One of the first things to notice about Cape Cod is how much care has gone into preserving the unique character of the region's architecture and landscape. This cottage nestles prettily within the neighbourhood's grey shingles and blue hydrangeas, exuding character and all-round 'good vibes'.
One of the cottage's best features is in fact outside - the shower. Al fresco living is always a treat for us rain-soaked Brits, and taking a shower under the morning sun or indeed under the stars was one of each day's highlights.
The rooms are quirky and comfortable, cheerfully and nautically decorated as such a property demands. We appreciated the thoughtful welcoming gift of local goodies, and, even though we try to do without it on holiday, it was nice to have a good wi-fi connection.
It would be easy to walk down to the wide sweep of Cockle Cove and not bother to find other local beaches, but that would be a great pity. Cape Cod overflows with gorgeous beaches. We highly recommend Lighthouse Beach in Chatham, Nauset Beach and, for the most glorious sunsets, First Encounter Beach.
This cottage is near to the Chatham Cycle Trail, beautifully-maintained paths on which no motor vehicles can travel. What a joy to cycle through cool woods, past lakes and fields, along with a host of other enthusiastic and courteous cyclists and walkers. And just when you need refreshment, there are cafes galore along the tracks.
Honourable mentions must also go to the Chatham Fish Dock where incoming fishing boats and audience-friendly seals entertained us for hours, watching a Cape Cod baseball game in the late afternoon sun at Chatham and, of course, The Pie Shop. We freely confess that on our first visit we couldn't even wait to get the pie back to the cottage, but sat in the shade outside the shop and ate it all up. So we had to go in and buy another one...
Cape Cod really does want its visitors to have a great time, and this cottage made our great time even more special. It feels like a home; in fact it feels like our home.