Stayed May 2014
For anyone looking for a wonderful week or two or three on the Vineyard, this is the place to stay. Jamie and Barry's home is truly special. With its deep history of being built from two historic structures--an old Tea Room and a Cottage house from the mid-1800's--this unique and extremely comfortable home is a special "heart"haven located in the back door to active Oak Bluffs center. Overlooking Farm Pond to the endless ocean, the wrap around porch is a relaxing place to hang out with a cocktail or three while the dogs lay by your side. Friendly neighbors, such as Vineyard's own Alison Shaw, are eager to make you feel at home and offer their local knowledge of the best of the Island's many activities, in this wonderful community. Go for a walk around the pond, or hop on bikes and cruise into Oak Bluffs for a relaxing dinner or night on the town with the kiddos! The dog-friendly home offers ample comfortable bedding and lounge-out spots for turning off and tuning in. The romantic fireplace throws shadows on the beautiful open living area as you crack into some local lobsters, or dig into delicious BBQ from the close by Smoke N' Bones. An awesome collection of books adorns an entire wall above the daybed that invites one to just take a load off and chill out (I recommend the Rolling Stone Interviews compiled by the legendary Jann Wenner). There is a very big inviting yard that is always freshly mowed (thanks Barry!) where the kids love to run and play. An huge outdoor shower completes the outside amenities in Vineyard style. All in all, I can't say enough about this place, and I have stayed all over the island with my wife and two active boys (Chilmark, Upper and Lower Makonikey, Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, you name it!). We were lucky to stumble upon this home and will be coming back for years to come. Thanks Jamie and Barry for opening your home to us and allowing us to make great family memories in lovely Hearthaven!
Russell, Kingsley, Charlie, Harry, Petey, and Grumpy - Concord, MA