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

Hyannis, Barnstable, MA, USA
  • House900 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights

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.



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Calendar last updated:
Mar 06, 2018
About 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!

Owner purchased this House in 2007

Why 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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


      • 1 Bathroom
        • Full bathroom with great shower

        Location Type

          • Ocean View
            A half minute walk up the street will afford a view of the ocean. 2 more minutes and you will be sitting at the beach!


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


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                        Convertible couch and 2 comfortable chairs provided. Work table/chair for computers, TV, DVD player, reading lamps, Ipod/Radio, Books and Games, some children's books and toys
                      • Air Conditioning
                        2 units for those hot, humid days.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Gas, hot air
                      • Internet
                        WiFi is included
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        Linens, (sheets and pillowcases), blankets
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Parking
                        Off-street parking for 2 cars.
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Room for 2 vehicles. No on-street parking as it is a quiet dead end and the lane must be kept clear for emergency vehicles.
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                        Bath, kitchen and beach towels provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                        WiFi is included
                      • Wood Fireplace
                        For decoration only at this time


                          • Coffee Maker
                            New Coffeemaker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Grill utensils tea pots, toaster and toaster oven, microwave, cutting boards, plastic storage containers, and all necessary utensils, wine opener, mixer, blenders, food processor
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            All provided: Pots, pans, lobster pot, ceramic dinnerware, tea pots, mugs, wine/juice/water glasses, bowls, etc. Flatware
                          • Dishwasher
                            Efficient and handy
                          • Kitchen
                            Classic U-shaped kitchen with island separating the dining room and kitchen. Great for at-home meals and family congregating to share the highlights of the day!
                          • Microwave
                            Great for popcorn, heating meals and leftovers, hot beverages and quick warm-ups
                          • Pantry Items
                            Basic sundries provided
                          • Refrigerator
                            Ample room for a week's worth of food
                          • Stove
                            Gas, 5-burner, oven and broiler
                          • Toaster
                            New 4 slot toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Hitchcock dining table and sideboard
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                    Adult and children
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                    Various board games
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Basic cable provided with about 50 channels.
                                  • Television
                                    Flat screen TV and Blue Ray DVD player provided. Universal remote makes it all easy.
                                  • Toys
                                    Some toys and lots of beach toys and buckets


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Brand new TechDeck
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Front and side lawn
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Gas grill is next to the new deck


                                          • alternative lifestyle


                                              • museums
                                              • churches
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • marina
                                              • cinemas
                                              • restaurants
                                              • synagogues
                                              • theme parks
                                              • water parks
                                              • winery tours
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • outlet shopping
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • 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

                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • basketball court
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • ice skating
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • 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.

                                                                42 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Just Perfect

                                                                Bob K.

                                                                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

                                                                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.

                                                                Very comfortable and clean. Close walk to beach

                                                                NcohenDamascus, Maryland

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

                                                                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.

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

                                                                Kyle B.

                                                                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.

                                                                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!

                                                                Wonderful cottage!

                                                                Rose M.Riverton, NJ

                                                                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.

                                                                Great location!

                                                                David F.

                                                                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!

                                                                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!

                                                                Cozy cottage!

                                                                Michelle G.

                                                                It was clean and had everything we needed to make our stay so enjoyable - no need for extra packing!! Walk to beach was quick! Owners were wonderful to deal with, very helpful and quick to respond! Would definitely return!!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thank you for coming and we enjoyed hosting you. Please come back when you need some time away. Our Cottage family is growing!


                                                                Hyannis, Barnstable, MA, USA

                                                                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.

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                                                                42 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.8/5
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