Historic Colonial Tavern - 1693 Cape Cod Estate

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Picturesque, Historic Newcomb Tavern built in 1693 in Sandwich Village,Cape Cod


Last updated: 07/17/2016

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:15
  • Bedrooms:7
  • Bathrooms:5
  • Property type:Estate
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The Newcomb Tavern was built in 1693. This elegant Colonial Inn, known as the Newcomb Tavern, was the lodging establishment for dignitaries during the Revolutionary War located on picturesque Shawme Pond with a working Grist Mill. It has all of the modern amenities of a professional grade gourmet kitchen, exquisitely designed with the chef in mind.The house is a showcase of the 17th century and one of the most photographed homes on Cape Cod and New England.Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, built in 1693 as an Inn.
Always feel free to call me with any questions, no matter how insignificant the question may seem. My number is 508.367.6600 and I almost always answer within minutes.

There is an elegantly appointed dining room with seating for 12 that overlooks the Lake with a Venetian chandelier, six fireplaces, Grand piano, Venetian chandeliers throughout the house, three large living rooms, and an Old English pub/bar that opens out on to one of the lush terraces with a fountain, The Secret Garden. With another Terrace and Pergola entered from the French Doors from the very large Kitchen. This Terrace/Patio with a big Table and Chairs overlooks the lush gardens and manicured lawns perfect for outdoor games.
There are 3 very large Living Rooms with fireplaces, a Baby Grand Piano and rooms to congregate or separate for gatherings. Each room has its' own character and decorated with a specific motif in mind. There are antiques from Early America and from around the World, all fitting into the history of the home as Peter Newcomb traveled the World in search of whales for lighting oil.
There are 6 fireplaces and views of the Town with the Church Steeple from the 1800's and another Church Steeple from the 1700's. The views from every room are wonderful.
Every amenity is thought of and placed there for your perfect vacation. Having rented so many places with my large family I have been able to decide what makes the perfect vacation spot for those who want to come to Cape Cod. It is my joy to have you remember this vacation as your favorite. There are indoor and outdoor games for everyone as I love the idea of children staying at the Newcomb Tavern thus being able to experience life in Colonial America and see so many historical places and items right there in the house.

Availability maintained off website. Please contact Owner for current available dates! I can be reached anytime at 508.367.6600. Please don't hesitate to call for information, not only for my property but for any information about Cape Cod. I have lived here all of my adult life and I think of it as Heaven on Earth.

The very large kitchen has granite countertops with room for the family to cook together. The cupboards are filled with spices and every necessary culinary item to make this one of the most memorable experiences for your reunion. The 7 bedrooms are spacious and elegantly furnished with period pieces. Pictures can be sent for the interested parties.There are 5 beautifully decorated bathrooms, libraries, and many other exquisite accompaniments including an entertainment room with a big screen TV and 4 other TVs. All the linens are provided with the idea of providing a perfect experience to be remembered forever.

The Historic Newcomb Tavern built in1693 is surrounded by expansive and beautifully landscaped lush gardens with two outdoor terraces and a fountain and one with a beautiful pergola overlooking the expansive backyard and gardens.. The house is lavishly furnished with period antiques and is located in the heart of the historic district, next to a 1600's Grist Mill, on a lake and approximately one mile from the ocean. Walk down the tree lined scenic street to Heritage Museum and Gardens, walk across the street around the pond to the Thornton Burgess Museum or the famous Historic Hoxie House built in 1637 or over to the Dunbar Tea Room or just over to the Sandwich Glass Museum. You can envision yourself in the middle of a Historic New England Village with beauty all around.

A short walk to Heritage Museum and Gardens, across the street from the Sandwich Glass Museum and steps away from several restaurants and fine shops. This stately 1693 Colonial Inn is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. It is one of the most photographed homes on Cape Cod because of its location on Shawme Pond with the Grist Mill, the Dunbar Tea Room, the First Church with its grand Steeple and more importantly its historical place in the Revolutionary War.

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Calendar last updated: 07/17/2016

Property Type

  • Estate
  • 7000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    30+....this is hardly the place for the parties of the young lads. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    I love the idea of children experiencing the historical nature of this Colonial Inn, the oldest Inn on Cape Cod, built in 1693 and the site of some of the most historic meetings of the Revolutionary War Period in the area. It was the home of Timothy Ruggles, the representative from Massachusetts to the New York Convention where our Founding Fathers were deciding on whether to break with the King of England and form our own country, the United States of America. Not much has changed in the old Inn, the modern conveniences are pretty well hidden....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Even though I am a big pet lover, I find it easier if the pets are left at home....too many oriental rugs to worry about....moreless

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 14-15

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Approx. 1 mi. from ocean, 6 Fireplaces, Elegant dining room overlooking the Lake, Grand Piano, 2 large patios, one with fountain and the other with pergola, large backyard- both with seating, VCR/DVD, Full Professional Kitchen with Granite countertops, Cooking Utensils and spices provide, Jacuzzi Tub, 5 bathrooms, 7 lavish bedrooms, 3 living rooms, Grand Dining Room, English Pub/Bar...moreless


  • Books:

    Enough Books to start a Town Library...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    There are 6 Televisions in the house....moreless

  • Toys:

    There are indoor and outdoor games and more......moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Yes, I have movies…but really, who wants to watch a movie when there is so much to see on Cape Cod !!...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    There are so many beautiful beaches within 2-20 min away...moreless

  • Downtown:

    The Newcomb Tavern 1693 is in the heart of the Village of Sandwich with restaurants, shops and more...take the leisurely walks through the Village and retrace the steps of centuries old memorabilia....moreless

  • Lake View:

    You can see the Lake from all of the front windows as we are on the Lake, and the view can be seen from so many other areas of the property....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    The Newcomb Tavern 1693 is located on picturesque Shawme Pond with Swans and a Grist Mill with a water wheel from the 1600's. Great fishing, bring your poles...moreless

  • Monument View:

    Sandwich was the site of many Revolutionary War and Colonial uprisings...hence the monuments are there to commemorate those who wanted our FREEDOM !!...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    Walk to the ocean, to the beautiful Boardwalk and the famous Dunes of Cape Cod Bay. See the abundance of wildlife, on the shores, in the lake in front of the house and in the Taverns......moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    We are surrounded by the Oceans and Bays that are World Famous and within minutes of the Newcomb Tavern 1693...moreless

  • Rural:

    We are surrounded by Shawme State Forest, just walk down Grove Street. In addition there is Heritage Museums and Gardens and lots of Town property on the other side of the lake to walk....moreless

  • Town
  • Village:

    Sandwich is the oldest Town on Cape Cod and the Newcomb Tavern 1693 is the heart of it all, the town was built around us, with the air of a Quaint New England and Cape Cod of the 17th & 18th Centuries...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    On our Lake, precisely in front of the Newcomb Tavern 1693 is the centuries old, Dexter Grist Mill and on the same lake is the oldest house on Cape Cod: The Hoxie House,1639...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    The formal Dining Room is elegantly furnished with a large Venetian chandelier to make your entertaining perfect. ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air conditioning...a rarity on Cape Cod, especially in the oldest privately owned home in the US...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Brand new dryer...moreless

  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace:

    There are 6 fireplaces, dating back to Colonial times but recently rebuilt....moreless

  • Garage:

    No you can't drive a car in the garage. it's full of outdoor games....who in the heck has the car in the garage when you have the option of filling it with junk ??...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    There is gas and electric heating, along with all the fireplaces....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi-Fi ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    The Best linens and towels. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    There are 3 Living Rooms, each different in elegance and function. Lots of room to spread out and yet gather for singing around the Baby Grand Piano. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    There are 2 areas for parking for about 6 cars...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of Luscious towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    A brand new front loader, holds lots and lots and cleans beyond belief....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Bring your laptops and go anywhere on the property to enjoy the view and check out all that Cape Cod has to offer for the entire family....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Can you believe 6 fireplaces. All completely redone after 300 years of use....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    There are a couple of them, just in case, someone has a favorite....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    I can't think of anything that is missing as far as utensils or cooking equipment. I entertain a lot and therefore there is just about everything one could dream of....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plenty of beautiful dishes and utensils for the cooking and entertaining needed to make your vacation reunion perfect...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Lots of room to wash all the dishes for your reunion....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is for the gourmet cook. Everything one would need for the best in dining and entertaining. Big enough for everyone to help out and enjoy the process....moreless

  • Microwave:

    What's great is that the microwave is hidden behind beautifully carved wooden cabinets so that the kitchen retains the Colonial charm....moreless

  • Oven:

    Convection large oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    There is just about everything that one could think of needing for entertaining and cooking for large groups. I entertain a lot and therefore have most everything imaginable....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    for sure, isn't this a staple for everyone in America ?...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    There are 2 patio areas, Both have tables and chairs. The huge patio under the Pergola outside the kitchen doors is so romantic for the candle-light dinners at night or breakfast with the birds chirping. The other patio is called the 'Secret Garden' off the English Pub. Hidden from view but with gurgling fountain...moreless

  • Gazebo:

    The gazebo is really a Pergola right off the kitchen with lots of room for entertaining....moreless

  • Golf:

    Golfcourses galore on Cape Cod...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There is a beautiful landscaped green and lawn with lots of room for Croquet, soccer and more. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    With lots of room to enjoy your outdoor meals with a beautiful view. ...moreless

  • Patio

Pool / Spa

  • Jetted Tub

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 16 - Dec 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$5,000 $15,000
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning $250
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500
  • Tax Rate 6%


Please call me at any time: 508.367.6600 Peak Season $5900 /wk. Off Season 4900.

Availability maintained offsite. Please contact Owner for current availability.

Weddings are not allowed on the property.

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55 Miles
Nearest Airport
Logan, Boston, Massachusetts
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Dan'l Webster
20 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Falmouth and Woods Hole Ferries
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Sandwich Hollows Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
Cape Cod Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Mid-Cape: Route 6
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Many within 1 mile
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Cape Cod is surrounded on all sides by Beaches

Car: Necessary

Other Activities:

The best activity is driving down Route 6A, also known as the OLD KING'S HIGHWAY. It is listed as one of the most scenic roads in America, dotted with Antique homes. Many of the homes are from the 17th and 18th centuries, all in pristine condition. The by-lanes and roads leading off either to the ocean or to lakes or meadows are all unique and worth traversing. Just bring a map and go East on Route 6A through the Village of Sandwich, then Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennisport, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Truro and Provincetown. Go to the North of Rte. 6A for the little roads to Cape Cod Bay, and see some of the most beautiful sites on the East Coast.

There are boatloads of Antique Shops and 'Not-so Antique' Shops to wander around; surprises are everywhere depending on which old house has emptied its' attic, garage or boat house. The flowers of Cape Cod are so unique as they climb rocks, and adorn the English gardens of years gone by.

Boating, racquetball, shopping, wildlife viewing ( in and out of the bars) , basketball, mini golf.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1970

About: The Newcomb Tavern, built in 1693, is a true gift and now it is my turn to be the best caretaker I can be so it can be passed on to others for many generations to come. You will find so many artifacts from the world over, my favorites being treasures from Cape Cod. I left the field of medicine to start a company, that helps women to stay safe with the use of our many Pepper Sprays etc. The only difficulty is that I have had to base the business out of Florida as Massachusetts is still in the dark ages when it comes to laws allowing women to have pepper spray, so much for freedom to keep oneself safe. I have been so honored to share my home with others and donate it to so many causes both in the US and abroad. The house has so much historical significance with the beginning of the Colonists coming over from Europe. You can see what the early settlers had for accommodations in the early 1700's as there have been so few changes to the house. What a treasure the Newcomb Tavern 1693 is for generations to come. I was married in the Newcomb Tavern in 1973 and having been working on its' restoration ever since; it is truly a labor of love. After being widowed in 1995, my son and I have had the ability to live and work around the world, thus giving us the opportunity to share our home with others.

Why Sandwich, MA, USA:
The house was bought from the Newcomb Family who had it since 1693. I consider it to be a treasure and it has been listed on the National Registry of Historic Places since its inception. The Newcomb Tavern 1693 is restored to the beauty of the Colonial Architecture unique to this property. It is the oldest Tavern on Cape Cod and has the original Tavern license. How easy it is to step into the past before the Colonies decided to break away from the King of England and before the cry of 'Taxation without Representation'. The Newcomb Tavern 1693 now has all of the amenities of the 21st century but delicately hidden. It is easy to transport yourself back to the Colonial Days, especially with so many other Colonial homes and structures in the area. A short walk around the lake is the oldest house on Cape Cod, the HOXIE HOUSE, built in 1637 and open to the public with furniture of the 1600's. A walk down Grove Street will relax you and allow yourself to be surrounded by the beauty of Nature; birds singing and Swans playing in the lakes. There are trails and hikes to see so much of the free land that the Town of Sandwich has purchased to keep the area pristine for generations to come. Please read about the Newcomb Tavern and the historic significance it had in the Revolutionary War. It took the side of King George, due to the residence of Timothy Ruggles who married the widow Newcomb in 1735, after she already had 7 children with William Newcomb. Timothy Ruggles was a prominent statesman well known for his sympathy for the Crown of England. Even after Mr. Ruggles was banished to Nova Scotia with the other British sympathizers, the Newcomb Tavern was kept in the Newcomb family by all of the children from William Newcomb. You will see on the walls many documents pertaining to the Newcomb Tavern, and the role it had in early America as an Inn and Tavern for travelers to stay in their journeys.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
The Historical Architecture of the true Colonial House but with very high ceilings and closets in all of the bedrooms ( unknown for the period ). It is a unique house and the fact that it was in the Newcomb Family until we bought it is extraordinary. It is still filled with so many artifacts from the period before the Revolutionary War and then in Colonial America. The Village of Sandwich is a step back in time with so many homes that date back to the 1600's and 1700's. The Grist Mill and Lake in front of the house was used by early Colonists to grind their corn, wheat and barley. The Tavern was situated next to the Town Hall so that persons coming to the Town Hall for business would have a place to lodge and purchase alcohol ( yes, those licenses date back to the late 1600's ). One of the old Tavern licenses is still on display for all to see ( unusual because the license was commonly plastered on to a prominent wall and then just torn down for the next one to follow...) Many of the artifacts from the old Newcomb Tavern have been generously given to me by the Newcomb family. To be honest, I feel that I am just the caretaker for the old Inn and it is still the possession of the Newcomb Family ! I take that responsibility very seriously in any restructuring that has to take place to maintain this wonderful Tavern. The Town is strict in zoning , trying and building, trying to keep our Town in pristine condition to be enjoyed by residents and visitors. This is a one of a kind house, so elegant, original in its' architecture with so few changes from when it was built in 1693. Take a step into the period before the thought of separation from the King was even considered.

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Calendar last updated: 07/17/2016

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  • Picturesque, Historic Newcomb Tavern built in 1693 in Sandwich Village,Cape Cod

    Picturesque, Historic Newcomb Tavern built in 1693 in Sandwich Village,Cape Cod

  • Back Yard both perfect for Games and picnics

    Back Yard both perfect for Games and picnics

  • Secret Garden Patio w  Fountain, there is another Patio with a larger table

    Secret Garden Patio w Fountain, there is another Patio with a larger table

  • Historic Newcomb Tavern Bar 1693: English Pub

    Historic Newcomb Tavern Bar 1693: English Pub

  • Master Bedroom w  Fireplace overlooks Shawme Pond, King Geo.III

    Master Bedroom w Fireplace overlooks Shawme Pond, King Geo.III

  • Outside Pergola Dining Area adjacent to Gardens

    Outside Pergola Dining Area adjacent to Gardens

  • Albert's Room

    Albert's Room

  • Entertainment Room

    Entertainment Room

  • English Pub connected to the Secret 

    English Pub connected to the Secret Garden

  • King George III Room

    King George III Room

  • Jenny's Room

    Jenny's Room

  • Gourmet Kitchen overlooking gardens & courtyard

    Gourmet Kitchen overlooking gardens & courtyard

  • Formal Dining Room overlooking Lake

    Formal Dining Room overlooking Lake

  • Large Family Room, with one of 6 fireplaces,Formal Dining Room and Pub adjacent

    Large Family Room, with one of 6 fireplaces,Formal Dining Room and Pub adjacent

  • Formal Living Room w Baby Grand Piano

    Formal Living Room w Baby Grand Piano

  • Newcomb Tavern built in 1693

    Newcomb Tavern built in 1693

  • White Room

    White Room

  • Red Room

    Red Room

  • View from the Front of the House

    View from the Front of the House

  • Piano Room overlooking The Lake

    Piano Room overlooking The Lake

  •  Alexander's Room

    Alexander's Room

  • Steeple View Room

    Steeple View Room

  • Steeple View Room

    Steeple View Room

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This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016

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