Experience the Cape as it used to be. Only steps to Great Pond and walking distance to the ocean. Here is a rare opportunity to stay in the heart of The National Seashore on the most beautiful of Wellfleet's pristine kettle ponds. 'Summerside' is one of only three cottages available for rental directly on Great Pond. This is a 2 bedroom (sleeps 4) semi-detached cottage. Email or call owner for more information.
Originally built in the 1920s as a Girl Scout camp, Summerside has been renovated and expanded through the years by its owners.It is now a semi-detached cottage with only an out door shower (no indoor shower). It is connected to the main house by a 20 foot enclosed hall way.
A large screened-in porch overlooking the pond runs the entire length of the cottage. The light-filled master bedroom has glass sliders on two sides leading to a private deck that faces the morning sunrise (a favorite place for breakfast, reading, sunbathing or just relaxing). The large screened porch is the perfect spot to have an afternoon nap or a glass of wine in the evening and watch flocks of swallows darting above the sunset reflected on the pond's surface. It feels like that magical place where sky and water touch. For those who love to swim, Summerside is a paradise. A new wooden stairway leads directly to the cottage's private sandy swimming beach: ideal for swimming, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. A short walk along sandy roads through the Cape woods leads to one of Wellfleet's great 'secret' swimming ponds. All of the benefits of Wellfleet (fine dining, fascinating art galleries, unique shops for clothing and jewelry, Bayside sunsets, clamming, miniature golf, iconic drive-in and flea market, nature walks, bike trails and ocean swimming) are within 10 minutes by car or bicycle from Summerside yet the cottage remains a quiet place of rest and renewal. After a busy day of ocean swimming or biking or gallery-hopping, it's always special to return to the serenity of Summerside. The new open plan cottage kitchen is perfect for both gourmet cooks and those who don't want to do more than heat up a pie from Wellfleet Pizza. Hang your bathing suit on the line, grab a towel and head for the new outdoor Scandinavian shower, with its abundant hot water, to take the chill off after a day at the beach. When the sun sets, sit out on the deck and watch the stars fill the night sky. All that can be heard is voices across the pond and the sound of crickets and frogs.
Sometimes the owners occupy the main house. There is always plenty of privacy on the Summer Side and a hall and locked door between the two houses.
In August, the entire compound is available to rent. It is 2 houses in one (4 bedrooms, sleeps 8.) Perfect for 2 families .
Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to enjoy this unique cottage.
In an article in the NY Times 2003, Constance Rosenblum wrote “When you think of the Cape Cod town of Wellfleet, the kettle ponds, as they are known, are not the first thing that comes to mind. Far more iconic are the crashing ocean beaches, or the bay beaches, with their drop-dead gorgeous sunsets. But for swimming in little seas of tranquility, sometimes with so few people around that the water seems yours alone, the string of freshwater ponds in this part of the Cape has no equal.... For a small child, they are great: Unruffled, never chilly, shallow at the edges and fringed by beach, the ponds offer all the ease and safety of enormously large and beautiful bathtubs. For an adult, they are equally appealing, especially the smaller, more secluded ones: you can swim round and round like a lazy otter, with only the occasional lily pad to interrupt your journey.'
About 13,000 or 15,000 years ago, huge blocks of ice left over after the glacier retreated began melting, leaving holes known as kettles that ultimately filled with water. It is a wonder that these clean, clear fresh water ponds can exist surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the bay.