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Osterville Vacation Rental home in Osterville MA, Joshua's Pond (400 ft.) and Dowses Beach (1 mile) | ID 23526
3 BR
2 baths
Sleeps 7
Beds: 2 queens, 2 twins, 1 child's daybed
Beach: Joshua's Pond (400 ft.) and Dowses Beach (1 mile)
Guest Reviews: 19 reviews
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Off-season 2019/20
$206 - $286
Summer 2020
 
Off-season 2020/21
$206 - $296
Off-season 2019/20
$1,440 - $2,000
Summer 2020
$1,440 - $2,500
Off-season 2020/21
$1,440
Off-season 2019/20
$3,100 - $8,200
Summer 2020
$10,300 - $11,000
Off-season 2020/21
 
State and local taxes of 14.45% will apply.
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Contact: Liz
Time Active:
2+ years
Description

Description

Elf Hill Cottage is comprised of two double bedrooms, a third bedroom with two twin beds and a daybed for a child, two full bathrooms, a living room, dining room and sunroom. There is an automatic garage. The house has been freshly painted, has hardwood floors upstairs and down, and is charmingly furnished. A particularly wonderful aspect of the house is its spacious English-style garden. It is fenced-in for the peace of mind of parents of toddlers, and has a large, Cape-y outdoor shower. The hammock is the perfect spot for an afternoon nap or for reading whilst watching over children playing in the yard. The east-facing patio is a lovely spot for breakfast.

A pass allowing access to all public and private beaches in the area is included in the rental. Dowses Beach, a beautiful private beach with a cove on one side (perfect for small children) and the ocean on the other is four minutes down the road by car. Joshua’s Pond, a large fresh-water pond with a small sandy beach, is a quick walk down our quiet street. Serious swimmers and children alike love its limpid smoothness and peaceful atmosphere. There are two lifeguards between 9 and 5 in the summer. Lap and boogie-board swimmers gravitate to it early in the morning and in the evening. (We supply boogie boards, beach chairs, kites, toys, umbrellas, etc.)

Elf Hill Cottage is in a quiet residential neighborhood, yet Main Street, with its small collection of wonderful restaurants, art galleries and tasteful clothing and gift shops, is a five-minute walk away.

A central, village location in Osterville is highly valued as most homes require a car for getting about. At Elf Hill, you could find yourself going for days without getting behind the steering wheel.

The village of Osterville is located on the south-central coast of Cape Cod on Nantucket Sound. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful and desirable villages on the Cape, and is prized for its quaint Main Street, its beautiful New England architecture, and its picturesque, warm-water beaches and harbor.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy walking, running, biking, golfing, fishing, crabbing, oystering, kayaking, whale-watching and boating throughout the area, and there are myriad activities for children. Boston is about an hour and twenty minutes’ drive, and Hyannis, with its airport and ferries to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, is ten minutes away.

A beach pass allowing free access/parking to all the beaches in the seven villages of Barnstable (Osterville, Hyannis, Cotuit, Centerville, Marstons Mills, Barnstable and West Barnstable Villages) is included in the rental.

We offer good wifi, cable TV and beach paraphernalia (chairs, boogie boards, umbrellas, toys, etc.).

Sheets, bath towels and beach towels are included.

You will find in the sunroom a constantly updated booklet with much advice and tips regarding the Osterville area and farther afield, where to shop, family activities (such as whale watches, the Cape summer baseball league, the best miniature golf...), favorite restaurants, and descriptions of the nearby beaches as well as those involving a day trip.

Do peruse our many five-star reviews!
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Location

Location - Osterville

Nearest beach: Joshua's Pond (400 ft.) and Dowses Beach (1 mile)

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Pricing & Availability

Pricing & Availability

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Calendar Last Updated: August 06, 2019

Additional availability info: This is a Saturday to Saturday vacation rental.

Long-Term Rental (1 month or more): Available for a month or more between October and May at a substantially reduced rate, plus utilities. The final price depends on the number of people in the party, the duration, etc.

Payment Methods: Personal checks

Additional pricing info: $230 cleaning charge; $500 security deposit. Beach pass, linens, towels and beach towels included. State and local taxes of 14.45% will apply.

Minimum Stay Requirements:
  • Off-season 2019/20
    4 nights
  • Summer 2020
    7 nights
  • Off-season 2020/21
    4 nights
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  • Price SEPTEMBER 2019
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    Monthly: $6,000
  • Price OCTOBER 2019
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    Monthly: $3,100
  • Price NOVEMBER 2019
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    Monthly: $3,100
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    Monthly: $3,100
  • Price APRIL 2020
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    Monthly: $3,100
  • Price MAY 2020
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    Monthly: $3,500
  • Price JUNE 2020
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    Monthly: $8,200
  • Price JULY 2020
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    Monthly: $11,000
  • Price AUGUST 2020
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    Monthly: $10,300
  • Price SEPTEMBER 2020
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    Monthly: $3,600
  • Price OCTOBER 2020
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    Monthly: $3,100
  • Price NOVEMBER 2020
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    Monthly: $3,100
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    Monthly: $3,100
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Amenities

Amenities

Proximity to water and beach
  • walk to a fresh water beach
Interior
  • A/C Unit(s)
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Coffeemaker
  • Linens Included
  • Cable TV
  • Fireplace
  • Wireless or wired internet
  • No Smoking
Exterior
  • Deck/Porch/Patio
  • BBQ-Grill
  • Outdoor Shower
Other
  • No Pets
Handicap Accessibility
  • There is a queen bedroom and a full bath with a shower on the ground floor.
Reviews

Guest Reviews

We absolutely fell in love with this house and Osterville during our two week stay here. The garden was the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and we enjoyed many an afternoon relaxing in it and evenings eating out on the patio. The house was great for our party of 7 to cook and eat in most nights the kitchen was well equipped. The local Joshua Pond was a daily visit for us as was Dowses Beach both stunning and great for cooling off in the water during the hot weather. We also enjoyed short walks through the Armstrong Kelley Park and a picnic there too. A truly amazing stay we are so greatful to Liz for her help in the booking process and advising us about the house and the local area. We hope to return to this lovely house one day. show more show less

Date of Stay: July 2018
Date Submitted: April 2019
Kirsty F
Warrington, United Kingdom
(Homeowner Entered)

The house was well stocked with everything we needed for a Cape Cod vacation. Beach sticker, beach towels, beach chairs and a great beach a very short drive from the house. No traffic issues since the beach is restricted to town residents. We cooked outside on the grill and enjoyed the beautiful gardens in the backyard. The village of Osterville is a short walk from the house so we took morning walks and evening strolls to eat out or shop at the small businesses located there. We are an adult family of 5 and our new granddaughter of 8 weeks joined us for her first Cape Cod vacation! It was delightful! show more show less

Date of Stay: July 2018
Date Submitted: April 2019
Marie B
Wayland, MA
(Homeowner Entered)

The backyard is gorgeous with splendid gardens and a relaxing setting that provides privacy for cookouts and family gatherings. The house, although small, is comfortable for a family of 5 or 6. The kitchen is well stocked and laundry area very helpful when returning from the beach with towels and blankets. The owner was very helpful and house manager available when needed. We enjoyed our stay and will return to the quaint village of Osterville again next summer. We loved Fancy Market and Dowse's beach!
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Date of Stay: July 2018
Date Submitted: April 2019
Marie B
Wayland, MA
(Homeowner Entered)

My family greatly enjoyed our week at Elf Hill Cottage! When we arrived the house was sparkling, shining clean, and the landscaping is meticulous. The fenced in yard with the swingset, (two swings and a climbing rope) and hammock was absolutely perfect to entertain the kids after days at the beach. The house is in a beautiful residential neighborhood, very quiet but so close to the main street that we walked to dinner a few of the nights even with a 3 year old! We especially enjoyed Wimpys and Crisp Flatbread restaurant! Having the beach pass accessible to the area beaches was awesome. We specially liked Dowses beach, super soft sand and ocean on one side and harbor on the other. We explored Joshua's pond after lifeguard hours so we could go beyond the restricted area. The house itself had plenty of towels and kitchen accessories for cooking. The window AC units in the bedrooms were a nice escape on the humid warmer nights. The owner was also very attentive and responsive to any questions and offered helpful suggestions. We had such a enjoyable, relaxing, stress free week, it will be one to remember! Thank you for sharing your home! show more show less

Date of Stay: July 2017
Date Submitted: April 2019
Julie B
South Windsor, CT
(Homeowner Entered)

Lovely Cape Cod house tucked away from Main Street noise but within walking distance to the downtown as well as one of the Osterville beaches. The back yard is filled with beautiful perennials, a swing set that is perfect for small children and raspberry bushes. Sometimes you will even see a little rabbit standing on his toes to sample one of these berries. Very comfortable beds, wonderful outdoor table and chairs all make this an ideal vacation home.

Date of Stay: July 2017
Date Submitted: April 2019
Deb S
Bethlehem, PA
(Homeowner Entered)

This is our family's 4th consecutive year of coming back to this charming cottage, and it's safe to say that the time we spend here each summer is something we look forward to all year long! The house has everything you need for a relaxing visit to the Cape, and the owners are very responsive and kind. It's also within walking distance of beaches, shops, and restaurants in Osterville.

Date of Stay: June 2017
Date Submitted: April 2019
Kate H
Austin, TX
(Homeowner Entered)

This property is in an excellent location, has plenty of space, and was very well kept. We really enjoyed the back yard space and the bright kitchen area. There was plenty of space for visitors. It had a really homey feel. Osterville is in a great location. It's close to Hyannis and other Cape communities. The southern beaches are close by and easy to access.

Date of Stay: September 2016
Date Submitted: April 2019
Bill S
Palo Heights, IL
(Homeowner Entered)

Elf Hill is a lovely property set in beautiful gardens. Only a short walk into Osterville which is a very nice village with some beautiful shops. We enjoyed a very relaxing holiday here, in the back garden (yard) especially, spotting the local wildlife, chipmunks, humming birds and some birds we couldn't identify. We would recommend this accommodation.

Date of Stay: August 2016
Date Submitted: April 2019
Suzanne C
Woodley Stockport, United Kingdom
(Homeowner Entered)

This cottage is truly a gem and ideal for a family, beach getaway. We stayed here for a week in August with two children (ages 2.5 and 4.5) and my older parents, and couldn't have been happier. The outside garden is meticulously maintained and the backyard is spacious, with Adirondack chairs, a great swing set, and hammock. Our kids loved playing outside and I was thrilled to be able to let them run without having to worry--the yard is completely fenced in. The cottage itself is incredibly cozy and because there are two floors, we were able to have some privacy and not feel that everyone was on top of each other. The kids' room is adorable, with three twin beds, which delighted my children. There were toys and books and lots of space to roam around. The two other bedrooms are also lovely with nice beds, bedding, etc. and AC units. Dowses Beach is a few minutes away and, again, ideal for kids. The waves are gentle, the sand is as soft and white as sugar, and it never gets too packed because the town limits the number of guests. (Only people with beach passes can enter.) We spent most days there or at Joshua's Pond, which is a 2 minute walk from the house. It's also a great swimming spot for children (and adults), and when the lifeguards aren't around you can swim long laps across the entire pond, which is really more of a lake. Osterville itself is a quant, New England village out of a Norman Rockwell book. Perfectly preserved, beautifully maintained with lovely shops and cafés. I really can't recommend this cottage more, and I actually do have high standards (which may not be clear from this review). I am generally nervous about renting places sight unseen, but I give my word that this place is worth it. show more show less

Date of Stay: July 2016
Date Submitted: April 2019
Nicole L
Los Angeles, CA
(Homeowner Entered)

My wife and I had a nice stay in Elf Cottage. The home is very charming and typical of a Cape Cod cottage. Cozy, clean and a great location to Osterville village. Walk to everything! The owner is very kind and responds to email immediately. I would recommend Elf Cottage to anyone looking in Osterville

Date of Stay: May 2016
Date Submitted: April 2019
Keith N
Naples, FL
(Homeowner Entered)

About Liz

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Member since:
9/16/2013
Reviews:
19 reviews
We are a Franco-American family of three: Liz, Eric and 15-year-old Alexander. I grew up on the North Shore in Massachusetts but have lots of family in Osterville. When we were looking to buy a vacation home on Cape Cod, we visited dozens of homes all throughout the penninsula. We slowly came to the realization that Osterville was really the ''best'' village, and were were lucky enough to find our dream house here.

We have a network of trusted professionals who look after Elf Hill beautifully in our absence (great cleaning team, gardener, caretaker, etc.).

We have been renting the house out to terrific people from all over -- mostly Americans, but also Canadians, Brits and the French -- since our purchase. The experience has been extremely satisfying and positive.

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