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Vintage 1920s House W/Beach Path & Glorious Sunset Water Views

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, deck, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 1.5+ Baths plus outdoor shower (Sleeps 6-8)

*** Please make an inquiry before booking. ***

This quintessential Up-Island 1920s summer house has panoramic water sunsets thanks to its hillside position overlooking the Vineyard Sound. (An East Coast novelty to look west over water.) The view spans the Menemsha Harbor, Menemsha Bight, Gay Head Lighthouse in Aquinnah, Elizabeth Islands, and, on clear days, all the way past Buzzards Bay to the mainland.

Day or night it doesn't get any more Vineyard than taking in the breathtaking views from the tranquil deck. The sun's final dunk into the sea is sometimes heralded—depending on the direction of the breezes—by the faint sound of applause up from Menemsha Beach picnickers who see a slightly earlier sunset from their lower vantage point a half mile away.

The house has three bedrooms—two upstairs and one downstairs—plus a queen sleeper sofa in the living room, and a small loft which overlooks the living room.

The house is full of light and air with a cathedral ceiling and many windows, plus the original, working stone and brick fireplace opens on two sides to the living room and the kitchen. There are two bathrooms, and a bathtub downstairs and an outside shower. There is a also a side deck with a shaded hammock.

Modern conveniences include wireless highspeed Internet, iTunes wireless audio, flat screen TV with DVD and DirecTV satellite, linens, washer/dryer, and dishwasher.

The house has been in our family for more than forty years, and our grandparents first stayed as renters in the early 1940s. In one family story, our grandmother reported a sighting of a possible German submarine one night to the Coast Guard station, only to be told drily by the dutyman that she had correctly decoded the (then) three-whites-a-red signal of the Gay Head Lighthouse. They named the house Menucha, as a biblical reference to rest and tranquility that plays on the village's Wampanoag name of Menemsha. As an umpire of the Sunday softball game, our grandfather was also famous for his idiosyncratic strike zone.

Hillside walking path to Vineyard Sound beach and Menemsha harbor, or take house bikes to Menemsha dock, Chilmark and Lucy Vincent ocean beach.

Keywords: house, summer camp, beach path, Menemsha, Chilmark, Upisland, Vineyard Sound, Menemsha Bight, Menemsha harbor, Menemsha jetty, Up Island, sunset views, beach pass, Lucy Vincent, Squibnocket, Gay Head Lighthouse, sunset

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Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 April, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Menemsha in Chilmark

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Downstairs Full Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Outdoor Shower - Outdoor Shower , Glorious
    Upstairs Half Bathroom - Toilet , sink also
  • 1.5+ with Outdoor Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Downstairs Queen Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Upstairs King Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Upstairs Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Loft - 1 Single Bed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Two bikes with helmets.


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(13 traveller reviews)

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Vintage 1920s House W/Beach Path & Glorious Sunset Water Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Best Deck!!

  • 5 of 5

This home had everythng we needed. The owner was readily available and a great resource for any questions we had! Thank you for a wonderful place in which to make memories during our first trip to the Vineyard!!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tranquility with a wonderful ocean view

  • 5 of 5

A unique experience in a cookie cutter world. A step back in time. A real home away from home & it's owner is extremely hospitable & helps in any way he can to make your stay top notch. We couldn't wait to return to the house after our daily exploration of the island. The house is tucked away on a narrow curving lane. Expansive windows on the ocean side give you ocean views & plenty of natural light from anywhere in the living area of the house. Large porch with 2 lounge chairs & table, unobstructed views of the coastline(although there are houses nearby they are invisible because of the thick foliage. This was our favorite place to read, unwind & have an afternoon cocktail(gorgeous sunsets!) Kitchen is well equipped & clean but note there is no microwave. FAVORITE MEMORIES--Open windows at night. Lulled to sleep with the sound of ocean, the dong of the buoy & occasional fog horn. Picking up dinner at Larsens Fish Market in Menemsha village & walking along deserted beach with Shannon(our dog). Path to beach behind house or drive there in 5 mins. We also took Shannon on walks along the lane. Very rarely did we see anyone. Middle Road-Pastoral drive with changing fall colors and stone walls transported us back to Britain & Ireland. Granary Gallery-Surprise was the quality of the art. Even if you're not buying worth seeing. Black Dog Shop-we couldn't resist buying a few souvenirs

Only one criticism-Size & positioning of TV for viewing.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

We picked Martha's Vineyard for our honeymoon destination for the last week of October. We were looking for a gorgeous spot that would be quiet and a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of our every day, and we found it! This cottage was the perfect place for us to land while we explored as much of the island as we could. The house sits in the best spot for sunset each night, and has an easy walk down to the beach. We loved coming in October because it was so quiet and perfect in the fall, although we will definitely come in warmer weather so we can enjoy the beach for more than walks! The house was very well equipped- the kitchen had anything we could need for cooking, there were plenty of sheets, blankets, and towels. The stars were incredible at night. This cottage was super cozy with a fire. The Wice Family also provided access to their bikes and beach equipment, although we didn't have a chance to use them this time! They were also very easy to communicate with throughout the rental process, and encouraged us to reach out with any questions. We will definitely make our way back, next time with friends or family!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

A Delightful Home with Dazzling Views

  • 5 of 5

Nicely nestled in the woods with stunning views from every room and a spectacular sunset deck that will knock your flip flops off, you will find it very difficult to ever venture far from this impeccably finished homestead. It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic location or a more charming and tasteful “back to basics“ island cottage - replete with outdoor shower. Hit the trail and stroll down to the beach for an afternoon swim or hop on a bike and pedal down the road to Menemsha for seafood right off the boat. Fine restaurants, general stores, the farmers market - everything is within easy reach. With hosts who attend to every detail, we hope to visit again for a third year!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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the picture perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful week at the most perfect house with amazing views..

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sudbury, MA

Unbelievable sunset and ocean views

  • 5 of 5

My family has stayed here three times and all of the reviews are completely accurate. The views are amazing. The cottage has everything you need. The location is great and the property is very secluded. The owners are so nice and enjoyable to deal with. If you're looking for someplace fancy, this isn't it. If you're looking for a great location with tons of character, there isn't any place better.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Martha's Vineyard Airport (MVY)
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Vineyard Haven, MA (Steamship Authority)
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Beach Plum Inn
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Menemsha Beach
Car: recommended

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