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VILLA SOJOURN On The Merrimack

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 6,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 14 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 4 1/2 Bathrooms - Available for 14+ nights

This vacation rental comprises 6,000 sq ft and includes the top two floors of a 10,000 sq ft Mediterranean style stucco residence on a quiet cul de sac in a safe and rural neighborhood with 6 acres of outdoor appeal and 500 ft of pristine frontage on the Merrimack River.

The covered portico parking area leads directly through double carved wooden doors that open up to a 3 story entrance hall with a coat stand, marble floors, live plants, crystal chandelier, dual stairways, three automatic skylights and four ceiling fans.

Through French doors to the left is a formal family room with a comfortable microfiber sectional with two recliners. To the right is the formal dining room with custom built-in cupboards and oak table with seating for eight and a foldaway table with additional seating for 4. Straight ahead to the left is a fully tiled half bath with vanity and toilet with a coat room directly opposite. Followed by another family room with wood burning fireplace, a 48- inch flat screen HD cable TV and seating for 11 on leather sectionals with 3 recliners and a pull-out sleeper couch. The open plan kitchen with two islands, two ovens, GE Profile range and two microwaves, two dishwashers, garbage disposal and compactor, fridge and stove adjoins the family room. A pantry with two freezers and plenty of storage leads off the kitchen and the back door leads past a bay area with a rattan table and seating for four to the screened back porch and wrap around open deck.

Dual carpeted staircases with wrought iron railings lead up to two separate entrances to the spacious 800 sq ft second-floor master suite with its own private balcony overlooking the landscaped yard and river. Large windows and a jetted corner tub are designed to take full advantage of the sunny location and view.

Also featured is a queen double bed with overhead ceiling fan and solid wood headboard with mirrors, storage on both sides, reading lights etc. A matching 9 drawer dresser and mirrors, two single beds, double futon, writing desk, cozy working fireplace, wall to wall carpeting and area rugs, custom drapes, fresh linen and towels, air-conditioning, baseboard heating, coat and luggage stand, wood burning fireplace, central vac, wireless internet and 30 inch flat screen cable television with built-in CD player and SD card slot.

His and hers on suite bathrooms one with a tub and handheld shower and the other with a regular shower.

Recessed ceiling lights with some on dimmer switches add to the overall ambiance. A double French door leads to a private balcony with patio furniture and umbrella.

Three additional rooms each with full- size double beds, bathroom, laundry room with washer, dryer and foldout ironing board are also included in this rental.

A covered and screened patio area and huge deck overlook landscaped lawns and the Merrimack River.

Two hammock's, patio and picnic furniture, directors chairs, umbrellas and charcoal grills are also available.

Large outdoor grassy fenced area.

More Details

Colin Hodgson
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, German, Afrikaans
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2018

About Colin Hodgson

My German wife Reini and I emigrated from South Africa with our two daughters twenty-five years ago. After living in Ipswich, Massachusetts for five years we moved to our current location on the Merrimack River in West Newbury.

Colin Hodgson purchased this estate in 1987

Why Colin Hodgson chose West Newbury

The peaceful, safe, rural nature of the riverside village of West Newbury and yet close proximity to cities like Boston and Newburyport and Portsmouth were the primary reasons for making this area our home.

What makes this estate unique

The Mediterranean style with stucco exterior reminded me of vacation homes in more tropical locations.

I enjoy boating and fishing and love the living right on the banks of the Merrimack river with access to the Atlantic Ocean.

Wild and bird life abound with frequent sightings of majestic Bald Eagles and Osprey.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in West Newbury in Essex County

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Currently taking minimum bookings for 14+ nights. Please inquire. Lodgers to park on property; Lodgers to sign guest registry (required by Town)
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • village
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master: Queen bed, Full Futon and two single beds Bedroom1: Queen Bed Bedroom2: Full Bed Bedroom3: Full Bed Bedroom4: Queen Bed, Full Futon Currently taking minimum bookings for 14+ nights.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Minimum booking of 14 nights required. All lodgers to park on the premises - required by Town All lodgers to sign a guest registry (name, address, vehicle info) - per Town requirements No parties or events. Speed limit in the neighborhood is 25 mph. No smoking inside the house.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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VILLA SOJOURN On The Merrimack
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

We had a great time- The property is beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

Owners live onsite. They are very kind and accomodating.

The walk to the river was fun.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property, Great Owners!

  • 5 of 5

I went with a group of couples for a weekend getaway, and it was incredible! It was so relaxing, the house was amazing, and the space was great. Beautiful surrounding area, and the size of the space in the house was perfect for us. Wonderful stay - definitely recommend this!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious, beautiful, perfect for retreat

  • 4 of 5

As described, there was plenty of space both inside and outside for our retreat purposes and we had a wonderful time. When one enters, the chandelier, high ceilings and staircases are stunning. Taxidermy-lined walls gives the place an interesting and different feel. Fire pit outside was perfect for s'mores. I was not aware ahead of time of the tenants that live in the villa below the rental property. There were no problems here but was a bit of a surprise. Stay was overall very comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Experience

  • 5 of 5

i really felt like I was on a safari in South Africa! Great enormous home with plenty of interesting nic-nacs... Great people to deal with. got my refund back :)

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ladies Weekend

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful weekend! I was in charge of planning a bachelorette weekend for my best friend. I booked this amazing house and we intended to spend some time in Newburyport. I was a little nervous about the party planning so I asked Colin and Reini if I could stop by a few weeks earlier just to check things out and make sure we all had enough space to sleep. They were incredibly accommodating and told me to stop by whenever. I was very pleased with all the space and Reini made sure we had enough beds for each guest. The house was clean and welcoming and the deck was spectacular. We easily got a cab to downtown Newburport to have dinner and drinks and do some shopping. We had planned to do more things out and about but we ended up spending most of our time at the house because it was so comfortable and inviting. I would love to make this an annual trip. Thank you Reini and Colin!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family & Friends home base for my wedding.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this location. The place is conveniently located if you have a car. Perfect for family reunions I had my 90 year old grandparents and they were very comfortable. I have absolutely no complaints about this ideal accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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40 Miles
Logan International.
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
26 Miles
Salem Ferry www.salemferry.com
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Newburyport 9 holes.
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Interstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Maudslay State Park and Mill pond cross country.
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
The Parker River Wildlife Refuge.
Car: necessary

Conveniently situated between interstates 495 and 95 with luxury coach and train services to New York, Boston, Logan Airport and points North.

AirNav: 2B2 - Plum Island Airport is open to the public with small planes and pick up is available.

Close proximity to various Beaches, State Parks and Wildlife refuges etc.

New Hampshire Tax free shopping is just across the border.

An easy 20 minute highway drive to the Maine factory outlets including the must visit world famous Kittery Trading Post.

Local Restaurants cater for every palate from fast food to fine dining.

Excellent fishing on site and nearby.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday estate in West Newbury, USA

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £14 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £143.48
Cleaning £358.7
Property Damage Protection £42.33

Please inquire about weekly rates. Minimum booking is 14+ nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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