After reading and researching our long awaited Cape Cod vacation in several guidebooks and internet sites, we decided on the highly recommended Surfside Cottages near the beach in Wellfleet, and booked "the Breakers" cottage. What a disappointment. We were promised a spacious 3 bedroom cottage in excellent condition with an ocean view. I had stressed that I wanted a very quiet, clean and private cottage.What we got was a delapidated beach shack with no water view infested with crickets and other bugs with holes in the foundation, layers of dust and dirt, old sandy carpet, and stained countertops. The screens were covered in spider webs and dead bugs. We were kept awake every night by crickets in the room and under the floors. After finally falling into a fitful sleep we were awakened each morning to the 2 loud barking German shepherds in the cottage next door (the website makes the cottages appear much further apart then they are) and dead and live crickets on the floors and furniture-yuck!. Neither the indoor nor outdoor showers worked when we arrived and there were no hooks to hang towels (these were fixed eventually). Everything was old and worn. The beds were not comfortable and there was animal hair on the blankets and pillows. It smelled moldy and a thick layer of dust and dirt was behind and under all the furniture. We later found out that the former owners had sold all the properties as condo's and no longer took extensive care of them-relying on the new owners for that. Had I known this I never would have rented this 200/night cottage. The location was nice and it was quiet and peaceful other than the barking dogs. There is an access road with a decent walk to a nice but crowded ocean beach with rough surf mainly for surfers. We enjoyed walking and running on the beach and even went for a short swim in the 59 degree post-hurricane surf. But there are much nicer beaches north and south of this one such as Race Point, Coast Guard, Nauset, Head of the Meadow and Marconi beaches. We could not wait to leave "the Breakers" cottage and spent our last night in a lovely inn in Provincetown for some much needed sleep and cleanliness. Avoid this place at all costs-you can do much better in Wellfleet-such as Aunt Sukie's B and B, The Even'tide cottages, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 17 Cottages located in the Cape Cod National Seashore, all just a short walk to the Atlantic Ocean beach at LeCount Hollow (MaGuire's Landing), South Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Open April 1 to November 1 and offering one, two and three bedroom housekeeping cottages. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Surf Side Cottages Hotel Wellfleet