My extended family had a wonderful stay at this home in August 2013. The home is extremely well-maintained (interior and exterior), with quality fixtures, linens and decor. It is decorated with stylish, newish furniture that is beach-color theme and very comfortable. It feels like a friend's actual home as opposed to a beach rental where they often have a mishmash of furniture styles.The layout is great for a big crowd to do different activities but still be together. The professionally-outfitted kitchen is large and airy and faces both the large dining room (huge table with ocean view), living area, and large covered terrace (again with ocean views). This is a smartly designed 'upside-down beach house' (all bedrooms are downstairs and the public rooms have the second floor views of the ocean). You are always able to see the water upstairs. We ate as many meals as we could on the terrace: you see the water from east to west yet are protected from the sun.
So, when you venture outside, you are rewarded with a short walk on a wooden plank path to the beach. It is clean and private. The home is part of the Great Island Beach Club, an enclave of 60 or so incredibly charming and immaculate shingled cottages and larger homes. GIBC sits on Nantucket sound and there is no outside traffic as there is a gated entrance. It is quiet and serene : you get that lands' end feeling here.
We spent most of our time on the beach, at the home, or enjoying the community's tennis courts and pool. You don't have to leave the community. We did bring food and prepared many of our meals at the home - the kitchen has nice appliances and supplies. The town of West Yarmouth is your basic cheesy shore town, but we had some great fried seafood and played some mini golf when we got the urge to leave the property. But really: the draw here is this wonderful home in this private community.