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Architect-designed Tree House on Owl Pond

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 Br/2 Bath Home Sleeps 8 Max.

Welcome to your treehouse in the woods! Giant Living/Dining window-walls look out to full deck and pond views, stunning in every season. 2,100 s.f. modern house with central A/C, furnished with stylish yet cozy mid-century furniture and art. 3 Queen Beds and 2 children's twins provide sleeping options for up to 8 on 3 levels. Oversized pond-level studio (has no door, but good privacy) has queen bed with 6' walk-out sliding glass door, lovely view of forest and pond. Street/entry level has Master Suite with double sink bathroom and walk-in shower, fully equipped cook's kitchen (no need to bring cookware!) with full compliment of stainless appliances, including dishwasher, microwave, gas range, toaster oven. Adjacent breakfast nook for 2-3 people, separate Dining room for 8. Living room has cable plasma TV and music system, wi-fi and land-line phone. Full-size washer/dryer also on this level. Upper level has queen bedroom, paired twin bedroom, bathroom with walk-in shower under large skylight - watch the clouds pass by as you bathe. All queen bedrooms have forest/pond views; twins bedroom just forest greenery. Pond is a 'Kettle Pond' - spring-fed, and so clear and inviting; short forest path takes you to water's edge. No road or highway noise - something rare on the Cape. Walk a public path through adjacent Nickerson State Park to even larger ponds with public canoe, paddle and sail boat hourly rentals. Fishing permitted in both Owl and Park ponds. Minutes drive to half-dozen town bayside beaches - great for kids - or 10 minute drive to famous Nauset Beach, with ocean waves and the occasional seal-sighting. Route 6A is utterly charming, and historically protected against the poor development decisions that afflict the towns near Hyannis. Relax in nature, close to attractions and activities.


Owner
Jon Andersen-Miller
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017

About Jon Andersen-Miller

We're a designer couple - one daddy an architect, the other an interior designer, with an 8-year old boy. We've spent wonderful times at the tree house, and want to share it with other families looking for a memorable Cape experience.

Jon Andersen-Miller purchased this house in 2006

Why Jon Andersen-Miller chose Cape Cod

What's so special about a pond framed by forest? Somehow, every time of day and every season is bewitching. Rain in the forecast? Gorgeous on the pond. Up at 5:30am? The dawn unfolds so beautifully across it you might consider becoming a 'morning person'. In the Fall, the leaves create a golden/orange palette; in Winter, the bare trees covered in snow are lovely, the pond freezing and thawing in different ways. Stand in two feet of water for a summer swim, and witness the baby fish swimming by. The pond is warmer than the ocean, so it's a refreshing alternative to the beach; shady protection from the summer sun, private to the owner's association so there are rarely others on 'your' pond. With a double-height Living/Dining room overlooking it, your connection to the pond is always present.

If you've ever stayed in Brewster, you'll know that it's a pretty relaxed place. It has no real 'downtown' with traffic and congestion, although the center of Orleans is a 5-minute drive, or a bike-ride along the trail. 6A has restaurants and antique shops and the Natural History Center if you want them on a rainy day, or town beaches on the bay where low tide stretches out for miles, and locals dig for clams. The immediate neighborhood is populated with more owners than renters, and you'll see friendly dog-walkers now and then, giving a wave as they go by.

What makes this house unique

Some less obvious considerations (that may mean a lot to your vacation!):

Central air conditioning in a recently insulated house means comfort; no sheets damp with humidity at bed time, no roar of window units when trying to sleep. The upstairs rooms have ceiling fans as well, for those days when a little movement is all you need.

Sunny bathrooms with walk-in showers: can help the day begin on the right note.

Foremost, a Home: this house wasn't purchased or furnished 'as a rental', and the sense of quality is gratifying for the discerning vacationer. Enjoy the details that come with an architect's unique vision.

Central Location on Cape: right off 6A and near exit 12 off route 6, there's easy access for excursions - Chatham Center nearby, to the fun of Provincetown.

Convenience of Supermarkets nearby; Shaw's and Super Stop and Shop are minutes away, as is the Orleans Farmer's Market (check times). Taking a break from cooking? A full range of restaurants, from clam shacks to fine dining are easily accessible within a few minutes drive.

Amenities

Brewster House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , double sink
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 child bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Architect-designed Tree House on Owl Pond
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 21 reviews
5

Beautiful home in beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

The Owl Pond tree house is truly that...a treehouse! The house itself and the location are beautiful and we were able to take advantage of the pond, the beautiful local beaches and Nickerson State Park! The house itself is well appointed and comfortable with all the conveniences you need for a relaxing vacation. The home is obviously well taken care of and loved.

We are a family of 4 with 2 young boys and this was our 3rd year. In the past we've had other family join us and there was abundant space for all of us together.

We highly recommend the property and look forward to future visits.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic vacation property conveniently located with superior offerings

  • 5 of 5

Our vacation was again made infinitely more enjoyable by this superior rental property. The house's design and elegant furnishings with all modern conveniences makes it a home away from home. We were immediately able to relax and slip into vacation mode upon arrival. The house is superbly maintained and the professional cleaning service is thorough. Both bayside and ocean beaches were a short trip by car. We enjoyed Crosby Landing, Nauset Beach and post-run early morning swim in Owl Pond. All house facilities worked without issue, especially A/C during hot humid nights. The kitchen is modern and incredibly well stocked for those nights you want to eat in. We took advantage of the proximity to Nickerson State Park for family walks directly from the house. I also used the park and connecting Rail Trail as a running route, starting and ending at the house, thus avoiding traffic.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely home and beautiful view of pond

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with the tree house on Owl Pond. It is a beautiful home and a lovely deck overlooking Owl Pond. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed. We were on Cape Cod for our daughter's wedding and the location was great. Very centrally located. We felt as though we were staying in a "home" rather than a rental property, which we appreciated. We we highly recommend this property and will stay here again if were are in Cape Cod again.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This home was perfect in every way. Absolutely beautiful inside and out.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the Tree House on Owl Pond. The house was immaculate, just as described and a very peaceful and comfortable place to spend some quality time with our family. Air conditioning worked great (there was a heat wave during our time on the Cape) and all the amenities were there as described. We were only missing dish towels to dry our dishes with, but we made do! You cannot beat the view out of the lovely floor to ceiling windows and we loved the quiet neighborhood too. This was our first time on the cape and we couldn't have asked for a better place to stay--just minutes from the beach and local restaurants. We would definitely stay here again if we return to the Cape!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A few pluses and a few minuses - overall good.

  • 3 of 5

The architectural layout of the home is amazing, it is very functional and pleasing. The location is incredible and is as beautiful as the pictures indicate. It is quiet and wooded and amazing. Loved that part of it. The kitchen was great and functional with new appliances and oven. The main area was great for card playing and relaxing. The bathrooms had sufficient water pressure and temperature was easily controlled. BBQ was functional and easy to operate. There were beach chairs and umbrellas we used, which was great. Overall it was a good house to stay in.

The minuses were too many for me to give it a higher rating, however. We have stayed at a number of Other properties and this was lacking in a number of areas: The freezer was full of the owners food, not much room for us to store anything in there but for a couple of spots. The cupboard and pantry were in complete disarray and again, not much storage space. We stored much of our food on the counter that didn't need to be refrigerated. The master bedroom on the main floor had a basically aero-bed set up that was inflatable on each side. I think it's described as a sleep number bed, but I couldn't ever get the right number. Not comfortable at all. The towels/sheets were kind of a collection that were well used. The overall decor was, while a certain taste, not extremely family friendly. Lots of little knick-knacks and eccentric pieces that while, again a distinctive taste, seemed extremely breakable. we have 4 kids ranging from 20 down to 12, so while not little kids, we were acutely aware of a number of pieces that needed to be moved and out of the way. So, while the photos are accurate I think there wasn't an overall feeling of home or even the Cape, it was a little more like we were staying at my wife's 75 year old aunt's house on Long Island. Not that that in and of itself is bad, just not as warm and inviting as I would have liked. It felt like we showed up to a friends house while they were away and they left some towels and sheets on the bed and some food in the freezer and pantry and told us to make ourselves at home. Overall good, just not very good or excellent, thus the 3 stars.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not as enjoyable as we hoped for

  • 3 of 5

The house was beautiful and the owner was considerate and thoughtful but we endured 4 days of a broken furnace, two surprise visits by repair men ( without the needed parts ) and virtually no worthwhile TV service.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We strive to make everyone's stay perfect. If something goes amiss with a house system or appliance, we try to rectify it as quickly as possible, as was attempted during this stay. Technicians came and went midday - when guests are typically out on adventures - I'm so sorry for the sense of disruption. Our cable offerings are fairly basic, but our wi-fi is high-speed - stream your shows and you won't miss a beat!
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Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $99

Sheets and towels are included automatically -

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.