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Lovely Lanesville Loft - Quality accommodations in quaint, quiet seaside locale

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Top Floor 1 Bedroom Amazing Apartment With Views Of The Cove And Ipswich Bay

The Loft at Lane's Cove is a top floor, front to back unit with separate Queen bedroom and bath. Exposed high wood ceilings, skylight and wall of sliding glass doors keeps this unit bright and open while imparting a truly relaxing feeling. All walls are freshly painted in muted coastal colors and most of the furnishings are new 2013. The Loft has a European-style air conditioning wall unit, a ceiling fan in the bedroom and one in the living room.

Newly refinished beautiful hardwood floors throughout with tile in the kitchen and eating area. Enjoy dinner for two with views of the cove or relax with cocktails on the private balcony while watching the boats come back after a day of fishing on the bay.

A full kitchen offers a complete array of Calphalon pots, pans, casserole dishes, pasta/lobster pots and cooking utensils. With plenty of storage for food, the kitchen also includes a dishwasher, oven/cooktop, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, mini food processor and Brita water pitcher.

Tastefully decorated with coastal furniture, Pottery Barn linens and Claire Murray rugs. Flat screen TV (wall hung), DVD player, high speed internet, landline and stereo also included.

Apartment comes with a great supply of sundries, including paper towels, TP, garbage bags, aluminum foil, saran wrap, baggies, coffee filters, EVOU, vinegar, S&P, etc. and other necessary items. Ask us for a complete list!

Unit has two private entrances on side of building through privacy gate. Inside entrance has wood landing and carpeted stairs. Outside back staircase leads down to first floor owner's deck for use of gas grill. Beach chairs, beach umbrella and cooler are also available for your use.

The Loft at Lane's Cove is located on the top floor of what was once the old Lanesville 'Engine House', in the heart of the Village. The first floor of the building has been a restaurant, antique store and a private residence. It is now the owner's private office space, used only during the week. The top floor unit remains quiet and private.

Step out your door into the morning sunshine and grab a cup of coffee, pastry(or lunch) and newspaper at Cove Cafe three doors down. The post office, Prana Salon and the Lanesville Package Store, which offers a great selection of wine,

beer and other food items, like gourmet marinated steak tips, round out the rest of Washington Street.

Ample street parking, usually right in front, makes access to unit easy. The CATA bus stops in front of the post office making travel around Cape Ann easy and effortless.

The Loft at Lane's Cove is your destination for a fun-filled romantic getaway…easy living on the Cove.

More Details

Diane Pappas
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2018

About Diane Pappas

My brother Robbie and I (Diane) purchased 1072 Washington Street in May 2013, because we wanted to own a piece of beautiful Lanesville. I moved here not too long before from Sudbury, MA and knew that my brother would love this area too. I was really trying to get him to move up here from Long Island, and when that didn't work, I suggested we buy a piece of property together (just to give him yet another reason to come visit me). I live up the street in Lanesville with my significant other, Paul, and my two girls. Paul and I take care of the property and make sure that our guests are well taken care of.

We can't say enough about Lanesville. We love it here and even though it seems like we are at the end of the world, there is no place we would rather be…especially in the summer.

There is so much to do around here that we are never bored, and neither are the kids - and that says a lot! The best thing about Lanesville is that you can spend the whole day within walking distance of your home and at the end of the day, feel like you were on an amazing adventure.

We especially love enjoying a bottle of wine while watching the sun set at Plum Cove Beach. Many nights we will walk down to the cove too, along with many of our neighbors, just to sit on the rocks, watch the waves and boats pass by and reflect on the awesomeness of the area. We feel so lucky to be a part of this town.

Diane Pappas purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Diane Pappas chose Gloucester

Buying this property was really just a whim of mine, but once I saw the inside and the views from both floors, I knew it would be an amazing property to own.

I called my brother right after the showing and told him I wanted to make an offer, like right now. He said ok. Mind you, he is my older brother, I'm just the little sister that always followed him around, but some reason he had faith in me and trusted my judgement.

There was already another offer on the table, but I wrote a little personal story along with the offer and that sealed the deal. We were proud owners of the little red fire house. I now had a place for my office in the back of the first floor and my dream of owning a rental property had come true. I have a future dream of opening up a small retail store in the front, but first things first.

Come stay with us every year and be a part of the dream.

What makes this apartment unique

The best thing about staying at The Loft at Lane's Cove is the feeling of community. Our neighbors are amazing and everyone is friendly and down to earth. The convenience to everything on Cape Ann makes this a wonderful location for your vacation. Be prepared to fall in love with Lanesville, and with The Loft!

As one of the signs say upon entering Lanesville… 'Caution - Beautiful Dreams Ahead'.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Diane,

I just wanted to let you know that I have been trying to submit my review a few times now but it doesn't seem to work. Could you please check whether you have received the review. Maybe there is just something off on my end (my computer is quite old ;-)).

Thanks and kind regards,


Here's what I wrote:

Name: Maria Hehle-Fritsch

Title: Cozy dream loft for 2

Arrival date: May 20, 2017

Five Stars!

My husband and I were lucky to spend 7 amazing days at Diane's Loft, which is even more stunning than on the pictures. Diane was the perfect host making us feel welcomed and at ease from the moment we started communication with her (which was always quick and very helpful). The Loft is super clean and well-kept and we loved the beach-vibe, which made us feel relaxed and at home. Diane surprised us with a little note and welcome drink upon our arrival and made sure we were all set (her house manual, which also included restaurant recommendations and attractions in the area was very useful). Even if the weather is not particularly good (which was the case for us) there is always something to do and does not make this place any less beautiful. We loved going for beach walks and exploring the area (Halibut State walk is a must! Rockport and Annisquam are beautiful too). We can highly recommend Diane and the Loft and would be delighted to return some time in the future. Diane, thank you for helping us create unforgettable memories!

Much love from Austria,

May 2017
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation apartment rental in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Lovely Lanesville Loft - Quality accommodations in quaint, quiet seaside locale
average rating of 4.918919 based on 38 reviews

Needs a new mattress

  • 3 of 5

The apartment was really cute, clean and convienent. However the bed was not to our liking. It sat low which is not usually a big deal but in combination with the poor quality of the mattress we had poor quality sleep. The mattress was clean and appeared newer but had absolutely no support. Considering the lovely decor, linen, towels etc we were very surprised by this situation.

Most nights we had no difficulty parking in front of the unit but there was one night when we had to drive around looking for a spot. It appeared that a neighbors party guest parked in all the local spots.

The town is all permit parking ( including the beach lots) other than the two or three spots directly in front of the apartment which made it very difficult to obtain parking near the apt and throughout the town.

It would be helpful if the owner was able to provide some type of permit for the guest/visitor parking parking.

  • Submitted: 10-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: According to the VRBO rules, you must leave a review within a year of your stay. I have not had any other complaints about the mattress, it is only a few years old. Gloucester does not have guest parking passes. you can usually find a parking space right in front of the loft 99% of the time. I wish you would have contacted me during your stay, instead of making these comments over a year later.
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved our time at The Loft. It was immaculate and the furnishings and décor were absolutely lovely. Very cozy and comfortable. The location was just what we wanted. A great coffee shop just a couple of buildings down and a package store a couple of buildings up the street. Central to many quintessential New England towns. We went to Salem, Newburyport, Ipswich, Manchester-By-The-Sea, Rockport and, of course, Gloucester. Not a long drive to any of them but it really didn't matter because the scenery was beautiful. Already thinking about a return.

  • Submitted: 21-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet and Cozy

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay the loft. It is cozy and comfortable. It is great for a romantic weekend or as a home base to explore all Cape Ann has to offer. Diane is a pleasure to work with. She is always available to answer any questions or concerns.

  • Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cape Ann Loft visit

  • 5 of 5

Loved the quiantness of Cape Ann. And, the Loft was fantastic.

  • Submitted: 2-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Mary!
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Perfect Place for Relaxation and Rest

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at 'The Loft' for three nights and would have loved to extend our stay. The apartment is extremely clean, cozy, well equipped and perfectly taken care of. It is located in a beautiful and calm area. We did not miss anything and felt absolutely comfortable and welcome. Diane is the perfect host and came over to check if everything was fine.

  • Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Torge - Thank you so much for your 5-Star review! It sounds like you had an awesome stay at The Loft. Come back again and stay longer... Diane
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West Hollywood CA

Absolutely Perfect!!!

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible place! My husband and I loved our stay at The Loft. Diane has forgotten nothing. We sat on the deck and there off in the distance we watched the the incredible surf created by tropical storm Jose and then walked hand in hand in the nearby state park a few days later in perfect sunshine. We will be back to this beautiful, romantic, wonderful loft.

  • Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Patty - it sounds like you had an awesome stay at The Loft. As the sign says as you enter Lanesville, "Caution Beautiful Dreams Ahead', The Loft lives up to it! Thank you for your 5-Star review. We look forward to having you back. Diane
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Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Downtown Gloucester
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Route 128
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Willow Rest and The Market
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Plum Cove Beach
Car: recommended

The Loft at Lane's Cove is situated in the picturesque quarry village of Lanesville. Located between Annisquam and Rockport, the Loft affords the traveler many opportunities to do some amazing things. History abounds in this area of Gloucester with the Loft itself located on the top floor of the old firehouse that was once operational in the 1800s.

Walk to the Plum Cove Beach, sited by National Geographic as having some of the best sunsets on the East Coast. Explore the rocky coastline from the Loft, or visit Halibut State Park, a three minute car ride away, to see a beautiful water filled quarry and explore miles of paths. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the rocks.

Rent kayaks in either Lockport or better yet, rent in nearby Essex and spend the day kayaking the Essex River.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation apartment rental in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Summer
Jun 16 2018 - Aug 11 2018
5 night minimum stay
Aug 12 2018 - Sep 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Sep 16 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$78.52

Rates are subject to change until reservation is made. The Loft accommodates 2 people only, no children. Only exception is for an infant in a porta-crib. The Loft is not safe for young children as it is on the second floor and is not set up to accommodate young, mobile children. There is also no space for an air mattress and no pull-out couch for older children or a third adult.

Please note: although I have a 3 night minimum, that is subject to change around the busy times in July and August. The week of July 4th is only available for a 5 - 7 night minimum. I am flexible with your check-in dates, but would like a Friday - Friday, or Saturday - Saturday rental in July and August. Check-in is 2pm. Check-out is 10:00 am. I may be able to accommodate an earlier check-in depending on the rental and cleaning schedule.

Cancellation policy: 100% refund if cancellation is made at least 4 weeks prior to check-in date. Less then 4 weeks but greater than one, prior to arrival - refund depends on whether or not I can fill the dates with another rental. I will work with you to be fair to both of us. If you cancel less than one week ahead - I will only refund you 40% of what you paid.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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