5 bedrooms & large finished attic bunk room, 2 1/2 baths, sleeps 13
About Julie Howell
History of the House The great grandparents of the current owners bought four acres with a farmhouse and barn on Allen’s Point with three other Ministers in 1898. (The area was subsequently called Ministers’ Point.) Because he was a minister and always lived in the parish house, his family wanted to own a home of their own. He came to the Cape to allow the local ministers to go on vacation so it worked out well for all concerned. Initially, they would come down by train and be brought to the property by horse and buggy with all their supplies for the summer. The house turned out to have rotten sills, so in 1913 the patriarch and his children built the current house. We have no idea where the plans came from or how he acquired the skills to build it, but it had all the modern conveniences, including a bathroom with tub. A windmill pumped water from the well to supply the needs of the house. The house contains much of the original mission furniture and squirky Victorian pieces. The restoration left some of the unique features. Initially, the house was on stilts because great grandfather did not trust the sea, but after a few years he felt safe enough to put his children to work moving earth. Using wheelbarrows and shovels they built up the land on two sides of the house and filled in the foundations with brick and cement. The house acquired electricity in 1929 and a refrigerator to replace its ice box in the early 1950s. The current owners and our spouses are middling sorts; in education, business, construction and medicine who are connected not only by blood and marriage but by a love of this place where we have spent so many happy summers. We have worked very hard to maintain the house and to bring it gently into the 21st century. We love to share our summer home with others who value family and friends and enjoy the serenity of waves breaking on a gently sloping beach, magnificent sunsets, and star filled skies.
Why Julie Howell chose North Chatham
With its large public spaces, water views from every room and expansive lawns and beaches, the Point House is ideal for gatherings of extended families or old friends. Located at the end of a street, in a quiet neighborhood, walkers find miles of roads with limited traffic and great views to explore and bikers can easily get to Cape bike trail which is found within a mile. Minister's Point is a well known place for bass fishing. Peak seasons are late May and early June and September. The quaint town of Chatham, which is a rigorous, up hill two mile walk distant, has some of the best shopping on the Cape. Chatham is also centrally located on the Cape, so it is perfect jumping off place for exploring the entire peninsula.
What makes this House unique
Top Ten 1. 250 linear feet of private sandy beach 50 feet from your door 2. Water views from every window 3. Extensive level lawns surrounded by shrubbery for privacy. 4. Outdoor games: bocci, crochet, volley ball, badminton, wiffle ball, sand toys, bogey boards... 5. Indoor games: monopoly, trivial pursuit, apples to apples... and puzzles galore 6. A giant attic bunk room/play room with toys and art supplies for younger children. 7. Great beach fishing 50 yards away with supplies for cleaning your catch. 8. A great climbing tree - although you climb at your own risk 9. Seal watching from the beach steps 10. A screened porch that offers front row seats to magnificent sunsets and a swinging bed on which to snooze.
Wedding and Parties plans need to be reviewed by the owners prior to rental agreement. All weddings need to rent for a full week.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
You would be hard pressed to find a property more ideal than this for large groups: family, grandkids, college friends, etc. The house is on a point right on the water which is on the ocean side but protected by a sandbar farther out.
A large screened in porch with lovely swing. Two chaired outdoors to sit in and view the water with coffee in hand in the morning. The kitchen is well stocked. The attic can fit 4 kids. I hope to come back with my family and grandkids!
Lovely inviting historic home!
The most welcoming stay we ever had. Well equipped, spacious comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. Perfect location. We had a group of 8 women and each of us had our own bed! And the views were awesome! Julie is the best. Thank you.
A wonderful family vacation
We had a great stay steps from the water. It was an incredible place for our family to spread out, and the playroom upstairs was a life saver on rainy days. There was all the necessary amenities. There is no a/c on the main floor but it was comfortable for the younger folks.
We could not have asked for a better location for our stay, we arrived at night and not until the morning did we realize we were completely surrounded by perfectly kept lawn and water. There were beach chairs and ample amount of space both outside and in the house. All the beds were comfortable and even when it was raining there was the cutest sun porch with a large "bed" swing where we all hungout and were able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We were also very close to downtown. Can't thank enough for sharing beautiful home and appreciate how quickly responded to questions before and during our stay. Highly recommend this property!
Historic Charm at the Mouth of Chatham Harbor
From the moment you walk into Point House, you can smell the history of this historic Cape Cod family jewel. This house has rustic charm; the "scent of your favorite grandmother's house"; more than enough space both inside and out for a large family or group; and location, location, location. The house is literally at the water's edge, so you are constantly serenaded by the sound of the surf. It has been in the same family since the property was first settled in the late 1800's, and the current owners share the home's history (rebuilt in 1913), including details about photos and artwork that adorn the walls. Downtown Chatham is just a quick bike ride or super short car ride away (arguably the cutest town on Cape Cod), and just an hour's drive from Provincetown (definitely the funkiest town on Cape Cod). If you don't have your own, you can rent bikes from the Wheelhouse in Chatham. Had great meals at The Impudent Oyster, The Chatham Bars Inn, Bluefins, and The Talking Pig (reservations recommended ... Chatham is busy). One note: Not sure if this is always the case, because we rented at the last minute thanks to an unexpected cancellation, but we did need to bring our own sheets. Thankfully I had a lot of different size sheet sets, so I was able to come up with the right sizes for the 10 beds (we actually only ended up using 5 of the beds, but I brought more in case our kids' friends spent the night). This was the only thing we needed to bring. The house had more than enough towels for all of us, lots of beach chairs, all the paper goods we needed, etc. A great week!
An Unbelievable and Picturesque Cape Cod Escape
I wish there were more words in the english language to describe how wonderful this house is. It fulfilled our dreams of what a "Weekend at the Cape" should be, and then some. First of all, it is literally right on the beach. The stairs from the backyard lead directly to a quiet beach where, besides the occasionally fly fisher, you feel like the only person on Cape Cod. We even saw a few seals swimming by! Here, relaxation takes you immediately.
But there is more to this incredible property than the proximity to the beach. It has 2 secluded acres, so you can play lawn games in relative privacy. The deck is a great place to eat breakfast in the sun while gazing out over the water. The grill helped us cook quick meals for 12 adults. But the inside of the house was the biggest surprise at all. The pictures do not do it justice. This is a clean, charming and spacious house gem. With 12 people, we never once felt crowded. All of us could munch on chips in the kitchen, or gather around the couches, or eat a family dinner around the table, or lounge on the porch late into the night without ever feeling like we didn't have enough space. More than that, the historic feel to the house really helps you get the sense that you're totally disconnected from your normal life. Trips to the grocery store or to get lunch and ice cream on Main Street, Chatham were less than a 10 minute drive away. We had the most wonderful, relaxing time and if I was ever organizing another Cape vacation, I would check the availability of this house first.
P.S. The beds were super comfortable and the showers were warm! It was perfect!
Thank you for the beautiful capture of your weekend at our house. We are glad you found the beauty that our home brings. The 'shoulder' months are the most fun, because you have more freedom to escape.
Hope you and your friends will return again!
The town of Chatham is one of the shopping meccas of the Cape. Outdoor activities such as fishing, biking, birding, sunbathing, walking and tennis are readily accessible. You are 10 minutes from a fresh water lake (School House Pond), 25 minutes from the National Seashore with its many nature trails and an hour from the artist community of Provincetown. Ferries to Nantucket and the Vineyard depart regularly from Hyannis and whale watching boats take off from Provincetown. You can ride your bike from Chatham to Provincetown along the 'rails to trails' bike path or simply sit on the deck and enjoy one of the best views of the new ocean break in the Outer Beach.
Other Activities: kayaking