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Beachside Cape-Magnificent View of Buzzard's Bay

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Last updated: 07/05/2015
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If this isn't the most perfect spot on Cape Cod, it's close. Classic summer Cape house built in 1910 on the crest of a 50 ft bluff facing southwest in exclusive Cataumet. Overlooking its own broad, private white sand beach with warm Buzzards Bay water, sandbars and steady breeze. 40 steps down the kid-safe stairway leads directly from the house to our own private beach (not shared) with no public access. Ideal for swimming and boating. Mooring is available. Cocktails on the bluff at sunset anyone? The view is stunning (with or without the cocktails). Check out this video from my 60th Orbit Celebration:
The house is a very comfortable, large, original summer cottage, rustic and a bit funky. The kitchen is very functional with new appliances and fully equipped. An attached 'boat house' has ping pong and pool tables and beach equipment. Living room with fireplace, and dining area are lovely and informal. Sorry, no wedding or similar big parties allowed. And no pets allowed, please. Ideal private, family Cape in spectacular location.

Cataumet has all the delights that the upper Cape has to offer including the warmer waters of Buzzards Bay and the convenience of being just ten minutes beyond the Bourne Bridge (about 70 minutes from Boston). The Bourne area (Cataumet is a village of Bourne) has all the beauty of the outer Cape without all the traffic, tourist traps and congestion.
If you'd like to get an idea about Cataumet and neighboring towns, read 'The Big House' by Georger Colt (my father is mentioned in the book as the man who beat his father in the local tennis tournament). The book will give you an idea about the stately old homes in the area which have been owned by generations of old yankee families as well as the kind of ambiance which permeates our community. Private, quiet, beautiful large Cape 'cottages' at the end of long winding driveways. A sophisticated, friendly community of unpretentious, but well-heeled New Englanders. We're talking about 'old Cape' here.

A fabulous family spot on the beach is what it is with one caveat- there are about 40 stairs down to the beach and there is a retaining wall at the top of the stairs along the edge of the bluff. If you plan to visit with toddlers, vigilance will be needed. When our youngsters were litle, we put a folding gate (we have one there) across the top of the stairs and kept our eyes on them when they were outside and at the beach. Three generations of the owner's family have somehow survived it with the worst injury being a splinter or two.But if you are nervous about your toddler(s), there may be other properties better suited to you.
Sorry, No pets allowed means no pets allowed.
Sorry, no large parties allowed- like wedding parties.
We offer full week only Sunday to Sunday rentals during the summer.

Let's be completely clear. This is an old house, very exposed to the elements, in a spectacular place. It ain't the Ritz. If the house was in perfect condition, the rent would be way far higher. The house is closed and empty most of the year (it's not winterized). Every spring and summer painting, repairs and upgrades need to be done which the owners do mostly themselves on a tight budget (that's why we rent it!). Things get old, Things stop working well. We do our best to keep it as good as possible. We respond as quickly as possible when things need to be done. We have the house professionally cleaned. If you are fussy and demand perfection, please don't visit 'Holiday House'. If you are easy-going and want a comfortable and relaxed family vacation in a spectacular, private beachfront spot for a good relative price, now you're talking.
John Asten (Gomez of 'The Addams Family' ), Patty Duke and Lynn Redgrave have rented Holiday House in the past, and loved it. We love it as it is.


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11

  • Upstairs Master: 1 king


  • Upstairs Guest: 1 king


  • Upstairs Lovers: 1 queen


  • Upstairs Dorm: 2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib


  • Ground Floor Dorm: 2 twin/ single, 1 child bed


  • Upstairs four bedrooms share a full bath. Beds are King, King, Queen and two twins with a good crib. The ground floor bedroom has its own half bath, two twin beds and a decent single cot with full mattress....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 2 Half Bathrooms

  • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Grd Floor Dorm Bath: toilet


  • Grd Fl 2nd Bath: toilet


  • Outdoor Shower: outdoor shower


  • Most visitors shower in the enclosed outdoor shower with the most amazing view (from the inside looking out, that is!)...moreless

Other Amenities

  • 2 kings, 1 queen, 4 twins, 1 single. Outside 'after-swim' shower; pool table; ping pong; beach toys; mooring; dingy and swim raft. ...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR


  • Family


  • Cinemas
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Broadband Access:

    Wi-fi DSL...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Not very fancy. but well-equipped with good modern appliances and everything you need to prepare and serve a big meal (Lobsters and clams anyone?)...moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Raft
  • Walkway To Water


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$1000/ 3 night weekends May and October, $1500 Memorial Day Weekend
$1750/week May 
$2500/week early June
$3000/week mid-June
$4000/week late June to Labor Day
$2500/week September after Labor Day
$1750/week October
closed  for the season November through April (house is not winterized)

$1000/ 3 night weekends May and October
$1500 for Memorial Day weekend (four nights)

$600 Refundable Security Deposit.
$300 Cleaning and Laundry Deposit (unused portion (if any) is refunded).

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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Last updated: 07/05/2015
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Swimming, boating, fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, body-surfing, clamming, hitting the beach.

Kite flying, wiffle ball, croquet, firsbee, cocktails on the bluff at sunset, star-gazing.

Biking, mountain biking, jogging, antiquing, golf, tennis, bird-watching, sight-seeing- you name it.

Zoning out, reading a book, watching a movie, yoga, meditation, listening to the crashing surf- you got it.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1958

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Speaks: english


  • Beach Panorama

    Beach Panorama

  • These chairs are fifteen feet from the house.

    These chairs are fifteen feet from the house.

  • Pure white sand on our private beach.

    Pure white sand on our private beach.

  • Living room and dining room face the ocean (south)

    Living room and dining room face the ocean (south)

  • Boat House has ping pong and pool table.

    Boat House has ping pong and pool table.

  • Ocean-side of 'Holiday House'.

    Ocean-side of 'Holiday House'.

  • Our own private beach.

    Our own private beach.

  • Cocktails at sunset, anyone? Our mooring and raft.

    Cocktails at sunset, anyone? Our mooring and raft.

  • Master bedroom overlooks our beach.

    Master bedroom overlooks our beach.

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Date last modified - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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Beachside Cape-Magnificent View of Buzzard's Bay

Cataumet #105918ha

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