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Mark & Dawn Atkinson

Member since: 2014
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An Oceanside Home Rental In Rockport, MA

6 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Rockport holiday house

4 Bedroom, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

Gull Cove House is a bright, cheerful, roomy, and relaxing waterfront vacation rental home in the scenic New England coastal town of Rockport, MA. Sleeping up to 10, the house has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and stunning ocean views. We typically rent on a weekly basis (Saturday to Saturday).

The house offers dozens of amenities for comfort and entertainment: a stunning deck with patio furniture and grill; central air conditioning; collection of games; cable TV; and wireless internet. With a spacious living area, cozy sunroom, library with television and DVD player, dining area, breakfast bar, and well-equipped kitchen.

Rockport is a charming seaside community on the tip of Cape Ann, the prettiest coastal area in Massachusetts. The town has miles of coastline, several beaches, walking trails along the water and through forest, a classic New England harbor with renowned Motif No. 1 at its center, and quaint Bearskin Neck with cozy cafes, seafood restaurants, and a thriving artist community with many galleries. Though the setting is tranquil, the location is also convenient. It's just an 15- minute walk to Rockport center; an 10-minute walk to Front Beach; a short drive to several larger beaches; and 3/4 mile to Rockport's train station with regular 1-hour train service to Boston.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mark & Dawn Atkinson (Owner)
Member since: 2014
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Speaks english

About Mark & Dawn Atkinson

Mark grew up in Rockport and Dawn in nearby Ipswich, MA. After completion of college and graduate school, they pulled up stakes and moved to the West Coast. However in 2012, after 16 years in California, Mark & Dawn realized that they wanted to move back to their roots. And while they admit to missing the weather and wine of the Bay Area, they haven't regretted the decision. Rockport is one of a kind. Between its combination of history, culture, scenery, activities, and small town New England sensibility, it is a truly unique place to visit, and especially live.

Dawn & Mark have two terriers and two high-school students, the later of which are better behaved than the former.

What makes this house unique

Gull Cove offers a well-appointed house that can host large or extended families. With an open floor plan and large deck, it is a perfect location to relax and enjoy family and friends. It is also conveniently located in walking distance to down town Rockport which includes beaches, restaurants, and local stores and artists.

Our property offers direct and panoramic views of the coast of Cape Ann. It also over-looks a working harbor that is the home to both recreational and professional fisherman. Whether it's nautical activity, or the changing light, there is always something to enjoy watching.

Reviews

5
based on 6 traveller reviews

An Oceanside Home Rental In Rockport, MA
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
Chicago, IL, USA
5

Glorious views, dream vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect spot for our family vacation! With seven people in our party ranging in age from 6 to 66, we needed enough space for everyone to spread out and come together. And if you're going to stay in Rockport, you want to be close to town and have a beautiful ocean view. This house delivers on all counts.

When you walk in, the wall-to-wall ocean view and open concept layout is really dazzling - everyone in our party gasped when they entered the foyer. While the photos on VRBO are great, they don't even do it justice. We caught several sunrises, and even the rainy days were majestic, watching the waves crash over the rocks below. With a sunroom, dining room, den, deck, and casual living room - plus five bedrooms - our family had plenty of options to enjoy some privacy, or relax and reconnect.

The house is half a mile from town, so you avoid the crowds, but you can easily walk to coffee and homemade donuts at Brother's Brew (do not miss this awesome diner). You'll have phenomenal views of the ocean and pass two beaches along the way.

The owners are fantastic - professional but warm and friendly. Before our stay, they responded quickly to emails and texts. When we checked in, they met us and showed us around the house, gave us a chance to ask questions, which was helpful (how does the fireplace work? where are the garbage cans? all those little details that make check-in easier). During the trip, we lost Comcast/wi-fi for awhile (not the owner's fault), and they offered to come out and replace the modem for us on the same day. After our stay, they even offered to send home a lost pair of pajama bottoms for our boy. I really appreciated their balance of being laid-back yet on top of things.

We've rented other places in Rockport, and although this is a higher price point than most, it is truly worth the splurge. Thanks, Mark and Dawn, for a getaway we'll never forget.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Happy Special Place

  • 5 of 5

We had a winderful trip to Rockport and Gull Cove house. The house is beautiful; with fantastic views, filled with light and space and just very easy and peaceful. The walk to front beach is nice and not too far even with kids the house has a lot of room to move and the views are beyond spectacular. The owners were friendly, helpful but gave us our space as well. Couldn't recommend the house more highly. Love it and hope to come back

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Outstanding property and homeowners!

  • 5 of 5

If all customer service was performed at the level that Mark and Dawn provide, the world would be a better place. They are so welcoming, accommodating, flexible, and maintain the property to the highest standards. They do all they can to ensure your stay is enjoyable and without stress, and take care of all your needs. The property is beautiful and provides a gorgeous view of Rockport and the ocean. The house accommodates a large group extremely well, is clean, comfortable and is highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for us -- six adults and our 2 and a half-year old granddaughter. We had gotten together to celebrate my wife's 70th birthday. We only had the week-end so I feel lucky that Mark let us rent for just two nights -- I think he took pity on me, but perhaps we lucked out because the house was newly on the market, hadn't been discovered yet and it was early in the season. The location was great. We made numerous walks down to the granite pier and we also walked to the town beaches and restaurants on Bear Skin Neck which are close. We cooked on the excellent gas grill the first night, ate breakfasts in the house and all other meals out in Rockport and Gloucester. The house is spacious, fully-equipped, clean as a whistle and comfortable. Mark and Dawn could not have been more pleasant and accommodating. We would absolutely recommend this house to relatives and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautifully decorated with stunning views.

  • 5 of 5

We were more than pleased with this home. When we walked in we saw sweeping views of the Atlantic; it was perfectly decorated with just the right amount of furniture given the size of the home. There wasn't anything we needed that wasn't already there. The beds were extremely comfortable, the linens and towels were impeccable. We hosted a lovely dinner party starting the evening with cocktails outside on the patio and then moved inside for dinner. Our guests were over enjoyed by the beauty of the location and the grand yet warmth of the home. The owners, Mark and Dawn, I just cannot say enough about. They are flexible, accommodating, gracious, and just some of the nicest people I have ever met. We had our hearts set on having a fire in chiminea on the patio, when I inquired about the one we saw in the pictures on Homeaway, they apologize for the missing chiminea and delivered a brand new one the following morning. My last thoughts; our time at this lovely home was a family gathering, and we had family members ranging in age from one month, 6 years, to, well, I just can't tell you my age but, old. this being said, having soundproof rooms were important for getting a good night's sleep, which we indeed did have. To say that I would return is an understatement, I would return with all of my worldly possessions and never leave! So, in conclusion I don't wish you a wonderful stay, I will tell you that by virtue of all that this home has, you WILL have a beautiful and memorable vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place to enjoy the beach

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for a girls weekend. Finding anything that 10 women agree on is difficult, but everyone overwhelmingly agreed this place was perfect. The interior was beautiful and spacious, and the views were stunning. Whether eating dinner, relaxing inside, or enjoying the deck, this place is the perfect retreat with plenty of privacy. The location was convenient to downtown, beaches, and parks. The house had everything we needed and would be perfect for a multi-family vacation as well. Mark and Dawn were wonderful to work with. I highly recommend this beautiful place and hope to come again soon.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
52 Miles
Logan International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4.7 Miles
Stones Bar
Nearest Golf
2.4 Miles
Rockport Golf Club
Nearest Train
0.8 Miles
Rockport Train Station (MBTA)
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Miles
Brackett's Oceanview Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.6 Miles
Front Beach
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Rockport, Massachusetts

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter
26 Nov 2016 - 17 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$3,711
 
 
Spring
18 Mar 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$5,330
 
 
Summer
24 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$6,679
 
 
Fall
9 Sep 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$5,330
 

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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Rockport, Massachusetts

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
    Master - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
    Library - 2 sofa bed/futon
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing