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Perfect Private Family Cottage: Close to Best Ocean/Pond Beaches, Town Ct

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About the property

Three attractive airy bedrooms, 3 baths in historic, private Cape Cod setting

Location, location, location! Sunlit, spacious, sparkling, well maintained shingle and white brick family vacation home off quiet country road steps from charming East Orleans and Orleans center, close to Cape's best ocean, bay, and pond beaches.

Walk or bike to picturesque boat landing, ponds, beaches, and winding country roads, children's theatre, Cape's best ice cream, gourmet and sandwich take-out, fresh veggies, just-caught fish and butcher-prepped meats, bakery, and delicious family-run pizza cafe. Near family and fine restaurants, scenic Rock Creek Harbor and fishing boats for hire, rail trail center for gear and bike rentals, surf shops and lessons. Short drive to whale and seal trips, Audubon Nature Preserve, Nickerson State Park, surfing beaches, National Seashore, flea market, historic drive-in movie, and much more.

Our home has a delightful private deck with Weber gas and charcoal grills, oval wrought iron table seating 8-10 or more. Overlooks lush rhododendrons, goldfinches and hummingbirds, conservation lands, and stunning sunsets. French doors lead from deck to inviting family-dining room and fully equipped modern kitchen with recently installed GE stainless steel double ovens, new toaster oven, capressa coffee maker and bean grinder for coffee mavens. Double door 25 cubic ft GE fridge and ice maker.

Everything for summer fun and easy living with family and visitors. Architect-designed renovations, oak floors. stylish furnishings (antiques/Pottery Barn/Restoration Hardware), and carpeted master and two twin bedrooms (extra junior bed in one). Air-conditioned master bedroom has private bath and stall shower with his and her corian-shelved vanities, views of back garden, and two closets, including one walk-in. Nearby twin bedroom has two closets. Near back garden, outdoor shower, and bluestone path to deck. Family room/dining room with handsome fireplace, best window view of birds, library, sofa bed, and TV. Good selection of games. Air conditioned third bedroom on first level has twin beds and junior bed, new TV, book shelves, desk, and white rattan furnishings. Three adjacent outdoor parking spaces.

High speed premium cable and wireless. For workaholics, there are desks in master and twin bedrooms, and screened office area in living room.

House is airy and light-filled. Two bedrooms (including master) are air conditioned, living room is cross-ventilated with large ceiling fan and 3 windows. Floor and window fans throughout. Automatic attic fan turns on to cool entire house at night.

Keywords: great family beach house, all indoor-outdoor amenities, location, location, location.

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Phyllis and Sumner Myers
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 31, 2016

About Phyllis and Sumner Myers

We live in Washington, D.C. and vacationed for years in Cape Cod before choosing our second home in Orleans. Sumner was born in Boston, went to MIT and Tufts. Our daughter, an author who teaches writing and art at local Ivy League college, lives in nearby Concord and our son owns a home in North Truro. . We bought the house in 1999 when our youngest grand-daughter was born as a welcoming meeting place for family and friends. Extensive architect-designed renovations fill the interior with light and enhance the distinctive hill site. This spacious home works for all ages and visitors: It has nooks and spaces where one person can relax with a good book and green views; kids and grownups can play games, draw, solve puzzles, and enjoy foosball; while others enjoy music, an end-of-day glass of wine, or surf the web. Or everyone can gather to eat and enjoy. We return in the spring, fall, and Thanksgiving.

Phyllis and Sumner Myers purchased this house in 1999

Why Phyllis and Sumner Myers chose Cape Cod

We immediately liked the privacy the house offered along with its distinctive hillside setting and easy accessibility to the Cape's historic and natural charms, the beaches, and good food. We enjoy watching the morning rush of hungry birds to our feeders, pre-dinner drinks in the front patio, and dinner on our deck enjoying glowing sunsets. Our days are planned and unplanned -- walking along the beach, hiking and biking down country roads, boating, climbing dunes, exploring new galleries and antiquing, listening to country music or just hanging out grilling fresh fish and walking to East Orleans for ice cream or fresh baked pie.

What makes this house unique

Architect-designed renovations work well for privacy and togetherness, families and couples. Furnishings are attractive, comfortable, and easily maintained. The large kitchen overlooks conservation land. Coffee nook and nearby dining table are perfect for both snacks and gourmet meals. The separate laundry room is efficiently placed between bedrooms and outdoor shower, kitchen and linen closet

Guestbook comments from the owner

Everything was perfect. The house was very clean. We appreciate the location.

Thank you.
Jul 2016
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Perfect Private Family Cottage: Close to Best Ocean/Pond Beaches, Town Ct
average rating of 3.5 based on 11 reviews

Peaceful Family Vacation in Orleans

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week long stay during the month of July. Phyllis was very responsive, from my first email to inquire about the property and throughout the entire rental process. The house was very clean and comfortable, and there were even a few fresh flowers in a vase on the table when we arrived. Dan, the property manager, stopped by about an hour after we arrived just to check in, and he gave us some great recommendations for seafood in the area. We really enjoyed BBQing on the deck and watching the birds at the feeder every morning!

The house has plenty of room for relaxing, cooking, playing boardgames, etc. The location in Orleans is ideal, being just a 5 minute drive from Nauset beach, and maybe 7-8 minutes from Skaket. We were able to take two day trips up to Provincetown, which was very convenient, and a trip down to Hyannis Port. My mom broke her foot just prior to coming up and she still had a great time! This was our first family trip to the Cape and we can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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not what i was looking for in a rental

  • 2 of 5

when i was interested in renting this house , my first question to the owner was about leaving my 21' boat there.the driveway was incredibly steep and impossible to get a boat upto top. i arrived there at 2pm, i called the homeowner to express my disappointment about the driveway and my boat. her response 'i dont know what to tell you, find a place to keep it. so after traveling 5 hours to get there i couldnt get a place so i left boat in street for a week.the house itself was clean however the inside furniture is terrible. the masterbedroom bed is horrible. it squeaks terribly and is only on bed frame no box spring.i had use an air mattress the entire week. the main floor has no a/c and the inside temperature of the main house was 85 degrees the entire week i was there. my son had to sleep with 2 fans blowing on him in the second bedroom. the tv is about 20 years old in family room.the kitchen was nice. the hot water tank was good for about 2 showers in a row. the downstairs bedroom had an awful smell in it like a dead animal.the house is good for someone who wants to be secluded and doesnt care about modern amenities.its 2016, why not have an a/c in main part of house, especially in a raised ranch home. flat screen tv's would be nice. my experience in dealing the homeowner wasnt great either. i had paid the security and cleaning bill 2 months prior to rental date. i even took a pic of it before mailing it to her. after paying the house in full she sends an email saying she never received the security deposit, meanwhile it was deducted from my bank account a month before that email.overall i was not pleased with my experience. the house was not what i was looking for in a rental. im not saying its not for everyone, just not me. like i said, house was clean overall. it just needs a little updating for todays families. no reason to have inside of house 85 degrees. no reason not to have a modern tv in family room. all these things are cheap to buy. a word of caution to parents, the driveway is way to steep for anyone to ride down on a bike. this review is not to bash the home. im just giving an honest review.i also have a vacation rental home , so i know what people look for in renting a home.i guess thats why some homes are $2200 for week and some are $5000 for the week. you get what you pay for.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The description and photos on the VRBO site are very detailed about the house and location to help vacationers decide whether it is a good fit for them. We talk with renters carefully before booking to help them make an informed decision. When renting the property, Mr. Barletta never mentioned that he would be bringing a boat of any size, much less that he needed a place to park it. I would have immediately told him there was no way he could tow a boat up the driveway. The first we heard about the boat was a call to us in Washington when he was already on the Cape a few hours before Saturday check in time. I tried unsuccessfully to call him back with a few ideas and since we didn’t hear from him again, understood that he had worked things out. Our property manager routinely meets with every renter to make sure everything is right and leaves his phone number if any issues arise. He knows the house well, and likely would have had tips about night cooling and air circulation but Mr. Barletta never called him. We agree about a new TV and air conditioner for the third bedroom, and indeed had arranged for these in June, but they could not be installed in time for this season. They will be in place this fall. The snafu with his security check was the result of a bank error and was easily resolved with Citibank’s research and apology to me.
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
East Orleans
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 6, exit 12 or 13
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Zia's, fresh delicious pizza, salads and bar
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Crystal/Pilgrim Lakes (ponds), Nauset and Skaket
Nearest Point of Interest
27 uncle vick's way
Car: necessary

So many choices! We love the splendid variety of water and beach activities -- ocean, bay, and pond swimming,, birding walks at nearby Audubon Preserve, biking along historic Cape Cod Trail, renting boats for deep sea fishing, canoeing and kayaking. The Cardinals training camp is nearby, also childen's Summer Theatre, live pop and classic music programs, art gallery openings and evening talks, year-round ice skating, bowling, antiquing, craft fairs, community library and story-telling, fitness classes, hand-crafted jewelry, and of course Food: from on-the -go fresh fast food and farmer's market to gourmet restaurants, superb fish, and famed Hot Chocolate Sparrow and Cape's best ice cream, and much more. Surfing and kayaking lessons. Orleans has it all in an unspoiled old Cape Cod rural setting that is also nicely located between Wellfleet/Provincetown and Chatham, both a short ride away (including a free bus for teenagers and others who prefer not to drive).


Rates & Availability

East Orleans House Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $500

discount for two or more weeks, linens negotiable

contact owner for details. Typically, half of rental fee on signing contract, second half and security deposit 4 weeks before rental begins.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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East Orleans House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , hall bathroom, near bedroom 2, laundry room, linen closet
    master bathroom - toilet , shower , his-and-her corian vanities, nicely decorated
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • family room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Master bedroom 1 - 1 queen , two large closets (walk-in), cross ventilation, antique desk
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , cross ventilation, antiques and modern
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , desk, new tv, air conditioned
  • Queen Bed (1) white metal country filigree frame in master bedroom, call bedrooms have recently installed wall to wall carpeting and attractive small rugs, combination antique and modern furnishings, light and airy
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Unique hilltop location overlooking town conservation land at end of cul de sac. Offers privacy and minimal traffic, walk to town, farm stores, country coffee cafes, and best ice cream on Cape, close to rental bikes, bike trail, Hot Chocolate Sparrow, surf and kayak rentals, at crossroads of best of Cape between Wellfleet and Provincetown and Chatham and Brewster. Professional property manager and experienced cleaning crew nearby and on call. Premium Cable TV, excellent cooking utensils, Weber Gas BBQ, Charcoal BBQ, pleasant dining deck surrounded by extensive rhododendron plantings, additional outdoor seating area - Fabulous Birdwatching.

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