What makes this Cottage unique
Quiet On an island Great fishing Dock on ocean oysters
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Rustic adventure or quiet getaway. This wonderful island home is both.
The prospect of rowing a boat to this property both intrigued and alarmed me. Yes, I rowed crew competitively in high school, but that was 35 years and 60 pounds ago. Plus I hadn't rowed a boat for more than a decade. As we pushed from the dock, I asked my wife to set the stopwatch on her smartphone to see how close I could get to the owner's suggestion of "four minutes." I decided to take my time, pause when necessary, and redirect our course as often as necessary. Our crossing - over light chop and in somewhat windy conditions - bested the estimate by ten seconds. My wife would likely have rowed faster.
Of course our row came after the owner had already taken us from the mainland to the island. Rick Lavallee is cheerful, friendly and genuinely loves the place he and his family chose for their own vacations. He met me and my wife at the Onset Wharf and helped us to the dock and onto the boat. Once across (I didn't time Rick, since he was clearly experienced at this) we loaded a cart with our belongings for the short walk to "Sandy Beach."
This place makes a great first impression. Right on the beach with a private dock stretching far into the bay. Colorful Adirondack chairs line the porch where we anticipated taking in the stunning views with book and beverage.
The inside of the home is tastefully nautical. White walls and rafters, a decorative buoy here and there. I'm not a designer, but I've seen enough HGTV to know this is a fine example of a modern beach house. The views from nearly every window are also impressive. You see water, beach, and beachgrasses in every direction. With 50 homes on the island, the neighbors are there too, but from the porch looking out over the bay, you cant see them. Sandy Beach feels like a retreat on your own private island.
The weather wasn't in our favor on most days, but it didn't matter much. We spent that time driving out to the Cape, roaming the streets and shops in mainland Onset, or napping and dining from this pleasant space. While there's no TV, we used the home's wifi to watch Netflix on our iPad.
There's also no air conditioning. Apart from the row, it was my top concern. I love air conditioning, but we never needed it because the breeze was constant and pleasant.
Our last day was the best day for weather. With calm waters and clear skies we grabbed the kayaks and paddled for what seamed like hours, but I was no longer keeping track of the time, since we really didn't want to leave.
Clean and charming cottage with spectacular scenery out of every window. They supply a boat to get to the island, but I brought my own boat because I like to fish and explore. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the ocean and spectacular sunsets.