The Boat House Loft of Cape Cod ~ Relaxing Waterfront Location
About Laurance Held
"KING" is a Great Dane/Black Lab mix ....a sweet, gentle giant if ever there was one. King and Laurance are your hosts at the Boat House Loft. For your peace of mind, we are also your neighbors - delighted to offer assistance 24/7 to help make your stay more enjoyable & memorable. Always happy to answer your questions or make recommendations. Laurance is a big animal lover (both dog & cat) and is willing to assist you in choices of destinations that are dog friendly, including popular dog hikes, a gorgeous north side beach in Dennis that not only accommodates your puppy during the summer season (sandy dog heaven!), but also has no daily parking fee. Also, outdoor restaurants, great dog walks, super dog parks (with spoiled pooch drinking fountains) and much more. We do not charge a Pet Fee! What animal lover would?
Why Laurance Held chose Dennis Port
The Boat House Loft is located at the end of a winding country road. It is quiet and peaceful, yet not too far from the Mid-Cape Highway (exit 9), making it a perfect jumping off point for anywhere on Cape Cod - east or west, north or south. This "mid-cape" location is almost equally distant from either Provincetown or Woods Hole. A perfect central location. We're only 90 minutes from either the Boston, MA or Providence, RI metro areas. Thirty minutes from the canal - double lane highway all the way. Major stores, including a Stop & Shop supermarket, are located at the exit 9 intersection (about 2 miles away).
What makes this Cottage unique
We love and adore our pets! Feel free to bring your four legged family member along on vacation. Don't leave them home in a kennel - they need a vacation, too! We are pet friendly to well trained dogs and neutered kitty-cats. The quarter-mile walk down the lane and back is perfect for those early morning and evening walks.
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Boat House Loft - a whole different Cape feel!
Laurence met us upon arrival, as he lives on the extended property and was so helpful in providing info for us to the area and recommendations as to beaches and dog friendly spots. The properties on this little peninsula were set tighter than I expected, and worried initially that my dog would disturb others with some barking, especially his first night during his initial adjustment to house, but all the other residents had dogs as well and did not seem to be bothered. Moby, our Great Pyrenees loved to sit at the water's edge and watch the water fowl all day! This is a rustic location and feel that we loved and were very comfy and would love to come back next year!
Super waterfront location
Although the building is a little rough, the accommodations were Great!! The glassed porch was fantastic, and we even got to see the Swans, with there 5 signets, gliding by. Very serine and beautiful.
The weather was very windy, but we enjoyed our stay very much.
Anniversary vaca review
The general stay was ok, but we ended up leaving a day early due to being uncomfortable at the house. The house, itself, is located in a great area- private beach to launch canoes/kayaks. Plenty of seating in the yard to enjoy relaxing outside and lots of room for our dog to run around. The house is located at the very end of a dirt road and not far from the main shops and restaurants. The house, however, is located in between 3 other houses- 1 of the houses belongs to the landlord of the Boat Loft. While we did not see him at all during our stay, it would have been nice to know he would be present on the grounds within 25 feet from us. Inside, the house needed cleaning. The front porch area was decked in cob webs and it seemed the ants liked being inside more than outside. To be fair, we were warned of the ants "in the kitchen," but never about them being in EVERY room. The garbage barrel was covered in dirt and stains. The bathroom needed a complete remodel- the laminate on the sink was creasing and bubbling. There were old, dried up sponges left on the windowsills in the kitchen. The only room with shades/blinds is the bedroom. The canoe was dented on one end (although it still worked). The data on my phone worked better than connecting to the wi-fi. My vacation was booked for Friday late afternoon to Monday morning- we stayed til Sunday morning. Landlord seemed very nice and was helpful with pointing us in the direction of fun activities, but I feel like the house was thrown together last minute. Maybe, because it's still the off-season, he didn't feel it necessary to make it presentable.
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An Excellent "Real Cape" Experience
Laurance's Boat House was just what we were looking for. We wanted a "real cape" experience, and that's what we got. The Boat House is quaint and secluded right on Swan Pond, with all the nuance and sounds of a cabin on a lake. The morning fog was beautiful as we looked out over the pond from the veranda. For us, this kind of old Cape setting is much much better than any chain hotel/motel where the rooms look the same in Iowa as they do in Massachusetts, and the pricing is lower than some of the other hotels on the Cape. Also, not many of them allow pets, and the ones that do charge $25 a night for a small pet. Pets stay for free at the Boat House, which made it even more of a value for us. Laurance was an excellent host, and is right there if you need him for any questions you might have, yet doesn't interfere with your activities. We didn't use any of the many outdoor and watersport amenities there, because we had cooler weather in the spring. We will definitely book the Boat House again when we visit the Cape.
Thank you so much for the superlative review on your happy stay at the Boat House Loft! I found your thoughtful & appreciative comments to be insightful & heart-warming ....and a reflection of the kind of lovely people that you are. It was a pleasure having such knowledgeable guests who appreciated the Loft and enjoyed it as if it were their own. Wonderful!
Best wishes always and please come back soon!
I'd stay here again
It was wonderful to stay right on the water. I went to Cape Cod for a rest and that was what I got. Some people would be disappointed with these accommodations because they are dated. I thought it added to the charm. They had everything I needed and served me well. I loved resting in the "Wheel House" having breakfast, reading and napping. It is a very peaceful place to stay and I'll stay again in the future.
Nice spot--rustic, not up to date
The location was convenient to a lot of places in the south Cape. The Swan Pond which the loft was located on was very picturesque.
The facilities need upgrading with better finishes. Some of the accesses to rooms one needed to pay attention so as to not trip on uneven transition points.
The bathroom shower was very small and the bottom floor felt soft and uneven pressure depending upon where one stepped. It felt like some of floor could cave in if not dealt with gingerly.
The bedroom was spacious and the finish of the walls and ceiling was better than other rooms. It was comfortable space.
Out-of-state travelers are always welcome at the Loft. Thank you for your comments, even though there are factual inconsistencies which do not accurately describe the Boat House Loft.
Other prior reviews are far more insightful and accurate. We encourage potential guests to read those and take this isolated review in context.
The bathroom does indeed have a neo-angle shower and it's dimensions were specifically mentioned in the profile listing (there is a photo which does show the shower).
The shower's "Flexi-Floor" design is quite popular with almost all of the guests, and we appreciate their favorable compliments on the shower floor not being so hard under their feet.
The Loft's sun filled veranda, with it's ten windows, is the most popular feature of the Loft (and built to replicate the feel of a ship's bridge). It is surrounded on 3 sides by water. As an architectural addition, the veranda was specifically built in a "rustic style" to resemble the Cape Cod tradition of exposed beams, a reminder of a simpler post Colonial time and the joy of relaxing without modern pretense.
There are several photographs of the veranda which beautifully display it's rustic nature. It is the room we get the most compliments about, because there is only one like it in all of Cape Cod.
There is a slight three inch step down to enter into the veranda, a well designed and implemented architectural component so that perceptive guests can appreciate the veranda with it's remarkable vistas.
The physical transition is so slight that even our most senior guests, in their mid-to-late 80's, have no difficulty navigating the 3 inch transition.
The Boat House Loft consistently receives either 4 or 5 stars from it's appreciative guests and we love our positive feedback. We do recognize that, whether it is a short term vacation rental, a blockbuster movie or even a cup of coffee, a tiny number of individuals will find the need to critique. This especially applies to those who are not well-traveled and have little basis of comparison with Cape Cod architecture.
We always try to please, but recognize that it is not possible to please everyone all of the time. Even so, we will never stop trying to do our absolute best! Thank you again for communicating your personal feelings and you are welcome back anytime.
The BOAT HOUSE LOFT is located on the Dennis Port/South Dennis border, on the shores of Swan Pond. The Home Away/VRBO profile map (GOOGLE MAPS) depict the property location accurately.
Arriving guests are strongly advised to use the directions below, as some GPS devices may misdirect you to an alternate address.
~ The Boat House Loft is located at "49 Cedar Lane, Dennis, MA 02660".
-Take exit 9A off Route 6 (the Mid Cape Highway)
-Take a left at the 3rd traffic light onto Upper County Road
-Take the 2nd (quick) left onto Searsville Road and continue to end of street
-Take a right onto Center Street
-Take the 1st left onto Cedar Lane and continue to very end of windy dirt road to #49 (the Great White Whale sign)
-You're there....park off to the left.