Edgartown, Massachusetts – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
For those with childhood memories of carefree summers on Martha’s Vineyard. For those for whom the thought of time-off conjures the feeling of an ocean breeze and the smell of salt air. For those drawn time and again “down island” to explore the charming streets and waterfront of Edgartown. And for those for whom the tourist experience is no longer enough, the Captain’s Cottages at Harbor View now afford a rare opening to own the island’s most coveted address.
The Harbor View Hotel, occupying the island’s most enviable location for more than a century, has announced the release of a limited collection of 18 fully-serviced cottage suites that offer all of the rewards of island ownership without the hassles. Distinguishing this offer is full, deeded ownership that allows owners year-round access to their one, two, or three bedroom suite, with the opportunity to participate in the hotel’s expertly managed rental program, also year-round, when they are not in residence.
With its steps-away proximity to island beaches and historic Edgartown Lighthouse, the Captain’s Cottages at Harbor View serve as a compound for owners who, with the assistance of an expert on-site management team, can expand enjoyment of their suite while in residence. This includes arranging, for friends and extended family, accommodations, private dining and owner-entitled preferred access to all of the features and services of the Harbor View Hotel, voted one of the Top 50 U.S. Resorts 2012 by Travel + Leisure.
The 18 exclusive suites are housed in five cottages – each named for a 19th-century Martha’s Vineyard whaling captain – tucked throughout the grounds and just steps from the hotel veranda with its unparalleled view of Edgartown Harbor. Ranging from one to three bedrooms, they are priced from $566,500 for a first-level suite in the Captain Huxford to $2,467,500 for a Captain Collins penthouse with a deck and water views.
Each of the 18 suites in the Captain’s Cottages collection has its own unique floor plan. For all, designer Linda Woodrum of HGTV “Dream Homes” and Coastal Living Idea Houses has created interiors that evoke classic Vineyard style and a breezy seaside ambience. Walls with v-grooved paneling are painted a fresh summer white, contrasting with solid black walnut floors and creating a clean and airy backdrop for a variety of color schemes, including seashore teal blue; soft beiges, brown and white; and coral red, beige and brown. Adding to the island feel are wicker and upholstered furnishings, bamboo draw shades and plantation shutters.
All suites feature one to three bedrooms and one or two baths, with central air conditioning, heat and gas fireplaces. Queen pull-out sofas in the living rooms accommodate extra guests, while flat-screen TVs, iPod stations, stereo and wireless internet provide the latest in entertainment technology. Bedrooms are furnished with a queen or king bed, and linens and towels are crisp and white. There are kitchenettes equipped with small refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, coffee machines and kitchenware, and washers and dryers for each suite. Baths are marble or mini-ceramic tiled, with glass-walled showers and separate tubs. Most suites have porches and/or decks with comfortable rocking chairs, and several have private outside showers of cedar and mahogany that open into the suite bathroom. Owners have personal storage space in the cottage basements.
There are seven one-bedroom, one-bath suites ranging from 435 to 892 square feet and priced from $566,500 to $1,249,000. Nine two-bedroom, two-bath suites range from 678 to 1,473 square feet and are priced from $661,000 to $2,467,500. They include two bi-level suites. Of the three-bedroom suites, one is 1,195 square feet with two baths and is priced at $1,648,000; the other is a bi-level suite spanning 1,061 square feet with three baths, priced at $1,364,500.