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Historic Colonial Tavern - 1693 Cape Cod Estate

Bedrooms 7
Space 7,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

7 Bedrooms +, 5 Baths (Sleeps 14-15) .

The Newcomb Tavern was built in 1693. This elegant Colonial Inn, known as the Newcomb Tavern, was the lodging establishment for dignitaries during the Revolutionary War located on picturesque Shawme Pond with a working Grist Mill. It has all of the modern amenities of a professional grade gourmet kitchen, exquisitely designed with the chef in mind.The house is a showcase of the 17th century and one of the most photographed homes on Cape Cod and New England.Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, built in 1693 as an Inn.

Always feel free to call me with any questions, no matter how insignificant the question may seem. My number is 508.367.6600 and I almost always answer within minutes.

There is an elegantly appointed dining room with seating for 12 that overlooks the Lake with a Venetian chandelier, six fireplaces, Grand piano, Venetian chandeliers throughout the house, three large living rooms, and an Old English pub/bar that opens out on to one of the lush terraces with a fountain, The Secret Garden. With another Terrace and Pergola entered from the French Doors from the very large Kitchen. This Terrace/Patio with a big Table and Chairs overlooks the lush gardens and manicured lawns perfect for outdoor games.

There are 3 very large Living Rooms with fireplaces, a Baby Grand Piano and rooms to congregate or separate for gatherings. Each room has its' own character and decorated with a specific motif in mind. There are antiques from Early America and from around the World, all fitting into the history of the home as Peter Newcomb traveled the World in search of whales for lighting oil.

There are 6 fireplaces and views of the Town with the Church Steeple from the 1800's and another Church Steeple from the 1700's. The views from every room are wonderful.

Every amenity is thought of and placed there for your perfect vacation. Having rented so many places with my large family I have been able to decide what makes the perfect vacation spot for those who want to come to Cape Cod. It is my joy to have you remember this vacation as your favorite. There are indoor and outdoor games for everyone as I love the idea of children staying at the Newcomb Tavern thus being able to experience life in Colonial America and see so many historical places and items right there in the house.

Availability maintained off website. Please contact Owner for current available dates! I can be reached anytime at 508.367.6600. Please don't hesitate to call for information, not only for my property but for any information about Cape Cod. I have lived here all of my adult life and I think of it as Heaven on Earth.

The very large kitchen has granite countertops with room for the family to cook together. The cupboards are filled with spices and every necessary culinary item to make this one of the most memorable experiences for your reunion. The 7 bedrooms are spacious and elegantly furnished with period pieces. Pictures can be sent for the interested parties.There are 5 beautifully decorated bathrooms, libraries, and many other exquisite accompaniments including an entertainment room with a big screen TV and 4 other TVs. All the linens are provided with the idea of providing a perfect experience to be remembered forever.

The Historic Newcomb Tavern built in1693 is surrounded by expansive and beautifully landscaped lush gardens with two outdoor terraces and a fountain and one with a beautiful pergola overlooking the expansive backyard and gardens.. The house is lavishly furnished with period antiques and is located in the heart of the historic district, next to a 1600's Grist Mill, on a lake and approximately one mile from the ocean. Walk down the tree lined scenic street to Heritage Museum and Gardens, walk across the street around the pond to the Thornton Burgess Museum or the famous Historic Hoxie House built in 1637 or over to the Dunbar Tea Room or just over to the Sandwich Glass Museum. You can envision yourself in the middle of a Historic New England Village with beauty all around.

A short walk to Heritage Museum and Gardens, across the street from the Sandwich Glass Museum and steps away from several restaurants and fine shops. This stately 1693 Colonial Inn is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. It is one of the most photographed homes on Cape Cod because of its location on Shawme Pond with the Grist Mill, the Dunbar Tea Room, the First Church with its grand Steeple and more importantly its historical place in the Revolutionary War.

More Details

Property Manager
Yvonne Anderson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Yvonne Anderson

The Newcomb Tavern, built in 1693, is a true gift and now it is my turn to be the best caretaker I can be so it can be passed on to others for many generations to come.

You will find so many artifacts from the world over, my favorites being treasures from Cape Cod.

I left the field of medicine to start a company, that helps women to stay safe with the use of our many Pepper Sprays etc.

The only difficulty is that I have had to base the business out of Florida as Massachusetts is still in the dark ages when it comes to laws allowing women to have pepper spray, so much for freedom to keep oneself safe.

I have been so honored to share my home with others and donate it to so many causes both in the US and abroad. The house has so much historical significance with the beginning of the Colonists coming over from Europe. You can see what the early settlers had for accommodations in the early 1700's as there have been so few changes to the house. What a treasure the Newcomb Tavern 1693 is for generations to come.

I was married in the Newcomb Tavern in 1973 and having been working on its' restoration ever since; it is truly a labor of love. After being widowed in 1995, my son and I have had the ability to live and work around the world, thus giving us the opportunity to share our home with others.

Yvonne Anderson purchased this estate in 1970

Why Yvonne Anderson chose Sandwich

The house was bought from the Newcomb Family who had it since 1693. I consider it to be a treasure and it has been listed on the National Registry of Historic Places since its inception. The Newcomb Tavern 1693 is restored to the beauty of the Colonial Architecture unique to this property. It is the oldest Tavern on Cape Cod and has the original Tavern license. How easy it is to step into the past before the Colonies decided to break away from the King of England and before the cry of 'Taxation without Representation'.

The Newcomb Tavern 1693 now has all of the amenities of the 21st century but delicately hidden. It is easy to transport yourself back to the Colonial Days, especially with so many other Colonial homes and structures in the area. A short walk around the lake is the oldest house on Cape Cod, the HOXIE HOUSE, built in 1637 and open to the public with furniture of the 1600's.

A walk down Grove Street will relax you and allow yourself to be surrounded by the beauty of Nature; birds singing and Swans playing in the lakes. There are trails and hikes to see so much of the free land that the Town of Sandwich has purchased to keep the area pristine for generations to come.

Please read about the Newcomb Tavern and the historic significance it had in the Revolutionary War. It took the side of King George, due to the residence of Timothy Ruggles who married the widow Newcomb in 1735, after she already had 7 children with William Newcomb. Timothy Ruggles was a prominent statesman well known for his sympathy for the Crown of England. Even after Mr. Ruggles was banished to Nova Scotia with the other British sympathizers, the Newcomb Tavern was kept in the Newcomb family by all of the children from William Newcomb. You will see on the walls many documents pertaining to the Newcomb Tavern, and the role it had in early America as an Inn and Tavern for travelers to stay in their journeys.

What makes this estate unique

The Historical Architecture of the true Colonial House but with very high ceilings and closets in all of the bedrooms ( unknown for the period ). It is a unique house and the fact that it was in the Newcomb Family until we bought it is extraordinary. It is still filled with so many artifacts from the period before the Revolutionary War and then in Colonial America. The Village of Sandwich is a step back in time with so many homes that date back to the 1600's and 1700's. The Grist Mill and Lake in front of the house was used by early Colonists to grind their corn, wheat and barley. The Tavern was situated next to the Town Hall so that persons coming to the Town Hall for business would have a place to lodge and purchase alcohol ( yes, those licenses date back to the late 1600's ). One of the old Tavern licenses is still on display for all to see ( unusual because the license was commonly plastered on to a prominent wall and then just torn down for the next one to follow...) Many of the artifacts from the old Newcomb Tavern have been generously given to me by the Newcomb family. To be honest, I feel that I am just the caretaker for the old Inn and it is still the possession of the Newcomb Family ! I take that responsibility very seriously in any restructuring that has to take place to maintain this wonderful Tavern.

The Town is strict in zoning , trying and building, trying to keep our Town in pristine condition to be enjoyed by residents and visitors.

This is a one of a kind house, so elegant, original in its' architecture with so few changes from when it was built in 1693. Take a step into the period before the thought of separation from the King was even considered.


Sandwich Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Approx. 1 mi. from ocean, 6 Fireplaces, Elegant dining room overlooking the Lake, Grand Piano, 2 large patios, one with fountain and the other with pergola. Beautifully landscaped Gardens with large backyard- both with seating for your large groups. Full Professional Kitchen with Granite countertops, Cooking Utensils and spices provided, the Kitchen has all of the essentials needed. Jacuzzi Tub, 5 bathrooms, 7 lavish bedrooms, 3 living rooms, Grand Dining Room, English Pub/Bar. This property is large, centered in the Historic Village of Sandwich with amenities for everyone.


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Historic Colonial Tavern - 1693 Cape Cod Estate
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Great rental in the perfect small town

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed in the Newcomb Tavern for the 4th of July week and we couldn't say more positive things about our stay and booking experience. The home owner and property managers were a pleasure to work with throughout the rental process and we couldn't have asked for a more ideal rental for our week in the Cape.

The house is magnificent- loaded with history and personality, the Newcomb Tavern is an experience all in itself. The rooms are well decorated, with extremely comfortable bedding, furniture, and unique details. The house was clean and well maintained for a property built in the late 1600's, with small reminders of it's history placed throughout the house.

The back yard and fire pit were great areas to spend mornings and afternoons, and the house's central location in Sandwich made it easy for walking around town.

My whole family was thankful for this find, and we all highly recommend this rental!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a joy it is to hear good things about a family's stay at the Newcomb Tavern. To think of all the people over the last 323 years that have visited the Newcomb Tavern 1693. If only the walls could talk. Your family was wonderful in every way and I look forward to having you as guests again in the "HAPPY HOUSE" the nickname for the Newcomb Tavern 1693. Thank you again for being our guest !!
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Beautiful, Elegant and Magical

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent a week at the Newcomb Tavern celebrating our wedding with friends and family. The house could not be lovelier! Each room is special, decorated with magnificent artwork, glass chandeliers (omg!), and comfy bedding and furniture. Although, the house is a historical treasure and an antique paradise, it is also welcoming, warm and friendly. A perfect place for a family reunion with rooms to be together or go off for some quiet time. The piano in the living room was an extra bonus for our musical family. The outside gardens are so gorgeous and calling out for a family game of croquet. We loved the barbecue and fire pit and gorged ourselves on s'mores!

The kitchen was stocked with everything a cook could need and we made use of it all (feeding 14 people). Additionally, the laundry room was conveniently located and stocked with detergents, et al. Small touches, like beach towels, were constant reminders of how welcoming this house is to its guests!

The location is perfect, walk to town, grist mill, and beach and of course, down the street from the magnificent Heritage Museum and Gardens (where we had our wedding).

I can not say enough wonderful things about this house and its management and delightful owner. I am sure I have made friends for life there and look forward to another visit. The Newcomb Tavern is paradise on the Cape!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a joy and an honor to have this wonderful family stay at my home and even more so knowing that this was a very important event in their lives, to be remembered forever. Thank you for choosing us ! And the very best for a life filled with joy and love.
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Great Week at Newcomb Tavern

  • 5 of 5

Rented with a large group of old friends. House has great atmosphere, several distinctive rooms for sitting, talking, dining. Great location, convenient to many Cape Cod activities. Owner was helpful, attentive to our needs and questions. Great value for the price.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review my property. I always like to think that I am providing the very best memories of Cape Cod and I treat my guests like royalty. What a treat it is to meet such wonderful people !
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A great house for our family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Newcomb Tavern for our family reunion (spanning 3 generations) and it was a wonderful place to spend our week together. The house is a true gem and has both the character of an old house and the conveniences of a modern house. Yvonne was great to work with, very friendly, and very accomodating in making sure our stay was nothing less than we expected. I would definitely recommend the Newcomb Tavern!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review from a remarkable family. It was so great having children stay at the house thus being able to see for themselves part of our Colonial history. I am honored when people choose my house and thus I try to provide everything that would make their stay perfect on Cape Cod. Now, they are part of the fabric of the old Newcomb Tavern !
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Brookline, MA

A unique setting for a wonderful family summer get-together

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in the summer with our children and grandchildren -- 13 in all. The home itself is spectacular -- full of antiques and gorgeous furnishings. We all really felt the magic and history of the place, but not in a stuffy way. Croquet on the lawn; reading children's books aloud under the spreading branches of a wonderful tree in the yard; our 1 1/2 year-old greeting "George" every morning as she addressed his bust in the kitchen; playing the grand piano; walks around Shawme Pond -- these are only a few of the memories that are now part of our family's shared history. Yvonne is more than an owner; she is one of those rare generous souls who makes sure everything is more than perfect for her guests and becomes a family friend.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How lucky I was to have this wonderful family stay at my home. They were perfectly delightful and I consider them now to be part of my extended family. Often, I think of the many people that have stayed here at the Newcomb Tavern 1693 over the last 300 years and just wish that the walls could talk of the joy and peace that each of them bring to the house. Thank you for sharing your vacation with me !!
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New York

Beautiful Family Home

  • 5 of 5

We recently had our wedding at this beautiful home with our family and close friends. Everyone that stayed with us fell in love with this house. And it was the perfect setting for an intimate small wedding, we could not have asked for more. The owner of the home made us feel like we were family and pulled out all the stops for us. We would definitely recommend this rental property for anyone looking for a beautiful home to enjoy with their family and friends. The pictures displayed online are true in nature and seeing is believing, very spacious, clean and well maintained. There is a pond across the way with beautiful swans,ducks and you can fish in it. Walk thru town and see the Glass Museum, plenty of sights to see.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2011
  • Stayed: October 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. It is so important to me that anyone who stays at the Newcomb Tavern feel as if they are the most important people on Cape Cod and enjoy the surroundings of the late 1600's with the amenities of the 21st century. It has always been a core belief that " it is in giving that we receive". Everyone who has ever stayed in the Newcomb Tavern has always mentioned that it is a HAPPY HOUSE....may it always be so !
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Sandwich Town Hall
Dunbar House Restaurant & Tea Room
American Restaurant
Hoxie House
Tavern at the Inn
American Restaurant
The Brown Jug
Belfry Bistro
New American Restaurant
Next Door Burger Bar
Uncommon Cafe
Sandwich Pizza House
Sweet Tomatoes Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
Sandwich Mini Golf
Café Chew
Organic Restaurant
Moto Pizza
Pizza Takeout
Captain Scott's Seafood Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Bobby Byrne's Sandwich
Marylou's Coffee
Coffee Shop
The British Beer Company
Sandwich Boardwalk
Pilot House Restaurant and Lounge
Seafood Restaurant
Seafood Sam's
Seafood Restaurant
sandies outdoor bar
Bar & Grill
Fishermen's View Seafood Market & Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center
Horizons on the Bay
New England Restaurant
Sagamore Inn Restaurant
Family Restaurant
Whaleback Restaurant
Flynn's Irish Pub
Mr.G`s Pizza
Italian Restaurant
Sagamore Beach BBQ
Barbecue Restaurant
Chen's Kitchen
Chinese Restaurant
American Restaurant
Marylous Coffee
Coffee Shop
Father's Kitchen & Taphouse
Tapas Restaurant
6A Cafe
Brunch Restaurant
Tomatoes Italian Bar & Grill
Bar & Grill
JD's Burger Co.
Hamburger Restaurant
Barlow's Clam Shack
Seafood Restaurant
Canterbury Cuisine
Family Restaurant
China Palace
Chinese Restaurant
The Seafood Shanty
Seafood Restaurant
Two Brothers Pizza & Mexican
Pizza Restaurant
Cafe Riverview
Asia Garden
Chinese Restaurant
Surf's Up Pizza & Seafood
Pizza Restaurant
Oakcrest Cove Lodge
Sandy's Famous Seafood Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
TJ's Bar and Grille
British Beer Company
Eastwind Seafoods
Seafood Restaurant
Way Ho Restaurant
Chinese Restaurant
Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Logan, Boston, Massachusetts
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Dan'l Webster
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Falmouth and Woods Hole Ferries
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Sandwich Hollows Golf
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Cape Cod Train
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Mid-Cape: Route 6
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many within 1 mile
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Cape Cod is surrounded on all sides by Beaches
Car: necessary

Other Activities:

The best activity is driving down Route 6A, also known as the OLD KING'S HIGHWAY. It is listed as one of the most scenic roads in America, dotted with Antique homes. Many of the homes are from the 17th and 18th centuries, all in pristine condition. The by-lanes and roads leading off either to the ocean or to lakes or meadows are all unique and worth traversing. Just bring a map and go East on Route 6A through the Village of Sandwich, then Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennisport, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Truro and Provincetown. Go to the North of Rte. 6A for the little roads to Cape Cod Bay, and see some of the most beautiful sites on the East Coast.

There are boatloads of Antique Shops and 'Not-so Antique' Shops to wander around; surprises are everywhere depending on which old house has emptied its' attic, garage or boat house. The flowers of Cape Cod are so unique as they climb rocks, and adorn the English gardens of years gone by.

Boating, racquetball, shopping, wildlife viewing ( in and out of the bars) , basketball, mini golf.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79

Please call me at any time: 508.367.6600 Spring and Fall: $895/Night ( 4 night min.)Peak Summer Season:$1250/night (4 Night min) or $7995/week
Availability maintained offsite. Please contact Owner for current availability.
Weddings are only allowed on the Property for an additional $25,000/ event

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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