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Exciting Multi-level luxury Tree-house barn abutting oceanfront forest

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,503 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4+bdrms, loft, 3.5 baths , forest, drama, privacy, amazing private owners beach




SANDYTOES is a dramatic and charming seaside Nantucket Barn-style home on six levels, nestled into the woods overlooking Cape Cod Bay (the ocean.) Its multiple levels and interesting spaces give it a Swiss-Family-Robinson tree house feeling. Situated on an oceanfront high sandy bluff and abutting 15 acres of forested conservation land (the beach is a short, paved walk down the hill), SandyToes is a UNIQUE and very rare destination. THE ROOMS: The great room is an inviting space at the top of the 'barn.' Under its vaulted, barnwood ceiling with beams and loft, you'll find planked floors, inviting well-appointed kitchen (SubZero, Meile convection oven, large sit-around butcher block island, two Bosch dishwashers, granite counter tops, induction cookers, and more). A freestanding fireplace makes the great room a cozy place to curl up with some of the scores of books. Above the kitchen is a ocean-view loft where youngsters (or grown-up kids) love to bunk or look down at the grownups making lunch with fresh seafood from the nearby fish market. The Great Room's dining deck offers shady sanctuary under its cathedral of trees and has room has a top-quality gas grill. There are 3 pleasant bedrooms on the bedroom level: a garden view room w antique pine double bed / an ocean view room w queen pine canopy bed / an ocean view room w king size pillow top bed w antique headboard and small antique soaking tub. The rooms have beautiful wood floors, antiques, books, and comfortable beds.

When you step outside through French doors and stroll a few feet up the short sandy path to the bluff to the seaside observation deck, you experience a vast panoramic view of Cape Cod Bay from the highest spot on the bay. At yet another deck, tucked into a private woodsy corner, you can shower outside by moonlight surrounded by forest. This charming 'upside down' barn has elegant touches, but is casual for family fun and entertaining. There are walking paths along the old Indian trail on the oceanside bluff which start right at the SandyToes' side garden. Swim, wade, or beachcomb for starfish, sand dollars, and hermit crabs on a white, smooth sandy beach.

In the inter-tidal zone, you can sometimes find blue mussels and sea clams for dinner. The water gets warmer as summer progresses, so September and October are surprisingly good times to visit. We've been told that from our deck you can see when the bluefish come to shore in case you would like to try surf casting. (Yes, we did have a guest who actually brought in a bluefish from our beach.) Across the water, you can see Provincetown & Truro, or watch ships on their way to the nearby Cape Cod Canal, along which there is a fabulous seven-mile level bike path and easy parking for your car. If you ever want to leave, Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower, and the fascinating Plimoth Plantation (which is like a trip in a time machine) are only eight miles north, and Cape Cod proper is a short two miles away. Charming Sandwich is also two miles away and has a Glass Museum and Heritage Plantation and a fine antiques auction on alternate Saturdays.

Note: In all our years of renting this 6-level oceanfront home, only one person, was shocked that "SandyToes" does not sit right down on the sand like a Tahiti grass-hut, though we say it is "On a bluff overlooking the ocean," and "Highest Spot on Cape Cod Bay," and beach access is a "short paved walk down the hill." Our 70' bluff is on Sagamore Beach Conservation Land so naturally we can't build beach stairs or otherwise develop conservation land.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About Robin

Dear prospective SandyToes guests:

SandyToes became my 2nd home more than 20 years ago while I was doing illustration and design for well known publications, high-tech companies and businesses. Being a bit weary of the 2-D translation of manuscripts to printed page, and having discovered this exciting oceanfront house, at the edge of 15 acres of protected forest, I fell in love with it. I freelanced from there. Back then we didn't upload files, we drove real paintings to Fedex at Boston Logan airport. SandyToes was perfect - the Cape, but not inconvenient like the Cape, which is just two miles south, over the Bridge. Cape Traffic - new to you? Ask around. That is why SandyToes is so popular with those who know the traffic choke points and realize this romantic, private tree-house on forest edge, overlooking an expanse of ocean -- is a secret escape for vacation enjoyment. My goal is to create a setting that exceeds your expectations, is worthy of your choosing SandyToes, and makes you blissfully happy with your choice...

Robin purchased this house in 1996

Why Robin chose Plymouth

SandyToes has a super location: You never find an oceanfront home abutting conservation forest. Just how amazing is that? And it is just 2 miles north of the Cape Cod Canal, so you are very close to everything without getting stuck in the frustratingly bad Cape Cod traffic. We sit right on the Sagamore Beach/Plymouth town line tucked into the woods at the ocean. It was a hidden treasure, and I feel so lucky to have found it!

What makes this house unique

The house reminds me of the Swiss Family Robinson tree house. It's all these different levels, interesting spaces and perspectives, the privacy of having conservation forest on the back side but the jaw-dropping expanse of ocean next to it. Sits on a very slowly eroding bluff, so we don't go onto the bluff, but it's easy to walk down the hill to the beach opening.

Guestbook comments from the manager

(from an email sent after check out) "Robin: We wanted take a few minutes to let you know what a wonderful time our family had during our stay. The word "charming" is how we would best describe Sandy Toes. From the moment we walked in and started to explore the wonderful rooms we immediately felt comfortable and at home. The decks are incredible... spending our mornings drinking our coffee and our afternoons at the bar-b-q cooking our lunch, the kitchen deck is beautiful and relaxing. The oceanfront deck offers spectacular views that honestly took our breath away. We feel very fortunate to have booked Sandy Toes during the week of 4th of July. We particularly enjoyed the beach bonfires on the 3rd and the incredible fireworks display put on by the homeowners association. We were very fortunate that we had great weather during our stay and would walk the beach and dip our feet in the water to cool off. The only downside was (for us) the water was just too cold to swim in. We want to thank you for your kindness and allowing our family to spend our vacation in your beautiful home." Sincerely, Andrea and Rick C
Jul 2011
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Plymouth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2503 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • We prefer E-Check payment at checkout. If you've given a card to HA, we will send revised quote (+ .01) which allows you to switch paymt method
  • Please, no running down /climbing up eroding dune. It freaks out the neighbors and they will make a big fuss (just don't do it.)
  • Only guests listed on reservation are included in this rate. Extra guests/invitees are priced separately (please ask.)
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , –––Main Bath has two entries for sharing
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , –Mezzanine bath has vaulted barn wood ceiling, view of woods
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , -- Lower-level bath has vessel sink, spacious shower
    Outdoor - –––Outdoor shower by moonlight and woods
  • Vanities are made of barn wood, and have maple countertops, Grohe gooseneck faucets, French lavatory sinks, handmade terra-cotta tile floors. The doors are real wood (not hollow) and the house is designed to resemble a barn, with beams, a rolling barn door on the kitchen, ships stairs to the loft (which has two sides of balusters so that it looks out at both the great room and also the dining room.) The inviting kitchen has a hidden Sub Zero 700 refrigerator flanked with antiqued raised panel doors and hand-forged iron handles. The spice cabinet is an antique carved cupboard with glass doors, the kitchen walls are planked with white pine boards. The two stainless undermount sinks in the granite countertop have a Grohe faucet and replica barbershop faucet. Open shelving allows you to grab or put away the charming dishes without the waste of effort of cabinet doors. The beamed ceiling has a pot rack, windows to the woods, antique sideboard, and more
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , –––Ocean view Master bedroom for portable crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , –––Ocean view Box canopy bed, ocean view
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , –––Garden view bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , ––– Loft bedroom, peeks at the sea
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , –––Den/Bedroom, large semi-private den/sleeping room/TV
  • Ocean views from the King and Queen bedrooms, views of the koi pond and woods. Master bedroom is very spacious (room for pack-n-play), and has an antique small footed tub with peeks at the ocean while you soak. Wood plank floors throughout, french doors to walkway to ocean deck, acres of conservation surround the house (there are a few neighbors, but you can't really see them once you are at SandyToes...a very private location, and so unique in that How Often do you Find a House Tucked into the Woods at the Ocean?...not very often.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This multi-level hilltop home is comprised of many level changes. Although they are connected by short runs of stairs, this can be a challenging house for a mobility-impaired guest. We wish it were not so, but alas, even my mother could not navigate SandyToes. For an excellent, very accessible home just a mile away, please see our beautiful Tamarack Lake Estate which has most features and is easily accessible and at grade. Timberframe in Manomet is another oceanfront listing suitable for our less mobile friends -- as is Carriage House in downtown Plymouth.


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Exciting Multi-level luxury Tree-house barn abutting oceanfront forest
average rating of 4.72093 based on 59 reviews
Cranbury, NJ

Great family beach getaway.

  • 5 of 5

We really loved this unique ocean view property. With the forest on one side and the ocean on the other there was ample privacy. The many levels with lots of windows looking out on the trees made you feel like you were staying in a treehouse. The path down to the beach was just a short walk away. Wonderful place for a big family or several small families.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Evansville, IN

We had such a great week at Sandy Toes!

  • 5 of 5

This magical treehouse on Cape Cod Bay is just lovely. We had 8 adults and two youngsters and it was truly perfection. Robyn was wonderful to work with. This was her art studio for years before she started sharing it with others. It’s about an hour south of Boston and just outside the normal Cape high traffic spots. Our private beach was gorgeous. There are miles of hiking trails along the cliff overlooking the ocean. We had daily visits from three neighborhood seals. The breezes off the ocean are heaven and the lush protected forest surrounding the house was private and felt like an oasis. It is very well appointed and the chef’s kitchen and large dining table look out at the ocean. Our lobster dinner was one of the best memories I’ve ever had of family, fun and FOOD! It’s not for someone who has issues with stairs as there are 5 levels and 6 counting the loft. We walked off all those calories we ate all week. The cliff views are breathtaking and there are lots of cozy nooks to sit and read. The master bedroom soaking tub is a nice addition to a private suite. The kids loved the window seat/daybed for cartoon and movie watching. The beach access is a quick 3 minute drive to the private neighborhood parking lot. It’s a fairly steep beach access but doable with a cool traction path or wooden steps to the sand. The water was cold, even for July, but the kids found lots of things to do anyway, including building sand castles, creating rock formations, badmitten, frisbee and football tossing and watching for the three seals who visited daily. It truly was a great week at a unique home. We highly suggest it!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous "tree house" by the beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a great visit at this marvelous home -- very comfortable, lots of bathrooms, kitchen huge w/ fabulous farmhouse-style table & great view. Loved drinks/appetizers on the deck!!! Would not be suitable for young children who need supervision or those with mobility issues. We were adults w/ high-school & college-aged kids and it was terrific and we hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sandy Toes is a unique retreat

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at Sandy Toes. The layout ensured that each of our three couples had privacy as well as their own bathroom. The kitchen was perfectly appointed for large breakfasts and evening meals. Everyone found something to love. All the details were taken care of. My father was thrilled with the large grill and full propane tank. I'm usually a sheet snob, and I even loved the soft sheets on the bed. The house is conveniently located with easy access to major highways for day trips on the Cape.

We highly recommend Sandy Toes!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for a family

  • 5 of 5

Family of 7 had a perfect stay. Everything needed was in place including a new grill. Ample space inside, very nice decks outside. Short distance to Boston, Cape Cod and local towns. Easy and friendly communication, cleaning deposit immediately returned. Would stay again and recommend!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peachtree Corners, GA

Thanksgiving 2017 was special at this tree-house

  • 5 of 5

My family booked a somewhat last minute trip to the Boston area to visit with some family and visit some colleges for one of our children. We were so thrilled that this house was available for this Thanksgiving week. Robin was fantastic to work with to align all of our needs for five days far away from our Georgia home, especially for a week like Thanksgiving.

The view ended up being even better than we expected, if you think that is possible from the amazing photos included in the listing. Upon arrival, the house was clean and very welcoming for us, with lots of lights on to illuminate our way in the darkness - it sure does get dark early on the Eastern New England end of the time zone! We have no complaints about anything not functioning properly.

Our dog loved the setting and had as good of a time as we did. We found a great dog sitter nearby that helped watch him when we spent a day in Boston. We also spent a morning (on Thanksgiving of course) experiencing the history lesson at Plimouth Plantation, which is just a couple of exits up the highway.

We loved walking the beach on numerous occasions and concluded that the walk down to the beach was an easy one. We really lucked out with the weather so we were able to enjoy a lot of outdoor time. We managed to enjoy the amazing sunrise on 4 of the 5 mornings!

All of our grocery needs were easily gathered at the Shaw's just a mile or so up the road. We stocked up the two refrigerators and managed to consume most of it during our stay.

All in all, what a great stay we had at SandyToes! We hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Logan (Boston) OR TF Green (Providence)
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Miles
British Beer Company
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Woods Hole
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
White Cliffs, Pine Hills, Atlantic, Crosswinds, et
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Kingston 'Old Colony' line
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 3
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
British Beer Company
Nearest Beach
Sagamore Beach, Cedarville Landing
Car: necessary

Sandy Toes abuts Sagamore Beach Highlands Conservation acreage at the ocean. This stretch of oceanfront land is high bluffs, with beach entrances dotted here and there along the low areas between bluffs. It is just two miles north of Sandwich, (probably the prettiest town on the Cape.) It is 15 miles south of Plymouth which is not only historic, but has whale watching and Plymouth Plantation the 1600s village of living history (like a trip in a time machine). Many vacationers know that this is an excellent and increasingly preferred location at the top of Cape Cod, as it gives easy access to exploring without the disadvantage of getting mired in the infamous Cape traffic. Just south is Sandwich. Hyannis is 20 minutes away (ferries transport you to Nantucket), as is Falmouth (ferries to Martha's Vineyard) and Wood's Hole. Buzzards Bay, with it's water-slide park and mini-golf and kayak rentals, is only 5 miles away. Less than 2 miles from SandyToes is the CapeCod Canal Bikeway: 8 miles of flat, paved waterfront biking w rest stations w water fountains, bike rental, food and antiques.

Other Activities: One guest landed a bluefish on the beach

Golf: The area has many fine golf courses, antique shops, and historic homes -- some of which date to the 1600s and can be toured. And there's nothing quite like being oceanfront when the July 4th fireworks can be viewed across the water --you can see fireworks all around you as Cape Cod towns have displays that are visible right from 'SandyToes' oceanfront deck. Campfires (current rules permitting) and clambakes on the beach complete idyllic summertime memories. If you want a taste of the big city, you can drive or take a train an easy 48 miles into Boston, where there are concerts, plays, shopping, and sites to satisfy all ages and interests. The commuter rail can take your teens into Boston's South Station, just a quick subway ride from the popular Back Bay, interesting and varied boutiques. Or go to Harvard Square in Cambridge, a lively fusion of culture, education, and exciting shops and bookstores. A short drive to New Bedford's whaling museum and Newport's grand mansions make fascinating day trips.

Ski: There is even a water slide park in nearby Buzzard's Bay. If you've ever worried that your summer rental would be shabby or tacky, crowded with cast-off furniture and depressing decor, or stripped down to the meanest minimum (we've seen so many like that), put your mind at rest. This pleasant home has been designed to please discriminating visitors with first-rate amenities in an inspiring private woodsy oceanside location. You may wish to review just a few of the compliments bestowed on SandyToes from our valued previous guests, by following the calendar/guestbook link. Then you can evaluate this delightful woodsy ocean hideaway we call 'SandyToes.'

SandyToes may be fully booked by the time you read this. If so, please consider our similarly-wonderful alternatives: -- Storybook 'House by the Sea' an incomparable historic house on direct oceanfront, reigning over one of New England's most beautiful views, has beach stairs to a private beach.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $345
Pet Fee $150

PAYMENTS: First payment 25% due at booking via credit card. Balance due 90 days before check in paid by Personal Check or Bank Transfer payable to "SandyToes" (for checking account) and sent to Robin Jareaux, PO Box 1250, Sagamore Beach, MA 02562 for your final payment. Contact Robin if you need to use a card for your final payment and you will receive instructions on this process. We do not require a damage deposit, your Visa/MC takes the place of security/damage deposit and stays in your file, like at a hotel. Pets: Not suitable for shedding pet due to rough beams and rough-sawn barnyard.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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