Historic, peaceful, gracefully restored cape cod magnificently situated on a private dune surrounded by 1.5 acres of lush greenery, with views of the bay, sunsets, sunrises. And only a 6 minute walk to town and beach. A real piece of old Provincetown, luxuriously appointed. Sleeps 8+: three bedrooms upstairs (1 queen, 1 full, 2 twin), and a study/bedroom downstairs. Plus a private sleeping cottage w bathroom & outdoor shower. The house, dating from 1800, along with the Barn next door, is on the National Register of Historic Places. We restored the house in spring 2010, meticulously maintaining its character but adding many luxurious modern touches, including a large hand-crafted screened porch among the trees, a gourmet kitchen, a new bathroom with tiled shower. Comments from renters: 'idyllic,' 'truly special,' 'great character,' and (our favorite) 'if your house was a woman I would marry her.' If you are looking for peace, beauty, comfort, and genuine Cape Cod charm, you cannot possibly do better. Ample parking.
Our House: The thing is, we renovated and furnished this house for us, not really with renters in mind. We stay here at least four weeks in the summer and frequently in the off season. That means that the appointments are as we want them to be, and our standards are pretty high (nice cotton sheets, plush towels, all-clad pots etc). Of course, a renovation basically for ourselves means that the house reflects our own needs and personality, and so is perhaps rather unlike a typical luxury rental -- there's a cable TV, for example, but it's small and lives in the closet, and the furnishings have a fairly specific aesthetic, etc. If you are looking for air conditioning and gleaming surfaces, this house is not for you. We fell in love with this property the moment we walked onto it in the summer of 2009, and from our standpoint (and that of many of our friends!) it is the nicest place in town. The pictures don't begin to do justice to the setting.
The History: Together with the barn next door, this house is on the National Register of Historic Places (one of only 6 sites in Provincetown so designated). The artist Charles Hawthorne taught his students in the barn, and housed them in our house, and the property was a magnet for artists in the 20th century. Hans Hoffman lived here for about 15 years mid-century. The main house (a 27x27 foot cape circa 1800) was moved in four pieces from Commercial street (the main drag) in Provincetown in the 1910s by Hawthorne, and brilliantly situated at the top of Miller Hill. At that time a small addition was made to the house, which is now our kitchen and bathroom. For more on Hawthorne, start here: http://www.tfaoi.com/newsm1/n1m288.htm
This past fall we purchased the adjoining property, and so the historic Hawthorne Barn, freshly restored, is also available for rental -- home away # 972766. If you would like to rent both the house and the barn (sleeps 12+), please contact us.
We are a couple of New Yorkers who've been in love with Cape Cod and especially Provincetown for many years. It's the landscape, the light, the sea, our community of eccentric friends, and even the small-town shenanigans.
We are now managing to spend four weeks here each summer (as well as thanksgiving, new years, etc), and we are finding that we treasure every minute.
After many years of happily renting and coming up for a couple weeks at least each summer, on a sort of lark in 2009 we went house hunting. One of us especially was very skeptical about the idea (it's far!), but when we walked on to this property, we took one look at eachother, and the rest was just details.
We are renting the place not only to defray some of the insane expense, but also because it just seems wrong for it to sit empty. So far we've had wonderful luck with our renters, who have appreciated just what we do: the peace, the beauty,the setting, long evenings on the porch with the wind rustling the trees.
In the fall of 2012, we purchased the adjoining property (Home Away # 972766), the original Hawthorne Barn/Studio, thus reuniting, to the extent possible, the original Hawthorne property.