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Truly antique Cape Cod house with its own beach on Scargo Lake near bay

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

Dennis House Rental Photos and Description

- 3 bedrooms, 2 baths

A truly 18th century Cape Cod house originally built from ship timbers on Nantucket and floated over by barge to Cape Cod. With its own swimming and boating beach on freshwater Scargo Lake, the setting alone promises a memorable vacation. The property, just under 2 secluded acres, has a 200-foot lakefront with beach, boathouse with bar, kayak, canoe, and Hobie Wave catamaran sailboat. You can in the same day swim in the salt waters of Cape Cod Bay, also in the pristine water of Scargo Lake and still find time to sail around the lake and feed the ducks and swans. Just glance at the reviews below to see why people love to vacation here and often return. Click below for an elaborated description of the house and the Dennis Village area.

The house on Scargo Lake sleeps 6 in 3 air-conditioned bedrooms (an aero bed is provided for additional guests -children and teens love it) and offers a new full kitchen that opens to a charming Revolutionary era dining room with antique furnishings. The fully equipped kitchen has a huge refrigerator, Jennair stove, dishwasher, two sinks and plenty of workspace. All rooms have hardwood floors and quaint wallpaper. There are two bathrooms (one with a tub and one with a new circular shower). Adjacent to the patio, there is an outdoor shower with hot and cold water The house has a 21st century, central air-conditioned addition: a huge second dining room and living room with four skylights and Italian marble floors with a wall of sliding glass doors that open up to an outdoor deck -a perfect place for a family gathering or barbecue (has a propane gas grill). Cable TV and WiFi are provided as are a washer & dryer and a brand new natural gas furnace and four-heating zones for off-season rentals. The 200' lakefront is ideal for outdoor dining. There is a fire pit at the lakefront where families can gather, make music, watch the moonlight on Scargo Lake, and cook around fire.

Scargo Lake is famous for being serene and clean. Only sailboats, canoes, etc. are allowed. The lakefront is so quiet that one can often hear beach-goers playing at the public beach on the other side of the lake, half a mile away. Cape Cod Bay beaches (Howes and Corporation) are a 15-20 minute walk (or a 2-minute drive), so one can swim in the bay and rinse off in Scargo Lake’s crystal clear water. Mayflower beach is less than 5 minutes drive away. The lakefront has 3 entrances into the water for swimming, one a sandy beach that is great for children as it is shallow for a considerable distance before the water deepens. The lake is also excellent for sailing, canoeing or kayaking and tenants may use the Hobie Wave Catamaran sailboat, kayak, or canoe (life jackets in the boathouse-mandatory). Bass and trout fishing, including fly-fishing and ice fishing, make the lake a year-round fishing paradise. The boathouse has a bar with bar stools and large windows right on the lake.

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The house is located off 6A in Dennis Village, a village unchanged since the 1950s. Although set back from the road and secluded by dense vegetation, the house is easily within walking distance of the village. The property is a short walk (5-15 minutes) from the Cape Playhouse (world famous off-Broadway theater), Cape Cinema ('art' films, not commercial fare), Cape Cod Art Museum (well worth a visit -Cape artists), local restaurants (many excellent, some exceptional) and the center of town (a gazebo). A large shopping mall is a ten-minute drive to Patriot Square. The area also has great hiking and biking trails. The reviews that follow below confirm that people love to vacation at the house on Scargo Lake, as will you.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Verity Bostick, Owner requires a phone call from you (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)
Truly antique Cape Cod house with its own beach on Scargo Lake near bay
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 12 reviews
5

A week at a very special home.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year at 919, but our first time in the main house. It was more than special for us. We had a family gathering after my mom's burial in Yarmouth. The kids swam and boated on the lake, the adults gathered on the lawn and there was tons of room to serve luncheon to all. I also held a "paint night" for my cousins, sisters and nieces out on the lawn. My oldest brother had not been back to Dennis in four years. I told him that he would not want to leave Scargo once he arrived! He ended up staying two extra days because he felt so relaxed and part of the Cape Cod of our youth! We will be back again next year! My extended family demands it LOL! Thank You Verity and Teresa for making me feel like family.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, but not well maintained

  • 3 of 5

The location was magnificent, but unfortunately this home is not well maintained. All in all, though, we had a nice stay.

Pros:

* The location is awesome, close to nice beaches, restaurants and groceries

* Scargo Lake is absolutely beautiful and warm

* We loved the use of the kayaks

* There is plenty of space in the house

* the kitchen is well stocked

* the beach towels provided were nice

* I'll repeat it because it deserves a double shout-out - the location and lake are AMAZING

Cons:

* House not well maintained:

** many kitchen cupboards don't close

** cupboards throughout the house are full of crap like old cleaning supplies, etc.

** the freezer won't stay closed, so anything in there is never frozen solid and covered with ice due to condensation

** the fridge drawers are falling apart

** the A/C in the bedroom spits out the dustiest smelliest air in your face because it hasn't been cleaned in forever

* We received a three and a half page typed (single spaced) letter full of instructions on everything from a request to water her roses (and how) to instructions to turn off the water on the washing machine at the valve on the wall after each use. It was a disturbingly long list of instructions

* More instructions were taped all over the house, e.g. only run the dishwasher on heavy cycle lest it not use any water and burn out

* the sheets were SUPER thin

* the beds weren't made when we arrived; the sheets were left on the beds for us to make our own beds

* the yard is NOT well maintained; it is just weeds; virtually no grass left. The lawn company arrived to fertilize while we were there, and he even commented to us that he was just fertilizing weeds, and would recommend a full re-seeding in the fall to the owner

* there is tons of old, random lawn furniture and tables littered all over the lawn in no particular order. It kind of looks like a junk yard because of it

* the boathouse is completely full of stuff for the lake. It looks nothing like the pictures; more like a storage room. You'd have a LOT of cleaning to do to use it as advertised.

* the spare keys were not where the 3 1/2 page letter said they would be; I had to email the owner to locate them (she did respond quickly though)

* the property manager nearly walked in on me naked, because she just walked in the house unannounced while I was putting on my bathing suit about two hours after she initially left and we took occupancy.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is the first negative review ever. My description of the house (the original part built in 1740) is completely accurate. The pictures speak for themselves, as do all the prior reviews. I’ve been renting my Cape Cod home for an average of 12 weeks a year, about 150 rentals over 12 years. Everyone loves my home and property, and four of my summer weekly renters are families who return every year. I rent tenants my home, not a hotel room. That is why I provide three pages of instructions to prevent chaos. The tenant originally told me in her inquiry one small dog, but she brought two, one very large. She ignored my request to clean up after her dogs and left the property so full of poop that it took over an hour to clean the lawn. She left my high-end towels covered in mud and dog hairs. The tenant left the canoe and the two kayaks half in the water and upright so that they filled up with rain, and one of the paddles disappeared. Nothing was returned to the boathouse and the lake and beach equipment (chairs, life vest, sports equipment) were strewn all over the lawn. The house was left so filthy that it took twice as long as it usually does to clean. The tenant complains that the beds were unmade. The beds are ALWAYS left unmade with folded, clean sheets on them to let the tenants know that the linens are fresh. Initially deluxe sheets were cleaned and folded on the beds. Tenant didn’t rewash these high-end sheets and instead used sheets (which she labels as “thin” sheets) that are not intended for tenant use. Tenant complains that the cupboards are full of cleaning supplies. She must have opened every cupboard in the house in search of other things to complain about. Every house has cleaning supplies in the cupboards. The air conditioner filters are cleaned after every tenant. The refrigerator has been replaced with a new one. If the tenant followed instructions about emptying the ice tray and turning off the icemaker when the tray starts to overflow, she would have had no problem to shut the freezer door. This tenant lies when she says that my mgr. “nearly walked in on me naked because she just walked in the house unannounced." My mgr. knocked, tenant's son admitted her, and tenant in a bathingsuit met mgr. I plan to install an irrigation system and aerate and reseed the lawn this August when it is cooler. I restrict the use of pesticides and herbicides as I rent to families with young children and pets.
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5

Classic Cape Cod retreat with lots of

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay in this wonderful retreat on Scargo Lake. We are a family of 5, with children aged 15, 12, and 9, plus 2 dogs - and all enjoyed everything the property had to offer. We had more than enough space - the house is actually bigger than what it seems based on the pictures online. We loved all the charm of this antique home, and the addition provided extra space for us to lounge and watch television at night. We enjoyed mornings kayaking on the lake and then hit the beach in the afternoons. The home was very well taken care of - clean and the beds were very comfortable - important while on vacation! The owner was pleasant and accommodating. Great location in Dennis Village - enjoyed trips to Eden and Scargo Pottery, as well as a trip up to Provincetown to go whale watching. We recommend getting dinner at the snack bar at Mayflower Beach (lobster roll was delicious) and watching the sunset. We highly recommend this property to anyone visiting the Cape!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Fall on the Cape!

  • 4 of 5

My family and I spent a lovely Columbus Day weekend at this great house. We were a large party so also took the small, charming guest house on the property. The main house is half antique with updated and renovated kitchen and bath and half large great room with big dining table and sofas in front of a large TV. We loved the property - a canoe, kayak and hobie for the lake and a firepit to gather around at night. We also had music to watch the fire to as the boathouse has electricity and it's great to listen to as you watch the fire! To sit and watch the ducks and multiple species of birds cruising on the lake in the morning was magical! And sunset over the lake was amazing - the Cape in the Fall is truly beautiful. The small guest house has a wood burning stove and is cozy and charming with 2 snug bedrooms for 2 of my daughters. The beach is a very short drive or a 15 min. walk and the Dennis market and stores are also only a 5 minute drive. I would highly recommend this property for your next vacation!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect homes for a Wedding Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time in Verity's two homes right on Scargo Lake. We rented them both as the bride's house for a Wedding weekend that occurred at The Dennis Inn nearby. The houses had everything we could have wanted AND MORE! We loved the boat house with full bar setup and used the kayak and canoe to paddle across the lake and meet some friends. The yard was picturesque and was a perfect setting for our bridal photos! We would definitely recommend this place, especially for a large family or friend gathering.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A perfect Cape getaway

  • 5 of 5

Scargo Lake is a hidden gem on Cape Cod, and this house is a hidden gem on Scargo Lake. We spent a week there in August 2013 with another family, and it was great. The house we stayed in is really two houses fused together, a very old Cape-style cottage and a recent addition with sliding doors and cathedral ceilings. The old part is quaint and cozy, and the new part had plenty of room for big dinners with family and friends. The lake is great for swimming and fishing, and we used the owner’s Hobie cat and canoe. The grounds are beautiful – a day spent reading by the edge of the lake is a great day. We spent our evenings by the fire pit. The location is one of the house’s great features – not only is it on the lake, but it’s just a few minutes’ walk from the Dennis town center, with its Post Office, library and shops, and the Red Pheasant restaurant is just up the street. The salt-water beaches of the bay are nearby, too.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Howe St and Corporation beaches (0.5 and 0.6 miles
Car: recommended

Within walking distance to the town of Dennis and the Cape Playhouse and Cinema. Boating, sailing, canoeing, tennis, biking, surfing, windsurfing, swimming, hiking, scuba diving, and fishing.

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Rates & Availability

Dennis House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Peak
Jun 18 2016 - Sep 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
$11,000
 
 
Off-Peak
Sep 26 2016 - Nov 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
$450
$3,000
$4,500
 
 
Off-Peak
Dec 1 2016 - Jan 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
$400
$2,500
$4,000
 
 
Off-Peak
Jan 15 2017 - Mar 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
$350
$1,500
$3,500
 
 
Off-Peak
Mar 20 2017 - May 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
$400
From
$450
Fri,Sat
$2,500
$4,000
 
 
Peak
May 23 2017 - Sep 23 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
From
$600
Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,500
$13,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$500
$3,500
$13,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning $185

cleaning fee $160 includes towels and linens
In addition to the 18th century house with a 21st century addition, the property includes a 200- foot lakefront with a saliboat, canoe, kayak, and three swimming entrances to the lake (the beach by the boathouse is perfect for small children as the water deepens very gradually). The sailboat is a double-hulled catamaran and may only be used by those wh

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Amenities

Dennis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , tub
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
  • Each bedroom has an AC unit.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Sailboat
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Canoe, Hobie Wave Catamaran sailboat, kayak

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