Reviews and Comments:
What they are saying about The Captain Morse HouseThese are reviews and comments from our guests over the years. We do everything we can to earn good reviews by responding to any issues immediately. The house is maintained well and each winter we upgrade and update as much as we can. You can see our WENEEDAVACATION reviews here
You can see our VRBO / HomeAway reviews here
Wedding Stay ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had a wonderful time at the house – it was so special to spend the weekend there with my family for our wedding. The rooms were beautiful and the house had so much character – I stayed in the cat room with my cousin and the light there is gorgeous. We loved our time at the Morse House and are looking forward to coming back!
Email – September 2017 – New York, NY
Incredible Spot ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Incredible spot for large group to stay or to host a function. Tastefully appointed – larger catering kitchen.
Google Review – July 2017 – K. Hatch Local Guide · Level 7
Perfect House ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We used this house a crew house for a sailing event for 5 days in Edgartown. It was the perfect house to accommodate our group of 16 guests, plenty of room to stretch out! The owner went out of his way to make sure we had all the details needed to make our stay enjoyable and EASY! We will be sure to book again the next time we are out on the Island!
Google Review – July 2017 – Ben Q. – Newport, RI
Amazing House ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Celebrated my Father-in-law’s 90th birthday, amazing house, great location. I definitely recommend this property, the memories you make here will last a lifetime.
Google Review – July 2017 – Denver, CO
Absolutely stunning stay ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We booked the Capt. Morse House for our extended family during my daughter’s wedding. The bride and bridesmaids also got ready in the home before the lovely walk to the Harbor View hotel–the venue for the wedding ceremony. The rooms were lovely. Everything was clean and bright. The porch was a stunning place for photographs. The manual for what to do and when from the owner was clear and concise. Shops and restaurants just blocks away. DARLING location. The backyard was beautiful. Can’t wait to book again.
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.
VRBO Review – June 2017 – Dallas, TX
We were four families (20 people) with young children and the house offers the comforts That allowed by age groups independent activities as well as joint activities. Whoever goes to this house will not regret it. The house is wonderful. It’s a piece of history of Martha’s Vineyard with all the comforts of the present. We were 20 people, adults and young people and the house allowed independent activities for all age groups and joint activities. Who visit you will not regret having done so.
La casa es una maravilla. Es un pedazo de la historia de Martha’s Vineyard con todas las comodidades del presente. Eramos 20 personas, adultos y jóvenes y la casa permitió actividades independientes para todos los grupos de edades, así como actividades conjuntas. Quien la visite no se arrepentirá de haberlo hecho.
Google Review – June 2017 – Montevideo Uruguay
We loved the Captain Morse House ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Our family (16) stayed at the CMH for the week of our wedding which took place in Edgartown. It was a great way to have everyone together. The formal living space and porches really brought you back to another time and the kids loved the large yard and sail loft. The house is a in a great walk-to-everything location and combines the elegance and charm with modern amenities like kitchens, bath and wifi. We have so many great memories and everyone continues to talk about how great it was, it was an amazing vacation.!
Recommended for: People with Disabilities, Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers.
VRBO Review – May 2017 – Sagamore Beach, MA
Guest Review WeNeedAVacation ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We have just spent a wonderful week at the Captain Morse House. Twenty six members of our family celebrating my husband’s birthday. The house is very spacious and confortable, the furniture is beautifully kept and the kitchen is well stocked with all one can require for such a big crowd. Platt (the owner) was very helpful and always available to help if needed. We can warmly recommend a vacation in this house for a large gathering. Platt: It has been a privilege to celebrate my 90th birthday in your mansion. Thank you for your help. Look forward to rent again your house in May 2022 !
WeNeedaVacation Review – May 2017 – Fort Meyers, FL
We were lucky enough to spend the week of Thanksgiving at The Captain Morse House on Martha’s Vineyard in 2016! We had a family of 14 stay at the home and it was absolutely, perfect. We were within walking distance to the shops, restaurants and everything the island had to offer. Even though it was the “off” season in November, we loved it. Being from the Midwest, we were able to capture the cooler/more wet of the Fall season!!
Google Review – November 2016 – The Heartland
Beyond expectations ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I stayed at the Captain Morse House Thanksgiving week with my entire family–11 adults and four children. We had very high hopes for a great weekend and they were far exceeded. The CMH is very roomy with plenty of bathrooms. It is in a wonderful location in Edgartown–beach/shops/pubs /restaurants all within easy walking distance. The house is very roomy and has a number of areas to relax or watch TV. Wifi is excellent. The two kitchens are incredibly well supplied. We cooked Thanksgiving dinner without any problem. I can’t think of anything that we lacked. On top of it all, Platt was extremely easy to deal with and ultra-responsive to any questions that we had. My family is ready to book CMH again. I recommend without any reservation.
VRBO Review – November 2016 – Omaha, NE
Charming home in prime location! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I rented this home for a mastermind weekend for 8 women. We loved the ability to walk to everything in Edgartown, the charm of home and how well stocked the kitchen was! Highly recommend!
VRBO Review – October 14, 2016 – Evansville, IN
A Historic Home Perfectly Updated for a Modern Visit ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My husband and I rented this home for our closest friends and extended family members to stay during our wedding on the Vineyard this October. Although we are very familiar with the island, the vast majority of our guests had never been before, and the Captain Morse House offered a perfect location, very comfortable accommodations, and so much MV history for the group. The house is incredibly spacious and has numerous bathrooms and areas to spend time, while still offering plenty of space for groups looking to relax — we had a rainy weekend and our guests loved solving puzzles in the living room and taking advantage of several of the DVDs provided as well. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes and all guests said the rooms and beds were very comfortable. The location cannot be beat – a parking space is available but there is not a need for a car if you’re looking to take advantage of all Edgartown has to offer.
We would highly recommend the property for anyone looking for a relaxing group stay in one of the most historic, well-maintained homes on the island. The owner was very responsive as well – the weekend was cooler than the previous week so we requested a temperature adjustment (it was controlled remotely). He immediately adjusted the thermostat for us and provided a quick text update as well. The house is a remarkable property and all of our guests left with very fond memories.
VRBO Review – September 29, 2016 – Palo Alto, CA
Stately Historic Home on prestigios N Water St ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A truly superb home with all the amenities and ideally located. It was a A brief ten minute walk to fine dining and shops in Edgartown.
Staying in this elegant home was an experience in itself. It had all the finery and grandeur of a home of its significance but still fet warm and cozy for family gatherings.
Although the home is ideally suited for a family reunion with may adult couples and children in tow, my four sisters and our mother (who requires a wheel chair ) never felt lost in this grand home.
VRBO Review – September 11, 2016 – St. Louis, MO
Captain Morse House ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
What an awesome house. Very clean, and centrally located to everything. My family walked everywhere!
VRBO Review – September 6, 2016 – St. Louis, MO
Edgartown’s Finest ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I can’t imagine a more perfect setting for extended family to stay for a Martha’s Vineyard wedding. The location is ideal– only a few minutes walk to all the Edgartown shops and restaurants and the waterfront. The historic house is lovingly maintained, full of charm and easily handled our crowd of sixteen. The bikes were a nice plus and we got good use out of them. Other members of the wedding party who were regular visitors to the Vineyard were eager to come over and get a tour —it is that kind of a house!!!
VRBO Review – September 6, 2016 – St. Louis, MO
Lovely family vacation ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had a lovely family vacation in the house. We were a group of 16 and had plenty of room. The kids enjoyed the lawn and front porch. We all enjoyed having different family/living rooms to gather in or separate to. It was convenient to have 2 kitchens. The house was very well stocked with towels, cookware, dishes, beach chairs, etc. The bicycles were a great bonus and one of our favorite activities was biking around. Excellent location. It was lovely to be able to stroll downtown for ice cream or fudge whenever we wanted. The owner was very accessible and accommodating prior to and during our stay.
Recommended for: Sightseeing, Tourists without a car, Families with teenagers
VRBO Review – July 31, 2016 – New York, NY
Perfect Location! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Our week here was beautiful! Family and friends came together to share a relaxing week, and the house didn’t disappoint. Perfect for a large group! Our favorite time was meeting on the porch early for coffee, and later, for a nightly signature cocktail, always chatting with the passers-by, one of whom happened to be an old neighbor!
The convenient location allowed for nightly walks into town for exploring the shops, enjoying the restaurants, and indulging in nightly ice cream. show more
WeNeedaVacation Review – July 2016 – Madison, CT
Beautiful historic house ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This house lives up to its name boasting several bedrooms with fireplaces and grand porches. The location was great being steps from fun shopping and restaurants.
Recommended for: Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Adventure seekers, Families with teenagers
VRBO Review – July 2016 – South Burlington, VT
Wonderful! Didn’t want to leave ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had a great time, nobody wanted to leave! Superb location for all things in Edgartown, walking or biking distance to most activities. The yard was great for kids and the property worked very well for large families like ours, who included 24 people. Every amenity was provided that one could hope for. Martha’s vineyard is a wonderful vacation destination, there are so many options for every type of interest. We happened to come during the 4th of July, and it was perfect. The parade went right past the house and we could all watch from the spacious front porch, and the fireworks were seen from the second story balcony. Thanks for allowing us to use your beautiful home for our annual vacation.
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
VRBO Review – July 9, 2016 Phoenix Arizona
Another great week at the Morse home ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We just finished 2 fantastic weeks at the Captain Morse home. This is the second year we have rented the home for our family vacation. The home is very well maintained, furnished and ready for guests. The home is large so other guests or visitors have plenty of room to move around without stepping on each other. The bikes are a great addition and make arrival so much easier. The owner and caretaker are very responsive and go out of their way to make sure your stay goes well. We highly recommend the Captain Morse home.
WeNeedaVacation Review – June 19, 2016 – Brentwood, TN
Family Vacation ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We absolutely loved our family vacation week in June 2016 at the Captain Morse House. The location could not be better, with such short walks to the beach and harbor, downtown and Chappy Ferry. And the house is spacious and comfortable, with interesting history.
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Families with Teenagers
VRBO Review June 13, 2016 Long Island, NY
Best Home to Stay in Edgartown! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was our third visit to the Captain Morse House. We highly recommend it!! Impeccably maintained. Classic décor. All of the modern necessities you’d want- high speed internet, music system, televisions. An ideal location (leave the car!) where you can walk or bike anywhere. They even provide the bikes! There are a ton of beds in the house. Perfect for large groups. We really enjoy having drinks in the large living room and spilling onto the front porch followed by dinner in the backyard- huge grill, plenty of seating and a really lovely lawn. Lovely sheets and towels and robes provided. They think of everything and couldn’t be more wonderful homeowners!
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers
VRBO Review Haverford, PA May 2016
Perfect accommodations ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We stayed at the Captain Morse house for 5 days to attend a wedding. It was perfect! Our room was in the apt type area downstairs, with a living, dining and kitchen space set apart from the others. As the “oldest” in the group, this made is possible for us to enjoy quiet time but also allowed community time when we wanted it. The house felt like exactly what it is, an majestic, historical house. Creaky floors, claw foot tubs, updated baths with elegant touches and FANTASTIC kitchen supplies. It really was a wonderful experience for us.
VRBO Review – October 8, 2015 – Ft. Worth, Texas
My husband’s family stayed at the Captain Morse House during our wedding weekend. We used the house to get ready the day of the wedding. It was wonderful to have the men getting ready in the back of the house, while the women got ready upstairs in the front of the house. I can’t wait to see the beautiful pictures from the photographer. It was so nice to have everyone able to have their own large bedrooms and an abundant amount of bathrooms. We loved having two kitchens and so many kitchen supplies to make our stay feel homey. This house is absolutely wonderful for a large family vacation. It’s decorated beautifully! We loved our stay!”
Chicago, Illinois – September 29, 2015
50th Anniversary in Martha’s Vineyard ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
For a large group, this house is the perfect gathering place. Twenty three family members gathered for 50th anniversary celebration – ages 7 months to 82 years – and the home was ideal. Easily accommodated all. Located in Edgartown – perfect for walking to lighthouse and town. Drive (or bike) to beaches. Owner (Platt) and caretaker (Andrew) were always available (a special thank you to Andrew for his recommendation of a reliable mechanic when one of our group’s car needed emergency maintenance).
VRBO Review – August 2, 2015 – New Jersey
Best family reunion to date. So close to everything. The house very user friendly and graciously appointed with every amenity. Will be back!
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers
Richmond, VA July 2015
Captain Morse House ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Great property and location…and stocked with all the ‘cupboard items’ one needs to operate a household!
We had 16 family members, spread over 7 decades, and everyone found it comfortable and convenient!
I highly recommend it!
VRBO Review – July 19, 2015 – Park City, UT
Captain Morse House ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Great location and amenities! The Captain Morse House provide easy access to local beaches, Downtown Edgartown and the airport. We loved the spaciousness of the home, the large and rather private backyard and patio the shed contained bikes and many beach items for family members. There is a large laundry area, multiple kitchens and the ability to grill when you prefer to stay “home”. The third floor was hot this time of year, yet there were ample places to sleep and windows to open for cool breezes. Some bathrooms are better than others, but still plenty to choose from with baths and shower stalls. We had a great time!
VRBO Review – July 19, 2015 – West Palm Beach, FL
60th birthday celebration week ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This wonderful old house was the perfect venue to host my Sixty & Sensational birthday party. I invited my girlfriends to come spend the week with me on Martha’s Vineyard. 45 friends came from as far as LA for the party on Saturday night. 23 people spent the night. We filled every bed and all slept well. Other guests were just a few blocks away at the Harbor View Hotel. We all enjoyed Edgartown in the off season.
The house is very well appointed for entertaining. The 2 living rooms and cozy study made for many comfortable late night conversations. And the 2 kitchens made it easy for every one to share in the cooking. And the night of the party the catering crew said it was a great site. Edgartown has many coffee shops, bars and restaurants a few short blocks away.
The owner was very easy to work with and helpful when I had questions.
Thank you for a wonderful time. We will be back.
VRBO Review – May 1, 2015 – Acton, MA
“The Captain Morse House was a total delight to stay in for the week of our wedding. We filled the house with our immediate families and spent the week leading up to our wedding preparing on Water St. We had an intimate rehearsal dinner in the front room and spent each morning on the front porches (1st and 2nd floor).All amenities that are available make your packing a little lighter. There are fresh robes in each room, towels in the linen closet, and plenty of working laundry machines to keep the place tidy during your stay.
As music lovers one of the most attractive features of the house was the built in stereo system with individually controlled room-to-room sound. We could have conversational toned music in each room and control the volume from the wall. We’ll always look back to this house fondly as the place we spent our wedding week with our families. ”
Dan – New York 2014
“We rented this house for a large wedding party, and it could not have been a more perfect fit for our group. We had 23 people, and the house was spacious enough to accommodate all of us. The rooms were clean and nicely decorated and the kitchen and living areas were great. We didn’t spend as much time in the house as would have liked, as we had many activities related to the wedding, so we even talked about coming back and renting it again as a group and possibly having a party on the property. It would be the perfect spot for an outdoor garden cocktail party. Overall it was a great experience and I would definitely recommend the home for any large groups traveling to the Vineyard.”
Robin – San Francisco 2014
“Perfect House – I rented this house for my wedding to house all of those in the wedding party. What a beautiful, beautiful house. Kind of quirky, as old houses to be, with doors and hallways pointing in different directions. But I think this made it so special. And it didn’t hurt that we were walking distance to the beach and to Edgartown. I loved every minute, and I would highly recommend this house to anyone!”
VRBO Renter – 2014
“There was much to do on the island and we only touched the surface. Having a location where the parade goes right past your porch is an enormous attraction over the 4th holiday. We were so close to the center of town, but actually did not perceive any real increase in street noise at all. In short, I can say with no hesitation that you have a spectacular property in a choice location.”
Peter – California 2014
“We picked Captain Morse House because it could hold all 15 of us and I’m so glad we did. It is a very interesting rambling house with an amazing yard and location. The children loved picking out their rooms and it was big enough that we weren’t tripping over each other. We played bocci ball, barbequed, walked to a wonderful place each morning for coffee and muffins and back in the afternoon for ice cream. We went to the beach, watched World Cup both at the house and a terrific seafood restaurant and the children loved the back yard. Everything is a short walk and the town is picture perfect. Before our arrival the owner sent an e-mail so that we had all the schedules for ferries and phone number for crib rentals. I knew nothing about the area and he was very patient with me and made sure I got all the information I needed. It was a great week and it created some wonderful memories. My four year old granddaughter was very sad this morning that she was home and couldn’t go back to the big house where we could all live together. Thank you for sharing your home with us.”
Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
David – Arizona 2014
“We went to the Vineyard to celebrate our daughter’s college graduation with her friends and our sons. Great house for this large group! We used every bit of it- big, family dinners in the dining room, games in the family room, a cocktail party in the living room, a clambake on the lawn, coffee on the porch. Plenty of bathrooms for a big crowd. The kitchens were totally equipped for anything you’d want to make or serve. The closet full of beach towels and shed full of bikes were something I’ve never seen in another rental and wonderful to have. Loved our week here and look forward to revisiting. The kids definitely want to make it an Annual!”
Joanie – Family Trip – Pennsylvania 2014
“Great location. Charming house. Owner was very helpful in ensuring our needs were met.”
Recommended for: Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Robert – Texas 2014
“We had a business retreat with 18 women at the Capt Morse Home. We could not have asked for a better setting to hold this retreat. The theme of our retreat was to simplify our businesses and focus on the basics!! This was truly the best setting for that. All of our attendees thoroughly enjoyed their stay! The house was beautiful and clean and provided everything we could possibly need! Everyone was comfortable and loved that we were within walking distance of all shops, dining and sight-seeing. This house is beautiful!!!”
Kerrie – South Carolina – 2014
Recommended for: Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
“This house was a perfect fit for our large family. The two kitchens was a fantastic bonus for the cooking we did while at Captain Morse House. The location was great for so many activities and the public transportation was easy to figure out. The house is so big we were able to stay out of each others space and not wake anyone too early. The front porch and backyard were two of our favorite places for lazy afternoons and happy hour. The care taker was easy to get ahold of and prompt to manage any needs we had while staying in the home.” Anne-Marie Arizona 2013
Recommended for: Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
“We had a wonderful time at your house. It was perfect for a large group like we had. The house was clean and very well maintained – The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was perfect.. All was great.. my friends were all saying recently that we should do it again..” Philip – Golf Outing – Boston 2013
“Once again, thank you for making our stay at the Captain Morse House a memorable one. Our family still can’t stop talking about how wonderful it was.” Jan – New York 2013
“The stay at the house was great.” Ron – Virginia 2013
“We enjoyed our stay at the house very much. Thank you for the quick turn around on the security deposit” Kathy – Florida 2013
” I spent, literally, days, scouring the nation for 9 bedroom, or more, rentals and this one blew me away. It is absolutely number one in my book.” Morgan – California 2013
“Truly loved the week we spent with friends and family.” Michael – London England October 2012
“It was enjoyed by everyone.” Valerie – Florida October 2012
“It was wonderful.” Jamie – Pennsylvania
“The house is absolutely beautiful. It’s the perfect setting for a seaside family vacation. Thank you for sharing it with us. ” Susan – Texas June 2012
“We’ve had a wonderful stay at the Morse House” Susan Texas June 2012
We had a wonderful weekend at the house – we absolutely adored it. Thank you so much for all of your help. It was an incredibly memorable weekend.” Emily New York City May 2012
“Thank you – we loved it. Location – amazing; the grounds – amazing; having you personally in contact with my sister – very much appreciated; the house itself – beautiful and perfect for us; sitting on the front porch during electrical storm – priceless experience!” Diane – California, July 2011
“We are back home after a wonderful stay in Martha’s Vineyard. Your home was a pleasure to stay in and we all had a wonderful family reunion. The weather held, the house was lovely, and we thank you very much.” Lewis – Vero Beach Florida
“Your home is so warm and comfortable it is easy to forget it’s historical prominence. It is beautiful and a memorable experience being in it.”
Susan – Virginia
“Great week with friends and family! What lucky folks will follow in the house…and I must say you all are very blessed to have enjoyed this growing up!”
Marion – Belmont, MA.
“We stayed in your beautiful house this summer and wanted to thank you for making such a special, historic property available to our families. You have quite a treasure. All the electronics and the house computer are great amenities. Also, the bath robes and the nice, new duvets stand out as very welcoming. Giving access to the shed and all contents within was also great.”
Allison – Winchester, MA.
“Everything was wonderful. Everyone had a great time and the house was perfect. The management went out of their way to help us try to find a lost cell phone, which I thought was very kind. The crew was also particularly happy with how well the wireless internet worked, which is often not the case in rental houses.”
Barking Mad – World Champion Farr 40 Sailing Team
“The bride’s family stayed in this home for the week berfore the wedding and it was perfect. We ranged in age from 7yrs. to 91yrs. old and had a wonderful time. The home was very roomy and had enough space that no one was bumping into each other and family members to were able to give the bride her space when needed. The bedrooms were all of good size and comfortable. The home was centrally located to all of the weeks wedding events and everyone was able to walk or bike all over and explore this side of the Island. We all were aware of the homes history which made our stay even more memorable and fun. The family members in the home were from Massachusetts, Minnesota, Florida, Illinois and Arizona and it was great to have time to reconnect and catch up on all things good. Thank you.”
Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure seekers, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Sightseeing, Families with teenager Kelly’s Wedding (Hoffman Estates, Illinois) Date of Stay: September 19, 2010 Review