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

Bedrooms 11
Space 10,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights


About the property

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

Platt Johnson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, I can communicate via email and Google Translate
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 6, 2017

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


Edgartown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 23
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
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
    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)
    Front Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Off of the front living room - very comforable and ensuite.
  • 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Luxurious Captains Home, walk to beach and town, super location, 11 bedrooms, AC
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

We loved the Captain Morse House

  • 5 of 5

Our family (16) stayed at the CMH for the week of our wedding which took place in Edgartown. It was a great way to have everyone together. The formal living space and porches really brought you back to another time and the kids loved the large yard and sail loft. The house is a in a great walk-to-everything location and combines the elegance and charm with modern amenities like kitchens, bath and wifi. We have so many great memories and everyone continues to talk about how great it was, it was an amazing vacation.!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beyond expectations

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Captain Morse House Thanksgiving week with my entire family--11 adults and four children. We had very high hopes for a great weekend and they were far exceeded. The CMH is very roomy with plenty of bathrooms. It is in a wonderful location in Edgartown--beach/shops/pubs /restaurants all within easy walking distance. The house is very roomy and has a number of areas to relax or watch TV. Wifi is excellent. The two kitchens are incredibly well supplied. We cooked Thanksgiving dinner without any problem. I can't think of anything that we lacked. On top of it all, Platt was extremely easy to deal with and ultra-responsive to any questions that we had. My family is ready to book CMH again. I recommend without any reservation.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming home in prime location!

  • 5 of 5

I rented this home for a mastermind weekend for 8 women. We loved the ability to walk to everything in Edgartown, the charm of home and how well stocked the kitchen was!

Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Historic Home Perfectly Updated for a Modern Visit

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this home for our closest friends and extended family members to stay during our wedding on the Vineyard this October. Although we are very familiar with the island, the vast majority of our guests had never been before, and the Captain Morse House offered a perfect location, very comfortable accommodations, and so much MV history for the group. The house is incredibly spacious and has numerous bathrooms and areas to spend time, while still offering plenty of space for groups looking to relax -- we had a rainy weekend and our guests loved solving puzzles in the living room and taking advantage of several of the DVDs provided as well. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes and all guests said the rooms and beds were very comfortable. The location cannot be beat - a parking space is available but there is not a need for a car if you're looking to take advantage of all Edgartown has to offer.

We would highly recommend the property for anyone looking for a relaxing group stay in one of the most historic, well-maintained homes on the island. The owner was very responsive as well - the weekend was cooler than the previous week so we requested a temperature adjustment (it was controlled remotely). He immediately adjusted the thermostat for us and provided a quick text update as well. The house is a remarkable property and all of our guests left with very fond memories.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO

Captain Morse House

  • 5 of 5

What an awesome house. Very clean, and centrally located to everything. My family walked everywhere!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Iowa City, Iowa

Edgartown's Finest

  • 5 of 5

I can’t imagine a more perfect setting for extended family to stay for a Martha’s Vineyard wedding. The location is ideal-- only a few minutes walk to all the Edgartown shops and restaurants and the waterfront. The historic house is lovingly maintained, full of charm and easily handled our crowd of sixteen. The bikes were a nice plus and we got good use out of them. Other members of the wedding party who were regular visitors to the Vineyard were eager to come over and get a tour —it is that kind of a house!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edgartown Light
"This beautiful light marks the entrance to Edgartown Harbor."
Atlantic Fish & Chop House
"Great food with a view - nightlife too."
The Port Hunter
"Great food and night life."
The Terrace at The Charlotte Inn
"The best in town - romantic and high end."
Morning Glory Farm
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
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
Jun 3 2018 - Jun 9 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Jun 10 2018 - Jun 16 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Jun 17 2018 - Jun 23 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Jun 24 2018 - Jun 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
July 4th
Jul 1 2018 - Jul 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
July 2018
Jul 8 2018 - Aug 4 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Aug 5 2018 - Sep 4 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Sep 3 Labor Day 18
Sep 4 2018 - Sep 8 2018
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Sept 2018
Sep 9 2018 - Oct 6 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2018 - Nov 24 2018
7 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.
Use the Contact Us tab - SO WE CAN QUOTE YOU DIRECTLY WITH EACH OTHER - You will get better service and more flexibility than the VRBO computer can provide. This is not a hotel. It is my home.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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