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Secluded Old-Cape Paradise. Walk to Town, Beach. Stunning Views.

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View from deck down our dune path. You can see the bay.


Last updated: 04/05/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

4+ bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 outdoor showers, sleeps 8+

Historic, peaceful, gracefully restored cape cod magnificently situated on a private dune surrounded by 1.5 acres of lush greenery, with views of the bay, sunsets, sunrises. And only a 6 minute walk to town and beach. A real piece of old Provincetown, luxuriously appointed. Sleeps 8+: three bedrooms upstairs (1 queen, 1 full, 2 twin), and a study/bedroom downstairs. Plus a private sleeping cottage w bathroom & outdoor shower. The house, dating from 1800, along with the Barn next door, is on the National Register of Historic Places. We restored the house in spring 2010, meticulously maintaining its character but adding many luxurious modern touches, including a large hand-crafted screened porch among the trees, a gourmet kitchen, a new bathroom with tiled shower. Comments from renters: 'idyllic,' 'truly special,' 'great character,' and (our favorite) 'if your house was a woman I would marry her.' If you are looking for peace, beauty, comfort, and genuine Cape Cod charm, you cannot possibly do better. Ample parking.

Our House: The thing is, we renovated and furnished this house for us, not really with renters in mind. We stay here at least four weeks in the summer and frequently in the off season. That means that the appointments are as we want them to be, and our standards are pretty high (nice cotton sheets, plush towels, all-clad pots etc). Of course, a renovation basically for ourselves means that the house reflects our own needs and personality, and so is perhaps rather unlike a typical luxury rental -- there's a cable TV, for example, but it's small and lives in the closet, and the furnishings have a fairly specific aesthetic, etc. If you are looking for air conditioning and gleaming surfaces, this house is not for you.

We fell in love with this property the moment we walked onto it in the summer of 2009, and from our standpoint (and that of many of our friends!) it is the nicest place in town. The pictures don't begin to do justice to the setting.

The History: Together with the barn next door, this house is on the National Register of Historic Places (one of only 6 sites in Provincetown so designated). The artist Charles Hawthorne taught his students in the barn, and housed them in our house, and the property was a magnet for artists in the 20th century. Hans Hoffman lived here for about 15 years mid-century. The main house (a 27x27 foot cape circa 1800) was moved in four pieces from Commercial street (the main drag) in Provincetown in the 1910s by Hawthorne, and brilliantly situated at the top of Miller Hill. At that time a small addition was made to the house, which is now our kitchen and bathroom.

In the fall of 2012 we purchased the adjoining property, and so the historic Hawthorne Barn, freshly restored, is also available for rental -- home away # 972766. If you would like to rent both the house and the barn (sleeps 12+), please contact us.
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/05/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 3000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome:

    Child guard at the top of the steep stairs....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    More importantly, open flames (including candles) are not permitted. We provide lanterns and jelly-jar enclosures so you can have candle-light....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    You need to check with us about bringing your pet. But dogs love the place....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


  • sleeping cottage: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

    nice single bed downstairs; primitive double bed in loft...moreless

  • Screened Porch: 2 twin/ single

    lounging area on porch converts to two twin beds...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    VERY comfy! downstairs study is also a private bedroom....moreless

  • The fourth bedroom is a bedroom/study downstairs which has a double size sofabed, and doors for privacy. The sofabed is a Carlyle, the most comfortable on the market. Master bed has brand new queen size Tempur-pedic mattress. All other mattresses are regular box-spring type, and brand new. There are also two foam-type twin day beds in the screened porch. And we recently renovated our little red cottage which has an odd-sized single bed on the main floor, and a very rustic double bed in the loft. So in the summer there are a lot of sleeping opportunities, but you need to contact us if you wish to sleep more than 8....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub


  • Bathroom 3: outdoor shower

    main house outdoor shower on deck...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, outdoor shower

    red cottage has toilet and outdoor shower...moreless

  • Full bathroom downstairs features very airy walk-in tiled shower. Outdoor shower, on the deck and totally open to the trees and sky, is on main level. Upstairs is bath with clawfoot tub and view to the bay. Attached to the red shack is a small half bath, and another outdoor shower (the shack is habitable only in the warmer months, say May - October)....moreless

Other Amenities

  • A big old sand dune, and campfire pit. Available for tenants of the house and the barn next door....moreless


  • Books:

    There is a small library....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    'Sonos' player, plays music off our music library, our MOG account (pretty much any music you can think of), or your ipod/iphone....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    basic cable, plus Netflix streaming & HBO-go via Roku Box attached to TV....moreless

  • Video Library:

    A few dvd's, plus access to our Netflix streaming account via a Roku box connected to the TV....moreless


  • Family
  • Historic


  • Bay/Sound
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View:

    There's a distant view of Provincetown Harbor from the house, and views in every direction, so you get both the sunset (which is very rare in Provincetown) and the sunrise. Also views to the ocean dunes in the southwest....moreless

  • Town

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    1. Screened porch. Seats 12. 2. Round dining table in living room. Seats 8. 3. Dining table in kitchen. Seats 8....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available:

    a mac mini....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    High quality cotton linens. And a big bunch of plush towels....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street:

    room for 3 cars...moreless

  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    strong, fast signal through cable company...moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Plenty and of very high quality. All-clad pans. Cast iron frying pan. Enameled dutch oven. Lots of serving dishes. Food processor. Blender....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Thoroughly outfitted gourmet kitchen. Cook's stove with very hot, professional style, burners. A herb garden with chives, mint, thyme, oregano, rosemary, sage, parseley right outside the kitchen door. Plus, in the summer, you can harvest vegetables from the garden....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    You are welcome to use our fleet of about 6 bikes....moreless

  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio:

    In summertime we spend all our time here. Hand crafted wooden screened porch nestled among the trees. Includes a large lounging/sleeping spot. And dining for 12....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 - Jun 9, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 10 - Jun 24, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 25 - Sep 4, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

July 4 week
Jul 1 - Jul 7, 2017
7 night min stay

flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$750 $1,000
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $150
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included


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Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 04/05/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: We are a couple of New Yorkers who've been in love with Cape Cod and especially Provincetown for many years. It's the landscape, the light, the sea, our community of eccentric friends, and even the small-town shenanigans. We are now managing to spend four weeks here each summer (as well as thanksgiving, new years, etc), and we are finding that we treasure every minute.

Why the Owner Chose Provincetown, MA, USA:
After many years of happily renting and coming up for a couple weeks at least each summer, on a sort of lark in 2009 we went house hunting. One of us especially was very skeptical about the idea (it's far!), but when we walked on to this property, we took one look at eachother, and the rest was just details. We are renting the place not only to defray some of the insane expense, but also because it just seems wrong for it to sit empty. So far we've had wonderful luck with our renters, who have appreciated just what we do: the peace, the beauty,the setting, long evenings on the porch with the wind rustling the trees. In the fall of 2012, we purchased the adjoining property (Home Away # 972766), the original Hawthorne Barn/Studio, thus reuniting, to the extent possible, the original Hawthorne property.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/05/2017

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  • View from deck down our dune path.  You can see the bay.

    View from deck down our dune path. You can see the bay.

  • path to house from parking area

    path to house from parking area

  • Screened Porch dining table

    Screened Porch dining table

  • Kitchen


  • secluded on a hilltop

    secluded on a hilltop

  • view of study from dining area

    view of study from dining area

  • study.  This sofa converts into an extremely comfortable double bed.

    study. This sofa converts into an extremely comfortable double bed.

  • upstairs. master bedroom (left) and guest room (on right)

    upstairs. master bedroom (left) and guest room (on right)

  • twin bed #1

    twin bed #1

  • new bathroom with tile shower (downstairs)

    new bathroom with tile shower (downstairs)

  • view from kitchen window

    view from kitchen window

  • Vegetable garden

    Vegetable garden

  • lawn and flower garden

    lawn and flower garden

  • Screened porch lounging area.

    Screened porch lounging area.

  • Kitchen looking the other way, with seating area.

    Kitchen looking the other way, with seating area.

  • living room/formal dining area

    living room/formal dining area

  • view of dining area from study

    view of dining area from study

  • library


  • double bed guest room

    double bed guest room

  • twin bed #2

    twin bed #2

  • a bit of the flavor of the house

    a bit of the flavor of the house

  • our own sand dune. (shared with renters of the barn)

    our own sand dune. (shared with renters of the barn)

  • flower garden

    flower garden

VRBO #366492

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Thursday, April 27, 2017

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