The SpaceAs a writer, I love having my own retreat. It's a special place where good things happen, where people who make art feel inspired. It's also a beautiful retreat for families and for friends and lovers. The front part of the wraparound porch is sun-drenched in the morning and offers a view to a large pond across the street (it's a boating/fishing pond; not for swimming the way the one behind the house is), and to the garden at the front of the house. In fall and winter, the pond is even more visible. The house is a universe of its own. Guest AccessThis is a lovely space, and ideal for six (6) people. More than this puts a strain on the septic system. I want you to enjoy the experience, and I can assure you, I've learned from this past (delightfully) busy summer season that my house does better with six, or fewer. So, I have added a high occupancy fee for greater than six (to prevent this number from growing).
You'll have lots of space to move about and to feel peaceful. Because it's a private home, not a 5-star hotel, please treat it kindly, as you would your own comfortable home, and know that while I pride myself on good housekeeping via a trusted cleaning person, nothing is perfect. Some of what isn't so clean will be the work of guests before you who didn't properly wash a pan before putting it away. Kindly don't be that person :)
You have access to the entire house, save the basement, shed, and the canoe. You'll have access to linens and towels with the master bathroom cabinet key. Yours to enjoy are all the bedrooms, baths, kitchen, living room, porch, outdoor shower, grill, porch and beach furniture, and the grounds! Don't forget about the private pond and its little beach, accessible by a sweet wooded path behind the house - about a three minute walk! Interaction with GuestsAlthough I won't be there, I have a next-door neighbor, Todd, who watches vigilantly over the house and tends to things when I'm not there. I inherited him and his lovely family when I bought the place in the summer of 2014, and he's marvelous - friendly, responsive, and knowledgeable. If, however, I happen to be staying at the house and leave as you arrive, I'll have the distinct pleasure of greeting and orienting you in person! Todd's contact information is in a front page note in a blue Cape resources binder I keep in the kitchen. The NeighborhoodWith a wraparound porch, an outdoor shower, a view to a sizable pond, and a wooded property, the house almost seems to exist in its own private space, apart from other homes. The cul de sac behind the house feels set apart, affording the house some privacy, and the area has a lot of woods around it. There's even a cranberry bog up the street and around the corner. Those interested in quieter times on the Cape will love this house after the high season crowds subside. With abundant foliage in the area, fall leaf peepers are in for a treat. If you come to the house in winter, you'll find it warm and comfortable. Spring is a delicious time of year to catch the annual Daffodil Festival at the beginning of May.
The vibrancy of Cape Cod In the summer months is rivaled by the gifts of the off-season months. Getting AroundYou should have a car to get around. Prior to the end of the season (Labor Day), you can purchase beach tags for Brewster beaches at the Brewster Town Hall Offices on Route 6A. After Labor Day, parking at any beach is free, If you're a cyclist, there are 'share the road' signs, but please be mindful of traffic. Not everyone shares the road, as we all know too well. If you're a canoe or kayak enthusiast, you should be sure to bring one along! Other Things to NoteIf you've visited Cape Cod before, you know a car is a good thing to have to reach the many treasures the Cape offers; Bay, Sound, and National Seashore beaches are never far away (just a few miles if you're headed to Brewster's bay beaches - and they have public bathrooms). The Cape Cod Rail Trail, a must-do for avid cyclists, joggers, and walkers of all ages, is two miles from the house, so remember your bicycle and your helmet, your sneakers, and your binoculars (for some birdwatching). Brewster is perfectly situated near towns with thriving shops, restaurants, and - of course - ice cream. Dennisport, Yarmouth, and Harwich are closest, and only ten minutes east along route 6 you'll find Orleans. Driving out further east along 6, you're heading toward Provincetown, a fun trip any time of year. Remember to explore while you're here; visit Eastham's (seasonal) flea market and drive-in movie, the National Seashore beaches, Wellfleet, and the Truro vineyard on the way to/from Provincetown. The Cape is home to many artist studios, farm markets/stands, sundry sweet spots (cafes, ice cream parlors, bar/restaurants!), antique and consignment shops. I'm a great fan of those myself, and have gotten to be a regular at Stem to Stern Estate sales on the weekends when I'm lucky enough to get time away at the house. if you like a good library, Brewster Ladies Library at Routes 6A and 124 is a gem. It's also a very short walk from that library to the Brewster General Store. Turn left at the general store, and go down a ways; you'll find Breakwater Beach, a delicious bay beach in Brewster. Come with an explorer's mind-set, and/or an inclination to relax and keep close to home. Either way, you'll find it memorable, and feel deliciously comfortable, too.