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Bay Front + Pool. SUP's, Kayaks, Bikes, A/C, Vehicle Beach Pass and Pets ok !

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4/5 Bed, 4.5 Bath, 2 TV Rooms, 2 Kitchens, Liv Room, Sunroom and Decks

DISCOUNT Summer 2019: Rent the final six (6) days of August at a steep discount.

Attention Shoulder Season Guests: The advertised price reflects a pricing structure for four adults and two children. Groups over that size will pay an additional fee based on the number of adults staying at ShoestringBayHouse. Please carefully read the rates page for further information. This does NOT apply to July and August rentals during the prime season.

Welcome to ShoestringBayHouse on beautiful Popponesset Bay, leading to Vineyard Sound. Yes, we have a wading-beach on our property, see picture number ten. The kids will have fun in the water and adults will "save" on those trips to Loop beach in Cotuit. The name of our home (ShoestringBayHouse) will lead you to great savings and fun on the water.

Our "pet friendly", waterfront home is fully Air Conditioned with a Mitsubishi 6 unit mini-split system. All rooms are individually controlled for your comfort. Plus this house will accommodate extended families with multiple sleeping and living configurations. Yes; Mountain Bikes, SUP's (paddle boards) and kayaks are all included!! We also supply a town-wide beach pass for your vehicle. Our home is fully licensed and inspected by the Town of Barnstable.

ShoestringBayHouse* Features Include: *Waterfront (Popponesset Bay) *Beach (see picture ten) *20x40 Pool *Kayaks and SUP's * Assorted Hybrid Bikes *2 TV Rooms *Great Room *2 Kitchens *Decks * Weber Grill plus a corn & lobster cooker *Six Mini-Split Air Conditioning Units *Pet Friendly *Barnstable (town-wide) Beach Pass *3 Bose Radios *1 Grace Digital radio *4 LCD TV's with streaming. *Comcast High Speed WiFi *Sonos Music System *Poolside Bathroom & Shower**NEW for 2018: the deck at pool level is screened in so you can enjoy the beauty of Shoestring Bay at night and in 2019 the pool will be completely refurbished.

ShoestringBayHouse*This home, located in a child friendly (great for biking) and quiet neighborhood, is perfect for two families vacationing together, extended families or grandparents. With a separate master suite and multiple living rooms, everyone will be comfortable. Our 'pet friendly' home features four bedrooms including the "bunk" room, four full baths, poolside bath house/showers/toilet, two kitchens (summer kitchen at pool level), a TV room on each level, one living room, one large sun room with a dining deck plus a dining room with seating for ten and it is cooled by a Mitsubishi 6 unit mini-split. There is direct access from the kitchen to the upper deck, where you will find a Weber grill and Lobster Cooker adjacent to the kitchen. The upper living room which is adjacent to a full bath, houses a semi-private alcove with a sleeper sofa (gel mattress). This sleeping alcove makes a great guest bedroom for temporary guests or for teenagers.

Cotuit Beach Info: Since ShoestringBayHouse includes a beach pass you can drive to any of the numerous beaches in Barnstable. Just across the Cotuit peninsula are three beaches. Mostly everyone heads over to Loop Beach with it's gentle slope into the water. It also has a bath house and lifeguards so everyone will be safe and have fun. The kids love it when the ice cream truck rings it's bell to signal it's stop at the beach ! Our wading beach is accessed by just a few stairs directly in front of our home.

Pool is open from July 1st thru the second week of September. But maybe closed early due to storms. No guarantees are made.

More Details

Paul Brower Thompson SĥǿestrìƞĝƁäyĦŏuşè[at]ǥᵯaīl·ĉoᵯ
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish, Phonic: sevin-sevin-for-too-tree-ate-sevin-1-ate-1
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About Paul Brower Thompson SĥǿestrìƞĝƁäyĦŏuşè[at]ǥᵯaīl·ĉoᵯ

Though I grew up in New Jersey, my family has been coming to the Cape since the early 1960's. My parents fell in love with Cotuit in the late 1970's and we have been here ever since. I spent most of my summers (80's-90's) working and living on Cape Cod. After welcoming my wife, Maria, into our family she too has come to enjoy the Cape. Our daughter, Meredith, has been a life long summer resident of the Cape since making her first trip to the Cape at age 3 weeks !

Paul Brower Thompson SĥǿestrìƞĝƁäyĦŏuşè[at]ǥᵯaīl·ĉoᵯ purchased this house in 1981

Why Paul Brower Thompson SĥǿestrìƞĝƁäyĦŏuşè[at]ǥᵯaīl·ĉoᵯ chose Cotuit

Our family originally purchased this property in 1981 after falling in love with Cotuit village and the serenity of the area. My parents were the second owners of the property. This house, built overlooking the Bay offers incredible views from all rooms. During ShoestringBayHouse's next journey, we have been slowly updating the house over the past ten years, investing in numerous upgrades from the original house.

What makes this house unique

Waterfront, pool, a great view and plenty of room so that family and friends can spread out and enjoy our home. For the adventurous members of the group, kayaks and SUP's included with the rental. We are pet friendly !

Guestbook comments from the owner

"....your house was lovely and we had some good sailing on the Hobie, she heads into the wind very well considering no foresail. We have enjoyed our stay very much..."
Jul 2014
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Cotuit House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Linens and disposable items are not included. Pool closure date is approximately the second week of September and may vary depending on weather.
  • In the event of AC, appliance or electronic device failure every effort will be made to quickly repair the device, but no refunds will be issued.
  • There are no refunds given for weather, storms, family or military issues. Guest is highly encouraged to purchase travel insurance.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Study Room
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master Bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Attached bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Lower Hall
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upper Hall (adjoins sleeping alcove)
    Pool House & Bathroom - toilet , outdoor shower , A urinal is located in the bath house.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • First Floor Master - 1 queen , Attached master bathroom
    End of Hall - 1 queen , Shared Hall Bath
    Teen Bunk Room - 2 double , 2 twin/ single , One of the bunk beds converts from a couch to a futon.
    Bedroom w/ Bath - 2 twin/ single , Private Bath
    Sleeping Alcove - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full bath in the hall, adjoining this room
  • For hygienic reasons, renters MUST bring their own beach towels, linen, bath mats, bath towels. A limited number of pillows and summer blankets are available at the house. Linen rentals are available from our vendor: Essential Rentals
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Bay Front + Pool. SUP's, Kayaks, Bikes, A/C, Vehicle Beach Pass and Pets ok !
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Perfect place to vacation with friends and family!

  • 5 of 5

Don't hesitate to reserve this wonderful home in Cotuit. We loved everything about the house and the quiet neighborhood. The open layout of dining/living/sunroom areas was great. Plenty of room to gather together for dinner/breakfast ... or separate from each other to read or compute. Our group was 7 retired adults but we could see what a great house it would be with children. Two of us enjoyed the kayaks on a beautiful September morning while others went off on a whale watch. We loved relaxing with cocktails on the upper deck and one evening a heron was fishing right on the little beach below the deck. One night we had a lobster dinner on the lower deck (near pool). Ordered cooked lobsters from Stop&Shop (much easier than cooking ourselves). Two other Cape friends joined us that night for dinner.

We all enjoyed early morning and evening walks in the surrounding neighborhood. Do stop by the charming Cotuit General Store ... they have good food for take out. Our only dinner out was at the Kettle Ho which is not far from the house. Lots of locals there - food was good. Paul, the owner, was great. He's very organized and clearly he & his family take very good care of their beautiful home. It was very comfortable and very clean! We would definitely recommend this property to family & friends!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous memory making Labor Day wknd

  • 5 of 5

Thank you!! Our blended-extended family, friends and dogs enjoyed every fun beautiful moment at your gorgeous home! We all loved the house, pool, neighborhood and being right on the water! We also had the best weather to top it off!! 😎 Everything about this home and property added to a perfect wknd together!! Thank you for being so accommodating to our group! We were so comfortable and felt at home immediately! The only negative was leaving 😰 Highlights were kayaking to the spit, volleyball in the pool, corn hole on your front lawn and a delicious lobster boil 😎 We appreciated the way your specious and beautiful home is wired up for music, TV etc and the air conditioning kept us comfortable on the hot muggy days!! We hope to return next year!! 💞 Thank you again so much!!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A resort-like setting with a home-like feel. Very clean, spacious, comfortable accommodations for 3 generations of family. Lots of thoughtful amenities giving you no reason to get in the car! Walking, biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing - all accessible from a picturesque setting. The only downside was having to leave! Paul is a very accommodating, responsive property owner with genuine concern for his guests.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and our toddler daughter and two sets of grandparents stayed at the Shoestring Bay house this past week and had an absolutely wonderful time. The house is incredibly well equipped for a rental (everything you could need in the kitchen, kayaks, a paddle board, phone chargers, two grills, Roku-equipped televisions, games, you name it...). We were among the first guests to enjoy the new renovations, and the home was bright, open and clean with stunning views of the bay. Sunsets here were magical. We had a great time wading in the shallow beach and watching the crabs in the sand. The beach was great for launching boats and exploring nature, but if you're looking for the more iconic Cape Cod beaches and dunes, those are a short drive away. Paul was great to deal with and very responsive on email to questions leading up to the trip and while we were at the home. This house was perfect for our family gathering and I would recommend it highly.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fishing trip

  • 5 of 5

Rented this home in May with several friends for our annual fishing trip to Popponesset beach area. Home was amazing! There was more than enough room to accommodate 9 people and all our gear (including 18ft fishing boat). The decks and pool area made it a great gathering place for the group after our golf and fishing activities throughout the day. The decor was vintage Cape Cod and had a welcoming and cozy feel. Owner Paul Thompson was courteous, informative and easily accessible when needed (enjoyed our conversations Paul). I would highly recommend this home and will be renting it again and again!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house, great location

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 great weeks here at the end of August. 2 young boys loved the pool and the cycle-friendly neighbourhood. Parents also enjoyed the calm location and the view of the bay from the outdoor decks. House is well-equipped with electronics, close to beaches and stores. Owner was very quick to respond to a couple of minor questions that came up. In a word, everything we wanted and already making plans to go back! Thanks. DA

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Woods Hole
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Route 28
Car: necessary

Waterfront, Pet friendly, Pool, Family Fun, Nature Trails, Biking, Beach Combing, Fishing, all of this awaits you in the Cotuit area. Our house is located directly on Shoestring Bay in Cotuit. We are at the North end of the Bay and the house faces in the direction of Willowbend. There is only one road in/out of the Cotuit Coves area. Cotuit is for the family that does not want to be in the center of the action. The Cotuit Coves 'neck' is surrounded by water on all three sides and the nature preserve at the entrance. We are about 25 minutes from the Bourne Bridge and Sagamore Rotary. The beaches of Shoestring Bay are covered in sand and seagrass. The shallow area of the water is sand and then it changes to sand/silt in the deeper parts of the bay. The kids will spend hours digging in the sand at our beach and looking for crabs! Don't forget we are just across the street from Crocker Neck Nature Preserve where you can hike, bike, kayak and swim.

Other Activities: Nature trails and reservation across the street.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Ebel's Home Cleaning $299
Pet Fee $99
Property Damage Protection $99

Pets are gladly accepted and a small fee applies. The fee for a 2nd dog is $250.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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