Quirky Arts & Crafts by the Sea

House - Private room · Pilgrim Rd, Weymouth, MA 02191, United States
Be

A warm, peaceful, art-filled 110-year-old cottage in a quiet neighborhood, with a semi-private beach and huge shady porch. Free parking, 2 blocks from bus line, 30-45 min from most of greater Boston metro area by car or public transport.

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A warm, peaceful, art-filled 110-year-old cottage in a quiet neighborhood, with a semi-private beach and huge shady porch. Free parking, 2 blocks from bus line, 30-45 min from most of greater Boston metro area by car or public transport.

The Space

The Be Village Headquarters blends a cabin in the woods, a cottage on the beach, & a cutting edge art gallery, and puts them right outside the city sights. It’s a peaceful respite if you love antiques, eclecticism and beauty, & are tolerant of imperfections in a 100-year-old house being lovingly restored.

Enjoy ocean views from the living room, walk 1/2 block to the semi-private beach, or stroll along the water. Read on the porch amidst shady trees and watch many frolicking squirrels & birds. It’s just outside Boston, near Quincy Center, w/good public transport, free parking, & 10 minutes' drive to the freeway – it feels like Boston and Cape Cod have combined together!

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IMPORTANT DETAILS & FEATURES:
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- Shared full bath (host usually has opposite schedule of guests), + half bath

- Self-serve a.m. coffee / tea & Light breakfast: instant oats, toasties w/spreads or similar; breakfast not incl. in monthly rates after day 1

- Wireless high speed internet, extends to outside

- Many amenities like umbrella, GPS, kitchen, laundry

- Fans, shade, ocean breeze, moderate weather: no AC

- Flat screen to view Netflix & DVDs in living room: no TV
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ROOM DETAILS: Warm and welcoming yet light & bright. A queen memory foam-topped mattress, desk & chair, closet, bureau & mirror, lights & ceiling fan, personal heater. Currently featuring a bargain reduced price (normally 99$/night) while balcony is off-limits. Its french door & window can both be opened wide to enjoy the sweet sea air. This room holds up to 2 persons in one bed. If you need a second bed, or, a second room, see also Cottage Room at quirky arts&crafts, our other listing.

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CAVEATS: The yard is a nature preserve, and genteel summer camp-like-ness permeates all. Mysterious interior design ingredients regularly invade the dining room. Thrill to the excitement of semi- domesticated wildlife if you catch a glimpse of skunks, watch mating slugs, or if you're very lucky & a raccoon peeks in your window. Neighborhood is super safe, & very peaceful, but there may be the occasional random neighbor noise; house is peaceful & quiet, w/slight sound transmission via antique wood walls/beamed ceilings. Listing often not available without advance notice (2+ days).

Guest Access

Full kitchen, living, dining, porch access

Interaction with Guests

Hanging out or chatting from time to time with guests is fun - depending on our mutual moods & schedules. Mostly I’m pretty quiet but content. It's kind of a big house - many nooks & spaces, so several people can feel private, free & easy even while working or relaxing separately.

The Neighborhood

We have the best sky, the most relaxing beach, the most pleasant walks, and the best smelling fresh air in the Boston area, hands down.

Getting around

PUBLIC TRANSIT: 2 block walk to bus, 15 minute ride to Red Line subway (T) / Quincy Center (where there are also lots of restaurants & pubs. 5 minutes' bus in other direction to Hingham marina w/shops, restaurants, movies)

TOTAL TRAVEL TIME: approx. 45 minutes via rush hour driving OR mass transit to most areas of Boston including suburbs. The MBTA (mass transit) has a very thorough “how to get there” website, *** Please consult it or G. maps for travel times from “corner of Pilgrim Rd. & North St. in North Weymouth, MA” to your destinations before writing to ask me for transit info! *** I’d just be consulting the same websites or copy & pasting this paragraph, unless you have questions those sites can’t answer : )
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Drivers enjoy our guaranteed free parking right in front!
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CAR RENTAL: Often available: 2-seater smart car w/hatch, 36$ / day or 25$ / 4-hours.

Other Things to Note

Here you can enjoy several of the six secrets to happily!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $511 /week
Monthly Price: $1725 /month
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 1:00 PM
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Cancellation: Moderate
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  • The house and room are very charming, as is the hostess. This is a wonderful location and is very comfortable. Exactly as described. I would recommend!

    June 2014
  • Be has been super-friendly and helpful to us! The place icould not be better located, just some miles South of Boston and in close proximity to the beach. I can only recommend staying here!

    February 2014
  • I was in Quincy again for three weeks this trip. Brenda's room was clean and comfortable just as I expected. You know it is a great place to stay if I came back!

    Parking is easy on the low-traffic street and the neighborhood is very nice and quiet. Brenda is very artistic and very interesting to talk with. I would recommend staying here if you're in the area!

    September 2013
  • Nous sommes arrivés tard et sommes partis tôt, donc nous n'avons pas pu voir notre hôte mais elle avait laissé un petit mot en nous expliquant les règles qui nous disaient en gros d'être chez elle comme chez nous. Ce fut facile à réaliser et nous avons adoré l'ambiance de la maison, désordonnée et amicale, recherchée et insolite.

    August 2013
  • A great experience and great place. The room was cozy and simple. It gave me the feel of a mountain cabin, but with the sea shore close by. The neighborhood was quiet, safe and had some beautiful views of the water just a block or so away. Though their was public transportation access via bus, those with the get-out-and-go spirit may want to think about having a car. The location would be perfect for those looking for access to Boston as well as sites like Plymouth or making a day-long road trip to Cape Cod.

    August 2013
  • Staying at Brenda's was a pleasure, and we were sorry to leave after one night. The house is charming and very comfortable, and it was very easy to coordinate our arrival.

    July 2013
  • Brenda's place is absolutely charming, located on a hill just a few houses from the ocean.

    As a host, she is extremely solicitous and thoughtful.

    Two thumbs up!

    May 2013
  • Brenda is very kind and hospitable. She gave me a tour of her home, which is located in a nice neighborhood with low traffic. You can walk about half a block to the shore and spend a nice time walking or sitting and enjoying the serenity.

    She has an older home (which you see a lot of in Boston - not so much down here in NC) that she is renovating. The balcony was off-limits for repairs but that did not bother me at all. Overall I had a great stay and would visit again.

    Also, if you have a car, there is convenient parking on the street right out front.

    May 2013
  • Brenda is really nice and her house is situated near a very cool sand beach with a tiny harbor. The house is very artsy and beautiful. We stayed there for 5 days and loved it. We drive to the metro station just 10min away then it took us about 20 minutes to be downtown Boston. I really recommend this place but I think you need to have a car to stay there...

    September 2012
  • For us Brenda's place was on an ideal location, because we wanted to visit both Boston and the Cape, just like she mentioned in her description. Besides, the house is old but okay. The beach is very nearby.

    August 2012
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School
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
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beTM design and American Family Happily Institute
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I'm an artist. My home's a giant gallery, and a summer camp for adults. Around here, there's an infinite amount of intriguing objects for you to peruse and ponder. There's also an infinite amount of work to be done - for me - to preserve & revive a hundred-year old, imperfect but beautiful wood “creature.” That makes sure some projects are always at the half-way point. I also have a business, so I work a Lot, mostly around here, usually on the laptop, & sometimes in pajamas. I'm kind of a hippy, and definitely an egalitarian humanist pinko leftycrat - but wait, there's more! - as founder of America's largest fake institute, the American Family Happily Institute, I can get you into the history books - guaranteed! (only if you wanna be) However, like most artists, I don't mix well with social conservatives (my artwork satirizes 'family values' think tanks). Hanging out or chatting from time to time with guests is fun - depending on our mutual moods & schedules. Mostly I’m pretty quiet but content. It's kind of a big house - many nooks & spaces, so several people can feel private, free & easy even while working or relaxing separately. I grew up in the hinterlands but have been here 23 years - happy to share suggestions or information about the city, or the joints to eat or hang out in right nearby. We’re located in a peaceful hidden spot surprisingly about a half hour from the heart of Boston. But there's also plenty of restaurants, and several types of 'things to do' - even actual nightlife - in about ten minutes' drive or 20 minutes biking. In walking distance, there’s the bus (to those things and to Boston and more), the beach, a long ocean walk, some woods, a convenience store, the post office, a pizza place, and peace… Je parle un peu de francais mais pas si vite, pas si bon!
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