We love renting Patty and Bob's cottage, and we look forward to returning year after year. Here are three of the top reasons we think their cottage is so special.
1) The Location: The cottage is located in an ideal part of Cape Cod. The town of Orleans / South Orleans, which is less than two hours from Boston, offers convenient and quick access to other parts of the Cape. You can easily take a fun day or half-day trip to the Outer, Lower, Mid or Upper Cape to experience all that this part of Massachusetts has to offer. Check out the shops in Chatham, see if you can spot a whale at Race Point, hop on a bike and ride the rail trail, take a hike at Nickerson State Park, look for birds at the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellfleet, board a Hyannis Harbor cruise, find your favorite ice cream in Harwich…And yet, because the cottage itself is situated in a quiet spot, nestled in a leafy, park-like private homeowners association, while you are not far from the major Cape thoroughfares, you feel tucked away from the hustle and bustle of traffic and busy roads. You don't hear the rumble of cars whizzing by, you are soothed by the sounds of nature!
2) The Beaches: It's your choice where you want to swim, sunbathe, or stroll, and again, you are close to many options. Like to brave the surf of the Atlantic? Enjoy watching the waves of Nantucket Sound? Want a calmer beach day on Cape Cod Bay? From the cottage you are a very short drive to any of these beaches. Right in Orleans you can spend your day spotting seals at Nauset, or walk at low tide to the ends of the earth at Skaket, or watch the sun set over Rock Harbor. Of course, you can also take the five-minute walk to the private beach right near the cottage and enjoy the solitude as you gaze on Pleasant Bay. You are never far from a beautiful beach when you're staying at Patty and Bob's cottage.
3) The Cottage and The Hosts: The cottage is the perfect size for two people… large enough to spread out, yet still cozy. And so clean! Every year that we've returned, the entire cottage is so sparkling fresh it seems like it is brand new! The cottage has everything you need, but not more than you need. The kitchen is well equipped, the bedroom closet is very conveniently appointed, and there are thoughtful extras supplied – puzzles, games, movies, books, picnic cooler. But, there is still plenty of empty storage space in drawers, shelves, closets, to stow away what's yours while you're visiting so that you can get unpacked and really feel at home. And, most important, Patty and Bob are excellent hosts. They are thoughtful, cheerful, helpful, courteous, welcoming and friendly yet always respectful of your privacy. We can't think of anything they could do to improve what a stay at their cottage is… they've thought of it all, already! Thanks to Patty and Bob, this cottage is truly a gem!