THE Captain Morse House

Luxurious and Historic  Vacatiaon Rental Home on Martha’s Vineyard.

Now booking for the 2020 season.

Welcome to the Captain Morse House

Stay at Martha’s Vineyard’s largest and most elegant vacation rental. The home has all of the modern amenities yet preserves it’s historic grandeur and ambiance.  The Captain Morse House is a up-scale luxury vacation rental in Edgartown’s central Village. This elegant Captain’s Home is just 3 blocks to Main Street, shopping, dining, beach, golf & fishing. There are 26 beautiful rooms with 12 bedrooms, 7 baths, 2 kitchens 2 dining rooms and a large patio and lawn. Located on North Water Street the two spacious front porches face waters of Edgartown Harbor and the Edgartown North Wharf with dockage and launch service. Our backyard is large enough to host an event of up to 150 people. There is casual dining seating for up to 24. The home is flexible and can accommodate a crowd yet be gracious and comfortable for a family. Private off street parking, free bicycles, beach toys and a concierge all work to complete your vacation experience.
Plan your next getaway, reunion or summer vacation by starting your inquiry here on our reservations page.

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The home can sleep up to 25 but can also be split into a duplex to accommodate as few as 5. There are 26 rooms;  12 bedrooms, 7 bath, 2 full kitchens and 2 dining rooms. There are two large front porches facing the harbor and a large backyard, patio and garden  perfect for weddings and events. We have handicap accessibility.

A Truly Historic House

A beautiful part of Edgartown’s history, the Captain Morse House was built in 1840 in the Greek Revival Style. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places and sits prominently on the corner of Morse and North Water Street. Captain Morse sailed to the California Gold fields from his wharf at the foot of his street. His home has known only three owners. His family, the Dinsmore’s and the Johnson’s. The home has retained it’s original character and is considered a very fine example of a N.E. whaling Captain’s home.

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A Unique Rental Experience

The best of both worlds, a historic property that is a step back into a quieter time yet updated with all of the modern comforts including 4 zone HVAC, Gourmet Kitchen, Hi-Speed Mesh WiFi and entertainment. You are close to the action and walking distance to all Edgartown has to offer. The island of Martha’s Vineyard hosts many great vacation activities including kitesurfing, fishing, golf, tennis, bicycling, sailing and superbly relaxing beach days. The Captain Morse House provides plenty of space for relaxation and entertaining. Bringing families together for special events and anniversaries has become a specialty. Relax on our large patio and grill your favorite meal or hire a private chef for a truly relaxing time for everyone.

For Memorable Events

We allow a few special events each year for guests who stay at the house. We have hosted Weddings, Corporate Retreats, Vow Renewals, Celebrations of Life and, our specialty, Far Flung Family Reunions. We are often sold out by the first of the year so now is always the best time to start planning for your stay.

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Recent Reviews

Please browse reviews and comments from our guests over the years. We do everything we can to earn make your stay memorable by preparing for your individual needs in advance and responding to any issues immediately. The house is well maintained and each winter we make upgrades and updates to ensure that the house is better every year. We’d love to hear from you during and after your stay!
Beautiful, unique and spacious! One of the most interesting houses, I’ve ever had the pleasure to stay in. Charming and old with lots of character, but modernized in the places that needed to be. Trip of a lifetime with some amazing women, and this house just made it that more special and fun!

CW – Atlanta


Incredible Spot ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

VRBO Review, May, 2019

Our visit to the Captain Morse House was amazing and we didn’t want to leave. The Captain Morse House is a large, beautiful mansion that accommodated our family of 19 perfectly. It is elegant and yet comfortable and each of us found a favorite room to relax in. Shops and restaurants were within walking distance along with the beach. 

We can’t wait to go back, we loved it that much.

Family Vacation ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

VRBO Review, June, 2019

Fantastic experience!
The Captain Morse House is a beautiful, historic home that couldn’t be more conveniently located to downtown Edgartown and the Lighthouse beach. The house has tons of character and lots of rooms to accommodate a large group. Beautiful yard with room for kids to play. Can’t wait to return!
JB – Tampa
Fantastic experience ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

VRBO Review, July, 2019

Platt Johnson

Platt Johnson


I grew up in the Captain Morse House with my parents and brother. Over the years I’ve made many updates to the rental home for the comfort of our guests while maintaining its history. We had a wonderful childhood full of sailing, fishing, tennis, and bike riding on Martha’s Vineyard. Our family has been coming to the Vineyard since 1955 and can assist the first time or seasoned Vineyard traveler. If you’d like to make a reservation or have any questions, please reach out to me directly via the form above. Yours Sincerely, Platt
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