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Spacious Cottage with English-Style Garden in Osterville Village, Cape Cod

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Three Bedrooms, Two Full Bathrooms, Sleeps 7

Elf Hill cottage is comprised of two double bedrooms, a third bedroom with two twin beds and a daybed for a child, two full bathrooms, a living room, dining room and sun room. There is an automatic garage. The house has been freshly painted, has hardwood floors upstairs and down, and is charmingly furnished. A particularly wonderful aspect of the cottage is its spacious English-style garden. It is fenced-in for the peace of mind of parents of toddlers, and has a large outdoor shower. The hammock is the perfect spot for an afternoon nap or for reading whilst watching over children playing in the yard. The east-facing patio is a lovely spot for breakfast.

A pass allowing access to all public and private beaches in the area is included in the rental. Dowses Beach, a beautiful private beach with a cove on one side (perfect for small children) and the ocean on the other is five minutes down the road by car. Joshua’s Pond, a large fresh-water pond with a small sandy beach, is right around the corner. Elf Hill cottage is in a quiet residential neighborhood, yet Main Street, with its collection of wonderful restaurants, art galleries and tasteful clothing and gift shops, is a five-minute walk away.

A central, village location in Osterville is highly valued as many homes require a car for getting about. At Elf Hill, you could find yourself going for days without getting behind the steering wheel.

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018


Osterville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Upstairs
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ground floor
  • The outdoor shower is a Cape Cod classic, and is perfect for showering off after a day at the beach.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Upstairs Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Ground floor Queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Upstairs Children's
  • Bedrooms 1 and 2 have queen beds.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

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Spacious Cottage with English-Style Garden in Osterville Village, Cape Cod
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews
South Windsor, CT

Quiet vacation retreat

  • 5 of 5

My family greatly enjoyed our week at Elf Hill Cottage! When we arrived the house was sparkling, shining clean, and the landscaping is meticulous. The fenced in yard with the swingset, (two swings and a climbing rope) and hammock was absolutely perfect to entertain the kids after days at the beach.

The house is in a beautiful residential neighborhood, very quiet but so close to the main street that we walked to dinner a few of the nights even with a 3 year old! We especially enjoyed Wimpys and Crisp Flatbread restaurant!

Having the beach pass accessible to the area beaches was awesome. We specially liked Dowses beach, super soft sand and ocean on one side and harbor on the other. We explored Joshua's pond after lifeguard hours so we could go beyond the restricted area.

The house itself had plenty of towels and kitchen accessories for cooking. The window AC units in the bedrooms were a nice escape on the humid warmer nights.

The owner was also very attentive and responsive to any questions and offered helpful suggestions.

We had such a enjoyable, relaxing, stress free week, it will be one to remember!

Thank you for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Perfect Location and Beautiful Yard

  • 5 of 5

Lovely Cape Cod house tucked away from Main Street noise but within walking distance to the downtown as well as one of the Osterville beaches. The back yard is filled with beautiful perennials, a swing set that is perfect for small children and raspberry bushes. Sometimes you will even see a little rabbit standing on his toes to sample one of these berries. Very comfortable beds, wonderful outdoor table and chairs all make this an ideal vacation home.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Wonderful and welcoming Cape Cod house

  • 5 of 5

This is our family's 4th consecutive year of coming back to this charming cottage, and it's safe to say that the time we spend here each summer is something we look forward to all year long! The house has everything you need for a relaxing visit to the Cape, and the owners are very responsive and kind. It's also within walking distance of beaches, shops, and restaurants in Osterville.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Lovely stay at Elf Hill August 2016

  • 4 of 5

Elf Hill is a lovely property set in beautiful gardens. Only a short walk into Osterville which is a very nice village with some beautiful shops. We enjoyed a very relaxing holiday here, in the back garden (yard) especially, spotting the local wildlife, chipmunks, humming birds and some birds we couldn't identify. We would recommend this accommodation.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Relaxing Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This property is in an excellent location, has plenty of space, and was very well kept. We really enjoyed the back yard space and the bright kitchen area. There was plenty of space for visitors. It had a really homey feel. Osterville is in a great location. It's close to Hyannis and other Cape communities. The southern beaches are close by and easy to access.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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Los Angeles, 90024

Idyllic Cottage in Cape Cod

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is truly a gem and ideal for a family, beach getaway. We stayed here for a week in August with two children (ages 2.5 and 4.5) and my older parents, and couldn't have been happier. The outside garden is meticulously maintained and the backyard is spacious, with Adirondack chairs, a great swing set, and hammock. Our kids loved playing outside and I was thrilled to be able to let them run without having to worry--the yard is completely fenced in.

The cottage itself is incredibly cozy and because there are two floors, we were able to have some privacy and not feel that everyone was on top of each other. The kids' room is adorable, with three twin beds, which delighted my children. There were toys and books and lots of space to roam around. The two other bedrooms are also lovely with nice beds, bedding, etc. and AC units.

Dowses Beach is a few minutes away and, again, ideal for kids. The waves are gentle, the sand is as soft and white as sugar, and it never gets too packed because the town limits the number of guests. (Only people with beach passes can enter.) We spent most days there or at Joshua's Pond, which is a 2 minute walk from the house. It's also a great swimming spot for children (and adults), and when the lifeguards aren't around you can swim long laps across the entire pond, which is really more of a lake.

Osterville itself is a quant, New England village out of a Norman Rockwell book. Perfectly preserved, beautifully maintained with lovely shops and cafés.

I really can't recommend this cottage more, and I actually do have high standards (which may not be clear from this review). I am generally nervous about renting places sight unseen, but I give my word that this place is worth it.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Nearest Airport
74 Miles
Logan Airport (Boston)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Wimpy's (casual) and Five Bays Bistro (upscale)
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.3 Miles
The Wianno Club
Nearest Train
74 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Mid-Cape Highway (Route 6)
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Wimpy's (casual) and Five Bays Bistro (upscale)
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Joshua's Pond (fresh water) / Dowses Beach (ocean)

The village of Osterville is located on the south central coast of Cape Cod on Nantucket Sound. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful and desirable villages on the Cape, and is prized for its quaint Main Street, its beautiful New England architecture, and its picturesque, warm-water beaches and harbor.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy walking, running, biking, golfing, fishing, crabbing, oystering, kayaking, whale-watching and boating throughout the area, and there are myriad activities for children. Boston is about an hour and twenty minutes’ drive, and Hyannis, with its airport and ferries to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, is ten minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $180
Refundable damage deposit $500

A beach pass to all the beaches, ponds and lakes in the seven villages of Barnstable (of which Osterville is one) is included.
$180 cleaning charge for cleaning after your departure.
$500 security deposit.
Please ask me for a deposit slip to accompany your mailed checks, our preferred method of payment, which you can send directly to my bank.

As of the end of April 2018, HomeAway will offer you the option of paying by credit card. If you choose this option, then I will be obliged to add an additional fee representing 3% of the rental amount as reimbursement to me for the fee they will charge me. HomeAway also applies an additional 1.5% to international credit card bookings. These credit card fees are in addition to their "Service Fee."

To avoid the credit card processing fee, kindly submit your payment via a check and deposit slip mailed directly to my Cape Cod bank.

If paying by international wire, bank charges will be deducted from your security deposit.

If you have questions, please ask me. I am happy to help.

We will confirm your reservation once we have received a 50% deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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