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.