Exciting Multi-Level Luxury Tree-House Barn Abutting Oceanfront Forest(35 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-8 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
4+bdrms, loft, 3.5 baths , forest, drama, privacy, amazing private owners beach
2017 RESERVATIO UPDATE:
JULY 01-08 SOLD (zar)
JULY 08-15 SOLD. (zar)
JULY 22-29. RESERVATION PENDING (mul)
JULY 29-05. RESERVATION PENDING (rm)
AUG 19-26. SOLD (dm)
SEP 02-09 SOLD (loi)
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'SandyToes' is a charming seaside Nantucket Barn-style home on six levels, nestled into the woods overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Its multiple levels and interesting spaces give it a Swiss-Family-Robinson tree house feeling. Situated on an oceanfront high sandy bluff and abutting 15 acres of forested conservation land (the beach is a short, paved walk down the hill) SandyToes is a UNIQUE and very rare destination. THE ROOMS: The great room is an inviting space at the top of the 'barn.' Under its vaulted, barnwood ceiling with beams and loft, you'll find planked floors, inviting well-appointed kitchen (SubZero, Meile convection oven, large sit-around butcher block island, two Bosch dishwashers, granite counter tops, induction cookers, and more). A freestanding fireplace makes the great room a cozy place to curl up with some of the scores of books. Above the kitchen is a ocean-view loft where youngsters (or grown-up kids) love to bunk or look down at the grownups making lunch with fresh seafood from the nearby fish market. The Great Room's dining deck offers shady sanctuary under its cathedral of trees and has room has a charcoal grill built into a n arched opening in the chimney (along with a top quality gas grill.) There are 3 pleasant bedrooms on the bedroom level: a garden view room w antique pine double bed / an ocean view room w queen pine canopy bed / an ocean view room w king size pillow top bed w antique headboard and small antique soaking tub. The rooms have beautiful wood floors, antiques, books, and comfortable beds.
When you step outside through French doors and stroll a few feet up the short sandy path to the bluff to the seaside observation deck, you experience a vast panoramic view of Cape Cod Bay from the highest spot on the bay. At yet another deck, tucked into a private woodsy corner, you can shower outside by moonlight surrounded by forest. This charming 'upside down' barn has elegant touches, but is casual for family fun and entertaining. There are walking paths along the old Indian trail on the oceanside bluff which start right at the SandyToes' side garden. While some cottages do not allow pets, we are dog lovers and invite you to bring your well-behaved best friend to frolic in the surf. Swim, wade, or beachcomb for starfish, sand dollars, and hermit crabs on a white, smooth sandy beach.
In the inter-tidal zone, you can sometimes find blue mussels and sea clams for dinner. The water gets warmer as summer progresses, so September and October are surprisingly good times to visit. We've been told that from our deck you can see when the bluefish come to shore in case you would like to try surf casting. (Yes, we did have a guest who actually brought in a bluefish from our beach.) Across the water, you can see Provincetown & Truro, or watch ships on their way to the nearby Cape Cod Canal, along which there is a fabulous seven-mile level bike path and easy parking for your car. If you ever want to leave, Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower, and the fascinating Plimoth Plantation (which is like a trip in a time machine) are only eight miles north, and Cape Cod proper is a short two miles away. Charming Sandwich is also two miles away and has a Glass Museum and Heritage Plantation and a fine antiques auction on alternate Saturdays.
Note: In all our years of renting this 6-level oceanfront home, only one person, was shocked that "SandyToes" does not sit right down on the sand like a Tahiti grass-hut. "On a bluff overlooking the ocean," and "Highest Spot on Cape Cod Bay," and beach access is a "short paved walk down the hill." Her 1-star review said "Not oceanfront, ocean view maybe." Any dictionary defines "oceanfront" as land on the ocean. Sadly, her peevish review will skew all our 5-star reviews. She wrote: "The house is charming" and "the beds are comfortable," and then gave us a 1 star review. To help explain, our 70' bluff is on Sagamore Beach Conservation Land so naturally we can't build beach stairs or otherwise develop conservation land. The 1-star guest was informed a a year before her stay that due to extreme winter weather/erosion, we needed to move our deck back 20' from the edge of the bluff and that even WE did not know how it would look when finished -- and she was fine with that. What was mentally processed between April 2014 and July 2015 is beyond us. She asked no questions about it.
Working in a painfully restrictive conservation zone, we were dealing with an obstructive neighbor, engineers, town inspectors, conservation commission, designers, and builders -- all leading to a $50,000 deck project, we had to tear down a perfectly sound deck at the edge of the bluff, and go through all this because the old deck "looked like" (to our neighbor) it was going to be imperiled... (well, maybe a decade from now) but to satisfy the Town, we went though all this breathtaking expense.The project has been completed, the observation deck is beautiful, and the panoramic views are astounding with jaw-dropping sunrises/moonrises over the ocean, great orbs reflected in the always moving sea, (like a scene from the movie "Contact" if you've seen it.) The walk down the hill to the sugar-sand, private neighborhood beach entrance is 6 houses away. There are huge stretches of pristine sand …but of course, we don't personally control this magnificent natural spectacle of sand, sea, bluff, forest, sky, tides. It changes from season to season. Please use Google earth and the area topography readily available online, if you find these ACTUAL photos are hard to interpret. They are not Photoshopped, they may be cropped, but they are real.
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Member since: 2002
- 2500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Considered:
- Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
- Ocean views from the King and Queen bedrooms, views of the koi pond and woods. Master bedroom is very spacious (room for pack-n-play), and has an antique small footed tub with peeks at the ocean while you soak. Wood plank floors throughout, french doors to walkway to ocean deck, acres of conservation surround the house (there are a few neighbors, but you can't really see them once you are at SandyToes...a very private location, and so unique in that How Often do you Find a House Tucked into the Woods at the Ocean?...not very often....moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- Vanities are made of barn wood, and have maple countertops, Grohe gooseneck faucets, French lavatory sinks, handmade terra-cotta tile floors. The doors are real wood (not hollow) and the house is designed to resemble a barn, with beams, a rolling barn door on the kitchen, ships stairs to the loft (which has two sides of balusters so that it looks out at both the great room and also the dining room.) The inviting kitchen has a hidden Sub Zero 700 refrigerator flanked with antiqued raised panel doors and hand-forged iron handles. The spice cabinet is an antique carved cupboard with glass doors, the kitchen walls are planked with white pine boards. The two stainless undermount sinks in the granite countertop have a Grohe faucet and replica barbershop faucet. Open shelving allows you to grab or put away the charming dishes without the waste of effort of cabinet doors. The beamed ceiling has a pot rack, windows to the woods, antique sideboard, and more...moreless
- This multi-level hilltop home is comprised of many level changes. Although they are connected by short runs of stairs, this can be a challenging house for a mobility-impaired guest. We wish it were not so, but alas, even my mother could not navigate SandyToes. For an excellent, very accessible home just a mile away, please see our beautiful Tamarack Lake Estate which has most features and is easily accessible and at grade. Timberframe in Manomet is another oceanfront listing suitable for our less mobile friends -- as is Carriage House in downtown Plymouth....moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Games For Kids
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable:
Board games... please note, we cannot reassemble every puzzle or check game pieces during turnovers. We will reimburse you if you'd like to buy a fresh (complete) game and add it to our collection....moreless
- Video Library:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
You can see the entire curve of the beach north and also south all the way around the "arm" of the cape which wraps around the CapeCodBay, with Provincetown visible due East/Northeast on a clear day....moreless
- Ocean View:
SandyToes is oceanfront land on a high sandy bluff at the edge of an oceanfront forest. While it is oceanfront, you need to walk down the private neighborhood street, beach entrance at bottom of hill....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Activities Guide
- Air Conditioning:
- Basic Soaps
- Ceiling Fans
- Clothes Dryer:
- Filtered Water
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided:
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street:
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine:
- Water Cooler
- Wireless Internet:
Fireplace is freestanding, 'Cape Cod' onion-shaped pottery fireplace (yes, really) made from crucible-grade ceramic from the Bay State Crucible Company (smelting ceramic) - way more charming than it sounds....moreless
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils:
Island kitchen has 2 refrigerators, Sub Zero w 2 freezer drawers, + a new Kitchen Aid 'french door' refrigerator for extra space, a smallish German Miele convection oven (euro-sized, not for 25 pound turkeys), two 18-inch diswashers, granite countertops with two undermount sinks, garbage disposal, kitchen island with oak top, antique spice cabinet, long storage cabinet from 'Dillon and Co' English antiques...moreless
- Beach Chairs
- Beach Towels
- Deck / Patio:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Grill Gas
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Couples getaway 3 nts
Jan 2 - Mar 30, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 24 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving (8 people)
Nov 18 - Nov 25, 2017
8 night min stay
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $150
- Cleaning fee (rfndbl) $325
- Taxes Not included
Please email owner for booking this home. Visa and Mastercard accepted (add 5%) and bank wire transfers and personal checks for payments. Visa/Mastercard serves as placeholder damage/security deposit and stays in your file, like at a hotel. First payment due within 4 days of booking. Final payment is due THREE weeks before you arrive, and you may supply your credit information with final payment. Final cleaning fee of $325 is refundable if the home is left as clean as when you arrived. If any cleaning is needed, first hour of cleaning is $100 and each additional hour is $60/hour. Pets are considered on a case by case basis, depending on their owners' ability to remove all traces of the 4 legged best-friend's visit. Home is abundantly provisioned with all you might need, and more.
Manager's cancellation policy:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Sandy Toes abuts Sagamore Beach Highlands Conservation acreage at the ocean. This stretch of oceanfront land is high bluffs, with beach entrances dotted here and there along the low areas between bluffs. It is just two miles north of Sandwich, (probably the prettiest town on the Cape.) It is 15 miles south of Plymouth which is not only historic, but has whale watching and Plymouth Plantation the 1600s village of living history (like a trip in a time machine). Many vacationers know that this is an excellent and increasingly preferred location at the top of Cape Cod, as it gives easy access to exploring without the disadvantage of getting mired in the infamous Cape traffic. Just south is Sandwich. Hyannis is 20 minutes away (ferries transport you to Nantucket), as is Falmouth (ferries to Martha's Vineyard) and Wood's Hole. Buzzards Bay, with it's water-slide park and mini-golf and kayak rentals, is only 5 miles away. Less than 2 miles from SandyToes is the CapeCod Canal Bikeway: 8 miles of flat, paved waterfront biking w rest stations w water fountains, bike rental, food and antiques.
Other Activities: One guest landed a bluefish on the beach
Golf: The area has many fine golf courses, antique shops, and historic homes -- some of which date to the 1600s and can be toured. And there's nothing quite like being oceanfront when the July 4th fireworks can be viewed across the water --you can see fireworks all around you as Cape Cod towns have displays that are visible right from 'SandyToes' oceanfront deck. Campfires (current rules permitting) and clambakes on the beach complete idyllic summertime memories. If you want a taste of the big city, you can drive or take a train an easy 48 miles into Boston, where there are concerts, plays, shopping, and sites to satisfy all ages and interests. The commuter rail can take your teens into Boston's South Station, just a quick subway ride from the popular Back Bay, interesting and varied boutiques. Or go to Harvard Square in Cambridge, a lively fusion of culture, education, and exciting shops and bookstores. A short drive to New Bedford's whaling museum and Newport's grand mansions make fascinating day trips.
Ski: There is even a water slide park in nearby Buzzard's Bay. If you've ever worried that your summer rental would be shabby or tacky, crowded with cast-off furniture and depressing decor, or stripped down to the meanest minimum (we've seen so many like that), put your mind at rest. This pleasant home has been designed to please discriminating visitors with first-rate amenities in an inspiring private woodsy oceanside location. You may wish to review just a few of the compliments bestowed on SandyToes from our valued previous guests, by following the calendar/guestbook link. Then you can evaluate this delightful woodsy ocean hideaway we call 'SandyToes.'
SandyToes may be fully booked by the time you read this. If so, please consider our similarly-wonderful alternatives: -- Storybook 'House by the Sea' an incomparable historic house on direct oceanfront, reigning over one of New England's most beautiful views, has beach stairs to a private beach.
Year Purchased: 1996
About: Dear prospective SandyToes guests: SandyToes became my 2nd home more than 20 years ago while I was doing illustration and design for well known publications, high-tech companies and businesses. Being a bit weary of the 2-D translation of manuscripts to printed page, and having discovered this exciting oceanfront house, at the edge of 15 acres of protected forest, I fell in love with it. I freelanced from there. Back then we didn't upload files, we drove real paintings to Fedex at Boston Logan airport. SandyToes was perfect - the Cape, but not inconvenient like the Cape, which is just two miles south, over the Bridge. Cape Traffic - new to you? Ask around. That is why SandyToes is so popular with those who know the traffic choke points and realize this romantic, private tree-house on forest edge, overlooking an expanse of ocean -- is a secret escape for vacation enjoyment. My goal is to create a setting that exceeds your expectations, is worthy of your choosing SandyToes, and makes you blissfully happy with your choice...
Why Plymouth, MA, USA:
SandyToes has a super location: You never find an oceanfront home abutting conservation forest. Just how amazing is that? And it is just 2 miles north of the Cape Cod Canal, so you are very close to everything without getting stuck in the frustratingly bad Cape Cod traffic. We sit right on the Sagamore Beach/Plymouth town line tucked into the woods at the ocean. It was a hidden treasure, and I feel so lucky to have found it!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The house reminds me of the Swiss Family Robinson tree house. It's all these different levels, interesting spaces and perspectives, the privacy of having conservation forest on the back side but the jaw-dropping expanse of ocean next to it. Sits on a very slowly eroding bluff, so we don't go onto the bluff, but it's easy to walk down the hill to the beach opening.
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Real SUMMER photo BUT TIGHTLY CROPPED! See other pix.
Our talented photographer took our photos Nov 6, but it will be green for you!
Barn style open plan, chic-antique timber-frame details, SubZero fridge
Setting sun, cean view dining room, path to new deck beyond
Queen ocean view bedroom with vaulted 2 story window
Ocean view king bedroom connects to full (shared) shower bathroom
Bedroom level bathroom with granite countertop, large tile shower, forest views
Another shower bathroom, next level up
Shower bathroom on bottom floor, laundry next to it, 2 twin beds bedroom, too
Nestled in the trees and woods
Loft over the kitchen has skylights looking out toward the ocean (not shown)
View of the back of the house seen from 15 acres of protected oceanfront forest
Antique cupboards, SubZero fridge wraparound ocean +forest views, 2 sinks, 2 dw
Oceanfront dining room seen with sleeping loft over kitchen
Great room with wdbrng fireplace, bay window seat-bed, wide pine floors
Another view of king bedroom with antique bath tub, ocean+forest views
3 bedrooms, 1 bath on bedroom level, more bathrooms steps away
First floor bedroom, adjacent bathroom w victorian marble vanity w vessel sink
Top quality washer dryer, and laundry supplies are provided
View from our home's bluff, overlooking conservation land toward Cape Cod
Pardon our FALL photos, we were fully booked all summer, no way to take photos!
Loft with 2 beds over kitchen, sees this Great Room view...
This listing was first published here in 2002.
Date last modified - Sunday, February 19, 2017
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