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Waterfront Family Cottage on Bluff Overlooking Atlantic Ocean and Nauset Inlet

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A quintessential family cottage, loved and cared for by us for almost 60 years, sits on a bluff overlooking the well known and protected Nauset Estuary and Inlet, barrier beach, and Atlantic Ocean.

The view, northward, takes your eyes down the stretch of Nauset Beach leading to “the point.” There is never a moment that repeats itself. The sun, clouds, water, waves, whale spouts, shark spotting planes, weather systems, tides, boats, and people are so interesting to watch. Enjoy the reflections of clouds, hawks catching upward currents of air, sun beams into bedrooms, bunny rabbits, salt air, pink beaches at sunset, moonrises, listening to the waves while falling asleep, watching the flashes from the lighthouse, and listening to the pitter patter of the rain on the roof. There are very few places like this in the world.

We offer our home to you. Facing east, large windows on the porch extend the length of the house and overlook the water and beaches. Perfect all day for watching the sun rise right up over the ocean, having coffee while playing backgammon, spying on beachgoers, cocktails at night, reading a book, and dreaming. The kitchen is in the south-westerly ell and has a full bath with laundry, a southern faced door leading out to a picnic and grill area, and a northernly door leading out to a shady patio. Adjacent to this patio, is the north westerly ell where the private master bed and bath are situated. Between the ells and the porch is a spacious dining room with sitting area, a living room, and a small den with television. Stairs lead upstairs from the living room to the original cottage bedrooms and an added half bathroom upstairs.

Stairs from the driveway take you down to the beach. Then, you choose…do I want to go to the ocean side, or, do I want to swim in the quiet, warm water of the inlet? Do I want to walk to the point, ride some waves, surf cast for blues, birdwatch, sit in a chair and look at the waves roll in, have a picnic, watch seals, sail, kayak, clam, dream some more? It’s lovely. Or, perhaps, I might like to walk around on the dirt roads of Nauset Heights that lead to more beautiful spots like Priscilla Beach, Mill Pond, and more incredible views over the Atlantic.

Explore some more… to Coast Guard Beach, the National Seashore, Rock Harbor, Chatham, Provincetown, Nickerson State Park, and the Cape Rail Trail. Golf, tennis, bike! Make sure you have a lot of seafood… lobsters, fish, scallops from local seafood stores. You have never tasted seafood so fresh. And, for night owls, towns are bustling with great restaurants, shopping, and theater.

There is so much to do and see. Sometimes, though, the best vacations are the ones you don’t have to reach for your keys. Come and stay awhile. We welcome you!

More Details

Lucy Hersey
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 13, 2018

About Lucy Hersey

It all began when our father was a child and had a sickly cousin. The family doctor suggested the fresh air of Cape Cod. And so, three mothers, Flossie, Helen, and Ruth, brought their husbands and children to the Cape each summer from New Jersey. This was back in the early 30's when they had kerosene stoves, oil lamps, wells, and windmills. Life was simple. Then in the 1950's, beach erosion was alarming and shoreline cottages could be purchased easily. In 1958, our father purchased the cottage and over the years we have always called it home. Three sons and a daughter now share in the care of the Calderwood Cottage. We enjoy spending time here every summer, and we hope that you may too.

Lucy Hersey purchased this house in 1958

What makes this house unique

A stay at the cottage is an experience of a lifetime. A spell is cast on those who smell the salt air, wake up early to seek sunrises, and witness the dramatic shifts in weather fronts. This cottage is the "real thing" with history, character, and seaside charm with everything you need to create an unforgettable vacation.


Orleans House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Adjacent to downstairs master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Adjacent to kitchen
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , On second floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed , child or young person's bed is sleigh bed in east bedroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Waterfront Family Cottage on Bluff Overlooking Atlantic Ocean and Nauset Inlet
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

One of the most enjoyable rentals we've ever had on Cape Cod!

  • 5 of 5

This truly private and unspoiled part of the Cape made for a very restful and romantic vacation experience. The views from the house are breathtaking and the walks along the beach were healing and beautifull. The house is very comfortable with plenty of places to curl up with good books and the kitchen inspired us to make at least one main meal at home each day. The house is also very clean and beyond charming. The central location in Orleans allowed for easy daytrips to Plimoth Plantation in the south and Provincetown in the north. Highlights of our trip included whale watching in Provincetown and seeing so many seals on Nauset Beach. The owner is also very accommodating. We hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your great review and for staying at the cottage. Knowing how much you enjoyed the cottage means so much to us. We appreciate, as well, how nicely you left the cottage. And so very nice to meet you. Thank you, Lucy
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Car: recommended

Nauset Beach is part of Cape Cod National Seashore and is managed by the Town of Orleans. Town residents are able to obtain stickers for off road vehicles. The number of vehicles and the area they are permitted to be on is limited based on the season, the beachfront, and the nesting needs of Piping Plovers. Clamming licenses are available to everyone at the Orleans Town Hall.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund