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Charming and Architectural Cottages on Secluded Private Pond in Martha's Vineyard

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Everyone's favorite rental! We recently completed a significant renovation of the house with many improvements and updates. Charming, quintessential Martha's Vineyard house situated on a spectacular private pond on 8.5 secluded acres in Lambert's Cove. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of conservation lands (Land Bank, Nature Conservancy, and Vineyard Open Land Foundation properties). Close to north shore beach (beach pass included with rental) and Seth's Pond - approximately one mile down Lambert's Cove Road. Three miles to shopping in both Vineyard Haven center and West Tisbury center. Three bedroom main house and two one-bedroom studio cottages available. Ferry reservations available for some summer weeks - early bookings are a must. Please see our personal website (see link at bottom of page).

Conservation Lands: The house is literally surrounded by extensive conservation lands that are wonderful for hiking, walking, and even some fishing. The Land Bank's Ripley's Field is on our street and is approximately 60 acres of a mixture of woodland trails and open fields. It connects to two more Land Bank properties - Tisbury Meadown Preserve and Wompesket, both with extensive acreage. The house is part of the Vineyard Open Land Foundation's Cranberry Acres which includes a 25-acre series of kettle ponds (which include Flat Bottom Pond behind the house, Duarte's Ponds, and Seth's Pond) and cranberry bogs. The VOLF is in the process of rehabilitating the old cranberry bogs and had its first harvest in the fall of 2005. Connecting to Cranberry Acres is the Hoft Farm, a very large (more than 100 acres) working farm owned by The Nature Conservancy which has large fields and ponds that are great for wandering. The Land Bank's Duarte's Pond is also in walking distance and has a stocked pond for fishing.

A Brief History : The house was built almost single-handedly by an artist and his family. Dubbed 'Woods House' because of its seclusion in the beautiful woodlands of Lambert's Cove, the central part of the house was built in 1965. The family was among a group of talented Vineyard artisans, craftsmen, and musicians, who came to the island in the '60's. He is an accomplished sculptor and, inspired by the work of Wharton Esherick, took great pleasure in imagining and creating the house in his own studio (a barn also on the property). The style can best be described as Craftsman. Particularly interesting details include the handmade doors, door fixtures, kitchen, cabinets, woodshed, decks, and numerous interior details. The barn and two cottages on the property were built in the '70's to house a growing family and creative output. To preserve his legacy, we have found a carpenter who worked with the artist in the '60's. He has worked on the house both refurbishing existing features and creating new ones.

The artist was influenced by Japanese art, which is evident in the house and the many unique trees planted 40 years ago which have grown into a mature grove. According to an experienced island arborist, the quality and variety of the trees are second only to the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury. In 2003, we acquired 2.2 acres of vacant land which was once part of Duarte's Campground and is now part of the Vineyard Open Land Foundation's Cranberry Acres and includes 25 acres of common land, 3 ponds, and a cranberry bog. In 2006, we acquired the 3.5 acre lot adjacent to the main house which includes most of Flat Bottom Pond and extensive woodlands in order to preserve our privacy and to expand the arboretum of unique and beautiful trees and plants. Our guests have universally remarked upon the terrific feel of the house - the comfortable yet simple layout, the bright and cozy rooms, the wonderful outdoor spaces overlooking the pond, and the incredible collection of trees.

For larger groups that need a second house, our next-door neighbors rent their house too. See the 'Links' page for their Homeaway lising (#3484385).

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cottage rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • cottage
    • floor area 2000 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • lakefront
      • It is actually a pond. Not amenable to swimming.
    • near the ocean
    • lake
  • Theme
    • away from it all
    • romantic
  • General
    • fireplace
    • broadband access
    • wood fireplace
      • Gorgeous beachstone fireplace built by Lew French is in the master bedroom.
    • free long distance
    • linens provided
      • Beach towels included.
    • washing machine
    • iron & board
    • alarm clock
    • laundry soap
    • basic soaps
    • telephone
    • wood stove
      • The living room has a wonderful, very warm wood stove for cool New England nights. We cut down a tree or two in the Fall to stock the woodpile.
    • towels provided
    • internet
    • wireless internet
      • Wireless network in the main house, Pond Camp, and Hill Camp. Also hard wired to the master bedroom.
    • clothes dryer
    • filtered water
    • heating
  • Kitchen
    • stove
    • dishes & utensils
      • Well stocked.
    • kitchen
      • The kitchen is very well stocked for those who enjoy cooking.
    • oven
    • coffee grinder
    • grill
    • lobster pot
    • refrigerator
    • pantry items
    • stove
    • dishwasher
    • coffee maker
    • microwave
    • blender
    • freezer
    • ice maker
    • cooking utensils
      • Extremely well stocked kitchen.
    • toaster
  • Dining
    • dining area
    • dining
      • Inside table seats 6. There is also outdoor dining on the back deck with room for 10.
  • Bathrooms
    • 2 bathrooms 1 half Bath
    • master: toilet, shower, Claw foot Tub
    • 2nd bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, Claw foot Tub
    • outdoor: outdoor shower, Behind Main House
    • hill camp: outdoor shower
    • pond camp: outdoor shower, toilet, Composting toilet
  • Bedrooms
    • 3 bedrooms, sleeps 10, beds for 10
    • master: 1 queen
    • 2nd downstairs: 1 queen
    • upstairs: 2 twin/ single
    • writer's studio: 1 queen
    • cottage: 2 twin/ single
      • All of the beds in the main house were replaced in 2013. The second downstairs bedrooms also has a small sleeping loft with a twin size futon. The two twins in one of the cottages can be brought together to create a 'queen-equivalent.'
  • Entertainment
    • stereo
      • You can stream iTunes from your iPhone through an Airport Express that is connected to the stereo.
    • ping pong table
    • satellite / cable
      • (2) HBO and Showtime are included. High speed Internet with Wireless network is also included.
    • television
      • Flat screen TV's are located in the living room of the main house, the Pond Camp, the Hill Camp, and the activity barn.
    • vcr
    • dvd player
    • cd player
    • audio tape player
    • books for adults
    • books for kids
    • games for kids
    • radio
    • toys
  • Outside
    • barbecue
    • wood deck
    • beach chairs
    • beach towels
    • large cooler
    • lawn / garden
    • small cooler
    • outdoor grill
    • boat dock
    • deck / patio
      • Terrific view overlooking Flat Bottom Pond. Teak dining table and chairs and multiple Adirondack chairs for lounging.
  • Suitability
    • non smoking only
    • suitable for elderly or infirm
    • pets considered
      • Pets considered if well-behaved.
    • wheelchair accessible
      • The main house is predominantly on one floor. There is a single step up to the front door. One shower is fairly large and open, another one is in a clawfoot tub which has high walls.
    • children welcome
      • Activity Barn is a large open space that is perfect for kids, especially on a rainy day. There is a TV with cable and a ping-pong table.
  • Notes
    • There is a large Activity Barn on the property that is available to guests. It is particularly useful on rainy days for children. It is a single large room with high ceilings and about 1,000 square feet. It has a ping pong table, TV with cable (including HBO and Showtime) and VCR, and basic furniture. We also have a mooring on Lake Tashmoo which we can make available to you if desired.

activities and attractions in Martha's Vineyard Massachusetts Islands

  • Attractions
    • health/beauty spa
    • arboretum
    • churches
    • cinemas
    • marina
    • restaurants
    • live theater
  • Leisure Activities
    • miniature golf
    • shelling
    • shopping
    • wildlife viewing
    • boating
    • antiquing
    • horseback riding
    • beachcombing
    • walking
    • sight seeing
    • scenic drives
    • bird watching
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • kayaking
    • surfing
    • sound/bay fishing
    • cycling
    • water skiing
    • wind-surfing
    • hiking
    • sailing
    • fishing
    • golf
    • mountain biking
    • swimming
    • tennis
    • deepsea fishing
    • freshwater fishing
    • jet skiing
    • pier fishing
    • surf fishing

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
Jun 29 2014 - Aug 30 2014
7 nights
Labor Day
Aug 31 2014 - Sep 6 2014
7 nights
September 7-14
Sep 7 2014 - Sep 13 2014
7 nights
September 14-21
Sep 14 2014 - Sep 20 2014
3 nights
September 21-28
Sep 21 2014 - Sep 27 2014
3 nights
September 28-October 4
Sep 28 2014 - Oct 4 2014
3 nights
Fall Offseason
Oct 5 2014 - Dec 31 2014
3 nights
Winter Offseason
Jan 1 2015 - Mar 31 2015
3 nights
Spring Offseason
Apr 1 2015 - May 23 2015
3 nights
Memorial Day
May 24 2015 - May 30 2015
3 nights
Early June
May 31 2015 - Jun 6 2015
3 nights
June 7-14
Jun 7 2015 - Jun 13 2015
3 nights
June 14-21
Jun 14 2015 - Jun 20 2015
3 nights
June 21-28
Jun 21 2015 - Jun 27 2015
3 nights
Summer 2015
Jun 28 2015 - Aug 29 2015
7 nights
Labor Day
Aug 30 2015 - Sep 5 2015
7 nights
September 6-13
Sep 6 2015 - Sep 12 2015
3 nights
September 13-20
Sep 13 2015 - Sep 19 2015
3 nights
September 20-27
Sep 20 2015 - Sep 26 2015
3 nights
September 27-October 3
Sep 27 2015 - Oct 3 2015
3 nights
Fall Offseason
Oct 4 2015 - Jan 2 2016
3 nights
Winter Offseason
Jan 3 2016 - Apr 2 2016
3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

50% due upon booking the rental
Balance due 60 days prior to start date of rental
Security/Cleaning deposit due 60 days prior to start date of rental
We never use wire transfers. Please be aware that there have been attempted scams involving intercepted emails and requests to wire money to the perpetrator. If you ever have any concerns, please call the phone numbers listed to speak with the property owner (Ben) directly.

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traveler reviews for this martha's vineyard cottage rental

Full of character and charm!

Review submitted: April 26, 2011   Date of arrival: April 15, 2011

This charming and beautiful cottage makes you feel instantly at home. Tucked away and overlooking a pond with wild flowers blooming, it was truly a fairy tale experience. The kitchen is stocked with every appliance you need, the linen closet full, and the wood stove worked like a charm for a surprisingly chilly April night. Ideally located near grocery stores, main street, and the ferry, one can still leave behind all hub bub and chaos, either secluded back at home or when walking on a nearby trail. We were pleasantly surprised to be met with a stellar book and magazine collection, a wide variety of board games, and high speed internet (for those few moments you do want to connect with the outside world!) Ben was attentive, always accessible by phone, even checking in to see how our everything was after we first arrived and reminding us to bring a flashlight. It was a truly wonderful experience, sure to be enjoyed by all.

Do note however that we received almost zero cellphone reception at the cottage and other parts of the island. The land line was available for local and long distance calls, but those tethered to their blackberry's should watch out - you truly get away from it all here!

We enjoyed the cottage immensely as well as its immediate surroundings and we were able to take walks and small hikes nearby. While it took us a while to find the house on Friday night when it was dark, we quickly became familiar with the area.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 4 / 8



Review submitted: August 26, 2010   Date of arrival: July 4, 2010

We loved our stay here. The house exceeded our expectations of a beautiful and interesting old-fashioned new england cottage. (It's better than the photos, always a pleasant surprise.) The surroundings are a nature-lover's dream, especially the wisteria-covered trellises in back. How peaceful to wake up and look out at tendrils, and osprey over the pond, and to hear bull frogs at night. We adults loved it, and our children loved it with its various mysteries and nooks. It's walkable to the beach, and other nearby beaches are terrific too after hours. There are also two great swimming holes (ponds) nearby. Nearby, albeit a short drive, is the excellent State Street Restaurant, and Fiddlehead Market and Allie's General Store for food. Definitely clean. Frankly, I'd like to move the whole house to our property in Maine, sans perhaps the other outdoor structures which we didn't use. If you want old-fashioned Vineyard (with all the modern amenities), go for this.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 3 / 6


Beautiful cottage, however...

Review submitted: July 21, 2010   Date of arrival: July 12, 2010

The house was as described for the most part and does look like the pictures, a beautiful cottage. You can not beat the location, if you enjoy seclusion. We did enjoy exploring the island and the owner was very pleasant to deal with.

The house is very private, overlooks a gorgeous pond that teams with life; water lilies, dragon flies and you will hear bull frogs at night.

If you choose to stay here I would definitely recommend bringing a car to the island, the house is quite a distance off a dirt/sand road, in the woods.

With that being said, some things you need to know about the house is that it does not have air conditioning and could use some cleaning and maintenance.
There was some kind of fungus growing in the kitchen window screen. We found garbage outside on the deck that we cleaned up ourselves. There were ants in the kitchen. When we arrived there was hair in the sheets and we had to wash the linens. There were dirty towels stowed in the bottom of the linen closet that we also had to wash. I guess the house cleaner missed the sheets and dirty towels. It might not have been his regular cleaning person that cleaned before our visit, which may have contributed to some of our difficulties. Also, there was only one washcloth, so you may want to bring extras or you have to do laundry every day, like we did. There are two washcloths there now, as I bought one and left it there. The bathrooms were lacking toilet paper on arrival, which the owner did quickly resolved. My biggest complaint was the beds were very uncomfortable and hard, and the linens had holes in them, not quite as advertised.

The owner also needs to update the information that the house includes a beach pass to Pilot Hill Beach and not Lamberts Cove.

We ended up leaving a day early as our time was not comfortable there, due to the record heat and the hard beds. Most of these issues were minor bumps in the road, but in retrospect, I think I would have preferred to stay at a nice hotel in Edgartown and given up a bit of seclusion.

But overall, we are glad we went, it was our first time to Martha's Vineyard and we did enjoy our time on the island.

Recommended for: adventure seekers

Helpful votes: 5 / 10


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Martha's Vineyard vacation rental

This vacation rental has been listed since 11/12/2004.