Here is our home for the next month! Isn’t it adorable? This is Sea La Vie, a beach cottage on Newburyport’s Plum Island. We booked with VRBO.com, and it was super easy. The owner of the cottage has always responded quickly to our inquiries, and we couldn’t be happier with our choice of lodging this month!
The cottage was perfectly clean when we arrived and decorated nicely in a shabby chic beach cottage look. Nowhere in the cottage does it escape your notice that you are living near the beach.
The cottage has a day bed in a little nook off the living room, and the couch is apparently comfy as a bed (Lachlann says he’s been sleeping better on this couch than ever before). Upstairs, there’s a double bed and two twin beds. The double bed is nice and firm, and the twin beds have memory foam mattresses. There’s an electric heater in the bedroom and an air conditioner, so you’re set no matter what time of year you visit. The one drawback is the stairs to get up there. They’re more like the steps that fold down out of the ceiling to go into the attic than a regular flight of stairs. They’re quite steep and a little intimidating, especially if you’re on the bigger side, like me.
The kitchen has pretty much everything you could need, except a dishwasher. There’s ample storage for food, and dishes and cookware are provided. In nice weather, there are two decks that extend the living space, plenty of parking, and of course, the beach is just a short walk away.
Part of the charm of this cottage is that it’s definitely a cottage – one of the older beach cottages that, while updated with lots of modern amenities, is still creaky, with uneven floorboards and other quirks. It’s a great blend of comfort and charm.
It was toasty warm when we arrived, as they had turned on the propane ‘wood’ stove that serves as the cottage’s main heat source. There are also two electric heaters, but we haven’t needed to turn them on at all. The upstairs has stayed warm as well; the heat from the stove rises well enough to heat it, though the beds are layered with warm blankets, just in case.
We got some snow, too! It didn’t last long, but the kids had a great time playing in it. Check out our video!