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Walk to beach, bike trail. Very private. Hot Tub. Pet friendly."

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms + 4 bed loft, 2 bathrooms, 2 outdoor showers, sleeps 11

Pretty, shabby chic, sunny cottage and barn on private two acres of land down quiet country road. Brand new six person hot tub on deck, in time for fall or winter rental. The grounds are naturally landscaped, not manicured, no chemicals used. Enjoy the serenity of the undisturbed woods, open floor plan with peaceful views of the backyard and abutting Chatham conservation 3-acre woodland. Wrap-around deck for eating outdoors watching hawks, and myriad other wildlife. Under a mile to Ridgevale beach. Pretty rose garden. Open kitchen, washer/dryer. Renovations include second story sleeping loft, perfect for kids, cathedral ceilings in living room, lots of sunny windows, refinished wood floors. House equipped with high speed internet. Post and beam barn sleeps three. Great house for two families vacationing together. Barn has one bedroom (sleeps 3), half bathroom, living/dining room, small kitchen, outdoor shower, hot tub. Please read the entire description (in 'more details' below) before booking. If this house is booked please check out our other Chatham property #4050891

This house rents Sunday to Sunday to escape the Saturday on and off Cape traffic.

House is south of rt 28. Access to 40 miles of Cape Cod Rail Trail bike path is across the way.

The House: If you want privacy, romance, fun for kids, a relaxed and natural atmosphere, you enjoy camping and being outdoors and nature and the woods, this is the perfect house. If you want a hotel experience, air conditioning, manicured grounds, this is not the house for you. This is a cape cod cottage (built in 1952) and an unfinished, rustic barn. It is a casual and relaxed place. We cater to families with kids.

There is easy access to the bike path, so you don't need to drive there with bikes. You can bike or walk to the beach in under fifteen minutes. There is a great tree swing for kids, a little tree house perch for kids and adults (we sit there and drink tea), a truly romantic claw-foot bathtub in the barn bedroom complete with scented candles and a terrycloth bathrobe, the seating area on the deck with strings of lights in the trees makes the outdoors magical, the loft is well-loved by kids of all ages and provides a wonderful place to hang out, play games, put on plays for the adults downstairs in the living room, write on the chalk-board ceiling, have privacy, make mischief. The kitchen is well stocked, there are plenty of games including croquet and badminton.

The Barn : The barn has a large (18 x 24) second floor bedroom which can sleep parents and kid (there is a queen size bed as well as a single.) The barn consists of a bathroom (curtained off, there are no walls), clawfoot tub, outdoor showe, small kitchen with no stove, but coffeemaker, microwave, toaster oven, fridge, Weber gas grill on the back deck. The barn is rustic. Some people love barns. If you don't this is not the right property for you. Please email for more photos.

Everyone tells us that they could spend their entire vacation without ever leaving the truly private property.

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge: Also in Chatham (from Fodors)

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is a quiet, peaceful place of sand and beach grass, tidal flats, dunes, marshes, freshwater ponds, thickets of bayberry and beach plum. Several groups conduct tours of the islands, including the Massachusetts Audubon Society, many with a focus on bird-watching. In season, the Rip Ryder will take you over from Chatham for bird- or seal-watching tours; private charters are also available. Another excellent option is Monomoy Island Excursions, which offers seal and seabird tours and boat trips out around Monomoy Island, leaving from Saquatucket Harbor on a 43-foot high-speed catamaran. Outermost Adventures also provides water taxi services out to Monomoy Island and offers fishing, birding, and seal-watching cruises.

More Details

Property Manager
Susan Shepherd
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Susan Shepherd

Barry Payne is from Kenya and spent his childhood camping, going on adventures and living in nature. We both love the outdoors and think of our house and barn as an extension of that. I'm a public radio producer, and have lived in Massachusetts my entire adult life. We both kitesurf, paddleboard, kayak and surf.

Why Susan Shepherd chose West Chatham

You can walk to the beach, restaurants, the bike path, while having a vacation in total privacy surrounded by nature without seeing anyone else if that's what you want. The bike path means you never have to get in your car if you don't want to. We love riding to nearby White pond for an afternoon swim. It's pretty secluded and often there's no one else swimming there. It's the perfect way to end the day before a wonderful cookout on the deck, and a campfire on a cool evening, or a family ping pong tournament in the barn.

What makes this house unique

The house is on an acre and a half, which is very rare for the Cape and Chatham, so it is completely private, nestled among beautiful old trees. The porch is on the second story on the back of the house so you are sitting in the tree tops. The house is on a dirt cul-de-sac with only a few other houses, which you can't see from this property. We love having a separate space in the barn, and when we have guests my husband and I always choose the barn bedroom, which is cozy and quiet and a great getaway from whatever is happening in the house. As soon as we drove onto the property we knew this was the house for us.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful week in Chatham and at the house. The house is so bright, airy and comfortable and little things like scented hand soap, fluffy comforters and a well-stocked kitchen were so nice. We went on a seal watch, flew a kite at Lighthouse Beach, had fun at Ridgevale Beach, took long walks and enjoyed warm cinnamon rolls from Marion's and so much more. Thank you for setting the stage for a great family week.
Sep 2010
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West Chatham House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , two outdoor showers
  • There is an indoor shower in the main house and a tub in the converted barn. Both spaces have outdoor showers. Barn has outdoor hot tub.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , sleeping loft
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , converted barn
  • Three good sized bedrooms and a sleeping loft that sleeps four.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Beach Chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
New Weber gas grill, badminton set, games, cards, well-stocked kitchen, kids swing, little perch in tree for kids or adults, romantic bathtub in barn bedroom with scented candles, great seating area on main deck with lights in trees. Loft is well-loved by kids of all ages, and provides a wonderful place to hang out, play games, put on plays for the adults downstairs in the living room, write on the chalk-board ceiling, have privacy, make mischief.


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Walk to beach, bike trail. Very private. Hot Tub. Pet friendly.
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
Plattsburgh, New York

Great, secluded property!

  • 5 of 5

We had a 5-night stay over the Columbus Day weekend, and absolutely loved the place! We are only two adults plus a large dog, so the size was more than we needed, but the private yard was just wonderful for us. While there are four bedrooms, one is in the barn and one is a loft, so the main living area was a comfortable size for the three of us. We enjoyed the large sunny deck on the main house, the firepit in the yard, and the ping-pong table in the barn. Didn't try the hot tub (behind the barn), but it looks to be well maintained.

We have visited the cape at least once a year since 1999, staying in a variety of inns and rental homes, and this one stands out as our favorite so far... hope to come back next year!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint seclusion, with beach access

  • 5 of 5

We planned a 2-night stay for Columbus Day weekend as a sort of whim, with our only knowledge of Chatham from a few day-trips years ago. This little house and barn are amazing -- wish we had had more time and more people, because there was more than we could take in. My wife loved the very comfortable furnishings, my 13-yr old son spent hours doing flips on the trampoline, and my mother sat and read on the sunny porch. All the facilities (including hot tub under the stars, fire pit, and out-door shower) are very well-maintained, and Sue recommended great restaurants. And of course quick access to the beach did the rest. It's the kind of unique place that stays in your consciousness, long after the adventure is over. We hope to go back . . . often !

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Savannah, GA

Very private and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Though we've stayed on the Cape many times, this was our first stay in Chatham and we loved it! Susan was more than accommodating, giving us great activity and restaurant suggestions and going out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed during our stay. Our favorite part of the property was the outdoors and yard. The deck was perfect for alfresco meals and we loved the outdoor shower, the firepit, and the hot tub. (As kids as heart, we even jumped a bit on the trampoline and used it as a star-gazing platform!) We loved how private the property was and the fact that we could bring our dog along just capped the week for us--we'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just a Wonderful stay, Every time

  • 5 of 5

This has become the vacation spot our family looks forward to every year. The house is just wonderful. So full of character and charm and warmth. Every time we come back to it we feel like we are coming home. The kids love their loft and all the games they play there. We walk down to the pie shop to get delicious desserts and meat pies, we ride bikes on the scenic trail that goes for miles and miles. There are just so many things to do close by; beach lighthouse, great downtown area. The porch and the backyard are favorite places for us to hangout. At night we use the grill and roast marshmallows.

Ou children talk about this wonderful house in Cape Cod all year long. It's such an amazing adventure for them, and a beautiful, relaxing experience for us. We'd recommend it for anyone seeking the perfect family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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memories from here last the whole year

  • 5 of 5

My family love to go here once a year. We look forward to it all year. A typical day starts off with us waking up with coffee on the deck and the kids on the swing in their pajamas or just playing in the yard on their bikes far away from traffic and even further away from iPads and video games. Then we usually go downtown, to the park, to the train museum, to the beach, on long bike rides, on hikes, to go see the seals, there's always something fun to do in Chatham. In the evenings we have barbecues and campfires or sometimes we go on date nights thanks to "Summer Sitters". Staying in is fun too. There are a lot of board games, puzzles, and peaceful things to do but there's also WiFi and apple tv. The house is beautiful. It is very clean and comfortable and everything is right where you would expect it to be. Also it looks like it is out of a magazine. It is decorated in very beautiful boho chic. I can't stand up about it we miss it already we've been home for about 2 weeks and we wish we were still there!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
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Our memories here last the whole year!

  • 5 of 5

We love our yearly retreat to this place. Our typical day is to wake up in the quiet woods, the kids immediately run outside in their pyjamas and start playing on the swing and in the huge yard. We have our coffee on the beautiful deck and make our plans for the day. We usually go for bike rides on the bike path down the street or jogs to the ice cream shop, we explore downtown, go see the seals, go to the playground, the train museum, the green market, the beach. We have cookouts, campfires, relax in the hot tub. The house is clean, well-maintained, user-friendly, and simply gorgeous. It's decorated in a very artsy boho style and it is so comfortable! I highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Box Office Cafe
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
To Nantucket
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Pisces, Marion's pie shop, Box Office Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.8 Miles
Car: recommended

Chatham has received the 'Distinctive Destinations Award Recipient' from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Its waters and history are diverse and unique. The Cockle Cove community of South Chatham is the best kept secret; rural and surrounded by vital marshlands including a salt water pond and channel to Nantucket Sound large enough for a 21' outboard center console sport fishing boat. An awe inspiring 15 minute kayak ride brings you to the mouth of Eel Creek also known as 'The Jetty', a remote stretch of barrier beach there brings you even closer to nature and further from the crowds. Swimming is warmed by the Gulf Stream. It hosts a large variety of birds, fish and other animals striped bass, bluefish, snowy Egrets, Blue Heron, King Fisher, Osprey, Great Horned Owl, Red-tail Hawk and many migratory seabirds. From Chatham you can paddle board, windsurf, kayak, boat out to Monomoy, ride 40 miles on the bike path, skydive, fly over the cape on a scenic plane ride, drive to Provincetown for a Whale Watch, take a day trip to Nantucket on the nearby ferry, go clamming in one of the many estuaries, swim in a pond, drive to the National Seashore to learn how to surf. A week in Chatham is never enough.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $100

There is a $300 security deposit fee which will be returned immediately after the rental period.
Please contact us about how to secure the house. If there is a cancellation, all efforts will be made to rent the house to another person for that time period so the deposit can be returned; however if it cannot be rented the deposit and any additional money paid will be returned.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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