|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Central Eastham location, 1/4 mi from the National Seashore Visitors Center means quick and easy access to ocean and bay beaches as well as the bike paths.
Cottage is one of 10 that share a private fresh water beach with a dock with rowboats and a swim platform. Also includes access to the playroom, horseshoes pits, and basketball courts.
Recently remodeled, it features lofty cathedral ceilings, central fireplace, hardwood floors and a roomy bathroom with a full tub. Includes charcoal grill, coffee maker, gas stove/oven, full refrigerator, microwave and fully equipped kitchen. WiFi access.
Ideal for families with children.
No Smoking Accomodation
What the guests have said:
'We loved our stay here; the location of the cottage, the generous windows, the high ceilings, the superb views… everything was to our satisfaction' 'We are enjoying the cottage very much. Such a lovely view.'
We had great time at Cape Cod and staying at this cottage was part of it. It is a beautiful cottage, very spacious for 4 people. The open floor plan, vaulted ceiling and many big windows, gave it a much larger feel to it. It was great to wake up in the morning and overlook the pond. At night the full moon lit up the sky and reflected off the pond. The teenage boys loved fishing on the pond, from both the dock and the row boats. They were in search of the big one that got away!
The cottage location was great. Even though it is located on Rte 6, it is still private and quiet. Easy to bike to the Cape Cod Rail Trail, and ride to the Salt Marsh trails. The ocean and bay beaches were close by. Sunset at Rock Harbor, Eastham/Orleans is amazing. We also traveled easily to Chatham, Sandwich and Provincetown. Shopping and restaurants in Orleans were convenient.
I highly recommend this place to everyone.
The RELAX allowed us to do just that- relax.
This was a very nice cottage and the price point was more than fair.
We have three older children (15,13,12)...and all 5 of us were comfortable.
The cottage was clean..the kitchen well stocked....
It was really close to several beaches as well as family activities and eateries.
Couch was a futon and worked out just fine.
Pond was okay for swimming....rowboatimg ....maybe bring a raft or two for kids.
Views were very nice and the trees kept the place from getting too hot.
A/C units in bedrooms worked fine....
Families and couples will like this place for sure.
This cottage was absolutely perfect for our week vacation after Labor Day. Last year we stayed in one of the other cottages which was incredibly small. We loved the pond and how easy it was to get to all of the beaches around the area and really wanted to stay again. We checked out the other cottages and thought that this one would meet all of our needs, and we were right.
We have 3 young children, 3 years and under, and it was nice to have the two bedrooms not right on top of each other. The vaulted ceilings make this place feel much roomier than it is, and the bathroom is amazing for giving young children baths who are very sandy from the beach. The other cottage we had stayed at only had a TINY shower. The windows make you feel like you are on vacation, even while inside! What gorgeous light they bring in!
The kitchen was very well equipped, I even commented to my husband that I couldn't think of any kitchen gadget that was missing. They even had a cheese grater for taco night!
The proximity of the pond, the bike path, bay beaches, and ocean beaches make this the perfect vacation spot for any family. We have already booked our week for next year, and I know that we will use this vacation rental for many years to come.
Our family of four absolutely loved our stay at Cottage 8. Perfect size, beautiful views and very well maintained. My husband and our two sons (ages 10 and 14) spent their early mornings (6am every day!) and early evenings on the rowboat fishing and catching some really good size fish!! Middays were spent at the beach...so many to choose from and very close by. This was one of the most memorable and relaxing vacations for our family and we hope to be back soon!
We enjoy our stay in the cabin. It's well named: the relax! We were with our kids (5 and 7) and it's very "family friendly". The pond is perfect after a long day at the beach nearby and my daughters loved the small park. I hope to come back next year!
Our family of four (two adults, two kids ages 4 and 6) spent a lovely week here last summer. We had previously stayed in a smaller cottage on Minister's Pond and loved the location but needed just a bit more room, and this was perfect. We appreciated the vaulted ceiling, decent-sized bedrooms, and especially the bathroom which has a full-size tub (much easier than a shower stall when getting the little ones ready for bed). The best part was the bed in the master bedroom - my husband and I slept so well we decided to buy a new bed when we got home! I liked that the cottage was tastefully decorated but not crammed full of knick-knacks that I usually have to stash away from the kids. The kitchen was small but functional, and the windows everywhere make the whole place feel much bigger than it is. It's just a very peaceful, beautiful, comfortable place to be. We were lucky and had great weather all but one day, but even if we had had to spend more time in the cottage, we would have been OK.
Minister's Pond itself is very nice - previously we had stayed in a cottage right where the beachfront access was, which was great with two small kids, but even this cottage is only a very, very short walk away (100-150 steps?). The kids enjoyed swimming in the shallow area, swimming out to and jumping off the raft, and taking rowboat rides with their dad. The game room and badminton net also came in very handy. There's a small playground, too, but the kids didn't seem interested in it (too many other things to do!).
In terms of location, we love Eastham - we often met up with friends staying in Harwich, and we liked having close access to beaches on both sides. So many great restaurants and take-out places - one of our favorites for a casual spot with the kids is the Friendly Fisherman. Arnold's is always great, too, and for mini-golf we always hit Cape Escape a couple of times.
To get back to this cottage in particular, I thought the description of the cottage online was very accurate and that we knew just what we were getting. The cottage was very clean and pleasant, and the owner Tom was very easy to communicate with via email leading up to our arrival (nothing went wrong during our stay so there was no need for contact during that time!). We would definitely like to stay here again in the future.
Great location right on a pond, 1/4 mile from National Seashore Visitors Center and the 30 mile long Cape Cod Bike Trail, 2.5 miles from the Coast Guard and Nauset Lighthouse ocean beaches, 2 miles from the protected bayside beaches that expand out to 1/4 mile at low tide. Also very convenient to reastaurants, ice cream, mini-golf and shopping in the quaint Orleans or Wellfleet and centers. If you still need something more, Provincetown, and Chatham are short and scenic 15-20 mile drives.
Other Activities: It's not Christmas any more, but here are a few of our favorite things:
* Cape Cod National Seashore Visitors Center 1/4 mile away....check out 'The Sands of Time', a 15 minute documentary about the geological history of the Cape, which will be very relavant after the severe beach reconfiguration that took place this winter.
* Walks on the beach from Coast Guard beach to Nauset inlet...even better at low tide.
* Bike rides up and down the Bike Trail. If you like mountain biking, there are a myriad of fantastic trails in nearby Wellfleet that are fast and smooth and bring you to secluded kettle pond swimming holes... can you find 'Spectacle Pond'!?!?
* Sunsets at the bayside beaches.. bring a cooler. And, if you're an early bird, sunrises and coffee on the top steps of the Nauset Light Beach.
* A moonlit row around the pond listening to the peace and quiet and occasional fish breaking the surface.
* Early (very early) sunrise walks on the beach when the sea is calm and blue fish are still blitzing... and the sunset ones too!