Golden Sands

Bedrooms 7 Bathrooms 3.5 Sleeps 12 Gloucester
  • Front exterior.
    Front exterior.
  • View of Good Harbor and the Twin Lighthouses from the deck.
    View of Good Harbor and the Twin Lighthouses from the deck.
  • The uncovered deck is perfect for dining al-fresco.
    The uncovered deck is perfect for dining al-fresco.
  • Sitting room with original fireplace.
    Sitting room with original fireplace.
  • Sitting room with views of Good Harbor Beach.
    Sitting room with views of Good Harbor Beach.
  • Front room with a large, flatscreen TV.
    Front room with a large, flatscreen TV.
  • The futon couch turns into a full bed for additional sleeping space.
    The futon couch turns into a full bed for additional sleeping space.
  • The dining room with the original fireplace, Table seats up to 12.
    The dining room with the original fireplace, Table seats up to 12.
  • The original fireplace and built-in cupboard in the dining room.
    The original fireplace and built-in cupboard in the dining room.
  • The well-stocked Butler pantry leads to the kitchen.
    The well-stocked Butler pantry leads to the kitchen.
  • The eat-in kitchen has a 5-burner gas stove with a walk-in pantry.
    The eat-in kitchen has a 5-burner gas stove with a walk-in pantry.
  • The kitchen.
    The kitchen.
  • Second floor front bedroom has a Full bed with water views.
    Second floor front bedroom has a Full bed with water views.
  • The front room also has a crib.
    The front room also has a crib.
  • Bedroom 2 has a Twin bed.
    Bedroom 2 has a Twin bed.
  • Primary bedroom on the second floor with full ensuite bath.
    Primary bedroom on the second floor with full ensuite bath.
  • Primary ensuite bath has a claw-foot tub.
    Primary ensuite bath has a claw-foot tub.
  • Front twin bedroom on the second floor has water views.
    Front twin bedroom on the second floor has water views.
  • Second floor full bathroom with tub and shower.
    Second floor full bathroom with tub and shower.
  • Third floor bedroom contains a twin bed.
    Third floor bedroom contains a twin bed.
  • Third floor bedroom has three Twin beds.
    Third floor bedroom has three Twin beds.
  • Front bedroom on the third floor has two Twin beds and water views.
    Front bedroom on the third floor has two Twin beds and water views.
  • The comfortable third floor bedroom has beautiful natural light.
    The comfortable third floor bedroom has beautiful natural light.
  • The full bath on the third floor.
    The full bath on the third floor.
  • Views of Good Harbor Beach from the semi-wraparound deck.
    Views of Good Harbor Beach from the semi-wraparound deck.
  • Relax in the shade and enjoy the views from the large deck.
    Relax in the shade and enjoy the views from the large deck.
  • View of Good Harbor Beach from the deck.
    View of Good Harbor Beach from the deck.
  • Enjoy grilling up some summer meals on the gas grill.
    Enjoy grilling up some summer meals on the gas grill.
  • Front exterior.
    Front exterior.
  • View of Good Harbor Beach from the deck.
    View of Good Harbor Beach from the deck.
  • Good Harbor Beach.
    Good Harbor Beach.

Golden Sands is the quintessential turn of the century Gloucester beach "cottage." With views of Good Harbor Beach, the twin lighthouses of Rockport and the scenic Atlantic Ocean from its wrap around porch and decks, you will never want to leave this amazing beach house.

The main level includes the living room which opens to the verandah and deck, dining room, kitchen, study and half bath. The comfortable eat-in kitchen with walk-in pantry is well stocked with everything necessary to prepare meals for 12 people including a dishwasher, 5 burner gas stove, plenty of dishware, and a large capacity washer and dryer.

The second level has 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths (one with a tub & shower off the hall). Two single rooms have ocean views while the primary (with twin beds) has an ensuite bathroom with tub and a door to a lovely private deck. The beds in the single bedrooms are oversized singles.

The third floor has 3 more bedrooms (with 6 single beds in total) and a full bath with a tub, as well as commanding views.

Leave your car in the driveway and walk to the beach and experience summer like you never have before! After the beach, rinse off in the outdoor shower (with hot and cold water) and relax in the shaded yard and then make a quick dinner using the natural gas Weber grill. You can even use the outdoor mini fridge for cold al fresco beverages. Golden Sands has everything you could want in a summer vacation rental.

Note: An unobtrusive caretaker has use of the garage on the property for equipment storage. He will be accessing garage at the beginning and end of the work day, for maintenance reasons.

2,371 FT. No pets. No smoking. No events or parties.

Primary Bedroom

1 Full/Double

Primary Bedroom on the second floor with full ensuite Bath

Bedroom 2

1 Twin/Single

This bedroom has a Twin bed.

Bedroom 3

1 Queen

This bedroom has a Full bed and water views.

Bedroom 4

2 Twin/Single

This room has two Twin beds and water views.

Bedroom 5

1 Twin/Single

Third floor bedroom with a Twin bed.

Bedroom 6

3 Twin/Single

Third floor bedroom with three Twin beds.

Bedroom 7

2 Twin/Single

Third floor front bedroom with two Twin beds and water views.

Bathroom 1

Ensuite bathroom with Clawfoot tub.

Bathroom 2

Second floor bathroom with a shower and tub.

Bathroom 3

Third floor full bathroom with a tub.

Bathroom 4

Half bath located on the main floor.

Kitchen

This eat-in kitchen has a five burner stove and a walk-in pantry.

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: No Air Conditioning
  • Fan(s)
  • Heat (Off-Season)

Entertainment

  • Cable Television
  • Television

Kitchen

  • 4-Slice Toaster
  • Cookware, Dishes, and Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Drip Coffee Maker
  • Gas Stove/Range
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator/Freezer

Living

  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Laundry: Washer and Dryer
  • No Pets Allowed
  • Desk or Work Area

Local Area

  • .25 mi or less to Beach
  • .5 mi or less to Shops
  • Good Harbor Beach Area
  • Neighborhood Access to Swimming
  • Water Views

Outdoor/Exterior

  • Deck
  • Gas Grill
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Parking: 2 Cars
  • Porch
  • Yard/Garden
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Outdoor Dining
LEAVE A REVIEW
August 22, 2021 - Website

Great for large groups of beach-lovers

by Unknown
We have rented Golden Sands many times over the past 7 years. It is located just steps from Good Harbor Beach, and yet it is secluded behind a screen of trees for privacy. There are enough bedrooms to host multiple families at once, with all the cooking and serving equipment you could need and more. The vibe is rustic country cottage, which is a huge plus for our family. The views are excellent--especially from the covered porch, where everybody tends to congregate in any weather. It does lack some things that might be expected for such high rent, such as updated bathrooms and air conditioning--it gets uncomfortably hot on the 3rd floor during hot spells--however, for us it is just right.
July 28, 2021 - Website

Excellent Time

by Gary
We loved the house and had an awesome week! Hope to come back.
Thank you so much for the fantastic review. It made our day! Hope to see you back next summer.
August 7, 2019 - Website

Great Stay

by Unknown
Really enjoyed our stay at Golden Sands. Location and service could not be beat. Was everything our group wanted out of a vacation.
Thank you for your 5-star review! We are thrilled to hear that you had an enjoyable vacation at Golden Sands. We hope to see you again on Cape Ann next year!
August 4, 2019 - Website

Golden Sands 2019

by Anne
We've rented a vacation home from AVH for almost 20 years, and it has always been a good experience. The house is always lovely, immaculate, and well supplied with linens, towels, and kitchen needs. For us, the best location has always been Golden Sands, as we come with children in a range of ages.(This is a good thing, because as the grandma, it's by far my biggest expense in the year.) Thanks to all who help to make it a fine week.
Thank you so much for being such a wonderful guest over the years! We are glad that you enjoyed your repeat stay at Golden Sands and we look forward to seeing you and your family again next year.
August 6, 2017 - Website

We Love the Golden Sands

by Linda
We've been renting here for many years and each year it seems to get better. First, thanks to Newell & Kate for sharing this house with our family. Carol and the staff at AVH were great. And, as always, Bill the groundskeeper is the best and will do anything to help if you need it. We look forward to next year.
September 28, 2015 - Website

Family Reunion at Gloucester

by Anne
Our stay at Golden Sands was enjoyed by our family to the full. We, 13 people, were very comfortable in the house. It was well equipped with everything we needed. The porch was fabulous. We spent most of our time there. The view was priceless and our family loved that they could walk to the beach. Gloucester and Rockport had much to offer in restaurants, gift shops and sightseeing.
August 7, 2015 - Website

Best vacation home

by Linda
This is our 4th year renting golden sands and it is the greatest. Our family comes here together every year and it is our vacation home. The owners upgrade to make the house more inviting if that is possible. We cannot wait until next year. Once again thanks to bill the groundskeeper who always make sure all is ok.
September 1, 2014 - Website

Golden Sands 2014

by Anne
Lovely. Expensive.
August 5, 2014 - Website

Another Fantastic Vacation

by Linda
Our family loves the Golden Sands. Perfect house in the perfect location. Good Harbor Beach is just great. All year long, we look forward to going there. Kudos to Bill Brantley, who takes care of the grounds -- he a great guy who is always making sure everything's ok. And thanks to the owner, Newell, for letting our family have the best week of the year. Of course, thanks to AVH.
Thanks for the delightful review! We're so happy to have your family return year after year, and agree that Golden Sands is a wonderful house all around. We thank you for continuing to choose Atlantic Vacation Homes and we'll see you next year. Have a lovely rest of the summer!
August 3, 2014 - Website

Wish we were still there!

by Omar
We had a fabulous week all around! Great house, lots of character well-equipped. Hope to go back to Golden Sands!
Thank you for the lovely review! Glad you had a delightful stay at Golden Sands, which we absolutely agree has its own unique charm that keeps people returning year after year. We thank you for choosing Atlantic Vacation Homes, have a great rest of the summer!
August 19, 2013 - Website

Summer week at Golden Sands: a family tradition

by Anne
Every time we come it's better. So joyous for children, so relaxing for adults. A box of candy from the owners makes the difference between feeling like aliens on someone else's planet and feeling welcome. We love the hideouts in the bushes (pirate caves) and the audience of penguins, the lived-in feel, the hermit crabs, the view and the beach. I wish the tranquility were not shattered by the neighbors' ground crews with their mowers and weedwhackers. But you can't have everything.
August 10, 2013 - Website

Worlds Best Porch!

by Brian
We absolutely loved Golden Sands. The view of the beach and the twin lighthouses from the wraparound porch is spectacular. The house is spacious and charming. We had a wonderful time!
August 2, 2013 - Website

Another Great Week in Gloucester

by Linda
This was our third year at the Golden Sands, and we continue to love the house. Perfect location. The owner is very nice and the upgrades (eg, Weber gas grill) were appreciated. Bill, the gentleman who helps out with property maintenance, is a great guy. Enjoy dealing with Susan Rey at Atlantic Vacation Homes. Weather was not perfect, but a rainy day at the Golden Sands beats a sunny day in most other places. Our family loves the house and we hope to rent it for many years to come.
We are absolutely thrilled that you were able to enjoy so many aspects of your vacation- even the rain! We are glad to hear of your intention to return, we look forward to having the opportunity to serve you for years to come.
July 10, 2013 - Website

Family reunion

by Morry
our family-reunion vacation was above all expectations!everybody had wonderful time!
We are so glad that you and family enjoyed your stay at Golden Sands, and hope to serve you again soon!
October 15, 2012 - Website

Golden Sands was the most perfect place for our reunion.

by Maureen
We choose Golden Sands for a reunion of eight women who attended Marguette U (1963)). We had such a wonderful time @GS. Each bedroom was charming, the living room so comfortable, the porch and beach view were awesome. The kitchen was equipped for any type cooking; the location was great for beach walks. We would all love to return.
August 12, 2012 - Website

Great Vacation

by Linda
We love the Golden Sands. Have been comming to Good Harbor Beach for more than ten years and have stayed at this house for several years. Great location and the house is perfect for our family. AVH staff have been great to us. Would highly recommend. Look forward to coming back next year.
August 14, 2011 - Website

Love the Golden Sands

by Linda
Just returned from a week stay at the Golden Sands on Good Harbor Beach. We stayed in that area for years and this was the best rental we ever had. Location is great and the house is the perfect size for our family. View of the beach was great and we loved the outside deck. Atlantic Vacations Home reps were great. Only suggestion I'd make would be to put the TV in the larger reading room. Would highly recommend. We plan on returning next year.
Thank you Linda and Dennis for your review. We always pass suggestions on to the homeowners, but isn't it just the neatest house! I love all the rooms and that beach cottage feel, as well as, the proximity to the beach...a real treasure. Let us know how we can assist you with next year's vacation plans. AVH staff
August 8, 2011 - Website

Golden Sands is a winner

by Roger
Great beach house,great location, great weather.
review! We look forward to assisting you with your future, vacation rental needs. AVH staff
August 22, 2010 - Website

Golden Sands

by Anne
The view is lovely. The location is ideal for a family with several children. The rocking chairs on the porch overlooking the sea and the islands are where I want to go when I die. Are the owners penguins?
August 9, 2010 - Website

Great Beach House

by Roger
The porch overlooking the beach was a great gathering place for everyone. The sunrises were spectacular and the convenience of the location was unbeatable.
October 13, 2009 - Website

by Kati
August 17, 2009 - Website

by Unknown
Many thanks for your positive recommendation of Golden Sands. We look forward to your future visits to Cape Ann.
October 8, 2008 - Website

by Roger
August 17, 2008 - Website

Very lovely and comfortable house that was very well equipped and very interesting.

by Charlotte
All the comfortable belongings that the family left there made it feel like we were in our own home. It was great. The only problem was the gas stove that we felt was dangerous with the buttons popping off.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the satisfaction survey and for your constructive comments.Please note that the gas stove was replaced. We are so glad to hear that you had a great vacation. We hope to see you again in coming seasons.
August 13, 2008 - Website

by Peter
Thank you for choosing Atlantic Vacation Homes and for taking the time to complete the satisfaction review. Both the staff and homeowners of AVH appreciate your feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you will consider AVH in 2009!
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