Sleeps 1-3 in this beachside cabin for a perfect peaceful getaway
About Thomas Janssen
I have been coming to Wellfleet my whole life as a renter and now live here full time in retirement. I am actively involved in the community as a docent at the Historical Society and avid walker, theater-goer and general Cape enthusiast.
Thomas Janssen purchased this Cottage in 2013
Why Thomas Janssen chose Indian Neck Heights
This is my favorite area of Wellfleet. The beach is on the bayside, which means it's virtually a private beach for the people who live nearby - it's a hidden gem. Wake up, grab your stuff and walk 5min to the beach and just camp out in the most peaceful place on earth.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Would not stay again
Loved the proximity to the local beach. As campers we were looking to upgrade a bit and I guess we did just that. Beds were uncomfortable. We are used to bugs but by the second day we were swarmed with ants. Bathroom was roomy and kitchen well stocked but ants kept us from our plans of cooking in. Grill and charcoal were provided but the grate had to be scrubbed for 1/2 hour before it was usable. Nothing could keep us from enjoying the Cape but for the first time we were excited to head home.
Loved this place! It was quiet, relaxing, and the quick walk to the beach made it even better. The house was clean and the owner was very accommodating. I hope to go back next year!
A Good Deal in a Great Location
As others have said, this cottage is small but that's why it's half the price of other properties in Wellfleet. If you're a no-fuss traveler who is fine with the basics (and especially if you have a dog), this is a good deal. We had two dogs and enjoyed our walks in the quiet, pleasant neighborhood. It's a five-minute stroll to a path to a small, quiet beach. We also found a longer route to Nauset Road that dead ends at a lovely sand peninsula that looks over to the town pier. The house is convenient to the start of the bike trail, Wellfleet's main street, Bob's ice cream, Marconi Beach, the Audubon sanctuary and the Drive-in with mini-golf, all of which we enjoyed.
The upstairs room is light and airy but the narrow steep stairs to get there are not for the elderly or mobility impaired. Our older dog would never have been able to get down but we came prepared with a little gate to block them off. The bathroom is large and the kitchen comes stocked with dishes, utensils, cookware, kitchen towels and a coffee pot. Just bring your own spices and sugar, as well as extra toilet paper and paper towels.
We did hear a bit of traffic noise and passing utility trucks as the cottage is located at an intersection of three roads. The only thing that was an issue for me was, as someone else mentioned, there were ants - large and small - both on the kitchen counter and in the bedroom. Ant traps are out but apparently haven't yet solved the problem.
Simple, sweet and ship-shape
Not your standard cookie-cutter fake Cape cottage, Selkie's Landing is a quirky two-story retreat within walking distance of a secluded (in October) bay beach that isn't even on some maps. Great quiet location convenient to Wellfleet Center (galleries, restaurants, marina) and Eastham (National Seashore Headquarters, great ocean beaches). I was vacationing alone, and the cottage was perfect for me. It would also have been comfortable for two but I think that three might be pushing it, unless the third person were a small child. (The upstairs bedroom has a double and a single bed.) I've rented many cottages in this area, and none have been as nicely equipped as this one, or as clean. The kitchen had a great variety of utensils, nice dinnerware, even a French press coffee maker. The living room was simply and tastefully furnished, with excellent lights for reading and a selection of good books. Bath was large and bright, with tons of storage. WiFi and TV worked well. Tom, the owner, is responsive and helpful with suggestions for enjoying the Cape. Note that there is no washing machine or dishwasher, and the roomy, pleasant bedroom is reached by a flight of narrow, steep, unlit stairs (not a problem if you leave a light on upstairs). In short, not fancy luxury accommodations, but a cozy, charming retreat in a great part of the Cape.
Pros and Cons
Nice location in quiet neighborhood
Greatly appreciate that we could have our dog with us
Was not as pristine in cleanliness as I would like
Ants were a problem in the kitchen - got into our food.
We had a lovely stay in this clean and charming little cottage close to the bay.
Be sure to head down King Phillips toad and make a right on Hiawatha for a lovely beach with great swimming and sunsets. A short walk.