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Spacious Cottage with English-Style Garden in Osterville Village, Cape Cod

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Three Bedrooms, Two Full Bathrooms, Sleeps 7

Elf Hill cottage is comprised of two double bedrooms, a third bedroom with two twin beds and a daybed for a child, two full bathrooms, a living room, dining room and sun room. There is an automatic garage. The house has been freshly painted, has hardwood floors upstairs and down, and is charmingly furnished. A particularly wonderful aspect of the cottage is its spacious English-style garden. It is fenced-in for the peace of mind of parents of toddlers, and has a large outdoor shower. The hammock is the perfect spot for an afternoon nap or for reading whilst watching over children playing in the yard. The east-facing patio is a lovely spot for breakfast.

A pass allowing access to all public and private beaches in the area is included in the rental. Dowses Beach, a beautiful private beach with a cove on one side (perfect for small children) and the ocean on the other is five minutes down the road by car. Joshua’s Pond, a large fresh-water pond with a small sandy beach, is right around the corner. Elf Hill cottage is in a quiet residential neighborhood, yet Main Street, with its collection of wonderful restaurants, art galleries and tasteful clothing and gift shops, is a five-minute walk away.

A central, village location in Osterville is highly valued as many homes require a car for getting about. At Elf Hill, you could find yourself going for days without getting behind the steering wheel.

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 6, 2017


Osterville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Upstairs
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ground floor
  • The outdoor shower is a Cape Cod classic, and is perfect for showering off after a day at the beach.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Upstairs Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Ground floor Queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Upstairs Children's
  • Bedrooms 1 and 2 have queen beds.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Spacious Cottage with English-Style Garden in Osterville Village, Cape Cod
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews

Lovely stay at Elf Hill August 2016

  • 4 of 5

Elf Hill is a lovely property set in beautiful gardens. Only a short walk into Osterville which is a very nice village with some beautiful shops. We enjoyed a very relaxing holiday here, in the back garden (yard) especially, spotting the local wildlife, chipmunks, humming birds and some birds we couldn't identify. We would recommend this accommodation.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Relaxing Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This property is in an excellent location, has plenty of space, and was very well kept. We really enjoyed the back yard space and the bright kitchen area. There was plenty of space for visitors. It had a really homey feel. Osterville is in a great location. It's close to Hyannis and other Cape communities. The southern beaches are close by and easy to access.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Idyllic Cottage in Cape Cod

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is truly a gem and ideal for a family, beach getaway. We stayed here for a week in August with two children (ages 2.5 and 4.5) and my older parents, and couldn't have been happier. The outside garden is meticulously maintained and the backyard is spacious, with Adirondack chairs, a great swing set, and hammock. Our kids loved playing outside and I was thrilled to be able to let them run without having to worry--the yard is completely fenced in.

The cottage itself is incredibly cozy and because there are two floors, we were able to have some privacy and not feel that everyone was on top of each other. The kids' room is adorable, with three twin beds, which delighted my children. There were toys and books and lots of space to roam around. The two other bedrooms are also lovely with nice beds, bedding, etc. and AC units.

Dowses Beach is a few minutes away and, again, ideal for kids. The waves are gentle, the sand is as soft and white as sugar, and it never gets too packed because the town limits the number of guests. (Only people with beach passes can enter.) We spent most days there or at Joshua's Pond, which is a 2 minute walk from the house. It's also a great swimming spot for children (and adults), and when the lifeguards aren't around you can swim long laps across the entire pond, which is really more of a lake.

Osterville itself is a quant, New England village out of a Norman Rockwell book. Perfectly preserved, beautifully maintained with lovely shops and cafés.

I really can't recommend this cottage more, and I actually do have high standards (which may not be clear from this review). I am generally nervous about renting places sight unseen, but I give my word that this place is worth it.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Elf cottage

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I had a nice stay in Elf Cottage. The home is very charming and typical of a Cape Cod cottage. Cozy, clean and a great location to osterville village. Walk to everything! The owner is very kind and responds to email immediately. I would recommend Elf Cottage to anyone looking in Osterville

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Amazing House and Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our best family vacation by far! Osterville is a classic cape town with lovely shops, nice restaurants, and some great take out spots for food. The beaches were beautiful and easily accessible. We made a few drives to Hyannis and Centerville for the beach and kid amusement. Great places to go for early morning walks or runs. The fresh water pond was a great addition for the kids. We grilled out every night and had lots of whiffle ball games, tag and the kids played on the swings. The house was perfect. It was very clean, the bedrooms were perfect and the outside area was great for 3 kids under the age of 8. We are already planning a trip back. We could not have been happier.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Wonderful week at Elf Hill Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Two couples and one adult son spent a week at this home in Osterville in August. The house suited us perfectly. The patio and garden area were just beautiful, a very quiet and relaxing spot to enjoy morning coffee or afternoon cocktails. The location was excellent, we could easily walk to town for dinner or to pick up groceries at Fancy's market (truly a treasure). The beach at Joshua's pond was just a two minute walk and it was delightful, nice sandy beach, clear water for swimming and ample shady areas for those who wanted to stay out of the sun.

Hyannis is just a short ride (we used Uber), the entertainment at The Melody Tent was fun, we saw The Beach Boys one night.

We drove to Provincetown one day for the whale watching trip. It was outstanding! Would highly recommend it. The ferries to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard are close by, in Hyannis.

All In all we had a wonderful stay and I would recommend this home to most everyone. One member of our party was a little disappointed that only the bedrooms were air conditioned, but that was a very minor thing, as we were rarely at home in the daytime, and the outdoor area was cool and shady. Elizabeth, the owner, was extremely easy to work with and John, the caretaker was very helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
74 Miles
Logan Airport (Boston)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Wimpy's (casual) and Five Bays Bistro (upscale)
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.3 Miles
The Wianno Club
Nearest Train
74 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Mid-Cape Highway (Route 6)
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Wimpy's (casual) and Five Bays Bistro (upscale)
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Joshua's Pond (fresh water) / Dowses Beach (ocean)

The village of Osterville is located on the south central coast of Cape Cod on Nantucket Sound. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful and desirable villages on the Cape, and is prized for its quaint Main Street, its beautiful New England architecture, and its picturesque, warm-water beaches and harbor.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy walking, running, biking, golfing, fishing, crabbing, oystering, kayaking, whale-watching and boating throughout the area, and there are myriad activities for children. Boston is about an hour and twenty minutes’ drive, and Hyannis, with its airport and ferries to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, is ten minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Osterville House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $155

Beach pass to all the beaches, ponds and lakes in the seven villages of Barnstable (of which Osterville is one) included.
$155 cleaning charge for cleaning after your departure.
$500 security deposit.
Bank charges deducted from international wires will be deducted from your security deposit.
We will confirm your reservation once we have received a 50% deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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