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The Complete Island Retreat

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in West Chop - Summertime

With 2 houses and pool on 3+ acres: relax, lose the stress and decompress!

Located on a quiet, seaside country lane and situated on 3+ private wooded acres, this renovated Cape Cod Main House and Guest Cottage offer wonderful opportunities for relaxation and an ideal base for a relaxed, multi-generational family vacation in three seasons (spring, summer, fall).

At the top of the driveway circle, a large, Cedar shingled shed shelters bikes and gear from the elements. A stone path leads to the Main House kitchen door, providing easy access for carrying groceries and the like. The generous, well-shaded side lawn provides ample space for badminton or croquet or a game of ball with your favorite canine friend.

The Main House has three bedrooms and offers comfortable gathering spaces in its fireplaced combined living & dining room and the adjoining den. The long pine dining table seats ten in comfort. The country kitchen is well equipped with updated stainless steel appliances, and a high-efficiency washer and dryer. A full bath off the den completes the first floor. Upstairs, a full hall bathroom serves the twin and triple bedrooms; the grand master bedroom with cathedral ceiling has its own en suite full bath and spa tub. Every bedroom has cross-ventilation, a ceiling fan and louvered blinds.

Summertime offers numerous outdoor sitting and relaxation areas. The Main House stone terrace with its shady pergola overlooks a side yard and a fully fenced, in-ground pool. The pool area is otherwise secluded from outside view by mature Rhododendron, and chaise lounges and grassy areas provide comfort for sunbathers. A low deck at the rear of the Main House faces a tranquil Japanese garden with waterfall bounded by a stand of tall, leafy bamboo - a perfect place for a leisurely breakfast or coffee. A sunny stone patio and another large deck with built-in seating serves the Guest House. All outdoor spaces are equipped with chairs and tables, and, in some instances, lounges. The green between the main house and guest house is shaded by three mature Kousa Dogwoods, which flower in June.

The single level Cape Cod style Guest Cottage is steps away - light and airy with cathedral ceilings, yet a private little world of its own shielded from the Main House by Bamboo and other plantings. This cottage includes a newly renovated living room area with stylish, custom kitchenette, a large master bedroom and en suite, renovated full bathroom with high efficiency, stacked full-sized washer and dryer.

Adjacent to the Guest Cottage is the spacious, enclosed outdoor shower with hot and cold water, where you can fully shower or just rinse off from the pool, a run or the beach. Guests tend to linger here, so If a member of your party goes missing, look for him here first! The hammock on the generous shaded side lawn provides another quiet place to enjoy a nap or read a good book.

For the golf enthusiast, Mink Meadows Golf Club is 4 minutes by car or a ten minute walk and offers a friendly atmosphere and a challenging but playable nine hole course - always in great playing condition. Vineyard Haven is about a 7 minute drive and offers shops, restaurants, and ferry. Local West Chop beaches and piers are privately owned and accessible only to West Chop Club members and their accompanied guests. The Tisbury Town Beach on Vineyard Sound (Tashmoo) is about 7 minutes away; the Atlantic beaches, such as Katama, are on the south side of the Island about 30 minutes drive. There is a VTA bus stop on the West Chop Loop just before Franklin St., and the VTA system provides transport around the entire island.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
28 July, 2016
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About Jim

The matriarch of this family built an open frame Cape summer house (Main House) and established the original plantings in 1951. Over the years, she expanded the Main House with dormers, more bathrooms and a terrace with pergola. 1973 saw the addition of a winterized Guest Cottage, more plantings and a free-form swimming pool. The next generation renovated, insulated and fully finished the Main House interior in 2008, added the large open deck and stone patio area off the kitchen and redesigned the adjoining Japanese garden with waterfall. Dining room bay windows offer a serene view of the garden and the birds who love the waterfall area. In over 65 intervening years , oak trees have grown tall, and Rhododendron at the pool have merged to create complete privacy, moss has covered the low stone steps from the path to the front door of the Main House -mature mountain laurels and tall oaks now shade the side yard.

The Guest Cottage was updated in 2008 through 2014; 2015-16 renovations and improvements to the kitchenette, living room and bath are now complete. New major appliances, kitchen equipment and furnishings make the Guest House fully functional independently of the Main House. New lawns between the houses create an intimate, compound feel.

This property is magical in its privacy, opportunities for creative and imaginative play for young children and the young at heart and as a gathering place for family activities and interactions. While Summertime offers many modern amenities and communications, the unpretentious design and furnishings encourage those weary of the pace of modern life to linger and appreciate the simple pleasures of an earlier time. Summertime continues to be our family retreat and reflects the high value we place on privacy, quiet and simplicity. We enjoy the process of overseeing the gradual evolution of the property - ever mindful of the need to preserve its essential character and history.

Jim purchased this house in 1949

Why Jim chose Vineyard Haven

Our family has enjoyed the West Chop area of the Vineyard for three generations. The property enjoys easy access by bike or car to the restaurants and shops of Vineyard Haven, but past the West Chop flag pole and down our unpaved country lane, the area is rural in character - and the property provides unusual privacy and quiet. Again, while Summertime offers many modern amenities and communications facilities, the unpretentious design and simple furnishings encourage those weary of the pace of modern life to linger and appreciate the simple pleasures and amusements of an earlier time in a beautiful and natural setting.

What makes this house unique

Summertime offers a comfortable, simple, multi-generational family retreat with great privacy, quiet and natural beauty, located just minutes from golf, recreation, shops, restaurants and the bustle and heat of town.


based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

The Complete Island Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
Silver Lake, NH

Exquisite golf weekend

  • 5 of 5

With beautiful nearby courses, the ocean a stones throw away and the accommodations so very precious, we could not have had a more wonderful weekend. A truly warm setting and ideal location.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA

A Wonderful Gem!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have stayed at Summertime many times over the years and have thoroughly enjoyed every visit. The house is quite comfortable and can accommodate a large family like ours. Having a fully furnished guest cottage near the main house is a wonderful plus as it allows guests to be part of the household yet come and go as they please. The grounds have a number of interesting little paths, offer a nice mix of sun and shade, and are always well maintained. The property also has a nice pool and patio area, which is quite rare for homes in and around West Chop. Summertime is conveniently located within easy walking distance of all of the activities and amenities West Chop has to offer, yet it is also nicely secluded for those times when one simply wants to relax by oneself. Finally, having come to know Summertime's owners over the years, my wife and I can attest that they are first-rate individuals who truly care about making sure each and every person or family that rents their home has an excellent experience.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York City

Summertime is Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We've been staying at this beautiful spot for several years. It's the ideal getaway. Lovely accommodations, beautiful grounds, including a pool for lazing around. Take a short walk to the beach, or maybe climb into the hammock for reading or watching birds. There's everything you need to prepare a gourmet meal, an outdoor barbecue, or a lovely breakfast under the pergola.

We love this beautiful spot and recommend it highly.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canterbury, New Hampshire, USA

Welcoming Retreat

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend this rental. My family and I have been coming here over the years and fully appreciate this lovely spot.The owners take great pride in their property, both the main and guest house and the landscaping. It is well maintained, in good repair It has a fully equipped kitchen . The house is well set up to entertain, enjoy time with family and friends. The whole place is relaxed and peaceful and most comfortable.

The guest house is very cozy and quiet.

The setting is serene, with trees, flowers and a small Japanese garden, with flowing water.

The pool is very refreshing and has beautiful plantings.

This rental can be a wonderful spot to relax and restore, as we have done for so long. Enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Martha's Vineyard Airport, Barnes Road
Nearest Ferry
2.5 Miles
Steamship in Vineyard Haven
Nearest Golf
0.4 Miles
Mink Meadows Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Town of Vineyard Haven
Car: recommended

Convenient to Vineyard Haven downtown. Lake Tashmoo Town Beach, one of 12 public beaches available on island, is 5 minutes away by car, and offers both lake and Vineyard Sound swimming. Mink Meadows Golf Club, 5 minutes by car, offers well-maintained 9 holes with water views. Many conservation lands on the Island offer lovely walking trails, see Sheriff's Meadow and Nature Conservancy websites. All West Chop beaches and piers are private, owned and administered by the West Chop Trust and accessible only to West Chop Club members and their accompanied guests.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in West Chop, Martha's Vineyard

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Fall, 2016
12 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Spring
1 May 2017 - 22 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Late Spring
23 May 2017 - 8 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
9 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £81
Pet Fee £246
Post visit Cleaning £328
Pet Fees per dog/week £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £819

More favorable rates available for multi-week rentals.

Rental is noon to noon unless otherwise agreed between owner and renter in writing.

Cleaning is separate fee - varies between $300-500, depending on number of guests.




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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in West Chop in Martha's Vineyard

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural ...
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  • Hair Dryer
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  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
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  • Towels Provided ...
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  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Master en suite Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , 2d floor master bath - accessible only from Master Bedroom
    Guest Cottage Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , guest cottage bath with laundry
    Main House - 1st Floor Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Serves guests and first floor den when used as bedroom
    Main House 2nd Floor Hall Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , hall bath 2d floor - serves two bedrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Main House Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Main House Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Main House Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed
    Guest House Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King bed with temperpedic top
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  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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