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Marcy Lay

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, german

Cape Cod Architectural Gem with great water view and peaceful setting

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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4 BR 2 baths, sleeps 8-10, convenient to all CC locations, beaches and ponds

--Imagine yourself rocking on the 2nd floor screened porch, watching the sun go down over the marsh, sea, and dunes.

--Imagine yourself eating dinner with friends and family in a beautiful great-room under soaring, white rafters.

--Imagine yourself relaxing in a home that is the perfect combination of beach-house casual and vacation elegance.

--Our year-round home has striking views over Barnstable Harbor and an original design from an award-winning team of architects.

--The classic, shingled exterior and light, airy interior is pleasing to the eye.

--Upstairs, a living room, dining room, and fully-equipped kitchen form a 'great room' with cathedral ceiling, heated by wood burning stove.

--Our charming sunroom, den, screened porch, and deck provide indoor and outdoor living areas.

--The tiny cabin/playhouse with deck in the woods sleeps one seeking solitude!

--We have a secluded outdoor shower, as well as two full bathrooms.

--Right off of 6A on the bay (north) side, we're a short drive to public beaches, ponds, scenic drives, historic Barnstable Village, and Cape Cod town center Hyannis.

The Story of an Upside-Down House: When we first found the property that now houses our architectural gem, the place was an overgrown briar patch without any apparent view of anything. But at the top of a tree at the highest point, we discovered a gorgeous vista of marsh, harbor and bay. An unusual idea was born: why not make the house upside-down, with the main indoor and outdoor living areas/master bedroom on the top floor and the other bedrooms/living areas on the bottom?

The stunning result: beautiful views from the upstairs living room and kitchen, which make a 'great room' with a cathedral ceiling, and from the 2nd floor screened porch off the living room, from where, drink in hand, we can watch the sun go down over the marshes. The great room was designed to give a feeling of space and light to the major living space of the house. The ceiling beams lift the eye upwards towards a ventilating cupola at the top of the space.

Because of the design, with comfortable living and sleeping areas on both floors, this house is well designed for large and multifamily groups, as there are private and 'away' spaces for all.

Outside, there is a large, grassy lawn, some sunny, some shady, with lots of room for outdoor games (badminton, croquet, etc.). Outdoor seating areas include a two-person hammock strung between two trees, second floor screened porch, and back deck with grill. We also have an adorable playhouse/retreat (with electricity and bed for one!), with wrap around deck in a wooded side yard overlooking the vernal pool.

The house and property are equipped with all amenities to make your stay comfortable:

* Quiet location with great view (large, wooded lot on a quiet cul-de-sac with a view over upper reaches of Barnstable Harbor.

* Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms (4 with queens, as well as an additional twin bed in 2 of the bedrooms, plus full-size futon in the sunroom). Baby crib, high chair available.

* In- and outdoor bathing facilities (2 full baths and an outdoor 'after-swim' shower).

* Fully equipped kitchen (including microwave, dishwasher, etc.; gas grill on deck.

* Classy and comfortable atmosphere (wood-burning stove in the living room); central air conditioning; dining room table and chairs for up to 10; eat-in, furnished screened porch; and oak floors/oriental rugs throughout).

* Entertainment/Communication (TV/DVD, DSL with Wi-Fi, CD player; computer/printer available; long distance phone).

* A variety of books, indoor and outdoor games, puzzles, toys, beach equipment provided. Lots of stuff for kids!

* Washing facilities (washer, dryer, ironing board and clothes line)

More Details
  • Groups
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Marcy Lay (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, german

About Marcy Lay

I grew up on Cape Cod, in Barnstable, every summer during childhood and have never tired of its charms. My husband and I retired to this house in 2010 and have enjoyed every minute of our time in Barnstable so far. On or off season, there is plenty to see and do. If you enjoy outdoor activities as we do, you will enjoy vacationing here; there is wonderful hiking, biking, boating, and swimming. I sometimes say that Cape Cod is 'zoned pretty,' because you can drive practically anywhere and be on small, charming roads with lovely homes and views. There is also a surprising number of really good restaurants, shopping, excellent libraries, and cultural arts/events.

Marcy Lay purchased this house in 2000

Why Marcy Lay chose Cape Cod

This house was designed and built in 2000 with a goal of creating a treehouse atmosphere that captures all the views and breezes. The wonderful view of harbor and bay over the trees is captivating. Having now lived full time in the house since 2010 (except when traveling), my husband and I can attest to the fact that it is an extremely comfortable and livable house in a gorgeous and tranquil area. While all of Cape Cod is beautiful, our location, right off of Rte 6A (the Old King's Highway) is ideal for easy access to all areas. We have really come to appreciate the quiet and natural beauty of this area during the off season.

What makes this house unique

This house has been enjoyed by renters since 2001. Satisfied guests have told us that it is a wonderful house for family and friend reunions and gatherings, because it is not only beautiful, but also extremely comfortable. Guests can spend time together or apart, as there are roomy, attractive and comfortable sleeping and living areas on both floors. It is also an appropriate and safe setting for children, as it is away from the road, has a large lawn and playhouse, and a multitude of indoor and outdoor games and toys, as well as baby equipment (portocrib, high chair, umbrella stroller, safety gates, etc.) We have a very comprehensive guest book, with listings for scenic drives, beaches, recommended local restaurants, etc., as well as maps, guidebooks and other relevant information.


based on 8 traveler reviews

Cape Cod Architectural Gem with great water view and peaceful setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
Luenen, Germany

beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

Very nicely decorated house, well equipped, bright and

sunny rooms, we found everything we needed and felt very much like home.

The house lies in a quiet neighborhood but is not far from shopping and restaurants.

We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2007
  • Stayed: Sep 2007
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A wonderful place to stay for our sibling reunion!

  • 5 of 5

The beautiful home was well equipped with everything we needed. It was clean, comfortable, and spacious with amazing views from the many windows. The location was fine for our Cape exploring as well as side trips to Plymouth and Martha's Vineyard. Matakeese Wharf was a favorite restaurant and we also enjoyed Belfry Bistro in Sandwich. Thanks, Marcy & Ben, for sharing this special place for our sibling reunion!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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The best home we've ever enjoyed from Homeaway!

  • 5 of 5

The creative architecture of this spacious, extremely private home has created lots of unexpected and inviting spaces in which to relax: two living spaces (one on each floor), an inviting sunroom, a large second floor screened porch, and a wonderful deck. The house's ideal location, at the end of a lovely, quiet cul-de-sac just off scenic 6A, is literally in the heart of the most charming part of the Cape. The sweeping 2nd floor views of the marshes, dunes and harbor are even more beautiful than the pictures on the website can capture and make the open kitchen/dining/living space a destination in itself. We found ourselves reluctant to leave the house even for our favorite past time of antiquing! We have vacationed in on the Cape in autumn over the last 30 years and this is by far the best rental we've ever enjoyed We will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming, and please do return! We really enjoy the opportunity to share our home with appreciative guests, because we love it so much here, too. Marcy and Ben
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Such a spacious, clean, fun house!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Such a comfortable and lovely home. Tons of natural light, comfy furniture, and great spaces. We enjoyed our time in the house, deck, and porch so much. I would recommend this house to anyone looking for a Cape Cod rental. The owner was very helpful and the house had everything we needed.

Thank you Marcie!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Alisa-We are so glad that you had a good time. Come back again another time. Best to you all, Marcy and Ben
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A veritable sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

Whatever the purpose of your visit to the region, this accommodation takes on an importance and priority of its own. There is a singular comfort to be experienced while staying in this property. An exceptional view and feeling of seclusion. The house layout provides ample shared space as well as room for personal time, reading and/or contemplation.

The house is immaculate and all amenities are on site.

The owners rightfully take pride in their home and provide the support you would not only expect, but also hope for.

A definite recommendation for the conscientious renter.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the appreciative remarks. We love our home and are so glad you did, too. Come again! With warm regards, Marcy and Ben
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Beautiful and Unique House - ideal for a family

  • 5 of 5

We had a very pleasant stay in this house for 4 days in April. As a family of 5 seeking a quiet vacation on Cape Cod this wonderful house far exceeded our expectations. It is located in one of the most beautiful and protected areas of Cape Cod, but very close to Rt. 6 and Hyannis for all shopping needs. Each morning we encountered an amazing variety of birds at our windows and could gaze out over the marshes of Sandy Neck.

The owners were very receptive and professional.

We would recommend this property to all who treasure the quiet and natural beauty of Cape Cod and seek a comfortable accommodation.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Barnstable Tavern
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Hyannis to Nantucket
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Hyannis to Boston/Boston to Hyannis
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Exit 6 on U.S. Route 6
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Dolphin, Barnstable Tavern, Nirvana
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Sandy Neck Beach
Car: necessary

Located on the north shore of lovely Cape Cod, the house is close to beaches, ponds, boating, and historic sites. Nearby historic Barnstable Village is an old-time small town--get coffee all day at Nirvana, dine on fine seafood at The Dolphin, or visit the Barnstable Market for some penny candy, deli sandwiches, fresh produce, wine and beer, groceries, etc. At the marina, you'll find the embarkation point for fishing expeditions and whale-watching cruses. If you have time before your cruise, visit the fish market cafe window for the freshest, most delicious crabcakes around. Many beaches and ponds of all sorts are within easy driving distance. Choose among beach experiences ranging from the warm tidepools of Dennis Beach to the cold, crashing waves of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Throughout the area, historic sites evoke the colonial history of Cape Cod. The main road near the house, historic Route 6A, maintains its old-world charm and is a veritable tour-route of centuries-old houses and other buildings, as well as art galleries, boutiques, and fine restaurants.

There is a golf course within a five minute drive, and many other golf courses on Cape Cod. There are also mountain biking courses within a ten minute drive. Biking, hiking and boating opportunities abound, with maps and guides in the house to help you find them.


Rates & Availability

West Barnstable House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
Late summer
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 6 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Winter
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 17 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring
May 30 2017 - Jun 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid June to end of June
Jun 9 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 30 2017 - Aug 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 28 2017 - Sep 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 8 2017 - Sep 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

We make an effort to get to know our tenants a little bit, by either phone, email or both, in order to ensure a good experience for all.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Cape Cod House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - outdoor shower
  • We have two full baths, including a master bath with separate shower and a bathtub. In addition, an outdoor shower (with hot and cold water) is good both for getting sand off after a trip to the beach or for bathing under clear skies or the stars.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Two bedrooms on the first floor are each equipped with both a queen and a single bed. The other first floor bedroom has a queen bed. The master bedroom (and bath) is on the second (living) floor and has one queen sized bed. There is also a portable crib, a high chair, stroller, child-sized table and chairs, baby gates, and other child-proofing features. For those seeking privacy, there is a tiny guest house with comfortable single bed and electricity.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 2 bicycles
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The master bedroom and bath, a fully equipped kitchen and great room (living/dining area) with cozy window seat and wood stove, as well as a wonderful screened porch are on the second floor. The first floor contains the other three bedrooms, bathroom, living room with TV/DVD, and sun room; there are many puzzles, board and word games, books (both children and adult) and toys provided. French doors open onto a large wooden deck with gas grill, table and chairs. The full basement contains ping pong table, extra kitchen supplies, beach equipment (coolers, boogie boards, beach chairs, sand toys, etc.) washer/dryer, and ironing board. There is a large yard with hammock and plenty of room for yard games provided (croquet, badminton, volleyball, etc.), as well as an outdoor 'after-swim' shower. We also have an adorable cabin/playhouse with a wrap-around deck. The house is safe and child-friendly. While the house is exceptionally well ventilated, we also have central AC if needed.

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