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Speaks: english

Antique Cape Codder's Home for spring getaways

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


West Brewster House Rental Photos and Description

Authentic Cape Cod Saltbox with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and detached cottage for 2

The Elisha Howland Saltbox provides your opportunity to experience the unmatched essence of a true 'Olde Cape Cod' home. We offer a restored antique Saltbox with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and room for two more guests in the detached cottage, which is a separate rental. (see below)

Our 1824 home is located in one of the most historic areas of Brewster. Small on size but big on charm, you will see many of the original features, such as the 'ladder' stairs, the old floorboards, the wavy glass windows carefully preserved, and a working replica of the original fireplace. Lovingly brought back to life, this restored antique home truly is a home away from home, complemented with all the modern comforts - fully equipped kitchen, dishwasher, basement washer and dryer, cable TV, DVD player, and wifi. We are open year round and welcome you for a visit, whether it's for a weekend, a week, a month or more. We welcome weekend guests during the winter, spring, and fall, and occasionally can accommodate stays of less than one week during the summer.

Located in a quiet residential area of the Sea Captain's town of Brewster, our home has a spacious yard featuring two flower gardens and a shade garden with a stone patio and sitting area. Adjacent to the patio is a water feature with a gurgling stream, making a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a cup of morning coffee or perhaps a glass of wine at the end of the day.

The detached cottage is a separate rental, which may be rented for additional charge by the week or for a shorter period, with a two night minimum stay. We are delighted to offer this space to our guests who rent the main house, to be used by families who would like to bring a grandparent or two, or by couples who enjoy vacationing together, but also want to respect each other's space. The cottage offers a queen bed, small sitting area with microwave, dorm-style refrigerator, TV, and a full bathroom with shower. There is a screened porch with a patio table for two. The weekly cottage rate is half the rate for the main house. Please note that the cottage is not available as a separate and primary rental.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jane (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About Jane

Jane is a Brewster native, whose family heritage dates back to the earliest Pilgrim days. Her ancestors were among the first Pilgrims to settle in Brewster. She knows the Cape and New England well, and is always delighted to help with your trip planning.

Jane purchased this house in 2002

Why Jane chose Brewster

We were thrilled when we were offered this property by the previous owner's family. It was their family's treasured Cape Escape for the past 50 or so years. Originally, the home was owned by the same family from the time it was built to approximately the 1930s.

What makes this house unique

Our home provides a rare glimpse into a simpler life in Brewster almost 200 years ago - but without the hardships that were endured in the olden days.


based on 21 traveler reviews

Antique Cape Codder's Home for spring getaways
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

A Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

The house was a wonderful base for a great relaxing stay. Breakfasts in the backyard (Which was in bloom) or overlooking the front garden were vacations in themselves. The historic building has a great story, you can tell it was restored with a lot of love. The ladder stairs, and the upper rooms, are amazing. The kitchen is neutrally modern to make cooking a breeze. Jane was a wonderful hostess and the stay was perfect. We fell in love with Brewster a few years ago but it got better this year when we stayed here. We look forward to coming back next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The only way to stay at the cape!

  • 5 of 5

My fiancé and I were immediately impressed with the charm, cleanliness and Jane's hospitality. He has never been to the cape before so I am glad he got to experience it at the cottage and got a real feel for life in the cape! Even though we had a rainy Memorial Day weekend it was nice to be able to go to the cottage and still feel like we were on vacation and not stuck in a hotel room. I had many questions for Jane before the stay and she always responded promptly and thoroughly. Very pleased with the whole experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alicia and her fiance were terrific guests, and I am so glad their weekend was a good one in spite of the weather. I am always delighted to answer questions... nobody likes surprises when it comes to vacations, and having answers to questions just makes vacation that much more relaxing.
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Charming, comfortable perfectly located!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this property for two nights. Beautifully renovated, maintaining vintage details and charm but at the same time providing the comforts of modern life. The attractively landscaped gardens were a joy. We hope to be staying here again in the future. Sorry that we didn't meet Jane but everything was perfectly organised. Many thanks!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a real pleasure to have Susan and Mark visit us, and I am looking forward to meeting them next time. Thank you!
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Northumberland UK

Quaint & Charming

  • 5 of 5

Wow what can we say - this cottage is so quaint and has been beautifully restored - there is the perfect balance of period features with equipment etc. that we expect for modern living. The gardens are pretty & well kept. Brewster is a perfect location for exploring the Cape. We thank Jane for sharing this unique property with us.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a delight to welcome our new friends from the UK. The thanks go to YOU for visiting us.
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We love staying here

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I love staying here, twice now, and we hope to come back often. The house and garden and locale are great; we highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pompano Beach, Florida

Comfortable and cozy property for a winter stay

  • 5 of 5

I have spent many summers in New England and I wanted to see it during winter time and I rented this property for a month.

The excellent reviews written before were right in everything they said and I agree that the house is in fact much better than what the photos show. It´s in perfect shape, is comfortable and overall cozy.

Just a few things to add that might be helpful:

The house is located at two hours from Boston Logan airport, there are excellent services available in the area; supermarkets, pharmacies, SPAs, medical services, restaurants, shopping malls, etc.

Cape Cod has many sightseeing places to visit and in average most of them are at no more than half an hour driving from the SaltBox.

The small forest around the house is a beauty and very silent at night for people that has a light sleep.

The house has a reliable broadband internet service, a land line phone and Cable TV with hundreds of channels available. It´s fairly equipped and has a space full basement with a wash machine and dryer.

During my stay in Cape Cod there were many snow storms and the weather was cold which was not a problem due the excellent heating system that the house has.

The local snow removal service worked fast and efficiently regardless the all time record snowfalls. No matter how big the storm was, every morning I found the entrance of the house, parkway and roads clean of snow.

Jane, the owner of this property, is a welcoming host, truthfully cares about her tenants and has a great sense of humor.

I love New England and Cape Cod is in winter as beautiful as is in summer. I´ll always remember its beautiful snowy landscapes and my stay at the Elisha Howland Saltbox.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a delight and privilege to host our guest from the Virgin Islands.... through two blizzards, extreme cold, and record snow falls. And we used to say that it rarely snows on Cape Cod!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Hyannis, MA
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Car: necessary

The Elisha Howland House is located in a quiet and historic area of the town. The town's Grist Mill and Stony Brook herring run are within walking distance, and Paine's Creek beach, known for its stunning sunsets and great walking flats at low tide, is less than five minutes away by car. Within a 15 minute ride, vacationers will find three summer theaters, movie theaters, an art museum, a natural history museum, golf courses, and numerous shops and restaurants.


Rates & Availability

West Brewster House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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off peak fall
Sep 17 2016 - Jan 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2017 - May 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
off peak spring
May 13 2017 - Jun 23 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Occasionally we are able to accommodate changeover dates on days other than a Saturday, and we may be able to accommodate requests for visits of less than 7 days during the peak season. Please ask us.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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West Brewster House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 730 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , clawfoot tub upstairs
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 3/4 size downstairs
  • The upstairs bedroom has a standard double bed, walk-in closet in the hall, and TV. Remember the access is via the ladder stairs! The downstairs bedroom is small and has a 3/4 size bed, which is larger than a twin but smaller than a double. The room includes an armoire.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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