Cape Cod Architectural Gem with Great Water View and Peaceful Setting

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Comfortable 2nd floor living room, with wood stove, doors out to screened porch


Last updated: 08/27/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

--Imagine yourself rocking on the 2nd floor screened porch, watching the sun go down over the marsh, sea, and dunes.
--Imagine yourself eating dinner with friends and family in a beautiful great-room under soaring, white rafters.
--Imagine yourself relaxing in a home that is the perfect combination of beach-house casual and vacation elegance.
--Our year-round home has striking views over Barnstable Harbor and an original design from an award-winning team of architects.
--The classic, shingled exterior and light, airy interior is pleasing to the eye.
--Upstairs, a living room, dining room, and fully-equipped kitchen form a 'great room' with cathedral ceiling, heated by wood burning stove.
--Our charming sunroom, den, screened porch, and deck provide indoor and outdoor living areas.
--The tiny cabin/playhouse with deck in the woods sleeps one seeking solitude!
--We have a secluded outdoor shower, as well as two full bathrooms.
--Right off of 6A on the bay (north) side, we're a short drive to public beaches, ponds, scenic drives, historic Barnstable Village, and Cape Cod town center Hyannis.

The Story of an Upside-Down House: When we first found the property that now houses our architectural gem, the place was an overgrown briar patch without any apparent view of anything. But at the top of a tree at the highest point, we discovered a gorgeous vista of marsh, harbor and bay. An unusual idea was born: why not make the house upside-down, with the main indoor and outdoor living areas/master bedroom on the top floor and the other bedrooms/living areas on the bottom?

The stunning result: beautiful views from the upstairs living room and kitchen, which make a 'great room' with a cathedral ceiling, and from the 2nd floor screened porch off the living room, from where, drink in hand, we can watch the sun go down over the marshes. The great room was designed to give a feeling of space and light to the major living space of the house. The ceiling beams lift the eye upwards towards a ventilating cupola at the top of the space.

Because of the design, with comfortable living and sleeping areas on both floors, this house is well designed for large and multifamily groups, as there are private and 'away' spaces for all.

Outside, there is a large, grassy lawn, some sunny, some shady, with lots of room for outdoor games (badminton, croquet, etc.). Outdoor seating areas include a two-person hammock strung between two trees, second floor screened porch, and back deck with grill. We also have an adorable playhouse/retreat (with electricity and bed for one!), with wrap around deck in a wooded side yard overlooking the vernal pool.

The house and property are equipped with all amenities to make your stay comfortable:
* Quiet location with great view (large, wooded lot on a quiet cul-de-sac with a view over upper reaches of Barnstable Harbor.
* Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms (4 with queens, as well as an additional twin bed in 2 of the bedrooms, plus full-size futon in the sunroom). Baby crib, high chair available.
* In- and outdoor bathing facilities (2 full baths and an outdoor 'after-swim' shower).
* Fully equipped kitchen (including microwave, dishwasher, etc.; gas grill on deck.
* Classy and comfortable atmosphere (wood-burning stove in the living room); central air conditioning; dining room table and chairs for up to 10; eat-in, furnished screened porch; and oak floors/oriental rugs throughout).
* Entertainment/Communication (TV/DVD, DSL with Wi-Fi, CD player; computer/printer available; long distance phone).
* A variety of books, indoor and outdoor games, puzzles, toys, beach equipment provided. Lots of stuff for kids!
* Washing facilities (washer, dryer, ironing board and clothes line)

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2300 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Groups
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    No teenage/college-aged groups, or loud parties. We welcome quiet friend groups in their thirties or older, and family parties. We can accommodate no more than 3 to 4 cars and 8 people...moreless

  • Singles
  • Children Welcome:

    We are very child-friendly. In addition to many games, books and toys for kids of all ages, we have a portocrib (with bedding), high chair, booster seat, potty seat, baby gates, umbrella stroller, child-sized table and chairs, hotcycle, playhouse, etc....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Master: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Two bedrooms on the first floor are each equipped with both a queen and a single bed. The other first floor bedroom has a queen bed. The master bedroom (and bath) is on the second (living) floor and has one queen sized bed. There is also a portable crib, a high chair, stroller, child-sized table and chairs, baby gates, and other child-proofing features. For those seeking privacy, there is a tiny guest house with comfortable single bed and electricity....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower


  • Bathroom: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom: outdoor shower


  • We have two full baths, including a master bath with separate shower and a bathtub. In addition, an outdoor shower (with hot and cold water) is good both for getting sand off after a trip to the beach or for bathing under clear skies or the stars....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The master bedroom and bath, a fully equipped kitchen and great room (living/dining area) with cozy window seat and wood stove, as well as a wonderful screened porch are on the second floor. The first floor contains the other three bedrooms, bathroom, living room with TV/DVD, and sun room; there are many puzzles, board and word games, books (both children and adult) and toys provided. French doors open onto a large wooden deck with gas grill, table and chairs. The full basement contains ping pong table, extra kitchen supplies, beach equipment (coolers, boogie boards, beach chairs, sand toys, etc.) washer/dryer, and ironing board. There is a large yard with hammock and plenty of room for yard games provided (croquet, badminton, volleyball, etc.), as well as an outdoor 'after-swim' shower. We also have an adorable cabin/playhouse with a wrap-around deck. The house is safe and child-friendly. While the house is exceptionally well ventilated, we also have central AC if needed....moreless


  • Books:

    Books for adults and children are provided. ...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Two closets full of kid and adult games and jigsaw puzzles are provided. ...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    An eclectic collection of CDs is available, which includes classical, folk, jazz, etc. ...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    We provide HD Cable service....moreless

  • Stereo:

    We have a Bose radio/CD player. Cable with port for your IPhone is provided....moreless

  • Television:

    The house has two flat screen TVs, one on each floor....moreless

  • Toys:

    There are a variety of toys for all ages provided, as well as riding toys....moreless

  • Video Library:

    There is a small video collection....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach:

    There are several beaches within a ten minute drive, both fresh and salt water. ...moreless

  • Beach View:

    The sand dunes of Sandy Neck can be seen in the distance. The shifting light on the marsh and dunes is often magical. ...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    The National Seashore is a protected ocean-front park of great beauty. ...moreless

  • Resort:

    Cape Cod is a noted NE beach resort area, with a temperate climate, physical beauty , a wide variety of outdoor activities, excellent restaurants, art galleries, etc. Only 1 and 1/4 hour from Boston....moreless

  • Village:

    The house is between the villages of West Barnstable and Barnstable, both of which are cute and scenic. Our house is located right off of historic 6A, The Old King's Highway....moreless

  • Water View:

    Our house has a beautiful and tranquil view, with ever changing light and tides, looking out over Barnstable Harbor and Cape Cod Bay....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    There is a separate dining area with a comfortable and large table, as well as a window seat, with a wonderful bird feeder outside. With leaves, the table can accommodate up to 12 people. ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air conditioning is available if needed, with three cooling zones....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer:

    There is a large capacity clothes dryer. ...moreless

  • Computer Available:

    We provide access to a desktop computer, if needed and a printer....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    The fireplace contains the wood burning stove....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance:

    We have free long distance phone service throughout the US and Canada....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    There is forced air heating throughout the house, with three heating zones. ...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens are provided. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    The 2nd floor LR has 2 sofas, a large easy chair, 2 rocking chairs, 2 ottomans, and HD TV. The 1st floor LR has a sofa, 2 chairs, desk, HD TV. Sunroom is also fully furnished. Lots of sitting areas. ...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    There is off-street parking, with room for three to four cars at the top of the long driveway. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    In the event of additional cars, there is ample parking on our cul de sac....moreless

  • Printer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Landline is available, with three extensions. ...moreless

  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    All bath, kitchen and beach towels are provided. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    There is a large capacity washing machine, with detergent provided....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Comcast/Xfinity. Works reliably, high speed, good internet phone or home-visit support if needed...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    The wood burning stove on the second floor living room heats the entire floor and is wonderfully cozy. ...moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    We have several coffee makers, including a drip coffee maker, small French press, one cup espresso pot, and a Nespresso machine with hot milk frother....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully equipped...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully equipped ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Very quiet...moreless

  • Freezer:

    At top of fridge...moreless

  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is fully equipped and is open to the livingroom and diningroom, making for easy communication. ...moreless

  • Lobster Pot


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    Bicycles may be available, by prior arrangement. ...moreless

  • Binoculars
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio:

    The deck has several chairs and a dining table/chairs. ...moreless

  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf:

    There is a golf course one mile away, and several others locally....moreless

  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We have a couple of kayaks and canoes available for your use, by prior arrangement. ...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    An adorable 'playhouse,' with furnished porch, is nestled in the trees overlooking a vernal pool. This sylvan retreat has a comfortable single bed, electricity, 2 chairs, drop leaf table, 4 windows....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden:

    The lawn is large enough for games, such as croquet, volleyball, bocci ball (equipment provided). We have a two person hammock, Adirondack chairs, a front porch bench, a playhouse, baby pool, etc....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    We have a propane grill on the deck. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda:

    Screened porch has a number of comfortable chairs, a glider and a love seat, as well as a table for dining. ...moreless

  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    We have cross country skis and snow shoes, which may be available for use by prior arrangement....moreless

  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis:

    A number of courts are available to the public at the Cape Cod Community College and at the Elementary School, each one mile away....moreless

  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Boogie boards, sand pails, etc....moreless

  • Wood Deck
  • Yard


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late summer
Aug 27 - Sep 5, 2016
3 night min stay
Early Fall
Sep 6 - Sep 30, 2016
3 night min stay
Late Fall
Oct 1 - Nov 19, 2016
3 night min stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 20 - Nov 27, 2016
4 night min stay
Nov 28 - Dec 22, 2016
3 night min stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2017
3 night min stay
Late Winter
Jan 2 - Apr 13, 2017
3 night min stay
Apr 14 - Apr 16, 2017
3 night min stay
Late Spring
Apr 17 - May 25, 2017
3 night min stay
Late Spring
May 30 - Jun 8, 2017
3 night min stay
Mid June to end of June
Jun 9 - Jun 29, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 30 - Aug 27, 2017
3 night min stay
Late Summer
Aug 28 - Sep 7, 2017
3 night min stay
Early Fall
Sep 8 - Sep 24, 2017
3 night min stay
Late Fall
Oct 1 - Nov 21, 2017
3 night min stay
Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Taxes Not included


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Last updated: 08/27/2016
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5 Miles
Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Barnstable Tavern
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Hyannis to Nantucket
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
Hyannis to Boston/Boston to Hyannis
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Exit 6 on U.S. Route 6
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Dolphin, Barnstable Tavern, Nirvana
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Sandy Neck Beach

Car: Necessary

Located on the north shore of lovely Cape Cod, the house is close to beaches, ponds, boating, and historic sites. Nearby historic Barnstable Village is an old-time small town--get coffee all day at Nirvana, dine on fine seafood at The Dolphin, or visit the Barnstable Market for some penny candy, deli sandwiches, fresh produce, wine and beer, groceries, etc. At the marina, you'll find the embarkation point for fishing expeditions and whale-watching cruses. If you have time before your cruise, visit the fish market cafe window for the freshest, most delicious crabcakes around. Many beaches and ponds of all sorts are within easy driving distance. Choose among beach experiences ranging from the warm tidepools of Dennis Beach to the cold, crashing waves of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Throughout the area, historic sites evoke the colonial history of Cape Cod. The main road near the house, historic Route 6A, maintains its old-world charm and is a veritable tour-route of centuries-old houses and other buildings, as well as art galleries, boutiques, and fine restaurants.

There is a golf course within a five minute drive, and many other golf courses on Cape Cod. There are also mountain biking courses within a ten minute drive. Biking, hiking and boating opportunities abound, with maps and guides in the house to help you find them.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: I grew up on Cape Cod, in Barnstable, every summer during childhood and have never tired of its charms. My husband and I retired to this house in 2010 and have enjoyed every minute of our time in Barnstable so far. On or off season, there is plenty to see and do. If you enjoy outdoor activities as we do, you will enjoy vacationing here; there is wonderful hiking, biking, boating, and swimming. I sometimes say that Cape Cod is 'zoned pretty,' because you can drive practically anywhere and be on small, charming roads with lovely homes and views. There is also a surprising number of really good restaurants, shopping, excellent libraries, and cultural arts/events.

Why the Owner Chose West Barnstable, Barnstable, MA, USA:
This house was designed and built in 2000 with a goal of creating a treehouse atmosphere that captures all the views and breezes. The wonderful view of harbor and bay over the trees is captivating. Having now lived full time in the house since 2010 (except when traveling), my husband and I can attest to the fact that it is an extremely comfortable and livable house in a gorgeous and tranquil area. While all of Cape Cod is beautiful, our location, right off of Rte 6A (the Old King's Highway) is ideal for easy access to all areas. We have really come to appreciate the quiet and natural beauty of this area during the off season.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This house has been enjoyed by renters since 2001. Satisfied guests have told us that it is a wonderful house for family and friend reunions and gatherings, because it is not only beautiful, but also extremely comfortable. Guests can spend time together or apart, as there are roomy, attractive and comfortable sleeping and living areas on both floors. It is also an appropriate and safe setting for children, as it is away from the road, has a large lawn and playhouse, and a multitude of indoor and outdoor games and toys, as well as baby equipment (portocrib, high chair, umbrella stroller, safety gates, etc.) We have a very comprehensive guest book, with listings for scenic drives, beaches, recommended local restaurants, etc., as well as maps, guidebooks and other relevant information.

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  • Comfortable 2nd floor living room, with wood stove, doors out to screened porch

    Comfortable 2nd floor living room, with wood stove, doors out to screened porch

  • Fall view of trees, marsh and harbor

    Fall view of trees, marsh and harbor

  • Great room (living room, dining room and kitchen, with ventilating cupola above)

    Great room (living room, dining room and kitchen, with ventilating cupola above)

  • Fully equipped kitchen

    Fully equipped kitchen

  • Large master bedroom, 2nd floor, with ensuite bathroom

    Large master bedroom, 2nd floor, with ensuite bathroom

  • 2nd floor bathroom

    2nd floor bathroom

  • One of the three downstairs bedrooms

    One of the three downstairs bedrooms

  • Little house with wrap around deck nestled in side woods

    Little house with wrap around deck nestled in side woods

  • Front view of our 'upside down' house

    Front view of our 'upside down' house

  • From the driveway

    From the driveway

  • Side view, including outdoor shower

    Side view, including outdoor shower

  • View from picture window-Autumn

    View from picture window-Autumn

  • Our awesome view of Barnstable Harbor & Sandy Neck, changes with tide/light

    Our awesome view of Barnstable Harbor & Sandy Neck, changes with tide/light

  • Screened porch, 2nd floor, with spiral staircase to deck below

    Screened porch, 2nd floor, with spiral staircase to deck below

  • Dining room, with window seat overlooking birdfeeder

    Dining room, with window seat overlooking birdfeeder

  • Kitchen


  • 2nd floor bathroom

    2nd floor bathroom

  • Sunroom, 1st floor

    Sunroom, 1st floor

  • Downstairs bathroom

    Downstairs bathroom

  • Little house, interior. Cute, tiny retreat, with lighting and comfortable bed.

    Little house, interior. Cute, tiny retreat, with lighting and comfortable bed.

  • Main house, little house,   lawn, and hammock

    Main house, little house, lawn, and hammock

  • Front yard

    Front yard

  • Back deck

    Back deck

  • View of trees, harbor, dunes in Autumn

    View of trees, harbor, dunes in Autumn

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