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Property Details

Updated: May 12, 2015
4 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Newly Renovated Kitchen And Baths, Porch.

Our Classic New England Gambrel roofed house perches on its landscaped lot in the South End of Rockport with the most incredible view of the ocean and the twin lights of Thatcher Island. It was one of the original houses built in around 1907. There are many protected places to sit outside as well as a wrap around covered porch overlooking the water. The sound and the smell of the sea envelop you.

The first floor has an open living/ dining room with huge windows onto the view. there is a separate study/TV room with a convertible couch and pocket doors. The large kitchen with its eat around island has the same amazing view and has been completely renovated in a classical style. There is one full bath with a shower on the first floor.

The second floor has four comfortable bedrooms, each with an ocean view, and two full baths, one with a clawfoot tub and one with a large shower. Both are newly renovated.

There is an outdoor gas grille and outdoor table and chairs.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

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About the Owner

I am a preservation architect and my husband is a lawyer. We live full time in upstate New York. We have two grown children.

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Classic Shingle Style Beach House, Stunning Ocean View
-(518) 369-9043
Rockport Merrimack Valley & Essex County
New York

Rockport Gem

  • 5 of 5
We rented this house over Christmas week. Our stay was perfect in every way. Our family rents houses/apartments whenever we travel, and this one is perhaps our favorite. Not only were there stunning ocean views from every window, but the home is both gorgeous and comfortable. Kate was accommodating of our every need and of last minute changes in our schedule. The kitchen came fully stocked, and everything about the style of this home was modernized but in keeping with its historical roots.
This is one elegant and inviting place in which to spend quality time with one's family!
We hope to have the chance to stay here again soon.
  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Classic Shingle Style Beach House, Stunning Ocean View
-(518) 369-9043
Rockport Merrimack Valley & Essex County
Cambridge, MA

Wonderful owners, incredible view, gorgeous home, quiet neighborhood

  • 5 of 5
We rented the Arbory House to celebrate two "big" birthdays and a significant wedding anniversary with our family. The home is immaculate and has recently been renovated with the floors refinished, interior painting, new bathrooms as well as a new kitchen. The owners have fully equipped the home, providing all that is required for a comfortable stay. The inside of the home and the view of the twin lights on Thacher's Island are even more beautiful than the pictures! We communicated several times with Kate via email and by phone before and during our rental period. She is both friendly and responsive, going out of her way to ensure we had everything we needed.

During the month, we visited to the shops of Rockport and Bearskin Neck a few times, walked the neighborhood and found quaint footpaths leading to the rocky ocean's edge, went nearby Cape Hedge and Pebble Beach, rented kayaks on Bearskin Neck and paddled around Straightsmouth Island, toured Cape Pond Ice in Gloucester... There are so many things to do in Rockport and Gloucester, but be forewarned~ it is difficult to leave the porch over-looking Thacher's Island!

A few restaurants we really enjoyed - Latitude 43, Cape Ann Brewing Company and Zeke's Place (breakfast, cash only) in Gloucester, Blue Lobster and Helmut's Strudel (home-made strudel and cookies) in Rockport and The Market Restaurant in Annisquam.

It was so hard to leave; we have already booked dates for next summer!
  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so thrilled you are returning next year, you couldn't have been more wonderful guests and we take it as the highest compliment!
Your recommendations for fun and interesting things to do in and around Rockport will be so helpful to future guests. It is such an historic and scenic area. But you are right, it is hard to leave the view from the front porch. We are always mesmerized by it! And then we come in to our local lobster dinner...
What could be better??


From the Owner

This house is a dream house to us. We had owned an adorable beach cottage just down the road from Arbory House for ten years after having fallen in love with Rockport and the south end of Rockport in particular. We love the authentic yet unpretentious New England feeling of Cape Ann, its charming architecture, beautiful, friendly family beaches and unsurpassed views of the ocean. This house has all the charm of a 1907 vintage beach house, plenty of room for extended family to spread out and just simply the most exquisite and expansive view of the sea and thatcher Island.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Boston, Logan at 35 Miles Nearest Barpub : Franklin Street Cafe, Gloucester at 5 Miles Nearest Golf : Rockport Golf Club at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Rockport commuter train to Boston at 3 Miles Nearest Motorway : I 90 at 35 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Franklin Street Cafe, Gloucester at 5 Miles Nearest Beach : Cape Hedge, Rockport, within walking distance at 1 Miles Car: necessary

Rockport and Gloucester have their own historic houses, art galleries, restaurants and museums (In addition to great beaches, sailing and fishing!) If you want even more culture, it is a one hour trip either by car or commuter train to down town Boston. There are antiquing, sunset sails and great fried clams in Essex. Historic Salem, Ma. is less than an hour away. Buy your fresh lobster from the lobsterman down the road and cook it in our big lobster pots! Or you can buy fresh cooked lobster at Roy Moores in downtown Rockport, a five minute drive from the house. Hike the old granite stone Quarries with fabulous ocean views at Halibut Point State Park. 10 minute drive from house.


From $3,000 Per week

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
shoulder, spring
May 2 2015 - Jun 13 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jun 14 2015 - Sep 11 2015
7 night minimum stay
shoulder, fall
Sep 12 2015 - Oct 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

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  • Property Damage Protection $99.00

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From the Owner

Without a doubt, Arbory House is in one of the premier locations in Rockport. It is on a high ridge with 270 degree views of the ocean. The neighboring houses are classic lovely old rambling Shingle Style beach houses. Several have been in the same families for generations. Houses like these have been described as 'The Architecture of the American Summer' by architectural historian Vincent Scully. Our house does truly represent all that is best about summer, it is relaxed but beautiful with a mix of family Antiques and new wicker and comfortable upholstered furniture. my great grandfather's nautical art work adorns the walls. It has all the mod cons but also a great feeling of the past. To sit with a drink on that porch with friends and family is one of the great joys.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Ocean View
  • Rural


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 3000 sq. ft.


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, first floor
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, tub, second floor
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, shower
  • All bathrooms are newly renovated and all are accessible from hallways.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single, twin with pullout/popup trundle twin additional
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • all bedrooms have ocean views. All cotton sheets and down duvets.


  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Guests provide their own meals

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