2/3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6, heated, washer and dryer, one pet allowed
Laura Wing and/or Jen Falk
About Laura Wing and/or Jen Falk
I am a descendent of one of the founding families of Sandwich. Sandwich staged a re-enactment of the 1600s in the historic village and my daughter and I joined the fun pictured here with an actress portraying my ancestor Deborah Wing who is on the original list of founding families and the only female head of household. My grandparents had the original beach house built on land that was in the family. At that time there was no running water or electricity in the house. We had a pump at the sink and an outhouse when I was a child. Part of the outhouse still stands near the road and used as a shed now. I am very active in the community and a strong advocate for beach replenishment and historic preservation.
Laura Wing and/or Jen Falk purchased this House in 1920
Why Laura Wing and/or Jen Falk chose East Sandwich
The property certainly has been modified over the years and is now a modern home while retaining much of the character of old. The fir floors in the center of the house are the original floors of the cottage and after sanding and polishing are still lovely. The rest of the house is basically new as of 2011. I spend time myself there in the winter and enjoy the solitude, wildlife, and open skies.
What makes this House unique
The house is situated on Springhill Beach, a private beach close to the Cape Cod canal. You can walk down the beach towards the canal for about a half mile and pass all the homes on this beach and enter into the undeveloped salt marsh of the town. You will have to turn around at the Old Harbor inlet where you will see the well-known boardwalk that crosses over the salt marsh open to the public. The quaint downtown Main street of Sandwich is about 3 miles from the house with easy access to the mid-cape highway to takes you into Boston about 60 miles north of Cape Cod. On week-ends there is train service from Hyannis (20 minute drive) to Boston and back. We are hoping that soon that train will stop at the Sandwich train station. The train travels over the canal in Bourne on its way to Boston. Cape cod is a vibrant summer community as a whole with lots to do and see in easy reach from the beach house.
Max guests: 5
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
The house had all of the amenities we have looked for over the years. The private peaceful beach with easy access and view, cleanliness, comfortable beds, ac, washer/dryer, fully stocked kitchen and ability to bring our much loved dog!
Laura answered any questions we had quickly and couldn’t have been more accommodating. We have some beautiful memories of our past week on the cape.
Beach House of my dreams
We are returning guests to this property, and we found it even cozier than before! The house has everything you need for your blissful and stress free stay, but it also has the right mood and feel. It's like a hug from a best friend or best relative, you feel at ease at once and you don't want to part. I hope we'll come back again soon!
Great location but had some issues.....
We had a great week and the weather was perfect but I wanted to share our experience.
Dishwasher and the trash were both half full when we arrived.
The dog urine on the carpet downstairs made the entire lower level smell and it wasn’t until we searched around smelling that we were able to determine the cause. The owner was responsive trying to remediate the issue but also asked us to clean or remove it and put down new ones that she ordered to be delivered during our stay.
There were dead flowers falling everywhere upstairs by the bed and on the dining room table which we had to clean.
There is white dog hair everywhere including the sofas which we understand because it is dog friendly but there was a lot and it got on anything we wore that was dark in color.
No dishwasher detergent-not sure if this was included but not something I typically would think I would have to pack.
No air conditioning in the master bedroom made it very difficult and uncomfortable to sleep in for us and our 1 yr old son. The entire time we were pretty uncomfortable in there even with 3 fans running and the windows open at night.
The bathroom sink is clogged or something and drains very, very slowly.
I have emailed and messaged (Homeaway and the owner) regarding these issues and have not heard back in 72 hours….Hence the honest review on our stay. Spending the money we did we would not have expected to have issues like this during our vacation.
First and foremost, I want to apologize to you for the pet accident on the new indoor/outdoor carpet in the living room. I understand the frustration you must have had, that apparently negatively influenced the rest of their stay at the beach house. I replaced that rug with two new smaller washable rugs that were delivered to the house during your stay, and had the original rug professionally cleaned by Stanley Steamer after you left, so that cleaning would not interfere with your time at the beach.
I will say in my defense, that the house was thoroughly and professionally cleaned the day before your arrival, as it is for all my guests. I also allow people to bring their family dog with them which comes with some risks, but in my opinion worth the benefit of having the whole family together, which is what this house is all about. This was an accident. I tried my best to remediate it as best I could.
The house has air-conditioning. There are two wall units. One, recently installed in the living room downstairs and one upstairs. The house is equipped with baseboard heat that does not allow for central air-conditioning. These units have been adequate in the past, but as we move into longer, hotter summers, which is the trend these days, I may have to consider another option.
I am sorry for any inconvenience any of these issues created for your family and I wish you better luck with your next rental through Home Away.
Sincerely, Laura Wing
Loved the beach house
Part Two - Memory Lane Vacation
PS, I almost forgot that the whole reason we picked this house is that my husband used to vacation on this beach during the 60's. His memories were very positive and I can say he relived so many of them during our vacation. From bird and boat watching to beach combing and kite flying, to just wiggling our toes in the sand...we enjoyed it all.
The town of Sandwich is a quaint, authentic, New England town originally established a few years after the landing of the Mayflower. It has retained most of that character. Downtown has the oldest house on Cape Cod, restored, and accepts visitors. There is also a tea house, working grist mill, the famous Sandwich Glass Museum and the Daniel Webster Inn, a wonderful place for breakfast. Sandwich has a movie theatre, access to the Cape Cod Canal bike path, large grocery store, hardware store and other shops. It is a 20 minute drive from Hyannis and an hour to Province Town.
Other Activities: The house is situated on a private beach. If you walk on that beach for less than a mile you will come to a bird sanctuary and a wonderful view of the well known Sandwich boardwalk. The large salt marsh on the other side of the house is fed by the creek opening at the end of this walk. People fish here all the time and watch the large ships go in and out of the Cape Cod Canal.