Quick 2013 RESERVATION UPDATE
RATES based on number of guests, length of stay, time of year. This time of year we can give great discounted rates on non-holiday getaways. Want to take a SandyToes break? Just give us a call!
December 2-31 AVAILABLE
May 10-24 SOLD
July 05-12 SOLD (angBk)
July 12-19 RESERVED (wyd)
Aug 09-16 SOLD (grf)
Aug 16-23 SOLD 2014 (toh)
Labor Day weekend/week
Please see our website at www.sandytoESCAPEcod.com
As seen on the Fine Living TV channel, 'SandyToes' is a charming seaside Nantucket Barn-style home on six levels, nestled into the woods overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Its multiple levels and interesting spaces give it a Swiss-Family-Robinson tree house feeling. Situated on an oceanfront sandy bluff and abutting acres of forested conservation land (the beach is a short, paved walk down the hill) SandyToes is a unique destination. The great room is an inviting space at the top of the 'barn.' Under its vaulted, barnwood ceiling with beams and loft, you'll find planked floors, inviting well-appointed kitchen (SubZero, Meile convection oven, large sit-around butcher block island, two dishwashers, granite counter tops, induction cookers, and more).
A freestanding fireplace makes the great room a cozy place to curl up with some of the scores of books. Above the kitchen is a ocean-view loft where youngsters (or grown-up kids) love to bunk or look down at the grownups making lunch with fresh seafood from the nearby fish market. The Great Room's dining deck offers shady sanctuary under its cathedral of trees and has room has a charcoal grill built into a n arched opening in the chimney (along with a top quality gas grill.) There are 3 pleasant bedrooms on the bedroom level: a garden view room w antique pine double bed / an ocean view room w queen pine canopy bed / an ocean view room w king size pillow top bed w antique headboard and small antique soaking tub. The rooms have beautiful wood floors, antiques, books, and comfortable beds.
When you step outside through French doors and stroll a few feet up the short sandy path to the bluff to the large deck and seaside garden, you experience a vast panoramic view of Cape Cod Bay from the highest spot on the bay. At yet another deck, tucked into a private woodsy corner, you can shower outside by moonlight surrounded by forest. This charming 'upside down' barn has elegant touches, but is casual for family fun and entertaining. Discover the hammock hanging in the trees at the very edge of the ocean -- when you lie down, all you see is your toes and the water. There are walking paths along the old Indian trail on the oceanside bluff which start right at the SandyToes' side garden. While some cottages do not allow pets, we are dog lovers and invite you to bring your well-behaved best friend to frolic in the surf. Swim, wade, or beachcomb for starfish, sand dollars, and hermit crabs on a white, smooth sandy beach.
In the inter-tidal zone, you can sometimes find blue mussels and sea clams for dinner. The water gets warmer as summer progresses, so September and October are surprisingly good times to visit. We've been told that from our deck you can see when the bluefish come to shore in case you would like to try surf casting. (Yes, we did have a guest who actually brought in a bluefish from our beach.) Across the water, you can see Provincetown & Truro, or watch ships on their way to the nearby Cape Cod Canal, along which there is a fabulous seven-mile level bike path and easy parking for your car. If you ever want to leave, Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower, and the fascinating Plimoth Plantation (which is like a trip in a time machine) are only eight miles north, and Cape Cod proper is a short two miles away. Charming Sandwich is also two miles away and has a Glass Museum and Heritage Plantation and a fine antiques auction on alternate Saturdays.
Dear prospective SandyToes guests:
SandyToes became my 2nd home more than 15 years ago while I was doing illustration art and design for magazines, high-tech companies and newspapers. I discovered this exciting oceanfront house, at the edge of a 15 acre protected forest fell in love with SandyToes. In those days, we didn't upload files, we drove real paintings to the Boston decided to freelance from there. As romantic and private as the house was, its was fun to idealize it... removing part of the loft to let the dining room soar up to its new, ocean view skylights, expand the ocean side of the house, bump out the box bay window for the window-seat bed in the Great Room, expand the king bedroom, replace all the windows, add wide pine floors, sub zero, import hand made saltillo tile for expanding the kitchen, to bring out even more of its wonderful qualities with gardens, balconies, skylights, ponds and paths, drama and comfort. When I first decided to rent my SandyToes (I was working on another renovation) I did not know this would become my work and my passion. Working in two dimensions was fun and rewarding, but my new art of creating vacation homes that themselves are (if I may stretch the definition) 'works of art' but on a larger scale. My goal with my homes is to create a setting that exceeds your expectations, is worthy of your selecting my home (rather than the other thousands being offered online) and makes you blissfully happy with your choice...and in turn, your patronage lets me continue my (new) art form a few more years. Please read the guest comments to see the generous and enthusiastic compliments we've received. You will also see that 2 revenge reviews were from youngsters asked to pay something for cleaning. Please click the links for 'all my rental listings' to see this art in the form of unique and extra special vacation getaways. It is a labor of love... for you.
SandyToes has a super location: You never find an oceanfront home abutting conservation forest. Just how amazing is that? And it is just 2 miles north of the Cape Cod Canal, so you are very close to everything without getting stuck in the frustratingly bad Cape Cod traffic. We sit right on the Sagamore Beach/Plymouth town line tucked into the woods at the ocean. It was a hidden treasure, and I feel so lucky to have found it!
Sandy Toes abuts Sagamore Beach Highlands Conservation acreage at the ocean. It is just two miles north of Sandwich, (probably the prettiest town on the Cape.) It is 15 miles south of Plymouth which is not only historic, but has whale watching and Plymouth Plantation the 1600s village of living history (like a trip in a time machine). Many vacationers know that this is an excellent and increasingly preferred location at the top of Cape Cod, as it gives easy access to exploring without the disadvantage of getting mired in the infamous Cape traffic. Just south is Sandwich. Hyannis is 20 minutes away (ferries transport you to Nantucket), as is Falmouth (ferries to Martha's Vineyard) and Wood's Hole. Buzzards Bay, with it's water-slide park and mini-golf and kayak rentals, is only 5 miles away. Less than 2 miles from SandyToes is the CapeCod Canal Bikeway: 8 miles of flat, paved waterfront biking w rest stations w water fountains, bike rental, food and antiques.
Other Activities: One guest landed a bluefish on the beach
Golf: The area has many fine golf courses, antique shops, and historic homes -- some of which date to the 1600s and can be toured. And there's nothing quite like being oceanfront when the July 4th fireworks can be viewed across the water --you can see fireworks all around you as Cape Cod towns have displays that are visible right from 'SandyToes' big oceanfront deck. Campfires (current rules permitting) and clambakes on the beach complete idyllic summertime memories. If you want a taste of the big city, you can drive or take a train an easy 48 miles into Boston, where there are concerts, plays, shopping, and sites to satisfy all ages and interests. The commuter rail can take your teens into Boston's South Station, just a quick subway ride from the popular Back Bay, interesting and varied boutiques. Or go to Harvard Square in Cambridge, a lively fusion of culture, education, and exciting shops and bookstores. A short drive to New Bedford's whaling museum and Newport's grand mansions make fascinating day trips.
Ski: There is even a water slide park in nearby Buzzard's Bay. If you've ever worried that your summer rental would be shabby or tacky, crowded with cast-off furniture and depressing decor, or stripped down to the meanest minimum (we've seen so many like that), put your mind at rest. This pleasant home has been designed to please discriminating visitors with first-rate amenities in an inspiring private woodsy oceanside location. You may wish to review just a few of the compliments bestowed on SandyToes from our valued previous guests, by following the calendar/guestbook link. Then you can evaluate this delightful woodsy ocean hideaway we call 'SandyToes.'
SandyToes may be fully booked by the time you read this. If so, please consider our similarly-wonderful alternatives: -- Storybook 'House by the Sea' an incomparable historic house on direct oceanfront, reigning over one of New England's most beautiful views, has beach stairs to a private beach.
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