My family and I have just finished our stay at Manor By The Sea. After reading one of the recent previous reviews, I was worried about what my family and I would find for our vacation. Fortunately, my experience was not the same as that guest's.
If you love and appreciate historical properties, then this home is a one of a kind experience. The setting is absolutely perfect, and what an amazing opportunity to be able to call this piece of history home for a week. We felt like we were reliving old-Cape Cod every day.
The house is beautiful and has appeared to hold up remarkably well despite it's age, quite the attest to it's builders. There is a slight musty smell, but considering it's age, it's location on the water, and that it probably locked up in between rentals, it was not that bad, and mostly went away within a few days after we were there and allowed fresh air to come through. The owners opened the house up quite nicely for us with music, lights, and table settings. What a nice presentation.
We found the house to be adequately clean and the furnishings were fitting. You can tell that the owners walk a fine line between wanting to keep the home true to it's historical roots and beauty and updating it for renters and modern conveniences. While the high season rates may still be a bit high, we found that for the amount that the house holds, the off season rates were reasonable. I do wish that linens were provided by the owners and not the guest’s responsibility, even if it was through a service. There was no problem for us with the back stairs, although for elderly or young children it might be an issue. The rooms are quite separate from the other bedrooms (although we found this great for privacy) and all of our guests who stayed back there actually loved the opportunity to take baths in the deep claw foot tub.
All of our guests loved the house, it is great setting for taking family pictures, group dinners, and daily activities for every age. The beach could not be more perfect. It was nice to be in a residential area, not so touristy. So many things to do for all right at the house, and what a beautiful area of the Cape. I would love to see a book about the history of the house available, as many of our guests were asking about it. The stories/history would make great talking points and would help guests appreciate the home even more.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and piece of history