About the Property
With amazing water views (some of best on Cape) this wonderfully comfortable house is lovingly furnished (Persian rugs, antiques, authentic cottage furniture, custom made coaches, chairs, day bed,and stuffed rocking chairs) and as such has a unique ambiance. Unlike the typically constructed house, Windward is a post and beam structure (all wood inside and out) that is also an incredibly bright/light home. In addition the homeowners wanted a house that was a quintessential cape cod house from the street side view but wanted much glass on the water side of the house to to take advantage of the amazing views. It has an open floor plan (but also with niches and crannies), 15 ft. cathedral ceilings and enormous numbers of 6 ft by 6 ft windows showcase the amazing panoramic water views and spectacular sunsets. The living area is essentially a huge screened porch (if the gliders are open and the A/C off).
This house provides it all. Windward offers you a ''turnkey'' home to start your summer vacation. You need only bring yourself and your own personal items as Windward is totally set up for you to start your vacation from the moment you arrive. No making beds,lugging beach gear,or anything else for that matter. Only SHED LESS dogs are permitted unless specifically agreed between homeowner and vacationer.
At high tide, you look right ...out at a mesmerizing view of sailboats, skiers, and other watercraft... whether the sea is calm or in a there is ''chop''. At low tide, you will be struck by the plethora of amazing flocks of water foul (not to mention more than a few oyster gatherers). Windswept's view is looking out toward Great Island.
Windward is close to many of Wellfeet's ocean, bay, and pond beaches, including its own. There are more bay , ocean, and pond beaches in Wellfleet nearby...more than any other town on the cape.Accessing any beach is easy because Wellfleet is narrowest town on cape.
for example, you can access a bay, ocean, or pond beach all within 5 minutes from one another.
Windward is within biking distance of the entrance to the Cape Cod Bike Trail. You can ride directly to trail from house without using a car. The Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary ( largest Audubon Society in MA. . Every day and evening you will have an abundance of activities from which to choose. There are the Shakespeare performances, nightly concerts, poetry readings, historical lectures, book signings, outdoor movies and inside cinema, a large combination of both cuisine eateries and family restaurant. All watercraft is available to rent for your use individually and there are many chartered options ( sail, fishing, sightseeing) as well.There are two amazing theaters in town that produce some of the most innovative and spellbinding performances all with professional actors. Every night, there are multiple professional offering making it difficult to choose which one to choose. Also, laying low at Windward watching the sunset from the deck is often a popular choice after spending all day at the beaches.
The Windwardt home itself has a very large open living space (LR, DR, and kitchen.) It has multiple clusters of seating areas so groups with differing agendas may enjoy an assortment of activities.... while remaining together on one floor. All floors are covered with authentic Oriental Persian rugs or hand made area rugs.
In the sitting/dining room there is a huge (4 seater) coach, a day bed, Morris chair, platform rocker, and Bose music system. This room also has a claw and ball antique table that can seat from 6 to 14 people depending on your needs. Unless watching TV or needing different rooms for different clusters of family members, this is ''everyone's'' favorite living space.
The LR also has many gliders and has equally fabulous water views. It has a seating arrangement that has 2 couches, a large matching stuffed chair and a rocking chair. This room has the upstairs TV with an extensive cable subscription.
The new (2012) gourmet kitchen has hand made wooden counter tops, custom built shaker style cabinets made of white ash, a huge island with recycle bins, new commercial grade stainless steel appliances (gas stove), and a lovely new slate floor. ( The woodworker had this kitchen featured in Fine Home Building Magazine. The amazing lighting artwork/ fixtures in the kitchen is the signature piece of the kitchen. The kitchen is provisioned for even the most sophisticated gourmet cook (between the pots and pans, baking dishes, every gadget imaginable, and more spices than you could imagine.
In both primary living spaces, you will feel like you are sitting right ''on top'' of the bay.
In 2013 we added a ''one of a kind '' double room outdoor enclosed shower with a dressing suite as well. The new outdoor shower has a private entrance from the master bedroom. There is a second outdoor shower adjacent to the back door.
The first floor has four bedrooms. The MB has a king size bed with a Temper-Pedic mattress and three 6 foot by 6 foot glider windows showcasing more fabulous water views. Also, the MB has its own sitting area, cable TV, a second Bose Music System, and its own master bath. The other three bedrooms all have access to the main bath off the center hall. One bedroom can be set up with a king size bed or two twin beds, another bedroom has a set of twin beds and the fourth bedroom has a double bed. All beds (other than MB have either custom made mattresses which are usually comfortably and always commented on.The latter was necessary because much of the furniture is authentic refinished voltage furniture or 1800 antiques.
There are two bathrooms on the floor with the bedrooms. The main bathroom was totally gutted and redone with the latest and most upscale products in 2015.This bathroom has a huge standing shower with glass on tow sides and abuts a huge tub ( both in height and length. Where there isn't hand plained wooden ( copied from master wood builders in the 1800 century ( all tongue and groove), the walls are white subway tiles.
The master bedroom private bath was just completed this summer ( also gutted at outset) It has a built in seat at end of shower that you can choose to heat. It also has a ceiling radiant heater in ceiling and an incredible amount of custom built cabinets. Many are built into walls so bathroom still feels airy and the glass door on shower is a practical and aesthetic choice that further enhances the MB bath. The till in shower, and floor is made of stone.
At Windward, the vacationer will have access to umpteen non fiction books about Wellfleet and Cape Cod. There are always plenty of top ten recent fictional books and fictional books either written by local authors and/or set in local cape cod settings.They are located next to a daybed that ask has magnificent views of the bay.
Our goal is to provide a unique home to Cape Cod vacationers. We are committed to insuring that Windswept provides a feeling of casual luxury, a home with exceptional water views, and a home that is exceedingly welcoming upon arrival. The house has a team of cleaning people including the owners who spend at least 24 hours between departing and arriving guests, cleaning/readying the house for our incoming guests. You, the vacationer, need only begin your relaxing, special and comfortable vacation. Every bed is made up with 600+ percale cotton sheets. Every room has been cleaned from top to bottom. Windward provides beach towels, bathroom towels, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, boogie boards, and other items upon request. It is our hope and wish that, with the fabulous breezes, the comfortable and luxurious feel of the house, and the majestic views, you, our guest, will feel immediately upon arrival. ACCEPT NON SHEDDING DOGS ONLY except when mutually agreed to permit otherwise.
There are 4 outdoor seating areas with tables, chaise lounges. One is in the pines in front of Windward where it is cool but not so breezy. One is specifically designed for use by those that are the renters in the MB. Another is one the second floor and while it is directly exposed to sun, the breezes off the water make it a favorite outdoor space. Those that want the same view and comfort can choose a patio directly below the deck
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay|
Dec 26 2021 - Jan 01 2022
Feb 07 2022 - Apr 04 2022
Apr 04 2022 - May 01 2022
May 02 2022 - May 15 2022
May 16 2022 - May 29 2022
Tax Rate: 12.45%
Last updated on March 26, 2021
Elisabeth R Ingram
Calendar last updated: March 26, 2021
Guestbook comments from the owner:
Our family gathered at "Windward" in early Fall and it was spectacular. The views, the quiet, the tides and, importantly, the comfort of the house were all outstanding. We've stayed in many rentals and this one had to be at the top of most comfortable (especially the beds) and outfitted. There was, literally, nothing we could have wanted or needed that couldn't be found in the house. The kitchen was supremely stocked with every dish, glass, pot/pan, spice, etc. we could have needed.
We were so excited about returning to Cape Cod, in particular to Wellfleet. We have rented houses there in past years, but after a stressful spring and summer in NYC with COVID we needed a little escape. As soon as we saw photos of Windward we knew this was where we needed to be, and it did not disappoint us in the least! The house itself is equipped with everything one would need on a vacation. All we needed to bring was ourselves! The house is extremely comfortable and the views from all the windows are spectacular. It's the perfect place to sit back and relax, and the house has so many cozy places to do just that.
There is easy access to Wellfleet proper which is a quaint New England fishing village with a great history. We loved driving around the scenic country-like lanes never getting lost, finding beaches off the beaten path, and exploring the galleries off season was all delightful. Wellfleet is perfectly situated; being close to P-Town, Orleans and the drive south to Chatham is lovely.
The house was just what us city slickers needed to unwind from the stressful past few months, looking out at the bay from the raised terrace of the house and watching the spectacular sunset, taking walks on the beaches, sitting in the comfy lounge by a window in the corner of the room (which I claimed as my own as soon as we walked into the house), and napping while listening to the rain hit the rooftop on the days when the weather did not cooperate was "just what the doctor ordered". It is a tranquil retreat that we would return to in a heartbeat. The owners were gracious, responsive, and invested in wanting to make our stay in their treasured home as comfortable as possible.
Winward is a truly beautiful place to spend some time renewing and relaxing. The views are magnificent. The house is immaculately clean and well stocked with anything you might need. The beds are super comfortable. The bathrooms and kitchen are works of art. The owners were available and responsive. Definitely a 5 star rental.
The 2020 election and Covid prompted my husband and I to seek refuge as well as visit family in the New England area. Our hosts had the most wonderful home, beautiful views and perfect amenities. The proximity of beaches, restaurants and hiking trails were surprising. Wellfleet is welcoming as it is inviting. We highly recommend Windward.
Myself and 3 other family members just spent a fantastic week at Windward and are still raving about it. We have been visiting the outer cape for the last 10 years and we all agree this was by far the best property we have ever stayed at. First thing we noticed was how immaculate and well stocked it was. everything you could ever need in a kitchen ( appliances, cutlery and condiments) is all there. There is practically a CVS in every medicine cabinet and soaps and shampoos are provided as well. Another big plus was the fact that we did not have to bring our own linens( or towels) to make the beds (everyone stated they're beds were super comfortable as well).
My favorite aspect....the view. I could have sat on the deck and looked out over the water all day. The sunsets were just beautiful. Doug and Elisabeth thought of everything to make our visit worry free and were so accommodating from booking to check out. Can't wait to return.