4+bdrms, loft, 3.5 baths , forest, drama, privacy, amazing private owners beach
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.
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House and view were beautiful. Attractive furnishings. Kitchen is well outfitted for cooks with adequate pots and pans, 2 refrigerators. Stove is not great but was adequate. Robin was great to work with and provided us with lots of local information and shallots, garlic, fresh limes, a basil plant and fresh eggs to enhance our stay. The beach, as described, is a bit of a walk to access and was rockier than we expected, some days worse or better than others based on the tides, but the kids had fun. They collected rocks and used them to decorate the sand castles. Highly recommend the house. Less of the quaint Cape Cod ambience in this area but was a trade off with the spectacular view of the Cape from the deck. Having the woods next door gives the house a lot of privacy, and there is a lovely walk to Sagamore Beach through the woods.
Major kitchen renovation coming up! Figured guests would prefer an electric cooktop than having to look at a propane tank outside in the beautiful scenery. (Past guests destroyed a nice induction cooktop so we replaced with standard, boring electric cooktop - not our normal high standard!) We have exciting Wolf ranges at some homes and an English AGA cooker at House by the Sea. First time our boring cooktop showed up in a review, but I don't disagree! Will put an exciting cooker there this winter. However we do have a beautiful Sub Zero refrigerator in the kitchen, Weber gas grill outside on the ocean view deck, and a Miele (German) convection oven. It will be fun to bring in a new cooker, and hope you will come back to enjoy it. As for the rocks on our sugar sand beach, ANY beach can change with the weather and storms from season to season. If you read the reviews you will see that other guests have not found the beach to be rocky - maybe a weird weather event. The beach changes, so I'm sorry there were stones on the sand. Poor Bahamas, they have roofs and windows scattered all over their sand.
What a beautiful house! It is well located and has a wonderful (and peaceful!) beach within a few minutes walk. The deck has an awesome ocean view! wow!
It is very spacious, confortable and well equipped, we had everything needed.
Robin is very accommodating and reliable.
We had a wonderful stay! Thank you very much Robin!
Very sweet, special home
Our family enjoyed our stay at Sandy Toes. Robin and her husband were very responsive to our needs and questions. This home is very well equipped and will surely have everything you will need for your stay. The local beach is close, quiet, and absolutely beautiful. The view from the deck was great too. On a clear day I was pretty sure we could see all the way across the bay and all the way down the cape to Provincetown.
Perfect Escape to the Upper Cape
My friends and I loved staying at Sandy Toes! The house is absolutely beautiful, and the view of the ocean is just breath-taking! (I highly recommend getting up early to see the sunrise. Amazing!!!) We truly enjoyed meeting the families who live in the neighborhood while at the beach. The owners of the home, Robin and John, are just wonderful! I am looking forward to a return trip next summer!
The perfect vacation spot!
Our family loved the stay at this home. the neighborhood was perfect, the people we meet on the beach were nice, and our family loved staying at the the home. The owners Robin and John are wonderful people and I am so thankful we stayed at their home. The view overlooking the ocean was amazing and it was only a short walk to the beach...2 routes. One through the woods and one just down the street. The home inside was perfect for us and there was everything we could have possibly wanted for cooking, home supplies, and even toys for the beach. We left some that we bought for others...and I hope that people who stay after us will do the same. Thank you Robin and John just for being who you are....my family loved the stay and the relatives who visited thought the home was beautiful, comfortable, and amazing.
A great home in an excellent location
We wanted to vacation with my mother and sister. Due to Mom's age, we wanted travel to be easy for her, so we began searching New England, keeping it close to her home. Fairly quickly, we found "Sandy Toes." The description was thorough and the photos well done, so we asked Mom and my sister to take a look, cautioning them that in the description it clearly warned of the multi-level layout. Well, Mom was as taken with the property as we were and we set about making plans.
Every step of the process was easy, primarily because Robin was easy to work with, and in short order we had our dates secured.
On arrival, let me say this home is magnificent, The grounds are beautiful, as is the entry. Once inside each room is eclipsed by the next; decoration and furnishings are perfect. The location is amazing, with views for miles, with the quiet of the forest making it seem as if we really were in our own treehouse.
Sandy Toes is just a few miles from Plymouth, so all the town has to offer is an easy drive. Everything needed for daily life -groceries, pharmacy, etc- is minutes away and easy to find. The Sagamore Bridge and Cape Cod Canal are also just minutes away.
Long story short, we could not have asked for more. This is a great place, well worth it on every level. Do yourself a favor, take a good look at this home. I'll wager you'll love Sandy Toes.
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.