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Seaside Cape Cod Escape-Norris Cottage: 3 Minutes to the Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Escape year-round to this charming bungalow for a well-deserved break. Lovingly refurbished to reflect a marine sanctuary, it’s perfect for a family vacation or solitary retreat. Custom-built in the 1930’s by Brad Norris for his wife’s “summer business”, it sports hardwood floors throughout with fine woodwork accents.

Quaint and comfortable, you will find all the amenities of home with the simple things of life at your fingertips and footsteps. Pull into our oyster-shelled driveway, unpack, and take a walk up to the Hyannis Port Golf Club for the spectacular sunset over Squaw Island. Walk to Sea Street Market for sundries, groceries, newspapers, beer and specialty wines, along with tasty deli selections.

We are a 3-minute walk to serene Sea Street Beach, with Picnic Area, Bath House and Snack Bar. We’ve watched osprey dive for minnows there at low tide! The popular beaches: Veteran’s, Kalmus, (ideal winds for the best sail boarding in New England), and Craigville, are short hops away.

Main Street restaurants feature casual and fine dining with daily catches from local fishing vessels. Visit the Hyannis Harbor Docks to see fish and lobsters being off-loaded, while you shop at the local artisan kiosks. Popular restaurants dot Ocean Street and offer a view of Hyannis Harbor.

Nightlife abounds and cinemas feature box office greats. Enjoy summer theater performances at The Cape Playhouse and unique foreign films shown at The Cape Cod Art Museum. Farm-fresh food is available through “Edible Cape Cod” farm members and Farmer’s Markets. Agri-Tourism farms bring back times past with “Pick Your Own” options, tours, hikes, hayrides and workshops. The local wineries host tastings to showcase specialty wines.

Treat yourself to a quiet home base from which to explore the whole Cape, including the Massachusetts Cultural Coast. Be really “Green”, bring your bikes and ride the bike trails for miles through The Cape Cod National Seashore and beyond. 'Cape Cod Rails to Trails' will give you a great workout with views of cranberry bogs, marshes, and ocean panoramas. Go fishing for trout, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel and bluegill at one of the 365 kettle hole ponds, or surf cast off Dennis Beach.

Private and public golf courses are minutes away and across town, historic Route 6A will pique your architectural and antique sweet tooth. We are 45 minutes from historical Provincetown, where you can experience the sand dunes, sunset horseback rides, and shop for unique art and entertainment.

Whether this is your summer vacation or a spur of the moment getaway during the winter, leave your cares at home. Come read, write a book, finish a project, sketch, or photograph the beauty of the ocean and its environs. Off-season, short stays for weddings, conferences, and business are also available. For more pictures and information, please see our website below.

Keywords: Cape bungalow suitable for couples on a getaway weekend, small families who like gentle beaches and mature travelers who enjoy peace and quiet.

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, polish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 11, 2018

About The Owner

As a chef, I enjoy local seafood and teach at a local university. My husband puts his software engineer expertise to work anywhere we go. Staying at the Cape gives us a mini-vacation whenever we spend time here. Our favorite walks and sunsets are right around the corner. We have the most fun going shellfishing and sharing nature's bounty with family and friends. The peace and quiet are refreshing and give us a great perspective on what is really important; nature, family, great food and meeting our guests!

The Owner purchased this house in 2007

Why The Owner chose Hyannis

Our smaller cottage next door was my home for years. As our family grew, we needed more room for our grandchildren and friends. Hence, we were lucky enough to purchase the bungalow which has been a favorite family reunion spot.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy the peace and quiet, long walks and easy access to activities like fishing, island visits to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket and Provincetown. Our outdoor shower is so refreshing and convenient, we use it far into the fall season as well. Our winter sojourns here are as comfortable and relaxed as summer, so we hope you consider coming during off-season as well for a well-deserved break or to enjoy the holidays.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Norris cottage was perfect for our stay on Cape Cod! We liked Hyannis and the location so close to Seas Street Beach and away form the hubbub of Main Street In 3 ½ days here, we went boogie boarding at Coast Guard Beach, whale watching at P-town, ( we saw 8 individ8ual whales and 20 dolphins), and bicycling to Woods Hole. We also got to see our friend Kami Lyle play music at The Black Cat. The cottage had everything we needed. We loved the outdoor shower! Thanks for being our host, Elaine!
Aug 2009
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Hyannis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom with great shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 bunk bed
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size beds (1) Front bedroom, Double Beds (1) Guest bedroom, Sleep Sofa (1) Comfortable sofa located in the living room can be opened to a queen bed, Bunk Beds (1) 2 bunks in the Guest Bedroom are perfect for older children.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • alternative lifestyle
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outdoor shower, portable beach cooler and beach chairs provided as well as a protective sun tent and umbrella. We inherited a high chair, booster chair and bassinet for the little ones from our granddaughters.


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Seaside Cape Cod Escape-Norris Cottage: 3 Minutes to the Beach
average rating of 4.8139534 based on 50 reviews

The property was a nice little house, good size for our family of four.

  • 4 of 5

The property was perfect for what we wanted. Our daughter has her own room and we had enough room for ourselves plus a pack and play for our littlest one. It was great to have a full kitchen and a grill readily available, and our daughter loved the outdoor shower. We did have an issue one day with the air conditioning but the owner addressed it right away and it was fixed the next day, which was greatly appreciated. The house was well kept and in a perfect location. A five minute walk to one beach, and a ten minute driver to the mall area/grocery stores. Would you love to come back to this house or the adjacent property.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We try to provide a great place for families to relax and when things need repair we appreciate being notified by our guests as soon as maintenance is needed. Thank goodness we have a great crew who can attend to items immediately. All is well!
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Just the right size

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a lovely and relaxing week in our little cottage by the ocean. It takes only 5-10 minutes to walk there and has a pretty little view.

I particularly loved the big open kitchen and all the space. House was clean and had all we could possibly need, including a very handy washer and dryer.Bedrooms were small but cozy.

While there, we toured the area and beyond and brought back lots of souvenirs from the cape.

This house was perfect for the two of us but can definitely accommodate a family of 4+.

We hope to return again in the future.

Elaine and John, the owners were extremely accommodating, friendly and easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us and we hope all our guests have a comfortable, peaceful experience at our properties. It is so peaceful and quiet. We love to host guests all year, so please consider fall, winter and spring for a quick getaway!
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Just Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Elaine and John for a wonderful vacation. Your cute cottage was exactly what we needed; well equipped and clean, located near beaches and restaurants. Fall weather was perfect except for one rainy day that we used to go to the Christmas Tree Shop and a quilt shop, also visit family in Falmouth.

Enjoyed fresh lobster from Cape Fish and Lobster in Hyannis, going to the National Seashore, lunch at Spanky’s, dinner at Alberto’s, and just hanging out at the beach. Already ready to go back!

Bob and Barbara, Hurley NY

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that our guests relax and find the little gems in our area to visit on less than sunny days. Each season has special attributes and peace and quiet are coming up this fall and winter. Don't forget that holiday celebrations, festivals and unique shopping opportunities abound. Walks and hikes this time of year are invigorating and cups of hot chocolate afterwards hit the spot! Come visit us. We would love to host you.
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Damascus, Maryland

Very comfortable and clean. Close walk to beach

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd time staying here and we have loved both trips. Hope to be visiting again.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thankful for our return guests who have become part of our Norris Street family. It is always great to see familiar faces and young folks who grow up creating a tradition of family time together. We are happy to be part of that. Come start your own tradition! We are open year-round and look forward to your arrival.
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Riverton, NJ

Wonderful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We have been guests here 4 times. We love the accessibility to the beach (a 4 minute walk) as well as Hyannis Main Street, as well as the central location of the entire Cape. The cottage is incredibly well stocked with everything for a week by the sea. No need to pack or lug a bunch of extra stuff. We love the big kitchen, the beautiful deck and the refreshing outdoor shower. The quiet, dead-end street is so peaceful for a vacation. We like the air conditioner on muggy nights for sleeping-it has all that you can ask for. We hope to be back again. Elaine and John are terrific owners.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

Had wonderful stay! So close to the beach and a just a short walk to Main Street also. Enjoyed Sea Street Cafe for breakfast especially--the wait is worth it. A stroll down Gosnold St. to Veterans Park is great-so many cute homes. Went to Chatham to shop, Martha's Vineyard for a day, and even to Boston for the 4th of July Fireworks and the Freedom Trail. Saw Plymouth on the way back also. House is fully equipped and clean. The patio is great and shaded in the late afternoon. Enjoyed grilling and eating outside. The street is super quiet. Elaine and John were gracious and checked in to make sure we were all set. What a great memory!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and we hope all our guests feel like family and can relax at our saltbox cottage. We have guests from all over the world and have enjoyed meeting interesting folks. Please visit with us again. We would love to host you in the future!
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Logan - Boston / Providence - T.F. Green
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Main Street - Hyannis
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Hi-Line and Steamship Authority
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 6
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Main Street - Hyannis
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Sea Street Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Keyes Beach/Sea Street Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Hyannis Docks & Restaurants
Nearest Point of Interest
Main Street
Car: recommended

Hi-Line and The Steamship Authority provide ferry service to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, Antique book stores, Cape Cod National Seashore, Whale Watching, Deep Sea Fishing trips, Local fishermen sell fresh fish and lobsters at the docks, The Cape Cod Railway has lunch and evening dinner tours, Custom jewelers and Artisans offer their wares at the kiosks at Ocean Street Docks, Festivals are held at local beach parks, The Cape League plays nightly games-see future baseball professionals in training, Farmer's Markets and Agri-Tourism tours are available, Healing Arts professionals are available on the Cape. The Truro Vineyard has great tastings and local farms welcome you and sell fresh, local produce.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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