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Quick look - 2015 RESERVATION UPDATE
Jun 27-04 SOLD (grss)
July 04-11 SOLD (pisa)
July 11-18 SOLD (shwcre)
July 18-25 SOLD (ckny)
July 25-01 SOLD (fdmn)
Aug 01-08 SOLD (alrd)
Aug 08-15 SOLD (rch)
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 15 acres of forested conservation land (the beach is a short, paved walk down the hill) SandyToes is a UNIQUE and very rare destination. THE ROOMS: 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 seaside observation deck, 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. 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 a20 years ago while I was doing illustration and design for well known publications, high-tech companies and businesses. Being a bit weary of of the 2-D translation of manuscripts to printed page, and discovered this exciting oceanfront house, at the edge of 15 acres of protected forest, I fell in love with it. I freelanced from there and was there when the Twin Towers fell, obliquely signaling the end of the high flying high tech investing boom, and a long sad artless decade to follow.
Back then we didn't upload files, we drove real paintings to Fedex at Boston Logan airpor SandyToes was perfect - the Cape, but not inconvenient like the Cape. Just over the Bridge. Cape Traffic - new to you? ask around. That is why SandyToes is so popular with those who know the traffic choke points and realize this romantic, private tree-house on forest edge, overlooking an expanse of ocean -- is a secret weapon for vacation enjoyment. I've edited out a lot of blah blah about me. My goal is to create a setting that exceeds your expectations, is worthy of your choosing SandyToes, and makes you blissfully happy with your choice...
Robin purchased this house in 2001
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!
The house reminds me of the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House (Disney movie) it's all these different levels, interesting spaces and perspectives, the privacy of having conservation forest on the back side but the jaw-dropping expanse of ocean next to it. Sits on a very slowly eroding bluff, so we don't go onto the bluff, it's easy to walk down the hill to the beach opening. 2014 is probably the last year the deck will sit perched on its spot at the edge of the bluff. We are moving it back a bit (Plymouth Conservation Comm is making us move it back 25 feet rather than the 8 feet we wanted!) So it'll still be astonishingly great, but watch for new photos for 2015, this is our last year with that amazing bluff-edge photo!
(from an email sent after check out) "Robin: We wanted take a few minutes to let you know what a wonderful time our family had during our stay. The word "charming" is how we would best describe Sandy Toes. From the moment we walked in and started to explore the wonderful rooms we immediately felt comfortable and at home. The decks are incredible... spending our mornings drinking our coffee and our afternoons at the bar-b-q cooking our lunch, the kitchen deck is beautiful and relaxing. The oceanfront deck offers spectacular views that honestly took our breath away. We feel very fortunate to have booked Sandy Toes during the week of 4th of July. We particularly enjoyed the beach bonfires on the 3rd and the incredible fireworks display put on by the homeowners association. We were very fortunate that we had great weather during our stay and would walk the beach and dip our feet in the water to cool off. The only downside was (for us) the water was just too cold to swim in. We want to thank you for your kindness and allowing our family to spend our vacation in your beautiful home." Sincerely, Andrea and Rick C
We just ended a wonderful week at Sandy Toes. We are a family of 6 adults, 1 ten year old and 3 month old twins. The house was great, very clean upon our arrival and well appointed including beach chairs and plenty of linens. We ate in every night, the kitchen was very well equipped , and the 2nd sink was very much appreciated. We watched the sunrise over the bay, a 180 degree view, and star gazed at night around the fire. The walk to the beach was short but hilly as described. I loved discovering all the hidden treasures like the Texas license plate and the lone star.
My family of 9 had a very comfortable and fun filled time at Sandy Toes. We enjoyed Boston and Fenway Park, whale watching in Provincetown, Plimoth Plantation, Hyannis, bicycling on Martha's Vineyard. There was something for everyone. We found great restaurants and loved eating in as well. The beach was quiet. The house was comfortable and clean. The owner was delightful.
Our family of 9 was very comfortable in this home for a full week. The deck is amazing, the house is very well equipped, and the location was great for our needs. I was concerned about not being "on the cape," but that was not an issue at all. The grounds around the home are more gorgeous than the pictures suggest. Be aware that the home is in a residential area and most of the neighbors are residents and not tourists. This was not an issue for us at all, but might be for others.
We feel so fortunate to have found this house! It was very comfortable and clean. Great kitchen, patio and deck overlooking the ocean. Easy access to a very quiet beach. Plenty of good places nearby if you decide you don't want to eat at home some night. The owner is great, easy to work with. Very timely communications.
We stayed at Sandy Toes in mid-March to spend much needed time together with our family. It wasn't the weather that attracted us here, though it was seasonable. It was wonderful, just what we wanted...and more. We booked the trip last minute and Robin was immediately responsive. The host gets 5 stars, too! Very thorough, prompt and attentive without being intrusive. She even made a special trip to mail a left-behind item. (The Ramada ever do that?) Sandy Toes is conveniently located to shopping, etc. We visited Plymouth, Boston and the Sandwich glass museum. We walked the beach, watched every sunrise, had cozy fires, played games, ate like royalty and laughed like loonies! Beds and furniture are very comfortable and the big leather couch was in the perfect setting. Many nooks and crannies to read a book (excellent library), watch the bay, contemplate life or just chillax. Never turned on the TV. The pics on-line look great, but the reality is so much better. Sandy Toes will hold a place in our families hearts forever. Thanks, Robin!
We’ve just returned from a romantic weekend of seafood, snuggling, and beach-walking in Plymouth, Mass. It’s a spacious retreat called ‘Sandy Toes.’ But you probably wouldn’t like it. It’s really not for everyone. It’s off the beaten path. But if you insist on pestering us about our latest hideaway, take this little test.
Sandy Toes isn’t for you, unless you cherish inspiration or seek serenity.
Sandy Toes isn’t for you, unless you want to gaze across Cape Cod Bay and see Provincetown (20-miles away), from your dinning room table.
Sandy Toes isn’t for you, unless you like a great room with a big, comfy leather couch and working fireplace.
Sandy Toes isn’t for you, unless you prefer your SubZero fridges and your dishwashers to come in pairs. Yes, two of each.
Sandy Toes isn’t for you, unless you want a place that includes both ocean view and the privacy of acres of New England woods (conservation land) out your back door.
Sandy Toes isn’t for you, unless you like every bedroom (all 6) to be unique.
Sandy Toes isn’t for you, unless you like lots and lots of newly remodeled bathrooms or an antique soaking tub in your master bedroom complete with ocean view.
Sandy Toes isn’t for you, unless you like the convenience of a real kitchen (Meile convection oven) and beautiful dishes, like the kind you’d have in your own home.
Sandy Toes isn’t for you, unless you enjoy reading in a picture window sitting area with, yes, another view of the ocean.
Sandy Toes isn’t for you, unless you like comfort and quality without pretention.
Sandy Toes isn’t for you, unless you enjoy an outdoor shower after a walk to the beach with kids or pets.
Sandy Toes isn’t for you, unless you want to picnic on your private deck at the top of a bluff overlooking Sagamore Beach.
Thank you, Robin and John, for this wonderful getaway you've created on the bluffs of Plymouth!
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' 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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Jun 28 - Sep 2
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