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Seaside Cape Cod Escape-Norris Cottage: 3 Minutes to the Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Escape year-round to this charming bungalow for a well-deserved break. Lovingly refurbished to reflect a marine sanctuary, it’s perfect for a family vacation or solitary retreat. Custom-built in the 1930’s by Brad Norris for his wife’s “summer business”, it sports hardwood floors throughout with fine woodwork accents.

Quaint and comfortable, you will find all the amenities of home with the simple things of life at your fingertips and footsteps. Pull into our oyster-shelled driveway, unpack, and take a walk up to the Hyannis Port Golf Club for the spectacular sunset over Squaw Island. Walk to Sea Street Market for sundries, groceries, newspapers, beer and specialty wines, along with tasty deli selections.

We are a 3-minute walk to serene Sea Street Beach, with Picnic Area, Bath House and Snack Bar. We’ve watched osprey dive for minnows there at low tide! The popular beaches: Veteran’s, Kalmus, (ideal winds for the best sail boarding in New England), and Craigville, are short hops away.

Main Street restaurants feature casual and fine dining with daily catches from local fishing vessels. Visit the Hyannis Harbor Docks to see fish and lobsters being off-loaded, while you shop at the local artisan kiosks. Popular restaurants dot Ocean Street and offer a view of Hyannis Harbor.

Nightlife abounds and cinemas feature box office greats. Enjoy summer theater performances at The Cape Playhouse and unique foreign films shown at The Cape Cod Art Museum. Farm-fresh food is available through “Edible Cape Cod” farm members and Farmer’s Markets. Agri-Tourism farms bring back times past with “Pick Your Own” options, tours, hikes, hayrides and workshops. The local wineries host tastings to showcase specialty wines.

Treat yourself to a quiet home base from which to explore the whole Cape, including the Massachusetts Cultural Coast. Be really “Green”, bring your bikes and ride the bike trails for miles through The Cape Cod National Seashore and beyond. 'Cape Cod Rails to Trails' will give you a great workout with views of cranberry bogs, marshes, and ocean panoramas. Go fishing for trout, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel and bluegill at one of the 365 kettle hole ponds, or surf cast off Dennis Beach.

Private and public golf courses are minutes away and across town, historic Route 6A will pique your architectural and antique sweet tooth. We are 45 minutes from historical Provincetown, where you can experience the sand dunes, sunset horseback rides, and shop for unique art and entertainment.

Whether this is your summer vacation or a spur of the moment getaway during the winter, leave your cares at home. Come read, write a book, finish a project, sketch, or photograph the beauty of the ocean and its environs. Off-season, short stays for weddings, conferences, and business are also available. For more pictures and information, please see our website below.

Keywords: Cape bungalow suitable for couples on a getaway weekend, small families who like gentle beaches and mature travelers who enjoy peace and quiet.

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, polish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2017

About The Owner

As a chef, I enjoy local seafood and teach at a local university. My husband puts his software engineer expertise to work anywhere we go. Staying at the Cape gives us a mini-vacation whenever we spend time here. Our favorite walks and sunsets are right around the corner. We have the most fun going shellfishing and sharing nature's bounty with family and friends. The peace and quiet are refreshing and give us a great perspective on what is really important; nature, family, great food and meeting our guests!

The Owner purchased this house in 2007

Why The Owner chose Barnstable

Our smaller cottage next door was my home for years. As our family grew, we needed more room for our grandchildren and friends. Hence, we were lucky enough to purchase the bungalow which has been a favorite family reunion spot.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy the peace and quiet, long walks and easy access to activities like fishing, island visits to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket and Provincetown. Our outdoor shower is so refreshing and convenient, we use it far into the fall season as well. Our winter sojourns here are as comfortable and relaxed as summer, so we hope you consider coming during off-season as well for a well-deserved break or to enjoy the holidays.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Norris cottage was perfect for our stay on Cape Cod! We liked Hyannis and the location so close to Seas Street Beach and away form the hubbub of Main Street In 3 ½ days here, we went boogie boarding at Coast Guard Beach, whale watching at P-town, ( we saw 8 individ8ual whales and 20 dolphins), and bicycling to Woods Hole. We also got to see our friend Kami Lyle play music at The Black Cat. The cottage had everything we needed. We loved the outdoor shower! Thanks for being our host, Elaine!
Aug 2009
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Hyannis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom with great shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 bunk bed
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size beds (1) Front bedroom, Double Beds (1) Guest bedroom, Sleep Sofa (1) Comfortable sofa located in the living room can be opened to a queen bed, Bunk Beds (1) 2 bunks in the Guest Bedroom are perfect for older children.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • alternative lifestyle
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outdoor shower, portable beach cooler and beach chairs provided as well as a protective sun tent and umbrella. We inherited a high chair, booster chair and bassinet for the little ones from our granddaughters.


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Seaside Cape Cod Escape-Norris Cottage: 3 Minutes to the Beach
average rating of 4.8055553 based on 43 reviews

comfortable and welcoming

  • 5 of 5

Many thanks to John and Elaine for the use of their holiday home in Hyannis which was perfect for us as a family of 2 adults and 4 kids. We enjoyed the location, the sunshine, the beach, the shops and the JFK trail and museum in the area. Could have stayed for longer and done much more. House was comfy and warm and kitchen was very well supplied with everything we needed. Thanks again x

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to meet you and your family! We know the simple things in life matter, so we try to offer a quiet place to reconnect with nature, especially the sea. We hope our future guests enjoy our classic Cape Cod bungalow as much as you did. The fall and winter are beautiful here, and the changing landscape and night sky are stunning. If you are a photographer or birder, come document Mother Nature at her best.
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Charming Cottage with every convenience

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is on a lovely quiet little street, very close to a small beach. We had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. Hyannis Port is approx a mile away, where you can take the ferries to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. We enjoyed the whale watching trip and would recommend a visit to Provincetown.

For stocking up on supplies we recommend the Star Market on W. Main Street, and for dining, The Black Cat Hyannis Port.

We would love to go back there and would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us. We hope all our guests relax and explore our area. We are centrally located, so visiting the Falmouth/Sandwich area and Provincetown area are a breeze during the fall months. Lots of festivals are occurring and shopping for unique holiday items is easy. Our area is quiet and long walks on the beach at sunset are beautiful. We hope to welcome new guests all year round.
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Quiet Quaint & Homely - Norris

  • 5 of 5

Great house with lots of charm & character taking a nod to the locality. House itself is well equipped with everything you need including beach accessories / towels etc & wine bottle opener ! We took master bedroom ( v comfy ), but house has another room with a double bed & bunks. Kitchen is big enough for 6 eating / cooking. Aircon enabled if needed. Located in a quiet area with off street garden parking in a residential street.

The beach is a 2 min walk & 10/15 mins to main street up a single tree lined avenue, handy enough. We'd recommend & stay there again if we returned to Cape Cod.

We had no need to communicate with owners during our stay, all was there in the house manual for you to read. Communication beforehand & booking was very easy. Deposit promptly returned also. Yeah, dont overlook Norris St ! Tks E & J.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely comments on your stay at our bungalow. We know our international guests and some domestic guests travel far and long to arrive at our peaceful spot so we want to be sure that they become comfortable as soon as they arrive. This is also our retirement home, so we enjoy the easy transition from our work week to our weekends and time off. Come back and see us. For those of you who are considering our vacation homes, please come and join our Norris Cottages family. We would love to host you.
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Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't be a perfect place... Steps from the beach and all major attractions in Hyannis.

We were five, my husband a 3 teenage girls. We enjoyed this cute and very well maintained house. Elaine was all the time in contact with us to know if anything was needed. This was our 4th year in Hyannis and definitely we will be back to this fantastic cottage.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a great time! How lucky we are to have a peaceful spot to get away from the noise of daily life. We try to make all our guests comfortable and relaxed. Fall is a great time to rejuvenate, too. With the change of seasons, birds migrate, leaves transform our landscape and the air is fresh and clear. Come stay with us!
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Norris Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful house. Very well maintained and in a perfect location to local beaches and Main Street. This was our 9th year visiting Cape Cod and it was a terrific two weeks. We loved the outdoor shower and the bunk beds for our two boys. Fantastic place to stay for your vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We strive to provide a "home away from home" atmosphere at our peaceful cottages. Summer is always busy and we look forward to the fall season, especially for local harvests, bird migration paths with great observations of marine bird life, fall festivals and very pleasant weather. The crowds will have diminished and the Cape has a different feel. Please join us! We look forward to hosting you.
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A wonderful gem for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful, cozy spot perfect for a family vacation! My wife and I, along with our three children had a wonderful week in Hyannis! Perfectly situated within walking distance to the beach and close to Main Street, this lovely cottage had all that you could want. A beautiful deck, a nice, quiet location, a lovely out door shower perfect for getting sandy children clean. The kitchen was well stocked, and the absolute best was that linens, towels, beach chairs and toys were included! The owners even left out a highchair for our 1.5 year old. The owners were very responsive to any questions. I would highly recommend this rental and hope to summer there for many year to come!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our cottages are peaceful places to rejuvenate and relax. Families need more quiet time together to experience nature, watch the waves, and reconnect with each other. The simple comforts of home are often forgotten in this device driven world. We hope our guests reacquaint themselves with simpler ways of life and get to take a fresh breath of air. Our goal is to provide the atmosphere and time to do just that. We hope to see you again and we welcome new guests all year round.
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Logan - Boston / Providence - T.F. Green
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Main Street - Hyannis
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Hi-Line and Steamship Authority
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 6
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Main Street - Hyannis
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Sea Street Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Keyes Beach/Sea Street Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Hyannis Docks & Restaurants
Nearest Point of Interest
Main Street
Car: recommended

Hi-Line and The Steamship Authority provide ferry service to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, Antique book stores, Cape Cod National Seashore, Whale Watching, Deep Sea Fishing trips, Local fishermen sell fresh fish and lobsters at the docks, The Cape Cod Railway has lunch and evening dinner tours, Custom jewelers and Artisans offer their wares at the kiosks at Ocean Street Docks, Festivals are held at local beach parks, The Cape League plays nightly games-see future baseball professionals in training, Farmer's Markets and Agri-Tourism tours are available, Healing Arts professionals are available on the Cape. The Truro Vineyard has great tastings and local farms welcome you and sell fresh, local produce.


Rates & Availability

Hyannis House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 26 2017 - Sep 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 22 2017 - Oct 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 13 2017 - Mar 22 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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