5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 12 Sleeps
Why Bill Beekman chose East Harwich
We first saw this property in 2008. We had looked at a lot of properties before we saw this one and as soon as we looked from the deck over the pond we fell in love with it, although it needed a lot of work doing to it! The house was completely remodelled in 2010 to a very high standard and has plenty or room for the largest of families.
What makes this House unique
The best part of the house is its location on the pond, which is ideal for swiming, kayaking, fishing or just relaxing by.
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Good location and view of pond
Home was in good location and view of pond was wonderful. Problem with TV in living room was resolved quickly by employee of Cape Cod Realtors. Problem with intermittent loss of signal on TV in basement which was reported as possibly due to open cable box on side of house. The days we were there were very hot with 96-99% humidity, no A/C and very uncomfortable inside. Would recommend installing whole house humidifier to reduce humidity and musty smell inside home.
Thanks for your review. I hope you enjoyed your stay at the house.
There is a built in dehumidifier that serves all the lower ground floor rooms, but we found that someone had turned it off at the fuse-board. We have recitified this now.
Very nice home with awesome lake views!
The home was lovely and nicely decorated and equipped. The pool/ping pong table was a hit with everyone! There’s plenty of space for everyone to join together at the kitchen table or to slip away for privacy. My nephew really enjoyed the kayaks and the kiddos loved making s’mores by the fire pit. The lake view from the master bedroom is amazing!
We didn’t pay attention before booking and later found out no linens. We’ve never rented a home on the Cape without linens and didn’t want to ask our guests to bring their own. $160 linen rental fee is ridiculous. We purchased towels/sheets from Costco for less. Also worth noting, there is NO A/C. We had a couple of 90 degree days and it was uncomfortably hot, even with the supplied fans. I would suggest a few window units - charge a few dollars more to make up for the cost. There was no propane in the tank to grill. We called the real estate company the next day to see who would cover the cost but we didn’t get a return call until 3 days later. We exchanged/paid out of pocket at Stop & Shop. We were supposed to be reimbursed but still haven’t received anything. Maybe have a spare tank at the house or have housekeeping check and alert owner or Cape Cod Real Estate who manages the property.
I would like to add that Marjie from Cape Cod Real Estate was very nice to go back to the house after we left to retrieve a few items we mistakenly left behind. She was very sweet to send them to us.
We would rent again if they get A/C units for the upstairs bedrooms and living room.
The fees seemed a bit exorbitant - HomeAway fee, service fee and cleaning fee.
Stunningly beautiful home. Nice location. Convenient access to pond. Plenty of beds and seating and space for everyone. Main floor bedrooms are essentially in their own wing and with fans on for noise and air circulation you can’t hear anything going on in main area of house. (However bathroom is across hall from main floor bedrooms but it wasn’t an issue as long as people are polite and use it quietly).
Living room has lots of windows and gets decent ventilation and cross breezes.
A few things I wish I had known:
-due to a wet winter, the beach area shown in backyard was non-existent, so don’t count on that being available. It went from steps to water. No sandy area for kids to play
-the floating dock/raft is unusable because it is covered in goose poop and geese frequently rest in it. I cleaned it off one day and by the next morning it was covered again. So, don’t rely on having that (I looked around at other rafts in the pond and everyone has the same problem).
-the private beach area to left has no parking allowed, so you must either walk or have someone drop you off. It is a very very short walk but still not convenient with toddlers or lots of gear
-the main floor bedroom with two twin beds has a door that goes to the driveway. I had young children sleeping in this room and due to the room being so hot bc of no air conditioning I was forced to have them sleep with this door open. I was continually nervous they would elope or someone could enter the room (fortunately neither happened)
-bedroom windows are very small. Deceiving because there is a large pane of glass in the center which doesn’t open with small windows on either side. This was frustrating since I needed fresh air in lieu of AC
All in all we really enjoyed the house and we had a great time. Having two kayaks available was nice.
Plenty of space for seven adults and four children. We all loved swimming in the pond, the two kayaks and raft added to the fun. The house was well equipped. We liked the location, close to the rail trail, easy drive to Chatham and markets. Looking forward to another stay in the future.
Thank you John for your review. I’m glad you enjoyed yourselves.
Come back soon.
Lovely house but no air conditioning
This house was very nice and its situation on Joseph Pond was lovely. The two lower level bedrooms were very warm though, even with fans going full time. It was hard to sleep. The house has many great amenities - a large dining table, many beds, 3 bathrooms, a great deck and an outdoor seating area off the lower level too, kayaks, swimming dock, pool table, a walking trail near by, a nice grill and a beautiful living room. One other recommendation would be to trim the bushes out front. It is very hard to pull out safely on the road with the overgrown bushes. The rental agency was very helpful.
Thank you Helen for your kind and fair review.
We do have a landscaping company maintain the front yard and I will make sure they trim the bushes back, to make driving into and off the property safe for guests. Very little traffic uses to road past the house, but I agree that they could be cut back for better visibility.
No sandy beach from deck.
Nice house but the view from the deck pictured with a sandy beach must have been taken somewhere else or years ago. No sandy beach from the deck for my grandkids to play on. That was very disappointing and false advertising. Close drive to ocean and nice sandy beach across the pond. Very spacious house, loved the kayaks and swimming in the pond.
I hope you enjoyed your stay at our property and I’m sorry that the water level was so high that there wasn’t any beach at the rear of the property this year. It’s been a very wet winter on Cape Cod and that’s why there wasn’t any beach. All the photos advertising the property are real and genuine and the photo your talking about was taken by myself from the deck at the rear of the property.
The pond water level is different every year, as I would guess it is, with all the ponds on Cape Cod, and this year is the highest that it has been since I’ve bought the property in 2008.
You also have the Private Members Beach, over to the left hand side of the pond, which all guests are free to use. It’s a private owners beach and as such is very rarely used.
I hope it didn’t spoil your vacation too much.
There are so many things to do, from just lazing around on the beach or by the pond, to an action packed vacation destination. You choose just what type of vacation you are looking for. There are cycle routes near by where you can walk or cycle to Chatham, or for the more adventurous the cycle route goes all the way to Province Town. You can fresh water fish on the pond in your own back yard or if you prefer sea fishing you couldn't be in a better place.
You can surf in the Atlantic or relax in the warmer waters of Nantucket Sound or Cape Cod Bay. You can go Kayaking or sailing on the pond, go and have a round of golf at one of the local golf courses, there's crazy golf and bowling for the children and even a drive in cinema. You can go dune buggy riding at Province Town. There are historic sites to visit, including the Pilgrim's ship, The Mayflower and you can go to the live museum, Plimouth Plantation, where you can see how the settlers and native Indians lived.
For the evenings there are too many restaurants to mention, of all types and from all price ranges.