This house and the garden around it are beautiful, even more attractive in person than in the photos. There is plenty of room for a large group of people to be together and to be apart -- there are two living rooms, one with a tv set and another in the living room/dining room. The dining table seats 10 comfortably and is very attractive. We were three generations, four couples, and three grandchildren, and the space worked very well for us, with one drawback, related to our special needs. The two couples in the king suites were very comfortable, but two couples (one in the study and one in the lower level off the game room) and the grandkids in the loft, all of whom shared the bathroom on the main floor, found the arrangement a little crowded. The sleeping arrangements were all comfortable, but access to the bathroom was a bit of a logistical problem. We probably should have rented a space with an additional bathroom for our particular group of eleven.
But the minor problem of bathroom access aside, we enjoyed our stay here very much. There was a flock of wild turkeys in the neighborhood, who sometimes paraded down the street in front of the house, and one of the turkeys showed up at the back of the house, down the hill, wallowing in the dirt, which turns out to be how wild turkeys groom themselves. We were fascinated! There was a lovely place to sit outside behind the house, enjoying the many beautiful flowers (and some herbs) planted there. One evening our teenage grandson lobbied for a fire in the fire pit and S'mores, which we enjoyed. My son-in-law made good use of the grill on the deck, where we also hung out some mornings.
The location was very convenient for us -- not too far from downtown Orleans and not too far from Chatham either. We used Nauset Beach mostly, though a few of us walked to the private beach once and enjoyed it.
The owner was a delight to work with, friendly and very concerned to accommodate us. The agent who works for them locally was a very pleasant and helpful man -- we called upon him because we found a crib in one of the bedrooms, which we didn't want to use.
We had four cars that were easily accommodated by the two-car garage and the large driveway.
Because of the need for an additional bathroom (or half-bath), we probably will choose a different setting for our next summer family reunion, but we recommend this house enthusiastically to others.
We were thrilled to hear you all had a nice week! Yes, the turkeys are becoming a bit of a fixture on East Egg. No matter how many times I see them, they stop me in my tracks. They roost in the trees at night and if you catch them at just the right time, you will see them fly up into the trees, which is quite the sight. Our home was built in 1984 so little by little we are adapting it to meet our needs and the needs of our guests. We are actually looking into adding another bathroom in the not so distant future. It was a pleasure sharing our home with you and your family! Wishing you all a wonderful remainder of the summer!