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Luxury Pool Home, Private Beaches, Lewis Bay and Nantucket Sound views. Dogs OK!

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedroom, 2 full bathrooms, half bath, outside shower, sleeping loft, sleeps 12

On Gated Great Island, a private enclave, six separate sleeping areas, King, 2 Queens, seven twins, 1 Full sized pull out sofa (new in 2017), central air , high speed Internet, pristine beaches, 6 large TVs, 4 DVDs, tankless Gas Grill. 300 feet from private beach, 10 min walk to large world class private beach with pure white sugary sand, all within private gated community with 24 hr manned gatehouse in season. Close to golf, shopping, restaurants. On narrow peninsula within Great Island communities, about 300 feet from Lewis Bay, 500 feet from Nantucket Sound, across the street from salt water Channel. Great Views of Lewis Bay and boating activity from pool area and most west facing rooms including dining room and upstairs bedrooms.

Private Heated Pool. Beautiful gardens lovingly updated and maintained by our very own Professional Gardner Sally. Updated and improved yearly, wine cooler, wide screen Sony Bravia HDTV, Central A/C on first floor, ipod dock, Kurig coffee maker, Yamaha Conservatory Grand, Wii system. Pool completely refinished, new diving board 2016. New Countertops and French Door refrigerator. Greenhouse/Sunroom refurbished 2016. For 2018 we are featuring bath towels from the Turkish Towel Company in Middleton Massachusetts (to match those we discovered in a beautiful Newport B&B) . New Sleep/sofa Spring 2017. For 2018 we are featuring pillows from Cuddledown of Freeport, Maine, made from German filling. We have also purchased for 2018 a new Weber 4 burner grill, with stainless steel components.

If you locate 370 Great Island Road on Google Earth, the beach just to the South of that is known a 'White Gate Beach' . We have deeded rights to about 100 yards of that section of pristine beach.

2018 marks our fourteenth season renting out our family home. Many of our bookings are repeats, one family will have stayed with us for all fourteen summers! Over the years we have done extensive tree cutting in order to open a great view of Lewis Bay and Nantucket Sound from both the pool area, the dining room, the upstairs bedrooms as well as the sleeping loft. You can watch the Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard Ferries leave Hyannis Harbor and again as they round the tip of Great Island and head out on Nantucket Sound. We have refurnished the living room and media room with very comfortable new sofa & side chair and refurnished all three primary bedrooms as well as the finished basement and loft sleeping areas. In recent years, we redid the kitchen floor in top-of-the-line hardwood to match the rest of the house, added a 40 inch Sony Bravia High def TV to our media room, and installed a new Jenn-Aire stove. Central Air on first floor, window units second floor. We purchased three new Samsung 26' TV's with HDMI connectivity (7 TV's in all).

One of our guests wrote:' We had a wonderful two weeks at your Great Island home this summer. We love the house. It's beautifully decorated and very well equipped. The neighborhood is so quiet- just the way we like it. The heated pool is just delightful. Our kids loved that room (referring to the Loft over the garage). It was a great idea to add that room this year. ... The house has loads of living space, so your guests would not feel crowded. .. Thank you for sharing your home with us. Another of our guests wrote 'We had a fabulous time at your home. Thank you for opening your home to us.' On of our guests wrote: 'Thank you for sharing your wonderful shore house with us. We had an awesome time!!! The sunset last night was the most beautiful my family and I had ever seen'. The fact that five of our 2016 weeks were rented by families that have stayed with us before, one of whom has been with us for all 12 seasons, one for 8 seasons, says it all.

Our guests have come from New York, California, Chicago, Ireland, Scotland, Connecticut, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Canada, as well as every New England state.

We have sold out from late June through early September for each of the past thirteen seasons.

Let Great Island and our beautiful home become the highlight of your Cape Cod Vacation as it has been for the Hayes family for the past 50 years.

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MIchael Hayes
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
November 20, 2017

About MIchael Hayes

Our family purchased this home new in 1967, it has been in the family for all of these years. We have seen Great Island grow around us, but our jewel has remained as it was, except that we have built up the gardens, continually upgraded and refinished the home, and added a swimming pool. In the off-season, it serves as a year round residence and a family retreat for our five children, the grandchildren of the original owners, as well as their offspring, the fourth generation to enjoy our home. Our extended family gathers here to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Memorial Day and many festive weekends throughout the 'off-season'.

MIchael Hayes purchased this house in 1967

Why MIchael Hayes chose West Yarmouth

Our family's love for Great Island began in the 1940's when Marie Hayes would sail here from a summer camp in Hyannis located where the Kennedy Memorial now is. Our section of Great Island was mostly uninhabited at that time. We purchased our home in the 1960's when the land first became available. Our home was featured as the 'Home of the Week' in the Boston Sunday Globe in 1967. It was designed by John Barnard, a noted architect of the era, who designed many of the homes in Oyster Harbors in Osterville. It is a classic Royal Barry Wills styled Cape with a unique staircase based on a Whaling captain's home in Nantucket.

What makes this house unique

We have access to a large, pristine white-sand private beach on Nantucket Sound within this Gated community, accessible only by homeowners. We have access to four other beaches, three on Lewis Bay one more on Nantucket Sound


West Yarmouth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoor - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • Two full baths, one quarter-bath plus architect designed outside redwood shower enclosure with dressing area. Two main bathrooms have double sinks, house has a total of eight sinks including two kitchen sinks and a bar sink in Media room.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single , finished basement, TV/DVD Wii game system
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , unheated, no a/c cheerful summer overflow loft
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Media room, closes off, bar sink, HDTV
  • Overflow upper level (kids only) summer sleeping loft accessible from upper deck (NO HEAT OR AC)with two twins, has great views of Lewis Bay and Nantucket Sound; Double sleep sofa (new 2017) in separate area (Media Room closed off by louver doors)with bar sink, Sony HDTV, views of gardens & pool, privacy; additional three twins in air conditioned year round finished basement bedroom/rec area (kids only - large cheerful cool dry private area with large TV, DVD, Wii game system); New Pottery Barn style bed frames throughout home, New living room furnishings from Macy's. Continually updated interior looks like a featured home in Coastal Living or Cape Cod Life. No smoking please! We pride ourselves in every detail of our family home in its beautiful garden and pool setting on private Great Island. We have rebuilt the upper deck which surrounds the upper level kids sleeping loft. This deck has views of Nantucket Sound and Lewis Bay. The pool overlooks the Bay.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Gated Community
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Very gracious architect designed home, in same family since 1967, in neighborhood of Cape Cod Cottages & trophy homes in private gated community. Beautiful private beaches. anywhere is a short walk away. Master bedroom with Queen, one bedroom with queen and two twins, one with King, Media Room with double pull-out, two other private overflow kids only sleeping areas each with two twins, one in finished basement, other in unheated loft over garage ( the basement & loft are intended for children only). Private heated pool in backyard with views of Lewis Bay. House has hosted family weddings. Gracious and accommodating house in absolutely gorgeous beach getaway setting. Ideal for 6 adults, plus 4-6 children. Main living part of house will accommodate large family gathering. The Double sleeping Media Room closes off with louver doors, and there is a bar sink there. We have a Frontgate queen raised inflatable as an option to the pull out sofa. Yamaha Conservatory Grand.


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Luxury Pool Home, Private Beaches, Lewis Bay and Nantucket Sound views. Dogs OK!
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Perfection on the Cape!

  • 5 of 5

This is our third year in a row staying at this wonderful home with our family and small dogs. We can't say enough about the convenience of the location, charm of the house and hospitality of the owner. We love to watch the sunset each night from the deck of this lovely Classic Cape home on Lewis Bay. The heated pool is well-maintained and serene, with the yard perfectly laid out for family fun. You can walk to a pretty tidal beach (perfect spot for sunset viewing) in about 2 minutes or take a short stroll to the lovely private white sand beach. The kitchen is sizable and fully equipped with everything you need (in our case, we cook for anywhere from 3 to 7 people). The house comfortably sleeps 7 or more, with added sleeping quarters in a loft and basement if you're hosting extended family. For us, West Yarmouth is the perfect home base for all that the cape has to offer -- day trips to the islands, P-town, Four Seas, the 1856 General Store, Chatham, Pirates Cove for the kiddos and more. The appliances work well, the house is clean, the beds area comfortable and even the pool lounges are lovely. It's clear this house is well-loved, with family photos and interesting books and artwork all around. We hope to return for many years to come and are thankful to the homeowners for their continued hospitality. You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 6 & Willow Street
Car: recommended

Great Island (West Yarmouth), Cape Cod is a unique private gated enclave of Shingled Cottages and Trophy Homes. By any measure, Great Island is a Five Star community. Our section of Great Island is situated between Nantucket Sound and Lewis Bay. We have access to Five Private Beaches, the largest of which consists of pure white sugary sand and is comparable to any world class beach except that on the busiest day it is shared by only a handful of homeowners and guests.

Area attractions include spectacular beaches, summer shops, museums, great restaurants, art galleries, live entertainment, plays, sightseeing, trips to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket (you can watch all of the island ferries from our home), great fishing off our beaches in late August (Blues!). Great public Golf courses, unique shops on Main Street Hyannis.

Our home is an Architectural Jewel. It has been featured as the Home of the Week in the Boston Globe.

For 2005 - 2016 most of our key weeks were booked by April. [For our 2016 summer season, we booked 6 weeks by Valentine's Day, and another 3 weeks by Easter.]

Other Activities: full range of summer activities, world class private beach


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

Our 83 degree custom Gunite pool with great views of Lewis Bay boating activities and Cape Cod Sunsets makes June and September feel like mid August! We are available for select off-season stays (depending on our family usage) at $900 per night (3 night minimum) plus $150 cleaning charge. [Cleaning fee is included in full weekly rates]. For June & September weekly stays, we would prefer to book from Friday to Friday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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