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Luxurious & Grand Captains Home in a superb location. Close to beaches and water

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


About the property

11 Bedrooms, 7 Baths, 2 kitchens, huge porches, patio and back yard - immaculate

This is the most elegant vacation rental home in Edgartown. The Captain Morse House is in a wonderful location 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 large back yard and garden create a private oasis from the bustle of a Vineyard summer.

We specialize in large families, family reunions, weddings, anniversaries and any event where people want to enjoy each others company without the distraction of other people. Large groups regularly book our home for its charm, comfort and unique character and grace.

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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Platt Johnson

Let me work 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

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
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 23
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • 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 ...
  • Toys ...
  • 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 ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • 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
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf 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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Luxurious & Grand Captains Home in a superb location. Close to beaches and water
average rating of 4.974359 based on 39 reviews

Beautiful home. Perfect location. Terrific owner.

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful house in, perhaps, the best location on Martha's Vineyard. The house was elegant but not stuffy, had everything we could have ever needed. Platt was responsive, literally within minutes over a holiday week to answer any of our questions. He even patched us in to a call to the cable company he was on when we could not figure out the tv's! This beautiful home will be part of our lifetime memories! We cannot wait to return!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Edgartown location & great house

  • 4 of 5

We had 3 families staying here for the Christmas in Edgartown weekend which we go to every year. The house is very large and comfortable, feeling spacious despite us having 6 adults and 5 kids staying. Plenty of room to spread out and stay out of each others' way when you want.

Even by Edgartown standards the location is superb, right on Water Street, overlooking the Ocean and 2 mins from the shops, restaurants, Chappy ferry and Harbourview Hotel.

Platt was very thorough with all the arrangements and the property was clean and well-maintained. It's a classic old New England house so take that for what it is, but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would certainly recommend it to other large groups and families.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely property in the heart of Edgartown

  • 5 of 5

The Captain Morse house is roomy and extremely well maintained. The owner and house manager are friendly and responsive. Our family of 18 enjoyed our stay very much and the location allows for people with different interests to go in their own direction without any problems. The home and landscape are so beautiful. It was so hard to pick where to spend our time.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing House

  • 5 of 5

The house is a piece of Martha's Vineyard history with all modern conveniences of today.

We were four families (20 people) including 9 young children, and the comforts that the house offers allowed independent activities by age groups as well as joint activities.

Mr. Platt (Its owner), is a very meticulous man who is always available to make our stay as good as it really was.

It is difficult to tell in words how wonderful was our stay in Captain´s Morse House.

Whoever goes to this house will not regret it.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely stunning stay

  • 5 of 5

We booked the Capt. Morse House for our extended family during my daughter's wedding. The bride and bridesmaids also got ready in the home before the lovely walk to the Harbor View hotel--the venue for the wedding ceremony. The rooms were lovely. Everything was clean and bright. The porch was a stunning place for photographs. The manual for what to do and when from the owner was clear and concise. Shops and restaurants just blocks away. DARLING location. The backyard was beautiful. Can't wait to book again.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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
Nearest Point of Interest
Edgartown Lighthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
Edgartown Yacht Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Fuller Street Beach
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

Taxes and fees are additional

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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