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Orleans Vacation Rental home in Cape Cod MA, Swim off the deck or walk 1/8 mile to town beach. | ID 25897

Topside Boathouse - Swim and Fish off the Deck !
Pleasant Bay South Orleans Vacation Rental - ID 25897

2 BR
1 bath
Sleeps 4
Beds: 1 queen, 2 twins, The Master Bedroom bed is a QUEEN
Beach: Swim off the deck or walk 1/8 mile to town beach.
Guest Reviews: 28 reviews 28 reviews
OWNER SPECIAL: SEPTEMBER IS INDIAN SUMMER AND PRICES ARE LOWER.
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$3,400 - $3,800
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$2,600 - $3,300
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Summer 2022
 
Off-season 2022/23
 
Summer 2023
 
State and local taxes of 14.45% will apply
Listed by David Manning
Active
6+ years
Property ID 25897
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Description

Description

Topside Boathouse

Drift off to sleep to the gentle rhythm of waves beneath your bedroom window. Wake to spectacular sunrises and gaze across sparkling Pleasant Bay as you brew your morning coffee and plan another perfect Cape Cod day.

Nearly every window in this charming cottage affords a water view, and every room is comfortably furnished in classic New England style and features mini-split Heating/Air Conditioning. A true hidden gem, the house offers two cozy bedrooms—each with stunning water view—and a spacious living area overlooking Pleasant Bay. The master bedroom features a Queen-size bed and the other bedroom has two twin-sized beds.

Designed and built by a boater, each room is filled with nautical touches that may make you feel as if you’re aboard a vintage yacht—especially when the water’s reflection dances across your bedroom ceiling in the morning.

Water recreation is just down the stairs from the deck that runs the length of the house. Swim, kayak or fish on a moment’s notice, and a quiet public beach is just a short (500 yards) walk away.

A private patio is the perfect place to relax with a good book, or to grill up some of the fish you just caught. The kitchen offers all of the amenities with plenty of storage, and a bathroom with shower inside is complemented by an outdoor sink and shower for outdoor living at its best.

Inside, the living room/dining room seats 8 for cocktails or 6 at the dinner table - all with a fabulous view of the Bay.

Naturally there's cable TV, high speed internet, and Wi-Fi, and if you bring your boat a mooring is available. There is also off-street parking for two cars. The dock and driveway are shared with Topside Main House to the south.

Our neighbor 300 feet to the south is the sailing school, Pleasant Bay Community Boating (http://pbcb.cc/)- a great opportunity for the kids and fun viewing for all.

We look forward to welcoming you—and welcoming you back—as you relax in this rare taste of old Cape Cod.
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Location

Location - Pleasant Bay South Orleans

Nearest beach: Swim off the deck or walk 1/8 mile to town beach.

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Pricing & Availability

Pricing & Availability

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OWNER SPECIAL:
SEPTEMBER IS INDIAN SUMMER AND PRICES ARE LOWER.

Additional availability info: Our Covid-19 Refund Policy: Full refund if your stay must be canceled due to Covid. This is a Saturday to Saturday vacation rental.

Payment Methods: PayPal (1.5%); ACH/EFT (transaction fees vary); and personal checks

Additional Pricing Info: Cleaning Fee: $200; Security Deposit (non-taxable) $500; 10% DISCOUNT for multiple weeks. State and local taxes of 14.45% will apply

Minimum Stay Requirements:
  • Summer 2022
    7 nights
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Calendar Last Updated: August 11, 2022

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Amenities

Amenities

  • On a salt water beach On a salt water beach

  • Central air Central air

  • Outdoor shower Outdoor shower

  • No Pets No Pets

  • Internet Internet

  • Linens provided Linens provided

  • Deck, porch or patio Deck, porch or patio

  • BBQ-grill BBQ-grill

  • TV TV

  • Cable/satellite TV Cable/satellite TV

  • Coffee maker Coffee maker

  • Dishwasher Dishwasher



    Green Amenities

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    • Recycling Recycling

    • Reusable grocery totes Reusable grocery totes

    Reviews

    Guest Reviews

    28 reviews
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    Boathouse + Bay = RELAXING

    I recently spent 8 nights at The Boat House with my 17 y/o son. It really does feel like you're staying on a wooden sailboat. Sunrises are magnificent. You can literally step into Pleasant Bay from your deck! Views from the deck are mesmerizing: birds, boats, seals and sometimes, just the bay and a few islands.

    The hosts are delightful - we are lucky they so graciously shared this wonderful home. If you love the Cape but don't love the summer frenzy, then I suggest you check out Topside Boathouse! show more show less

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    Date of Stay: May 2022
    Date Submitted: July 2022
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    Kate, we and the Boathouse are blushing. Thank you so much for taking the time to share.
    Arrivederci
    David

    Kate M.
    Alpharetta, GA
    Member since Jul 2022
    Relaxation

    Our week at the boathouse started early as David allowed us to check in as soon as the house was ready. We gained all day Saturday on the water. Every morning began with coffee on the deck which you could easily walk down the stairs and go for a swim or a float or a paddleboard.

    After teaching for the past year, this was a well earned and enjoyed week on the water. I paddle boarded with a seal, had breakfast with another seal, went crab looking with my sister and it was an overall a great week of relaxation. show more show less

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    Date of Stay: June 2021
    Date Submitted: July 2021
    Candace D.
    Member since Jan 2021
    Shh!!! Don't Tell Anyone About This Place

    Our week with the Mannings at their Topside Boathouse was by far one of the most enjoyable vacations I have had in recent years. The location is centrally located, yet affords you unbridled privacy.

    Surrounded on three sides by water, the views and sounds from Pleasant Bay awake you in the morning and lull you to sleep at night. The boathouse is spotless, welcoming and very well appointed. We were in need of nothing, other than an extra week of vacation. The house oozes history and times of old, with all of it's little nooks and crannies of doors, ladders, integrated boat fixtures, nautical decor, and period antiques. The patio area is charming and the outdoor shower was wonderful, even on chilly days.

    Topside is just an amazing getaway, no matter the weather. While I want this place to be rented, please try to keep it a secret . . . because I want to make sure that there is plenty of available time for us to return. Return, yes we will. Over and over again.
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    Date of Stay: May 2021
    Date Submitted: June 2021
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    It is a true pleasure to know that our guests appreciate Topside as much as we do. And when the chemistry is right and honored guests become honored friends, it makes it all worthwhile. See you soon for an encore.

    Pamela B.
    Ashland, VA
    Member since Jun 2021


    "Absolutely fantastic stay, one of the most unique places to say in all of Cape Cod! We hope to make it an annual trip!
    Topside BoatHouse on Pleasant Bay is an absolute must! The house is brimming with character and charm. Plus, the best view on Cape Cod and you don't even need to get in your car or wait in line at the beach. We enjoyed jumping off the dock, relaxing on floaties, and launching our paddle boards right from our front stairs. We had the BEST time and will absolutely be back. David is a great host - very accommodating and communicative. We truly cannot recommend this property enough!" show more show less

    Date of Stay: August 2020
    Date Submitted: September 2020
    Elizabeth J.
    Boston, MA
    Member since May 2020
    Best Vacation Ever!

    My husband and I recently had the pleasure of staying at this fabulous home! This place has a MILLION DOLLAR view! I could feel the stress melting away as soon as we pulled in. Waking up in the morning and having the water right outside the window was exactly what the doctor ordered. It was hard to find a reason to go to the beach (though we did) because everything you needed was right there - the sun, the water, the view, a great book, and a cocktail. It was lovely waking up and having coffee while watching the seals, birds, and sailboats.

    David was a pleasure to work with and he was extremely helpful and ensured we had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable and memorable. I highly recommend this home and we can't wait to return next year!
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    Date of Stay: June 2020
    Date Submitted: June 2020
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    Reviews like Debbie's make it all worthwhile.
    David

    Debbie G.
    Chatsworth, NJ
    Member since Oct 2017
    Wonderful Vacation

    We had a great week here literally "on" Pleasant Bay. Saw the sun rise every morning over the bay from the master bedroom. We brought our boat and used the mooring provided by our hosts. House has everything you need, and our hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. Had a great evening on the deck shucking oysters and eating lobster. The colors of the bay at sunset are spectacular. Kids loved swimming and kayaking right from the steps from the deck.

    We will be back for another visit! show more show less

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    Date of Stay: August 2019
    Date Submitted: October 2019
    Thomas M.
    Havertown, PA
    Member since Jun 2019
    Deep Relaxation

    This is our third year at the Boathouse and we will be coming back in 2020.

    Coffee and seal watching from the deck in the morning. Kayaking from our dock on Pleasant Bay in the afternoon. Wine and stargazing in the evening. What's not to love? Ditch your therapist for a week and come on down.

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    Date of Stay: July 2019
    Date Submitted: July 2019
    Edward S.
    Needham, MA
    Member since Sep 2011
    Great little spot

    This boathouse is such a unique place to stay, with gorgeous views of the bay. The breeze off the bay keeps it cool even on hot days. Fun to watch for seals from the deck. The location is convenient to both Orleans and Chatham. We would definitely stay here again!

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    Date of Stay: July 2019
    Date Submitted: July 2019
    Rob M.
    Davenport, IA
    Member since Oct 2018
    Home Away from Home

    We had our fourth visit with David this year at his charming Topside Boathouse, and each year we enjoy and appreciate it a bit more. From the time you roll into the oyster shell driveway, and look out across the gorgeous and aptly named Pleasant Bay, you may find yourself never wanting to go back to "the world" again. A well-appointed kitchen and amenities throughout the house ensure a carefree stay. Every corner of this property shows the owner's care and concern for his guests' enjoyment and for the happy memories they'll have for a lifetime after their stay at the Topside Boathouse. Read the reviews—it's all true!
    Truly a gem. Highly recommended.
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    Date of Stay: May 2019
    Date Submitted: July 2019
    Clint S.
    Crownsville, MD
    Member since Apr 2014
    Outstanding place to relax after a day at the beach

    We stayed at the Boathouse for a week and everyone enjoyed it. The view is spectacular, its easy to access, and Dave, the owner, is amazing. The house is fit with everything you need and if you wake up before the rest of the family, I recommend that you take a kayak ride on the calm water of the bay. Such a great way to start a day right before coffee. A must! Thanks to Dave and his wife for keeping this place on the rental market!

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    Date of Stay: August 2018
    Date Submitted: October 2018
    Alain C.
    Member since Jun 2018
    About

    About David Manning

    Member since:
    1/8/2016
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    David Manning and Anna Cantini are third generation owners of the property. David's grandfather, Russell C. Johnson, built the Main House and the Boathouse on an empty lot on Pleasant Bay alongside a dirt road known as the Chatham Road and named it ''TOPSIDE''. Subsequently, Russell Johnson's daughter, Patricia (''Trit'') Johnson lived there and ran a bed and breakfast from the Main House while renting out the Boathouse. Over the years, at one time or another, most of Russell's, Trit's and David's relatives have ''wintered over'' at Topside. David and Anna took over ownership in 2015 and have continued the tradition of renting out the Boathouse and, on occasion, the Main House. David and Anna spend their summers at Topside and winter over in Anna's native Tuscany, Italy.

    What is special about this property?
    Russell C. Johnson was a dedicated traveler who loved sailing, ships and the sea. For him, his property on Pleasant Bay was the perfect setting for a home that would be a constant reminder of boats and the sea. The Main House sports a ''Cabin'', which is a replica of a cabin of a transoceanic steamer. Throughout the Main House and the Boathouse one can find storage niches carved out of unused space. For example, under the stairs leading to the bedrooms in the Boathouse, there is a basket for storing oysters over the winter. Almost every window is placed to maximize the view of Pleasant Bay. Boathouse guests regularly fish off the deck while sipping a ''smile''.


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