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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 180 nights


About the property

Spacious 2-BR house, 2 baths, 2nd fl. deck, tidal basin water views, sleeps 4-6

** Contemporary 2-floor home with full-length windows up and down to enjoy the sunset and water views. 2nd floor wrap-around deck. Across the street from a tidal basin (and kayak launch area). Only two blocks to the Atlantic Ocean beach. Fenced in garden with BBQ area and grill. Off-street parking for three cars.

** Furnished with bedding, towels, dishes, utensils, grill, 3 kayaks, sailboard & canoe

** Flat screen TV, cable, Wifi, CD stereo, extra 2-level trundle bed & living room sofa bed

** Plum Island is a VERY special place -- a wonderful area in which to relax and get away from the rest of the world. It has been written up in Forbes magazine & the New York Times. It is an 11-mile long barrier reef island (2 miles residential, 9 miles wildlife refuge especially well-known to bird-watchers), surrounded by lovely beaches, rivers, a tidal basin and the Atlantic Ocean. Outstanding place to bike ride, walk, hike, fish, sunbathe, swim and do any kind of boating. Only 3 miles from well-known quaint Newburyport with lots of great restaurants, antique shops, visual and performing arts, and weekend activities.

** The house is between The Basin (literally just a few steps away) and the Atlantic Ocean (2 short blocks). You can kayak in The Basin or enjoy the power of the waves on the sandy Atlantic Ocean beach. The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a short bicycle ride away.

** Weekly rent is $1,995/week from July through Labor Day week

DISCOUNTED $1750 for weeks 8/18 - 9/8, BIGGER DISCOUNT to $1295 for balance of Sept. There is a 10% discount for multi-week rentals. There is also a cleaning fee of $150 and a required refundable security deposit of $500. Half of the total initial payment and signing of the lease is required as a deposit at the time of leasing, with the balance to be paid at least two weeks before the start date.

** Off-season rental is $1650/month (November through April), with a preference for a single rental for the full off-season period. A one-month security deposit is required.

The house also has a 400 square foot accessory apartment which can be rented between July 14 and September 29 by the week or by the month. Contact the Property Manager for more information about this apartment.

Keywords: kayak, fishing, Basin, vistas, spacious, beach, house, shore, ocean, plum island, atlantic, water view, newburyport, north shore, Boston, massachusetts, cottage, vacation, birding, bicycling, wildlife, Parker River, water, sunbathing, winter

More Details

Property Manager
Raphael Podolsky
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Raphael Podolsky

Barbara Hopkinson is the property manager. She has lived on Plum Island most of her life and lives on the ocean there currently. Barbara's background is in the international corporate world, including IBM. She retired and now runs a non-profit, A Butterfly's Journey, helping others with grief recovery. Barbara knows the area well and can answer any questions or get resources as needed.

The following information is from the owner of the house:

I retired four years ago as an administrator at a small college and had lived in the Boston area for many years. I've always considered myself a lover of the ocean and sea. I enjoy kayaking, swimming, sunsets, and barefoot walks on the beach.

Raphael Podolsky purchased this house in 2000

Why Raphael Podolsky chose Plum Island

The following information is from the owner of the house: I originally bought this house to live in, and I lived there year-round. I found Plum Island to be magical and a great place for rejuvenation. The ocean is literally only five minutes away, and there is a wonderful 45-minute walk you can take at low tide from The Basin adjacent to the house around the tip of Plum Island and back along the Atlantic Ocean shore. You can't help but be affected by the beauty of the island and the power of the ocean. Even though Plum Island is less than an hour from Boston, the beaches are not crowded even in high season, and you can feel relaxed and reflective while in the presence of natural beauty.

What makes this house unique

Plum Island is a paradise for those who love the beach and boating. Entry points to the The Basin for kayaking, sailing, and canoeing are steps away from the house. Beach activities abound on the Atlantic Ocean side. Or you can just relax on the balcony, sipping wine and watching breath-taking sunsets. There are also many other activities nearby. Newburyport is less than ten minutes away by car. It is an old whaling town with restaurants, specialty shops, a playhouse, and a genuine New England quaintness. At the other end of Plum Island from the house is the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. I have bicycled there many times. There are numerous walking paths for hiking. The Refuge is known nationally as a major New England center for its diverse bird population and the many people who come there for bird watching and other wildlife observation.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Plum Island in Newburyport

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1st floor bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Recently remodeled.
    2nd floor bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Tub is extra-large soaking tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Living room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Living room sofa opens into a double bed.
    Guest bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , A 2-level trundle bed can be used for 1 or 2 children
  • The living room sofa can be used for short-term guests, but the living room is not intended for week-long use for primary renters.
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Barbecue
  • 2 garden chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Easy access to The Basin for kayaking, short distance to Atlantic Ocean beach.


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average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews

House is a little quirky, but enjoyable

  • 4 of 5

Close to both beaches , basin and ocean. Stairs were a challenge, because of uneven steps. It is all a bit amateurish: needs some professional touches to make it nice. Kitchen had too much unorganized stuff and it was subsequently hard to find stuff. Great views especially of the sunset.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the beaches and sunsets, Gordon - the real reason for the island. Sorry that the house was confusing, and that you didn't call to ask about it. It had been recently renovated and organized -- have never heard that complaint from anyone else -- mostly raves. including house and amenities. We try! Many cottages on PI have a quirk like the stairs... as they transitioned from cottages. My husband and I rented the house for six summers, never bothered us. Hope you find what you are looking for, next time. Take care, Barbara - Property Mgr.
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Basin Zephyr was better than we expected!

  • 5 of 5

First I want to say thank you soooo much! Our stay here for the week was fabulous!

The host and Barbara were fantastic right from the get go when we first inquired about the house and Plum Island. Second the house was loaded with everything we needed plus it was very clean modern and extremely comfortable. The minute you walked in the energy and vibes there set us at ease right away.We chose Plum Island because our son was to be married on 7/7/17 at the SEAGLASS in Salisbury, Ma. So instead of us staying in a hotel we chose to rent Basin Zephyr. We held the rehearsal dinner at the CAPRI in Salisbury also .

The one remarkable thing I want to add is we went for a walk every morning and evening with whomever was visiting us. The people on the Island were all friendly , helpful . We even had one gentlemen poke his head over the fence while we were relaxing on the patio asking "hey where's the little guy?" He was referring to my 2 year old grandson who stayed a few nights. Lets just say he charmed all the Islanders! Thank you again for a wonderful experience!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much - we enjoyed having you! So happy your stay went well. Hope to see you back - with or without a wedding! :-) Barbara, Property Mgr
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Plum Island Grille
Plum Island Beachcoma
Mad Martha's Cafe
Bob Lobster
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Logan International
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Newburyport, Newbury, Ipswich
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Newburyport META
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Plum Island Grille, many others in Newburyport
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
MA, NH, and Maine
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Atlantic Ocean (Plum Island)
Nearest Point of Interest
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Nearest Point of Interest
Atlantic Ocean beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Kayak entry to The Basin
Nearest Point of Interest
Plum Island Lighthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
Historic Newburyport
Car: recommended

Plum Island is an 11-mile long barrier island just off the shore of Newburyport and Newbury, MA. The island faces the Atlantic Ocean and is linked to the mainland by a causeway/bridge that crosses spectacular tidal marshes and the Parker and Merrimac Rivers. Most of Plum Island is part of the 4,600 acre Parker River Wildlife Refuge and is on a major migratory path for many birds. An Audubon Center for bird-watching is just off-island. The island also has three restaurants, two convenience stores, a liquor store, deep sea fishing and party cruises, a lighthouse, and extensive beautiful sandy beaches. It is a little reminiscent of the movie "The Summer of '42."

Plum Island is conveniently located 10 minutes from the center of Newburyport, with its numerous shops, restaurants, arts, events, and other activities. It is only 45 minutes from Boston and 15 minutes from the New Hampshire border. New York City is about 4 1/2 hours away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Plum Island, Merrimack Valley & Essex County

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
14 Jul 2018 - 17 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
DISCOUNT Late Summer
18 Aug 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
DISCOUNT late Sept
8 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
1 Nov 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
180 night minimum stay
for 180 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £113.32
Refundable Damage Deposit £377.75

There are no daily rates. Rental is by the week in the summer and early fall, by the month in the off-season. There is a 10% discount for multiple-week rentals and for renting this property in conjunction with the separately-rented attached 1-BR apartment (VRBO #665263). For weekly rentals, there is a $150 cleaning fee and a $500 refundable security deposit. 50% of the total payment (rent plus cleaning fee plus security deposit) and signing of the rental agreement is required to hold the unit. The balance is due at least 14 days before the start date. In case of cancellation, 90% of payments will be refunded if the property is re-rented, 50% if it is not. The house is not available for rental during the months of May, June, and October.

Off-season rental is from October through April. Rentals must be for at least two months, with a strong preference for a single rental for the full six-month off-season period. The rent for that period is $1,650 per month, with a one-month security deposit.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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