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Bedrooms 2
Space 702 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

This one-of-a-kind cottage is among the most highly-rated vacation rentals on Cape Cod. Lovingly called “Blue Skies on the Half Shell,” it has earned all 5-star reviews from guests, including 28 ratings at the “outstanding property” level from guests who have booked their vacation through HomeAway and VRBO.

The cottage is set in a perfect location just 75 steps from Campground Beach on Cape Cod Bay. Every inch of it will remind you that you’re at the beach and on vacation. It has all the creature comforts discerning vacationers require: air conditioning and heating, Wi-Fi, hi-def expanded cable, a 32” flat screen TV, DVD/CD player and an MP3 connection, Weber gas grill, picnic table with umbrella, lounge chairs and large umbrella on a rolling base on the roof deck, several coolers, beach chairs and umbrellas, even small wagons for your kids to bring toys to and from the beach.

The kitchen is fully equipped for meal prep. The bathroom has all updated fixtures including a glass-enclosed shower, although many guests love to use the large outdoor shower from late spring through mid autumn.

The screened porch is the perfect setting for relaxed reading or leisurely conversation, while the roof deck is the best place to view spectacular sunsets over Cape Cod Bay. Stargazing late into the evening will become one of your favorite pastimes.

A discount will be applied for rentals of two or more contiguous weeks. In June, July, August and September the cottage is rented for a minimum of seven nights (from Saturday to Saturday). Exceptions may be made for rentals in April, May, October and November.

Book “Blue Skies on the Half Shell” today and you can look forward to enjoying a vacation in one of the top-rated vacation rentals on Cape Cod.

More Details

Sue Gustafson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017

About Sue Gustafson

We have had a life-long love affair with Cape Cod and find that time spent there with family and friends is truly restorative.

Sue Gustafson purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Sue Gustafson chose Eastham

Location, location, location, plus the cottage had good bones even before we did the complete renovation in 2011.

What makes this cottage unique

Blue Skies on the Half Shell is a cottage that's not too big nor too small. Our focus is on providing our guests with soothing colors and comfortable surroundings in which to relax and unwind from everyday life. The cottage is filled with original arts and crafts made by Cape Cod artisans who understand and appreciate the beauty of nature when creating their art. The location of the cottage...mere steps from Campground Beach...allows for leisurely walks at low tide on the tidal flats or a swim in temperate water during high tide. If you prefer swimming in cooler water, the Atlantic Ocean is a 10 minute car ride away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a great cottage in Eastham. This was our second visit. It is a beautiful, clean and comfortable cottage that has everything you need. The beach is a very short walk away. No need to pack up the car and drive back and forth, especially when you have small children. Sue & Lee provide beach toys, wagons, chairs and umbrellas. The outdoor shower and rooftop deck which overlooks the beach are great. If only vacations could last forever!
Aug 2015
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North Eastham Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 702 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • All fixtures in bathroom are updated. Indoor shower is glass enclosed. Enclosed outdoor shower offers hot/cold water and includes a changing area, hand-held sprayer and rain shower head. Hair dryer is provided in bathroom. Stacked washer/dryer is located in bathroom. Laundry detergent and fabric softener are provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , twin beds
  • Bed rails available for twin beds. Blankets and bed pillows provided. Towels/bed linens available to rent for additional $35 per person.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • water sports
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Sheet/towel rentals available for $35 per person


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 44 reviews

Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

We were incredibly pleased to stay at your charming little cottage by the sea. Sitting on the roof deck nestled in the trees watching the birds and the ocean was like a little bit of heaven. The house is so thoughtfully decorated and stocked with everything we needed and more.

Our boys (4 and 7) loved playing in the warm bayside waters, which were literally steps from the house. If only going to the beach were always so easy!

This place is so special--it's truly a gem.

Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Slice of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Once again we're packing up after a wonderful too-short week at Blue Skies! The weather was absolutely spectacular and we tried our best to take advantage. Walked the beach at Nauset, caught a Cape Cod League game in Brewster, shopped in P'town/Falmouth/Chatham and ate as much clam chowder as we could! It's so great to have this cottage as a home base. The week flew by before we had to head back home to reality. Thanks again for letting us share your little slice of heaven!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect seaside cottage for a Cape Cod escape

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for the most relaxing vacation I've had in a long time! Your cottage is just perfect —  aside from being beautifully decorated, it provided everything I needed for a great vacation. Very well thought out. I'll definitely be back next year!


Meriden, CT

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Adorable and Quaint Cottage!!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for the most amazing time! Wonderful memories for our son! The bay is so beautiful and the sunsets were amazing! The cottage is so quaint and had everything we needed. We'll be back for sure! Thanks again for everything.

Jeff, Donna and Jacob

Stoneham, MA

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Donna, Jeff & Jacob: We are very happy to share the special beauty of Cape Cod with you and look forward to hosting you for many years to come. We have found from our many guests that there is always more to discover and like about the Outer Cape no matter how many times you visit! Sue & Lee
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Best location on Cape Cod

  • 5 of 5

Another delightful week at probably the most charming summer cottage on Cape Cod. All was perfect including the weather! The cottage is so clean, so inviting! The outdoor shower and roof deck are extra-special, not to mention being steps from the beach! We visited all our favorite haunts and found some new ones. Hope to be back next year. Feels like coming home!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tracy & Liese: Your insightful comments are very much appreciated! We look forward to having you return to your "home away from home" for many years to come! Sue & Lee
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Cozy, Charming Hideaway Steps from the Beach!

  • 5 of 5

Our week at Blue Skies was enjoyable in every way! The cottage itself is clean, organized, well-equipped, utterly charming and the location is ideal. It is steps away from beautiful Campground Beach and nearby everything else on the Cape. Campground Beach has the best sunsets, so don't forget to pack your camera to capture it all. The owners, Sue and Lee, were wonderful. Friendly, yet professional, they make the rental process easy and even have a web site you can access to help you make the most of your stay. Blue Skies on the Half Shell truly feels like a home away from home and we look forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Linda: Many thanks for your thoughtful review. Clearly you have all the joys of your stay at Blue Skies on the Half Shell running through your mind! Lee and I look forward to hosting you again and providing you with more opportunities to create wonderful Cape Cod memories.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hyannis, MA
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Local Break
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Captains, Brewster, MA
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rt. 6
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Fairway
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Campground Beach (town-owned)
Car: necessary

Time spent on Cape Cod offers a wealth of timeless pleasures. A beautiful sandy hook surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound, the Cape offers the picturesque scenery of endless stretches of dune-fringed sandy beaches, peaceful bays and inlets, pristine marshlands, and charming historic towns and villages -- all in an ideal climate tempered by the Gulf Stream. As one of the country's most treasured resorts, Cape Cod combines its scenic beauty with a wonderful quality of life and a refreshingly relaxed, leisurely ambiance, yet it is in easy reach of the major metropolitan centers of Boston, Providence and New York City.

The New York Times has called Eastham 'Cape Cod's Little Secret.' The town offers visitors a quieter and less crowded environment than some of the more well known areas of the mid-Cape. Eastham offers two ocean beaches: Coast Guard Beach (consistently named one of the nation's Top 10 Beaches by The Travel Channel) and Nauset Light Beach. The red and white Nauset Lighthouse on Nauset Light Beach is said to be the most photographed site on Cape Cod, so don’t forget your camera! The Salt Pond Visitor's Center is the primary information center for visitors to the Cape Cod National Seashore and the starting point for many nature trails and bicycle routes. The National Seashore Visitor’s Center offers daily free educational films and has a wonderful free museum depicting the history of Cape Cod. The former Cape Cod Rail Trail is now a paved bicycle trail. It runs the length of the town and beyond to the north and south while passing by picturesque salt marshes, cranberry bogs and ponds.

A note about Eastham and the surrounding area: Blue Skies on the Half Shell is located next to family-friendly Campground Beach (one of several bay beaches maintained by the town of Eastham). Cape Cod Bay offers the perfect setting for long walks on seemingly endless tidal sand bars, creating a visual memory that is sure to be one of your favorites of your time spent on Cape Cod. See what bits of ocean life you can discover left by the receding tide! The bay water is warm and inviting for a swim right into the fall. The Wellfleet drive-in movie theater (one of few remaining in the U.S.) is only 5 minutes away, and also offers 4 indoor screens. The daytime flea market at the Wellfleet Drive-In parking area is fun for everyone. Wellfleet is also the home of the Audubon Sanctuary which offers some great hiking trails. The area has so many wonderful family activities -- mini golf, numerous beaches, great eats at the many clam shacks and plenty of home made ice cream shops. Try a charter fishing boat excursion out of Rock Harbor in Orleans, whale watching in Provincetown, kayaking through Nauset Marsh in Eastham, or rent a sailboat, stand-up paddleboard or jet ski locally to take out on the Bay. There are endless opportunities for outdoor play activity to those who want to be in or near the water at all times. If you are seeking a temporary break from the sun, check out a tour of the Truro Vineyards and sample their wines, or head down to Hyannis for a tour of the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory (complete with free samples!) Wellfleet has an active theatre community that offers productions during the summer. The eclectic community of Provincetown has many great restaurants, art galleries and shopping opportunities.


Rates & Availability

North Eastham Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Spring 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 29 2017 - May 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
May 6 2017 - May 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
May 13 2017 - May 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
May 20 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Week 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Week 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2017
Sep 16 2017 - Sep 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 23 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Oct 21 2017 - Nov 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall 2017
Nov 4 2017 - Nov 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $125
Security deposit $500

-- PLEASE NOTE: the avg/night rate posted is calculated by this site (not by the homeowner) based on a cumulative average of all rental periods listed annually
-- $50 per week discount will be applied if renting for 2 or more consecutive weeks
-- Sheets/towels available to rent for $35 per person
-- Lodging taxes may be added to contract total at any time if enacted by the town of Eastham in 2017

-- 50% of rent is due within 10 days of receipt of contract; remaining 50% of rent plus security deposit plus cleaning fee is due 60 days before commencement of rental date
-- If booking within 60 days of rental date, full rent amount plus cleaning fee plus security deposit is due at time of booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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