Peaceful and Quaint setting in delightful cottage.
About Peter B.
The Pursel cottage was built by my grandfather around 1950. It has been enjoyed by 5 generations of our family. We are pleased to share this property with you.
Peter B. purchased this Cottage in 1948
Why Peter B. chose North Chatham
You probably can not find an authentic cottage like this on Cape Cod today.. You will be amazed at the privacy and serenity. If you are looking for time gone by, this setting is perfect. Very private, and yet conveniant to Chatham, and the outer Cape.
What makes this Cottage unique
Pond setting,,, very excellant bass, perch and pickeral fishing on your own dock, or in your own row boat. Our 2 1/2 acres, bordered by conservation land, make for a vacation with the magic of Cape Cod Past.
Minimum age of primary renter:23
guest must provide their own bed and bath linens.
There will be a property caretaker in the detached garage apartment.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
A perfect, charming home
This is such a lovely place. It's like a movie set of a cape cod vacation home. We spent a lot of time in and around the house because it's just so nice there.
Great little cottage!
Had a great time on the Cape and this cottage is fairly central to everything. The house is very quiet and private and has a fantastic view of the pond and birds. Loved getting out on the rowboat, too. The cottage is a family cottage that has clearly been loved for many generations. Not quite luxe accommodations but comfortable and homey. WiFi would be a nice addition, but ideally you aren’t spending your time in the house or online! The touristy but fun little town of Chatham is a quick drive away. Grocery store is just 10 minutes away, and the beaches are all a short drive. Nice to get away from the crowds and come back to a quiet setting. Peter lives onsite but he is out and about so much we hardly saw him. All in all, this was a great find. Thanks again!
Great little cottage with view
We enjoyed our stay. It’s a little cute cottage with great view! The cottage has all basic needs for our week away and feel go back time. We couldn’t really enjoy the pond because the weather. Both Peter and Mike are great host!!
Could have stayed forever!
Just returned from a 5 nights/4 days mini-reunion with "old" friends at this cottage on Stillwater Pond. Every one of us LOVED it and didn't want to leave. It is exactly as pictured and described and I agree with the other reviewers. We are long time Cape Cod visitors and truthfully, this is one of the best finds, especially for our needs - peace, privacy. While in the past we have ventured out often to tour and shop, this time we didn't want to go anywhere. Just to sit and watch the lake, morning, noon and night, was perfect, except runs to get lobster rolls and lobsters. The lake/pond was very healthy - clean, clear and perfect temperature for swimming every day and for paddleboarding. None of us had paddleboarded before and we all got up and enjoyed it. The place is well equipped with outdoor equipment - row boat, paddleboard, fishing gear, lots of chairs for the dock, noodles, etc. Plus a great hammock, nice chairs and tables right outside door where we sat and drank our morning coffee each day.
I was planning on renting a bike for the time but you have to ride on Rte 28 to get anywhere so I happily gave that idea up. I did take a wonderful walk to Crows Pond and Pleasant Bay at 6 am watching the sun rise. At that time of the morning Rte 28 was okay to walk along. Being right across from Ryder's Cove and Pleasant Bay was an added benefit.
Peter, grandson of original owners and caretaker is very pleasant, helpful, and yet ensures your privacy. He stays in apt above the garage. Available if you need him.
There is a wonderful outdoor shower, in fact, I think the indoor shower was only used once in 5 days.
If you are looking for modern, wired (altho there is a new TV we did not turn on), and luxury, this is not for you. If you are looking for clean, well-preserved, well-equipped, peace and quiet then this cottage is a good bet.
Simple and sublime
My husband and I recently returned from a week-long stay at this beautiful little cottage, minutes from downtown Chatham. We were attracted to the cottage for its location, price, and amenities, and were not disappointed. The caretaker was very responsive from the get-go, responding promptly to my email inquiries and follow-up. He was very flexible with our arrival and departure. Once we arrived, he was able to provide some useful tips for enjoying the immediate area and the cottage's amenities. He also shared some family history and cottage facts with us, which enhanced our appreciation of the property. The cottage is exactly as described and pictured, though the few photos shared on this website don't really do its charm justice! As a prior guest noted, the appeal of this home is its simplicity. It is borderline rustic, but comes with all the comforts of a seasonal cottage of its era. The kitchen is well-stocked with pots, pans, glassware, dishware, etc. The caretaker was also generous enough to provide paper supplies (napkins, paper towels, toilet paper) and cleaning supplies (dish detergent, laundry soap, hand soap), along with bed linens (though we had brought our own). The cottage was tidy upon arrival, and easy to manage and keep clean. We were also provided a grill with charcoal for our use, a rowboat, and even a stand-up paddle board, which we used to great advantage for the first time! The best feature of this cottage is its location. It is private, yet accessible. Its setting on a wooded rise above a large kettle pond is an ideal vantage point from which to enjoy sunrises, sunsets, and everything in between! Sunlight floods this cottage all day long. I have never before so happily nor so willingly awakened at 5:30 each morning...automatically! The wildlife abounds here. Birds galore. A family of swans greeted us on Day 1 and kept us company throughout, along with the ospreys, owls, cat birds, red-winged blackbirds, herons...incredible! SUCH an enjoyable experience. Only 5 minutes from Chatham, about 10-15 minutes from Orleans. ONLY (minor) downside was the blind turn into/out of the drive to the property, which made leaving the cottage each day a bit dicey. And this location is not suited for easily walking to nearby areas nor venturing out on bicycle. But so easy to drive everywhere, and still close to biking and hiking trails, we didn't mind a bit. We'll surely plan a return!
Stillwater Pond is a Peaceful Oasis!
We stayed at the cottage on Stillwater Pond in June 2013 and cannot wait to return! The cottage is cozy, quaint and clean. The cottage has been in the same family since its construction in the 1950s and offers a warm, homey charm. Please note that this is a rustic cabin-like atmosphere. The furnishings are "shabby-chic," so if you are looking for granite counter tops, sub-zero refrigerators, high end furniture, and central air, this is not that. That said, we absolutely loved our stay. One of the best features is the breath-taking view of Stillwater Pond -- morning, noon, & night, the pond offers a calming reprieve that set a relaxing tone for our week-long stay. We really enjoyed swimming, boating, and fishing on the pond. The cottage is private and nestled in the woods and provides great opportunities for bird-watching. Yet, we were just a few minutes' drive to downtown Chatham and Lighthouse Beach, which offers daily morning yoga. There is no wireless internet, but we were able to check email at the Chatham Library and used this as an opportunity to be "unplugged" from our laptops. We enjoyed exploring other areas of the Cape, such as Wellfleet and Provincetown. The owner was highly responsive to our questions and accurately advertised all that the cottage had to offer. We will definitely return and we highly recommend this property to others!!
Located in North Chatham. An easy drive to downtown Chatham for band concerts, shopping, antiquing and fine dining.
Also enjoy the summer 'Cape Cod Baseball League' and many of the beautiful beaches in Chatham, and the Cape Cod National Seashore.