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Wellfleet Vacation Rental home in Cape Cod MA, 3/4 mi to private beach north of Newcomb's Hollow | ID 13080
5 BR
2 baths
Sleeps 10
Beds: 1 queen, 3 doubles, 2 twins, Private Studio
Beach: 3/4 mi to private beach north of Newcomb's Hollow
Guest Reviews: 17 reviews 17 reviews
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Summer 2024
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$2,000 - $3,800
Off-season 2023/24
 
Summer 2024
 
Off-season 2024/25
 
Listed by Peter Matson
Active
15+ years
Property ID 13080
Description

Description

Perfect for social distancing. Bring your groceries with you and you can have a lovely summer vacation without ever getting back into your car.

A secluded, antique Cape on 4 1/2 acres within the Cape Cod National Seashore.The house is a short walk along a path through the woods to Herring Pond. Continuing down a sand road there are places to swim in two of the Cape’s wonderful clear kettle ponds. The sand roads are excellent for jogging and trail bikes. The beach, just 1.2 miles from the house (just north of Newcomb's Hollow) and an easy ½ hour walk, is along the famed backshore of Cape Cod, one of the longest and most beautiful stretches of beach in the Northeast. The Herring River, at this point a meandering fresh water brook, flows past the house at the foot of the lawn.

The house sleeps 10 with ample room in the kitchen/dining room for large gatherings and multiple cooks, a charming country style living room and study on the first floor. There are 4 bedrooms on the second floor, two singles, one queen, and one double. The first floor study has a futon couch and can be comfortably used as a bedroom. The study is right next to the downstairs full bathroom. Outside, the original garage has been converted to a bunk house with a double bed and single bed.

The house is 1/2 mile from Route 6 and 2 miles from Wellfleet Center--and the excellent public library that has won multiple awards. Pedestrian friendly Wellfleet Center has a small grocery store, a farmers market on Wednesday’s, a cultural center, an historical museum, two theaters, and many shops and good restaurants.

Polite dogs are welcome. (And they love the freedom!)

This is a perfect spot for no-tec/low-tech vacation. There is internet access via MiFi cellular data that is ok for email and limited internet browsing. It is too slow for streaming. Cell service is intermittent in the backwoods generally though fine in other places in Wellfleet. The library has a high speed, fios internet connection and is friendly, warm and inviting. The house has no TV as regular TV service, via cable or otherwise, is impossible to get there.

We have copied several delightful entries from the house guestbook to our review section. We hope you read them to get a sense of our house from our previous tenants.
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Location

Location - 'The Back Woods,' Wellfleet

Nearest beach: 3/4 mi to private beach north of Newcomb's Hollow

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Pricing & Availability

Pricing & Availability

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Calendar Last Updated: February 27, 2024

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Additional availability info: If you can, take advantage of Sept. - best weather, best swimming, best price. This is a Friday to Friday vacation rental.

Payment Methods: Personal checks

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Additional Pricing Info: Prices always negotiable for multiple weeks. State and local taxes of 14.45% will apply

Amenities

Amenities

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

  • Outdoor shower Outdoor shower

  • Washer&dryer Washer&dryer

  • Pets considered Pets considered

  • Internet Internet

  • Deck, porch or patio Deck, porch or patio

  • BBQ-grill BBQ-grill

  • Coffee maker Coffee maker

  • Dishwasher Dishwasher

  • Dishes Dishes

  • Utensils Utensils

  • No smoking No smoking



    Green Amenities

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    • Recycling Recycling

    Reviews

    Guest Reviews

    17 reviews
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    Lovely historic house

    This was a lovely place to stay if you like peace and quiet, being in the woods, and feeling like you are off the grid and a part of history. The house has incredible access to some of the most exquisite ponds and beaches in cape cod. The open dining/kitchen area was perfect for large gatherings of loved ones. The outdoor shower is the best!

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    Date of Stay: September 2023
    Date Submitted: October 2023
    Lisa A.
    Amherst, MA
    Member since Oct 2022
    Cape house

    We love this house ! It's perfect for families who want privacy and it's not fussy. The location is ideal - our grown kids enjoyed themselves - the dog was in heaven. We walked to swimming areas and cooked at the house. It's like the Cape used to be. We will return!

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    Date of Stay: September 2023
    Date Submitted: October 2023
    Deb M.
    Shrewsbury, MA
    Member since Jul 2021
    A wonderful place

    This house is a rare and wonderful piece of old Cape Cod, from the sandy access road and the woodland setting to the house itself with its own unique personality and the sense of a much-loved place with a rich family history. There's a nearby kettle pond that's very peaceful and beautiful for swimming and a longish walk down a sandy road will get you to the ocean. Route 6 and downtown Wellfleet aren't far away, but you would never know it when you're at the house.
    We were a party of 7, including 3 grandparents and 2 toddlers. The study worked well as a bedroom for the oldest one of us and has a bathroom right next to it. The two children were each able to have their own room which was very helpful for naps and when one of them woke up extra early. The separate studio was a useful getaway for sleeping or some timeout and would also serve well as a bedroom for someone who didn't want to have to use either of the stairways in the house which are both fairly steep. The kitchen/dining area is spacious and has everything needed for making meals. It has a long table that could seat up to 10. There's a setup for composting and recycling which is a welcome addition. The outdoor shower is also great to have.
    We felt very lucky to have found this place and would be happy to go again someday.
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    Date of Stay: August 2023
    Date Submitted: October 2023
    Tim W.
    Temple, NH
    Member since Dec 2022
    Lovely relaxing stay

    This house is in my favorite area of the Cape, and it's great place to enjoy all the area has to offer. Quite near tranquil freshwater ponds, and close to the beach, you don't really need to get in the car once you're there. However it's a short ride to town, and not too far from Provincetown as well if you want a little nightlife. The kitchen is perfect for cooking, even for multiple cooks, and it has indoor and multiple outdoor tables to gather. There is also a sizable yard if you want to play games or run around with a dog. Inside everything seems as it was in a simpler time, with books and art hinting at the area's history as place for creative inspiration. show more show less

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    Date of Stay: July 2023
    Date Submitted: October 2023
    Caitlin
    Brooklyn, NY
    Member since Oct 2023
    Peaceful surrounds within the bustle of a Wellfleet Summer.

    My family and I had the opportunity to stay in this lovely, yet unpretentious, hideaway cottage in the woods of the Cape Cod National Seashore. It is roomy and comfortable for ten people. All the nooks and crannies of the upstairs layout of four bedrooms provide an extra level of charm.

    The owner also describes it as a gathering place. We were part of a larger family (staying elsewhere) and were able to comfortable feed all on the outside patio for lunches with the well-stocked kitchen.

    It is close to a few of the more secluded kettle ponds on the Truro border which afforded quiet swimming and fishing opportunities. The outdoor shower was an added bonus. The living room and other 1st floor rooms provide a peek into the lives of the owner's family with their extensive historical library and reading interests as well as providing comfortable places to nestle for one's own reading. Other than the steep stairs which were a problem for a couple of our more senior members, this rental is a pleasant hiatus from the crowds of Summer. I think it is a good idea to note the steep stairs so a renter could be forewarned. I know many older homes have this so it is often a characteristic of renting an older home from a different generation.

    We truly enjoyed our stay here and Annamarie was very responsive to all our questions. Thank you for this opportunity.
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    Date of Stay: July 2022
    Date Submitted: July 2022
    Mary Ann B.
    Member since Jan 2022
    It was a dream

    This property is a dream! Bohemian house grows on you day by day -- wonderful kitchen and living room. The wooded walk to a pond and ocean -- absolutely magical. Cannot wait to go back.

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    Date of Stay: June 2022
    Date Submitted: July 2022
    Laura M.
    Member since Jul 2022
    what a wonderful home

    truly a magnificent place to relax and unwind. walk to kettle ponds and ocean for swimming. so quiet and peaceful. the house is beyond charming, comfortable and well equipped for cooking. lots of awesome books. the outdoor shower is fantastic. the dinner table and patios are perfect for meals and games. the book about the house is very useful. I can't say enough and we will be back again for sure!!!

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    Date of Stay: June 2022
    Date Submitted: July 2022
    Julia K.
    Monroe, NY
    Member since Jun 2020
    Continues to be Wonderful!

    A small update to my previous review - scroll down to the review of our June 2016 stay to understand why this is the perfect house for anyone who loves the National Seashore and its quiet kettle ponds, its sand roads and its winding trails, its dunes covered in pine and oak forests and its wild strand. We have now spent our 10th year in the house we still affectionately call the "red house"- and, no it hasn't been red in years. We wouldn't change a thing. But… I do want to flag that the recent addition of a booster for the cellular signal means that the hotspot now provides some basic internet at the house. Not enough that you cannot easily escape the feeling of constant connection if you want that seclusion, but just enough that you can check your email without going into town or stream some music at happy hour. So overall: a positive addition! show more show less

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    Date of Stay: June 2021
    Date Submitted: July 2021
    Simon B.
    San Francisco, CA
    Member since Jul 2021
    Quiet respite in the woods

    The house provided the perfect venue for a soft re-entry after the pandemic. Quiet and serene, but only a quick drive to Wellfleet center, Truro and Provincetown. Short hike to the beach, wonderful wilderness surrounding the property, and excellent star-gazing at night. I've never felt so close to the sky. Plenty of bedrooms, and plenty of room to spread out during the day.

    A real gem. We even impressed our local Cape Cod friends with such a unique find!

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    Date of Stay: June 2021
    Date Submitted: June 2021
    Sean C.
    Cold Spring, NY
    Member since Apr 2021
    So nice!

    We loved our stay in this home! Peter, the owner, was a pleasure to communicate with prior to our arrival. The house itself is a bit of magic, with portions dating back to 1790. We loved the feeling of being steeped in this long history. The house has a wonderful library reflecting I'm guessing the passions and interests of prior generations who lived there. Old Baedekers, local history dating back to the Mayflower, and on and on. And this is just the icing on the cake.

    We also loved the proximity to Herring Pond down a small trail, the walk over to the ocean, the easy access to bike trails and all the rest! We feel very lucky to have found this place, and hope to return next summer! show more show less

    Date of Stay: June 2020
    Date Submitted: July 2020
    Steve G.
    Arlington, VA
    Member since Jul 2020
    About

    About Peter Matson

    Member since:
    2/5/2007
    Reviews:
    17 reviews
    Response Time:
    Within two days
    Response Rate:
    89%
    This is a family house bought originally in 1934. It was falling down. Restored to use, the owners raised their two children in the house summer times and as long as they could stay. The house was not heated. In those early days it took two days to travel to the Cape from New York City! In the fifties and sixties when the grandchildren were little, they all (we all) got to be there all summer from the end of June to September. Heaven. The grandfather died in 1965, the grandmother remarried. For the next thirty or so years, the grandmother and husband lived in the house from the beginning of June to the end of September. After they both passed on, the house was left to a trust and we continue to hold the house, renting it in the summer so that we can keep it.

    What is special about this property?
    We think it is the best of both worlds. An easy walk to freshwater swimming, a slightly longer easy walk to the beach. (or bicycle?). The house itself in a quiet oasis of the ''back woods.'' It is possible never to get in the car if you've brought all the groceries you need. Or you can get into town in 10 minutes.

    What is special about your town?
    Wellfleet needs no description? It's beaches, walks, charming town...

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