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Your perch to the Cape's best ocean view with private Nauset access for 8!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Four-bedroom, three-bath with ocean views

Your private and peaceful post and beam home looks out from every room, including a screened dining porch and an eye-poping roof-top deck, across the tidal river and marsh of Pleasant Bay to the dunes and rhythmic waves of Nauset Beach. Watch the colors change from sunrise to sunset, see the birds, seals and teaming wildlife, wander down to the private foot bridge to the beach, or entertain your palate in your spacious, open kitchen, dining, and living space. This comfortable charmer is on Pochet Inlet in the Pochet Association just minutes from East Orleans, Nauset Farms, and dining options to match every taste. This tastefully expanded 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features a luxurious bath, indoor and outdoor showers, a multi-purpose loft for TV, extra sleeping space, or star gazing off the deck before returning to a roaring central fireplace. Choose from 3 main floor bedrooms (1 king, 1 queen, 2 twins) and 2 baths. The main room loft has 1 bedroom with 2 twins and 1/2 bath accessed by a one-of-a-kind spiral stairway. No pets please. Invite your friends instead to enjoy this truly special home.

Katy Holmes
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2018

About Katy Holmes

Our New England family has owned this house since it was converted from a duck-hunting cottage in 1961 to a year-round ocean front home. The home has had many updates over the years and is now jointly owned by the family's third generation.

Katy Holmes purchased this house in 1961

Why Katy Holmes chose East Orleans

This home was lovingly passed down through generations and has been enjoyed by family, friends, and now conscientious renters since 1999. My grandparents, the home's original owners, retired to the cottage from Manhattan due to its spectacular views of the ocean and proximity to Chatham, Brewster, Provincetown, and other areas of the old Cape. The Cape Cod Baseball League games are also hosted in Orleans Center, bringing free professional-level baseball to the Lower Cape all summer long.

What makes this house unique

As children we loved to play 'house' in the small bedroom and bath in the upper loft, accessed by a custom-made iron spiral stairway. Paper airplanes also festooned the living room below from eager young 'pilots' stationed in the loft. A large side yard is perfect for croquet, badminton, volleyball, or spirited games of wiffleball, watched admiringly from adults relaxing on the nearby deck. A winding path off the driveway leads down to the inlet, where all manner of animals can be observed in their natural habitat. The Wheel House is named for the enormous ship's wheel mounted high over the vaulted-ceiling living room, making the house feel like a ship, particularly in storms. Walks to the beach for smooth heart-shaped rocks, shells and sea glass have been our family passion for decades.


East Orleans House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • The house also has an outdoor shower with hot water.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Your perch to the Cape's best ocean view with private Nauset access for 8!
average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews


  • 4 of 5

Beautiful area

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The location is amazing and the house is a landmark.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at the Wheel House many times and our time there is always wonderful. The house is an old rustic Cape house with many marvelous pieces of history within it. The location and the views can not be replicated anywhere. We love it.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, homey, clean, great access to the coast & being out doors.

  • 5 of 5

Just what we were looking for this Mother's Day weekend. Owner was very informative and flexible with checking in & out. House was well stocked with supplies. Having the fireplace was a real treat.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

There aren't enough great things I can say about the wheel house! Everyone was so friendly and easy to work with leading up to our stay! The views from the house are truly amazing. Pictures don't do it justice. It's definitely something you need to experience in person. The house was immaculately clean and perfect for our group! The beach access was incredible and all the wildlife was beautiful. Great place

To kayak! This was the perfect house for a perfect weekend!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had the best time at this Nauset Beach gem

  • 5 of 5

The house, stay, and location was exactly what we needed and wanted. This rambling beach house has personality and character. We were a group of 5 but could have easily had a few more in the space. Lots of open areas and quiet corners. We loved eating around the big table together and sitting on the second floor deck which looks out to the marsh and Nauset Beach.

A walk to the beach is only 10 minutes away- down the unpaved road to the marsh boardwalk. The beach was stunning at every time of day with very few people on it. At dawn, the beach was empty, save the birds on the beach and seals in the water. The sun rises were amazing.

We also loved using the outside shower and sitting on the back deck. We were lucky to get stunning weather and we spent almost all of our time outside but I think that hanging out in the house on rainy days- reading books and playing games would also be memorable.

Highly recommend this house which provides access to a really pristine part of the Cape Code National Seashore.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious, comfortable, private, fantastic views - everything you want in a beach house!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do the Wheel House justice. The location can't be beat; it's private and quiet and has fantastic views from both decks, the screened-in porch, and the upper floor living room. The great room is rustic, roomy, comfortably furnished, casual, airy. The bedrooms are comfortable, the kitchen well-equipped. It's well-ventilated and has window air conditioners. The walk to the beach is short, and it's a great beach. We stayed in mid September, watched sunrises, birds, and breaching whales from the upper deck; grilled and entertained on the lower deck, had dinner for nine at the long dining table, completed a puzzle in the great room, walked the beach watching seals, and gazed at marine life from the foot bridge over the tidal creek. We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Chatham Municipal Airport (CQX)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Barley Neck Inn
Nearest Ferry
23 Miles
Hyannis Transportation Center
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Cranberry Valley Golf Course
Nearest Train
23 Miles
Hyannis Transportation Center Cape FLYER
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Route 6A
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Barley Neck Inn
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Nickerson State Park X-Country
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Pochet (Nauset) Beach


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $300

Cancellations fewer than 7 days from the start of your rental are subject to a one night cancellation fee of $375.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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