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Osterville Vacation Rental home in Cape Cod MA, 3/10 mile to Joshua Pond and 1 mile to Dowses | ID 23526
3 BR
2 baths
Sleeps 7
Beds: 2 queens, 2 twins, 1 daybed (narrow, full-length twin)
Beach: 3/10 mile to Joshua Pond and 1 mile to Dowses
Guest Reviews: 31 reviews 31 reviews
Daily
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Off-season 2023/24
 
Summer 2024
 
Off-season 2024/25
 
Off-season 2023/24
$1,750 - $2,620
Summer 2024
$2,990 - $3,260
Off-season 2024/25
$1,780 - $2,440
Off-season 2023/24
 
Summer 2024
 
Off-season 2024/25
 
State and local taxes of 14.45% will apply
Listed by Liz
Active
6+ years
Property ID 23526
5
Description

Description

**The kitchen, sunroom and two bathrooms were completely renovated in 2022. A new patio and large outdoor shower were added this past spring.**

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. The house 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 outdoor shower (a Cape must!). 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 tranquil spot for breakfast -- and lovely for dinners prepared on its Weber grill. We will leave for you your own supply of sunflower seeds so that you can enjoy the cardinals and goldfinches on the arbor birdfeeder.

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. Serious swimmers and boogie-boarders gravitate to it outside of these hours. Both Joshua's and Dowses have bathroom facilities and showers.

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

Guests should bring their own sheets and towels. Alternative arrangements are possible if necessary.

Unfortunately, pets are generally not accepted.

You will find in the sunroom a 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 read our many five-star reviews!
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Location

Location - Osterville

Nearest beach: 3/10 mile to Joshua Pond and 1 mile to Dowses

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Pricing & Availability

Pricing & Availability

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Minimum Stay Requirements:
  • Off-season 2023/24
    4 nights
  • Summer 2024
    7 nights
  • Off-season 2024/25
    4 nights
  • Summer 2025
    7 nights
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Calendar Last Updated: February 15, 2024

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Additional availability info: Saturday-to-Saturday rental in the summer with day flexibility otherwise. This is a Saturday to Saturday vacation rental.

Payment Methods: ACH/EFT, Zelle (no transaction fees); Venmo (transaction fees vary); and personal checks

Other Fees:

Cleaning Fee:

$200

Security Deposit:

$1000

Additional Pricing Info: Gas and electricity usage will be an additional charge for December-April stays. State and local taxes of 14.45% will apply

Amenities

Amenities

  • Walk to a fresh water beach Walk to a fresh water beach

  • Central air Central air

  • Outdoor shower Outdoor shower

  • Washer&dryer Washer&dryer

  • No Pets No Pets

  • Internet Internet

  • Deck, porch or patio Deck, porch or patio

  • BBQ-grill BBQ-grill

  • Fenced yard Fenced yard

  • Yard Yard

  • TV TV

  • Smart TV Smart TV



    Green Amenities

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    • LED lighting LED lighting

    • ENERGY STAR appliances ENERGY STAR appliances

    • Recycling Recycling

    • Reusable grocery totes Reusable grocery totes

    Reviews

    Guest Reviews

    31 reviews
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    A Little Bit of Paradise

    Elf Hill is everything advertised and more. The house is charming and equipped with all needs. The house is clean and well-maintained. The focal point of the house is the beautifully landscaped garden in the backyard. The patio is private and a lovely place to enjoy morning coffee or dinner in a beautiful setting. The house is a short walk to both Main Street and Joshua's Pond. We even walked to Dowses Beach. The location is unbeatable. The owner, Liz, and the property manager were very accommodating and always available. All house rules and expectations were clearly stated and a guide to area was emailed before arrival and available in the home. I highly recommend this property. My family and I truly had an amazing week. show more show less

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    Date of Stay: July 2023
    Date Submitted: August 2023
    Bernadette C.
    Malverne, NY
    Member since Jan 2023
    Great spot

    Elf Hill is a great place to stay. It's a classic cape in an excellent Osterville neighborhood. The house is as pictures show, backyard is great with brand new outdoor shower. Home is very short walk to Main Street, short drive to Dowses Beach, and a 5 minute walk to Joshua's Pond, which by the way is a great place to swim, especially in the morning. I'd recommend this rental.

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    Date of Stay: July 2023
    Date Submitted: August 2023
    Todd M.
    Gansevoort, NY
    Member since Apr 2023
    Beautiful Cape Home

    Our vacation at Elf Hill was wonderful. Everything we needed/wanted was available in the house and our dinners in the back yard were perfect - the yard is large with beautiful trees and flowers. Dowes beach is a five minute drive and is one of the prettiest beaches on the cape, in our opinion - the warm water is delightful. Plenty of stores and and several restaurants within walking distance. Liz is exceptionally responsive and accommodating. Can't wait to return next year.

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    Date of Stay: July 2022
    Date Submitted: August 2022
    Kathy G.
    Watertown, MA
    Member since Jan 2007
    A Perfect Cape Cod Vacation

    My wife and I stayed at this wonderful cottage for a week in the middle of June. It was a perfect Cape Cod vacation. There was much more room than the two of us needed, but was so comfortable and clean both inside and outside. The house had everything and more than we needed and was in a perfect location in the charming village of Osterville...perfect for walking almost anywhere in the village...downtown or to the beach.

    It was also a great place to be able to explore the rest of the Cape. Most importantly, the communications with the owner was always extraordinarily prompt. Additionally, the house manager was always available if needed. We are so happy that Liz shared her home with us...and we look forward to returning again soon. show more show less

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    Date of Stay: June 2022
    Date Submitted: July 2022
    Edward B.
    Naples, FL
    Member since Mar 2022
    Delightful Cape in Osterville

    We enjoyed a beautiful June week in Osterville, made perfect by Elf Hill Cottage. The house is well-equipped and immacuately clean. The three bedroom, two bath set-up is simple and well-suited to life on vacation.

    The gardens and patio of the Cape-style house made a perfect setting for outdoor relaxing, dining and enjoying our time. The sunroom next to the kitchen added informal space for eating and slipping out to the gardens.

    The cottage's proximity to town, the park and a one of the larger ponds in Osterville meant we could walk everywhere in town. Osterville is one of the Cape's most charming and beautiful villages, and Elf Hill Cottage is a perfect rental from which to enjoy the town and other parts of the Cape. We will return! show more show less

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    Date of Stay: June 2021
    Date Submitted: July 2021
    Laura S.
    Arlington, VA
    Member since May 2021
    Lovely stay

    The Elf Hill cottage is a wonderful home to spend a vacation. My husband and I stayed there for a month this spring to take a break from city life. It was just what we wanted and needed.

    The house is quaint and set on a lovely property where we were able to enjoy blooming flowers and trees as the season changed. The backyard was private and quiet.
    The house was very clean and well equipped. The location was excellent. We were able to walk to many nature trails, the beach, the harbor and ponds. We were also able to walk into downtown Osterville which was charming.

    The homeowner could not have been more pleasant and the caretaker was very responsive to our needs. We would highly recommend staying here if you want a chance to relax and take a step back in time.
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    Date of Stay: April 2021
    Date Submitted: June 2021
    Beth W.
    Boston, MA
    Member since Mar 2007
    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
    Kate Z.
    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
    Julie S.
    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
    William N.
    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
    Katherine H.
    Rostraver, PA
    Member since Sep 2021
    About

    About Liz

    Member since:
    9/16/2013
    Reviews:
    31 reviews
    Response Time:
    Within a day
    Response Rate:
    100%
    We are a Franco-American family of three: Liz, Eric and 20-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 rewarding and positive.

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