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VRconnection#1416
Charming 5 BR Oceanfront Vacation Rental in Rockport MA

5 bed, 3 bath Rockport home sleeps 10



"I just wanted to thank you again for everything.....you have a beautiful home and we had a great weekend! Thanks again! Enjoy this spring! " - Pam W., NH, 04/01/12 (inquire/book)

"My family and I thoroughly enjoyed your wonderful home for our mom's birthday. We hope to be able to use it in the future for other family visits. Thanks so very much for your hospitality and extended check in, check out hours. Warm regards, The D and R Families" - Peg/Jane, MA/NY, 01/15/12 (inquire/book)

"Our seaside stay on Gull Cove was just perfect! Our family and grandchildren loved every minute and your spacious, well-appointed home was a delight. We especially appreciated your notes about the art works--another lovely plus! Books, CDs, and DVDs were quite a collection from which to select. Thank you for offering a location at which we could celebrate a special birthday. Best, Ann Marie, Bob, & Family" - Ann Marie and Bob, NJ, 12/19/11 (inquire/book)

"Thank you so much for another wonderful visit...I'll be in touch soon about thoughts for next year. Happy Holidays!" - Jenn B., Winchester, MA, 11/28/11 (inquire/book)

"My wonderful family surprised me for my 80th birthday this wonderful weekend at your beautiful Gull Cove House. My family is very special to me and for them to show their love and respect for me enough to bring me here to this beautiful home will always be in my heart! Thank you for all the courtesy extended to us. PS A very young 80. " - Norma C., Malden, MA, 11/13/11 (inquire/book)

"Thank you for your hospitality and the tremendous home you have. We enjoyed it plus the fabulous views. You definitely have your guests well supplied. Take care. We had a great time. Hope to make a return visit." - Joe, Selena, & Friends, PA, 10/15/11 (inquire/book)

"What a grand week. Getting to know Cape Ann, Rockport & Gloucester, has been so much easier with your wise counsel, Tim. From swimming in the quarry to the beaches, lunches at Lobster Pool and a fabulous dinner at Duckworth's. Plus we chopped and cooked in this well equipped kitchen--so well fed, well rested in the wonderful sun room--we head home after a perfect vacation hoping to return again next summer." - Nona B. & Family, Avon, CT, 08/27/11 (inquire/book)

"Rockport is awesome! We wish we had had 2 weeks to do/see more but alas, reality beckons. Will miss the sound of the ocean and gulls as well as the wonderful sea breeze and fresh air." - The Great 8, Blissfield, MI, 08/06/11 (inquire/book)

"Wonderful house and a splendid summer week. Stay in touch--we hope to return!" - Diane & John D., Alexandria, VA, 07/09/11 (inquire/book)

"We had a wonderful stay here in Rockport! Our trip was filled with meals around the table, daily walks into town, and lots of R&R. Thanks for having a house stocked with the essentials (& more) for a family!" - Clemens & Cuthberts, IA, MI, MA, 06/18/11 (inquire/book)

"We're going to miss waking up with the first thing you see and hear being the beautiful ocean. Thanks for a wonderful stay in "Lobster Town," Andrus Thank you so much for the best week here in Rockport. It has been wonderful and we're going to miss it. Thanks again, Esther. Just beautiful, Tine Tusinde tak for en fantastik ferie. På gensyn (au revoir), Thomas & Family, Danmark " - Thomas, Tine, & Family, Denmark, 06/04/11 (inquire/book)

"Your house is beautiful. This was our Girls' 5th annual trip and we really had a great time. The house was very welcoming and fully equipped with everything we needed. Thank you!" - Barbra W. and Friends, MA, 05/01/11 (inquire/book)

"Despite the weather we had a wonderful time in your absolutely beautiful home and in the Cape Ann area. My kids feel our house is just a little cottage in comparison. You were so thoughtful in your abundance of games, books, towels, sheets....Your decorations are beautiful! We can't wait to come again. Thanks, Robin, Will, Steph, & Matt. This is the best house in the world. I wouldn't care if every house knocked down but this one!!! I wish I could stay here forever!!! Matt This house is so big! I loooved staying here! I would willingly trade my house for this! Steph Can't say enough about the whole week! Our deep thanks for everything. Leslie & Rob" - Leslie, Rob, & Family, VT/NY, 04/24/11 (inquire/book)

"Beautiful home, beautiful views, beautiful time! So well equipped! Hate to leave, can't wait to come back!!! Sue, Derek, Colleen, Bill, Erin, and Andy" - Bill C. and Friends, MA, 04/18/11 (inquire/book)

"We have enjoyed our second Thanksgiving here in Gull Cove House for our families from the far corners of the US including Boston, Portland OR, Oakland CA, and New York. We are looking forward to a 3rd year here for our annual family reunion. Gull Cove House is a perfect venue for large families. You have assembled an amazing book/movie collection and have every convenience. Thanks so much for our wonderful week-long respite." - Bookin Family, CA/ MA/NY/OR, 11/28/10 (inquire/book)

"Gull Cove House was the most wonderful setting for our gathering - it could not have been more perfect. Thanks so much! " - Claudia C., Los Angeles, CA, 11/01/10 (inquire/book)

"We only came up for the weekend from Boston, but we feel we have had a true escape! We filled the house and were absolutely delighted with its beautiful setting and thoughtful amenities. Thanks to the relaxing environment, many good conversations were had and even sparked the idea for a cookbook (a compilation of family recipes highlighting our often obscure cultural heritage and little known aspects of culinary traditions).... Favorite moments: a stunning orange harvest moon and even brighter sunrises; show tune medley at the piano; the impressive library. We hope to be back!" - Jean, Bill, Meghan, and Friends, MA, 09/26/10 (inquire/book)

"We enjoyed your place and the Rockport/Cape Ann area. The house has a lot to offer--sleeping 10 and having 3 bathrooms. View is fantastic. My brother and I enjoyed running in the area--Beach Rd and the shops. Lots of great towns, museums, and such in the area. Restaurants, beaches, etc. I did a trek to Salem. Others in my family had done that before. Would recommend this to anybody. Take care, Carl W & Family (Ghent, NY/Thousand Oaks, CA/San Antonio, TX)" - Carl W., CA/NY/TX, 09/18/10 (inquire/book)

"As one would expect after an especially nice vacation, we are still in the afterglow phase. Your Gull Cove House was a central character in our week's festivities, playing a prominent role in our family celebration. Many thanks." - Steve P., Conway, NH, 09/07/10 (inquire/book)

"Everything was great! Thank you." - Meg S., Quincy, MA, 08/25/10 (inquire/book)

"We had a great 2 weeks. Thank you, thank you! " - Avery, CT/PA, 08/21/10 (inquire/book)

"You were out when we left on Saturday so we didn't get a chance to tell you how much we enjoyed our week at Gull Cove House. It is a lovely place in an excellent location. Thank you for accommodating our special requests. I hope the rest of your summer goes well. " - Elizabeth S., Albany, NY, 08/07/10 (inquire/book)

"Thanks for the wonderful vacation. We had much to celebrate this year: a fifteenth wedding anniversary, a tenth anniversary, several children's birthdays, parents' birthdays and grandma's 75th. This house was so important in making this a joyous time for all! I never was an Internet fan, but hooray for surfing the web! Dave, Annette, & their girls loved the house &, of course, Bearskin Neck. They come from a long line of shoppers! Dan & Debby and their little ones loved the big house, great patio, the beaches & swimming hole (quarry). They come from a long line of nature lovers. As for me, it was ALL great. The house was grand and the ribs were terrific--but boy am I impressed by your library! So to sum it all up, we give it 11 stars on a rating of 1 to 10. Thanks again." - Martha R., Avon, CT, 07/31/10 (inquire/book)

"a wonderful house with a wonderful view. I come here with my family every year for (what i think is) 5 years so far. it is perfect, enough room to fit all of us nicely, with enough space to not get on each others nerves. Thank you for allowing us to use your beautiful home." - Olivia Avery, Glenside PA, 07/27/10 (inquire/book)

"We had a delightful stay at Gull Cove House. What a small world that we know your cousin! Though we did not come from so far away, staying here was a true vacation and we were able to appreciate the beauty of your home and also this side of Rockport. We had great fun walking the back paths to the quarry. Aside from the lovely view of Granite Pier and beyond, we drank in the sight of that beautiful deep blue hydrangea every day. Your Asian artifacts and artwork are beautiful; we especially liked your grandmother's peaceful watercolors! With many thanks, Ann, Howard, David, Aaron, & Becca" - Ann, Howard, David, Aaron, Becca, MA, 07/16/10 (inquire/book)

"Thank you for letting us stay at this beautiful house! Some of the highlights of our week were going to Good Harbor Beach, where everyone had a great time despite the freezing water (62). We went to the Lobster Pool restaurant (1.8 miles up the road)--had a great casual meal (BYOB!) We enjoyed exploring the trails across the street. You have to go down to the water to find the trail. Beautiful swimming in the quarry (Little Parker & Steel Derrick). Thanks again." - Ann, Joseph, and Family, Clinton, NY, 07/03/10 (inquire/book)

"We all agree that this house is a wonderful retreat and that we were so lucky to have found it! Thank you for a wonderful time. Every stay should include a thunderstorm, along with the beautiful sunny days we've enjoyed here. I hope we'll see you on a (contra) dance floor somewhere. PS We recommend the Tuesday night sea shanties at Cameron's in Gloucester for a rollicking evening! " - Virginia M & Family, CT, CO, SC, ND, 05/09/10 (inquire/book)

"Your house is beautiful and the weather was wonderful! Thanks for an awesome girls' trip." - Cindy & Relatives, Dallas & Houston, TX, 05/04/10 (inquire/book)

"Our family had a great time staying at your house. Our family has not had an Easter this nice in years. The house is gorgeous, the views are breathtaking, and everyone agreed that the carpet in the first floor bathroom is awesome. Best of luck—we hope to be in touch to stay here again." - Laurie & Family, NY, 04/04/10 (inquire/book)

"We had the loveliest time here for our writing retreat! The authors loved your place—it was comfortable, well stocked, & very nice. We look forward to coming back for future meetings!" - Susan W/The Harvard Team, Somerville/Cambridge, MA, 01/24/10 (inquire/book)

"We had a peaceful time staying in your wonderful home. This was our second time around, but we never tire of staring out at the Atlantic Ocean. You have a fantastic place—I am sure we will be back." - Zabell Family, CA, 10/28/09 (inquire/book)

"Thank you so much for our beautiful stay (though too brief!) We had a wonderful celebration with our family of my parents’ 60th anniversary, which meant so much to them. At 90 my mom’s wish was to see the ocean, and your house (and the Nor’easter) made the view beautiful and dramatic. The collection of Indonesian/Asian art was an unexpected bonus. We hope to come back again!" - Julia K., Brooklyn, NY, 10/17/09 (inquire/book)

"Thank you for entrusting your lovely home to us for our son’s celebration. It is comforting to know that whether it rains or shines today our children will be united in a beautiful environment. It is wonderful how your home brings the “outside” in! We have enjoyed our stay and time with family in the comfort of your home. Thank you!" - Solveig G., MI, 10/10/09 (inquire/book)

"This has been our 3rd wonderful visit to Gull Cove. Thank you for all the “little touches” which are huge. This has become to us the most peaceful of places! This year we have enjoyed all the beaches and rocky ledges with our books and a picnic. Our favorite restaurants remain Duckworth’s Bistro (Gloucester) and Ithaki (Ipswich). Ithaki is a wonderful finale to a day at Crane Beach. We also took in a concert at Crane Mansion—fun evening. Blessings until next time!" - Jean & Jim D., Easton, MD, 09/19/09 (inquire/book)

"We really enjoyed the house. It was the perfect little respite for the family, even with a bit of rain. And if we can swing it again, we'll definitely let you know! My father, ever safety-conscious (!), noted that the drain cover in the master bathroom shower wasn't screwed down, and he thought it was kind of a hazard and made me promise to mention it--for what it's worth. Hope that you enjoy the rest of the summer! All the best. Owner's Note: We have replaced the screws on the shower drain cover and it is once again secure." - Jennifer F., San Francisco, CA, 08/31/09 (inquire/book)

"We had, as usual, a wonderful family vacation at your Gull Cove retreat." - Avery, CT/PA, 08/31/09 (inquire/book)

"We very much enjoyed our stay in your lovely home! Thanks again, we had a lovely visit to Rockport. " - Tim C. and Joelle H., Ontario, Canada, 08/10/09 (inquire/book)

"Let me say what a nice time we had at your home. My in-laws loved it. It was nice to have that time together. As you know they have been around the world and they were very happy with the house. " - Jennifer M., Farifax, VA, 08/01/09 (inquire/book)

"Thank you for having us in your beautiful house. The first two evenings—cloudless—were spent stargazing! Did we really see Jupiter? You are really fortunate to live in such a beautiful place with such great scenery, so much space and starry skies! Henk, Bernadette, Thomas, Diederik, Sebastian" - Henk & Bernadette V., Rhoon, Netherlands, 07/25/09 (inquire/book)

"Our family had a wonderful time at your Gull Cove home. Thank you!" - Toby M., Houston, TX, 07/18/09 (inquire/book)

"We had a beautiful time in the Cape Ann area once again! Your house is beautiful and thank you for letting us enjoy the views of the cove. We loved being able to walk to Bearskin Neck and being so close to the train station for our day trip into Boston. Once it stopped raining we loved going down to the float and sitting outside in the fresh air. Thank you!" - Tim & ML K., Rob & Sue L., Orlando, FL & Nashville, TN, 06/27/09 (inquire/book)

"We had a wonderful stay! The views from this lovely home are breathtaking, and there’s so much to do close by. Thank you for the warm hospitality & the excellent recommendations." - Anthony M. & Family, Denville, NJ, 06/19/09 (inquire/book)

"Well, our two weeks have flown by filled with many adventures with our family & friends & leaving us with wonderful memories of our 50th anniversary celebration. We all loved the house & it fit the 9 of us perfectly. Lots of space for everyone to do their own thing or to gather together. And everywhere we were there were those beautiful views! We took advantage of your DVD & video library, worked on several puzzles, played (mini) pool & took your shovels & pails to the beach. We marveled at your book collection! & dipped into some to them. Being in walking distance to town was another great advantage & we only used the cars for out of Rockport trips. We even took the train into Boston twice. We’d love to return someday—maybe with friends for the Chamber Music Festival. If so you will be the first person we will call for housing. Thanks for your thoughtfulness." - Joan & Bob B., Brevard, NC, 06/13/09 (inquire/book)

"Thank you so much for providing us with a gorgeous setting for the (celebration) for our dear friend. The panoramic views were amazing and every detail of your home was beautiful. Your home was outfitted with more amenities than we could believe and your efforts were much appreciated. We look forward to hosting a reunion in years to come." - Lauren T., Chelmsford, MA, 05/03/09 (inquire/book)

"We have very much enjoyed our stay at your beautiful house and its gorgeous setting. Thank you for welcoming us so warmly and providing us with all the facilities and creature comforts we could need. The library room was a particular success with the children—especially the mini-pool table. Thanks again, The Hillier, Baglee, Vivanco, and visiting Rowlands families " - Hillier Family and Friends, Wales, CA, MA, 04/14/09 (inquire/book)

"This is the second time in your beautiful house for our group of 8 college friends, and we look forward to continuing our tradition with you. A vacation house that feels like a beautiful home, a view that is absolutely splendid no matter what the time or weather, and an expansive host next door--what more could we ask for? Thank you! Irene and Friends" - Irene B., NYC, 04/05/09 (inquire/book)

"Our stay at your home couldn't have been better! A big thank you for your effort to accommodate us. We would really like to reserve in 2010 if you are booking that far in advance." - Susan B., Reading, MA, 01/29/09 (inquire/book)

"Thanks again for everything. We had a great time and your house affords us all the amenities necessary for a successful young psychologist get away. The snow added a touch of beauty to your magnificent location. Will be in touch in the future as the group would love to return." - Randy M. & the YPs, MA, 01/19/09 (inquire/book)

"We all had a delightful time at Gull Cove House. Thank you for making it available; it was perfect for our family reunion." - Fred L. and Family, Concord, MA, 01/04/09 (inquire/book)

"What a perfect house for a getaway. This is exactly what we were seeking for our family gathering. Thank you for providing such a welcoming, cozy, beautiful home away from home. We plan to be back! All the best, Nicole, Aaron, Kathy, Tom, Pat, Erine, Jen, and Alyson Boston, MA; Bangor and Northeast Harbor, ME; Oak Ridge, NC; Jacksonville, FL " - , 11/16/08 (inquire/book)

"Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. We enjoyed the beautiful view and furnishings, and the puzzles and games were a life-saver for the boys when it rained. We hope to come back again and stay longer." - O'Connor Family, Southlake, TX, 11/09/08 (inquire/book)

"We had a marvelous time at Gull Cove House two weeks ago and are so excited to be returning next year." - Toni B., Buxton, ME, 11/05/08 (inquire/book)

"We love it here! We're wondering if we can book the place for the same week next October." - Nancy W., Melrose, MA, 10/23/08 (inquire/book)

"The house on Gull Cove is not only located with a beautiful view but it welcomes the heart and soul to settle in and relax. Our time here has been delightful. Thanks for much for a wonderful escape. Katherine & Ben P. You are hospitable, friendly, helpful, and informative. The window wall provides a spectacular view of the bay and ocean. Thank you for sharing your wonderful vacation setting with us. Best wishes, Louise & Patrick R." - Katherine & Ben, Louise & Patrick, Bartlesville, OK, 10/18/08 (inquire/book)

"This is one of the most amazing holiday homes we have been to. It was a very special holiday since it was vacation with my family from India and Australia and our honeymoon. The views were fantastic especially the sunrise. The walk to the rocky shoreline was gorgeous; everybody enjoyed it including my 95 year old grandfather! We might be coming back here to celebrate his 100th birthday! The facilities were excellent and my gosh the book collection not to forget the artwork were FANTASTIC. Thanks very much for letting us share your beautiful house; it will always be a special part of our memories." - Avnit, Ian, & Family, VA, Australia, India, 09/25/08 (inquire/book)

"Once again we thoroughly enjoyed our three weeks in your lovely home, enjoying all the opportunities on Cape Ann. Some local “favorites” we’re developing include Beach St. Bistro for great sandwiches. Ditto Sugar Magnolia for breakfast/lunch in Gloucester. See you again next year! PS To other guests: Highly recommended—Duckworth Bistro, E. Gloucester (reservations are important); Ithaki (Greek) in Ipswich. " - Jean & Jim D., Easton, MD, 09/20/08 (inquire/book)

"It's hard to leave such a beautiful place! We will never forget it and hopefully we'll come back. See you in Lisbon! Thank you very much. Obrigada, Marta and Family and Friends" - Marta F., Lisbon, Portugal, 08/30/08 (inquire/book)

"We all thank you so much for another wonderful summer vacation. It means so much for our family to have your Rockport home away from our homes to carry on our family traditions. All best wishes, The Averys" - Avery, PA/CT, 08/23/08 (inquire/book)

"We had a fantastic time in your beautiful home. We enjoyed the unbelievable views, the docks, all the lovely decorations and art work, and the great location of Gull Cove. Your home is very comfortable with every amenity you could think of. Thank you for everything." - Beth S. and the Bradley Family, PA, FL, MA, 08/02/08 (inquire/book)

"Very nice house in a fantastic location. Beautiful views, great breeze, short walk to beaches and town—perfect! We loved the short train ride into Boston. The Lobster Pool gave us our last dinner before leaving and it was great. Thank you for having us." - Lew & Zemaitis Families, Indianapolis, IN & Ansonia, CT, 07/19/08 (inquire/book)

"Our 3rd time here since ’04 and still great! This was a big “family history” week for my mom. It will be a life-long memory for her. Thanks. See you in 2010. Neil, Donna, Christina, David, Richard, Jean" - Neil R, Strongsville, OH, 06/28/08 (inquire/book)

"What a wonderful week in a wonderful spot of the world. Thanks for all the little things to make our stay a memorable family reunion. The house exceeded expectations--great views, great location, a wonderful setup. Rockport is a little piece of heaven--we were happy to be a part of it this past week. David, Maria, Kate, Alex, Mark, Beate, Shayne, Luke, Pat the "matriarch"" - David H., Chicago, IL, 06/21/08 (inquire/book)

"We loved staying at Gull Cove House!!! Can't wait to return. Lobster Pool (local seafood restaurant) is yummy! Thanks, Loralee, Steven, Carolyn, Jen, Ker, Wilbur, Becca, Dave, JoJo, Lorraine" - Loralee D., San Francisco, CA, 06/07/08 (inquire/book)

"We spent a wonderful and happy week here with our children and grandchildren. The house is spectacular and the setting is even more so! We found everything we could possibly need to keep a group ranging in age from almost two to 82 occupied and comfortable. It will be hard to leave this beautiful place but we will take away great memories and many photos! With thanks and best wishes, Louis, Anita, Alan, Judy, Robert, Joshua, Naomi, Susannah" - Anita and Louis G., NJ, 05/31/08 (inquire/book)

"I rented this property for the weekend to celebrate my 50th birthday with five other women. We had a wonderful time. The house is beautiful and comfortable. While it was very clean and organized, it had the feeling of a home and not a stripped down rental property. It is nicely furnished with an eclectic variety of furniture and asian art collected on the owner's travels around the world. At the same time, we felt like we could put our feet up and relax and make ourselves at home. The kitchen was well stocked with anything we needed (though not gourmet or high end). There are a good selection of spices in the cupboard, but the fridge is clean and empty. A good balance. Our first evening was cool and we enjoyed a lovely fire in front of the stone fireplace. In the morning we woke up to amazing water views and had a nice walk into town to visit galleries and shops. Tim, the owner, was easy to communicate with through out the reservation and leasing process and was delightfully helpful to us when we arrived with recommendations for restaurants and nice local walks. There is an excellent notebook with all the information you need to make yourself at home (how to use the grills, where to find cushions for the ample patio furniture, etc.). He was available but allowed us plenty of privacy. And, he returned my damage deposit within a week. We had a completely delightful weekend and look forward (to) another visit in the future." - LEF, MA, 05/20/08 (inquire/book)

"Boston Marathon weekend/week with our friends from Idaho & Arizona! For all of us it was the first time in MA…First the house was a pleasant surprise of comforts, books, & views. The walk to town and the beach was perfect! The recommendation of the Windward Grill (Essex, MA) was excellent! We took many day trips via train to Boston and lazy drives to Salem and Gloucester. This home was perfect for our three families…we’ll be back if we can. It’s so far….but we loved it. Thanks. Mary, Daryl, Kim, Dan, Melanie, Jeff" - Mary F. & Family/Friends, Idaho & Arizona, 04/21/08 (inquire/book)

"What a fabulous weekend! Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your magnificent home. We could not stop talking about its beauty. It was wonderful! I hope we will cross paths again in the future. I will highly recommend the Gull Cove House to all who will listen!" - Amy D., Haverhill, MA, 04/14/08 (inquire/book)

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your wonderful home. The setting is perfect and one we will remember for a long time to come. All of your furnishings and home accessories made for a very comfortable stay for our family. Your library is tops in our book! Thanks for sharing your special place in the world with us." - Staci Z. and Family, California, 03/25/08 (inquire/book)

"Fabulous place to celebrate my 60th birthday with family. The views are beyond words! The house is just perfect, too! We'd love to come back in warmer weather." - Chris F. & Families, Newport, ME, 03/02/08 (inquire/book)

"Thank you for letting us share in the beauty and majesty of this incredible property—we do quite a lot of traveling together (and have done so for almost 20 years) and your house is in our top 5 all time. The design of the house is perfection—from the view to the multiple levels that all connect to allow for the perfect combination of intimacy and solitude. The kitchen was masterfully appointed and provisioned, and left one with a comfortable working space that contained everything you needed right at hand. Overall your thoughtful hand is evident everywhere—there is always just the right place to sit, a place to put your drink, and plenty of light to read, etc. And everywhere you had a choice you went “top of the line” in appliances and conveniences, which is not lost on the discerning consumer. It’s almost impossible to improve a perfection, but a couple of fantasy thoughts to improve on paradise: - a large-screen LCD in the downstairs library would be outstanding. - a discreet, nicely landscaped hot tub on the outside deck area. Will be in touch regarding …(another stay.) Thanks for everything. Randy & “The Young Psychologists" Owner’s comment: We appreciate these suggestions and will look into a large-screen LCD TV for the library. Safety concerns, especially for toddlers, override the benefits we think a hot tub might add to a stay here. " - Randy M, Westport, MA, 01/21/08 (inquire/book)

"Thank you for a beautiful stay in your wonderful home. We flew in from Portland, OR, having moved there from Fort Worth, TX just two weeks ago, to meet my Mom who lives in MA. She enjoyed her stay and was able to regain her energy during a restful visit. Thank you for arranging the weather! We enjoyed the snow, the Nor'easter, several sunrises and the sun sparkling on the water. Having stayed in many a vacation home, we compliment you on a very well appointed home--perfect for the vacation traveler. We wish you all the best and hope to see you again. Jim and Thúy ThuySaliba(dotcom)" - Thúy & Jim Saliba, Portland, OR, 12/24/07 (inquire/book)

"Thank you for providing the perfect house for our family reunion. Our three families from Portland, Oregon; New Jersey; and New York found everything we needed including serene vistas, friendly people in the delightful town, and Santa Claus and a beautiful Christmas tree....Our two-year-old granddaughter found everything to entertain herself. Thanks." - Allyne & David P., NY, 12/02/07 (inquire/book)

"Linda and I and our families had a great time here at the house and around Rockport. The layout of the house and the views are amazing. The walks to Rockport and around the quarries were a nice way to spend time out of the house although we did not want to leave the house often. Again, we had a great time. Thanks, Kurt & Linda" - Kurt & Linda H., Anchorage, AL, 11/27/07 (inquire/book)

"Thank you. We had a great time. Your house is terrific. Irene and friends Many, many thanks! We hope to return another year. Nancy--one of Irene's crew I just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed our stay at your lovely home. The beautiful home, its wonderful furnishings, and breathtaking views helped us have a super weekend. Thanks so much. Irene" - Irene B. & Friends, NY, PA, NH, MA, 11/11/07 (inquire/book)

"Thank you for the use of your beautiful home. I have felt at home from the minute I walked through the door….The view is breathtaking; we hope to come back next year; we had such a great time. Areta, Jeanne, Kathy, Marsha, Mary Lou, Norma" - The Butterfly Girls, MA, 10/22/07 (inquire/book)

"My family spent nine days at Gull Cove House, it was wonderful. The house is beautiful and private with breathtaking views. Every amenity is there including a detailed book about the house, Rockport, and the surrounding attractions. Tim even provides you with discount cards for the local grocery stores. We will all treasure our very special vacation at Gull Cove House." - Kit Cali, Syracuse, NY, 10/19/07 (inquire/book)

"What a memorable trip! We got to see so much--Boston Freedom Trail, New Hampshire, Plymouth, Basketball Hall of Fame, Rockport shopping, good food every place we went. But the best part was coming "home" at night. The views were amazing! Serenity at its best! Thank you for the planned comfort, beautiful décor, and space for 4 couples to gather or retreat when desired. It has been awesome! The Washington/Idaho Group" - Jorgenson, Mills, Newton, Eaton, Idaho/Washington, 10/06/07 (inquire/book)

"Thanks for a wonderful vacation. All of your attention to detail makes it an amazing experience. The house is just so beautifully stocked that I can't imagine needing anything and not finding it in a closet! We had an absolutely wonderful visit and hope to return. We enjoyed many walks in Halibut Point State Park--the sunsets (paths to left) are wonderful. We took beach chairs out during the day and read on the rocks. We enjoyed both low and high tides (both are a must do at Wingaersheek Beach). They are so completely different. We ate lobster roll after lobster roll--and I never got my fill. We had a lovely dinner at the Emerson (Inn). And we enjoyed the shops in Gloucester. A terrific, restful, and peace-restoring two weeks. Even on rainy days there is a peacefulness that embraces one's soul. Jean & Jim PS Great canoe trips in bogs in Essex and near Annisquam." - Jean & Jim D., Easton, MD, 09/15/07 (inquire/book)

"Marc’s 70th birthday and Naomi’s 40th were celebrated with joy here at your wonderful home. The floor plan is unique and every room comfortable and cozy. Sitting on high gave us the million dollar view that our guests constantly mentioned. The Asian antiques were of great interest as we had been to Thailand twice and Sri Lanka also. The library etc. etc. etc., you thought of everything. Your kindness & generosity of spirit do not go unnoticed. Thank you for opening up your lovely home. Marc, Carol, Josh, Bridget, Seamus, Scott, Naomi, Ruby, and Sozelle" - Marc & Carol S, Leominster, MA, 07/21/07 (inquire/book)

"Thank you for your personal recommendations. I took my 9-year old son to Plum Island where we had an excellent 8-mile bike ride on mostly level road with almost no traffic. The views were beautiful: woods on one side and nature reserve marshland on the other. Then we walked on the beautiful sandy beach for an hour. We visited Halibut Point State Park as a family and were taken by its beauty. It’s only five minutes from the house and is absolutely gorgeous. The quarry lake was serene with shady wooded paths and plenty of granite benches to sit and enjoy the view. The outlook is spectacular and the rock-strewn beach was breathtaking. On a completely different note we ordered pizza from the Rockport House of Pizza. Steve, the owner for 23 years, custom-made our pizza (we asked for a crispy crust) and helped us load our food for 10 in the car. Good pick! I echo all the sentiments in this book. The house and the view are wonderful, as are you. Best wishes, Seth" - Seth, MD, 07/13/07 (inquire/book)

"Here’s how to travel: arrive at night; wake up in a new place. Gull Cove House confirms this. The insistent New England summer morning had us up before five 0’clock, but the view held us still for the first hour. The house was thoughtfully provisioned, the kitchen ready for use. Thanks for the little things: extra towels, guidebooks, suggestions. Go to a hotel and find people paid to welcome you. Here we don’t feel like transients. We’ll be back. Thanks for a wonderful stay. PS Great library!" - The Ivy Family, San Antonio, TX, 07/07/07 (inquire/book)

"We had a wonderful week in this lovely home. We were able to relax, enjoy our family, and were able to see even more of beautiful New England. Thank you for your wealth of information from the first conversation last summer to the great books about Rockport here at the house. We look forward to returning again and again in the years to come, to not only enjoy the house but to enjoy the scenery and the family experience. Thank you for such a fantastic week!" - Becky O & Family, Virginia Beach, VA, 06/30/07 (inquire/book)

"Our return trip to Rockport was, as we expected, just as memorable as our first (3 years ago already)! We continue to invite more family members to join us because we enjoy our vacations here immensely. Ever since you “saved” us 3 years ago, we treasure our time here and your incredible hospitality and continued friendship! This trip we were fortunate to return to Boston and went whale watching. What a rush! They performed for us—even the boat guides were amazed at their activity. We captured great footage on film! The area again is beautiful: the view spectacular and the town charming. It’s so nice to return somewhere again (and most definitely again) and find all the great things loved about a place, like time stands still—we are never disappointed coming here. We’ll stay in touch—thank you again for sharing with us!" - Neil, Donna, Christina, & David R, Cleveland, OH, 06/22/07 (inquire/book)

"My father is 82 this year. My son was 3 today…and all ages in between were with us, either for a few hours or a few nights…and it was perfect. Gull Cove House has certainly been appointed and maintained in a way that honors its beautiful location. We were able to enjoy it fully. It is another fine gallery in Rockport, a beach house, a sanctuary, a library, an eating spot with great ambiance, a café…and so much more. Don’t miss the sunrise over the water each morning and the fishing boats chasing it to their catch. Thank you!" - Theresa B, Carmel, IN, 06/02/07 (inquire/book)

"What a beautiful home. Cozy and comfortable. Beautifully decorated. Absolutely perfect for our girls’ long weekend away. The house accommodated our group of 12 friends perfectly. Thank you for your hospitality. Despite the rainy weather we thoroughly enjoyed our stay." - Michele M. & Friends, Roswell, GA, MA, NH, 05/20/07 (inquire/book)

"What a perfect spot for our reunion of childhood friends! If you like falling asleep to the sound of the surf, you'll like it here. This comfortable, well-equipped house is light and airy with a terrific ocean view. One of many highlights was a walk through the woods to nearby quarries. Tim, the owner, is a real gem. We'll be back." - Janie C., New York, NY, 04/30/07 (inquire/book)

"Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful home in Rockport. This is our 3rd trip for the Boston Marathon but our 1st time in Rockport. How lucky we were to find your house online. Just seeing the pictures sold us on the house and town. We have not been disappointed. The kids loved all the space, videos, games and toys. You have everything here…we will definitely be mentioning the wonderful town of Rockport to friends back in California. Thanks again, Laura M & Family" - Laura M, Los Altos, CA, 04/15/07 (inquire/book)

"I’m still speechless! Having a surprise birthday celebration in your glorious home is an occasion I will never forget. My family is grateful for your kindness. We were able to enjoy each other in a beautiful relaxed atmosphere. Family time is precious as we get older and to have all of my children and grandchildren…together was a joy. With gratitude, Wendy & Don, MA " - Wendy & Don, MA, 02/19/07 (inquire/book)

"From a 1/10/07 email to owner: We truly enjoyed the house in Rockport. The view is spectacular and the accommodations were perfect for our family. Thank you for your hospitality. Lynn" - Lynn B., Loudon, TN, 01/10/07 (inquire/book)

"You have provided us with a beautiful, serene, immaculate location for our cherished sisters' weekend. We appreciate all of the effort you have made to fill your home with every creature comfort imaginable in order to make your guests' stay as memorable as possible. Thanks again, the Stockman Sisters--all 8 of us!" - Stockman, MA/NY, 11/19/06 (inquire/book)

"We love your incredible house; what a sublime spot. We have 5 people (single adults) and your house accommodated each of us fabulously. We love waking up to the view—yahoo! Thanks for everything, Laurel, Lisa, Oskar, Robin, Kristin" - KG Francis Family, CA, MA, & OR, 10/23/06 (inquire/book)

"We can't seem to find the right words to describe out stay here at Gull Cove. From our first conversation a year ago you were such a pleasure to deal with! The house is fantastic, your hospitality was first rate and Rockport is perfect!! We had a very special family weekend and really can't thank you enough. The Kohout Family" - Kohout, NY, 10/14/06 (inquire/book)

"The accommodations were perfect, the view spectacular. This is truly “Paradise Found.” Enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you. Olga K, PA Staying here in this beautiful home amazed me; everything sure is beautiful and artistic. The bed I slept in was so comfortable, I slept like a queen. There is just everything here to make a person feel at home. Pauline M, PA The home and views are spectacular. Staying here capped off a beautiful wedding weekend. Dick K, MA Thank you so much for accommodating our family for our son’s wedding. Your home is just beautiful and enhances the memories of a wonderful fall wedding in Gloucester. My only regret is that we didn’t get to spend enough time here at Gull Cove. All the best…we’ll have to come back!! Evy K, MA" - Keefe/Morby, MA & PA, 10/07/06 (inquire/book)

"Your gracious hospitality and beautiful home provided the perfect setting for our family get-together. Tony and I thought it was to be some quiet family time; however our daughters had greater plans and your home was base for a grander celebration of both our 60th birthdays. All was quite memorable. Thank you, thank you." - The Cavalleranos, MA, 10/02/06 (inquire/book)

"This house…why does it make us so happy? Is it the openness and interesting architectural angles, is it the view of the ocean and the boats, is it watching the chipmunk store rose hips for the winter, is it the tempting selection of books, artwork, and CDs, or is it the quaintly hip downtown where you can walk for great espresso and fresh scones in the brisk morning air? I guess I’ll never be able to decide so all I can say is thank you for everything! Richard & Chris A-K Emeline A. & Michael M, Tampa FL" - , 09/23/06 (inquire/book)

"Thanks to the “Maks” for renting such a great house." - R&S, Texas, 09/16/06 (inquire/book)

"From two 9/12/06 emails: I would like to echo Kim's feedback that the house is beautiful and everybody loved it. Many thanks too for the flexibility for us checking in and out. Best regards, Teck H, Boston My colleagues loved Rockport, especially the house. Those from New York were especially grateful to get out of the city.... We were amazed at how well equipped the kitchen was (in fact, the whole house). Your notebook with instructions/suggestions is really top notch. Hopefully we'll be able to use the house again sometime in the future. Best regards, Kim G, Boston MA" - Kim G/Teck H, Boston, MA, 09/12/06 (inquire/book)

"A beautiful, comfortable rental property, very relaxing, very clean with wonderful views. We highly recommend this property for a family vacation or family reunion " - Peter Chadwick, San Diego, 09/08/06 (inquire/book)

"Thank you for a GREAT repeat performance! Your graciousness & your home in its splendid setting provide the prefect spot for our gang to have our annual Rockport hangout. Sincere thanks from the Averys all." - Avery, CT/PA, 08/28/06 (inquire/book)

"We had a great time at your place and hope to rent it again in future years." - Toni & Ed, Alexandria, VA, 07/01/06 (inquire/book)

"This week began a first of hopefully many years of our extended family vacationing together. Your home, Gull Cove House, has provided every amenity we could wish for. Thank you for your gracious welcome, tips on what to do, and many other things. We will take with us memories that will last for our lifetime. The Metzkers, Orlando FL PS If you are in Orlando please call us." - Metzker, Orlando, FL, 06/24/06 (inquire/book)

"Ditto to everything that’s 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." - Paul & Susan E, Maxine S., Laurel, MD, 06/03/06 (inquire/book)

"We had such a peaceful, beautiful setting for our time with friends! Thank you for thinking of everything a vacationing family might need. The views are beautiful and soothing. We hope to come back some day." - The Tadder Family, , 06/01/06 (inquire/book)

"….This house is the most wonderful (my family) could have chosen. Everything here was perfect: bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, kitchen, and everything else. The view is absolutely gorgeous. The ocean is showing off all the time….We will never forget this home that we celebrated (our 60th anniversary) in. I hope it will always be a success for you. I have been to a lot of places but this is the best. Thanks again, Dorothy D, CT I am well acquainted with Rockport since we have been coming here for more than 30 years. Staying here at your wonderful home has added a new and refreshing memory to our many old ones. The view here makes one stop and enjoy the peace of the moment. How lucky you must feel to see and appreciate such a sight every day. We could not have asked for a better place for all of us to celebrate such an important occasion. Thank you for your kindness and best of luck with your beautiful home. Maureen D, CT As I sit on your beautiful patio and drink in the spectacular view...I think of how lucky I am to have made this choice…to come to Gull Cove House and celebrate with my family. I searched and searched for the right spot…God smiled at me when I found you and your beautiful home. Here Tim we feel like guests not “renters” with you as the gracious host. Thank you so much, Kathleen C, CT Being an owner of a vacation rental home I can appreciate all of the wonderful “details” that make this house so “homey.” ….It is beautiful, tasteful, comfortable, spacious, breathtaking! Thanks again, Mary Ellen M, CT " - , 05/22/06 (inquire/book)

"Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. We enjoyed every minute of our stay here. The weather was fabulous & the views were superb! Ahh--a little slice of paradise! Many thanks. " - Croghan, CA, 04/22/06 (inquire/book)

"Easter '06 Wonderful, wonderful time spent at Gull Cove--terrific house accommodating our family of 7, ages 8 months to almost 60! Weather was a display of God's glory, changing almost hourly. Your house was so easy to live in & enjoy with wonderful common spaces yet plenty of room to be alone. Thank you--we really enjoyed our time here--many great memories!" - March, MA & MN, 04/17/06 (inquire/book)

"Thank you for the lovely place. It was very pretty. The art work was great. The snow was great too. Again, thank you." - Emily W, Atlanta, GA, 02/27/06 (inquire/book)

"We could stay here for days. This was a PERFECT place to host, & we look forward to coming back again. A hundred Thank-yous for letting us all stay. A few notes: - bathroom at the top of stairs—we were unable to make lock. - we were able to change the thermostat, but never the same way twice. Did I miss that section in your (house instructions) book? Thank you so much again. We’ll be back--well, not all of us, soon." - Diana D & Doug B, Medford, MA, 02/27/06 (inquire/book)

"Owner’s response to Feb 06 comments: - We installed new handles and locks on both the upstairs bathroom doors. All 3 bathrooms in the house now lock from the inside. - Instructions for the thermostats are included in a binder we keep for guests explaining house appliances, etc. It also has a section about Cape Ann activities, nearby restaurant recommendations, and other local info. - We appreciate the recent comments about the house artwork but guests considering a stay here should not infer that we have museum-caliber masterpieces. Rather we have several rustic watercolors that suit the setting along with simple (and hopefully pleasing) overseas art." - Owner, Rockport, MA, 02/27/06 (inquire/book)

"We had a lovely time in your unique home! Everything was picture perfect. We especially enjoyed all the awesome art work throughout the house." - Dipa, Mike, Megan & Tara R, Rockville, MD, 02/26/06 (inquire/book)

"Loved the winter get-a-way. Thanks for the snow. The fireplace added to the atmosphere! My husband could not stop talking about the artwork. It’s a great place for our friends’ annual get-together. Thanks! We hope to see you again." - Lori, Pete, Emily & Ryan W, Atlanta, GA, 02/26/06 (inquire/book)

"Sept/Oct 2004 We loved the Rockport House and the nice walks around town. Our son caught at least 8 sea bass on the dock. He cooked the first 2 and they were delicious. He released six. We loved having the train to Boston so close and it's a plus being the last stop so we could sleep all the way back. Thanks for everything Tim Jeanne and Jim Riley and family/friends" - Jeanne Riley, Maui Hawaii, 11/07/05 (inquire/book)

"We all had a wonderful time here and thank you for letting us share this beautiful home!" - MaryEllen S., MA, 09/19/05 (inquire/book)

"Thanks for the use of your house last week. We had a wonderful time. Nancy & Tom" - Nancy & Tom, Chappaqua, NY, 09/10/05 (inquire/book)

"We all had a great time. It was so nice to be able to enter a different world only 45 minutes from home. The house made it easy to relax--well equipped save for a couple of martini glasses. Thoroughly enjoyed your hospitality--we owe you a beer at sunset. Hope to see you next year, The Metcalfes & Giftens Owners note: Martini glasses now available at the house!" - Metcalfe/Giften, MA, Canada, 08/27/05 (inquire/book)

"Thank you, Tim! Your house is lovely as is the view. We all love the area. We all had a great time. The Adlers" - Adler, PA, 08/20/05 (inquire/book)

"Thanks for the opportunity to stay in your lovely home. We were completely happy. Sincerely, Meg & Tom, Eileen, Colleen & Marie-Louise " - Meg & Tom, Hinsdale, IL, 08/12/05 (inquire/book)

"We will be forever grateful to you--for making your beautiful home available at the last minute. We all wish our second week in Rockport could be here! We've had lots of fun here. Please feel free to visit us on St. Simons Island. Joanne & Bob, Liz & Doug & children " - Joanne & Bob, GA, 08/06/05 (inquire/book)

"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 part of the house, giving a panoramic sight of the harbor and the ocean. The views are not blocked by other houses. 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 a number of good restaurants within 10 -15 minutes of the house. 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, Tim Clarke, 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." - Tim & Cathy Bendin, Roswell, Georgia, 08/01/05 (inquire/book)

"We have really enjoyed your beautiful home—everything was just perfect. I hope we have an opportunity to come here again. Wish we had another week. Thanks so much. Ann & Ed This place is fabulous—loved every minute. I hope we will be returning soon! Katie The house is wonderful, the view beautiful, and you are great. Thanks for all the info—we hope to be back! Cathy" - Ann & Ed, Katie, Cathy, Atlanta, GA, 07/29/05 (inquire/book)

"7/05 We had a wonderful time. Your home provided the perfect setting for our family get-together. The house is gorgeous; the town is charming. Will cherish the memories always. The Lang Family" - Lang, MA, 07/22/05 (inquire/book)

"What a beautiful home with great amenities. We enjoyed the area--wish we could take the time to see more! The Fransen/Graba Families 7/16/05 PS Highly recommended tourist activities: Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, kayaking to Thacher Island, & taking the train to Boston (USS Constitution was a highlight there.) " - Fransen/Graba Families, , 07/16/05 (inquire/book)

"Beautiful house, beautiful week. Faye & Earl, St. Louis" - Faye & Earl, St. Louis, MO, 07/05/05 (inquire/book)

"Our stay was one of the most enjoyable family vacations we have ever had. We had 3 generations in the house and all were very comfortable. The views, especially sunrise, were postcard-perfect. The neighbors made us feel like friends, not just renters. The convenient train service to Boston and the CATA made transportation an enjoyable part of our stay in Rockport. We hope to get back to Gull Cove as soon as possible, but remember it every day with all the great photos from our vacation! Thanks again, Tim! Anyone considering a stay here should feel free to contact my e-mail for more information and suggestions." - Neil Rozman, Cleveland, Ohio, 03/26/05 (inquire/book)

"Owner’s Response to 7/27/04 Comment: The ant issue was valid. We hired a service that comes four times a year to treat such problems. Since then we have had no further issue with ants. We take trash to the town transfer station every day or two as needed (except Sunday & Monday when it is closed) so our three trash cans have been sufficient. If we need to add another we will. We now include a basic house cleaning in our weekly rental rates. We have removed older/duplicate pots and pans and added a griddle. As of 10/04 the house has a new range that works fine. We also added an umbrella for the patio table. For 3 years the former owners returned to the apartment for July but that has ended. The current owner lives in the apartment full-time. It is not rented. It has separate entrance, separate parking, and a separate terrace with small privacy fence. Guest privacy at the house has never been an issue. Other improvements since this 7/04 email: new screen/storm doors for the front and side entries to maximize ventilation in summer; a stainless double sink in the kitchen to replace a single sink that had seen better days; an outdoor chimenea for the patio--not so useful in summer but makes the patio cozy and pleasant in cooler fall/spring weather." - , 07/28/04 (inquire/book)

"From an email to owner: We had a terrific holiday and enjoyed meeting you. We tried to respect your home. If it was left in an unacceptable fashion please let me know. You asked for our thoughts about the house so here they are: 1. Location, view and physical attributes, for us, cannot be beat. 2. I think you have an issue with ants. 3. You ought to add some additional "locking" garbage cans. For folks like us that bring 6 + guests who intend to eat in a lot, 3 garbage cans are not sufficient. 4. For multiple-week renters, the rental rate ought to include one cleaning service visit. It's a very large home and with a fair number of guests. With respect, we have rented similar "premium" homes in other locales, both in US and abroad, and cleaning service is customary and, I think, an attraction. 5. The kitchen is almost over-stocked. Think about eliminating some of the older pots & pans. Think about adding a griddle. 6. We had difficulty getting water to boil in a pot for things like pasta. 7. Think about adding an umbrella to the round table on the deck. On calm days the deck does not get much breeze due to the lovely (rosa rugosa) bushes. Some shade would be wonderful and add to usage of the deck. 8. With respect to the attached apartment, the presence of the former owners was for us a benefit. I don't think we bothered them and they never bothered us. I am not sure whether you intend to rent the apartment to others. If so I could envision the set-up being problematic. To be clear we loved the house and the uniform opinion of our family is that they want to go back next year. So please accept the above comments in the constructive fashion in which they are intended. Best regards, Harry S." - , 07/27/04 (inquire/book)


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