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Sandwich Vacation Rental home in Cape Cod MA, 1.2 mi to Sandwich Town Beach | ID 35227
5 BR
5 ½ baths
Sleeps 10
Beds: 2 kings, 2 queens, 1 twin
Beach: 1.2 mi to Sandwich Town Beach
Guest Reviews: 1 review
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Off-season 2021/22
$2,000
Summer 2022
$2,500
Off-season 2022/23
$2,250
Off-season 2021/22
$8,500
Summer 2022
$10,500
Off-season 2022/23
$8,500
Off-season 2021/22
 
Summer 2022
 
Off-season 2022/23
 
State and local taxes of 12.45% will apply
 Online payments accepted
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Contact: Christopher
Time Active:
1 month
Description

Description

Rare chance to enjoy a piece of Sandwich history. This historic landmark has undergone numerous transformations and has most recently become a spectacular family residence. Original architectural features and six incredible stained glass windows were seamlessly incorporated into the most recent renovations.

The fully air conditioned home boasts over 7,000 square feet, 5 bedrooms each with gas fireplaces and en suite baths. A Great room with separate sections for formal living and dining rooms as well as a wet bar. Spectacular Chef's kitchen and library round out the second floor. There is elevator access to all three levels and a spiral staircase to the bell tower.

As an option we offer onsite catering for your enjoyment.

One enters through handsome black front doors one steps into a marble foyer with dual stair case rising to the main living space. Main Area: boasts space for conversation, dining for up to 40, wet bar, game area, piano, raised sitting area with giant gas fireplace as well as the open kitchen. Gaze upwards to original tiled ceiling and from left to right are 4 floor to ceiling original stainglass windows reflecting colors of blue, yellow and green.

Off the main dining area is the libary, surounded by bookshelves which provides a quiet space.

Brief History and Overview of the Meetinghouse

The Meetinghouse. Purchased by the Wilson Family in 2002 at auction (formerly Yesteryears Doll Museum cr 1965) and completely renovated into a 5 bedroom residential property; used as part of the Belfry Inn & Bistro portfolio of rooms and private catered function space. Its was sold by Wilson in 2005 to The Segur family and who have since passed away it was repurchased from the estate by Wilson again in 2018.

The Meetinghouse is one of the most storied landmarks in the village: the First Church Meetinghouse. This was the site of the original First Parish Meeting House, built in 1638 and the first public building on Cape Cod, and served as a literal meetinghouse, simultaneously, of the town hall of Cape Cod’s first settlement and the place of worship for three different denominations. Three different structures have occupied the site-the present one has stood since 1830.

Over the years, the town hall moved out, reflecting separation of church and state, then, gradually, the denominations moved to other quarters. Since 1965, the majestic, yet graceful structure was a doll house museum, Yesteryears, and finally, even that function ended. When we last visited Sandwich, it was cracked and peeling, boarded up and decaying. Wilson bought it at auction and saw it through its reincarnation as The Belfry Meetinghouse.

The Meetinghouse is geared for longer stays-such as weekly business retreats or monthly family vacations. Measuring more than 7,000 square feet, comprises five one-bedroom suites, dining area, game area, bar area, library, open kitchen and meeting space. Complete with an elevator, generator and whole house fire suppression system. Loss of power is never an issue and WIFI most phones can be used as a personal hot spot should cable WIFI go out.

Guests enter through a marble entryway and climb 15 stairs to enter the grandiose main space, where the eye is pulled upward to the newly painted tin ceiling with its handsome center chandelier. The original altar is enlarged and raised two feet above the main floor. A semicircular sitting area with gas burning fireplace invites repose, reflection and contemplation. Light diffuses throughout the magnificent polychrome stained glass fenestration.

The main floor features a library with Internet access, fax capability and additional home office fittings, entertainment and dining areas. A ‘personal chef’ is available to serve occupants and their guests from the open kitchen dining area

The former choir loft has been reincarnated as a gallery sitting area. Horse hair plaster was removed from interior walls, revealing the original etched glass windows beneath, letting sunlight stream in. A winding, three-story staircase gives access to under the bell tower.

Five Guestrooms are were named for historically significant dolls (hearkening to its former use as a doll museum) and feature whirlpool tubs, TV, HVAC, and sitting areas. Beds are dressed in only the finest textiles. The master suite-950 square feet in all-is accoutered with a king size bed, dressing area and palatial bath and offers a panorama of the first floor from its veranda doors. Four additional bedrooms and gallery area are located on the main floor.



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Location

Location - Sandwich

Nearest beach: 1.2 mi to Sandwich Town Beach

41.7585854 -70.4985570 0
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Pricing & Availability

Pricing & Availability

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Calendar Last Updated: November 16, 2021

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

Payment Methods: ACH/EFT (no transaction fees); American Express, Visa, MasterCard (4%); and personal checks

Additional pricing info: Cleaning fee and waste water $750 weekly, State and local taxes of 12.45% will apply

Minimum Stay Requirements:
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    5 nights
  • Summer 2022
    5 nights
  • Off-season 2022/23
    5 nights
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Amenities

Amenities

Proximity to water and beach
  • walk to a salt water beach
Interior
  • Jacuzzi
  • Central A/C
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Coffeemaker
  • Linens Included
  • Cable TV
  • Fireplace
  • Wireless or wired internet
  • No Smoking
Exterior
  • Deck/Porch/Patio
  • BBQ-Grill
Other
  • No Pets
Handicap Accessibility
  • Through garage to elevator room - bedroom on ground floor .
Reviews

Guest Reviews

1 review
Have you stayed here? Write a review
AMAZING HOME!!!!

This church-turned-home is simply breathtaking, from the light coming into the giant stained glass windows and the breathtaking original artwork, to the gourmet kitchen and the "man cave" where the alter used to be.

The gourmet kitchen has everything you need in it, and you can tell that the owners are restaurant people (they own 3 restaurants in the village---one which is...wait for it...another converted church called the Belfry Inn (delicious!!).

Speaking of dining, there are several great restaurants within walking distance, from a very cool "burger bar" to a tapas restaurant in a converted art gallery (called The Seal--get the lobster roll!), but even better is to go a few doors down to The brown Jug, get some cheese, munchies and wine and head home to enjoy this magical space in front of a movie on the giant screen TV.

We are a little on the nerdy side and love museums and libraries and were thrilled that not only was the Sandwich Glass Museum located right around the corner, the historic Sandwich Library is literally across the street (if you are also a museum buff make sure you go up the road to Heritage Museum and Gardens--thank me later ;)

There is nothing I can say negative about our getaway. The church...er, house is immaculate and well loved and the location is perfection. Just about every day we would stop at Beth's Bakery on our way back from the Sandwich Boardwalk and beach. Thank you Chris and Wendy for opening your home to us and we hope to become "regulars" to Sandwich. See you soon! A & T
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Date of Stay: October 2021
Date Submitted: November 2021
Owner Response:

Thank you so much for the feedback. We look forward to hosting your family again!

Delray Beach, FL
Member since Nov 2021
About

About Christopher

Member since:
10/14/2021
Reviews:
1 reviews
Christopher Wilson
Owner/Innkeeper


In 1992, when Christopher Wilson, former financial planner/trust banker and innkeeper wannabe, first spotted the ramshackle, tumbledown 1872 rectory on Jarves Street; his vision was immediate. With a lot of hard work, steadfast determination and the support of Chris' two young sons, Christopher (then 11) and Alexander (then 5), and perhaps a little ''help from above'', the original Abbey, quickly became known as Cape Cod's most intimate bistro and inn, and continues to be one of the highest rated properties in New England. By 2003 the Belfry property had expanded to four historic buildings, including a former Methodist church and Doll Museum, which Chris converted into a private residence.

As The Belfry approaches its 25th anniversary, Chris and his staff continue to offer world class hospitality year round. In 2021, as the Covid-19 scare finally started to calm, the addition of The Seal, an opulent jewel of an eatery and bar, housed within an art gallery, added even more relaxed elegance to the center of historic Sandwich Village. Chris still makes breakfast daily at the inn, continues to maintain the property, and still enjoys being the ''hands-on'' general manager of the entire operation. As the Belfry has grown in size, so has its economic impact on Cape Cod, increasing its original staff of three to now seasonally employing over twenty five local hospitality professionals.

What is special about this property?
Village location walking distance to libary, dining, beaches and musuems, gardens, trails. A very speail place to seek solace and celebrate life.

What is special about your town?
One might say that our location is literally, ''Main Street, USA''! Sandwich is the oldest town on Cape Cod and considered to showcase the prettiest and most quaint walking village in all of New England. From your front door you take a short stroll to numerous historic sites--including the Dexter Grist Mill and the Hoxie House (one of the oldest homes in America), as well as gift shops, art galleries, restaurants, museums and cafes. Highlights include the 100 acres of walking trails and gardens of Heritage Museums & Gardens, as well as the historic Sandwich Glass Museum, where you can learn how to blow glass. If you like to get outdoors there are miles of conservation trails in the area, or you can bike ride along the Cape Cod Canal and wave to the boats and barges floating by. For restaurants, the Belfry Bistro, former church, is a short walk away and considered to be the Cape's most unique fine dining restaurant. Want to keep it a bit more casual? Next to the Belfry is the aptly named Next Door Burger Bar, or you can enjoy a blend of sophistication and neighborhood chatter at The Seal, a ''coastally inspired'' tapas restaurant and art gallery. Beth's Bakery is also a short walk away, and a great way to start your morning, or you can pick up wine and snacks at The Brown Jug for a sunset picnic at nearby Town Neck Beach. Speaking of beaches, make sure you bring your swim suit for a jump into the water off of the Sandwich Boardwalk--it's a rite of passage, and a whole lot of fun!

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