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Review 5351: Owner, Windswept
4bed/2bath house near Wellfleet, Massachusetts
June 2012, 1 week
The house is in a quiet area of Wellfleet, situated on a short dirt road. Most importantly, it is sited just above a Bay inlet. There are lovely views from the deck, main second floor and two of the downstairs bedrooms, including the master.
You need to drive to everything. It's less than ten minutes into Wellfleet Center; 10 minutes the other direction into Eastham, and 15 into Orleans where the large supermarkets are. Count on 25 minutes up to Provincetown. Many restaurants within a five minute drive.
The house is a post-and-beam construction from the 70's that has been recently renovated, and is lovingly cared for. You enter into the downstairs hallway, with a bedroom on opposite sides of the door. The hallway runs to the back of the house, passing a full bathroom and then two more bedrooms, with the master bedroom having an attached bathroom. I will note that two of the bedrooms are quieter than the two others, as noise travels between the bedrooms which share a thin wall. (The queen and one of the twin rooms)
Up the stairs is the main living area, with an open plan kitchen, dining room and sitting area. Huge windows all around give lovely views over the bay. I must note that there is a one-step drop down from the living room onto the stairway landing, and then a step up into the kitchen. The older members of our party had several near-misses here. This can easily be avoided by walking around the other side of the fireplace to access the dining and kitchen areas.
The house has air conditioning (a/c), rare for the Cape. We were there during a particularly hot week, and we quickly became aware of why the owners put in the a/c -- with all those glass windows upstairs, the house heats of in the afternoon sun. The air conditioning was a blessing for two days during the heat spell.
You can view the property directly: Windswept.
There is a nice deck off the living room with a table, chairs for four, gas grill, and two lounge chairs. Under the deck is another nice sitting area furnished with wicker, lovely when you want to avoid the hot sun. In the front of the house is another sitting area with chairs and hammock under the pines.
All furniture was new, or older pieces in excellent condition. It was absolutely spotless, and the owner takes great pains to maintain it to a faultless standard. The living room had two sofas and two chairs; the dining table comfortably seated eight.
All beds were comfortable. There is a master with a king bed, two nice twin-bedded rooms (one of which can be converted to a king bed), and the last bedroom has a queen. The bathrooms were lovely, with great showers. The hallway bathroom also had a whirlpool tub.
The kitchen was amazing, with everything you could possibly need for cooking and entertaining. The drawers were all labeled inside to help you put things away. Loads of spices, and even plastic containers for leftovers.
Problems or Bonuses
The house was the best equipped of any I've previously had on the Cape -- paper towels, toilet paper, soap, band-aids, beach chairs and umbrellas; even sheets and towels were included.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner is very careful about her house and her renters -- she asks detailed questions about who will be staying, and will not give the address until the deposit has been received. This level of care is reflected in the excellent condition of the house.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I'd happily stay here again. We were here during the last of the "off season" weeks when the rates go down significantly -- in full season it's quite pricey.
Things to do in this area
The beaches, biking and hiking, tennis, mini-golf, birdwatching, kayaking ... never a shortage of things to do on the Cape. Favorite restaurants are Mac's on the Harbor, The Wicked Oyster, Catch of the Day, and Mac's Shack. The house is a short bike ride to the Boulangerie on Rt. 6, dangerously good croissants and baked goods.
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