2 Bedrooms With Ensuite; Den With Sofa Bed; Water Views; Walk To Pamet Harbor
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About Michael Allen
We live and work in Toronto, but have fallen in love with the Outer Cape. Having had a second home in rural Southern Ontario for many years, we knew we wanted a place that would have a country feel. The Ocean, the seafood, the temperate climate off-season and the people we met on the Outer Cape convinced us to look for a home in the area.
Michael Allen purchased this House in 2012
Why Michael Allen chose Truro
We searched for an historic house to rescue. In Truro we found the Big House, as it was called by its long-time owners who are a prominent Cape family, on a crisp autumn day in 2012. It had wonderful bones and the remnant of a garden. Having built and restored houses over 2 decades, we really wanted to revitalize this very special 18th century residence.
What makes this House unique
The Big House is a 1780 Full Salt Box. It backs onto a tidal marsh and fronts onto a tidal pond. On a renovated second floor, there are 2 bedrooms. Each has a peaked ceiling and an ensuite bathroom. Doors and floors in the bedrooms are original to the house; walls have been plastered and the ceilings are white-painted cedar boards. The main floor has original floors and period moldings with 2 decorative fireplaces. The beamed ceilings have been restored. The kitchen, which is entirely new, is in a wing at the back of the house. It replaces the 19th century kitchen which was structurally unsound. Designed and built to respect the architecture of the rest of the Big House, the kitchen also has been fitted-out to suit even the most fussy cook.
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Home Away From Home
Michael and Kelvin's home in the Cape is one of the most beautiful and comfortable retreats that we have had the pleasure of staying in. From the initial outreach, to the follow- up directions, the entire process was a dream. They take a great pride in their home and it shows in their prompt and thorough communication.
We travel often to the Cape and have an affinity for staying in the upper reaches during the Fall season for a truly tranquil experience. This home is located on a beautiful piece of land, secluded but also close enough to neighbors and town that it does not feel isolated.
The home itself is a marvel - it is obvious that much care and time has been taken to bring this historic home up to date with a comfortable design flair. There are beautiful pieces of artwork, comfortable nooks for reading and very well appointed bedrooms that each have their own bathroom. The property has wonderful botanical surprises dotted throughout - a rose garden in the front yard, giant slate steps leading to the lower part of the property and a hidden outdoor shower are some of the highlights.
For those who love to cook, the kitchen is totally outfitted; we ended up cooking most meals at the house because the environment was so relaxing and effortless for cooking both simple and most involved meals. For those that prefer to venture out, there are great restaurants nearby that are open year round. The kitchen island is perfect for gathering, while there is also a formal dining room that accommodates up to 6 people. There is a screened in porch with a dining table as well, but we did not utilize as the weather was crisp during our stay.
Some practical notes - there is a brand new Washer/Dryer on the 2nd Floor, Sonos sound system through out the house, a TV on the first floor as well as the Master Bedroom, and Parking in the front pad for up to 3 cars. The property has a Nest thermostat so the temperature was raised for us so that we arrived to a cozy retreat on a very cold day.
We would highly recommend a stay in this gorgeous Truro property!!! We hope to be back very soon for another escape to the Cape. Many thanks to Michael and Kelvin for their hospitality!!!
Impeccable, elegant and comfortable.
I agree wholeheartedly with one of the previous reviews (see "Impeccable! 5 stars stayed June 2016"). Everything about this house is impeccable. The owners have paid attention to every detail. The large gleaming kitchen - with a cathedral ceiling - is exceptionally well-equipped, the rooms are furnished in fine taste (mid-century modern), the garden is beautiful, and the contemporary art on the walls is outstanding. The owner Michael who arranged our rental was unusually helpful and agreeable. Even the neighbour and the housekeeper were pleasant.
Beautiful home and gorgeous gardens!
IT's truly a home, not a house. We have never stayed in such a nicely maintained property, inside and out. The gardens are beautiful and well maintained, with gorgeous roses and lilies in bloom when we were there. The renovations have clearly been done well, with an attention to detail that is quite unusual. A beautiful place to stay and spend some good upper Cape time.
Truly one of the best rental homes we have experienced in Truro, and we have been coming out for almost twenty years! The location is perfection, on lovely Depot Road and so close to Pamet Harbor. We enjoyed morning and evening walks to see the boat activity and beautiful sunsets. Also great bike riding, options right from your front door whether you are a lightweight or a pro! Local National Seashore beaches that just take your breath away. Delicious meals close by from Wellfleet to Truro to P'town. Or stay right at home to relax in this beautiful, modern, well appointed, meticulously clean and landscaped gem of a home. And to top it off the most kind and accommodating landlords around...we will be back for sure!!
This was the perfect cottage, indeed! When we arrived we marveled at how tasteful and cosy the house was. The house was immaculately clean as well. It had all the charm of a 1780's home with its hugely wide floor boards and the most beautiful and incredibly well kept gardens simultaneously having all the current modern conveniences such as a great sound system complete with sonos wired throughout the house.
If you are interested in cooking, the kitchen is incredible! Every appliance and gadget is at your fingertips and the layout is the most user friendly, with a giant stainless steel island-a true working kitchen! The grill could not have been easier to use and practically sparkled when I opened it.
The bedrooms were beautiful and the linens were so soft and snuggly, it made you linger in bed just a bit longer. There are two and a half bathrooms and lovely tiled showers.
Truro is a truly special part of the Cape and we enjoyed the ocean, the bay, and the fresh water lakes. To call this cottage home for a week in Truro would be the perfect compliment.
The owners have thought of absolutely everything in this home! Not only is it impeccably decorated in a mid-century modern style, but the renovations are so well thought out that it makes this small saltbox home perfectly suitable for a family of 4 to comfortably spend a week there without feeling cramped. I loved the sleek modern kitchen. You will find two butler's pantries. One houses the fridge, a butcher-block counter for food prep and upper cabinets for food storage. The other has open shelving and drawers for the dishes as well as a stocked wine fridge (they just ask that you replace what you use). The kitchen has every possible kind of pot, dish, serving platter, vase and utensil. The centerpiece of the kitchen is a large stainless steel island that is great for food prep - just don't use a scrub sponge on it otherwise you will scratch it. French doors lead out from the kitchen onto a landscaped patio. There is also a small screened in porch with a table and chairs for dinning. You can also choose to take your meals in the beautiful dinning room that has a sideboard stocked with linens and candles should you need them. Up a steep set of stairs (not suitable for young kids or elderly) you will find a nice sized twin-bedded room with its own bathroom. Across the hall is the larger master suite, also with its own bathroom and dressing area. Each bedroom has beautiful built-ins to store everything you bring. Additionally there is a stacked washer/dryer unit tucked away in the hallway closet. We appreciated the technology upgrades to the house -- Great wi-fi, a Sonos sound system that is controlled by a tablet in the office and Netflix.
The owners leave very detailed instruction manuals that will answer all of your questions and made themselves readily available via text the whole time we were there.
Worth noting that Jams Market is less than a mile down the road and has everything you could possible need for simple meal prep. Good wine selection, great take away breakfast and lunch options too. We are regular Homeaway renters (2-4/year) and would highly recommend renting this home! We hope to make it an annual thing.