|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Mayflower Cottage was built in 1920 in the historic section of Harwich Port known as 'The Campground,' named after the smaller charming older homes ('camps') that line the quiet streets in that area. The house is on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Union Street, affording a view of the ocean that is only one block away. The house was extensively renovated in 2013 to retain charming
Arts and Crafts features, but improve creature comforts and install high technology entertainment systems. The bungalow rents from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day. The house has been in the family since 1975. Several of the tenants have rented this house for over 30 years. Come create your own family memories.
The house is ideally located on the ocean side of the Lower Cape, easily within reach of both Hyannis and Provincetown for nightlife and shopping, if desired. However, chances are once you park your car at the house you will not need it again, for almost anything you could want is within walking distance, a huge advantage given the frequent congestion of Cape Cod’s roadways.
The house is 200 yards from the beach (so you can save the $65 for a 1 week beach pass), and within 0.3 of a mile to the charming village of Harwich Port with its fine dining, ice cream shops, bakeries, stores, banks, pharmacy, night life, and other conveniences. There is a large supermarket 1.3 miles from the house and churches and synagogues within walking or short driving distances. (For more things to do, see “activities” section below)
The house features two porches for relaxing with your morning coffee or before-dinner drinks and h'ordeurves. The upstairs porch has an ocean view and a charming sitting area to enjoy sunsets and the view. The larger downstairs porch has a similar view and is ideal for entertaining and people-watching. Both porches feature large sliding glass windows and screens to allow the ocean breezes to cool the house when desired. The living room/den is furnished with comfortable leather furniture and has a Smart TV with sound bar, DVD player, Internet and Wi-Fi access. You can rent DVDs from Red Box at the local supermarket. You can access your Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and other accounts through the SmartTV. The dining room can seat up to 8 diners and has lighting on a dimmer switch for ambiance. The kitchen has a smaller table with built-in bench and chairs that can seat 4. The fully-equipped kitchen has all new appliances including refrigerator/freezer, microwave oven and radiant electric range and oven. A portable gas grill and charcoal grill are also provided. There is a full bath downstairs with shower and bath tub, a half-bath upstairs, and a very private outside shower and clothes line. Hot water is provided by a powerful, “instant-on” Rinnai hot water tank, so showers can be taken simultaneously outside and inside without running out of hot water. Bedrooms are equipped with new top-of-the-line Sealy mattresses (6 twin beds and one double bed) and Calvin Klein pillows covered in non-allergenic materials.
If the weather turns colder, there is a Napoleon gas fireplace to take the chill out of the air and wool blankets for the beds. The fireplace has a beautiful carved antique brick mantel from the Arts and Crafts period. Ceiling fans in the living room/den and both large upstairs bedrooms, as well as extra-large windows cool the house during warmer weather. There is no air conditioning, but ocean breezes fulfill the need most of the time—an advantage of being on a corner lot and having lots of large windows.
A trash service is provided each Saturday. Tenants are expected to provide their own linens (with the exception of blankets) and house cleaning upon leaving the property. The property is rented at below market rates with the condition that tenants leave the property in a very clean state and do not damage the property or waste water, natural gas, or electricity. There is off-street parking for two cars, but another two cars can be accommodated on-street in front of the house. There is a small, but charming solar-lit garden at the back and side of the house.
There are activities to appeal to all ages and tastes within walking or short driving distances. Beach lovers can walk a few steps to your own beach or purchase a town pass to any of the many beaches on both Bay and Ocean sides of Harwich. If you prefer boats to the beach, you can rent a variety of paddle, sail, or power boats from marinas within walking distance or a short drive. A 1 mile walk takes you to the famous Wychmere Harbor overlook, one of the most photographed harbors on Cape Cod. It’s only 0.7 of a mile walk to Allen Harbor from which you can rent or launch your own boats. Deep sea fishing trips, cruises to Momomoy Island and ferries to Nantucket Island are available at Saquatucket Harbor which is only 1.3 miles away. Golfers will find the Harwich Port Golf Club conveniently 0.8 of a mile away. There are also several miniature golf courses in the area, one only 2.5 miles from the house. Cycling enthusiasts can rent bicycles at the Old Colony Rail Trail Head only 3.8 miles from the house, or use your own. This paved bicycle path will take you past scenic ponds, cranberry bogs, forests and beautiful ocean bays south as far as Wellfleet. Children can enjoy bumper boats, batting cages, trampolines, and other activities all within a couple of miles of the house. A variety of classic board games and playing cards are also provided at the house to keep kids occupied in case of inclement weather.
I purchased this home, which had been in my family since 1975, with the idea I would renovate it and use it as a personal escape from my high stress career. However, my business grew faster than anticipated, so I rarely have time to stay at the house. My new plan is to rent the house, as my parents did before me, until I retire when I will have more time for leisure. This news was a relief to several of the tenants who have been renting this cottage for more than 30 years.
Mary Murphy purchased this cottage in 2012
This property holds many memories of my time together with my parents, enjoying the many beaches and activities for which Cape Cod is well known. It's a family-friendly, welcoming location in which children can play on the beaches and streets. There are many 'repeat renters' every season who build long-lasting friendships. Perhaps you will too.
This recently renovated property has retained some of the charming features of the 1920s Bungalow including a leaded glass window, glass and porcelain door handles, huge windows, built-in cabinets, wood wainscoting, and natural Mahogany beamed ceilings. However, the renovation included modernization of kitchens and bathrooms and replacement of all bedding with non-allergenic, top-of-the-line luxury mattresses. There are Australian hickory wood floors, pine and bead board paneling and beautiful tile throughout. A high technology entertainment system was also installed.
I love the location of the home because I can provision the house upon arrival, and never have to get in my car again if I don't want to. Every convenience is within walking distance. That said, if I want to explore, I am less than 1 hour away from Provincetown and Hyannis, or I can take a ferry to Nantucket from one of Harwich's many harbors. Finally, I can ride my bicycle to the one of the local trail heads to the Cape Cod Rail Trail and ride all the way down to Wellfleet, viewing scenic cranberry bogs, ponds, and forests along the way. There is a golf course about a mile from the house, as well.
My favorite feature of this home is the upstairs porch from which I have a view of the ocean while sipping morning coffee or after dinner cognac and watching the setting sun's reflection on the ocean and boats cruising back into the two bordering harbors. I also like walking 200 yards to the beach, sitting on one of the provided benches at the top of the stairs while watching either the sunrise or sunset and changing tides. Other features of the house I like are the 1920s natural wood ceilings with beams, pine wainscoting in the den, antique glass door handles, leaded glass window, and arched fireplace with decorative mantle. I feel like this house's location let's me 'have my cake and eat it too' in that I can hang out at the beach all day, then walk into town to enjoy fine dining and night life without having to get in my car.
Great house!! Great location! We could walk to the beach and town! Nice view of the ocean from both porches. We would go back in a second!!!!
My stay exceeded all my expectations. All the charm of a cottage with the amenities of a high-end home. Descriptions of the property were spot-on - no surprises except... the beds! The most comfortable mattresses ever - every single one of them. The home was meticulously clean.
We were a block away from the beach, but had ocean views from both upstairs and downstairs porches. Equally as close to the village (easy walking distance) where you can shop and eat. Perfect location! No disappointment about not being directly on-the-beach.
I would HIGHLY recommend this property to anyone - it's size is great for a big family vacation. You would NOT be disappointed! (I can't wait to go back!)
Conveniently located on the Lower Cape with easy access to a range of activities that will appeal to children and adults alike. Many attractions within walking distance or less than an hour's drive. Wonderful restaurants, bars, bakeries and ice cream shops located less than 1 mile from the property. Movie theaters, go carts, batting cages and miniature golf close by for your children's amusement. A golf course and trail head to the Cape Cod Rail Trail are very close by. Two harbors are within walking distance by beach or by street.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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