3 bedroom, 2 baths. Entire historic beach house. Near 3 beaches
About Jeffrey Zimman
I grew up on the north shore of Boston and sojourned down to Maine for schooling, became a newspaper reporter, got hooked on covering technology, found my way to Silicon Valley for grad school, settled in as a tech attorney in San Francisco, then became an investment banker, and then (briefly) a venture capitalist, before co-founding a software company that aims to change the world by improving the minds of every inhabitant. Married 33 years. No kids, but we have a house rabbit in San Francisco, who is endlessly amusing, We somewhat nomadically roam among San Francisco, Albuquerque, New York and Boston. Love to travel and meet people.
Jeffrey Zimman purchased this House in 1890
Why Jeffrey Zimman chose Hull
My immigrant great-grandfather bought this piece of land between a big pond (3-mile circumference) and the ocean, and then moved this building onto it. It's been in the family for 100+ years, as a quintessential beach house.
What makes this House unique
It's a place to unplug and get back in touch with family, friends and nature. I love the wildlife that comes to visit (ducks, swans, rabbits, etc), and especially swimming at sunset across the street with the skyscrapers of Boston on the horizon. Very quiet neighborhood in what seems like "a land that time forgot."
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Perfect first trip up North!!
Everything about our trip was great! We enjoyed the weather it’s been upper 80s and 90s where we live so the 60s and 70s were amazing. We went to Boston twice and Salem once. We love the little beach across the street and waking up to the view of the pond out back has been so nice. I love coming back to the old beach house after a long day of sight seeing! The whole family really loves the house! Kathy has been great we really appreciated all the little extra touches like the waters by the beds and the fruit and snacks on the front table! If we ever make it up north again we will for sure be trying to book your place again!
Short stay in Boston area
We had an awesome time at “That Old House”! Kathy was there to meet us when we arrived (as were some Prosecco and goodies!) and was so gracious. The house was very clean and had absolutely everything we needed, even air conditioning which they’d installed the day before we arrived! We had beautiful weather while we were there, so were thankful for the AC.
The house was well stocked and although we chose to visit the local restaurants rather than cooking dinners at the house, we certainly could have - it also had cards and games that our family played at night.
We spent three of our five days going into Boston to see the sights, but on the other days enjoyed exploring the Hull area which is gorgeous. There were three beaches we could walk to easily which was fantastic!
One day the neighbors came back to the house next door with a massive 23 lb fish they’d caught locally out on their boat - they were very friendly and we took lots of pics with their catch.
Jeff the owner of this property was extremely friendly and responsive through our messaging. The house is oId but very well kept, and has such a cool history! I would highly recommend this property to anyone and look forward to renting it again, should we be returning to the Boston area! Thank you Jeff and Kathy for your hospitality!
Wedding Weekend in Hull
Jeff gave me very clear and informative information not only on his house, but about restaurants and things do do and see during our visit. I found that I over packed for this stay; in the past when I rented from others I’ve had to bring almost everything! The house was very comfortable and relaxing. His resident host, Kathy, was a true delight and went above and beyond to make us feel welcome, leaving champagne, fruit and gourmet cookies to greet us as well as fresh flowers! I strongly recommend this rental for anyone looking to have a joyful, relaxing time.
We are so glad you got to relax and visit with family!! Hope your travels will bring you back soon.
Quintessential beach house
We really LOVED our stay at "that old house". Upon arrival, there was a beautiful plate of cookies, fresh fruit and prosecco waiting for us. There was also a huge arrangement of fresh flowers on the table as well as buds in vases, all around the house. This place was immaculately clean and very well-stocked with everything we needed. Formerly a wing of an old inn, it has some really cool history that is documented in a nicely written booklet in the home. The backyard had amazing views of Straits Pond with beautiful white swans and egrets. The front of the house had great ocean views, as the beach was just across the street. There was so much to do in the area and we had perfect weather. Our 10-year-old boys had fun collecting cool rocks, shells and other things on the beach. We explored the old Fort Revere a few miles away on Telegraph Hill. They also had fun surfing the waves and playing arcade games at Nantasket Beach (just a mile away). We had lunch and shopped at great places in Hingham, walked the coastal roads in Cohasset and hiked the trails at World's End (251-acre conservation landscape). We would definitely book this vacation home again.
It was great to hear about the adventures of your 10 year-olds, and vicariously relive the summers of my youth. You were terrific guests and we hope you'll be back!
Historic lake and seaside house
This is a VRBO gem, sitting on a salt pond on the backside, and ocean across the road from the front door. A graceful old dame, this house wears its years well and is lovingly restored, maintained, and well appointed. Everything we needed was there: dishes, cookware, coffeemaker; box fans for every room (good call, as the only A/C is what naturally blows across from the ocean to the lake). Bedding, linens, rooms all top quality. Fast internet, cable. Location is great: an easy jog or drive to Scituate's coastal mansions and Hull's long beach. Decent grocery stores nearby. High marks for family travel, with plenty of space, and very quiet. Would be perfect in any season. Attentive hosts welcomed us with a property info booklet, plates of cookies, and a big bowl of oranges. We can not imagine how this could be improved. Everything was perfect for us.
Thanks for being great guests! I'm so glad you had a "perfect" stay, and hope we'll see you again.
Great value! Highly recommended!
What a find! Our stay at This Old House, even at a time with heat and high humidity, was really enjoyable for our three generational vacation. Yes, the stairs are steep as described, but not a problem for our 70 year old Papa! The warm breezes through all the large, deep windows made for lovely sleeping on our comfortable beds, and amazingly we didn’t miss air conditioning! Neither did we miss the lack of a dishwasher! Having a huge washer/ dryer was really convenient and made for light luggage for our family packing. The house is perfectly situated with lovely views across the pond, access to a rocky beach for scavenging, and 2 minute drive to camp out on the expansive Hull Beach.This Old House is an immaculately kept home of yesteryear offering a truly calming and charming beach experience!
Wow! Thank you!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the house the way we do -- disconnecting a bit from technology and reconnecting a lot with family, friends and nature. I hope you'll be back.