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Cape Cod Architectural Gem with water view: Selected weeks, March to July, 2015

Marcy Lay

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english, german
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Cape Cod Architectural Gem with water view: Selected weeks, March to July, 2015

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


Barnstable House Rental Photos and Description

4 BR 2 baths, sleeps 8+, Spring and Fall dates available!

--Imagine yourself rocking on the 2nd floor screened porch, watching the sun go down over the marsh, sea, and dunes.

--Imagine yourself eating dinner with friends and family in a beautiful great-room under soaring, white rafters.

--Imagine yourself relaxing in a home that is the perfect combination of beach-house casual and vacation elegance.

--Our year-round home has striking views over Barnstable Harbor and an original design from an award-winning team of architects.

--The classic, shingled exterior and light, airy interior is pleasing to the eye.

--Upstairs, a living room, dining room, and fully-equipped kitchen form a 'great room' with cathedral ceiling, heated by wood burning stove.

--Our charming sunroom, den, screened porch, and deck provide indoor and outdoor living areas.

--The tiny cabin/playhouse with deck in the woods sleeps one seeking solitude!

--We have a secluded outdoor shower, as well as two full bathrooms.

--Right off of 6A on the bay (north) side, we're a short drive to public beaches, scenic drives, historic Barnstable Village, and Cape Cod town center Hyannis.

The Story of an Upside-Down House: When we first found the property that now houses our architectural gem, the place was an overgrown briar patch without any apparent view of anything. But at the top of a tree at the highest point, we discovered a gorgeous vista of marsh, harbor and bay. An unusual idea was born: why not make the house upside-down, with the main indoor and outdoor living areas/master bedroom on the top floor and the other bedrooms/living areas on the bottom?

The stunning result: beautiful views from the upstairs living room and kitchen, which make a 'great room' with a cathedral ceiling, and from the 2nd floor screened porch off the living room, from where, drink in hand, we can watch the sun go down over the marshes. The great room was designed to give a feeling of space and light to the major living space of the house. The ceiling beams lift the eye upwards towards a ventilating cupola at the top of the space.

Because of the design, with comfortable living and sleeping areas on both floors, this house is well designed for large and multifamily groups, as there are private and 'away' spaces for all.

Outside, there is a large, grassy lawn, some sunny, some shady, with lots of room for outdoor games (badminton, croquet, etc.). Outdoor seating areas include a two-person hammock strung between two trees, second floor screened porch, and back deck with grill. We also have an adorable playhouse/retreat (with electricity and bed for one!), with wrap around deck in a wooded side yard overlooking the vernal pool.

The house and property are equipped with all amenities to make your stay comfortable:

* Quiet location with great view (large, wooded lot on a quiet cul-de-sac with a view over upper reaches of Barnstable Harbor.

* Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms (4 with queens, as well as an additional twin bed in 2 of the bedrooms, plus full-size futon in the sunroom). Baby crib, high chair available.

* In- and outdoor bathing facilities (2 full baths and an outdoor 'after-swim' shower).

* Fully equipped kitchen (including microwave, dishwasher, etc.; gas grill on deck.

* Classy and comfortable atmosphere (wood-burning stove in the living room); central air conditioning; dining room table and chairs for up to 10; eat-in, furnished screened porch; and oak floors/oriental rugs throughout).

* Entertainment/Communication (TV/DVD, DSL with Wi-Fi, CD player; computer/printer available; long distance phone).

* A variety of books, indoor and outdoor games, puzzles, toys, beach equipment provided. Lots of stuff for kids!

* Washing facilities (washer, dryer, ironing board and clothes line)

For more information, renter comments, and additional photos, please visit our house website at

We are also open to home exchanges. For more information, please see our listing on, # 106526

More Details
  • Groups
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Marcy Lay (Owner)
Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english, german
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Calendar last updated:
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About Marcy Lay

I grew up on Cape Cod, in Barnstable, every summer during childhood and have never tired of its charms. My husband and I retired to this house in 2010 and have enjoyed every minute of our time on Cape Cod so far. On or off season, there is plenty to see and do. If you enjoy outdoor activities as we do, you will enjoy vacationing here; there is wonderful hiking, biking, boating, and swimming. I sometimes say that Cape Cod is 'zoned pretty,' because you can drive practically anywhere and be on small, charming roads with lovely homes and views. There is also a surprising number of really good restaurants, shopping, excellent libraries, and cultural arts/events.

Marcy Lay purchased this house in 2000

Why Marcy Lay chose Barnstable

This house was designed and built in 2000 with a goal of creating a treehouse atmosphere that captures all the views and breezes. The wonderful view of harbor and bay over the trees is captivating. Having now lived full time in the house since 2010 (except when traveling), my husband and I can attest to the fact that it is extremely comfortable and livable house in a gorgeous area. While all of Cape Cod is beautiful, our location, right off of Rte 6A (the Old King's Highway) is ideal for easy access to all areas. We have really come to appreciate the quiet and natural beauty of this area during the off season.

What makes this house unique

This house has been enjoyed by renters since 2001. Satisfied guests have told us that it is a wonderful house for family and friend reunions and gatherings, because it is not only beautiful, but also extremely comfortable. Guests can spend time together or apart, as there are roomy, attractive and comfortable sleeping and living areas on both floors. It is also an appropriate and safe setting for children, as it is away from the road, has a large lawn and playhouse, and a multitude of indoor and outdoor games and toys. We have a very comprehensive guest book, with listings for scenic drives, beaches, recommended local restaurants, etc., as well as maps, guidebooks and other relevant information. See the house website at to read a compilation of visitor comments from our guestbook.

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Bedrooms 4
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Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
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Cape Cod Architectural Gem with water view: Selected weeks, March to July, 2015
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Luenen, Germany

beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

Very nicely decorated house, well equipped, bright and

sunny rooms, we found everything we needed and felt very much like home.

The house lies in a quiet neighborhood but is not far from shopping and restaurants.

We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2007
  • Stayed: Sep 2007
  • Source: HomeAway

A veritable sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

Whatever the purpose of your visit to the region, this accommodation takes on an importance and priority of its own. There is a singular comfort to be experienced while staying in this property. An exceptional view and feeling of seclusion. The house layout provides ample shared space as well as room for personal time, reading and/or contemplation.

The house is immaculate and all amenities are on site.

The owners rightfully take pride in their home and provide the support you would not only expect, but also hope for.

A definite recommendation for the conscientious renter.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the appreciative remarks. We love our home and are so glad you did, too. Come again! With warm regards, Marcy and Ben

Beautiful and Unique House - ideal for a family

  • 5 of 5

We had a very pleasant stay in this house for 4 days in April. As a family of 5 seeking a quiet vacation on Cape Cod this wonderful house far exceeded our expectations. It is located in one of the most beautiful and protected areas of Cape Cod, but very close to Rt. 6 and Hyannis for all shopping needs. Each morning we encountered an amazing variety of birds at our windows and could gaze out over the marshes of Sandy Neck.

The owners were very receptive and professional.

We would recommend this property to all who treasure the quiet and natural beauty of Cape Cod and seek a comfortable accommodation.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Westminster, CO, USA

Lovely house in a lovely part of the Cape

  • 5 of 5

We really loved this house. We had never been to the cape before, and couldn't figure out where all the "beach" properties were, or why they were so high-priced (it's because there really aren't very many, and the beaches are rather small and proprietary). So instead we chose this house because of the good price, knowing that all the beaches were within driving distance. Barnstable was a great central location for exploring the cape. This part of the woods was really lovely, and very high-class... all the properties in this immediate area were obviously very expensive.

The house itself is as they say - an architectural gem. They did a great job with the remodeling. In particular, we spent many hours in the "tree house" - the screened-in upper level of the new addition. I didn't think I would like it as much as I did - but it was great for having cocktails at night; playing games; and just whiling away an afternoon reading. Never having a screened in porch before, I didn't realize what a nice thing it could be. Might have to go build our own now. :-) The patio in the back is also really nice if you want to be just outdoors.

The owner was very reasonable and nice. They left a GREAT notebook with lots of notes on the house, where to go and what to do, etc., which we used extensively. The cleanup required afterward, although not like staying at a hotel where you can just pick up and leave, seemed reasonable for the area and in line with what other properties asked. Can't say that I loved having to wash linens and remake the beds, but - as I said - seemed like a lot of houses in this area did something like that.

Just to clarify for other guests - the view of Sandy Neck is wayyy off in the distance, and by no means do you have an ocean view at all - but you can see over all of the marsh to Sandy Neck in the distance, which is nice. But to me, the view of Sandy Neck was just an okay part of this house and not particularly important. More important was the solitude (it was at the very end of a cul-de-sac, with no other houses between you and the marsh) and lack of proximity to other houses. You could kind of see other houses on the side of you through the woods, but that was it. We had complete privacy and quiet, and spent many hours listening to all the birds and critters in the woods.

This house was great for two separate families - one of us had the upstairs master bedroom, and the other one had the whole downstairs to ourselves.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
North Central Massachusetts

We've seen the light!

  • 5 of 5

This home is magical - light, airy, well-appointed, comfortable, spacious - a vacationer's delight, with a view of the marshes, ocean and sandy neck beyond. It is conveniently located near activities, shopping, dining, beaches, and is private while being easy to find! Room for 8 with space to spare, it is perfect for families, couples, reunions, etc. We used it as home base while preparing for our daughter's wedding. Our Canadian guests were thrilled to stay with us, and every visitor was very impressed with the homes architecture and amenities. We'll be going back as soon as possible. LOVED IT!

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2007
  • Stayed: Aug 2007
  • Source: HomeAway


Sandy Neck
Long Beach
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Barnstable Tavern
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Hyannis to Nantucket
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Hyannis to Boston/Boston to Hyannis
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Exit 6 on U.S. Route 6
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Dolphin, Barnstable Tavern, Nirvana
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Sandy Neck Beach
Car: necessary

Located on the north shore of lovely Cape Cod, the house is close to beaches, boating, and historic sites. Nearby historic Barnstable Village is an old-time small town--eat breakfast at the Village Landing Restaurant, dine on fine seafood at The Dolphin, or visit the Barnstable Market for some penny candy, deli sandwiches, fresh produce, specialty groceries, etc. At the marina, you'll find the embarkation point for fishing expeditions and whale-watching cruses. If you have time before your cruise, visit the fish market cafe window for the freshest, most delicious crabcakes around.

Many beaches of all sorts are within easy driving distance. Choose among beach experiences ranging from the warm tidepools of Dennis Beach to the cold, crashing waves of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Throughout the area, historic sites evoke the colonial history of Cape Cod. The main road near the house, historic Route 6A, maintains its old-world charm and is a veritable tour-route of centuries-old houses and other buildings, as well as art galleries, boutiques, and fine restaurants.

There is a golf course within a five minute drive, and many other golf courses on Cape Cod. There are also mountain biking courses within a ten minute drive. Biking, hiking and boating opportunities abound, with maps and guides in the house to help you find them.


Rates & Availability

From $175 Per night

Barnstable House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Spring
Apr 12 2015 - May 21 2015
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 22 2015 - May 25 2015
3 night minimum stay
End of May/Mid June
May 26 2015 - Jun 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
Fourth of July Weekend
Jul 2 2015 - Jul 6 2015
4 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 30 2015 - Sep 4 2015
3 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 5 2015 - Sep 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Sep 20 2015 - Nov 20 2015
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 21 2015 - Nov 28 2015
4 night minimum stay
Nov 29 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 2 2016
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Notes If needed, we can arrange payment through PayPal, but find checks to be a simpler option.
Generally, we request half the rental amount at the time of contract by check, with the balance due one month before rental. However, we are flexible, depending on circumstances.
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Barnstable House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - outdoor shower
  • We have two full baths, including a master bath with separate shower and a bathtub. In addition, an outdoor shower is good both for getting sand off after a trip to the beach or for bathing under clear skies or the stars.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Two bedrooms on the first floor are each equipped with both a queen and a single bed. The other first floor bedroom has a queen bed. The master bedroom (and bath) is on the second (living) floor and has one queen sized bed. For extra guests, there is a double bed futon in the sun room. There is also a portable crib, a high chair, stroller, child-sized table and chairs, baby gates, and other child-proofing features.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The master bedroom and bath, a fully equipped kitchen and great room (living/dining area) with cozy window seat and wood stove, as well as a wonderful screened porch are on the second floor. The first floor contains the other three bedrooms, bathroom, living room with TV/DVD, and sun room; there are many puzzles, board games, books (both children and adult) and toys provided. French doors open onto a large wooden deck with gas grill, table and chairs. The full basement contains ping pong table, extra kitchen supplies, beach equipment (coolers, boogie boards, beach chairs, pails/shovels, etc.) washer/dryer, and ironing board. There is a large yard with hammock and plenty of room for yard games provided (croquet, badminton, volleyball, etc.), as well as an outdoor 'after-swim' shower. We also have an adorable cabin/playhouse with a wrap-around deck. The house is safe and child-friendly. While the house is exceptionally well ventilated, we also have central AC if needed.

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