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Private, peaceful hilltop country haven close to major NW metro Boston arteries

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Private 800 sq.ft. 2nd floor loft w/large deck above trees, nature-only views

Private 800 sq.ft. second floor completely furnished (turnkey) loft above detached barn/garage with 8 x 20 ft. deck overlooking treetops, hills, and fields, no houses in sight. Part of 2.25 acre hilltop home with beautiful gardens, lawns, woods, and small orchard. Bright, open and airy with bed/sleeping, sitting, dining areas, closet, separate fully equipped kitchen, and large private bath. Additional storage space on first floor and/or main house. Washer/dryer available. TV/Netflix, internet wifi, linens, all utilities, and use of grounds, hammock, rope swing included. Labrador retriever always ready for walks or game of ball. 10 minutes from major state Routes 495, 3, and 2; approx. 30 minutes to Worcester, Lowell, southern NH, and metrowest Boston businesses; 10 minutes to Boston train. Travel time to Boston/Cambridge via car approx. one hour. World-class symphony orchestra, restaurants, museums nearby; hiking, swimming, skiing, canoeing, cycling trails from house and neighborhood. Friendly, welcoming, respectful-to-all small town environment.

Mary Livingston
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2018

About Mary Livingston

Having spent most of my growing-up years in the Atlanta, GA area, I moved to New England in the late 1970's and have loved it ever since. I earned my graduate degree in secondary/post-secondary education at Boston University, did some teaching in area high schools and community colleges; then transitioned my career into organizational development working in a wide variety of industries. Currently I work part-time for a nonprofit social services agency and also enjoy making/selling food, furniture, and sewing creations. I love all outdoor activities during all seasons, especially if it includes the company of Happy, my labrador retriever.

Mary Livingston purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Mary Livingston chose Groton

This area of MA offers a great deal of open space and yet is close to the major cities of Boston and Worcester as well as Nashua, Manchester and Concord in NH. Cape Cod, Maine, Vermont and western Massachusetts are also equally accessible. Groton is a quintessential, friendly, sophisticated, thriving and beautiful small New England town that is home to two reputable private schools, The Groton School and Lawrence Academy. Situated on 2.5 acres at the top of one of the highest hills in the area, my property has complete privacy and is also part of a close-knit, friendly neighborhood. Hundreds of acres of conservation land abut the property, providing plenty of walking trails, a great swimming pond, a beautiful river, bike trails, stables/horse-back riding, cross-country skiing, and lots of wildlife, including black bears, coyotes, foxes, fishers, otters, turkeys, racoons, porcupines, possums, and, of course, skunks. Birding habitat is equally varied--the hummingbirds are my favorite. Relaxing on the private, second-floor deck overlooking the surrounding hillsides and woods; or in the hammock and adirondack chairs at the edge of the woods enjoying the peace and quiet and a cool breeze is also quite satisfying. The gardens and small orchard on the property captured my imagination and I have enjoyed bringing the neglected ones back to life as well as creating new ones.

What makes this apartment unique

Enjoy stunning views, both the sunrise and sunset, as much solitude or friendly neighborly interaction as desired, fresh breezes, stars, birdsong, crickets, spring peepers, frogs, and the occasional rainbow (or double rainbow) in summer.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Groton in Middlesex County

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Ideal for business travelers visiting regularly and want a home away from home to leave clothes and other belongings; or city dwellers looking for a peaceful, accessible country retreat nearby. "Happy", the yellow lab, is always eager for a walk in woods and hills outside the door, or a game of ball on the lawn.


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Private, peaceful hilltop country haven close to major NW metro Boston arteries
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Charming, cozy, and spacious apartment, cool in summer, warm in winter, overall delightful spot

  • 5 of 5

I loved every minute of my stay here - Mary is warm, kind and always helpful - I had everything I needed. The location is secluded and yet convenient to everywhere I had to go, whether toward Boston or elsewhere. The apartment itself is inviting, cheerful, and beautifully laid out, with a large closet and a large and very comfortable bed. It has been a wonderful experience and I recommend it highly.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laela was an absolutely delightful guest--very thoughtful, kind, responsible and respectful; a lovely person I felt fortunate to get to know and to have enjoy my "Quarter Moon Loft" and surroundings. She is welcome back any time, and I truly hope to see her again soon!
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a wonderful property and so meticulously maintained

  • 5 of 5

Mary is a delightful host and the property was just perfect for our stay, we had everything we needed and then some. The loft apartment was well furnished and came with everything we needed right down to dishtowels and paper products. We really loved the area, it was quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday noise and traffic. Convenient to town and stores. Would like to stay again if the future calls us back to New England.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jim, Mike and doggie Amber are wonderful guests! In addition to being extraordinarily thoughtful, kind and friendly, they even offered their help should I need it with the yard/house--such unusual generosity of spirit! They are very responsible pet owners and Amber is a sweet and well-behaved dog. And they went above and beyond leaving the loft absolutely spotless. I would love for them to come back any time!!
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Beautiful yard and surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful outdoor yard and surroundings - at top of hill with views all around. Lots of great hiking trails right out the door. Living space is clean and efficient. Good closet and storage. Owner is very nice. Very quiet and peaceful place to stay. The bed is super comfortable - Tempurepedic mattress I think. Our dog loved it here too. I highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
43 Miles
Logan International, Boston; Manchester NH Airport
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Ayer, MA to Boston, MA
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £38.63
Property Damage Insurance £45.58
Refundable Damage Deposit £77.25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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