Friday, May 27, 2011

Home Sweet Home

....for the week at least. To leave this place is going to be difficult to say the least. It is absolutely breathtaking here. It's quaint, historic, and simple. I have so much to share but I have to start with our humble abode that we're calling home for the week. Like, many of the homes here - it has a name: Treetops. Named for its' perch on a hill just grazing the treetops and revealing a sweeping view of the Atlantic. Welcome to Treetops.

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The house was built in 1910 and functioned as a "tea house and ladies gift shop." The last part is in parenthesis as the current owner, Eric Drey who also happens to be one of the founders of the town's Historic Society, as well as others speculate on evidence that the building was actually a brothel.

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The layout of the house seems to lend itself to that theory. There is one large middle room, surrounded by numerous, curiously small "bedrooms."

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Eric has meticulously gathered vintage and antique pieces to furnish the home. Before he left us for the week, he added that it is still a work in progress.

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The layout of the house is very unique. The large center room acts as the living room, complete with the original brick fireplace. The ceiling is two stories with exposed beams.

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There is a small platform with a railing that runs around the perimeter of the second story with a small room at either end.

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There is one teeny, tiny bathroom at one end of the upstairs.

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The walk way surrounding the the second story was put to use as a well-stocked library.

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Possibly one of the best features of the house is the original floors. I don't know if you can fully tell in this picture but you can actually see through the slates in the floors to the area below.

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Below is the staircase leading up to the second floor.

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The kitchen has the original wood, slat siding. No back-splash needed.

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Although I don't believe that the lights are original to the house, they are definitely appropriate for the era.

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It's going to be beyond difficult to say goodbye to Cape Cod, and our little house.

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For anyone who is thinking about a vacation to Cape Cod I would HIGHLY suggest looking into renting a house. We went back and forth between a hotel and a house and by the time we did a little number crunching, a house made the most sense. There are six of us, which means approximately 18 meals a day. The house gave us the ease to cook - which was actually a ton a fun!

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We traded off eating dinner on the enclosed porch and the family sized pine table.

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Thank you all for your Cape Cod suggestions. I think we've done just about everything that was suggested. (I'll post pictures of those next!) The only thing we will be leaving without doing, is a trip to Nantucket. I'm really bummed but that just means we'll have to come back! : )

14 comments:

  1. This home looks amazing! What a great place to stay for your vacation. So charming. Love the s'mores by the fire! Hope to make it to Cape Cod one day soon! Enjoy your weekend.

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  2. What a fun house. I agree, a house at the beach is much better than a hotel!

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  3. What a great house. I love the porch...it looks like the perfect place to dine and those s'mores by the fire look pretty perfect too!

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  4. Melissa, this place is incredible! I really love the way the sunlight bursts into the rooms. You're so lucky you get to spend some time there. It seriously seems like a dream!

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  5. What a great vantage point of the harbor you had there. There's something magical about it. It's almost impossible to explain. I know the town really well so I can't wait to see what you were attracted to.

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  6. What a beautiful home! Cape Cod is one of the most amazing places on the East Coast!

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  7. Lovely house! I loved all the old wood and beams, very nice! I'd just love to get my hands on it though... oh the things you could do...

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  8. I keep looking at this post and missing our little p-town house!

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  9. Great Post!!!
    Experiencing Cape Cod is definitely on my Bucket List!!!
    You scored renting this adorable home. Love it!!

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  10. So light and bright and those distressed, lived in wood floors are to die! I love the 'alternate theory' that it was in fact a brothel. So fun!

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  11. What a beautiful house! I would love to stay in something like that and you are right it beats staying in a hotel and having to pay for all the meals. I am sorry you didn't get to Nantucket, but like you said, you must go back!! I am hoping for a trip out there in the next couples years!
    xo

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  12. Cape Cod is on my list to visit one day. That is a really cool house you stayed in...can't wait to hear more...

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  13. what a beautiful house. I'm surprised you did any outdoor activities at all, so tempting it would be to stay in that lovely place!

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