What a charming place. My wife and I spent a week here in late August and had a wonderful experience.
The basics: We arrived to an impeccably clean house that has been well tended to. David was there to greet us and give us a tour of the house and the property, while explaining the basic guidelines for our stay (garbage location, light switch controls, the dock protocols, etc.). The Boathouse is located adjacent to the main house where David and his wife reside, but privacy was never an issue.
The house is, literally, on the bay. There is decking off the back of the house which is perfect for sitting, relaxing, and taking in the glorious views. My wife was lucky enough to watch seals swimming in the bay on one occasion. The main bedroom has windows that look out onto the bay as well, which allowed us to wake up to beautiful sunrises each morning. If you’d like to sleep in, the bedroom is also equipped with heavy curtains to block the morning light.
The house is cozy and rustic, and nicely decorated, almost giving the feeling of being on a boat. The kitchen is adequately stocked if you would like to cook in, and is equipped with microwave, toaster, dishwasher, etc., all of which are new. The second bedroom, which we did not use, is spacious and equipped with twin beds, and would seem best suited for younger children, but that would depend on the people staying, of course.
The house is in a great location. It is a 10 minute drive to Nauset Beach, which you can purchase a weekly parking pass for. It is 10 minutes to downtown Orleans, which has shops, restaurants, and grocery stores. In the other direction, downtown Chatham is a 15 minute drive which offers numerous places to dine, shop, or people watch.
There are a couple of peculiarities about the house that one should be aware of. As David explained, the house utilizes a septic system due to its close location to the bay, and water conservation is a consideration. This means only flushing the toilet when necessary, and using the outside shower if possible, which I used every time I showered as it was my preference. Additionally, the mattress in the master bedroom is very firm, which my wife and I liked, and when I mentioned this to David in passing, he commented that he had installed slats underneath the mattress because he felt it was too soft, so those can probably be removed if need be.
Overall, this is place was a home run for us. We hope to be back next year, and cannot say enough about the hospitality shown to us by David and his wife.
Andrew and Donna McIntosh
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