Only having been to the Vineyard once before, in crowded Oak Bluffs, I was determined to find a peaceful and serene rental property for this summer. When I heard of Lambert's Cove, I knew I had to rent something in West Tisbury to be able to visit it and enjoy the local beach instead of being surrounded by throngs of people at public beaches.
This property was as I wrote, a piece of heaven for us. My husband and my daughters thoroughly enjoyed it, as did I. It is in a nice quiet neighborhood, yet fairly close to everything - farmer's market, Cronig's, fish market, tennis courts, and, most importantly to me, Lambert's Cove. The beach was fantastic - the first evening we arrived we ran to the beach, and there was a wedding going on at sunset! How perfect. My husband took pictures for the wedding party. That I thought was the true Vineyard style.
Now, on to more about the house. It is really well equipped. Everything you think you might need (at least for us) was all there. The kitchen and the layout of the kitchen-dining room-living room was excellent for the family to enjoy each other's company over home-cooked fresh seafood meals (I cooked almost every night after a whole day's beach fun). The rooms are comfortable and I loved having the laundry-dryer access right off the master bedroom and kitchen, and very close to the outdoor shower. Extremely convenient!! And oh for some of you who may wonder just like me whether you would need central air - you don't even recognize the need for it as Kathy the landlord told me. It was comfortable and cool at night with the fans. The back deck and the outdoor shower were much enjoyed by my kids and my husband alike (they all requested that we have it immediately at our home).
Now on to the landlord -- I am a landlord myself of a residential property here in CT -- I don't think I have met ANY (really!) landlord who was more responsive and hands-on than Kathy. She was pure excellence itself. I had a chance to speak with her when reserving the rental in April, when I learned that it might be her occupational hazard (?) to take care of people with EVERY detail! She was meticulous and so fast in responding to any query I made via email/phone. I told her of a couple of cutting boards in bad shape, and she ordered new ones via Amazon to arrive the next day. Talk about quick response! She was very helpful with suggestions and recommendations to the locale as well. We enjoyed the gift certificate to a local bakery with amazing baked goods also. Having been spoiled by her hospitality, I don't know where else we will go next year! :-) The whole vacation at this property was so beautiful and picture perfect. We could endure Obamas' visiting and the resulting road closure with a sense of humor (we stayed out of Chilmark after his arrival). We even ventured out to a busy crowded public beach near Edgartown (only after being turned away at Long Point, which my girls LOVED - having the best of the both worlds) and placed 3rd in the sandcastle building competition (we were featured in the Vineyard Gazette and won a cash prize as well as a ribbon, which my daughters are cherishing as souvenirs). The weather was wonderful too! (We only had one day of partial rain - during which we made a town day out of it and then went to the beach in the afternoon when it let up.)
I am running out of room here, but I really have to say that Kathy made a world of difference in what could have been a nerve wrecking vacation (you see, I am the ultimate worrier in my family). All the information she provided to me via phone calls and emails prior to the rental was extremely helpful, and getting the ferry ticket for the car included with the rental was really amazing (renters next year in August, check for the Woods Hole Annual Marathon, though, because it coincided with our arrival back in Woods Hole and delayed our return for a couple hours). I cried on the ferry back, not wantin
Thanks, Nikki. It was a joy to have you and your family in the house. I'm very glad you enjoyed it as much as we do. Hope we talk again soon. Now I just have to figure out a way to have that cocktail party for all our renters....Thanks for taking the time to do this. Nice to have had a championship sandcastle builder on our rolls.