Bay View Pines is a lovely, spacious, family-friendly house on a wooded acre overlooking Cape Cod Bay. It’s a 0.6 mile walk to Fisher Beach, and a little further to the mouth of the Pamet River. It’s an “upside down” house, with the kitchen, dining room, living room and two bedrooms upstairs, and three bedrooms and a common area down. The dining room opens on to the wide deck, while two downstairs bedrooms have sliders out to the lower deck (which also has a view) and the third opens to the parking area. There’s plenty of room for the families to gather, but also plenty of places for smaller groups (kids, for instance) to have their own spaces. You’ll also find lots of books all around the house, and puzzles and games in the entry hall closet right across from the game table. You have two smart TVs as well as a separate TV/VCR/DVD player, and even a piano. The kitchen is fully stocked, and there’s a second microwave and coffee maker in the common area downstairs.
Only downstairs is wheelchair accessible; bathrooms are not wheelchair-friendly.
PLEASE NOTE: We love families and kids at Bay View Pines (and pets, too, for that matter). BUT: The house is not childproofed. It’s by no means a dangerous house, and we’ve made some improvements in the direction of safety: for instance, we’ve upgraded the deck rail so little heads and arms can’t get through the sIats; we have child gates for the top of the stairs; many of the cleaning products are non-toxic and child-friendly, etc. In this regard, as in most others, we welcome your suggestions and will make appropriate changes. It’s been 25 years since Abbey and I have needed to think about childproofing, so we thought we’d simply let you know and then collect your recommendations. Please feel free to adjust things accordingly throughout your time here.
- Master Bedroom – King sized bed with a comfortable seating area for three. Morning sun. Full private bath.
- Office Bedroom – Pull-out sofa bed (full/double) Best bedroom view in the house (including sunsets). Large smart TV connected to TV cable.
- Living Room – The big couch has a queen-sized pull-out bed.
- Fireplace Bedroom – Queen sized bed and queen sized pull-out couch. Slider to first floor deck. Smaller smart TV, not connected to TV cable.
- Cedar Bedroom – Queen-sized bed, couch (non-pull-out), cedar closet. Slider to first floor deck.
- Kids’ Room – Two twin beds. Kids’ activity area, family-friendly video library, TV/VCR/DVD. Slider to parking area.
Fully stocked, including a wide range of appliances and settings for 12 or more. New cabinets, granite countertops, appliances and tile floor in 2017. Wok, blender, coffee makers (drip and Keurig, with reusable pods) and coffee grinder; espresso and cappuccino maker. Lobster pot and accessories, wine glasses and tools, lots of hand tools, double sink, and everything else you’ll need for great vacation meals and drinks. Electric stove and oven, dishwasher, and large microwave. There’s also a coffee maker, coffee grinder and microwave in the downstairs common room, maybe for early morning coffee or late night snacks.
- The dining room table as currently configured seats 8 comfortably; 10 if you squeeze.
- Another table, bench and more chairs are available (table and bench in the hall closet) to extend the main table.
Shower/bath upstairs; shower downstairs and in master bath. Lots of space to keep toilet articles.
WASHER and DRIER
In downstairs common area. Bring your own laundry detergent,
– There is an individually-controllable A/C unit in each of the five bedrooms and in the living room.
– There is a white remote for each unit, labeled with the name of the room it belongs in.
– There is an instruction manual for the corresponding A/C unit in each room, labeled in yellow with the name of the room it belongs in.
– Please keep doors and windows closed when A/C is on. When leaving the house for a few hours or more, leave temperature set no lower than 75° .
ODDS N’ ENDS
- Utility closet: At the end of the upstairs hall. Tools and materials to make minor repairs: lightbulbs, duct tape, WD-40, etc.
- Entry Hall Closet: These doors can be tricky to close all the way. It often helps to close the left one first. If you find a sure-fire trick, let us know.
- Light over inside stairway: There’s a long tool to change this light bulb, if that becomes necessary, next to the washer/dryers
The grounds at Bay View Pines, and the path to Stevens Lane, are sprayed for ticks twice a year. Starting this year, we will also treat for mosquitoes three times: in June, July and August. We are assured that this treatment will not interrupt your vacation in any way; it will be done by professionals who specialize in rental houses. Please let us know if there are any issues with mosquito treatment while you’re at the house.
More about ticks here.