Situated on almost 3 acres of land, with 60 acres of conservation woodland on one side and well insulated from the nearest neighbor, this 2-bedroom 750-square-foot summer cottage was built by my parents in 1957 and has been lovingly maintained and updated, though it retains its original charm. Rooms are kitchen (very well equipped, though you will have to wash your dishes by hand), dining area, living room (the whole front of the house is open plan, so you can cook and entertain at the same time), two bedrooms (one with queen-size bed, the other with a double bed and 2 bunk beds) and bathroom with toilet, sink, and tub/shower (remodeled in 2012). The house is about 50 feet from the water (nowadays you could not build that close), and sits in a beautiful pine grove.
Most people who come to visit fall in love with the place. We first offered the cottage for rent when we were not using it ourselves in 2010, and welcome your inquiries for 2014. Please note that we rent only by the week or more, and only during spring, summer and fall.
We also do home exchange. If this interests you, just ask.
THE COMFORTS OF HOME: Amenities include gas heat (useful in spring and fall), and a front-loading washer and dryer. The kitchen has a microwave; Cuisinart; blender; electric and Melitta coffee makers; plenty of dishware and cutlery; knives; pots and pans, including for cooking corn and lobster, etc. (I like to cook, so if you do too, I think you'll find most everything you need.)
There is cable TV (flat screen with HDTV), broadband Internet access (with WiFi), a laser printer, land line phone with free calls anywhere in the US, radio with iPod connection and CD player, fireplace, ceiling fan in living room and others for bedrooms (no AC), picnic table, lounge chairs and hammock for outdoor sitting, a charcoal grill, and canoe for paddling around the lake or on nearby rivers.
For rainy days there are books, board games (Scrabble, Monopoly), and jigsaw puzzles.
THE POND AND THE AREA: Many people who come here just like to lie in the hammock or a beach chair, read, relax, swim, cook and eat, canoe around the lake, and generally unwind. The lake (many freshwater ponds on Cape Cod are what most people call lakes) is about half a mile wide and a mile and a half long. There is a public boat ramp at one end of the lake, and people do use the lake for both sailing and motor boating, as well as canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. There is, of course, fishing on the lake as well. Our cottage shares a cove with just one other house.
If you are an active sort, the many attractions of Cape Cod await you, and there are lots of good restaurants. Mashpee Commons, a shopping-eating-filmgoing destination, is about 3 miles away.
Bike rental shops are located in Falmouth proper and North Falmouth, near the Shining Sea Bikeway, or you can bring your own.
South Cape Beach in Mashpee and Old Silver Beach in Falmouth are both public saltwater beaches (pay to park) and the National Seashore is about an hour away.
SO MUCH TO DO AND SEE: I have left various guidebooks and brochures about local attractions for you. You can take any number of day trips: to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket, to the National Seashore, or just poking around the Upper Cape (Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich, Barnstable, Hyannis) or take the scenic highway Route 6A and spend the day antiquing, checking out art galleries, ice cream shops and fried clam shacks, etc.
Can you tell I love the place? Just ask, and I'll give you pointers on some of the best spots.
Please note we are also home exchangers; if you are interested, let me know.
In 2001, I inherited the cottage that my parents built in 1957 (I helped!). I spent my childhood summers there, as well as a great deal of time as an adult. The place is very dear to me and holds a host of fond memories. My husband (whose family also had a cottage on the pond) and I are both in publishing, and work currently prevents us from spending as much time there as we would like.
My parents chose the location for the cottage because friends of theirs had bought up property on the western side of Johns Pond in the early 1950s and offered a piece to them. The area has grown up around us, of course, and ours is one of the last pieces of the 'old Cape.' My husband and I love being there, just can't get there as often as we'd like, because we now live 10 hours away.