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Charming Chatham Beach House; Walk to Hardings Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 BR, 1 BA, Sleeps 5.

You will love Rhododendron House -- a recently updated 2 bedroom vacation house. This private hilltop retreat is located 3/10 miles from one of Chatham's most popular family beaches, Hardings Beach. The short walk saves you $20 a day in beach parking fees! Newly painted inside and out, the house comes fully equipped with beach chairs/cooler, grill, bikes, outdoor shower and washer/dryer. Recent renovations include new Master Bedroom with King Size Bed, entirely new kitchen and patio deck. Main Street in Chatham is less than 3 miles from the house and has outstanding shops, restaurants, art galleries, parks, band concerts, baseball games and a library that has summer programs for the whole family. Come enjoy a comfortable stay in Chatham and fall in love with our wonderful town on the elbow of the Cape.

Nearby Attractions: Bike and walk on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Cape League baseball is in full swing from mid June to the first week in August. Visit the playground, wonderful art galleries, bistros, antique shops, nautical stops and candy shops. Keep an eye out for "Sharks in the Park". Watch the Chatham fishermen unload their boats at the local fish pier, and enjoy some of the best fresh caught local seafood in New England. Visit the historical Chatham Lighthouse. Fresh water and salt water fishing along the shoreline. There are thousands of seals that are easily spotted along the ocean front, especially from the Chatham Fish Pier. Seal tours are available. Great White Sharks are around off the Chatham Coast as well.

Restaurants: There are a variety of restaurant choices available in Chatham, as well as in the neighboring towns of Harwich, Brewster and Orleans. The best seafood on the Cape is available right in downtown Chatham.....

Fishing: Some of the finest fishing can be found on Cape Cod. We can provide you with a number of fishing spots and local fishing Charters. Chatham is THE destination for World Class Bluefin Tuna and Striped Bass Fishing. The cool waters off the Cape Cod elbow make this a prime destination for multiple game fish. Whales are also abundant, just off the coastline.

More Details

David Andrews
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

About David Andrews

I grew up spending my Summers in Chatham and fell in love with this beach town. I spend as much time as I can in town and love every minute of it. It is ocean therapy! I work diligently every Spring to update and maintain this house, and enjoy the opportunity to share it with folks as well.

Why David Andrews chose West Chatham

My Grandfather built this house and it has been in my family for over 50 years. We have been the only owners.

What makes this house unique

Private, set back from the road, but with easy access to Hardings Beach. Plenty of Parking up by the house. It is the perfect location for all things Chatham! The cottage features the largest Rhododendrons I have ever seen. Several are 50 years old and over 40 feet tall! They provide a wall of privacy, although there are only a few nearby houses. They are breathtaking when in bloom, usually around Memorial Day weekend into mid June.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in West Chatham in Chatham

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Outdoor Shower - Outdoor Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , New King Size Bed! closet space available.
  • Air Conditioning in each bedroom. New CordaRoy foldout chair/sleeper for comfortable sleeping for 5th person. Kids love it!
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Kids welcome - we have toys, beach toys, books, videos.


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Charming Chatham Beach House; Walk to Hardings Beach
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews

Chatham vacation

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Rhododendron house in Chatham! Chatham is our favorite area of the Cape, and this location gave us great access to beaches on the sound, along with other sights in the area. Our stay was in June, and the Rhododendrons were in full bloom when we arrived, which was spectacular! The cottage provided all the amenities we needed. We hope to visit this location again soon!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rhododendron Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Second stay at Rhododendron Cottage, well equipped rental with Hardings beach just down the road. Close to amenities and ideal for the Outer Beaches and Chatham.

Owner always helpful and contactable, we had a problem with the internet router and this was fixed within a couple of hours. Would recommend this cottage for anyone looking for a traditional Cape Cod house in a relaxing and quiet location.

Looking forward to returning!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Benicia, CA

Chatham Beach rental

  • 4 of 5

We go back to the Cape every summer and this cottage was in a great location for my daughter and her friend to ride the bikes to the beach. The beach was very nice and within walking distance. There were lots of amenities for the beach provided, cooler, chairs, etc., and the fact that linens were provided was great because we were coming from CA and it's a real pain to have to pack that stuff too. It was a cute little place but my only complaint, and I didn't catch it when I made the reservation, was there was no air conditioning. It was stiflingly hot and humid the week that we were there, so much so that the microfiber couches were actually wet from the humidity and we had to put towels down to sit on them. I went out and bought a box fan and put it next to the bed so I could sleep at night, but the humidifier in the basement had to be working overtime! Even though it's a shaded area, it didn't help until it rained and cleared things out a bit. A window AC unit in the bedroom would have been helpful to be able to sleep at night. Otherwise, if you don't mind the humidity, it was a cute little place.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Based on this recommendation, I have decided to install a wall AC unit for the bedroom. It will be available in June 2013.
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Perfect location, great house!

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about the house and its location. It is a really enjoyable walk away from the Hardings Beach, in my opinion, one of the best beaches on the Cape. The area around the house is very beautiful, with a lot of open space, trees and marshes. The house offers a lot of privacy and is elevated on a hill. The house has everything one needs when on vacation on the cape. It is clean and nice. I would highly recommend this place to others. There is plenty to do around, from beach-related activities to biking to seal watching to restaurants in the center of Chatham. There is also a seafood market nearby that offers a variety of fresh fish ans shellfish and of course, lobster!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2011
  • Date of Stay: September 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Middletown, CT

Chatham review

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed the rental a great deal. The owners accurately described the amenities and the location for our purposes was very convenient (short walk to the beach, bike ride to twon, proximity to Marions Pie Shop-a definite must do). They had enverything we could have needed, including extra bikes, towels, beach equipment etc.

I think the only drawback from my point of view was that the place and its immediate surroundings were pretty buggy. This primarily has to do with its location, but if bugs bother you, bring some spray.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2009
  • Date of Stay: July 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wales, U.K.

Chatham, Rhododendron House.

  • 4 of 5

The property was clean and well fitted out, however the fridge/freezer was noisy and there was noise from the humidifier which was running continuously in the basement. The owner provided good customer service and an accurate description. A car is a definite necessity for anything other than the beach. My husband took advantage of the mountain bike but the ladies bike was not very useable. We were disappointed in the Chatham Squire and Bistro restaurants but pleased with products bought from Marion's Pie Shop. Visits to the Plimouth Plantation, Wellfleet, the National Seashore Centre and Whale watching from Province Town are all activities to be highly recommended. The bus service is incredibly good value and the drivers extremely helpful, however as stated earlier you do need a car if you want to see a lot of Cape Cod. The library in Chatham is great for regular internet access and e mailing. This is a good property for a family beach holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2008
  • Date of Stay: September 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Chatham Squire
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
To the Vineyard or Nantucket
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Near Route 28, off Route 6
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Car: recommended

House offers great beach experience. For non-beach days, fun for the whole family found at shops, restaurants, golfing, cape league baseball games, band concerts, miniature golf, hiking, state parks, nature museum, fire fighters' museum, tennis, biking, seal and whale watching tours, bike trails, summer theater and more.

Golf: Multiple public courses available are only a short drive away from Rhododendron House. Detailed description, prices and information provided upon arrival.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

50% of rental rate required to hold your week at the time of booking. Deposit is due two weeks prior to your stay.

Peak Season is June 15-Labor Day. Rate is $1750/week. Weekly rentals only during peak summer season.
Off-season is $1400/week. Off season has a two night minimum stay.

Rentals during peak season are Saturday to Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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