I've never written a review on WeNeedaVacation (or really any website like that) but because I depend so much on them when making a decision for a Cape house, and the fact that this house has none (except for the dreaded homeowner entered) I thought I'd share.
To start off, I don't know that I've ever rented a house or gone to a restaurant or done anything when I can't do my due diligence through reviews. I took a chance on this house as they didn't have any, and I'm so glad I did. While the weather was truly pitiful (was only sunny for part of one day, while rained the other days, never reaching a high of above 55), the house made up for that because of the location. In my opinion, this location is second to none other than being right off Main St in Chatham- and honestly, could be even better. While we didn't have a proper beach day, we still spent our days walking and exploring the area. Whether it was walking to Hatch's Fish Market, Mac's Shack (best restaurant on the Cape in my personal opinion), the Pier, the Marsh walk, walking and awing over the old gorgeous homes of Mill Hill, Briar, Railroad, etc.- we made use of our entire long weekend in Welfleet. We went to a wine tasting at the liquor store right around the corner, bought some jams from the stand right up the street on Rt 6, walked the dog down to Town Beach most nights.
If you are a dog lover, and HATE to travel without your dogs, then this house is an absolute must. The fenced in yard was just perfect. Our dog is a rescue and never had proper training from a puppy on staying close by, so it is a very rare occasion we can have her be off leash. The fenced in yard was a real treat for all of us, including our dog.
The interior of the house is the reason this house is probably such a steal for the unbeatable location. I'd love to see the owners make some small updates, like repainting some areas and maybe replacing a few of the bed comforters. My bed was actually very comfortable (the downstairs king) but the twin mattresses upstairs seemed very thin, so probably best for kids. The living room was very comfortable, though- with lots of comfortable seating. For an old house, it was great that they had a dishwasher, and even though the stove is very small, loved having the gas and was excellent to cook on. They also had a fully stocked pantry of cookware which can be hard to come by in Cape rentals. We didn't find the eat in kitchen table to be very inviting, so ended up either eating our meals out at a restaurant or on our lap in the living room. One early evening that was mildly warm (50 degrees) we did eat outside, so if you rent over late Spring or Summer, I imagine that's where people spend most of their time.
It was also great to have so much parking! We had guests come and go throughout our stay, and never had to worry about where to park, which is excellent for such an in town location. It says there is an outdoor shower, but the surrounding area needed to be cleaned out for use (overgrown grass, etc). I imagine that was only the case since we were the first renters of the season- and wouldn't have used it anyway given the weather. Something we didn't realize was that there was no laundry- which was incredibly tough with a 1 year old. Our fault for not seeing that in the listing- but it wouldn't have stopped us from renting, or renting again. Just something to plan for.
All in all, we would absolutely come back, knowing that the house is really your launching point for doing anything and everything in Welfleet. show more show less