The SpaceThoughtfully designed with an emphasis on flow, sight lines and most importantly, for comfort! Fabulous 1st floor open plan with fireplace. Over sized windows afford breath-taking marsh and water views, and bathe the space with the island’s unforgettable light. Hardwood cherry flooring, antique furnishings and appointments, sisal rugs and original art work. Beautiful finishes through-out. Relaxed and restorative atmosphere.
Guestrooms are tastefully appointed and flooded with morning sunlight. Open your windows at night to hear the sounds of the surf, carried on an east wind or the restless geese calling through the darkness from across the marsh. In the wee hours, perhaps you’ll stir to the muffled sound of the first fishing boats heading out to sea.
Located off the living room, the first floor ensuite features a queen size antique bed with new mattress, 100% cotton sheets and crisp linens. Adjacent three piece bath includes WC, pedestal sink, tiled shower, bead board wainscoting and tiled floor.
See separate listing for FORE and AFT guest rooms by clicking on my profile picture (2x!) Guest AccessGuests may use the front door (under portico) or the mudroom door when returning from the beach or during inclement weather. While the kitchen is not available for cooking or preparing meals, guests may enjoy continental breakfast, and may use fridge to store drinks and snacks. Common areas include the 1st floor dining & living areas, porch and decks and 3rd floor cupola to the rooftop deck – a perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine. Watch the sun set, linger as dusk settles and marvel as the first lights of the Newburyport skyline begin to appear across the water. Later, experience star gazing extraordinaire! Interaction with GuestsI’ve lived in Newburyport for many years, and look forward to welcoming you and sharing my knowledge of the area. Questions? Just ask, call or text. The house affords the space for guests to relax and to fully enjoy their privacy. The NeighborhoodLocated on a sheltered lane on the “quiet,” side of Plum Island, the house sits on almost an acre of pristine waterfront property. Our gentle neighborhood beach is off the beaten path and only a five minute walk along the edge of the marsh. Wonderful swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and puttering on the rising tide.
Plum Island is an exquisite barrier reef island located off the northeast coast of Massachusetts. Eleven miles long, only the northern tip off the island is residential –the balance being home to the Parker River National Wildlife Reserve. The island is a paradise for all nature-lovers; birders and bicyclers, photographers, painters and poets, boaters, kayakers, wind-surfers and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Off season, the
island presents a special beauty with its stark snow-bound vistas, barren windswept beaches, (ideal for collecting sea glass), Snowy owls (!) and brilliant sunsets over the frozen waters of the Merrimack.
Newburyport is a charming historic seaport with a rich architectural heritage, a tremendous array of upscale shops and restaurants, a year-round Farmers’ Market, vibrant waterfront (1/5 boat/resident ratio!) beautiful rail trails and a wealth of entertaining, educational and cultural activities; whale watch, catch a show at The Firehouse Center for the Performing Arts, immerse yourself in local color during the Yankee Homecoming Festival, step into our maritime past at the Custom House Museum or go birding with Mass Audubon (Joppa Flats Education Center.)
For nature enthusiasts, an abundance of choices! The 4700 acre Parker River National Wildlife Reserve is an extraordinary sanctuary for migratory birds. Its protected beaches are some of the most beautiful on the east coast. Area state parks include Maudslay- a 480 acre horticultural and agricultural estate, Salisbury Beach State Reservation- a 500 acre park on the Atlantic Ocean, Sandy Point State Park and Cranes Beach.
Boston is a 45 minute drive to the south. Portsmouth and New Hampshire Seacoast region 30 minutes to the north. The White Mountains of New Hampshire are an easy day trip in the fall for world-class leaf peeping, or for get-a-ways year-round. Getting AroundThe island is easy to explore on foot, cycle or by car. Downtown Newburyport is only four miles away - a short bike or car ride over The Great Marsh (with over 20,000 acres, New England’s largest salt marsh) and the Plum Island River. Local transit services available including a free summertime weekend shuttle bus to Plum Island. Commuter rail service to Boston, as well as C & J bus service to Logan Airport & South Station. Other Things to NoteContinental breakfast available before 9 am. Guests may enjoy coffees/teas during their stay with kitchen Keurig Coffee Maker.
Washer and dryer available for guests staying 3 nights or longer.
The Hummingbird has two bikes and two kayaks which are seasonally available to guests.
Guest rooms are strictly maintained as PET FREE zones. Resident four footers can luxuriate in private quarters, if guests prefer. That said, if you're not keen on pets, booking your stay elsewhere is recommended.