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Serene and charming carriage house, artists' retreat

Bedrooms 2
Space sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Two bedrooms, pull out couch and two renovated bathrooms.

This wonderful 1800's carriage house sits on the grounds of the oldest house in Dennis, built in 1680, and provides a vacation setting for those seeking something different. Lovingly updated and beautifully decorated by an artist and writer, it's filled with original art, carefully selected antiques, and fine linens for a tranquil, restful vacation.

The vaulted living room features a beamed ceiling and original paintings and sculptures. A queen-size sleeper sofa opens opposite the floor-to-ceiling doors through which carriages and buggies once rolled. The kitchen displays track lighting and handmade Italian tiles.

Upstairs the unique, romantic main bedroom features a cathedral ceiling and sunny sitting area. The twin bedroom’s special art and antiques can be changed to suit individual tenants’ interests. Two full baths, upstairs and down,BBQ-grill, central A/C, washer&dryer, microwave, coffeemaker, linens included, VCR/DVD player, high speed internet, no pets, no smoking. New Bosch washer/dryer, wireless internet service, gas grill are all provided.

Outside, a hammock and a new stone patio provide an opportunity to relax and enjoy a glass of wine while you cook a steak on the new gas grill.

This unique carriage house is situated between two tidal rivers on a quiet, family-oriented street. It’s a short walk to a small Bass River beach or a quick drive, only 1 and 9/10 mile to the fantastic West Dennis Beach. Stroll down the Swan River road that winds down to Nantucket Sound. Walk to Kream 'N Kone for great fried seafood or Norabella’s quaint ristorante for an Italian dinner. Bike the scenic Cape Cod Rail Trail from its beginning, just 1 and a half miles away. Explore Dennis's beaches on the bay side or sound side which are some of the finest in America, its antique and specialty shops, fine restaurants, museum, the Cape Playhouse and Cinema. Kayak rentals are only 3/10 mile away on Swan River. Two championship 18 hole golf courses, fishing, homemade ice cream, mini-golfing, conservation lands and many fresh-water ponds are all nearby.

Come explore the beauty of art and the wonders of nature.

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Gary Urgonski
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2017

About Gary Urgonski

We are a married couple living in the adjacent main house built in 1680. Ginny is a fiction writer who had a long career in publishing. She also had her own cafe and catering business specializing in Italian food. Gary retired five years ago from 36 years in education, most recently as the Director of Special Education at the local regional high school. He has been doing sculpting for 17 years and has received awards for his work. Recently, he had two pieces at the South Shore Art Association in Cohasset and was named "Artist of the Month" at the Chatham Orpheum Theatre. Ginny and Gary lived in Italy south of Florence for a year and have been back many times since. They enjoy going to other countries and experiencing different cultures. They would like to share Cape Cod with others, particularly those who appreciate art, good food, good wine, and living life to its fullest. They share their house with their dog, Grigio, a friendly and playful Weimaraner who also welcomes guests.

Gary Urgonski purchased this cottage in 1986

Why Gary Urgonski chose Dennis

The carriage house is a Greek Revival style building which was previously attached to the main house. In the 1930's, the previous owners gave their land to the town for a new school and when both buildings were moved a few blocks down the street, the main house and carriage house were separated and currently are situated close together. Our property is located right in the heart of Cape Cod.

What makes this cottage unique

Cape Cod is a very special place, known around the world. Surrounded by water on three sides, it has its own micro climate. Being cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter affords it beautiful weather. 'The Cape' has beaches on the ocean side, Nantucket Sound side and Cape Cod Bay side, cranberry bogs, paths through the woods, sand dunes and charming towns and villages. Cape Cod provides great restaurants with local seafood, biking, fishing, shopping, night life, and fun things for the kids as well. South Dennis is only a little over an hour away from airports in Boston or Providence, Rhode Island.


West Dennis Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) In master bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin beds., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Brand new sofa/bed in living room.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Serene and charming carriage house, artists' retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The Carriage house was a perfect base to discover the Cape due to its central position. Gary the owner was always on hand to help with any queries and the Carriage House itself was very comfortable.

In a quiet location it provided a haven following our travels, there is no TV or cable so you have to be prepared to switch off from the rat race, although there is WiFi if you wish to connect.

Shops are short drive away as are eating houses if you feel like eating out.

Hopefully for future visits Gary can install cable as an option for those who wish to watch TV.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfectly delightful

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Carriage House was all we had hoped for and more. We chose this particular rental because the place looked charming and the owners seemed a perfect match for us. We were quite an international group of six: 4 adults and 2 pre-teens; a mix-and-match of Italians, Spaniards and Americans. The owners: Gary, an artist and educator, and Ginny, a writer, have traveled extensively both in Italy and Spain, which made for great conversation every time we crossed paths. As an artist myself, I also enjoyed immensely being surrounded by tasteful décor and great artwork during my stay.

The Carriage House is a warm, lovely retreat in pristine condition. Every detail in it reflects the care and love with which this old building was restored and appointed. Wherever you look, functional comfort meets History and beauty.

The location is close to many places of interest in Cape Cod, and Gary and Ginny gave us wonderful tips on Beaches, dinning and possible day-excursions. Consequently, we were always on the go. One morning, though, I decided to have some “me time”- to recharge my so-called batteries- and I was able to enjoy some quiet reading time lying under the shady trees, while the others got a few shades darker at the beach.

To top this perfect vacation with a Great Finale, Ginny and Gary played perfect hosts and treated us to a wonderful afternoon get-together in their patio, where we enjoyed a most delicious lunch made by Ginny.

This will not be our last visit to the Carriage House. There are still many topics of conversation that we didn’t have the time to bring up at the table. I’m sure we’ll get to those next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lana, We really enjoyed having you all! It was truly an international get together. Thank you for the great review and we hope to see you all again! Gary, Ginny and Grigio
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Utrecht, Netherlands


  • 5 of 5

My husband, two teenage daughters and I are from Holland and spent the last week of our one month USA tour at the carriage house. After driving around in a camper for two weeks before, it was wonderful to stay in this comfortable and beautiful place. Gary and Ginny are great hosts, helping with all kinds of tips & information. Probably the nicest holiday home we ever had (and we've rented quite a few)!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were two adults and two teenage boys and stayed for a week at the carriage house. The place, the house and the landlords, - everything was great! The house was spotless, clean with fresh flowers, we couldn't have asked for more!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 weeks at this wonderful location. Great position from which to explore the Cape. We travelled all over the cape from Provincetown to Woods Hole and everywhere in between.

You could not possible get more friendly, helpful and accommodating hosts than Gary and Ginny. We feel like we have made friends for life. Their assistance in identifying areas that we would like to explore, even off the Cape, was invaluable. We also visited Boston for a Red Sox game, Providence RI and Westport RI during our stay - all within an easy drive. It was always lovely to come home to the beautiful and comfortable carriage house at the end of the day.

Thank you so much for making our stay so enjoyable. We hope to see you again soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Barton Under Needwood, UK

Fantastic Location and Beautifully presented

  • 5 of 5

The coach house immediately got the thumbs up from my wife on arrival (who is extremely fussy!) It was tastefully decorated, well equipped and very comfortable for our family of 4 (including 2 teenagers). Garry and Ginny were very welcoming and helpful hosts. You can't get better than West Dennis as a perfect base to explore all the parts of Cape Cod with the beautiful North and South coast beaches and plenty of eating places close by. We managed: Hyannis, Provincetown, Chatham and Falmouth with ease. This was our first visit to Cape Cod and we didn't want to leave - we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Ocean House
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Harwich Port
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Dennis Pines and others
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 6
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Ocean House (fine dining)
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
West Dennis Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

West Dennis Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Apr 30 2017 - May 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
May 28 2017 - Jul 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 2 2017 - Aug 5 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 6 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 28 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $120
Refundable damage deposit $300

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. $300 returnable security deposit.

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