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Review 2385: Pine Acres Realty, Rental #3940
4bed/3bath house in Chatham, Massachusetts
September 2006, 7 days
This large, spacious rental on Cape Cod is near the wonderful Hardings Beach in Chatham and also a fishing dock that is wonderful for kids. It is an acre lot and the location is very convenient to the beach, downtown Chatham, and grocery stores.
There is a large Stop and Shop about 15 minutes away by car on Route 137 and a smaller grocery store a little closer. Our favorite place for coffee every morning was Dunkin' Doughnuts that is about a 10 minute drive from the house. Lots of restaurants on Route 28, the main road into town, including Marley's, Pate's, and the local Kreme n' Kone.
The house is was built in 1967 and has a perfect layout for two families to share. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on both sides of the living and kitchen area so each family has their own "wing."
The kitchen and very spacious living area are in the middle of the house along with a wonderful deck that has a great view of the water. There is also a small office with a computer and printer available to guests to use as well as wireless capabilities. Downstairs is the laundry room, another bathroom with a shower, and a game room complete with a pool table.
The location was very quiet when we were there; however, it was after the Labor Day holiday and most of the vacationers were gone.
Here is a direct link to Rental #3940.
The large yard is fabulous and includes a sport area where you can play horseshoes, lay in the hammock, or use as a shortcut to the fishing dock. The dock is not good for swimming but we did see people fishing every day.
The deck provides the best outside sitting area and we spent many mornings out there reading the newspaper or in the evening with a glass of wine. There is also a picnic table and grill that would be great for serving an outdoor meal.
The furniture was in very good shape and comfortable and included a sofa, loveseat, and three other sitting chairs. Plus lots of room to spread out on the floor. The dining table could seat eight. The house was very clean when we arrived.
One wing of the house had a bedroom with a double bed and another with two twin beds; the other wing had a bedroom with a queen bed and another with two twins. We had no complaints about the beds from all who stayed there, in fact, everyone slept better than ever! The rooms are comfortably decorated with lots of closet space and dressers for your clothes.
There is one full bathroom (with tub) and one 3/4 bathroom (shower only) upstairs and another 3/4 bath downstairs. Plenty for everyone!
Bed linens and towels are not provided; however, you can order them from a from a company that will deliver them to the rental agency ready for you to pick up when you check in. The company we used was very reasonable, about $100 for linens for all the beds and towel sets and beach towels for eight.
The kitchen was very well equipped and you could easily cook a full meal. The appliances worked well and included a range, dishwasher, microwave, toaster oven, and large refrigerator. The best part is that all of the cupboards are labeled so it was easy to find things we needed.
Problems or Bonuses
The best, especially for the guys, was the large, flat screen television in the living room. Great for watching the college football games and the hundreds of DVDs and videos that are available for guests. There are also many well organized binders full of information about the area, restaurant reviews and menus, and other helpful info.
The owner of the property, Bill, was especially helpful. When I first inquired about the property he called me to answer any questions and also provided a very comprehensive email about how to get to the property and other information. While there my in-laws were curious about the history of the house and he responded quickly to satisfy their curiosity.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The folks at Pine Acres Realty were very nice and helpful in responding to our emails. There was just one little snafu regarding early check-in. We were initially told that we could check-in early since we were arriving Boston at 6:30 a.m. and no one was going to be in the rental before us. However, when we arrived, the house was not ready because they ended up renting it the week before. It would have been nice to have gotten an email letting us know, but we learned that we should confirm before we leave. It all worked out - we hung out at the beach and then went to Kreme 'n Kone for a clam roll to wait for the house to be ready.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, I would definitely recommend this rental to others and would stay there again.
Things to do in this area
Unfortunately, the weather was not the best and we didn't get to lay out on the beach much. We were able to walk on a few of the beaches and the National Seashore is amazing!
What we like to do is purchase lobster from one of the local seafood markets; have them cooked and then pick them up later to eat at home. Then you can be as messy as you want! The local clam shacks are our favorite places to get a clam or lobster roll including Capt'n Frosty's in East Dennis and Kreme 'n Kone.
Downtown Chatham and Route 28 has lots of great shops. Chatham Pottery is wonderful as are the smaller pottery shops along the way. Route 6A also has great shops and is a lovely drive. Tobey Farms is always worth a stop; be sure to buy their homemade preserves and jelly.
There is so much to do at the Cape - a week is not enough!
This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.
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