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Platt Johnson

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french, I can communicate via email and Google Translate

Luxurious Captains Home, walk to beach and town, super location, 11 bedrooms, AC

27 Reviews
Bedrooms 11
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights

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Edgartown House Rental Photos and Description

11 Bedrooms, 7 Baths, (Sleeps up to 23) Two kitchens, huge porches and back yard

This is the largest and most elegant vacation rental home in Edgartown. The Captain Morse House is close to Edgartown's shopping, dining, golf, fishing beaches and harbor. The home features 26 rooms with 11 bedrooms, 7 baths, 2 kitchens and 2 dining rooms. The large front porches facing Edgartown harbor are an ideal place to spend the day. The over-sized back yard and garden can host weddings and events.

The Captain Morse House, at the corner of Morse and North Water streets, is one of Edgartown's finest homes. This exquisitely detailed home is perfect for your dream vineyard vacation.

The home is on three floors and has a formal living room and dining room, two family room/game rooms and even two gourmet kitchens. All of it is tastefully decorated with period furnishings and artwork. The home has central air-conditioning, heat and modern appliances.

Outside on the North Water side facing the water are two spacious porches with partial water views of Edgartown Harbor. There is a large dock at the end of Morse Street that you can walk out on. Our backyard is one of the most spacious and safe in town and features a bricked patio with seating for ten with a barbecue, croquet and an outdoor shower. There is off street parking for three to four cars. Current accommodations are for up to 23 people in 18 beds. Current rates are designed for 16 people. For more than 16 a surcharge may apply.

We are committed to doing whatever we can to make your stay in our family home on Martha's Vineyard a special one. We think that our house is the best in town and offers any visitor a truly unique and authentic island experience. Judging from our sellouts during our first two years on the market our guests agree.

You can see more detailed information on The Captain Morse House at our website.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Platt Johnson (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, I can communicate via email and Google Translate

About Platt Johnson

Let me work directly with you to craft the best possible visitor experience. I can provide the best possible service when we communicate via telephone or email.

I grew up in the home you are viewing and spent my summers there until I graduated from college. The home was purchased by my father the year I was born and was used by him and my mother until 2008.

Prior to managing this property I owned and ran Island Sports from 1974 until 2007 with my wife Nancy. I am now a Realtor in Southern Florida.

It is quite a home and I am proud to be able to share it with you.

Platt Johnson purchased this house in 1955

Why Platt Johnson chose Edgartown Area

In 1955 my parents purchased the Captain Morse House and I then spent every summer there until I moved to Newport Rhode Island in 1979. I continued to visit my parents each summer until 2007. I now spend as much time as I can on island attending to the house and maintaining it. When it was built in 1840 it was perhaps the best home in Edgartown. Now movie stars and celebrities have built larger homes but non with the style and class of the Captain Morse House. Our guests aren't clients so much as they are friends assisting us in maintaining the property and keeping it in our family for future generations.

What makes this house unique

Our guests say this is the perfect location. You are close to town and right up from the harbor. Park the car for the week or leave it on the mainland. Our location allows for freedom from car pooling and shuttles. Everything is literally a walk away. We love walking down Morse Street to the boatyard to see what's happening on the waterfront and to talk to the boaters and fisherman.

The large open home offers privacy and retreat no matter how many people fill the house.

The large backyard can serve as a base for quiet afternoons as well as an evening party.

The restaurants and shops are all an easy walk away but it is the waterfront that is the best part of living at the Captain Morse House. After all - it is a whaling Captain's home


based on 27 traveler reviews

Luxurious Captains Home, walk to beach and town, super location, 11 bedrooms, AC
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Stately Historic Home on prestigios N Water St

  • 5 of 5

A truly superb home with all the amenities and ideally located. It was a A brief ten minute walk to fine dining and shops in Edgartown.

Staying in this elegant home was an experience in itself. It had all the finery and grandeur of a home of its significance but still fet warm and cozy for family gatherings.

Although the home is ideally suited for a family reunion with may adult couples and children in tow, my four sisters and our mother (who requires a wheel chair ) never felt lost in this grand home.

Highly reccommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, New York

Lovely family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely family vacation in the house. We were a group of 16 and had plenty of room. The kids enjoyed the lawn and front porch. We all enjoyed having different family/living rooms to gather in or separate to. It was convenient to have 2 kitchens. The house was very well stocked with towels, cookware, dishes, beach chairs, etc. The bicycles were a great bonus and one of our favorite activities was biking around. Excellent location. It was lovely to be able to stroll downtown for ice cream or fudge whenever we wanted. The owner was very accessible and accommodating prior to and during our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Burlington, Vermont

Beautiful historic house

  • 5 of 5

This house lives up to its name boasting several bedrooms with fireplaces and grand porches. The location was great being steps from fun shopping and restaurants.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful! Didn't want to leave.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time, nobody wanted to leave! Superb location for all things in Edgartown, walking or biking distance to most activities. The yard was great for kids and the property worked very well for large families like ours, who included 24 people. Every amenity was provided that one could hope for. Martha's vineyard is a wonderful vacation destination, there are so many options for every type of interest. We happened to come during the 4th of July, and it was perfect. The parade went right past the house and we could all watch from the spacious front porch, and the fireworks were seen from the second story balcony. Thanks for allowing us to use your beautiful home for our annual vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was a large family that flew in from all around the US. Our home is perfect for large groups like this doing family vacations and our location is perfect, close to town, beaches and the action.
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Haverford, PA

Best Home to Stay in Edgartown!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to the Captain Morgan House. We highly recommend it!! Impeccably maintained. Classic décor. All of the modern necessities you'd want- high speed internet, music system, televisions. An ideal location (leave the car!) where you can walk or bike anywhere. They even provide the bikes! There are a ton of beds in the house. Perfect for large groups. We really enjoy having drinks in the large living room and spilling onto the front porch followed by dinner in the backyard- huge grill, plenty of seating and a really lovely lawn. Lovely sheets and towels and robes provided. They think of everything and couldn't be more wonderful homeowners!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Long Island

Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our family vacation week in June 2016 at the Captain Morse House. The location could not be better, with such short walks to the beach and harbor, downtown and Chappy Ferry. And the house is spacious and comfortable, with interesting history.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This family was a last minute rental and were only 12 in number. This allowed them to have a more relaxing vacation than trying to manage a huge crowd. They really were the perfect tenants and I would have them back anytime. They were really fine people and took care of the house as if it was their own.
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Nearest Airport
5.7 Miles
Martha's Vineyard Airport, West Tisbury
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Harbor View Hotel 4 minute walk
Nearest Ferry
0.2 Miles
Chappaquidick Ferry 3 minute walk
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Vineyard Golf Club and others
Nearest Train
86 Miles
Amtrak Railroad in Boston Ma - 3 hours via ferry
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
Beach Rd to Oaks Bluffs or Vineyard Haven
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Harbor View Hotel 4 minute walk
Nearest Ski
142 Miles
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area 4 hrs via ferry
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
Lighthouse Beach 9 minute walk
Car: not necessary

Sailing, Fishing, Beaches and Island fun. The Vineyard is a playground for adults and children of all ages. I grew up here and should know.

Yes I was lucky to grow up here. Vineyard summers are truly fantastic and the quality of the air and water combine to make things more crisp and beautiful than you can imagine.


Rates & Availability

Edgartown House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 11 2016 - Oct 8 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 10 2016 - Oct 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 16 2016 - Oct 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 30 2016 - Nov 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Mar 26 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - May 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
June 4
Jun 4 2017 - Jun 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 11 2017 - Jun 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
June 18
Jun 18 2017 - Jun 24 2017
4 night minimum stay
June 25
Jun 25 2017 - Jul 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 29 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 30 2017 - Sep 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
Oct 15 2017 - Nov 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $3,000
Estimated Cleaning $700

Rates quoted by VRBO may be wrong due to their use of their one size fits all rate structure.
Please visit our Captain Morse House website for complete details and accurate information.
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Edgartown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Back of house bathroom ensuite to bedroom 11.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Front of the house off the family room with sleeper sofa.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath with shower tub near bedroom 4.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath with shower tub near bedroom 3.
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath with shower tub near bedroom 5
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , Full bath with shower tub near bedroom 6
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath with tub and French shower near bedroom 9.
  • 7 baths total all with showers and 4 with tubs. There is also an outdoor shower near the kitchen door entrance.
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 king , King California size bed or two twins (long) with fireplace.
    Bedroom 6 - 1 twin/ single , Twin Bed with garden view.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , King California size bed or two twins (extra long)
    Bedroom 7 - 1 twin/ single , Twin bed at the back of the 3rd floor with garden view
    Bedroom 8 - 1 twin/ single , Twin bed between 7 and 9 on the 3rd floor - private
    Bedroom 9 - 1 twin/ single , Twin bed between 8 and the bath on the 3rd floor
    Front Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Off of the front living room - very comforable and ensuite.
    Bedroom 10 - 2 twin/ single , Two Twin beds in a large room at the front of the house.
    Bedroom 11 - 1 queen , 1st floor back bedroom with ensuite bath near garden. Quiet
    Loft + Den - 1 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Loft on 2nd floor at back of house with 2 bunks and 1 twin
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom off of the front porch, fireplace, elevator
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Next to Master just off the front porch, fireplace.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Large room with fireplace (also known as the Middle Room)
  • Bedroom 4 and 5 can be made up as either California Kings or California twins. These bedrooms can also be assigned bathrooms #3 and #5 to make them "ensuite". The front family room has a excellent convertible bed with a 4' thick air mattress on top of a 4' padded mattress. There is also one crib.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 7 bicycles
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outside Shower, Lawn Games, Croquet, Bicycles, Books. Printer, Answer Machine and fax machine.

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