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Summer Side:Charming Waterfront Cottage only steps to Pristine Great Pond.

Bedrooms 2
Space 620 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, sleeps 4, On Great Pond. Beautiful views, Peaceful, Quiet.

Experience the Cape as it used to be. Only steps to Great Pond and walking distance to the ocean. Here is a rare opportunity to stay in the heart of The National Seashore on the most beautiful of Wellfleet's pristine kettle ponds. 'Summerside' is one of only three cottages available for rental directly on Great Pond. This is a 2 bedroom (sleeps 4) semi-detached cottage. Email or call owner for more information.

Originally built in the 1920s as a Girl Scout camp, Summerside has been renovated and expanded through the years by its owners.It is now a semi-detached cottage with only an out door shower (no indoor shower). It is connected to the main house by a 20 foot enclosed hall way.

A large screened-in porch overlooking the pond runs the entire length of the cottage. The light-filled master bedroom has glass sliders on two sides leading to a private deck that faces the morning sunrise (a favorite place for breakfast, reading, sunbathing or just relaxing). The large screened porch is the perfect spot to have an afternoon nap or a glass of wine in the evening and watch flocks of swallows darting above the sunset reflected on the pond's surface. It feels like that magical place where sky and water touch. For those who love to swim, Summerside is a paradise. A new wooden stairway leads directly to the cottage's private sandy swimming beach: ideal for swimming, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. A short walk along sandy roads through the Cape woods leads to one of Wellfleet's great 'secret' swimming ponds. All of the benefits of Wellfleet (fine dining, fascinating art galleries, unique shops for clothing and jewelry, Bayside sunsets, clamming, miniature golf, iconic drive-in and flea market, nature walks, bike trails and ocean swimming) are within 10 minutes by car or bicycle from Summerside yet the cottage remains a quiet place of rest and renewal. After a busy day of ocean swimming or biking or gallery-hopping, it's always special to return to the serenity of Summerside. The new open plan cottage kitchen is perfect for both gourmet cooks and those who don't want to do more than heat up a pie from Wellfleet Pizza. Hang your bathing suit on the line, grab a towel and head for the new outdoor Scandinavian shower, with its abundant hot water, to take the chill off after a day at the beach. When the sun sets, sit out on the deck and watch the stars fill the night sky. All that can be heard is voices across the pond and the sound of crickets and frogs.

Sometimes the owners occupy the main house. There is always plenty of privacy on the Summer Side and a hall and locked door between the two houses.

In August, the entire compound is available to rent. It is 2 houses in one (4 bedrooms, sleeps 8.) Perfect for 2 families .

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to enjoy this unique cottage.

In an article in the NY Times 2003, Constance Rosenblum wrote “When you think of the Cape Cod town of Wellfleet, the kettle ponds, as they are known, are not the first thing that comes to mind. Far more iconic are the crashing ocean beaches, or the bay beaches, with their drop-dead gorgeous sunsets. But for swimming in little seas of tranquility, sometimes with so few people around that the water seems yours alone, the string of freshwater ponds in this part of the Cape has no equal.... For a small child, they are great: Unruffled, never chilly, shallow at the edges and fringed by beach, the ponds offer all the ease and safety of enormously large and beautiful bathtubs. For an adult, they are equally appealing, especially the smaller, more secluded ones: you can swim round and round like a lazy otter, with only the occasional lily pad to interrupt your journey.'

About 13,000 or 15,000 years ago, huge blocks of ice left over after the glacier retreated began melting, leaving holes known as kettles that ultimately filled with water. It is a wonder that these clean, clear fresh water ponds can exist surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the bay.

More Details

Tammy Colvin
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 10, 2018

About Tammy Colvin

My brother and I grew up spending summers in this cottage when it was just one room and had no electricity or running water. We swam and sailed in the pond all day or played on the sandy beach or in the pine woods. It was a wonderful way to spend childhood summers.

Tammy Colvin purchased this cottage in 1950

Why Tammy Colvin chose Wellfleet

This wonderful cottage is one of only 3 cottages that are available to rent on Great Pond.

What makes this cottage unique

Great pond is a kettle pond. It is clear and clean with a sandy bottom and sandy beach and it is only steps away.

The screened in porch is one of the best features of this cottage. It extends across one entire side of the cottage. It overlooks the pond and is surrounded by pine trees. There is a picnic table for dining on, comfortable chairs for reading in and a couch for napping on. On warm nights it's a wonderful place for reading and visiting.


Wellfleet Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 620 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , There is a futon in the living room for occasional guests.
  • There is one large bedroom with a queen bed that has sliding doors on 2 sides that have beautiful views of Great Pond. One of the sliding doors opens onto a private deck. The second bedroom has 2 twin beds. There is a double bed futon in the living room for the occasional guest.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Heaven on Earth!

  • 5 of 5

After having rented several other properties over the last few years, my two college girlfriends (and our children) have finally found the house we have been searching for! I stayed with my three boys in the Summer Side of the complex and couldn't ask for a more relaxing and wonderful vacation. The house was spotless upon arrival and all the little details in the decoration added such character to the cottage. It had everything needed to cook many different types of meals and the small table opened up to accommodate my family. We also used the gas grill which was a great option too. There were games provided as well as a kayak and canoe, which we used on a daily basis. The pond is crystal clean and so quiet and serene, just a lovely place to return to at the end of the day. Some days we never even left because we had everything we could ever want for. The bedroom offers spectacular views both in the early morning and with the moon rising over the pond. The chorus of frogs croaking lulled us to sleep nightly, just wonderful! The twin room was perfect for my two boys to share (age 8 and 11) and they already said they cant to return to "their" room next year. The screened in porch was an added bonus for those times when space and quiet for reading was needed, having a cocktail and a chat at night or playing cards with a larger group. A few nights my teenage boy (14) slept on the screened in porch and just loved it. This is a private spot within walking distance to some of the other ponds, which walking the fire roads is always an additional adventure! It is also super close to the ocean and you can ride your bike to many of them. Lovely vacation spot!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect, peaceful spot for this cozy cottage. Summerside is the smaller rental, and even while attached to the larger house, it felt private and quiet. The location, right on Great Pond is hard to beat and the views from the bedroom, deck, and screened-in porch are just divine! The bed was quite comfortable, the kitchen is small but well-equipped and the grill was a great option too. The internet is a little spotty, as it is in many spots on the Cape --forcing us to relax and get lots of reading done. The owners were just the sweetest people and made sure that we were more than content with our stay. They really went out of their way to make us comfortable. They let us use their canoe and left us lots of fun beach toys that we made much use of. The rustic decor really adds to the "Cape Cod" flavor --we loved all of the antique furnishings and even though we didn't use it --it was nice to know there was a gas fireplace if it had been needed. We've been vacationing in Wellfleet for years and having small kids, we've spent many long days in the various ponds --Great Pond is truly one of the nicest places to be --anywhere on the Cape. All in all, two weeks of heaven. Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great Pond is a wonderful place for the entire family to enjoy a fun vacation.
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It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This!

  • 5 of 5

We live most of the year in a big, busy city and spend much of that time pining for Wellfleet. We have rented various homes in Wellfleet almost every year from 1987 to last year, and so we speak from experience with a variety of homes and locales. Overall, this is the most peaceful, quiet and natural place that we have ever rented. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding: We discovered this place five years ago, have come back every summer since, and hope to return as long as we are able. The cabin is set deep in the woods of the National Seashore at the edge of a beautiful kettle pond that we swim in, sail in and gaze at from the enclosed porch, the open deck, and even from the lovely, quiet bedroom. We love to hike around this pond and several others nearby and we bike to the ocean in one direction and to the village in the other. The owners are lovely people and we look forward to dealing with them each year and they do everything they can to make sure we have a pleasant stay. Even on those days where we are at Herring Cove or some other beach all day, we look forward to returning to the cabin, taking a sunset swim, an outdoor shower and firing up the barbecue. It doesn't get much better than this.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Best of Both Worlds

  • 5 of 5

In a time of noise pollution, crowding, traffic and stress, Summerside remains as a reminder of the Cape as it was years ago. It's one of the most magical places I have ever experienced in my more than 40 years of renting in the Wellfleet/Truro area. It's hard to believe, when you are staying at Summerside, that the bustle of the Cape is just a short drive away. It's great to have access to all that Wellfleet and the Lower Cape have to offer and to return every evening to this place of privacy, quiet and immersion in the world of nature: sky, pine trees, the expanse of Great Pond and the sound of the ocean nearby. I have been renting Summerside for ten years or so. I find, every year, I am more and more drawn to sit on the deck, swim in the pond, read and simply absorb the gift of this place..

Summerside is a perfect place for writers, artists, families who want to introduce their children to the wonders of Nature, couples who want a perfect "base camp" for adventuring or a quiet place to re-connect with one another. I can't recommend it highly enough. The owners are wonderful to rent from.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2013
  • Stayed: February 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Provincetown, MA
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Hyannis, MA
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Chequessette Golf course
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Town of Wellfleet
Nearest Beach
Great Pond
Car: necessary

There is something for everyone in Wellfleet.

Wellfleet is an quaint, (it's 250 birthday celebration was in 2013), charming fishing village.

There are two famous spots to visit. The Beachcomber Bar and Restaurant is one of the most unusual and famous ocean side bars on the East coast. It is housed in what used to be the Cahoon's Hollow Life Saving Station. .And the Wellfleet drive-in is one of a few remaining working drive-in's in America. Besides great movies (usually double features), there is also a fun flea market there in the summer where you can find antique treasures, discount clothing and bargains of every kind.

There are wonderful sea food restaurants some with harbor views. There are shops and art galleries galore.

You can swim in pristine kettle ponds, body or board surf in the ocean or sail in the bay. You can ride your bike on the bike trail or on sand roads through the woods. Or you can just sit and read on the beach.

Yes, there is something for everyone in Wellfleet.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning in high season $200

This cottage has 2 bedrooms. If you have questions, please email owner for more info.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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