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|
May 27 2023 - Jun 03 2023
Jun 03 2023 - Jun 10 2023
Jun 10 2023 - Jun 17 2023
Jun 17 2023 - Jun 24 2023
Jun 24 2023 - Sep 02 2023
Tax Rate: 14.45%
Last updated on May 01, 2023
Elisabeth R Ingram
Calendar last updated: May 01, 2023
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.
What a vacation this was! Douglas and Elisabeth gave us extensive information on the house and town before we even arrived. Upon our arrival, Elisabeth greeted us warmly, had a few thoughtful "welcome to our home" gifts, gave us full tour of the house, and even strolled the neighborhood with us to show us where the trails to the water were. They checked in to be sure we were happy with everything.The house is even better than the photos show. There are so many nice little decorating touches that you just can't capture in a photograph. It is all sea themed and often Wellfleet themed, with paintings and sculptures by local artists. It manages to be roomy and cozy at the same time. The post and beam construction surrounds you with beautiful wood . The kitchen is incredibly well stocked. The custom designed cabinets make excellent use of space, the appliances are new, and whatever you need is there and organized meticulously. The bedrooms are charming, the beds were very comfortable, Linens and towels are supplied. There was ample seating in both the dining room and living room, and no less than four outside sitting areas. The views of the water and the sunsets are spectacular. If you don't like sand, just sit on the deck, enjoy the sun, and be surrounded by water views. The neighborhood was quiet and delightful to stroll and bike. The woodworking in the master bath is simply beautiful and all the bathrooms look like they have just been remodeled. Even the fixtures are elegant. It could be the cleanest house we have ever stayed in.May can be a bit unpredictable, but we were blessed with a spectacular week of sunny weather in the 60's and 70's. There are lovely trails (in Wellfleet at Marconi, in the Province Lands, and the Audubon Sanctuary), numerous kayaking sites, a wonderful gym called Heart Core, Catholic Masses are available in Wellfleet, P-town and Orleans, lovely bay and Ocean beaches, and of course the Cape Cod Rail Trail. We were able to find gluten free fare at Montano's, Three Fools, the Rail, Far Land Provisions and PB Boulangerie. Wellfleet Marketplace is great store that has just about everything and is oozing with local flavor!This vacation was picture perfect.
Stayed: May 2023Submitted: May 20, 2023
A month of quiet and beauty
My husband and I decided to try staying a month at one of our favorite places, Wellfleet, and were so lucky to find Windward. The beautiful, ever changing bay and marsh became our best friend. We enjoyed a wide range of weather including many beautiful fall days. The house is very well equipped and has great character. Now back at home, I miss being there!
Stayed: October 2022Submitted: November 04, 2022
Stellar Views, Great House
If you live for amazing Cape views this is the house for you. With views on both levels, the experience staying for a week was just an amazing delight. For those concerned with other essential things like comfortable beds and a well-stocked kitchen., you have also found the right place. Top of the line appliances and a fully stocked kitchen are prime features of this kitchen. There is also a really nice deck that overlooks the Bay. Finally, the house is very well stocked with beach equipment -- umbrellas, chairs and much much more
Stayed: August 2022Submitted: September 22, 2022
Great House, Great Views
Watching the ever changing landscape of the tidal marsh, gorgeous sunset cocktail hour on the deck, plenty of comfy couches for lounging and reading and every detail thought of sums up our week. Elisabeth and Doug have created a beautiful oasis and are super conscientious in ensuring you have the best, more carefree vacation at their house. This is the 7th house I've rented on the Cape over the last 20 years and definitely the best. Honestly the photos don't capture the specialness of this home.
Stayed: August 2022Submitted: September 11, 2022
Lovely Wellfleet home
Our family recently spent at week at Windward and thoroughly enjoyed the house and the location. We were a group of 8 adults, 4 couples, and one very happy Bichon Frise. The house is a wonderful work of art and was immaculately clean and well cared for. The owners were very attentive and responsive, both in advance of the vacation as well as during our stay whenever a need arose. We we all charmed by the location, the peace and quiet, and the spectacular view from the deck, the grounds, and many rooms in the house. The sunsets are definitely amongst the best we've ever seen in Wellfleet.
Stayed: August 2022Submitted: September 04, 2022
From the location overlooking an inlet to Cape Cod Bay, the property and surrounding areas are a perfect setting. The house is clean and comfortable. Elisabeth and Douglas provide all the amenities for staying at the house or going to the beach. The house is located within a short driving distance to 20 different beaches, the town and many restaurants. They were very helpful in making recommendations for beaches, restaurants or sites of interest. I've already discussed with them coming back next year. I would not hesitate to recommend this property.
Stayed: July 2022Submitted: July 27, 2022
My wife and I stayed at Windward for seven nights at the beginning of July. In one word, our experience was "exceptional." Elisabeth and Doug were wonderful, attentive, hosts who provided is with all the information about Windward that made the week fly by. So the sunsets from the deck are amazingly beautiful; the changes in the bay waters are a wonder to behold; the accoutrements in the house are very tastefully and aesthetically pleasing; very user-friendly kitchen, SPOTLESS house, quiet, and serene. Close to restaurants and five minute drive to center Wellfleet. We highly recommend staying ate Windward. What a find!
Stayed: July 2022Submitted: July 12, 2022
Amazing Wellfleet Sunsets
Awesome sunsets in WellfleetGuest Review: My husband and myself along with our 4 adult children had the pleasure of renting Windward the last week in June. We have traveled and rented homes often and this was by far the most organized and well stocked home we ever rented. From bedding to beach toys to a state of the art stocked kitchen they had it all! There is nothing you needed to bring. My two Favorite parts were how everything in the house was labeled and how each room had shower caddies for each person filled with toiletries, sunscreen, after sun lotion, razors, and so much more.Of course the icing on the cake was the most beautiful views overlooking the water along with breathtaking sunsets.Elisabeth and Douglas supplied us with so much literature regarding restaurants, beaches , ice cream places, cape cod history and more. They were easy to communicate with before and during our week visit and were available to help us the when asked. They even held on to our daughters bathing suit that we left behind so we could get it back!Thank you for opening your beautiful home to renters and we look forward to renting again.
Stayed: June 2022Submitted: July 09, 2022
I can’t think of a better place to spend a week on Cape Cod than at Windward. Located on a tidal marsh off of a quiet dirt road, the setting felt remote and yet was only minutes to beaches,trails, restaurants and galleries. The house itself was charming, warm, and rustic - beautifully designed and maintained. The furniture was lovely, and the kitchen was equipped with everything you can think of. The deck, which overlooks the marsh, (as do most of the rooms in the house) was the perfect place to eat a meal, watch the sunset and just relax. Elisabeth sent us lots of information about Wellfleet even before we arrived, and clearly attends to every detail to ensure a wonderful vacation. We would definitely stay here again.
Stayed: May 2022Submitted: July 07, 2022
Little Piece of Heaven
I booked Windward in early January. Having family from the Cape, we felt it was time to get back “home” even if only for a week. I came upon Windward as I’ve used this booking site in the past and have never been disappointed. I’ll list the pros and the cons.Pros: location is excellent for those who like to be closer to PTown, Nat’l Seashore, and a bit less craziness the Cape can have! The house is very well stocked with kitchen requirements, extremely comfortable, organized (something I appreciate!), and the sunsets are glorious! The house matches the pictures on the website; quincentennial cape cod appeal. We loved the house.Cons: We went in early June when ticks are just waking up looking for hosts. Thanks goodness our small non-shedding dog is white! I am used to doing tick checks living in a mountainous area, but the ticks were pretty bad. Spraying the grassy area around the house would help, but may not be allowed for conservation purposes. We all did tick checks and managed it.Too much contact prior to arrival, and during stay with owners. I appreciate the owners being selective with whom they rent to. I spoke with the owner, Elisabeth, for over an hour when interested in booking Windward, we were sent a 17 page instruction booklet, asked to have a half hour conversation day before we arrived, along with being asked for an hour in person orientation upon arrival. Too much and not necessary. It felt like a lot of “work” just to begin our vacation. This regiment might be something to consider changing. It felt a tad intrusive.All in all, we had a lovely time. The owners of Windward love their home, and it shows.
Stayed: June 2022Submitted: July 05, 2022
Oasis on the Water
Windward is a wonderfully clean and perfectly quirky home located central to delicious restaurants, national seashores and all kinds of outdoor activities (hiking, biking, mini golf, etc.). The hosts stock the house with everything you could imagine, making packing a breeze. The home is big enough to provide privacy for anyone looking for it and quaint enough to get in some great family time. I highly recommend Windward!
Stayed: June 2022Submitted: July 05, 2022
Beautiful home - lovely views - very comfortable
Windward is a lovely home with the most beautiful views. The kitchen has everything you will need and you can watch the gorgeous sunsets from the deck or from the living room and dining room. Owners are very responsive and respectful of guests' privacy. Location is lovely - beautiful walk on dirt roads to the bay; close to the best French bakery on the Cape; very close to Marconi Beach and an easy ride into Wellfleet or Provincetown.
Stayed: May 2022Submitted: June 28, 2022
Joyce and Annie, Thank you ever so much for writing such a lovely review of Windward.E & D
Wow! This rental has it all! Beautiful, COZY home…all the amenities you could ask for…the most stunning view and sunsets….close to all the great ocean beaches….an amazing outdoor shower….books, beach chairs, beach towels, beach games….you do not need to bring anything but a good relaxing vibe to this home! We had a great stay with seven adult family members! Wellfleet is just beautiful….can not wait to come back!
Stayed: June 2022Submitted: June 27, 2022
Rebecca and Jim,We are so pleased that you enjoyed Windward, Wellfleet Windwards amazing sunsets, and all the amenities. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.E & D