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Charming Cottage on Freshwater Pond with Private Sandy Swimming Area

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


East Harwich Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

This 'change house', one of the oldest in the area built more than 90 years ago to provide a freshwater swim after salt and sand, started with three simple rooms: a main room with a native stone fireplace and two changing rooms upstairs. It still has the original main room and the rustic stairs, so several additions and a recent renovation have created a modern and charming cottage. The main room is the living and dining area (a/c, table seats 10). Also on the first floor: master BR with private full bath; twin BR; full bathroom; large modern kitchen (granite counters, ice maker, microwave, china, glassware, cooking gear, washer/dryer nook); bright, sunny sun porch.

Second floor has queen BR & twin BR (both a/c), large full bathroom, DirecTV room with window seat, VCR, DVD, libraries. House is Wifi, also has fax.

Brick patio has teak furniture, is surrounded by roses, heather, ornamental bushes. Sidewalk runs past outdoor shower thru lawn to path under trees to pond with boardwalk to swimming float, near brick patio for picnics. Lawn for croquet game. Woods between both adjacent properties.

Sunfish sailboat, 2 kayaks, rowboat, diving float in deep water, and horseshoe pitch shared with property next door.

Keywords: Cottage in quiet cove on very clean John Joseph Pond in Harwich

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Ted Borman
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
July 7, 2016
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About Ted Borman

We rented this cottage in 1975, purchased it in 1992; enlarged, renovated, and updated it while spending summers here until we retired nearby five years ago. Our children learned to swim, sail, and catch frogs here, and now bring their friends here before and after the season. We can't wait for grandchildren! So we look forward to welcoming you, and wish for you as happy a time in the cottage as we had.

Ted Borman purchased this cottage in 1992

Why Ted Borman chose Harwich - Harwichport

We rented this cottage in 1975 and then again in 1991 because of family and friends in the neighborhood; after the 1991 rental, our children loved the cottage and swimming, we had wonderful family memories, and friends, authors and writers who borrowed it loved it, so we bought it. The friends who had visited it describe it as charming, lovely, quiet, private, unusual.

Movies, upscale shopping, musical theater, gourmet food and grocery stores, antiques, museums - ten to 30 minutes away.

What makes this cottage unique

Velvety, clear water; nearest neighbors swim 100 yards away and grandchildren are the voices to be heard. Lie on the private swim float at night: shooting stars are not uncommon and the sky is a million points of light. In the daytime, the cottage is invisible from the pond because of the white pines and hardwood trees we planted over the years. Sit on the patio, and there is nothing more private or quiet; we have to look hard to see another house.


based on 23 traveler reviews

Charming Cottage on Freshwater Pond with Private Sandy Swimming Area
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews
Brewster, NY


  • 5 of 5

This rental was an excellent choice for our family’s first Cape Cod vacation. We stayed here in September 2015, during the area’s off season. The home was cozy, and provided ample space and activity for our entire family: adults, young children, and canine guests alike.

The house itself is very comfortable, and we made lots of use of the screened in porch as well as the outdoor patio and fire pit. The property being adjacent to the freshwater pond was perfect for the kids, and we used the kayaks and boat every day.

The location was ideal for our vacation experience. It was close enough to the town for any shopping or activities, while still being secluded enough for privacy and quiet. We also took advantage of the walking trails and beaches that were nearby. Ted was a very gracious host, and made sure all of our needs were met.

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our week at this rental, and have spoken very highly of it ever since. We hope to return soon, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing stay on The Cape.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phoenix, Arizona


  • 5 of 5

We had never been to Cape Cod and weren’t planning on coming here until we inadvertently came across this listing. After reading all the glowing reviews, we were hooked. The cottage lived up to all expectations and then some. The house was very comfortable and well furnished. It had every amenity you could want, plus hundreds of books and a chest full of jigsaw puzzles. It sits on a secluded lot and is within 10 minutes of a wide array of restaurants, a major grocery store, pharmacy, and liquor store, as well as three golf courses and the ferry to Nantucket. We found it pricier than other rentals in the area, but in this case, you get what you pay for.

We look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A+ Rental

  • 5 of 5

This is by far the nicest house we have rented on the cape. The house is so warm and inviting. It offers everything you need for a perfect getaway. Being right on the Pond was so much fun for the kids (and adults). The kids loved the TV room with the window seat. It was their little hideout from the grownups. We loved the big dining room table – it was so nice to have a space where everyone could sit for meals and talk. One of the things we didn’t realize when we rented the house is the location is perfect for Cape Cod excursions. We really could get anywhere we wanted to go in 20 minutes. Ted and Pam are wonderful hosts and it was a pleasure to rent their house.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, CO

A Good place for R and R

  • 4 of 5

the only thing that stops me from giving this property a 5th star is that there were many lights that didn't seem to work. The rest of the time was wonderful! I especially liked the access to the pond as well as reading my book with tea on the screened in wicker porch!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Skaneateles, NY

Wonderful vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

We have rented this house twice and could not have been happier! The house is beautiful...renovated, beautifully furnished, well-stocked kitchen, tons of books...anything you would need for a wonderful vacation. The house is located on a beautiful fresh-water pond; your own dock with room for adults and children...beach chairs aplenty and a great outdoor shower. Ted is a wonderful host and is always available to answer questions and make recommendations for dinner reservations! We'll be back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairfield, CT

Not to be missed

  • 5 of 5

We have rented this lovely house twice now and it comes highly recommended! We have three busy kids and a dog who love coming to this house. On fair weather days, the kids and dog love the water, the float, the kayaks, the tree house, the fire pit and the dock. On rainy days, there is plenty of room for everyone to find some privacy, with lots of great books and videos and board games/puzzles to explore. The kitchen is FULLY stocked with every gadget you might need and then some, and its lovely to relax at home for dinner after a full day at the beach or out exploring the Cape. The dinner table is nice and large and there is a grill for outdoor cooking. Having laundry makes the trip most enjoyable for Mom and makes packing easier for everyone! Harwich is a wonderfully quiet mid-Cape location. The off-leash dog park is walkable from the house and the National Seashore beaches are dog-friendly, on-leash. Downtown Harwich has a nice park with tennis courts and a playground and Dr. Cavity's candy store is NOT to be missed - grab a free toothbrush with your purchase :) Dogs are welcome at the Wellfleet Drive In, on the rail trail and at the Mariners game. Ted and Pam are lovely hosts and are right next door should there be any issues that need resolution. It has been our pleasure to rent this home.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Boston, MA/ Providence, RI
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
To Nantucket, Martha's Vinyard
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
12th hole, half mile; entrance 2 miles - Cranberry
Nearest Train
85 Miles
Providence & Boston
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Rte 6, 'Mid Cape'
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Bank Street, Harwich Port
Nearest Point of Interest
Cottage on Harwich freshwater pond
Nearest Point of Interest
Orleans & Wellfleet
Nearest Point of Interest
Chatham Village
Nearest Point of Interest
Bank Street beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: necessary

Public Bocce, tennis, golf, bumper boats, bowling, duck pins, parasailing, nature tours/walks available nearby. Chatham Airport: plane trips for rental, small planes landing.


Rates & Availability

East Harwich Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 29 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Use of Sunfish sailboat $250

Use of Sunfish sailboat add $500 to damage deposit.

$500 confirmation deposit converts to damage deposit on arrival; check for half the rent due 90 days before arrival; check for second half due 45 days before arrival.

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East Harwich Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Garbage service twice a week; bath/bed linens available for rent

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