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This one-of-a-kind cottage is among the most highly-rated vacation rentals on Cape Cod. Lovingly called “Blue Skies on the Half Shell,” it has earned all 5-star reviews from guests, including 26 ratings at the “outstanding property” level from guests who have booked their vacation through HomeAway and VRBO.
The cottage is set in a perfect location just 75 steps from Campground Beach on Cape Cod Bay. Every inch of it will remind you that you’re at the beach and on vacation. It has all the creature comforts discerning vacationers require: air conditioning and heating, Wi-Fi, hi-def expanded cable, a 32” flat screen TV, DVD/CD player and an MP3 connection, Weber gas grill, picnic table with umbrella, lounge chairs and large umbrella on a rolling base on the roof deck, beach chairs and umbrellas, even small wagons for your kids to bring toys to and from the beach.
The kitchen is fully equipped for meal prep. The bathroom has all updated fixtures including a glass-enclosed shower, although many guests love to use the large outdoor shower from late spring through mid autumn.
The screened porch is the perfect setting for relaxed reading or leisurely conversation, while the roof deck is the best place to view spectacular sunsets over Cape Cod Bay. Stargazing late into the evening will become one of your favorite pastimes.
A discount will be applied for rentals of two or more contiguous weeks. In June, July, August and September the cottage is rented for a minimum of seven nights (from Saturday to Saturday). Exceptions may be made for rentals in April, May, October and November.
Book “Blue Skies on the Half Shell” today and you can look forward to enjoying a vacation in one of the top-rated vacation rentals on Cape Cod.
All fixtures in bathroom are updated. Indoor shower is glass enclosed. Enclosed outdoor shower offers hot/cold water and includes a changing area, hand-held sprayer and rain shower head. Hair dryer is provided in bathroom. Stacked washer/dryer is located in bathroom. Laundry detergent and fabric softener are provided. ...moreless
Sheet/towel rentals available for $35 per person
Cape Cod arts, culture and history; children's books about the beach...moreless
Late Fall 2015 Oct 31 - Nov 27, 2015 3 night min stay
$195 Fri, Sat, Sun
Early Spring 2016 Apr 9 - Apr 22, 2016 3 night min stay
Early Spring 2016 Apr 23 - May 6, 2016 3 night min stay
Spring 2016 May 7 - May 20, 2016 7 night min stay
Spring 2016 May 21 - Jun 3, 2016 7 night min stay
Early Summer 2016 Jun 4 - Jun 17, 2016 7 night min stay
Early Summer 2016 Jun 18 - Jun 24, 2016 7 night min stay
Summer 2016 Jun 25 - Jul 22, 2016 7 night min stay
Summer 2016 Jul 23 - Aug 26, 2016 7 night min stay
Late Summer 2016 Aug 27 - Sep 2, 2016 7 night min stay
Late Summer 2016 Sep 3 - Sep 9, 2016 7 night min stay
Late Summer 2016 Sep 10 - Sep 16, 2016 7 night min stay
Early Fall 2016 Sep 17 - Sep 23, 2016 7 night min stay
Fall 2016 Sep 24 - Sep 30, 2016 7 night min stay
Fall 2016 Oct 1 - Oct 28, 2016 7 night min stay
Late Fall 2016 Oct 29 - Nov 25, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
-- $50 per week discount will be applied if renting for 2 or more consecutive weeks
-- Sheets/towels available to rent for $35 per person
-- Lodging taxes may be added to contract total at any time if enacted by the town of Eastham in 2016
-- 50% of rent deposit due with signed copy of lease; balance of rent, $125 cleaning fee and $500 security deposit due 60 days prior to commencement of lease.
-- If booking within 60 days of rental date, full rent amount plus cleaning fee plus security deposit is due at time of booking.
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Time spent on Cape Cod offers a wealth of timeless pleasures. A beautiful sandy hook surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound, the Cape offers the picturesque scenery of endless stretches of dune-fringed sandy beaches, peaceful bays and inlets, pristine marshlands, and charming historic towns and villages -- all in an ideal climate tempered by the Gulf Stream. As one of the country's most treasured resorts, Cape Cod combines its scenic beauty with a wonderful quality of life and a refreshingly relaxed, leisurely ambiance, yet it is in easy reach of the major metropolitan centers of Boston, Providence and New York City.
The New York Times has called Eastham 'Cape Cod's Little Secret.' The town offers visitors a quieter and less crowded environment than some of the more well known areas of the mid-Cape. Eastham offers two ocean beaches: Coast Guard Beach (consistently named one of the nation's Top 10 Beaches by The Travel Channel) and Nauset Light Beach. The red and white Nauset Lighthouse on Nauset Light Beach is said to be the most photographed site on Cape Cod, so don’t forget your camera! The Salt Pond Visitor's Center is the primary information center for visitors to the Cape Cod National Seashore and the starting point for many nature trails and bicycle routes. The National Seashore Visitor’s Center offers daily free educational films and has a wonderful free museum depicting the history of Cape Cod. The former Cape Cod Rail Trail is now a paved bicycle trail. It runs the length of the town and beyond to the north and south while passing by picturesque salt marshes, cranberry bogs and ponds.
A note about Eastham and the surrounding area: Blue Skies on the Half Shell is located next to family-friendly Campground Beach (one of several bay beaches maintained by the town of Eastham). Cape Cod Bay offers the perfect setting for long walks on seemingly endless tidal sand bars, creating a visual memory that is sure to be one of your favorites of your time spent on Cape Cod. See what bits of ocean life you can discover left by the receding tide! The bay water is warm and inviting for a swim right into the fall. The Wellfleet drive-in movie theater (one of few remaining in the U.S.) is only 5 minutes away, and also offers 4 indoor screens. The daytime flea market at the Wellfleet Drive-In parking area is fun for everyone. Wellfleet is also the home of the Audubon Sanctuary which offers some great hiking trails. The area has so many wonderful family activities -- mini golf, numerous beaches, great eats at the many clam shacks and plenty of home made ice cream shops. Try a charter fishing boat excursion out of Rock Harbor in Orleans, whale watching in Provincetown, kayaking through Nauset Marsh in Eastham, or rent a sailboat, stand-up paddleboard or jet ski locally to take out on the Bay. There are endless opportunities for outdoor play activity to those who want to be in or near the water at all times. If you are seeking a temporary break from the sun, check out a tour of the Truro Vineyards and sample their wines, or head down to Hyannis for a tour of the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory (complete with free samples!) Wellfleet has an active theatre community that offers productions during the summer. The eclectic community of Provincetown has many great restaurants, art galleries and shopping opportunities.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: We have had a life-long love affair with Cape Cod and find that time spent there with family and friends is truly restorative.
Why the Owner Chose Eastham: Location, location, location, plus the cottage had good bones even before we did the complete renovation in 2011.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: Blue Skies on the Half Shell is a cottage that's not too big nor too small. Our focus is on providing our guests with soothing colors and comfortable surroundings in which to relax and unwind from everyday life. The cottage is filled with original arts and crafts made by Cape Cod artisans who understand and appreciate the beauty of nature when creating their art. The location of the cottage...mere steps from Campground Beach...allows for leisurely walks at low tide on the tidal flats or a swim in temperate water during high tide. If you prefer swimming in cooler water, the Atlantic Ocean is a 10 minute car ride away.