Clethra is a beloved, family summer vacation home. We only rent for 2 weeks each year to help cover expenses. It is not a weekly rental property. We are multi-generation summer Vineyarders, who have a deep affection for the island. We have been lucky to find appreciative renters who have come back year after year. Family members are often staying on the island and are available to answer any questions about dining, shopping, activities, etc.
What is special about this property?
Clethra was built in 1929 as a honeymoon cottage and picnic house, and originally had only one bedroom. Its commanding site on the bluff point, provides for truly unsurpassed views down the south coast to Edgartown and up to Squibnocket Point, and the bend to Aquinnah. Our extended family gathers at the house for beaching, surfing and fishing. The large dining room table seems always to welcome a crowd, and it has hosted many delicious meals of fish caught right out in front of the bluff. (Or if the fish aren't biting, from Larsons down in Menemsha.) We have been lucky to have wonderful renters who appreciate the simplicity of this classic Vineyard cottage. Clethra offers busy days filled with water sports, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, boogie boarding, and also offers quieter moments to take in the glorious sun rises and sun sets, and to sit comfortably on the terrace contemplating the blues of the giant dome of sky and the expansive stretch of horizon.
What is special about your town?
Chilmark and up-island town, is away from the busy down-island ports, and is celebrated for its charming rural character. It is known for its stonewalls, ocean-side fields dotted with grazing sheep and its amazing beaches. The famous Chilmark Store is the center of town, providing provisions, excellent pizza, and the best porch for up-island people watching. The fishing village of Menemsha has several fish markets, restaurants, interesting stores and a north-facing beach which is perfect for younger children and a fun excursion for crab catching with handlines on the wharf or in the rocky crevices of the stone jetty at low tide.