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25 Knowles Heights Road, North Truro, MA 02657
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#3 of 7 Specialty lodging in North Truro
Prior to 1999 Lis Sur Mer was a family compound. The cottages began to develop in 1948 as the summer refuge for an old New England family. The patriarch of the family purchased a large tract of barren waterfront property upon his return from serving in the Armed Forces during World War 2. The early structures on the property were built from the fruits of the beach. As shipwrecks, pilings and boards washed up on shore, the original owner would build one room cottages or expand them as needed. This great example of nautical recycling grew to include the use of doors and windows salvaged from the local renovation of cottages as the Cape became more gentrified. The result was a collection of three cottages that were completely unique unto themselves. The setting and the evolution of these cottages were very much in keeping with the famous ocean side "dune shacks" that were inhabited by writers and painters of Provincetown. As early as the late 1800's Provincetown, a rustic fishing village, and once a great harbor, attracted the creative minds of European and urban America. A combination of incredible light and an atmosphere of freedom of expression brought the art world to summer and in many cases settle in Provincetown/Truro. In the early eighties, a New York family in the arts, who had summered in the area for 20 years, took over the property and began to restore it with the same vision as the original owner. They continued the tradition of creating small storybook summer cottages by rebuilding with antique 18th century beams and barn board sourced from a restoration house in New Hampshire. Old doors and windows were used wherever possible. The property was designed to create privacy between the three cottages. Dunes were sculpted and extensive plantings of rose bushes, black pine, English oak and olive trees were arranged as if they had always been growing there, protecting the privacy of each cottage. The cottages were purposely designed and maintained to be old world eclectic, funky, unique, to inspire a true Old Cape Cod experience. Many antique pieces are present to add to the charm. A bed in the Beach Cottage was the owner's grandparents. The dining table in The Beach Cottage dates from 1840. Most people feel that they are in another country when they first see Lis Sur Mer and we are proud of its uniqueness. This point of view is not for everyone. Whenever you take a strong position, you are going to find those who love it and those who do not. If your idea of a vacation is an escape, this may be for you. The experience is more like living on board of a ship than in a house. It is supposed to be like that. There is great privacy, the constant sound of waves, a cool breeze at night, a view across the bay to Provincetown harbor and above you one of nature's most profound presentations of stars and universes. There are no dishwashers. These are cottages, cabins, escapes. If you desire to duplicate a high tech existence on your vacation, then this is not the place for you. This is the place for a very special need; the need to let go... Experience the timelessness of the bay, walk on the beach, reflect. A time to create the memories that are always represented in films where shingled cottages sit alone on the edge of dunes in soft sepia toned focus. It could be anytime in the collective past memory of beach cottages, dunes and timelessness. The Lis Sur Mer complex provides total privacy between the three cottages. They can be rented separately or all together for large families or couples who wish to go on vacation together but also want their privacy. We also allow pets at Lis Sur Mer, because we believe pets are a part of the family so they shouldn't be excluded from your vacation. Because this is a special property we have tried to create as much information as possible on these pages to help you decide if this experience is for you. When people rent over the internet, they create in their minds a vision that is not always what they get. We have been very fortunate over the years of renting the cottages as most everyone who visits Lis Sur Mer rebooks for the next year, they so enjoyed their stay. You may come and view the property off season if you are in the area.
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Carolanne1 wrote a review Jan 2019
Norwood5 contributions4 helpful votes
I have been going to the Cape since I was a little girl. First with my family. Six of us in a tiny motel room a block away from Coast Guard Beach. It was a tight fit but we loved every second! My mother would schlep the twin stroller and lunch, my father his fishing gear. I remember eating sandy peaches but being at that beach all day was heaven! When I was older, my sister and our friends would rent a cottage. Many times we had little money for anything but we'd go to the beach all day, sit in P-Town and meet great people then have little beach parties. The 70's were the best! The Peace Corp, "hippies" and so much wonderful diversity. Then I got married. We came to the Cape for our honeymoon. He loved it as much as I did (or we'd be divorced by now!) All those years helped shape my life and although we stayed in some good places, something was missing. I dreamed of a magical cottage. Looking online I found Lis Sur Mer. I was immediately taken with the beauty. Magical, enchanting, tranquil, peaceful, breathtaking views, it looked perfect! I had been to the Cape every season but winter so I spoke to my husband. "Let's start a new tradition and go for Christmas and New Year!" We just came back. When we got there, the Beach Cottage was lit up, fire in the gas stove and classical music on the stereo. Warm, cozy and so perfect! Our Christmas tree was the tree outside. Our gift to each other, Lis Sur Mer. The inside has high ceilings and though there are all the modern conveniences, they seem hidden. Wonderful antiques and you are on a cliff looking out at the beautiful ocean! I used to spend every minute in P-Town. Now, I sit on the deck and memories flow back to me and I smile. I see my dad fishing with that pipe in his mouth, I see us playing on the beach and I see us partying in town. I read, I see my husband, we reconnect, and I know every nook and cranny of this wonderful home. I have a guardian angel who is kind in so many ways. He is a prince! It is a wooded area (with fragrant flowers in the spring and summer.) Very private but if you need something, you don't ever have to wait. This is my enchanted cottage. My sometimes boggled mind gets a perfect respite. This isn't just a cottage, t has a heart and a soul.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Jean M wrote a review Mar 2018
New York City, New York18 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed there about a year ago; still dreaming of coming back. One day! We stayed in the Shack, which was small, but perfect for two. Had a romantic week, right on the bay, private, quiet, perfect place to recharge from NYC.
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Date of stay: April 2017
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Carolanne1 wrote a review Jan 2018
Norwood5 contributions4 helpful votes
I found this wonderful place about 3 years ago. I have been coming to the Cape all my life. We decided to start a new tradition and come for Christmas. We stayed at The Stable the first time. It was so quiet and cozy. We fell in love! Then we decided to try the Beach Cottage. Now we come in May/June as well as Christmas! It is so perfect and we really get to relax and reconnect. When you come in, it is magical! It is a beautiful, roomy cottage with a breathtaking view of the bay and Provincetown. Antiques, high ceilings and both old and new comfortable pieces that just make you feel at home! It is well kept, Penny and Edward do a fabulous job! Annette is here anytime you need her. So is Edward. Peter is a good, kind man. (the owner) I can not say enough about Lis Sur Mer. Barb and Denn
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Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Minke5 wrote a review Aug 2017
Jersey City, New Jersey31 contributions27 helpful votes
The Artist's Shack at Lis Sur Mer was the perfect place to celebrate our honeymoon. It was cozy and rustic but had all the amenities you need, including excellent wifi and a fully functioning kitchen. The outdoor shower was private and overlooked the bay through the brush. It was wonderful being surrounded by nature with visits from a variety of birds including cardinals and hummingbirds, chipmunks, squirrels, and while at the bay--seals! There was a house being built next door (through the woods a bit) so there was a little construction noise but nothing too bad and it looks like they were almost finished. I definitely recommend visiting the Artist's Shack for a lovely retreat. I hope to be back.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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MsBJust wrote a review Apr 2016
Massachusetts55 contributions10 helpful votes
Though I have traveled to the Cape many times with my wife on weekends, and we usually stay in Truro, Provincetown, or Wellfleet, our search for a special, beautiful, private place we could take our 10 year old twin boys was more difficult. We didn't want to throw down $3,000-$4,000 a week, which is what Lis Sur Mer's Beach Cottage goes for in the summer. However, we realized that April school vacation was much more affordable, and we took the plunge. We are so glad. We arrived to find an amazing, romantic, comfortable cottage right on a private bay beach. However, the Beach Cottage feels completely private since none of the other cottages on the property are right next door to it; it has a large outdoor patio and shower, a gorgeous front deck with a view of the ocean, and private steps that lead to one of the most stunning beaches we have ever stayed on. The sunsets are insanely beautiful! When I looked at Lis Sur Mer's web site, I was a little worried about the cottage; the pictures looked "rustic" bordering on rough. But the place itself is actually the opposite. The beds are supremely comfortable, all plush linens and towels are provided, the kitchen is stocked with tools, and everything is of the highest quality (nice slip-covered furniture, cloth napkins for dining, comfortable blankets, sweet antique lights, all on timers, very dependable Wi-fi, a great TV with cable, a wonderful heating system including individual furnaces and two fireplaces, one gas, one real). Throughout the week, we kept marveling at all the sweet touches. Around every corner are lovely antiques and shabby chic decor (great rugs, soaps in oyster shells, exposed, partly painted beams throughout). All of it contributes to the charm and wonder of this place. It is like being transported to another world. If my wife and I were alone, we'd probably never leave the cottage and the beach! Because we were traveling with 10 year old twin boys, it was a much more active vacation (filled with dune tours, whale watches, nature hikes, swimming--nearby Beach Point Swim Club in Truro has an indoor pool and hot tub, playgrounds, flying kites, and beach games). Still, because of the appeal of the cottage and its location, we also got more deep rest on this vacation than ever before (sleeping late, snuggling in our seaside nest, gourmet dining within a few miles, reading a ton, watching movies, and drinking cocktails while taking in the sunset). Best of all, we let go of all of life's worries and cares for a week and bonded with each other...we want to go back to this paradise soon. All families need to find this kind of place. One day I walked into the living room to see one of my sons lying down on the kitchen bench reading as the sun set, while his brother quietly hummed while building a Lego set. They loved the vibe in this place! I almost didn't write the review, because I don't want too many people to discover it, but I also didn't want to be too selfish... it is truly a getaway you will remember!
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Date of stay: April 2016
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Beach Cottage has a big king-sized bed in master bedroom with a fireplace!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lis Sur Mer
Which popular attractions are close to Lis Sur Mer?
Nearby attractions include Cape Cod Provincelands Trail (4.5 miles), Head of the Meadow Beach (1.1 miles), and Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum (4.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Lis Sur Mer?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Lis Sur Mer?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Lis Sur Mer?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lis Sur Mer?
Conveniently located restaurants include Far Land Provisions, Relish, and The Mews Restaurant & Cafe.
Are pets allowed at Lis Sur Mer?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Lis Sur Mer?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Pilgrim's First Landing Park (4.0 miles).