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Antique Cape Codder's Home - perfect for calm and cozy winter weekend getaways

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace


About the property

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. There is a separate rental opportunity on the property for two more guests in the detached cottage, though this is only available to guests in the main house, for an additional fee. (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

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

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.


West Brewster House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 730 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
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
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Antique Cape Codder's Home - perfect for calm and cozy winter weekend getaways
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Wonderful stay in a charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful and impeccably kept up. Great location - easy to find and close to beaches, restaurants and attractions. Also very quiet and peaceful - perfect retreat from the city. We had a relaxing, enjoyable stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great guests - easy to communicate with, and took wonderful care of our home. Please come again anytime!
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Charming cottage - Great stay

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our short stay in this charming saltbox cottage. It was very spacious for a cottage and provided all of the amenities we needed. We were on Cape Cod at a time when some restaurants were not regularly open, so it was nice to have a functional kitchen. The location was great for walkers. There were lots of places we could walk to from the cottage. And the property itself was lovely. The landscaping was beautiful and thoughtfully cared for. Finally, all correspondence with Jane was timely and accurate and she was very helpful and friendly when we arrived. This would be my first choice for another stay on Cape Cod.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Kim. It was a real pleasure meeting you and your friend, and I am delighted that you stayed with us during your time on the Lower Cape. We hope you will be able to come again and stay a bit longer! Jane
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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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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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Rates & Availability

West Brewster House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 3 2017 - May 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
off peak spring
May 13 2017 - Jun 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
peak 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 22 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
off peak fall
Sep 23 2017 - Jan 2 2018
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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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.


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