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Osterville Vacation Rental home in Osterville MA, 4/10 mile to Joshua Pond and 1 mile to Dowses | ID 23526
3 BR
2 baths
Sleeps 7
Beds: 2 queens, 2 twins, 1 child's daybed
Beach: 4/10 mile to Joshua Pond and 1 mile to Dowses
Guest Reviews: 25 reviews
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Weekly
Monthly
Off-season 2020/21
 
Summer 2021
 
Off-season 2021/22
 
Off-season 2020/21
$1,650 - $2,300
Summer 2021
$2,800
Off-season 2021/22
$1,650 - $2,300
Off-season 2020/21
 
Summer 2021
 
Off-season 2021/22
 
State and local taxes of 14.45% will apply
 Online payments accepted
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Contact: Liz
Time Active:
3+ years
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Description

Description

***Please note that the kitchen and bathrooms will be fully renovated this winter.***
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 -- and for dinner, with its Weber grill.

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.

Unfortunately, pets are generally not accepted.

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 five-star reviews!

*** Special note for the 2020 season: We have excellent and very concientious cleaners who have put into place a very particular cleaning and disinfecting protocol. I would be happy to send it to you. In addition, for those of you who would prefer to bring your own linens, bath towels, beach towels, dishcloths, etc. and make your own beds, we would deduct $50 from the cleaning fee. ***

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Location

Location - Osterville

Nearest beach: 4/10 mile to Joshua Pond and 1 mile to Dowses

41.6318370 -70.3825510 0
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Pricing & Availability

Pricing & Availability

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Calendar Last Updated: November 08, 2020

Additional availability info: Must add utilities to off-season monthly rental rates. 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: Zelle, Venmo (no transaction fees); and personal checks

Additional pricing info: Cleaning fee: $230 including laundry or $180 without sheets, towels and other laundry. State and local taxes of 14.45% will apply

Minimum Stay Requirements:
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    4 nights
  • Summer 2021
    7 nights
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    4 nights
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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.
Green Amenities
  • Recycling
  • Reusable grocery totes
  • LED lighting
Reviews

Guest Reviews

25 reviews
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Everything we had hoped - and then some

We've been home for a week now and wish we were back at Elf Hill. House is charming and very comfy with plenty of room for a family of five adults – and four cars. Beautiful gardens in both the front and backyard that are also enjoyed from inside the house, looking out from the sunroom. Great sized private backyard with swing set, hammock, gas grill, and enclosed outdoor shower, a Cape must.

Owner has great taste – nicely furnished and many beautiful pictures, including one painted by the owner in the upstairs bedroom that we claimed for ourselves. We loved walking to Joshua Pond, Armstrong-Kelley Park, Fancy's Market, and Gone Chocolate for quality ice cream. We had delicious meals at Wimpy's and the Chart Room (also great mudslide). Our first day we walked to beautiful Dowses Beach and were surprised that it was closer than we thought. I rarely stay in the water for long – this beach is an exception. Had we stayed longer, I may have finally learned how to swim. show more show less

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Date of Stay: July 2020
Date Submitted: August 2020
Member since May 2020
Quintessential Cape Cottage

I decided to rent two weeks at Elf Hill Cottage as a summer getaway during COVID19. The owner, Liz, made it exceptionally easy to book and was completely transparent about costs, accommodations, and more. She was also incredibly helpful with suggestions and information about the town of Osterville.

When I arrived, I was completely charmed by the gorgeous grounds and the home itself. The location of Elf Hill to Main Street is hard to beat, and I enjoyed morning walks into town for breakfast and coffee (approximately a 5 minute walk). The town has much to offer and the beaches are gorgeous.

This home is truly special and anyone would be lucky to stay here!
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Date of Stay: July 2020
Date Submitted: July 2020
Arlington, VA
Member since May 2020

5/5
Delightful Stay over Thanksgiving Weekend
Everything about this rental was as advertised and very user friendly. Thank you for helping make Thanksgiving for our family special.

Date of Stay: November 2019
Date Submitted: January 2020
Osterville, MA
Member since Jan 2020

5/5 Stars
Norman Rockwell Wants You to Stay Here
The home is neat and tidy. The property is located just a quick walk to the worlds greatest pond for swimming, or the little town for dining. Nothing is Disney brand, nothing is super sized. It's not a McMansion. In other words: it is the perfect setting for a sweet family vacation.

Date of Stay: August 2019
Date Submitted: January 2020
Rostraver, PA
Member since Jan 2020

5/5 Stars
Wonderful Getaway Cottage!
My family and I had a fabulous week at Elf Hill. The house was spacious for just the 3 of us, plenty of room to be together and to get space - especially the amazing back yard! My son and I loved to snuggle on the hammock in the mornings and plan our day. We discovered Joshua's Pond, a 4 minute walk down the hill. It quickly took over the hammock as our favorite morning ritual - the water is warm and crystal-clear! Just gorgeous and peaceful. The house was in a perfect location for walking to town, quick drives to the beaches and so convenient to drives to Mashpee for movies and shopping; Poppanessett for lobster rolls; Hyannis for great restaurants; and Falmouth for the ferry to Martha's Vineyard. We had a couple of minor house issues which were very quickly resolved by the property manager. Overall we couldn't have been happier about the communication with the manager and with Liz and especially with the house and location! We highly recommend and would love to stay here again! show more show less

Date of Stay: July 2019
Date Submitted: January 2020
Westwood, MA
Member since Jan 2020

5/5 Stars
Fabulous Location
Home is located close to the pond, and only short distance to a beautiful beach. Great for a walk at sunset..All the linens you'll need, games for the kids, and a lovely sun porch for your morning coffee! Bathrooms are a bit tight, but functional. Great outdoor shower and lovely yard. Beds are always a matter of personal preference! Caretaker is responsive if called upon, and we found the home in excellent condition upon arrival. Having a beach pass available was wonderful. Close proximity to grocery stores, and easy walk to the downtown shops. Liz, the owner has been delightful to communicate with. You will enjoy your stay! show more show less

Date of Stay: July 2019
Date Submitted: January 2020
Manchester, CT
Member since Mar 2011

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)

About Liz

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Member since:
9/16/2013
Reviews:
25 reviews
We are a Franco-American family of three: Liz, Eric and 16-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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