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Classic cottage in the National Seashore

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath, close to the beach with ocean views

This classic Cape Cod cottage, with ocean views, sits on 1.5 wooded acres, and is walking distance to the Truro’s famous dune beach. It’s the perfect place to unplug and get back to nature.

(Please realize the pictures do not do the property justice, thank you).

Vacationers have three rooms for sleeping: a large master bedroom, with an attached half-bath; a second bedroom with twin beds; and a third with a full bed. There is a large combined living room/dining room, and a reasonably appointed kitchen. There is both an indoor and simple outdoor shower. There’s a working fireplace, if the weather should turn chilly.

Also, please note that the home is clean and fully functional, but is quite rustic. It has a lot of small antiques and tchotchkes all around. The floors are well worn, and the furniture and appliances are older. It’s best for a single family, couples or small group of friends, and not suited for children under age 10.

The wide porch is great for morning coffee or sunbathing, while surrounding woods make for a private getaway. Beaches on the ocean and bay side offer plenty of options.

There’s no Wi-Fi at the house, but that’s available at the local library (and a few local businesses). At the current time, we have no laundry facility on site either.

If you are looking for a quiet, cozy place to unwind – our home will make a great stay.

Do not hesitate to contact us with questions. We want your stay to be the best.

More Details

Daniel Oko
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 30, 2018

About Daniel Oko

I am a travel writer and resident of Houston, Texas, but I grew up on the East Coast and have spent summers on the Cape my entire life. When people ask me my favorite place in the world, the answer comes easy: Longnook Beach.

Daniel Oko purchased this cottage in 1970

Why Daniel Oko chose Truro

The house belonged to my mother, who was an artist and antique collector. She had a unique style, which continues to be reflected in the decor of her old summer home. Today, my brother and I share the property and rent it when we cannot be there. It's one-of-a-kind.

What makes this cottage unique

Built on a hill, grandfathered within the National Seashore, the house is walking distance to the beach. It's a charming, unpretentious spot that remains blissfully undeveloped. We don't even have WiFi (but the pizza place 5 mins away does, if you can't unplug for long).


Truro Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • There are one and a half bathrooms, including the master, and a basic outdoor shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
We are less than a half-mile walk from the ocean beach, and a mere 5 minute drive from the bay. Cyclists love the winding roads of the Outer Cape. Fishing charters are available or try your luck from the shore. Summer brings many entertainments to not just Provincetown, but North Truro and Wellfleet. You won't be bored - guaranteed.


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Classic cottage in the National Seashore
average rating of 4.571429 based on 7 reviews

Sweet cottage with (walking distance) access to a beautiful beach

  • 5 of 5

This is a very secluded cottage with no frills on a private road with an easy, shaded (10 minute) walk to the beautiful and wild Long Nook Beach, Truro MA. 2018 was the first year it came on the rental market. The current owners, sons of the original owner, have retained the charm of the family's cottage and it still contains the antiques and artwork of the previous owner. The owners have recently updated all the doors and windows. The kitchen is fully equipped. There was an older model dishwasher but no clothes washer or drier. It is a simple place. There are plenty of fans but no air conditioning. It was comfortable and homey surrounded by lovely woods. The owners allowed us to bring our dogs and it was a perfect place for them. Because the house is surrounded by forest....don't forget to bring your insect repellent (and a flashlight), especially when walking in the evening. We loved it and hope to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. So glad you enjoyed your stay. Just one thing: we've been "on the market" renting since 2016. Please come stay with us again!
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Love the low-key artist vibe

  • 5 of 5

For us, this was the perfect place: homey, comfortable, interesting. A great place to launch a walk or a bike ride. Easy stroll to the beach. This is summer living - lots of cross breeze, a good grill, plenty of places to read a book or gather the family for fun. We all loved the outdoor shower and the deck, where you could be in the sun or the shade all day long with just a shift of your chair. Fabulous sunrises over our section of water view.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and quiet

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful old cape cod home. Views of the ocean and a wonderful walk to one of the most special beaches on the cape.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, sweet cottage in fabulous location

  • 4 of 5

This sweet cottage in Truro was a delightful place to stay for a week. Our family enjoyed being just 10 minutes walk from Longnook Beach and we savored the quiet. tucked in the National Seashore. The home was owned for many years by an artist, and is filled with interesting and eclectic collections of art, ceramics and many other personal artifacts. You really feel like you are staying in someone's home, rather than a generic, nondescript rental property. Family photos on the mantle remind you of the history and how beloved this cottage is by the family who owns it. We especially loved sitting out on the back deck with its partial view of the ocean, listening to the sound of the waves and feeling the breeze.

This cottage is not for people who are looking for fancy or upscale, but would enjoy the eclectic furnishings and decorations and appreciate its "homey" quality. Having been only on the rental market for a couple of years, the house does need some updating...and the owners' sons are diligent in making improvements and preparing it for guests. A new outdoor shower, new glass slider door and new mattresses are some of their recent improvements. As they continue to make upgrades, particularly in the hot water system, this house will become even better. The owner answered all my questions and was very responsive to all emails.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Authentic cape cottage within walking distance to Longnook beach

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I rented the cottage for a week in August. We were looking for a private escape near Longnook beach and that is exactly what we got. The home is nestled within the National Seashore park so it is surrounded by woods with a treetop view of the ocean. We loved listening to the myriad birdsong first thing in the morning and the crickets at night and we also enjoyed watching the sun rise and sunset and even took some credible photos of the full moon. If you're a nature lover, you'll really enjoy this hilltop retreat.

Getting to the beach is a walk down the driveway and then along the beach road, with another walk down the dune to the beach itself. (15 minutes). While we did the walk after dinner one evening, (make sure to spray on insect repellant for the woods portion), if you plan to spend the day at the beach w/ an umbrella and beach chairs, etc., it's best to drive down early (by 10am on a week day) and get a parking spot or have one member of your party drive everyone down, unload, and then drive the car back up to the cottage. You are rewarded with spectacular dunes and huge waves with a wide naturally beautiful beach where you can easily find your own private spot away from other beachgoers. As the owner will explain, if you want to be able to leave the car in the parking lot, you first need to purchase the town beach pass. We did so and found it worth having so that we could spend other days at some of the other town beaches. (def worth doing).

As for the cottage itself, the listing is accurate. I chose it because I wanted that nostalgic feeling of yesteryear. I didn't want to feel like I was staying in a cookie cutter motel. I can do that anywhere. Being from New England myself, I loved the artwork and the books and the vintage feel throughout yet up-to-date. My husband is from France and I wanted him to really get an understanding of the historic outer cape. With that said, this was only our second time using HomeAway, as we usually stay at an Inn or a B&B, so I forgot (conveniently) to mention to him that there is no TV. There is also no A/C which we expected but it so happened we were caught in an unusually hot (94F) few days when we first arrived. There are fans everywhere but we enjoyed the cottage much more once the temps dropped and the breeze picked up.

Restaurant recommendations: PB Bistro Boulangerie, MAC's seafood in Wellfleet, Blackfish in Truro, and in Provincetown - Fanizzi's by the Sea.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location, location, location

  • 4 of 5

The location could not be better. You will be in a secluded, woodsy environment and within a 15-minute walk to a beautiful and not very populated beach. Everything about the setting and the beach is fantastic. You can also easily drive to Wellfleet and Provincetown.

The house is rustic - and the owner is very upfront about that. They have started making improvements to the house which I'm sure will continue. They've put in new windows and slider doors along the back of the house. We could see the ocean from the bedroom we used - can't beat it! But things are simple and there is still work to be done on the house. If you can accept that this experience is rustic not luxury (like we certainly could), then you'll be fine.

The kitchen is more than ample - and we cooked many meals at home. Bathrooms are fine - and there is a nice outdoor shower.

The owner is very good at responding and was extremely clear throughout the process.

We had a great time and would return.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Provincetown, Boston or Providence
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 6
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Longnook Beach
Car: necessary

Halfway between P-town and Wellfleet, Truro is the gem of the outer Cape. You can enjoy fine dining, nightclubs and street life in either of the larger towns, head to the drive-in for a movie, or just stick with the local farm stand and ice cream parlor and enjoy the quiet.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $165
Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Though we prefer to rent by the week, after Labor Day we would discuss weekend rentals. Please do not hesitate to ask.

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.