The fire pit is surrounded by "totems" that our friend carved for us. The Shell Grotto's private patio.
Beaches, Gardens & Sublime Peace on Private Estate
Beaches, Gardens & Sublime Peace on Private Estate
5 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
5 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
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Malt Hill oceanside estate is on the Gold Coast of Cape Ann and sits on 25 acres with its own private beach and award-winning gardens. Stay in the historic carriage house's two-bedroom apartment and enjoy a private patio and grill, while also getting access to the property's pool, hot tub, and tennis courts. A quick 10 minute walk brings you to West Beach, and Gloucester, Salem, and Boston are a short train ride away.

The space

Built in the 1800s, Malt Hill, perched on 25 acres of oceanfront land, is one of the last great Cape Ann Gold Coast estates. The Shell Grotto is one of three apartments in Malt Hill's carriage house, which was completely updated and renovated by my family. It's called the Shell Grotto because when we redid the walls, we created mosaics in the plaster using local shells. You can see some of our work in the photos.

Guest access

Guests in the Shell Grotto share a driveway and parking with other carriage house guests, and also have shared use of the estate's pool, fire pit, hot tub, beach and tennis court.

Please note that in order to access the space, you must travel down a path with granite stairs that people with limited mobility may find challenging.

Interaction with guests

I live nearby and am only a phone call away. There are two property managers on site to help out, and my mom lives in the main house up the hill. She's often about and will probably say hi, if she isn't working.

Other things to note

We live on site at the top of the hill (you can't see the house from the carriage house), so you'll often see us coming and going but you don't need to interact unless you want to.

Free parking on premises

Extra people $108 NZD / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee $144 NZD
Security Deposit $3160 NZD
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed, 1 bunk bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 8PM
Check out by 10AM

- If you decide to stay with us, you will be required to sign an additional guest policies and waiver document
- Pet parents: there is an additional $250 pet fee
- No lifeguard--swim at your own risk
- No dogs over 30 pounds
- This is one of three carriage house units. Respect your fellow guests!
- Take only pictures, leave only footprints
- Quiet time after 10 PM and before 7 AM
- Parking is shared; no guests or visitors may block others from entering or exiting

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

6 nights minimum stay.
From Sep 05, 2017 - Jun 01, 2018 the minimum stay is 90 nights.

1 Review

Judith User Profile
July 2016
Our family had a fantastic experience at Malt Hill! We needed a last minute place to stay for five days and Julianna was able to pleasantly and immediately accommodate all our needs. Our family of four (2 adults and two teens) enjoyed the peaceful beauty of the whimsical and well thought out landscaping. Upon our arrival we were greeted with smiles and given a tour of the grounds and all the hidden nooks and crannies. What a delightful botanical location! The apartment was prefect for our family of four and we enjoyed cooking and grilling nightly. We had a few fires in the fire pit that was surrounded with comfortable rocking chairs and a huge slab of stone that can double as a dining table. The teens enjoyed the walk to the private beach and returned many times to enjoy the sun/sand/water. Daily dips in the grotto pool were magical as were our nightly soaks in the redwood hot-tub with fabulous views of the ocean from both. The proximity to the center of Beverly Farms made it easy to pick up supplies as needed. An added plus was the ability to do our laundry! We had complete privacy and never felt help was more than a quick call away and all our questions were immediately answered. We are looking forward to planning another stay at Malt Hill. Thank you for sharing your beautiful historic home with us. It was far superior to staying in a hotel.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts, United StatesJoined in June 2016
Julianna User Profile

Hi! I was lucky enough to grow up at Malt Hill with my mom (she's in my profile picture with me). My mom is busy running a successful company and keeping Malt Hill beautiful--she and I both love gardening--so I help her with guests. I'm a marine biologist and fell in love with the ocean as a kid. Now I do most of my work with the shrimp industry in the Gulf of Mexico. If you stay with us you'll meet Skittles, the best dog ever, who I rescued from New Orleans after Katrina.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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