Captain Morse House Luxurious Captain's Mansion - Waterfront, Town, & Beaches - 5 stars

  • The Captain Morse House
    The Captain Morse House
  • The Captain Morse House Front Entrance
    The Captain Morse House Front Entrance
  • Dual front porches on North Water St.
    Dual front porches on North Water St.
  • Looking up North Water towards town
    Looking up North Water towards town
  • View down Morse St. to the Harbor
    View down Morse St. to the Harbor
  • Backyard looking towards North Water St
    Backyard looking towards North Water St
  • Backyard looking West
    Backyard looking West
  • Patio and back yard
    Patio and back yard
  • Grill and Bike Shed
    Grill and Bike Shed
  • Spiral Staircase in front hall
    Spiral Staircase in front hall
  • Front Hall
    Front Hall
  • Front Living Room looking North
    Front Living Room looking North
  • Front Living Room looking South
    Front Living Room looking South
  • Mary Smith Room - Bedroom 12 - sleep sofa
    Mary Smith Room - Bedroom 12 - sleep sofa
  • Bath 1 off of Bedroom 12
    Bath 1 off of Bedroom 12
  • Front Dining Room looking towards kitchen
    Front Dining Room looking towards kitchen
  • Front Dining Room ready for dinner
    Front Dining Room ready for dinner
  • Front Kitchen looking towards dining room
    Front Kitchen looking towards dining room
  • Back Kitchen looking towards Driveway
    Back Kitchen looking towards Driveway
  • Back living room area with Bedroom 11 to right
    Back living room area with Bedroom 11 to right
  • Back dining room area with patio door
    Back dining room area with patio door
  • Joanna Pease Room - Bedroom 11
    Joanna Pease Room - Bedroom 11
  • Bath 2 with zero curb shower inside bedroom 11
    Bath 2 with zero curb shower inside bedroom 11
  • Front spiral staircase from the 2nd floor
    Front spiral staircase from the 2nd floor
  • 2nd floor front porch
    2nd floor front porch
  • John O. Morse Room - Bedroom 1 on 2nd floor
    John O. Morse Room - Bedroom 1 on 2nd floor
  • John O. Morse Room  can access the front porch
    John O. Morse Room can access the front porch
  • Sara Dinsmore Room - Bedroom 2
    Sara Dinsmore Room - Bedroom 2
  • Dressing Room - Bedroom 3
    Dressing Room - Bedroom 3
  • 2nd floor front hallway
    2nd floor front hallway
  • Middle Room - Bedroom 4 with 4 doors - king or 2 twins
    Middle Room - Bedroom 4 with 4 doors - king or 2 twins
  • Bathroom 3 with tub and shower
    Bathroom 3 with tub and shower
  • Green Room - Bedroom 5 with king or twins
    Green Room - Bedroom 5 with king or twins
  • Sewing Room - Bedroom 5
    Sewing Room - Bedroom 5
  • Bunk Room with 3 beds
    Bunk Room with 3 beds
  • Back Stairs from the 3rd floor
    Back Stairs from the 3rd floor
  • 3rd floor hallway looking towards the back
    3rd floor hallway looking towards the back
  • Secret Garden Room - Bedroom 7
    Secret Garden Room - Bedroom 7
  • William Martin Room - Bedroom 8
    William Martin Room - Bedroom 8
  • Sara Brown Room - Bedroom 9
    Sara Brown Room - Bedroom 9
  • Sail Loft - Bedroom 10 with Queen and two twins
    Sail Loft - Bedroom 10 with Queen and two twins
  • Front of the house in the morning
    Front of the house in the morning
  • Front Porch is perfect for hanging with friends
    Front Porch is perfect for hanging with friends
  • Front of the house in the evening
    Front of the house in the evening
  • Windsurfers at nearby lighthouse beach
    Windsurfers at nearby lighthouse beach
  • Aerial View of the house and Edgartown Harbor looking West
    Aerial View of the house and Edgartown Harbor looking West
  • Aerial View of the house and Edgartown Harbor looking South
    Aerial View of the house and Edgartown Harbor looking South
  • 1st Floor Plan
    1st Floor Plan
  • 2nd Floor Plan
    2nd Floor Plan
  • 3rd Floor Plan
    3rd Floor Plan
$801-9,000/night
12 Bedrooms • 7 Bathrooms • Sleeps 1-26
Allows pets Accessible Internet Fireplace Beach View (more...)

The Captain Morse House is one of Edgartown's premier vacation rental homes. It was built by the island's most successful whaling Captain in 1840. The 1840 Captain Morse House has a superb location on the waterfront and a walk to Edgartown's shopping and beaches. At the bottom of Morse Street lies the North Wharf where Captain Morse used to keep his whaling ships.

The home features 26 rooms with 12 bedrooms, 7 baths, two full kitchens, two dining rooms, and two living rooms. The home can be rented in its entirety or just as the East or West Wing with flexible floor plans starting with 5 

Outside on the North Water Street side of the house, there are two spacious porches with views of Edgartown Harbor. The porches are framed by 10 Doric columns and face the harbor. They create an ideal place to spend the day. The large back yard and garden offer a private oasis from the bustle of a Vineyard summer. The yard is graced by three towering and magnificent Linden trees. Edgartown’s North Wharf lies below the house at the end of Morse Street. It is a great place to go and enjoy the waterfront or perhaps some fishing. We have a driveway that can hold 4 cars which leads back to the backyard. Our backyard is one of the most spacious and safe in town and features a bricked patio with seating for 20 with a very nice barbecue. The tool shed holds complimentary bicycles, beach chairs, and lawn games.

About the Interior
The home is spread out over three floors and offers a variety of public rooms and private bedrooms. The front of the first floor has a large formal living room with dual access portals to the front porch. Next to it is the front entranceway that features a lovely spiral staircase built by local shipwrights. Next comes the media room that doubles as a spare bedroom and then a formal dining room and gourmet kitchen. As you walk by the front kitchen you enter the back of the house with a large living and dining area, a private ensuite bedroom, and a full galley style kitchen. This is a great informal space for more casual gatherings.

The second floor again starts with a magnificent front porch that can be accessed from either the master bedroom or the second large bedroom. From here to the back of the house are another 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. These are all laid out in a way that you will not see in other houses built more recently. It is part of the charm of the house.

On the third floor, there are an additional four bedrooms. This is the simplest part of the house and was where the servants used to live. Back in the 1800s, it took a small army to run the house. Not all of them could actually live at the house. Some lived on Chappaquiddick Island and took the ferry operated by Captain Morse’s father Uriah.

As you might be able to guess we specialize in large families, family reunions, weddings, anniversaries, and any event where people want to enjoy each other’s company without the distraction of others. Large groups regularly book our home for its charm, comfort, and unique character and grace. With that said our long time repeat tenants tend to be smaller families of 6 or so. They then invite friends to come and visit and use the large spaces for entertaining. In my youth, I lived in the house with my brother and parents. It seems unusual now but back then we just took it for granted and helped our father with the maintenance and lawn work.

Events:
“Parties or events not allowed” without the express written consent of the Host. Please request more information on holding an event at the house.

The Surrounding Area:
The Captain Morse House is located at the corner of Morse and North Water Streets. The town of Edgartown is defined principally by its Main Street. To the south is South Water Street which winds by the giant pagoda tree and towards the road to Katama and South Beach. North Water Street runs the opposite way and the Captain Morse House is located about halfway between Main Street and the Harbor View Hotel which looks over the Edgartown Lighthouse and the entrance to the harbor.

Summary
We are committed to doing whatever we can to make your stay in our family home on Martha's Vineyard a special one. We think that our house is the best in town and offers our guests a truly unique experience.
You can see more detailed information on The Captain Morse House at our website. Just search for captainmorsehouse.

I grew up in the home you are viewing.

I grew up on Martha's Vineyard and spent my summers there until I graduated from college. Now I come back every spring and fall to work on the properties and connect with old friends and new.

Our main rental property is the Captain Morse House (VRBO# 212151) in Edgartown. This property has been in our family since 1955 when my father purchased it. It was used exclusively by our family until 2008. It has been a successful vacation rental since then.

In 2017 we bought Indian Hill Road (VRBO# 1853268) as a flip and then promptly made a classic mistake. We over improved the property. Because of this it will be hard to sell so we have decided to rent it out. The island has a shortage of good quality rentals and we think that this will rent well.

Indian Hill Road was a brand new project for us. It is quite a home and we are proud to be able to share it with you.
We had one very successful (5 star review!) rental for the main house in 2019. The cottage we rented out for the first time long term (18 months) to a young couple. They are moving out June 1st. Those successful rentals have encouraged us to put the house on the rental market for this coming season.

Both of our properties have 5 star reviews and it is our intention to keep them at that level.

My Background:
I grew up in the Captain Morse House in Edgartown and spent my summers there until I graduated from Tufts University. I owned and ran Island Sports, the countries oldest and largest Windsurfing and Board Sports store, most of my adult life from 1974 until 2007. I have built several homes and done numerous renovations. I enjoy the challenge of creating wonderful living spaces. I am now a Realtor in Southern Florida but really spend most of my time working on these rental properties.

If you are interested in purchasing either of these properties or in Real Estate Management or representation please send me an inquiry

Due to my on island experience I can help you craft the best possible vacation. I can provide the best possible service when we communicate via telephone or email.

If you are looking for any particular amenities please ask.
Property Type House
Accommodation Entire Home
Check-In Smart lock
Elevator Manually Operated
House Rules
  • Maximum occupancy: 26
  • Children welcome
  • Infants welcome
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age of primary renter: 25
  • Long term rental allowed
  • Other events allowed
Setting & View
  • Water View
  • Beach View
  • Resort
  • Town
  • Village
  • Waterfront
General
  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Fireplace
  • Air Conditioning
  • Central Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hot Water
  • Private Living Room
  • Fitness Room/Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wifi
  • Laptop Friendly
  • Basic Soaps
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hangers
  • Private Entrance
  • Extra Pillows & Blankets
Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Spices/Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Ice Maker
  • Freezer
  • Blender
  • Kettle
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pots & Pans
Bathrooms 7 Bathrooms
  • Bath #1 Front of the house 1st Floor – Shower, Toilet
  • Bath #2 Back of the House 1st Floor – Shower, Toilet
  • Bath #3 Front of the house 2nd Floor – Combination Tub/Shower, Toilet
  • Bath #4 2nd from the front of the house 2nd Floor – Combination Tub/Shower, Toilet
  • Bath #5 3rd from the front of the house 2nd Floor – Combination Tub/Shower, Toilet
  • Bath #6 4th from the front of the house 2nd Floor – Shower, Toilet
  • Bath #7 3rd Floor – Combination Tub/Shower, Toilet, Tub
Bath #2 is ensuite with bedroom 11 at the back on the 1st floor. It features a so is great for people in wheelchairs.
Bedrooms 12 Bedrooms, sleeps 1-26
  • Master Bedroom #1 The John O Morse Room – 1 Queen bed
  • Bedroom #2 The Cat Room – 2 Twin beds
  • Bedroom #3 The dressing room – 1 Queen bed
  • Bedroom #4 The Middle Room – 1 King bed
  • Bedroom #5 The Green Room – 1 King bed
  • Bedroom #6 - The Garden Room – 1 Twin bed
  • Bedroom #7 The Secret Garden Room – 1 Double bed
  • Bedroom #8 The William Martin Room – 1 Twin bed
  • Bedroom #9 The Sara Brown Room – 1 Twin bed
  • Bedroom #10 The Sail Loft – 1 Queen bed, 2 Twin beds
  • Bedroom #11 - The Joanna Pease Room – 1 Queen bed
  • Bedroom #12 ensuite with bathroom #1 - The Mary Smith Room – 1 Sleeper sofa/Futon
This bath is suitable for older people and those that have mobility issues.
Entertainment
  • Television
  • Satellite/Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Video Games
  • Stereo
  • Music Library
  • Games
  • Books
  • Game Room
Family
  • Baby Gate
  • Babysitter Recommendations
  • Pack N Play/Travel Crib
Outdoor
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck/Patio (uncovered)
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Lawn/Garden
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Boat Available
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Beach Essentials
  • Walkable to Park/Playground
  • Private Yard
Vehicles
  • Parking
  • Free Parking
Other
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • Luggage Dropoff Allowed
  • Cleaning Before Checkout
Theme
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
Attractions
  • Bay/Sound
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Museums
Leisure
  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Whale Watching
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Water Sports
Sports & Adventure
  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Bay/Sound Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
  • Water Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wind Surfing
Safety
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Emergency Exit Route
  • Fire Emergency Contact
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medical Emergency Contact
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Police Emergency Contact
  • Smoke Detector
  • Enhanced Cleaning Practices
  • Cleaning Disinfection
Expectations
  • Requires Stairs
  • Potential Noise
  • Limited Parking
  • Surveillance
Accessibility
  • Wide Hallway Clearance
  • Home Step Free Access
  • Step Free Wide Elevator
  • Path To Entrance Lit At Night
  • Wide Doorway
  • Bathroom Step Free Access
  • Grab Rails In Shower
  • Grab Rails In Toilet
  • Accessible Height Toilet
  • Rollin Shower
  • Wide Clearance To Shower And Toilet
  • Handheld Shower Head
  • Common Space Step Free Access
  • Common Space Wide Doorway
Season Rate
Default
1/1 - 12/31
Night
$500 - $8,630
Weekly
$4,343 to $42,495
Monthly
$19,473 to $125,737
October
10/1 - 10/31
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Winter
11/1 - 4/30
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Spring Fall
4/15 - 10/14
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May
5/1 - 5/30
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May middle
5/11 - 5/20
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Summer
5/15 - 10/14
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June 6.1
6/1 - 6/7
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June 6.2
6/8 - 6/15
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June 6.3
6/16 - 6/23
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June 6.4
6/24 - 6/30
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July
7/1 - 7/31
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August
8/1 - 8/31
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September
9/1 - 9/30
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Rates quoted by VRBO, Airbnb, and other OTAs may be wrong due to their use of their one size fits all rate structure.
Please visit our Captain Morse House website for complete details and accurate information.
www.captainmorsehouse.com
Use the Contact Us tab - SO WE CAN QUOTE YOU DIRECTLY WITH EACH OTHER - You will get better service and more flexibility than the VRBO computer can provide. This is not a hotel. It is my home.