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 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!
IMPORTANT DETAILS & FEATURES:
- 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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 : )
Drivers enjoy our guaranteed free parking right in front!
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!
-- smoking outdoors only, porch ok
--- pets *may* be permissable, w/negotiation. dogs cannot be left alone for long periods/workdays, but 1-2 hrs. while you go to eat can be fine, or a doggy daycare is 5 minutes away, Land of Pawz, and only $25 per day. a cat or 2 may be ok but litter box would be in your room
--- no pets live here, guests with pets Very Rarely stay but if you have pet allergies please let us know so we can eliminate pets during your stay
-- some of the art here has (unobtrusive, tasteful) partial nudity/adult themes
-- Please have an online profile somewhere or a fleshed out profile here, and/or tell us a little about yourself and your reason for travel, to ensure a good fit, & a safe/secure status.
-- Advanced reservations (>1week) strongly encouraged; last minute *sometimes* available.
-- When schedule permits I can pick you up for your first night at local ferry or subway station at no charge (only if you are a single person as my car is a 2-seater).
Be was very welcoming. Her place has a lot art stuff.
It was a neat experience to meet Be. She has lots of books and can be interesting to talk to
Be was very welcoming, greeting us with beverages and an open mind. The room was clean and well maintained and everything in the house had an artistic charm to it.
We had a great time staying in the Treehouse Room! The house is fascinating and very comfortable. Be was a wonderful host...I got lost on my way there, and she patiently guided me to the house over the phone. Overall, highly recommended.
Be's place is lovely! She is a wonderful hosts and makes you feel really at home. Definitely go there if you are looking for a personal, unique place to stay. The room was beautiful decorated. The location is perfect for a visit to the beach.
This was our first airbnb experience, and Be clearly is an experienced airbnb host. She welcomed us with a drink and a run-through of the area. She has compiled a thorough and useful guide to what is in the area. When we arrived Be was busy preparing an installation for a local art exhibition - she truly is a practising artist and we are glad to have supported the local arts scene through staying with her. Throughout our stay we felt welcomed and supported by Be in whatever we wanted to do despite her busy schedule - she is very flexible and accommodating, and we are grateful for that.
The house itself has lots of character and much of the downstairs smells pleasantly of wood. There is certainly much art around, as well as a range of interesting books to read such as one on Andy Warhol.
The area is lovely. We unfortunately didn't use the beach as on the one day we had put aside for that the weather wasn't favourable, but we drove past one sunny afternoon and it looked very pleasant - people were sunbathing, swimming and kayaking. Not sure it can be described as "semi-private" though - it seemed public to us.
The posting is generally accurate, though you may want to read between the lines when you are asked to be "tolerant of its imperfections". The main issue is one of cleanliness - we didn't use the kitchen as there were unwashed pans there in the mornings when we got up. The bedroom was a reasonable size but the bed, pillows and bedclothes smelled musty. The mattress can slip off the bed frame, so watch for that. I wouldn't recommend the bed for someone who has back issues.
The house has wooden floors that has had rugs placed over the floorboards, and these rugs didn't seem to have been cleaned for some time. The house generally is not cleaned. We shared our room with several large, sometimes flying, carpenter ants. I still haven't worked out exactly what is meant by "Mysterious interior design ingredients regularly invade the dining room." Perhaps those are the insects that co-exist with the people in the house.
Overall, however, we had a very enjoyable time. This has potential to be a perfect retreat that is, like Be says, conveniently accessible to the city and other places of interest.
hi piers, i'm sorry you did not more fully enjoy your stay. given the last-minute reservation, your world travels to developing nations, your reference to staying at my place because the 'friend's floor you were supposed to get fell thru' and your friendly, casual demeanor, i would have thought it to be to your satisfaction.
since your stay coincided with final preparations for a major public exhibition & performance in Boston literally 2 days later, the house was indeed in more of the 'maximum level of disorder' it tends to get into. there is a range, and the range varies with life situations, lifestyles/comfort levels of my guests, whole house vs. 1-room rental, & advance vs last minute reservation. while your combination of circumstances put you in the 'more disorder/imperfections witnessed' category, it had seemed you were someone who could well understand & tolerate that. i'm sorry, i misjudged your personality, otherwise i would have warned you in detail about conditions given your last minute reservation coinciding with such truly enormous life events for me as the biggest exhibit and performance i'd been part of in over a decade.
on a couple of points you too have misconstrued - your linens & bedding were quite fresh, so what you experienced with them was merely the odor of antique wood. i'm also surprised you had a problem with the mattress; it's a conventional Serta set with a memory foam top &has been praised as extremely comfortable by other guests; i even sleep on it myself for a change now &then. some folks do not respond well to memory foam. i wish you'd let me know you had a problem as i'd have been happy to try removing the topper for you.
in other aspects, your review lays out an overall description of the home stay experience i offer which is fairly accurate. yup, there is almost always a dirty pan or two in the kitchen! that also means guests can relax & not feel they'll get thrown in the clink if they don't clean 100% of their dinner dishes 'til the next morning 'cuz they're tired. yes, we usually have a bug or 2 somewhere - of one or another sort that you'll find in the country! it's a 100 year old authentic cottage - somewhat permeable between inside & out. but, we've never had bedbugs or roaches, which i &others i've chatted with have even had the privilege to experience in hotels that cost more per night than my own listing. and, while a visitor here may see the occasional flying beetle or crawling spider, he can also rest assured not to be breathing in toxic chemicals from fumigation.
in general, i do encourage ALL potential area visitors who would have a really hard time with a stay in a setting that is close to this description to either inquire in detail about current conditions and their particular concerns, or simply refrain from booking here. i would suggest another 'more perfect' though almost guaranteed also more expensive and less warm, interesting, unusual & adventurous, option for their stay in the area.
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!
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I'm an artist. My home's a giant gallery & summer camp for adults. There's tons of odd objects & art for you to peruse. There's also tons of work for me, to preserve & revive a 100+ year old, imperfect but beautiful "masterpiece" - so some projects are always at the half-way point.
I have 2 businesses & work a Lot, mostly from home, sometimes in pajamas. I'm kind of a hippy, & definitely a humanist pinko leftycrat - but wait, there's more! - as founder of America's largest future institute, American Family Happily Institute, I can get you in the history books (if you want)! Like most artists, I don't mix well with social conservatives (my art satirizes 'family values' think tanks).
Chatting with guests is fun - depending on our mutual moods & schedules. Mostly I’m pretty quiet. The house has many nooks & spaces for people to feel free & easy while working or relaxing separately.
I grew up in the 'heartland' but am now a long-time Bostonian & happy to share the low-down on cool stuff around here. We’re in a peaceful hidden spot surprisingly only 30-45 min. from most of greater Boston metro areas. There's plenty of restaurants & many 'things to do' within about 10-20 minutes' too. In walking distance, there’s the bus, the beach, 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!