A tranquil escape from the Cape "scene"! If you want to be in easy reach of all the restaurants and beaches and everything else that goes to make up Cape Cod in summer -- but not have to be an unwilling participant in your next-door neighbor's partying every evening -- this home away from home is the ideal solution. (In fact, I think I may have succumbed to post-vacation depression on having had to vacate it after a week...)
The location is practically perfect. You're almost directly across the main road from the weekly Chatham farmer's market (Tuesdays; fresh produce galore, don't miss Tekla's braided breads, made to old recipes, perfect for breakfasts!). You're equidistant from two great beaches -- turn right at the main road and right again and you'll be at Harding's (and can pick up flavored shaved ice on the way home... yum); turn left and left again, and it's Ridgevale (and yummy pies on the way home...) The kitchen is great here, and pretty much fully equipped, though if you plan on any specialized cooking, or really NEED a food processor or coffee grinder, bring it along. Cool evenings mean outdoor cooking on the grill is a delight, and the patio is large enough to accommodate everyone, with enough seats and tables.
We found that this offered just the right mix of "getting away from the chaos" with access to what the Cape has to offer. Chatham Hood delivered bikes to the door (a service they'll offer if you are renting more than one bike) and the bike trail is only a five minute ride away. The beaches are about five minutes or so by car; a 20 minute bike ride. Chatham itself is a bit further, but a fun and pleasant excursion. Lots of restaurants within walking distance (and even a spa!)
The main bedroom is very comfortable, with lots of light. The queen bedroom does go off the living room, with glass French doors, so that's just something to be aware of for planning purposes (in terms of guests who might want privacy). The other two bedrooms are at the end of a long hallway, together with the main bathroom. Everything was impeccably clean and tidy; lots of extra towels available, and we really appreciated the availability of the washer and dryer (in the garage) along with the space for our damp clothes to dry, to avoid creating that musty feeling. (We brought our own detergent; Michele provided us a complete list of what was & wasn't there.)
At one point that week, I found myself thinking "this is the perfect vacation", and I'm sure Michele's property was a big part of that!