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Year Round Plymouth/Manomet Vacation Retreat House - 5 Houses from Beach!

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5BR/3BA Sleeps up to 15

I'm happy to offer your family and friends a welcoming antique Arts and Crafts Style Beach Bungalow in the nostalgic "Manomet Bluffs" area of Plymouth, MA. Located just 10 minutes from America's Hometown, the Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower, Plimoth Rock and more. Our house is a comfortable 5 bedroom year round cottage and includes a heated enclosed sleeping porch and 3 bathrooms. We can sleep up to 15 people but, a weekly stay is still affordable for a family of 11 with our base rate starting at $3300 for the 2018 peak season.

It really is a charming Year-Round get-away with something to offer every guest. Whether you're needing personal respite or wanting to bring people together, you're welcome all four season's of the year. The house was designed as a Summer Hide-a-Way with throw back's to the roaring 1920's. It's a shingle style cottage that was intended to be a showcase, and during simpler times, it really was. Back then, 'summer vacation' meant something different than it does now. Families from all over would pack up their city belongings and head on down to 'the beach'. Year after year the same place was their little piece of heaven, carved out by surf and sea. Here, we're nestled into a little corner of Cape Cod Bay on Manomet Beach and during early morning sunrises, the ocean can look like a blue-green sheet of glass straight across to Wellfleet's Great Island Peninsula.

Now, almost 100 year old it continues to call families back to create their own memories. Escaping to sea-filled air, does not grow old! We enjoy being with our friends and families even more it seams, gathering in the sand and affront shores, still works today as it has for years. Back when Summer vacations started Memorial Day Weekend and went straight through to Labor Day, summer gardens would go in all over the neighborhood. ....and they still do! Cook-outs, clam bakes, lobster bakes, campfires, fishing poles, sharing good books, singing, laughing, playing music, was the norm. Still is among the adult children who've grown up here and now raise their grandchildren in the very same cottages their grandparents owned.

...What have we added over the years...summer concerts, kayaks, dining on the warf, ferry ride's to the islands, mooring our boats off-shore....!

Anyone who's grown up on the ocean knows you don't 'really' need an air conditioner all but a few nights out of the year. The fan's work great and you've escaped the inland heat. We grew up thrilled to have the cooler temps by the sea....yes, 10-20 degrees cooler by the shore during some of the hottest days of the year! ....and, the reverse is true, we're warmer longer into the Fall & Winter season's as well.

Ultimately, we all find life a little bit sweeter and settle more easily into great inner peace at a seaside hide-away. Even in the middle of Winter! Nature nourishes our souls, where ever she is. Can't beat that. So, we treasure it.

As the migratory birds, fly south anticipating the change of season families around here pack it up and put it to bed too. It used to be after the big Labor Day Weekend party, now, it goes into October/November before everyone says their good-bye's and put's the cottage to bed. Traveler's still spend the last day of their week finishing off the last of the food & everyone pitching in to clean up. We still ask that you sweep through the cottage, wash & fold the laundry, pack and tidying up before... heading home.

So, year after year, generation after generation, it continues! Although the time spent together is shorter, this home still tells 'that' wonderful story of summer's shared between gathering families, surf, sand, seals and shells and is reminiscent of meaningful and treasured times for everyone who comes to visit. I'm happy to share it. Welcoming new families & old friends every year who can carve out 'their time' and create 'their space' to come and enjoy it. All are welcome!

We're just 5 houses back from stair access (3 flights of stairs w/bench seating between flights approx 130 stairs) to Manomet Beach. Known to generations of families who've vacationed here over the years, we now welcome yours. Manomet Beach is a private residential beach where you'll cherish long strolls, kayaking, sun & moon rises over Cape Cod Bay, seals, beach combing, finally finish that book and find some much deserved R&R in a quiet corner by yourself and/or with family & friends beside you.

Just 10 minutes south of downtown Plymouth, local area attractions include America's Hometown Historic Plymouth sights including: Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II & Plymouth Rock. There's Deep Sea Fishing, Whale Watching, Harbor & Dinner Cruises, Ferry's Golfing, Antiques, Shops, Restaurants, Biking, Hiking & More.

We're located 50 min. South of Boston and 15 min. North of the Cape Cod Canal. We're also walking distance to Manomet Center.

Ferry rides to Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket & P-Town make great day trips!

Your contributing to the stewardship and legacy of a nearly 100 year old character-filled New England shingle styled cottage. Insuring it's preservation so that many will continue to be able to enjoy it, for generations to come. Additionally, we're looking forward to one day enclosing the stable house to create a studio space in which we can offer yoga classes, weekly meditations, & integrative whole health and life healing workshops. We continue to expand our organic garden and last year extended our growing season with the construction of a green house. We now have 5 sweet hens and offer fresh eggs to folks to enjoy. Thank you for choosing to spend your summer vacation with us on Manomet Beach and supporting Plymouth's Year Round Vacation Retreat House.

Guests wanting a little help deepening their R&R, local massage and Reiki practitioners are available but must be scheduled in advance off site. More information is available upon request.

More Details

Dawn Clive
Member since: 2003
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2018

About Dawn Clive

It is said...."There's something lyrical about cottages"

"Cottages ring true to the image of America's favorite homes - one of a kind tune with nature". "Cottages are...intuitive, woven into the fabric of every cultures folk tales,...represent the universal home and are best defined by look and feel rather than architectural rules." M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman define a cottage as "intimate, bucolic, and quintessentialy expressive of the owner's imagination."

Well, this cottage was imagined and expressed through the love of two people in 1924 and the owners have certainly inspired families who've lived here and their imagination over the last 93 years.

It's hard to believe that when my parents first set eyes on this wonderful home and met the owners who held the key to thier future in 1974, there then two year old daughter would some day come back to own and care for this special place herself. As it's Centenial year approaches may this home continue to serve the love that inspired it.

I'm happy to share and offer this special place to you and your family, what ever you like to call it, home, cottage by the sea, beach bungalow, retreat, escape, getaway, sanctuary, respit, holiday home, gathering spot....the list is long and they all fit!

I'm just happy to welcome you and happy this home continues to inspire young and old, please come and enjoy. I look forward to meeting you.

Dawn Clive purchased this house in 2002

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Dawn,

I hope all is well!

I thought you might like to see some of the photos from our stay at the

house, and if you'd like to use any of the house photos on your listing,

please feel free to do so. Thank you again for helping make our stay so

memorable - it's very clear that you take great care of the property and

our wedding would never have been the same without all the little details

and beautiful hideaways. We loved it, and got many compliments on the

rehearsal dinner because of the beautiful house!


Oct 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Plymouth around the Plymouth County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Suite Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , 2nd Floor tub & shower
    Suite Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 1st Floor shower
    Hallway Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , 1st Floor soaking tub
  • Main House has 3 baths
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , window seat-children love it!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , with private bathroom
    3-Season Porch - 3 Single Bed , heated
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Full size futon w/8' innerspring mattress.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 4 Single Bed , with private bathroom
  • We can accommodate 12-15 people year-round in the main house - plenty of floor space so sleeping bags welcome; There's also a nice big backyard for those who love the idea of bringing tents and camping out under the stars (yet still being able to come inside to take a shower, eat...) *Additional Sleeping (2) in detached cottage - rents separately so contact owner for details Crib(s) can be made available upon request. *Doggie beds are Not Available so please feel free to bring 'Fido's' favorite bed if you think he's going to miss it.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Decking
  • Yard
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
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
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Handicap Access - I had a friend in a wheelchair who used to come to visit every year. She would bring her own ramp to get up on the deck and then had wheelchair access into 1 bedroom/bath in the main house. Beach Stairs - there are 3 flights of stairs with landing and lookout at the end of each flight. If you're concerned about health issues and not used to stairs, take it slow enjoy the view at each landing. They're not steep so kids will be fine - they usually do better than their parents...:)


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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with a bunch of friends and ADORED it! Super close to the beach, a lovely little yard, and an awesome house with such charm and character!

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2007
  • Date of Stay: April 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Natalie, Thank you for your wonderful comment. I very much enjoyed being able to share it with you and your friends. It's always a joy to be able to offer it to people who love it as much as I do. Thank you so much for taking such good care of it while you were here. You are always welcome back. Best Wishes, Dawn
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Very Special Property

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Dawn's cottage for our summer vacation for a week in late July, and are glad that we did. The place itself is incredibly charming- cute, historic, and nicely decorated, with beautiful grounds and a great deck. Although the rooms are cozy, it's actually quite spacious, and was large enough to not feel crowded with our group of 13 people. The kitchen was well-stocked with everything needed to cook for a large group for a vacation home. We had a lot of humid heat during our stay, and the place did get quite warm, but, other than that, it was perfect. The beach is very close-by. It's accessed by a very long set of stairs, and is beautiful and private. It was never crowded during our stay.

Dawn was a great hostess. In addition to checking in with us to making sure we had everything we needed, loaning us beaters to make a birthday cake, and giving us tips on good fishing spots, she was fun to talk to and had good, positive energy.

If you are a person that appreciates taste and charm in a unique, relaxing setting, I think you would be very happy coming here.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ya know, when you open your home to strangers, their friends and families, you really hope they'll first love it...the house, the beach, the neighbors and area. Then second, you pray they'll take good care of it all while they are here and respect, honor the love in which invited them to share it in the first place. The family that left this review has traveled all over the globe and should be welcomed with open arms at every door that opens for them. They were an absolute treat to have around all be it a very hot and all too short (in my opinion) week here. I would welcome them back always and wish them all continued health, happiness and safe travels ;) Best of Wishes and Lots of Love Always, ~Dawn
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So great!

  • 5 of 5

Came with 9 people for a wedding weekend and Dawn was wonderful!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bedrooms NOT air conditioned!! A/C in dining room ONLY

  • 3 of 5

Dawn is a pleasant, attentive host and her home certainly has charm, but we did not think it was fair to advertise the home as air conditioned when the only air conditioning is a window unit in the dining room. We booked the house because the reviews said it offered a variety of living spaces to accommodate a large group, but the July heat forced all 14 of us to spend all our house time crammed around the dining room table. We were also disappointed because we planned to save some money by cooking at the house, but again the lack of A/C in the kitchen and the small oven size of the antique stove prevented that. If you are staying at this home in another season, you may be quite pleased by the nostalgic feel and beautiful backyard, but if air conditioning is the first amenity you search for, like us, this may not be the place for you.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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It is a pleasant house with steep but close access to the beach

  • 3 of 5

Dawn is friendly and welcoming. The house has lots of different spaces for people and a lovely garden. We found it comfortable for 12--not sure we could have fit 16. This house may not appropriate for people with mobility issues because of the 132 beach stairs and the awkward stairs without railing to enter the house.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect property for our longer wintertime stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this wonderful old home for five unforgettable months (November through March). We did have visitors but most of the time, it was just the two of us. Though the house was more than we needed (we didn’t use the upstairs at all) we felt so comfortable and cozy here all winter long. Also, the kitchen was well equipped and we adored the antique Chambers stove top and oven that worked like a gem!

This property was a welcoming and beautiful sanctuary for us. It sits on an acre of fenced land with many trees, a garden and lawn. Dawn is a wonderful host (and new friend!) who lives on the property. She was there and responded quickly when/if we needed her but otherwise it felt very private which we loved. We brought our two dogs along and they loved it too! Only a block from the beach, we walked our dogs nearly everyday. Manomet beach is beautiful and quiet in the winter so they were off leash most of the time. There is also an enjoyable walk around nearby Rabbit Pond and the very best fish and chips at Woods Seafood at Plymouth Harbor, a short drive away! We’ll surely miss this little slice of heaven and hope to be back someday.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Wine Cellar
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Plymouth, Falmouth, Hyannis
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Rt 3
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
42 Degrees North
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Manomet Bluffs
Car: recommended

On site, you'll find two single person kayaks perfect for exploring inner Cape Cod Bay/Manomet coast lines. Fishing on & off shore for Striped Bass. Seal watching. Photography, Painting, Beach Combing at low tides in and around the rocky bluffs. 1.5 mile sandy beach is perfect for an early morning or late afternoon walk along the shoreline. Sand castles!

Within a 5 minute walk from the house there's a corner store, supermarket, beer/wine venue, coffee shop, ice cream, sub/deli shop, pizza, breakfast/lunch diners, Chinese, fresh sea food, Italian, Greek, a great little Thai take out place, P.O., library, churches, The Antique Chapel, Day Spa, red box DVD rentals, and more.

In Downtown Plymouth (a 10 minute drive) there are more restaurants (including Thai, Mexican, Wharf/Seafood Dining...), championship golf courses, antique shops, boutiques, museums, evening shows/dancing/outdoor & indoor concerts. A visit to the Plymouth Plantation, aboard the Mayflower II & peak at Plymouth Rock you won't be dissapointed...

Golf: Home to many Championship Golf Courses: Pinehill's Golf Club - Nicklaus Course and Jones Course; Waverly Oaks Golf Course; The Crosswinds Golf Club; Atlantic Country Club; Southers Marsh Golf Club; Squirrel Run Golf and Country Club; Village Links Golf Club...visit there websites for more information


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the Plymouth,

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Fall Shoulder 2018
9 Sep 2018 - 3 May 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £33 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £171.25
Refundable Damage Deposit £228.33
Pet Fee £106.55

Damage deposit is fully refundable as long as property is left as received.
All credit cards or bank transfers are accepted safely through or homeaway book it
All deposits, signed agreements & reservations are confirmed with guest as soon as they are received.
All funds are 100% refunded 'as long as property is re-booked', otherwise used towards a future stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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