Located in Aquinnah, at the outer tip of Martha's Vineyard, with access to Philbin Beach, is a large, unique, artistic and fun property, made for large groups of people or good for two simply utilizing the main house. (inquire as to weekly prices which are less for just 2 in main building only.)
This multi person, compound, with a panoramic water view, called the Japanese Ponderosa, is perfect for reunions or even weddings. You can have a large group, but each couple can have their own building or large room and bath.(during colder months the master bedroom and a separate building is heated and the bunk room has an electric heater. This means it is comfortable for one or two couples all winter in the fully heated spaces. Five buildings and one main gathering spot.
Children in particular love this property as it conjures up a Swiss Family Robinson feeling with the large posts..and bridges from building to building. Much of the Douglas Fir is from a railroad tressel bridge in Utah. The railings are bamboo and the kitchen cabinets are from old beer barrels. The artistic features are everywhere and you will love it with the panoramic views of the ocean. The kitchen is on the top floor, so social meals have the best view.
Almost each room has its own bathroom and shower or tub, often in the room. Nothing traditional here, but glass and views and interesting things to see everywhere. The master bedroom, which is the only bedroom in the main building, is large, with huge windows, a kiva and a cobalt blue tub right beside it for firelight bathing! Another bedroom is in a building composed entirely of huge factory windows from the Arrow Shirt Factory in Troy New York.
There is a queen bed there as well as a loft with a single and a sitting area.
The pictures show and describe each of the other buildings. One has a garage door for ventilation! (with a screen) While this is an upside down home with the kitchen above , once you are up there, there is access to a bedroom and bath on that floor for those challenged by frequent stair use.
A fully functional kitchen and gas powered grill on the side porch as well as a fireplace in the adjacent living area...make this a perfect hangout for large gatherings aorund the dinner table and a nice flow out onto the large porch with a view of the ocean. Then step out he side porch and go up even higher to the look-out deck and have cocktails and watch the sun set. A 15 minute walk down a dirt road to one beach, and a ten minute drive to the most beautiful private beach on the Island with the use of a sticker with your lease.
There are fun shops at the famous cliffs, perfect biking areas, a small bakery right by the road, and two wonderful restaurants right in Aquinnah. Chilmark is equally close and has many more choices as well as the fish stores and farmers markets.
While we only stayed for a weekend, it was amazing. This house is extremely unique, and full of character. This house is the perfect place to stay with a large family or group of friends who want to experience Martha's Vineyard. The bedrooms are all different, but if you're willing to have a little variability, it's not a problem at all. The grounds are beautiful, and the views are spectacular. We had a wonderful time, and would recommend it to anyone. On top of that, Karen was very responsive and was a great host.
Had a great time at the compound! Was super spacious, very comfortable and with beautiful views. Would highly recommend!
Compound is an ideal retreat on the quieter "up island" side of Martha's Vineyard. Good restaurants and things to do within reach, and nothing is too far away on MV. Compound was clean, well appointed for a holiday retreat house and as advertised (sea views not shown on the web site photos were very nice as well). Most importantly, owners were friendly, helpful (good recommendations), flexible and very responsive (questions answered immediately). A definite five-star airbnb experience.