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Charming Cottage, Walk to Beach, Harbor & Village

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Make Plans for a Fall Get-Away!

Come see why FALL is a great time to visit... the crowds of summer have gone, the water is warm from the summer sun, and the weather is beautiful! It is harvest season - visit one of the many cranberry bogs, enjoy the natural beauty of the changing colors of the leaves, or celebrate the season with a fall festival. Take the kids to a fun-filled Halloween Party or parade. Enjoy a stroll through Barnstable village with a candlelit ghost or history tour. Pick the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch or nearby farms. Fall goodie basket included with your stay. Visit Cape Cod this Fall, you’ll be glad you did!

As seen on the pages of This Old House Magazine, The Cape Cod Times, and featured in a calendar of relaxing porches of Cape Cod, Sonny by the Sea is the perfect place to spend your vacation. Close to all of the beauty and charm of Cape Cod, but tucked into a quiet little neighborhood, there is so much to see and do that you could park your car and never use it again. Every detail has been thought of, and there are many personal touches that will make you feel at home from the minute you arrive. It has all the charm of a boutique inn with the privacy of your own home, and we are always happy to help you plan your visit with an insider's view to all of the best places to see and things to do while you are here.

Our cottage, Sonny by the Sea, is a beautiful place where you are sure to return home relaxed and full of happy memories. Our guests are important to us, and we think it is the details that set us apart from other rental properties. Our cottage has over sixty - 5 star reviews on and is in the top ten of over 6,070 properties listed according to reviews!

Beautifully decorated, super clean, comfortable 2 bedroom, 1 full bath home with central air conditioning, wifi, cable tv , linens, and washer/dryer all on one floor. Enjoy family meals at home in our custom designed kitchen, or have a snack at the kitchen island. If you'd rather not cook - that's OK too, have your lobster and ''chowdah'' cooked to go at Osterville Fish Too just up the road. Better yet, have dinner or cocktails with a view of the harbor at the Mattakeese Wharf - no need to take the car! Stroll down the street to one of the most beautiful beaches on Cape Cod. Be sure to take in a sunset too - beach chairs and towels are here for you, just bring your own flip-flops. The house is just steps to a beautiful saltwater marsh, and the Mill Way Marina is just a block away - you can go on a charter boat or Whale Watch, eco tour, or just watch as the locals unload their 'catch of the day'. Relaxing porch out front, and deck with dining table and grill surrounded by beautiful gardens in the private back yard. Clean up after a day a the beach in the outdoor shower.

Barnstable Village has something for everyone, and you can walk to everything from our cottage! Millway Beach is just down the road, with a beautiful view of Sandy Neck Lighthouse. The beach is sandy, and the water gentle. Walk to Millway Marina for charter fishing, restaurants and ice cream, public boat launch too. Put your kayak in the saltwater marsh and head over to Sandy Neck, do some fishing, dig for clams, or just relax. A short walk past the marina is a playground for the little ones to enjoy, and then head to Main Street for shopping, restaurants, antiques, museums and more. Haunted and history tours also available, and organic farm to pick up some local grown fruit, veggies and flowers. There is a farmers market in town in-season. Located Mid-Cape, it is an easy ten minute drive to Hyannis for nightlife, ferries to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

• As Seen in the October 2014 Issue of This Old House Magazine!

• As Seen in the OCTOBER 2011 issue of THIS OLD HOUSE MAGAZINE

• Featured on the THIS OLD HOUSE website: Best Whole House Before and Afters 2011 as chosen by the editors and readers!

• Our front Porch was been selected by popular vote to be included in the 2014 Cape Cod Cooperative Bank Calendar!

• A feature article about our cottage was in the Cape Cod Times on September 25, 2011

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Eva Carbonaro
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 30, 2017

About Eva Carbonaro

My husband Steve and I fell in love with the Cape many years ago. We found ourselves drawn back time after time, driving through the night with our two boys still in their pajamas in the back seat looking forward to the relaxing days by the beach we would spend together.

Five years ago we decided to make Cape Cod our home. I am still discovering new and beautiful places, and smile when I drive along Route 6A past the rambling roses and hydrangeas bursting with blooms. I look forward to the changes that each new season brings. The long, lazy days of Summer... the color of the leaves in Fall and the crackling sound of the first fire in our fireplace. The beauty and tranquility of the first snowfall in winter, and waking up one morning after a long Spring rain and noticing that all is green again.

We found our little cottage by the sea and spent the winter of 2010 designing and building our vision of the perfect Cape Cod get-away. Having rented before, we wanted to create a place where you could relax, unwind and enjoy from the minute you arrived. I hope you too will have many happy memories of sun-filled days and starlit nights and find as many reasons to fall in love with Cape Cod as we did!

As featured in the Cape Cod Times, September 25th 2011

Search keyword: Carbonaro (our last name)

Eva Carbonaro purchased this cottage in 2009


Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Barnstable Municiple Airport
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket Ferry
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Exit 6 off Route 6
Nearest Point of Interest
Millway Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Hyannis Whale Watch
Nearest Point of Interest
Matakeese Wharf Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Osterville Fish II Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Public Boat Ramp
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Coast Guard Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
History & Ghost Tours
Nearest Point of Interest
Dolphin Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Village Landing Breakfast
Nearest Point of Interest
Barnstable General Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Nirvana Coffee
Nearest Point of Interest
Barnstable Tavern
Nearest Point of Interest
Sturgis Library
Nearest Point of Interest
Organic Farm


Barnstable Village Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Portable Crib, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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(65 traveler reviews)

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Charming Cottage, Walk to Beach, Harbor & Village
average rating of 4.9846153 based on 65 reviews

Cozy winter getaway

  • 5 of 5

This cozy cottage was perfect for a mid-winter writing retreat. My husband and I brought a friend and our 3 year old and everyone thoroughly enjoyed this space. What I most appreciated was the beautiful yet child-friendly space. The home was very clean with items to entertain our family ranging from puzzles, to a treasure chest, to fun books and (my daughter's favorite) a stuffed animal whale. We were also able to easily walk to the ocean and downtown Barnstable which was nice on a sunny winter day. We would highly recommend this space- even in wintertime.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Time

  • 5 of 5

It was such a pleasure to stay at Sonny by the Sea. Each detail made the cottage so warm and welcoming. I am having my home remodeled and use the cottage as a stay vacation. Location is excellent! Close by is a great coffee shop Nirvana and market. Quick trip to Hyannis and one of my favorite destinations for bread- Pain D'Avignon. The fish market, Osterville 2, had delicious fish.

What I loved most was the comfort of the cottage, the great front porch and back deck, the beach and sunsets. It is a special place. Eva, the owner, is fantastic and will help you in anyway. There were great suggestions on things to do and wonderful books on the Cape. It was truly a home away from home! Thanks Eva , everything was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Everything!

  • 5 of 5

I originally chose this cottage as a girls' getaway weekend thank you gift to my mom for helping me plan my July'16 wedding. It was the perfect size for the two of us and great location. Eva (the owner) had emailed us a long list of activity suggestions before we arrived to kind of give us the lay of the land since neither of us had been to Cape Cod prior. Once we arrived we were blown away by how quaint the outside of the cottage was but even more pleasantly surprised once we entered. The layout was perfect and decor looked Home & Garden magazine-worthy.

The location was perfect - a 3 minute walk to whale watching (which we highly recommend - we saw 13 whales extremely close to our boat), the beach only a short walk away and Hyannis, not even a 5 minute car ride away. It truly was the perfect weekend and this cottage felt like home at the end of our 2.5 day stay. We actually looked forward to going back and relaxing on the front porch with a glass of wine. Eva was a delight to work with and secure our reservation and if we decide to go back to the Cape (which we are already talking about doing), we would stay here again in a heartbeat!

Thank you Eva!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Juliette G

  • 5 of 5

Sonny by the sea was a clean cozy comfortable cottage. The owner has decorated it beautifully and practically for a wonderful vacation at the beach. The cottage was a short walk to the beach in a quiet neighbourhood. There are shops and a coffee bar within walking distance. We loved it and would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a Cape Cod vacation place to rest from the many activities available. Barnstable is centrally located to many sights and beaches and activities like whale watching or a trip to the islands. We like this part of the Cape and this property has all you need and more for a wonderful stay. Truly it was like staying at a friend's place as it was welcoming and radiated a warm and inviting atmosphere. we give Donny by the Sea a double thumbs up... we loved it and would love ❤️ to return again.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sonny by the Sea is Awesome

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Cape Cod. The cottage is cute, nicely decorated, and located in a great location. Our host was very attentive and a joy to work with. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Liebevoll eingerichtetes Ferienhäuschen im traumhaften Cape Cod

  • 5 of 5

Meine Frau, meine Tochter und ich hatten wundervolle 5 Tage auf Cape Cod im sehr liebevoll und vollständig eingerichteten Ferienhäuschen von Eva. In 3 Minuten zu Fuß am Strand oder am Hafen, von wo aus man eine beeindruckende Whale-Watching-Tour machen kann. Die fünf Tage waren, um Cape Cod ausreichend kennen zu lernen, definitiv zu kurz. Einkaufsmöglichkeiten findet man per Auto entweder direkt im Dorf (Barnstable) zu etwas höheren Preisen oder in größeren Supermärkten Nähe Hyannis in ca. 10 Minuten per Auto. Neben der vollständigen Hauseinrichtung finden sich auch ein Sonnenschirm sowie zwei Strandstühle für den Strand. Aber auch Regenschirm und Regencapes sind vorhanden. Versorgt wird man von Eva zusätzlich mit hilfreichen und individuell u.a. auf das Alter des Kindes zusammengestellte Tipps für Sonnen- und Regentage. Bezahlung und Rückzahlung der Kaution funktioniert problemlos und schnell.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125

+ cleaning fee
$600 security deposit
All payments in form of US currency only
Minimum 7 night stay in July and August

Not Available for Long Term Winter Rental
No Pets Allowed. Sorry, no exceptions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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