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Wonderfully Updated East End Cape-Style House

Bedrooms 4
Space 250 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 full baths + outdoor shower, sleeps nine

This is a classic Cape Cod summer house with lots of character and charm, including antique furnishings, period architectural details, original Provincetown art, wide-board floors, and an outdoor shower. The owner of Leeward Cottage has added a new well-equipped upscale kitchen, plus two new Kohler-fixtured bathrooms. The house includes four double bedrooms, one with an additional single bed. Situated on a roomy protected lot set back on Bradford Street in the middle East End, with a white picket fence, a Chinese maple tree out front, and perennial gardens all around, this unique historic house is one short block from the Provincetown harbor beach, and within an easy 15-minute walk of the town center.

The updated kitchen has white beadboard cupboards with soapstone countertops, a stainless steel professional-type five-burner gas stove with gas oven and warming drawer, a stainless steel dishwasher, recessed stainless steel refrigerator with ice maker, filtered ice water dispenser, and freezer. There is also a new stainless steel microwave oven. A sound system connects to built-in speakers in the kitchen, dining room and upstairs bathroom.

A 48-inch square dining room table seats four people generously. Add two leaves and you can seat eight. Blue Willow dinnerware and a wide choice of wine, beer and drinking glasses and coffee mugs are provided, with a large kitchen drawer full of every other utensil you are likely to need. In the morning doors open onto either side of the property allowing you to enjoy the sun, songbirds and garden views along with your breakfast. In the evening a gas grill is available on the patio just outside.

More Details

Tom Thurston
Member since: 2009
Speaks english, german
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
9 August, 2017

About Tom Thurston

After renting this house for four years (1992-96) the lady whose family had owned it since 1901 agreed to sell. It was as quintessential Cape Cod as you could find, and had been very well maintained down through the years but, luckily, not "improved."

Tom Thurston purchased this house in 1996

Why Tom Thurston chose Cape Cod

Many houses in Provincetown sit on small lots and are in noisy areas, particularly when the bars close at 1AM. This house is in the East End, on a nice-sized tree-shaded lot in a quiet residential area that is still within an easy walk or bike ride to and from the town center. Here is a recent article extolling the virtues of the East End:

What makes this house unique

You can see from the photos that this house on the outside looks like it has its entire life. If you know the 1950's song "Old Cape Cod" by Patti Page, and you'd like to spend your vacation in the place she describes, this is the house to rent.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Provincetown, Massachusetts

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , first floor, glass-enclosed subway-tiled shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , second floor, steam subway-tiled shower plus clawfooted tub
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , rear of house, enclosed, h/c water
  • Off the dining room is a new downstairs bathroom, all in beadboard, with period appropriate tiled floor, large custom-built corner vanity with marble top, a glass-enclosed subway-tiled shower, and a comfort height toilet, with Kohler fixtures in polished nickel. Upstairs, off a hallway which runs between the front and back stairs, is a second full bath. It includes the original clawfooted tub with new hand held shower array, Shaker-style vanity and sink with Kohler polished nickel fixtures, a newly-created subway-tiled shower with steam unit and built-in bench seat for one person, and a comfort height Kohler toilet. There is a stool to accommodate a snug second person in the steam shower if desired. Just outside the upstairs bathroom is a front-loading washer and propane gas clothes dryer.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , first floor front, queen bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , second floor front, double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , second floor front, double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , second floor rear, double bed plus twin bed
  • The queen-bedded room downstairs with a brass bed was formerly a second parlor. It has one door opening into the little-used front hall, and a second to the dining room. The three upstairs bedrooms are about equal in size. All have painted brass-and-iron double beds with new mattresses. One room also has a twin bed. All the bedrooms are completely separated from one another, so there's no issue with privacy. The house can be fully occupied and everyone will still feel they have their own space.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Steam Shower
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Cell phone reception on most carriers. Internet access via cable, with password-protected wireless throughout the house and much of the yard. Two outside electrical outlets can provide power for your laptop in a lawn chair. Tandem parking for maximum of two cars on the property, on-street parking available very close by.


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Wonderfully Updated East End Cape-Style House
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This is the third time our family has stayed at the Leeward Cottage. We love the location. It's close enough to downtown to be away from the hustle and bustle if you want to and right in the middle of it if you want to as well. The house is a 30 second walk from the beach. Our family loves having such quick access to low tide! The addition of the screened in porch and the opening up of the living room were much appreciated during our stay. We spent every evening on the porch without having to worry about the super mosquitoes infamous on the Cape. The East End Market is also a short walk from the house. We look forward to coming back in two years. It was a great week!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious, comfortable & quiet

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a wonderful stay. The house had plenty of room for five guests, all the amenities of home, and was super quiet, both day and night. We all rented bikes, so getting downtown was never an issue, even during Carnival week. Plus, the owner was incredibly easy and pleasant to work with.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for leaving the place in such great shape. Come back again anytime!
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Lovely characterful home which is well-equipped. Near to town, beaches & outdoor pool

  • 5 of 5

Provincetown is a wonderful place. We loved the free and easy atmosphere and found the locals friendly and helpful with no sign of 'Augustitis '. We rented bikes for 3 days so we could explore easily and also rented a boat from Flyers and did a sunset whale watch. We saw more than 16 individual whales several times including a mother and calf - fantastic! The beaches are beautiful and unspoilt. There are many good restaurants in town and there is much to do and see of historical and artistic interest as well as exploring the coast.

Tom was extremely helpful and the house is wonderful to stay in - great character and charm - the pictures on the site do not do it justice at all!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very happy you enjoyed your stay. My plan is to add a screened-in porch off the dining room, on the sunset side of the house, to provide some nice outdoor eating space in summer.
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Nice home, spacious for group of 8-9

  • 4 of 5

Overall, we were impressed with the house. The photos didn't really do it justice - the living room/dining/kitchen area was more spacious than we expected. The washer/dryer was a great inclusion when hosting a group this large. We were able to BBQ outside and used the kitchen a lot. The walk to the center of town was about 20 minutes - but a nice walk along the main street, which we were expecting (with the option to cab home late at night if needed). This also meant that the neighbourhood around the house was quiet. 3 minute walk to a small public beach was much appreciated. I would suggest renters complete a thorough and documented walk through of the house with the owner upon arrival so there are no issues with receiving the deposit upon completion of the stay (ultimately had no issues, but took a bit of arguing around minor details that our group wasn't expecting). During our stay, the host was accessible if we needed, but very much left us alone to enjoy our week in Ptown.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The pictures do not do it justice at all!

  • 5 of 5

A group of 8 Londoners and we had a great stay. The pictures do not at all give the place any justice - it is beautiful. Has EVERYTHING you could ask for in the kitchen - like everything! Location is on the Easy Side bikes recommended but across the street from a pool resort which you can use for a small fee.

Only thing missing for us was an outside table and chairs big enough for our group.

Oh and Tom the owner was very very helpful!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the unsolicited remarks Patrick. Glad you enjoyed yourselves. I am planning to add a screened-in porch off the dining room, have just received planning permission, and that will be big enough for a table that can seat all the people staying in the house. Come back next summer and you can use it!
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beautiful, well equipped and well located

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time in this house, The house has been updated but preserves its character as a traditional wooden cape house. The furnishings are simple, but comfortable. The house is spacious, with room for everything. The kitchen is perhaps the best equipped I have ever found in a rental house. The owner and the people who were looking after the house when he was away were helpful and accessible. It is a traditional house, and wants to be treated gently. It is not an ideal place if you want to have large drunken parties - the steep staircases are best taken sober. The location was fine. Despite being on Bradford, there was little traffic noise, and both the beach and the small local market were within 3 minutes walk. We loved it, would happily come again and strongly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Provincetown Airport, 20 min flight to/from Boston
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Macmillan Wharf, 90 min ferry ride to/from Boston
Nearest Train
123 Miles
Boston or Providence, RI (same distance to both)
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US Route 6 @ Snail Road
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Harbor/Bay Beach 1 block, Ocean Beach 10 mins
Car: recommended

Other Activities: dune and vineyard tours, whale-watches, sunset cruises, art gallery openings, tennis on nearby courts, kayaking, sailing, golf


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$220.85
Damage Deposit A$631

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Payment of 50% of the weekly rate is due at time of booking, balance including $175 cleaning fee is due by May 1st, or 90 days prior to arrival for bookings made after May 1st. Reservations for rentals scheduled between 7/2/16 and 9/14/16 are non-refundable after May 1st. Other reservations are non-refundable once final payment is made.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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