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Short Walk to Chatham Beach! Location! Location!!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps up to 6)

The ''Chatham Retreat'' is clean, cozy, and tastefully decorated. Available for year-round vacation rentals, it has peaks of winter water views and a fireplace. 1/5 mile walk to beach. Quiet neighborhood, lovely yard with patio. Recommended for families up to five or six. And for 'girl friends' off-season get-away (comfortable for up to 4-5).

A beautiful, long, secluded beach on Nantucket Sound is a scenic five-minute walk away. Visit 'Heaven's Hill' and enjoy the spectacular water views with 75 acres of conservation land, located a stone's throw from our property. Just a short walk to tennis courts, playground and one of the smallest public libraries in New England.

A wonderful place to create family memories...just one of the many reasons our guests return year after year.

The Chatham Retreat is a wonderful combination of 'sand between your toes' Cape Cod, but with up to date amenities...washer/dryer, dishwasher, cable, and bring your laptop in summer for our wireless internet access! Expanded cable includes NESN! (Limited channels in off-season.)

In addition to the many reviews under the "review" tab, following are more "guest comments!"


Here are “some” excerpts from our guest book and emails. We have provided the Chatham Retreat as a vacation rental since 1997.

We absolutely love your place ... We will recommend your place to anyone who is looking for a Cape Rental and keep your place in mind for the future.

B Family, Arlington, MA

The house is in a perfect location!

S Family, New Canaan, CT

The house is charming!

P Family, PA

We love this house! Perfect vacations 2 years in a row! Love the outdoor shower.

B Family, Massachusetts

(A comment from a family that has come every summer since 2001) Another wonderful vacation at the Chatham Retreat! This place is great for us to enjoy a week away with the comforts of home. Close to the beach, close to town, easy to get to… We spent most of our time on Forest Beach. Our usual journeys took us to watch the fishing boats at the pier, playing at the playgrounds, and shopping for penny candy. Thanks again for sharing your place with us!

L. Family

Our first trip to the “Cape” and we will be back! We loved this South Chatham location, excellent for exploring the whole of Cape Cod.

H Family, Toronto, Canada

We had a great vacation at your cottage. Although due to the weather, it wasn't the vacation we wanted, for me it was the vacation we needed. I managed to read 2 (!!) books... In your description of the cottage and its surroundings, you did not exaggerate in any way: It's as peaceful, beautiful and serenity-inducing (for lack of a better term) as you say. Although in the 3 afternoons when the weather was OK we took the kids to the wide, Coast Guard beaches, they both told me that their favorite was Forest Beach, because the waves were smaller and because you could find both lucky stones and shells. Thank you very much for a much needed serene and relaxing vacation!


This is a nice relaxing, quiet place to "retreat" to, play games and hang out. We loved all of the birds and the fox who came through the yard.

Ladies get away! MN

Cape Cod is such a beautiful place, and the Chatham Retreat is, for us, all that its name implies. Our time here was a refreshing retreat from the busy-ness of daily life and an opportunity to draw near to the God who created this stunningly beautiful place...May God bless each guest who passes this way.

M. Family, from TN

We love “South Chatham” especially the Chatham Retreat. A perfect location for the beach and Heaven’s Hill, a bird watcher’s paradise. Quiet and relaxing. The home was comfy and inviting. This was for a special celebration- hope to come again for a future celebration! Thank you! Thank you! What a find!

E Family, Reno, Nevada

We loved the “Chatham Retreat.” Thanks for all the great tips on where to go and what to do. We had a ton of fun! Your cottage is adorable and comfortable and we all want to install outdoor showers in California! Thanks again!

DM Guests

Great location – much more character than downtown, and wonderful to walk to the beach with kids. All very accessible with small children.

D Family, London, England

(Comments from a family who has visited every summer for over 5 years.) The Chatham Retreat is a really great place to bring a family. It's a short walk to Forest Beach (free) so trips back and forth for lunch are easy without packing a big cooler.


I felt immediately comfortable here. The wonderful living room light helped me focused on writing not rambling. It felt like my own secret beach that I shared. Two weeks is never enough but I tried to breathe in enough sea air to pack my cells till I return.

J. D.

It was our first trip to the Cape Cod and we felt so blessed to have chosen the Sullivan’s house in South Chatham as our home base. We love its natural beauty and uncrowded spaces.

M Family, Eureka, CA

You have a beautiful spot – thank you for sharing!

TH Family, Quebec, Canada

Keywords: House, Chatham, Cape Cod, Chatham Vacation

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M Sullivan
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2018

About M Sullivan


We have 3 children in our family. We enjoy being so close to the beach and really love the Cape!

M Sullivan purchased this house in 1997

Why M Sullivan chose South Chatham

I will never forget my first trip to the Cape when I was 10 years old.. the ocean, the sky, the beaches... it is another world. As a teenager, I had the opportunity to come for a couple of weeks for multiple summers as a babysitter for a lovely family. When I was in college, I found work on the Cape and spent many summers there. I have traveled a lot and lived in other countries, but Cape Cod is the 'home in my heart.' Although we have owned our Chatham Retreat for over 17 years, my heart still flutters over the fact that we have a house so close to a beach on Nantucket Sound. I think of this on every short walk to, and on, 'our' beach, I never tire of this wonderful experience! And I enjoy going to the Cape every season of the year!

What makes this house unique

Short walk to beach and great views!! Sitting in the backyard and listening to the ocean breeze in the trees...and the assortment of bird songs and calls. Lying on the chase lounge under a sky full of stars...and hearing the ocean when the breeze carries its sound. Quintessential Cape Cod cottage feel with present day amenities. Short walk to tennis court that seems like our own, surrounded with pines and scrub oaks. Short walk to Baker's Hardware (go in and buy a calendar...and chat with Mr. Baker) and neighborhood restaurants. Passing smiling people on the quiet streets - enjoying the beauty of the neighborhood. Along with finding beautiful shells...we also enjoy collecting heart shaped rocks on Forest Beach!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Cape Cod is such a beautiful place, and the Chatham Retreat is, for us, all that its name implies. Our time here was a refreshing retreat from the busy-ness of daily life and an opportunity to draw near to the God who created this stunningly beautiful place...May God bless each guest who passes this way.
May 2014
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South Chatham House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Chatham Retreat is comfortable for up to 6 people for a young family. It is not recommended for 6 adults.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
3 Bedrooms -1 Queen, 1 Double, 2 Twins, Deck/Porch/Patio, Gas & BBQ Grill, Enclosed Outdoor Shower (with Hot & Cold Water), Coffeemaker, Cooking Utensils, Toaster, Wagon to Cart Your Stuff to the Beach... if we had a 2nd story we'd have year round water views!


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Short Walk to Chatham Beach! Location! Location!!
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 30 reviews

The cottage is clean, cozy and a fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

The owner's have everything you would need. The cottage is in a fantastic location. We walked to the beach. We played tennis, we took outdoor showers which is always a treat! You are close enough to the center of Chatham without the noise & hassle. I loved the quiet neighborhood , where you could hear the birds sing! The cottage is small but charming & clean!

I plan on renting again from this owner- she was just fantastic !

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your enthusiastic review. We look forward to your return! We often have families of 4 or 5 members stay for a week or more in the summer. Thanks again!
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Delightful cottage for a needed getaway

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I enjoyed the cottage immensely. Very cozy and comfortable. We explored the cape, enjoyed the beaches, and loved the seafood.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review! We hope you will come again!
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We would stay again! Great location, and friendly, helpful owners.

  • 4 of 5

The neighborhood is quiet and the walk to the beach very easy. I loved the cottage feel, and the warm personal touches. We had everything we needed for my son and I. Maraide is very accomnodating, and had great information to share on things to do and explore. The place was comfortable. We didn't use the outdoor bbq, so I can't comment on that. We would come again, and know exactly what we need to bring next time. I over packed on kitchen supplies, as the kitchen was well thought out. My only suggestion would be wine glasses and a griddle for pancakes. As a former Realtor, I wholeheartedly agree with Location, Location, Location! Thanks, Maraide!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eureka, Ca. 95501

Chatham Retreat

  • 4 of 5

Chatham Retreat on Cape Cod was the home of a fabulous 2 week stay for my wife and me. We enjoyed it so much that we are returning this fall to celebrate an important birthday of mine. The home is in a perfect location offering peace and quiet if that is your preference, or it is only a short drive to the lovely village of Chatham where you can have a fabulous Cape Cod dinner in one of the many great restaurants in the area if socializing is your aim. The house is very comfortable with 3 bedrooms, a large and comfortable living room, great kitchen for eating in; we tended to eat at the house most of the time to enjoy the great sea food that is fresh and available all over the Cape. It is an easy drive to anywhere from Chatham Retreat. It is located in a quiet neighborhood and is only a leisurely stroll to the beach where we spent quite a bit of our time. If you should happen to be a Birder, you are in for an incredible treat. Heaven's Hill is about a 3 minute walk from the house, and it is a fabulous area to watch birds. We went there a couple of times every day and saw Cardinals, Bluebirds, Grackles, Osprey, hawks of different kinds, a nest with baby Downy Woodpeckers, and my wife saw a Black Skimmer which was an incredible treat. Even if you are not an active Birder, Heaven's Hill is a sanctuary not to be missed. Chatham Retreat was a retreat indeed, and we look most forward to returning in the fall.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to hear that you intended to give us 5 STARS!! Thank you. Hope we can get it fixed on the website. Really are so happy that you enjoyed your stay so much that you are traveling over 3000 miles to return for a special birthday celebration! Truly a special review! Thank you!
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Great experience

  • 5 of 5

We had such a good time in the cape, and it all started with our home away from home The Chatham Retreat...A beautiful place to stay in such a nice area. My wife my 4 year old son and myself stayed fit 4 days and were very pleased with the place. Very choose to the beach where we could walk to every day. Close to everything in town. Not a bad thing to say about this place. We will definitely be returning to this spot. THANK YOU VERY MUCH

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad your family had such a nice visit. Many families enjoy coming to the Chatham Retreat for multiple visits. We look forward to your return to build more family memories!
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Perfect beach cottage, perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stumbled across this property while trying to plan an impromptu long weekend. And, I wish we stayed for the entire week. The cottage was a perfect beach cottage, everything you need- all the comforts of home, very cozy, and very close to the beach. We took strolls every morning with our babies and the neighbors were all delightful. The beach was very accessible with nice sand and shallow calm water for the little ones. Plenty of good little places to eat nearby. The owners were very responsive to questions and met all of my needs. All in all- a fantastic weekend. Looking forward to next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We think the "Chatham Retreat" is "perfect" too! We look forward to your return and hope you can stay longer!
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Logan, Boston
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
S. Chatham
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Harwich and Chatham
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
S. Chatham
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Forest Beach
Car: recommended

1/5 Mile to Beach (Forest Beach) on Nantucket Sound, 1/4 Mile Walk to Secluded Public Tennis Court & Basketball, 1/2 Mile Walk to Small Public Library, and Coffee & Newspaper Shop with WIFI, movies & ice cream, Popular Cape Cod Rail Bike Trail close by, Close to the Villages of Chatham & Harwichport, Easy Access to the highway so you can travel to other places on Cape Cod, Public transportation (bus) to all over the Cape, Book for guests with owners' Cape Cod favorites and tips to enjoy your stay.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $400

IN-season is $1900/wk, 50% Deposit to Reserve, $150 One-Time Cleaning Fee, $400 Fully Refundable Security (adjusted in off season.) OFF-Season: $125/night (2 persons, $15/nt ea. add'l person) starting 1/4/18 excluding holidays/holiday weeks. Prefer 3 night minimum. In-Season 'Saturday to Saturday' rental 6/23/18-9/1/18. Linens available-small addl fee. Prefer payment by check and published rates based on that. Added fee for credit card. Please call for Holiday rates from October 2017-May 2018.

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.