The Captain Morse House


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12 bedroom | 7 bathroom (7 full, 0 half) | House

Daily Rate Range:$801 - $10000 per night

Property Details

The Captain Morse House is located in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard. It is one of New England'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 iconic North Water Street, 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 backyard 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 repeat tenants tend to be smaller families of 6 or so. They then invite friends to come and visit. In my youth, I lived in the house with my family. It seems unusual now but back then we just took it for granted and helped our father with the maintenance and lawn work.

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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.

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.


All pricing, availability, and terms are subject to change without notice. 
A booking is confirmed when we receive a payment and a signed lease. 
We reserve the right to cancel any booking where we feel the rates are inaccurate.

The stairs in this 1840 home are steep and not built to modern standards. People with mobility issues should stay on the 1st floor or use the elevator.
All rentals are subject to our lease, manual, and house rules whether you have expressly signed a lease or not.
Late or Early check-ins are subject to a late check-out fee of $100 per quarter hour

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Setting & View
  • Forest
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Beach Access
Popular Amenities
  • Internet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Central Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hot Water
  • Private Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wifi
  • Laptop Friendly Workspace
  • Basic Soaps
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hangers
  • Private Entrance
  • Lock On Bedroom Door
  • Extra Pillows & Blankets
  • Free Internet
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Spices/ Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Ice Maker
  • Freezer
  • Blender
  • Kettle
  • Pots & Pans
  • Dining Table
  • Television
  • Satellite/ Cable
  • Video Games
  • Stereo
  • Games/ Board Games
  • Toys
  • Foosball
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck/ Patio (uncovered)
  • Lawn/ Garden
  • Beach Essentials
  • Private Yard
  • Play Area
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Bay/ Sound
  • Coin Laundry
  • Health/ Beauty Spa
  • Museums
Sports & Adventure
  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Bay/ Sound Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Water Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind Surfing
  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Whale Watching
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Water Sports
  • Fitness Center
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • 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
  • Common Surface Disinfectant Cleaned
  • Linens High Temp Wash
  • Cleaning Products
  • Pack N Play/ Travel Crib
  • Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Free Parking On Premises
  • Requires Stairs

Kind Words from our former guests