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Chatham Village - Lovely 2 BR Apartment in Antique Home

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Ship’s Light has looked down Cross Street to Chatham Village Center for more than 180 years. Built and occupied by some of Chatham’s most eminent residents since 1825, it was converted to four housekeeping apartments for summer visitors circa 1945. Lovingly restored by long-time current owners, this gracious antique home offers modern comfort and convenience with the character and charm of a bygone era.

The Gifford Buck apartment--the largest of the four apartments--is a comfortable first-floor, 5-room, 2 bedroom, 2 bath gem. Airy and light, the large living room with working fireplace and flat-screen TV occupies the center of the house. The dining room seats 8 and connects to a charming full-sized kitchen with a small breakfast table--or eat and relax on the quiet back porch or side yard with picnic tables and area seating. Two air conditioned bedrooms--one with a queen-sized bed and one with two twins--and two full baths make this apartment perfect for a family. One of the bathrooms also includes a washing machine and dryer. The charm of the apartment is further enhanced by the warm glow of beautifully refinished, wide pine, antique floors and wainscoting. Wi-fi is available throughout the house.

Centrally located within a short walking distance of excellent Chatham dining, shopping, movies and band concerts, the house is three blocks from the town salt water beach on Oyster Pond, and one mile from Coast Guard Beach, a great stretch of Atlantic Ocean and dunes. Many individuals, couples and extended families consider Ship’s Light their vacation home. We invite you to join them in making your vacation something special.

The Gifford-Buck apartment at Ship’s Light is rented for minimum 3-night stays during the summer and and for minimum 2-night stays during the shoulder and off-seasons. Other units with unique features are also available and the whole house can be rented as a 5-to-6 bedroom home for family gatherings. Contact the owner for details.


More Details

Allison Coleman
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018

About Allison Coleman

The Coleman family has owned and loved Ship's Light since the mid-1970s. Like several owners before her, Lena Coleman lived at Ship’s Light year-round and rented its apartments to summer visitors. After she passed away, Bill, Roz and Allison Coleman undertook successive renovations and updates to the property, continuing to rent it during the summers to long-time friends and new guests. It has been a labor of love to work on this lovely house over the decades and it evokes in us strong memories of the generations that have come before us; in their honor, we have named each apartment. Lena, like others before her, looked forward to the summers when her long-time renters would return to visit, bringing with them stories of their winter months and great friendships built over many years; we are proud to continue this hospitable tradition in the heart of Chatham.

What makes this apartment unique

Located on a quiet street just off Main Street, Ship's Light is perfectly located and convenient to everything. You can walk downtown to shop in Chatham's great stores, enjoy a meal at a great restaurant, get ice cream, see a movie at the recently-restored Orpheum Theater and attend Friday night Band Concerts; short walk to the public library and Methodist, Episcopal and Congregational churches; Chase Park and the grist mill are right around the corner; Oyster Pond (a nice swimming beach) is a short 1/4 mile stroll; the Atlantic Ocean is about 1 mile away. Visitors love to sit and read on the porches and decks overlooking Cross Street and Shattuck Place; from these private perches you can put your feet up and watch the world go by.


Chatham Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , washing machine and dryer in this bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1: One Queen-sized bed Bedroom 2: Two twin beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Apartment is large enough for a port-o-crib or child's cot. Yard with picnic table and lounge chairs. Space in garage for bikes, kayaks, canoes, etc.


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Chatham Village - Lovely 2 BR Apartment in Antique Home
average rating of 4.625 based on 16 reviews

Quintessential Cape Cod

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do the Gifford-Buck apartment justice. The apartment is beautifully furnished with character pieces, and you can sense the history of the home. It was very clean and tidy. There was plenty of room for spreading out and making yourself at home. And it was situated in the perfect location, walking distance to everything. If (when) we come back to Chatham, we would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Perfect Location

  • 4 of 5

The apartment was in good condition and perfectly located.

Side note: asking renters to clean the bathrooms with provided cleaning supplies at the end of the stay is absurd.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Located so clase to Chatham village!

  • 4 of 5

We love the ability to walk everywhere! Very good value for Chatham village.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property was fantastic.

  • 5 of 5

From the second my family arrived -- we immediately felt the charm of our unit. This met all of our needs for the week. A/C in the bedrooms was great, kitchen was the perfect size to not feel cramped while cooking, washer / dryer worked well, etc. Easily fits a family of four with generous living / dining room as well. Thank you to Allison for an excellent rental! Definitely will be returning.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location! Charming apartment - well maintained with all necessary amenities.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our week in the Gifford-Buck apartment of Ship's Light! The unit is very charming, spacious and well-maintained. The location is ideal - we could walk to Oyster Pond, baseball games and all of the downtown shops and restaurants. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A charming place in an excellent location.

  • 5 of 5

The house dates from 1826 and is very charming. It is a 2 minute walk to Main St and all the restaurants etc of Chatham. The owners were very nice people and very attentive without being intrusive. We are a family of 4 and really enjoyed our time in Chatham and found the accommodation met our needs well. Highly recommended.

We liked the atmosphere of The Squire. Tip - phone first to get on the waiting list. Not as keen on the Goose.

We found the Chatham Market to be very expensive for groceries. Instead we used the Stop and Shop a few miles away.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Monomoy Coffee Co
Coffee Shop
Sandi's Diner
Public cafe
Family Restaurant
Monomoy Theatre
Chatham Railroad Museum
Sweet Tomatoes Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
Chatham Seaside Links
Sacred Cod Tavern
Bar & Grill
Chatham Cheese Co
Cheese Shop
Chatham Lighthouse
Wharfinger Chatham Fish Pier
New England Pizza Chatham
Pizza Restaurant
Snack Bar
Asian Paradise
Chinese Restaurant
Larry's PX
American Restaurant
Mom & Pops Burgers
Hamburger Restaurant
D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches
Sandwich Shop
Hangar B Eatery
American Restaurant
Kream 'n Kone-Chatham Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Ridgevale Beach
Cockle Cove Beach
Corner Store
Sandwich Shop
The Talkative Pig
Pizza Restaurant
Twenty-Eight Atlantic
American Restaurant
Szechuan Delight
Chinese Restaurant
Upper Crust Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
Alecsies House of Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
Buca's Tuscan Roadhouse
Italian Restaurant
Red River Beach
Brax Landing Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Cranberry Valley Golf Course
Ember Coal Fire Pizza
Family Restaurant
Bank Street Beach
George's Pizza House
Pizza Restaurant
10 Yen - Sushi, Sake & Ramen
Sushi Restaurant
Mad Minnow Bar & Kitchen
American Restaurant
Ruggie's Breakfast and Lunch
Brunch Restaurant
Cape Sea Grille
Seafood Restaurant
Perks Coffee Shop & Beer Garden
Coffee Shop
J. Bar
Health Food Restaurant
Safe Harbor Bed & Breakfast Cape Cod
DQ Grill & Chill Restaurant
Fast Food Restaurant
Land Ho! Harwich Port
Bar & Grill
Local Flavor Lunch and Bagel
Scribano's Italian Market & Deli
Italian Restaurant
Fast Food Restaurant
Shark Bah
Hunan Gourmet III
Chinese Restaurant
Frank' N' Swine
Barbecue Restaurant
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Main Street, Chatham
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Oyster Pond
Car: not necessary

1/4 mile walk to Oyster Pond and nearby other beaches on ocean, bay and Nantucket Sound. Birding available at Monomoy Bird Sanctuary.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Laundry Fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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