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Charming and Architectural Cottages on Secluded Private Pond

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Accomodations include 3 Bed/2 Bath Main House and 2 1 Bed Cottages, sleeps 6-10

Everyone's favorite rental! We recently completed a significant renovation of the house with many improvements and updates. Charming, quintessential Martha's Vineyard house situated on a spectacular private pond on 8.5 secluded acres in Lambert's Cove. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of conservation lands (Land Bank, Nature Conservancy, and Vineyard Open Land Foundation properties). Close to north shore beach (walk-on beach access included with rental) and Seth's Pond - approximately one mile down Lambert's Cove Road. Three miles to shopping in both Vineyard Haven center and West Tisbury center. Three bedroom main house and two one-bedroom studio cottages available. Ferry reservations available for some summer weeks - early bookings are a must. Please see our personal website (see link at bottom of page).

Conservation Lands: The house is literally surrounded by extensive conservation lands that are wonderful for hiking, walking, and even some fishing. The Land Bank's Ripley's Field is on our street and is approximately 60 acres of a mixture of woodland trails and open fields. It connects to two more Land Bank properties - Tisbury Meadown Preserve and Wompesket, both with extensive acreage. The house is part of the Vineyard Open Land Foundation's Cranberry Acres which includes a 25-acre series of kettle ponds (which include Flat Bottom Pond behind the house, Duarte's Ponds, and Seth's Pond) and cranberry bogs. The VOLF is in the process of rehabilitating the old cranberry bogs and had its first harvest in the fall of 2005. Connecting to Cranberry Acres is the Hoft Farm, a very large (more than 100 acres) working farm owned by The Nature Conservancy which has large fields and ponds that are great for wandering. The Land Bank's Duarte's Pond is also in walking distance and has a stocked pond for fishing.

A Brief History : The house was built almost single-handedly by an artist and his family. Dubbed 'Woods House' because of its seclusion in the beautiful woodlands of Lambert's Cove, the central part of the house was built in 1965. The family was among a group of talented Vineyard artisans, craftsmen, and musicians, who came to the island in the '60's. He is an accomplished sculptor and, inspired by the work of Wharton Esherick, took great pleasure in imagining and creating the house in his own studio (a barn also on the property). The style can best be described as Craftsman. Particularly interesting details include the handmade doors, door fixtures, kitchen, cabinets, woodshed, decks, and numerous interior details. The barn and two cottages on the property were built in the '70's to house a growing family and creative output. To preserve his legacy, we have found a carpenter who worked with the artist in the '60's. He has worked on the house both refurbishing existing features and creating new ones.

The artist was influenced by Japanese art, which is evident in the house and the many unique trees planted 40 years ago which have grown into a mature grove. According to an experienced island arborist, the quality and variety of the trees are second only to the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury. In 2003, we acquired 2.2 acres of vacant land which was once part of Duarte's Campground and is now part of the Vineyard Open Land Foundation's Cranberry Acres and includes 25 acres of common land, 3 ponds, and a cranberry bog. In 2006, we acquired the 3.5 acre lot adjacent to the main house which includes most of Flat Bottom Pond and extensive woodlands in order to preserve our privacy and to expand the arboretum of unique and beautiful trees and plants. Our guests have universally remarked upon the terrific feel of the house - the comfortable yet simple layout, the bright and cozy rooms, the wonderful outdoor spaces overlooking the pond, and the incredible collection of trees.

For larger groups that need a second house, our next-door neighbors rent their house too. See the 'Links' page for their Homeaway lising (#3484385).

More Details

Ben Spencer
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Ben Spencer

Ben and Georgia are physicians in private practice in Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties specializing in Urology and Gastroenterology.

Ben Spencer purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Ben Spencer chose Vineyard Haven

I visited the island as a kid many times, spent summers during college working on the island, and when I found myself in Boston for my medical residency during the 1990's, I had the opportunity of pursuing my dream of having a Vineyard retreat of my own. To us, the house and property represent all that makes the Vineyard so special: hand-built house is a piece of artwork itself, gorgeous physical setting, close proximity to conservation lands with ponds and beaches, and an overall otherwordly feeling make one feel transported from our more hectic lives at home.

What makes this cottage unique

Gorgeous setting, Land Bank properties and conservation lands in walking distance, Seth's Pond, multiple outbuildings allow for expanding to larger groups, each with their own private and quiet spot.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Ben,

We're sadly home from your magical house...[the door knobs! the hidden doors! the wisteria vine! the fireplace with a heart!] We had great weather and the yard looked amazing. The gardener did a great job trimming and everything looked lovely. The house was perfect for the dinner, candle light everywhere, no bugs, warm air and lots of love floating around. The next day the breeze was out of the south and we had a wonderful sail and wedding aboard the Shenandoah. Your house provided the needed respite from the craziness and a place for the family to be together. Thanks so much. I'll forward shots of the yard as soon as I download them. It was quite beautiful.

Thanks again, everyone wants to return next year.
Sep 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Vineyard Haven in Dukes County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Claw foot Tub
    2nd Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Claw foot Tub
    Outdoor - Outdoor Shower , Behind Main House
    Hill Camp - Outdoor Shower
    Pond Camp - Toilet , Outdoor Shower , Composting toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 Large Double Bed
    2nd Downstairs - 1 Large Double Bed
    Upstairs - 2 Single Bed
    Writer's Studio - 1 Large Double Bed
    Cottage - 2 Single Bed
  • All of the beds in the main house were replaced in 2013. The second downstairs bedrooms also has a small sleeping loft with a twin size futon. The two twins in one of the cottages can be brought together to create a 'queen-equivalent.'
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Decking
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There is a large Activity Barn on the property that is available to guests. It is particularly useful on rainy days for children. It is a single large room with high ceilings and about 1,000 square feet. It has a ping pong table, TV with cable (including HBO and Showtime) and VCR, and basic furniture. We also have a mooring on Lake Tashmoo which we can make available to you if desired.


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Charming and Architectural Cottages on Secluded Private Pond
average rating of 4.6 based on 29 reviews

7th year in a row!

  • 5 of 5

We love it, time and time again. A magical place.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great stay at an excellent place!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful quite spot on the island. Nice clean house with an awesome, peaceful setting on the pond. House had everything we needed and proximity to both down and up island was great. Would certainly stay here again and Ben was most helpful with any and all information. Looking forward to another chance to stay at Flat Bottom Pond.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Boston, Massachusetts

Great property with lots of beautiful details. Felt like a human sized hobbit home!

  • 4 of 5

Very comfortable and well designed. There were minor things that could be improved but nothing worth mentioning. Ben was really great to work with, very responsive and thoughtful.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Wonderful break in a beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

The home was everything you expect and see on the site and more. We had a wonderful stay and Ben the host was very helpful when we had a few questions. I'd love to go back one day.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to wake up Christmas morning.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just as described

  • 3 of 5

The house and property are lovely and isolated. It's a wonderful place to say if you want peace and quiet. It was a bit more rustic than I expected but nothing that should put anyone off it.

My only complaint was working with the owner. He asked us to move our plans and stay for only 4 nights after we had paid for 5 days. He did offer to give refund us for 2 nights instead of just one night. However, at this point (nearly 11 days later) we have yet to receive that refund. I'm not sure if this delay is because we mistakenly checked out later (11am instead of 9:30am). Regardless, it is a bit frustrating and I'm not sure if I have any chance at getting my money back.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Martha's Vineyard Airport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Steamship Authority
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Mink Meadows
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Black Dog Cafe, Lambert's Cove Inn
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
North Shore
Car: recommended



Art Galleries






Video Store

Extensive walking trails



Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Rental Basis:
per property
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Changeover Day: Sunday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Deposit £564.67

We never use wire transfers. Please be aware that there have been attempted scams involving intercepted emails and requests to wire money to the perpetrator. If you ever have any concerns, please call the phone numbers listed to speak with the property owner (Ben) directly.

The cleaning fee will be determined after your visit when the cleaning service comes. The difference between the cleaning deposit and the cleaning fee will be returned to you within 30 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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