|Minimum Stay||3 - 8 nights|
DEAR PROSPECTIVE GUESTS: Our off season rates are based on (1) time of year (2) number of guests, and (3) length of stay (longer stays get lower rates). PLEASE email or phone before booking as we can work with you for the best price for your off season getaway.
2017 RESERVATIO UPDATE:
JULY 01-08 SOLD (zar)
JULY 08-15 SOLD. (zar)
JULY 22-29. RESERVATION PENDING (mul)
JULY 29-05. RESERVATION PENDING (rm)
AUG 19-26. SOLD (dm)
SEP 02-09 SOLD (loi)
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'SandyToes' is a charming seaside Nantucket Barn-style home on six levels, nestled into the woods overlooking Cape Cod Bay. 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 charcoal grill built into a n arched opening in the chimney (along with 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. While some cottages do not allow pets, we are dog lovers and invite you to bring your well-behaved best friend to frolic in the surf. 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. "On a bluff overlooking the ocean," and "Highest Spot on Cape Cod Bay," and beach access is a "short paved walk down the hill." Her 1-star review said "Not oceanfront, ocean view maybe." Any dictionary defines "oceanfront" as land on the ocean. Sadly, her peevish review will skew all our 5-star reviews. She wrote: "The house is charming" and "the beds are comfortable," and then gave us a 1 star review. To help explain, our 70' bluff is on Sagamore Beach Conservation Land so naturally we can't build beach stairs or otherwise develop conservation land. The 1-star guest was informed a a year before her stay that due to extreme winter weather/erosion, we needed to move our deck back 20' from the edge of the bluff and that even WE did not know how it would look when finished -- and she was fine with that. What was mentally processed between April 2014 and July 2015 is beyond us. She asked no questions about it.
Working in a painfully restrictive conservation zone, we were dealing with an obstructive neighbor, engineers, town inspectors, conservation commission, designers, and builders -- all leading to a $50,000 deck project, we had to tear down a perfectly sound deck at the edge of the bluff, and go through all this because the old deck "looked like" (to our neighbor) it was going to be imperiled... (well, maybe a decade from now) but to satisfy the Town, we went though all this breathtaking expense.The project has been completed, the observation deck is beautiful, and the panoramic views are astounding with jaw-dropping sunrises/moonrises over the ocean, great orbs reflected in the always moving sea, (like a scene from the movie "Contact" if you've seen it.) The walk down the hill to the sugar-sand, private neighborhood beach entrance is 6 houses away. There are huge stretches of pristine sand …but of course, we don't personally control this magnificent natural spectacle of sand, sea, bluff, forest, sky, tides. It changes from season to season. Please use Google earth and the area topography readily available online, if you find these ACTUAL photos are hard to interpret. They are not Photoshopped, they may be cropped, but they are real.
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
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!
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.
(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
We just spent 7 days at Sandy Toes enjoying the property, beach, spacious home, and that view of the Bay, ohhh, cannot be beat. The home is well appointed for large family gatherings, cooking, spreading out, and not to miss a quick snooze in the window seat, ocean breeze on you, stunning views, a piece of paradise. Although one can drive to the beach, the hike down and climb back up keeps one fit while on vacation - all beach toys supplied. This home is quietly located in a residential spot that is welcoming, clean, easy access to the Cape, and the lower deck with that view of the sunrise, not to be missed! Hope to be back again next year!
My Husband and I were looking for a last minute get away. We found Sandy Toes on the VRBO website and booked it right away. The photos don't do it justice. What a beautiful home! We loved the trails behind the house the short walk to the beautiful clean beach. Not to mention the fantastic views from the house and outside observation deck. I could look out all day. We found wonderful food and dangerous cupcakes in Plymouth. I was on a personal quest to find the perfect lobster roll so made it my job to have one everyday . My vote go's to Martini's Tavern. Lot's of historic sites, fantastic beach walks (we went to several in the area) a short trip to Provencetown, a glass museum in Sandwich and a beautiful Church converted into a restaurant. (The Belfry in Sandwich) So much fun packed into 4 days. We were always happy to come back to our beautiful Sandy Toes. Comfortable leather furniture in the living room to sink into after a day of site seeing and belly stuffing. My favorite spot was the awesome daybed tucked into a nook of windows. Listening to the sounds of the ocean at night from the the spacious master bedroom. The owner Robin is very friendly and helpful. She always got back to me right away with any question I had. She made sure we had everything we requested to fit our needs. a pleasure to work with. Would definitely recommend.
We had a lovely weekend at this home. I rented the property for my birthday celebration hoping family would be able to come and relax with us. We cooked Friday night and had a wonderful dinner at the kitchen table. The beautifully appointed kitchen area is so warm and welcoming that it added to the celebration. As luck would have it we were there for the early spring snow storm that lasted almost all weekend but that did not detract from the views from the windows. The twenty somethings that I hoped would visit, were thrilled to spend the weekend with us at this beautiful spot. Notwithstanding the weather we walked the beach and then relaxed in front of the fire. Robin was very easy to deal with. A pleasure.
We spent Thanksgiving week at this home and had a great time. Everything was exactly as represented plus some. Robin was especially accommodating to our needs. We had 7 adults and 2 small children and had plenty of room. As always with children, especially a toddler, there were challenges. But, Robin anticipated our needs with child gates and pack 'n play. The multiple levels added privacy and there were bathrooms everywhere. If rain or cold weather prevents enjoying the view from the lovely deck as it did some days for us, the view from the windows in the dining room were also wonderful. Great place for Thanksgiving as it is a short drive to Plimonth Plantation. We enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner there. Hope to visit again as children get older and can more appreciate the history in Plymouth. If so, we will certainly hope to deal with Robin again.
We had a very nice stay at SandyToes with our three young children. The views from the top level (kitchen and living area) are very beautiful and there were enough bathrooms for us and for our friends who came to stay with us for a few days. There are two refrigerators in the kitchen which were helpful for a houseful of people. The beach is a bit of a walk so it is best to have the parking pass to move all of the beach equipment and supplies down and, as others have said, the beach is very private and not busy.
Thank you for a memorable week!
The views are great from this house, we really enjoyed hanging out on the deck eating dinner. The house is well appointed with cooking utensils etc. It is very comfortable, linens are nice, good space and bathrooms all modern and well done. The beach is about a 3 minute walk... but there is also a parking pass so we would put all our gear in the car (4 adults 6 kids= lots of beach gear) and then have one person drive it down and everyone else would walk. We are beach people and spend from @ 11-5 everyday there and it is a great beach. Not too crowded- especially during the week- some days we were practically the only ones there. There are big rocks on the beach as another reviewer notes BUT our kids loved them- especially as the tide came in and they could swim out and jump off them. The house feels very private and secluded with woods all around it. The only drawback is its not in a real "vacation" spot. But that was fine for us because it meant less crowded beach. We did drive over the bridge to bumper boats and dinner and that's pretty easy to do. The owner was very accommodating and helpful with answering questions like where to run (Cape Cod Canal trail is great).
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Couples getaway 3 nts
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest|
Thanksgiving (8 people)
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
8 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Cleaning fee (rfndbl)||$325|
Please email owner for booking this home. Visa and Mastercard accepted (add 5%) and bank wire transfers and personal checks for payments. Visa/Mastercard serves as placeholder damage/security deposit and stays in your file, like at a hotel. First payment due within 4 days of booking. Final payment is due THREE weeks before you arrive, and you may supply your credit information with final payment. Final cleaning fee of $325 is refundable if the home is left as clean as when you arrived. If any cleaning is needed, first hour of cleaning is $100 and each additional hour is $60/hour. Pets are considered on a case by case basis, depending on their owners' ability to remove all traces of the 4 legged best-friend's visit. Home is abundantly provisioned with all you might need, and more.