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Charming Cape Cottage Near Forest Beach at Best Price!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Forest Sands cottage is comfortably decorated in Classic Cape style, a three minute walk from Forest Beach and 10 minute spectacular walk through the dunes to Cockle Cove. Two bedrooms, two baths (one an outdoor shower), with pull-out sofa in family room (sleep six). The quaint interior has TV, DVD, VCR players, Central air conditioning, Hi-Speed internet, and local phone service. Washer/ drier and charcoal grill, and bicycles are in the garage. Easy access (1/8 mile) to the Old Colony Rail Trail between Chatham and Dennis, which joins the Cape Cod Rail trail to Wellfleet. A 5-minute drive to Red River Beach and 10 minutes to charming shops and restaurants in Chatham Town Center.

Other local features include restaurants, theaters such as The Dennis Playhouse, Cape Melody Tent, Ohio State Players, and the Harwich Junior Theater. Visit the Chatham Airport for charter rides, The Chatham Train Museum, ice cream shops, the Cape Cod National Sea Shore nature preserve, Whale-watching, Monomoy Island seal cruises, and fast-ferry day cruises to Nantucket. Charter fishing boats operate nearby. Take a stroll through shopping streets of town to Chatham Light.

Chatham is one of New England's most beautiful locales, and its unique location on the Cape surrounds it with water, harbors, dunes and sandbars on three sides. A fantastic place to visit, on-season or off-season.

More Details

Rick Butler
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2018

About Rick Butler

For three generations of the Butler family this has been our favorite home. We maintain our seaside cottage with pride, and welcome visitors from all over the world to share its unique character and locale. Originally from New York and New Jersey, we spend our time tending to the Cottage and visiting Cape friends. Rick attended Boston University and Yale, William IV hales from Princeton, and William III was Sheriff of Essex County.

Rick Butler purchased this cottage in 1956

Why Rick Butler chose South Chatham

For 57 years our family has owned this cottage and enjoyed watching the Cape change and grow. Our grandparents were antique dealers and decorated the house and gardens in traditional Cape style. Now in its third generation, our family takes pride in maintaining the house in the comfortable and hospitable style that our grandparents, Mildred and Bill, intended.

What makes this cottage unique

As children we played horseshoes and 'hide-and-seek' in the deep woods behind the property, and enjoyed biking, sailing, sun-bathing, and visits to the local theaters. We made day-trips to Province town and slept on the porch, now enclosed. The pine-paneled interior is uniquely Cape Cod-style, and our grandparents' collection of antique furniture and hooked rugs, also their Currier and Ives prints gave the place a special meaning to us. The walls now feature the paintings, prints and drawings of Niamh Butler, artist, our 4th generation!


South Chatham Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , outdoor shower
  • 1.5+outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Full Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Bikes and beach mats, buckets & pails, beach umbrellas, paddle boards, rainy day activities for kids. Borrowing library and videos.


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Charming Cape Cottage Near Forest Beach at Best Price!
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 12 reviews

A great week at the Cape!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Butler cottage near Forest Sands Beach. The house was exactly as described, and Rick, the owner, was wonderful. He was there to greet us when we arrived and made himself available to address any questions or issues throughout our stay. The location was perfect, just a short 3 minute walk to a nice quiet beach and within a short drive or bike ride to excellent shopping and eating establishments. We enjoyed easy access to the Rail Trail, with miles of paved bike trails. We explored much of the cape during our stay, all the way to Provincetown, and would definitely return to this spot! Thank you for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It has been our pleasure to host many new guests and returning "friends" that we have made over the years. We wanted to create a "homey" atmosphere of hospitable Cape living, and with all the modern comforts that we have added, the house still maintains a bit of the "historical" character of the Cape in the 60's and 70's. Come join us!
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Short Walk to Beautiful Beach, Perfect Chatham Cottage

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with my wife and three sons for one week and it was an amazing vacation. We loved the short walk to Forest Beach, the fire pit and patio, outdoor shower, wi-fi, and the quaint Cape house feel of this awesome home. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We delight in having so many new visitors every year, and are even happier that so many become "old friends" and return time after time. We recommend booking as far ahead as possible, and don't forget that we have discounted rates late Fall through early Spring!
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Sweet little house just like grandma's

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely stay and were reminded of our childhood family holidays. We had everything we needed (comfy beds, kitchen stuff, back yard, close beach, etc). The kids were fascinated with all the old stuff in the house that they have never seen before. It was like going back in time. Very sweet!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Classic Cape

  • 5 of 5

This is the first house I've stayed in (out of 7 in Chatham through the years) that had a good collection of literature. You don't find Dostoevsky, Hemingway and Thoreau on a rental house bookshelf very often. We enjoyed the fact that the owner was very friendly and accessible during the booking process. We also appreciated the fact that linens were provided and the house has a central air unit. The house is in a great location and is obviously tended to with care. Every detail was correct and just as described in the VRBO listing. The interior of the house is classic and interesting in all particulars, and the back yard provides good privacy. If you rent this house, you won't regret it.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Marshall, September is our family's 60th year as owners of Forest Sands Cottage, and we are delighted to welcome so many guests from many of the 50 States, Canada, as well as new friends from Abroad. We try to add new features and improve our property with every passing season, while keeping the traditional character of our classic Cape. Best wishes!
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Childhood revisited

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this gem for the past week. We booked based on the pictures and reviews, and what I knew was a great location. I spent my childhood summers around the corner where family still resides today. I knew the moment we stepped inside that I had come home. Everything was as described or photographed. The owner was there to greet us and welcome us. We settled in quickly.

We were joined for the first two nights by my stepson and his girlfriend. Being ardent foodies, we ate very well and the kitchen was up to the task. We took the liberty of moving the microwave off the counter and hiding it under the kitchen table. No micro cooking for us this week! The table in the family room and the outdoor table set were perfect for indoor or outdoor meals. Coffee in the family room window was great for watching the morning walkers, joggers, and kids of all ages on foot, scooters, or bikes. Reading other reviews, you may hear mention of the friendly fox. He came to the back door to say hello one morning but scampered away quickly as if he wanted to just let us know that he was not the figment of anybody's vacation imagination.

Our stay included two beach BBQs, a rainy day in sweat pants watching movies and eating pizza, and a Friday afternoon mini-reunion with family in the back yard. Perfect from beginning to end. This house is well equipped for every adventure. The garage, with a little hunting, yielded beach chairs, bbq equipment, bikes and locks, laundry equipment, and everything else we needed to enjoy our Cape surroundings. It should also be noted that Forest St. Beach at the end of the road, is one of the few in town that does not require a sticker for parking. While it is a very quick walk to the beach, having parking handy was great on the days we bbq'd and needed to get all our equipment to the beach.

We have decided that one week was not enough. We're already planning our return for a two week stay next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chris & Bill, it was a pleasure to welcome you and your family, and thanks for treating OUR family's place as if it was your very own. We want everyone to feel at home, and we look forward to having you again next year!
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This house is perfect. It belonged to my grandparents & I love the location and area.

  • 5 of 5

I have been to S. Chatham for the summer vacation for about 50 years. As my mother said "Once the sand of Cape Cod gets in your shoes, you are never free of it. You will return. She was right!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Susan, you're right! As Patti Page sang it: "If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air, quaint little villages here and there, you're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod..."
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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Housekeeper Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500

We are happy to offer a full refund within 30 days of your Date of Arrival. There will be a 50% refund within 15 days of your arrival, and 25% one week before. If payment was made through the VRBO website, transaction fees will be deducted and are not refundable. If you have any questions about Refunds, please ask at time of Booking. Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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