Farmhouse, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 7 to 9)
- english, french, german, Russian, italian, Czech, Slovak
About Miriam Everhart
Miriam, a European-trained architect, and Craig, a U.S. government analyst, live with their young children (3,9,11,11 and 14)in Europe (Germany this time) most of the time. For that one summer in three that they can spend in the States, they wanted the best America has to offer: Cape Cod.
Miriam Everhart purchased this Farmhouse in 2009
Why Miriam Everhart chose West Barnstable
Though neither of us is originally from New England, we want our children, who don't normally live in the States, to gain a sense of American history and values by living in a place where a lot of that history started: the Pilgrims, after all, first made landfall on Provincetown's 'First Encounter' beach. The significance of America's mix of cultures is brought home to them when they attend the Wampanoag Native American Pow-wow in Mashpee every July. Beyond history, there are the uncountable facets of nature, from the beach to the bogs, and from surf critters to birds. The Cape is not a place that encourages kids to sit in front of a computer or a TV screen all day, but to get out and experience life! When the inevitable rainy day crops up, there is still plenty to do locally and, ranging farther afield, in places like Plimoth Plantation and Boston. These are places that should not be unknown to any American children! Once we had found our diamond-in-the-rough after nearly a year's searching, we spent the entire summer of 2010 remodeling and refurnishing it, as well as re-landscaping the garden, adding flower beds and clearing brush. Why West Barnstable? Though perhaps not as chic as Brewster, Orleans, or Osterville, West Barnstable oozes authenticity. Beyond that, we're close to it all: while the crowds sit in those mid-summer traffic jams on Route 6, we have so much right at our doorstep in Hyannis, plus we can use back roads to take us virtually anywhere else from Mashpee and Sandwich to Brewster, Orleans, and beyond.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Conveniently located to three major Cape arteries (Mid-Cape Highway Route 6; Old King's Highway - Route 6A; Route 132), our house is nonetheless quiet, private, and peaceful. We within striking distance of all major Lower and Mid-Cape attractions, beaches, plus the 'downtown' amenities of Hyannis. Want to go off Cape for a while? The Nantucket ferries dock only 15 minutes away, while a 35-minute drive puts you in Wood's Hole to catch the Vineyard boats. Whale watching? Millway's 'Hyannis' whale watching boat ties up about 4 miles from us: when your kids see a pod of mother whales and their calves diving under the boat and resurfacing on the other side, they'll talk of nothing else for weeks. Clamming and critter collecting are big draws in Barnstable Harbor at low tide. There are big draws for grown-ups, too, including nightlife in Hyannis and antique places and fine arts & crafts boutiques galore all along 6A. Deep-sea fishing is available from multiple locations, rent a kayak, enjoy the gentle waves along the Bay or the wilder surf of the Atlantic: you can do it all in a single week! As for culinary attractions, the Cape has it all, from the simplest clam & ice cream shacks to world-class cuisine. Local produce (think corn, tomatoes, zucchini, berries, peaches) coupled with local seafood, along with every imaginable item at huge grocery stores like Stop 'n' Shop make dining in a treat, too. If you're a native dry-lander, one single clambake or lobster bisque should change your mind (and your palate) forever. For a big-city night out, Boston is easily accessible by car : park at Quincy or Braintree and take the T to all downtown destinations.
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Couldn't have picked a more perfect place
The house was so quaint and adorable. It had everything that we needed for our stay and was very clean. It was just like the pictures! We spent every morning having our coffee on one of the decks and a couple of evenings we built a fire. The property was gorgeous. The house is in a great area and the perfect launching place for us each day as we set out to explore Cape Cod. Sandy Neck Beach was one of our favorites and was just a short 5 min drive. Mayflower Beach, about 20 min., away was another favorite. We watched fireworks in Hyannis, saw a beautiful sunsets every night from the beaches and ate lots of Lobster. We loved Cape Cod and this house!
Very relaxing backyard for both adults and kids. Clean and maintained well for a old house.
Enjoyed staying in the house. Well maintained for a old house. A bit of musty smell in upstairs bed room and bathroom room door below lock does not work. Very cosy house.
Charming Blue House
We loved this home! It was centrally located to explore upper and lower cape over our week long get away to cape cod. The home has three bedrooms upstairs that are perfect. Our oldest especially loved the curtains that hid the tucked away bed in the kids room. Between a fun sandbox in the front and swing set in the back yard, with lounge chairs for reading, while the kids play, we would have been content just staying at the house all week! A great back yard deck with a full table made for dinners outside a breeze. When the sun goes down, the fire pit serves as a great gathering place to tell stories and create memories.
Be sure to read the history of the house that Craig and Miriam provide in the welcome packet, very informative and fun to think about how the cape was many years ago. Craig and Miriam are excellent and responsive hosts! They have created a wonderfully charming home that our girls didn't want to leave, pleading on the last day to stay in the 'blue house'! We can't wait to come back.
Beautiful time in Cape Cod
We had such a lovely stay at this farmhouse in Barnstable. It was me, my husband, my 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son. The place is cozy and welcoming, and very clean upon arrival. The kitchen was stocked with all of the supplies we needed. We really took advantage of the beach pass and enjoyed the Craigville beaches, as well as the bay beaches. Gray's Beach in West Yarmouth was our favorite during low tide! My children absolutely loved the sandbox with all of the toys. We did have many mosquitoes around, especially towards the evening, so we did not stay outside when it got later. Overall it was a wonderful stay!
The house was clean, quiet, and very comfortable. The landscaping was very well maintained. The homeowners and property manager were very responsive. The home was centrally located, and we were able to day trip everywhere we wanted to go. No complaints at all, and I wouldn't hesitate recommending this property to friends or family.
Great house, good location. Had everything we needed.
I found the property to be everything we needed for both of my married children and their families. The location was easy to find and.very convenient to shopping and dining in Hyannis, yet we were able to enjoy the quieter side or 6A. We used the beach pass several times and the kids loved Millway beach. I found the house to be well appointed with dishes, glassware, and cookware. We even made cupcakes one day. We certainly would love to stay again next year!
Thank you! I am glad you all had good time and hope we will see you back!
Beach pass gives access to 15 Barnstable salt- and freshwater beaches at no extra charge! Families with children take note: Whale watching from Millway, only 3 miles away! Superior nature trails at the Audubon Society's Long Pasture facility. Fish hatchery in Sandwich a huge draw for small kids who can feed the trout with food pellets from vending machines. Biking along Cape Cod Canal. Evening campfires on Sandy Neck Beach. Cape Cod Natural History Museum in Brewster has great guided nature walks and lectures for kids. Shows at Harwich Junior Theater and elsewhere. When all else fails (i.e., it's raining), the Mall and the movies are only minutes away!