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186 Beach Road, East Orleans, Orleans, MA 02643
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 08/14/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 08/14/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in East Orleans
Travelers' Choice
Enjoy the warmth and charm of a 200 year-old restored Sea Captain's home, just 1/4 mile up the hill from the world famous Nauset Beach. 17 individually appointed rooms, 15 with private bath, and a 1 or 2 bedroom fully equipped ocean view "Captain's Quarter's" guest apartment. Our newest accommodation (2018) is the 300 sq ft Superior King Bedroom that includes white wainscoting, quiet, ductless HVAC, “driftwood” composite floors, a beautiful tiled bath/shower & a sizable seating area with a large flat screen wall mounted TV. All rooms include wi-fi , flat screen TV, AC, refrigerator & our sumptuous buffet style continental breakfast. Our 1 1/2 acre grounds include a seasonal in ground pool & our 1500 sq ft courtyard patio with a gas fire pit.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Golf course
Fax / photocopying
Baggage storage
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Express check-in / check-out
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Room features
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Bath / shower
Seating area
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Turkish
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Thilo K wrote a review Oct 14
Georgetown, South Carolina10 contributions6 helpful votes
The Ships Knee's Inn is one of the most beautiful and cozy and neatest and friendly and smallest hotels we have ever seen. Peter and his wife are attentive and great hosts - and they have developed a perfect system of contactless check-in and check-out - even the breakfast is excellently arranged considering the COVID-19 conditions: every day there is a small breakfast package with surprise specialties like poached eggs, fruit salad or pastries. A real recommendation! Thank you so much, Peter. All the best Thilo and Jeanette!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Carol B wrote a review Oct 11
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We have stayed at the Ship's Knees Inn 5 times, we try to come every fall if we can. Peter and Denise are great hosts. The breakfast is alway great and the to go breakfast bags due to COVID this year were very creative and still had the special touches. The fire pit is a great place to meet new friends. The location cannot be beat and the Nauset Suite is the best. A much needed getaway from the craziness that is 2020!
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Jk T wrote a review Sep 2020
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We absolutely love the Ships Knees Inn! This was our third stay there. Beautiful rooms and property. Great breakfasts, too. The innkeepers, Peter and Denise Butcher, are lovely people and always make us feel welcomed. Wonderful location and proximity to Nauset Beach. We’ll be back!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
ValerieHolmes wrote a review Sep 2020
Warwick, New York26 contributions7 helpful votes
I am a bit delayed in sharing my review. We stayed in late July/early August, and we had such a wonderful time! Ships Knees Inn is beautiful, cozy, spotlessly clean, elegant and refined without being the least bit stuffy or pretentious, and just has a really nice, relaxed vibe. The grounds were lovely and the pool was beautiful, and we used it every day, usually twice a day. Peter and Denise were both so friendly and nice and so helpful, and replied to texts very promptly, accommodating any needs and offering advice and suggestions for the area. We stayed in three different rooms (we returned to the inn after another inn we had booked turned out to be not as advertised) and all three rooms were lovely and clean and the beds were all very comfortable, but our favorite was the Master's Quarters! We hope to stay in this room again. One of the most awesome features of this inn is that it is literally down the road from Nauset Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Cape! We could walk there and not have to pay to park or worry about the parking lot being full. It was perfect. We had never stayed in Orleans but discovered we loved it. We definitely plan on returning to Ships Knees Inn! Thank you Peter and Denise!
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Date of stay: August 2020
Jennifer P wrote a review Sep 2020
Marion, New York59 contributions26 helpful votes
We spent four nights in mid-August and our stay was so relaxing that we never wanted to leave! We stayed in two rooms (#3 and #5) in the main house. Both rooms were very comfortable and nicely decorated. The Inn was very quite even though there were quite a few people staying there. We never heard any noise during the night. We took advantage of the early coffee service each morning which was served in small carafes with individually bagged creamer/sugar and stirrers. Breakfast was served by 8:00 AM in nice paper bags labeled by last name. There was also yogurt, juice and a hot item available. We spent quite a bit of time each morning with our coffee and breakfast in the lovely courtyard enjoying the flowers and the sun. The pool was a nice place to sit in the afternoon and enjoy the sun and a swim. There were plenty of chairs available and also pool towels. The water was a little chilly but not bad once you're in for a minute! We also spent time by the fire pit in the evening chatting with other guests. Nauset Beach is a very short and easy walk from the Inn. It's nice to be able to walk there and not have to pay the parking fee. Due to Covid-19 there was a limit to how many cars could park in the lot so walking was definitely an advantage. We love everything about the Ships Knees Inn and we would definitely stay there again!
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Date of stay: August 2020
Sleep Quality
$206 - $314 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesMassachusettsCape CodOrleansEast Orleans
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ship's Knees Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Ship's Knees Inn?
Nearby attractions include Cape Cod National Seashore (3.9 miles), Coast Guard Beach (3.8 miles), and Salt Pond Visitor Center (3.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ship's Knees Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Ship's Knees Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Ship's Knees Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Ship's Knees Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ship's Knees Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Captain Linnell House, Ice Cream Cafe, and Cottage Street Bakery.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ship's Knees Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ship's Knees Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Turkish.
Are there any historical sites close to Ship's Knees Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting First Encounter Beach (3.3 miles), Captain Penniman House (2.3 miles), and Crosby Mansion (4.7 miles).
Does Ship's Knees Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.