We wish we could own the property--that's how much we like it. If you love Lucy Vincent Beach and if you have mobility issues, this is the only place to stay. The pond is at your doorstep, and you are guaranteed a kayak any time you want. The paddle is just a few minutes, and you are *right there* without all of the parking and dragging of items...it eliminates so much walking that my elder husband is game for the beach, suddenly.
As to the accommodations: ample deck. Ample yard. Outdoor shower (and indoor). Full kitchen. Extra bedroom for guests. Laundry. And a great, easy living space that features one the greatest views on the island (IMHO).
We like that there is no A/C. The ceiling fans are perfect. Your neighbors are horses, geese and rabbits.
It is very quiet and private. It abuts the Sheep Farm and is close to the restaurants we like and the Library and the Chilmark Store and Menemsha. The
Farmer's Market and Up Island Cronigs and State Road are all quick excursions.
Most importantly, you don't spend your vacation time sitting in traffic, jostling for parking, waiting in lines or otherwise surrounded by every other vacationer costumed in logos navigating their way through the same hassles of an overwhelmed summer "hot spot." We find they are much better enjoyed on occasions we seek them out by going to one of the towns for the movies or a bar. Kind of a control freak's vacation paradise, but our time off is so short and we always arrive with much stress to shake off. It's best to get right down to it and unplug.
My husband has been extremely impressed with how responsive the owner is when any issue arises.
Our favorite thing to do at night there is to have drinks after supper and await the return of the geese to the pond. They sleep there overnight, but are elsewhere all day. When they come back to sleep en mass, it's quite an impressive production.
The landscape looms close in our memory.
Many thanks for your wonderful review, Celeste, especially your coverage of why this is such a special spot on the Island.
We certainly regret cleanliness was only four stars. We did have a couple of conversations with our cleaner this summer about her being stretched too thin. The fact it continued during your stay and one other leads us to line up another cleaner for next year.