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Spectacular Setting In The Dunes. NOW DISCOUNT DAYS IN JULY AND AUG. OPEN - WOW!

People14
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms7
Space 6,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

5 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14

The Sandcastle is just that, a 'castle' (5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths) perched on the dunes of its own peninsula, with water on three sides, and direct access to a private beach ('Twopenny Loaf Beach') that only the guests of Sand Castle and a few other lucky neighbors have use of. Situated on four acres with the beach and ocean surrounding (and not a neighbor in sight!) the house is adjacent to protected greenbelt reservation land, guaranteeing your privacy and serenity. The sun sets over the Bay and and the view from the deck and beach is unsurpassed. From the East deck wake up to a magnificent sunrise over the marsh. From almost every window in the house the view is of the Essex River, the marsh, Hog Island and the Crane Estate in Ipswich, all undeveloped land which reinforces the feeling that you are in an untouched, incomparably beautiful place. Built in 2009 the house boasts every modern amenity but is designed with the classic Cape Cod style intact with high ceilings, plentiful windows and lots of natural light, beautiful woodwork accents and moldings, all en-suite bedrooms, central air conditioning (in the bedroom on the main floor and the entire second floor) and high end, but not ostentatious, furnishings and fittings.?Enter into the center of the house with a grand staircase that takes you up to the main level of the house. The huge and open living and dining areas have a wall of windows and sliders which lead to the massive wraparound deck overlooking the dunes and beach. The kitchen is an 'ell' off of the dining/living and is a very large with a very large island with a stainless-steel trough sink (to put your chilled edibles and wines) in the center and granite counter tops. Kitchen amenities include all stainless appliances, 4 sinks, a 6-burner commercial-grade Blue Star stove with two ovens w/broilers, plus grill and griddle, two dishwashers, a wine refrigerator, separate ice making machine and more. Off of the kitchen to the east is a breakfast area and more relaxed seating,and a “morning deck” equipped with a large propane-fired stainless barbeque. There is also a separate and comfortable sitting room/den with wood-burning fireplace for quieter pursuits, also with a large flat-screen when the mood to watch strikes. A lovely tiled half-bath with marble sink is just down the hall. Also on this floor is a queen bedroom with a sparkling white tile and marble bathroom with a shower and of course views of the dunes and salt marshes of Farm Creek. ?The second floor has two more bedrooms called the Sunrise and Sunset rooms (you can guess why) with amazing views and lovely en-suite baths with double sinks and tubs and showers. One bedroom is a queen and the other is a king and both bedrooms have two over sized window ledges that accommodate a twin mattress each, so could sleep two more people if necessary. The lower level of the house is less formal and more fun with a large center room with a ping pong table, a 'beach' bathroom (just outside is the path to the beach) with whimsical Brazilian blue granite double sinks, a shower and a sauna and separate steam room. There are also two bedrooms (two doubles in one and a king in the other) with en-suite baths and finally the laundry room and a mini kitchen to supply the necessary refreshments for your day of fun and sun on your own beach! In order to reserve this property, please call us


Property Manager
Kim Thayer
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

The house is perfect for our little kids. Right next to the beach. The house has everything you could want. I highly recommend the Sandcastle.
Jul 2014
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Gloucester in Essex County

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 6500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , separate sauna, steam room and waterfall shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All bathrooms are tiled in high end design style. Guest half bathroom on the main floor. Beach bathroom has sliding door to the beach with an out door shower, an indoor waterfall shower, a steam room, a sauna, two double sinks, water closet and lots of beach towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Sunrise Suite
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Sunset Suite
  • West master suite King bed and two single window beds. East master suite Queen bed and two single window beds. Main floor master Queen bed. Lower floor King bed with sliding doors to lower deck. Lower floor two double beds. All bedrooms are beautifully furnished, have spectacular views and private bathrooms with lovely tiling.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The Sandcastle is perched on the dunes of its own peninsula, with water on three sides, and direct access to a private beach. Situated on four acres with the beach and ocean surrounding (and not a neighbor in sight!) guaranteeing your privacy and serenity. From almost every window in the house the view is of the Essex River and Hog Island and the Crane Estate in Ipswich, all undeveloped land which reinforces the feeling that you are in an untouched, incomparably beautiful place. The huge and open living and dining areas have a wall of windows and sliders which lead to the massive wraparound deck overlooking the dunes and beach. please call us

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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
5

Love it!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing property. Incredibly friendly owners. A secret gem of a location on the North Shore.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Wedding Venue

  • 5 of 5

This house is a dream. My husband and I were married here this Fall and I cannot believe we found such a perfect, romantic spot for our ceremony. The owners are beyond accommodating and friendly. We had the ease/convenience of getting ready for the ceremony on separate floors with the most amazing views of the sunrise, and then the beach/ocean. Once we were ready, there was a perfect hidden spot of sand dunes for us to have our "first look" without being seen by the arriving guests. And then the actual ceremony location was right on the ocean with the unparalleled backdrop of Choate Island and Crane Beach! After the ceremony, we had a champagne toast with our guests in the kitchen/on the deck and the kitchen is so impressive. The center island that holds ice/champagne is gorgeous, and there is plenty of space for people to mingle. I would highly recommend this property to anyone for any occasion. The location truly lends itself to a dreamy, private getaway!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The most amazing house

  • 5 of 5

This house is, by far, the most amazing house I've ever rented. And I've rented quite a few. It is spectacular, while still being completely comfortable. There are amazing views from every room, and particularly from the master bedrooms. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need - and even has two dishwashers and two refrigerators. Kids LOVED the downstairs rec room with ping pong and air hockey, and thoroughly enjoyed going from the steam room to the ocean, over and over. Speaking of the ocean, the private beach is fabulous. There wasn't another soul around our entire week, and the water was wonderful. I can't say enough about this house. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great getaway. My one suggestion - get all your groceries on your first day, because you won't want to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake George, NY
5

The Perfect Rental

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a rental to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary with our three children, their spouses and our 7 grandchildren. The Sandcastle was perfect for all of us including our dog.

The large kitchen was incredible with multiple stoves, sinks, dishwashers, ample preparation space and an out door grill, which we made use of. It allowed our whole family to participate and made cooking fun.

Because we were there in mid September, we did very little swimming but took advantage of the beach for flying kites, fishing, digging clams, canoeing and general relaxation.

The view from every room in the house was spectacular and very much a part of the beauty. This rental home should be on everyone's "bucket list".

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wellesley, MA
5

Paradise within an hour of Boston

  • 5 of 5

Great privacy, views, and outrageously cool house. Worth every penny.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lincoln, Nebraska
5

Serene Sandcastle Beauty

  • 5 of 5

This house is unmatched. We have done the research! It is secluded on an amazing piece of property. Situated on the tip of white sand Wingaersheek, with dunes and salt march on the other sides. Take loooooong walks on the beach, kayak, dig for clams and experience pink sand in the marsh. The truly breathtaking sun sets over Crane's beach. There's almost no houses in sight. The moon rises are equally as beautiful. Look out any window and you see spectacular natural beauty. The layout of house is great for entertaining and hanging out. I love cooking in the kitchen, but there are some great delivery, take out or dine out options in town. Once you arrive, you won't want to leave! It's a great place for families with kids. We have a 7 year old, 5 year old and 1 year old and they love it. There are no stairs off the deck so kids can't get away from you and down to the water without notice - a great safety feature in our opinion, especially for our younger guests! The decor is appealing - neutral colors allow the ocean to be the star of the show. Lots of seating, high end appliances, clean and uncluttered rooms. The manager is accessible, knowledgeable, friendly, and a great artist to boot - her work hangs throughout the house. The ice machine (fantastic feature) had a leak on our first visit and the manager was responsive and the problem was resolved quickly with as minimal interference as possible. We are repeat renters and are coming back again this summer. We highly recommend this spot. You won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: To prospective guests: I know this sounds like a fake review because it's so positive and so well written, but I PROMISE it's not! I thank her for for all the time she took to write it, I'm grateful (but worried it sounds TOO good!). SIncerely, Stan
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Location

Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Logan Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Lobsta Land
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Gloucester
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Essex
Nearest Train
4.5 Miles
Gloucester
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Rt. 128
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Lobsta Land
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Bradford
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Two Penny Loaf
Car: necessary

Cape Ann and the town of Gloucester is a picturesque and beautiful old fishing town with lots of excellent restaurants, and a large artist community with museums and galleries. Many famous artists paint here. Must go visit: The Crane Estate and Beach, The Beauport House Museum, the North Shore Art Association, The Cape Ann Museum, Halibut Point State Park and the quarries, the Gloucester Marina and fish pier, State Fort Park, Essex Shipbuilding Museum. Activities: Boating, swimming, beach combing, shelling, bicycling, roller blading, fishing, clam digging, kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing. There is a local movie theater, bowling alley and great restaurants. You can rent a boat or go on a guided fishing tour in Essex Bay or Ipswich Bay, or deep sea fishing off shore. The neighboring town of Essex on the Essex River is renowned for numerous antique shops. Most of our guests spend nearly all their time at the house and on the beach since the setting is so spectacular. The sunsets over Essex Bay are not to be missed. The sunrise over the Farm Creek Marsh is worth waking up early to see.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Gloucester, Eastern Massachusetts

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Summer
6 May 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
£5,632
for 4 nights
£9,593
£43,850
 
 
September and October Weekends
7 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
£5,010
for 4 nights
From
£1,165
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£5,010
for 4 nights
From
£1,165
£11,225
£43,850
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £349.56
Pet Fee £155.36
Damage Deposit £2,330.4

Long weekends with a three night minimum stay are available off season. Most weekends in warm weather (May, Sept. Oct.) rent for $8000.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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