|Per week||$2,500 - $3,995|
Gull Cove House in Rockport is the ideal place to base your trip to New England. It is especially well suited for vacations and reunions, for couples or small groups looking for a tranquil seaside getaway, and for business visitors wanting easy access to Boston while staying in prettier surroundings outside the city. Please have a look at our photos of the house and its views; read what past guests have said about their time here; and check availability on our calendar. Then let us know if this sounds like the right place for your stay.
A Rockport, Massachusetts vacation/holiday rental home by owner and member Rockport Chamber of Commerce.
Rockport's neighbor on Cape Ann and just 3 miles from the house is Gloucester, the oldest fishing port in the U.S. and the setting for Sebastian Junger's bestselling book and popular film The Perfect Storm. Gloucester has miles of rugged coastline, lovely rivers and forests, several large and popular beaches, excellent restaurants, museums, and the oldest working artist colony in the U.S.
Although Cape Ann offers a wide variety of activities-- beaches, water sports, boating, birding, hiking, antique shops, art galleries, restaurants, and brilliant autumn foliage to name just a few--it can also serve as a base for day trips to neighboring attractions. Historic Salem, Boston, Lexington, and Concord are within easy reach by train or car. The outlet stores of southern New Hampshire and Maine are just over an hour's drive from the house. Rhode Island is about 1 hour's drive, and Connecticut, Vermont, and the Berkshires in western MA are all about 2 hours away.
Your Stay at Gull Cove House:
Wake up early at least once during your stay to watch the sun rise over the ocean from the house, which faces due east. Take the path 2 minutes from the house for a walk in the woods, perhaps stopping for an early or late swim in a quarry along the way. Stroll to Front Beach (12 minutes from the house on foot) or to Rockport center (only 6 minutes farther) for fresh scones and espresso, leisurely shopping, a harbor cruise, or a casual meal on quaint Bearskin Neck. Rent kayaks and paddle to Thacher Island and its twin lighthouses just off the Rockport coast. Bring or rent bicycles to explore Cape Ann's countless seaside roads and pathways within easy riding from the house.
Cool off afterward by jumping from the property seawall into Gull Cove just below the house. Buy lobsters directly from lobstermen returning with a fresh catch to their moorings in Gull Cove, or try fishing for striped bass off the property sea wall. Cook out using either the gas or the charcoal grill on the patio with panoramic ocean views as your backdrop. Choose a book from the 1400-book library for a peaceful read on the terrace in the sun and sea air.
Take a drive on nearby country roads to see New England's lovely spring colors or fall foliage. Stop at a farm stand for fresh cider and produce. Pack a picnic and spend time at one of Cape Ann's beaches or state parks. Visit historic Salem or Boston, only 35 and 65 minutes respectively from Rockport by car or train--the train station is just ¾ mile from the house.
Return to the house for a glass of wine by a fire in the patio chiminea or the living room fireplace as you watch the moonlight dance over the ocean. Choose a movie from the house video library of over 100 dramas and comedies. Fall asleep to the sound of waves breaking on the shore below. Next morning let another ocean sunrise rouse you from your dreams as the sea gulls call you to begin another day at this little piece of paradise.
|Jul 01 2014||Aug 31 2014||-||-||$3,995||-||1 week|
|Sep 01 2014||Sep 30 2014||-||-||$3,195||-||1 week|
|Oct 01 2014||May 25 2015||-||-||$2,500||-||1 week|
|Oct 01 2014||May 24 2015||-||-||$2,500||-||1 week|
|May 26 2015||Jun 30 2015||-||-||$3,195||-||1 week|
|Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.|
|Deposits: $500 security deposit is returned promptly assuming no damage or need for extraordinary cleanup.|
|Payment Options: Visa, Mastercard, Personal Check, PayPal|
|Other Fees: Rental Policies: No cleaning or other fees unless guests cause damage or fail to leave house in agreed order and cleanliness. Weekly rate is $3195 over Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holidays. Minimum stay one week from mid-May to late October and major holidays. Monthly rates offered November to April. Check in 3 p.m. Saturday, check-out 10:00 a.m. the following Saturday. No smoking, pets, or large events such as weddings. Owner lives in separate attached apartment.|
October 19, 2008
We loved our stay at Gull Cove House. The property was well kept, clean and easy to settle into. The view was wonderful and expeditions for art galleries, shopping etc. were easily accomplished. The kitchen had everything you could need (except sharp knives), the library was comfortable and books abounded. We rented before in Gloucester and this was by far our favorite.
Please see house site (gullcovehouse) on the web for link to comments from past guests at Gull Cove House. Two samples:
Ditto to everything that has already been said about the fantastic views, wonderful home, your gracious hospitality and the charm of Rockport. We searched for weeks to find the perfect place to stay & we definitely found it.
Between our two families we had seven people ranging in age between 10 and 77. No one wanted to leave & everyone wants to come back. We even got the fog & storm we were hoping for. May you be blessed as you have blessed others. Thanks for a great week. (Guests from Laurel, MD)
The house, furnishings, appliances, etc. are new, well-maintained, functional and comfortable. The kitchen and living area are spacious, the library is well-stocked, and there is plenty of room to sit and spread out, multiple TVs, CD player and sound system, and a nice deck with a chiminea and gas grill. Whatever we needed in the house was there.
The views from the house are excellent. Windows span the entire back of the house for a panorama of the harbor and the ocean.
There is a path on the property leading down to the harbor within 50 yards or so. We jumped from the rocks into the harbor (the water is cool), but if you want a beach, it is within a short walking distance (5-10 minutes).
The location of the house is convenient if you want to get out and about. It is very close to the Center of Rockport, and also close to the roads and highways that lead to other interesting locations such as Boston, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Annisquam, and Salem.
There are several good restaurants within 10 minutes. Groceries and other needs are all within 10 minutes of this house. Despite the proximity of the house to all these necessary amenities, it is very quiet and private. We enjoyed the wonderful views of the harbor and ocean without any disturbance.
Best of all the owner was helpful and attentive to our needs and requests for information. He was professional and polite on the front end, when we were making arrangements to rent the house. Once that was done, he then made every effort to make sure our stay was as pleasant as it could be. You won't get the level of sincere attention that he provides from a rental company.
All of this may sound too good to be true, but we are not overstating our thoughts about our stay. If you want to ask us directly, please feel free to call. (Guests from Roswell, Georgia)