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Chatham Village: Charming 3 Room Apartment in Antique Home

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 0 - 5 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom apt + Convertible bed; 1/2 Bath in apartment; outside shower; sleeps 3

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 'Lillian Spohn' apartment is on the 2nd floor and has 3 rooms with a flexible layout--perfect for a couple or a family of three vacationing on a budget. Accommodates 2 adults and 1 child easily. The large eat-in kitchen is light and airy with full-sized appliances and seating for 4. The bedroom has a comfortable double and twin bed, while the living room has a pull-out couch, for additional sleeping accommodations. The living room also has additional seating, cable TV. Wi-Fi is available throughout the house. There is an indoor half bath (no indoor shower) and a fully-enclosed outdoor shower for the exclusive use of Lillian Spohn renters. The shower is conveniently located at the base of the outside stairs leading to the apartment. Robes are provided.

We realize that many travelers not familiar with the tradition of Cape Cod outdoor showers may think this arrangement is odd. On Cape Cod, we think that taking a shower inside in the summer is odd! Why would you want to track sand and salt into your house and steam it up taking a shower when you can take a perfectly lovely shower outside?

As you drive or walk around the beautiful older parts of Chatham, if you look carefully you may notice that almost every house has an enclosed outdoor shower. At our house, about 1 mile from Ship's Light, we have two indoor showers which are barely used in the summer--but we stand in line to use the outdoor shower. So we invite you to embrace the Cape Cod tradition when you stay in the Lillian Spohn apartment; we think you will like it!

A small covered upstairs deck, side yard and gas grills are also available for renters; shared use of a washing machine and dryer is available in the garage.

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 Lillian Spohn apartment at Ship’s Light is rented for 3-night minimum stays during the summer and shoulder 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.


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 a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 16, 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; it’s a short walk to the public library and Methodist, Episcopal and Congregational churches; other churches are also nearby. 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. The Lillian Spohn apartment is a comfortable and affordable launching pad from which to enjoy all that Chatham and the Cape have to offer.


Chatham Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , outdoor shower
  • half-bath indoors; outdoor private shower, reserved for this apartment.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Double Beds (1), Twin (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
2nd floor apartment; indoor half bath; outdoor private shower. Off-street parking with storage for bikes, canoes, kayaks in garage.


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Chatham Village: Charming 3 Room Apartment in Antique Home
average rating of 4.3 based on 20 reviews

Great property and location

  • 5 of 5

My mom and I had a wonderful time here last weekend! The house was perfect for our needs and in such a great and central location! Would highly recommend this to anyone looking to stay on Cape Cod.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Cape captured

  • 4 of 5

I enjoyed the apartment very much. I would stay again . Best part is location to the little town, an excellent way to experience the Cape.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming little apartment!

  • 5 of 5

Clean, well maintained. Had everything we needed for cooking. Greatest location possible!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Close to everything!

  • 4 of 5

The apartment is close enough to just about everything in Chatham including downtown, oyster Pond beach - walking distance! The apartment is clean and has everything you need, it's just a little bit older (although that makes it a bit charming). Because of the proximity, I would recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We won't be back

  • 2 of 5

We stayed at the Spohn house for three nights. The unit was spacious and the location within easy walking distance of the shops on Main Street. However, we did not enjoy our stay. The apartment smelled musty. The bedroom was small and stuffy.The carpet was stained, and the sink was rusty. We realize this is an old house. However, the bed linens were worn, the towels were old and mismatched, the toilet seat was stained. Lighting was poor and one fixture fell off the wall when I went to turn it on. No iron or full length mirror which made it difficult to get ready for the wedding we were attending. Not a good experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, we are certainly sorry that these guests did not enjoy their stay. If they had contacted us during their stay we could have pointed out a few things that may have helped. For example, we would have made the following suggestions: Open the closet door and look inside: there’s an ironing board and iron and a full length mirror on the door. Also, there are extra towels and bedding in the closet. No, the towels do not match, but if that’s important to you, you should consider staying at the Chatham Bars Inn—for a minimum of 7-times the cost. Regarding “mustiness” and “stuffiness”—it really helps to open the windows! There is also AC, although most of the time opening the windows is all you need, given that Chatham is surrounded by water on three sides and the cool ocean breeze acts as natural air conditioning. Yes, the bathroom sink has rust stains, but it is clean. We have tried to find an antique replacement for it but have not had luck so far. The way it is built in would make a new sink difficult to fit. We hope to do a major renovation of this apartment in the next few years which, unfortunately, will make it unaffordable for many. It is a charming old-style apartment in an antique home approaching its 200th birthday. Enjoy it while you can! --The Colemans
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Great house in a beautiful area!

  • 4 of 5

It's all about location and this place is perfect. The house is within walking distance from the quaint town of Chatham in a beautiful residential area. Restaurants, shopping and the beach are within a couple of miles. We stayed in the upstairs unit which has some low ceilings- not great if you are 6'4" like my husband. Otherwise, just perfect! There is even a garage available to store bikes. Allison was very accommodating when we arrived early and Roz was very helpful too!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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; other beaches available close by on ocean, bay and Nantucket Sound. Excellent birding at Monomoy wildlife sanctuary.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Laundry Fee $65

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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