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Charming Room in 1775 Mariner's House being Restored in Beautiful Newburyport

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About the property

Private room and bath in small historic house close to town and river

Lovely bedroom with standard size double bed, handmade quilt, writing desk, wi-fi and a/c, private bathroom in a small antique central chimney New Englander being lovingly restored by scholar/playwright in the neighborly South End of Newburyport.

Perfect 1 to 3 night get-away for one or two adults. 3 night maximum stay. Walk downtown, bike to the ocean.

Allergy sufferers and people with physical challenges: two cats live in the house. Very steep, ship-like spiral wooden stairs lead to the guest room.

We provide: shampoo and conditioner, bath gel, hair dryer, bed linens and towels, use of fridge. Help-yourself tasteful and healthy cold breakfast of yogurt, fruit, pastry, coffee, tea, and juice.

Perfect location nestled between downtown Newburyport & Plum Island. Meander the winding streets to the shops, farmer’s market, Irish pub, award-winning restaurants, live community theater, indy cinema, Maritime Museum, art galleries, yoga studios. Summer months offer free movies and concerts on the waterfront, boardwalk, Eco tours, deep sea fishing, and whale watching. Winter months offer natural delights like snowy owls, eagles, and seals on the Merrimac River and winter birds outside the kitchen window.

Launch your kayak at the bottom of the street at Joppa Flats or just sit on the bench and watch the sun set over the marsh and the moon rise over the river.

Convenient: Train station is 1 1/2 miles away; bus station is 3 miles away. Downtown Newburyport is a 10 minute walk from the house.

Ideal for writers, artists, photographers, nature lovers, romantics, and meanderers.

More Details

Nancy Haverington
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2017

About Nancy Haverington

I grew up in the Berkshire Hills where Melville wrote Moby Dick. I moved to Newburyport to finish my dissertation on Emerson, write plays, and to restore this old house. As I researched the history while uncovering layers of remodeling, the house's story began to unfold.

Nancy Haverington purchased this house in 1999

Why Nancy Haverington chose Merrimack Valley & Essex County

Newburyport is enchanting, interesting, and inspiring. The South End, historically, was bustling with mariners, sailmakers, blacksmiths, woodcarvers and shipwrights. Today it is filled with artists, writers, teachers, and families of mixed generations. In between, the Industrial Revolution brought factories that have since been transformed into shops, restaurants, and housing in the beautiful old brick buildings.

And then there's the ocean, the river, the marshes, the birds, the skies....

Forty miles south and you're in Boston. Thirty minutes north and you're in Portsmouth, NH.

I bought this house because it was creaky, crooked, neglected, and unappreciated. Its beauty was hidden and I wanted to uncover it. And having been built at the dawn of the American Revolution, I knew it had a story. This house and town have character meant to be shared.

What makes this house unique

Owner speaks English and is fluent in Sign Language.

Guestbook comments from the owner

These are the ideal guests that you hope for: warm, open, friendly, and respectful. They were interesting themselves and interested in the history of the house and the restoration process. We are grateful to have met them and would welcome them back in a heartbeat.
Oct 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Newburyport in Essex County

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • village ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Small bathroom with toilet, sink, and shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Lovely room with standard size double bed, handmade quilt, writing desk.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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(21 traveller reviews)

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Charming Room in 1775 Mariner's House being Restored in Beautiful Newburyport
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Memorable stay!

  • 5 of 5

So happy to have found this charming place so close to everything. The bedroom was spacious and comfortable, and there was a good supply of plush towels in the lovely bathroom. Breakfast was a real treat! Nancy is such a gracious host, we felt very much at home. We only wished we could have stayed longer!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loved having you both stay with us! It was so much fun getting to know you a bit and I hope we can continue our conversation. Let's keep that inspiration going! Thanks again for coming and l look forward to hearing how you're doing.
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Baltimore, Maryland

Wonderful welcome in quiet seaside town

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place for a quiet getaway. You have a charming, clean, sunny second floor room and private bath, as well as access to the downstairs sitting room and kitchen. Nancy, the hostess, provides a delicious, lovingly prepared cold breakfast and fascinating conversation (if you want it). The house is a block from the waterside and a few walkable blocks from the town center (restaurants, shopping, etc.); walk around the quiet neighborhood to discover pre-Revolutionary historic houses and beautifully kept garden plots. Don't miss the nearby Parker River national wildlife refuge!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean and charming

  • 5 of 5

I went to Newbury port with my friend without knowing anything about the place. And our vacation was perfect: our room at the bed and breakfast was charming and really clean. Our host is amazing and you are close to everything by wall. Thank you Nancy for letting us stay in your beautiful fairytale house :)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jude and I loved meeting you and Katherine, Jasmine. I'm so glad you had a great time and enjoyed your stay. Thank you again for coming and hope to see you again!
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Like a Visit to a Dear Friend

  • 5 of 5

I'm doing this against my better judgement because I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Nancy and her warm hospitality and lovely home, and I am afraid it will be booked when my wife and I want to stay there again when we visit our son, who lives in Newburyport. Nancy is a most gracious and accommodating hostess; her house is equipped like a 4-star hotel; her breakfasts are huge, nutritious and delicious; the location is super convenient to whatever you likely want to do in Newburyport (which is definitely worth a visit); and her cats are friendly. As noted, she has two cats, so if you're allergic, bring medicine; and as advertised, the bedroom is up a steep and narrow spiral staircase, so if you're infirm, think twice, and even if you're not, don't bring a large suitcase. Otherwise, by all means book this delightful establishment. But, please, not when we want to stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is the place!

  • 5 of 5

This is the place if you want a New England experience instead of a vanilla hotel! Nancy and Jude are one of the highlights of staying here. The location works great for in-town and out-of-town activities. I'm so glad I stayed in Newburyport instead of the other towns in the Essex area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Walpole, NH

Relaxed and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

Nancy is an easy-going and gracious hostess. An afternoon cup of tea with homemade cookies set the tone for our entire stay. Our room was clean, comfortable and spacious. The gardens are peaceful, quiet and relaxing. It is an easy walk into town for shopping, sightseeing and dining and a 5 minute drive to the beach. Her breakfast table is a delight! I agree 100% with all the 5-star reviews given here and echo the reviewers' sentiments. I would not hesitate to stay at the 1775 Mariner's House again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm happy you enjoyed your stay. It was great meeting you and I hope to see you again. Until then, best wishes.
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Plum Island Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Grog
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Train Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 1A
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Starboard Galley
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Plum Island
Car: not necessary

Newburyport is a beautiful historic seaport on the Merrimac River and Atlantic Ocean. There is something for everyone from cozy cafes to gourmet restaurants, two live theatres and Indie cinema, summer months there are free concerts and movies on the waterfront, live music in the pub, and boats to take you whale watching, deep sea fishing, harbor tour, bird watching tours, a children's park, all within walking distance. Ocean beach on Plum Island and the wildlife refuge are just 3 miles from the house past stunning salt marshes, spectacular sunrises, sunsets, and moonrises over the river. There is something to do and see and a special festival in every season in fair Newburyport.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Newburyport, Eastern Massachusetts

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £31.09

Price listed is per person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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