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Serene and charming carriage house, artists' retreat

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Two bedrooms, pull out couch and two renovated bathrooms.

This wonderful 1800's carriage house sits on the grounds of the oldest house in Dennis, built in 1680, and provides a vacation setting for those seeking something different. Lovingly updated and beautifully decorated by an artist and writer, it's filled with original art, carefully selected antiques, and fine linens for a tranquil, restful vacation.

The vaulted living room features a beamed ceiling and original paintings and sculptures. A queen-size sleeper sofa opens opposite the floor-to-ceiling doors through which carriages and buggies once rolled. The kitchen displays track lighting and handmade Italian tiles.

Upstairs the unique, romantic main bedroom features a cathedral ceiling and sunny sitting area. The twin bedroom’s special art and antiques can be changed to suit individual tenants’ interests. Two full baths, upstairs and down,BBQ-grill, central A/C, washer&dryer, microwave, coffeemaker, linens included, VCR/DVD player, high speed internet, no pets, no smoking. New Bosch washer/dryer, wireless internet service, gas grill are all provided.

Outside, a hammock and a new stone patio provide an opportunity to relax and enjoy a glass of wine while you cook a steak on the new gas grill.

This unique carriage house is situated between two tidal rivers on a quiet, family-oriented street. It’s a short walk to a small Bass River beach or a quick drive, only 1 and 9/10 mile to the fantastic West Dennis Beach. Stroll down the Swan River road that winds down to Nantucket Sound. Walk to Kream 'N Kone for great fried seafood or Norabella’s quaint ristorante for an Italian dinner. Bike the scenic Cape Cod Rail Trail from its beginning, just 1 and a half miles away. Explore Dennis's beaches on the bay side or sound side which are some of the finest in America, its antique and specialty shops, fine restaurants, museum, the Cape Playhouse and Cinema. Kayak rentals are only 3/10 mile away on Swan River. Two championship 18 hole golf courses, fishing, homemade ice cream, mini-golfing, conservation lands and many fresh-water ponds are all nearby.

Come explore the beauty of art and the wonders of nature.

More Details

Gary Urgonski
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2018

About Gary Urgonski

I live in the adjacent main house built in 1680. I retired six years ago from 36 years in education, most recently as the Director of Special Education at the local regional high school. I have been doing sculpting for 18 years and have received several awards for my work. Recently I had a two week show at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod and was previously named "Artist of the Month" at the Chatham Orpheum Theatre. My website is I previously lived in Italy south of Florence for a year and have been back many times since. I enjoy sharing Cape Cod with others, particularly those who appreciate art, good food, good wine, and living life to its fullest. Grigio, my friendly and playful Weimaraner, will welcome you on your arrival!

Gary Urgonski purchased this cottage in 1986

Why Gary Urgonski chose West Dennis

The carriage house is a Greek Revival style building which was previously attached to the main house. In the 1930's, the previous owners gave their land to the town for a new school and when both buildings were moved a few blocks down the street, the main house and carriage house were separated and currently are situated close together. My property is centrally located right in the heart of Cape Cod.

What makes this cottage unique

Cape Cod is a very special place, known around the world. Surrounded by water on three sides, it has its own micro climate. Being cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter affords it beautiful weather. 'The Cape' has beaches on the ocean side, Nantucket Sound side and Cape Cod Bay side, cranberry bogs, paths through the woods, sand dunes and charming towns and villages. Cape Cod provides great restaurants with local seafood, biking, fishing, shopping, night life, and fun things for the kids as well. South Dennis is only a little over an hour away from airports in Boston or Providence, Rhode Island.


West Dennis Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) In master bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin beds., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Brand new sofa/bed in living room.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(22 traveler reviews)

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Serene and charming carriage house, artists' retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Super week at The Carriage House Denis

  • 5 of 5

We had a really super week in Cape Cod at this very centrally located property in Denis. It's not far from the main road down from Boston, is easy to find, has all the shops,restaurants, etc that you may require very close by. The house itself is really full of charm, very well kitted out with everything you might need - the beach chairs and towels were particularly well used!! Having 2 bathrooms with showers was particularly useful, especially when travelling with teenage daughters.... There was plenty of space for us to spread out, and the patio area outside was very nice for a quiet breakfast while waiting for above mentioned teenagers to get up!

Last, but definitely not least we would like to mention our superb host Gary - he was so welcoming, making sure we had everything we needed. Gary gave us loads of information about the Cape and local area and lots of tips to make our stay so enjoyable - a really super, interesting gentleman! And finally Grigio, our big new friend - bounded over to say hello every morning and to get an ear scratch, he became our surrogate pet for the week!!

Great house, great location and great host - enjoy!!

The Thompson Family

Ballynure, Co Antrim, N Ireland UK

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I loved having you all at the Carriage House! Sweet people and so interesting and fun. I hope to see you all again on Cape Cod. If you are even in the area in the future, give me call. Best to you all! Gary
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An Absolutely lovey and charming Carriage House. The same as Gary the owner, both gracious & kind.

  • 5 of 5

The Carriage House was built around 1860, according to Gary our amazing and interesting host, beautifully restored and updated with everything you would need for 7 days of relaxation and fun. The carriage house is decorated with many pieces from local artists including our host Gary's own amazing, unique and beautiful works of art and sculptures. The bathrooms were clean and nicely decorated. The large combined living room and dining room was wonderful for reading a good book ( of which Gary has many on the bookshelf upstairs), taking a nap, playing one of the family games stored under the bench or doing a challenging puzzle. There is no TV which is GREAT for motivating sprited discussions and rediscovery of how to talk with each other. The stone patio and dining table with comfy chairs was wonderfully relaxing with all the candles whether BBQing or cooling in the kitchen and eating outside. The outdoor clothes line gave our drying clothes that wonderful fresh air aroma we remembered when we were kids. There were bikes, beach chairs, a rolling cooler and even a beach umbrella..,..everything you would need for a day at one of the beuatufull beaches only minutes away. Last but not least there is Grigio a very handsome, well mannered and friendly giant Weimaraner. What a wonderful dog. Can't say enough about our world traveler artist host Gary who really made our vacation complete. Thank you Gary we hope to see you again!! All the Best, Mary Ellen, Manny, Madeline and Sophie

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Manny and MaryEllen, I am so happy that your stay in the Carriage House was everything that you wanted it to be! You are a beautiful family and I hope that you all return next year. So glad too that your fishing adventure on Cape Cod Bay was successful. The best to all of you! Gary and Grigio
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We spent a week at this beautiful cottage It is exactly as described, serene and charming.

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect Cape vacation home. Gary is a wonderful host and we enjoyed getting to know him and his wonderful dog Grigio. The house is decorated beautifully and has everything you need for your visit to the Cape. There is a lot to do in Dennis including, great beaches, the Cape Cod museum of art, restaurants, amazing yoga studio and shops. We will definitely be back next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stephanie, it was really great meeting you and Adam and your beautiful daughters! You are really interesting and fun people and I look forward to talking to you again about Italy. Gary
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Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The Carriage house was a perfect base to discover the Cape due to its central position. Gary the owner was always on hand to help with any queries and the Carriage House itself was very comfortable.

In a quiet location it provided a haven following our travels, there is no TV or cable so you have to be prepared to switch off from the rat race, although there is WiFi if you wish to connect.

Shops are short drive away as are eating houses if you feel like eating out.

Hopefully for future visits Gary can install cable as an option for those who wish to watch TV.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfectly delightful

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Carriage House was all we had hoped for and more. We chose this particular rental because the place looked charming and the owners seemed a perfect match for us. We were quite an international group of six: 4 adults and 2 pre-teens; a mix-and-match of Italians, Spaniards and Americans. The owners: Gary, an artist and educator, and Ginny, a writer, have traveled extensively both in Italy and Spain, which made for great conversation every time we crossed paths. As an artist myself, I also enjoyed immensely being surrounded by tasteful décor and great artwork during my stay.

The Carriage House is a warm, lovely retreat in pristine condition. Every detail in it reflects the care and love with which this old building was restored and appointed. Wherever you look, functional comfort meets History and beauty.

The location is close to many places of interest in Cape Cod, and Gary and Ginny gave us wonderful tips on Beaches, dinning and possible day-excursions. Consequently, we were always on the go. One morning, though, I decided to have some “me time”- to recharge my so-called batteries- and I was able to enjoy some quiet reading time lying under the shady trees, while the others got a few shades darker at the beach.

To top this perfect vacation with a Great Finale, Ginny and Gary played perfect hosts and treated us to a wonderful afternoon get-together in their patio, where we enjoyed a most delicious lunch made by Ginny.

This will not be our last visit to the Carriage House. There are still many topics of conversation that we didn’t have the time to bring up at the table. I’m sure we’ll get to those next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lana, We really enjoyed having you all! It was truly an international get together. Thank you for the great review and we hope to see you all again! Gary, Ginny and Grigio
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Utrecht, Netherlands


  • 5 of 5

My husband, two teenage daughters and I are from Holland and spent the last week of our one month USA tour at the carriage house. After driving around in a camper for two weeks before, it was wonderful to stay in this comfortable and beautiful place. Gary and Ginny are great hosts, helping with all kinds of tips & information. Probably the nicest holiday home we ever had (and we've rented quite a few)!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Ocean House
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Harwich Port
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Dennis Pines and others
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 6
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Ocean House (fine dining)
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
West Dennis Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $120
Refundable damage deposit $300

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. $300 returnable security deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.