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Chatham, MA - Near The BEST family beach. Great cul de sac location.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Deering Dr, short walk to Ridgevale Beach, 3 bedms, 3 baths, great deck

Our lovely Cape home on Deering Drive is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac, a short half-mile walk up from one of the best family beaches on the Cape – Ridgevale Beach. In 2007, we made extensive renovations to the house, every year since, we add touches to update and freshen. AIR CONDITIONING in 2016. Window and kitchen updates - 2017. The house feels like an older quaint Cape, but it has the amenities of a new house. There are warm oak floors throughout the first floor.. On the main floor there is a kitchen, sun room leading to a deck, living room, full bath and two light-filled bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and its own bath with shower. The other bedroom has twin beds. On the ceramic tiled walk-out level there is a living room with trundle bed/couch, an efficiency kitchen, carpeted bedroom with twin beds, full bath and laundry.

More About the House: In colder seasons the living room, which has its own comfortable feeling, is a great place to spend time playing games by the fire. It's the sun room and deck that get the most use by vacationers. Visiting renters REALLY enjoy the outdoor shower at the edge of the deck under the trees. Note–there are closable gates built for the deck to keep very young children safe. Parents tell us that they LOVE the cul-de-sac location, because it is a great space for games and big toys with wheels. There is also an expansive back yard great for croquet or badminton games, and we have the equipment for both.

Beaches and The Cape: Our own Ridgevale Beach is simply one of the greatest beaches for families with children. It's location on the bay means we benefit from warmer Cape water and gentle surf. The tidal pool creates great play areas and accommodates different swimmer capabilities. Although, the beach is a short walk from the house, you can also park at the beach if you get a sticker. A beach sticker allows you to park at other Chatham beaches, as well, including Schoolhouse Pond, and this can be a real treat.

You don’t need a sticker for Lighthouse Beach, which is a beach at the tip of Chatham. You park where you can and you haul your beach gear. This is a great beach for walking, usually quite cold water, but exceptionally beautiful and you frequently see seals. Harding's Beach, just down from Rdgevale, is a great beach on a windy day. We go to the far parking lot, walk into the dune area and hunker down. This is a good beach for walking, also.

What We Love To Do At The Cape: In addition to the beaches and walks near us, we may go to Nauset Beach in Orleans, or we make a trip to the National Seashore – a day long affair - and end with a trip to Provincetown for dinner at either the Red Inn, Lobster Hut or Nappy's, with time for sight-seeing, shopping and wandering some of the side streets of P-town. A trip to P-town, minus the swimming experience, can also include a trip to go whale watching or a trip to the museum on the hill. One night, if we think the sunset is going to be great, we get over to Orleans Harbor and watch the fishing boats come in as the sun sets on the water. We also LOVE nature walks - favorites - Morris Island in Chatham and the Nauset Marsh Trail. (Google Cape Cod Nature Trails!) Oh, and the bike trail in a half mile away from our house. It's quite a trail.

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West Chatham House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , and sink
  • The outdoor deck shower is absolutely the best for morning or late night showers. We use it in early spring (May) and late fall (October) when we are using the house ourselves.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , Master
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Down
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Upstairs: 1 bedroom with king-sized bed and one bedroom with twin beds DR, LR, K, two baths, sunroom Downstairs: twin beds plus a trundle bed (twins) in the living area. Sheets included; brand new kitchen appliances; a well-stocked game shelf; beautiful window boxes; Linens (no beach towels); table games, croquet.


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Chatham, MA - Near The BEST family beach. Great cul de sac location.
average rating of 4.8378377 based on 41 reviews

our stay at Deering Drive

  • 4 of 5

This is a comfortable property for 6 people. Our family had fun. The deck outside is great to BBQ and have dinners. The beach is walking distance as promised and it is a very good for smaller children with tidal pools and sand bars. The School House Pond close by is amazing too. The town of Chatham has a wonderful New England feel. We ate at Wild Goose Tavern and Chatham Bars Inn, both places had great food. The walk on the Light House Beach was great too, the sea Lions are there every evening. We loved a day trip to Province town where the Pilgrims monument and main street were fun for the grownups and kids.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2009
  • Stayed: August 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: There are so many wonderful and different ways to be in or near fresh or salt water in Chatham, and so MANY great places to eat from inexpensive to more $$$. And one simply a cultural excursion to Provincetown!
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Fun house and deck

  • 4 of 5

Your house is so nice ; and we loved walking to the beach w the grandkids... the downstairs unit is a bit musty smelling, but it all worked . I so appreciated your help with the minor refridge issue... and the little kids loved the toys and games they got to play with ...

Thank you so much ...Lillian and Frank

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words. We'll be sure to check on any musty smell. No one else has shared that detail with us. We want to keep things really, really fresh. Our cleaners are absolutely terrific. We'll get them on it. And we fixed the minor, actually quite noisy for our taste, frig issue. It was ice on the freezer fan. We used the house, ourselves, after you and noted the frig noise right away. Glad the kids found the toys.
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Great location, wonderful accomidations

  • 5 of 5

This very spacious Cape Cod Cottage is a 10 minute walk to Ridgevale Beach. The added on, enclosed porch is a great gathering place. Everything is impeccably maintained. It also has a semi-separate apartment downstairs and a full garage for your car and bikes. We love the neighborhood, very quite. While we were there we saw 2 huge Horned Owls make their way thru the backyard. Also, very close to the Cape Cod Rail Trail.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our own family used the house right after you. Thanks so much for writing this review. We saw one owl, once, and we were all COMPLETELY awed. He or she was really big. you saw two! I wanted to put lunch meat out, in lieu of dead mice, some enticement out on the stump, but we never did that - no lunch meat. How amazing the visit of the owls was. Glad you had this added to your experience.
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Great Location Near the Heart of Chatham- Lovely Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 girls- 2 and 4-years-old) had a wonderful first vacation on the Cape. While we were anxious about traffic, we arrived without any issues and were pleased to settle right into this charming home. All of the amenities were available and easy access. The layout is great if you want to have a separate area for visitors (basement level), since they have their own kitchenette and full bath. Having A/C is a blessing on certain hot days, and the outdoor shower was the best. It's about a half-mile walk to Ridgevale Beach, though there are no sidewalks, so it can be a bit treacherous with small children and cartload of beach stuff. Some days, my husband would drop us off, and then park back at the house and walk down by himself. Ridgevale was not as pristine as other beaches, but it's good for small kids. Skaket was our favorite, which is in Orleans. Downtown Chatham is a short car ride away, and there's lots to do. Wish we could have done the Friday night concert, but we didn't quite get our act together, and parking seemed at a premium. We did, however, make it to the magic show on Thursday night at the Unitarian Church, and our kids had a blast. We definitely hope to return next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks to this lovely family for taking the time to review the Deering House. They highlighted, in one email, the many individual things others have commented on over the years. I want to piggyback on this review and share some insider (or maybe I should say "outsider" information) about enjoying diverse water experiences at the Cape. First, the tip on how to use a car and ferry beach stuff to Ridgevale is an excellent option. Others choose to pay for the weekly ticket and have the privilege of parking right at the beach all the time AND AT ALL OTHER CHATHAM BEACHES including LIGHTHOUSE BEACH. But walking to the beach is pretty darn convenient. In my family, we all LOVE water. So, some of us (surprisingly, not the youngest) go to Schoolhouse Pond in the morning, before breakfast, for a short swim. We paddle back and forth pretending to be terrific swimmers while admiring the few athletic swimmers who are actually swimming the length of the pond and back. Schoolhouse Pond is one mile away from the house, and you'll need that beach sticker. On our recent vacation, we went to Lighthouse Beach (COLD water, moderate surf, absolutely BEAUTIFUL). We also swam at Le Count's Hollow and Nauset Beaches in Orleans and beyond. They are part of the national seashore experience (COLD water and BIG surf). And, of course, we swam at our own Ridgevale Beach. Ridgevale is by far the preferred beach in Chatham by most families. Do explore near the end where water comes in and out of the channel. This can be a terrific and safe place to play, for kids and grownups, especially when the tide is moving out.
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A peaceful, well maintained home just 10mins walk from the beach

  • 5 of 5

A very well maintained home with all the things you need to have a great holiday.

Owners were in touch and keen that everything went according to plan.

Air conditioning worked very well during a very warm week.

The house was clean, tidy and fully kitted out with everything we needed.

The outside deck with shower and barbecue was lovely.

The beach is only ten minutes walk down the road and very pleasant.

Chatham is a lovely town to visit and in our view the best on the Cape.

Finally...and unusually for the US....the house had a kettle (!) ...essential for anyone from the UK for all that tea we drink!! :-)

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place

  • 5 of 5

Great house and the finished basement is such a nice, big space. Had all the amenities and was a pleasant, quiet place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Linda Anderson
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Linda Anderson

The Deering home is owned by three sisters. It was passed down from our father, who built it. It has been in our family for over 50 years. We like to make it comfortable for ourselves and others, yet keep it a vacation home. The photo is of one of the sisters with her grandkids. Of course, they love the beach!

Why Linda Anderson chose West Chatham

1. We are in lovely Chatham! From here you can explore in several directions. 2. You can walk to Ridgevale Beach. There is no better beach for families. 3. The cul de sac and lack of properties across the street create a protected neighborhood and open play areas. 4. This is a house meant for relaxing and feeling comfortable inside and out. 5. We have kept our rates lower than what has been suggested we should rent for, and that is to compensate for fees you will are charged, when signing up. We like the advantage of being online and visible, so we are absorbing costs that would otherwise go to you.

What makes this house unique

Location. Location. Location.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Once again, the three years now the house and Cape were perfect."
May 2003
  • 1 of 4


Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Ferry
16 Miles
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Car: necessary

Meander through the quaint streets of Chatham, shop in the fine stores, take your pick of excellent inns and restaurants. Friday night band concerts are a must to experience. Visit the lighthouse on an evening as the fog rolls in. Enjoy a Cape League baseball game, also frequently visited by fog. Kids will love the playground next to it.

In and near Chatham - visit a charming historical museum, go seal watching or deep-sea fishing, experience a variety of beautiful beaches. Chatham is also perfectly located for daily excursions to: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Hyannis ( the Kennedy's summer home), Nauset Beaches, The Cape Cod National Seashore, or go antiquing and fine craft shopping along old 6A. Oh, and some night, catch the sunset at the Orleans Fishing Pier.

There are nature walks, bike trails, ponds galore. Enjoy our favorite - the Fort Hill Walk, then on to Provincetown.

Other Activities: marsh and bird walks


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Property Damage Protection $59

Please note that rentals in peak season are from Saturday to Saturday. We love to rent to people who appreciate that this is also our family vacation home. Come as a guest, but come as family, too!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.