About this listing
Looking for a cottage to rent rather than a room? It's just a few miles south of downtown, 5 min walk to Red (Subway) line, adjacent to a 10 acre park, a short walk to a beach, the harbor walk, amenities. Full bath, kitchenette, living and bedrooms.
Boston vacation cottage for summer rental $95/day. Two miles south of downtown, 5 minute walk to the Red (subway) Line. Country living (adjacent to 10 acre park) with panoramic views of Boston, Blue Hills, and Boston Harbor. Half mile from Harbor Walk/bike path and harbor beaches. Savin Hill section of Dorchester (32 Caspian Way, 02125). Three immaculate rooms - living room, kitchenette, bedroom (full size bed), and full bath. Free wifi. Located on property of our large Victorian. Easy parking and 5 minute walk to Red Line (subway) or Zipcar. Safe, scenic neighborhood with restaurants and shops. Convenient to downtown, UMass, JFK Library, shopping & hospitals. Great launching place for exploration of Boston/Cambridge, historic sites near Boston, Harbor Islands, Cape Cod, etc. Hosts are very knowledgeable on attractions, walks, itinerary suggestions, and hidden gems. See attached photos. No credit cards. Non smoking. No pets. 2 person maximum as there is only one full sized bed (the regular sized one, not a queen size one)
There is a full kitchen and bath with stove/oven and microwave oven; refrigerator and all items needed to prepare food and serve it. Full bath includes tub/shower. Yard includes outdoor seating area. Living room has television. House has high speed wifi access.
Interaction with Guests
Hosts are very knowledgeable of Boston, its history, neighborhoods, and surrounding areas. Maps and suggestions are available for the asking.
Savin Hill is a peninsula that juts into Boston Harbor. The house is at the apex of the hill, about 110 feet above sea level, yet the harbor is a 5 minute walk down the hill. There is a beach at the bottom of the hill with a wide walkway that connects to a 2 mile walkway that goes around Columbia Point, the location of UMass/Boston, the JFK Library, Edward Kennedy Institute for the Study of the Senate, and Massachusetts Archives. Views from the top of the hill adjacent to the cottage are magnificent, with views out to the open ocean, to the Blue Hills south of the city and into downtown Boston. There are nice amenities next to the subway station (a 5 minute walk), including a great breakfast place/cafe, an ice cream parlor and an excellent restaurant with bar. 5 minutes farther are a great Indian Restaurant, several Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants, a number of pubs, a laundermat, pharmacy, and other stores. The closest supermarket is one subway stop away. The Savin Hill neighborhood is an historic district with dozens of large Victorian houses on circular roads that go around the very rocky hill at its center, which is a 10 acre park that includes tennis courts and a basketball court. The park next to the beach has base/softball fields and a children's play area. The hill has been occupied since 1630, when the Puritans first set ground where the beach is, and was fortified as early as 1640. The rock is the unusual "puddingstone," a glacial composite formed by the retreating glaciers during the Ice Age. Savin Hill is located in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, which is the largest and most diverse neighborhood in Boston (think Brooklyn). There are lots of different ethnic restaurants (Vietnamese, Polish, Dominican, West Indian, etc., that embellish the great array of new restaurants that have opened in recent years. The area is historic, with the oldest house in Boston nearby, ancient cemeteries, churches, and buildings. And it's only a couple of miles south of downtown Boston, with the Freedom Trail and hundreds of historic sites. The Red Line goes from the South Shore and Dorchester, through downtown Boston, and into Cambridge, passing MIT and Harvard on its way to the northern suburbs.
Red Line (one of the major subway lines) is short walk.
Other Things to Note
Cottage comes with sheets, blankets and towels, and a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. There is no air conditioning, but there are pleasant coastal breezes and a fan if necessary.
Contact us for reservations. Check in is 3pm, check out at 11am, though other arrangements can be made.
Bill wasn't here when we arrived but we had no problem to get the keys of the cottage. We met Bill after a few days and he is very nice, he gave us lots of ideas for things to do and see in the area.
The cottage is really close to the subway so it is very easy to get everywhere in the city. The cottage is exactly like in the pictures, there is everything you need in it.
The only major problem we encountered was the size of the bed which is a double and my husband is very tall so it took a few nights to get comfortable but it is definitelty worth staying at Bill's!
we stayed one week in the cottage. We saw Bill once, After 4 days! Linda we never met. they were on a weekendtrip. So we can not say that they were giving tips or were friendly. We could not say goodbye to them, there was no one at home. Not even give the key back by person.
The cottage is very small if you're tall. The bed was to short and to small for my husband and me. We are both tall 1.94 mtr and 1.78 mtr. and normal bodysize. North European lenght.
So the "cosy" kitchencorner was also too small for our legs .
There was NO Wlan (as advertised) in the cottage, if I needed information from the internet I had to sit outside on the stairs of their house! I needed internet for online checkin for our flight back , it took me more than one hour because the internet turned off several times.
We thought is was very noisy, The fan in the bathroom is very loud and the waterheater also. 3 big , 1 small towel for 2people in 8 days is also to little.
We would defenitely NOT go back.
Our one week experience at Bills cottage was amazing. The place was just as described; very cozy, and comfy for two. It's also surrounded by other homes so you feel like it's your own neighborhood. Bill was VERY accommodating, available at all times, shared his favorite places to visit in Boston and other places we were traveling to. We would definitely recommend this place to friends and family.
We had a fantastic time at Bill's and in Boston in general.
Bill was great when we met him, so interesting and welcoming and the house is so well situated to get into Boston. It had everything you need as a base to explore the great city and you can cook in the place too of you are there a bit longer like we were. Certainly recommend.
The cottage was very cozy. It's at a convenient yet reclusive location. My favorite part was the dining booth that looks out to the back yard.
The cottage was amazing, nice and clean, and the surrounding area wery well kept.
The location is convenient to the red line.
Bill is a great host, I would recommend him for sure!
Bill & Linda were wonderful hosts. They were very welcoming when we arrived, and even offered to pick us up at the Savin Hill station. Both offered a lot of great recommendations for places to eat or things to see. Bill had a walk through Boston to see the main sights worked out, plus a lot of maps. I really enjoyed the Boston history timeline they gave us too. They let us know each of their cell numbers if we ever needed assistance or some recommendations!
The cottage itself was perfect for what we needed. From the airport, it only took us 15mins to arrive. The location was quiet and scenic. The park across the street has some really nice views. The cabin was very clean, well stocked with basic essentials plus towels, soap, shampoo/conditioner, tea, etc. We were well set up. No AC, but it has a lot of windows & fans so that you get a great through-breeze. Hot water wasn't a problem for the shower.
Thanks so much!
About the Host, Bill
I'm a community activist in Boston. I'm active in civics with a focus on public health, historic preservation and the environment. I'm friendly, outgoing and enjoy the adventures of life. I'm a family man who enjoys spending time with my wife and grown children. I enjoy biking and have done a fair amount of international travel. I am the founder of a community health center and co-founded two schools and currently work as CEO of a primary care clinic in Boston.