Booth Cottage

Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3.5 Sleeps 8 Manchester-by-the-Sea
  • Booth Cottage as seen from the back garden.
    Booth Cottage as seen from the back garden.
  • A sign in the foyer is a reminder of the home's history as a hotel.
    A sign in the foyer is a reminder of the home's history as a hotel.
  • The main hall, with the living room to the right.
    The main hall, with the living room to the right.
  • Formal living room with fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows.
    Formal living room with fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • In the living room, looking out toward the foyer.
    In the living room, looking out toward the foyer.
  • The eat-in kitchen has a table for six.
    The eat-in kitchen has a table for six.
  • The eat-in kitchen.
    The eat-in kitchen.
  • Relax with a book in a sunny sitting area off of the kitchen.
    Relax with a book in a sunny sitting area off of the kitchen.
  • The upstairs hall.
    The upstairs hall.
  • Bedroom 1: The Master bedroom has large windows and ocean views.
    Bedroom 1: The Master bedroom has large windows and ocean views.
  • Master bedroom.
    Master bedroom.
  • Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.
    Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.
  • Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.
    Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom.
  • Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom with ocean views and an ensuite bath.
    Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom with ocean views and an ensuite bath.
  • Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom with ocean views and an ensuite bath.
    Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom with ocean views and an ensuite bath.
  • Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom with ocean views and an ensuite bath.
    Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom with ocean views and an ensuite bath.
  • Bedroom 4: Twin bedroom.
    Bedroom 4: Twin bedroom.
  • Full bathroom on 2nd floor, with a door to the upper deck.
    Full bathroom on 2nd floor, with a door to the upper deck.
  • Enjoy a cool breeze from the shade of the generous back porch.
    Enjoy a cool breeze from the shade of the generous back porch.
  • Enjoy a cool breeze and ocean views from the shade of the generous back porch.
    Enjoy a cool breeze and ocean views from the shade of the generous back porch.
  • Access to the back porch and into the home via the back garden.
    Access to the back porch and into the home via the back garden.
  • The majestic lawn slopes gently toward Singing Beach.
    The majestic lawn slopes gently toward Singing Beach.
  • The Masconomo Hotel in 1888. Source: Manchester Historical Museum.
    The Masconomo Hotel in 1888. Source: Manchester Historical Museum.

Known as "Booth Cottage", this charming and historic vacation rental home once belonged to actor Junius Brutus Booth, Jr., a Lincoln supporter but also the brother of the infamous John Wilkes Booth. In the later part of the 19th century, the property was part of the grand Masconomo Hotel, site of the first outdoor performance of Shakespeare under electric lights. What's more, the movie "State and Main" was filmed in this very house and more recently, the Academy Award-winning movie "Manchester by the Sea" was filmed in spots you'll recognize all around the area.

The current incarnation of this historic home is divided into two separate dwellings, in a duplex fashion. One of the units, a remnant of the hotel, is the residence of the owner, and the other, the original Booth summer home, is all for you! Its many spacious rooms have high ceilings and oversized windows that capture the summer breezes. For a closer look at the sea, walk down the private mowed path to beautiful Singing Beach, named for the sounds that emanate from walking on the sand.

You'll enjoy the views from the large, wicker-furnished porch that overlooks the Atlantic and from the upper deck off the upstairs master bedroom. The large, stately lawn is perfect for recreation and relaxing. A new (2020) outdoor hot water shower makes it easy to rinse off after the beach. A short walk in the other direction leads to the village center and the commuter train that can take you south to Salem and Boston or north to Gloucester and Rockport.

Dogs allowed on a case-by-case basis (Pet fees apply). No smoking.

What does my rented vacation home provide?


Since all Atlantic Vacation Homes rental properties are residential homes, and not hotel rooms, they are all fully furnished and include a living room, kitchen, and bedrooms and bathrooms as described on each property detail page.


  • The kitchen includes cooking utensils, pots & pans, dishcloths, potholders, flatware, dishware, glassware and a corkscrew. Standard appliances include a refrigerator, microwave, stove, toaster, and coffee maker. Some properties are equipped with additional items; please refer to the full amenity list for your specific property. If you require specialty items, such as kitchen scales or food processors, it is best to bring your own.

  • Bed linens and bath linens (bath towels, hand towels and face cloths) are provided in accordance with the advertised occupancy of the property. Beds will be made with linens, pillows, blankets, and bedspreads prior to your arrival, with the exception of trundles, top bunks, futons, and sleep sofas.

  • The property includes basic housekeeping supplies, such as brooms and dustpans.

  • Many (but not all) properties have a landline for local calls. Please refer to the full amenity list for your specific property.

  • Air conditioning, beach towels, hot tubs, TVs, DVD players, porch furniture, grills, docks, recreational games and equipment, and other amenities are furnished as a courtesy by the homeowner and are not guaranteed. Please refer to the full amenity list for your specific property for details.

Guests will also receive a “Welcome Kit” that contains:


  • An area guide

  • One kitchen sponge

  • One small bottle of dish soap

  • One dishwasher detergent pod or packet

  • One laundry detergent pod or packet

  • One trash bag

In addition, the complimentary items below are provided as a convenient starter supply for when you first arrive. Additional items beyond the starter supply are the responsibility of the guest.


  • One full roll of toilet paper per bathroom

  • One box of tissues per bathroom

  • Travel-sized bars of soap in each bathroom

  • One full roll of paper towels in the kitchen

Primary Bedroom

1 King

King Bed, walk-in closets and a large upper deck.

Bedroom 2

2 Twin/Single

Twin bedroom.

Bedroom 3

2 Twin/Single

Twin bedroom.

Bedroom 4

2 Twin/Single

Twin bedroom.

Bathroom 1

Half bath on ground floor, off of the kitchen.

Bathroom 2

En-suite bathroom to the Primary bedroom.

Bathroom 3

En-suite bathroom to bedroom 3.

Bathroom 4

Full bathroom in upstairs hallway.

Living Room

Large windows capture summer sea breezes and the ocean view. The stately great room, with its working fireplace, is a wonderful gathering space for family and friends.

Kitchen

Fully applianced eat-in kitchen with an offset sitting and TV room.

Standard

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector(s)
  • Fire Extinguisher(s)
  • Linens & Bath Towels Included
  • No Smoking or Vaping Anywhere on Property
  • SafeHome (VRMA & VRHP) Cleaning Procedures
  • Smoke Detectors
  • WiFi

Climate

  • AC: Window Unit(s)
  • Fan(s)
  • Heat (Off-Season)

Entertainment

  • Cable Television
  • Television

Kitchen

  • 2-Slice Toaster
  • Cookware, Dishes, and Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Drip Coffee Maker
  • Electric Stove/Range
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Toaster Oven

Living

  • Dogs Allowed (Pet Fees Apply)
  • Dogs Allowed - Under 20 lbs Only (Pet Fees Apply)
  • Jetted Tub
  • Laundry: Washer and Dryer
  • Desk or Work Area

Local Area

  • .25 mi or less to Beach
  • .5 mi or less to Shops
  • 1 mi or less to Commuter Rail
  • Singing Beach
  • Water Views

Outdoor/Exterior

  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Parking: 2 Cars
  • Patio
  • Screened Porch
  • Yard/Garden
  • Outdoor Seating
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