breakfast, or to the Chilmark library on a rainy day. You do have to drive to get anywhere except the beach and the reservation trails, although that's true of Chilmark in general, in our experience. A really great thing is that the house does not at all feel like a rental--the kitchen has everything you need, including all the spices and basic staples and beyond--just replace what you take. There are also beach towels and lots of other necessities. You really feel like you are staying at a family home or a friend's house, instead of a rental, which is very, very nice. Overall, this is a very relaxing, serene retreat, great for up to 2-3 families or couples who want a great base from which to explore the island. We've been going to MV for several summers and this has been the favorite of the homes we've rented! Thanks so much Susanna!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Martha's Vineyard Airport
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs
Nearest Restaurant
1.7 Miles
Beach Plum Inn /Home Port
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Private Brickyard Beach (Access with Rental)
Car: necessary

Chilmark is known for its beautiful beaches and gorgeous views of ponds, woods, pastures and ocean. There are easily accessed nature walks, flea markets (featuring antiques and the work of island artisans), and local farmers' markets which sell everything from fresh flowers to a wide variety of local produce. The Chilmark Community Center offers a children's camp, sailing, tennis, exercise classes, and evening lectures, movies, concerts and dances for kids and adults. Also nearby are the Chilmark Library, Chilmark General Store, and picturesque Menemsha Village with its docks, fish markets, small shops, and the Home Port restaurant, one of several excellent restaurants in the neighborhood. You can also drive 20-25 minutes either up island to the spectacular Aquinnah clay cliffs, lighthouse, and beaches where you can enjoy the famed Outermost Inn restaurant - or down island to the charming towns of West Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, or Edgartown - each with its own distinct personality, shops, and restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Chilmark House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 3
Jul 30 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Fall 1
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 1
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 3
Jul 29 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 1
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500

The Security deposit will be refunded within 14 days of your departure from the property after charges for cleaning and trash services are deducted. *
[*Cleaning and trash charges vary depending on the renters, but usually amount to about $300.00 total]

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Chilmark House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • In addition there are two outdoor showers.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Queen-size Sofa/Bed
  • Two comfortable inflatable beds are also available, but there will be additional charges and prior permission must be sought.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
There is a high deck on the north side of the house with a steep set of stairs, and a lily pool set into the deck on the south side so toddlers are discouraged.

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